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Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a different kind of war game

World War I is not really a popular subject for a game, but Ubisoft seems to have pulled it off (meaning, make a WWI game interesting) with “Valiant Hearts: The Great War”. The game has launched initially on console, PC and iOS – but now Android and Android TV users are finally getting a bite at this different kind of war game.

Get LTE up and running on your Nexus 4, even on Lollipop

If there’s one thing most consumers probably didn’t know about the Google Nexus 4 (manufactured by LG) is that it was initially intended to have LTE connectivity. But since Google was unable to get regulatory approval for LTE on the Nexus 4, they locked up the feature via an update on the radio firmware of the device.

Xiaomi’s App Store marks 10B downloads, set to go international

China-based manufacturer Xiaomi is on a real high these days after the announcement that they have surpassed Samsung as the manufacturer with the third largest shipping volume in Q3 of 2014. To cap that off, Xiaomi’s app market – the Mi App Store – is celebrating its 10 billionth download and the outfit is planning to go international with the store.

Google’s Project Tango starts shipping to developers

If you’re a consumer, it may be hard to figure out what to do with Google’s Project Tango – which is really a high-powered tablet manufactured by LG with very special cameras and sensors that will be able to scan, map, and render real-world environments to 3D images. The tablet is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 chip and costs USD$1,024. But the device is specifically targeted for developers -- to whom Google has started shipping the device -- so you wouldn't have to answer that question yet.

Sony hypes CES 2015 presence with probable Xperia Z4 launch

Crazy – that’s the word we have for it. We have no arguments whatsoever that the tech industry moves heck fast, but Sony is trying to redefine that statement as we are continuing to receive leaks that Sony will indeed be launching its next flagship phone, the Xperia Z4 this coming January in Las Vegas.

OnePlus ‘Two’ details, launch date leaked, sort of

There were a lot of surprising moves in the smartphone industry in 2014, with Motorola as exhibit A – launching not one, not two, but three flagship level phones. There was also that thing where Apple reneged on Steve Jobs’ promise to never ever build a big phone. And then the OnePlus One happened – a flagship level phone that cost only USD$350 without contract subsidy. Today we’re hearing some whispers about what to expect from the next phone OnePlus will be putting out.

LG rolling out Android Lollipop for G3 in South Korea

This is good news for owners of the LG G3, as LG is ready to roll out updates to Android 5.0 for the flagship phone this week, albeit limited to the South Korean market for now. This is not new for LG, as it usually prioritizes its home market for updates like this.

Insiders say Samsung Galaxy S5 sales 40% lower than expected

It was quite clear that Samsung was visibly upbeat about the potential of the Samsung Galaxy S5, with the South Korean gadget giant increasing production of the current flagship more than compared to past units. It even went through the hassle of launching the device simultaneously in multiple countries back in April, but sources from inside the business say that Samsung is selling Galaxy S5s at least 40% lower than the management expected.
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