Nokia Lumia 630 gets a cool video promo full of football trick shots

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In the days between the official announcement and the market release of one of their smartphones, each manufacturer is trying to build up hype about it and promo videos are a commonly used tool for that. In the case of the Lumia 630, Nokia has hired Finnish goalkeeper and trick shot master Lassi Hurskainen to produce what is certainly one of the coolest promo clips we’ve seen in a while.

Using the help of an assistant, Hurskainen makes some pretty sweet shots to knock several people’s handsets out of their hands. It’s unclear if the phones take any damage, but everyone involved gets a free Lumia 630 and they all seem pretty happy about it. Read more »

Beats Music iOS update brings in-app subscription option

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Beats Music has released an update to its iPhone app that brings with it a very important feature: in-app subscription. Previously, the service required you to subscribe elsewhere before you could use the app but now you can sign up for it from within the app itself.

The reason some people choose to get their payments done externally is because Apple takes 30% cut of all in-app purchases. Unfortunately, that is not the best way to do things and people often don’t end up subscribing to the service if they are asked to leave the app and subscribe from somewhere else. Read more »

Nike lays off hardware division, abandons FuelBand

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Some gloomy news coming out of Nike today as reportedly the company has laid off its hardware division, responsible for wearable devices such as the FuelBand. For those not aware, the FuelBand was a popular fitness device worn around your wrist that tracked your daily activities with Nike’s mobile and desktop software.

According to CNET who broke the news, about 55 of the 70 people hardware team were laid off. Along with the FuelBand, the hardware division was also responsible for products such as the Nike+ SportWatch. Read more »

Nokia XL hands-on

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Another member of the Nokia X family decided to pay our office a visit. The Nokia XL is the largest Android-powered member of the recently announced X-family of phones. Think of it as a grown-up Nokia X, as it packs a 5″ IPS LCD display of the same WVGA resolution as its smaller brother.

The Nokia XL features the same build materials and design as its smaller brother, but it’s notably heavier as you could expect. It weighs the rather hard to bare 190 grams and gives an almost tank-like impression. It really takes away portability points, though. Read more »

10 things you didn’t know your Galaxy S5 could do

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Here’s something you may not have known: 10 hidden features that weren’t really advertised in Samsung’s promotion of the Galaxy S5 have been released today.

All of the key selling points: its camera, dust and water resistance, and built-in heart rate monitor have been rightfully pimped in advertisements, but here’s a list of a few things you may not have known the Galaxy S5 was capable of. Read more »

Customized gold iPhones are the fanciest wedding favors we’ve seen

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The President of Nigeria had his daughter’s wedding a few days ago and each guest received a customized gold iPhone. Those were specially designed by Malivelihood, who specialized in gold-plating all things tech.

The back of the phone is enhanced by precious stones and gold inserts. The names of the groom and bride are also engraved in addition to the date of the wedding. Read more »

By Atelier dresses Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit in crocodile leather

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In case you find that faux leather look on the back of the Samsung Galaxy S5 a tad too cheap, don’t despair, By Atelier has you covered! The young French Luxury brand released a limited edition of Samsung’s latest smartphone and the Gear Fit in orange alligator leather.

The far from subtle looking combination of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Gear Fit you see above is priced at €1,800. Read more »

Toshiba outs the world’s fastest microSD card

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The latest microSD card slot to come out of Toshiba is the fastest in the world. The 32GB version of the Toshiba UHS-II microSD card boasts speeds of up to 260MB/s read and 240MB/s write.

There’s also a 64GB version available, but it’s not as fast with a maximum of 145MB/s read and 130MB/s write speeds. Read more »

Facebook introduces ‘Nearby Friends’

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Facebook has announced a new feature for users of their mobile apps. Called Nearby Friends, the feature is designed to let you catch up with your friends on Facebook if they are close to your location.

Nearby Friends obviously requires you to share your location with your friends for it to work but you can choose whom to share it with. Your friends also need to enable sharing with you for you to see them. Once enabled, you will get notifications when your friends are nearby. You can also share a precise location so that people can see where exactly you are on a map. Read more »

Sony Xperia Keyboard is now available on Google Play Store

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Sony Mobile has officially released its Xperia Keyboard app on the Google Play Store. However, it appears that the only reason why Sony submitted it is so it can easily update it in the future, without having to release full firmware updates for that.

This means that the app is available across the globe, but is currently restricted to only Xperia smartphones. It’s unclear if the default keyboard of the Xperia smartphones will ever be officially released for other droids. Read more »

Flickr 3.0 for iOS and Android bring a completely new design

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Flickr has released version 3.0 of the iOS and Android app that is a complete overhaul over the previous versions. To put it simply, it now looks like Instagram.

The update is available on both iOS and Android and for once we see no preference given to either platform, with both getting the latest update with a UI optimized for that particular platform (unlike Instagram). Read more »

Microsoft sells 5 million Xbox One units, Sony 7 million PS4s

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Both Microsoft and Sony have revealed their sales figures for their respective consoles since they launched and things are looking better for the PlayStation camp. According to Microsoft’s figures, the Xbox One sold 5 million units since launch whereas Sony claims to have sold 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles.

The disparity in the figures could be attributed to a lot of things, including the PS4′s slightly early launch and availability in more markets, not to mention the lower price compared to the Xbox One that ships with the Kinect. Still, fact remains that at the end of the day, Sony is moving more units, and not even Titanfall, which was the number one selling game in March, could help Microsoft close the gap. Read more »

Zynga to make Farmville 2 mobile app

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Farmville might not be the hottest game on Facebook right now, but Zynga is trying to change that.

The company is going to release Farmville 2: Country Escape for phones and tablets. Read more »

Refurbished iPad mini with Retina display is now available in the Apple Store

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A refurbished iPad mini with Retina display is now available to order in the US Apple Store. Depending on the built-in memory on board, the refurbished slate is priced 15 or 16 percent less than an equivalent brand new model.

With a $339 price tag (down from $399), the refurbished 16GB, Wi-Fi-only iPad mini with a Retina display was the first to sell out. Read more »

Samsung and Amazon team up to make special Kindle app

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So the Kindle application is free to download for all Android users.

But it looks like Samsung and the online retailing mega-giant have joined forces to create a Kindle app specifically designed for Galaxy devices. Read more »