LG G4 comes with a free leather back and second battery in the US in July

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Last month, LG ran an interesting promotion for its G4 smartphone in the US. The company offered people who purchased the handset a free microSD card, a second battery, and a charging cradle. This month, LG is up to something very similar.

Only this time around the microSD card in the giveaway has been replaced with a leather back cover. You still also get a second battery with a charging cradle. Read more »

New Samsung video showcases the extent of notebook stress testing

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We’ve seen similar videos from its phone division, but now Samsung chose to demonstrate just how seriously in takes build quality for its notebooks. The clip shows extensive torture testing done at a massive industrial scale. The horrors these computers are put through are enough to make any tech geek weep, but it is all for the greater good! Still, we wouldn’t blame you if you look away.

Samsung really seems to be extensive in its stress tests. The video shows quite a few, highly-sophisticated and entirely automated test rigs toying away over unfortunate Samsung Series or Samsung ATIV Book ultrabooks. Read more »

Sony launches First Flight crowdfunding platform for its own inventions

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Sony announced today its own crowdfunding platform called First Flight. It looks a lot like Kickstarter, but isn’t just another replica. In fact First Flight has entirely different concept – it’s Sony’s hope to repair some of its struggling businesses.

Sony PlayStation 4 might be doing great, but we can’t say the same for the Xperia lineup which has become somewhat of a run-of-the-mill job. With First Flight Sony will be able to achieve to major things free of charge – learn the interest towards certain product ahead of re;ease and cut its losses in case of poor market reception for a given product. Read more »

CyanogenMod working on Gello, a browser based on Chromium

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CyanogenMod has been working on a new browser, called Gello. The browser is based on Google’s open source web browser project and looks somewhat similar to Chrome, but is different enough.

Not much was revealed in the Google+ post announcing the browser but a short video gives a glimpse at the interface and some of the features of the upcoming browser, including edge swipe to go forward and backward, night and immersive modes, enhanced download manager, offline reading mode, and individual site settings to access features such as camera, microphone, and also ad blocking functionality. Read more »

The YouTube mobile app now offers 60fps video streaming

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YouTube is working hard retain its dominance in the online multimedia realm. And while a lot of that has to do with engaging audiences and encouraging creativity and content-creators, maintaining a technical edge is equally important. Innovations on the PC front are now way past high-definition content, with resolutions of 4K and beyond already available, as well as frame rates up to 60fps.

Dealing with mobile devices, however, presents a whole new set of challenges for YouTube, along with new possibilities to explore, like offline playback for example. Still, it is only a matter of time before our increasingly-powerful mobile tech gets access to proper high-definition content as well. Today, YouTube has made another step in this direction. The company’s Android and iOS apps now have 60fps content at 720p and 1080p resolutions. Read more »

Facebook Messenger’s money-sending feature now available to everyone in US

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Just a few months after it was announced, the peer-to-peer payments feature of Facebook’s Messenger app is now available to everyone in the United States.

The news was announced by David Marcus, who leads the company’s messaging business. “Add your Debit Card and pay anyone on Messenger in a few taps. Money goes straight from your checking account to the recipient’s checking account. Easy and safe,” he said. Read more »

iTunes with Apple Music now available

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Apple finally rolled out iOS 8.4.yesterday on compatible iOS devices, which, among other minor things, brought with it Apple Music in a brand new music player.

However, if you are on the desktop, you’d have noticed that you couldn’t access Apple Music through iTunes, and that if you clicked the Beats 1 link it would tell you to install iTunes 12.2, which wasn’t out yet. Well, that’s not the case anymore. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 and Tab A 9.7 prices slashed in US

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Just a couple of months after launching them in the US, Samsung has slashed the prices of its Galaxy Tab A series tablets – the Tab A 9.7 and the Tab A 8.0.

Both tablets have received a $30 price cut, which means that the 8-inch model is now available for $200, while the 9.7-inch variant will set you back $270. They are available in white, smoky blue, and smoky titanium colour options. Read more »

The latest Microsoft Lumia promo focuses on the business credentials of the brand

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Microsoft launched a brand new promo video for its Lumia smartphone family. The clip focuses on the brand’s business credentials.

Unsurprisingly, the video showcases the seamless integration of Microsoft’s productivity solutions into the Windows Phone platform. Read more »

Huawei unveils Honor Band Zero smartwatch, Honor Whistle Bluetooth headset

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Along with the new Honor 7, Huawei announced a new wearable called Band Zero and a Bluetooth headset called Honor Whistle. The Band Zero will launch in China in August.

The Honor Band Zero by Huawei has been designed with aesthetic appeal in mind. Read more »

Sprint makes fun of AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon in new ad

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David Beckham is the star of Sprint’s latest video ad, which focuses on the carrier’s unlimited plan. The video takes an interesting approach, ridiculing the other three US major carriers’ tariffs.

Sprint All-In Wireless promo shows David Beckham getting confused in AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon stores and finally he founds his unlimited plan without small print and hidden taxes in Sprint’s store. Read more »

Rumor has it Microsoft is looking to buy AMD

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The vultures are circling – AMD has been struggling to compete with Intel on the CPU front and with Nvidia on the GPU front and profitability has been elusive. Naturally, acquisition rumors have cropped up, first Samsung and now Microsoft.

Microsoft is a full-time hardware maker and it really needs chips – for its Xbox One console, for the Surface tablets, perhaps even for its Lumia phones. Read more »

Google Maps update brings real-time traffic information to 12 new Indian cities

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Google has released an update to its Maps application, bringing real-time traffic information to 12 new Indian cities, including Kolkata, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi, Madurai, and Bhopal. Earlier, live traffic updates were only available for Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Pune.

To use the feature, which is available on both mobile and desktop, you need to first turn on the Traffic layer option on your Google Maps app. Once done, you’ll be able to see routes mapped out in different colours, with green meaning no traffic delays, orange indicating a medium amount of traffic, and red meaning heavy traffic. Read more »

WhatsApp for Android adds racially diverse emoji and Vulcan salute in beta

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Apple added the racially diverse emoji with iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 update. Since then, they have been part of the OS and available to all apps on both platforms. However, if you were to send anything but the default yellow face to anyone not on these platforms, they’d see the standard white face only.

Android does not have the new emoji set yet, but WhatsApp has gone ahead and added support for it within its app. WhatsApp has always been using Apple’s emoji set, so it probably wasn’t a lot of work for them to implement it in their Android app. As on iOS, emojis that support multi-color options can be pressed and held to show additional options. It will automatically do that the first time you click on a face and whichever color you choose becomes your default until you manually change it. Read more »

Amazon Prime Now one-hour delivery is now available in London

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Amazon’s revolutionary one-hour delivery service has finally landed in Europe. But, before you rush over to order new socks and make Amazon race your washing machine, there are quite a few notes to be made. Prime Now did indeed launch in the UK, but with a rather modest start. Not only is the service limited to London only, but also to just a few areas within the city. More are sure to come soon, but currently you need to check whether your post code is covered.

And even if you are among the select few who get to experience online shopping within the hour, outside the US, there are still some restrictions. Naturally, the service is only available to Amazon Prime users and is not a free service. Deliveries will set you back £6.99, but if that is too steep for you, the “sluggish” two-hour or same-day shipping option is free with a Prime account. Read more »