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Samsung Galaxy S5 to be considered a “leisure” medical device in Korea

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With its latest flagship, the Galaxy S5, Samsung decided to ramp up the health tracker angle, so much so that they included a heart rate sensor – the first of its kind on a mainstream smartphone.

In certain countries this qualifies it to be considered as a medical device, and Samsung’s home country of Korea is among them. Read more »

MediaTek announces Hotknot as a cheaper alternative to NFC

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The latest piece of tech developed by Chinese smartphone chip manufacturer MediaTek involves a new proximity pairing technology that aims to compete with NFC.

The technology will do away with the traditional antenna and RF chip used by NFC, and instead detect the presence of nearby devices through the use of a special capacitor touch ICs for touchscreens, combined with data from the smartphone’s proximity and gravity sensor. Read more »

Purported Android backdoor affects several high profile Galaxy devices

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Replicant, a third party developer of an open source Android distribution, claims to have stumbled on a backdoor program that makes it possible for the modem to modify the phone’s onboard storage.

The purported affected devices include the Samsung Galaxy S, S II, and S III, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, Galaxy Note and Note 2, and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Tab 2 10.1. Read more »

Americans no longer find Apple ads interesting

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The latest report from Ace Matrix finds that Americans rate Apple ads lower than they used to in terms of persuasiveness and watchability.

The number one spot was taken by online retail giant Amazon, while Samsung, LG, and Windows Phone have also passed the Cupertino company since last year. Read more »

LTE-powered Microsoft Surface 2 leaks for AT&T

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Rumors of an LTE-capable Surface 2 tablet from Microsoft has been making the rounds for the past several weeks, and we’ve finally been able to catch a glimpse of one in the wild.

The device will support LTE bands 4, 7, and 17, and will be exclusive to AT&T for an in-store price of $679. Read more »

Delta upgrades its flight attendants to Nokia Lumia 1520

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Last summer, Delta Air Lines announced a partnership with Nokia to equip its flight attendants with Nokia devices, aimed at providing quick and easy onboard purchasing for meals and other extras.

Now, flight attendants are getting upgrade to Nokia’s latest flagship, the Lumia 1520, which also allows the company to verify credit card payments real-time. Read more »

The oft-delayed Panasonic Toughpad to hit retailers next week

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Panasonic’s large 20-inch tablet, the Toughpad 4K UT-MB5, looks to finally be heading to retail outlets after numerous delays.

The large-screened 4K-toting tablet, which was announced more than a year ago at MWC 2013, has seen more than its fair share of delays stemming from difficulties on the production side of things. Read more »

Microsoft sends a couple of Lumias to the North Pole

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Polar explorer Eric Larsen is attempting to break the Arctic expedition speed record by covering the 500 mile distance from the Northern Ellesmere Island to the North Pole in less than 49 days.

To document his journey, Microsoft is providing Eric’s 3-person team with a Nokia Lumia 1020 and 1520 to capture some great shots along the way. Read more »

Google working on KitKat battery drain fix for Nexus 5

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A faulty camera process on the Nexus 5 has resulting in a significant number of people reporting of excessive battery drain during standby on the device.

Google has confirmed that a maintenance release that will hopefully fix the bug is on the way. Other Qualcomm SoC-powered smartphones running Android KitKat 4.4.2 that may also be suffering from the bug will have to wait for a fix directly from the respective manufacturer. Read more »

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 »