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Best Apps and Games of the Week

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Welcome to our new weekly feature, the Best Apps and Games of the Week. Here we will try to cover some of the most notable apps and and games that were released in the past week or so on the mobile platform.

The list will include both new and apps that received some major update recently. The list is not limited to any particular mobile platform, but considering the current situation you’d likely only be seeing Android and iOS apps in the articles. Read more »

LG AKA hands-on

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LG AKA is an extraordinary smartphone and in a good way. Its key feature is the front mask, which allows the AKA to use its signature feature – the eyes. At first we thought about Tamagotchi, but the AKA isn’t a pet you need to look after. Each of the four AKAs has different personality, but they have one purpose only – to notify you about missed events in a cool way.

Outside the notifying eyes and front mask, the AKA is no different than the LG G2 mini. It’s a well-build phone with the iconic rear control deck and the premium laser-assisted auto-focus LG’s proud of. The rest is rather unimpressive – a 5″ 720p display and a dated Snapdragon 400 chip with 1.5GB of RAM. Read more »

Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML hands-on

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We got in our office one of the more interesting phones this year, the Asus Zenfone 2. It caused quite a stir all the way back in January, when it was announced at CES, mostly because it was advertised to pack a powerful processor, 4GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch display, all for $200.

That later turned out not to be the case, and the Zenfone 2 ended up being a range of smartphones, instead of a single device. Read more »

Huawei Honor 4X review

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The Honor 4X is the company’s latest entrant in the budget smartphone category. It is also the launch of Honor as a brand in itself, still owned by Huawei but running independently without the Huawei branding.

The Honor 4X is a competitively priced big screen smartphone. Some of the salient features include a 5.5-inch 720p IPS display, Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB RAM, 13 megapixel camera, dual SIM connectivity, 4G LTE, and a 3,000mAh battery, all for a price of Rs. 10,499 ($168). Let’s take a closer look at it. Read more »

Apple adds iPhone-matching colors to its Beats Solo2 wireless headphones

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You can now order Beats Solo2 wireless headphones in an iPhone and Macbook-matching colors. Apple added silver, gold, and space gray color schemes to its lineup of on-ear headphones.

Announced in November last year, the Beats Solo2 wireless headphones were initially available in black, white, blue, and red. Read more »

BitTorrent’s distributed web browser Project Maelstrom enters public beta

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BitTorrent has introduced its ambitious plan to offer a content friendly web access through its Project Maelstrom web browser. Now available as public beta, the Project Maelstrom is powered by distributed computing technology, very similar to the one used in its torrent client for peer-to-peer digital files distribution.

The idea behind Project Maelstrom is to offer a web browsing experience that provides seamless access to the content coming from everywhere. Read more »

Google has a small team working on battery technology for consumer devices

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Yesterday, we mentioned about a breakthrough in aluminum battery by Stanford University scientists. Shortly thereafter, Google revealed that a small team of scientists working on a next-generation battery technology for consumer electronics.

As part of the Google X research lab, Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj is working with three other scientists on about 20 different battery-dependent projects. Read more »

LastPass for Android gets Material Design overhaul, is included in Galaxy S6 Gifts

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LastPass is one of the most used password storage services, and today it’s unveiled a very big update for its Android app. Along with that, we also get news that LastPass is now part of Samsung’s Galaxy Gifts program for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

These two smartphones just became available today, and if you buy either one you’ll be happy to know that you get an upgrade to LastPass Premium for free. Normally that costs $12 per year. Read more »

Moto 360 gets cheaper as Apple Watch pre-orders start

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Sure, this could simply be a coincidence, but on the day that marks the start of pre-orders for the much anticipated Apple Watch the Moto 360 has been discounted at two big retailers. Motorola’s first wearable is one of the Apple Watch competitors running Android Wear.

And you can now purchase one with a leather strap for just $179, which is $70 less than the original price for it. Both Amazon and Best Buy are offering this deal right now. Read more »

Google’s new Chromebook Pixel arrives in the UK on April 21

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Google made the new version of its Chromebook Pixel laptop official last month, but only for the US. Today though it was time for the company to announce availability for the UK.

So if you’re in the UK and have been craving a new Pixel, you can now mark April 21 in your calendar. That’s when the device will make its debut across the pond. You’ll be able to pick one up either from Google’s own online store for hardware, or through the Dixons group and its high street shops. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6′s latest ad pits comedian James Corden against hipster alter-ego

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Even if you assume you’ve already created the hottest flagship of the year, you can’t just sit on your hands and expect it to sell itself. Samsung has run a pretty intense marketing campaign on its latest and greatest Galaxy S6 and S6 edge and now a new promo video is out.

Starring English comedian James Corden and, well, his alter-ego Wilf, the video focuses on the eternal function vs. form debate. Read more »

Microsoft releases Office Remote for Android app

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Microsoft is actively expanding its reach on rival mobile platforms, especially Android. The software giant has added yet another feather to its app hat by releasing the Office Remote for Android app.

As the name suggests, it is your remote to control the PowerPoint presentations and Excel Pivot tables. But first, you will have to connect the phone over Bluetooth with a desktop/laptop running Office 2013 or Office 2016 Preview. Read more »

Activision confirms Call of Duty: Black Ops III due this year

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Activision has confirmed that this year, its popular Call of Duty series will get yet another exciting installment. Through its official Twitter account, the company shared a teaser of the upcoming game – Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

Developed by Treyarch, the Black Ops III teaser video is full of quotes and imagery along with a Snapchat QR code. Read more »

Major update to Snapseed for Android brings refreshed design, new features

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The Android version of Google’s popular image editor Snapseed received a major update. Version 2.0 of the application delivers sleek new design and new features to its users.

The new Snapseed sports a new icon and sleek design, which lacks textures. Read more »

New report details Google’s progress in getting Android Wear to support iOS

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As Apple is set to start taking pre-orders for its first ever smartwatch tomorrow, Google is once again said to be working on making its wearable platform play nice with iOS. We first heard something like this about one month ago, and this new report even has some details about Google’s progress on the matter.

Apparently Android Wear already works with iOS in Google’s labs, through a companion app. That’s nothing out of the ordinary, since the same path is taken on Android itself. However, this might become an issue when the search giant will want to publish said companion app in the iTunes App Store. Read more »