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Here’s what the OnePlus One’s CM11 looks like

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Two screenshots reportedly taken from the OnePlus One’s custom CyanogenMod OS were sent to Engadget by a “reliable tipster” and show a custom lockscreen and the About phone page. The latter is important as it shows the Model name One attached to the 4.4.2 Android version and the presence of on-screen navigation buttons.

The lockscreen features a cool split-screen mode showing a wallpaper on the top (perhaps a slightly blurred version of the homescreen wallpaper) and a big clock, notification, weather and battery details. The lockscreen doesn’t have anything in common with the stock or CyanogenMod lockscreen suggesting OnePlus may have deeper customizations planted in the otherwise closely-stock CyanogenMod OS. Read more »

LastPass can now autofill app log-ins on Android

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If there ever was a time to go for the $12 a year premium membership for LastPass it’s now. The form and password-filling service that’s so popular for web browsers has gotten a great new update for Android, allowing it to auto-fill your account log-ins on Android.

This means that aside from working to log you in hassle free in Chrome on Android LastPass will eradicate the need to remember app log-ins as well. Read more »

See how the HTC One (M8) handles a dip in the water, a drop and a hammer

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The HTC One (M8) went live yesterday with a bigger 5″ 1080p display, better Snapdragon 801 processor and Duo Camera but there wasn’t anything in there about water resistance.

Yet a curious YouTuber decided to put the One (M8) to the test and dip it in water for over an hour and a half. The result? Well, the One (M8) did better than an iPhone in the test. Find the video inside. Read more »

Some Surface Pro 2 units shipping with wrong chipset

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Microsoft announced its Surface Pro 2 tablet with a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-4200U processor but then decided that it will include a 1.9 GHz Intel Core i5-4300U processor instead two months later.

But now that the device is shipping to users who have bought it it turns out that some (if not all) of them are getting the Surface Pro 2 with the initially-announced chip. Read more »

Motorola updates its camera app with volume button shutter

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Motorola introduced a refreshed camera interface with the Moto X and later on released it as a standalone self-titled camera app in the Google Play store.

Now the app is getting an update which adds the option to take photos using the volume keys. The option has been standard in stock Android for some time now and most manufacturers have implemented it into their own camera apps, but it’s better late than never. Read more »

Intel shows octa-core Core i7 extreme, confirms Iris Pro graphics in upcoming fifth-gen Broadwell

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Over at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco Intel has shown its latest beast – the Core i7 Extreme Edition – dubbed Devil’s Canyon. It’s an 8-core 16-thread processor with unlocked cores (allowing easy overclocking), support for the latest DDR4 memory and a better thermal interface.

Intel has also confirmed that its next-generation processors, Broadwell, will feature Iris Pro graphics. Broadwell chipsets will have 14-nanometer processors and will come with unlocked cores. Read more »

Fly out to Hong Kong and be the first to touch the OnePlus One

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The guys over at OnePlus are nearing the launch of their One smartphone and are opening a contest that will allow one lucky participant to fly out to Hong Kong and be the first to touch the back of the phone.

In order to participate you’ll need to post one short video (15 seconds maximum) to Instagram or YouTube telling OnePlus how you feel about them. The most original entry will be selected and its author will win the prize. Read more »

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 »