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Google launches Xolo Chromebook, Nexian Air Chromebook for $200 in India

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Google continues with its plan to infiltrate Indian market with affordable Chromebooks. Today the search giant introduced Xolo Chromebook and Nexian Air Chromebook for INR 12,999 ($204) in the country.

Running the Chrome OS and featuring the Google Now digital assistant, these Chromebooks serve as a perfect first laptop for the young adults and those with minimal requirements.Of course, the popular Google apps are preloaded along with a handful of offline apps such as Google Docs and Gmail Offline. Read more »

Samsung to pull the plug on its Wallet service on June 30 as Pay launch nears

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Samsung has announced that its Wallet service, which allows you to store and manage tickets, coupons, boarding passes, and membership cards, will no longer be available after June 30. The announcement was made via an email to the users of the service.

While any tickets or reservations made through the service would remain accessible, coupons clipped with in the Wallet will no longer be available after the service is shut down, Samsung said, adding that users’ personal information will be handled in accordance with the company’s Privacy Policy. Read more »

Windows 10 to come pre-installed with Candy Crush Saga

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King.com is making a desktop version of its ridiculously popular game, Candy Crush Saga. The game will be available on Windows and will even come preinstalled with Windows 10 for those who get the free upgrade for the first year.

Candy Crush Saga is currently available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and through the Facebook website as a Flash-based game but this will be the first time it is coming as a native app on desktop. The game uses your Facebook account to sync progress across all versions of the game so you can pick up right where you left off regardless of where you last played it. Read more »

WhatsApp Material Design update finally on the Play Store

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WhatsApp updated the design of the Android version of its app to Material Design but it was limited to the APK downloaded from their website, while the Play Store version was still rocking the old Holo UI from the yesteryears.

After a month of releasing the Material Design update on the site, the Play Store version has finally caught up. If you choose to stick to the Play Store version (even though the ones from the website are perfectly stable for daily use) then you should update immediately. Read more »

Samsung Gear Live Android Wear smartwatch no longer available on Google Play

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The Samsung Gear Live smartwatch, which was announced back in June last year, is no longer listed on Google Play. The wearable, however, is still available for purchase on Amazon.

Although there is no information on why the device, which was recently spotted running Apple Macintosh II OS, was removed from the Play Store, the possibility of the South Korean company unveiling a new Android Wear smartwatch at the upcoming Google I/O conference cannot be denied. Read more »

HTC Zoe now streams to your Chromecast

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HTC’s Android app for creating, sharing, and remixing “professional quality highlight videos” has received a new update today. The biggest new thing inside is added support for streaming content to a Chromecast, if you own one of those of course. The familiar Cast button now shows up in the action bar of HTC Zoe, and once you tap on it you can send your content to a Chromecast to view it on a TV.

This, however, isn’t the only new feature that Zoe got with the latest update. It now lets you reorder content, so even after you’ve chosen which photos and videos to include in your Zoe, you can change the order in which they’re going to be shown. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 lands in the UK on May 21

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While the two members of Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab A series are already available in the US, the same can’t be said for the UK. Yet. Today Samsung announced that the bigger model of the two, the Galaxy Tab A 9.7, will be out in the UK on May 21.

That’s in exactly one week from today. The tablet will be offered in three versions: Wi-Fi-only, LTE-capable, and another one that comes with a bundled S Pen stylus. Read more »

Microsoft Hyperlapse video app released for Windows Phone, Android and desktops

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There are a few time lapse video apps available and now Microsoft Research is throwing its hat in the ring with Hyperlapse. The app speeds up handheld videos and stabilizes them so that you don’t bore your audience or make them seasick.

It’s available for phones (Windows and Android) and computers (Windows). Read more »

New Amazon bundle is offering $110 worth of apps and games for free

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The recent Game of Thrones episode broke pirating records, but now you can legally get the GoT – A Telltale Games Series for Android completely free.

That’s just one of many free games – indeed free apps – Amazon is offering through its app store, their total sum (if you had to pay for them) is $110. Read more »

AMD releases official info on the new Carrizo-L CPU cores and product line

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After months of speculation. AMD has finally cleared the smoke around its next line of chips, based on the new Carrizo-L CPU cores. This gives us a clearer picture of what the 2015 low-power computing scene might looks like with the new microarchitecture, dubbed Puma+.

This new family of chips is the new AMD мид-tier, intended to replace the 2014 Beema chips with Puma cores. The new SoCs use a 28nm production process and share the same socket as the high-end Carrizo chips. Just like their predecessor, Carrizo-L chips cover the power range from 10W, all the way up to 25W, so we can expect to see them in various tech and form-factors. Naturally, Carrizo-L is an AND APU, which means, it is equipped with some dedicated graphics processing power as well. It comes courtesy of GCN Graphic Compute Units. Read more »

Woot! selling reconditioned Moto 360 for $130 today

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The Moto 360 may be getting replaced soon, but it’s still one of the better smartwatches around. Woot! is selling factory reconditioned units at $130 for the next 18 hours or so.

The Moto 360 gets constant price cuts – it has been as low as $165 new, the most recent dip was $180 at the Play Store. Actually, you can still find it at $170 at Amazon.com. Read more »

Nokia Technologies planning layoffs in its Finland unit, 70 jobs at stake

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Nokia, which celebrated its 150th birthday a couple of days ago, has announced that it’s planning to cut around 70 jobs from its Technologies unit in Finland.

“Nokia Technologies has revised its long-term strategy and will consequently reshape organization,” said a company spokesperson. “As part of this, talks have been initiated with the staff.” Read more »

Rdio launches on-demand Select subscription service at $3.99 a month

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Music streaming service Rdio has announced a new subscription service called Rdio Select for those seeking on-demand, affordable music. The new Rdio Select will cost $3.99 a month against the standard $9.99 a month for unlimited access.

Rdio Select is almost like a diet music subscription plan that offers streaming without ads and capability to skip tracks. However, the catch here is the you can only download 25 songs a day. Read more »

Axis Bank enables payment through social networks using PingPay app

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Now Axis Bank users in India can send someone money over WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, email, or even SMS. All you need to do is download the new PingPay app.

The app is made in partnership with Fastacash, that enables transferring money over social networks. Read more »

Facebook’s Internet.org now available to over 1 billion people worldwide

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A few weeks after it was revealed that Facebook’s Internet.org has benefited over 800 million people in nine countries, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the service, which was recently launched in the African country of Malawi, is now available to over 1 billion people around the world.

“Giving people free access is the right thing to do,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. “We will keep connecting more people and more countries, and we won’t stop until every person in the world can connect to the internet.” Read more »