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New wrist straps let you change the look of the Samsung Gear S

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The Samsung Gear S is available only in Black or White but now the you can add a splash of color to it with five Wrist Straps. There’s also the Bangle Strap, which only comes in black and white, but is wider than the original strap, so it still gives the smartwatch a makeover.

The Wrist Straps have narrow bands that go around the body of the Gear S watch so they add color to its otherwise black face (even the White model has a black front panel). Read more »

Opera Mini 9 for iOS brings video compression to eliminate buffering

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With dropping prices for mobile data and faster speeds with increasing LTE coverage, Opera Mini and its compression technology has been fading in recent years. Opera is still kicking around though and it just released Mini version 9 for iOS with what the team thinks is a compelling feature – video compression.

Currently 53% of the global mobile data is taken up by streaming videos, so it’s a big market. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on

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Samsung is looking for applications for its bendy Super AMOLED screens and while it was mostly for show on the Galaxy Round, the Galaxy Note Edge challenges the rule of flat-screened UI of smartphones with its unique Edge screen.

The right side of the screen bends around to the side of the device and while it’s technically a part of the screen, it acts as a separate, utility screen. Read more »

See how the PS4 version of GTA V will look compared to the PS3 version

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GTA V is releasing on the PS4 and Xbox One on November 18. As you can expect, there is a significant overhaul to the way the game looks on the new current gen consoles compared to the last gen ones where the game debuted last year.

Now, Sony and Rockstar have released a new video that compares the visual quality of the new GTA V on PS4 compared to the PS3. The new version runs at full 1080p with higher resolution textures, improved draw distance, improved reflections and higher characters on screen at once. Read more »

WhatsApp update brings read reports to the messaging platform

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Going forward you will know when people have read your WhatsApp messages. An stealthy update to the popular messenger brought the nifty feature onboard.

The new trick is as simple as its gets. Read more »

You can now launch desktop apps straight from Google Drive in Chrome

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Google Drive added one more feature to its already rich set of utilities. Going forward, users of the search giant’s cloud storage solution will be able to open their files straight into compatible applications installed on their computers.

The new feature will allow users to open and edit their Google Drive files with their desktop apps, and save changes seamlessly to the cloud. Read more »

Google updates Maps for iOS and Android with Material Design, built-in restaurant reservations

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The latest Google app to get its Material Design makeover is Maps. The search giant has announced the redesigned app for both Android and iOS, with the rollout going on “over the next few days”.

According to Google, Material Design brings with it brighter colors and a fresh look that creates surfaces and shadows that mimic the real world, while layers and buttons “come to life” so you know just where to touch to get directions or recommendations. Read more »

Samsung Gear S finally arrives in the UK on November 7

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Samsung’s first smartwatch to sport its own SIM card slot, the Gear S, was supposed to go on sale in the UK on October 24. However, that didn’t happen. The good news, on the other hand, is that there’s now an official release date for the wearable in Britain: November 7.

That’s right, you only have to wait a couple more days if you’re in the UK and want to buy a Gear S. The pricing has remained unchanged: £329. Read more »

Nexus 9 and Nexus Player factory images are now available

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Following the update of the AOSP repository with the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has made available the Lollipop factory images for the Nexus Player (fugu) and Nexus 9 Wi-Fi (volantis) tablet.

The binary image files allow you to restore the two devices to their original factory firmware. Read more »

GTA V on PC, PS4, and Xbox One to have first person mode, 4K support on PC

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If you were waiting to play GTA V because it wasn’t available on PC or planning to purchase it again now that it is also arriving on the PS4 and Xbox One, there is some more good news (or news, if you are not into this stuff).

Rockstar has confirmed that the PC, PS4, and Xbox One version of the game will have a new first person mode. The game goes beyond just having a different camera angle but has been optimized for playing through first person mode, including new first person weapons mode alone with interior view of all the cars and other vehicles you will be driving. Read more »

Jawbone announces UP3 and UP MOVE

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Jawbone has announced two new fitness trackers, the entry-level UP MOVE and the top of the line UP3.

The UP3 is a fitness band that incorporates a wide range of sensors, including a tri-axis accelerometer, bioimpedence sensors, and skin and ambient temperature sensors. The sensors allow the band to track your heartbeat continuously throughout the day. Read more »

iFixit tears down Nexus 9, gives it poor repairability score

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The freshly launched Nexus 9 got the iFixit teardown. The HTC-made slate received the poor repairability score of 3.

As expected, the iFixit disassembly of the Android 5.0 Lollipop tablet reveals a number of details. Read more »

Dropbox and Microsoft will let you edit Office files from the Dropbox app, access Dropbox from Office

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Dropbox and Microsoft have announced that they’ve teamed up to make your mobile productivity experience better on iOS and Android. Soon the Dropbox app will work with Microsoft’s Office apps for the aforementioned platforms, and viceversa.

You’ll be able to edit Office files from the Dropbox app as well as sync changes across your devices. All edits will be automatically saved to your Dropbox. Read more »

Nvidia Shield tablet will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop update this month

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If you were wondering what the first non-Nexus device to get the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop would be, we might have the answer today. And slightly unexpectedly, it looks like it won’t be a product from one of the big Android makers (in terms of sales). Rather, we’re talking about Nvidia’s Shield tablet.

The company best known for its graphics processors has published a video on YouTube in which it teases the upcoming update. The rollout time frame of “November” is mentioned quite a few times, so we’re assuming Nvidia’s engineers are pretty sure they’ll be able to pull it off. Read more »

Gmail 5.0 for Android arrives, supports non-Gmail accounts

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Google has updated the Gmail app for Android to version 5.0 and has completely overhauled it, both visually and under the hood. The new app sports a user interface abiding to the Material Design standards, even on pre-5.0 devices.

The big functional change is that the Gmail app now supports 3rd party email accounts with POP and IMAP. This means you can add your Outlook, Yahoo or custom work email without any problems and eliminate the need for a separate app. Read more »