BBM gets Timed Messages and Message Retraction across platforms

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BlackBerry’s Messenger app has received an update today, which brings with it two new features. Timed Messages allows you to set a timer when sending a message. When that expires, the message you sent will disappear from the BBM chat.

With Message Retraction, you can ‘take back’ something you sent – after the fact. The message disappears from the chat for the person you sent it to as soon as you retract it. Read more »

Google Now and Siri beat Cortana at answering tough questions

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Now that all three major mobile platforms have their own personal assistants, we’re all wondering how well each of them performs at different tasks. The latest study doesn’t look good for Cortana, Microsoft’s attempt in this space.

This particular test is all about tough questions. Google Now, Siri, and Cortana were all asked difficult things, through a random question generator created by two developers. Read more »

Google Wallet update brings material design and automatic bank transfers

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Google Wallet has been updated with several nice features. One of them is the option to set up a recurring bank transfer to automatically add funds to your Wallet account.

You can set up the recurring bank transfer on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis and cancel it any time. Google says that there are no fees or minimum balance requirements for the automatic transfer. If your balance gets low, you can set an alert to remind you to add funds. Read more »

IDC: Samsung nears Apple in tablet shipments as the market climbs 11.5% in Q3 2014

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IDC has outed a tablet market report for Q3 2014 and it’s good news for manufacturers as the market has soared 11.5% compared for the same period last year. Global tablet shipments reached 53.8 million as competitive back-to-school promotions and strong interest in the US have driven shipments upwards.

IDC notes that Verizon’s winning tablet strategy is to sell LTE-enabled slates, which in the US are sought after. The upcoming Black Friday sales are also anticipated to result in even larger tablet sales. In the US the market growth is a bit stronger compared to the global one and has gone 18.5% year-over-year. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact gets compared to interesting things in an official infographic

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Sony is proud of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact thinness and has come up with an extensive infographic comparing it to various items from our everyday life.

The company is also proud of the tablet’s IP65/68 rating and its weight and offers some interesting statistics. Read more »

MSI GT80 Titan is a gaming notebook with mechanical keyboard

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MSI took the wraps off the GT80 Titan gaming notebook. The 18” beast features a mechanical keyboard with Cherry Brown MX switches.

The number pad of the notebook is not mechanical. Read more »

LG Display outs a 5.3″ 1080p panel with 0.7mm narrow bezel

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LG Display has made a 5.3″ LCD panel with a bezel of just 0.7mm. The display of 1080p resolution sports a pixel density of 415ppi.

To put it into perspective, the left and right sides of the panel are thinner than the 0.8mm thickness of a credit card. In order to pull this off, the company uses its “Neo Edge” module processing technology as well as the first “Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT)” technology. Read more »

Microsoft: Want an iPhone 6? Better get a Lumia 635!

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Microsoft posted a picture via its Nokia USA Twitter account, which shows why a Lumia 635 is a better deal than an iPhone 6.

Instead of a $700 iPhone you can get a $100 LTE-enabled Lumia 635 plus a plethora of accessories and free services on a much lower price. Read more »

Microsoft Band goes official with ten sensors and $199 price tag

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The freshly leaked Microsoft Band is now official and will work with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. Redmond’s wearable device is made for the right hans, packs ten sensors, and will cost $199 when it hits the shelves on October 30 online and in Microsoft stores in the United States.

Microsoft Band’s sensors allow it to measure heart rate, stress levels, and UV exposure among others. Read more »

Lenovo announces Yoga Tablet 2 with 13-inch display and Windows 8.1

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Lenovo took the wraps of a Yoga Tablet 2 model with 13” display and Windows 8.1. The slate will hit the shelves in November for $699. The price tag includes a bundled keyboard cover.

The latest Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 is powered by an Intel Atom Processor Z3745 with four CPU cores, clocked at up to 1.86GHz). Read more »

Upcoming fitness band by Microsoft makes another appearance

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The previously tipped upcoming wearable device by Microsoft appeared ahead of its scheduled unveiling. The gadget’s dedicated sync app landed in the Mac App Store had of schedule.

Microsoft Band will be the name of the name of the wearable device when it debuts. Read more »

Tylt announces a duo of VU wireless chargers

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The designer and manufacturer of mobile accessories Tylt announced a duo of Qi wireless chargers. Tylt VÜ Solo and and VÜ Wireless Charging Car Mount will hit the shelves before the end of the year.

Tylt VÜ Solo is the desktop solution from the bunch. Read more »

7-inch Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 rugged tablet gets official

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Complementing the two 5-inch tablets it announced back in June, Panasonic has today unveiled the Toughpad FZ-B2. This is a 7-inch extremely rugged tablet that is “designed for business”.

It will become available in Europe in December. In the UK, it will be priced at £591 + VAT, which means £709 inclusive of VAT. It should land in the US in February 2015 for $1,299. Read more »

Google Play Movies & TV app for Android gets Material Design and info cards

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Today Google has announced a new update for its Play Movies & TV app for Android. The new version of the app will roll out over the next week, and will bring with it a couple of important new features.

First off, like all of the recently updated apps made by Google, Play Movies & TV will get a do-over inspired by the company’s own Material Design guidelines. Read more »

Project Ara update video announces DevCon2 conference

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Google released a Project Ara update video announcing the second developer conference for the platform will take place on January 14. There, registered developers will discus the Ara MDK 0.20 as well as have access to early modules and prototypes.

The company is also going to reveal its marketing plans. The pilot Project Ara device will come in the first half of 2015. Read more »