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Only 1080p WP handsets will get third Live Tile column in the Start menu

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Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update yesterday and many got excited over the news for the addition of a third column of Live Tiles on the Start screen. As it turns out, however, the third column will only be available for Windows Phone devices packing a display of full HD resolution.

As a result, all current WP8 smartphones, including the Lumia 1020 flagship, will be limited to a two-column Start menu only. Devices with lower resolution also follow suit. Read more »

CyanogenMod-powered Samsung Galaxy Note 3 teased

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Steve Kondik, Mr. Cyanogen himself, has posted a screenshot of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 running the popular third party ROM CyanogenMod.

While he did not provide an estimated time of when we’ll expect to see a test build ready for the public, seeing the ROM up and running on the device undoubtedly indicates that it will be sooner rather than later. Read more »

BlackBerry CMO confirms BBM will hit Android and iOS in a few days

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BlackBerry’s CMO Frank Boulben has confirmed the BBM messenger for Android and iOS will be released “within days”. The client has been teased a lot in the past few months with the promise the released date is getting closer. We even saw a beta version makes it to the Apple’s AppStore, but it was quickly taken down.

Well, it seems the BBM is finally ready and its arrival is only a matter of days. Read more »

Android 4.4 KitKat to bring ability to set your default SMS app

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Android has always allowed the ability to replace any of the built-in apps with something else. But while it is possible to do this for certain functions using public APIs, for others, developers have to rely on private APIs, a practice Google condemns.

This is true for all the SMS applications currently on the store. But that is about to change with Android 4.4 KitKat. Google has announced that they will be making the APIs required for this public. Moreover, they are also introducing the concept of setting your default SMS app. Read more »

BlackBerry sends out an open letter to tell the world it is not done just yet

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In an attempt to fight off the negative coverage surrounding it lately, BlackBerry published an open letter to its customers, business partners, and fans. The troubled manufacturer told its supporters that they can still count on it.

Naturally, BlackBerry begins making its argument by pointing at its cash reserves, as well as its debt-free balance sheet. Read more »

Batman: Arkham Origins coming to iOS and Android

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Warner Bros has announced the release date of Batman: Arkham Origins to be October 25. The newest entry will be available on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC and for the first time on Android and iOS platforms.

Batman: Arkham Origins will debut on iOS before makings its way to the Android eco-system during the holiday season. Read more »

Samsung OLED World is here to make your AMOLED display proud

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Samsung is proud of choosing the AMOLED technology for the screens of it flagship devices. So much so that the company has made an app dubbed OLED World which has a sole purpose to showcase the superiority of OLED displays.

It does this by displaying beautiful photos taken by renowned photofraphers such as Ashley Vincent, Hougaard Malan, Kwon O Chul and Satoshi Kuribayashi. Read more »

HTC One Max showcases its features in the first official video ad

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Now that the HTC One Max is finally official, the company has outed a quick first look of the device highlighting its key features.

Naturally, the video also showcases the phablet from quite a few angles giving you a better idea of what it looks like. Read more »

We give the HTC One Max the hands-on treatment, lots of photos inside

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The freshly unveiled HTC One Max is here at HQ and we’ve got a bunch of images to share with you guys.

Built around a whopping 5.9″ display of 1080p resolution, the One Max is HTC’s first real attempt at a phablet device and will be taking on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG Optimus G Pro. Read more »

Oppo’s Pioneer program lets you grab an N1 for $99

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Oppo is seeking ten creative individuals to participate in its latest N1 Pioneer program. The initiative allows you to purchase the Oppo N1 for just $99 as long as you are willing to share your photos and experiences with Oppo fans around the world.

Set to start from today, the Oppo Pioneer program will remain open for two weeks. Read more »

Samsung outs an infographic about Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear

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Samsung has released a special infographic on the Galaxy Note 3 upgrades over its predecessor. You can see all new software and hardware features in there and decide for yourself whether the switch is worth it.

There’s also a part of the infographic dedicated to the Galaxy Gear watch. It lists the smart wearable’s key features in case you’ve missed any of them. Read more »

‘Headless’ for iOS and Android game review

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One of the most fun category of games on the mobile platform is endless runners. While these may be deemed too simple on consoles or on the PC, their minimal control system makes them ideal for the touchscreen-based devices, not to mention they have proven to be enormously addictive and great for quick playthroughs when you have some time to spare.

Some great examples would be the many variations of Temple Run, Canabalt, Jetpack Joyride and several other games inspired from these. Today we will be looking at one called Headless that literally takes the saying ‘running around like a headless chicken’ and makes an endless running game out of it. Let’s see if it’s more than just a clever concept. Read more »

Google updates its mobile Search app with a tip calculator

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The Google Search mobile app is a powerful tool and now the company has made it even better by adding a tip calculator to its laundry list of features.

The tip calculator can be initiated by either a voice command or typing for example “What’s the tip for X dollars” and a special interface will pop up prompting you to fill in the details of the order. In order for Google to return you the exact tip amount, you’ll have to input the total bill, adjust the tip percentage and split the check among the people you’re out with. Read more »

The latest Samsung Galaxy Note 3 ad features a pop-up book and stop-motion animation

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Samsung released yet another catchy ad for its Galaxy Note 3 phablet. A couple of days after outing a commercial with Leo Messi, the Korean giant’s marketing department took a different, craftier approach to showcasing the Android powerhouse.

The latest Samsung Galaxy Note 3 ad is London-themed. Read more »

‘The Cave’ for iOS game review

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The Cave is a new puzzle game by the creator of the critically acclaimed Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island games. The game was first released on consoles and PC and was later ported over to iOS with optimizations for the touchscreen.

The Cave features seven different characters, each with a unique ability and you play with three at any time and solve puzzles using their individual skills, often used simultaneously. The premise is fun and the game is great on the console/PC. Let’s see how well that has translated over to the mobile platform. Read more »