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Google Play Store boasts more downloads than the Apple App Store, but not as much revenue

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AppAnnie is a mobile application statistics aggregation company and it has published a report on how Android and iOS apps have been doing in Q2 of this year. Both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store did great for the quarter, besting their results in Q1 by 60% and 45%, respectively.

That gave the Google Play Store, nearly 50% more downloads compared to the iOS App Store. It terms of revenue, however, it’s the Apple repository that still comes ahead. Read more »

‘Modern Combat 5: Blackout’ for iOS, Android and Windows Phone game review

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Modern Combat 5: Blackout is the latest installment in Gameloft’s series of first person action games. The games have traditionally been based on warfare and very close in nature and style to the Call of Duty series of games on the PC and consoles.

The Modern Combat series has taken it up a notch with every installment, with improved visuals, more explosive action and expanded gameplay options every time. Last year’s Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour won several accolades and is heralded as one of the best games on the mobile platform. Let’s see what Gameloft has in store for us this year. Read more »

UK to get Cortana Developer Preview on WP 8.1 handsets

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Are you a UK Windows Phone developer who has been waiting for some Cortana love on your side of the pond?

Well you won’t have to wait much longer, as the Windows Phone team has revealed that the Cortana developer preview will be released within two weeks. Read more »

Even a child can reset your Google password via your Android device

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With the advent of mobile payments and more and more users storing sensitive information on their smartphones, security is becoming a greater concern.

That is why the following story is so harrowing: a man’s son was able to reset his Android phone’s password, and all he needed was access to his phone. Read more »

32GB Nexus 7 (2012) is once again offered for GBP 99 in the UK

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The last time we’ve seen a great deal for the UK on the original Nexus 7 tablet from 2012 was this January. It was then when the device went for only £99. If you missed that chance to get it this cheap, though, fret not for it’s once again being offered at the same low price.

Apparently £99.99 is exactly half off the tablet’s normal price, so you’re saving quite a bit here. On the other hand, it is pretty old hardware (if you go by how fast the mobile world moves), so that sort of explains the price cut. Read more »

Weekly poll: LG G3 vs Oppo Find 7

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The QHD titan duo is up next in our traditional weekend battle. It’s the LG G3 vs. the Oppo Find 7, which are now transferring their rivalry in our blog, after their fight in our extended versus review is over.

So now, it’s up to you to decide which one is the better one in five key categories. Let’s start with the aesthetics of the two flagships. Read more »

The Nvidia Shield 8-inch tablet and game controller to launch in 10 days, tablet starts at $300

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Leaked slides of what looks to be internal presentation material about the rumored Nvidia Shield tablet and game controller have made it online. Now we know that Nvidia will announce the devices on July 22 and will release them on July 29 in the US and on August 14 in Europe.

Recently, a leaked product image showed us how the Nvidia Shield tablet would look like. Today, we get tons of further details about the long rumored tablet and gaming controller by the company. Read more »

Weekend poll results: Sony Xperia Z2 vs. LG G3

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Last weekend, we pitted the LG G3 against the Sony Xperia Z2, to see if you liked LG’s new QHD-toting device more than the slick design aesthetic of the Sony Xperia Z2.

After all was said and done, the results were quite close. Let’s see how you rated each device in design, display, user interface, and camera performance. Read more »

Sony SmartBand SWR10 review: Keep track of your life

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Sony’s SmartBand SWR10 is what you’d call a life logger, a fashionable band, a music/camera remote, and vibrates on notifications. It collects motion data and logs everything within a dedicated app on your Android smartphone.

Sony Smartband SWR10

Despite what the product name may have you believe, the Sony SmartBand is not meant to be a smart personal assistant. It’s an unobtrusive device with exchangeable wrist bands to match your style and blend seamlessly with any other accessories you might have.

And no, it doesn’t have a display, but the lack of one doesn’t get in the way. There are three small status LEDs and it communicates with you with vibrations. Read more »

Nokia’s MixRadio app no longer locked to Windows

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Microsoft’s recent big corporate changes are having other, far-reaching implications for its newly acquired Nokia Devices and Services.

As a result of Microsoft’s latest shake-up, the Nokia MixRadio application will become its own independent app. Read more »

Express yourself (anonymously) with Vent

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Ever wish that there was a dedicated app where you could just complain anonymously?

Well now there is a way to express yourself to a group of strangers within a dedicated mobile application: it’s called Vent. Read more »

Google may overhaul the look of Chrome OS

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Although many argue about the functionality of Chrome OS, it’s hard to deny that the tab-based operating system isn’t zippy and easy to use, even if people are clamoring for added functionality.

Well it turns out that Google is thinking about making changes to Chrome, but the alterations be limited to tinkering with the look and feel of Chrome OS only, by taking some design cues from Android for a more universal approach to its software. Read more »

Xbox One update adds new social features and 3D Blu-Ray support

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It looks like Microsoft doesn’t expect a lower price point alone to attract Xbox One customers.

The console has received yet another update that adds new friends list features as well as Blu-Ray 3D support. Read more »

Amazon unveils Kindle Unlimited subscription for $9.99 per month

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Amazon has made a new service official today. It’s called Kindle Unlimited and it provides all-you-can-read access to 600,000 books in the retailer’s portfolio, and it also lets you listen to thousands of audiobooks.

All of this costs $9.99 per month, hence why many people are calling it a ‘Netflix for books’. Read more »

AMD reports dissatisfying Q2 financial results due to debt

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AMD reported less-than-expected second quarter results with a net loss of $36 million, despite an increase in quarterly revenue. AMD made $1,44 billion for Q2, 24% more than it did for the same period in 2013.

Because of the net loss, AMD’s stock fell 15%. The company also reported that revenue from its Computing Solutions Group dropped 20% from a year ago, to $669 million. Read more »