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Nvidia updates Shield Hub with Material Design, 1080p@60fps streaming

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Nvidia’s latest update to the Shield Hub brings a new Material Design overhaul with better focus on games and the option to stream games from your Shield device to a TV in 1080p at 60fps quality. There is also the usual bug fixes and performance improvements.

The update affects both the Nvidia Shield gaming device and the Shield Tablet. Shield Hub will now show you more games on the same screen and reduce the need for scrolling. Read more »

BlackBerry Classic gets a heap of promo videos

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The BlackBerry Classic was just introduced to the world and BlackBerry wants to show its faithful fans as much of it as possible.

The maker has prepped up a number of videos both in promo and live fashion that reflect on its new smartphone and the loyal BlackBerry users for which it was made. You can find the videos after the break. Read more »

Robin Williams, World Cup and Ebola top Google’s 2014 search

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It’s that time of the year when we can take time and look back at what gathered the most attention. There’s no better place to do that than Google’s search – the most popular tool on the internet.

Google has rounded off the most popular searches and stories in its rebranded Year in Search 2014, formerly Google Zeitgeist. The most searched topic on Google for 2014 was Robin Williams’ passing followed by the FIFA World Cup, the Ebola outbreak, Malaysia Airlines’ lost MH370 flight, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and many more. Read more »

Oppo N3 hands-on

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We were quite intrigued to see the follow up to Oppo’s last year’s selfie-centered phablet, the Oppo N1. The Oppo N3 builds upon its creator in a way that both expands its abilities and also shrinks its footprint to achieve a better fit for everyone.

Last year Oppo N1 broke a mould or two by introducing a pivoting 13 MP camera lens – the first ever on a mobile phone. Not only that, but it also had a huge 5.9″ 1080p IPS LCD and users had a choice of either Oppo’s Color OS or a tailor-made CyanogenMod OS based on stock Android. That certainly set the bar high of follow-up. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime hands-on

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We have the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime at HQ and decided to bring you a quick video and some photos of it.

The Galaxy Core Prime sits in the lower-bracket of the midrange and its highlights are the 4.5″ screen of WVGA (480 x 800px) resolution, the 5MP camera on the back, capable of 1080p video, and the 64-bit Snapdragon 410, coupled with 1GB of RAM. Read more »

Sony infographic is in love with the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact’s cameras

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Sony loves to brag about the cameras on board its mighty Xperia flagships. The latest flattery comes by means of an infographic focused on the Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact cameras.

The infographic is easy to swallow as it doesn’t get boringly technical (ha, like there’s such a thing) and keeps things easy to understand and neatly visualized. For instance did you know the Xperia Z3 duo can go as high as 12,800 ISO? If you’re read our reviews then you probably did, but still. Read more »

Sony unveils A7 II full-frame mirrorless camera with in-body IS

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Sony has unleashed its latest mirrorless full-frame camera dubbed A7 II. It brings an improved body, speedier focusing, new video capture abilities and is the first full-frame mirrorless camera to have in-body stabilization.

The A7 II relies on a 5-axis IS that will move the sensor (sensor shift technology) to avoid blurring. Sony claims the new IS could compensate up to 4.5 stops (CIPA standard). Read more »

OnePlus will offer Indian users full warranty for their Ones

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Many users in India have bought the OnePlus One via unofficial means or through resellers meaning that their phones don’t have official warranty with OnePlus.

But the maker has been gracious enough to cover all those users if their phones were bought from OnePlus.net – the global variant of the device. Read more »

Nvidia confirms November 18 Android 5.0 update for Shield tablet

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The Nvidia Shiled tablet is getting Android 5.0 Lollipop by the end of the month, we knew that much. But now we know the date – Nvidia has announced it will be rolling out the “simple software upgrade” on November 18.

Aside from Material Design and the new Android Runtime as default the Shield tablet will get an upgraded Dabbler 2.0 studio with layer support and sharing/streaming features, Shield Hub, Nvidia Grid and new games like Half-Life 2:Episode one. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 M12 snapshot is out with security in focus

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The earnest team over at CyanogenMod have churned out another snapshot of the CM11 ROM. M12 doesn’t add new features, but instead focuses on bringing CyanogenMod 11 closer to a stable build and patching the POODLE vulnerability in SSLv3.

While CyanogenMod 11 is still only Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the CM team has some news concerning Android 5.0 Lollipop as well. The team started work on a Lollipop update a week ago and expects its nightly CyanogenMod 12 builds to arrive between the end of this month and the beginning of the next one. Read more »

Meizu MX4 battery life test

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We recently reviewed the Meizu MX4 and concluded it has stellar battery performance so now it’s time to shed some more light on it.

The Meizu MX4 was able to squeeze 89 hours of endurance from its 3,100mAh battery – that’s the time you can go without a charge if you do an hour of calling, browsing and watching video on your phone. It did so by getting very impressive talk time and browsing results and a commendable video playback result. To wrap the 89 hour off stand-by was very impressive too. Read more »

Apple iPad Air 2 hands-on

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The Apple iPad Air 2 has arrived at HQ and we’re already heavy into the reviewing process. But that takes time and we know you guys would like a sneak peak at Apple’s latest and greatest so here goes.

The iPad Air 2 lives up to its family name but also its moniker. It has shed off even more weight compared to its predecessor while still keeping focus on what made it so great. Read more »

Raspberry Pi Model A+ is the smallest yet, cheap too

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The latest Raspberry Pi mini computer has landed and it has the smallest footprint in the family. Compared to the Model A, the A+ is 21mm shorter (65mm vs 86mm).

Achieving the smaller size is due to the removal of an Ethernet port and the move from an SD card to a microSD one that now fits with a push-in and is ejectable compared to the friction fit of the SD of old. Read more »

Sony Xperia E3 battery life test

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The Sony Xperia E3 has Sony’s complete confidence of capable battery life. The manufacturer boasts about 2 days of power autonomy on the Xperia E3′s product page and we decided to hold them to their word.

Before we take a look at the numbers let’s get the specs out of the way. The Sony Xperia E3 packs a Snapdragon 400 chipset, 4.5″ display of 480x854px resolution and Android 4.4.2 KitKat, all powered by a 2,330mAh battery unit. Read more »

HERE maps beta officially released for all Android devices

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Nokia’s HERE Maps launched on Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones recently to offer “true” offline navigation and an alternative to Google’s preloaded Maps.

But the app was in testing only on Samsung’s smartphones even despite the leaked apk file that allowed us all to sideload the HERE navigation on non-Galaxy smartphones. Now that’s about to change – Nokia is releasing the apk for all Android smartphones so you can try HERE maps for yourself. Read more »