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Google may have to pay $5 Billion in antitrust fees in India

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An Indian commission accused Google of using its internet search engine dominance unfairly.

They cited it as a violation of antitrust laws, and Google may be facing a $5 Billion penalty as a result. Read more »

Weekend poll: MWC 2014 hot hardware

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We ran some polls over the weekend after CES, so we thought we should do the same after the Mobile World Congress. It has been a week since the congress ended and enough time has passed for the initial reactions to settle into well-informed opinions.

Some brilliant new products were announced, others seemed to disappoint. Have your say on which did what. Read more »

Texas Instruments’ new chip gives smartphone projectors 720p

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It looks like pico projectors on smartphones are going to be able to up their imaging game.

That is, thanks to Texas Instruments’ new 0.3” TRP DLP Pico chipset. Read more »

LG G Flex stars in a bizarre commercial, check it out

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LG released a rather bizarre ad for its curved G Flex phablet. The head-scratching video clip aims to accentuate the natural curve of the device, as well as its self-healing capability.

The ad goes to great lengths to convince the viewer that the device is “the most human phone”. Read more »

TSMC starts making Apple’s A8 CPUs

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Reports indicate that TSMC has already begun manufacturing their first batch of A8 processors for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6.

We aren’t going to see anything new from Apple until Q3 of this year, however. Read more »

Yahoo holding an Android Tech Talk in New York on March 20

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Yahoo is hosting an Android Tech Talk on March 20. The news comes from Jean-Baptiste Quéru, former AOSP lead at Google and current Yahoo employee. He’ll do a short presentation, focusing on architecture, but there will be other speakers as well.

The event will be held in the New York office and is invite-only. Read more »

HTC continues to poke fun at new Galaxy S5

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Nokia and HTC took a couple of swipes at Samsung’s new Galaxy S5, but the digs from HTC continue and more people are getting involved. Joanna Stern, currently a technology editor at ABC, tweeted the image below:

This was retweeted by Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC America. Meanwhile, the company’s official Twitter account threw down the glove. Read more »

Sony continues to tease Xperia Z2 ahead of its MWC event

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Sony has released a new video teaser with the promise that “Something extraordinary is coming…” at its MWC event, which takes place in two days from now.

The teaser runs for about 15 seconds and doesn’t give anything away. The short video ends with a “what comes next?” tag line and what we can guess based on the rumor mill is that the upcoming device could well be the new flagship device and the successor of the Xperia Z1 smartphone. Read more »

Verizon buys out Vodafone entirely

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Vodafone and Verizon have been partners for 14 years, but it looks like Big Red is now traveling on by itself.

Verizon has recently bought out all of Vodafone’s stock in its company. Read more »

New Droid phones may be required to come with Kit-Kat

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Android phones are a double-edged sword: you have a wide variety to choose from, but that variety comes at a price: late software updates.

A leaked memo from Google, however, may change all of that as it stipulates that all new Android smartphones will be required to have Kit-Kat installed on them out of the box. Read more »

Samsung to produce Apple’s A8 chips no more

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Samsung helped to create the speedy iPhone 5S by manufacturing the 64-Bit A7 chipset that powers the phone.

Apple and Samsung’s CPU partnership may be coming to an end, however, as reports indicate that Samsung will stop producing the chips for Apple. Read more »

Google buys sonic-based password company SlickLogin

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Google acquired today Israeli startup company SlickLogin. Five months ago, the company made its debut on the internet password security scene offering an interesting alternative – sound-based passwords.

The announcement of the acquisition sits on the company’s homepage, where the small team says that now they’ll be making the Internet safer for everyone. Presumably, Google has decided to replace its 2-step verification with a better authentication method. Read more »

South Korea will keep US data away from Huawei products

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Communications between South Korea and the US will be kept away from Huawei products.

The South Korean government vowed to keep their correspondence with the US away from any Huawei equipment after the US voiced concerns about the Chinese manufacturer’s devices. Read more »

Nokia employs designers to make a dress out of 35 Lumia phablets

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Nokia has come up with the very interesting idea of making a dress out of Lumia 1520 phablets. The Finnish company has teamed up with Fyodor Golan Fashion House and the dress will make an appearance at this years’ London Fashion Week 2014.

The tech dress is going to feature 35 Lumia 1520 phablets with changing images synced by the wearer’s movement. Read more »

Cool renders show what the HTC M8 might look like

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We’ve seen the HTC M8 (the HTC One’s successor) star in plenty of leaks but they all have something in common – low quality photos. XDA-Developers user hamdir collected all leaked photos and created beautiful renders of the M8.

Some of the things are dubious – like the second camera. The images that showed it were called out as fakes by an HTC regional director, but there are plenty of leaked images that feature a second opening above the camera (including back covers). Read more »