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This extensive Xbox One demo showcases its main features, check it out

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The Xbox One got treated to a video demo before its retail launch. The extensive video is starring a duo of high-level Xbox executives.

The demo video features live code from the Xbox One. Read more »

EXOvault EXO18 luxury case for iPhone 5s review

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The EXOvault EXO18 case for the iPhone 5s is aimed at users who find the look of their already high-end smartphone a tad too common. The cover is made using exotic materials which include aluminum, brass, nickel, rosewood, ebony, and ziricote wood.

EXOvault accessories are handcrafted in low volume by a small team of artists in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Being manufactured in New York’s trendiest neighborhood undeniably adds an extra layer of cool to the EXOvault products, so hit past the break to find out what it’s like to have an iPhone 5s in one of them! Read more »

Google Nexus 5 hands-on

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Behold! The Google Nexus 5 is here. Due to its insane popularity, it’s a bit hard to come by, but now that it’s here, let’s get down to our hands-on.

Made by LG but designed entirely by Google’s finest, the Nexus 5 is what the tech-giant thinks is the best vessel to showcase the true power of pure Android. Just like the Nexus 4 was built using the LG Optimus G framework, the Nexus 5 uses the groundwork laid out by the LG G2. Read more »

An Apple iPad Air catches fire in Australian Vodafone store

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A Vodafone retail store in Canberra had to be evacuated on Wednesday because an iPad Air burst into flames.

The fire allegedly started at the charging port, set the whole iPad on fire and proceeded to fill the entire store with smoke. Read more »

HTC UK creates Gramohorn II for HTC One’s BoomSound speakers

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We’ve seen some crazy speaker ideas in our time but the Gramohorn II designed by Justin Wolter by commission of HTC UK is one of the cookiest. It’s a dock that features two horns (like on an old-timey gramophone, hence the name) that is designed specifically for the stereo BoomSound speakers on the HTC One.

HTC UK is using the Gramohorn II to kick off its “Here’s To Creativity” campaign. Strange that there’s no room for the BoomBass speaker, but still it’s an interesting design piece, which goes well with the uniquely designed HTC One. Read more »

Apple allegedly in talks with Samsung to fix burn-in issues on Retina iPad mini

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Starting last month, industry insiders close to Apple’s supply chain reported on potential supply issues Apple could face regarding production of its Retina iPad Mini display panels.

The latest report out of Korea indicates that burn-in problems with the LCD panels will result in Apple delaying its launch of the new iPad mini, and could cause Apple to reopen negotiations with Samsung in order to help complete the order of some 15 million panels. Read more »

Google Drive now supports multiple accounts

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Google has updated its Drive app for iOS. It now supports multiple accounts and printing.

Lots of people were waiting Google to bring support for multiple accounts on Drive and it seems their request has been finally fulfilled. Read more »

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 »