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Unlock your Moto X with a digital tattoo

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Is inputting a password or using the Face Unlock feature on Android too annoying for you? Then you’ll be happy to hear that Motorola has another solution for unlocking your phone: digital tattoos.

The phone manufacturer has joined forces with VivaLnk to give you a temporary tattoo that will last on your body for as much as five days. What’s special about this tattoo? Well, all you need to do is tap your phone on the area you’ve placed the phone-unlocking-ink and voila! Your phone will be unlocked. Read more »

Samsung: Galaxy Tab S 8.4 doesn’t overheat, faulty back panel to blame

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Last week a couple of pictures surfaced showing a deformed back panel on an apparently overheating Exynos-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4.

According to the information received by early adopters the slate would get so hot that it would cause its thin plastic back panel to bend at certain spots. Now Samsung has officially addressed the issue saying the problem lies with a limited number of defective back covers and the processor isn’t to blame or fear. Read more »

LG and Oppo duke it out over who introduced QHD first

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We’ve been all about QHD screens in the past couple of months, ever since the latest tech wave has had LG and Oppo at the forefront of the high-res display arms race by being among the first manufacturers to tout 1440p flagships.

But who gets the first-place medal? LG claims that it takes the prize on Twitter, but Oppo has its own say in the matter. Read more »

The new MediaTek chipsets can slow down time 16x with 480fps video capture

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MediaTek unveiled a new 64-bit octa-core chipset and almost lost among the many features on its specs sheet is Super-Slow Motion. The feature can capture 1080p at a brisk 480fps framerate – for comparison current flagship smartphones usually top out at 720p @ 120fps.

With 480fps video the camera can slow the action down to 1/16s of real time. Read more »

MediaTek’s MT6595 octa-core chipset scores more than 47,000 in AnTuTu benchmark

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Aside from unveiling the 64-bit true octa-core MT6795 chipset today, MediaTek has also showcased its 32-bit MT6595 part for the third time this year. Since we already know pretty much everything there is to know about this SoC, the Taiwanese company decided to hype it up by boasting that it’s gotten a result of 47,233 points in the AnTuTu benchmark.

As you may imagine, that’s nothing to be ashamed of. On the contrary, it’s more than many other chipsets from competing vendors have been able to achieve. Read more »

OnePlus One battery test

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The OnePlus One is the latest phone to pass our battery test and if you haven’t checked out the review we have the scorecard right here plus some extra juicy details.

Walking about with a 3100 mAh battery inside, the OnePlus One needs to show respectable performance. Of course, it does have pretty large screen to power on (a bright 5.5″ 1080p display) plus a powerful Snapdragon 801 chipset. So jump after the break to find out how it did in our proprietary battery test. Read more »

LG G3 QuickCircle, Slim Guard, wireless charger and USB stick review

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The LG G3 is one of the phones to shape the industry landscape in the short 12 month tenure before the next iteration comes out and so far it’s shaping up quite good.

LG did well to tone down the K Pop look of the Optimus UI in its latest release and the redecoration continued with the set of accessories. We’re about to check out the LG QuickCircle flip cover, the Slim Guard back panel, the wireless charging dock and the USB stick.

You all know, flagship smartphones aren’t just expensive silicon nowadays and all the bells and whistles of this or that platform. No, style is very much involved – these phones cost a pretty penny and are made to impress. They come duly accessorized as manufacturers try to maximize their appeal and, in most cases, that goes well beyond the fashion statement.

Accessorizing them has become the next fad but it’s a trend we don’t object. Just on the opposite, we enjoy it. So let’s look at the LG G3 trinkets that came in the mail this week. Read more »

Want to break the new iPhone 6 display panel? You’ll need a car

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The epic boasts about the lauded strength of the iPhone 6′s screen just keep coming in.

Video footage of stress tests conducted on the sapphire coated display shows that Apple’s next flagship will surely have a stalwart screen. Read more »

Samsung having trouble selling their OLED displays to other companies

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Samsung’s Super AMOLED mobile displays have certainly received their fair share of accolades, however, that doesn’t mean that other companies are lining up to purchase the tech from the Korean manufacturer.

In fact, Samsung hasn’t been able to sell their OLED screens to anyone else but themselves. Read more »

LG G3 goes underwater for two hours, lives to tell the story

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The LG G3 is one of the few recent flagships to come without an IP certification against dust and water penetration, but that’s not stopping it from resisting the elements regardless.

A recent video surfaced showing how it survived a full 2 hours underwater, and still came out apparently intact. Read more »

This might be what Samsung’s Gear VR will look like

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Want a VR headset that isn’t made out of cardboard, and you’re not a fan of the Oculus Rift’s hardware?

Well Samsung’s Gear VR might be up your alley, and from the leaked image, it definitely looks like it has more swag than Google’s paper solution. Read more »

Sony creates curved photo sensor, promising better images and cheaper lenses

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Sony revealed the world’s first curved photo sensor last week, and have today followed it up with a sample image showcasing a new display technology that the company hopes will result in cheaper photo sensors while delivering higher-quality images.

Curved sensors are expected to solve problems that flat sensors have with light falling in front of their focal plane in certain conditions, and can also reduce noise while reducing their manufacturing complexity. Read more »

Mobile device shipments to exceed 2.4 billion in 2014 – tablets almost reach PCs

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This year will see another big rise among smart devices shipped to retailers and sold to customers – by its end more than 2.43 billion units will have left the manufacturing facilities which compares nicely to to 2013′s 2.34 billion.

The numbers come from Gartner which breaks them down by traditional PCs, ultrabooks and premium laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Interestingly the PC market will account for 308 million devices with tablets closing in at 256 million. Gartner’s projection for 2015 is that tablets will overtake PCs with roughly 4 million more shipments. Read more »

Microsoft introduces new macro Instagram competition for Nokia Lumias

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Nokia, or should we say Microsoft, has introduced its latest monthly competition through Instagram, where Lumia users are given the chance to showcase their macro-shooting skills.

All you have to do to enter the competition, is take a macro shot with a Lumia device, and post it on Instagram using the hashtag #LumiaMacro. Read more »

If you use an iPhone, Samsung thinks you are a wall-hugger

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Well that is, according to its latest commercial. No, Samsung doesn’t think that iPhone users have an irrational love for walls.

The advertisement refers to phone users who are constantly plugged into a charger due to their device’s insufficient battery capacity. Read more »