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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z2 gets torn apart, insides examined

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The Sony Xperia Z2 is easily one of the more anticipated phones of the year — bezels and all — and as such it’s time to tear that sucker down. Mobile China’s done the deed, stripping the phone down from its fully assembled form to something that looks like, well, it looks like a smartphone that’s been taken apart.

Source: Mobile China (translated); via: GSM Arena

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3 years ago

Sony handing out Michael Jackson's new XSCAPE album to Xperia Z1s, Z2 buyers

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Michael Jackson fans that also purchase certain Sony Xperia smartphones are in for a treat come May 13. The latest album from the King of Pop, Xscape, will be made available for free on launch day through the Sony Xperia Lounge app on devices including the Xperia Z1s and Xperia Z2.

Xperia Z2 owners will be treated to an "exceptional audio experience," accessible via the ClearAudio+ mode on the phone. The audio has also been tuned specially for the headset included in the box with the phone.

For more, and a first listen to one of the tracks, hit up the source link below. If you're planning on buying a Z2, are you excited for this?

Source: Sony

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3 years ago

BBM 2.1 now available for Android with a few new tricks up its sleeve

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As expected, the latest version of BBM will begin rolling out today across BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices. BBM 2.1 brings with it BBM Stickers as well as some new features like pictures in multi-person chats and larger file transfers of up to 16MB. It isn't live at the time of writing, but you should be seeing it sometime soon.

The stickers will be available in both free and paid packs through the integrated BBM Shop. Packs will contain between 20-25 stickers and will be for brands like Shaun the Sheep and WWE.

Keep on scrolling to check out the full press release.

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3 years ago

Nuance Voiceprint brings new levels of personalization to Dragon Mobile Assistant

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Dragon Mobile Assistant has been updated with new biometric features that lets you access hands-free features without having to unlock your device. The app by Nuance can now recognize users based on their "VoicePrint", and continues to offer a bunch of voice-activated controls for messaging, calling, and maps. The workflow is a bit speedier than you might be used to, as you can spout out the wake command and the task command at the same time, as opposed to waiting for your phone to initiate listening before getting on with it. The update also includes a new embedded browser which brings back web search results quicker than ever.

The last big update added the ability to automatically shift into Driving Mode (which reads messages out loud to you) when it detected you were moving above a certain speed. Before that, it added location-sharing and dictation functions.

Check out the download link above to give it a shot. Any Nuance Mobile Assistant users out there? How often do you use hands-free commands and feedback from your phone?

Source: Nuance

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3 years ago

Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 4 in 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch flavors

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Previously outed by Samsung no less, the Galaxy Tab 4 range is today official. Coming as with its predecessors in 7-, 8- and 10.1-inch form factors, the Galaxy Tab 4 is the latest lineup of mid-range tablets from Samsung.

Spec wise each has a 1280x800 resolution display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, Android 4.4 Kitkat, 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage with an option for an 8GB version of the 7-inch. Cameras on each are 3MP and 1.3MP and there will be options for Wifi-only and LTE capable tablets.

The Galaxy Tab 4 range will also come with the usual array of Samsung's own apps and services, including Group Play, Samsung Link and WatchON, multi window and more. All will be available in black or white beginning in Q2 2014. There isn't any indication of price at this time.

For more, drop by the source link below.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

The best of the worst April Fools' Day jokes

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That's it. Uncle. We're done. No more individual April Fools' Day posts. So here is where you can find the best of the worst. There's no such thing as a good April Fools' Day post in this business. But there are some that at least make us smile.

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3 years ago

Google Chromecast sold every 4.5 seconds at UK retailer on launch day

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Google's Chromecast finally made it to European shores in recent weeks and it looks as if the £30 HDMI dongle has seen a pretty strong start. According to Giga OM, the Dixons group – owners of Currys PCWorld – in the UK saw a sale every 4.5 seconds on launch day resulting in a temporary sell out on available stock.

