Daniel IonescuPCWorld

Daniel has been writing about smartphones, tablets and apps since 2008, and he enjoys pitting gadgets against each other.

LG Magic Remote gets Siri-like voice recognition

The remote will be compatible will LG’s 2013 range of smart TVs, Blu-ray players and cinema systems

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Grand, a hybrid of the S III, Galaxy Note

This mashup is not the best of both worlds

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Facebook to offer Snapchat-like 'self-destructing' message app, says report

Facebook is apparently working on a messaging app that will allow users to send each other self-destructing messages and photos. The app could expand Facebook's growing portfolio of mobile apps within weeks.

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Microsoft downplays IE flaw that allows mouse tracking

Microsoft says it is investigating reports of a vulnerability in multiple versions of its Internet Explorer browser that allows others to follow the position of your mouse cursor on screen, even if IE is minimized.

Dell scraps Android smartphones in favor of Windows 8 tablets

The company’s VP of global operations says the Android smartphone ecosystem needs a lot of investment in order to be really successful

Google optimizes Google News design for tablets

The new Google News has a less cluttered look with more space between articles

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Yahoo Mail revamped with cleaner, less cluttered look

The updated Yahoo Mail will be available on the Web, as well as on Windows 8 and Android and iOS

Twitter adds photo filters: Visual tour of what's new

Twitter has added photo filters to its official Android and iOS apps. There are eight Instagram-like filters you can use, which you get to pick after you select a photo to upload on Twitter.

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Samsung gives Galaxy S III free 'Premium' update, adds advanced features

A software update in January will bring camera features, new interface functions and Android Jelly Bean to the Galaxy S III.

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iPad family aces battery tests while Android tablets lag

Android tablets, large or small, can’t seem to match the battery life of the iPad. In a recent set of battery life tests, Apple’s new iPad has the longest battery life among 10-inch tablets; in the 7-inch category, the iPad Mini comes out on top as well.

Google Now app updated to take on iOS Passbook

The service automatically brings up cards with relevant information from around you, based on your location

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Nokia launches Lumia 620, a budget-based Windows Phone 8

The Lumia 620 will cost an estimated $250 contract free

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iOS tops Android in smartphone sales, survey says

Apple dethroned Android the for three-month period ending in October, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech

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Samsung leads mobile market as Apple sticks to second place

Comscore sales figures for the third quarter give Samsung the crown as top smartphone manufacturer with its Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, while Apple is a distant second. Overall, Android devices dominate the mobile market, although Apple has a bigger share when only the operating system is considered.

Microsoft Surface Pro has half the battery life of Surface RT

Microsoft announced pricing for its Surface Pro model, which will start at $899, and acknowledges that its battery life is less than the less expensive Surface with Windows RT and than many ultrabooks.