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Canonical lowers Ubuntu Edge price to $695 on Indiegogo

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Canonical’s crowd-funding project, aiming to raise $32 million in order to make its Ubuntu Edge device a reality was off to a fast start, making $2 million in the first 8 hours, but it slowed down shortly after and it seems it stands little chance it will achieve its goal by August 21.

Now with the clear mindset of making the next 14 days count Canonical is slashing the price of the Ubuntu Edge (once as high as $775) to $695, citing cut manufacturing costs as the reason. The price will remain like that for the rest of the campaign and there won’t be any more price hikes. Read more »

Android Device Manager goes live, you can remotely track your Android device

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Google has finally launched the web interface to their promised new service for Android users called Android Device Manager. The unimaginatively named service works similar to Apple’s Find My iPhone, Samsung’s Find My Mobile or HTC’s HTCSense.com and helps you track down your (lost) Android device.

To use the service you will have to head over to the Android Device Manager website. From there you can select your device from the list of recent devices you used with your account and the site will then try to locate your device (you will see the GPS activate on your device briefly as it reports its location). Once the site gets a lock on the device it will show it on the map in the background with the proper address on the side. Read more »

LG G2 camera samples arrive, show what its 13MP OIS shooter is capable of

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In the fairly long list of LG G2 features, there’s is a 13MP optically stabilized shooter, which pioneers 1080p video shooting at 60fps in the smartphone world. Sounds intriguing to say the least, and now, thankfully, we can see just how good the camera is by checking out a few samples.

The LG G2 sample images come courtesy of our colleagues over at Hi-Tech Mail.ru and have been taken at the phone’s official unveiling in New York yesterday. Mind you, the phone is not yet running a retail version of its software, so the camera performance is likely to change once it hits store shelves. Read more »

Instagram 4.1 brings video import and automatic straightening

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Instagram has started rolling out the 4.1 update for its popular social networking app for iOS and Android. One of the key new features in this update is the ability to import videos from your library. 4.0 brought the ability to post videos but the videos had to be shot on the spot before uploading. This new feature lets you import and edit any previously shot video from your phone’s gallery.

Another addition is automatic straightening of shots. What this feature does is analyzes your images and automatically straightens them if it detects a tilt in the horizon. It also lets you manually adjust the image till you think it is perfectly level. This is an excellent tool to level your images after shooting if you think they are slightly tilted. As of now, this feature is only available on iOS. Read more »

Here goes the LG G2 in some hands-on video action

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Today at the LG G2 launch event, we captured a rather lengthy video detailing the key features of the newly announced smartphone. The list is long and quite impressive.

The video kicks off with a look at the hardware design of the LG G2, followed by walkthrough of the UI highlights. Read more »

Sony updates its Walkman, Album and Movies app

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Sony is officially rolling out an update for its media applications – Walkman, Album and Movies. The most important change is these apps now have a better integration with all of your media in the cloud.

The Walkman media app now comes with Sony’s Music Unlimited integration, which allows you to search across local and the cloud contents. Read more »

LG releases a bunch of G2 promo videos, check them out

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LG officially announced its G2 flagship smartphone and as tradition dictates, LG has launched a bunch of the promo videos to detail its coolest features.

The LG G2 got 14 videos that describe various aspects of the smartphone. We have a picked the most interesting among them and are giving you the chance to check them out now. Read more »

LG charges the Android hill: LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

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LG is storming the Android hill once again with its latest flagship smartphone, the G2. Dropping the Optimus moniker doesn’t mean the company is skimping on features. Powered by the mighty Snapdragon 800 chipset with four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM, the LG G2 simply blows the competition out of the water in terms of processing prowess.

However, does it manage to keep the same sort of performance going in the other departments? That’s what we are going to see right here in one of our traditional comparison tables. We’ve put the LG G2 against the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One to if G2 does indeed fall short somewhere or if it will produce a clean sweep. Read more »

Google to highlight in-depth articles in the search results

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Google is about to introduce a new “in-depth” article section in its search pages in an attempt to provide better results for broad search queries. The latest feature from the internet giant will help you find relevant in-depth researches about a specific subject and filter out more shallow articles.

The newest tool will highlight in-depth articles with special blocks, which will let you tell them apart. Google’s latest addition will hopefully allow great stories from lesser-known publications or blogs to come in the top results. Read more »

Motorola Moto X’s ClearPixel camera stands against the Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView snapper

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Motorola made a big deal of the 10MP ClearPixel camera found on the Moto X and boasted about its low light performance to anyone who would listen. So, it’s only logical for a comparison to ensue, and the Moto X has taken part in an impromptu shootout featuring the 41MP PureView camera of the Nokia Lumia 1020.

The two phones were tested with their flash units on and off, so we can compare their low-light performance as well as the quality of their flash units. Read more »

Twitter for iOS and Android gets two-step authentication

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Twitter has updated their iOS and Android apps with a new form of two-step authentication. For those not aware, two-step authentication is where other than just using your password you have to approve a login request from another device before someone can log in to your account.

Twitter introduced two-step authentication a few months back for the web service but it is now available on the mobile apps as well. In this method, you no longer have to provide your mobile number for authorizing access to your account but the service instead sends push messages and in-app approval to authenticate a log in. Read more »

WhatsApp prioritizes voice messaging in latest update

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WhatsApp has started rolling out a new update across the various platforms that prioritizes the voice messaging feature of the service. This move probably comes after other messaging services have started incorporating and promoting their voice messaging feature.

To be clear, this is not a new feature even for WhatsApp as the functionality was always available. The only difference is that now it is prominently placed in the UI with the latest update. Now, you’ll see a microphone button instead of the Send button when no message is being typed in the message field. Press and hold this button and your message starts getting recorded. Slide left any time to cancel the recording. Read more »

Office Max offers 20% discount on the Google Nexus 7 2

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Google officially announced its second-generation Nexus 7 last month and the slate is already on sale starting at $229. Now, the new Nexus 7 is available at a discounted price from Office Max for a limited period.

Office Max is currently offering a 20% discount on the 16 GB and the 32 GB variant of the new Nexus 7 tablet. The 16 GB variant now costs you $183.20 and the 32 GB version is up for grabs with a price tag of $216, which saves you $54 as compared to the official pricing. The offer requires the usage of a coupon code that is available in the source link below. Read more »

Firefox 23 launched with new logo and some new features

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Firefox recently announced its logo and it’s now officially seeding with the latest Firefox 23 browser. Firefox 23 brings some cool new features such as share button, mixed content blocker and network monitor on the desktop browsers.

Share button, the newest addition now enables developers to let users share content with friends and family in just one click. Read more »

LinkedIn is now available on Nokia S40 and Asha touch phones

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LinkedIn has officially brought its app to the Nokia S40 phones in an attempt to expand its user base even further. This means that if you own a Nokia Asha, you will now get a chance to connect to the largest professional network right from your handset.

The newest LinkedIn app is designed exclusively for Nokia S40 phones and the applications is said to works Asha smartphones like Nokia Asha 501, Asha 305, Asha 306, Asha 308, Asha 309, Asha 310 and Asha 311. Read more »