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Rumored Microsoft CEO shortlist

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Reuters claims it has insider information regarding the choice of the next Microsoft CEO. The shortlist of people that could replace Steve Ballmer includes Ford chief Alan Mulally and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.

In fact, according to sources familiar with the matter cited by Reuters, currently Microsoft has five people outside the company in mind for the position. There are also at least three internal candidates including former Skype CEO Tony Bates (currently in charge of Microsoft’s business developments) as well as Satya Nadella, Cloud and enterprise chief at the company. Read more »

Nexus 5 gets torn down by iFixit, walks away with a high repairability score

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As usual, the folks from iFixit gave the LG Nexus 5 a proper teardown shortly after its announcement. The latest and greatest Google smartphone achieved an impressive repairability score of 8 out of 10.

The Nexus 5 is held together by plastic clips which are stubborn, yet easy to open with a simple tool. Read more »

Infographic boils down Apple’s iPhone history

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The iPhone is perhaps the most recognizable smartphone in the world, but it was a long journey to get where it is right now. Maybe you’ve been tracking Apple’s best-selling handset since it launched in early 2007 or maybe you haven’t – in either case, this infographic gives a nifty look at the iPhone’s history.

It all started with the iPhone later dubbed “iPhone 2G,” which can be a little confusing – 2G refers to the second generation wireless tech it used (GSM/GPRS/EDGE), not the second generation of iPhone. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1020 boards a copter in Poland, captures impressive footage

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Nokia Poland came up with an interesting way to showcase the camera chops of the Lumia 1020. Instead of the typical walk around town, the smartphone boarded a radio controlled copter for a flight around Krakow.

A historically rich city, Krakow turns out to be a perfect location for the exercise. Read more »

Meizu MX3 battery life test

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The Meizu MX3 review is complete and it’s come time to get into the details of the phone’s battery life. This is merely the fourth smartphone the likable Chinese phonemaker has put out, and it comes in as an all-round update of its predecessor, the MX2.

From the display to the CPU, to the design, to the software, everything has been revamped. This also includes the battery. Whereas the Meizu MX2 boasted a 1800mAh battery, its successor now has a 2400mAh unit. This is a big jump that should provide a solid boost in battery life all the while giving power to the hungry Exynos 5410 octa core chip and 1080p display. Read more »

CyanogenMod 10.2 M1 brings Android 4.3 to over 70 devices

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The latest numbers from Google show that manufacturers are still having a hard time delivering Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to their smartphones. Good thing the guys from the CyanogenMod team are here to help those in need.

The developers have published the M1 release of CyanogenMod 10.2, which is based on Android 4.3 and supports over 70 different devices. M1 stands for Milestone version, which slots between the stable ROMs and the betas that the team releases. Read more »

BlackBerry Z30 hands-on

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The BlackBerry Z30 is the latest smartphone offering from the struggling Canadian manufacturer. Many wonder if it’s going to be the last nail in the BlackBerry coffin or if it will help it get a tiny breath of fresh air.

You won’t find the answer of this question here, it’s going to take a full blown review before we know it. For now, we’re going to give you a quick overview of what the BlackBerry Z30 is. Read more »

Nexus 5 gets the root treatment from Chainfire

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Roughly 24 hours after going official the LG Nexus 5 got the root treatment. The feat was accomplished by the renowned Android developer Chainfire.

At a quick glance, the root method appears easy to accomplish. Read more »

Nexus 5 camera samples crop up on Google+

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The Nexus 5 is the first Nexus device with optical image stabilization. Officially it has a 1/3.2″ 8MP sensor and an f/2.4 aperture but the EXIF info on photos taken with the Nexus 5 report f/2.53.

That’s right, Nexus 5 photos are already on the web even if yours won’t ship for a week (it’s good to be a Googler). Read more »

Nexus 5 promo video is out, check it out

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As expected, the Nexus 5 launch was accompanied by the usual promo video. Entitled “I Do”, the short clip is wedding-themed.

Unsurprisingly, the promo video showcases the Nexus 5 top features. Read more »

Huawei inks a sponsorship deal with AC Milan football club

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Huawei joined the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony, and HTC in being a football sponsor. The Chinese giant inked a deal with the storied Italian football team AC Milan to become its premium sponsor.

Unsurprisingly, Huawei will become AC Milan’s chief communications supplier as part of the deal. Read more »

Exynos-powered Samsung Galaxy Note 3 goes through our benchmark gauntlet

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is available in two different configurations – with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset or with the company’s own Exynos 5420 Octa SoC. In our review, we tested the Snapdragon 800 variant of the phablet (N9005) and it nearly tops all of the benchmark charts. Now, as we got our hands on the alternative Note 3 version, we’re eager to see how it compares when it comes to performance.

Prior to announcing the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung outed the updated Exynos 5420 Octa chip stating its 20% faster than its predecessor in the CPU department and nearly twice as fast in terms of GPU. This should give it a fighting chance against the heavyweight chip champion that the Snapdragon 800 is. Read more »

First Nokia Refocus samples are interactive, impressive

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Nokia is doing some very interesting things for mobile photography and I don’t just mean the PureView hardware – software like the recent Refocus app creates impressive results. You know how you can zoom in and reframe photos on the Lumia 1020 after the fact? Nokia Refocus lets you do that with focus.

Nokia published the first samples from Refocus that you can play with in your browser. Read more »

LeBron James enters the new NBA season all Geared up

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You have probably heard of this LeBron James fella. The professional basketball player adorned with four Most Valuable Player awards, two NBA Finals MVPs and today starts the new season as defending champion looking for a three-peat (three consecutive titles).

According to Samsung, a part of that success was down to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and a rainbow assembly of Galaxy Gear smartwatches the star uses. The latest video ad aired at the start of the new NBA season shows how LeBron goes about his pre-season summer break with a lot of Sammy toys around him. Read more »

Samsung’s curved display significantly boosts usability, study finds

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Recently Samsung announced the Galaxy Round smartphone with a 5.7″ 1080p Super Flexible AMOLED display. Lots of people thought the curved display is just a gimmick or, even worse, an unnecessary feature designed to extract more of your hard-earned cash.

The researchers from DisplayMate Technologies don’t seem to share that view and found the curved screen quite useful. Their study found that the curved display reduces reflectiveness, which in turn imrpoves contrast and sunlight legibility. Read more »