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Samsung SDI outs 210mAh curved battery for wearables

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Samsung SDI released a curved battery with 210mAh capacity. As expected, the newcomer is bound to find home in wearable devices going forward.

The newly released battery is manufactured using V-bending technology to increase its energy density. Read more »

Pioneer and Apple team up to bring CarPlay to the masses

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Pioneer announced that its in-dash car multimedia systems will support Apple CarPlay. This means that you no longer need to purchase a brand new car to enjoy Cupertino’s latest, automotive-centered creation.

Apple CarPlay will be available to Pioneer’s NEX family of multimedia receivers via a firmware update. Read more »

Moto X+1 custom back options leaked

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Evleaks has got another leak for the interweb: this time it’s a list of the backplate options for the upcoming Moto X+1.

The original Moto X made quite a splash by giving users the option of customizing their phones with a variety of color and material options: including wood. The new Moto X+1 has a couple of new tricks though. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 hits the pavement from a two story building

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We have already seen Samsung Galaxy S5 fighting it out against its predecessor in a drop test and the device has proved its mettle when it was ran over by a Tesla Model S. Now, we have yet another drop test where the Galaxy S5 is subjected to a drop from the second floor of a building.

So, how does the smartphone survive a collision with the pavement? Read more »

Alibaba to enable fingerprint purchases for the Galaxy S5

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The latest generation of devices reintroduced fingerprint recognition into mobiles, with online payment services like PayPal quickly jumping aboard to enable secure one-touch authorization for purchases.

Chinese ecommerce site Alibaba is allegedly also looking to enable mobile purchase verification using the Samsung Galaxy S5‘s fingerprint sensor, this time to the wider Asian market. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 gets torn down by iFixit

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If you’re curious about the internals of Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S5, then the folks over at iFixit have exactly what you’re looking for.

As with all Galaxy devices, the battery is user-replaceable and easy to access by simply removing the back panel. But what about the other components? Let’s take a look at just how easy it is to gut a Galaxy S5. Read more »

Samsung releases a a new Galaxy S5 commercial

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Samsung has released a new commercial that focuses on the latest special features of their upcoming flagship: the Galaxy S5.

The ad mentions the GS5′s camera, the phone’s resistance to dust and water, its Full HD Super AMOLED screen, and its built in heart rate sensor. Read more »

The HTC One M8 is king of touch screen response time

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Looks like HTC can add another feather in the cap of the One M8 as the phone’s screen has the fastest touch-screen registry time of any smartphone.

46ms is all it takes for the One M8 to recognize your touch input; the first phone to go under 50ms. Read more »

Samsung rebrands its SD card lineup to match SSDs

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Samsung has seen some great success with its 840 PRO and EVO series of SSD drives, so much so that it’s decided to rebrand its microSD and SD cards to match that nomenclature.

The new Standard, EVO, and PRO cards from the Korean manufacturer will feature easy to distinguish colors which should help consumers in differentiating between the features and capabilities of the different classes. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1520 might get Miracast support, older WP devices have no chance

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Microsoft introduced its latest mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8.1 a few days ago. Back at its announcement, the Redmond giant did mention that the newest OS supports Miracast, but we now know that the wireless screen casting service would require new hardware to work and will not be available on all WP 8.1 devices.

According to a tweet from Joe Belfiore, the head of Windows Phone group, Miracast would require new hardware and Nokia Lumia 1520 might be the only device to qualify. Read more »

See the Tesla Model S run over the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Coming straight from the YouTube channel that brought us the fingerprint battle between the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s is this new video where the Galaxy S5 is subjected to a drop test and being run over by a Tesla Model S.

We’ve already seen how the Galaxy S5 takes drops on the ground so we’re more interested in the car run over bit. Read more »

More insight on Google’s Project Ara: build your own smartphone

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Google’s Project Ara is well on it’s way, and big G has revealed some more information about the exciting new build-your-own-smartphone adventure.

We’ve got video released straight from Google below, after the jump. Hit it to see the cool things the Californian search engine overlord has in store. Read more »

Intel announces 64-bit KitKat kernel alongside Bay Trail successor

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At the today’s IDF conference in Shenzen, China, chip giant Intel has unveiled a boatload of new processing systems and technologies.

Braswell, the next iteration of their processor family and successor to their Bay Trail lineup has been unveiled, as well as a new 64-bit Android 4.4 KitKat kernel specifically optimized for the next generation architecture. Read more »

Samsung details new Galaxy S5 display panel

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Display mate gave the Samsung Galaxy S5′s front 5.1″ panel an Excellent score, claiming its the best display they have seen. In turn Samsung display decided to elaborate how much better the flagship screen is compared to its predecessor’s.

The Galaxy S5 display has higher brightness, lower reflectivity, better viewing angles, improved contrast ratio and even better power consumption. Read more »

Mysterious Samsung SM-T800 slate passes FCC

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An unannounced Samsung slate that goes by the model name SM-T800 has passed the FCC. It looks to be the Wi-Fi-only variant of the SM-T801 and SM-T805, which got their evaluation last month.

The SM-T800 has been leaked before in a benchmark test which pointed to an Exynos 5 Octa chipset with four Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.9 GHz, 3 gigs of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, 8 MP and 2 MP cameras on the back and front. The slate runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2 and could sport a 2560 x 1600 10.5″ AMOLED on the front. Read more »