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Samsung’s top dogs met up today to discus the company’s new design direction dubbed “Design 3.0″

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With the Galaxy S4 being more of a evolution than a revolution in the Samsung’s smartphone design language, reports are flying in today that the company’s top executives have met in Seoul to discuss where the look of its products, both internal and external, is going.

Codenamed simply “Design 3.0″, the initiative will have the complex task at hand to sculpture the future product design language of Samsung. Reportedly, the company’s chiefs want their products to stand out and pack “positive values”. Read more »

Apple CEO Tim Cook does a D11 interview, watch the full video here

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The D: All Things Digital stage has been arguably the best place to see top dog company officials give interviews. Most prominent of which is the Steve Jobs and Bill Gates duo back in 2007.

Most recently, Apple’s CEO took a seat at the red chair for an extended 1 hour and 21 minutes interview. Read more »

A Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone combusts out of the blue and burns off while owner is asleep

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Yet another incident with an exploding Galaxy S3 has occurred last night, but this time it hasn’t been provoked by microwaves. Reddit user vizionx1208 was last night woken to a loud sign and a ton of smoke coming out of his beloved Galaxy S3.

Alerted by the really bad smell, he jumped out of his bed just to witness his own phone beginning to catch fire. Here’s what he saw after pouring a glass of water over the phone. Read more »

Samsung sets up a dedicated patent company in the US under the ownership of its Display division

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Samsung has decided to invest further in defending itself against patent infringement cases as well as protecting its already existing patents by establishing a dedicated patent firm in the US.

More specifically, Samsung Display has created a company called Intellectual Keystone Technology (IKT), which specializes in intellectual property and is based in Washington D.C., USA. Read more »

An official photo of a brown Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 leaks, no specific release date yet

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With the Galaxy S4 having already leaked in a brown suit, it’s time for the Galaxy Note 8.0 to do the same thing. Renowned leakster evleaks has brought up to light an official Samsung photo of the compact slate in a brown color.

As you can see from the photo above, the S Pen is also going to sport the same color as the tablet, making for one very stylish accessory. Read more »

Real Racing 3 set to receive a Dubai-themed update soon, will let you race at the Dubai Autodrome

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The popular racing game Real Racing 3 is about to get a major update dubbed simply The Dubai Update. As you’ve already guessed by now, racing will take place in Dubai, and more specifically at the Dubai Audorome.

EA, who is behind the game, is keeping its cards close to its chest at the moment and not much information is available. What is known however, is that there’ll be a new batch of cars. Read more »

Lenovo getting ready to enter the US and EU smartphone markets within a year

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Lenovo slowly but surely shows its potential of becoming a respectable smartphone maker (the K900 being its latest and greatest Android smartphone), but outside of China, its smartphones are only available in India, Indonesia and Russia.

The company’s CEO Yang Yanqing however, has expressed in an interview that his company is looking into expanding its reach to Europe and the United States. Read more »

Google Knowledge Graph reminders can now be sent directly to Google Now

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Hot off the Google I/O 2013 announcements, the search giant has implemented Google Now reminders feature from Knowledge Graph search results.

From now on whenever you’re signed in with your Google account and make a search that returns a Knowledge Graph entry containing a future date, you’ll get a “Remind me” button. Read more »

Alleged second-gen Nexus 7 makes a short appearance in an official Google video

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With Google denying us new device announcements at its I/O event, rumors surrounding the upcoming second-gen Nexus 7 were bound to heating up even more. Today a viginal redditor going by the nickname DangJuice has spotted an unusual looking Nexus 7.

The alleged updated Nexus tablet is starring in one of the developer panels at the Google I/O conference. As you can see from the screenshot above the tablet on the left doesn’t look like the current Nexus 7 tablet. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mega pops up in Samsung WatchON update description

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The description of an update for the Samsung Watch ON app in the Google Play Store suggests the company is working on a new addition to the Galaxy S4 family – the Galaxy S4 Mega.

As you can see in the excerpt in the screenshot above, the Galaxy S4 Mega is put next to the Galaxy S4 mini and the Galaxy S4 Active (those are also not officially announced by Samsung). Read more »

Sony gives the Xperia Tablet Z the pure Android treatment, says Xperia ZL is next

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Tailoring AOSP Jelly Bean to run on the Xperia Z just wasn’t enough for Sony and now the company is boasting the Xperia Tablet Z to be getting the same treatment.

The Tablet Z also joins the Xperia S, which was the first to get a pure Android version from Sony. Now developers and ROM makers can benefit from the open kernel sources and configuration files. Read more »

You can now request an invite for the updated Google Maps

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Google uncovered the redesigned Maps service featuring a slew of new features and capabilities at its Google I/O keynote yesterday. Alas, you will only have to wait until the summer to experience the new Maps in its full glory. Despite that, Google has set up a page for you to request an invite to experience the beta version of the service.

The new service sports a new user interface that’s centers only on the map itself. The map imagery itself is also slightly touched and is now completely vector-based. The search giant boasts the new Maps to be ‘tailored-made’ for you that gets better and more personal the more you use it. Read more »

Google revamps Maps for mobile and web with new UI, Google+ sync and personalized maps

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Leaks of the redesigned Maps spoiled the Google’s surprise, which was supposed to be the official release of the revamped service at Google I/O. Launching in the summer, the new Google Maps will sport an updated user interface as well as deeper Google+ synchronization

The desktop version of Google Maps got some very cool features from Google Earth such as flyover immersive images, 360-degree viewing and even taking a peek inside buildings. Read more »

Google Play Game Services provides game cloud saves, leaderboards, multiplayer and achivements

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In addition to multiple new and cool APIs for developers, Hugo Barra introduced Google Play Game Service which introduces leaderboards, game progress saves in the cloud, real-time multiplayer and game achievements.

What’s cool is that all of the new game services features, save for real-time multiplayer, are going to work crossplatform between Android, iOS and the web. Read more »

Google boasts 900 million activated Android devices, 48 billion Play Store app installs

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Google I/O 2013 has just started and to get things up to speed Sundar Pichai stepped on stage and announced that Android is doing even better than before. The Google platform has reached a total of 900 million activated devices.

An device counts as activated when you get a new Android handset and log in with your Google account for the first time. There would be several devices out there that were purchased but never logged in, so they won’t be counted in this number. Re-sells haven’t been counted, either, but as you know not every device that was activated would be in use now.

At this rate Google is on track to reach 1 billion Android device activations, in a few months, rather than at the end of the year as earlier predictions suggested.