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  • by | April 24, 2014 8:16 AM

    If Charcoal Black, Shimmery white, Copper Gold, or Electric Blue, are not enough for your tastes in order to make a choice, and you want some more bling to go with your phone, Samsung and Swarovski might have the solution for you. Thankfully, you won't have to equip your GS5 with a blingy new case or cover to shine your way on the red carpet. The teaser video below seems to predict that a "crystal collection" phone might be out next month. The Crystal Galaxy S5 is expected to pack the same internals and general specifications as its non-shiny brethren, but with some more glass, this ...

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  • by | April 24, 2014 3:47 AM

    Because there are basically six months between Samsung's and Apple's flagship availability dates, it makes no sense to compare units sold of an aging phone, to those of brand new device that rides the waves of the buzz. However, iqmetrix have released an infographic (below), comparing the launch weekend of the Galaxy S5, and that of the iPhone 5s; apparently, the Galaxy S5 outsells iPhone 5s. First, some context: the figures below are based on iqmetrix data collected from "over 15,000 store locations across the North America". According to the chart, 23% of total phones sold in the U.S. ...

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  • by | April 24, 2014 3:30 AM

    The Apple Q2 2014 results are in after the usual conference call and press release published officially, including financial results for fiscal 2014 second quarter which ended on March 29, 2014. If you're interested in figures, $45.6 billion ($43.6 billion in the same period of the previous year) is the quarterly revenue and $10.2 billion ($9.5 billion in the same period of the previous year) is the quarterly net profit. However, if you're more interested in units sold, Apple can brag about 43.7 million iPhones, and 16.3 million iPads sold. Tim Cook said "We're very proud of our ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 7:43 PM

    This year's debut of the HTC One M8 was slightly more colorful than last year's M7 unveiling, with a choice between gray, silver, and gold hues. Sure, we eventually saw the One M7 turn up in red and blue, but there were only the silver and gray options out of the gate. So while the M8 is already ahead of the curve (at least, compared to this time in the M7's life), could it soon deliver even more color options? A rumor from earlier this month claimed that Verizon would be getting a special edition of the One M8 in red, and tonight we get what might be our first look at the handset. There ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 5:42 PM

    What's worse, a device that you hear rumored for months and months but never seems ready to go official, or one that sees a formal announcement, but then never manages to actually go up for sale? It's been over one hundred days since ASUS announced the PadFone X at CES, to be an AT&T exclusive in the US. We were told that pricing, specs, and availability info would be forthcoming, and while we have gotten an update on those hardware details, there's been no news concerning a start of sales. Instead, AT&T's been talking about the PadFone X every few weeks, reminding us that it still ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 4:18 PM

    LG's G Watch is all set to help kick-off the arrival of Android Wear smartwatches this summer, alongside devices like the Moto 360. Just the other day, in fact, LG put up a nice new collection of teaser images for the G Watch, showing off an alternate color selection. But once the G Watch arrives, what might be next for the manufacturer? We've already heard talk about a possible sequel set to arrive sometime before the end of the year, but everything else about this wearable – from its features, to design, to branding – has remained a mystery. Rather than launching as something like ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 3:31 PM

    If Samsung's Galaxy S5 has one weak spot, could it be the smartphone's camera? We don't mean its performance when everything is working right, either – while it's not the best camera around, especially when we're dealing with low-light conditions, it's by-and-large passable – we mean that it seems to be a magnet for unexpected problems. While we were waiting for the phone's retail debut, two separate rumors suggested Samsung's manufacturing partners were having a lot of trouble just building the component, and now that the phone has arrived, we're picking up reports of seemingly ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 1:40 PM

    There are a whole lot of reasons to like HTC's One M8 – we don't go around handing out a 9.1 score in a review to just any phone. Beyond all the handset's features and all the design considerations to keep in mind when making your purchasing decision, it's also worth paying attention to some the bonus stuff: what's being offered alongside the phone. Just like Samsung's throwing in a bunch of “Galaxy Gifts” with a GS5 purchase, HTC has tacked a few special offers on to One M8 ownership, including a free 50GB of Google Drive storage for two years. Unfortunately, that deal has hit a ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 12:53 PM

    Even though Apple's consumer appeal was born with the iPod more than a decade ago, we have seen how the company has taken different steps into cannibalizing the line-up through the iPhone in a way to avoid having competition do it for them. Apple's Tim Cook stated in the past quarter results call that the iPod line-up is a declining business as it's currently nailing less than $5 billion in 2013 compared to much better results in previous years. If you're wondering what will happen to the iPod in the future, financial analysts have already begun to do the same. Financial analysts are ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 12:48 PM

    Artistic defocusing? SO hot right now. Nokia, HTC, and most recently Google have all been delivering products aimed at producing the sort of “bokeh” effect you only used to be able to achieve with careful selection of lenses and aperture control. Sony's taken a swing at this, too, but its background defocus app has only been available on a select minority of recent handsets. This week Sony does something about that, adding the app to the Play Store. Now, just because this has hit the Play Store doesn't mean that it's open season on it: you still won't be able to install it on non-Sony ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 12:23 PM

    The amount of rumors surrounding the iWatch have grown dramatically in the last couple of weeks, but the fact that we've decided to call it iWatch doesn't necessarily mean this will be the name for the product. Many speculated over the final name of the iPad for years, and we heard names like iSlate, iTab, and in the end, Apple surprised us with iPad. We could be surprised with the iWatch as well, but new official documentation reveals that we probably won't. Apple's secrecy is not as legendary as it was years ago, but it seems that the Cupertino is using a fake company by the name ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 12:04 PM

    We recently heard that Samsung would ask Google for some help in sending some of its founding Android engineers to take part in the Apple vs. Samsung trial, to which Google agreed. It's only fair that Google participated in helping Samsung fix these issues since some of these patent claims have mainly to do with Android, and not necessarily TouchWiz. What we didn't know is that Google had also decided to do more than just participate in the trial with its employees. It's pretty much confirmed that Google will be paying for some of Samsung's damages in case Apple wins the patent trial that ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 12:03 PM

    Smartphone screens in the five-inch range and offering 1080p resolutions are pretty much par for the course by now; they've been around for more than a year on any number of flagships, and we're well familiar with what to expect. When it comes to adapting to changing ambient light conditions, that usually means little more than increasing or decreasing screen brightness to compensate. With the new Galaxy S5, Samsung already has a leg up on the competition with the phone's high-contrast, wide-gamut OLED screen, but today we learn a little more about the dynamic changes that keep that ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 11:49 AM

    Siri may not be perfect when it comes to being a true virtual assistant, but we can't deny that Apple started a new trend with it. Instead of being a simple voice command application, Siri can actually assist you in getting certain tasks done with your phone since the launch of the iPhone 4s. Those of you interested in getting this service on other devices beyond the iPhone and iPad are probably in for a treat. Rumors have it that Apple is going to bundle Siri on its next-generation Apple TV, though many of us ask ourselves how. Apple has been rumored to revamp the Apple TV this year, as ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 9:35 AM

    We've heard a lot about OnePlus, and their first smartphone, the One, or, the "2014 Flagship Killer", as the company has been slowly building up the buzz and anticipation around the device. The phone has been finally made public today as the company announced its first, Cyanogen-powered device. "Never settle" is the motto behind it, and, as we've recently seen, our readers prefer more bang for their buck, opposed to cheaper options. What if there was a phone that could bring the best of both worlds? We're talking about a phone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, a quad-core ...

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