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Lenovo aims to take on the iPad Mini with their new $299 Windows 8.1 powered, 8-inch Miix 2

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A year ago you would most likely never have guessed that 8-inch tablets would be as popular as they currently are. No one wants the iPad 4 anymore, it’s too big, the Nexus 7 is too small. Android tablet applications suck and the iPad Mini doesn’t allow you to download torrents. So, Lenovo has solved your predicament for you with the new Lenovo Miix 2 tablet.

The new Lenovo Miix 2 may be the company’s best tablet to date. The Miix 2 packs a quad core Intel Bay Trail Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 128GB of SSD storage, an 8-inch WXGA touch display, a 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and you can get a funky flip cover and stylus for this baby. So, can it take on the best Android and Apple has to offer? Maybe, with its $299 price tag, it is sure to make some heads turn, and give the current run of Windows RT powered tablets the final nail in their coffins. Who know why you’d want a Windows tablet, but if you think you’re too good for Android, don’t like iOS and want a tablet, here you go.

Thus far Windows powered tablets have failed miserably. Microsoft had a massive stock writeoff. Most of their partners killed their Windows RT offerings. The Lenovo Miix 2 offers a Windows powered tablets at an afforable pricetag, and that is dope..

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 17th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Oh look, a Nokia smartwatch that Microsoft is likely to kill!

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So, of course Nokia would be working on a smartwatch of their own. They have had smart necklaces, armbands, pretty much everything, and of course everyone else is doing it. Now we get to see a working prototype, which looks quite interesting.

Dr Kent Lyons, who worked on developing the Nokia smartwatch concept above, codenamed Nokia ‘Facet’, sent Engadget a video of the smartwatch in action, and it looks quite interesting to say the least. The device uses 6 different facets, basically it has six screens that can be removed to work on their own, attached to the dedicated armband to use as a weird smartwatch or whatever you wish to do with it, it seems. Each screen can run a different application or task, so theoretically you could browse tweets, while making an appointment on your calendar and sending a quick email while replying to a text.

Of course if it ever makes it to the open market, which is highly unlikely to happen, it would cost pretty much the same as or more than a Samsung Galaxy Gear. So, the choice is simple, buy a Pebble…

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 17th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Twitter allows all your pesky stalkers to Direct Message you, without you following them

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Wouldn’t you just love it if anyone using Twitter could send you a direct message, whether you follow them or not? It was a rhetorical question, of course you would not like that, imagine getting a million spam messages per day. Point proven.

Twitter has started experimenting with a new feature that will allow users to allow anyone using Twitter to send them Direct Messages, whether they follow said person or not. Now of course it would lighten everyone’s timelines from brands constantly interacting with every single human being alive trying to solve their queries and adding a fullstop, a greeting or anything else before the persons handle. Now let’s look at the cons. Paedophiles get easy access to kids using Twitter. Spammers can harass loads of people that would otherwise have been pretty difficult to do. All of your exes or stalkers can now constantly send you messages, making your phone sing with notifications just as you were about to dose off.

So. Yes, the feature has to be enabled by the user first, but I would not recommend it, I already get enough DM spam, from everyone I follow, now imaging if all of the 200,000,000+ Twitter users could message you…

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 17th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

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Could an Amazon partnership be what saves HTC?

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Can Amazon save HTC without buying them? The ailing Taiwanese manufacturer is currently valued at $3.8 billion, losing its worth day by day, and even more of its market share. A Lenovo acquisition is rumoured heavily. Now, an alliance with online retail giant is signalling a turnaround for HTC.

According to a report by The Financial Times, Amazon and HTC are in the process of making three different Amazon smartphones, one of which is already in advanced stages of production and is likely to appear early next year. The HTC One was lauded as the year’s best Android smartphone, winning awards, selling mediocrely, but can Amazon boost the company’s struggling image and make them valuable, and more importantly more profitable again? HTC’s three Facebook phones have failed miserably, as has their Windows Phone devices, their tablets and now most of their smartphones too. Amazon is offering an exclusive device that will surely sell in the several millions across the globe.

Amazon may very well save HTC with an alliance, or they will end up buying the firm and taking full advantage of the firm and all of its assets.

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 16th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

LG takes a nab at the iPhone 5s, HTC One and Galaxy S4 in new Scandinavian ad campaign

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LG has always been lurking around in the background, trying to steal the spotlight from an unsuspecting competitor, such as their Time Square ad stating “LG Optimus G is here 4 you now” right next to Samsung’s ad teasing the Galaxy S4 launch, happening below the ad just days later. Now they have a new one.

