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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Mint Green hands-on

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The recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo was announced as the spiritual successor to the Galaxy Note II, except with the redesigned back panel introduced with the Galaxy Note 3.

Live from the Samsung Forum 2014 in Bali, we’ve been able to get our hands on the latest nifty new Mint Green color variant. Read more »

HTC One Max and One mini get updated to Android 4.4 KitKat

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Following HTC’s update of its One flagship earlier this month, the Taiwanese company has today outed the latest version of Android for the compact, dual-SIM and flagships version of the One lineup.

The HTC One mini, One Max, and One dual-SIM will all start receiving Android 4.4 KitKat today. Read more »

Apple met with Tesla Motors’ Elon Musk in 2013

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Apple’s chief of mergers and acquisitions Adrian Perica met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Cupertino last spring, which some analysts believe could be related to a potential partnership between the two companies.

In the past, pundits have urged Apple to make a daring acquisition of the like-minded electric vehicle company, which at the very least raises hopes for an eventual EV running with Apple technology. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo battery life test

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The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo comes in as the second entry in both the new Neo lineup from Samsung, and the Grand family. With a quad-core processor, it hopes to provide more capable performance compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy Grand.

The battery size and overall specs remain the same, so we’ll have to see how much the bump in processing power impact battery life. Let’s dive right in! Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1s goes on an underwater manatee shoot

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Sony caught up with underwater photographer Carol Grant recently, and gave her its Xperia Z1s flagship with which to do one of her interesting manatee photoshoots.

While the results are understandably less impressive than her DSLR work, the unedited shots taken with the Xperia Z1s are quite good. Read more »

The MWC to see Galaxy Tab 4 and Galaxy Gear 2 announcements

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Rumors indicate that this month’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona could see more than one announcement from Samsung.

Besides the anticipated Galaxy S5 flagship, sources indicate that new editions of their popular Galaxy Tab series of tablets and Galaxy Gear smartwatch could get announced. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo has made its way into our office and we’re hard at work on the full review of Samsung’s latest budget large screen offering.

Did Samsung put enough under the hood of the Neo to make it a worthwhile investment for those looking for affordable big screen droids? Let’s take a look. Read more »

Foursquare to power upcoming WP 8.1 Cortana voice assistant

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Microsoft’s recent investment of $15 million into popular location-based app Foursquare means that it will use the app’s data in its anticipated Cortana voice assistant as part of the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 release.

The Windows Phone 8.1 update, with which Microsoft aims to get all of its major OSs to the same build number, is set to feature Cortana of the Halo universe as its voice assistant. Read more »

Mozilla launches EverythingMe-based Firefox Launcher for Android

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Today Mozilla unveiled its new launcher aimed at helping you find new apps, as well as those you may have downloaded but forgotten about.

Aptly named Firefox Launcher after the company’s popular web browser, the new homescreen replacement designed in conjunction with contextual computing startup EverythingMe highlights apps you may want based on your usage. Read more »

LG G Pad 8.3 gets a price cut to £199.99 in the UK

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UK retailer Expansys has cut the price of the extremely capable LG G Pad 8.3 tablet to £199.99.

The price comes just a few months after its initial release, and is likely done in anticipation of Samsung’s imminent release of their new Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. Read more »

ARM reports lower than expected revenue due to fewer smartphone sales

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British chip designer ARM, who licenses its technology to mobile chip makers like Qualcomm and Samsung in exchange for royalties, has reported a slowdown in Q4 royalty revenues due to lower than expected high-end smartphone sales.

Last month, Samsung and Apple each reported lower than expected sales of their flagship iPhone 5s and Galaxy S4 devices – both of which contain ARM technology inside. Read more »

With just two months of life left, Windows XP powers almost 30% of all PCs

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Recently, Microsoft announced it will cease support for Microsoft Windows XP, leaving the 13-year-old OS without future updates or optimizations after the April 8 deadline.

The latest data from Net Applications shows that adoption of Windows XP is actually rising in light of this news, with the percentage of Windows XP users going up to 29.23% in January. Read more »

CyanogenMod 10.2.1 waves goodbye to the Jelly Bean era

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The first and only maintenance release of CyanogenMod 10.2 will be the last one to be based on Android Jelly Bean.

Version 10.2.1 squashes a plethora of bugs and brings with it support for a few new devices, including several popular variants of the B&N Nook tablets. Read more »

Qualcomm buys 2,400 patents from struggling HP

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San Diego-based Qualcomm has purchased mobile patents from PC giant Hewlett-Packard, giving the mobile chipset manufacturer 2,400 mobile patents for an undisclosed amount.

Many of the patents now controlled by Qualcomm include those of now-defunct Palm, which was purchased by HP in 2010 for $1.2 billion. Read more »

HTC Butterfly S appears running China OS – the first of its kind

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For the past year, the Chinese government along with the Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been developing its own mobile operating system to rival Android .

Today the fruits of their labor have been revealed, as an HTC Butterfly S has emerged running China Operating System (COS) – a closed-source mobile OS based on Ubuntu that looks eerily like Android Jelly Bean skinned with HTC’s Sense 5 overlay. Read more »