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Facebook Messenger app gets a complete overhaul

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Facebook has released an update to the Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android that brings with it a complete overhaul of the UI. The design clearly looks like it was made for the new iOS 7 but carries over to the Android version as well.

At launch you’ll notice that the older dull gray and Facebook blue colors have been replaced by bright white and a brilliant blue combination. There are no more gradients and drop shadows anymore and the UI has a clean, flat UI that is consistent with the rest of iOS 7. Read more »

Apple to spend $10.5 billion on manufacturing equipment

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According to a report in Bloomberg, Apple will be putting the pilies of cash it is sitting on to good use.The Cupertino giant is said to invest $10.5 billion in manufacturing equipment.

Apple’s massive investment will include a host of new equipment, ranging from assembly robots, all the way to precision milling machines. Read more »

Apple iPad mini 2 bares it all in an iFixit teardown, gets a low repairability score

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A day after it hit the store shelves, the iPad mini 2 unsurprisingly paid a visit to the folks at iFixit. As expected, Apple’s slate got a proper teardown to go with the traditional iFixit repairability score.

The first thing to grab the attention under the hood of the second generation iPad mini is a beefy 24.3Whr battery. Read more »

LG Nexus 5 battery life test

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The LG Nexus 5 comes with a battery that many were afraid wasn’t up to scratch with the 5″ 1080p screen and quad-core Snapdragon 800 and that Google and LG did some corner cutting by placing a mere 2300 mAh unit inside.

Quoted at 17 hours of talk time and up to 300 hours of stand-by the Nexus 5 should do alright, but we decided to give the device a full test just to make sure. Read more »

Kindle Fire HDX 7 now on sale in UK

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Today Amazon UK started the sales the sales of the Kindle Fire HDX 7 slate. It is available for purchase at the retailer’s website and costs £199 for the 16GB ad-supported version.

If you add £10 more you can get the ad-free model. Read more »

Jolla smartphones to feature Nokia HERE maps

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Jolla announced today it has successfully integrated Nokia HERE maps as the default navigation app of Sailfish OS. The Finnish company also says its OS will get access to thousands of Android apps thanks to the Yandex.Store marketplace

Just yesterday, the Tizen Association got the word out that the Samsung and Intel co-developed Tizen OS will also incorporate Nokia HERE maps as the navigation of choice. The Jolla agreement to license the Nokia HERE business will provide map data as well as local information from over 190 countries. Read more »

The first Motorola Moto G video is clean, colorful and informative

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The Moto G, which the Google-owned Motorola launched moments ago has already got its own promo video on YouTube.

The video focuses on the device’s diversity and ability – from the variety of color options, to its access to Google apps, the Android 4.3 with a 4.4 KitKat upgrade coming in January, all-day battery life, processor and screen. Read more »

Nokia Refocus comes to revolutionize mobile photography

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Nokia has released its Refocus app in the Windows Phone app store. The app captures a series of images (2-8 to be precise) with different focus points and then allows you to create the coveted selective focus effect of large-sensor cameras.

In order to get the app you’ll need to own a PureView Lumia (920, 925, 928 or 1020 quality) with the Amber software update installed. The Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet will be joining the list, too, once it hits the shelves. Read more »

Apple iWatch could come in men’s and women’s styles as early as this year

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Apple’s speculated foray into the wearable devices category – the iWatch – has been touted as the next big thing from the Cupertino company.

The latest rumors surrounding the iWatch come out of Korea, where sources indicate that Apple will produce different models for each gender – a 1.7-inch for men, and a 1.3-inch for women. Read more »

Surface RT 32GB to cost $199 on Black Friday

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The US is getting ready for the big discounts on Black Friday and Best Buy is kicking off things early with a Surface RT 32GB deal for just $200. Black Friday isn’t for a couple of more weeks so you’ll have to wait until then, the deal is only valid between November 28 and 30.

The good news is that this is an online deal, so you won’t have to brave the Black Friday queues. Plus you get free shipping. Read more »

Sony releases PlayStation App for iOS and Android

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Sony has released a new PlayStation App for iOS and Android devices, designed to help you connect with your PS4 console from anywhere. With this app you can see your PlayStation Network friends, see what they are playing, compare trophies and also chat with them.

You can also receive notifications, game alerts and invitations on the app and can use your phone as a mobile keyboard to enter text on your PS4, much better than doing it through the controller. Read more »

Android 4.4 KitKat update for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 is now seeding

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Google began rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. The good news arrived on Android’s official Google+ account.

The latest Android version is currently seeding to Wi-Fi only 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7 tablets. Read more »

Official CyanogenMod installer is now available in the Google Play Store

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As promised, the developers from CyanogenMod Inc. released an installer to help users with flashing the company’s popular Android ROMs on their device. The app is currently available for free in the Google Play Store.

The app requires companion desktop software which is available to download on Windows PCs for free. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet hands-on

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The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the first Windows Phone 8 phablet (alongside the mid-range Lumia 1320) and the take advantage of the newly extended hardware support of the WP devices. We are of course talking about the upped resolution cap and the extended choice of chipsets.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is on par with the best Android-land has to offer – a 1080p screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with 2GB of RAM. Read more »

Upcoming BlackBerry update to allow Android app installs but no Play Store access

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Rumors surrounding the upcoming BlackBerry update have made quite a stir in recent days, as it was speculated that it would allow access to the Google Play store to install Android apps.

A BlackBerry spokesman has recently quashed allegations that BlackBerry is planning any sort of Google Play access. Nevertheless, insiders have revealed that the update will include the Android runtime, which means that you’ll be able to install and run Android apps. Read more »