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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 artificially boosts chipsets for select benchmarks by 20-50%

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 was caught ramping up its GPU clock speed when running a benchmark, so naturally the Galaxy Note 3 was under suspicion too. Thanks to some excellent detective work by Ars Technica, now we have a confirmation.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 (the Snapdragon 800) version was tested against the LG G2 (same chipset) and it came out well ahead, even though the internals are identical. Read more »

GoPro unveils Hero3+ Black and Silver editions: smaller, better, same price

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It’s been nearly a year since the Hero3 was announced and now GoPro has a refinement – the GoPro Hero3+. It’s available in both Silver and Black editions (the White wasn’t updated) and promises 15-20% smaller camera (when put in the waterproof housing), improved lens and 30% longer battery life plus new features.

The better spec’d model, dubbed Hero3+ Black is 20% smaller than the non-plus version, but it also has a better lens – 33% sharper and promises to cut the imaging artifacts in half – along with upgrading the microphones. Read more »

Drop test: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hits the pavement on video

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Why would you drop a brand new expensive gadget? Well, curiosity but also entertainment for people on the Internet. You just have to pick an interesting victim, say a Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

How does its faux leather back survive a collision with the pavement? Read more »

Nokia Lumia 2520 (RX-114) Windows 8 tablet passes FCC certification

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The Nokia tablet just got a little closer to reality as the FCC posted a SAR report for the RX-114 made by Nokia. RX-114 is the a name we’ve heard before – a Windows RT tablet powered by Snapdragon 800 – but the device seems to prefer being called Lumia 2520 these days.

The FCC documents are pretty scarce in terms of imagery (the interesting bit is the image above) but they do give out cell connectivity info. Read more »

iPad 5 aluminum chassis measured and weighed on video

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Remember the days when Apple could keep its products secret? Here’s a video comparing a space grey iPad 5 to the iPad 4 to help you forget. The video shows measurements of the size and weight of the new iPad.

The video clearly shows that the iPad 5 design is based on the iPad mini (current version). Being a 9.7″ tablet, it’s a bit too big to hold in one hand, but is a good deal narrower than the old model. Read more »

Sony disassembles QX100 lens-style camera on video

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The Sony QX100 and QX10 lens are some of the most innovative products to come out of IFA this year and they’re going on sale. The QX10 is available right now, while the QX100 seems to be out of stock in the US and the UK but it’s available in Germany and France (that we checked).

The QX100 packs a large 1″ Exmor R sensor borrowed from the RX100M II camera and will set you back $500 / €430 / £360. Well, while you might not be able to get one right now, you can watch a QX100 disassembled to see what’s inside out of pure geek curiosity. Read more »

iOS 7 now running on 60% of iGadgets

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It’s been a bit over a week since iOS 7 became officially available to download and install on older iPhones and it has already hit around 60% adoption rate. Only a small part of that is due to newly purchased iPhone 5s and 5c units, as both combined account for around 2% of all iPhones according to Mixpanel.

Mixpanel has iOS 7 adoption at a hair over 62%, having surpassed the dwindling iOS 6 share sometime on September 20 (just a couple of days after release). Read more »

Nokia charges a Lumia 925 using lighting

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So, Apple gadgets are charged with Lightning cables? That’s cute – Nokia uses actual lightning. No really, Nokia has partnered with the University of Southampton for the craziest scientist implementation of wireless charging.

The team managed to get a Nokia Lumia 925 charging from a simulated lightning. Read more »

iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 photos and renders leak

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The iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 leaks are intensifying now that the iPhones are out from under their secretive wraps. The new iPads will reportedly follow the iPhone 5s’s lead and come in space grey, silver and gold.

A couple of new leaked photos show us a peek at the space gray iPad mini 2, while good looking renders imagine what both new tablet will look like in all three color options. Read more »

Has your iPhone 5 or 5c developed a battery drain issue on iOS7? Some of ours have

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Several people in the office along with some of our friends and family experienced a sudden battery drain on their iPhone 5 phones after the iOS 7 update and we noticed the same thing happen to the iPhone 5c (which has virtually the same internals as the iPhone 5). The iPhone 5s has not developed such a problem though.

It’s not just us, people have complained on the Internet that they’ve had the same issue with their iPhone 5/5c units. Read more »

Amazon unveils new Kindle Fire lineup – Snapdragon 800-powered Fire HDX 8.9″ and HDX 7″, cheap HD 7″

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Jeff Bezos posted yet another “Dear Customers” letter to the front page of Amazon.com announcing the new Kindle Fire lineup – that’s great advertising right there. The lineup consists of three tablets – the 8.9″ Fire HDX, the 7″ Fire HDX and the 7″ Fire HD.

Jump after the break for more info on the new tablets. Read more »

The Sony Xperia Z1 battery tests are done, here’s the score

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The Sony Xperia Z1 draws the crowds with an impressive camera and powerful chipset, but it’s also worth mentioning that the slender phone packs a large battery as well. It’s got a 3,000mAh fuel tank capacity, let’s see if it will go longer than the Xperia Z Ultra, which has virtually the same size battery (and chipset too), but proved to be a bit disappointing.

Well, the smaller screen should make a big difference (that’s 40% less surface area), but will that be enough? Read more »

CyanogenMod becomes a company, gets $7 million in financing, aims to release a ROM installer on the Play Store

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The best-known custom Android ROM, CyanogenMod, has turned from a hobby project to a proper company as Steve Kondik (the man who started it) announces the foundation of CyanogenMod Inc.

The baby-faced company has reportedly secured $7 million in funding and is looking to become the third ecosystem behind regular Android and iOS (watch your back, BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone). Read more »

BlackBerry Z30 stars in first promo video, boasts bigger screen and battery

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BlackBerry just jumped into the 5″ smartphone ring with the new Z30, up from the “small” Z10 with a 4.2″ screen. The BlackBerry Z30 also launches the new BlackBerry OS 10.2 with a number of new features.

The first promo video for the Z30 is out and it underlines the advantages of the Z30 and the updates that come with the new version of the OS. Read more »

China Unicom announces that 100,000 iPhone 5s and 5c phones were pre-ordered

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It’s been days since the pre-order for the iPhone 5c started and yet Apple hasn’t bragged about the millions of iPhones it has sold in the first 24 hours. The iPhone 5, for example, scored 2 million pre-orders in the short time period, the 4S managed a million and the iPhone 4 scored 600,000 pre-orders in the first 24 hours way back in 2010.

So, what’s going on with the iPhone 5c, is it doing equally well? China Unicom, the county’s second biggest carrier, has reported that 100,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s have been made (and they only started taking them today). Pre-ordered iPhone 5c units will arrive by September 21, while the 5s is listed as out of stock right now. Read more »