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Amazon launches the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 in Europe for 269 euro, slashes US price to $269

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The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has been exclusive to Amazon US ever since it was released last September. Fortunately, today Amazon is finally ready to expand the tablet’s availability. As of today, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is available at Amazon in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan.

Another positive change is that the US prices are lower now, down to $269 (16GB) and $300 (32GB). In Europe, the tablet costs €269 and €299. All quoted prices are only valid under Amazon’s Special Offers program. Read more »

The HTC One stretches out in the comfort of our test lab

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We’ve finally got the HTC One here at HQ. The preview is already up after our brief run-in with it on its unveiling in New York but we’re still eager to play with it and get down to ultrapixel level, if you know what I mean.

There’s much to like about the One. It’s HTC pulling all the stops and putting it all on the line against competition from Samsung, LG and Sony among others. Read more »

HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z quick camera shootout: Is less more?

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HTC One has just arrived at our office and is here to stay for a review. The HTC flagship is supposed to feature some advanced camera tech behind those 4 million+ ultrapixels, so the first thing we did was a quick impromptu shootout.

Unlike most of its competitors, the HTC One bets on fewer, but bigger size pixels on its image sensor, rather than many tiny ones. In theory this should allow it to shoot photos that have less digital noise and more dynamic range. But of course, you have got to remember that when you downsize a say, 13MP photo down to 4MP it also visibly decreases the digital noise.

Anyway, we would refrain from passing a judgement at this stage (we’ll save that for the full-featured review), but here are several comparison shots of the HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z, which has a rather densely packed 13MP camera sensor, featuring one of the smallest pixel sizes currently used in flagship products. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 cases confirm Galaxy S III-like shape

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UK retailer MobileFun has leaked purported cases for the Galaxy S4. If legit, the design of the cases confirms the look of Samsung’s upcoming flagship that appeared not only on an official teaser, but on video as well.

The cases will be sold in different colors and feature rounded edges looking awfully similar to those of Samsung’s current flagship. There are also holes for the alleged 13MP snapper and LED flash that’s now below the camera and not next to it, like on the Galaxy S III. Read more »

Nokia releases waterproof protective shell for the Lumia 620

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A new heavy duty case for the Nokia Lumia 620 has been released, which replaces the current back panel and adds IP54 certification against dust and water.

The case is an official Nokia accessory and is designed to fit the 620 perfectly and reduce the gaps between the camera window and shell as well as the display and shell for a better seal. Read more »

Samsung gives you 6 reasons to buy the Galaxy Note 8.0 over the iPad mini

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Samsung is no stranger to comparing its products against the competition, more specifically Apple. The latest device, which the Koreans are keen to show is better than its Cupertino-designed alternative is the Galaxy Note 8.0 compact tablet.

Yes, Samsung has put together yet another i-am-better-than-you piece, but this time it’s not in the form of a table, but rather six images detailing the six reasons why you’d want a Galaxy Note 8.0 instead of an iPad mini. Read more »

Dell makes 18-inch Windows 8 tablet, throws logic out of an equally large window

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We are no strangers to ridiculously large tablets. We saw a few at CES, including a particularly enormous 20-inch Panasonic tablet. Although one would assume this is just some quirky thing that would go away if you don’t pay attention to it, it seems OEMs aren’t quite willing to let go of it.

Dell is the latest to join the ranks of these comically large tablets (at this point they are more tables than tablets). Unlike others, however, Dell has made slightly more effort to justify the size of this device, by making it turn into an All-in-One at a pinch. Read more »

Google Now for iOS discovered in a leaked video

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In the recent past, Google has been showing a lot of love for Apple’s iOS platform. It makes sense really, considering Google is in the business of advertising and collating user information, so supporting one of the biggest platforms out there is a no-brainer.

Few months back, Google added the voice search functionality to the Google Search app for iOS. Although quite useful, it’s not quite on par with the excellent Google Now feature currently found only on Android Jelly Bean devices. But it looks like that’s about to change shortly. Read more »

Oppo releases kernel source code for the Find 5

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Oppo, the Chinese manufacturer, has released the kernel source code of its Oppo Find 5 smartphone. This will surely attract interest from the developers and one can expect a slew of custom ROMs and kernels for the device to appear shortly.

The source code is currently available from the company’s official forum and the developers who are interested can get it from the source link below. Read more »

New Samsung teaser confirms Galaxy S IV Roman numeral name

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The Samsung marketing department is certainly putting in some extra hours lately. We got Jeremy’s teasers, mysterious shots and the countless leaks, specs and photos. And now we’ve got something more – a confirmation of the actual name of the smartphone.

The official Twitter account of Samsung Mobile teases with another picture of the fourth Galaxy S and confirms the IV Roman numeral name. Read more »

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion out now

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The second installment in the StarCraft II saga is out today. The Heart of the Swarm expansion pack brings new units and a whole new campaign with 20 missions. The story this time focuses on the Zerg and Sarah Kerrigan, turned into human once again.

The game is out today on PC and Mac worldwide and you can get it pretty much everywhere – brick and mortar or online. A collector’s edition is also available, you can see it unboxed below. Read more »

A new exploit allows you to root the Sony Xperia Z even with locked bootloader

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The recently launched Sony Xperia Z has been the talk of the town for its powerful specifications and amazing features. The guys over at XDA developers have been working hard to get root access on the smartphone and after their initial success they have now managed to find an exploit that works even if the device’s bootloader is locked.

The latest exploit allows the Xperia Z to be rooted, even if don’t want to mess with your bootloader and risk bricking your device. Read more »

Google Now will make its way to Chrome and Chrome OS

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Chromium enthusiast Francois Beaufort has pointed out a flag for the open source Chromium browser that hints at the addition of a Google Now component.

While the actual Google Now server is not yet enabled, the functionality is there and will undoubtedly be heading to the Chrome browser for Windows as well as Chrome OS, as both of those get their source code from the Chromium Project. Read more »

Samsung Unicorn Apocalypse is now a real game, but you probably don’t want to play it

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Samsung released a few commercials over the last two months advertising the security environment of Galaxy S III, Note II and Note 10.1. Obviously those ads targeted the corporate clients, but they all have one thing in common – the mysterious Unicorn Apocalypse game.

As it turns out, the game is real and is now available for free in the Play Store. Read more »

Samsung continues building the Galaxy S IV hype with flashmob dancers on Times Square

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You didn’t think that Samsung will stop teasing the Galaxy S IV before its announcement, right? Neither did we, and Samsung prove us all right by continuing the festivities on Times Square, this time the old school way — with dancer flashmobs.

Dressed in a classy fashion, the dancers wear elegant suits with the number 4 written on their backs, hinting at you-know-what. Read more »