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HTC Desire 820 hands-on

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HTC may have conceived the selfie phone to rule the midrange – if the price is right. HTC cut few corners with the Desire 820 - it has an ample 5.5″ screen of sufficient 720p resolution, HTC’s signature stereo speakers up front, a 13MP main camera and 8MP front-facing snapper capable of 1080p video, aimed at selfie enthusiasts and a body with colored accents.

The list goes on to include a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset with an octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and optional second SIM card slot alongside the microSD card. It really rounds off to a high-value midrange offering that spares neither style nor functionality. Read more »

Urban Armor Gear drops an iPhone 6 from space in the most exciting drop test

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Urban Armor Gear is specializing in making tough, rugged cases for smartphones and has tried a little different to test its products out. The company attached an iPhone 6 secured with one of its cases to a weather balloon and it managed to reach 30,480 meters.

Then it popped and the iPhone 6 plummeted down with a speed so high that if a parachute doesn’t deploy, it becomes a lethal projectile. Up there, the iPhone 6 experienced a temperature of -61C, 112km/h wind speed and was spinning at 150rpm. Read more »

Sony closing all its Canadian stores within the next couple of months

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Sony has announced that it is closing all 14 of its brick-and-mortar retail stores in Canada, including three in Alberta and the Greater Vancouver area each, five in the Greater Toronto Area, and one in Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City each. The move will reportedly affect around 90 jobs and is likely be completed within the next six to eight weeks.

The Japanese company is encouraging its Canadian customers to purchase its products either from third-party retailers, its online store, or by telephone. Read more »

You can now buy a 32GB white Nexus 6 for just $604.99

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The Motorola Nexus 6 has so far been quite hard to purchase, especially if you were after an unlocked unit. Stock in the Play Store comes and goes extremely fast, for example. Now though, you can order the 32GB white version of the Nexus 6, and save some money in the process.

Expansys is running a “deal of the day” type thing on this unit, and as a consequence you can nab one for only $604.99. That’s $45 less than the normal selling price of this high-end monster. Read more »

Google Classroom released on mobile – organize and share assignments on the go

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As part of its Google for Education project, the tech giant has released a mobile version of its Classroom app, bringing homework writing to the smartphone. The app lets you organize you school duties, offering schedules, assignments and to-do lists.

Students can upload papers straight from the app, making homework submission a breeze. Unlike actually doing homework. Read more »

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 »