Posts by Anton D. Nagy

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    "We are working on an update for Surface, which will have some of the functionality of Windows 10. More information to come", said Microsoft back in January, shortly after unveiling Windows 10 upgrade plans (free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1). Windows RT was not part of the list, and said update we heard about back in January is likely to arrive in September. Microsoft's Gabriel Aul (General Manager OSG Data and Fundamentals team) took it to Twitter to inform Windows RT users, owners of a Surface RT, that "Windows 8.1 RT Update 3 will be available in September". There are ...

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    It was almost a month ago that we told you first about a so-called OPPO Mirror 5, a (back then) upcoming phone that looks to have been inspired by HTC's Touch Diamond from the good old days, in terms of its diamond pattern back. Well, the OPPO Mirror 5 is now official, granted, without a big fanfare, and you can all own its "Sparkling Diamond-like Mirrored Surface", "designed with individual cut-glass sections and different reflective tendencies, all crafted using a sophisticated ultraviolet embossing technique". Behind all the diamond-like shine there's a five-inch TFT screen with 960 ...

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    Smartphones are becoming more and more capable, but, sadly, the same can not be said about battery technology. While devices are faster, have larger screens and resolution, thinner cases, battery life is a major issue. While there are several solutions for countering that, they all require an accessory that, most of the times, has to be also charged. What you choose to extend your battery life is up to you. With this self charging smartphone case, your phone will be able to charge itself. Up on Kickstarted, Nikola Labs' case (for the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6) will be able to capture ...

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    Some of you weren't born (heck, most of us weren't alive) in 1977 when Commodore International started producing the Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor), a personal/home computer, considered the ancestor of the Commodore 64. Fast forward to today (several PET models and other computer related attempts later) and we meed the Commodore PET smartphone (named after the computer). It runs a custom version of Android 5.0 Lollipop that allows users to play old Commodore 64 and Amiga games thanks to two bundled emulators (VICE C64 and the Uae4All2-SDL Amiga). As far as the rest of ...

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    Here's a quick one for Apple users: iOS 8.4.1 beta is now available to download from the Apple iOS Developer Resource Center (link below). Apple released iOS 8.4 on June 30, in order to enable access to Apple Music, and now, two weeks later, the iOS 8.4.1 beta is available for developers to test drive. There's no word on what's included, and there's no changelog (nor feedback) for the time being, but it's safe to assume that the release contains bugfixes and improvements. Follow the source link below if you are a Developer (owner of a Developer account) and you want to take it for a ...

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    There has to surely be some fire somewhere, as there's definitely a lot of smoke. We're, of course, talking about the Galaxy Note 5, and the recent rumors according to which Samsung will announce the phablet early, at an alleged August 12 even in NYC. Whether it will come alone, or in pair with the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, as other reports suggest, is yet unknown, but we know to expect stellar specs, including 4GB of RAM, in a body that would look a lot like this. Now that you're excited enough, time to bring you down a bit, especially if you're living in Europe. A report claims that a ...

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    Nokia yesterday announced its plans to re-enter the smartphone business and the Finnish company said it was looking for a partner, as the way Nokia wants to get back in the game is via licensing. There were no additional details shared, but it looks like there might be something going on between the company and another OEM, as a Nokia-Meizu partnership could be a possibility at this point. Meizu's official Weibo account posted a "welcome back Nokia" message, alongside another teaser (than can be seen below). The text goes (according to GizChina) "the long era of intelligent machines 1110" ...

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    ASUSTeK Computer CEO Jerry Shen expects the company's tablet business to break even this year, according to a DigiTimes report citing the executive. The company registered operating losses last year, as well as in the first half of 2015, for its tablet business, acknowledged the executive. To counter that and break even in 2015, ASUSTeK has not only adjusted its supply chain, but has also reportedly decreased the number of new models in order to reduce total operating cost. DigiTimes also cites a Chinese Apple Daily report according to which ASUSTeK expects to ship around 6-7 million ...

