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‘Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ free on the Google Play Store

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Google is giving away a copy of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring for free on the Google Play Store. If you have a Google account with your credit card information in it (it’s necessary, even if the movie is free) you can download the HD version of the movie for free for a limited time.

There is not much to say about the movie as it would be rare to find someone who hasn’t heard about it or the subsequent two movies and the books they are all based upon. There is also the lesser known fourth Hobbit book (or first, to be chronologically accurate), which was made into three movies, the third and final part of which is now playing in theaters right now, which is probably what prompted this sale. Read more »

Check out Oppo’s official R5 torture test

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Oppo has released a rather quirky promotional video for the new Oppo R5. It is all centered around one of the handset’s most prominent features – its 4.85mm body. This is truly an admirable accomplishment in smartphone terms, but maybe not quite as razor-sharp, as the following video seems to imply. The concept is quite original and very much in tune with today’s gorilla-marketing strategies, but perhaps borders a bit on the comic side as almost any device can be smashed into fruit with mostly the same amount of visual carnage.

The Snapdragon 615- powered flagship is in fact quite durable with its 155g 3D-welded aluminum body. Using it as a hammer, however might have also been a step too far. The frame seemed to fair quite well under the ridiculous abuse Read more »

Gangnam Style record view count broke YouTube, kind of

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The South Korean pop prodigy PSY can easily be crowned as one of the most viral sensations to ever explode online. The appeal of the singer’s unique art style and quirky performances seems to be so absolutely universal that it transcends cultural, age and language barriers worldwide.

This astonishing success story would, arguably, never be possible without the existence of YouTube as the amazing melting pot of social and cultural influences and trends that it has become. Read more »

Google tracks Santa once again, introduces kids to coding

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Google has had a long history of offering tailored holiday experiences and contributing to festivities, especially around this time of the year. Google’s Santa tracker will again allow kids and holiday spirited parents to keep tabs on jolly old saint Nick as he goes about his Christmas activities.

The experience is now more interactive that ever, with users getting a chance to not only follow Santa on his trip around the world on Christmas eve, but to visit a fully interactive, animated HTML5 version of his famous North Pole village. The small snowy community is complete with everything from reindeer to elves and decorations, all created in a very slick and whimsical art style that, as one would expect, is very much in tune with current Google design language. Read more »

BlackBerry Passport gets endorsed by NBA’s Toronto Raptors GM

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BlackBerry Passport is surely an interesting smartphone. It has a square display, a hardware QWERTY keyboard, top-notch hardware and a 13MP camera with OIS. The company’s new flagship has been a massive success for the struggling manufacturer, going twice out of stock and its interest is growing even though the Passport is not backed up by an aggressive marketing campaign.

Recently Blackberry posted a new ad focusing on the Passport and its key features. The videos is presented by Masai Ujiri – the General Manager for NBA’s Toronto Raptors. Read more »

Microsoft: Want an iPhone 6? Better get a Lumia 635!

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Microsoft posted a picture via its Nokia USA Twitter account, which shows why a Lumia 635 is a better deal than an iPhone 6.

Instead of a $700 iPhone you can get a $100 LTE-enabled Lumia 635 plus a plethora of accessories and free services on a much lower price. Read more »

The official trailer of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now

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The first Avengers film cashed out amazing – it had great reception and started the true Marvel revolution in both cinema and TV. After The Avengers Marvel released quite a few successful sequels on the big screen, but it also secured Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter prime-time series, courtesy of ABC.

We all knew a second Avengers movie is in the pipeline and it is called Age of Ultron. And today we also get to enjoy its first trailer. Read more »

The latest Android ads by Google celebrate its diversity

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That Android L teaser we told you about isn’t the only promo video that Google released these days. The search giant also aired a trio of ads that celebrate the diversity of its mobile OS.

The ads feature animated Droid characters in various shapes and sizes. Read more »

Google teases the full name of Android L in a funny video

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With Android L reportedly set to debut tomorrow, Google launched a teaser video that focuses on the full name of the upcoming OS. The funny clip sports the punch line “ There can be only one L.”

The thirty second-long video showcases a number of desserts whose name begins with L attend an audition. Read more »

Joke ad shows app for people consumed by their smartphones

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A city in China had to open a special lane for people who have their head buried in their smartphone, but car maker VW has a more high-tech solution to this 21st century problem. Introducing Bump Alert – the smartphone app that automatically flashes a warning when you are about to run into something.

Okay, okay, Bump Alert is not an actual feature… of your phone. But it is a new feature called City Emergency Brake on the new VW up!, Volkswagen’s city car. Read more »

Yes, Samsung Gear Live can run Windows 95

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In case you wondered, Samsung Gear Live can boot Microsoft Windows 95. A crafty user managed to install Redmond’s classic desktop OS on the Android Wear smartwatch.

The successful port of Windows 95 was performed using aDosBox. Read more »

‘Entwined Challenge’ for iOS and Android game review

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Entwined Challenge is the latest game from PlayStation Mobile for iOS and Android. The game is based on Entwined, made for the PlayStation platform.

Entwined Challenge is a simplified version of Entwined, modified and optimized for touchscreen devices. You play as a fish and a bird and control both characters simultaneously in an endless runner sort of environment. The original PlayStation title received mixed reviews from critics. Let’s see how well the mobile version fares. Read more »

AT&T’s mind readers already know you want an iPhone in new ad

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AT&T has a new business strategy – it employs mind-readers as sales assistants. Instead of playing the lottery, they are pushing the new iPhones, which I suppose is just as profitable.

No, don’t worry, it’s just an ad. Your innermost thoughts and love of hollandaise sauce recipe can remain a secret. Read more »

A lengthy Samsung Galaxy Note 4 promo video goes live

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Hot on the heels of its recent Galaxy Note 4 commercial, Samsung Mobile USA released another video clip centered on the company’s flagship phablet. The lengthy clip is a departure from the usual promo video format.

The video clip features two friends who try to insert “note” into as many common words as possible (cappuccinote is one coffee-flavored example). Read more »

Asus joins #bendgate fun, mocks Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus

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After Samsung, LG, HTC, and even KitKat, Asus has joined the #bendgate fun party by mocking the iPhone 6 Plus too. The Taiwanese company is also promoting two of its products while it’s at it. First up, the Zenfone 6, as you can see.

But the Transformer Book Flip gets compared to Apple’s bendy phablet too, in the next image. Read more »