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  • Samsung’s smartwatch strikes again with the Gear 2 and camera-free Gear Neo

    With Mobile World Congress in full swing, Samsung's decided to kick off the show with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, two slight upgrades to the ill-received Galaxy Gear. Why Samsung is trying again with only a mild iteration of its smartwatch is confusing, but the company hopes that the 1Ghz Gear 2 and camera-less Gear 2 Neo (Geo?) will spark interest in this relatively new tech category. Confusing Gear At first glance, it's hard to tell exactly what's changed with the Gear 2. It looks the same, but scratch under the surface and you'll find that the OS' has...

  • Nokia launches trio of Android phones: ‘Nokia X’, ‘Nokia XL’, and 5-inch ‘Nokia X+’

    Here we go: Nokia's first Android phone, times three. The Nokia X, X+ and XL. Ranging from pocket-friendly to mini-phablet, the phones are all affordable, have dual-SIM slots and can run Android apps. All phones (with the expectation of the X, which launches today) are coming Q2 2014 and cost next-to-nothing, for an Android phone. All three phones launched at MWC moments ago. The Nokia X (€89) and X+ (€99) are one in the same, the X+ simply has more memory (4GB MicroSD card)) and RAM (786MB) "for those who want to enjoy even more music, photos and video". Doesn't...

  • Sony smashes out Xperia Z2 phone and tablet, plus mid-range Xperia M2

    Sony's been a busy little bee at Mobile World Congress 2014. Today sees the launch of three new devices, so far. The self-described "mid-range" Sony Xperia M2, the Xperia Z2 and Xperia X2 Tablet. Xperia Z2 Tablet The Z Tablet is something we loved, so we're glad to see its sequel. The display is a 10.1-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS stunner with front Surround Sound, a weight of 439g which beats the air and it's waterproof. That alone is the Z2 Tablet's strongest selling point. But this is billed as the world's fastest tablet, and for good reason. We've got a...

  • Lenovo flaunts S-series trio of budget Android phones

    Lenovo has just unveiled three friendly, budget smartphones at MWC 2014 to further widen its S-series offering. The trio, namely the S860, S850 and S660, comes with Android 4.2 out of the box and all has dual SIM functionality. The Lenovo S860 is meant to be all about the battery, and people who live off their smartphones 24/7. As mentioned by NDTV, it's supposed to last you up to forty days on standby and 24 hours of talk time on a 3G connection. It even comes with an on-the-go battery charger. The S860 touts a 5.3" HD display, 2GB...

  • Sony’s SmartBand life-logging wearable coming in March

    Sony is yet again showing off its latest piece of wearable tech, the SmartBand, at the MWC 2014. After the company gave us a nibble of information at CES in January, Sony's now marketing the SmartBand with its dedicated Lifelog app that's meant to be something more than your average fitness tracker. It's been announced that the SmartBand will start rolling out to over sixty countries in March together with Sony's Lifelog app. Apart from the usual fitness trackers that track your sleep, calorie intake, steps and so forth, the SmartBand is meant to do that and way more....

  • 8 phones with astonishingly good battery life

    Size matters. Or at least that is how it seems with the excess of massive mobile phones hitting the market in recent times. These devices have gigantic displays and power-hungry processors with most of their users frequently testing their limits. With the latest models feebly standing on the border of "mobile" phones, the question of battery life becomes quite significant. So let's take a look at the phones with the best balance between high quality, performance, and most importantly excellent battery life. LG Optimus G Pro The LG Optimus G Pro has a great balance between retail price and battery life....

  • Google’s Project Tango: the Android phone that maps your world in real-time

    Google's Project Tango is big, this big: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe10ExwzCqk&feature=player_embedded Imagine a 3D world fully realised on your mobile phone, but not as you know it. Project Tango is the world around us, superimposed into our mobile phones. Now, the video makes it look like a game-changer and after looking at the facts, we're convinced that it will be. Project Tango's goal? To make our smartphones look and understand the physical environment. There are 200 development kits and Google aims to ship them all by March 14 2014. Currently, this takes the form of a prototype Android phone fitted with custom hardware that tracks...

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours: fingerprint scanner ‘confirmed’

    The Galaxy S5 is an important phone. When it's revealed on 24 February in Barcelona at the Samsung Unpacked event, eyes will melt and global warming will reverse itself. Or, we'll be treated to a mild iteration of Samsung's most popular smartphone series. Fingerprint scanner "confirmed" Would a real-time fingerprint scanner which works with a quick swipe be of any interest to you? A fingerprint scanner, embedded into the Galaxy S5's home button has been "confirmed" by "all our insiders" says SamMobile. This also means that the S5 will still use a physical home button, and not an onscreen button (like...

  • Twitch server buckles under pressure as 100k gamers play ‘Pokémon’ together

    The popular game streaming channel, Twitch, has put the old-time classic Pokemon: Red and Blue into the hands of tens of thousands of participants across the vast net. It's been almost a week since the TwitchPlaysPokemon experiment launched that lets people vote on game inputs live. Recently peaking at a massive 100,000 users saw the Twitch servers even buckle under the enormous pressure. It's the purest form of organised chaos. Using the internet hive mind as a tool to play a simple, very much-loved game has seen Ash fight off a 29 level Fearow and venture past Celadon City. There...

  • 11 cheap and cheerful smartphones that run WhatsApp

    Facebook did it. It bought messaging app WhatsApp for US$19-billion. Doesn't it know that it costs US$1 on iTunes? But I digress. For those out there who want the WhatsApp experience but cannot afford a top-of-the-range phone, there are thousands of cheaper (mostly Android) devices to choose from which will run this popular messaging app. I've listed eleven below. All phones on this list are currently in stock on most popular ecommerce sites. 1. Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 With 4GB storage, Android 4.0 and a 2MP camera, this QWERTY smartphone was made for chatting. 2. LG Nexus 5 Here's one of the best, least expensive and nippiest...