Posts tagged with: News
  • 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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  • by | April 23, 2014 9:01 AM

    Smartphone audio quality is better now that it's ever been before. We've got handsets capable of 24-bit, 192kHz output like the LG G2, and models with beefy front-facing speakers like HTC and all its BoomSound models. Sometimes, though, you really need a proper external speaker to really appreciate the sound your phone pumps out, and for a lot of us that means a wireless Bluetooth speaker. For those of us in the US, one new option is about to arrive, with Bayan Audio announcing plans to bring its gear to the US. While Bayan's got a number of docks, we're most interested in its Soundbook ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 8:11 AM

    Call it the Samsung Galaxy K, the Galaxy S5 Zoom, or the Galaxy K Zoom, we all know what we're talking about: it's the 2014 follow-up to last year's Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. We've already heard about it, and it seems like a logical move for the South Koreans to follow last year's pattern, which includes a camera with a phone, alongside the mini version of the flagship. April 29 should be the day of its unveiling, if the reports and chit-chat are spot on, and a week before that, we're seeing some leaked images of what the device might look like. As you'd expect, it is still a camera with a ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 3:11 AM

    We'll be honest: we don't really know if this is a giant seven-inch Samsung phone, or a tablet with phone capabilities like the ASUS Fonepad. What we do know, thanks to TENAA, China’s Telecommunications Equipment Certification Center, is that it is made by Samsung, and has the model number Samsung SM-T2558. There are also pictures of the device, as seen above, and below. The resolution is 1280 × 720 on a seven-inch form factor, and its physical dimensions surely place it in the tablet category, at 191.24 x 99.7 x 8.95 mm, and 245 grams. Powering it is Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and a ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 2:28 AM

    Sense 6.0 is gracing the HTC One (M8), as you've probably heard and seen in our exhaustive full review of the Taiwanese 2014 flagship. However, HTC committed to bringing Sense 6.0 to last year's flagship, the HTC One (M7), and a timeframe for that is, according to HTC America's Jason Mackenzie, "by end of May". In order to keep things transparent, and customers up to date with its efforts, HTC has made the page sourced below available; you can track the status of the Sense 6.0 update for your 2013 HTC One (M7), and, as you can see, in the US, all version have an "integration" status, ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 7:32 PM

    Just over one week ago, Microsoft released its Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers, giving users everywhere the opportunity to get an early look at the platform update coming down by means of OTA updates in the weeks and months to come. We were quite excited to see the software arrive, and had been anxiously tracking progress towards its release; from what we saw in the comments, many of you Windows Phone users were similarly enthusiastic. But just how many Windows Phone fans went through the steps required to install the preview, whether they considered themselves capital-D ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 6:31 PM

    Nike has shocked the world lately as it decided to ditch its FuelBand line-up, along with also killing its whole wearable division. We've seen tremendous growth in fitness trackers, and also in the concept of making your smartwatch help you track your fitness as well, so many are wondering why would Nike ever consider killing one of the products that started it all. New rumors point to the reasons why this is happening, and these have all to do with Apple. Recent rumors have emerged that Apple and Nike are teaming up to bring these services to the iWatch. We've seen how Nike has made it's ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 6:19 PM

    Today is Earth day, and as a result, many companies take it upon themselves to make their environmental efforts public. We've seen Apple do some significant leaps in making its facilities greener over the years, and the same can be said about its planned "spaceship campus 2". What we never expected was for Apple to actually use this opportunity to take a stab at its most famous competitor, Samsung. Cupertino's new ad, which can be found in many news papers around the claims that "There are some ideas it would want every company to copy". The text within the ad reads: "There’s one area ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 5:57 PM

    If you're looking to pick up a fitness tracker, you probably have more options than you know what to do with: Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike, or even a general-purpose smartwatch like Pebble. This year, we saw Samsung introduce a couple new models to its Gear family, including the Gear Fit, a stripped-down wearable that sort of bridged the gap between display-less trackers and more flexible smartwatches. We weren't sure if the band's $200 price tag might scare a lot of shoppers away, either driving them to more affordable or more full-featured offerings. Now early reports of sales are in, and it ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 5:55 PM

    Even though rumors continue of Apple building two models of the iPhone 6, a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model, we continue hearing that Apple won't be able to launch both models at the same time. We've almost lost hope for a 4.7-inch model launching at WWDC in June, and instead we're expecting it to launch for the holiday season. Still, rumors backed the 5.5-inch model to launch sometime by the end of the year as well, at least, until today. It seems that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 phablet might be delayed, and it's hard to predict if that means that we won't see the device launching this ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 5:16 PM

    About a month back, we started getting the sense that NVIDIA was cleaning house in preparation for a second generation Shield portable gaming console, knocking the price on existing units down to $200. But if there really is a new Shield just around the corner, what might we be able to expect from the model? We've already shared with you some of our thoughts on how NVIDIA can capture gamers' interest with a Shield 2, but today we get our first taste of hardware specifics, with some benchmark data revealing some pretty compelling specs for the handheld. According to this AnTuTu data, gone ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 4:23 PM

    The way every smartphone reveals itself to us is different. With the HTC One M8, one of the most-leaked phones in recent memory, rumors leading up to its release were dominated by hardware shots and anticipatory renders. Nowadays one of the highest-profile Androids on our radar is the LG G3, but this phone's been telling its story in a slightly different manner, and recently its leaks have been dominated by screenshots. Sure, we've looked a a theory linking its hardware design to some leaked renders of LG models for Japan, and even caught that early glimpse of packaging, but it's been ...

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