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New “Material Design-Inspired” Version of Google Play

Google has begun rolling out a new, feature-rich layout for the Google Play store on Android, inspired by its new Material Design philosophy; the new UI language already landed for Google’s Docs, Sheets and Slides services on the web, while we’ve seen a revamp teased for Chrome OS. What is it? Well in a nutshell, everything looks brighter and details are more pronounced and easier to read, among other things. Google says the new design ...
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Setting New Standards: Moto E Review

Mid-range smartphones rarely please or attract avid smartphone geeks, as they’re often bundled with compromises and offer little (if any) innovation. Motorola and its Moto G came to reverse this trend with stellar performance for a low-cost price-tag, a clean design and a near-vanilla Android UI. Motorola did it again. The Moto E is an entry-level smartphone for the masses: mid-range performance for a price tag that everyone can afford. Design ...
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You Can Now Mirror Your Android Screen to the TV with Chromecast

Announced at Google I/O 2014 last month, Android mirroring has now arrived on the Chromecast. What is it all about? It means you can now see a parallel projection of your phone or tablet display on your TV, going through your apps and anything else, just in a bigger form. Steps to perform this are pretty simple: you'll just have to launch the Chromecast app on your Android device, open the in-app navigation drawer, select “Cast Screen” ...
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Nokia and Android Meet Finally: Nokia X Review

Nokia announced an Android phone called the X just two months before completing its merger with Microsoft. Now this thing alone killed me. I felt like I did not understand one single thing anymore. Nokia? Android? What about Microsoft? What about Windows Phone? ... it led me all the way to think why the hell did Nokia ditch Android a few years back??!! Moving forward with all my perplexity, things did not get less intriguing: The Nokia X comes ...
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Can Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Be the Ultimate Phone?

Here is how and why. The Galaxy S5 features a battery pack with a capacity of 2.800 mAh combined with a greatly reduced power consumption. It does not stop here: If you’re in an emergency with fading charge, you can turn to Ultra Power Saving mode in order to make the final 10% of your battery juice last for hours. You’d say that there’s nothing new practically here, but when you combine the three features, you get one hell of a battery ...
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Mobile Security: Knock-On Code or Fingerprint Protection?

When it comes to the precious - our mobile phone - we tend to seek ultimate security; and with the new options at hand, we could have a fingerprint sensor or have the revolutionary knock-on code that LG currently offers. What do we prefer? Well both! Each one has its pros and cons, but with the NSA "issues", sometimes you need to reconsider your options. When the fingerprint scanner was released along side the iPhone 5s, everybody was mind-blown ...
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Wearable Tech Can Be Gorgeous: Moto 360

Wearable Tech watches trend is on the rise lately. But so far, most of them (more like all of them) is not a true joy to wear, since they are quite obvious and flashy. Not anymore. Motorola hit a finesse shot with the freshly announced Moto 360. The Moto 360 is an extremely elegant and refined smartwatch which aims at keeping you on time and up to date, with a promise not to take you out of the moment nor distract you, telling you what you need ...
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Facebook Launches Slingshot, A Snapchat Rival App

Slingshot, the new iOS and Android app from the Facebook Creative Labs that was born during a Creative Labs hackathon in December, puts a new twist on ephemeral photo and video sharing. Here is how: In order to see a photo or video sent to you by a friend, you have to reply with a photo or video. The photos or videos sent can have text added either right over the image or as a caption. You can draw on the images. There’s even music ...
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Amazon Doesn’t Just Sell Smartphones Anymore, It Makes One

The Fire Phone is here. Jeff Bezos has officially unveiled Amazon's first cellphone, joining the Kindle Fire tablets, Kindle ebook readers, and Fire TV. The Fire Phone sports a 4.7-inch HD display, a Qualcomm processor, Adreno 330 graphics, and 2GB of RAM. On the desing and build front, the Fire Phone has injection molded connectors, aluminum buttons, and chamfered edges. There's a set of stereo speakers on-board, and a specially designed set ...
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Sony Xperia Z2 Review: Nearly Perfect

Squeezing a rather big high resolution display, an ultra performing and capable camera and a huge battery pack into something as big as a chocolate bar isn’t the easiest of things. In any case, a compromise must be done in order to fit everything in. But it does look like Sony has made it. No compromises. The Xperia Z2 makes almost none. It is in fact the closest thing to perfect we've ever witnessed when it comes to testing smartphones. The ...
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Trials Frontier Now Available on Android Devices

