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Apple releases new iPhone 5 TV commercial: ‘Music Every Day’

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After some short, fast-paced ads with upbeat music, Apple went back to its roots with slower, more emotional ads for the iPhone 5 with the last one. Well, now, there is one more. Whereas the previous ad concentrated on the camera functionality of the iPhone, the new one focuses on the music experience.

As with the previous one, the entire ad is practically wordless with just some simple, soothing music playing in the background. We see people enjoying music on their iPhones in a variety of ways, from using the iconic white earbuds to loudspeaker, sound docks and even DJ consoles. In the end, you get a simple message: ‘Every day, more people enjoy their music on the iPhone than any other phone.’ Read more »

EA announces Need for Speed Rivals

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Fans of Need for Speed, rejoice. EA has announced the next game in the long running series of arcade racers, Need for Speed Rivals. As with some of the previous games, Rivals will feature both street racers as well as the cops trying to catch them and as a player you will get to play on either side of the law.

So what’s new in this game, then? According to EA, Rivals features a new gameplay mode call AllDrive, which blurs the lines between single player and multiplayer mode. Read more »

LG unveils 5-inch HD Oxide mobile displays with 1mm bezel

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LG unveiled its latest 5-inch HD Oxide mobile displays with 1mm slim bezel at the Society of Information Display 2013 held in Canada. The Korean company also demonstrated its flexible OLED HD panels at the event side by side with its Oxide displays.

The 5-inch Oxide display is likely to be a 720p variant, rather than a 1080p one. Read more »

Mailbox for iOS now available on iPad

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Mailbox, one of the most popular third-party email client applications, which was initially launched for the Apple iPhone, is now available for iPad as well.

Mailbox for iOS is updated and the latest version for iPad comes with a two-pane interface, which makes it easier for you to clear your inbox messages. Read more »

Samsung and Intel might announce Tizen 2.1 tomorrow

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Samsung and Intel are rumored to launch the Tizen 2.1 tomorrow at the last day of Tizen Developers Conference, which began yesterday in San Francisco. According to a report from Tizen Indonesia, the Tizen 2.1 is developed under the codename Nectraine.

The report also claims that the latest platform is all set to make its public appearance. Samsung is expected to launch its first Tizen smartphone in Q3. Read more »

HTC apologizes for all delayed HTC One orders with $25 Google Play credit

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HTC might be having some trouble lately, but that doesn’t stop it from caring for the early HTC One adopters. The first batch of the flagship suffered delays due to some production shortages, which were recently overcome.

If your HTC One order was delayed because of those production hiccups but you didn’t give up on the One, HTC will soon reward your patience with a $25 Google Play voucher. Read more »

Amazon expands Kindle Fire HD availability to over 170 new countries

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When the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ were launched last year, they went on sale only in a handful of countries around the world. Now, almost eight months since the product was officially announced, Amazon has gone for a more global release.

The Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ are now available for pre-order in over 170 countries and will start shipping on June 13. Read more »

Google Drive app for Android updated, brings new UI and document scanning

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Google has updated the Google Drive app for Android with some sweet new features. First of all, there is a new UI for the app, with a convenient drawer on the side for some of the menus. The app also lets you set a thumbnail view for the documents instead of a simple list view.

One of the major additions in this update is the ability to scan receipts, letters and documents with the camera and then save them as PDF files on Google Drive. The app then OCRs these documents and lets you search for the text within the PDFs. You can now also download documents for offline viewing on your device. Read more »

Microsoft’s latest Windows 8 tablet ad bashes the Apple iPad with the help of Siri

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In one of its most memorable Windows 8 tablet ads to date, Microsoft utilized the voice of Apple’s own Siri virtual assistant to make a case for its product. The Redmond giant took a jab at the iPad in a parody of one of Apple’s commercials.

Microsoft’s ad puts the spotlight on Windows 8′s Live Tiles, office, and multitasking capabilities by putting the ASUS VivoTab Smart side by side with an Apple iPad. Read more »

BlackBerry Q10 lands in our office, we take it for a spin

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The BlackBerry Q10 is the company second device running on touch-friendly BlackBerry 10 OS. It’s also probably the most hotly anticipated handset by the die-hard fans of the Canadian company because of its iconic hardware QWERTY keyboard.

The Q10 packs a 3.1-inch 720p Super AMOLED display and runs on a dual-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A9 processor. It’s surely not the latest technology around, but it should be enough for smooth performance. Read more »

Google Chrome for Android updated with fullscreen viewing

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Google has updated the Android version of its Chrome browser and has blessed it with a few cool new features and several stability improvements.

Google Chrome for Android now supports fullscreen viewing on your smartphones and you scroll down to hide your toolbar. The update also comes with a simplified search, which allows you to view and refine your queries directly from the omnibox. Read more »

WPP: Apple the most valuable global brand in 2013, Google follows closely

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WPP, the popular marketing communication services company, has announced its BrandZ list of top 100 most valuable global brands for the year 2013. The company has adjudged Apple as the world’s most popular brand while Google took the second spot.

The list consists of the best brands in the world and the top 10 positions include IBM and Microsoft as well as AT&T and China Mobile. Read more »

Nokia Lumia lineup gets four high-quality games from EA

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Four hot EA games are now available exclusively for the Nokia Lumia lineup. These are yet another result from the long-standing collaboration between Nokia and Electronic Arts.

The four exclusive titles are Mass Effect: Infiltrator ($7), NBA JAM ($3), Real Racing 2 ($5), Tiger Woods 12 ($3). Read more »

Google+ mobile page gets updated design to match the updated Android app

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Google recently updated the desktop version of its Google+ social network and the accompanying Android app. Those who check Google+ through the browser on their smartphone can now enjoy the new design too.

The new Google+ mobile page uses the search giant’s new favorite UI element – the card. Now all posts in your stream are displayed as cards and they feature easy to use +1 and Share buttons. Read more »

Qualcomm shows off 5.1-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 resolution Mirasol display

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Qualcomm showcased a couple of new implementations of its Mirasol display technology at the SID Display Week. One of them was a 1.5-inch panel used on a smartwatch and the second and more interesting one is a 5.1-inch panel with an astounding 2,560 x 1,440 resolution.

At 577 ppi, the latter easily has the highest pixel density of any smartphone display currently on the market. The image quality, however, was described as being inferior to current generation LCD or OLED panels and the display has a silvery tint to it. Read more »