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Microsoft introduces new macro Instagram competition for Nokia Lumias

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Nokia, or should we say Microsoft, has introduced its latest monthly competition through Instagram, where Lumia users are given the chance to showcase their macro-shooting skills.

All you have to do to enter the competition, is take a macro shot with a Lumia device, and post it on Instagram using the hashtag #LumiaMacro. Read more »

Google Play Services 5.0 now live

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Google announced a major update to its Play Services API last month at Google I/O, and now it is being being rolled out to devices worldwide.

The new updates include services for Android wearables, security, Google Play games, Google Cast, Wallet, and many more. Read more »

Samsung releases TV spot highlighting the Super AMOLED screen on the Tab S

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The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S has raised a lot of eyebrows (including our own) with its impressive Super AMOLED screen of 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution.

To highlight the capable display tech, which appears for the first time at this resolution, Samsung has released a new TV spot comparing it to one of its regular LCD screens. Read more »

Twitter “Buy now” buttons likely marks the arrival of Twitter Shopping

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Twitter could finally be incorporating its long-time-coming Shopping integration, as starting yesterday several tweets with “Buy now” buttons have surfaced.

Although pressing the buttons doesn’t yet do anything, it’s expected that full implementation with Fancy is right around the corner. Read more »

Native folder support likely coming to Windows Phone 8.1

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, which decided to forego separating its applications into folders as part of its “Metro” UI, is apparently willing to reconsider this decision.

Information has surfaced that an upcoming WP8.1 update will add this functionality, which will create a folder tile that can have an unspecified number of apps shortcuts inside. Read more »

Samsung expected to debut Android Wear-powered Gear Live smartwatch at Google I/O

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Google I/O continues to draw near, and the leaks keep coming. The latest involves not just Motorola or LG announcing a smartwatch at the event, but Samsung as well.

Like the Moto 360 and LG G Watch, the alleged upcoming Samsung Gear Live is expected to run on Google’s Android Wear platform. Read more »

Google Glass gets an update as Google I/O event nears

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Google has started trickling out various updates in anticipation of today’s upcoming I/O event, the latest of which revolves around its Google Glass wearable.

On the hardware front, Glass is now expected to sport 2GB of RAM and longer battery life, alongside a few software updates optimizations like a viewfinder for framing photos and additional Google Now cards. Read more »

Android more than doubles app revenue in a year, narrows gap to iOS

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Android’s Google Play store has been slowly gaining ground to iOS, which has historically been the leader amongst all mobile app marketplaces in app revenue.

Quarterly app revenue has seen the most drastic improvement, with a 2.4x growth for the first quarter of this year compared to Q1 2013. Read more »

Ultra power save mode and other Galaxy S5 features ported to Galaxy S4

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The killer software features introduced with Samsung’s latest Galaxy S5 flagship are no longer exclusive. Thanks to the creative folks at the xda-developers forums, you can now get the nifty new Galaxy S5 software extras on the Galaxy S4 as well.

The S5 mod includes the new Ultra power save mode that lets you get the most out of your battery, Download booster that lets you download over LTE and WiFi simultaneously, Baby monitor, Air wake up, and others. Read more »

Sony MDR-NC31E Digital Noise Cancelling headset flash review

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Headphones have been the staple of many a smartphone retail package for quite some time now, so when a manufacturer decides to throw in a premium offering into the mix, we had to take notice.

The Sony MDR-NC31E digital noise cancellation headset is packaged as part of certain Sony Xperia Z2 premium bundles, and are designed to take advantage of the smartphone’s built-in noise cancellation features to offer a very robust listening experience. Join us as we take a brief look at just how capable they are in our latest flash review. Read more »

Weekend poll: LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

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After our last weekend poll and hot off the heels of our extensive comparison review, we’re ready to hear what you have to say about the latest pair of Android flagships out of Korea: the LG G3 vs. the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Make your voice heard and cast your vote on which is better in five distinct categories: design, screen, user interface, still photo and video image quality. Vote now! Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 goes up for pre-order, US units start shipping on June 30

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The latest iteration of Microsoft’s popular Surface tablet has gone up for preorder on Microsoft’s online store, and is set to hit brick-and-mortar Microsoft and BestBuy retailers in the US in limited quantities.

The Intel Core i5 128GB/256GB models will ship by June 30 in the US, while the Core i3 base model with 64GB of internal storage, as well as the high-end Core i7 models with 256GB/512GB memory will start shipping on August 1. Read more »

Samsung may be looking to purchase Nuance, the company behind S Voice, Siri

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Nuance, the folks behind the Samsung’s and Apple’s in-house voice assistant programs S Voice and Siri, as well as other commercial speech recognition applications like Dragon Naturally Speaking, are set to potentially get bought out by the Korean company.

In anticipation of the potential deal, Nuance’s market cap jumped from a valuation of $5.5 billion to almost $6 billion yesterday. Read more »

Cortana coming soon to Windows Phones in the UK and China

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Group Program Manager for Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant Marcus Ash confirmed over Twitter today that the popular feature will be coming to users in China and the UK in the coming weeks.

In general, mobile virtual assistants are severely limited by the Chinese government in terms of what they can do, but if Cortana is able to get an unfiltered release there, it could spell a significant advantage for Windows Phone in the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market. Read more »

LG G3 battery life test

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The LG G3 is the first mainstream smartphone to out a smartphone with a QHD display, and as such is the first major manufacturer to have to deal with the extra battery load required to power such a robust screen.

LG has thrown in a 3000mAh battery to power the device, and while that sounds pretty great it’s unclear if it will be enough to make the G3 a battery life king. Read more »