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FIFA releases official apps on Android and iOS

FIFA has launched official apps on the two most popular mobile operating systems – Android and iOS. Both apps are free of charge.

The official FIFA app gives you access to all sorts of information on 197 football leagues worldwide.

Thanks to the app you will be getting live scores, all the latest news, exclusive photos and videos. Once you configure your league and team preferences you will be able to keep track on everything about your club or national teams.

FIFA even promises to stream live the draw for the Finals of the upcoming Word Cup in Brazil live on December 6 via its app.


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SIM-free BlackBerry Z10 now available for $199

Black Friday is now behind us, but the Cyber Monday deals are already starting to come in. BlackBerry is among the first to give you a cool smartphone promotion, letting you have its former Z10 flagship for just $199.

That’s the price for SIM-free BlackBerry Z10 with no commitment to any carrier. Shipping is also free, so the price announced is final (no taxes included, of course). To take advantage of the promotion you need to use the promo code BFEMAILZ10 at checkout.

The BlackBerry Z10 didn’t quite manage to become the best seller its maker so desperately needed and it’s certainly not a device without its flaws, but it’s hard to argue that at $199 contract-free it offers excellent value for your money. If you are willing to stray off the beaten path and try a non-mainstream operating system this seems like a perfectly good chance.

The deal is only valid until Monday, so make up your mind quickly. If you decide to go for it, just follow the source link to place your order. And if you are still sitting on the fence, feel free to check out our review – it should answer all your questions about the smartphone.

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Android 4.4 KitKat degrades video playback performance

Android 4.4 KitKat is the latest version of the Google developed mobile operating system. The 4.4 was promised to enhance the overall performance and as far as we can tell from those devices that have already been updated that it mostly true. However...
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Sony Xperia C comes by our office

Sony Xperia C is the company’s first smartphone powered by a MediaTek chipset.We’ve also managed to put our hands on a unit and we are ready to share our traditional hands-on videowith you.

The Sony Xperia C comes with a quad-core 1.2GHz low-powered Cortex-A7 processor, PowerVR SGX544 graphics and 1GB of RAM. While hardly the benchmark champion, this is the kind of hardware that can deliver either excellently smooth experience provided that the software is optimized well enough.

The Sony Xperia C is built around a large 5.0″ TFT display with 540x960px resolution, and it has dual-SIM capabilities and an 8MP rear camera as its key selling points. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but there is no information on upcoming updates just yet.

Sony Xperia C was initially targeting the developing Asian markets, where the dual-SIM capabilities are a mandatory option, but it has since expanded its reach quite significantly, suggesting better than expected initial performance.

Our in-depth review is already in the works and will pop up on our homepage next week.

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A brand new Nokia Lumia 1320 promo video is out

Nokia has launched a new promo video for its affordable Lumia 1320 phablet to help build some hype ahead of its launch. Sadly, the phone won’t make it for the Christmas holiday season, but it will become available early next year.

The video is less than a minute long and shows the Lumia 1320 in cool 360-degree shots highlighting some of the main software features of Windows Phone 8. It also shows the different color options for the phablet – black, yellow, orange and white.

Check it out below.

While waiting for the phone to become available, you can read our Lumia 1320 hands-on to learn more on the first impressions the phablet makes.

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24 Cool Gadgets and Accessories for Geeky Food Lovers

Sure, you're not supposed to be eating a fast food combo meal while driving, but when you're parked, it does help to have a tray or stand holding up everything to keep things clean. Cup Holder Swivel Tray should do the trick. Continue reading to se...
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Android 4.4 now seeding to Unlocked and Developer HTC One

Unlocked HTC One devices, as well as their Developer Edition siblings are now getting updated to Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 5.5 in the United States. HTC USA announced the pleasant surprise on its official Twitter account.

HTC surely isn’t wasting time in updating its flagship smartphone to the latest version available. The Sense-d version of the HTC One saw KitKat only four days after the Google Play Edition got treated to the update, and barely a month after Android 4.4 made a debut on the Nexus 5.

Carrier versions of the HTC One in the United States are due to get the update by the end of January. HTC vowed to do so earlier this month.


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PlayStation Network Update

We are aware that users are experiencing some disruption to the PSN service. To minimize the inconvenience we have suspended the “redeem voucher” functionality while we investigate further. Unfortunately this means that money cards, product vouchers, PlayStation Plus vouchers, PS3-PS4 upgrade vouchers and any other vouchers for digital content are not redeemable at this time. Other PSN features such as log in, online multiplayer gaming, PlayStation Plus trial, PlayStation Store (excluding voucher redemption), Trophies, messages, friends, etc are all available. We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide an update soon.
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Nokia Lumia 1020 as a camera: 5 things to love and hate


November 30, 2013, 2:44 IST

Swapnil Mathur

Nokia Lumia 1020 as a camera: 5 things to love and hate

This particular writer has been using the Nokia Lumia 1020 for over a month now, and not just as a camera, but we committed to using this phone as our primary device to see just how seamlessly it would blend in with our daily routine. Over the last month, we’ve found quite a few things to like about the phone and some that we just didn’t enjoy. Here they are, for anyone looking to buy the phone, or if you’re someone who’s looking to get into an argument about why the phone is terrible.

