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96 percent of people who own an iPad also own a laptop

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Microsoft’s corporate Vice President Panos Panay revealed an interesting stat at the on-going Surface event in New York.

The executive said that according to a research, 96% of the people who own an iPad also own a laptop. He further talked about how three years ago people thought that tablets would kill the laptop – “That was supposed to happen, for sure.” Read more »

Oppo Advisor program looking for Color OS beta testers

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Do you own an Oppo Find 5 or a Find 7 / Find 7a and love flashing new firmwares? You might be just the person to help Oppo develop its Color OS launcher. The company is looking for advisers among its “Ofans” to take part in the development and testing of its custom Android skin.

Here’s what you’ll need besides a compatible phone and the desire to participate. Read more »

AT&T purchases DirecTV for $48.5 billion

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When AT&T said that they wanted to get into the business of launching their own video content service, most thought that the phone service giant was going to release something akin to Netflix or Hulu.

But AT&T has done something much bigger: they’ve gone ahead and decided to purchase DirectTV for $48.5 billion. Hit the jump to learn more. Read more »

Over $66K paid for a broken phone signed by Rihanna

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How much would you pay for a broken smartphone that was signed by Rihanna?

Well someone decided that it was worth $66,500. Hit the jump to see how a broken cell phone came to have Rihanna’s signature on it. Read more »

Mugen Power announces a 3,000mAh battery case for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

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If you are looking to add some extra protection and double the battery life on your Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, then the Mugen Power has just the right thing for you.

The specialist third-party battery provider has announced a 3,000mAh battery case that can be used to increase the smartphone’s power autonomy. Read more »

Google Maps now lets you avoid steep hills when biking

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Google has quietly added a new feature to its desktop Google Maps and now lets bikers avoid steep hills and climbs when you’re planning a route.

The feature will be much appreciated by bike enthusiasts as the elevation profiles will make it easy to choose that single best route without the need to use other software aside from Google’s Maps. Read more »

OTTO is a hacker-friendly GIF camera

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Want to make a GIF image without fussing about on your computer?

Then check out OTTO, a little camera powered by Raspberry Pi. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom gets its first promo video

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Samsung officially announced the Galaxy K Zoom camera phone a few days ago. Now, in an attempt to further push the device, the company has released its first promotional video.

The marketing effort, which runs for about two and half minutes, shows some of the main features of the Galaxy K Zoom. As one can expect, the clip highlights the 20.7 megapixel rear camera and its features such as 10x optical zoom, the Xenon flash and the Selfie alarm. Read more »

Samsung renames Heathrow Terminal 5 as a part of an aggressive campaign

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Samsung has been running an aggressive marketing campaign in the UK for a while now, but this is pretty big even for the Korean giant. The company is renaming Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport to “Terminal Galaxy S5″ in its latest attempt to push its latest flagship into the spotlight.

Everything over at Terminal 5 will sport a piece of Galaxy S5 marketing – wayfinding boards, lounges, security at the gates, all 172 digital screens as well as the terminal’s website. The campaign will run for two weeks starting May 19. Demo Galaxy S5 units will be available for tryouts a Dixons Travel stores at the terminal. Read more »

The Apple Store will be 13 years old on May 19th

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Apple has its share of die-hard fans and die-hard critics, but no matter what your opinion of the Cupertino based tech giant is, it is difficult to deny that the company has changed the world of consumer technology.

Apple Stores have played a huge role in this phenomenon, and the symbolic retailer will turn 13 years old on May 19th.
Bare, cleanly and simply designed, open, and a “play with everything philosophy” helped to make Apple stores some of the most visited retail spots. If you pass by an Apple store, chances are, there are tons of people there. Read more »

LG Lifeband Touch and HeartRate Earphones will hit the shelves this month

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LG officially spilled the beans on the upcoming availability of its duo of fitness-centric devices. The Lifeband Touch and the HeartRate Earphones will begin shipping this month in the United States, as well as key markets in Asia and Europe.

Announced right before this year’s CES, the Lifeband Touch is a wearable that you slap on your wrist. Read more »

Samsung is the new sponsor of England’s World Cup football team

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Samsung has inked a deal with the English Football Association to be the official consumer electronics and smartphone supplier for the England’s World Cup football team.

So, all the superstars in the team along with the coaching staff will use Samsung gadgets. The company’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, will be used by all the members of the team during this year’s FIFA World Cup that will kick off on June 12. Read more »

More details released on OnePlus One invites

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The OnePlus One has been receiving quite the buzz as of late, especially with regards to its invite system.

There have been some concerns from users who want to know how OnePlus plans on stopping people from selling their handsets to those who didn’t receive invitations to use the device. Read more »

Apple reportedly close to acquiring Beats Audio for $3.2 billion

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According to a report in the Financial Times, Apple is close to completing the acquisition of Beats Audio. The deal is said to be worth $3.2 billion and could be officially annoucned as early as next week.

Apple’s acquisition of Beats Audio will allegedly include both its audio streaming service and its hardware business. Read more »

People are officially now talking less on the phone

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It’s no secret that data usage in smartphones has been increasing exponentially over the years. There have been predictions for a long time now that people would eventually be using their smartphones less for talking and more for messaging, web browsing, gaming, and other functions.

Well it seems that the decline of mobile voice usage on cell phones has finally occurred, according to Akamai’s State of the Internet Q4 2013 report. Read more »