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Panasonic gives up on plasma TVs

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Panasonic has officially announced that it will no longer produce plasma display panels. The decision has been expected and it was motivated with the desire to help the growth of company in other segments of the market.

As a result of the new strategy, Panasonic will stop the production of the plasma display panels from December 2013. Read more »

Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook now available with 70,000 books

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Amazon recently announced its new service, named Kindle MatchBook, and it has now gone live. MatchBook allows you to buy the Kindle editions of your print books for $2.99 or less.

Amazon’s new program gives you the option to purchase the Kindle edition of the print books for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99 or free of cost. Read more »

Samsung goes courtside after $100 million NBA deal

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Samsung and the National Basketball Association have inked a deal which makes world’s number one smartphone manufacturer the official provider of televisions and tablets for the NBA.

The deal is reportedly worth $100 million and would mean that the screens and surveillance tech in the basketball arenas would be provided by Samsung. Read more »

$14 million worth of LG G2s stolen

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At around 6:30pm a driver stopped at a truck stop in Gary, Indiana for a quick break and when he came back he found his truck missing. The cargo he was driving? 22,500 LG G2 phones headed to Sprint stores in Louisville, Kentucky.

Indiana and Illinois state police along with the FBI have launched an investigation. Read more »

Samsung ranks second in R&D spending for 2013

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Booz & Company has released its annual study of Research & Development expenditure and has identified the top 20 biggest investors in the world. Car maker Volkswagen tops the chart with $11.4 billion spent in 2013, but Samsung is close behind with $10.4, taking the second spot.

The research covers the period between June 2012 and June 2013, so the data isn’t strictly for 2013. Mind you, Samsung isn’t spending that kind of money on its Mobile division alone, but rather on its whole business which covers a vast number of areas. Read more »

Watch Apple’s October 2013 keynote here

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Today’s Apple keynote marked the announcement of the release of the free Mac OS X Maverics, the release of the updated and now free iWorks and iLife application packages, the announcement of the hardware updates to the MacBook Pro lineup and the availability and specs info about the Mac Pro. Last but not least, we saw the announcement of the iPad Air and the Retina update to the iPad mini.

All this fit into less than an hour and a half so you can be sure the pace was hectic. But you don’t have to take my word for it. If you missed the live streaming of the event, now is your chance to watch a replay. Read more »

Apple outs its first commercial for the gold iPhone 5s

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Apple released its first dedicated commercial for the gold iPhone 5s. Entitled “Metal Mastered”, the thirty-second clip unsurprisingly features a good deal of bling.

The ad shows liquid gold on the screen, slowly taking the shape of an iPhone 5s. Read more »

Thank you, guys! Our Facebook page hit 500,000 likes

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The GSMArena.com Facebook page is now liked by more than 500,000 people around the world! This makes us one of the most popular mobile websites on Facebook, and that really makes us proud.

The support we are getting is really raising exponentially, as the last 50,000 likes came in just 10 days! In September 2011 we hit 100,000 page likes and exactly 9 months later in June 2012 the likes counter showed 200,000. Now, in October 2013, we’ve hit the cool 500,000 likes and we really can’t thank you enough for this! Read more »

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX gets the teardown treatment

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX is the latest tablet to undergo the teardown treatment. iFixit has taken apart the 7-inch slate to show us what’s under the hood.

The teardown reveals that the Kindle Fire HDX is certainly not an easy to repair device. The only good news is that you can open the tablet without having to use the heat guns by unscrewing and removing the clips of the tablet. Read more »

BlackBerry sends out an open letter to tell the world it is not done just yet

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In an attempt to fight off the negative coverage surrounding it lately, BlackBerry published an open letter to its customers, business partners, and fans. The troubled manufacturer told its supporters that they can still count on it.

Naturally, BlackBerry begins making its argument by pointing at its cash reserves, as well as its debt-free balance sheet. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 f promo videos are out, check them out

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Unsurprisingly, Sony launched a couple of promo videos alongside the freshly announced Xperia Z1 f smartphone. The compact handset with top-end specs is exclusively available for NTT DoCoMo in Japan.

The first promo video is quite extensive – it features the Sony Xperia Z1 f alongside its bigger brother – the “regular” Z1 with a 5” display. Read more »

Nokia gives you five tips on how to take great landscape shots

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Nokia is holding a competition offering you a chance to win a trip to Puerto Rico with National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez while throwing in a free Lumia 1020. In order to boost the quality of the entries, the Finns have decided to throw in a quick blog post listing five tips for taking awesome landscape photos.

The first advice Nokia gives is to carefully plan the photo you’re going to take. Keep in mind the weather conditions, know the best vantage points, get extra batteries and also get the right clothing.

Nokia also advises to be aware of the perfect times to shoot the particular place you’ve chosen. The latter is also closely related to the second advice – wait for the “Golden hour.” Read more »

Mitsubishi to integrate HERE Auto services in its North American cars

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HERE and Mitsubishi are partnering to bring HERE Auto services to the North American models of Lancer, Lancer Evolution, Lancer Sportback, Outlander and Outlander Sport.

Those models will get real-time traffic, weather data, fuel stations and fuel price information on those stations – all this easily accessible from the steering wheel controls or the touch-enabled display. Read more »

A duo of catchy Samsung Galaxy Gear ads go live in the United States, check them out

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Samsung launched a duo of cool ads for its Galaxy Gear Smartwatch in the United States. The commercials take the viewer on a trip down memory lane by featuring some of Hollywood’s most memorable interpretations on the watch as a tool of communication.

Both ads feature timepieces from movies such as Star Trek, Knight Rider, Predator, Jetsons, etc. Read more »

Samsung denies accusations of Galaxy Note 3 benchmark cheating

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was caught boosting the benchmark results, a couple of days ago. But, as one can expect, Samsung has denied all reports suggesting that the Galaxy Note 3 ups the performance when the phablet recognizes the benchmarking apps.

Samsung continues to defend itself over the recent reports that reveal that almost all the smartphone manufacturers cheat on the benchmark scores. Read more »