Meanwhile, Norwegian retailer Elkjøp had to order a second batch of 40,000 Chromecast's just two days after launch because of demand. Google declined to comment on specific numbers, but perhaps we'll hear more details on its next earnings call. It's off to a good start, though.

Source: Giga OM

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3 years ago

Three UK announces 'Three Rescue' worry-free phone insurance

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UK mobile operator Three has launched a new insurance option for consumers – Three Rescue. Following a report shared by the network detailing how British smartphone owners place a value of over £1,000 on the contents of their handheld devices. The insurance starts from just £2 a month with full cover for stolen, lost or damaged smartphones.

Not only do consumers pay for smartphones alone, but the data stored on devices can be worth a fair amount, especially if one considers just what people store within apps and on the cloud (with local access). Three Rescue enables customers on the network to safeguard their belongings and be provided with extra security options.

For an additional £20 fee upon claiming, customers can also receive a replacement device if they happen to be abroad. The extra security includes the locking of a smartphone, personal data protection, as well as sounding an alarm to track down a misplaced phone. Check out the full press release below.

Three announces new insurance solution for smartphones

  • Brits place a value of £1,117 on the contents on their smartphone, six times the amount of the actual phone.

  • Nearly half (47%) of people would rather lose their passport than their smartphone.

  • A third of Brits (38%) don’t know how to back up their smartphone.

  • Three launches Three Rescue - worry free insurance that will replace a stolen, lost or damaged device within 24 hours.

New research from mobile network Three has found Brits value the content of their smartphone at £1,117 – six times the value of the phone itself.

The research found that smartphone users place the most sentimental value on photographs, while their list of contacts came in second. These were followed by banking details, videos, work, music, films and then games.

Regarding photographs, the average Brit values their mobile snaps at £357. For women this figure goes up as far as £462 and over a fifth of females who have had their phone lost/stolen (21 per cent) admit to crying over it. Photos and videos can hold a huge amount of sentimental value to Brits, who on average store more than 100 of them on their device.

The news comes as Three launches Three Rescue offering peace of mind and worry-free insurance that will replace a stolen, lost or damaged device within 24 hours2. Of the people surveyed, over a third (38 per cent) of those with insurance have been forced to wait over a week before receiving a replacement handset.

Sylvia Chind, Head of Devices at Three, says: "A smartphone is no longer only a means of calling, browsing the internet and messaging people; it is the address book, photo album and video library of millions, so losing access to it through theft, damage or misplacement can feel like the end of the world. Three Rescuemeans that customers will get a new phone the very next day, allowing them to get back up and running, sharing the silly stuff that matters most."

Providing a clear indication of priorities, the findings reveal that nearly half of Brits (47 per cent) would rather lose their passport than their smartphone. The research also reveals that more than a third (38 per cent) of people don’t know how to back-up their smartphone data. The Three Rescue app[5] makes this easy, allowing customers to back-up and retrieve all their precious content[6] as if they had never even lost it.

Meanwhile, half of all parents (54 per cent) store photos of their children on their phone and do not back them up elsewhere. And, one in ten parents (10 per cent) have had their smartphones smashed by their children.

Commenting on the research, personal finance expert Sue Hayward comments, "Losing your device or having it stolen isn't just a practical inconvenience; it can have a huge emotional and financial impact on your life. For many of us, our phones are like a treasure chest for our memories. It’s now so easy to capture stunning photographs and videos in an instant so you should ensure you don’t run the risk of losing all those great moments."

Three Rescue starts from just £2 a month and offers transparent and easy-to-understand policies. For an additional £20 upon a claim, customers can also get a replacement device if they’re abroad.

The app also offers extra security, allowing customers to lock their phone (Android only) to protect personal data, sound an alarm to track down a misplaced phone and even see the location of a lost phone on a map. Please see here for Three Rescue full Terms and Conditions.

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 in Gold arriving in the UK earlier than expected

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Just last week we reported that the Gold version of the HTC One M8 would land at Carphone Warehouse in the UK by April 7. Fast forward a few days and that seems to have improved to a new expected delivery date of April 2, with the phone going on sale online and on the phone today. So, if you've already pre-ordered one you might be receiving your shiny new handset a little earlier than you expected.

