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Windows 9 may come out April next year

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It’s no secret that Windows 8 hasn’t exactly been a resounding success. So what’s the best way to fix a failed OS? Start over. That’s what Paul Thurott, a Windows news maven, believes will happen in April of 2015 with the release of Windows 9.

Thurott believes that Microsoft’s Build 2014 developer conference will see the announcement of Windows 9 this April, with the release of the OS set for the following year.

Windows 8 came under a lot of fire for its wild redesign. The Start menu’s absence being the most notorious omission from Microsoft’s new OS. Well the beloved Start menu should be making a comeback in Windows 9, and it’s rumored that it may return even as early as the Windows 8.1 update. Read more »

Wi-Fi only Sony Xperia Z Ultra leaks through AnTuTu and FCC

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Sony announced the massive 6.4″ Xperia Z Ultra phablet back in June and it made it to the retail stores shortly after. The Xperia Z Ultra is one of the first Snapdragon 800-powered devices we’ve met along with the LG G2, but it was certainly a rather large device even for a phablet.

It seems that Sony has finally given up on persuading you that the Xperia Z Ultra can be used as a phone, though as the company is preparing a Wi-Fi-only flavor of the device. An Xperia Z Ultra device running on Qualcomm’s MSM8074 Snapdragon 800 chipset has popped up in both USA’s FCC and AnTuTu’s benchmark databases. MSM8074 system-on-a-chip is a Snapdragon 800 platform which lacks mobile network connectivity. Read more »

HP working on a phablet of its own: the HP Slate 6 Voice Tab

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A Bluetooth SIG listing that popped up today suggests that HP is planning on releasing its own phablet: the HP Slate 6 Voice Tab. Deemed a “voice tablet”, and with a screen measuring 6 inches, it’s safe to assume that HP is trying to get into the gigantic smartphone game.

The speculation becomes more interesting coupled with stories of HP purportedly working to distribute two tablets, 7 and 6 inches respectively, in developing markets for under $250 each. If HP does indeed sell a 6-inch Android phablet for under $250 SIM-free, it could certainly perk up some ears in the smartphone world. Read more »

Photos of metal Pebble smartwatch leak hours before announcement

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The Pebble smartwatch receives a lot of praise for its functionality, but its looks could be better – imagine if it had a stainless steel casing and Gorilla glass, with a metal wristband to boot. As it turns out, this might be less than a month away from reality as the smartwatch leaked in photos, presumably shortly before its official unveiling at CES.

According to the rumors, the Pebble Steel watch will come in two color versions – brushed steel and matte black. Read more »

Apple and Qualcomm facing production issues with their smartwatches

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The next 12 months are said to be the year of the wearable devices as the industry embraces the newest trend. However, two of the industry giants in the faces of Qualcomm and Apple are reportedly facing production issues with their respective wearable products.

According to a report from DigiTimes, Qualcomm’s Toq and Apple’s alleged iWatch yields are less than 50% of what initially anticipated due to difficulties with applying surface treatments on the metal chassis. Read more »

Rumors point at 12-inch iPad Pro coming fall 2014

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Analyst Patrick Wang of Evercore Partners speculates that Apple will release a 12-inch iPad Pro model. The newest iPad would be focused on capturing the business market, and is said to revolutionize notebook PCs.

Wang predicts that the new tablet from Apple will be powered by an A8 processor which will debut with the release of the device in Fall 2014. Read more »

Panasonic Toughpad 4K 20″ tablet delayed until mid-February

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Proudly announced nearly a year ago, Panasonic’s Toughpad 20″ 4K tablet was finally scheduled to hit the US in January. However it has suffered yet another delay in production and is now expected to start shipping in mid-February.

The Toughpad 4K tablet is priced at &pund;2,700 and arrives with Windows 8.1 Pro out of the box. The resolution produced by the 20″ display is 3840 x 2560 pixels resulting in a pixel density of 230ppi. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 specs and benchmarks make the rounds

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Details on the specs and the benchmark performance of the yet to be announced Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 have emerged. The top-end tablet is tipped for a MWC 2014 release in Wi-Fi-only and LTE flavors.

The Wi-Fi version of the upcoming tablet will sport the model number SM-P900, while the LTE variant will be known as SM-P905. Read more »

This Samsung Galaxy S5 concept sports drool-worthy functionality

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After treating us to a mighty good Samsung Galaxy S4 concept last year, the folks from Rozetked repeated the exercise with the yet to be announced Galaxy S5. A hands-on video showcasing a concept of Samsung’s next generation smartphone flagship made the rounds on YouTube.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 concept is based on rumors which have been circulating around the web. Read more »

Google and Nvidia to partner with Audi for an Android in-car entertainment system

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Google and Audi plan to announce a partnership for car infotainment systems running on Android. The two companies will reveal their joint plans at CES 2014, which kicks off next week.

The in-car entertainment system in question would run from hardware that’s built into the car’s dashboard and won’t be relying that much on the owner’s smartphone. Read more »

8.4-inch Samsung tablet found on FCC site, believed to be Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

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One of the easiest ways to confirm whether or not a rumored device is legit is to see if it has passed through the FCC certification process, and judging on the info found on the FCC site, Samsung has a new tablet in the works with model number SM-T320.

Information from other sources corroborates that and even gives us its screen size – the odd 8.4 inches. Rumors say that this device would go by the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 moniker, but that’s hardly confirmed.

What today’s FCC leak confirms, however, is the existence of the device plus the usual tidbits about the tablet having Bluetooth, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity. Yup, that’s hardly much at all. But it gets more interesting. Read more »

ASUS launches a video trailer for its CES event

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CES is just two weeks away now it’s the time of the year when ASUS starts building up the hype for its upcoming devices. After launching the invite dubbed In Search Of Incredible a few days ago the company is now airing the first video trailer on YouTube.

This one has the US symbol, the Statue of Liberty, as the main character. Instead of holding up its torch it holds up two fingers in the V formation and then splits the tabula ansata (meaning tablet with handles) in two. What we can gather from this is that we may be in for a new transformer slate from ASUS showcased on the CES floor. Read more »

Tesla to unveil new budget model electric car in early 2015

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Tesla, the makers behind the nifty (but somewhat pricey) Model S electric vehicle have announced that it’ll be outing a new model aimed at a more cost conscious crowd.

The still unannounced upcoming EV goes tentatively by the Model E moniker, and is set to retail for around $30,000 after government subsidies and it’s set to go on market in January of 2015. Read more »

ARM shares rise amidst rumors of Google server deal

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Britian’s ARM Holdings plc, the folks behind the popular ARM processor line found in many mobile devices, has enjoyed a up to a 5.5% increase in share prices after media outlets began reporting on a potential server deal with Google.

Google is supposedly looking to incorporate the popular mobile chip architecture in its own server processors. Read more »

Nokia Tablet with 8.3″ 1080p display coming up

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After waiting what seemed like decades before producing its first Windows tablet Nokia went with the 10.1″ Lumia 2520, but that still left a compact tablet-sized hole to fill.

Turns out that Nokia is working on just such a device and, according to import documents from India, a device codenamed RX-115 has an 8.3″ FullHD IPS touchscreen, nanoSIM slot and is already undergoing testing. Read more »