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Sony Xperia E1 hands-on

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Sony’s latest budget offering, the Xperia E1 has come to our office for a full review treatment. Before that though, we’re giving you a glimpse of what’s the phone like through one of our usual hands-on videos.

The Xperia E1 sports similar design traits as the Xperia Z1 Compact, but it’s not quite in the same beauty category. That’s not to say the Xperia E1 isn’t good looking on its own, but it’s made entirely out of hardened plastic, which isn’t as pleasing to look at. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1520 might get Miracast support, older WP devices have no chance

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Microsoft introduced its latest mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8.1 a few days ago. Back at its announcement, the Redmond giant did mention that the newest OS supports Miracast, but we now know that the wireless screen casting service would require new hardware to work and will not be available on all WP 8.1 devices.

According to a tweet from Joe Belfiore, the head of Windows Phone group, Miracast would require new hardware and Nokia Lumia 1520 might be the only device to qualify. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet battery life test

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The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is one of the hottest new pieces of Android hardware – it’s hard to believe how thin and light it is until you hold it in your hand. At 6.4mm thick, there’s not much room so the tablet uses a 6,000mAh battery, the same capacity as the previous model.

Snapdragon 801 is a power-efficient chipset (it’s in phones with less than half the battery capacity), but there’s still a 10.1″ screen, which would probably be the main power drain. Read more »

Wilson to release a smart basketball this winter

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The combination of smartphone technology with sports equipment is nothing new, but basketball has been left out of the fun.

That is, until now. Wilson has announced that they plan on releasing a smart basketball. Read more »

Video: Windows Phone 8.1 keyboard takes Guinness Record

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Windows Phone’s software keyboard is loved by many, and even from the Mobile OS’ debut, was hailed as one of the best features the platform had to offer.

Not content with their current success, Microsoft has managed to one up their previous software keyboard, and nab a Guinness world record in the process with their new ‘Word Flow’ keyboard. Read more »

Upcoming Android TV gets detailed before announcement

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Leaked documents and screenshots obtained by The Verge reveal that Google is about to launch a new take on home entertainment. Dubbed Android TV, the service will take on the likes of Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku.

According to the leaked documentation, Android TV is going to be “an entertainment interface, not a computing platform”. Read more »

Nokia will package wireless charging dock with Lumia 930

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So wireless charging has existed for quite some time, but doesn’t seem to have caught on as well as manufacturers would like.

Nokia’s decided to do something about it, and will be including wireless charging units with their Lumia 930 smartphone. Read more »

You can use Cortana outside the US by just changing your region settings

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Microsoft revealed its newest operating system – Windows Phone 8.1 at its BUILD conference in San Francisco. One of the most talked about features of the WP 8.1 is its virtual personal assistant, dubbed Cortana.

During the announcement of WP 8.1 OS, Joe Belfiore confirmed that Cortana will be available in the US at first with the UK and China following up next. However, tech enthusiasts have found a way to use the service, regardless of where you roll. Read more »

See the Tesla Model S run over the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Coming straight from the YouTube channel that brought us the fingerprint battle between the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s is this new video where the Galaxy S5 is subjected to a drop test and being run over by a Tesla Model S.

We’ve already seen how the Galaxy S5 takes drops on the ground so we’re more interested in the car run over bit. Read more »

Google Play People rounds up your friends’ app suggestions

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Google is rolling out a new feature to its Google Play store dubbed People. You know how you see your friends’ +1s on certain apps in the Play Store? Well now those apps have their separate own tab.

The People tab utilizes Google+’s recommendations in the Play Store in its mobile form and has its very own certain style – shown above. On the web Google Play store you can see the same reviews and ratings by your friends with the “From Familiar Faces” option. The new feature is rolling out as we speak so you might want to check your Play store to see if you have it already. Read more »

Samsung launches Galaxy S5 wireless charging covers

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Samsung has officially launched the wireless charging cover for its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. The new accessory will be available in two options – a standard back plate with Qi charging module and S-View flip cover model.

The wireless charging back covers for Galaxy S5 come with perforated holes and look identical to the stock cover. The company has managed to retain the gaskets from the original design in both models and this means that your Galaxy S5 with an external cover will continue to be water resistant. Read more »

Nokia X synthetic benchmarks

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Here is another teaser for our upcoming Nokia X review – benchmark scores! We were able to make some tests shortly after the Nokia X was announced on the MWC in Barcelona, but this time around we can finally run all benchmarks on a retail-ready unit.

The Nokia X is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A5 processor coupled with half a gig RAM, which should be barely enough to run a standard Android Jelly Bean version. Luckily Nokia has done some great work optimizing the Android OS and its proprietary launcher, so the final OS is relatively smooth and snappy, with almost no visible lag. The apps from the Nokia Store run great too. Read more »

‘Monument Valley’ for iPad game review

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Monument Valley is a brand new game for the iPad designed around the concept of impossible objects. The game combines beautiful visuals, soothing music and clever and challenging puzzles based on manipulating the environments and your perspective of them.

We have been playing the game on the iPad for some time now and these are our thoughts. Read more »

Will.i.am will release a smartwatch in July

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It seems that they’ll let just about anyone make a smartwatch these days.

Will.i.am of Black Eyed peas fame, a former Blackberry proponent, and Intel’s Director of Creative Innovation, has announced that he plans on releasing a smartwatch this July. He was even wearing a prototype of the device on Alan Carr’s show: Chatty Man. Read more »

Win yourself a OnePlus One by taking pictures

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The OnePlus team is putting together a contest where three lucky winners will each be able to get their hands on a One handset.

If you’re interested (which we’re sure you are) you’ll need to enter their Photo-Mania contest. Check out the details after the jump. Read more »