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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 »

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 »