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Sony Xperia Z2 gets wet on a river football field

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The Sony Xperia Z2 is getting its last minutes of fame thanks to a rather interesting promo video where it plays more of a background role.

In its latest promo Sony is shining a light on UK Bourton-on-the-Water 100-year old river football tradition and throwing the Xperia Z2 in there to take photos and video of the event above and under the water. Read more »

Anandtech founder Anand Shimpi joins Apple

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The founder of one of the most in-depth mobile and computer tech sites, Anand Shimpi, is hanging up the tech journalism gloves as he joins Apple.

Founded in 1997, AnandTech is widely renowned for its technical analysis of personal computers and, more recently, mobile phones. Read more »

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 »

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 »

We benchmark the Tegra K1 chipset, results come out impressive

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Nvidia makes a big deal of its tegra K1 chipset as impossibly advanced and having the most advanced mobile graphics and is so determined to improve it that it launched a 64-bit version a few days ago.

It just so happens that we have the first tablet to commercially carry the non-64-bit Tegra K1 – the Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and naturally we wanted to focus on the K1 benchmarking prowess. Check the very impressive results after the break. Read more »

The latest Samsung Galaxy S5 marketing stunt highlights Ultra Power Saving Mode

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Samsung’s latest Galaxy S5 marketing stint in the United States is once again focused on the handset’s Ultra Power Saving Mode. The move appears to be an extension to the recent Galaxy S5 TV ad, which labeled iPhone users as wall huggers.

The campaign involves placing stickers around power outlets on three major airports in the United States, which carry the following message: Read more »

USB Type-C plug features reversible design, 10Gbps speeds

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The USB Type-C standard is finalized and one of the coolest features it brings to the table is universal plugging. This means that much like Apple’s Lightning connector, it doesn’t matter which way you plug the cable, it’ll always fit and work.

But that’s not the only new feature, as the list of improvement over the current USB 2.0 micro-B plug is long. The new standard can deliver up to 3A for standard cables and 5A for connectors. This will result is faster charging. Read more »

Here goes Lenovo’s promo video for the VIBE Z2 Pro

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Lenovo has just announced the premium-built VIBE Z2 Pro smartphone and right away we get the promo video on YouTube.

In it we see the device’s key selling points – Android 4.4 KitKat with Lenovo’s VIBE UI 2.0, a precision-crafted unibody made out of brushed metal and just 7.7mm thick and the 16 MP snapper. Read more »

Google Workshop: create custom cases for your Nexus 5

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The Moto X has been getting a lot of love for it’s Moto Maker custom phone option, but what about customzing the main “strictly” Google phone- the Nexus 5?

Well Big G isn’t letting you change the body of the phone, but Google will be serving up customized cases for its latest Nexus phone with an upcoming service called Google Workshop. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini goes through a teardown

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The iFixit team has decided to do a teardown on the Galaxy S5′s little brother and see if the similarities on the outside continue with the internal design too.

And as you can probably guess, Samsung didn’t feel the need to rethink everything from scratch and the Galaxy S5 Mni shares the same negative and positive repair traits as its bigger sibling. Read more »

Wireless charging panels coming to GM vehicles

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Do you hate fussing around with charging cables when you’re driving?

Well it looks like Detroit-based car manufacturer, General Motors, feels your pain. Read more »

Premium life – iPhones to work as room keys in Hilton

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Starting next year Hilton will allow iPhone users to use their phones as hotel room keys. That means that you’ll be able to bypass the front desk of the hotel completely.

Currently as is iPhone users do have the Hilton app but upon walking into a hotel they’d still need to get a physical key with the app handling online check-in, reservations and such – Android users have the same deal going on but there’s no word on using your droid to unlock Hilton doors, although it should happen as well. Read more »

Amazon Fire Phone is anything but easy to repair

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Amazon’s Fire Phone has just gone on sale and the folks at iFixit have already managed to grab a unit and even give it a teardown treatment.

The teardown reveals that the Amazon Fire Phone is anything but easy to repair with the device managing to achieve a low reparability score of 3 out of 10. Read more »

The OneNote team made a parody ad celebrating Surface 3 integration

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Microsoft’s OneNote team has made its own ad, spoofing LMFAO’s Sexy and I Know It and transforming it into Click it an I Note it.

The video is not professionally made but it’s still fun to watch and does a good job of getting the attention the OneNote app wants. Underneath it all, the ad celebrates the fact that OneNote now has integration with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Read more »

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 »