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Motorola Moto X takes knife, key and hammer in abusive test, here’s how it did

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This one isn’t for the faint of heart, people. You are about get to witness the Motorola Moto X being keyed, knifed and hammered on its front, back and sides in order to test out the durability of that plastic body, tapered edges and Gorilla Glass display.

The guy performing the abusive tests isn’t holding back on the Moto X and the phone could have easily turned into a nonfunctional mush. Wander what happened – check out the video after the break. Read more »

Get Motorola Moto X’s touchless voice control for your droid now with the Open Mic+ app

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Part of Motorola’s Moto X X8 chipset is the always-listening core that activates the phone and Google Now with the magic words “Okay Google Now”. That little neat trick made geeky smartphone-loving hearts everywhere skip a beat and many wanted to get the feature for their not-Moto X Android smartphone.

Thanks to Open Mic+ that feature is available to all, ad-free and for the price of none over at the Google Play store (links after the break). Read more »

Android 4.2.2 update for the Wi-Fi only Sony Xperia Tablet Z now available

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Sony is now seeding the Android 4.2.2 update for the Wi-Fi only model of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. The LTE version of is already running on this firmware since the beginning of August.

The update brings lots of changes – it replaces the Tablet UI with Phone UI, and brings multi-user support, 64GB microSD card support, notification bar and new widgets. Read more »

Twitter rolls out conversation-focused update to Android, iOS and website

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Twitter is a buzzing social network of which conversations have always been an integral part but up until now were rather hard to follow – you’d need to dig through people’s profiles in order to see what’s going on.

However now Twitter is rolling out an update on its website as well as on Android and iOS clients, which puts conversations into focus. You’ll get up to three replies to a tweet displayed and there’s a new tap to see all replies thread link. Read more »

Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue battery life test complets, here come the results

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The budget nature of the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue calls for much corner cutting but when it comes to the battery backup, the Chinese have done pretty well. The 7 incher is packing a potent 4100mAh Li-Po battery that promises to go great distances.

However, the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue packs a rather outdated quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, which isn’t exactly known for its power-efficiency. We were quite interested to find out how those two balance out. Read more »

Panasonic to showcase a 20″ tablet with 4K OLED screen at IFA

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Panasonic announced a Windows 8-powered 20″ tablet with 4K resolution at CES in early January this year and has since shown it off a few more times. The company has announced what it will also be bringing its products to IFA and a 20″ 4K tablet is on the list.

So, why is Panasonic showing the same tablet over half a year later? Read more »

Analyst: Apple iWatch coming in late 2014, to be priced around $149-229

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Apple’s iWatch is one of the most hotly anticipated gadgets, especially after reports that Samsung will be launching its Galaxy Gear smartwatch next week. However, according to the latest gossip, Apple’s iWatch is not coming anytime soon and is expected to launch only in the second half of 2014.

According to an analyst at CIMB Group, 60% of Apple’s iWatch orders are expected to be manufactured by Invetec, the Taiwan-based ODM. The deal is expected to generate about 19% of Invetec’s profits in the coming year. Read more »

Sony’s QX100 and QX10 lens-cameras to be cheaper than the regular cameras they are based on

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Sony’s unusual lens-cameras look like eccentric gadgets but early pricing rumors have them priced quite reasonably. They will come in high-end and entry-level options, helping push people who might be on the fence.

The high-end model – the QX100 – will reportedly use the same 1″ sensor and optically stabilized lens with F/1.8 aperture and 3.6x zoom as the Sony RX100M II. Read more »

LG releases an introduction video of G2, takes you on a trip around its features

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LG has published a video introduction of its LG G2 flagship. It highlights all important features of the G2 ahead of the smartphone’s premier.

You’ll see what the rear keys can be used for and how the new software features will ease your daily life. Read more »

Windows 8.1 RTM leaks, wallpapers available for download

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Microsoft sent out the finished version of Windows 8.1 and RT 8.1 to manufacturers and announced that users will have to wait until the official October 18 launch date to get it (even MSDN and TechNet subscribers). Well, you don’t have to wait, Windows 8.1 RTM has leaked (but it’s the Simplified Chinese version).

If you don’t read Chinese and can wait three weeks until the official version is out, you can just put on one of the 8.1 wallpapers. Read more »

New Nexus 7 now available in UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Japan [UPDATED]

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The new Nexus 7 is easily one of the best Android tablets available on the market today and most would say that it is, in fact, the best Android tablet available on the market today. However, so far it has been available officially only in the US and Canada, but that changes today.

Starting today, those who live in UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Japan will also be available to head over to their Play Store and purchase the new Nexus 7 directly from Google. Read more »

HTC announces limited edition Hello Kitty Butterfly S

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HTC has decided to go ahead and make a limited edition Hello Kitty model of the Butterfly S (because why not?). The phone will be available in Taiwan starting next week.

The Hello Kitty Butterfly S is similar in terms of hardware to the standard Butterfly S but on the back you have an engraving of a 3D Hello Kitty logo, complete with the customary bow and all. On the software side there are probably some Hello Kitty wallpapers to go with the theme but it doesn’t seem there is much else apart from that. Read more »

Phiaton Bridge MS500 over-ear headphones review

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The Phiaton Bridge MS500 headphones are the manufacturer’s most capable and luxurious offering to date. Crafted from materials such as perforated leather and machined aluminum, the headset packs fashion-forward looks to go with aspirations to take on the established heavy hitters on the market.

I’ve walked out impressed out of my last two encounters with Phiaton products. The MS500 however has entered a whole new, ultra-competitive market segment, currently dominated by the likes of Beats Audio’s latest Studio headset, as well as the hordes of other offerings fighting to chip away from its market share. Read on to find out how the latest Phiaton creation fares as a daily driver! Read more »

Samsung details Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, hit the shelves in early September

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We saw the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids in a leaked press material just yesterday and we even found the slate’s manual on Samsung’s official website. So, it’s no surprise Samsung outs the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids today.

There are basically no new details – the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids has the same specs as the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 but comes with highly customized user interface for kids plus lots of pre-installed age appropriate software and games. Read more »

Samsung is promoting BlackBerry Messenger in Africa, “coming soon to Galaxy smartphones”

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BlackBerry Messenger was supposed to hit the Android and iOS app stores today, but there’s nothing just yet (but you can try the beta). More interesting is that Samsung has now kicked-off its promotion of BBM – earlier this month the two companies struck a deal to promote the messenger in Africa.

CrackBerry forum member PauloPlmenta spotted an ad of the Galaxy S4 running BlackBerry Messenger during a football game (Manchester United vs. Chelsea) broadcast in Mozambique. Read more »