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Nexus 5 gets the root treatment from Chainfire

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Roughly 24 hours after going official the LG Nexus 5 got the root treatment. The feat was accomplished by the renowned Android developer Chainfire.

At a quick glance, the root method appears easy to accomplish. Read more »

Pebble smartwatch review

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Smartwatches have been all the rage lately, and no conversation on the topic would be complete without mentioning Kickstarter’s darling, the Pebble.

Although it doesn’t have the touchscreen and flashy design of some of its competitors, the Pebble brings a great feature set at a price significantly below competing offerings from Sony and Samsung. After the break, we take a close look at the Pebble and how it works. Read more »

LunaTik Taktik Strike and Seismik iPhone 5s cases review

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The LunaTik Taktik Strike and the LunaTik Seismik are a duo of rugged cases for the iPhone 5s. However, unlike many of the strictly utilitarian-looking offerings out there, the LunaTik bunch comes with a decidedly heavy accent on design.

Based in Chicago, LunaTik originated as a Kickstarter success story back in 2010. The design studio powerhouse MNML is responsible for the looks of the company’s products. Read on to find out how the Taktik Strike and Seismik iPhone 5s cases fare on a daily basis! Read more »

Apple, Best Buy will price match iPad Air to $480 in brick and mortar stores

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The new Apple iPad Air was going to cost $500, but Walmart decided to knock $20 off. Apple itself along with Best Buy will be price matching the offer so a 16GB iPad Air will cost $480 at launch (which is today).

9to5mac cautions that this deal (unlike Walmart’s) is valid only in stores – the online sites of Apple and Best Buy list the full $500 price. Read more »

Apple’s iPad Air teardown reveals the magic internals

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Apple just released its iPad Air slate and as tradition dictates it has joined the long list of devices to undergo iFixit’s teardown treatment.

The teardown of the iPad Air reveals that the slate uses separate components for the LCD and the front glass, which is protected by a thinner display produced by LG. Read more »

Nexus 5 camera samples crop up on Google+

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The Nexus 5 is the first Nexus device with optical image stabilization. Officially it has a 1/3.2″ 8MP sensor and an f/2.4 aperture but the EXIF info on photos taken with the Nexus 5 report f/2.53.

That’s right, Nexus 5 photos are already on the web even if yours won’t ship for a week (it’s good to be a Googler). Read more »

Facebook’s mobile ads boost Q3 results

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Facebook’s latest third quarter earnings report shows things are looking up for the social media giant after a rough entrance into public trading following its IPO last year.

The company’s heavy investment into mobile is beginning to pay off as mobile ad revenue has jumped to $656 million – a 76% increase over last quarter. Read more »

Intel debuts 4G LTE modem for tablets and ultrabooks

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Intel has officially announced the commercial rollout of its latest multimode, multiband 4G LTE chipsets. Intel’s XMM 7160 is already getting a global rollout after debuting on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

The popular chip maker has also expanded its portfolio of 4G LTE chipsets with the introduction of PCIe M.2 modules. Read more »

Galaxy Nexus to miss on Android 4.4 KitKat

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Google officially announced its newest Android OS – the 4.4 KitKat. The latest version of the Android will debut on the Nexus 5 and as tradition dictates, the upgrades for the other Nexus devices will come shortly after that.

However, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be missing on the Android 4.4 KitKat fun. The Galaxy Nexus was first launched about two years ago and the devices falls outside of the 18-month update window that is followed by Google and other manufacturers to upgrade their smartphones. Read more »

Play Store sells Nexus 5 bumpers, QuickCovers too

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The new Nexus 5 is official – finally! – and as part of the Devices section of the Play Store, Google has added some accessories on the virtual shelves. This includes bumper cases in several colors and a QuickCover, similar to those on LG phones.

The Nexus 5 comes in Black or White only, but you can spice it up a bit with a bumper. There are 4 color options at the moment – Bright Red, Bright Yellow, Gray and Black. Read more »

Nexus 5 promo video is out, check it out

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As expected, the Nexus 5 launch was accompanied by the usual promo video. Entitled “I Do”, the short clip is wedding-themed.

Unsurprisingly, the promo video showcases the Nexus 5 top features. Read more »

Panasonic gives up on plasma TVs

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Panasonic has officially announced that it will no longer produce plasma display panels. The decision has been expected and it was motivated with the desire to help the growth of company in other segments of the market.

As a result of the new strategy, Panasonic will stop the production of the plasma display panels from December 2013. Read more »

Samsung takes a large bite out of Apple’s tablet market share in Q3

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According to the latest report by IDC, Samsung has been able to achieve a year-over-year growth of some 123%, and has increased its tablet market share by some 8 points.

This comes at a cost to Apple, who has gone without a new tablet launches during the second and third quarters to drive sales. Read more »

Google Glass to get a hardware update later this year, free for existing users

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Google has announced that they will be updating the Google Glass hardware later this year. The updated design will allow users to use Glass with upcoming lines of shades or use prescription frames. Google has also added a mono earbud for audio.

Those who are part of the Google Explorer program and have purchased the Glass will be delighted to know that they will be able to exchange their current Google Glass with the new one when it releases at no additional cost. Read more »

Sony releases a lengthy FAQ for the PlayStation 4

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The launch of the PlayStation 4 console in the US and Canada is just a fortnight away now. But even if you have made up your mind to purchase one, there might still be a lot of unanswered questions in your mind regarding this next gen console.

But it seems Sony understands this very well, which is why they have released an incredibly in depth FAQ for the PS4 on their blog, which should answer just about any query you may have about the console, and even those you haven’t. Read more »