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Samsung’s ChatOn messaging service to get shut down in some markets

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The third quarter of the year is one of the worst in recent Samsung history, but the bad news isn’t over. New data emerged that its ChatOn service is losing ground. According to Korea media citing Samsung officials, the company plans to restructure unprofitable businesses and ChatOn is one of them.

As a result, the chat service will be shut down in certain markets, where it isn’t profitable. Exactly which these regions are and how much ChatOn is costing Samsung isn’t revealed. Read more »

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro battery life test

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The Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro is the company’s 2014 flagship and it sports a sizable 6″ display with a QHD resolution in a very sleek and compact body. A phone this large also makes room for a large battery, and the Vibe Z2 Pro comes with a 4,000mAh juice pack.

In theory, this should give it serious power autonomy but a big battery can only get you so far. The phone’s internals include a Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400 CPU and 3GB of RAM, which is no longer the latest, but still pretty good in terms of efficiency. Read more »

The Motorola Nexus 6 sports an LED notification light, enabled via rooting

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The Motorola Nexus 6 sports the brilliant Ambient Display feature, which allows you to take a peek at ongoing notifications without unlocking the phone. However, a clever XDA Developers member found out that the phone sports another method of letting you know of a pending notification – a hidden LED light.

The LED light is situated right below the speaker grille on top. It requires root privileges to activate and currently it shows only red, green and blue colors. Members of the community are trying various ways to make the notification light display a combination of colors, too. Read more »

Customize your Adidas sneakers with the miZX FLUX app for iOS and Android

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The Adidas MiZX FLUX service allows you to create custom sneaker design and having it shipped to you. Now, the company has made it even easier to do so with its dedicated MiZX FLUX app for Android and iOS.

You just snap a photo of whatever you like to get printed, after selecting your gender, country and shoe size and then scale and adjust the photo to the shoe template. Then, you place an order, but it doesn’t come cheap. Read more »

Pebble gets an update and now supports notifications in 80 languages

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The Pebble smartwatch has been treated with a firmware update, which allows its e-paper display to show notifications in many more languages as now there’s full character support. The Android app also got a new version which allows any app to beam notifications to the Pebble.

Apart from the support for showing notifications in 80 languages, the Pebble can now end ongoing calls, which is definitely useful. General performance and reliability should also be enhanced. Read more »

Apple iOS 8 infographic outlines the key new features in a cool way

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Apple iOS 8 stars in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and offers a ton of new features and under-the-hood changes. We’ve outlined all of them in our all encompassing iOS 8 review, but the guys over at DotComInfoway have made an infographic which quickly sums up what’s new in Apple’s latest iOS iteration.

Ranging from novelties for developers to what’s new in iTunes, the infographic does a great job at showing the effort Apple has put into making iOS 8. Read more »

Opera Max mobile data saving service expands to 16 more countries

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Opera’s Max mobile data saving app for Android is capable of compressing precious data traffic by up to 50% and it’s been available in North and South America, Europe Union countries and Russia. Today, Opera announced the service is available in 16 additional countries.

Now, users in Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan can enjoy Opera Max. Read more »

Rightware outs Basemark ES 3.0 to test mobile GPU potency

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Rightware, maker of the popular Basemark and Browsermark benchmarking products, today released the Basemark ES 3.0 test suite. It’s specialized in assessing the smartphones and tablets ability of running OpenGL ES 3.0 based graphics.

OpenGL ES 3.0 was introduced in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, iOS 7 and BlackBerry OS 10.2. The new graphics API is used by developers to create stunning games and rich navigation software. Read more »

Moto X 2013 Developer Edition on sale for $230

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The Moto X 2013 Developer Edition is currently on sale ат eBay. The unlocked phone can now be yours for $230. While the offer is available worldwide, US-based customers are the ones who benefit from free shipping, making the deal even more irresistible.

The phone doesn’t work on CDMA-based carriers, so no Sprint or Verizon customers should buy it. It features 32GB of storage, but no microSD card slot and is dressed in Woven White. Read more »

Facebook at Work is the company’s social network for professionals

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The Financial Times has spilled the beans on an upcoming effort from Facebook to create a social network for professional users. It’s going to be called Facebook at Work and its aim will be to separate your personal profile from your work-related one.

The service will look similar to the current Facebook design. It will be enhanced however, to handle large documents and allow you easily to collaborate and communicate with your contacts. Read more »

Nvidia Shield tablet getting Lollipop update a day earlier than expected

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Nvidia’s original plan regarding the Android 5.0 Lollipop rollout for the Shield tablet was for tomorrow, but reports are coming in that the OTA seeding has commenced today. That’s a day earlier than initially promised but we doubt owners of the slate will be unhappy about it.

The OTA update weighs 705MB and adds enhanced console mode with 4K output, USB Y-cable support and DirectStylus launcher. Read more »

Infographic tells about top 200 iOS games and their revenues

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Mobile gaming isn’t going to slow down soon and is ever rising with a lot of creative mobile game studios and developers making a decent chunk of cash. App aggregator and ranking website TopApps has made a useful infographic to show the top iOS games that make the most cash.

The total revenue which the top 200 iOS games make their developers just over $9 million. Taking the top spot is Clash of Clans with a revenue of $1,415,090, followed by Candy Crush Saga with earning of $989,307. Read more »

Samsung shares 4 must-know facts about the Galaxy Note Edge

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As the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge starts selling around the world, more and more of you will be considering owning the curved-screen phone. The company understands that most customers will have their doubts before purchasing it and addressed them in a lengthy blog post.

Samsung reveals that one of the major fears among potential customers is that the curved display will easily crack upon dropping the phone and assures that it had conducted more than 1,000 drop tests. They all were designed to simulate the different angles the phone may be dropped and the results show the phone is quite durable. A large part of the reason why is the phone’s metal frame. Read more »

SanDisk outs a USB storage drive with Lightning connector

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SanDisk has announced the iXpand Flash Drive storage drive for iOS 7 and iOS 8 devices. The drive sports a Lightning connector and plugging it into an iPhone or an iPad automatically launches the iXpand sync ap.

You can configure it to automatically sync photos and videos from the camera roll. The iXpand sports cross-platform encryption and can be password protected. Read more »

Microsoft boasts 10 million Xbox One shipments

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Microsoft shared that Xbox One sales have reached 10 million following the console’s recent price cut. Sony reached this milestone three months ago with its PlayStation 4.

Nevertheless, the Xbox One is enjoying a surge in sales and in the previous week its sales in the US have tripled. In fact, Microsoft’s devices and studios chief Yusuf Mehdi says the Xbox One is leading the PlayStation 4 in sales for the last two weeks. Read more »