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Amazon expands Kindle Fire HD availability to over 170 new countries

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When the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ were launched last year, they went on sale only in a handful of countries around the world. Now, almost eight months since the product was officially announced, Amazon has gone for a more global release.

The Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ are now available for pre-order in over 170 countries and will start shipping on June 13. Read more »

Google Drive app for Android updated, brings new UI and document scanning

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Google has updated the Google Drive app for Android with some sweet new features. First of all, there is a new UI for the app, with a convenient drawer on the side for some of the menus. The app also lets you set a thumbnail view for the documents instead of a simple list view.

One of the major additions in this update is the ability to scan receipts, letters and documents with the camera and then save them as PDF files on Google Drive. The app then OCRs these documents and lets you search for the text within the PDFs. You can now also download documents for offline viewing on your device. Read more »

Microsoft’s latest Windows 8 tablet ad bashes the Apple iPad with the help of Siri

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In one of its most memorable Windows 8 tablet ads to date, Microsoft utilized the voice of Apple’s own Siri virtual assistant to make a case for its product. The Redmond giant took a jab at the iPad in a parody of one of Apple’s commercials.

Microsoft’s ad puts the spotlight on Windows 8′s Live Tiles, office, and multitasking capabilities by putting the ASUS VivoTab Smart side by side with an Apple iPad. Read more »

BlackBerry Q10 lands in our office, we take it for a spin

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The BlackBerry Q10 is the company second device running on touch-friendly BlackBerry 10 OS. It’s also probably the most hotly anticipated handset by the die-hard fans of the Canadian company because of its iconic hardware QWERTY keyboard.

The Q10 packs a 3.1-inch 720p Super AMOLED display and runs on a dual-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A9 processor. It’s surely not the latest technology around, but it should be enough for smooth performance. Read more »

Google Chrome for Android updated with fullscreen viewing

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Google has updated the Android version of its Chrome browser and has blessed it with a few cool new features and several stability improvements.

Google Chrome for Android now supports fullscreen viewing on your smartphones and you scroll down to hide your toolbar. The update also comes with a simplified search, which allows you to view and refine your queries directly from the omnibox. Read more »

WPP: Apple the most valuable global brand in 2013, Google follows closely

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WPP, the popular marketing communication services company, has announced its BrandZ list of top 100 most valuable global brands for the year 2013. The company has adjudged Apple as the world’s most popular brand while Google took the second spot.

The list consists of the best brands in the world and the top 10 positions include IBM and Microsoft as well as AT&T and China Mobile. Read more »

Nokia Lumia lineup gets four high-quality games from EA

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Four hot EA games are now available exclusively for the Nokia Lumia lineup. These are yet another result from the long-standing collaboration between Nokia and Electronic Arts.

The four exclusive titles are Mass Effect: Infiltrator ($7), NBA JAM ($3), Real Racing 2 ($5), Tiger Woods 12 ($3). Read more »

Google+ mobile page gets updated design to match the updated Android app

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Google recently updated the desktop version of its Google+ social network and the accompanying Android app. Those who check Google+ through the browser on their smartphone can now enjoy the new design too.

The new Google+ mobile page uses the search giant’s new favorite UI element – the card. Now all posts in your stream are displayed as cards and they feature easy to use +1 and Share buttons. Read more »

Qualcomm shows off 5.1-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 resolution Mirasol display

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Qualcomm showcased a couple of new implementations of its Mirasol display technology at the SID Display Week. One of them was a 1.5-inch panel used on a smartwatch and the second and more interesting one is a 5.1-inch panel with an astounding 2,560 x 1,440 resolution.

At 577 ppi, the latter easily has the highest pixel density of any smartphone display currently on the market. The image quality, however, was described as being inferior to current generation LCD or OLED panels and the display has a silvery tint to it. Read more »

Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer and behind the scenes video released

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Yesterday, we didn’t just get to see the unveiling of the Xbox One but also of the next game in the popular Call of Duty franchise: Call of Duty: Ghosts. Activision was present at the Microsoft event to provide a behind the scenes look at the new game as well as for the world premier of the Ghosts trailer.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is a departure from the previous Call of Duty games and features completely new characters and story. You play as a member of Ghosts, a super elite team of highly trained soldiers formed from the remnants of the US military forces. The country is in turmoil and you’re the only hope it has to fight back. Read more »

Opera for Android with WebKit engine now out of beta

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Back in March, Opera released a brand new version of the Opera browser for Android. Unlike the previous version that ran on the Presto engine, the new version was running on the more ubiquitous WebKit engine and also brought with it several new features and a new UI.

The browser is now finally out of beta stage and available for download on the Play Store. Read more »

Microsoft Xbox One goes official, will hit the shelves before the year’s end

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Microsoft officially took the wraps off its latest gaming console dubbed Xbox One. The console will be available later this year for a yet to be revealed price tag.

Together with the Xbox One, Microsoft also released a new game controller and Kinect motion camera. With the three new components together, the Redmond giant aims to completely take over the living room entertainment by putting it all in one box. Read more »

Pink ASUS Padfone Infinity goes official, hurts our eyes

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ASUS Padfone Infinity was announced back in February at the Mobile World Congress and the device was made available recently. The Padfone Infinity was up for grabs in black color variant and now, the smartphone has been launched in “pink” color option.

The latest variant is presumably targeted towards the female audience. The ASUS Padfone Infinity sports a 5″ display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 is the most advanced Android smartphone according to Consumer Reports

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The latest Samsung flagship smartphone is the most advanced Android smartphone ever, according to ConsumerReports.

Samsung Galaxy S4 has outperformed most of the top-rated smartphones in a critical tests conducted by the firm. The fourth generation Galaxy S has dethroned LG Optimus G, which was rated as the best earlier. Read more »

Nokia’s latest promo video pits the Lumia 928 against the the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S4

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Nokia thinks its flagship Lumia 92x range has the best cameras in town and the Finnish company can often be heard bringing up how awesome their snappers are. The latest video shows off the Lumia 928 (that’s Verizon’s xenon and AMOLED packing 920 version) and pits it against the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4.

The Nokia Lumia 928 camera has several things to brag about, including Optical Image Stabilization, HAAC mics and low-light performance. We’ve seen it take flight, but this video focuses on the low-light photos. Read more »