Like: The 41 Megapixel Sensor with OIS
Let’s face it, the sensor and the optical stabilization have set the Nokia Lumia 1020 apart from every other camera phone in the market, at least in terms of pure specs. We found out in the last month that it’s not just in paper, but also in real world performance that the Lumia 1020 leaves all its competitors eating dust. The level of detail captured by the sensor is astounding and the f/2.2 lens coupled with optical stabilization really help augment photos shot in low light. The OIS is ESPECIALLY helpful when shooting videos in moving vehicles.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the thoughtful photographer's perfect companion

Not Like: The Need for Space
The space used. Every time we shot a full resolution image, we ended up committing roughly 25MB of space to it. Now if you’re a photographer like us, who loves documenting EVERYTHING, then you’ll be running out of space really quick as the Nokia Lumia 1020 has a cap of 32GB on storage. There is no possibility of expanding storage as there is no MicroSD slot, so we were left at the mercy of having to copy the images to our computer in order to make space on the phone. God forbid if you like listening to music on your phone!

The photos on the Nokia Lumia 1020 gobble up all the space!

Like: Built like a Tank, for your Pockets
The Lumia 1020 is a full polycarbonate body built with some really impressive precision. It is impressively slim and light, along with sporting Corning’s Gorilla Glass2. It slides into pretty much any pocket you’d want it to get comfortable it, without making its presence obvious. However, at the same time, it is built with heft, giving us the assurance that it can withstand a war with coins and keys that might be raging in our pockets.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 with the iPhone 4 on top

Not Like: Slow and Steady Misses the Race
The camera, which is the star of the show, is incredibly slow. When you press the physical shutter button to wake the camera up, it’s going to be at least two seconds before the camera is ready to fire the shutter. That’s two seconds too late, and this is regardless of what app you are using. Then once it has take the first shot, it must write the contents to memory, during which time, the camera becomes unusable. The Lumia 1020 is definitely not for the action oriented photographer, but for those who exercise patience and prefer to take their time with shooting.

Like: The Camera Grip
No camera is ever complete with a grip that makes it easy to use. Nokia felt that to be true and thus created a case that doubles up as a camera grip with a proper shutter button and then triples up as a secondary battery. It makes shooting extremely comfortable, seeing that the camera is a whole lot easier to hold because of the grip and it also adds stability to the camera, allowing us to go even lower with the shutter speeds.

The Camera grip makes the Lumia 1020 incredibly comfortable to use as a camera

Not Like: Oh No! You Got FAT!
Unfortunately, the camera grip for the Lumia 1020 is bulky and if you snap this puppy on, you’re going to have to dedicate an entire pocket just to the phone. Not just that, but the phone also gains some serious weight because the grip has its own additional weight, most of which is at one end. We didn’t quite enjoy this, and feel that there may be many more who would feel the same.

Like: Look Maa! No Apps Needed!
No, this isn’t what you’re thinking. We loved the fact that in order to leverage the full potential of the camera in the Lumia 1020, all we had to do was use the built in Nokia Camera app. No need for any third party camera apps of any kind. And its not just leveraging the sensor, but also the fact that the app is designed keeping both amateurs and pros in mind. It puts every single control right at the shooter’s fingertips and if you want to go all auto on it, you can do that too!

The Nokia Camera app is incredibly versatile, offering every kind of control you would need

Not Like: The Battery
No clever puns here. The battery feels like the weakest link in the Lumia 1020’s build. A built in 2000 mAh battery to drive this massive phone is clearly not enough and even with the additional juice provided by the grip, the phone barely lasted us a day. This is of course keeping in mind that our daily usage is quite extensive, shooting about 50 photos, a few random videos here and there, two hours’ worth of calling and LOTS of internet (whatsapp, Facebook etc). If you’re a conservative user, you might get more out of the battery, but we, for one, were left wanting more (juice).

Like: Insta What?
Everyone keeps complaining about how there is no “Instagram” on Windows Phone. Well, this officially changed a few days ago with the Instagram client finally making its debut on the Redmond owned operating system, but truth is, there have been several really amazing Instagram Clients available on WP8 for ages. Clients like 6Tag and Instance, which comply with the official Instagram requirements have been around for a while and in fact offer more features than the actual Instagram client. We for one have not bothered using Instagram after we compared with it 6Tag.

6Tag, an official Instagram client for Windows Phone is far more feature packed than the original app

Not Like: Costs a Kidney, Wont Replace One
After a month of using the Lumia 1020, and realizing just how powerful the camera is when compared to other phones, we find ourselves still turning to actual, proper cameras in the even we need something shot right, even if it’s during a casual stroll in the park. Yea its great for the occasional snap or two, or as a camera when you see something breathtaking, but don’t have your DSLR on you. It won’t disappoint, but you can get much better quality from cameras that have large sensors like the Ricoh GR, which costs just Rs. 2000 more than the Lumia 1020. The real pincher comes when you realize that the Lumia 1020 is running on the same hardware as the Lumia 920 (save for the 2GB of RAM) and you realize that its really old hardware. Nokia could have put a better processor in the Lumia 1020 to make the camera performance faster, somewhat justifying the enormous price tag, but this happens to not be the case.

The Bottomline
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a great phone to rock. It’s got a camera that will in almost all conditions, not let you down. The battery life is a little problematic, but if you get the additional grip along with the camera, it should tide you over for at least a day. IT is expensive, but if Nokia’s tradition is anything to go by, the price should come down soon. If you’re looking for a camera that offers the absolute best in imaging, then this camera is for you, but you’re going to have to adjust to the size, the weight and even the speed at which it functions.

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Microsoft Surface 2 review: Sink or swim

GSMArena team, 29 November 2013. Introduction There is a tall task ahead of the Microsoft Surface 2. The first generation of the Microsoft tablet arrived with much fanfare but had little success, and the newcomer has to entice new customers, proving al...