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YotaPhone 2 hands-on

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YotaPhone 2 is among those smartphones you just can’t miss in the news. It is unique and innovative and we just had to take it for a spin. So, here is the unique YotaPhone 2 arriving at our office. And it has a premium retail box to match.

The YotaPhone 2 isn’t just a flagship with a 5″ 1080p AMOLED screen and running on a Snapdragon 800 chip. It is more than just a phone, thanks to its rear 4.7″ electronic paper display, which can be used as an e-book reader, as well as a primary display to operate the basic phone functions. Read more »

Hands-on with HP’s six new Android and Windows 8.1 tablets

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HP launched today a plethora of new tablets running either Android or Windows OS. A diversity of user scenarios seems to be what HP had in mind prepping those gadgets and it sure looks like it succeeded.

There are six new slates introduced today – the Android-powered HP Pro Slate 12, Pro Slate 10 EE G1 and Pro Slate 8, joining the Windows-running HP Pro Tablet 408, Pro Tablet 10 EE G1 and Elite X2 1011. Read more »

ADUPS responds to FOTA misbehavior accusations on Micromax smartphones

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A few days ago we reported about a sketchy update service on Micromax phones. Multiple users complained that they were seeing ads in their notification areas or, even worse, completely new installed apps that they never approved. All these unpleasantries appeared after updating the phone’s firmware.

Today ADUPS issued a statement on the matter. The company denies any involvement in such activities through its services and suggests false claims by competitors. Read more »

Sony Xperia C3 and Xperia C3 Dual battery life

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Sony Xperia C3 Dual stopped by our office recently and we did a thorough inspection as usual. The 5.5″ phablet runs on the dated Snapdragon 400, but offers some great features as selfie-centric front snapper with a LED flash, a rear 8MP camera, plus dual-SIM or LTE connectivity.

We’ve reviewed quite a few mid-range Xperia smartphones and most of them did great on our battery life test, so we had some high hopes for the Xperia C3 and its 2,500 mAh battery unit. Our review is live at our homepage, so it’s time we put our detailed battery life breakdown out there. Read more »

Apple raises the App Store minimum price

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Apple has raised the minimum price for apps in the App Store. Apple announced the upcoming change back in December and it now applies for all EU countries and Canada.

Apple’s flat rate for different markets is gone for good. The price now includes the appropriate VAT for the market, which regional Store you are using, and thus it will be collected by its local government. Read more »

Windows 10 gets a redesigned taskbar, Spartan and Cortana get closer

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Microsoft will be detailing the upcoming Windows 10 in two weeks, but the new features keep leaking on a daily basis. Recently we learnt Microsoft is working on a stand-alone web browser called Spartan, which should replace (though not put to rest) the Internet Explorer.

Today we get to see more of Spartan and the brand new and redesigned taskbar, which comes with the new looks of Windows. Read more »

Oppo N3 battery life test

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Oppo N3 is surely a very interesting smartphone with motorized 206-degree rotating camera, a worthy successor of the Oppo N1 cameraphone. The N3 isn’t all about its camera, though, as it is also a real beast when it comes to features and performance.

Our review is welcoming readers at our homepage, and today we are ready to share with you our complete battery life impressions. Note that the Oppo N3 is in fact a dual-SIM capable smartphone, so we’ve naturally put its battery in charge of two SIM standbys and here comes our findings. Read more »

Halo 5: Guardians now available on pre-order, Limited and Collector’s Editions in tow

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Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta is on and Xbox One fans are surely emptying millions of clips right now. The early beta access (available via Halo: The Master Chief Collection) kicked off yesterday and will continue through January 18.

In the wake of the ongoing beta Microsoft has detailed all Halo 5 retail editions and launched the pre-order campaign. Read more »

Oppo R5 battery life test

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Until recently one of the thinnest smartphones in the world, now only second-best actually, the Oppo R5 made it through our review routine and our findings are live at our homepage.

The impressively thin Oppo R5 packs a 5.2” AMOLED screen of 1080p resolution and runs on the Snapdragon 615 chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor. This great hardware package is powered by a 2,000 mAh battery – a relatively small capacity for such a demanding smartphone. Let’s find out how the Oppo R5 did at our battery torture test, shall we? Read more »

Office Suite 8 gets a massive update with desktop looks

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The popular Office Suite 8 for Android OS has just got a massive 8.1 update, which brings a complete UI overhaul with desktop-inspired looks and many new functionality to the Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF modules.

Some of the new features include hyperlinks and text-to-speech recognition in Word, support for multi-user track changes, better comments and page color support. Read more »

Oppo R5 hands-on

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Oppo R5 was announced shortly after the Gionee Elife S5.1 and ended its glory as the thinnest smartphone around. The 4.9mm Oppo R5 is so thin that it can’t even pack a proper audio jack.

But there is more. The R5 isn’t just thin, it’s really sturdy – Oppo recently demonstrated in a catchy video that the R5 is equally capable as a fruit cutter and a nail hammer. Razor thin and tough as rock – meet the Oppo R5. Read more »

Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM battery life test

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The Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM offers big screen estate and dual-SIM option on a budget price, something many Windows Phone fans will appreciate. The Snapdragon 200 chip isn’t among the popular choices nowadays and even though its uninspiring GPU performance, we are eager to see how it will affect the battery life performance.

Naturally, now that the Lumia 535 review is pinned on our homepage, we are ready to post our complete battery life test breakdown. Shall we? Read more »

Microsoft gifts 100 albums on Xbox Music

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If you are using Microsoft’s Xbox Music streaming service, you can now download 100 popular albums for free. Microsoft is giving those away those albums to citizens in the USA only (damn licensing rights!), who are subscribers to its music app with Xbox Music Pass activated.

Some of the free albums include TRON: Legacy OST, Swedish House Mafia – Until Now, U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP2, Zedd – Clarity, Avicii – True, Lana Del Ray – Born to Die, Jessie J – Sweet Talker, Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III and Imagine Dragons – Night Visions. Read more »

Gionee Elife S5.1 battery life test

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One of the thinnest smartphones around, the Gionee Elife S5.1, has just made it through our review routine and you can find out what happened in our in-depth article.

The Gionee Elife S5.1 uses a 4.8″ Super AMOLED screen and runs on the MT6592 chip with an octa-core Cortex-A7 processor. We’ve seen this platform perform rather poorly, when it comes to battery endurance, so we didn’t expect anything impressive from the Elife S5.1 but we surely had our eyes open for potential surprises. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1020 successor to feature a 50MP sensor

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The Nokia Lumia 1030, the successor of the Lumia 1020 cameraphone, was in our rumor section for quite a while. It was known as Lumia McLaren in the beginning, but later the Lumia 1030 name got accepted as almost official.

The most recent rumors had it that the Lumia 1030 cancelled in the wake of the Microsoft’s completed acquisition of Nokia. And while we heard the Redmond’s giant is still prepping a proper Lumia 1020 sequel, we are still getting various reports of the “leaked” Lumia 1030. Here is the latest batch. Read more »