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Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut comes free of charge on June 26

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BioWare has just announced the Extended Cut DLC for Mass Effect 3 will be released on June 26 worldwide for PC and Xbox 360. The PlayStation 3 update will be pushed on June 26 in North America and July 4 for the rest of the world.

The DLC is free, weighs almost 2GB and expands the cinematic sequences at the end of the game. Once again – there won’t be any changes on the story, just more answers and closure. Read more »

PureView’s take on the PureView: We shoot a hands-on video with the Nokia 808

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We’ve had a lot of requests for all sorts of tests of the PureView’s camera capabilities, and one which caught our eye was using the device to shoot one of our hands-on videos.

And what more appropriate smartphone to put in front of the camera than…another PureView! PureViewception anyone? Check out our video to see how well it did. Read more »

Nike+ GPS running app comes to Android

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The Nike+ running app provides a nifty way to track your workouts as well as receive recommendations on how to improve for your next workout, as well as compete against your friends or anyone in the Nike+ community.

The app, which has been an iOS-exclusive until now, finally lets Android users join the party. Read more »

Quad-core comes to town: the LG Optimus 4X HD pays us a visit

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What we have in the office is something special. LG’s new flagship is at our door and it looks eager to strut its stuff and flex some quad-core muscles.

The LG Optimus 4X HD has a strong claim as one of the best phones on the market right now. And if quad-core Tegra 3 processing, True HD-IPS display of 720p resolution and Android 4.0.3 aren’t enough by themselves, take a peek inside for our video of the 4X HD in action. Read more »

Microsoft Surface tablets to be priced at $599 for RT, $999 for Pro

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You all remember the sleek hardware that Microsoft presented last week. Called Surface, the tablet has two versions – one with a Tegra 3 chipset, running Windows 8 RT, and another one with a proper x64 processor by Intel – that one running regular Windows 8 Pro. We’ve all been wondering what sort of pricing would the new tablets have.

Well, know we sorta know. According to “a close source to Microsoft”, the Tegra version will have a price tag of $599 and the Surface Pro will go for $999. Read more »

Apple AppStore comes to 32 new countries, brings the total up to 155

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Apple has announced to its registered iOS and Mac developers they’ve included 32 more countries in its promised AppStore expansion.

Tim Cook did promise this would eventually happen at the WWDC, but never got into specifics. So, here’s the list of countries. Read more »

Flipboard for Android comes out of beta, gets Google+ and YouTube integration

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Flipboard first made an appearance on Android exclusively on the Galaxy S III through a partnership with Samsung. Soon after that they released a beta for other Android phones to those who had signed up on their websites.

After a couple of months of beta testing, the final build of the app is now available on the Google Play Store, Amazon Appstore and the Barnes & Noble Nook store. On the Galaxy S III in the US, the app will come pre-installed from all the carriers. Read more »

Nintendo announces 3DS XL for North America

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Nintendo has announced a brand new version of its portable gaming console, called the Nintendo 3DS XL. The name makes it sound like a bigger version of the existing Nintendo 3DS, and that’s because it is.

The new 3DS XL has a 4.88-inch display compared to the 3.53-inch display on the 3DS and uses the same stereoscopic 3D wizardry found on its smaller sibling that lets you view 3D content without using any kind of glasses. Read more »

ACTA gets rejected by the International Trade Committee, the European Parliament gets the last word

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Remember ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement)? This is the European version of SOPA and PIPA which were threatening to impose censorship on the Internet.

Great news came in today, as the International Trade Committee (ITC) has rejected ACTA with 19 votes against and 12 in favor. Read more »

Huawei Ascend P1 battery life test completes, scores come out mixed

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We’ve had the Huawei Ascend P1 in our office long enough to run the battery tests. Since we couldn’t find official battery life numbers on Huawei’s website, this is our first look at how long the 1670mAh battery lasts.

The Ascend P1 performed more or less as we expected it to – with web browsing once again proving to be the bane of AMOLED screens. The other numbers are very good though. Read more »

How to get offline Google maps on your Android phone right now

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Google Maps is a great digital map to have on the go. But when you are abroad, or at a place without a proper coverage, you are toast. Google already promised us offline maps on Android but how would you like to know that you can get offline maps easily right this very moment?

The Labs section of Google Maps has several interesting experimental features and one of them allows you to cache maps on your Android device. It’s called Pre-cache map area and works just as the title suggests.

Now this is not a new feature by all means but I get asked about this a lot so consider this post as a quick HOW-TO, rather than a news post. If you haven’t been tinkering a lot with Google Maps on your Android smartphone you might have missed this. Read more »

Editorial: A few thoughts on Windows Phone 8

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Microsoft officially pulled the curtain on Windows Phone 8 at yesterday’s Windows Phone Summit and we see promise of exciting times for the industry.

While it’s temptingly easy to pass verdicts before we’ve actually seen any real WP8-rocking hardware, here go a few of my thoughts on the announcements. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S III US ad campaign kicks off as the smartphone goes on sale

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Today is the day when the Galaxy S III finally arrives on US soil and to kick-start its sales, Samsung has launched a couple of new promo video spots for its flagship.

The first of those revolves around the Samsung Galaxy S III great connectivity and the plentiful content sharing options that the smartphone offers, while the other focuses on the Pop up play functionality. Read more »

Windows Phone user sends a disappointed letter to Stephen Elop, gets a response

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced the newest version of their mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8. But while it’s a solid upgrade over the current Windows Phone 7.5, those who own the current devices have been left in the lurch, with just the new homescreen and a couple of minor features being offered as part of the Windows Phone 7.8 update.

Naturally, the people are upset about it, since companies like Nokia were launching their flagship products like the Lumia 900 based on Windows Phone 7.5 not too long ago and people bought these thinking that they will be upgraded to Windows Phone 8 in future and get all the new features. One such customer was Luke who had bought a Samsung Focus in the past and then switched on to a Nokia Lumia 900. Read more »

Asphalt 7: Heat released for iOS

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Gameloft has released the iOS version of the next game in their Asphalt series, Asphalt 7: Heat. We first spotted this game in a press image for the Galaxy S III but ironically it ended up on iOS first, as they usually do.

Asphalt 7: Heat is a street racing gamed much like it’s predecessors. You drive on the streets of various locations around the world in 60 different cars from exotic car manufacturers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Pagani, and even the Legendary DeLorean DMC-12 from the ‘Back to the Future’ series. Read more »