Facebook Messenger reache 500 million downloads on Android

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Facebook carved out the chat functionality from its main app and transferred it exclusively to its Messenger app. Messenger is getting pummeled with 1-star reviews but that hasn’t stopped it from growing and it is now on over 500 million Android devices.

Only two other non-Google apps (so not Android defaults) have managed this – the main Facebook app and the Facebook-owned WhatsApp. Read more »

Mailbox for Mac released, available as public beta

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Mailbox has officially released a beta version of their popular app on the Mac. If you had signed up for the beta released back when it was first shown, then you should get a mail with a download link. Once downloaded, you can then also invite three other people to try out the app by sending them betacoins.

Mailbox works similar to its counterparts on iOS and Android. Other than the clean, minimalist interface, you also have full gesture support for deleting, archiving and scheduling mail. Mailbox is also adding support for drafts in the Mac and iOS version, and it’s coming soon on Android. Read more »

Sony has an odd-looking, dedicated selfie camera on the way

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Alleged images of a dedicated selfie camera from Sony with rather odd design made the rounds online. Designed to look like a perfume bottle, the gadget looks set to be released in Asia in the near future.

Some alleged specs for the snapper leaked out alongside the images as well. Read more »

Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint hands-on

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We managed to spend some quality time with the Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint Wireless. Announced earlier today, the budget-friendly smartphone marks the return of the Japanese manufacturer in the United States.

Despite its sleek looks, which suggest a high price tag, the Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint is quite affordable. Read more »

Google brings Photo Sphere app to iOS

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The Photo Sphere feature has been a staple in Google’s Camera app for Android for quite a while now, but today the search giant has decided to bring the exact same functionality to iOS.

It’s done this by releasing a new app for Apple’s mobile operating system. It’s called Photo Sphere Camera, and, as you’d expect, its one goal is to let you create Photo Spheres on iOS. Read more »

Samsung Level Box Mini wireless speaker officially announced

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Today Samsung has unveiled the newest member of its Level family of audio products – the Level Box Mini. This is a wireless speaker that’s supposed to deliver “premium-quality sound within a light, compact metallic body”.

Inside is a 55mm stereo speaker with passive radiator, alongside a 1,600 mAh battery that should last for 25 hours of music playback, 30 hours of talking, and 1,000 hours of standby. Read more »

Verizon posts introductory video for the new HTC One (M8) for Windows

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A few hours ago, the long leaked Windows Phone running version of the HTC One (M8) finally got official as a Verizon exclusive. And the carrier didn’t wait long to upload the first video about the new handset to its YouTube channel.

The strangely named HTC One (M8) for Windows basically brings you the exact same hardware that’s inside its Android-running sibling, only with Windows Phone 8.1 running the show. Read more »

Asus smartwatch teased ahead of IFA debut

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We’ve been hearing rumors about the fist Asus smartwatch debuting in Berlin at the IFA expo next month but now we have a solid proof. The company took to its Twitter account to tease an image of the upcoming smart wearable.

Naturally, the image doesn’t reveal a whole lot about the device – the full details will be kept in secret until the company’s press conference on September 3. Read more »

Got wood? Moto X gets free wood back upgrade until August 21

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The Motorola Moto X is on its way out with numerous Moto X+1 rumors swirling, but it’s still a reasonably attractive phone at $350. And now you can get one of the four wood backs at no extra cost.

You can pick Walnut, Bamboo, Ebony or Teak back instead of the usual plastic back. You don’t even have to ask, of course this is for the US only (sigh). Read more »

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua promo videos are live

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Sony just took the wraps off its Xperia M2 Aqua smartphone – a water-proofed Xperia M2 and now the promo videos are live.

The videos run through the phone’s strengths and shows it getting wet on more than one occasion – something that tends to get users’ mouth to water pretty fast these days. Read more »

AMD announces R7 Series SSD

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AMD has decided to jump into the storage business with its own series of gaming-focused series of solid state drives, called the R7 Series SSD.

Although these drives carry the AMD name, they will be designed and manufactured by OCZ, who will also be handling the servicing, so really you are just buying OCZ drive with a different label on top. Read more »

Upcoming YouTube Music Key to bring ad-free background audio with offline playback for a price

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It seems Google is working on a new subscription service for YouTube, called YouTube Music Key. With this service, users will be able to listen to music videos on YouTube without any ads, in the background or even when they are offline, by paying the monthly subscription fee.

YouTube currently has one of the largest library of music videos on the internet but often you just have to listen to the music without watching the video and the YouTube player on mobile won’t let you play audio in the background. There are also other things to worry about, such as ads and not being able to play without an internet connection, all of which YouTube Music Key will solve. Read more »

Microsoft will soon out a $199 Chromebook rival made by HP

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Details on a previously mentioned, low-cost Microsoft Windows 8.1 PC made by HP made the rounds. Dubbed HP Stream 14, the yet to be revealed machine is tipped to carry a Chromebook-rivaling $199 price tag when available.

The upcoming notebook will reportedly feature an AMD “Mullins” A4 Micro-6400T Quad-Core SoC, 2GB of RAM, and integrated Radeon R3 graphics. Read more »

The successor of Flappy Bird will be named Swing Copters

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The ultra-popular time-wasting phenomenon Flappy Bird will soon have a successor. The upcoming title by Dong Nguyen will be named Swing Copters.

Swing Copters will feature similar gameplay as Flappy Bird, except it will reportedly be even more difficult. Read more »

LG will unveil world’s first 21:9 curved IPS monitor at IFA next month

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LG has let us know that it will be showcasing the world’s first 21:9 curved IPS monitor at the IFA trade show in Berlin at the beginning of September.

As you may have gathered from the above, this is a new monitor that features ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio and comes with a curved IPS panel. Its size is 34″, by the way. Read more »