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Leaked HP Slatebook 14 video shows a 14″ Android laptop

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A leaked video demo reveals the HP Slatebook 14 – an Android-powered laptop with a 14″ 1080p touchscreen. It’s not a hybrid (detachable tablet + keyboard dock) like the Slatebook X2, nor is it a dual-boot device, it’s pure Android.

The specs are a bit unclear, but the video is promising a slim and lightweight design. Without the need for a second battery behind the screen like on the Slatebook X2, this new device should be thinner than 20mm. Read more »

Amazon revenue goes up in Q1, but expects a loss in Q2

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Amazon just announced its financial results for the January-Mach quarter and it beat analysts’ expectations with $19.74 billion in revenue, up 23% compared to the first quarter of last year.

The retailer has been making big moves recently – it released a set top box (Fire TV), a tool to make shopping easier (Dash) and made some HBO shows available on its streaming services. It’s rumored to be working on a phone too. Read more »

Sony FMP-X5 will add 4K HEVC streaming support to older 4K Bravias

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4K TVs are slowly growing in popularity but to enjoy them to their fullest potential, you’ll need a good 4K video source. Sony’s 2012 and 2013 4K TVs don’t have native HEVC decoding, but the company is correcting this oversight with the new FMP-X5 player.

The Sony FMP-X5 decodes 4K HEVC video and sends it to a 4K Bravia TV over an HDMI cable. Read more »

Qualcomm revenue and net profit raise in Q1

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Qualcomm, maker of chipsets and wireless modems, published its quarterly financial report and the numbers shows an increase in revenue and net income compared to the same quarter last year.

We delivered another solid quarter, driven by demand for our leading multimode 3G/LTE chipset solutions and record licensing revenues,” said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. Read more »

Play Store is having a Premium Game Sale

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If you haven’t scratch your “good deal” itch with Steam Sales, Google is holding a Premium Game Sale. The sale features paid games exclusively, ranging for casual to highly advanced. This includes Anomaly 2 (down to just $0.99), The Dark Knight Rises, Need for Speed: Most Wanted and so on.

Note that the available games and the list their price varies by region, the image above shows the US lineup. Read more »

AnTuTu statistics say Nexus and Xiaomi as popular as Samsung

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The makers behind the popular benchmark AnTuTu have compiled statistics from their app to try and paint a picture of the global popularity of Android phones. The results show Samsung and Google Nexus have a huge presence and so does (surprisingly) Xiaomi.

It should be noted that 50% of the info for these statistics came from users based in China, which clearly skews the results. Read more »

First camera sample from Galaxy K Zoom surfaces [Update: it's fake]

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The next generation Galaxy S Zoom device will be dubbed Galaxy K Zoom instead and will be unveiled in less than two weeks. The number of leaks for the K Zoom has been relatively low, but now the first alleged camera sample has appeared.

Update:It turns out that the photo is actually coming from a Sony H200 digicam and not the upcoming K Zoom smartphone and the EXIF has been modified. Move along people, there’s nothing to see here.

The EXIF info lists the device as Samsung SM-C115, in line with previous leaks. Read more »

Colorful ad highlights Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear features

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Samsung’s ad campaign is going in full swing now that the Galaxy S5 and the new Gears are on sale. The latest ad is a colorful, sort-of psychedelic look of what the wearables and the new flagship phone can do for you throughout your day.

The ad really consists of 5 short segments with a common music, by the looks of it those are meant as short, separate spots. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor can be fooled

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Last year we saw that the iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner is not foolproof and can be bypassed by a “fingerprint spoof” – an artificial print created from wood glue and a photo of a latent fingerprint taken with a regular smartphone camera.

As it turns out, the Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner can be fooled by a spoof too – in fact, it was the same one previously used on the iPhone. Read more »

OnePlus One tops Galaxy S5, One (M8) in AnTuTu 4

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OnePlus continues to tease its first phone called the One. The maker has revealed it will use the Snapdragon MSM8974AC chipset – the one with Krait 400 @ 2.5GHz – and 3GB RAM for its debut handset.

OnePlus released a screenshot of an AnTuTu 4 score, which tops all current flagships. Read more »

Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch gets great repairability score in teardown

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How easy are watches to repair? Mechanical watches take years for a watchmaker to learn his skill, but digital smartwatches seem to be a whole lot easier if the Samsung Gear 2 is any indication.

iFixit took it apart quite quickly and gave it a high 8/10 repairability score. That’s very impressive for a IP67-certified watch. Read more »

Robert Downey, Jr. flaunts his HTC One (M8) in new ad

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Robert Downey, Jr. (aka Iron Man) is still a spokesperson for HTC and the company just came out with a one minute video ad of him talking up the new One (M8). He starts off by mentioning HTC won “best phone” at the MWC two years in a row.

However, there are no specifics of why the M8 is “somehow even better” than its predecessor. Read more »

Samsung’s telephony-enabled smartwatch to be called Gear Solo

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Some people are unhappy that smartwatches need the support of smartphones to do anything interesting. Those people would prefer if smartwatches could do at it alone – according to The Korea Herald, Samsung will make just such a watch, dubbed Samsung Gear Solo.

Samsung has filed a patent with the Korean Intellectual Property Office for the Gear Solo name, but that name might change before the smartwatch hits the market. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 battery life test

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is bound to become one of the hottest selling handsets and so it must undergo heavy scrutiny. Battery life is an everyday worry, especially with bigger screens and faster chipsets.

The Galaxy S5 screen isn’t much bigger than that of its processor (5.1″ vs. 5″), but it is brighter. The Snapdragon 801 chipset should also offer a big performance boost over the Snapdragon 600 of last year. Read more »

Fastlane feature of Nokia X phones demoed in official video

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Nokia finally started making Android phones but made sure the interface looks anything but Android. This includes a Windows Phone-like start screen and Nokia’s Fastlane feature from the Asha handsets.

Smartphone users are perhaps not familiar with it, so the company released a video demo of it running on the Nokia XL. Read more »