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Here’s what happens when you shoot a Galaxy S6 edge with a Desert Eagle

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Well, frankly, we all know the answer to this one. And yet, there is still something weirdly satisfying about witnessing a high-end device undergo creative carnage and destruction. This is undoubtedly why stress test videos have really been getting absurd recently.

Needless to say a slick curved phone with a glass finish has practically no chance of surviving even most air gun shots. Still, the guys over at dbrand really didn’t want to leave anything to chance and opted for a .50 AE Desert Eagle. Both are legendary for being extremely high-powered and, but the S6 was simply blown away (apologies for the bad pun there). Read more »

Apple in talks with China’s Alibaba group, banks over Apple Pay launch

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Apple is currently negotiating with Chinese banks as well as Internet conglomerate Alibaba over the launch of Apple Pay in the country, according to CEO Tim Cook. In an interview with Xinhua, China’s state-run new agency, he said, “We very much want to get Apple Pay in China,” adding that “I’m very bullish on Apple Pay in China.”

Launched back in September last year, Apple’s mobile payments service has been continuously gaining ground in the US, where the Cupertino-based company has partnered with over 180 financial institutions till date. However, Cook said he believes the service could take off even faster in China. Read more »

Snapdragon 818 specs leak, 10-core processors inside

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Snapdragon 810 didn’t turn out as great as many was hoping for – it is plagued by overheating issues and one major player – Samsung – has even opted out of Qualcomm’s services. Mediatek announced recently a new lineup of high-end SoC models with 10 and 12-core CPU configuration and the race for the next generation is now officially on.

The chip maker seems to be working on the 810 successors already – the Snapdragon 818 – and the purported specs are now out. Apparently the S818 SoC will also offer a 10-core processor, new and powerful Adreno 532 GPU, and LTE Cat. 10 connectivity. Read more »

Weekly poll results: LG G4 gets the fan love

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LG G4, company’s latest flagship, went official last week with a 5.5″ Quad HD display, Snapdragon 808 chip with a six-core processor, and improved 16MP rear camera with OIS, F/1.8 and 4K video. This year LG focused on the design and user experience instead of packing just the latest tech available and you can tell it instantly when you see the LG G4.

While the LG G4 didn’t turn out the powerhouse some hoped for, it surely gathered lots of positive first impressions. Last week, in the aftermath of the G4 premiere, we put it against the Galaxy S6, One M9 and iPhone 6 Plus in our weekly poll. The poll is now over and the results are in. Read more »

Amazon’s Fire Phone receives software update which includes Android 4.4 KitKat base

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The Fire OS developed by Amazon and which runs on the company’s Fire Phone is based on Android, as you may know. Up until today, though, it was based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. But with a new update, it’s jumped to Android 4.4 KitKat. So while we’re still a long way from a Lollipop base, this is a big step forward.

That detail however isn’t the only new thing that’s in this update – and, by the way, Fire OS still doesn’t come with any of Google’s services, so for most people the underlying Android version may not be that relevant. Read more »

Second-gen Moto X gets yet another price cut in India

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The Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) has received yet another price cut in India, where it is now being sold for INR 2,000 ($31) less than its usual price.

While the 16GB model is now available at INR 24,999 ($390), the 32GB variant will set you back INR 27,999 ($436). Both versions are available exclusively via Flipkart, which has not revealed the duration of the promotion. Read more »

Check out the engineering video of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

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After being mocked for building plastic flagship for years, Samsung has certainly given its best with the new Galaxy S6 edge smartphone. While the company can’t stop bragging about the aesthetics of the curved display, its latest video is focusing on the engineering behind it.

Don’t worry, you won’t get an hour long boring walkthrough of the entire process – the video is just a snapshot of it in under a minute and a half. Read more »

Google mobile searches top desktop queries for first time in several countries including US

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Google has revealed that, for the first time, the number of search requests from mobile devices has surpassed the number of desktop queries in several countries around the world, including the US. The revelation was made during the second-annual Inside AdWords event yesterday.

“We’ve hit an inflection point where more Google searches are taking place in mobile than desktop in 10 countries, including US and Japan,” said Jerry Dischler, Vice President of Product Management for AdWords. “We think it’s a real turning point in digital adverting and we have been investing in mobile-focused initiatives.” Read more »

Uber pulls out of Kansas after Senate overrides Governor’s veto of stricter rules

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Uber has ceased its Kansas operations with immediate effect after state legislature overrode Governor Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that the ridesharing startup says makes it “impossible” for the company to do business.

The Kansas Senate voted 96-25 to override Brownback’s veto of the Kansas Transportation Network Company Services Act which imposes stricter restrictions on services like Uber by requiring their drivers to not only have comprehensive and collision insurance, but also undergo a background check performed by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Read more »

Samples comparison between the Galaxy S6, S6 edge Sony and Samsung camera sensors

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge might be the current “top-dogs” of the mobile world, but that definitely doesn’t mean that they are perfect. Like all sophisticated tech, various problems are expected and the enormous attention towards Samsung’s latest creations has already led to the uncovering of a few hidden problems.

Yesterday, we reported that some S6 and S6 edge units have been spotted with Samsung’s own ISOCELL camera sensor, instead of the Sony IMX240. Read more »

Iron Man-themed Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are coming

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Samsung has Iron Man-themed versions of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge coming our way. According to The Korea Times, the special edition smartphones are expected to launch as early as this month.

The head of marketing at Samsung Mobile confirmed the arrival of the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge variants. Read more »

New set of promotional videos showcase HTC One M9 camera, BoomSound, themes

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No product campaign nowadays is truly complete without a few good clips, which is why HTC often hits YouTube to showcase various features of the One M9 flagship.

The videos are quite a few and touch upon such features as HTC Connect, HTC BoomSound and the new and improved HTC Sense. The phone’s new theming engine is also advertised and so is the impressive camera setup and camera app, which just recently received RAW photo functionality. Read more »

Motorola Moto E (2nd gen) battery life test

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Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen sales recently kicked off and we were eager to get one and put it through its paces. Our in-depth review is already live and you can read all about the new budget smartphone there.

The new Moto E packs a slightly bigger 4.5″ qHD display and runs on the modest, but modern, Snapdragon 410 chipset with a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 306 GPU and 1GB of RAM. It also has a 20% bigger battery capacity at 2,390 mAh and runs on a vanilla edition of Android Lollipop. Read more »

Microsoft Lumia 640 hands-on

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Windows Phone has found its niche in the lower end of the market, so now it’s Microsoft’s job to translate that into demand for the more advanced offerings. The Microsoft Lumia 640 tries to coax users with its modest model number, but behind that is a capable mid-ranger.

The early 6-series led their similarly-priced Android counterparts with better screens, cameras and chipsets. Market pressure has brought Androids up to par, but now the Lumia 640 makes a bid to regain the lead. Read more »

Weekly poll: LG G4 vs the world

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The LG G4 is the new kid on the block and inevitably faces fierce competition. We invite you to share your thoughts on how LG’s latest and greatest compares to the current crop of premium offerings.

The G4 may be a little late to market, compared to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9, but that should give it an advantage in technology, right? Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 Plus is in a whole different camp, but no premium smartphone shootout can be complete without Apple taking part. Read more »