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The latest Android ads by Google celebrate its diversity

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That Android L teaser we told you about isn’t the only promo video that Google released these days. The search giant also aired a trio of ads that celebrate the diversity of its mobile OS.

The ads feature animated Droid characters in various shapes and sizes. Read more »

Google teases the full name of Android L in a funny video

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With Android L reportedly set to debut tomorrow, Google launched a teaser video that focuses on the full name of the upcoming OS. The funny clip sports the punch line “ There can be only one L.”

The thirty second-long video showcases a number of desserts whose name begins with L attend an audition. Read more »

Breathometer Breeze is a Bluetooth touting wearable breathalyzer

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Breathometer has unveiled the Breeze today. This is a new breathalyzer that the company claims is the industry’s first such device to be “truly wearable”. It’s small, has a built-in mouthpiece, and it comes with a wearable clip, keychain, and a mouthpiece cover.

It apparently delivers ultra fast and ultra accurate results, and it uses Bluetooth LE to talk to your iPhone or Android smartphone – on which you install the Breathometer app. Read more »

Air Umbrella uses air flow to shelter you from the rain

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A team of Chinese designers has taken to Kickstarter to fund a nifty little idea called Air Umbrella. It’s an umbrella that’s powered by a “force field” of air. It uses this to replace the fabric in a normal umbrella, with the air flow deflecting the rain drops from you.

The inventors have already received more pledges than they asked for – right now around $17,000 have been pledged by people eager to replace their umbrellas with something more high-tech, and the goal was just $10,000. There are 9 days to go in the Kickstarter campaign, but since the goal has been surpassed this thing should become reality. Read more »

Nokia Refocus app gets an update, new Lumia name

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The Nokia Refocus app for Windows Phone has been rebranded with a new name. The app is now called Lumia Refocus in the spirit of Microsoft’s recent changes, which saw almost everything drop the Finns’ brand.

Other than that, the app hasn’t been changed in any way. The Lumia Refocus lets you take a shot and choose what you want in focus later. Read more »

BT4.0-enabled August Smart Lock arrives in Apple stores this week

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If you haven’t heard of it, the August Smart Lock uses Bluetooth 4.0 LE and a smartphone in place of old-fashioned keys. It works with iPhones 4s and up (iOS 7 and later) and certain Androids (KitKat and later). The lock replaces a deadbolt and can be opened with a key in case you forget your phone or something goes amiss.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because starting this week you can grab one from an Apple retail store. Read more »

New Skype-made Qik app lets groups chat with 42-second videos

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A small team at Skype went the startup route with the popular “send [arbitrary number] second videos!” formula. The new app is called Skype Qik (“quick”) and lets you record 42-second videos that you can send to one person or a whole group.

The app is available on Windows Phone, Android and iOS starting today. Read more »

Vodafone Smart Tab 4G launches tomorrow at £125

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Vodafone is expanding its Android tablet roster with one of the cheapest 4G LTE tablets around. Dubbed Vodafone Smart Tab 4G it will launch tomorrow at £125 on Pay as you go and £30 on a 1GB/£17 a month plan.

The tablet features an 8″ IPS screen with 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution and is surprisingly thin for a budged device, it measures just 8mm thick. Read more »

Testing the bending-resistance of Gresso’s aluminum iPhone 6 case

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Bendgate is the latest [something]gate to plague the iPhone and Gresso has a case to cure that problem. The case is for the iPhone 6 rather than the 6 Plus, which is actually the one with bending issues.

Still, Gresso is known for its luxury phones and a lot of machining went into the making of the Gresso Aluminum Bumper for the iPhone 6. Read more »

Samsung Gear S launches in India for $470

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Soon after announcing the launch details of the Samsung Gear S in the UK, the company also shed light on its availability in India. The smartwatch launches this week in India in black and white color options and will cost $470 (INR 28,900).

We don’t yet know whether the watch will be available in its Swarovski edition. Read more »

7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet launched for $65 with Intel Bay Trail processor

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At this week’s HKTDC tech show in Hong Kong, an interesting Windows tablet made an appearance sporting the hard-to-believe price tag of $65 (CNY 399). The tablet is called the Emdoor EM-I8170 and sports a 7″ 1024 x 600 pixel display.

Under the hood, there’s an Intel Z3735G quad-core Bay Trail processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It boots Windows 8.1 and the company boasts it has received over 50,000 orders for the tablet already. Read more »

Multiple Dropbox account passwords leaked online, Dropbox claims it wasn’t hacked

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Multiple Dropbox accounts got compromised today when an anonymous user posted hundreds of Dropbox ID and password in a text file on reddit. The ID and password were in four text files that were posted on pastebin.

reddit users confirmed that many of the accounts listed with their passwords were legit. However, Dropbox later said that it wasn’t hacked, and that the account details were obtained from third party sources. Read more »

Nexus 6 running Android L appears in a leaked Google video ad

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A new Google ad promoting the upcoming Nexus 6 with Android L has made it to the Internet a bit earlier than expected. The leaked ad is short, but sweet and depicts a small boy answering his enormous Nexus 6.

The humor here is apparent, as the Motorola-made Nexus 6 (Shamu) is expected to sport a 5.9″ QHD display. The video also links to the campaign’s web page, which is unavailable. It should go live with the launch of the phone and Android L, though. Read more »

Anki Drive is now available for select Android devices

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The AI-powered Anki Drive racing game is now available for a number of Android devices. The dedicated app for controlling the toy racecars is now available to download in the Google Play Store.

Anki Drive requires Bluetooth LE connection to control the cars. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 730 taken apart, disassembly schematic included

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Tear-downs offer a curious peek into what components go into a smartphone and now thanks to WidnowsMania.pl we have a detailed map of the Nokia Lumia 730.

Aside from the usual photo of the internals, there’s also a helpful disassembly schematic, which shows the components layer by layer with tooltips explaining what each component does. Read more »