Today, Ubisoft announced that Trials Frontier, the free-to-play mobile title from RedLynx and its best-selling and award-winning Trials series, is now available on the Google Play Store and the Amazon App Store. Trials Frontier transports players to the distant future where they find themselves the newcomer in a run- down town desperate for a hero. Trials Frontier, the series’ first appearance on mobile devices, has been very well received on iOS ...
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Google+ Not Dead Just Yet: Just Got Updated

After the departure of Vic Gundotra, many speculated that his baby Google Plus will face death. We personally were skeptical, and believed that with the road that Google+ took, it wasn't that easy to "pull the plug" off it. With many integrations along the whole Google ecosystem, Google+ is becoming more and more important. To cut the story short, Google released today an update to Google+ with many visual changes and they added a bunch of kick-ass ...
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Gmail for Android Now Has the Ability to Save Attachments to Drive

Gmail for Android has been updated with cool new features: It now has the ability to save attachments to Google Drive. Because space on mobile devices is somewhat scarce, being able to save files to the cloud is something awesome and increasingly practical. It just makes sense. The new update brought along Spam explanations (which presents a message detailing why a certain email has been dumped into the spam folder), improved right-to-left language ...
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Google Play Gets PayPal Support in 12 Countries and More

Sales of apps and games on Google Play are up by more than 300 percent over the past year, with two-thirds of Google Play purchases happening outside of the US. It was hence time to broaden the payment solutions coverage to more countries. And that's what happened. Google Play Payments now gained PayPal support in 12 countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the US, and the UK. What does ...
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Huawei Ascend P6 Review: 10 Days Later

As some of you might have read in a previous post I recently got my hands on a Huawei Ascend P6 (full specs here) smartphone thanks to the nice folks at Chetraco and Huawei. I've had the phone for around ten days and have been planning to write a review about it as I promised I would. I got quite busy lately but this was actually a good thing as it allowed me more time to tinker with the phone. By tinker I mean use it heavily and not the hack/root/flash ...
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Major Promotion on Assassin’s Creed Pirates and Rayman Jungle Run

Here's a pre-weekend hint to all mobile gamers out there: Ubisoft kicked-off 2 major promotions today on the App Store and Google Play. Two major Ubisoft mobile games are having major discount starting today May 8th until May 14th: Assassin’s Creed Pirates gets a 80% discount Rayman Jungle Run gets a 60% discount In Assassin’s Creed Pirates, players will be tasked to manage their crew, upgrade their ship, recruit new crew ...
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Chadder: A New Encrypted Private Messaging App

Chadder is produced by Future Tense Private Systems, a company founded by John McAfee (yes, "The" McAfee). Chadder is not your average messaging app; its whole purpose revolves around privacy. How? Only the recipient will be able to read the message, with unwanted interceptors only seeing encrypted text. When you first sign up, you do so by providing a nickname, username, and password and then, when you’re in, you should be able to add ...
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Huawei Smartphones Now Officially Available in Lebanon

Cherfane Trading Company (Chetraco) launched Huawei smartphones in Lebanon during a press conference that took place at Le Royal Hotel, in the attendance of a crowd of Technology and lifestyle journalists to discover and experience the smartphones which made an impression on the Android market globally. “Today we welcome the Huawei smartphones to the unique, multi faceted national distributor Chetraco family alongside other brands such as kelvinator, ...
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Android Silver: No More Nexus?

Google is apparently shifting strategies a whole lot these days. After the reported news about Google dropping Google+ to the backside bin, here comes rumors talking about the Android Silver project. 'The Information' reports that the current Nexus-branded handset line sporting Google's unadulterated vision of the best Android user experience will be trashed, to be replaced by a set of high-end Silver phones. Google is said to be planning to spend ...
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The Awesome OnePlus One Is Official

Have you already heard of OnePlus? Well, you should have. OnePlus is a technology startup allegedly committed to bringing the best possible Technology to users around the world. Created around the mantra Never Settle, OnePlus is here to create beautifully designed devices with premium build quality. Well OnePlus announced a few days ago its first ever smartphone: the One. And it's an Android device. The OnePlus One features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon ...
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Google+ Nearly Reaching The End

