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Microsoft Office will soon have Cortana integration

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According to a report in The Verge, Microsoft will soon integrate Cortana into its Office productivity suite. The highly capable virtual assistant will be available in both mobile and desktop guise in the near future.

A Microsoft Office “Work Assistant” application is reportedly in testing. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab A Plus have detailed specs leaked

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After having introduced us to a few new smartphone lines (A, E, and J so far), Samsung is apparently looking to use some new brands for its upcoming tablets too. According to a new rumor, we’ll soon see the Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab A Plus lines on the market.

Though if you were expecting some high-end beasts, we’re sorry to disappoint. These will allegedly be nothing more than midrange offerings, perhaps meant to succeed the Galaxy Tab 4 line (of which the 10.1-inch tablet is pictured above). That said, the new devices will boast some intriguing features nevertheless. Read more »

Samsung SM-T239 may be called Galaxy Tab 4 Lite 7.0 LTE, pack a 64-bit Marvell chipset

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It seems that Samsung is updating its Galaxy Tab 4 lineup to 64-bit processors – the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, the Tab 4 8.0 and now the Tab 4 7.0 as well. The 7″ device (model number SM-T239) was recently imported into India for testing.

The same tipster that sent us the Galaxy Xcover 3 info dropped us a line, saying that the market name of the tablet might be Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Lite 7.0 LTE (*takes breath*), so probably not a Galaxy Tab 5 model though that’s not 100% confirmed. Read more »

This could be a case for the upcoming Apple iPad Pro

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Purported live photo of a protective case for the yet to be announced Apple iPad Pro made the rounds online. The image was posted by Nowhereelse and is said to come from a reliable source.

The photo gives us a potential glimpse of the upcoming tablet’s hardware controls. Read more »

Apple patents a gaming controller receptacle for the iPhone

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The smartphone is already so far removed from its phone legacy, packing an infinite number of functions and replacing a multitude of standalone devices. Samsung went ahead and fitted the Galaxy Note 4 within a headset, offering a virtual reality experience with the Gear VR. Sony capitalized on its PlayStation traditions enabling the pairing of a DualShock controller to some of its Xperia smartphones.

Apple is also set on exploiting the mobile gaming niche, it appears, as recent findings show that the Cupertino company has been granted patents for a number of controller-type holders, presumably for the iPhone. Read more »

Artist’s renderings show what the 12-inch iPad Pro might look like

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Apple is apparently working on a larger tablet, as indicated by schematics published in Japanese magazine Macfan. These drawings have been the source of artist Martin Hajek‘s inspiration to create a 3D model of the upcoming device.

The renderings before our eyes represent an informed guess as to what the iPad Pro might look like. Read more »

Samsung’s Orbis round smartwatch has its features detailed

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Samsung is currently working on its next smartwatch. It will be called Orbis, and it will be round, unlike any of the Korean company’s previous offerings in this space. And today we get a pretty big list of rumored features for this wearable.

The following information reportedly comes from reliable and trustworthy sources. That said, even if everything you’ll read here was true at one point, keep in mind that gadget development plans do sometimes change, so the finished product may be different. Read more »

Meizu and Haier partnership on home project announced

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Meizu, one of the top ten smartphone manufacturers in China has announced today that it is joining forces with Haier, which most probably hints at an upcoming array of connected home appliances. Haier Group has a long tradition of developing, manufacturing and selling a wide array of consumer electronics, ranging from air conditioners, microwave ovens, washing machines, refrigerators, all the way to mobile phones, computers and televisions.

The partnership seems perfectly in tune with Meizu’s recent announcement that their upcoming launch event on January 28 will revolve around a “Connected” life. Furthermore the push towards connected appliances and smart homes has been steadily gaining momentum with massive group ventures, such as project Thread leading the way. It was only a matter of time before the rest of tech world adopts the new aspiration and Meizu appears to be next in line to usher forth a new way of life, along with the likes of Google and Samsung. Read more »

Leaked roadmap reveals plans for a MediaTek 20nm octa-core SoC by the end of 2015

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MediaTek seems to be gathering increasing support from device manufacturers and users all around. The Taiwanese chip maker used to mainly target the budget segment, but recent CPU MT CPUs have been performing admirably on mid-ranged devices and beyond.

A rather interesting roadmap graphic surfaced on the Chinese social network Weibo, supposedly revealing the company’s plans from the upcoming year in terms of chip production. The definite attention-grabber in the shot is the mysterious MT67XX, which the graphic hints should come out in Q4 2015. Read more »

Samsung Orbis round smartwatch to sport wireless charging

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Just last week we found out that Samsung seems to be hard at work on a round smartwatch. This will be called Orbis when it’s released, and today an interesting new detail about it has surfaced.

According to a report originating at some unnamed sources, the Samsung Orbis will be the first smartwatch made by the Korean company to feature wireless charging built-in. Read more »

The rumored large-screen iPad might launch with optional stylus

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According to the popular KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s rumored 12.9” iPad will launch with a touchscreen stylus. The latter is said to be an optional accessory for the upcoming slate.

The stylus will aim to make the user experience on the large-screen Apple slate better. Read more »

Mediatek planning to release 12-core CPUs

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Mediatek is indeed a formidable force in the mobile world. Its chips might not be as impressive as the top-end Nvidia, Samsung and Qualcomm ones, but the Taiwanese manufacturer pretty much dwarfs all competition when it comes to the sheer volume of units it has and can produce. It not only powers the Chinese smartphone and tablet industry, but is responsible for major advancements in the field and has long been at the forefront of processor innovation.

New rumors have surfaced from industry insiders, stating that the manufacturer in working on ushering in a new breed of mobile CPUs with 10 or even 12 cores. This of course raises a lot of questions and concerns. Read more »

Windows 10 gets a redesigned taskbar, Spartan and Cortana get closer

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Microsoft will be detailing the upcoming Windows 10 in two weeks, but the new features keep leaking on a daily basis. Recently we learnt Microsoft is working on a stand-alone web browser called Spartan, which should replace (though not put to rest) the Internet Explorer.

Today we get to see more of Spartan and the brand new and redesigned taskbar, which comes with the new looks of Windows. Read more »

New leaked images show entirely different design for Microsoft Spartan browser

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Yesterday we showed you what was reported to be the first ever leaked screenshot showing an in-development build of Spartan, Microsoft’s upcoming Web browser for Windows 10 which was first rumored late last year. Today though there are a couple of new leaked images doing the rounds, and these two show us a very different design for Spartan.

That may be a good thing, given how cartoonish its interface looked in yesterday’s shot. The downside is that today’s leak is comprised of two extremely small and extremely blurry screenshots. Read more »

Microsoft’s upcoming Spartan Web browser for Windows 10 shown in first leaked screenshot

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At the end of last year, we heard an intriguing report which said that Microsoft would ship Windows 10 with two Web browsers on board – IE11 for backwards compatibility, and a new one codenamed Spartan, which was allegedly being built from scratch. Today the existence of project Spartan has pretty much been confirmed by the leaked screenshot you can see below.

This apparently shows us the second version of Spartan, dating back to November. It’s an older iteration than the one currently in the works, but it does help us get a general idea about it. And immediately that codename starts making sense, for this is shaping up to be a very bare bones experience, with a very minimalistic design. Read more »