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Google+ reimagined, Google Photos no longer part of it

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Google is apparently having a change of heart for its Google+ social network. For a long time the struggling platform was a top priority for the tech giant and one major consequence is that a lot of other Google services are still very intertwined with it.

Ever since Google’s decision to bind YouTube comments with Google+ the stage was set for a lot of controversy and polarizing opinion. And the discussion still rages on. The sad fact is that Google+ did not manage to catch on for a multitude of reasons and is mostly deserted compared to Facebook and other niche leaders. It seems the online giant has finally decide to back down on its push of the withering platform as a recent announcement made it clear that Google+ will be splitting into two separate services – Google Photos and “Streams”. Read more »

IKEA plans to bring new Wireless charging furniture to the UK

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With the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge finally official, the tech world is buzzing with comments on the new devices and the new features they have to offer. And while beastly Exynos processors and futuristic build and design are on everybody’s minds the people over at IKEA ate definitely most excited about another new feature of the S flagship – wireless charging.

What started out as a rather clunky, inefficient and even rather dangerous charging method, has really picked up recently, with major standards, such as Qi really pushing the technology along. Everything seems to be pointing toward a cleaner and wire-free future and the Swedish furniture giant is quick to capitalize on the new trend. The retailer has announced a new line of furniture, with built-in wireless charging components. Read more »

AMD shows little interest in the Chromebook market

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Chromebooks have definitely been on the rise lately and frankly we can see their appeal. They are ideal for a pure-online mobile experience on a budget and frankly nowadays you can get most of what you need through the abundance of online Google services, which you are most likely already relying on anyway. The point being that Chromebook definitely have their own place on the market, but currently they offer little hardware variety.

Of course, you can rightfully argue that most users of the budget machines don’t really care what is pushing the numbers inside the case, but the fact is that currently it seems only Intel is supplying processing power for the various portables. This is in no way mere chance and AMD really seems to have little interest or actual benefit from powering Chromebooks. Read more »

Samsung will be freezing salaries in South Korea for the first time in 6 years

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Samsung has definitely been on a row lately, especially in terms of new tech innovations as well as stable supply contracts and improved market positions. In today’s dynamic economy, however, this does not necessarily translate into immediate profit.

A few days ago the Korean giant released its earnings report for Q4 2014 and things were not as bright as Samsung would want. It’s not surprising then that in order to counter the negative tendency and regain former profit margins as soon as possible the tech giant will be freezing wages on its home turf in Korea, a report by Reuters suggests. Read more »

HTC One (M8) gets a new special Champions League edition

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With MWC right around the corner the One (M9) is definitely on everybody’s minds, but this definitely does not mean that HTC doesn’t have other agenda to attend to. You might remember that last September the company put out a limited edition version of its flagship device to honor the Champions League.

Apparently the experiment was fruitful as today another UEFA commemorative version of the same handset saw the light of day. The phone in question is, of course, the HTC One (M8), but this time around it is not getting a render of the tournament’s and cup. Instead the smartphone is engraved with the names of every past CL winner, since the first installment in 1992. Read more »

Samsung president says there is no technical difficulty in minimizing semiconductor technology down to 5nm

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Samsung has definitely been on a streak lately. And this does not refer only to the ever-growing mobile market or the TV segment with the new UHD niche. The Korean tech giant is hitting big in terms of technology innovations. Recent developments in 14nm production methods as well as improving market positions and stable supply contracts have turned the Koreans in a key industry manufacturer.

Amidst all of this success Samsung Electronics president Kinam Kim sounded naturally excited about the company’s future at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). In his speech he went into detail about the relatively new concept of Internet of Things (IoT). According to Cisco Systems estimates there are currently about 14.4 billion devices connected to the internet, which is quite a lot considering that there are half as much people worldwide. He believes that by 2020 this number will grow to the whopping 50 billion. Read more »

Samsung has remained on top of global TV markets for 9 consecutive years

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Samsung is on top of the food chain when it comes to a lot of tech markets. If there is one thing the Korean giant is extremely good at it has to be display panels. Samsung has built a formidable reputation as a major innovator in this area as well as a top supplier both to third-party manufacturers and consumer markets.

According to DisplaySearch, a leader in global market research, Samsung Electronics has been holding the first place in annual TV sales worldwide for the last 9 years straight. In 2014 the Korean manufacturer accounted for 29.2% of the sales, a huge leap from 11.9% in 2013. The number is even more impressive for North America, where Samsung dwarfs competition with a 35.3% TV market share. Read more »

OnePlus challenges fans to create 3D-printable OnePlus One accessories

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OnePlus has a history of close engagement with fans for all sorts of feedback and guerrilla marketing tactics really seem to be working so far. The relatively small Chinese team has really managed to ramp up popularity and is now offering fans yet another interesting competition with a creative twist.