If you want to go to a brick-and-mortar to pick one up, you'll also be able to do that starting from April 2. Carphone Warehouse will sell you a Gold, Silver or Gunmetal HTC One M8 for £529.95 SIM-free. You'll find all three at the source link below.

More: In pictures: The Gold and Silver HTC One M8

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

Samsung Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit now in stock at UK retailer

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Brits looking to pick up a new Samsung Gear Fit or Gear 2 Neo might be pleased to hear that one retailer has just confirmed it has both versions in stock. Unlocked-mobiles sends word that they now have both wearables in stock, in black, and will happily sell you one for £179.98 including VAT.

Of course, you'll need to have a compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone to pair each of them with, but if you're in the market for one then definitely take a look. Standard delivery is 1-3 business days, and you can buy the Gear 2 Neo here and the Gear Fit here.

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3 years ago

Fed up of April Fools? Win a HTC One M8 with O2 UK

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It's April Fools Day and we're seeing a lot of fun posts from a lot of different sources. British carrier, O2, is getting in on the act but they're actually including something you might be interested in. For within the post about the "Selfie Filter" there is actually a giveaway for today only that can net you a brand new HTC One M8.

Hit the source link below to read the full post, but the bit you'll be interested most in is the download link. Click that and you'll be told that the Selfie Filter isn't real – shock horror! – but that until 6pm today you can enter to win a HTC One M8. Which is pretty darn fine at taking those selfies with that 5MP front facing camera.

Update: Maybe O2 double-trolled everyone, the competition form appears to have stopped taking entries. Sigh!

Source: O2

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 hitting most Asian countries by early May

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The HTC One M8 is off to a good start, and it's about to expand its reach even further. The phone's launched with a solid supply (unlike its predecessor) and what met with solid demand around in HTC's home market of Taiwan as well as in the United States and United Kingdom. But what of the rest of the world?

It's coming. Specifically, in Singapore it will hit on April 5th. Singaporeans can expect to pay SG$998 (US$792) for the HTC One M8 when it launches there later this week. According to CNET, the rest of Asia can expect to see the M8 "by early May, though no specific dates were mentioned.

In the meantime, check out our review of the HTC One M8 — we think it's pretty damn awesome.

Source: CNET

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3 years ago

Swiftkey Flow Hard brings swiping to the desktop keyboard and all its keys

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Not satisfied with all the April 1 shenanigans from the U.S., how about some with a British flavor to wake up to? We're all familiar with SwiftKey, and this latest 'innovation' takes it from our Android devices to our desktop or laptop keyboards. Say hello to SwiftKey Flow Hard.

Flow Hard allows users to type radically faster by dragging their fingers from key to key on a keyboard, instead of slowly tapping each letter individually. The innovative technology, built on SwiftKey’s award-winning NLP and Machine Learning input platform, automatically corrects typos and offers real-time predictions as a user ‘Flows Hard’.

Billed as 'gesture typing for the typewriter generation,' Flow Hard is all about efficiency. And having some fun! Another little fun thing to note, this came with an embargo, so kudos to SwiftKey for making the effort.

For more on SwiftKey Flow Hard check out the video up top, or take a look at the link below.

Source: SwiftKey

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3 years ago

Google+ Photos introduces Auto Awesome Photobombs, with David Hasselhoff!

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Not to be left out of the April fool's fun, the Google+ team has conjured up an April fool's joke of their own involving the auto awesome feature on Google+ and none other than David Hasselhoff.

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3 years ago

HTC follows Samsung for April Fools' joke, releases wearable for your hand

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HTC can't let everyone else have all the early April Fools' fun, and they just had to show us a pair of smartgloves of their own.

Unlike Samsung's imaginary smartgloves, HTC's imaginary smartgloves feature an industrial design and Boomsound. And tiny holograms of cats.

Have a look, and be thankful that this only happens once per year.

Is it Wednesday yet?

Source: HTC

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