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Intel to report strong Q4 financial results

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Intel is expected to report quarterly numbers unseen since 2003. If you have shares in the company you can anticipate earnings of $0.66 per piece on a projected revenue of $14.7 billion, according to market analysts at FactSet.

With around 60% of the company’s revenue coming from PC sales, favorable events in the software world have meant a successful year with another one to come. Read more »

LG offers you a chance to win a G Watch R

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LG is claiming you don’t have to go to the gym to get in shape in a headline for its sweepstakes competition launched yesterday. More realistically, the company is offering a chance to win a G Watch R and £25 of Google Play vouchers.

The competition is aimed at promoting the smartwatch’s health and fitness capabilities. Read more »

Google Project Ara launches in Puerto Rico some time this year

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Google held a press conference yesterday in Mountain View to update us on its Project Ara development. The groundbreaking modular smartphone is due to launch later in 2015 in Puerto Rico.

The country was chosen for what Google calls a “Market Pilot” due to its high percentage of mobile internet usage. Surfing on the go appears to be the predominant means of internet access in Puerto Rico, providing optimum testing ground for the new platform. Read more »

First Xiaomi MI Note videos are here, including a durability test

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Xiaomi unveiled two flagships as expected – both of them phablets. The Xiaomi Mi Note and Mi Note Pro are just a few hours old and their promo campaigns have already begun.

Here are a couple of videos that subtly show off the best qualities of the duo, plus one that features less song and dance and more of a durability test. Read more »

Sony SmartWatch 3 in stainless steel now available for pre-order on German Amazon

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Announced at CES 2015 only a week ago, the stainless steel version of Sony’s third-gen smartwatch is now open for pre-order on Amazon.de, bringing true style to what previously looked like an inexpensive sportswatch.

Sony’s latest offering in the smartwatch world features a 1.6-inch screen of 320 x 320px resolution, 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 512MB of RAM, as well as 4GB of storage space. Read more »

Microsoft Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 promo videos are in

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The Microsoft Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 are enjoying their first official moments. To better familiarize users with the two new smartphones, the company has outed a promo video for each one.

The Lumia 435 is presented as more leisure-oriented, but can still get a lot done, whereas Microsoft puts work as the accent of the Lumia 532. But since the two are almost identical (chipsets aside), you’ll be safe to assume you can do either on both. Check out the two videos below. Read more »

Micromax took three seconds to sell 10,000 Yureka phones, has more on the way

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Micromax needed only three seconds to sell the first 10,000 Yureka smartphones to anxious users. The Indian manufacturer boasted about the achievement via its subsidiary’s official Twitter account.

The popularity of the smartphone should hardly catch anyone by surprise. Read more »

Xiaomi employees react to the company’s new flagship in latest teaser video

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Xiaomi is a mere 2 days away from a press conference where it is obviously going to launch a new flagship. The Chinese manufacturer has intensified its teasing campaign by uploading a video of its employees’ reactions when they were shown the upcoming device.

Now, we have to admit we were really expecting an intriguing announcement even before the teaser, but it must be some hugely groundbreaking stuff. Or they picked the most emotional chaps at the office. Or, you know, it’s a tiny bit staged. Read more »

Under 10% of adults use wearables, 80% use smartphones; Android tops iOS, study says

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The wearables market may have created a lot of buzz over the past few quarters, but looks like it will take some more time for that buzz to convert into genuine consumer interest. According to a latest research report from GlobalWebIndex, which surveyed around 170,000 adult internet users across 32 markets, only 9% said they have a smartwatch, and even less, 7%, said they own smart wristbands.

In contrast, around 80% of the people surveyed said they own a smartphone. While that’s undoubtedly a major chunk, it’s still less than the proportion (91%) using PCs. As for Android vs iOS, the data presented in the report puts the former far ahead of the latter (see image below). Read more »

Both versions of Asus Zenfone 2 benchmarked, put up against 2014 flagships

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Since it was announced, the Asus Zenfone 2 has been king of the hill in our popularity ranking. Besides popularity, the new phone is the first to come with 4GB of RAM – provided you get the higher-specced of the two versions. That one comes with an Intel Atom Z3580 with a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.3GHz.

The $200 version of the phone will be based on the Z3560 (1.8GHz) and will have “only” 2GB of RAM. Here’s an early comparison of performance in AnTuTu 5.5. Read more »

Alleged Xiaomi Mi 5 photo samples leak out just days before its rumoured launch

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China’s top smartphone player Xiaomi, which is also the world’s third-largest mobile handset vendor, is expected to launch its next flagship, allegedly dubbed Mi 5, this week. Previous rumors have indicated that the device will sport a 20- or a 16-megapixel rear camera, but some latest leaked photos (see below), which were allegedly taken using the device, suggest otherwise.

According to a report from GizmoChina, which first spotted the pictures, they carry the Xiaomi Mi5 name in their EXIF information, and were taken with a resolution of 4208×3120, which indicates that the device will sport a 13 megapixel camera. Read more »

YotaPhone 2 passes through FCC, the Commission offers photo proof

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The dual-screened YotaPhone 2 will be launching in the US early this year and it has already taken the first step – a trip to the FCC. Unlike FCC’s usual cryptic documents, this time we get photos – both external and internal – and even the complete manual.

Not that the phone is a mystery, it’s already available in the UK and in Russia, but wouldn’t it be great if all FCC leaks were like this? Read more »

Francesco Totti uses an iPhone 6 to create the most popular Football selfie

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Celebrating a goal is one of the most joyful moments in football but Francesco Totti took this to a whole new geeky level. He is one of the most popular Italian footballers playing for the local club Roma. Following his second goal in the derby against Lazio, Totti went outside the field to take a selfie with an iPhone 6.

As you’ll see the selfie shows him and the Roma faithfuls from Curva Sud behind him. When asked why he did it, he said that “Although it’s in fashion, I don’t usually take them because I want my private life to stay that way, but this was a special occasion, something to be remembered for a long time.” Read more »

Google may release a real-time speech translation on mobile quite soon

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A new rumor suggests Google might be unveiling a real-time voice translation system sooner rather than later. Skype already offers a similar functionality as of last month.

A report by New York Times claims that the new functionality will be released as an update to Google’s mobile Translate app on Android. But don’t expect real-time translation of voice calls just yet. Read more »

LG Dual Edge phablet to team up with LG G Flex2 in the war on Samsung over curvatures

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While LG was busy announcing the curved LG G Flex2 at CES 2015, subsidiary LG Display held a more obscure event for select few in what they called a “private showroom”. What came out of that showroom was a photo of a 6-inch phablet with “Dual Edge” display, an even curvier version of the one we’ve seen on the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge.

It is a competitive world out there, and with a version of Galaxy S6 with dual edge display pretty much confirmed, it was only natural for LG to cave in and offer a device with a display on each side. Read more »