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Apple, Google, and others sign $324 million settlement for colluding not to hire employees

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Several major Silicon Valley companies have reached a settlement with some 64,000 workers for allegedly colluding not to hire each other’s employees.

Apple, after adamantly denying that former CEO Steve Jobs made an agreement with Intel, Google, and Adobe brass not to poach employees, has agreed to settle out of court. Read more »

Meet the mobile version of the Google Play Store

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Google has a launched the long-awaited mobile-tailored version of its Play Store. Google’s app store is now a lot easier to navigate through a mobile browser and the internet giant has managed to retain most of the features from its app. So, browsing through the Play Store app or through the browser, you will have easy access to the same content.

Google’s updated mobile-friendly web store is complete with a very nice design. The full featured mobile web version has the ability to send the apps directly to your Android smartphones. Read more »

LG G3 wireless charger and Quick Circle case pictured

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LG’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the G3 has been leaked numerous times and has left nothing to our imagination. Just when we started to think that the flood of leaked information with respect to LG G3 is about to stop (since we already know everything about the smartphone), we come across the official accessories of the device.

The wireless charger and the quick circle case for the LG G3 have been pictured. The leaked images reveal that the G3′s wireless charging dock will feature a design that is significantly different from the normal wireless docks. Read more »

Solar powered schools in Kenya, courtesy of Samsung

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Massive corporations are known to launch charitable initiatives (they are tax write offs, after all), and Samsung has decided to start an interesting one of their own.

This past Tuesday, May 20th, Samsung made their own charitable gesture by opening the first internet school in Kenya that runs entirely on solar energy. Read more »

Roger Federer brings Google Glass to the tennis court

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The legendary tennis player, Roger Federer has posted a video of him playing his favorite sport while wearing the Google Glass. The video posted on Roger’s YouTube channel gives all of us an opportunity to see the game through his eyes.

The action took place when Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg visited Google’s Silicon Valley campus. Both players then hit the court to play a few rounds while wearing the Glass. Read more »

No Windows 8 on Chinese Government PCs

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If you work in the Chinese government, then you’re forbidden from running Windows 8 on your work computer.

This has huge negative implications for Microsoft, as it severely inhibits the growth of their newest OS. Read more »

96 percent of people who own an iPad also own a laptop

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Microsoft’s corporate Vice President Panos Panay revealed an interesting stat at the on-going Surface event in New York.

The executive said that according to a research, 96% of the people who own an iPad also own a laptop. He further talked about how three years ago people thought that tablets would kill the laptop – “That was supposed to happen, for sure.” Read more »

Oppo Advisor program looking for Color OS beta testers

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Do you own an Oppo Find 5 or a Find 7 / Find 7a and love flashing new firmwares? You might be just the person to help Oppo develop its Color OS launcher. The company is looking for advisers among its “Ofans” to take part in the development and testing of its custom Android skin.

Here’s what you’ll need besides a compatible phone and the desire to participate. Read more »

AT&T purchases DirecTV for $48.5 billion

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When AT&T said that they wanted to get into the business of launching their own video content service, most thought that the phone service giant was going to release something akin to Netflix or Hulu.

But AT&T has done something much bigger: they’ve gone ahead and decided to purchase DirectTV for $48.5 billion. Hit the jump to learn more. Read more »

Over $66K paid for a broken phone signed by Rihanna

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How much would you pay for a broken smartphone that was signed by Rihanna?

Well someone decided that it was worth $66,500. Hit the jump to see how a broken cell phone came to have Rihanna’s signature on it. Read more »

Mugen Power announces a 3,000mAh battery case for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

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If you are looking to add some extra protection and double the battery life on your Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, then the Mugen Power has just the right thing for you.

The specialist third-party battery provider has announced a 3,000mAh battery case that can be used to increase the smartphone’s power autonomy. Read more »

Google Maps now lets you avoid steep hills when biking

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Google has quietly added a new feature to its desktop Google Maps and now lets bikers avoid steep hills and climbs when you’re planning a route.

The feature will be much appreciated by bike enthusiasts as the elevation profiles will make it easy to choose that single best route without the need to use other software aside from Google’s Maps. Read more »

OTTO is a hacker-friendly GIF camera

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Want to make a GIF image without fussing about on your computer?

Then check out OTTO, a little camera powered by Raspberry Pi. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom gets its first promo video

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Samsung officially announced the Galaxy K Zoom camera phone a few days ago. Now, in an attempt to further push the device, the company has released its first promotional video.

The marketing effort, which runs for about two and half minutes, shows some of the main features of the Galaxy K Zoom. As one can expect, the clip highlights the 20.7 megapixel rear camera and its features such as 10x optical zoom, the Xenon flash and the Selfie alarm. Read more »

Samsung renames Heathrow Terminal 5 as a part of an aggressive campaign

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Samsung has been running an aggressive marketing campaign in the UK for a while now, but this is pretty big even for the Korean giant. The company is renaming Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport to “Terminal Galaxy S5″ in its latest attempt to push its latest flagship into the spotlight.

Everything over at Terminal 5 will sport a piece of Galaxy S5 marketing – wayfinding boards, lounges, security at the gates, all 172 digital screens as well as the terminal’s website. The campaign will run for two weeks starting May 19. Demo Galaxy S5 units will be available for tryouts a Dixons Travel stores at the terminal. Read more »