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Mugen launches 6,500mAh battery for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of the several great Android smartphones for power users, thanks to the convenience of its large 3,200mAh battery. However, if you want even more power, Mugen has you covered, as it has released a 6,500mAh extended battery for the Note 3.

Since the Mugen extended Note 3 battery is thicker than the stock one, the company also provides a custom back cover to house it. It’s available in black or white, and the end result makes the Galaxy Note 3 a bit thicker than its usual 8.3mm waistline.

Mugen states its extended Note 3 battery lasts 2.03 times as long, which is logical judging from the 6500mAh capacity rating. Happily, it also comes with NFC chip inside, so the Note 3 doesn’t loose points in the connectivity department.

The battery currently sales for $98.50 on Mugen Power’s website. First shipments are expected to arrive on December 6.

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Acer C720-2848 Chromebook announced for $199

Acer has released a slightly stripped down version of the previous Acer C720 Chromebook. Technically the C720-2848, the new model is still referred to as the C720 on Google and Acer’s website.

In terms of changes, there is just one. The new model comes with 2GB instead of 4GB of RAM, which has allowed Acer to drop the price down from $249 to $199 in the US.

The rest of the hardware is identical and includes the same 11.6-inch, 1266×768 resolution display, Intel fourth generation Celeron processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 16GB flash memory, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, one USB 3.0 and 2.0 port each, HDMI out, VGA camera, and 8.5 hours of claimed battery life. It also comes with 100GB Google Drive storage and 30-day Google Play Music All Access trial.

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AT&T sale sees iPhone 5s and Lumia 1520 prices drop to $99

AT&T has started a sale on its website, slashing the prices of a number of hot smartphones. The Apple iPhone 5s and 5c got price cuts and so did the Lumia lineup offered by the carrier. Several Samsung smartphones also got discounted, but unfortunately the Galaxy Note 3 wasn’t among them.

If iOS is your thing, you can now have a shiny new 16GB iPhone 5s in a color of your choice for $99 on contract. Unfortunately the 32GB and 64GB versions are still at their old $299 and $399 prices. The Apple iPhone 5c is now $49 for 16GB and $99 for its 32GB version. In fact the $150 discount on the latter is the biggest in the AT&T sale.

If you’ve been planning to get one of the recent Lumia flagships on the AT&T network, you’d be glad to find out that the carrier has started a promotion cutting their on-contract prices in half. This means that right now you can pre-order the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet for just $99. Of course it will take until November 19 to get your order shipped, but that’s just three days away now.

The price reduction gives the Nokia Lumia 1520 a considerable advantage over its main rivals – the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the HTC One Max, which cost $299 and $249 respectively. Packing the much younger WP8 OS, the Lumia 1520 certainly needs all the help it can get if it to make a serious impact in the phablet market and this sale suggests AT&T and Nokia are taking it very seriously.

Two more WP8-powered Nokia handsets got price cuts, too. The Lumia 1020 with its humongous 1/1.5” 41MP sensor is also now offered for $99, while the Lumia 925 has its price slashed to $49. If you don’t mind a little extra heft and would appreciate built-in wireless charging capabilities you can grab the Lumia 920 former flagship for 49 cents.

Of course you’ll also have to sign a new two-year contract with the carrier, but even so some of the offers are quite tempting. The deals are available online and come with free shipping so you don’t even have to get off your chair to take advantage of it. You can check out all the AT&T promo deals and place your orders by following the source link below.

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Sony unveils ‘Uncharted’ for PS4 and ‘The Last of Us: Left Behind’ DLC for PS3

Anyone who owns a PS3 and has not played Uncharted has done themselves a great disservice. Easily one of the best series on the PS3 and one of the best series of all time, the Uncharted games have won hearts and awards by their exceptional gameplay, storytelling, voice acting and visuals.

After Sony released the first three games on the ageing PS3, it was generally expected the next installment would arrive on Sony’s next generation PS4 console. And turns out, we were right.

Although not much is known about the next game as of now, Sony has released a brief teaser for the next Uncharted game that will be released on the PS4. You hear the voice of the actor Todd Stashwick in the video, who will be playing an unnamed character, talking about betrayal and revenge against an unknown character. The video just goes over a map without showing anything of the game itself. There is absolutely no other information known about the game as of now.

