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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo kernel source now published

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As mandated by the Android terms of usage, Samsung has followed the market release of its latest Galaxy Note 3 Neo phablet with the publishing of the kernel source code of the device. That’s great news to any developer looking to build more elaborate ROMs or simply custom kernels for the Note 3 Neo.

So if you have some coding skills you can follow the source link to obtain the files and start fiddling with them. And even if you don’t, you’ll just have to wait for the first group to do their magic and then hope they’ll be kind enough to share their creations with the rest of us. Read more »

New Mugen Power case adds 3,000 mAh to the Sony Xperia Z1 battery

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Looking to add some extra protection and double the battery life of your Sony Xperia Z1? Mugen Power has just the thing for you – its newly introduced case with the catchy name CC-C6903 combines shock resistance and a 3,000 mAh external battery that can be used to top up your juice pack.

The case will start shipping on February 22 and costs $89.50. If you make an order for over $150 you also get free worldwide shipping (although import taxes will be due in most regions). Read more »

Windows Phone 8.1 notification center screenshots leak

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The Windows Phone 8.1 update is expected to come in a couple of months, bringing the widely requested notification center to the Microsoft platform. Yet, until now, we didn’t have a very good idea of what it will look like.

This changed today, though, thanks to a couple of leaked screenshots that allegedly come from an internal Microsoft document. It shows that the notification center will actually be called Action center and will contain connectivity toggles in addition to notifications. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Quarterfinals final scores

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The quarterfinal clashes in the Smartphone Champions League are now over and they certainly were an amazing spectacle. The four games got over 270,000 votes, which is by far the highest we have seen in a single matchday.

Two of the four manufacturers remained in the competition concluded their participation at the quarterfinal stage, while Nokia continued to be the dominant force with its Lumia lineup getting the whooping three spots in the semifinals. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S-View cover with wireless charging now on sale

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Until now, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 owners had to pick between wireless charging capabilities and the cool UI tweaks of the S-View flip cover. However, yesterday Samsung finally started the sales of a wireless charging–enabled S-View cover, which brings the best of both worlds.

It costs $70 and is available in black and white colors, from the Samsung US store (other stores should follow shortly). The price is certainly steep, but if history is any indication it will be cut down to more reasonable levels eventually. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Round of 16, Matchday 2 final scores

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And then there were eight. The Round of 16 in the Smartphone Champions League is now over and all quarterfinalists have been revealed. We saw for more exciting games draw to a close and set up four interesting battles in the next round.

Going into the quarterfinals Nokia is the best-represented company, having three handsets in the mix. Sony managed to secure two spots, while HTC, LG and Samsung complete the picture with one contender a piece. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Round 1 Matchday 4 final scores

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Round 1 of the Smartphone Champions League is now complete and we now know what smartphones will be taking part in the Round of 16.

The last matchday of the first round turned out to be pretty uneventful with all handsets that managed to secure an early lead holding on to it until the end. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Round 1, Matchday 4

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The last four Round 1 games in the Smartphone Champions League are starting today and we’ll get to learn the names of the final four participants in the Round of 16. You can check out the results from Matchday 3 to see the smartphones which already qualified.

We’ve got five manufacturers in action today – Motorola, Nokia, Sony, Samsung and Apple are all in the mix. You probably already know this at this stage, but in case anyone missed it we should note that the draws are only based on popularity in our database, so some strangely matched pairs are bound to clash. Now let’s see who’s facing who in the third day of the Champions League. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League, Matchday 3 final scores

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The third matchday in our Smartphone Champions League is now complete and the Round of 16 bracket is three quarters complete.

Games turned out to be pretty one-sided affairs this time around with no comeback stories worth writing about occurring. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League, Matchday 2 final scores

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The second batch of games in our Smartphone Champions League are now over and we now get to learn the names yet another 4 participants to the Round of 16.

We got even more surprises this time around, with 2 of the 4 unseeded handsets progressing at the expense of their initially more popular rivals. This comes to show that sheer numbers don’t count for much here, when they are not backed up by enough loyalty. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League, Matchday 1 final scores

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The first four games of our Smartphone Champions League are now over and we now get to learn the names of the first 4 Round 2 participants.

The first four games produced the first major upset with the unseeded Nokia Lumia 1020 knocking out the odds-on favorite Samsung Galaxy Note 3. This was by far the most interesting game of the day, scoring over 40,000 votes. Read more »

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to play together for the Galaxy 11

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the team sheet. Sounds like every fan and manager’s dream, but it’s a luxury only the Samsung-assembled Galaxy 11 team can afford.

The Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was the final one signing the team who will be facing a squad of aliens in a football game where the Earth’s future is at stake. Good thing then that the coaching duties have been assigned to German legend Franz Beckenbauer, who has proven to know a thing or two about tactics. Read more »

Black Friday breaks online sales record thanks to mobiles

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The trend of constantly increasing online sales during the Thanksgiving Thursday and the Black Friday has continued for yet another year. A study found that the total revenue for the two days reached $2.99 billion, representing an increase of just over 25% compared to last year.

The boost in sales was driven in large part by the growing mobile sales, which this time accounted for almost a quarter of all online spending. The spending from smartphones and tablets rose a whopping 118% YoY and accounted for 24% of the dollars spend online. Read more »

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy Note II leaks

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The Android 4.3 update should be hitting the Samsung Galaxy Note II pretty shortly, but if you don’t feel like waiting any longer you’d be interested to know that a leaked ROM is available for flashing right now. It’s reportedly a build very close to the final ones, so it will have no trouble serving as a daily driver.

Along with incrementing the Android version number to 4.3 and bringing the core features of the last of the three Jelly Bean releases, the update also brings several changes to the Galaxy Note II UI. Read more »

Sony PlayStation 4 scores high for repairability

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The PlayStation 4 is a hot piece of tech and as such it simply couldn’t avoid being torn to bits and pieces by the ifixit team.

While you probably wouldn’t have guessed it given the relatively modest size, the latest Sony console is quite easy to repair at home. Read more »