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Microsoft updates Skype for Windows Phone with minor improvements

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Microsoft has issued an update for Skype on Windows Phone bringing the app to version 2.16.0.266. Available in the Windows Phone Store, the new Skype version fixes bugs and introduces slight improvements in the sign up/sign in process for users.

Now, first-time Skype users will have no choice but to register with the same Microsoft account that they’re currently using on their phone. Anther minor improvement is the introduction of the typing indicator icon whenever someone is writing you. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 clashes with the Sony Xperia Z2 and LG G2

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Today we saw the unveiling of two great Android flagship smartphones – the Galaxy S5 and the Xperia Z2. They’re the improved versions of their predecessors and choke-full of features. What better way to step back and see the whole picture than feature them in a direct head-to-head comparison (plus the recently announced LG G2).

The Galaxy S5 is powered by virtually the same chipset as the Galaxy S4, but this time around it’s slightly overclocked – from 2.3GHz to 2.5GHz. The newer Snapdragon 801 in the Xperia Z2 is pretty much the same, though it has a slightly overclocked GPU (as least according to the official Qualcomm specs). Read more »

Nokia XL hands-on

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The Nokia showroom floor at the MWC 2014 is chock full of people eager to see Android running on Nokia hardware. We’ve managed to get cozy with the Nokia XL for a minute and we’re now going to tell you all about it.

The Nokia XL features a 5″ IPS LCD display of WVGA resolution and it’s bad at all even though we’re used to seeing FullHD resolution on this sort of screen sizes. Read more »

Nokia X family official videos are out

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Nokia’s X family of Android smartphones are headlining today’s morning at the MWC 2014. To get people more familiar with the X, X+ and XL, the Finns have launched an official hands-on video where the company details the most important features of the phones.

The trio of Nokia X smartphones are built on top of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and feature an interface similar to the Windows Phone 8 one. There’s Nokia Glance Screen, which gives you information of the time and pending notifications without the need to unlock the phone. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet official promo trailer is out

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With the launch of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, the company also launched its promo trailer to go along with it.

We know that MWC 2014 can be a bit overwhelming, so take a moment to enjoy the feature highlight of Sony’s latest tablet. Read more »

LG L90 hand-on

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Leading the charge of the new LG Series III is the LG L90. Its 4.7″ IPS LCD display is of qHD resolution resulting in a pixel density of 234ppi. The display itself boasts nice colors and vieweing angles, but contrast isn’t particularly great.

Below the display, there’s a physical Home button sitting between a back and menu capacitive keys. On the dual SIM version, there’s no physical Home button, but four capacitive ones – back, home, menu and dual SIM manager.

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Samsung releases another Galaxy S5 trailer

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Samsung has released a promo video for the Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona next Monday. An emotional montage of cool images and text sets the scene, and mood, for the Galaxy S5′s arrival.

Speed, fit, courage, social, selfies are just some of the buzzwords to give the fans a taste of what to expect from the flagship. Read more »

Huawei teases a quartet of devices for MWC

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Huawei continues to tease its line-up of devices that’ll debut at the Mobile World Congress this year. This time, the manufacturer has posted a photo of the devices in question with only their outlines being visible.

Earlier this week, the Chinese company started building hype for its MWC devices in a funny video and showed just a bit of the two tablets and phone in question. Today, however, there’s a fourth one, which doesn’t look like either of those. Read more »

eBay’s latest acquisition lets you try new clothes online

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eBay is already a one-stop shop for many internet users out there, but the company is still working hard to enhance the shopping experience it provides. The online retailer has acquired startup company PhiSix, who specializes in creating virtual changing rooms.

There, you’ll be able to try on all the clothes you like without leaving your computer. PhiSix’s work enables patterns and pictures of clothes to turn into 3D models. All you then need is to create your avatar and give it your basic measurements. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Core LTE battery life

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The Samsung Galaxy Core LTE’s visit to our office ends up with its full battery life test. The phone is oriented towards those seeking an LTE phone on a budget without compromising battery life. We’ll see if the Galaxy Core LTE fits the bill.

At least on paper, it appears this to be the case. The Galaxy Core LTE sports a 2,100mAh battery, which is more than decent for a 4.5″ qHD screen. However, we’re not sure it’ll be enough to cover the losses from the ageing Cortex-A9 CPU architecture, which isn’t as power efficient as its more modern rivals. Read more »

Samsung unwraps new LED flash modules, Galaxy S5 to use one of them

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Samsung has officially announced its new camera flash LED unit, which it intends to use in future smartphones and tablets. The company has confirmed that one of them find its way in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 flagship later this month.

The new LEDs in question include two reflector-integrated flash LED packages, plus a flip-chip flash LED, as well as two side-view LEDs. Read more »

New Samsung S Pen patent suggests call-making skills for the stylus

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Not all patents make it to real-world products but they give us a wonderful insight into what’s cooking in the manufacturer’s kitchen – their R&D departments. This new Samsung patent suggests the company is hard at work on the next generation S Pen, as suggested by its latest patent filing to the US Patent & Trademark Office. The new S Pen is a major leap forward from the one found in the Note 3. It features an improved protruding grip, but that’s not nearly half of the story.

The new S Pen also sports speaker and a mic allowing it to take phone calls as well as (presumably) accept S Voice and Google Now commands. Read more »

Google buys sonic-based password company SlickLogin

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Google acquired today Israeli startup company SlickLogin. Five months ago, the company made its debut on the internet password security scene offering an interesting alternative – sound-based passwords.

The announcement of the acquisition sits on the company’s homepage, where the small team says that now they’ll be making the Internet safer for everyone. Presumably, Google has decided to replace its 2-step verification with a better authentication method. Read more »

IE11 update will remember passwords, WP8.1

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In addition to the plethora of new features and improvements that Windows Phone 8.1 will bring to the table, a more detailed digging into the SDK of the OS unveiled that Internet Explorer will also receive the option to store passwords.

This undoubtedly comes to a big relief to Windows Phone users, who are forced to type their passwords each and every time under the current version of WP. Read more »

Toshiba outs 5TB 7200rpm enterprise HDDs

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Toshiba has officially launched its new 5TB enterprise HDDs from the MG04 series spinning at 7200rpm. Designed for the mid-range servers and cloud applications in mind, the new Toshiba MG04 HDD is based on 1TB platters and comes in 2TB, 3TB, 4TB as well as 5TB variants.

The MG04 HDDs feature 7200 spindle-speed and either 64MB or 128MB cache. Naturally, they utilize the SAS-6Gb/s interface (as opposed to ATA-6GB/s) and are quite power efficient. Read more »