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Google allows developers to respond to user reviews on the Play Store

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Up until now, leaving a user review on an app on the Play Store was a one way dialogue. Most people would express their opinions or concerns about an app and there was no way for them to get a response from the developer.

To solve this predicament, Google has now introduced the option to allow developers to respond directly to the people who leave reviews on their apps. Read more »

Google releases Chrome Beta for Android, lets you sample upcoming features in advance

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The Google Chrome browser for Android started life as a beta download from the Play Store, but was shortly promoted to the stable status. However, unlike with the desktop version, there was no separate beta channel that you could download later if you wanted to be on the bleeding edge of the browser’s development.

That is, until now. Google has released the new Chrome Beta for Android, which, just like its desktop counterpart, would let you sample all the upcoming features and improvements before they hit the stable version. Read more »

We run our hands all over the durable Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1 Android tablet

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Panasonic is all business and no play at CES this year. The company made a splash with a Windows 8 Pro slate and an ICS-powered 7″ tablet that goes by the name Toughbook JT-B1.

Being mobile-loving as we are we decided to have a closer look at the JT-B1 and we’ve got the hands-on below. Read more »

ZTE Grand S hands-on

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The ZTE Grand S is the Chinese company’s new smartphone flagship device, and looks to put ZTE on the map with its thin profile and 1080p screen.

Join us as we take a look at the stylish offering in our full hands-on. Read more »

Pebble smartwatch to start shipping to Kickstarter backers on January 23

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You may already be acquainted with the Pebble smartwatch. One of the best and most successful ideas to have come out of Kickstarter, the watch was an instant hit with a lot of smartphone owners for being able to pair with your phone and display important information on its e-paper display.

Now, after some delays, the watch is finally ready and will be shipping out to the Kickstarter backers starting January 23. Read more »

Google Maps accessible once again on Windows Phone browser

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Last week we reported that the mobile web version of Google Maps service was no longer accessible through the Internet Explorer browser on Windows Phone devices. Although the service wasn’t officially supported because Internet Explorer does not run on the WebKit engine that the site is optimized for, it did used to work somehow until Google pulled the plug, citing incompatibility reasons.

Now, one week and lots of outrage later, the Google Maps website is once again accessible through Internet Explorer on Windows Phone. Admittedly, it won’t run as flawlessly as it does on iOS or Android devices because it’s still optimized for WebKit but at least you can use it now. Read more »

Samsung showcases flexible OLED displays

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We have been hearing rumors of these for a while now but Samsung has finally come clean with their YOUM flexible OLED displays at CES this year.

Although no actual product using these displays have been announced so far, Samsung did showcase three applications of it. Read more »

Panasonic showcases Windows 8 Toughpad FZ-G1 and Android JT-B1 rugged tablets

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Tablets are once again making headlines at CES with Panasonic being the latest to show off new offerings.

The company unveiled the Windows 8 Pro-running Toughpad FZ-G1 with the Android 4.0 ICS JT-B1. Both are extra durable and coming later this year. Read more »

Archos 97 Platinum hands-on: Getting the 9.7″ Retina treatment on a budget

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There are quite a lot of tablets here at CES 2013, but probably very few of them will catch the consumer’s attention as much as the Archos 97 Platinum.

Built around a 9.7″ IPS display pushing an iPadeqsue resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels (264 PPI), the Archos 97 Platinum packs a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM that help the slate run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean very decently. Read more »

Kuaiyong and Zeusmos are down as iOS piracy keeps taking hits

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Remember how Installous went dead, killed by its admins? Shortly after a few other services became popular for allowing the side-loading of apps, unapproved or just cracked apps for iOS even without jaiblreaking. Yes, I am talking about Kuaiyong and Zeusmos.

Now both of those services are gone. Read more »

Huawei is working on K3V3 chipset with quad-core Cortex-A15 processor

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Huawei announced the Ascend D quad at last year’s CES and said it uses a homebrewed chipset, the K3V2. While the phone never got a proper release, the company has a successor to the chipset in the works.

It’s called the HiSilicon K3V3 and might (or might not) be used in their two new quad-core devices, the Ascend Mate and Ascend D2. Read more »

Polaroid unveils 7″ and 10″ Android 4.1 tablets on a budget

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Polaroid, better known for its photography and eyewear products, wants to play a part in the tablet game as well.

The company unveiled two tablets over at the CES 2013 floor – the 10″ M10 and 7″ M7, both running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and featuring expandable storage and below-$250 price tags. Read more »

SkyDrive adds HTML5 features for touch devices

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Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud sharing platform gets some welcome upgrades, including optimizations for touch devices and drag-and-drop support.

The new implementations are enabled by HTML5, so you know they’ll be future-proof for a wide range of browsers. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z gets a charging dock so you don’t have to open the flap over the USB port

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The new Xperia Z has a cool angular design and Sony will be releasing a matching angular dock for it. The DK26 charging dock uses the two exposed pogo pins on the phone to charge it but that’s about all it does.

The port doesn’t extend the MHL USB port, it’s just for charging. Read more »

Razer’s ‘Project Fiona’ is now Razer Edge

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Almost exactly a year ago we talked about the Razer Project Fiona, a tablet running Windows 8 with integrated joysticks on the side for gaming.

Now, a year later, the product has gone through several revisions, including a new form factor (or four of them, to be precise), new specs, a launch date and a price. Oh, and it’s now called the Razer Edge. Read more »