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Here is how Samsung manufactures the metal frame of the Galaxy Alpha

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As part of the festivities surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Alpha launch, the Korean manufacturer released details on the manufacturing process behind the device’s metal frame. The latter is widely considered to be one of the smartphone’s biggest highlights.

As you have probably guessed, creating the device’s metal frame requires a number of CNC processes. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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If you haven’t heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge you must just be coming out of a cave. The Challenge has become so popular that it has passed from people to smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 follows in the footsteps of many celebrities and got splashed with freezing water. Read more »

Swing Copters now available on iOS and Android

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Developer of the infamous Flappy Bird game has released his second game. Called Swing Copters, the game is now available for download on iOS and Android for free.

One of the things that made Flappy Birds so popular was that it was infuriatingly difficult but still quite addictive. Well, if Flappy Bird was difficult, Swing Copters is nearly impossible. Read more »

Intel and Unity announce collaboration to bring Android support to x86 devices

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Intel and Unity Technologies announced strategic collaboration to extend Andorid support for the chipmaker’s devices. Unity will add Android support for Intel’s current and future x86 chips, including the Core and Atom families.

The graphic development platform creator will add Intel product enhancements to its Unit 4 and Unity 5 product families. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook launches at $180

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, the ebook-focused tablet by Samsung and Barnes & Noble, is available in the US today at $180 (after a $20 instant rebate). That’s the same price as the pure-Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 but Barnes & Noble claims it is throwing in $200 worth of content.

That includes bestselling books, magazines, TV shows and you even get $5 store credit. Read more »

Facebook Messenger reaches 500 million downloads on Android

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Facebook carved out the chat functionality from its main app and transferred it exclusively to its Messenger app. Messenger is getting pummeled with 1-star reviews but that hasn’t stopped it from growing and it is now on over 500 million Android devices.

Only two other non-Google apps (so not Android defaults) have managed this – the main Facebook app and the Facebook-owned WhatsApp. Read more »

Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint hands-on

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We managed to spend some quality time with the Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint Wireless. Announced earlier today, the budget-friendly smartphone marks the return of the Japanese manufacturer in the United States.

Despite its sleek looks, which suggest a high price tag, the Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint is quite affordable. Read more »

Asus smartwatch teased ahead of IFA debut

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We’ve been hearing rumors about the fist Asus smartwatch debuting in Berlin at the IFA expo next month but now we have a solid proof. The company took to its Twitter account to tease an image of the upcoming smart wearable.

Naturally, the image doesn’t reveal a whole lot about the device – the full details will be kept in secret until the company’s press conference on September 3. Read more »

Got wood? Moto X gets free wood back upgrade until August 21

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The Motorola Moto X is on its way out with numerous Moto X+1 rumors swirling, but it’s still a reasonably attractive phone at $350. And now you can get one of the four wood backs at no extra cost.

You can pick Walnut, Bamboo, Ebony or Teak back instead of the usual plastic back. You don’t even have to ask, of course this is for the US only (sigh). Read more »

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua promo videos are live

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Sony just took the wraps off its Xperia M2 Aqua smartphone – a water-proofed Xperia M2 and now the promo videos are live.

The videos run through the phone’s strengths and shows it getting wet on more than one occasion – something that tends to get users’ mouth to water pretty fast these days. Read more »

The successor of Flappy Bird will be named Swing Copters

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The ultra-popular time-wasting phenomenon Flappy Bird will soon have a successor. The upcoming title by Dong Nguyen will be named Swing Copters.

Swing Copters will feature similar gameplay as Flappy Bird, except it will reportedly be even more difficult. Read more »

LG reportedly set to reveal its next smartwatch next month

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According to a report in The Korea Times, LG is set to release its next generation smartwatch in September, with IFA in Berlin as the likely destination. The successor of the LG G Watch will allegedly be a “serious game changer.”

Tentatively named LG G Watch 2, the yet to be announced Android Wear gadget is rumored to be a bona fide premium product with Qualcomm silicon on board. Read more »

Sony Xperia T3 battery life test

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The Sony Xperia T3′s battery life test is now complete and it’s time to share with you how it did. The phone is impressively thin at just 7mm, but thanks to its large stance, it houses a decent 2,500mAh battery.

Combine this with the Snapdragon 400 chipset, which has a solid record being mostly frugal, we can expect the phone’s draw on battery to be as optimized as possible. Additionally, Sony has integrated the Power Saver option into the Settings menu. It helps you extend the battery life by toggling Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth screen brightness, auto sync and background data on and off automatically when the battery charge falls below a certain user-defined threshold. Read more »

Weekend poll: Samsung Galaxy Alpha takes on the compact droid competition

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha made quite a stir this week as the first Samsung device not to rely entirely on polycarbonate in its body. Not only that, but Samsung has also kept the dimensions well within limits, and its 4.7-inch display and ultra-slim 6.7mm waistline put it firmly in compact smartphone territory.

In our latest poll we’ll be pitting the Alpha against the usual suspects, including offerings from LG and HTC, its Galaxy S5 mini compatriot, and the original small-stature droid, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. Read more »

Crew members will have Nexus 7 tablets on Virgin America

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Nexus 7 tablets will now be on every Virgin America flight.

But don’t get too excited, because these Android slates will be for crew members only. Read more »