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Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 920 processor outdoes Snapdragon 801

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A couple of benchmark results which have surfaced from Huawei’s new home-made octa-core Kirin 920 processor, showing some serious horsepower under the hood.

The upcoming processor from the Chinese smartphone company that features four Cortex-A7 cores and four Cortex-A15 cores, beats out Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 in the AnTuTu benchmark. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 to hit the US on March 9

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Samsung’s largest non-stylus-touting tablet offering, the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 is set to hit major US retailers by the end of the week.

Online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores like Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Tiger Direct, PC Richard and Sons, Fry’s, Newegg, and Samsung.com will all be offering the large-screened device on March 9. Read more »

Upcoming OnePlus One smartphone tipped to have Snapdragon 800

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OnePlus, the company behind an upcoming super-smartphone that’s set to run exclusively on the popular CyanogenMod Android ROM, is set to go official on March 9.

Fittingly, the device has been tipped to feature a Snapdragon 800 processor, and some other hardware details have been leaked out of China. Read more »

Oscar selfie was spontaneous, claims Samsung

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By now you’ve undoubtedly seen the famous star-studded selfie taken by Bradley Cooper at the Academy Awards this past weekend, which was done using Ellen DeGeneres’ Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

With it emerged reports of Samsung having paid handsomely for the spot, which the company is now saying was not the case, and that the celebrity chose the Samsung smartphone “organically.” Read more »

Two top Microsoft execs depart after new CEO takes over

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The fallout of the new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is already being felt, as two top executives have decided to seek greener pastures elsewhere.

Tony Bates, Executive VP of business development/evangelism and former CEO of Skype, as well as Executive VP of marketing Tami Reller will be leaving the company. Read more »

Opera Web Pass gives you ad-supported mobile internet for free

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Opera has been hard at work with carriers to make mobile internet more affordable than ever, and their latest Web Pass service is the latest product of that endeavor.

The service lets operators package mobile internet offerings that allow you to browse the web on a 3G network limited by time, content, or both. Read more »

Windows Phone 8 is on 80% of all WP handsets

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The latest data out of AdDuplex indicates that the latest version of Windows Phone, WP8, is now on four of every five devices running Microsoft’s mobile OS.

This comes as a result of growth of the WP ecosystem through both adaptation of new handsets and retirement of older Windows Phone 7 handsets. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 to bring Kids mode

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Borrowing a page out of Windows Phone’s book, the newest installment of Samsung’s Galaxy flagship lineup will reportedly feature a new Kids Mode parental control feature.

Kids Mode takes after Kids Corner in WP8, and will give you a special limited access user account for when you want to lend your Galaxy S5 to a child or someone else. Read more »

Samsung pokes fun of Apple in two new Galaxy ads

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With MWC 2014 just around the corner, Samsung is taking the opportunity to take a few jabs at a manufacturer that has never attended the trade show: Apple. The Koreans have published two promo videos of its latest products, which point their superiority over the Apple-made rivals.

The first ad shows off the larger and higher resolution screen of the Galaxy Note 3 compared to the iPhone, while the second pits the new Galaxy Tab Pro against the iPad. Read more »

Apple on the rise in China

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The latest figures from the Wall Street Journal show that Apple is starting to become more widespread in China. The world’s largest mobile market, China has long been the bastion of low-cost Android alternatives from Asian manufacturers like Huawei and Lenovo.

However Apple’s market share in China went up from 6% in Q3 of last year to 7% in Q4. This currently puts the Cupertino company 5th amongst smartphone vendors. Read more »

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 »