Samsung has once again managed to get itself caught in a bit of astroturfing related controversy. The last time, it was found that Samsung had paid some students to trashtalk HTC online. This time, a PR agency representing Samsung tried to pay a developer to astroturf on behalf of Samsung.
The developer in question, Delyan Kratunov, received an email from a John Yoon working for the company Fllu. Yoon’s request was that Kratunov help promote the Samsung Smart App Challenge for a payment but what was required for Kratunov to do wasn’t exactly ethical. Read more »
Google has teamed up with Starbucks to provide a free Wi-Fi hotspot in all of the chain’s 7000 coffee shops around the USA. The search giant promises that once the update has finished, customers will be able to enjoy the web at speeds “up to 10x faster than before”.
And if a particular Starbucks coffee shop happens to be in the few areas where Google has its Fiber service set up, the speed bump will be up to 100 times. Read more »
Nokia is by far the biggest player in the Windows Phone 8 game. However, the Finns doesn’t seem to be too happy with the progress of the latest version of the platform.
In an interview with International Business Times, Nokia’s Vice President of App development, Bryan Biniak has expressed his disappointment over the Microsoft’s approach in developing the Windows Phone operating system. Read more »
Sony and Panasonic have officially announced that they are working on the next-generation optical disc for long-term digital data storage. Both companies are planning to develop an optical disc with storage capabilities of at least 300 GB by the end of 2015.
The specifics of the optical disc, like protection against dust, water, temperature and humidity are the main reasons for Sony and Panasonic to still be investing in the format. Read more »
Microsoft has already added the Xbox One original accessories to its Store. If you want to opt for a second Xbox One Wireless Controller you can get one for $60 in the USA or €60 in the EU.
As usual Play and Charge kits are available as well. They cost $25/€25 if sold separately, of $75/€75 if you get them bundled with a wireless controller. Read more »
The Finnish extreme over-clockers “The Stilt” have set a new world record for clock speed. Using the AMD A10-6800K Richland APU, the guys managed to reach 8.2 GHz clock speed.
The AMD flagship chip was mounted on an ASUS F2A85-V Pro board and with the help of liquid nitrogen, the enthusiasts managed to reach a voltage of 2,008 volts and resulted in a core clock speed of 8,000.48MHz with its bus clock reading 126.99MHz. Read more »
Oppo is now the second most profitable mobile phone manufacturer in China, according to Entrepreneur Magazine. Oppo’s successful strategy is said to have helped the company to achieve the impressive feat in the world’s largest smartphone market.
Oppo’s change in strategy when entering the smartphone and the determination to focus on the quality of its products have helped the company to rise in the market, according to the report. Read more »
Google redesigned its popular email client in March with few new additions and tweaks. One of the notable changes was the new compose, which was available in your inbox as a pop-up window.
Now, Google has started to roll out a new full-screen compose window, which fills your entire display. Read more »
T3 has officially announced its nominations for its seventh annual T3 gadget awards, which recognize and honors the gadgets, software and personalities who inspire the tech world over the past one year.
As one can expect, Apple and Samsung have bagged the most nominees with each brand presented in nine categories, including four where the two meet face to face. Read more »
The Nokia Tune (a.k.a. Grande Valse) is perhaps one of the most recognized ringtones around and every so often the Finnish company modernizes it. Now it’s time for a new update, the eighth in the 20 year history of the ringtone.
Along with the ringtone, Nokia has updated sounds for other notifications too – SMS, email, calendar, alarm and even the startup tone. Read more »
We have been hearing reports about a woman’s death in China caused by an electric shock while answering a phone call on her iPhone 5. Now Apple has chipped in, saying it will be fully investigating the issue and will be co-operating with the authorities, according to a report from Bloomberg.
The 23-year old flight attendant had purchased her brand new Apple iPhone 5 in the month of December 2012 and the phone with all the in-box accessories has been already handed over to the police by her family. Read more »
This one is for straight-up supergeeks with way too much cash to burn so if you don’t fit into the category you may want to skip it. Only a day old, the PureView-driven Nokia Lumia 1020 has got itself the most expensive accessory it could have asked for.
Built by Lehmann Aviation the LA300 is a drone, to which the Lumia 1020 attaches, that can fly as high as 15 kilometers (that’s about 9.3 miles for you Imperial users), for as long as 30 minutes, at speeds of 20-80 km/h (12/49 MPH) and will withstand temperatures between -25 °C up to +60 °C (-13 °F to 140 °F). The only bad thing is the price tag – you’ll need to shell out a whole €4,990, and no that does not include the Lumia 1020. Read more »
Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer has posted its financial report for the second quarter of the year and surprisingly, the revenues have surpassed the estimates and the company has managed to generate $30 billion.
The second-quarter revenue of Foxconn is up by 0.6% over the same period a year ago. Foxconn saw its revenue decline by 19.2% decline in its revenue for the first quarter of 2013 due to the decline in the iPhone orders from Apple. Read more »
Google Latitude will be officially retiring on August 9. Related products in Google Maps for Android, Latitude for iPhone, the Latitude API, the public badge, the iGoogle Gadget and the Latitude website will no longer be available in a month.
The retirement of Google Latitude means that you will no longer be able to share your location using the latitude and Google hasn’t included latitude as a feature in its latest version of Google Maps for Android. The search giant will also be removing Latitude for iPhone from the App Store. Read more »
Over time Nokia phones have built up a reputation of being indestructible and Nokia reminds us of this with a cool video with pleasant music that describes the decidedly unpleasant process a phone has to go though.
“If testing shows a phone can be better, it’s back to the drawing board,” says the video. Here’s what testing includes. Read more »