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    While HTC is officially pushing the Uh Oh protection plan for the HTC One M9 in its latest commercial, rumors and reports concerning the HTC Aero are piling up, including a concept render that we've recently looked at. However, if you have an HTC One M9 wearing AT&T's logo, there are reasons for you to be excited too, as an over-the-air update should arrive on your phone's notification shade starting today. It might not happen today, as OTA updates usually take a little time to spread through the system, but be prepared, just in case (or start hammering the check for updates button). ...

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    These are exciting times for Motorola fans as we're hearing (and seeing) a lot of cool things about the company and its upcoming products. Lots of devices are popping up in certification documents, the Moto Maker could be enabled to customize the upcoming (2015, 3rd generation) Moto G, and the new Moto X, alongside the Moto G, and some other Droids are starring in the latest Motorola-themed leak. Talking about the 2015 Moto G, a report from Brazil tries to fill in the blanks and anticipate even more details of the device. The 2015 Moto G will allegedly see the light of day on July 28, a ...

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    The Turing Phone, pictured above and below, is the world's first device made out of liquid metal. Actually, it is called Liquidmorphium, and, according to the official wording, it is "an amorphous “liquid metal” alloy tougher than either titanium or steel". This alloy is said to be stronger than steel and titanium, so there's no risk of another "bendgate" while using it. The Turing Phone can be preordered in the USA and China starting July 31, for $740 (64GB) and $870 (128GB). Inside the Liquidmorphium shell there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16-, 64-, and 128GB ...

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    The last time we heard about an upcoming OPPO smartphone was with the occasion of the Mirror 5, a device that has a backplate that reminds us of the HTC Touch Diamond from the good old days. However, there's a certain OPPO A51 in the works which popped up on Chinese regulator TENAA's website not so long ago. The upcoming OPPO A51 shouldn't be far out, according to a recent report. While there's no official wording on the launch date (or any other official details), the leak mentions that the phone has a price tag which is claimed to be the real deal. Also, having the price tag confirmed, ...

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    Yesterday we heard that, thanks to a Samsung patent, your smartphone would be able to measure your body fat levels in the future. As usual, as far as patents are concerned, just because an idea has been patented, it doesn't mean that it will actually make it to the masses. That being said, there's another Samsung patent that would allow users to operate their smartphones using... invisible smartphone buttons. These invisible smartphone buttons are called "sensor pads" and the Samsung smartphone from the future might have it integrated. These sensor pads would be configurable and the user ...

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    Last week we've heard the first report about the Galaxy Note 5 launch; it claimed that Samsung will break its habit of announcing the flagship at IFA, and, instead, in order to avoid head from Apple's 2015 iPhone line-up, has moved the announcement date to an earlier one. This report from today mentions an exact Galaxy Note 5 launch date. According to "sources at Taiwan-based telecom carriers", the 2015 phablet will be announced on August 12, in New York. The same report claims that the Galaxy Note 5 launch event will be followed by a launch of the model in major markets just two days ...

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    Update: According to the Korea Herald, LG U Plus is planning on partnering with Huawei for 5G as well. What comes after 4G? 5G! ...and it's no secret that it's a recent buzzword and trending topic. If you want to know more about what 5G is, and whether you should care about it or not, make sure to read our own Joe Levi's piece explaining the technology. According to a recent report citing official word from the horse's mouth, Huawei and ZTE are not only interested in 5G, but the companies are heavily investing in research and development.  US$600 million is what Huawei, and roughly ...

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    Motorola's Moto Maker, the offering that allows you to completely customize your hardware at purchase, is currently available for the Moto X smartphone, and Moto 360 smartwatch. Future owners of lower-end/budget models, like the Moto G or Moto E, are not yet able to custom-build their future smartphones, but that's about to change if this latest Evan Blass leak is accurate. Not many bits of information have been shared (leaked), except "moto-g-maker" and the image above. However, in this case, this is more than enough to go by. It will likely go live (if the leak is accurate), at the time ...

