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UK chain Selfridges sold out of BlackBerry Q10s only 2 hours after launch in a store record

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BlackBerry partnered with the Selfridges chain of stores in the UK for an exclusive early launch of its QWERTY-packing BlackBerry Q10 and it’s been a hit. The stores reported that its initial stock ran out in 2 hours, a record for tech items in the store.

The Q10 launched in Selfridges stores last Friday, April 26, ahead of the general April 30 launch. Read more »

The HTC One gets keyed, knifed and hammered, the whole thing caught on video

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Last week, we saw Samsung Galaxy S4 going through a hard-to-watch scratch test and now it’s the turn of the HTC flagship smartphone to get the rough treatment.

The HTC One comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass 2 along with an aluminum uni-body design giving the smartphone a highly sophisticated look. But is the One durable and resistant to scratches? Well, the scratch tests, where the device under goes the knife, key and a hammer is here to show that. Read more »

This is the design story of the Samsung Galaxy S4

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Today Samsung released a 4-minute video telling the story behind the design of the Galaxy S4. A few Samsung designers talk (in Korean, subtitles available) about the creation process of the flagship.

You can hear all about the ideas that went into the creation of the Samsung Galaxy S4 right here. Read more »

‘Drop’ will test your typing skills, patience

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Fond of minimalist but ridiculously challenging games? Here’s another one for you. Created by Marcus Persson, the guy who made the insanely popular Minecraft, Drop is a browser-based game that will test your familiarity with your keyboard and your patience.

The premise of the game is simple. You have a constant stream of letters appearing before you and you have to type the letters on your keyboard. Enter it correctly and you can move on to the next letter. Read more »

HTC One for AT&T hands-on impressions

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HTC One has made it to the carriers’ shelves in the United States over the last week. The Taiwanese flagship is offered by AT&T, Sprint Wireless and T-Mobile across the Atlantic.

We’ve managed to spend some quality time with an AT&T version of the HTC One. Here’s a quick look at the differences between it and the international version which we extensively reviewed. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 announcement causes rush to trade-in older models

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The feature rich Samsung Galaxy S4 is now available in just about every major market and, as expected, the demand for the smartphone is very high. According to a report from CompareMyMobile, the Galaxy S4 announcement has also generated a 127% hike in valuation requests on older Samsung phones.

The availability of the latest Galaxy S smartphone has also resulted in a 29% increase in trade-ins of older smartphone models. Read more »

Oppo Find 5 gets CyanogenMod 10.1 support

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Android custom ROM developers CyanogenMod have added support for yet another Android smartphone in their list of supported devices for their CM10.1 ROM. Starting today, you will be able to install CM10.1 on an Oppo Find 5 as well.

The Oppo Find 5 is one of the best Android smartphones available on the market today, with a 5.0-inch, FullHD display, quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB RAM and a 13 megapixel camera part of the spec sheet. The phone comes with Android 4.1.1 as standard with a custom skin on top. If that’s what bothered you about the phone then you no longer have to worry as you can now replace it with CM10.1 and have a more stock Android experience. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 doesn’t support older NFC TecTile tags, TecTile 2 coming in weeks

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a few surprises in store for those upgrading from the Galaxy S III. It uses a new NFC chipset, which doesn’t support the company’s older NFC tags, dubbed TecTiles. So if you’ve set up those around your crib keep in mind your new Galaxy S4 won’t be able to communicate with them.

Samsung has issued a statement that its new NFC tags, TecTiles 2, will be available in the coming weeks and will be compatible with older NFC-enabled devices. Read more »

BlackBerry releases official demo videos for its Q10 smartphone

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BlackBerry Q10, the QWERTY equipped smartphone, was recently launched with the company’s all new BB10 OS. BlackBerry, which was formally known as RIM, has released demo videos to help you familiarize yourself with the key selling points of the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone.

The BlackBerry Q10 comes with a 3.1″ square AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 x 720 pixels and 330ppi density. Read more »

UPDATED: The latest glitch in Viber for Android allows you to bypass lock screens on 100 million phones

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Viber for Android has been one of the most popular instant messenger applications with more than 100 million users, which is why the latest security glitch found in the application might be kind of a big deal. The issue allows you to bypass the lock screen of a smartphone and gain full access to its data.

The critical flaw allows you to bypass the lock screens of Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC smartphones. The bypass techniques vary from model to model, but the exploit uses the logic of popup messages of Viber.

Update: The officials from Viber Media have got in touch with us and have confirmed that they have fixed the issue. The latest bug free version of the app can be downloaded from the developer’s website. Here’s the direct download link. Read more »

Microsoft to release “Switch to Windows Phone” app for Android smartphones

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Microsoft is planning to launch an application called “Switch to Windows Phone” for the Android platform. The app is expected to ease any app availability concerns of users who consider switching from Android platform to Windows Phone.

The application will help you see if your favorite Android apps are already available on the Windows Phone 8 platform, and in case they are not show you what alternatives inhabit the WP Store. Microsoft Phone store currently has about 135,000 applications and the Microsoft is obviously confident that this is enough to cover most users’ requirements. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 drop test appears, the video isn’t for the faint of heart

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The latest flagship smartphone from the South Korean manufacturer is now available across the globe and the device has been the talk of the town ever since its announcement. The fourth generation Galaxy S smartphone has taken the spotlight, with tech enthusiasts testing every aspect of the smartphone.

Now, that the Galaxy S4 is available across the globe and if you are planning to pick one up for yourself, you might be interested to see how the smartphone performs in a drop test. Read more »

Intel to unveil its next generation “Haswell” chips on June 4

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Intel, the world’s largest chipset-makers will be introducing its highly anticipated fourth generation Core processors at the Computex technology show in Taiwan, which kicks off on June 4.

Intel is said to have started shipping its latest processors to manufacturers and one can expect the latest laptops, PCs and Ultrabooks to feature the “Haswell” chipsets soon enough. Read more »

HTC provided RUU and full ROM for One developer edition

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Recently, HTC launched the developer edition of the HTC One in the US. This model was mostly identical to the model sold by the carriers, but comes with the network and the bootloader unlocked.

Now, HTC has provided the RUU (ROM Update Utility) and the full ROM for the HTC One developer edition on their developer website. This would allow users to restore their devices safely in case things go wrong while flashing custom ROMs. Read more »

Sony Xperia ZL passes our battery test, doesn’t beat its glass-adorned sibling

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The Sony Xperia ZL went through our battery tests and we’ve got all sorts of interesting numbers to share with you.

The smartphone has a similar battery to its Xperia Z sibling – the 2370mAh capacity of the Xperia ZL unit is just 40 mAh more than the waterproof flagship offers. Yet, Sony has rated the Xperia ZL to last a tad shorter than the Xperia Z for both stand-by and talk time and as we found out there are in fact some differences in real-life performance.. Read more »