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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 »

Lenovo to acquire IBMs low-end servers for $2.3 billion

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Amid the worst slump in the history of PCs, IBM has come to terms to sell its low-end server business to Chinese manufacturer Lenovo.

The deal will be the largest in Lenovo’s history, amounting to about $2 billion in cash, with the rest coming as Lenovo stock. Read more »

Sony magnetic charging dock leaks, likely for upcoming Sirius flagship

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Around this time last year, Sony enabled magnetic charging of its smart devices via pogo pins starting with its Xperia Z flagship.

Charging dock solutions have since been outed for several Sony smartphones since, with a newly leaked model, the DK36, being poised to serve an as-yet unannounced Xperia flagship. Read more »

China smartphone sales to reach 400 million in 2014

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The latest report from tech analyst firm Gartner for the Chinese market has predicted that some 443.5 million mobile phones will be sold in 2014, with 400 million of them being smartphones.

That equates to a 90% smartphone penetration rate, which could even go as high as 95%. With over 1 billion mobile phone users, China is quickly living up to its name as one of the premier developing mobile markets. It will continue to get more attention from smartphone manufacturers as penetration of smart devices continues to rise. Read more »

Asphalt 8: Airborne goes free on WP

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The latest iteration of the popular Asphalt racing series for mobile devices is now available for free on Windows Phone 8 devices.

The game usually retails for $0.99, so be sure to grab it quickly before the offer runs out. Read more »

Upcoming Apple iWatch to be made exclusively by LG

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Korean tech giant LG has supposedly come to terms with Apple to produce the company’s first wearable device.

It’s slated to sport a curved Plastic OLED (P-OLED), the same as the one introduced last year by LG with its G Flex smartphone. Read more »

Huawei announces partnership with Arsenal football club

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China-based mobile device manufacturer Huawei and Arsenal FC have announced a new global partnership through the 2015/2016 season.

This is the first partnership that the north London football club has had with a Chinese brand, with both Arsenal officials and players set to take part in communication and promotional activities in the UK and abroad. Read more »

ZTE Grand SII LTE, Nubia Z5S LTE, Iconic Phablet, BlueWatch hands-on

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At this year’s CES, ZTE outed the second iteration of its Grand S flagship, alongside a worthy Nubia Z5 successor and an entry-level CDMA Iconic Phablet.

We also got our hands on the ZTEs first wearable tech offering, the eerily Pebbe-like BlueWatch. Read more »

Sony’s new Ultra Short 4K projector doesn’t come cheap

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Sony has launched a new ultra short throw projector that is able to produce a 4K resolution image at up to 147-inches.

The projector features both powered focus and powered zoom at up to 1.6x, has 4 HDMI inputs, as well as ethernet, IR, and USB inputs. Read more »

New Mobile Audi Smart Display tablet brings Android in – and out of – the car

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Late last year we heard about Audi and Google’s partnership to provide an in-car infotainment system powered by Android.

Google has since unveiled its Open Automotive Alliance, and their new partnership with Audi has resulted in a specially designed tablet optimized for in-car use, but also can be taken outside the car as a fully-functioning standalone device. Read more »

Mophie’s new Space Pack cases add battery life and storage to your iPhone

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If you find yourself constantly running out of space or juice on your iPhone 5 or 5S, Mophie’s Space Pack could be right down your alley.

The creators of the popular Juice Pack line of battery cases have released a new model for the latest Apple smartphones that helps boost battery life while also adding more storage space. Read more »

Micromax Canvas LapTab hands-on

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Micromax outed its new Canvas Laptab at CES 2014 and got a chance to take it out for a spin. The device is a part of a new trend of devices that’s able to dual-boot both Android 4.2.2 and Windows 8.1, and seamlessly switch between them.

It’s all thanks to Intel’s new “dual OS platform” technology that allows you to run both OSs on a single device, and we already saw it in action on the Asus Transformer Book Duet. Read more »

Lenovo Vibe Z, S930, S650 and A859 hands-on

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As we were making our trip around the CES 2014 grounds we stopped at the Lenovo booth to check out the latest offerings by the Chinese company.

The Vibe Z was the real star there, featuring a robust 5.5-inch display and bringing Lenovo into the LTE phablet game. Powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset, the handset is a real powerhouse too. Also present were three new competitively priced midrangers, ranging from 4.7 to 6 inches. Read more »

Asus outs Trasnformer Book Duet that runs both Android and Windows 8.1

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Asus has unveiled a new convertible device that’s set to dual boot between Android and Windows. More impressively the device can switch between them seamlessly in as little as 4 seconds.

Powered by 4th-generation Intel processors, the Transformer Book Duet has the standard folding form factor of ultrabooks, but also features the removable 13.3-inch screen that Asus is famous for. Read more »