Nokia’s HERE Maps coming to Android, exclusive to Samsung devices for now

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If any of you have ever used a Lumia phone, you may have some experience with Nokia’s fantastic HERE Maps app. The application is similar to Google Maps in that features advanced turn-by-turn navigation and downloadable maps. Nokia announced recently that they would be bringing the app to Samsung’s line of Tizen-powered Gear devices for turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation. However, the fun doesn’t end there as Nokia has announced that HERE Maps will soon be available for Android, although for now it will be exclusive to Samsung devices.


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Note 4 cases surface hinting at a design different from what has been leaked

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is one of the most anticipated phones thats getting revealed at next week’s IFA 2014 event, and for a while now we thought we had a pretty clear picture of what the upcoming phablet would look like. However, accessories retailer Trait-Tech have put some cases for the Note 4 in their store, and if they are legitimate, they could hint at a different design for the device.


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OnePlus is ditching their invite system for a more traditional pre-order

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The OnePlus One has had the opposite of a smooth launch so far. Between a clunky invite system, an exploding phone and an incredibly sexist contest, consumers waiting to get their hands on the self-proclaimed “flagship killer” have been getting restless. Luckily the folks at OnePlus have heard your cries for help and have announced via a Reddit AMA that they will be launching a more traditional preorder system sometime in October.


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Cricket offers new customers $100 for switching from T-Mobile or MetroPCS

Screen shot 2014-08-28 at 7.55.00 AMEver since T-Mobile launched their Uncarrier initiative, other companies have had to think of creative ways to stay competitive. Eager to take away T-Mobile’s spot as the #1 prepaid carrier, Cricket (and its parent company AT&T) have announced that anyone who switches to their service from T-Mobile or its sister company MetroPCS will receive a $100 bill credit. In order to get the bill credit customers only need to sign up for service and port their existing phone number to the new plan. Not a bad deal at all, but is it enough to make an impact on T-Mobile’s enormous customer base? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Cricket

 

Google updates Chrome for Windows with a 64-bit version and support for high-dpi displays

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Until now users of the Windows version of Google Chrome have had to perform registry hacks or other convoluted methods to get the popular browser to support their high resolution displays. A bizarre oversight seeing as its been two years since they brought support to Apple’s high-dpi Retina displays. Thankfully Google have released version 37 of Chrome for Windows bringing support for high-dpi displays, and official (and stable) 64-bit support. If that wasn’t enough they also included support for Microsoft’s DirectWrite technology which smooths out fonts and should make the overall browsing experience less taxing on the eyes.


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LG continues to tease circular G Watch R with Facebook photo

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LG’s G Watch is less than two weeks old but that isn’t stopping LG from releasing their next wearable to the world, the G Watch R. A couple days ago the Korean tech giant released a teaser video to build hype and today they’ve posted the above image to their Facebook account. The similarities to the upcoming Moto 360 are obvious, including a round display and a single button on the side of the device. However, LG is the only company so far to release a smartwatch with a completely circular display (the bottom portion of the Moto 360 serves as a touchpad).


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Archos announces new phones and tablets just days before IFA

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With a strategy that seems to be the opposite of Huawei’s, Archos have unveiled some upcoming devices less than two weeks before the hotly anticipated IFA 2014 event. In a press release sent out today, Archos revealed the 50b Platinum phone, complete with an unnamed quad-core processor, and an IPS display with “HD video encoding capability”. No word on RAM or internal storage but the 50b Platinum will come with three back covers in blue, black and pink and an 8GB microSD card.


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Samsung shows how much their Tizen-powered Gear watches can do with huge infographic

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Samsung is definitely leading the smartwatch pack in terms of how many models they’ve released, and while one of these devices runs the new and exciting Android Wear, three of them run Samsung’s own Tizen OS, which Samsung has no plans to abandon. In fact, Samsung are now boasting that there are over 1,000 apps available for their Tizen-powered watches and have released a handy infographic to help you find what they consider the best of the best.


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Upcoming Nexus may be called Nexus X

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Leaker TKTechNews has some interesting information regarding the upcoming Nexus device, including its name (the Nexus X) and some possible features. However, be warned that there are some inconsistencies between what TK is reporting, and what we’ve heard in the past (specifically regarding display size), so take all of this with a grain of salt. Hit the break for the juicy details.


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Google pulls all Swing Copters knock-offs from Play Store

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Fans of Flappy Bird may have been excited to download its sequel, Swing Copters, and then were either greeted by a cheap knock-off or disappointed to find that they had to sift through dozens of clones that were released before the official app even saw the light of day. Thankfully, Google has taken matters into their own hands and have removed all of the clones from the Play Store. 
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