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Xperia Z2 miraculously makes it through six weeks of swimming with the fishes

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Following an unfortunate incident, Swedish national Alexander Maxén reportedly dropped his Sony Xperia Z2 on the bottom of the ocean. And it wasn’t until six weeks later, that a scuba diving friend of his, finally managed to recover the device.

You can’t beat a happy ending but what makes this one special is that the smartphone lasted that long underwater at at least 10m depth and yet it’s still fully operational. Read more »

Why OnePlus is not making any profit off the One: an interview with Carl Pei, Director for OnePlus Global

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The controversy surrounding the OnePlus One smartphone seems to be a never-ending industry topic. We sat down with Carl Pei, Director of OnePlus Global, in an attempt to clarify some of these burning questions that are setting our editorial mailbox on fire these days.

OnePlus is a young Chinese mobile phone manufacturer who already managed to make a splash even before their first product was out. Thanks to clever online marketing, each one of their product teasers made the headlines across the world with promises for a disruptive smartphone with high-end specs and unseen before pricing.

Of course, with expectations running so high, once the OnePlus One smartphone hit the market there were bound to be disappointed users along with the happy ones.

To make matters worse, the smartphone is still playing hard to get with only the few people who possess the privileged right of an invite being allowed to purchase the device. That certainly played out well as people are always bound to crave something that they can’t readily have.

I first met Carl back when he was hard at work making a name for Oppo – and quite successfully at that. Now he has focused his energy into turning OnePlus into an (at least) equal success.

Carl is composed and outspoken and behind his easy going smile, he’s a creative professional with broad knowledge across various industry subjects and some really sharp thinking. I am more than curious to see how the OnePlus will turn out with his guidance. But I digress. On with the interview… Read more »

It’s time we put the Xiaomi data leaking controversy behind us [EDITORIAL]

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In the past few days we’ve been witnessing lots of controversy regarding evidence that the phone manufacturer Xiaomi is sending your personal data to a Chinese server. A lot has been written about that – we’ve heard both sides of the story as Xiaomi representatives are trying to put down the wild fire and assure everyone that this is not the case.

We just wanted to make it clear that as an editorial team we stand behind them and for us it seems there is no truth to these allegations. Indeed, we may have helped aggravate the situation by reporting it rather… bluntly. Read more »

The Nvidia Shield 8-inch tablet and game controller to launch in 10 days, tablet starts at $300

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Leaked slides of what looks to be internal presentation material about the rumored Nvidia Shield tablet and game controller have made it online. Now we know that Nvidia will announce the devices on July 22 and will release them on July 29 in the US and on August 14 in Europe.

Recently, a leaked product image showed us how the Nvidia Shield tablet would look like. Today, we get tons of further details about the long rumored tablet and gaming controller by the company. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy K zoom hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy K zoom is about to hit the market and we are getting ready to start our review. It is Samsung’s fourth camera/phone hybrid.

Following in the steps of the Galaxy S4 Zoom and the Galaxy Camera series, it offers a retractable 10x zoom lens on the back of what appears to be a regular Android smartphone.

Only this time around, the balance seems tipped more towards the smartphone than the camera. Read more »

Watch the first Amazon Fire Phone video ad

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As usual major phone announcements come with lots of multimedia to go along with the product information. Tonight’s Amazon Fire Phone unveiling was no different.

In case you are itching see the Fire Phone in action, we dug up 3 minute’s worth of B-roll material that shows plenty of it. Enjoy! Read more »

Fire Phone’s Firefly can recognize 100 million different items

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Fresh off the stage today comes the announcement of Amazon’s new service called Firefly. It’s the ultimate item recognition app. You point your camera to anything that intrigues you and it gives back meaningful information about it.

Amazon Firefly has a dedicated hardware button on the side of Amazon’s new Fire phone. Read more »

Extensibility may be iOS 8 best feature

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Apple’s iOS has so far been a tightly controlled application environment where each app runs in its own sandbox and you hardly have any interaction between the apps. iOS is a place where you can’t even access one app’s files from within another one.

Well, as of iOS 8 this seems finally about to change (to a reasonable extent). Enter Extensibility.

For the first time ever Apple will be giving developers access to enhance the core system apps and options. Read more »

Apple’s iOS 8 will be available on the these devices

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We bet you are itching to learn whether your iOS device will be treated to the new features announced as iOS 8. The latest release of Apple’s mobile is easily one of today’s major announcements that came from the Apple WWDC 2014 keynote speech.

A iOS 8 beta should be available as we speak while the final release should see the light of day this fall. It’s choke full of new features and here is the list of devices that will get updated once it’s released. Read more »

Apple AppStore now hosts 1.2 million titles

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Fresh off the WWDC come the Apple AppStore latest official stats. Apple was proud to share that its app repository now hosts 1.2 million app titles.

Not only that, but the total number of app downloads has now reached 75 billion. The numbers certainly sound impressive. Read more »

iCloud Drive – Apple’s cloud storage services is on

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Apple has just announced that they will soon be offering iCloud Drive. Now, I am sure they won’t win any awards for creative naming, but the fact of the matter is, it hardly leaves any uncertainties about what it does.

The new Apple iCloud Drive will be able to sync your files among all your platforms – even Windows. Read more »

OS X Mavericks has reached a 51% adoption in under a year

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On stage today, at the WWDC 2014 keynote speech Apple announced that they’ve got 40 million copies of their latest OS X release Mavericks on their users computers. As their proudly claim, this represents a good 51% adoption rate among the Mac OS user base.

These numbers reportedly make the OS X Maverics the fastest growing computer operating system in the world. Read more »

The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra hands-on

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Sony announced the Xperia T2 Ultra Back at CES back in January 2014. It fills a growing market segment of large screen mid-range smartphones. The 6-inch phablet only comes with 720p resolution and may not be powered by the fastest Snapdragon chipset around but it offers one of Sony’s latest Exmor RS 13MP cameras with all the bells and whistles.

At 7.65mm, the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra is really slim despite the generous battery capacity of 3000 mAh. The only thing missing is perhaps the water-proofing Sony’s high-end smartphones have been known for. Read more »

Oppo Find 7a hands-on

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Announced last month, the Oppo Find 7a is the lesser spec’d brother of the Find 7. The two models are identical, but for the screen, which only has 1080p resolution on the Find7a as opposed to QuadHD.

We are happy to have the Find 7a here in our office and before we set off writing the proper review, we are happy to give you a quick glimpse of the device. Oppo’s Color OS is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but comes with lots of custom features. The top-of-the-line Snapdragon 801 chipset takes care of running everything smoothly. Read more »

Watch Samsung’s own Galaxy S5 hands-on video

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Hot on the heels of the fifth installment of its Unpacked event, Samsung came up with their own quick hands-on video with the Samsung Galaxy S5.

The video shows the key design features of the new smartphone, as well as the main features, such as the 5.1-inch screen, the water resistance, the fingerprint scanner, hybrid auto focus system, MIMO Wi-Fi antennas and much more.

The video also shows us the Samsung Gear 2 and the Gear fit smart wristbands. Read more »