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Mac OS X Yosemite public beta starts tomorrow for the first 1 million people who sign up

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Apple has decided to do something it hasn’t done in a very long while – that is, release a public beta of an upcoming version of its operating system for computers.

Mac OS X Yosemite, which was announced last month at WWDC, will be available to test as a public beta starting tomorrow. There’s a catch, though: only the first 1 million people who sign up for the beta on Apple’s dedicated website will actually get access to it. So in case you’re interested, add yourself to the list as soon as possible. Read more »

LG announces Puppy Pop – the first game that can be played on the QuickCircle’s window

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If opening the cover of your G3 smartphone to fire a game was just too much work for you, then Puppy Pop is just the app you need. In addition to being able to check the time, place calls and take photos without having to open the QuickCircle case’s cover, G3 users can now play games too.

LG has announced a new game dubbed Puppy Pop – a match-three puzzle game developed for G3 with QuickCircle Case to be played through the window. Read more »

Samsung airs an inspiration surfing ad spot, the Galaxy S5 chills on the beach

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Samsung’s marketing team is probably large enough to populate the Allure of the Seas ocean cruise ship and its members certainly don’t lack inspiration. None of ads we’ve seen recently, however, comes close to company’s promo spot for the Association of Surfing Professionals, which it is sponsoring.

The product per second ratio is pretty low compared to the standard norm of Samsung ad spots, but that’s intentional, as the video’s mission is to inspire you. Its tagline is “Every day is day one” and stands behind the message that whether you’re a pro or a rookie, hopping on the surfboard and riding a wave is as exciting as your first day. Read more »

64GB Xiaomi Mi Pad comes to Europe for €280

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Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi’s capable Tegra K1-based Mi Pad tablet has finally made its way to western markets. Offering iPad mini-esque specs at a price that’s considerably lower, the Mi Pad is certainly an interesting proposition.

Currently, Xiaomi’s official shop is listing the 64GB Mi Pad for about $380 (€290), and can ship to most countries in Europe for $19, if you’re willing to wait 7-20 days for its arrival. Read more »

The Bang by Coloud is the Nokia Lumia 530 affordable companion speaker

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Alongside the Nokia Lumia 530, the company also unveiled a cool portable speaker that carries the 530′s budget-oriented spirit. Dubbed the Bang by Coloud, the speaker costs just €19 and you can connect it just by a 3.5mm audio cable.

Nokia claims the Bang can produce a seriously impressive sound considering its dimensions. They’re 75 x 51mm and the whole thing weighs just 96 grams. The cable that it comes with is 17cm long. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi 4 benchmarked, compared with other Snapdragon 801 flagships

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Xiaomi let reporters fondle its new flagship, the Mi 4, so now we have the first benchmark score and several photos from the 13MP camera.

Also, hands-on photos show off two of the custom backs for the Xiaomi Mi 4 – wood and stone. Read more »

Watch first official hands-on demo of the Nokia Lumia 530

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The newly-announced Nokia Lumia 530 will be in stores next month but here’s your first chance to see more of the device in the official hands-on video. The video touts the 530′s colorful back panels that can be changed on a whim and the many apps Windows Phone 8.1.

Focusing on apps is no surprise, “Nokia” is really a division of Microsoft now and Windows Phone is its growing smartphone ecosystem. Read more »

Google Play Store update brings Material Design, sort of

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Google has started rolling out an update for the Play Store application on Android that updates the UI with Material Design elements. This is the same update we heard about before back when it had leaked.

Those expecting a complete UI overhaul might be a bit disappointed, however, as this can only be called a semi-Material Design update. The only thing changed here are the product pages for the apps, games, movies, music, magazines and books. The actual homepage (which is terrible, by the way) and the category lists still look the same as before. Read more »

eBay makes its barcode reader app for Google Glass

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eBay’s barcode scanning software, RedLaser, is now branching out from just Android and iOS.

It’ll now be available for Google Glass as well, so you’ll be able to take a look at products in the store and see if you can find them cheaper on eBay, just at a glance. Read more »

Unlock your Moto X with a digital tattoo

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Is inputting a password or using the Face Unlock feature on Android too annoying for you? Then you’ll be happy to hear that Motorola has another solution for unlocking your phone: digital tattoos.

The phone manufacturer has joined forces with VivaLnk to give you a temporary tattoo that will last on your body for as much as five days. What’s special about this tattoo? Well, all you need to do is tap your phone on the area you’ve placed the phone-unlocking-ink and voila! Your phone will be unlocked. Read more »

LG’s 18″ flexible OLED screen gets rolled up on video

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About a couple of weeks ago LG boasted about its new 18-inch flexible OLED display panel, which can be rolled into a tube. It also announced that it’s developed a transparent OLED screen that has three times the amount of transmittance that the current crop of LCD displays offers. And today we get to see both of those on video.

The Korean company’s flexible OLED is really bendy, as it’s being rolled up to a radius of about 3 cm. The transparent display apparently has a 30% transmittance, which makes for a clearer viewing experience compared to LCDs. Read more »

Google Now is more accurate than Siri, study finds

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In the battle of the mobile personal assistants, Google Now seems to have the edge compared to Apple’s Siri. At least that’s what a study conducted by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has found.

Google’s service has become slightly more accurate than Apple’s, despite the situation being the opposite last December. Read more »

Amazon Wallet for Android debuts with support for gift cards

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Amazon has silently released a new app for Android, which is already available in both the Play Store as well as the retailer’s own Appstore. It’s called Amazon Wallet, but despite the name it doesn’t let you make mobile payments, nor can it store your credit and debit cards.

For now, what it does do is act like a storage space for your various gift and loyalty cards from different stores, with options to organize those as you see fit. The app is still in beta, though, so more functionality is expected to come in the future. Read more »

Samsung: Galaxy Tab S 8.4 doesn’t overheat, faulty back panel to blame

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Last week a couple of pictures surfaced showing a deformed back panel on an apparently overheating Exynos-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4.

According to the information received by early adopters the slate would get so hot that it would cause its thin plastic back panel to bend at certain spots. Now Samsung has officially addressed the issue saying the problem lies with a limited number of defective back covers and the processor isn’t to blame or fear. Read more »

Xiaomi outs Mi Band fitness accessory for just $13

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, who just unveiled its latest Mi4 smartphone, has outed a fitness band to go with its new flagship for the unheard of price of CNY 79, or $13.

The new Mi Band will track your movement and sleeping patterns, wake you up based on your sleep cycle via vibrating alarms, and is also water resistant with an IP67 rating. Read more »