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MIUI 7 beta now rolling out via OTA or Fastboot download

Recently, Xiaomi announced that it would (finally) give a refresh to the long serving MIUI 6 user interface. If you don’t know about MIUI, this is the preferred Android UI for Xiaomi devices, designed by Xiaomi themselves. It’s a little bit too much eye candy for me personally, but a lot of other people like the sleek and sweet style of MIUI. The refresh comes in the form of MIUI 7, all compatible for the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, Redmi 2, Mi 4i, Mi 3, Mi 4, Redmi Note 3G and Redmi Note 4G.

Snapdragon 820 will feature new Hexagon 680 DSP prominently

A DSP – digital signal processor – is that part of your processor which processes real world signals, such as the digital audio signal from your microphone, the digital image signal from your camera, and the digitized information from your sensors. At some points, these DSPs are always on – that is why you need powerful and efficient DSPs to process these data efficiently. Enter Qualcomm’s new Hexagon 680 DSPs for the upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor.

CM 12.1 nightly builds now out for the Xiaomi Mi 3, Mi 4

So you own a Xiaomi device – say last year’s Mi 3 or the current gen Mi 4 – and you would really like to know how the device runs on Android Lollipop. Through official channels – that is, through Xiaomi’s official MIUI software, that’s not going to be possible at the moment. Good thing the guys behind CyanogenMod have now put out nightly CM 12.1 builds for these Xiaomi devices.

Tales from the Borderlands Episode 4 is a heist movie set in space

Ok, we’re positively tired now of saying that “this episode is the best one yet” for Telltale Game’s “Tales from the Borderlands” – this game just keeps giving us something new or something hilarious, or both, each episode which makes you fall in love with the series all over again. Episode 4 is called “Escape Plan Bravo”, and it’s available for download via IAP if you’ve already installed the game app.

ASUS ZenFone 2 Deluxe edition packed with massive 256GB internal storage

When it seemed that we had seen the last ASUS ZenFone 2 variants finally released 3 weeks ago in India with whopping 64GB and 128GB internal storage options, the Taiwan-based manufacturer again pulled a fast one by announcing another variant of the ZenFone 2 family in Brazil – this time with probably the largest internal storage option you can find on a smartphone in the market today, and calling it the ASUS ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition.

Acer Predator gaming tablet rumored to be in mass production

It’s been a difficult season for tablets these past two years. The growing popularity of large screen smartphones and phablets are forcing people to reconsider their tablet purchase. The influx of exciting technology into smartphones – like fingerprint security, large internal storage, faster processors – are marking tablet devices as “luxury purchases” rather than daily driver needs. But it seems that at least one brand – Taiwan-based manufacturers Acer – are confident enough to release a new gaming tablet into the market, the rumored Acer Predator 8.

I/O apps for Project Tango now available in Play Store

At the I/O developer conference in May this year, Google presented to the world the progress with Project Tango. If you don’t know or remember what that is, this is the project to bring 3D mapping and rendering capabilities to tablets and smartphones via an array of cameras installed on a device with robust specs. At Google I/O this year, the mothership showed some apps that gave users some cool things to do with a Tango device. Those apps are now available to all via the Google Play Store.

The OnePlus 2 verdict: probably the best phone at this price point

Our friends over at SlashGear have put out their verdict for the smartphone that was dubbed “the flagship killer”, also known as the OnePlus 2. We’ve seen a lot of this new phone over the past few days, as more and more people are getting their hands on OnePlus’s new baby. And from what word that we’re getting from people who have used it, played around with it, made it their main phone for the past few days, we hear that the OnePlus 2 strikes a good balance between good things and not-so-good things. And at its price point, you might not see a better deal.
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