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Watch Panasonic’s ad for its UHD TVs starring Neymar Jr.

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Panasonic is continuing its advertising campaign for its 4K UltraHD televisions that feature Neymar Jr., star of the Brazilian national team.

Big sporting events usually drive up sales of large, expensive TVs, just ask Samsung. I haven’t looked at Panasonic’s numbers but the World Cup is bound to have boosted the performance of its TV division too. Read more »

WhatsApp and Snapchat have eclipsed Facebook in number of photos shared

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Venture capital firm KPCB published a report on Internet trends and one of the slides stands out – each day over 1.8 billion photos were uploaded and shared using social networking and messaging apps. WhatsApp and Snapchat are the titans of the field.

Facebook has a significant share too but its growth seems slow compared to the apps. Of course, WhatsApp is now Facebook territory, so it’s not too bad for Zuckerberg and co. Read more »

Photo shows iPhone 6 in its retail box [UPDATE]

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We’ve seen plenty of dummies now here’s a photo of an Apple iPhone 6 in a retail box. We only see part of the box but it looks like the standard Apple retail box.

The box just says “iPhone 6,” contrary to past rumors of switching to “Air” as the name for the new iPhone (following the iPad’s example) Read more »

Three inTouch lets you make calls and send texts when there’s no cell signal

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Three UK just announced inTouch – an app for Android and iOS that can route your calls and texts over a Wi-Fi network. This isn’t like Skype or Viber, no this is for regular calls and texts that would normally go through the GSM network (they even come out of your monthly plan).

It’s not a new feature – O2 UK and T-Mobile US has been offering it for a while now – but few phones support it. Read more »

OnePlus OneWatch leak details a titanium and sapphire smartwatch

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The round smartwatch field may heat up very quickly – Motorola is taking its sweet time to put the Moto 360 on sale, while Samsung has already patented three round smartwatch designs. OnePlus may also throw its hat in the ring as there are already 3D renderings for promo material of the OneWatch.

A photo of what appears to be the product page of the OneWatch along with some sketches reveal the smartwatch’s specifications and that it might be close to ready. Read more »

HTC Desire 616 dual sim hands-on

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The HTC Desire 616 dual sim is like a smaller version of the Desire 816 but it has an attention-grabbing octa-core processor. And the processor has eight Cortex-A7 cores instead of big.LITTLE architecture.

The Desire 616 has a large screen for a mid-ranger but with 720p resolution it won’t be fighting flagships any time soon. This fits the style of smartphone popular in East Asia – screen size takes precedence over resolution, dual-SIM is a must and the more cores the better. Read more »

D.M.A. Navi Watch app for Galaxy Gear puts Google Maps navigation on your wrist

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You own a Galaxy Gear and need to get somewhere but don’t know the way. While Google Maps integrates with Android Wear, your Tizen-powered Samsung Gear smartwatch can’t use Android Wear apps. How to get out of this conundrum? The free D.M.A. Navi Watch app.

The app still uses Google Maps for navigation, but transfers the notifications put out by Maps onto your wrist. Read more »

8-inch Kingsing W8 tablet runs Windows 8 on a $100 budget

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It may sound unlikely but some manufacturers of Windows 8 tablets are trying to bring the price fight to Android with $100 tablets. Back in June we saw the 8″ Emdoor EM-i8080 and now the Kingsing W8 enters the stage.

The Kingsing W8 is powered by a quad-core Intel Bay Trail-T processor clocked at 1.8GHz paired with Intel HD graphics. This is proper Windows 8 too, not the failed RT branch. Read more »

AnTuTu hints of a pending Snapdragon 805-powered Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet

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Amazon may be working on a revamped flagship tablet, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. The original one launched with the then-current Snapdragon 800, while this new version spotted by the AnTuTu team uses the latest Snapdragon 805.

Other key specs seem unchanged – like the 8.9″ 2,560 x 1,600 screen, 2GB of RAM or 8MP / 1MP camera setup. Read more »

Apple MacBook Pros get a small update

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Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro lineup but it’s a relatively small upgrade. The 13″ and 15″ are more or less as rumored yesterday. This update comes less than a year than the previous one.

They are still powered by Haswell-based Intel Core processors, but with some new options. You also get 8GB RAM as standard on the 13″ MacBook Pro and 16GB on the 15″ model (last year it was 4GB / 8GB). Read more »

Sony will invest $345 million to boost smartphone sensor production

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Sony is the leading supplier of smartphone and tablet camera sensors and it will be expanding production with a 35 billion yen ($345 million) investment. The sensors will be based on Sony’s stacked CMOS design (like Exmor RS).

The increased production will come from two factories (located on the island of Kyushu) and will represent a 13% jump in overall production by August 2015. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi 4 benchmarked, compared with other Snapdragon 801 flagships

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Xiaomi let reporters fondle its new flagship, the Mi 4, so now we have the first benchmark score and several photos from the 13MP camera.

Also, hands-on photos show off two of the custom backs for the Xiaomi Mi 4 – wood and stone. Read more »

Watch first official hands-on demo of the Nokia Lumia 530

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The newly-announced Nokia Lumia 530 will be in stores next month but here’s your first chance to see more of the device in the official hands-on video. The video touts the 530′s colorful back panels that can be changed on a whim and the many apps Windows Phone 8.1.

Focusing on apps is no surprise, “Nokia” is really a division of Microsoft now and Windows Phone is its growing smartphone ecosystem. Read more »

Motorola US running a clearance sale on phone accessories

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Motorola US is doing some spring cleaning and has put up an array of accessories on a clearance sale. The prices of some products have been significantly slashed so if you wanted a power pack, headset or other accessory for your Moto now’s the time.

Also cases and shells for the Moto X and Droids are 50% off, screen protectors – 25%. Read more »

Western Digital introduces 6TB HDD, Red Pro line

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Disk maker Western Digital has expanded its NAS-centric Red line with 6TB hard disks (the increased capacity is headed to the consumer-oriented Green line). WD has also introduced the new Red Pro line for medium to large businesses.

The Western Digital Red disks now range from 1TB to 6TB and support 1 to 8-bay NAS setups. Read more »