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Apple to spend $10.5 billion on manufacturing equipment

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According to a report in Bloomberg, Apple will be putting the pilies of cash it is sitting on to good use.The Cupertino giant is said to invest $10.5 billion in manufacturing equipment.

Apple’s massive investment will include a host of new equipment, ranging from assembly robots, all the way to precision milling machines. Read more »

Apple iPad mini 2 bares it all in an iFixit teardown, gets a low repairability score

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A day after it hit the store shelves, the iPad mini 2 unsurprisingly paid a visit to the folks at iFixit. As expected, Apple’s slate got a proper teardown to go with the traditional iFixit repairability score.

The first thing to grab the attention under the hood of the second generation iPad mini is a beefy 24.3Whr battery. Read more »

Vine for Windows Phone is finally here

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The much-awaited Vine for Windows Phone platform has finally launched and you can now capture and share moments in short video clips from your WP powered smartphone.

The popular service, which is owned by Twitter, allows you to create looped videos by just tapping and holding your finger against the screen of your WP device. Read more »

Stephen Elop reportedly mulling Xbox and Bing split if elected as Microsoft CEO

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According to a report in Bloomberg, Nokia’s former chief Stephen Elop has grand plans in consideration if elected as the next CEO of Microsoft. Already on the shortlist for the position, Elop is said to consider selling off the Xbox business and axing Bing.

In addition to the abovementioned changes, Stephen Elop is reportedly mulling over expanding the reach of the popular Microsoft Office to a broad variety of devices, including iOS and Android products. Read more »

Google Nexus 5 gets drop test treatment

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The folks at Android Authority have a made it a habit of dropping various new smartphones. The Google Nexus 5 is the latest victim that goes crashing against the pavement.

The Gorilla Glass on the previous edition of the Nexus was good enough to survive a fall, but can the Nexus 5 avoid a shattered glass? Well, let’s find out! Read more »

Massive Wall of Sound speakers return with version 2.0, say goodbye to your eardrums

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The first Wall of Sound speakers were unveiled back in 2009, touted as the largest available speakers for iOS devices. Despite the hefty weight and $4500 price tag, they were able to sell out fairly quickly.

Now, the second edition of the powerful speakers dubbed “Wall of Sound 2.0″ have gone official. They are heavier, bigger and louder than the previous model, containing 44 speakers with individual chambers, two sub-woofers and a tube amplifier. Read more »

Nexus 5 gets torn down by iFixit, walks away with a high repairability score

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As usual, the folks from iFixit gave the LG Nexus 5 a proper teardown shortly after its announcement. The latest and greatest Google smartphone achieved an impressive repairability score of 8 out of 10.

The Nexus 5 is held together by plastic clips which are stubborn, yet easy to open with a simple tool. Read more »

Infographic boils down Apple’s iPhone history

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The iPhone is perhaps the most recognizable smartphone in the world, but it was a long journey to get where it is right now. Maybe you’ve been tracking Apple’s best-selling handset since it launched in early 2007 or maybe you haven’t – in either case, this infographic gives a nifty look at the iPhone’s history.

It all started with the iPhone later dubbed “iPhone 2G,” which can be a little confusing – 2G refers to the second generation wireless tech it used (GSM/GPRS/EDGE), not the second generation of iPhone. Read more »

Apple’s iPad Air teardown reveals the magic internals

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Apple just released its iPad Air slate and as tradition dictates it has joined the long list of devices to undergo iFixit’s teardown treatment.

The teardown of the iPad Air reveals that the slate uses separate components for the LCD and the front glass, which is protected by a thinner display produced by LG. Read more »

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 »