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Hangouts for Android update finally shows online status

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When Google replaced the Talk application on Android devices with Hangouts, they also took away the ability to check if a particular contact was available online, indicated by a small colored dot. Hangouts would occasionally show a green line below a contact name if they are online but that only worked for a handful of frequently contacted users.

The latest update thankfully takes care of this annoyance. Now, you will see a small green icon next to your contact names that indicates if they are online or not. It doesn’t have the same ability to select multiple availability status or a custom status message as Talk but this is better than nothing. Read more »

AT&T will be the exclusive US carrier to offer the Pebble Smartwatch

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AT&T announced that it will be the exclusive wireless carrier to offer the popular Pebble Smartwatch in the United States. The gadget will be available online and in over 500 AT&T stores this Friday, on September 27.

AT&T will be charging $150 for the Pebble Smartwatch. The device is currently in the record books as the most successful KickStarter campaign to date. It works with both iOS and Android devices. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5s is in the house, the hands-on video shows its Touch ID glory

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This is it – Apple’s flagship device for 2013 – the iPhone 5s. The new phone comes to sweep iFans off their feet with a new Touch ID home button, a 15% larger camera sensor, the spanking new Gold color option and a 64-bit Apple A7 processor.

At first glance the iPhone 5s looks identical to the iPhone 5 but when you look closer, you start seeing the differences. There’s a dual LED flash, the Space Gray version replaces the Black one of old (and looks grayer indeed), while on the front the home button now has a sapphire glass-covered sensor with an aluminum ring around it. Read more »

LG G2 for AT&T hands-on

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The LG G2 has been on sale in the United States for a couple of weeks now, so I managed to snag some quality time with an AT&T version of the company’s flagship. The smartphone is offered by AT&T for $199.99 with a two-year contract.

Save for the lack of FM radio, the AT&T LG G2 sports the same specs as its international sibling. Read more »

HTC Desire 500 battery life test

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The HTC Desire 500 is running on the Snapdragon 200 platform, which should be rather easy on its battery. The trade-off is low performance, but that’s not what we are discussing in this blogpost.

Behind the back cover of the Desire 500 lies a 1,800mAh battery, which is at least on par with most rivals in the same market space. Android 4.1.2 and the Sense 5 UI on top of it are going to be heavily relied on to ensure the Desire 500 lasts as long as possible. Read more »

Nook Simple Touch Glowlight gets a price cut in UK, now available for £49

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Nook Simple Touch Glowlight has received a price cut in the UK and the eReader is now available for just £49 while stocks last. The Nook that comes with integrated lighting will be up for grabs across the UK, starting today.

Just as a reminder, other Nook variants are also available at a discounted price and the basic 8 GB version of the 7-inch Nook HD now costs just £79, while the 16 GB option is priced at £99. Read more »

Apple iPad 5 in Space Gray leaks on video

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Yet another leak of the upcoming iPad 5 has emerged. This time, we’re treated to high resolution photos of the Space Gray color variation of Apple’s fifth generation slate.

From all the leaks so far we expect the iPad 5 to look a lot like the iPad mini, sporting the same design for its edges and narrower bezels than the iPad 4. Read more »

Amazon unveils new Kindle Fire lineup – Snapdragon 800-powered Fire HDX 8.9″ and HDX 7″, cheap HD 7″

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Jeff Bezos posted yet another “Dear Customers” letter to the front page of Amazon.com announcing the new Kindle Fire lineup – that’s great advertising right there. The lineup consists of three tablets – the 8.9″ Fire HDX, the 7″ Fire HDX and the 7″ Fire HD.

Jump after the break for more info on the new tablets. Read more »

Adobe releases Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12 for Mac and Windows

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Adobe has released the new Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12 for Mac and Windows computers. These are updated versions of Adobe’s highly powerful professional photo and video editing software, respectively.

The new updated versions bring many new features, among which is improved synchronization with mobile devices, wherein you can now view, edit and share the same images on mobile as well as desktop devices. Read more »

YouTube comments get a complete overhaul, utilize Google+

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YouTube implemented a massive overhaul of its often maligned comments section. In the near future, all comments left in the popular video sharing website will be powered by Google+.

The changes do not end there. Going forward, users will see the most popular comments at the top of the list below each YouTube video. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5c arrives at the office, the hands-on video is inside

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Today Apple iPhone 5c arrived at our office and as the tradition goes, we unboxed it in front of our camera and took a quick tour around its UI.

The iPhone 5c comes in a brand new colorful and plastic shell, but its internals are identical to the already discontinued iPhone 5. The battery capacity is the only thing that got bumped by a hair. Read more »

Apple refreshes iMac lineup with Haswell processors and GeForce 700 GPUs

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Apple has officially introduced its updated iMac PCs, which now features the latest generation Intel quad-core processors, new graphics, new Wi-Fi receivers and faster storage options.

The 21.5-inch entry-level iMac now comes with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel i5 processor and a new Iris Pro GPU. Read more »

Android Device Manager now features remote locking option

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Google was expected to update its own tracking service, known as Android Device Manager with the remote locking feature. The newest security option is now available on the ADM dashboard and you can remotely lock your smartphone from the web interface.

The newest feature allows you to lock your smartphone with a new password that changes any previous screen unlock setting. Read more »

EA Sports FIFA 14 is now available for Android and iOS

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EA Sports FIFA 14 got a grand release in NZ App Store a couple of days ago and the latest action blockbuster game is now available for both Android and iOS platforms across the globe.

FIFA 14 is up for grabs on App Store and Play Store for free of cost, but the game requires you to make in-app purchases to unlock its premium features. Read more »

Archos announces 7-inch GamePad 2 with quad-core processor

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Archos brought its first 7-inch Android tablet with hardware gaming controls, dubbed GamePad, a year ago and now the company has revealed its second-generation GamePad in a brief post on a retail website.

Archos GamePad 2 comes with a 7-inch display just like its predecessor, but the resolution has been increased from 1024 x 600 pixels to 1280 x 800 pixels. Read more »