Vic Gundotra, the head of Google+, announced his departure from Google today. No obvious reason was stated. But online leaks pointed out that this might have been the direct result of Google backing away from the original Google+ plan. To wrap it up in a nutshell, Google is apparently slowly planning on pulling the Google+ plug: it will no longer be aligned to Facebook and Twitter. It will also not be pushed onto and into every product Google ...
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eTobb Is Now Taking Care of Android Users

eTobb is an online platform connecting doctors and patients....etc...etc...etc...Now that we decided to move past the usual intros, prefabricated statements and huge paragraphs that no one wants to read, I can hand it to you in a nutshell. It's as simple as that and it has been taking Lebanon and neighboring countries by storm since their inception. The idea may, admittedly, not be entirely unique or original (think WebMD) but the implementation ...
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YouTube for Android Can Now Cast Live Videos to Chromecast

An update has been released to the YouTube app for Android that brings in a major addition: the ability to cast live videos to Chromecast. Live videos are... videos of events happening live and not pre-recorded and uploaded. This type of live streams could not be sent through Chromecast; this has been fixed now. Another change is the updated Watch Later UI, now blending in even more with the whole app design. The new update will hit the Play ...
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A Refreshed Google Camera App for Android Hits the Play Store

Google launched an expected refreshed camera app for Android devices. Dubbed Google Camera, the application is now available to download in the Play store. The most notable new feature which Google Camera app brings is called Lens Blur. It allows users to change the depth of field of a photo after its capture. A dedicated slider allows the user to change the point and level of focus. Panorama mode has also been improved in the new app. Users can ...
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Samsung’s S5 Finally Launches in Lebanon (and 124 Other Countries Too)

Samsung's latest flagship is finally on sale in Beirut, as today the device is available in 125 markets globally. This marks the largest launch of a Samsung smartphone ever - more than double that of the Galaxy S4, which initiated sales in 60 countries a year ago. The Galaxy S5 has been one of the most anticipated products of the season, with a 5.1-inch fullHD Super AMOLED display, quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB ...
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Developers Can Now Start Building Some Cool Phones With Project Ara

Google just posted on Ara's website the Module Developers Kit, which contains the information that manufacturers need to get started creating modular parts. Quick reminder: Ara phones begin as no more than a skeleton, before owners plug in everything from a display and processor to a camera and Wi-Fi unit in order to complete them. The trick about the whole concept is that Google wants many of those modules to come from third-party developers. ...
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Microsoft Office for iOS and Android Now Completely Free

Microsoft today released Office for iPad and updated Office Mobile for iPhone and Office Mobile for Android with a major change: both are now completely free for home use. The decision was allegedly made in order to align Office Mobile for Windows Phone with its iOS and Android counterparts. As a result, Office Mobile now lets smartphone users view, as well as edit, content on the go for free. This comes as a counterblow to Apple and Google's own ...
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HTC’s All New One (M8) Is Here

The 2014 HTC One (M8) is now official. The smartphone sports a unibody made of 90% metal, a screen that has been bumped to 5", while retaining the 1080p resolution. Hardware keys have disappeared, replaced by on-screen ones. The front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers are still there, and it is said that they have been further enhanced t produce more sound. The new HTC One (M8) offers a Snapdragon 801 chipset with a 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor, ...
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Google Now Cards Available in Chrome, on Desktops

Google today announced Google Now is being pushed to Chrome for Windows and Mac “starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks.” This means Google Now notifications will finally be available to desktop and laptop Chrome users, in addition to Android and iOS users. All you need to do is sign in to Chrome with the same Google Account you’re using for Google Now on mobile. If you use Google Now on multiple devices, you will need ...
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Enter the Konami Code in Google Voice Search for ‘Unlimited Free Searches’

Now here's a funny one for you Android chaps out there. Do you geeks remember the infamous Konami Code? Yeah... right. It is that sequence of button inputs that unlocks secrets and cheat modes in classic retro games such as Gradius, Contra and Castlevania. This sequence has grown above and beyond the gaming world, to become part of the Interwebz tradition and memorabilia: it’s been used as an ‘Easter egg’ on sites such as Digg and Facebook. It ...
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