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HP EliteBook Folio 1020 duo debuts as world’s thinnest and lightest business laptops

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Today HP put out a press release detailing its future EliteBook Folio lineup and primarily EliteBook Folio 1020, which looks pretty amazing. The laptop family is said to be the industry’s thinnest and lightest business-grade lineup ever.

Initially the California based giant is planning to offer two units in the new family – 1020 and 1020 Special Edition (SE). Both will feature a razor thin 15.7 mm body, made from magnesium-lithium alloy and reusable carbon fiber and will weigh just over 1kg (1.2 kg for the Folio 1020 and probably a little bit more for the Special edition). Read more »

Samsung selling its fiber optics business to Corning

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A day after the company announced annual management changes, which turned out to be smaller than expected, Samsung Electronics announced that it has agreed to sell its optical material business to US-based specialty glass maker Corning.

“We have decided to sell our fibre optics business, in order to focus on our core business areas,” a company spokesperson said. Read more »

Google tracks Santa once again, introduces kids to coding

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Google has had a long history of offering tailored holiday experiences and contributing to festivities, especially around this time of the year. Google’s Santa tracker will again allow kids and holiday spirited parents to keep tabs on jolly old saint Nick as he goes about his Christmas activities.

The experience is now more interactive that ever, with users getting a chance to not only follow Santa on his trip around the world on Christmas eve, but to visit a fully interactive, animated HTML5 version of his famous North Pole village. The small snowy community is complete with everything from reindeer to elves and decorations, all created in a very slick and whimsical art style that, as one would expect, is very much in tune with current Google design language. Read more »

Firefox 34 for Android fixes MP4 playback, adds Chromecast support

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Mozilla Firefox for Android was updated today to version 34 sporting a wide array of bug fixes and new features. The coolest feature of all is the ability to mirror to Chromecast directly from the web browser.

HTML5 support is enhanced with the introduction of Device Storage API, ECMAScript 6 WeakSet and CSS3 Font variants and features control. Moreover, MP4 video playback is now working on Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, there are still some pending issues. Read more »

Early Windows 10 for Phones build shows up in Chinese server logs

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The release of Windows 10 for Phones is likely a long way off and most likely won’t be officially rolled out until late next year. The Chinese website ITHome.com does however report an interesting new OS version popping up in their logs.

These builds all share a common base version of 8.15, which rumors state are an early internal builds of the new Windows 10. Read more »

The next generation Google Glass will be powered by Intel

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The successor of the currently available Google Glass will feature Intel internals. The chip maker and the search giant made a deal that will bring Intel’s silicon into the wearable gadget.

Intel will replace Texas Instruments as a hardware supplier of choice into the next generation Google Glass. Read more »

Check out Nexus 6 handling an hour in water like a champ

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Motorola Nexus 6 is listed by its manufacturer as water-resistant, but doesn’t carry an official IP rating. A crafty YouTube user decided to put the credentials of Google’s flagship phablet to the test with rather surprising result.

As it turns out, Nexus 6 can handle full water submersion for an hour without breaking down. Read more »

Microsoft acquires the developer of the popular email client Acompli

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Microsoft acquired the developer of Acompli – a popular email client for iOS and Android. The deal is reportedly worth more than $200 million.

Unsurprisingly, Microsoft plans to merge the high level of functionality of Acompli with its own Outlook platform. Read more »

Windows 8.1 continues to steal market share away from Windows XP

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According to the latest statistical data on netmarketshare.com the last Windows release – 8.1 is steadily increasing its user base. The opposite trend can be observed in Windows XP market share, which has been steadily declining. The numbers are pretty close with 13.57% for Windows XP and 12.1% for 8.1 and this year may be the first to finally shift the balance. This is great news for Microsoft as it may finally manage to sway users away from the very aging OS, riddled with security issues and gear them towards current and future company projects, like windows 10, which is set to debut on the general market late next year.

Windows XP has long been a thorn in Microsoft`s usage statistics. It is still held as one of the most successful iterations of the OS ever, permeating almost every possible corner and niche of the technology world, including vital systems, such as ticket reservation and event most current ATMs. Read more »

Samsung TouchWiz Themes show up in video

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Earlier today, we saw another glimpse of the new theme engine in the TouchWiz Launcher and now a tipster has provided us with a video that showcases the new addition to Samsung’s flavor of Android.

The video is a hands on review of a Galaxy A3 unit that runs the new TouchWiz. Among other things it does seem to show working themeing options, just like the photos from earlier implied. Read more »

IDC: Google Chromebooks preferred over Apple iPads in schools

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According to the latest IDC Q3 report regarding bulk tech purchases for education needs, Google Chromebooks are now preferred by the majority of schools than Apple iPads. While the lead of Chromebooks in the education sphere isn’t jaw dropping, it’s a sign that many schools prefer the cheaper, yet functional Chromebook alternative.

Chromebooks lead the way with 715,500 units, whereas the iPads have slipped to 702,000. The laptops running Chrome OS sell as low as $199 and are made by a range of manufacturers including Samsung, HP, Dell and Acer. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1020 successor to feature a 50MP sensor

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The Nokia Lumia 1030, the successor of the Lumia 1020 cameraphone, was in our rumor section for quite a while. It was known as Lumia McLaren in the beginning, but later the Lumia 1030 name got accepted as almost official.

The most recent rumors had it that the Lumia 1030 cancelled in the wake of the Microsoft’s completed acquisition of Nokia. And while we heard the Redmond’s giant is still prepping a proper Lumia 1020 sequel, we are still getting various reports of the “leaked” Lumia 1030. Here is the latest batch. Read more »

HTC One (M8 Eye) review

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The HTC One (M8) was one of the best phones to have come out this year. It excelled in many things, including the design, build quality, display, loudspeaker, software, hardware, and battery life. Yet it had a big drawback and that was the UltraPixel camera on the back.

HTC seems to have heard all the feedback about the camera and has now come up with a new variant, the HTC One (M8 Eye). The One (M8 Eye) gets a new 13 megapixel camera and a lower price. That sounds like a recipe for success but it’s not without its caveats. Let’s see what the phone is like. Read more »

Cancelled Lumia 1020 successor leaks, check it out

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Lumia codenamed McLaren has been in the rumorland for quite a while this year, but eventually it turned out Microsoft had cancelled the Lumia 1020 successor after the Nokia acquisition went through.

Nowadays the rumor has it Microsoft is already prepping a true Lumia 1020 sequel with breath-taking PureView camera, which should premiere at the upcoming CES or MWC expos early next year. But do you wonder what could have been if the Lumia McLaren, also known as Lumia 1030, actually made it to the market? Here it is. Read more »

Motorola Nexus 6 battery life test

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The top-shelf internals of the Motorola Nexus 6 are powered by a beefy 3,220mAh battery. As the first handset to run Android 5.0 Lollipop, we were really curious to put the Pure Google phablet through the paces out battery test.

Curiously, the Nexus 6 features the exact same size battery as its main Android rival, Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Read on to find out how the newcomer’s battery performance stacks up against the Korean offering! Read more »