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Alleged Nexus 6 camera samples leak

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A Google+ album has surfaced containing unimaginative but important pictures. The creator, one Duan Dao, claims the images in the album have been captured with the mint-fresh Motorola Nexus 6.

Some of the images have been resized and all of them lack EXIF data so we can’t really be sure if the claim is true but some images carry the 4160x3120px (13MP) resolution of the Nexus 6 giving the claim some credibility. Read more »

Carl Zeiss is making its own $99 VR headset

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Renowned optics manufacturer Carl Zeiss is making its own alternative to Samsung’s Gear VR headset that uses an inserted smartphone to generate a 3D world.

Unlike Samsung’s offering, the Carl Zeiss VR One will be compatible with a wide range of smartphones between 4.7″ and 5.2″, although you will have to purchase a special tray for each new device. Read more »

Nvidia launches GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M for mobile gamers

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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M went official today offering superior performance over the Kepler series of GPU they replace. The GTX 980M and and GTX 970M use the company’s latest Maxwell graphics architecture, which also powers the company’s latest desktop GPU line-up.

Thanks to the Maxwell architecture, the two mobile GPUs are more power efficient and offer greater performance. The GTX 980M and GTX 970M feature 1536 and 1280 CUDA cores, respectively. Naturally, the GTX 980 is the more powerful one with a GPU base clock of 1038MHz, while the 970M is clocked at 924MHz. Read more »

Samsung Gear VR to launch on December 1, according to leaked document

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The Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset could finally be released on December 1, at least in South Korea. That’s what a leaked document, purported to have originated at Samsung’s customer service department, claims.

Furthermore, we even get a price to speak of. In Samsung’s home country, the Gear VR will apparently go for KRW 200,000 (which is approximately $187 or €148 at the current exchange rates). Read more »

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 »

Take a peek inside the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung’s first metal-clad smartphone

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iFixit.com has finally gotten around to taking apart the Samsung Galaxy Alpha – the Korean company’s first smartphone not to be made entirely out of polycarbonate.

The Galaxy Alpha features a 6.7mm wide metal frame flanked by a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display and pleasantly-textured back panel. But just how easy is it to take apart? 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 »

Here is Samsung Galaxy Note 4 going through a three-point bending test

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This has been coming for quite some time now. Hot on the heels of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus bending controversy, Samsung released video footage of the Galaxy Note 4 going through the rigors of the now popular three-point bending test, as well as a human weight test.

We already know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is built like a tank, so, naturally, its successor has big shoes to fill in. 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 »

Samsung releases infographic highlighting new Galaxy Note Edge features

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge made some waves at this year’s IFA as the first device to feature a proprietary rounded edge screen on the side of the device used for shortcuts, notifications, and more.

For those still in the dark on everything that Samsung’s Edge Screen is capable of, the Korean company has released a handy infographic highlighting all of its nifty features. Read more »

iPhone 6 vs 5s – Cinematic vs Regular digital video stabilization

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The Apple iPhone 6 doesn’t come with the optical image stabilization of the bigger iPhone 6 Plus but improves upon the digital video stabilization of the iPhone 5s with Cinematic Video Stabilization. All fancy words but do they matter?

We’ve prepared a couple of video stabilization tests to show you just how much better the iPhone 6 compared to the iPhone 5s and put Apple’s words to the test. Read more »

Consumer Reports delivers its own take on the iPhone 6 family bend test

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Hot on the heels of Apple’s official response to the iPhone 6 family bending controversy, Consumer Reports performed its own bending test on the duo of devices. In order to make things more interesting iPhone 5, LG G3, HTC One (M8), and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 joined Cupertino’s finest.

Consumer Reports put the devices through a “three-point flexural test.” The latter is similar to Apple’s own three-point bend test that we told you about yesterday. Read more »

This is how Apple tests the iPhone 6 durability

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After today’s official response to the iPhone 6 Plus bending controversy, the company took an extra step to clear the air. The Cupertino giant granted opened the doors to its secret testing labs to select media.

In order to cope with daily use and abuse, Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature high-grade aluminum bodies with stainless steel and titanium inserts. Read more »

Sony announces SmartEyeglass transparent eyewear

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Sony announced that it has its own Google Glass competitor in the works called SmartEyeglass. A software development kit for the gadget is already available to interested developers.

Sony SmartEyeglass packs a number of sensors that include CMOS image solution, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, microphone, and brightness sensor. Read more »

Apple iPhone 6 Plus gets the iFixit teardown treatment, scores a good 7 for repairability

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Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are already on sale in Australia, so the crafty folks from iFixit already went to work on Cupertino’s first phablet. As always, the device’s disassembly reveals quite a few juicy bits, which Apple doesn’t typically talk about.

The most important iPhone 6 Plus questions that the iFixit teardown answers are related to the amount of RAM the handset packs, as well as the size of its battery. Read more »