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Apple Watch will at least be showerproof, according to Tim Cook

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Speaking to employees at the company’s Kurfürstendamm store in Berlin, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that he now wears his Apple Watch all the time, even while showering. So even if the company’s first smartwatch won’t be able to come diving with you, at least it will be able to withstand water splashes.

Up until now there’s been no mention of water resistance from Apple, save for the promotional image you can see above. It also implies that the Watch will be splashproof, but maybe nothing more. Read more »

Google Calendar 5.1 for Android rolls out with 7-day view on phones, more new features

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Today Google has started rolling out the latest update for its Calendar app for Android. Google Calendar 5.1 brings with it a 7-day view for phones. Additionally, you can now add Google Drive files to events, and Drive will even check if everyone who’s participating in an event can open them.

These are the main new features, but there’s more stuff in this update. For example, you can now control whether birthdays from your Google+ contacts are shown on your calendar. This setting will arrive on the Web version of Google Calendar too, but next week. Read more »

Google Play Music ups cloud storage limit for your existing song collection to 50,000

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Since its launch, Google Play Music has allowed you to upload and store up to 20,000 songs in the cloud. This has been a key differentiator for Google’s service, since you don’t have to rely solely on its collection – if you’ve got some tracks that it doesn’t, just upload them and then you can stream them to any device.

This limit has now effectively been raised to 50,000 – that’s how many of your own songs you can store in Google’s cloud from today. So we assume very few people will not be able to upload their entire music collections to Google Play following this move. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 wireless charger spotted in FCC database

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It was a repeated theme in Galaxy S6 rumors that the upcoming high-end smartphone will be equipped with wireless charging capability, and Samsung all but confirmed it. Now we may have stumbled on another tangible proof of that feature. American regulating authority FCC has certified a Samsung wireless charger and all clues point to a unit, that will accompany the hotly-anticipated flagship.

The charger’s model designation is EP-PG920I, containing the magical 920 number that the Galaxy S6 is set to bear. 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 »

MediaTek MT6795 smokes Snapdragon 810 in Geekbench 3.0, closes in on Exynos 7420

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The MediaTek MT6795 chipset has been in the works for quite a while now, but early benchmarks show it will have Samsung’s Exynos 7420 to compete with, while Snapdragon 810 lags behind. All three of these chipsets have the same basic CPU setup – a big.LITTLE combo with four Cortex-A57 and four Cortex-A53.

The leaked result comes from Geekbench 3.0, a developer board by the looks of it. This is a CPU benchmark so we can’t compare GPUs – the PowerVR G6200 in the MediaTek, the Mali-T760 in the Exynos and the Adreno 430 in the Snapdragon. 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 »

Kyocera to show a solar charging smartphone prototype at MWC 2015

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Kyocera has announced to show a working prototype smartphone with solar charging capability at the Mobile World Congress 2015 next week. This prototype is basically last year’s TORQUE smartphone.

The TORQUE KC-701 smartphone prototype is rugged and design reflects the original TORQUE SKT01 model. Kyocera has used a French company SunPartner Technologies’ Wysips Crystal panel to enable solar charging on the phone. Read more »

Leica announces M-P ‘Correspondent’ Limited Edition designed by Lenny Kravitz

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Leica has collaborated with Lenny Kravitz to introduce a special limited edition luxury professional camera kit – M-P ‘Correspondent’ camera. Packing two Leica lenses, Leica and Kravitz Design will sell only 125 special edition kits at $24,500 each.

Lenny Kravitz’s design firm has styled the Leica M-P ‘Correspondent’ in way to appear aged with black snakeskin body. Read more »

Google to launch new Chromebook Pixel soon

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Google may be aggressively following the annual update cycle of Android platform but same isn’t the case with its ambitious Chromebook Pixel project. Renee Niemi, Director of Android & Chrome for Work and Education at Google, inadvertently confirmed that a new Chromebook Pixel laptop is expected to release soon.

At the Google TeamWork 2015 event, Niemi spoke about new Chromebook Pixel as a limited edition developmental platform. Read more »

To the Moon: Pebble Time reaches 38 thousand backers, $8 million in less than 24 hours

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And just like that the Pebble Time smart watch has reached over 38 thousand backers and a whopping $8 million pledged. Granted Pebble could have gone the traditional route, but it’s one of the legendary Kickstarters and there’s no denying this is great marketing.

Less than 24 hours since the campaign launched it’s closing in on the previous campaign, $10.3 million, but at this rate it should break all records. Read more »

Apple Watch to sport 100 000 apps at launch

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Smartwatches are definitely not a novice concept, but it seems that now they are finally starting to pick up. The debate is still on whether the new class of devices is really useful and is meant to serve any actual purpose other than market expansion, but from the looks of things the wrist companions are here to stay.

With all this hype in the tech world Apple is yet to capitalize on the new device niche, but the long-anticipated Apple Watch is inching ever closer to its release date. According a recent statement the Apple Watch should start shipping in April, so the wait is almost over. In the meantime various predictionsare being made about the upcoming device. One such comes from Analyst Trip Chowdhry from Global Equities Research and his opinion on the future of the wearable is favorable to say the least. Read more »

Microsoft Band gets bike tracking, virtual keyboard, and dictation

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Micosoft Band. the company’s first proper wearable device, just got a major update. One of the key additions is bike tracking. The device will now be able to track your biking activity, whether it’s outdoors on a proper bike or indoors on a stationary exercise bike. The band adjusts its sensors such as the heart rate monitor to adapt to the different stress levels of biking compared to other activities.

The other major additions is a virtual keyboard. The band now shows a tiny keyboard on its tiny display. It uses the same Word Flow or swipe feature present on Windows Phone 8.1 keyboard. If you don’t want to type, there is also a new voice dictation feature. Both of these only work with Windows Phone 8.1 devices, however. Read more »

Huawei takes wraps off the 4.5G Smartband, world’s first LTE-M wearable

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has unveiled what it is calling the world’s first LTE-M wearable. Dubbed 4.5G Smartband, the wearable, as the name suggests, will support the company’s 4.5G network, which is said to deliver up to 1Gbps bandwidth and set for a commercial rollout next year.

You would be able to use the wearable to track your fitness levels and heart rate, as well as pair it with other IoT devices, for example, thermostats and energy readers. The device will include an LTE-M chip made by Neul, which Huawei acquired back in September last year. Read more »

GTA V for PC has been delayed again, this time until April 14

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The neverending saga of the release of GTA V for PCs continues. The title has been delayed again. It will only become available on April 14.

Last we heard anything about the matter, it was due to be out on March 24. That was after another delay, since the original release date was January 27. Read more »