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BBM for iOS goes live, Android version arriving shortly

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The hotly anticipated BlackBerry Messenger for iOS is finally official. The app is currently available for download in the App Store.

Update: The unreleased version of BBM for Android has resulted in more than 1.1 million activations in first 8 hours, causing lot of issues for the company. So, BlackBerry has paused the global roll out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Read more »

Skype will no longer update its Windows Phone 7 app, will concentrate on Windows Phone 8 instead

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Skype, a Microsoft owned company, has officially announced that the popular instant messenger will no longer support its Windows Phone 7 app with regular updates and will instead concentrate on developing its app on the latest version of the Windows Phone operating system.

The latest move comes on the basis of the vast majority of the Skype users being on Windows Phone 8. Read more »

Valve hints at Steam Box announcement next week

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Valve’s Steam Box gaming console has been rumored for awhile now, but it seems the company is finally ready to take the wraps off and give us a good look at it. A teaser page has gone up on their site with a clock that counts down to Monday next week.

But it seems there isn’t going to be one but three announcements. The site shows three circles with cryptic icons within and the timer is only for the first of the three. Read more »

The Nokia Lumia 1020 battery test

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 is for the majority of the company’s fans the best smartphone to have come out of the Nokia-Microsoft partnership so far. It has presumably the best display Nokia currently makes, as well as presumably the best camera that’s even been fitted to a smartphone.

We have yet to test those on our dedicated review, but one thing we did already test is battery life.

A 2,000mAh battery doesn’t sound like much, but it powers a frugal dual-core processor and an AMOLED display. Combine this with the efficient Windows Phone 8 OS, and the Lumia 1020 promises to be a long-distance runner in our battery life test. Read more »

Grand Theft Auto V sales make it past $1 billion in only three days

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Already the fastest-selling video game in the world, Grand Theft Auto V reached yet another milestone today. The Rockstar Games creation made it past $1 billion in worldwide sales only three days after hitting the retail shelves.

GTA V’s publisher Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. reckons that the video game title is the fastest entertainment property to reach the ten-digit milestone. Read more »

The Nokia Lumia 625 battery test

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The Nokia Lumia 625 arrives as one of the final Lumia smartphones from Nokia, and looks to build on the name set forth by the budget-range Lumia 620.

This time around the device sports a larger display at 4.7-inches, but also features a 2000 mAh battery. With such a hefty battery having to only power a dual-core device, we expected great battery perfomance and the Lumia 625 delivered. Read more »

Google Translate for iOS gets a new user interface, handwriting input and new languages

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Google has updated its Translate application for the iOS platform. The latest version of the Google Translate for iPhone and iPad now comes with a couple of new features that were previous available only on the Android ecosystem.

Google Translate for iOS now comes with a re-designed user interface to compliment the new iOS 7 OS. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c goes through drop test regime, check out the video inside

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Apple recently announced its iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c a couple of days ago and both the smartphones went on sale earlier today. The folks at Android Authority have already managed to get their hands on the latest iPhones and guess what, the first thing they did was to drop it.

If you are planning to pick up the iPhone 5s or the iPhone 5c for yourself, then you might be interested in checking out what happens to your favourite gadget when you drop them. Read on to see how the new iPhones perform in a drop test. Read more »

Sony announces BRAVIA Smart Stick, supports Google Services and apps on BRAVIA TVs only

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Sony has just announced its answer to the Google Chromecast dongle. Dubbed BRAVIA Smart Stick, the TV accessory comes with full support of the Google Servicesр, which means Android apps on your TV. This also includes the popular Chrome web browser (with Flash enabled).

The BRAVIA Smart Stick currently only works on the company’s 2013 line-up of BRAVIA TVs and all prospects point at this not changing any time soon. Nevertheless, it comes with a set of cool features. Read more »

iFixit dissects the iPhone 5s, fingerprint scanner and all

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The iPhone 5s is just fresh out the door but it’s already going commando for the iFixit camera, where the guys are quick to undo its glass and aluminum shell and see what hides underneath.

The team deems the iPhone 5s slightly less fun to open compared to its predecessor, to some extent thanks to the short connection cable for the Touch ID sensor. We also get a look at the phone’s bigger 1560 mAh battery, the latest Apple A7 chip and more. Read more »

Quickoffice goes free on iOS and Android

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Google recently acquired the company behind the Quickoffice app for iOS and Android devices. And just like with Snapseed, they have now made the app free and available on both platforms.

Quickoffice is a mobile productivity app that lets you create, view and edit Microsoft Office files, such as your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. The new app now also integrates with Google Drive and if you download and log into your Google account from the app, you also get an additional 10GB of Google Drive storage space for the next two years. Read more »

Google Wallet now available on the iPhone

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Google’s ambitious Wallet service has largely been ignored by everyone since it launched a couple of years ago. The service was available only on a handful of carriers and Android devices with NFC built-in and thus was unavailable to a majority of people out there.

Google partially solved the problem earlier this week by lifting the NFC limit and making the Wallet app available on every Android device and US carrier. But starting today, you can now also use the Google Wallet service on your iPhone. Read more »

Apple is blocking unauthorized third-party Lightning cables with iOS 7

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It appears that Apple is blocking non-certified Lightning cables from charging iPhones running iOS 7. The move is line with a warning from the Cupertino giant, issued during the launch of an iOS 7 pre-release version.

Certified cables from Apple contain a chip which allows them to get authenticated by the new OS. Read more »

The Sony Xperia Z1 battery tests are done, here’s the score

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The Sony Xperia Z1 draws the crowds with an impressive camera and powerful chipset, but it’s also worth mentioning that the slender phone packs a large battery as well. It’s got a 3,000mAh fuel tank capacity, let’s see if it will go longer than the Xperia Z Ultra, which has virtually the same size battery (and chipset too), but proved to be a bit disappointing.

Well, the smaller screen should make a big difference (that’s 40% less surface area), but will that be enough? Read more »

Leaked inventory system confirms ASUS as the next Nexus 10 manufacturer

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We had earlier reported that Google has chosen Asus as the next manufacturer to build the successor of the current Nexus 10 tablet. Now, a leaked PCWorld inventory screen confirms that Asus is indeed the company behind the second-generation Nexus 10 slates.

The alleged leak also suggests that the upcoming Nexus 10 will carry a price tag of £349.99 (about $562). Read more »