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Google Play reviews now use your Google+ profile ID

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Recently, Google updated the comment system on YouTube and allowed users to use their Google+ profile ID in place of a generic YouTube ID to appear next to their comments. Now they have done something similar for the Google Play.

Now when you try to leave a review on Google Play, it will tell you that your reviews will appear under your Google+ profile ID. Unlike with YouTube, however, you don’t really get any say in the matter. Read more »

Watch the Galaxy S III take a beating in Samsung’s own lab

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We enjoy putting phones through their paces in our office, but as a manufacturer, Samsung too subjects its phones to a host of reliability tests before launching them on the market. And it’s a different type of tests, mind you. A Samsung made video gives you a rare glimpse behind the curtains of their test facilities.

It’s a video ad, that’s alright, but none of these tests seems staged. I’m sure most (if not all) Samsung phones go through stringent testing procedures like these (even employing the help of “I sat on my phone” buttocks dummy). Key press tests, USB socket rigidness, twisting and flexing, abrasive action by vibrating foreign objects, and even rain – it’s all there. Read more »

Samsung demonstrates the Galaxy Camera in a 13 minutes video

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Samsung released a 13 minute-long walkthrough for its Galaxy Camera Android-powered digicam. It’s really worth it if you don’t have a store with a demo unit, but you are considering getting the device.

In case you need a refresh, the Galaxy Camera features a similar hardware to the Galaxy S III flagship smartphone (4.8” LCD HD screen, a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, Mali-400MP GPU, 1GB RAM) and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Read more »

Record Kindle sales in the UK (tripled the previous record), price of Kindle Fire in US slashed to $129

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Amazon has slashed the prices of its updated Kindle Fire tablets both in the UK and now in the US to celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While Black Friday is mostly an American thing, UK customers got to buy the revamped 7″ tablet for just £99 (with ads), which led to a record number of units sold.

US customers shouldn’t feel left out – they can get the Fire tablet at just $129 ($30 off, again with ads). Read more »

Nokia releases three promo videos for the Asha 205 and Asha 206

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Nokia has just introduced a couple of new members of its Asha family today and, as the tradition goes in such cases, the company released a few promo videos to demo their strengths.

The QWERTY-packing Nokia Asha 205 had a single clip dedicated to it, while the Asha 206 got two videos. Check them out after the break. Read more »

Nexus 4 does not support USB OTG, despite Google saying otherwise

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It has been brought to our attention that the Nexus 4 does not support USB On-The-Go functionality, even though Google says that it does.

Although Google does not advertise this feature, it is mentioned in the user guide (jump to page 43). However, several users on xda-developers forum are confirming that this functionality is not actually available on the device. Read more »

Facebook continues urging employees to switch to Android

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Back in August we had heard that Facebook was urging its employees, who mostly use iPhones that the company gave them, to switch to Android. The reason behind this was they knew that the Android version of their app sucks and that they wanted their employees to dogfood their app and report back on what’s wrong with it.

Apparently, Facebook hasn’t given up on that initiative and is continuing to urge its employees to switch to Android, as can be seen by these new posters found on Facebook’s Menlo Park campus. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 810 for T-Mobile came over, looks strangely familiar

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With the Nokia Lumia 820 exclusive to AT&T in the United States, the Finnish manufacturer had to resort to rebranding tactics in order to put its mid-range Windows Phone 8 offering on other carrier’s shelves. The Nokia Lumia 810 for T-Mobile is one such product – the stealthy looking handset is essentially a clone of the Lumia 820 with some minor tweaks thrown in.

Like its 920 and 820 siblings, the Nokia Lumia 810 packs a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset and a gig of RAM. Read more »

‘Paper Monsters’ for iOS and Android game review

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Some of you may be familiar with Paper Monsters, which was released on iOS back in January this year. While it took its time, the Android version of the game has finally been released and is now available on Google Play.

For those who don’t know, Paper Monsters is a side scrolling ‘2.5D‘ game involving characters and environment made out of paper. Let’s take a closer look at it. Read more »

Google said to be working on an AirPlay alternative for Android and Google TV

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Apple’s AirPlay is a fantastic feature. You connect your Apple TV and then you just beam content from your iOS and OS X device wirelessly with no setup required. It just works. Unfortunately, it just works on Apple’s devices.

Google is now said to be working on a similar feature for it’s own set of products, namely, Android and Google TV. Unlike Apple’s version, however, Google’s service will be open and will allow other software and hardware vendors to implement it in their products. Read more »

PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ beats Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ to become YouTube’s most popular video

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Unless you spent the last four months in a Himalayan cave, you may have seen South Korean singer PSY’s video ‘Gangnam Style’ by now, several times, to the point where you don’t want to watch it ever again. A lot of people have done the same, which is why the video is now the most watched video in the history of YouTube.

The video, which at last count had 805,055,375 views since it was uploaded on July 15, 2012, just went past the previous record holder, which was Canadian singer Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ that at last count had 803,732,561 views but was uploaded over two years ago, on February 19, 2010. Read more »

Will.i.am ready to kit your iPhone with a 14MP camera (for real)

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Singer and musician Will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas) is getting ready to release its own line of iPhone accessories. But these are not your run-of-the-mill accessories, we’re talking serious stuff. His lineup will be called i.am+ and the first accessory will be shell, which adds a real 14MP camera to the smartphone.

“We have our own sensor and a better flash. You dock you phone into our device and it turns you smartphone into a genius-phone. We take over the camera.” – says Will.i.am. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S III mini comes back, hasn’t grown up

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The Samsung Galaxy S III mini stops by our office for a second time – the first time we did a preview and we’ll do a full review now. Before we start, we put it in front of our camera and give you a quick reminder of what the S III mini offers.

In a “Honey, I shrunk the kids” moment, Samsung took the Galaxy S III and created a mini version of it, dropping the screen size from the pocket-busting 4.8” to the much more manageable 4”. Read more »

Here are some of the best iOS app sales and then some

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After telling you all about the greatest deals we could find in the Google Play store yesterday, today we thought it’s high time to scour the Apple iOS AppStore and bring you the best deals this week. I have the honor of taking you through the titles that had their prices slashed today or a day or two ago.

The links I’ve prepared point to the online version of the US AppStore, but usually you can find the same app in your own regional stores at (relatively) the same discount. Ok, let’s not waste any more time and get to the lists. Read more »

Amazon drops the price of its 7″ 8GB Kindle Fire to £99 for Black Friday

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As you’ve probably learned by now, today is Black Friday in the US, but Amazon is bringing some of the price slashing action to its UK store as well. In fact, the company has been doing so the entire past week, but now they caught our eye by cutting the price of its 7″ Kindle Fire by £30.

Now you can buy the last-gen 7″ 8GB Kindle Fire for £99 (with special offers) or £109, if you don’t want to have sponsored screensavers on your device. Read more »