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Samsung describes what each of the nine sensors on the Galaxy S4 does

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most feature-rich smartphones around, and it duly packs a wide array of sensors. Samsung published an image that explains what each sensor does and what feature uses it.

There are the standard sensors that have been around since smartphones first appeared, like an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer and proximity sensor. But then there are unusual sensors like a humidity sensor (used by S Health to calculate “comfort level”), and others. Read more »

Rightware launches Basemark: a cross-platform mobile benchmark

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Rightware, the developers of performance analysis and performance benchmarking tools have a launched Basemark X, a professional performance tool built on the Unity 4 real world gaming engine.

Basemark X allows you to evaluate cross platform comparisons of game graphics performance across Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8 devices and is specifically designed to test ARM-based mobile processors. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 teaser ad gives you the rundown in a minute

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Samsung is launching a new wave of teaser ads for the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the UK. The first one tells the S4 story in 60 seconds, running though the major features and qualities of the new flagship. All this is accompanied by orchestral music to spice things up.

If 60 seconds is too short for you, you can check out the earlier ad that runs over 4 minutes and goes into more detail. Read more »

Viber launches on BlackBerry OS 5 and OS 7

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Viber has launched its popular free service on BlackBerry’s aging OS 5 and OS 7, letting you send free messages and do free voice calls over 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

Viber is already available on Android, BlackBerry OS 10, iOS, Nokia’s S40 Series and Symbian OS, and Windows Phone. Read more »

Acer allegedly working on a $149 quad-core tablet

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Taiwanese-based Acer has joined a growing list of manufacturers allegedly working on an iPad Mini competitor. According to a report from DigiTimes, the rumored tablet will also compete against the likes of Google Nexus 7 in terms of pricing.

The upcoming tablet from Acer is said to sport a display from AU Optronics, which is manufactured by OEM Wistron. Read more »

Chrome for iOS update brings fullscreen mode, wireless printing

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Google has updated the Chrome browser for iOS with a couple of useful new features. The first is a fullscreen mode for the iPhone and iPod touch. This works much the same way as on some other browsers, where the toolbox on top moves out of the screen when you scroll down. Scrolling back up brings it back to the screen.

The second addition is the option to do wireless printing, using either the Google Cloud Print service or Apple’s AirPrint. Lastly, you can now also save any web page as PDF on Google Drive through the browser. Read more »

Google Play Music is now available in seven new countries

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Google expanded its Play Music service available to a new batch of countries – Austria, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, and Portugal.This is the largest expansion Google has done to Play Music to date, making up the list of countries with access to the service to 12

People living there can now upload their existing music library as well as purchase new songs through the service and build up a library of up to 20,000 songs. Read more »

Samsung announces ATIV Book 6 Windows 8 notebook, arriving shortly in the US

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After the ATIV series of Windows-based tablets and smartphone, Samsung is now launching a series of notebooks under the same brand name. The first of the lot is the ATIV Book 6 note book, which will be releasing in the US shortly.

The ATIV Book 6 runs Windows 8 and has a 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution touchscreen. Inside it has a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, AMD Radeon HD8770M GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Read more »

Batman: Arkham Origins arriving on PC, PS3, Xbox and Wii U on October 25, 2013

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Warner Bros. Games Montreal have announced the newest installment in the highly popular and critically acclaimed series of Batman games. After Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, Arkham Origins will be the third game in the series, however, it will serve as the prequel to the first two, as you can guess from the name.

Arkham Origins takes place several years before the events of Arkham Asylum and features a much younger Batman, facing his enemies for the first time. The two main antagonists of the game are Black Mask and Deathstroke, with the former being more prominent of the two. The game will take place within Arkham City like the previous one. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 720 comes for a visit, thinks it’s better than its older siblings

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The Nokia Lumia 720 came back for some more face time after our brief encounter at the MWC. The phone is similar to the Lumia 820 and it actually offers better specs in a few categories. For one, its screen can detect your fingers even through gloves. The curved Gorilla Glass 2 and ClearBlack tech make the 4.3” WVGA screen very good if not quite as nice as the 820’s AMOLED display.

There’s more too – the Lumia 720 is 9mm thick, the thinnest Lumia yet but it has a 2,000mAh battery, larger than the one in the the thicker and heavier 820. Also, the F/1.9 aperture on the camera is the brightest we’ve seen on a mobile phone yet. Read more »

Google updates Play Store for phones and tablets, brings fresh user interface

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Google has just announced it’s launching an update for the Play Store for phones and tablets. The major feature of the new release is the refreshed user interface.

In the official Android blog, Google states that the main focus on the Play Store redesign is to allow users to find content more easily. To do so, there are now bigger images, new recommendations and faster checkout. Read more »

Microsoft to issue GDR3 Windows Phone 8 update by the end of the year, support for 1080p displays in tow

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Microsoft is preparing an update to Windows Phone 8 that’s going to include support for 1080p displays, according to sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans for its mobile platform.

The Verge reports that new devices will also be announced alongside the upcoming Windows Phone 8 update in times for the holidays. They’ll not only be featuring 1080p displays, but also QUalcomm’s quad-core CPUs. Read more »

Disney games go free on Android, Google flushes 60,000 apps from the Play Store [UPDATED]

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Six Disney games are now free on Android – Temple Run Brave, Where’s My Perry, Where’s My Water, Wreck It Ralph, It’s a Small World, and Puffle Launch. They were all previously priced at $0.99. Their iOS siblings are still paid apps.

Update: Disney got in touch with us and clarified that the sale was actually caused by a technical glitch in the Google Play Store and not an actual promotion. The issue has since been rectified and the games are back at their $0.99 price tags. The official statement follows:

There was a technical glitch on Google Play this morning that triggered the apps to be marked as free. The issue was corrected immediately and the prices are now back to normal for all of these titles (0.99$).

It’s unclear if this promotion is temporary, but according to the Google Play rules once an app goes free there is no turning back unless the developer deletes it and submits it again. Read more »

The latest version of Twitter for Android fixes the “Me” tab loading issues

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Twitter, the popular social networking website has updated its Android client and the app now offers a better tweeting experience.

The latest version of Twitter for Android comes with the fixes for the “Me” tab loading issues after the many complained about a bug, which did not allow them to access their DMs and switch between accounts. Read more »

Google Drive for iOS updated, now supports landscape mode

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Google Drive, the file storage and synchronization service from the internet giants Google, has just got an update for its iOS application. The latest version of the Drive comes with new features and few tweaks to improve the performance.

After the update Google Drive allows you to edit documents and spread sheets in landscape mode, which makes it easier to type long reports when you are on the go. Read more »