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This LED light bulb by Sony has a built-in Bluetooth speaker

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Sony just reminded us that it used to be second to none in tech innovation. The Japanese giant launched an LED light bulb with a built-in Bluetooth speaker in Japan.

The light bulb produces 360 lumens of soft light, while the built-in Bluetooth 3.0 speaker utilizes a 40mm driver with maximum output of 2W. Read more »

Report says Google planning to add ‘Buy’ buttons to mobile search results

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In an effort to compete with e-commerce giants like Amazon and eBay, Google is planning to add ‘Buy’ buttons alongside some of its search results, according to a report from Wall Street Journal.

The buttons will only appear next to sponsored search results on mobile devices, the report said, adding that clicking on them will take you to another Google product page where you can complete the purchase. Read more »

Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick sued for allegedly stealing the idea of an on-demand car service

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A California man by the name of Kevin Halpern has filed a lawsuit against Uber, its CEO Travis Kalanick, as well as several early investors in the company, claiming that they stole his idea of a GPS and cellphone-enabled taxi service.

In a YouTube video (hit the Source link below) called Grand Theft Uber, Halpern revealed that back in 2003 he founded a company – called Celluride Wireless – based on the idea, and in 2006 he developed a mobile phone prototype of the service. He also explained how while in San Francisco he met Kalanick, with whom he shared his concept, designs, and prototype. Read more »

Firefox OS-powered Panasonic smart TVs now available for purchase in Europe

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Panasonic’s partnership with Mozilla, which was announced back in January at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), has finally borne fruit, as the electronics company’s latest line of Viera smart TVs (powered by Firefox OS) is now available for purchase in Europe.

The line-up – which includes the following models: CR850, CR730, CX800, CX750, CX700, and CX680 – will be available worldwide in the coming months, Mozilla revealed in a blog post. Although there was no official word on the cost of the TVs, the 50-inch CX700 and the 40-inch CX680 were found selling for £999 (around $1,570) and £657 (around $1,033), respectively. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 is as powerful as 2.9M IBM 704 supercomputers from 1954, infographic reveals

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Seventy years of technological advancements have lead us to a point where pocket-sized devices now pack enough computing power to put to shame supercomputers of old. A recently published infographic by Experts Exchange shows some intriguing comparisons between supercomputers, consoles, smart watches and smartphones.

For example, the current top dog on the supercomputer front, the Chinese Tianhe-2 is capable of a staggering 33.86 PFLOPS (peta floating-point operations per second), which would take 18,400 Sony PlayStation 4s consoles to match. Read more »

‘Grim Fandango Remastered’ for iOS and Android game review

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Grim Fandango is an adventure game released first on PC back in 1998. The game was lauded for its characters, story, and amusing dialogue. With the remastered version, you are back in the shoes of Manny Calavera, a travel agent working in the Land of the Dead, whose job is to send recently departed souls to the Ninth Underworld.

The game is now available on iOS and Android and has been redone with enhanced graphics. Let’s take a look. Read more »

Cortana reminds you important stuff in a few witty Microsoft Lumia 640 ads

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Cortana, Microsoft’s personal assistant, is the star in the latest batch of Lumia 640 commercials published by Microsoft Lumia US. The four clips highlight Cortana’s ability to keep you up-to-date on your to-do list, by showing how a timely reminder can help you avoid awkward situations.

The videos are short and funny and come just in time to promote the handset’s launch in the US. Read more »

Motorola announces big 48-hour discounts for Moto X, Nexus 6, and Moto 360 in the UK

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If you’re in the UK and have been interested in picking up a Moto X (2014), Nexus 6, or Moto 360 but haven’t yet done so, here’s something for you. Motorola has just announced a 48-hour sale for these three devices over there.

It will start at midnight on May 18. For two days from that point on, you’ll be able to purchase the second-generation Moto X (pictured above) for £299 (16GB) or £339 (32GB). Read more »

Oppo R7 will have a 13 MP ISOCELL rear camera with Phase Detection Autofocus

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The oft-leaked and much-rumored Oppo R7 will finally go official on May 20, and as we get ever closer to that date the Chinese company keeps revealing new details about it. Today’s focus (excuse the pun) is on the cameras.

The R7′s rear camera will be a 13 MP unit with an ISOCELL sensor and a lens made by Schneider-Kreuznach. The ISOCELL tech, which we’ve so far seen in some of Samsung’s recent flagships, is said to reduce inter-pixel crosstalk, capture more light, and improve dynamic range. Read more »

Xiaomi’s official online store launches in the US on May 18, Europe on May 19

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A few months ago word got out that Xiaomi was going to launch its own official online store for the US and Europe this year. And now we’re actually very close to that happening. The Mi online store will go live in the US on May 18 at 7 PM PDT, and in Europe on May 19 at 12 PM GMT or 1 PM CEST.

There are some huge caveats here, which you need to take into account. First off, like we told you before, this store will not be selling phones, just accessories. Second, while it will be available in the US as mentioned, in Europe you’ll only be able to order from it if you live in one of three countries: the UK, France, and Germany. Read more »

Asus ZenWatch is now getting the Android Wear 5.1.1 update

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Android for mobile devices is up to version 5.1.1 these days, so you’d think Android Wear would follow. And you’d be right. Starting today, the update to Android Wear 5.1.1 is rolling out. It looks like the first device to get it is the Asus ZenWatch for whatever reason.

There are already people who have downloaded and installed the newest version of Android Wear on the ZenWatch, so if you own one of those there shouldn’t be much waiting to do from this point on. Read more »

Xolo One Liverpool FC Limited Edition launched for $99 in India

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Xolo has decided to join the football merchandise fun, announcing a new One Liverpool FC Limited Edition at INR 6,299 ($99) in partnership with the Merseyside football club.

So now, you won’t have to buy a Liverpool FC cover or set any wallpaper specially. This Limited Edition phone has the exclusive Liverpool content such as logos, boot animation, icons and wall papers. Read more »

Google launches Xolo Chromebook, Nexian Air Chromebook for $200 in India

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Google continues with its plan to infiltrate Indian market with affordable Chromebooks. Today the search giant introduced Xolo Chromebook and Nexian Air Chromebook for INR 12,999 ($204) in the country.

Running the Chrome OS and featuring the Google Now digital assistant, these Chromebooks serve as a perfect first laptop for the young adults and those with minimal requirements.Of course, the popular Google apps are preloaded along with a handful of offline apps such as Google Docs and Gmail Offline. Read more »

Samsung to pull the plug on its Wallet service on June 30 as Pay launch nears

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Samsung has announced that its Wallet service, which allows you to store and manage tickets, coupons, boarding passes, and membership cards, will no longer be available after June 30. The announcement was made via an email to the users of the service.

While any tickets or reservations made through the service would remain accessible, coupons clipped with in the Wallet will no longer be available after the service is shut down, Samsung said, adding that users’ personal information will be handled in accordance with the company’s Privacy Policy. Read more »

Windows 10 to come pre-installed with Candy Crush Saga

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King.com is making a desktop version of its ridiculously popular game, Candy Crush Saga. The game will be available on Windows and will even come preinstalled with Windows 10 for those who get the free upgrade for the first year.

Candy Crush Saga is currently available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and through the Facebook website as a Flash-based game but this will be the first time it is coming as a native app on desktop. The game uses your Facebook account to sync progress across all versions of the game so you can pick up right where you left off regardless of where you last played it. Read more »