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    The HTC Aero is rumored to be the Taiwanese company's next smartphone, a company that's not doing as well as expected on the market. The HTC One M9 (and subsequent phones like the M9+, etc.) failed to stop the company's decline, but would you buy its next phone if it looked like this HTC Aero concept? We don't know much about the upcoming HTC Aero, except for the fact that we all expect it to be a super-phone, probably the "hero" phone (to land in October) company executives have talked about. It can also be the phone that can save HTC (or at least stop the decline), so all eyes are on ...

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    Update: HSBC confirmed that Apple Pay will be supported later in July. Barclays confirms it will support Apple Pay in the future. Apple Pay is now officially available in the UK; we've heard reports last week indicating that it might happen, granted, with some rumored limitations, and, nonetheless, it is now official. Apple Pay is the Cupertino-based company's take on contactless payment. Users of the iPhone and Apple Watch in the UK are now able to make purchases in more than 250,000 shops, as well as pay for their tube, bus and railway ride. Apple Pay has been available in the US since ...

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    Apple made its music streaming service, Apple Music, available to the masses at the end of June. While a three-month trial period is available, the subscription for the service is $9.99 in the US, pretty much in line (identical) with what other competing companies (like Spotify or Rhapsody) are charging for their offerings. However, according to a recent Reuters report -- that cites three distinct industry sources -- the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is looking closely at Apple's Apple Music service. While Apple is charging the same amount as main competitors ($9.99) for its own ...

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    An Android Wear platform update should have been officially introduced on July 28, claims a recent report which also mentions that this alleged date has been now purportedly moved to a so far unknown date in August. However, the same report claims knowledge of some of the features coming to the next Android Wear iteration, including interactive watch faces, as well as Together, a new watch to watch communication method. The report claims that Android Wear watchfaces will gain single tap interaction functionality. Some watchfaces out there already support this (thanks to a workaround), but, ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 launch might not happen at IFA 2015. The Berlin International Radio Show is where Samsung has been historically announcing its phablet device (lately, devices, since the Note 4 came in pair with the Note Edge), but this year, there seems to be an exception from the rule, if this recent Wall Street Journal report is to be believed. The publication cites a "person familiar with the matter" (so keep your skeptical hat on) who claims that Samsung is allegedly moving the announcement date several weeks forward, somewhere to mid-August, which, could very well be a ...

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    The North American Sony Xperia Z3+/Z4, dubbed Sony Xperia Z4v, should be coming to Verizon soon. It is a special version of the phone which has a higher resolution screen (Quad HD versus Full HD), as well as wireless charging support. According to the initial information, as well as the one we heard a couple of days ago, August 13 was the day to circle in your calendar if you wanted to get this water and dustproof smartphone. Sadly, that is no longer the case. Despite displaying the August 13 date on the aforementioned microsite, Burson-Marsteller, the PR agency for Sony's North American ...

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    Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have performed (and still are) well; according to a recent research, the two Apple smartphones are still accounting for almost 50 percent of the US smartphone market. It is very clear that the 2014 models are the company's best selling smartphones ever, and the Cupertino-based company saw the potential, with 70 to  80 million units in the initial production plan. However, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report, Apple is raising that initial production figure to 85-90 million units by December 31. The 2015 models, dubbed the iPhone 6s and the ...

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    A couple of days ago we've seen a leak referring to the Xiaomi Mi 5 and its bigger brother, the Mi 5 Plus, complete with some specification of the Chinese manufacturer's upcoming smartphone duo. Now, the Xiaomi Mi 5 Plus has popped up on Chinese regulator TENAA's website, complete with images (above and below), as well as some specs. The Xiaomi Mi 5 Plus is expected to pack a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, Qualcomm  Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and a 3,500mAh battery. The smaller sibling, the Mi 5 (sans Plus) is expected to pack a 5.2-inch Quad HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 ...

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    We lost count of how many Samsung Galaxy A8 rumors, reports, and leaks we have recently seen; we know the specs, we've seen the device in leaked pictures and even a video, and all of these hint towards Samsung's thinnest device yet, built on a metal chassis, with a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button. Today's leak doesn't bring anything new to the table, except yet another confirmation of things to come. The Samsung Galaxy A8 we're allegedly seeing above in this press render is not yet official, but it really feels like we've been knowing this phone for quite some time. As a ...

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