No, it isn’t another meteor video on their new OLED TV screens. This time LG has decided to target users of competitors’ devices directly with targetted mobile ads in Scandinavia. If users using an iPhone access a site with the ad embedded, they are met with a screen stating “Hard to read this on your iPhone? Get the LG G2 with a 5.2″ FHD IPS Display”. They do something similar with HTC One and Galaxy S4 users stating “Tired of charging your HTC One? Get the LG G2 with 30% longer battery life” for the former and “Waiting for your Galaxy to catch up? Get the LG G2 with 20% faster processor” for the latter, both valid points and shown in a clever way.

Does LG have what it takes to become the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world or better? Do you think they have some pizzaz? They were met with a huge outcry from global BlackBerry users today after trying to poke fun at the ailing smartphone maker.

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 16th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

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Nestle teases Android 4.4 KitKat debut for October 28

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Have a break, have a KitKat. Sadly, the treat is the only KitKat anyone can look forward to for at least the next two weeks. Nestle today released yet another teased leaning towards the 28th of October being the date on which Google will be unveiling the latest version of Android, and their new Nexus line.

Last year, Google unveiled the Nexus 4 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on October 29, it looks like they’ll be doing something similar just 364 days later. Nestle’s KitKat Twitter handle has been dropping hints towards the official launch date of Android 4.4 KitKat, first referring to “Everybody dance now.” that was sung by the 28th Street Crew and today to “This is it” the Michael Jackson movie which was released on October 28, 2009. Overall we are more than likely to see the devices on the 28th, 3 days earlier than rumours have suggested and just six days after both Apple and Nokia are set to unveil their latest line ups.

Google is expected to officially launch the Nexus 4 LTE, Nexus 5, Nexus 10 and Android 4.4 KitKat, maybe less or maybe even more. For now, have a break…

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 16th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

100,000 reasons Amzer ShatterProof is for you!

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If you’re like me, your phone or tablet is your life and you can’t simply replace it at will, nor do you really want to, nevermind spend a lot of time apart if it goes in for repairs. What happens when your device is left unusable after being smashed, dropped, bumped or scratched? You need the ultimate durable protection, the industry’s best. Amzer ShatterProof turns your smartphone or tablet into a indestructable Nokia 3310. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is 100,000 words on why ShatterProof is meant for you!

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 15th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Apple sends out official invites for October 22 event, sure to steal Nokia’s thunder

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The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, Apple’s October 22 event has officially been confirmed today after Apple sent out invitations for the event which will almost certainly show off Apple’s new iPad line up in all of its glory, maybe with a little bit extra.

Apple’s only words are “We still have a lot to cover.” Two iPads aren’t a lot, so are we in for a surprise? Apple is almost certainly going to announce the new iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2, both of which will come in Silver, Gold and Space Gray and will likely feature TouchID fingerprint sensors. Will Apple announce the dates on which their new MacBook Pros, Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks are set to roll out to the world? Will rumours of an iTV, iWatch, iConsole, larger iPad and more be squashed or proven correct?

Stay tuned as Amzer will most certainly be keeping an eye on the event and bringing you all of the news as it happens!

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 15th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Apple iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s prices for India revealed, not that surprising

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The Apple iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s are set to launch in just two weeks time in India, on November 1, which is sure to cause a lot of fanfare for plenty of excited Indians. Apple today revealed their new pricing options for the India bound devices as well as the older iPhone 4s.

The iPhone 4s 8GB is set to cost Rs. 31,500. The iPhone 5c 16GB will set you back Rs. 41,900 and the 32GB model Rs. 53,500. The iPhone 5s will go for Rs. 53,500 for the 16GB model, Rs. 62,500 for the 32GB model and Rs. 71,500 for the 64GB model. The iPhone 4s will be available in both black and white, the iPhone 5c in white, pink, blue, yellow & green the iPhone 5s in Space Gray, Silver White as well as the popular new Golden White. Other markets set to get the new iPhones over the next two weeks include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE.

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Written by Dion Guillaume

October 15th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

This is the LG G Flex, LG’s curved answer to the Samsung Galaxy Round

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Meet the LG G Flex, LG’s curved smartphone and their answer to the new Samsung Galaxy Round. The LG G Flex, also known as the LG Z, is expected to make its debut next month as the world’s second commercial flexible smartphone.

The LG G Flex, unlike the Galaxy Round, will have a vertically curved shape making viewing angles better as well as improving screen protection. The LG G Flex is still quite a mystery, but it will apparently feature a 6-inch 1080p display and its pretty safe to assume that it will also carry a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage and a 13MP rear camera in addition to the company’s new curved battery. Sadly, I feel that it will be more uncomfortable to hold and use than the Galaxy Round which is horizontally curved in order to fit the coutures of your palm.

I would be going out on a limb here when I say that the LG G Flex will be limited to South Korea, much like the Galaxy Round, for the foreseeable future, considering the scarcity of flexible displays…

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 14th, 2013 at 4:16 pm