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Meizu teams up with Beyerdynamic to deliver a high-quality pair of headphones

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Meizu has enriched its product portfolio today with its first high-end stereo headset. It comes courtesy of German audio company Beyerdynamic and should deliver superb audio quality, worthy of the Meizu MX4 Pro.

The flagship smartphone in question boats impressive HIFI audio and a dedicated audio processor but the Chinese manufacturer didn’t really have the proper earphones to deliver the said quality in a complete package. Read more »

Nokia is reportedly in negotiations to acquire Alcatel-Lucent

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According to reports in Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, Nokia is “in advanced talks” to acquire its telecommunications equipment rival Alcatel-Lucent. A deal between the two industry giants could be announced as early as this week.

Details on the negotiations between the two companies are said to be “scarce” for the time being. Read more »

Xiaomi is turning 5 today and the party is on with promotions and giveaways

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Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi, is celebrating its fifth birthday and the company is in an all-out festive mode. The manufacturer has always had a strong online community and has really managed to build brand value and awareness, an area where most other Asian businesses fail, and naturally the community forum has been booming with festivities and a fair deal of promotions.

To mark the veritable 5-year corner stone, Xiaomi is looking back and recapping all that it has achieved throughout the years. The company has been steadily gaining popularity, especially in its home market, where it currently presides at the very top of the mobile market food chain. International presence has also been extending, especially in India, where the manufacturer recently partnered up with both Snapdeal and Amazon, for an even broader market reach. Read more »

Scientists make a breakthrough in aluminum batteries

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Scientists from the Stanford University made a breakthrough in the aluminum batteries – an area that saw very limited innovation in the last decade. The new prototype aluminum battery is flexible, thinner, much safer, charges super-fast, and its lifecycle is 7.5 times better than Li-Ion batteries.

Today the Li-Ion batteries seem to have reached their full potential and the only improvement lately is the fast charging technologies provided by companies like Oppo and Qualcomm. The lithium batteries aren’t getting any thinner, smaller and their capacity increases at very modest rates. We need something better and the aluminum battery at Stanford might be just the discovery we need today. Read more »

Complete Star Wars saga with bonus features in digital HD arrives on April 10

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Disney announced that the popular science-fiction fantasy saga Star Wars will be available as a digital download for the first time ever. The entire collection of 6 movies will arrive in Digital HD later this week, on April 10.

Disney’s plan is to make the Star Wars collection downloadable from several digital stores. Read more »

Samsung could inadvertently save Apple $533 million

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We have grown pretty accustomed to hearing about the never-ending ping-pong of court cases between Samsung and Apple. It almost seems like their legal departments are in an all-out feud over every single patent and device that sees the light of day. But in an odd twist of fate, the two antagonistic tech giants might stand united in defending against patents they are both accused of infringing.

The common enemy in this odd case is a company by the name of Smartflash and the patents in question have to do with mechanism for controlling access to digital data through payment systems. Apple was targeted by the company for overstepping a subset of these very patents in iTunes and was ordered by court in February to pay $533 million in dues to the small US company. Read more »

Dropbox is testing a collaborative note-taking service, codename “Project Composer”

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If you have been following Dropbox during the past year or so, you already know that the cloud file sharing service has been growing exponentially in both popularity and features. The San Francisco company has been putting a lot of effort to escape from its simple roots and grow into a sprawling ecosystem, based around collaboration and creative work.

This has led to the acquisition of a lot of other services and startups by the cloud system, as well as the introduction of clever new features, options and the vital integration with other major platforms and suites, like Microsoft Office, for example. Read more »

Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are very eco-friendly and Samsung has the awards to prove it

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Succeeding in the very dynamic and demanding tech market of today often requires a lot more than technological advances, beautiful design and competitive prices. People are starting to pay more attention on how their products are made, what they are made from and, most-importantly, how eco-friendly they are.

This increased consumer concern is definitely a step in the right direction and will hopefully fuel the advancement or sustainable and renewable tech. And while projects like Google’s modular ARA are taking a more radical approach to the problem, there are a lot of things any technology manufacturer can address to help and when we are talking about a giant, like Samsung, efforts usually show quick results. Read more »

OnePlus launches limited edition DR-1 drone for $20

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After teasing a new game changer product last week, OnePlus has finally introduced the OnePlus DR-1 drone today. What may appear to be a well fabricated prank, is actually true. The Chinese startup intends to sell limited units of this remote controlled drone.

The tiny limited edition DR-1 drone weighs only 15 grams and is just 2.75 inches wide. It has a 4-axis flaps which can be maneuvered using a joystick-like remote control. Also, the controller joystick offers two flight mode settings for letting the drone adapt whenever switching between them. Read more »

Samsung and LG will settle washing machine conflict outside court

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As some of you surely remember, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics have been involved in a rather colorful dispute over alleged vandalism. The story involved LG appliances chief Jo Seong-jin, who was accused of orchestrating the deliberate damaging of several high-end Samsung washing machines by LG employees at two retail stores in Germany last September.

The allegation turned into quite a public spectacle after Samsung filed a formal complaint, seeking criminal punishment for the deed. The whole saga really got out of hand when LG published a surveillance video of the incident, which Samsung branded as misleading and heavily-edited. Read more »

Spotify-powered PlayStation Music goes live for PS4, PS3

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Back in January, after phasing out Music Unlimited for PlayStation, Sony announced a new music service called PlayStation Music in partnership with Spotify. Now Spotify music is available to Sony PlayStation users located in 41 different regions across the world.

Ad-supported Spotify app is available for free on the PlayStation network. Read more »

YouTube now lets you watch 4K videos at 60fps

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YouTube has enabled playback of 4K videos at 60 frames per second. For the time being, the feature is available on just six videos, which are hand picked by YouTube staff.

Mind you, to take full pleasure of the quality and smoothness of the video, you’ll have to sport a pretty capable machine and a 4K monitor to go with it. Also, currently the option to play 4K @ 60fps works only on Chrome. Read more »

OnePlus to launch the new DR-1 drone next month

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Carl Pei shared an exclusive information with us about introducing a new product in April, at the Mobile World Congress 2015. Pei clarified that it will not be a smartwatch or tablet and we estimated it would be a totally different category.

The latest teaser showing a product covered with red cloth made use think if it was RC version of Batman’s Tumbler. In the latest Reddit AMA, OnePlus made it official that the company will introduce a drone named DR-1 and will start selling next month. Read more »

QHD wallpaper pack from HTC One M9+ leaks

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The HTC One M9+ may be unveiled in China on April 9, but recent rumors claim it will be available in Europe too. And that’s with the same MediaTek MT6795, rather than having it swapped out with Snapdragon 810 for the western audience.

HTC One M9 Plus Wallpapers

That hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but until the One M9+ is official, you can feast your eyes on its (leaked) QHD wallpapers (courtesy of @LlabTooFeR). Read more »

AMD might soon become part of the Samsung family

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AMD has definitely lost a lot of its former glory. Once on top of the food chain, the company is now struggling to make ends meet with shrinking CPU and GPU sales. This decline has naturally been felt on the stock market as well, where AMD is now priced at around $2.64 a piece – a number which was as high as $40 in 2006.

This has put the company in a tough spot, but its extensive R&D capacity really makes it a desired target for acquisition. Over the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about such buy-outs, most recently Mediatek was cited as a prospective buyer, but none of the plans has actually stuck. A new rumor now hints that Samsung might have its sight set on the struggling semiconductor company. Read more »