Newest Nexus 9 batches come with improved buttons, less light bleed

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The initial batches of Nexus 9 tablets manufactured by HTC apparently suffer from having hardware power and volume buttons which are hard to press, and have almost no travel. Additionally, the tablet’s screen has been found to suffer from pretty extensive light bleed.

It looks like HTC was made aware of these issues, and has already fixed them in the newest batches of Nexus 9s being sent to buyers. Read more »

Samsung patent for ring-operated smartwatch surfaces

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Smartwatches are this year’s hot trend and with the round form factor, already a summit firmly conquered, designer are now focusing on reimagining other traditional watch components. Apple has already pioneered this tendency with the inclusion of a digital crown on the Apple Watch that serves some secondary functions, such as zooming in and out. Other than that, however, most smartwatches today, regardless of the form factor, share one common input method – touch.

Samsung in taking steps to address that, as it would appear by the recently issued patent. The technology at hand focuses on employing a turning ring mechanism, much like the one seen on traditional sports watches, for different software control functions. Read more »

Xiaomishop offers $50 off the Mi 4 in Black Friday price reductions

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Xiaomishop, one of the more popular resellers for Xiaomi devices is currently offering customers special offers on many popular devices, including Xiaomi Mi 4 and Redmi Note 4G.

The promotion began yesterday, on thanksgiving and will span all the way through the weekend and Cyber Monday. Read more »

Chrome Web Store gets seven new apps, including Couchsurfing and OverDrive

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Google has added seven new Android apps to the Chrome Web Store, including cooking community app Cookpad Recipes, travel app Couchsurfing, eBook and audiobook lending service OverDrive, and more.

These apps join existing Android apps that are compatible with Chrome OS, including Evernote, Duolingo, Vine, Sight Words, and more, and can be found in the “Available for Android” collection on the Chrome Web Store. The company is also encouraging users to nominate new apps that they want to be added next. Read more »

Archos fully unveils the 80 Cesium tablet – a €150 Windows 8.1 tablet

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Archos did its usual pre-IFA mass announcement of multiple devices, including the Windows 8.1 running Archos 80 Cesium. Little was known about it other than that it was supposed to launch in October. Better late than never I suppose.

The 80 Cesium belongs to the line of very affordable Windows tablets – €150 in this case – and it comes with the usual concessions. Read more »

Google offers LG G Watch for $99 plus $50 store credit

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Today Google threw another surprise in the Black Friday pool of deals. If you happen to live in the US, you will be able to pick up the original LG G Watch for a total of just $99, which is about $130 off its regular price. The 5-month old device might already be outshined by the new flavor of rounder and slicker smartwatches, but arguably it still is one of the best Android Wear launch devices. Both the black and white/gold versions are available in the promotion.

American buyers can also enjoy another cherry on that amazing cake. The purchase of a LG G watch, or for that matter, any other android wear device from the Google Play Store will receive an additional $50 of credit for buying apps, books, movies, magazines or music. This brings the total savings up to a whopping $180, which is more than a good deal. Read more »

Infinity Blade Saga coming to Xbox One in China

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You may have seen console titles appearing on the mobile platform every now and then but you don’t often see the reverse happening. But apparently that is exactly what is going to happen, as popular iOS title Infinity Blade is making its way to the Xbox One.

The game will make use of the Kinect motion sensor that comes bundled with some Xbox One and let you move your arms around while holding an imaginary sword and shield, although you can also use the controller. Read more »

Pebble gives its duo of smartwatches a major price cut

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Pebble gave both its smartwatch models a major cut for Black Friday. Both the original Pebble and the Pebble Steel are now available with 20% and 25% off their usual retail price in the manufacturer’s official retail store.

The promo brings the price tag of the original Pebble into impulse buy category to $79. Read more »

LG G Watch can now be bought from Verizon for just $99.99

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The G Watch is LG’s first attempt at an Android Wear-running smartwatch, and it was actually one of the first devices to use this platform. It doesn’t have a round screen like the Korean company’s other wearable, but it’s now received a hefty price cut.

You can buy an LG G Watch for just $99.99, at Verizon of all places. This is a whopping 57% off the watch’s normal price of $229.99. Read more »

Jolla Tablet gets additional funding goals to finance new features

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Today Jolla has announced three “stretch goals” for its already highly successful tablet project. If reached, these funding goals will allow the company to bake in some additional features for the tablet.

The Jolla Tablet, you may remember, is financed through crowdfunding. It’s been a great campaign so far, with the company initially asking for $380,000 and receiving pledges of more than $1 million in just two days. Read more »

Amazon.de is giving away over 100 euro worth of apps

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Amazon.de has posted a deal offering 41 premium paid apps for free up until November 29. The collective value of the applications is over 100€ and can only be downloaded from the Amazon App Store for Android.

Some highlights form the list include MyBackup Prom MAPS.ME Pro Angry Birds and 38 more exclusive free offerings. Read more »

New E-Label act might dispose of ugly FCC mark on back of Apple devices

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President Obama signed the E-Label act today, proposed back in July. The new regulation allows manufacturers to remove the physical FCC markings from certain electronic devices and display them inside the software instead.

Currently American companies are required by law to place certain regulatory texts and stamps on their devices and the FCC stamp is arguably the ugliest of the bunch. Read more »

Best Buy’s Apple discounts are already in effect, iPad Air 2 lineup is $100 off

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Best Buy unveiled its planned price cuts for Black Friday, but apparently it couldn’t wait until midnight and Apple products are already discounted – and some devices already running out.

The deals are available now online and will be available in stores starting 5pm. Read more »

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 »