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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 overheating results in back cover damage

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 rocks a potent Exynos chipset with an octa-core CPU in a great looking 6.6mm thick shell. However, several early adopters have noticed that the tablet is overheating when put through its paces and this leads to unwanted consequences.

The back of the tablet is deforming because of the excessive heat and in the photo above you can see the back panel has noticeable defects. Read more »

Nokia highlights the coolness of wireless charging in latest Lumia 930 ad

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The Nokia Lumia 930 is starring in a new advertisement accenting in its wireless charging capabilities. The ad is posted by the UK branch of the company and displays the Lumia 930 in various environments doing its wireless charging thing with the DC-50 portable wireless charger.

It’s not really surprising that the ad is coming from UK, considering the phone comes with the accessory as a bonus in the country. You also get the MD-12 Wireless speakers if get the smartphone in Britain. Read more »

Latest Chrome for Android version brings security fixes and better font rendering

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Just yesterday the Chrome team pushed an update for the iOS version of its browser and today it’s Android’s turn. Chrome for Android reaches version 36.0.1985.122 and addresses important issues and bugs.

One of the key improvements is the better text rendering on websites that aren’t mobile optimized. Chrome 35 brings similar improvements on Windows with a feature called DirectWrite, and makes fonts look much better. Read more »

BlackBerry takes a jab at the Blackphone, its maker strikes back

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Feeling the pressure from losing ground under its feet, BlackBerry is no stranger to publicly attacking the competition. Following the jab at the Android KNOX security feature, BlackBerry has set its aim at the new smartphone maker behind the security-oriented Blackphone. On one of its official blogs, the Canadian phonemaker states that the Android-powered Blackphone is “inadequate for business”.

But Toby Weir-Jones, chief executive of SGP Technologies, maker of the Blackphone handset wouldn’t have any of this and retaliated with a blog post hitting BlackBerry where it hurts most. Read more »

Asus Transformer TF701T receives Android 4.4.2 KitKat update

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Asus is currently pushing an update for the Transformer TF701T tablet to Android 4.4.2. The OTA update takes the tablet from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to a more recent version of KitKat, but the company isn’t bragging about it as there’s no official information on exactly what the update changes.

Nevertheless, our tipster who has received the update in Spain, says that there’s now a Powered by Android logo added to the boot animation. Read more »

BlackBerry Passport runs Android apps without awkward visual consequences

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The BlackBerry Passport, which the company’s CEO recently unveiled, rocks a square 4.5″ QHD display cropped to 1:1. This gives it a resolution of 1,440 x 1,440 pixels and anxiety that some Android apps (which BlackBerry OS can run) will look visually unpleasing. As n4bb.com found out, that’s not the case.

The Passport has been snapped in the wild to be running a couple of Android apps, which scaled perfectly on its 1:1 display. Since the company debuted the squared display concept on BlackBerry 10 devices with the Q10, we doubt that native apps will experience any issues. Read more »

Latest Chrome for iOS update has Cast support in tow

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The iOS version of Chrome has received an update bringing it to version 36.0.1985.49. The latest iteration of the Google-made web browser brings the long-awaited Cast support.

Now, users with Cast-enabled devices can stream web pages seamlessly with their Chrome on iOS. The updated version of Chrome also should be more stable and with less bugs. Read more »

Microsoft anticipated to undergo massive layoffs this week

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Microsoft is expected to undergo massive staff layoffs this week. According to a report by Bloomberg citing company insiders, Microsoft’s job cuts will be the biggest in five years.

The reductions in staff will be primarily in the Nokia handset division and its portions that overlap with already existing Microsoft structures. This includes departments such as engineering and marketing. Read more »

All 73 Google I/O 2014 sessions now available to watch online

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The Google I/O 2014 Developers Conference was huge. It included 73 sessions, spanning over 2 days, and covering app performance, design, web and many other topics.

All of them are now available for your viewing pleasure, in case you missed some of them. Probably, the most interesting is the keynote, where Sundar Pichai and other Google top dogs revealed Android L and Android Wear, to name a few. Read more »

An LG Nexus tablet pops up in an import manifest

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According to manifest documents from Indian imports tracker Zauba, somebody has brought a prototype LG Nexus tablet into the country. It sounds pretty reasonable to guess that this may as well be the Nexus 8 we saw mentioned earlier this month in a similar manifest.

Of course, it may as well be a 10-inch slate as it’s been a while since Google released theirs. Interestingly, the last two compact Nexus tablets were made by Asus and both received stellar reviews so it would be surprising to see Google move production to LG. Read more »

Raspberry Pi Model B+ brings neat new features, still costs $35

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The Raspberry Pi Model B has been selling for over 2 years now and today the company behind the popular single-board computer has launched a new version called Raspberry Pi Model B+.

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As you can deduce from the name of the new product, the Model B+ is not a big leap on features from its predecessor. It packs the same BCM2835 application processor and 512MB RAM, but there’s quite a few novelties. Read more »

Everyone in Germany who buys a Galaxy S5 in July gets a Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 for free

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Samsung is holding a very attractive promotion for everyone that has bought a Galaxy S5 in the month of July by giving a free Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Wi-FI edition tablet. The promo is available exclusively for Germany.

The new Galaxy S5 owners in Germany can redeem their free Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 tablet until August 10. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 M8 is now out, brings Android 4.4.4 KitKat

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CyanogenMod 11 M8 is now available for download on selected devices. For the first time, the Sony Xperia Z2 (sirius), Xiaomi Mi2 (aries), Oppo Find 7a/s (find7) and OnePlus One (bacon) are graced by the popular third-party ROM.

One of the most major pieces of news regarding the update is that it’s based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. In addition to its enhancements to the core of the OS, it brings a ‘Heads Up’ notification mode (accessible through Settings > Notifications). Read more »

Compact smartphone battle: Galaxy S5 Mini vs HTC One Mini 2, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and LG G2 mini

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This week’s poll is a compact smartphone battle redux, but this time we have a new contestant – the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini. And it’s only fitting to let you decide if its better than its rivals in the trio of duels we have prepared for you.

It’s not too hard to figure out which compact smartphones we have in mind without reading the title. The high-end spectrum of mini smartphones includes the HTC One Mini 2, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and the LG G2 mini, all of which will be keen to take on Samsung’s latest offering. Read more »

Latest Nova Launcher Beta brings L Preview visual enhancements

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The latest beta version of the popular Android homescreen replacement Nova Launcher boasts a fresh coat of paint with the addition of “L Preview” visual goodies.

The new visuals of the launcher include a new look for the homescreen folder preview, the L-release app drawer icon and a new app animation. Read more »