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BlackBerry Z30 battery life test

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Being the latest BlackBerry smartphone amidst the company’s troublesome times is a daunting task and the Canadians are placing high bets on Z30. We already did our review of the business 5-incher and concluded that it packs a strong feature set, but now we’ll find out if the phone’s battery life will follow suit.

Packing a display of 5 inches brings some a number of benefits to the smartphone, one of them being the ability to carry a larger 2880 mAh battery. Read more »

Rumored Microsoft CEO shortlist

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Reuters claims it has insider information regarding the choice of the next Microsoft CEO. The shortlist of people that could replace Steve Ballmer includes Ford chief Alan Mulally and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.

In fact, according to sources familiar with the matter cited by Reuters, currently Microsoft has five people outside the company in mind for the position. There are also at least three internal candidates including former Skype CEO Tony Bates (currently in charge of Microsoft’s business developments) as well as Satya Nadella, Cloud and enterprise chief at the company. Read more »

Beats Pill XL by Dre Bluetooth speaker hits the FCC

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A larger Beats Pill wireless speaker has appeared in the FCC website. Dubbed the Beats Pill XL, the latest sound bar from Dr. Dre packs more punch and a similar design to the first Pill.

The speaker is yet to be officially announced, but the FCC docs reveal it boasts Bluetooth connectivity and NFC for easier pairing. Read more »

Meizu MX3 battery life test

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The Meizu MX3 review is complete and it’s come time to get into the details of the phone’s battery life. This is merely the fourth smartphone the likable Chinese phonemaker has put out, and it comes in as an all-round update of its predecessor, the MX2.

From the display to the CPU, to the design, to the software, everything has been revamped. This also includes the battery. Whereas the Meizu MX2 boasted a 1800mAh battery, its successor now has a 2400mAh unit. This is a big jump that should provide a solid boost in battery life all the while giving power to the hungry Exynos 5410 octa core chip and 1080p display. Read more »

BlackBerry Z30 hands-on

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The BlackBerry Z30 is the latest smartphone offering from the struggling Canadian manufacturer. Many wonder if it’s going to be the last nail in the BlackBerry coffin or if it will help it get a tiny breath of fresh air.

You won’t find the answer of this question here, it’s going to take a full blown review before we know it. For now, we’re going to give you a quick overview of what the BlackBerry Z30 is. Read more »

Exynos-powered Samsung Galaxy Note 3 goes through our benchmark gauntlet

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is available in two different configurations – with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset or with the company’s own Exynos 5420 Octa SoC. In our review, we tested the Snapdragon 800 variant of the phablet (N9005) and it nearly tops all of the benchmark charts. Now, as we got our hands on the alternative Note 3 version, we’re eager to see how it compares when it comes to performance.

Prior to announcing the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung outed the updated Exynos 5420 Octa chip stating its 20% faster than its predecessor in the CPU department and nearly twice as fast in terms of GPU. This should give it a fighting chance against the heavyweight chip champion that the Snapdragon 800 is. Read more »

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10 reimagine slate design

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After Lenovo’s Yoga line-up of ultrabooks turned out to be quite a success, the company has decided to take a stab at making a Yoga tablet. Meet the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10.

The members of the Yoga Tablet family feature a prominent circular bulge at the top, which holds a few tricks up its sleeve and allows the slate to stand in three different modes. Read more »

Barnes & Noble launches new Nook Glowlight

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Barnes & Noble has launched an updated version of the Nook Glowlight e-reader. Aimed to directly compete with Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, the new Nook Glowlight is a notable improvement over its predecessor in almost every way imaginable.

For starters, the updated Nook Glowlight is lighter, tipping the scales at just 175 grams – in comparison, the Kindle Paperwhite weighs 213 grams. B&N has also managed to get rid of the annoying screen flashes that trouble other eBook readers.. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1520 uses its Assertive display tech to dominate the Xperia Z Ultra, Galaxy Note 3 and iPhone 5s

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At the Nokia Lumia 1520 announcement in Abu Dabi, the Finns spent quite a lot of time praising the phablet’s screen – a 6″ ClearBlack IPS LCD with Apica’s Assertive display technology. It essentially brings the screen’s sunlight legibility capabilities to a whole new level, without draining the battery while doing so.

To show just how good the technology actually is, YouTube reviewers from GadgetBoys have put the Lumia 1520 next to the the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the iPhone 5s for a mouth-watering show-off. Read more »

Lumia 2520 is better than Surface 2, says Qualcomm exec

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Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm has expressed his view on the latest tablets from Nokia and Microsoft. Speaking to CNET, he said that the Nokia Lumia 2520 trumps the Microsoft Surface 2 in every way possible.

That’s not too surprising, considering the Lumia 2520 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, while Microsoft’s second-gen Surface uses the Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset. Read more »

Tizen tablet available for developers in Japan

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An under-the-radar company called Systena has launched a 10.1″ Tizen tablet in Japan. Don’t get too excited though as the slate is aimed exclusively at developers working with the OS.

The Systena-made tablet is part of a larger developer toolkit, which includes manuals, consulting services from the company and miscellaneous software tools. The tablet itself is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Read more »

Samsung ranks second in R&D spending for 2013

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Booz & Company has released its annual study of Research & Development expenditure and has identified the top 20 biggest investors in the world. Car maker Volkswagen tops the chart with $11.4 billion spent in 2013, but Samsung is close behind with $10.4, taking the second spot.

The research covers the period between June 2012 and June 2013, so the data isn’t strictly for 2013. Mind you, Samsung isn’t spending that kind of money on its Mobile division alone, but rather on its whole business which covers a vast number of areas. Read more »

Apple iPad Air vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) vs. ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T

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Apple has just lifted the curtains off its latest iPad Air. It’s thinner, lighter, and more powerful than its predecessor and it’s undoubtedly the best iPad yet, but that’s not surprising anyone. What’s more interesting besides the slate itself is how it compares to the competition.

We are talking the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) and the ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T – the most potent Android tablets available to date. Those beasts both sport 10.1″ displays of 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution. Read more »

Apple refreshes 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro laptops with Intel Haswell

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Apple has just announced its refreshed 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro notebooks, which now flaunt Intel Haswell CPUs as well as Retina displays. On top of that, they’ve been put on a diet and are now lighter and slimmer.

In addition to the Haswell CPUs, the new MacBook Pro notebooks sport Iris graphics, like the latest MacBook Air. Performance is further improved thanks to PCI Express SSD storage for both models. Read more »

Apple App Store surpasses 1 million apps, 60 billion downloads

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At today’s iPad-centric Apple event, company’s CEO Tim Cook took the time to share exciting news regarding the App Store. Back in June at the WWDC, the apps in the App Store were more than 900,000 and now they’ve already passed the 1,000,000 mark.

Moreover, total number of downloaded apps is now more than 60 billion. The main rival of the App Store – the Google Play Store passed the 1 million apps mark in July, but at that point it only had 50 billion downloads accumulated. Read more »