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Interbrand: Apple is top value brand in the world, Google comes second

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Brand consultancy firm Interbrand has released its report on the most valuable brands in the world and has placed Apple in first place. The brand of the Cupertino based tops the list containing 100 companies and is valued at $118.9 billion.

It is followed by Google, which isn’t too far off with a brand price of $107 billion. Interestingly, out of the 100 companies, 13 are technology oriented. IBM, Microsoft and Samsung are fourth, fifth and sevenths, respectively. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 shows off its features in a couple of ads

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In case you haven’t decided if your next smartphone is going to be the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung is keen to push you in what it considers is the right direction. And what better way to do so than with a couple of short and sweet video ads?

The company already did a series of videos highlighting how the Galaxy Note 4 is tough and rugged, but now it’s time to talk functionality. In the two 30-second ads the company highlights the software features it has developed as well as the versatility that the S-Pen provides. Read more »

Galaxy Note 4 goes through the bend test

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In case you are not aware, the whole iPhone ‘Bendgate’ controversy was started when YouTuber Unbox Therapy bent an iPhone 6 Plus into a boomerang on video using just his hands. This sparked a lot of debate, ranging from the validity of these tests (I say these because everyone else started doing them as well) to the legitimacy of the original video. He later did another video in public where he bent another iPhone 6 Plus out on the street on camera.

Since then, there have been a lot of requests to bend other phones, as most people believe it is possible to bend other phones as well. I’m pretty sure by far the most requests would have been to bend the new Galaxy Note 4 on camera, since it is the iPhone 6 Plus’ closest rival, and Unbox Therapy has finally obliged. Read more »

Watch the new HTC RE and Desire EYE videos here

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Yesterday HTC released two new devices, the HTC RE, a tiny waterproof camera for taking wide angle photos and videos and the Desire EYE, the first phone with a front facing 13 megapixel camera with dual LED flash.

HTC has released a couple of videos for both the devices. You can check them out below. Read more »

HTC RE action camera goes official – 146-degree 1080p videos for $199

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HTC has decided to step out of its smartphone comfort zone and announce an action camera. Dubbed simply the HTC RE, the camera boasts a 16MP 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor with an 146° ultra wide angle lens. And since it’s an action camera, the RE is IP57 dust and water resistant (you can optionally bump the certification to IPx8 with an accessory cap).

HTC’s first action camera records 1080p@30 fps video and 720p@120fps slow-motion video. Inside the RE, there’s a grip sensor, which activates the camera as you pick it up. On board there’s a large shutter button, which captures shots on short press and videos on press and hold. Read more »

Samsung looking to settle its patent dispute with Microsoft through arbitration

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The long-standing patent fee dispute between Samsung and Microsoft, which first made headlines this summer, apparently continues to be an issue as still neither can come to an agreement.

In an attempt to put the issue at rest, Samsung has filed for arbitration under the International Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Read more »

Nokia disses Google Maps, calls its offline functionality “a glorified screenshot”

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Free from Microsoft influence, Nokia quickly reoriented and made its HERE maps available on Samsung devices. And it would have you know it’s so much better than Google Maps where the offline mode is “a glorified screenshot.”

Google is an Internet company so offline mode was never much of a priority, while Nokia has been offering navigation software on its phones since less than 10 people had mobile Internet. Read more »

Samsung shows how tough the Galaxy Note 4 is with drop test video

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Samsung has released a second video of the Galaxy Note 4 testing facilities and it shows the phone in a series of comprehensive drop tests. While in the previous video, Samsung focused on bending the Note 4, here the company goes medieval on it with hundreds of drop and tumble tests.

Surprisingly, the Galaxy Note 4 walks out of all of them with the screen intact and working perfectly. The video doesn’t focus on any visual damage that the tests might’ve caused, but having the Note 4 work at the end is impressive. Read more »

HTC Re camera gets a teaser before its official unveil today

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At today’s announcement event, HTC is expected to unveil an action camera in addition to a new smartphone. The latest teaser of the upcoming camera (to be called Re judging by the name of the channel) is now out and it’s called “Catching air”.

The teaser is short and sweet and indicates a wide angle lens on the Re camera. The camera in the video isn’t shown, but as we’ve seen before, it looks like a toy periscope. Read more »

Google outs News & Weather app for iOS

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Google released a standalone News & Weather application for iOS. Available for download in the App Store, the app joins the rest of Google’s already extensive range of apps for Apple’s mobile platform.

Google News & Weather for iOS delivers coverage from 65,000 publications. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 gets ported to Android One smartphones

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CyanogenMod 11 is now unofficially available for Android One devices. The ultra-popular custom ROM for Android made its way to the lineup of entry-level devices thanks to a crafty member of XDA Developers.

As is the case with most early unofficial ports, some hardware features of the MediaTek device are not ready for prime time just yet. Read more »

Nvidia launches GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M for mobile gamers

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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M went official today offering superior performance over the Kepler series of GPU they replace. The GTX 980M and and GTX 970M use the company’s latest Maxwell graphics architecture, which also powers the company’s latest desktop GPU line-up.

Thanks to the Maxwell architecture, the two mobile GPUs are more power efficient and offer greater performance. The GTX 980M and GTX 970M feature 1536 and 1280 CUDA cores, respectively. Naturally, the GTX 980 is the more powerful one with a GPU base clock of 1038MHz, while the 970M is clocked at 924MHz. Read more »

Asus ZenWatch hits stores in November in limited numbers

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Asus announced the ZenWatch in September and promised it will hit store shelves in Taiwan in November. Sadly, however, according to information obtained by VR-Zone sources, Asus will offer the smartwatch in extremely limited quantities at launch.

If the information turns out to be true, then we wouldn’t keep our breath for Asus to release the ZenWatch outside Taiwan any time soon. There’s no additional information as to what is holding the company back to launch the wearable at this time. Read more »

Opera Mini is the first web browser for Samsung Gear S

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The Tizen-based Samsung Gear S now has its very own full web browser thanks to Opera.

The Opera Mini will allow you to browse the internet on your wrists and has the familiar features – mobile compression that shrinks pages to as little as 10% of their original size and speed dial with your recent pages. Read more »

Logitech’s protection [+] power for Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5/5s does what it says on the label

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Logitech has unveiled a rugged, MIL-STD rated battery case with versions for both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the old Apple iPhone 5 and 5s. The case is appropriately named “protection [+] power” and comes in Gray/Black and White/Blue.

A MIL-STD-810G rating does not include water resistance but it means the device can survive drops on hard concrete from 1.2 meters. Read more »