Along with the Uncharted video, Sony also announced a new DLC for The Last of Us. Called Left Behind, this DLC will focus on the much loved character ‘Ellie’ from the main game and her time in a military boarding school in the Boston quarantine zone, prior to meetin Joel and the events of the first game. She will be joined by a new character called ‘Riley’, who is her best friend and mentor in the game. In Left Behind, you will play the entire game as Ellie, voiced once again by Ashley Johnson.

The Last of Us: Left Behind DLC will be released in early 2014.

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Android 4.4 KitKat update for HTC One GPE now ready

When the Google Play Editions of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 came out everyone was wondering if those two will get future Android revisions as quickly as the Nexus lineup. Now obviously they didn’t quite match the speed of the Google purebreds, but it appears that the HTC One GPE won’t be too far behind either.

The company has officially announced that the Android 4.4 KitKat ROM for the smartphone has been fully developed and submitted to Google. It’s now up to the search giant to approve the code and start seeding it to the actual smartphones. It certainly shouldn’t take too long, although we haven’t been given a specific time frame.

Android 4.4 KitKat brings Project Svelte performance optimizations, bigger UI icons, removes the widgets from the app drawer and comes with the new Hangouts SMS/MMS/Gtalks unified hub. There’s also the new Email app, new Phone app with nearby search that should be coming to the HTC One GPE.

Samsung is yet to announce when the Galaxy S4 GPE gets the Android 4.4 KitKat treatment, but we are hoping the Koreans won’t take too long to release the update.

Special thanks to Raj for sending this in!

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Sony PlayStation 4 scores high for repairability

The PlayStation 4 is a hot piece of tech and as such it simply couldn’t avoid being torn to bits and pieces by the ifixit team.

While you probably wouldn’t have guessed it given the relatively modest size, the latest Sony console is quite easy to repair at home. No adhesive was used for putting the PS4 together, which means taking it apart and putting it back together is quite easy (although it does void your warranty).

The only problem was that the metal mid-plane is very sharp – an issue the teardown guy found the hard way. If you can get past that however you will be able to replace just about every component of your console without taking it to a service center.

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Sony Store Opens at Walt Whitman Shops

After months of construction and hard work, the Sony® Store at the Walt Whitman Shops® in Huntington Station, NY is open for business. This store is one of our new concept stores like Century City in Los Angeles, Houston Galleria in Houston, and several others across the country. The store has been designed to allow you — our guests — to have hands-on experiences with our products and find what you’re looking for with ease.

Come in and see your brand new, fully stocked Sony Store.

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Join us at our grand re-opening event today on November 16th, 1-3pm.

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Orbotix taps Google Apps to bring robots to life

Editor's note: Colorado has enticed all sorts of pioneers since its Wild West beginnings. We’re excited to highlight a handful of these trailblazers - the intrepid entrepreneurs, aspiring micro-brewers and ambitious thought leaders - who have helped create the adventurous and innovative culture the Centennial State is known for. Today, we hear from Ian Bernstein and Adam Wilson, co-founders of Boulder-based Orbotix, a robotics toy company.

Can you tell us about Orbotix and how the company got started?
Orbotix is a new kind of robotics toy company: we’re creating a game platform that combines physical objects, smartphones and a software marketplace. We launched in 2010 with our first product, the Sphero ball, a robotic ball you can control with a tilt, touch or swing from your smartphone. You can drive the Sphero ball through a virtual obstacle course or let your dog chase it across your actual yard (under your control, of course) — it lets you both engage in the virtual world and play in the real one. We just released Sphero 2.0, and with a team of 35, we’re just getting started.

Why did you choose Google Apps? How are you using it day-to-day?
We use Google products like Gmail, Drive and Docs in our personal lives, so it was natural to use Google Apps for Business when we started Orbotix. We rely on Drive to securely store, centralize and share our executive documents — everything from legal forms to non-disclosure agreements. We use Docs to brainstorm, create and collaborate on new ideas, or to upload and store product specs that multiple people need to access on a regular basis. The fact that we can create and edit a single document at the same time has dramatically increased our efficiency and reduced the amount of time it takes to finalize a project. We’re a very collaborative team, and Google helps us keep a very team-oriented work environment. Docs is especially vital when we’re on the road, attending events or working remotely. The fact that we can pull up important docs on our mobile devices is crucial to keeping our business running 24/7.

