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HTC Desire 510: benchmarking Qualcomm’s first 64-bit chip

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The HTC Desire 510 has all the making of the latest entry-level HTC smartphone, running Android 4.4 with the company’s in-house Sense 6 overlay. But under the hood hides a smartphone first: Qualcomm’s first chipset capable of 64-bit operations.

The Snapdragon 410 processor is the first of many upcoming 64-bit processors that the company expects to release this year, which it hopes will lead the transition to mobile 64-bit processing. We’ve decided that its performance deserves some special attention, so let’s see if it brings something special to the table against the other entry-level competition. Read more »

New Microsoft ad pits Cortana against Apple’s Siri

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In an effort to garner some interest for the as-yet underwhelming release of the HTC One M8 running Windows Phone, Microsoft has released a new ad on YouTube, highlighting their recently released Cortana voice assistant for Windows Phone.

Cortana is touted by Microsoft as being a complete virtual assistant, bringing the company’s Bing search capabilities and full-fledged organizational capabilities into a voice-activated package. Read more »

AnandTech founder Anand Shimpi joins Apple

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The founder of one of the most in-depth mobile and computer tech sites, Anand Shimpi, is hanging up the tech journalism gloves as he joins Apple.

Founded in 1997, AnandTech is widely renowned for its technical analysis of personal computers and, more recently, mobile phones. Read more »

HTC Desire 510 hands-on

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The HTC Desire 510 is the company’s latest price conscious smartphone entry that sits somewhere between entry-level and midrange in HTCs lineup.

It features a 4.7-inch display of a paltry 580 x 854px resolution, but is one of the first smartphones to run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 processor, featuring integrated 64-bit processing alongside 4G LTE technology. Read more »

WhatsApp for Android Wear exits beta

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The latest version of the popular messaging application WhatsApp now officially supports Google’s Android Wear wearable platform.

The latest updates allows for full message viewing on wearable devices, nested message navigation, and voice reply capabilities. Read more »

Samsung’s Gear smartwatches to get HERE services from Nokia

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Nokia has teased the inclusion of its robust HERE services suite, which includes Maps and Navigation among others to make its way onto Samsung’s Gear series of wearables.

Among those devices slated to get the HERE services is Samsung’s just-announced Gear S smartwatch, which will get turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation courtesy of Nokia’s service. Read more »

Microsoft updates Windows Store app policy, removes over 1500 fake apps

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Microsoft recently reported that a large number of its Windows Store apps are misleading users with inaccurate titles and descriptions. This has prompted the company to purge more than 1500 apps from its app catalog.

The removal of the apps in question comes as part of an attempt by Microsoft to improve the quality of its app selection, and is also reflected by the company’s updated app certification requirements. Read more »

Spotify gets free music streaming for Windows Phone

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After being free for Android and iOS for quite some time, Spotify for Windows Phone is finally set to offer ad-supported streaming to users at no cost.

The app will bring in the functionality from its Android and iOS counterparts by letting users stream playlists and music in shuffle mode. Read more »

comScore: Most mobile users don’t download apps

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In a somewhat unexpected revelation from digital analytics leader comScore, two out of every three US smartphone users don’t download any new apps for their smartphones.

The study, which examines US smartphone trends, shows that under 35% of smartphone users install at least one app per month, and of those less than 11% install more than 3 apps per month. Read more »

Weekend poll results: Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes out as the top compact droid

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Last weekend, we asked you to rate how the brand new Samsung Galaxy Alpha stacks up to the compact droid competition by pitting it against other top devices.

According to you, Samsung’s first attempt at premium materials turned out to be a success, at least according to our preliminary polls. Check out how the device fared against the likes of the HTC One mini 2 and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, among others. Read more »

Samsung’s Gear VR gets pictured ahead of probable IFA announcemnt

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We heard about Samsung’s virtual reality plans last month after several leaks showed off what a potential Samsung virtual reality headset looked like, followed by a a fairly legitimate look at a Samsung software interface for the Gear VR.

Now, reported images of the Gear VR, model number SM-R320 have surfaced. With IFA 2014 just weeks away in Berlin, it’s very likely that we could see Samsung’s first virtual reality headset at the event. Read more »

Grab a refurbished Google Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB tablet for only $130

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Google made some waves with its ultra-capable second generation Nexus 7 tablet released last year, and now the device is available for just $130.

The device is available as a factory reconditioned unit from popular US online retailer Woot.com. Read more »

LG launches its new Music Flow system

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LG today has taken a step forward in home audio optimization with the introduction of its new LG Music Flow system.

By combining its new Music Flow Player app and a wide range of new speaker units, Music Flow is set to help you easily create a robust multi-room home audio system, sans any wires. Read more »

Weekend poll: Samsung Galaxy Alpha takes on the compact droid competition

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha made quite a stir this week as the first Samsung device not to rely entirely on polycarbonate in its body. Not only that, but Samsung has also kept the dimensions well within limits, and its 4.7-inch display and ultra-slim 6.7mm waistline put it firmly in compact smartphone territory.

In our latest poll we’ll be pitting the Alpha against the usual suspects, including offerings from LG and HTC, its Galaxy S5 mini compatriot, and the original small-stature droid, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. Read more »

Weekend poll results: Lumia 1020 voted best cameraphone, Galaxy S5 wins the camcorder race

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Last week we asked you to vote on which flagship has the best camera, based on our comprehensive camera shootout.

The results are in, and among capable offerings from Samsung, Sony, and LG, it was Nokia who came out on top with its Lumia 1020 flagship with a 41MP PureView sensor. Read more »