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MIUI v5 is now available for the HTC One as a custom ROM

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MIUI is one of the most famous Android launchers out there and now it’s available for HTC One users as an easy to flash ROM.

Based on AOSP version of Android 4.2.2 via a fork of the CyanogenMod ROM, the MIUI v5 for HTC One is reported as a pretty stable replacement of the Sense UI experience that the stock HTC One provides. Many owners say it’s much prettier, too. Read more »

Samsung’s latest Galaxy S4 commercial bashes Apple with the help of dancing ninjas and a goat

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Samsung Iceland released an odd, yet hilarious ad for the Galaxy S4, which takes a jab at the Apple iPhone in a never before seen fashion. The ad metaphorically highlights the advantages of the Korean flagship by employing a team of dancing ninjas and (get ready for this) a goat.

The plot of the ad is quite simple. In the beginning, a guy tries to interact with an apple as if it is an actual smartphone with “predictable” results. Read more »

‘Limbo’ for iOS game review

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For seasoned gamers, especially those who regularly haunt the dark gray alleys of Steam, Limbo isn’t anything new. Released back in 2010, the game was incredibly well received by everyone and has won several awards ever since.

For someone who spends considerable amount of time playing both PC/console as well as mobile games, Limbo was one of those games that I was really hoping would make it to the mobile platform. And then the developers decided to grant my wish. Available only on iOS for now, Limbo is finally out on the mobile and so we decided to see how well it has translated over to the smaller screen. Read more »

Elago G7 Breathe case for Samsung Galaxy S4 hands-on

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Continuing its tradition of designing accessories for the Samsung Galaxy family of smartphones, the California based manufacturer Elago released a trio of protective cases for the Galaxy S4. Out of the bunch, I managed to spend quality time with the Elago G7 Breathe case. The cover is designed to offer basic protection for the smartphone, as well as (arguably) enhance its appearance.

This is not my first experience with Elago products. Over the years, the company has established itself firmly on the market by offering products which pack great bang for the buck. At a quick glance, the Elago G7 Breathe case looks like no exception from the norm. Read on to find out if it is worth your consideration! Read more »

New Samsung ATIV lineup priced, available for pre-order in the UK

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The latest products from the Samsung ATIV lineup, that were announced in London on June 20, are now on pre-order on Amazon UK.

Starting with the Samsung ATIV BOOK 9 LITE, will sport a starting price of £499 for the non-touchscreen version and £599 for the touchscreen version. The slimmer, more powerful and higher-resolution BOOK 9 PLUS, naturally, is priced a bit higher Read more »

Barnes & Noble and Amazon cut the prices Nook and Fire tablets in the US and the UK

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Barnes & Noble recently cut the prices of its Nook HD tablets in the UK, but the price cuts now got extended to the US too and Amazon is fighting back with price cuts of its own Fire HD tablets (again both in the UK and in the US).

In the US the 7″ B&N Nook HD costs $129 for the 8GB version and $149 for the 16GB version. In the UK the prices are £99 and £129 respectively. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Camera app successfully ported to work on Galaxy S4

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Samsung Galaxy Camera, the Android based point and shoot camera comes with a specially designed camera app, which offers some cool features for advanced photographers.

But you no longer need to get the Galaxy Camera to enjoy those as the app has been successfully ported to work on Samsung Galaxy S4, courtesy of an XDA developer. Read more »

Sony’s my Xperia app comes out of beta – to be available globally soon

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Back in February, we brought you word of Sony’s beta test for its new ‘my Xperia’ app, a service which allows you to locate a lost Xperia smartphone.

Initially, only available in select Nordic regions, my Xperia is set to come out of beta and launch globally for Xperia handsets manufactured 2012 or later, in the coming weeks. Read more »

Early HTC Butterfly S benchmarks show it beats HTC One, trades blows with Samsung Galaxy S4

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Early benchmarks for the HTC Butterfly S are in and unsurprisingly it muscles the HTC One out of the way. It gives other flagships a run for their money too, topping several benchmarks and coming close to the top in the rest. And this is with early, unfinished software too.

The Butterfly S packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset with four Krait 300 CPU cores clocked at 1.9GHz, Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Those are the same specs as the Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4 and better than the HTC One (same chipset, but CPU is at 1.7GHz, GPU is probably clocked lower too). Read more »

The latest Sony Xperia Z Ultra video ad promotes the productivity of the phablet

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Sony recently announced its 6.4″ Xperia Z Ultra phablet and the company has been pushing the interest towards it with well-directed ad campaigns.

The first video effort from Sony highlighted the big screen of the huge Xperia Z Ultra phablet and now, the latest ad promotes the overall productivity of the device. Read more »

Nokia videos tell of the company’s innovations in mobile phone imaging

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Nokia has a long history of bringing innovative camera tech to the mobile phone market and it has prepared several videos celebrating that. Part of their success is due to its exclusive collaboration with Carl Zeiss (now just ZEISS), which is famous for precision instruments – Zeiss optics have won three technical Oscars according to one of the clips.

Nokia also pioneered the Optical Image Stabilization in mobile phones, which is the subject of another video. Read more »

Samsung announces 20MP WB110 with 26x optical zoom

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Samsung has extended its collection of superzoom cameras with the addition of WB110. Samsung’s latest camera boasts a 26x optical zoom and has a 20.2 megapixel sensor.

Samsung WB110 measures 114.48 x 79.26 x 86.45mm and weighs about 385g. The WB110 lens starts from the ultra wide 22.3mm and its LCD screen measures 3-inch in diagonal. Read more »

MEGA launches an app for Android

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Kim Dotcom’s file hosting service MEGA now has an official app for Android called, well, MEGA. The app isn’t new per se – MEGA just acquired one of the top third party apps, which is a wise move instead of developing your own app.

The MEGA app should be familiar to those who have used apps for other file hosting services before. You can manage your account, create folders, upload and download files, move, rename or delete them, search for them or even share them. There is also a camera sync feature that automatically uploads your camera images to your MEGA account. Read more »

Freemium is the future of mobile gaming, says Nick Earl

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The freemium payment model, which is often seen in mobile games from several known developers and publishers, is criticized for the in-game item buy-ins. However, Nick Earl, the senior vice president and general manager of EA All Play reveals that freemium is the future of mobile gaming. It is also one of the major features mobile gamers want.

Electronic Arts, one of the popular gaming brands, who offer a wide range of titles for iOS and Android devices have adopted the much criticized freemium structure and have been very successful. Read more »

Apple tries to patent Waze-like navigation system with crowd-sourced traffic data and accident reporting

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A patent filing from Apple, published last Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reveals the company’s intentions of making a navigation system for creating routes based on user input as well as real-time accident reporting.

Apple’s patent application also includes a method for generating car travel routes based on user preference and real-time traffic data — just like the crowd-sourced navigation app Waze. Read more »