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Samsung Australia says it has nothing to do with “Wake up!” campaign

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Samsung’s advertising has been pretty aggressive, especially against rival Apple. They even mocked the infamous long lines of people queuing to grab their next iGadget. Samsung Australia actually pulled a stunt where they offered Galaxy S II phones for $2 right outside of Apple’s store. So, when a video of a flashmob waiving signs and chanting “Wake up!” showed up in front of an Australian Apple store, everyone (including us) jumped to the assumption that it was the South Korean company that organized it.

Except now Samsung Australia is denying that they had anything to do with it. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 800 takes a balloon ride to 32km altitude in the name of science

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Putting a smartphone on a helium balloon and having it fly high up in the sky has proven a popular pastime (there was even an iPad that braved the high altitudes), but it turns out serious scientist do it too as low-cost observation tools. The ASTRA project at South Hampton university has a thing for Windows Phone handsets and the latest was a Nokia Lumia 800.

As part of the ASTRA 10 series of flights, a Lumia 800 soared as high as 32km with nothing to help it face the cold or maintain connectivity. And conditions high up in the atmosphere are pretty rough. Read more »

Reading the fine print on what rights Google, Microsoft and Dropbox have on your files [EDITORIAL]

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Yesterday Google launched its Drive cloud service allowing you to upload virtually anything and have it synced across multiple devices. Sounds great and bringing a bit more competition to the mix has never hurt anyone.

But what happens once you store there that music piece you’ve been working on for so long? Or the concept art for that cool project at work? Do you still remain its owner and what do you allow the cloud storage provider to do with it? Google, Microsoft and Dropbox have different approaches how they handle the legal part of things and it isn’t something to be taken lightly. Read more »

Microsoft reports record-breaking Q3 results

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Microsoft has announced its Q3 financial results and things are looking bright for the software giant. The record-breaking revenue for the quarter ending on March 31, 2012 was $17.41 billion, representing a 6% growth over the same period of 2011.

Additionally, the operating income saw a 12% boost compared to last year and reached $6.37 billion. Net income was $5.11 billion ($0.60 per diluted share), which is actually slightly lower than it was in the holiday quarter, but this doesn’t make Steve Ballmer any less optimistic about the future.. Read more »

Domino’s Pizza delivery scooters bring uncontrollable laughter, delicious pizza

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Electricity-driven vehicles are great. They hug trees and save polar bears like nothing else, but they have one major flaw. They are almost perfectly quiet. Thus, they threaten pedestrians and other motorists, which might not hear them approaching.

To work around this, Domino’s Pizza has created what it calls a “Safe Sound” box, which is placed on their pizza delivery electrical scooters . And the result? Hilarity ensues on the streets of the Netherlands. Read more »

Take a look inside Apple’s Cupertino headquarters

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Apple is one of the most secretive tech companies to have ever existed and it should surprise no one only the exterior of Apple’s Cupertino headquarters gets shown.

What’s on the inside is only known to Apple’s staff and Apple’s seniors want everyone to know as little as possible about how the company operates. AppleGazette, however, gathered a collection of photos showing just what it’s like to be in Apple’s Cupertino campus. Read more »

Nokia to open up 10k jobs with new Vietnam-based factory

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Expected to officially break the news to the world next Monday (April 23), Nokia will reportedly build a factory in Vietnam to speed up its device production rate.

According to sources quoting Niklas Savander, Executive Vice President of Markets for Nokia, the company will shell out a cool $300m to build the factory and will hire around 10 thousand people to work in it. Read more »

Samsung microSD card could survive anything, even being run over by an 11-ton roller

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Samsung has been very proud of their latest batch of Plus Extreme Speed memory cards and especially of their ruggedness.

So to put their words to the test, German site Smartphontech took a microSD card from said series through a couple trials to test its durability. Read more »

Nokia’s Asha series by the numbers: an infographic

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Nokia’s Series 40 phones have a long history and have literaly sold billions – 1.5 billion as of earlier this year (to give you a frame of reference, the world’s population is currently at just over 7 billion people). Nokia Conversations have prepared an infographic with some interesting data on the Asha series of S40 phones.

Jump over the break to see the whole infographic. Read more »

Here is an awesome TNT promo video

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TNT has shot a really amazing promo video to promote the launch of their Belgium channel. Sticking to their We Know Drama slogan the TV network crew put an “Add drama” button to a small town’s square.

Words hardly do justice to the happens when someone presses that button, so we’ll just let you watch and enjoy the clip. Read more »

Sony forecasts mind-boggling $6.4 billion loss for 2011, says better times will come

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Yesterday we told you about Sony’s plans on lay off about 10,000 workers due to the expected $3.2 billion loss for the 2011 fiscal year. Unfortunately for Sony, however, now that we are coming closer to the final results being published, the expected loss has doubled to $6.4 billion.

The reason for this dark forecast turns out to be an unfortunate combination of not being able to defer taxes any longer and paying extra taxes because of shifting profits between subsidiaries. But Sony keeps its chin up. Read more »

HTC might stop bundling Beats headsets with their phones

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HTC bought a controlling share in Beats Electronics a while back and started bundling premium Beats headsets with some of their phones and incorporating audio know-how into the phones themselves. Now HTC might be rethinking the practice and there might not be any more Beats headsets to be found in HTC retail boxes.

An HTC product exec, Martin Fichter, talked to CNET and said that headphones aren’t a deciding factor when choosing a phone. Read more »

Samsung begins manufacturing of 80MB/s-capable microSD cards

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Over the past few years microSD card manufacturers have mostly focused on increasing the capacity, rather than improving the speed, but as mobile chipsets improve, things are obviously starting to change. Samsung just announced that it has begun mass production of its first UHS-I microSD cards, which should deliver a significant increase in performance, compared to their regular counterparts.

The new 16GB memory cards come with a 20nm 64Gb chip with toggle DDR 2.0 support and an advanced Samsung controller, which enables it to achieve a maximum read speed of up to 80MB/s. That’s a quadruple increase compared to its predecessors, but naturally you’d need an UHS-I compatible device to enjoy it. Read more »

Google announces Project Glass, lets you peek into the future

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File it in under unlikely to happen soon, but the Project Glass that Google just unveiled is one of the most exciting pieces of technology we have seen recently. Started by a group of Google employees, the project aims to make organizing your daily routines and sharing stuff with your friends as easier than it has even been.

Forget about using smartphones – all you need is a futuristic looking band on your head, your voice and Internet connectivity. We’ll let the following video do the rest of the talking as we don’t think words can do the promised experience justice. Read more »

Maria Sharapova jumps ship, will promote Samsung from now on

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Sony Ericsson is a pretty big name in tennis – the Sony Ericsson Open just finished and it is a title sponsor of the Women’s Tennis Association. So, it came as a big surprise when it was announced that Maria Sharapova will promote Samsung products from now on (she was a Sony Ericsson ambassador for 4 years).

Currently, her deal covers only Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States and is for three years. A new deal that covers the rest of the world might be signed next year. Read more »