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Samsung Galaxy S4 S View Cover review

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The list of official Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories is impressive, but the one that got the most people interested, is the S View Cover.

Basically, the S View Cover is an upgraded version of the Flip Cover, which has a neat cut-out window that allows you to take a quick peek at your Galaxy S4 screen to see what’s new or to just check out the time. Sounds good on paper, but is it worth the $70 price tag? Follow us to find out. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 Wireless Charging Pad and Wireless Charging Cover review

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Samsung made a big splash in the smartphone pond with the announcement of the Galaxy S4, but that doesn’t mean the company is going to stop there. The company also unveiled a plethora of accessories that expand the functionality of the beast smartphone even further. And as luck would have it we just got one of the more buzz-generating among them in our office – meet the Samsung Galaxy S4 Wireless Charging Pad.

Eager to catch up with its domestic rival LG and the traction-gaining Finns at Nokia, the Galaxy S4 sports wireless charging capability, as well. However, instead of having the feature built it (which would have made the smartphone thicker for everyone), wireless charging comes in the form of an optional accessory kit, which features a different back cover and the charging pad. Read more »

Next-gen Nexus 7 to come in July with Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, thinner bezels and higher-resolution screen

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According to a report by Reuters citing a separate duo of sources, a second-gen Nexus 7 is in the works, readying to debut at this year’s Google I/O.

Google will once again join forces with ASUS for the new Nexus 7, but has opted-in for a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset instead of Nvidia’s Tegra. Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet Z shipping date pushed back to late May in Europe

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The Sony Xperia Tablet Z was definitely one of the hottest tablets to set foot at the Mobile World Congress floor this year, and we were pretty excited when we learned that we’d be able to get our hands on one in mid-April. Sadly, Sony has pushed back the slate’s European release to the end of May.

On the checkout screen on the company’s webstore, the Xperia Tablet Z is listed to ship on May 28-29. Read more »

HTC One stands against the iPhone 5 in an epic drop test, see which one walks away

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Probably the last thing you’d like to witness happening to a brand new HTC One is its quick fight with gravity, followed by the heart-breaking noise of the impact when it hits the ground. Well, that’s exactly what the folks over at AndroidAuthority did.

Goof thing then that the drops weren’t done in the name of science. The HTC One was put against the iPhone 5 in a series of drop tests from different heights to see which one would fare better. Read more »

Qualcomm admits it was wrong about the Samsung Galaxy S4 1080p@60fps video recording

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Remember when Qualcomm said in its Galaxy S4 announcement blog post that the smartphone touts 1080p@60fps video recording?. Well, sadly, that’s not the case.

Qualcomm has got in touch with us regarding the video recording capabilities of the Galaxy S4, and has confirmed that it has made a mistake – the Galaxy S4 is capable of shooting 1080p at just 30fps. Read more »

Apple to have negative income growth for the first time since 2003, analysts say

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For the first time since 2003 Apple might report negative income growth, according to an analyst survey conducted by CNN Fortune.

Every single analyst that took part in the survey believes Apple will report a lower income for Q2, 2013 (ending in March – the company has a shifted fiscal year) compared to the same period last year. Analyst company Thomson Financial estimates Apple’s earnings per share (EPS) for the fiscal second quarter will stand at $10.18, compared to $12.30 in Q2 2012. Read more »

Will the Galaxy S4 offer 1080p@60fps video recording? Qualcomm says yes

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The Snapdragon 600 version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 might have another ace up its sleeve that we didn’t know about so far. The Qualcomm-powered version is reportedly going to boast 1080p video recording at 60fps, which will be a first in the smartphone world.

Update: It turns out that it was a mistake on Qualcomm’s side. The company got in touch with us to confirm it.

This was mentioned as one of Samsung’s flagship key features in the chipmaker’s press release, issued after the Galaxy S4 announcement. However, the Galaxy S4 unit which we have in in our office, doesn’t offer such functionality, despite its Snapdragon chipset. So what is the truth? Read more »

HTC drops “Quietly brilliant” slogan, to adopt a more aggressive marketing strategy

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HTC’s chief marketing officer Benjamin Ho will ditch the company’s current “Quietly Brilliant” slogan for a “bolder” tagline.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Ho said HTC will be adopting a more aggressive marketing strategy as it’s time for things to change. He added that HTC “has a lot innovations but we haven’t been loud enoughRead more »

There are now over 50,000 apps available for Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT in the Microsoft Store

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Microsoft has reached an important milestone – the Windows Store now touts more than 50,000 apps available for Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT.

The achievement was reached yesterday, according to the MetroStore Scanner, which at the time of writing counts 50,341 apps. Read more »

Sony tears down its Xperia Tablet Z on video, takes you on a tour of its innards

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The Tablet Z is Sony’s latest Android slate, which was confirmed to go global at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We witnessed its beauty with our eyes and were impressed by its weight and slim waistline. And to tickle the inner geek inside all of us, Sony has put up an official teardown video of the tablet.

Before tearing it down, Sony offers a walkthrough of the Tablet Z and then gets down to business. Read more »

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop says owning an iPhone is “embarrassing”, throws one on the ground

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In a rather awkward interview on national Finnish television show, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop didn’t hesitate to unequivocally call the iPhone “embarrassing” after the interviewer showed him his Apple smartphone. Shortly after that, Elop threw said smartphone on the ground.

In his nagging for more information regarding the yet unofficial, but highly rumored Lumia 928, the interviewer shared to Elop that he uses an iPhone, but also expressed his disappointment with the device and a desire to change it for a Lumia 928. Apparently, Elop felt he had no choice, but to throw the expensive smartphone away. Read more »

HTC and Samsung exchange Twitter slaps, pretend it never happened

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HTC and Samsung have started a war of words on Twitter, each mocking the other’s flagship smartphone and saying praising its own. After Samsung didn’t respond to HTC’s initial attack on the 140-symbol network, now the company’s UK branch started shooting In a response to a Twitter user, stating: “Four is always better than one ;-) (cc @htc_uk)

Naturally, HTC was quick to respond with their UK office even making the answer rhyme: “Plastic is not fantastic, my friend! ;)“. Read more »

Eric Schmidt: Chrome OS and Android not merging for now

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Google’s Executive chairman, Eric Schmidt stated today that Chrome and Android would remain separate, as they solve different problems right now. However, he didn’t really reject the possibility of them merging later down the road.

Additionally, Schmidt, who is currently attending the Big Tent Activate Summit in India, hinted that while both OS continue their separate ways, there’ll be more “commonality” between them. Read more »

YouTube hits 1 billion monthly users, reaching one of two people using the Internet now

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YouTube proudly announced that it has reached an important milestone. 8 years after its creation the popular video-sharing site has suprassed 1 billion monthly users.

The help you understand just how impressive this stat is, YouTube puts it into perspective stating that it reaches nearly one out of every two people on the Internet. Its user base is so vast that in fact, if it were a country, YouTube would be the third-largest, right after China and India. Read more »