OnePlus is now starting what they call “possibly our coolest contest yet” and from the looks of it they are not over-exaggerating. The team has joined forces with the 3D-printing gurus at Ultimaker and YouMagine and is now challenging fans to unleash their creativity and design accessories for the OnePlus One. And when they say design they seriously mean it as in order for submissions to be taken under considerations they have to be made precisely using CAD software and ready for 3D printing. Read more »

Uber partners with SafetiPin mobile app to launch safety pilot in India

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Uber has announced a partnership with a map-based mobile safety app – SafetiPin to focus on the passenger safety and launch a pilot project starting February 25 and will stretch for 5 months in New Delhi, India

Mobile security app SafetiPin’s trained security auditors will work with Uber designated partner-drivers to capture night conditions with camera phones mounted on vehicles. These security auditors will also collect location data based on nine parameters – openness, visibility, luminance, walk path, crowd, security, gender diversity and location density, to derive the safety score. Read more »

Apple planning to begin car production by 2020, says Bloomberg

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Nearly a week after there were reports that Apple is secretly working on an electric vehicle, Bloomberg is reporting that the Cupertino-based company is planning to begin production of the vehicle by the year 2020. That’s an aggressive timeframe given that experienced automobile companies typically spend 5-7 years developing a car.

As per the report, Apple’s car team consists of 200+ people, which is inline with an earlier report that said hundreds of employees are working on the project. In the past couple of months, the iPhone maker has been hiring experts in technologies for batteries and robotics – recently, electric-car battery maker A123 Systems sued Apple for poaching its top engineers. Read more »

Get 100 GB free OneDrive storage through Bing Rewards now worldwide

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Cloud storage has become so widely spread and popular that most users rarely think about what service they are using and who is giving them all of the free online space. This of course is the desired effect with major players like Google Drive and Dropbox integrating their platforms so seamlessly with other applications that using them is as natural as your own hard drive. Microsoft is also big on the cloud storage scene, but oddly enough is generating far less hype, yet if you are on a recent Windows PC or a Lumia device, chances are that you already have a OneDrive account.

Just like the aforementioned Google service, Microsoft also offers 15GB of free storage out of the box. And while you may be thinking that you really don’t need another service to do the same the fact of the matter is that its client is already integrated in Windows 8 and newer version and puts you one click away from synching your files to the cloud. Microsoft has a limited time promotion through the Bing Awards program that can significantly sweeten the storage deal with 100 GB of free storage for two years. Read more »

Pigeon is a cloud-syncing picture frame your mother will love

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We all know those digital picture frames that ushered traditional photo stands into the digital realm a few years back. The concept of having a whole album of photos on a dedicated and very straight-forward device is definitely a good one, but the nice concept seems to have stopped in its development.

Pigeon is a now re-imagining of the digital photo frame, making it even more user friendly and convenient to use. What creator Keith Beckley has done is create a connected wireless frame that can seamlessly sync photos with a cloud service. While the concept isn’t new in any way the suggested use cases sure are. Read more »

Samsung surpasses Apple and Google in terms of corporate reputation

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Market research firm Harris Poll has ranked Samsung as the third most reputable company in the United States, ahead of Apple and Google, which came in at ninth and tenth positions, respectively. The list was topped by New York-based grocer Wegmans Food Markets, followed by Amazon.

This is the first time the South Korean company has surpassed the Cupertino giant in the firm’s annual Reputation Quotient study. Last year, Samsung was at the seventh spot, while Apple grabbed the third position. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Galaxy S6 most hotly anticipated phone at MWC

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a cornerstone for the company, set to finally bring the feel of the company’s flagships up to top standards. Widely criticized for its choice of materials so far, the Korean giant is rebuilding the upcoming smartphone from the ground up, addressing the issue.

The hype, which has been building around the Galaxy S6, showed its results and it emerged victorious in our weekly poll. Read more »

Former Motorola Mobility Executive Vanessa Wittman to be next Dropbox CFO

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Vanessa Wittman has officially joined the ranks of Dropbox as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Prior to the new occupation she was a high ranking executive, SVP and CFO at Motorola Mobility, after it was acquired by Google in 2011 and during the first year of Lenovo’s ownership as well. Wittman has also worked as the CFO of Marsh & McLennan so quite an impressive CV there.

Motorola’s shifting fate is the sort of battle-hardening turmoil that distinguishes a professional so Dropbox could have scored big by roping Vanessa in their ranks. She will be taking the place of longstanding Dropbox CFO Sujay Jaswa, who has set the bar pretty high. Read more »