Opera Subscription Mobile Store lets operators set up branded subscription-based stores

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Opera is now offering mobile operators an easy way to set up their own, customized and branded mobile application store. The service builds upon Opera`s already existing extensive library of applications across multiple mobile platforms, including Android, Java, Symbian and BlackBerry.

Besides access to one of the three largest app stores in the world, Opera also offer mobile operator a very specifically tailored market model. Read more »

The latest batch of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 promo videos is too cute to miss

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Samsung just released its most adorable batch of Galaxy Note 4 promo videos to date in an attempt to find “the cutest animal in the Galaxy.” The latest marketing stint by the Korean giant features a trio of rare and adorable animals – a quokka, a river otter, and a blue penguin.

The latest Note 4 promo videos arrive barely a few days after the last batch. Read more »

Original leather and metal bands for Moto 360 are now available

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The original leather and metal replacement bands Moto 360 smartwatch are now available to order in Motorola’s online store. The leather option for the smartwatch is priced at $29.99, while the metal band costs $79.99.

Made from high-quality, hand-treated Horween leather, the cheaper band is available in three different finishes – Black, Cognac, and Stone. Read more »

Samsung announces $2 billion share buyback

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Samsung has let the markets know that it wants to buy back $2 billion worth of its own shares. Specifically, the electronics giant will nab 1.65 million common shares and 250,000 preferred shares. The move represents its first share buyback since 2007, and the second biggest one ever.

The point of the buyback is reportedly for Samsung to stabilise its share price and boost value for its shareholders, who have been none too happy with the Korean company’s latest results, especially its falling profits. Read more »

Sony’s A7 II lands in the US on December 9, starts at $1,699

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The full-frame mirrorless Sony A7 II was made official last week, and now the Japanese company has shared its release details for the US.

The A7 II will become available on December 9, and it will be priced at $1,699 in body-only form. Sony will also offer a $1,999 kit that will contain a 28-70 f3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens too. Read more »

Samsung says its ChatOn messaging service will remain available worldwide

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A couple of days ago a report surfaced in South Korean media claiming that Samsung was getting ready to shut down its ChatOn messaging service, which has failed to challenge WhatsApp, Viber, and Facebook Messenger in terms of user base.

Now though, the Korean company has officially stated that the aforementioned information is false, and that ChatOn will live on. Read more »

The more you share the OnePlus Black Friday deal on accessories, the cheaper they get

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Black Friday is fast approaching and OnePlus has decided to make it a collaborative event – the company will be trading Facebook shares for money. Or rather for discounts on its accessories – 5% off goes for 2,000 shares, but the maximum 20% off is a steep 20,000 shares.

This is an interesting type of promotion – the more people that hit the share button, the more people will see the promo, which should lead to an avalanche effect. Read more »

HP Slate 6 Voice Tab II launches in India for $260

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The HP Slate 6 Voice Tab II has just launched in the Indian market from the official HP Online store. It is priced at $260 (INR 15,990) and will soon be officially launched.

The device bears a lot of resemblance to the previous version of the tablet (HP Slate 6 Voice Tab) with the same 6″ 1280 x 720 pixel IPS display and a Marvell PXA1088 chipset with a CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz. Read more »

Windows 10 to include native free FLAC playback support

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This September saw the announcement of Microsoft’s next big version of Windows, Windows 10. It is set to be the biggest redesign of the OS to come along in years and it promises a whole lot more than the just design changes. This next iteration is set to be such a formidable step forward for Microsoft technology, that it actually manages to skip a version number and needless to say drove up a huge hype. What Microsoft 10 is set to accomplish is hopefully unify the OS experience as well as, to a large extent, functionality across different hardware platforms.

Now another exciting piece of inside news has been posted from Gabriel Aul from the Windows development team via his Twitter account. Apparently Windows 10 will feature native free support for FLAC audio playback, a much requested addition. The screenshot clearly shows Windows Media Player with a playlist full of lossless audio. Read more »

Moto Maker stars in Motorola’s latest Moto X ad

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Motorola is quite proud of the Moto Maker, which allows you to customize the Moto X to your liking including back cover type and color, engraving, base color and accent colors. The latest Moto X ad features the Moto Maker and the fun you get from it.

The ad shows the process of customizing the Moto X (2014) in a very funny and engaging way, while also showing the integration with Google. It allows you to sign in with your account and have the Moto X configured with your Google ID to boot. Read more »

Skype for Android updated with picture-in-picture view

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Microsoft has updated Skype for Android with support for picture-in-picture, allowing you to keep a video call going while multitasking.

This means that now you can come out of the Skype window in the middle of a video call, switch over to another app, and continue with the conversation. The feature, which is already available on tablets, should be rolling out to smartphones very soon. Read more »

Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio case is now available to order

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The official Keyboard Folio case for HTC Nexus 9 is now available to order from Google Play n the United States. The search giant’s official online store has the cover in stock, ready to leave the warehouse in 1-2 business days.

As expected, the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio costs $129. Read more »

HTC Re Camera is getting half of its price cut on Black Friday

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HTC’s recently announced Re Camera will get treated to a 50% discount starting on Black Friday. The sale kicks off exactly at 9pm Pacific Time on November 27.

The promo cuts the $199 price tag of the gadget to only $99. Read more »

Twitter Offers launches giving you discounts through tweets

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Moving steadily on with its newfound commerce focus, Twitter has today announced a new service called Twitter Offers. This basically means businesses can embed discount coupons into tweets, but redeeming them is easier than if you were to use actual coupons.

Twitter Offers comes after the Twitter Buy button started appearing for certain users, letting them buy stuff directly from tweets. Read more »

LG’s KizOn wearable for children makes it to Verizon as the GizmoPal

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Today Verizon has announced the LG GizmoPal, a specialized wearable band for children. If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s basically nothing but a rebranded LG KizOn – which was made official in South Korea in July.

Verizon will start selling the GizmoPal online tomorrow, in blue and pink, and it can be yours for $79.99. In stores, it will first be available in select locations in the Midwest, followed by a proper nationwide launch on December 11. Read more »