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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 »

Buy bottle of water, get free Sony MP3 player

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It’s worth mentioning that the bottle of water will cost the same price as the MP3 player.

Sony’s W Series Walkman MP3 player has an interesting marketing tool that highlights its waterproof nature: Sony has decided to package it in a bottle of water. Read more »

New Mugen Power case adds 3,000 mAh to the Sony Xperia Z1 battery

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Looking to add some extra protection and double the battery life of your Sony Xperia Z1? Mugen Power has just the thing for you – its newly introduced case with the catchy name CC-C6903 combines shock resistance and a 3,000 mAh external battery that can be used to top up your juice pack.

The case will start shipping on February 22 and costs $89.50. If you make an order for over $150 you also get free worldwide shipping (although import taxes will be due in most regions). Read more »

Apple betting on itself, buying back $14billion worth of shares

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Apple has repurchasing a whopping $14 billion worth of its own shares after the share price dropped 8% in the aftermath of the Q1 financial report.

And while many rush to the conclusion that Apple is in dire straits because of its continually flailing share cost Tim Cook describes the move to repurchase Apple shares at the lower price as “aggressive”, “opportunistic” and that “It means we are betting on Apple”. Read more »

iPad Mini and Galaxy S4 are the most fragile devices, study shows

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A recent study put a bunch of different pieces of tech to the test to see which of them would be the most likely to break. The top of that list? The iPad Mini.

Following close behind was the Samsung Galaxy S4. In fact, Apple and Samsung products dominated almost all of the list. Read more »

Google Maps 7.6 update brings a bunch of new features

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Maps 7.6 has just been made available for download, and we have a breakdown of all the new features and functionality it brings.

New updates in Google Maps 7.6 are Offers, Preferred Transit Modes, interface and icon changes, and new domains. For a more in-depth look at these features, join us after the jump. Read more »

Sony considers selling its Vaio PC division

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According to e report by Nikkei, Sony is planning to sell its Vaio division which designs and manufactures personal computers. The move is dictated by the business unit’s poor performance, as well as the Japanese giant’s desire to shift its focus on smartphones.

Sony will reportedly sell its PC business to the investment fund Japan Industrial Partners with the estimated price ranging between ¥40 billion and ¥50 billion ($391 million to $489 million). Read more »

Apple will donate to classrooms for education initiative

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It looks like the White House will be getting a little bit of help with its ConnectEd Initiative.

A bunch of tech companies will be offering free products and services and amongst them, is Apple. Read more »