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Panasonic’s huge 4K tablet coming to the US in January

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The world’s first 4K resolution tablet from Panasonic, which debuted at CES this year, is set to hit the US just after the holiday season this coming January.

The tablet will miss the US holiday shopping bonanza, but at an MSRP of $5999 it’s hard to see the 20-inch tablet as a stocking stuffer. Read more »

SwiftKey update brings multiple keyboard size and layouts

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Popular keyboard app for Android SwiftKey has released an update that allows you to change the size and layout of the keyboard in many ways. First of all, you can now select from five different sizes for the keyboard to one that suits the size of your phone or tablet’s display the best.

Secondly, you can also alter the layout of the keyboard. You can have the traditional layout, split layout where the keys are split from the middle to make typing on easier on larger devices and a compact, one-sided layout, such as the one first seen on the Note II, that lets you type singlehandedly without having to stretch your thumb. Read more »

Updated Hangouts app for Android brings SMS/MMS support

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Google has updated the Android version of the Hangouts application with several new features. As we have seen on the Nexus 5, the Hangouts app now supports SMS and MMS, which means you can send and receive text messages from within Hangouts and they will appear along with your Hangouts chats. Unlike the Nexus 5, however, you can disable the SMS/MMS functionality if you want and continue using the stock messaging app on your phone.

Another addition is the ability to set your mood. You can now choose from one of the Hangouts emoji as your mood that gets displayed to anyone who messages you. You can also choose to announce the device type you are messaging from (phone or PC) or whether you’re in a call. Lastly, you can now also insert your location and animated GIFs in a chat. Read more »

BlackBerry Z30 battery life test

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Being the latest BlackBerry smartphone amidst the company’s troublesome times is a daunting task and the Canadians are placing high bets on Z30. We already did our review of the business 5-incher and concluded that it packs a strong feature set, but now we’ll find out if the phone’s battery life will follow suit.

Packing a display of 5 inches brings some a number of benefits to the smartphone, one of them being the ability to carry a larger 2880 mAh battery. Read more »

Google Nexus 5 gets drop test treatment

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The folks at Android Authority have a made it a habit of dropping various new smartphones. The Google Nexus 5 is the latest victim that goes crashing against the pavement.

The Gorilla Glass on the previous edition of the Nexus was good enough to survive a fall, but can the Nexus 5 avoid a shattered glass? Well, let’s find out! Read more »

Sony details the onboard entertainment apps of the PS4

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The PlayStation 4 is just around the corner, with the latest Sony console slated for a US release on November 15.

All the popular video-on-demand services will be there, including Neflix, Hulu Plus, Redbox Instant and Amazon Instant Video, as well as NBA Game Time and NHL GameCenter LIVE. Read more »

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is now available

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NimbleBit and LucasArts has just released Star Wars: Tiny Death Star for most major mobile operating systems.

The game was announced exactly one month ago, and is based upon Tiny Tower – a popular block stacking game with a city building theme. Read more »

Verizon puts Nexus 7 on hold, points finger at Google and ASUS

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Verizon users that are waiting for the 2013 ASUS-made Google Nexus 7 to arrive with operational LTE will have to hold out for a bit longer. During September, Verizon refused to activate Nexus 7 devices on its network because it wasn’t part of the carrier’s lineup.

This time around the culprit is “systems issue” caused by Android Jelly Bean, requiring ASUS and Google to “undertake additional work.” Verizon has decided to hold off certification of the device until KitKat arrives bug-free. Read more »

Pegman returns to Google Maps with new update

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You may have noticed that after the latest major Google Maps update for desktop browsers, an important figure suddenly went missing: Pegman. This move made many users frustrated by their inability to quickly access Street View and nearby images by dragging the icon onto the map, and more than a few people opted to continue using Google Maps’ classic view.

Now, the latest update brings back Pegman, and makes viewing images, panoramas, and even indoor areas even easier by having all of them appear on the map whenever you grab hold of Pegman. Read more »

‘Rayman Fiesta Run’ now out on iOS and Android

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Ubisoft has released the successor to the terrific Rayman Jungle Run on iOS and Android. Called Rayman Fiesta Run, the new game brings brand new levels, revamped visual design and music to the much loved gameplay.

We reviewed Jungle Run back when it came out on iOS and had loved the incredible visuals, fast paced gameplay and amazing music. Fiesta Run maintains the single tap gameplay mechanism, where all you have to do is use a single finger to tap on the screen to jump at the appropriate moment and not have to worry about any other controls. This is great for touch devices as too many controls makes the experience worse, not better and one of the reasons why Jungle Run was so well received. Read more »

Check out the new Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 in our hands-on video

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The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 moniker is really the name of three different phones – one is a regular entry level Android phone, the other is a dual-SIM handset and the third one packs 4G LTE connectivity.

Today we have the dual-SIM variant on hand in our studio, so join us as we take a look at what makes the latest entry-level Samsung droid work. Read more »

Pebble gets huge update, including iOS 7 notifications and SDK v2.0

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The Pebble smartwatch has been gaining in popularity since its release, and the promising Kickstarter project has led to a full-fledged company now with some 190,000 Pebbles sold worldwide. With this latest update, Pebble has announced full support for iOS 7 notifications.

Alongside extended notifications support for, Pebble has also announced the release of version 2.0 of its SDK. Read more »

Massive Wall of Sound speakers return with version 2.0, say goodbye to your eardrums

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The first Wall of Sound speakers were unveiled back in 2009, touted as the largest available speakers for iOS devices. Despite the hefty weight and $4500 price tag, they were able to sell out fairly quickly.

Now, the second edition of the powerful speakers dubbed “Wall of Sound 2.0″ have gone official. They are heavier, bigger and louder than the previous model, containing 44 speakers with individual chambers, two sub-woofers and a tube amplifier. Read more »

Apple iPad Air is cheaper to build than iPad 3

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The Apple iPad Air is a major redesign of Apple’s 9.7″ tablet and is unquestionably more advanced than all their previous models. But did it cost Apple more to make? AllThingsD and researchers from IHS report that the Air is cheaper than the iPad 3 (the last big iPad they have examined), despite the cost of the display going up.

It’s really the screen that is the biggest change to the internals. A new design has allowed Apple to use just one layer of glass instead of two, which has reduced the thickness from 2.23mm to 1.8mm. Read more »

Rumored Microsoft CEO shortlist

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Reuters claims it has insider information regarding the choice of the next Microsoft CEO. The shortlist of people that could replace Steve Ballmer includes Ford chief Alan Mulally and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.

In fact, according to sources familiar with the matter cited by Reuters, currently Microsoft has five people outside the company in mind for the position. There are also at least three internal candidates including former Skype CEO Tony Bates (currently in charge of Microsoft’s business developments) as well as Satya Nadella, Cloud and enterprise chief at the company. Read more »