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Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime hands-on

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Having a global best-seller is nice, but for a company that makes as many devices as Samsung, targeting different regions with different phones makes a lot of sense. The Samsung Galaxy Prime has modest display specs, while keeping the rest on proper mid-range levels. There’s a dual-SIM option in certain regions.

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It’s questionable whether it will garner a lot of popularity in the developed western markets, but such phones are selling like hotcakes in the rest of the world. Read more »

Weekend Poll: the LG G Watch R faces the smartwatch competition

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The LG G Watch R review is now up and it’s time to put it through the gauntlet of our community’s opinion about it. Watches are quite personal items and are seen as a reflection of your personality, so we think this week’s poll is going to be something interesting to check out.

Especially in this day and age when almost every major tech company offers a smartwatch. There are plastic and metal ones, square and round, well almost round. We’re looking at you Moto 360. Read more »

Lenovo Vibe X2 hands-on

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Making a dent in the mid-range smartphone market is a tough job for anyone to pull off, but Lenovo might be just on to something with the Vibe X2. The multi-layered smartphones, as the company touts it, boasts a very cool and colorful design without coming off as tacky.

Of course, there will be people that don’t like the design, but trust me, it’s looking even cooler in person. Now that the company officially owns Motorola, it is competing outside China as well and has the ambitions to conquer the likes of Apple, Samsung and LG. And what better way to grab consumer’s attention than a flashy look? Read more »

Gionee Elife S5.1 battery life test

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One of the thinnest smartphones around, the Gionee Elife S5.1, has just made it through our review routine and you can find out what happened in our in-depth article.

The Gionee Elife S5.1 uses a 4.8″ Super AMOLED screen and runs on the MT6592 chip with an octa-core Cortex-A7 processor. We’ve seen this platform perform rather poorly, when it comes to battery endurance, so we didn’t expect anything impressive from the Elife S5.1 but we surely had our eyes open for potential surprises. Read more »

YouTube for Android is the latest app to get material design

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YouTube for Android got received a major update. Version 6.0.11 of the application brings Android 5.0’s sleek material design to the popular video sharing platform.

In addition to the fresh new look, the latest YouTube for Android offers revamped navigation panel. Read more »

TAG Heuer smartwatch will be unveiled at CES, rumor claims

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This year we’ve seen mobile device makers launching smartwatches left and right. But traditional watchmakers apparently haven’t stood idly by, instead some have been working on their very own smartwatch offerings. One of these will be made by TAG Heuer, one of Switzerland’s best known watch brands.

Back in September, that company has already admitted that it’s developing a smartwatch of its own. And now a rumor claims to know when the wearable will be unveiled. Read more »

Cortana lands in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain

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After initially only being available in the US, Cortana was enabled for China and the UK too this summer. And now Microsoft’s virtual assistant is making it to four more countries: France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

Today, Microsoft has announced that it will start rolling out an update for the Windows Phone Developer Preview Program which will make Cortana available in these new places as an “alpha”. Read more »

Skype 7.0 for Windows lets you video call Lync users

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Skype has released an update for its Windows app today (the desktop Windows, mind you, not Windows Phone). Version 7.0 brings with it support for video calling people using Lync, as well as a few other things.

Audio calls and chats with Lync users have been possible since 2013, and now the video call functionality has finally been turned on between the two Microsoft-owned services. Lync is part of Microsoft Office, and it offers IM and presence, video conferencing, as well as telephony, being geared at businesses. Read more »

Jolla Tablet passes $1.5 million in funding, gets 128GB microSD support

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Last week, Jolla updated its extremely successful crowdfunding campaign for its first tablet by adding a few “stretch goals”. Once reached, each of these would enable a new feature for the Jolla Tablet.

The first milestone was at $1.5 million raised, and that has now been passed. So this effectively means that the Jolla Tablet will support microSDHC cards up to 128GB in capacity. Read more »

Sony’s Xperia Aquatech store – a unique marketing promotion and amazing underwater experience

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Earlier today Sony opened its first of a kind underwater store. But before you put on your bathing suits, there is a slight catch. The Xperia Aquatech store is a promotional activity, carried by the Japanese company in Dubai, or rather 4 meter under sea level near the city.

The three daylong event aims to demo the marine capabilities of some of Sony’s water-proof devices and most of all build publicity. The guest list is very short, with only competition winners, media and VIPs attending and from the looks of it was nothing short of a spectacular experience.

Attendees are required to participate in some mandatory scuba diving training and are put under the constant supervision of a diving instructor. Read more »

Motorola releases an amusing series of ads for the Moto 360

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Motorola has released four new ads for the Moto 360 smartwatch. The ads focus on the design and craftsmanship of the device while stressing that despite its classic design it’s a device made for modern times.

The ads are pretty awesome and genuinely amusing. They also perfectly encapsulate the experience of using the device, that despite its sophisticated appearance you are still going to occasionally get a silly notification on it that’s just at complete odds with design. Not something that would happen with an actual premium watch. Read more »

Redesigned Google Play store for Android is coming our way

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Google is about to launch a redesigned Play store app for Android. Version 5.1 of the application features refreshed looks and layout changes.

The upcoming new Android Play store features full-height navigation drawer and real-time card shadows. Read more »

Qualcomm will be forced to lower licensing fees in China after antitrust investigation

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The Chinese National Development and Reform Commission has been conducting an antitrust investigation of Qualcomm’s activities in the country for quite a while, and now we get an idea of what the outcome of that will be. Short version: not good for Qualcomm.

The mobile chip maker will have to pay “huge fines” for “monopolistic” behavior, but that’s not all. It will also be forced to lower its licensing fees in China, as well as give up on its “reverse patent license”. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom on AT&T receives update to Android 4.4 KitKat

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The KitKat update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom started rolling out back in July, but it amazingly managed to so far not make it to AT&T’s version of the device. Only now, many months later, can we report that the Galaxy S4 Zoom sold by AT&T is in the process of receiving the new software.

Of course, KitKat isn’t the latest version of Android anymore. Though given the fact that this is the first ever update that AT&T’s S4 Zoom has gotten, we wouldn’t bet on it seeing Android 5.0 Lollipop anytime soon. Read more »

Samsung’s WatchON TV and movie service goes away on December 31 everywhere but the US and Korea

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One of the many services that Samsung created a few years back is WatchON. It allows you to watch TV shows and movies, like so many other similar offerings out there. Apparently Samsung has finally realized how redundant WatchON is, and hence decided to shut it down, effective on December 31.

This will happen worldwide, except for two countries: the USA and South Korea. Over there WatchON will continue to exist even after this year ends. Read more »