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Samsung plans to invest $14.7 billion in a new chip plant

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Reuters reports that Samsung is planning to invest the gargantuan $14.7 billion in a new chip-making factory over the next three years. That’s the biggest investment the company has ever made into a single plant.

According to Samsung’s plans, the plant is going to be built in Pyeongtaek, which is 75 km south of Seoul and create 150,000 jobs (about a third of the city’s population). Read more »

Apple iPhone 6 battery life test

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Our exhaustive iPhone 6 review is enjoying a lot of attention and now it’s time to take a bit more attention on the phone’s battery performance. The iPhones have always boasted good battery life and users expect the iPhone 6 to be no exception.

The larger size of the iPhone 6 means room for a larger battery and the boost is significant. In comparison to the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 flaunts a 250mAh more capacity – 1,810mAh vs 1,560mAh. In addition, the Apple A8 chip inside the iPhone 6 should be more frugal in power usage than its predecessor since its built on the 20nm manufacturing process. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on

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Hello, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, we meet again. Now that we’re away from the IFA 2014 spotlights and the hectic showroom environment, it’s time to meet the company’s flagship phablet in a more personal setting.

Upon the first glance, we can’t help but enjoy how the Galaxy Note 4 feels in hand. The feel of the phablet, which now shares the metal frame with the Galaxy Alpha, is substantially better. Read more »

European Commission allows Facebook to acquire Whatsapp

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Last week we heard Facebook will get the approval of the European Commission for the Whatsapp deal and today this has been officially confirmed. The Commission gave the green light for the $19 billion dollar acquisition of the Whatsapp messaging service after US regulators gave it a thumbs up, too.

The European Commission reasoned that Facebook’s Messenger platform and Whatsapp are not close competitors and that competition is sufficient even after the merger. Read more »

OnePlus shows the One quality test labs on video

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OnePlus has decided to join in on the durability test bandwagon and showcase its stress labs with the OnePlus One being tortured.

If you’ve come here for a bend test, we’ll have to disappoint you, as the video doesn’t show one. OnePlus does test the phone in a scenario where you’re sitting on it. but unlike Samsung’s similar test where the Koreans apply 100kg of force on the Galaxy Note 4, OnePlus does so at just 25kg, though. Read more »

Samsung anticipates sales boost following Apple chip deal

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Samsung is planning to start producing chips using its 14nm manufacturing process at the end of the year. It seems the company has managed to secure a deal with Apple and it anticipates a notable sales boost once it begins to deliver on it.

Kim Ki-nam, President of Samsung’s semiconductor business told reporters at the company’s HQ in Seoul that profits “will improve positively” once the deal goes through. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 internals showcased in a teardown

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The Sony Xperia Z3 has been torn apart by MyFixGuide and we get to see what the company’s latest Android flagship is made of. The guide also goes through each step of the disassembly, which is useful if you ever need to take a peek inside.

But since this will void your warranty, we advise you not to. Anyway, the back cover of the phone is easy to pop open with the right tool. Once opened, you can see how Sony has insulated the phone and made able to take diving lessons over 1 meter of water for more than 30 minutes. Read more »

Tablet chipset shipments mark 23% annual jump in Q2 2014

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According to a report by Strategy Analytics, chipsets destined for tablets have marked a year-on-year jump of 23% in Q2 2014. According to the estimates, $945 million worth of tablet chipsets have shipped in the last quarter alone.

Standing on top is Apple with its iPad slates, which hold a 26% revenue share. Interestingly, Intel is close by at second place at 19% and Qualcomm is third with 17%. Read more »

eBay spins off PayPal as a separate company, former American Express boss takes its wheel

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eBay is spinning off PayPal into a separate company as it believes there are a lot more opportunities to seize that way. The PayPal spinoff will allow it to refocus and grasp new possibilities in the online payment sector.

Former American Express CEO is going to be in charge of PayPal and he’s joining eBay starting today as President and CEO-designee. According to eBay stats, PayPal is responsible for the transfer of 1 out of every 6 dollars spent online. Read more »

60,000 Xiaomi Redmi 1S phones sell out in 13.9 seconds in latest sale

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Xiaomi held a flash sale of 60,000 Redmi 1S smartphones today in India and the whole thing was done in 13.9 seconds. This is the fifth time the company is holding such a sale, but today’s was the largest of them all.

The company promises that something special is going to hit next week, but it’s not going to be another flash sale. Don’t get us wrong – there will be a sale but that will happen a week later, on October 14. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact rooted, get custom recovery

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The Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact can now be rooted thanks to the dedicated work of XDA-Developer Doomlord. On top of that, they can enjoy a lot of ROM flashing thanks to also having support for custom recovery.

In order to do any of the two, you have to have an unlocked bootloader and be on a stock firmware or ROM based on it. After a quick flash of a custom kernel, you’re ready to flash ClockWorkMod custom recovery. Read more »

Weekend poll: Sony Xperia Z3 vs. HTC One (M8) vs. Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. LG G3

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In this week’s poll, we get a little break from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and concentrate on the Sony Xperia Z3, which we reviewed earlier this week. We are pitting it against its main Android rivals: the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3.

The Sony Xperia Z3 stands tall with its superb waterproof skills under its IP68 certification allowing it to dive below 1 meters of depth for over 30 minutes. It’s also lighter and a bit more compact than its predecessor and comes with a new design, so the outcome of this poll is going to be interesting. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 stars in an underwater unboxing

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Sony prides itself with the Xperia Z3‘s IP68 certification, which allows the smartphone to dive over 1 meter for over 30 minutes without breaking much sweat. As a result, Carphone Warehouse decided it was time to do one of the coolest unboxing videos we’ve seen – on the bottom of a swimming pool.

Sure, the box doesn’t fare too well, nor does the documentation inside. We’re also not to sure about using the charger after it has been submerged in water. Read more »

HealthKit-integrated Apps start surfacing in the App Store

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With iOS 8.0.2 now seeding, apps using the Apple HealthKit suite have started appearing in the App Store.

The first of the apps to appear in the App Store is FitPort, which gives you all available health information to you while syncing with HealthKit. The new health-related framework also allows you to be very picky on what information you share with third-party apps. Read more »

GoPro HERO4 leaks with 4K 30fps video and touch display

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Details of the Black and Silver versions of the GoPro HERO4 have now surfaced revealing 4K video recording at 30fps and built-in touch display. However, you’ll have to choose one or the other, as the Black does the 4K @ 30fps recording, while the Silver packs a touch display at the back.



GoPro HERO4 Black

The GoPro HERO4 Black is claimed as the most advanced GoPro camera ever and boasts improved image quality in addition to twice the processing power of its predecessor. Read more »