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Samsung teases design.Samsung.com service, coming March 27

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Samsung is teasing a website-slash-service, which will launch as design.samsung.com. The video teaser shows a lot of Samsung design ques like the nature inspired Galaxy S3 body, which we’re seeing molded from liquid polycarbonate.

The website will launch on March 27 and will have Samsung-inspired design sections by the looks of the video. “Make it meaningful” looks to be the title of the project. Read more »

Jony Ive says we’re surrounded by anonymous poorly made products

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In a rare interview with the Sunday Times Sir Jony Ive, considered by many to be the mind behind the bulk of iconic Apple product designs, says “we’re surrounded by anonymous, poorly made objects”.

He then goes on to say that “it’s tempting to think it’s because the people who use them don’t care – just like the people who made them.”. Apple’s VP says Apple’s design is “not just about aesthetics” and that “it’s a victory for purity, integrity – for giving a damn.” Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 apps leak: S Note, WatchON and S Health

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It’s about a month before the Samsung Galaxy S5 will hit the shelves across the globe but thanks to some work by a developer with early access to the smartphone many of its preinstalled appsare now available for download.

The full list includes the S Note, WatchON, Gear Manager, Gear Fit Manager, Calculator, S Health and S Translator. All of the apps can be installed using the supplied APKs and feature the newer, flat design brought by the KitKat TouchWiz on the Galaxy S5. Read more »

OnePlus One will have always-on voice commands, unlocking

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OnePlus’ upcoming One smartphone is going to sport always-on voice commands similar to what the Moto X premiered with. The information comes straight from the source and there’s even a poll going to see which command the phone will take – “Ok, OnePlus!”, “Wake up, OnePlus!” or “Alakazam”.

The OnePlus team has tailored the voice feature using Qualcomm’s tech while the CyanogenMod team, which is making the OS for the OnePlus One has implemented it to recognize your voice even in locked state. Read more »

Corning SVP says Gorilla Glass is cheaper, harder to break than sapphire

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At a Morgan Stanley conference when asked by analyst James Fawcett about the puts and takes of sapphire versus glass Senior Vice President at Corning (the company that makes Gorilla Glass) Tony Tripeny has a lengthy response.

The question came in regards to “one large handset and device maker” looking into sapphire for its devices. That maker is Apple and as we know the company is heavily investing into sapphire and will probably use the material for the displays of its upcoming smartphones and, possibly, smartwatch. In defense of its Gorilla Glass the Corning exec had this to say. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 gets a promo video

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Samsung is a wiz at making great videos and commercials and the company is certainly going to spare no effort in promoting its latest flagship. The Koreans have uploaded yet another promo video for the Galaxy S5 flagship.

The video is almost 4 minutes long and goes through everything Samsung thinks you need to know about the gadget. From the new body materials and colors to the new camera with a larger 1/2.6″ sensor (compared to the 1/3.06″ of old), the phase-detection auto-focus that’s supposed to be the quickest on any smartphone, the IP67 dust and water protection, the fitness and wellness apps and sensors, the fingerprint scanner, the lot. Read more »

The 2013 Nexus 7 gets a dock, wireless charging stand too

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The ASUS Nexus 7 (2013) is getting some new accessories to play with – a dock station with HDMI output for 1080p content enjoyment on a TV or monitor and a Qi wireless charging stand.

Sadly for 2012 Nexus 7 owners the new toys will only be pairable with the newer model. The Wireless Charging Stand, however will be able to recharge any Qi-enabled device you have on you. Read more »

Watch the full Samsung Galaxy S5 video announcement here

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Yesterday Samsung took the wraps off its latest flagship – the Galaxy S5 with a bigger 5.1″ screen, faster Snapdragon 801 processor, UHD video capture, IP67 water and dust resistance and more.

In case you’ve missed it, Samsung has made the announcement video available to watch on YouTube, find it after the break. Read more »

Facebook shuts down its email service

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So long @facebook.com – with its latest update Facebook is shutting down its email service after more than three years.

The service never truly took off the ground and Facebook didn’t update it that much, seemingly favoring its Messenger service. Now Facebook Mail users are getting a notification letting them know that the service is shutting down and will be forwarding their emails to the primary provided email address on their accounts. Read more »

Tizen-powered Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on

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Tizen OS was thrown into the fray at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona right away as Samsung announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are pretty similar devices but the Neo omits the 2MP camera, for a reduced weight of 55g. The Gear 2 will weigh 68g. Read more »

Nokia 220 and Asha 230 hands-on

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Nokia made the most headlines with the Android-powered X line of devices (X, X+ and XL) but did push the boundaries of affordability with the Nokia 220 and Asha 230. Both feature dual-SIM versions as well.

We got to spend some quality time with the 220 and Asha 230. The 220 starts at an insanely-low €29 while the Asha 230 starts at €45. Both devices we handled at the Mobile World Congress were yellow in color. Jump after the break for the impressions and images. Read more »

Sony Xperia M2 promo video is here

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Sony is continuously pumping out promo videos for its new line of Xperia smartphones, tablet and gadgets shown at the Mobile World Congress.

The protagonist of this post’s is the Xperia M2 and the important notes are the 4.8″ display, 8 MP Exmor RS sensor, the premium build quality with infinite surfaces, ultra fast LTE and more. Read more »

Sony’s SmartBand will be available in March

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Sony’s SmartBand will be available to users in March. The wearable will also come in a Fifa Brazil version, in green no less.

The SmartBand is a life-tracking wrist wearable that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. It tracks your workout routines, social interactions and more. Read more »

Nokia 220 and Asha 230 promo videos and hands-ons live

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After unveiling the Nokia 220 and Asha 230 – the most affordable full-touch Asha starting at at 45 Euro and the more affordable 220, starting at 29 Euro, it’s now time for the promo videos and hands-ons from Nokia.

The Nokia 220 and Asha 230 both come in either single and dual-SIM versions and both have their own video. You can find the videos inside. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 promo videos out

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Sony has released its promo videos for the Xperia Z2 flagship to YouTube. The videos are both focused on details and differentiation – details make the difference and the best of smartphone technology.

The Xperia Z2 comes with a bigger display (but without increasing the width of the phone), 4K video recording, 120 fps slow-motion recording in 720p and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 chipset. Find the videos inside. Read more »