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Oppo R1x hands-on

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We had been following closely the developments around the Oppo R1x, which was announced all the way back in January as R1C, bound for the Chinese market. The X replaced the C for the global version and the smartphone was on the roadmap for a release in April, though it still remains hard to find in online stores.

We managed to get our hands on a review unit only a couple of days ago and we’ll be doing our typical routine over the following weeks. However, a quick hands-on report was in order, which you can read here. Read more »

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM battery life test

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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL turned out quite capable device even though it is running on the modest Snapdragon 400 chipset. The XL flavor packs a big 5.7″ IPS display with ClearBlack technology, there is a snappy 13MP ZEISS camera, plus a beefy 3,000 mAh battery. We had high expectations for the battery life and the Lumia 640 XL lived up to them.

We had the 3G dual SIM version of the Lumia 640 XL, which supports dual-standby where one of the SIMs is hooked on a 3G network, while the other works on GSM mode. There is a LTE-capable dual SIM version, as well as 3G and LTE single-SIM editions. Read more »

Sony BKB50 keyboard dock hands-on

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We’ve had the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet for review over the previous few weeks, and in case you missed that, you can find it here. Alongside the slate Sony announced the BKB50 snap-on keyboard dock which turns the the device into a compact Android ultrabook.

We received that one too, and got to spend a little quality time with it. You can read our impressions after the break. Read more »

European carriers reportedly planning to block online advertisements

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In what could be a severe blow to companies like Google, mobile operators in Europe are planning to filter out advertisements on their networks, according to a Financial Times report.

As per the report, one unnamed carrier has already installed an ad blocking software, which is developed by Israeli startup Shine, and plans to activate it by the end of 2015. “Tens of millions of mobile subscribers around the world will be opting in to ad blocking by the end of the year,” said Roi Carthy, chief marketing officer of Shine. Read more »

The latest Samsung Galaxy S6 edge promo videos are for Snapchat lovers

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Samsung released a series of Galaxy S6 edge promo videos dedicated for the Snapchat-loving crowd. The Korean giant’s marketing team teamed up with the social network’s celebrity Shonduras on a quartet of Edge-ucation videos (yes, the pun is intended).

As expected, the videos show viewers how to make catchy Snapchat content using the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 is as powerful as 2.9M IBM 704 supercomputers from 1954, infographic reveals

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Seventy years of technological advancements have lead us to a point where pocket-sized devices now pack enough computing power to put to shame supercomputers of old. A recently published infographic by Experts Exchange shows some intriguing comparisons between supercomputers, consoles, smart watches and smartphones.

For example, the current top dog on the supercomputer front, the Chinese Tianhe-2 is capable of a staggering 33.86 PFLOPS (peta floating-point operations per second), which would take 18,400 Sony PlayStation 4s consoles to match. Read more »

Cortana reminds you important stuff in a few witty Microsoft Lumia 640 ads

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Cortana, Microsoft’s personal assistant, is the star in the latest batch of Lumia 640 commercials published by Microsoft Lumia US. The four clips highlight Cortana’s ability to keep you up-to-date on your to-do list, by showing how a timely reminder can help you avoid awkward situations.

The videos are short and funny and come just in time to promote the handset’s launch in the US. Read more »

Motorola announces big 48-hour discounts for Moto X, Nexus 6, and Moto 360 in the UK

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If you’re in the UK and have been interested in picking up a Moto X (2014), Nexus 6, or Moto 360 but haven’t yet done so, here’s something for you. Motorola has just announced a 48-hour sale for these three devices over there.

It will start at midnight on May 18. For two days from that point on, you’ll be able to purchase the second-generation Moto X (pictured above) for £299 (16GB) or £339 (32GB). Read more »

Oppo R7 will have a 13 MP ISOCELL rear camera with Phase Detection Autofocus

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The oft-leaked and much-rumored Oppo R7 will finally go official on May 20, and as we get ever closer to that date the Chinese company keeps revealing new details about it. Today’s focus (excuse the pun) is on the cameras.

The R7′s rear camera will be a 13 MP unit with an ISOCELL sensor and a lens made by Schneider-Kreuznach. The ISOCELL tech, which we’ve so far seen in some of Samsung’s recent flagships, is said to reduce inter-pixel crosstalk, capture more light, and improve dynamic range. Read more »

Woot! selling reconditioned Moto 360 for $130 today

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The Moto 360 may be getting replaced soon, but it’s still one of the better smartwatches around. Woot! is selling factory reconditioned units at $130 for the next 18 hours or so.

The Moto 360 gets constant price cuts – it has been as low as $165 new, the most recent dip was $180 at the Play Store. Actually, you can still find it at $170 at Amazon.com. Read more »

Nokia Technologies planning layoffs in its Finland unit, 70 jobs at stake

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Nokia, which celebrated its 150th birthday a couple of days ago, has announced that it’s planning to cut around 70 jobs from its Technologies unit in Finland.

“Nokia Technologies has revised its long-term strategy and will consequently reshape organization,” said a company spokesperson. “As part of this, talks have been initiated with the staff.” Read more »

T-Mobile now offers the Nexus 6 for $100 less than Google

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If you want to buy a Motorola Nexus 6 in the US, you can obviously order one straight from Google. In that case, you need to pay $649 for the privilege of getting the 32GB model. And up until today, the situation was exactly the same if for some reason you preferred to get it from T-Mobile.

But right now the magenta carrier is offering the Nexus phablet for just $549.84 outright, essentially allowing you to save $100 compared to Google’s pricing. Read more »

HTC One (M8) for AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint going for $299.99 off-contract today only

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HTC’s current flagship smartphone is the One M9, as you may know, but last year’s One (M8) is no slouch either. And now Best Buy is offering quite a huge deal on the One from 2014.

You can get either the model for AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint, for just $299.99 – sans contract, that is. This basically enables you to save up to $390. Read more »

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 »