nokia lumia 530

For the past few weeks there have been rumors that Microsoft would soon announce a successor to the popular Lumia 520 smartphone. Today it did just that. Microsoft announced Lumia 530 earlier today, this device happens to be the cheapest Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone on the market. Given the Lumia 520′s phenomenal success there’s no surprise in seeing Microsoft trying to replicate that performance. Soon after the official announcement T-Mobile confirmed that it will be carrying the device in the U.S.

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Things have heated up a lot in the online music streaming business over the past few months, including but not limited to some very big acquisitions. Google wants to be an established player in this niche as well. It is reportedly readying a new subscription based YouTube music service which will have improved recommendation features thanks to its acquisition of Songza. Multiple reports have claimed recently that Google may have been interested in acquiring Spotify.

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A lot of interesting information came in after Microsoft announced its fourth fiscal quarter earnings. It all but confirmed that the Surface Mini launch was yanked at the last time, confirming all of the suspicions we had about it. The company’s CFO also touched upon the Surface Pro 3′s performance, claiming that sales of Microsoft’s new tablet are outperforming that of its predecessors.

Read full post →Microsoft Says Surface Pro Sales Are Outperforming Its Predecessors

There are countless software enhancements available that aim to make it easier for users to swiftly gain access to their locked devices. You can pick between patterns, PINs and even facial recognition but what if you want a method of unlocking your device that’s even faster? A while back the ability to use digital tattoos for unlocking devices was shown off and Motorola has built up on that. Its 2013 flagship smartphone, the Moto X, can now be unlocked using a digital tattoo.

Read full post →You Can Now Use A Digital Tattoo To Unlock Your Moto X

sense 3 640x301We’ve all seen apps and devices that tracks your sleep for you. The idea is to analyze your sleeping patterns and to determine if you have had a good night’s sleep or a rough one. Some apps and devices, like Sleep Cycle and the Jawbone UP, even have the ability to wake you up at the end of a REM cycle, as opposed to the middle of one, thus ensuring you are at your most awake when you get up.

If you like the sound and idea of such apps and devices, you might be interested to learn about a Kickstarter project for a device called Sense. The project is launched by James Proud of Hello Inc, where he was one of the recipients of a $100,000 grant from venture capitalist, Peter Thiel. The device in question acts like some of the other sensors we’ve seen in the past. Read full post →Sense Sleep Tracking Gadget Wants You To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

If you’re a fan of franchises like Call of Duty or Battlefield, chances are you might have heard of Battlefield Hardline, a new title in the Battlefield franchise. The game was originally pegged for a release later this year in October, but unfortunately it looks like the game has been delayed to 2015 instead.

This is according to a recent post by EA where they confirmed the game’s delay. According to EA, based on the feedback that gamers were giving them from the beta, they decided that they should add more innovative features to the game to make it even better, and because of that they realized that they wouldn’t have enough time to do that and launch the game in a timely manner. Read full post →Battlefield Hardline Delayed Until 2015

skype for android fireHeads up Amazon Fire Phone owners, if you were wondering when Skype for the Fire Phone would be released, you will be pleased to learn that Skype has recently announced that their messaging app has been made available for the Fire Phone. According to them, the app is “pre-entitled”, which presumably means that it has been preinstalled on the phone, so you won’t have to search for it or download it when you get your hands the device.

That being said, we should point out that Skype for the Fire Phone is not the same version of Skype that is available on Android or the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablet despite that fact that both devices run a forked version of Android. Nope, instead the version of Skype for the Fire Phone has been optimized for the handset. Read full post →Skype Announces Optimized App For Amazon’s Fire Phone

siri google nowWhen it come to voice assistants, naturally each company will claim that theirs is better. Apple has Siri while Google has Google Now. However according to a recent test conducted by Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster, it seems that Google Now has managed to edge out Siri in terms of accuracy.

To conduct the challenge, Munster took 800 questions and put them to the test by using Siri and Google Now. He then measured both voice assistant’s ability to understand respond to each query. Half of the questions were asked indoors, while the other half were conducted outdoors, presumably to test how well the voice assistants recognized queries in quiet and noisy environments. Read full post →Google Now Beats Out Siri In Accuracy Test

line hiddenOne of the downsides to downloading new messenger apps is that you have to make sure your friends are using it too, otherwise there won’t be anyone to send messages to! That being said, if you’re a LINE user you might be pleased to learn that the app has recently been updated and has gained a Hidden Chat function.

As you can see in the screenshot above, it basically lets you send messages to your friends as hidden messages/photos. The photos and messages won’t display automatically and users have to click on it before it loads, after which it will disappear depending on the timer the sender has set for it. Read full post →LINE App Updated With Hidden Message Feature

sony a7s 640x447While full-frame cameras are desired by most photographers, the fact of the matter is that full-frame cameras are expensive. For example, the Sony A7s which is a full-frame mirrorless camera is priced at $2,000-$2,300, making it a bit expensive for non-professionals. Even the Sony RX1 full-frame compact camera is priced at around $2,700.

That being said, could Sony be working on an affordable full-frame E-mount camera? Well according to Sony Alpha Rumors, the answer is yes, there is a possibility of that happening. As you might recall, about a week ago we reported that a possible new Sony mirrorless camera was listed by an Indonesian agency. Read full post →Entry-level, Affordable Sony Full-Frame Camera In The Works [Rumor]