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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 battery life test is done, results are inside

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The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is a big device, no question about it, it even makes the Galaxy S4 look compact. We already have a feel for the Mega 6.3 from its preview and we’re working on a full review. But before that’s done, we have to ask – does the battery live up to the “mega” monicker?

We’ve seen great battery efficiency from dual-core Snapdragon chipsets and the 3,200mAh battery has plenty of juice. So, it all comes down to the screen – and what a screen it is, it measures 6.3″ in diagonal and its surface area is only 23% smaller than a 7″ tablet (assuming a 16:10 screen for the tablet, like the Nexus 7). Read more »

iOS 7 appears in GFXBench database ahead of release

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The anticipated iOS 7 release has been long in the making, and back in April it was reportedly even behind schedule, with some Apple engineers being moved from work on OSX 10.9 to work on Apple’s mobile platform.

It seems that things are one step closer to becoming a reality, as a supposed iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0 has appeared in the results database of the popular GLBenchmark benchmarking utility. Read more »

Microsoft gives us the first official video of the new Windows 8.1

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Microsoft has uploaded a 4-minute video giving you a first look of the upcoming update for Windows 8 dubbed Windows 8.1

The video demonstrates just a handful of the new features and customization options and the issues Microsoft has fixed. Read more »

ASUS CEO Jerry Shen teases the MeMo Pad FHD 10 LTE

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ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has teased the company’s yet-to-be announced Android tablet at a Qualcomm Keynote at Computex 2013. The ASUS executive also revealed the presence of Snapdragon chip along with an LTE radio inside the tablet.

The mysterious tablet is said to have a full HD display and given the looks of the slate, it might well be a LTE variant of the recently announced MeMo Pad FHD 10. Read more »

Sony unveils 11.6″ and 13.3″ Vaio Pro laptops and the new Vaio Duo 13

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A deluge of new laptops hit after Intel announced its next generation Core processors and Sony unveiled the spiritual successor of the Vaio Z (and P to some extent), the Vaio Pro, plus a new Vaio Duo.

The Sony Vaio Pro comes in 13.3″ and 11.6″ versions, both targeting “lightest laptop with touch, ever” for their respective sizes, thanks to a carbon fiber build. The big one weighs 1,060g, while the small one tips the scale at just 871g. Read more »

Google Glass update brings HDR photography and captions for sharing

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Google has released a new update for Google Glass, which should make one of the most popular uses of the device an even better experience. First up is HDR photography. Now when you take a picture with your Google Glass, the device will take multiple photos at different exposures and then combine them to create an image with greater dynamic range. This will allow you to see more details in the bright as well as dark areas of the shot that are otherwise not possible with a single exposure shot.

The other feature being added is the ability to add captions to your pictures before sharing them. Now, once you are done taking your picture, you will see an option to add a caption. Select it and then simply speak your caption and it will be added to your photo.

You can check out more samples of HDR images taken with Google Glass in the link below.

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Apple releases OS X 10.8.4 update with iMessage bug fix and Safari 6.0.5

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Apple has released an update for OS X, which brings the version number to 10.8.4. The latest update brings quite a few bug fixes, particularly to the Messages app and also a new version of Safari.

One of the key fixes in this update is to iMessage. The Messages app on OS X has a horrible habit of occasionally showing messages out of order, especially when communicating across multiple devices. Suddenly in the middle of the conversation, it would start showing previous messages, which stayed until you restarted the app. The new update aims to fix that problem. Read more »

Gmail for iOS gets updated with inbox categories

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After releasing the updated Gmail app for Android, Google has released an update for the iOS version of their popular mail app. Unlike the Android version, however, the iOS version is actually out on the store and can be downloaded right now.

The big change here is the same as on the Android version. The Gmail app for iOS now supports categories in inbox, meaning you now have your mail sorted into Primary, Social, Promotions and Updates. Gmail automatically sorts your mail into the correct category by looking at their content. Read more »

Final Fantasy IV comes to Android, costs an arm and a leg

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If you’re a fan of the Final Fantasy franchise and happen to own an Android smartphone (Gingerbread 2.3.3 and above) then you can now get the 1991 Final Fantasy IV straight off Google Play.

There’s a catch, however, as the game developer has decided to ask premium for the game and you’d need to pay $15.99 or £10.99. Read more »

Eye-Fi unveils cheaper Mobi card, $50 for 8GB capacity

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Eye-Fi cards bring some “smarts” to digital cameras, which haven’t really experienced a functionality boom like smartphones have. If price was the only thing keeping you from getting one, then have a look at the new Eye-Fi Mobi.

Just like the pricier Pro X2 card, the Mobi creates a Wi-Fi network that you can connect to with your iOS or Android device where the Eye-fi app will automatically download the photos. You can then browse the photos, edit them with your image editor of choice and share them on your favorite social network. Read more »

BlackBerry Messenger to hit Android and iOS on June 27

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When BlackBeery announced that its Messenger service (BBM) was coming to iOS and Android many people, including me, got very excited, but unfortunately, the company wasn’t ready to announce a release date back then.

Now, almost a month after the Blackberry Live 2013 conference, the company has announced that its BBM service will hit Android and iOS as a standalone app on June 27. Read more »

The new Asus 4K monitor priced at $4000, too bad little can support it

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The recently-announced Asus PQ321 4K monitor raised a few eyebrows at the Computex 2013 showroom last week, being one of the first consumer available panels which support 4K resolution.

Now, the panel gets its priced revealed at a hefty $4000. Yet, the fact that even a Retina display MacBook Pro can barely support its output should be an even bigger concern than the price. Read more »

Qualcomm and Microsoft readying Snapdragon 800 for Windows RT 8.1 devices

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Qualcomm is working with Microsoft to introduce the Snapdragon 800 chipset to future Windows RT 8.1 devices, making it just the third to make it to the young platform after Snapdragon S4 (also Qualcomm’s chip) and NVIDIA’s Tegra 3.

The chip uses four Krait 400 cores with a maximum clock speed of 2.2 GHz, the Adreno 330 graphics chip and has support for LTE. Read more »

Samsung releases a new Galaxy S4 ad aimed at new dads

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is chock full of features so various and different that many people were wondering how they might use them in their everyday life. Happily, Samsung is here to help with yet another ad of its Android flagship, which thankfully isn’t outright weird.

The latest one is titled Swaddle master and features a dad who has to wrap his son in blankets without the help of the mom, who is running errands. Read more »

Samsung Tizen 2.1 screenshots appear, show how far the OS has gone

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It’s been a while since we last heard any novelties surrounding Samsung and Intel’s joint work on the HTML5-based Tizen OS. Couple of months ago there were even rumors that both companies might announce the first Tizen device to run the latest version of the OS, which is currently 2.1, but alas.

That’s why for now we’ll have to do with the batch of screenshots of the OS that Tizen Indonesia has posted. They gives us a glimpse of what the camera interface looks like, as well as the email client and the web browser. The latter promises to be extremely good, and it’s as it was and currently leading the charts in HTML5 Mobile compatibility test. Read more »