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CyanogenMod 11 M5 is here, squishes lots of bugs

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The latest M release of the CyanogenMod 11 version is out and brings some improvements and fixes for several irritating bugs. Version M5 comes just on schedule, one month after the M4 hit devices.

The software is available for download but you’d need to check if your device is eligible. You can do that here. The US Galaxy S III (D2lte) and International Snapdragon 600-powered Galaxy S4 (Jflte) devices will not get the M5 release just yet because the CM team needs to iron out some issues with those devices ahead of the release. Read more »

Fastlane feature of Nokia X phones demoed in official video

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Nokia finally started making Android phones but made sure the interface looks anything but Android. This includes a Windows Phone-like start screen and Nokia’s Fastlane feature from the Asha handsets.

Smartphone users are perhaps not familiar with it, so the company released a video demo of it running on the Nokia XL. Read more »

The No. 1 Top New Paid app on Android is a scam

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It’s no secret that app stores on all platforms have their fair share of fraudulent apps. Most of these apps will take your money and do nothing of what they say in the description or are free to install but end up doing damage in other ways, such as by selling your information or straight up installing malware.

The open nature of Android’s Play Store means it has been an easy target for scammers who don’t have to pass any security checks as one would have to on Apple’s App Store. This probably explains why there are so many antivirus apps on Android. But what happens when an antivirus app itself tries to scam you? Read more »

Sony announces A7S full frame camera with 4K video recording

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After the α7 and the α7R, Sony has announced the newest member of its compact full frame cameras, the α7S. The ‘S’ in the name stands for ‘Sensitivity’, which means you can tell the camera all your life problems and it will totally get you. Actually, no. It means that the camera is really good in low-light conditions. And there is also a new 4K video recording mode, which is all the rage these days.

The α7S has a new 12.2 megapixel 35mm EXMOR CMOS sensor with a resolution of 4240 x 2832 (3:2). Sony is using a rather large sensor with a relatively low resolution, which means individual pixels are going to be pretty big. As mentioned before, the camera is also particularly sensitive to light, and boasts of an ISO range of 50 – 409,600. Sony also claims that the camera has an extremely wide dynamic range. All things combined, you can expect some really good results regardless of the lighting conditions you are shooting in. Read more »

Sony MDR-10RBT wireless over-ear Bluetooth headphones review

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The Sony MDR-10RBT are Sony’s mid-range wireless Bluetooth headphones. Although they lack the noise cancelling feature from some of Sony’s more expensive models, they do include some niceties such as NFC connectivity and aptX support, not to mention a friendlier price.

We decided to give them a try and see what they sound like. Read more »

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 »