How do you stay connected with your employees outside of the Boulder office?
Hangouts are integral to keeping the company connected, especially as we’ve expanded beyond Boulder — and into China. Our team there has the Hangouts app on their smartphones so they’re connected and available for a quick chat or for a virtual tour around a factory on the other side of the globe. It makes a world of difference to see each other face-to-face rather than just hear a bunch of voices on a conference call, and the experience is such an organic, seamless part of our daily routine. We saw it ourselves just a few weeks ago, when we were in China to check in with the team and do a global press tour: we found ourselves relying entirely on Hangouts to keep in touch with the Boulder office. Ian would be in one room on a Hangout with our CEO, I'd be in another room on a Hangout with our engineers. It was like we hadn't left Colorado.

Has Google Apps helped in your recruiting efforts?
We're always looking to add tech-savvy programmers and talent to our team, and the kinds of people we're looking for expect us to use cool and cutting edge-technology like Google Apps. I know that if I was looking to join a new company it would be a red flag if they were using anything different. We all use Google in our personal lives, so it’s natural that we want to extend that experience to our professional lives.

Do you use Google Apps to partner and collaborate with groups outside of your company?
Absolutely. We recently launched Sphero Rangers, which teaches kids of all ages how to program using Sphero robots. We go to local classrooms and host meetups in the Boulder area, but because we can’t travel to every city where there’s interest, we made a universal Rangers training deck using Google Presentations. That way, there’s a single master document we can share with our partners just by sending along a URL, and we know they always have the most up-to-date version. The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, for example, have hosted a handful of programming classes for kids, thanks to our handy shared Google Presentation.
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Oppo N1 hands-on

Back in September at the Oppo N1 launch event we managed to get some quality time with the smartphone, but now we are finally able to welcome it to our office. As tradition dictates we’ve prepared a hands-on video to whet your appetite before the review comes.

The Oppo N1 is powered by a Snapdragon 600 APQ8064 chipset with four Krait 300 CPU cores clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU. There are two versions in terms of storage, 16GB and 32GB, but there’s no microSD card.

The Oppo N1 is a phablet rocking a 5.9″ screen with 1080p resolution resulting in a pixel density of 373ppi. It’s a fairly large device, measuring 170.7 x 82.6 x 9mm and weighing 213g. For comparison a Galaxy Mega 6.3 measures 167.7 x 88 x 8mm and weighs 199g and that’s with a bigger 6.3″ screen. On the up side, the N1 packs a generous 3,610mAh battery.

The Oppo N1′s camera packs a twist – it’s can be rotated 206 degrees so you don’t have to use a secondary lower-quality camera for self-portraits. Inside it there’s a 13MP CMOS sensor with 6-element lens on top and a custom imaging chip that Oppo and Fujitsu co-developed. The rotatable mechanism is quite complex – there are as many as 67 parts in it and Oppo has calculated the gaps so that it can rotate 206° and feel perfectly solid in every position.


Oppo N1 at ours

The back of the N1 holds another interesting feature called O-Touch. It’s 40 x 30mm touch-sensitive patch on the back of the phone which is used to control the UI and apps. We demonstrate how it works in the video below and it really helps with one-handed use.

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is at the driver’s seat and has been heavily modified by Oppo’s Color OS user interface. It adds a lot of cool customizations and alterations to the stock Android experience.

Check out the hands-on video below.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear update brings full support for notifications

The Samsung Galaxy Gear got treated to a major update which addressed one of its biggest shortcomings – its lack of proper support for notifications. The latest firmware for the gadget allows users to receive all types of notifications on their device.

Once applied, the update for the Samsung Galaxy Gear allows users to select the apps which send notifications to the smartwatch. Preview of emails and messages is also available, thus massively improving the functionality of the device.

Before the firmware update, an unofficial app solved the Galaxy Gear’s notification woes. It was far from perfect though, so Samsung’s solution to the problem is certainly a welcome sight.

You can check out our Samsung Galaxy Gear review over here.

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