HTC One joins the dark side, force chokes plastic competitor phones

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HTC is leveraging Twitter’s obsession with what is known as “vadering” to promote its HTC One flagship. The message accompanying the photo reads “We find your lack of aluminum disturbing.”

There’s more going on with this post than just a dig at the plasticy competitors of the One. Read more »

HP unveils two tablet/laptop hybrids – Windows 8 powered Split x2 and Android powered SlateBook x2

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HP is following up on its x2 line of tablet/laptop hybrids with two new models – the 13.3″ Split x2, running Windows 8, and the 10.1″ SlateBook x2, running… Android. Both are laptops with detachable screens, which turn into tablets on their own.

The 13.3″ screen of the HP Split x2 is an IPS LCD with 1,366 x 768 resolution. The device is powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core i3 or i5 (Y-series with 7W SDP / 10W TDP) with 2GB RAM (upgradeable), and has a 128GB SSD with an optional 500GB HDD. Read more »

Updated Google Maps for desktop leaks ahead of official launch

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An updated version of Google Maps for desktop is in the works and it managed to leak out before its official release, most probably at the Google I/O keynote today. The updated Maps was live for a short time and was pulled down later.

Among the list of new features is a map that adapts to your searches. The map learns from your past searches and provides a custom map for you based on your search history, highlighting places you might be interested in. The more you use, the better the suggestions will be. Read more »

Google to announce a music streaming service at I/O 2013

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It seems Spotify is going to have some tough competition soon. According to The Verge, Google is all set to unveil its own music streaming service today at the Google I/O event.

According to their sources, Google has already signed deals with two of the biggest music labels in the industry, Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. Google had also reportedly struck a deal with Warner Music Group earlier this year. This means that they have sizable content to kick off the service. Read more »

Archos announces ChefPad, a 9.7-inch Android tablet for the kitchen

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Archos has launched its ChefPad, a tablet that is designed exclusively for cooking enthusiasts. The slate comes with few dedicated apps, which is bound to be your virtually cooking assistant.

Archos ChefPad sports a 9.7″ display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels and is powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core processor along with 1 GB of RAM. Read more »

Mozilla announces Firefox 21 with added Social API support for desktops, updates its Android app too

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Mozilla has launched a new version of its Firefox browser for Windows, Mac and Linux. The Mozilla Firefox 21 comes with an added Social API support, which allows the social networks to integrate straight into your browser.

According to Mozilla, the Social API has the potential for integrating social networks, e-mails, finance, music, cloud possibilities, services, to-do lists, sports, news and other applications for your enhanced Firefox experience. Read more »

Sharp to work closely with Samsung in a bid to survive after $5.4 billion yearly loss

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Sharp, one of the major component suppliers for Apple will be entering a three-year rehabilitation program in a bid to survive after losing $5.4 billion in the last fiscal year, according to a report from Reuters.

Sharp as a part of its rehabilitation will work closely with Samsung and will the company is expected to involve with the technologies used in the displays for mobile phones. Read more »

Windows Blue is officially dubbed Windows 8.1, to be free on the Windows Store

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At the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Boston today, Tami Reller of Microsoft announced that the Windows 8.1 update, previously carrying the Blue moniker, is going to be free.

Microsoft will launch the update through its Windows Store with a public preview becoming available on June 26 (coinciding with the Build conference). In the meantime, the company will unveil the update’s newly added features and fixes. Read more »

NVIDIA prices Project SHIELD Android-powered handheld console at $350, out in June

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NVIDIA surprised everyone at CES with its Project SHIELD handheld gaming console and now the chip maker released the full specs along with launch date and price. SHIELD is powered by NVIDIA’s own Tegra 4 chipset, which packs for Cortex-A15 cores, a fifth power-saver core and a mobile GeForce GPU.

The gadget runs pure Android 4.2 with TegraZone pre-installed – this is a repository of Tegra-optimized games. In an impressive demo, SHIELD ran a ported PlayStation 3 game with better graphics than the PS3. Read more »

CyanogenMod passes 5 million installs, Samsung Galaxy lineup uses it the most

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CyanogenMod’s official statistics page shows that the custom ROM platform has surpassed the 5 million installs mark.

The official installs amount to around 1,884,851 with almost twice as much for unnofficial (read nightly) installs at 3,196,212 million. Read more »

Nokia releases camera samples from the Lumia 925

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Nokia just announced the Lumia 925 in an event in London. The phone is basically a thinner, lighter version of the Lumia 920 with aluminum frame and some new software features.

Among the new software features are several new additions to the camera. Even though the hardware seems identical to the one on the Lumia 920, the new features do let you play around with it a bit more and get some interesting results. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 925 official promo videos are out

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Nokia made its Lumia 925 official and as usual the company released a few of promo videos, highlighting its key selling points.

With this being the new flagship of the Finnish company, it’s unsurprising that the number of clips it higher than usual – five. Read more »

Magic Lantern software tweak enables 24fps RAW video support on Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Just like its predecessor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is known for its quality video recording performance that rivals professional video cameras. Now, thanks to a little software tweak by Magic Lantern, the Mark III can not just rivals them, but even exceeds them.

Magic Lantern is a custom software for Canon DSLRs that runs alongside Canon’s firmware and adds additional features not present by default. In case of the Canon 5D Mark III, this firmware adds the ability to record RAW video in 24fps at 14-bit quality per frame. Read more »

BLU Life View hands-on impressions

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The BLU Life View is certainly not what passes as a budget-friendly Android smartphone these days. With a 5.7” HD IPS display, quad-core CPU, dual-SIM functionality, and a metal clad body, the handset looks like anything but a device with a sub-$300 price tag.

Roughly a year ago, the BLU Studio 5.3 turned our idea about a budget smartphone upside down. This time around, the Miami based manufacturer launched a trio of Life series smartphones, and the 5.7” View is leading the way as the flagship of the bunch. Read more »

Google brings Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+ together into a 15GB shared pool of cloud storage

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In its continuing quest to streamline its online services, Google brought three of its most popular goodies under the same roof. In its official Gmail blog, the search giant announced that, beginning over the next couple of weeks, Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+ will merge into the same 15GB pool of shared cloud storage.

The move by Google, allows users to allocate their available storage any way they like between the three services. An updated Google Drive storage page will be updated to show the usage of the storage space. Read more »