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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets rooted ahead of international launch

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is currently available for purchase in some parts of Asia, but a more broader launch is yet to happen. Nevertheless, long-time Android developer Chainfire has released a way to root the phablet.

The root method currently works on the following Galaxy Note 4 variants – SM-N910C and SM-N910U with Exynos 5433 and the SM-N9106W launched in China with the Snapdragon 805 chipset. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Sony Xperia Z3 voted fan favorite

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Last week we wanted your take on another device released last month at IFA – the Sony Xperia Z3, and how it stacks up against the current crop of Android flagship competition.

The stylish aluminum frame, dual-glass panel design and IP68 waterproof certification was enough to put it ahead of devices like the HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5. Let’s take a look at the scores. Read more »

Samsung promo video showcases the S Pen of the Galaxy Note 4

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With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 already under way, the Korean giant released a new promo video starring the phablet. The two-minute long clip focuses on one of the device’s key selling points –its S Pen.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features enhanced S Pen. Read more »

Samsung Gear VR to launch on December 1, according to leaked document

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The Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset could finally be released on December 1, at least in South Korea. That’s what a leaked document, purported to have originated at Samsung’s customer service department, claims.

Furthermore, we even get a price to speak of. In Samsung’s home country, the Gear VR will apparently go for KRW 200,000 (which is approximately $187 or €148 at the current exchange rates). Read more »

Adobe Premiere Clip is a video editor for iPhone and iPad, now available

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Adobe has launched a new video editing app for iOS today. It’s called Premiere Clip and it’s basically a mobile-friendly interpretation of Premiere Pro, the company’s desktop video editor.

Adobe Premiere Clip is created with the mainstream user in mind, and not just video professionals. It’s a bit similar to iMovie, allowing you to trim and arrange bits, filter your video, as well as add transitions and effects – though these are rather basic compared to what you can do on a computer. Read more »

Facebook has finally completed its acquisition of WhatsApp

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This sure took a while, but Facebook is now officially the owner of WhatsApp. The social network agreed to buy the mobile messaging service on February 20, shocking the tech world by offering $19 billion for that privilege.

All the regulatory hurdles have now been cleared, so WhatsApp is finally part of Facebook. Read more »

HP splits in two separate business, one for PC and printing, the other for Enteprirse

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HP has officially announced that it is splitting into two companies. Hewlett-Packard is going to spin off its PC and printer division leaving its Enterprise and services unit as separate business.

Dion Weisler will take the wheel of the HP’s new PC and printer business. Sadly, however, the company is going to rise the planned layoffs from 45,000 to 55,000. Read more »

Adobe updates its Creative Cloud for desktop by adding new sharing capabilities

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Adobe has outed a new update to its Creative Cloud family that not only brings new features to popular programs like Photoshop CC, but also adds new cloud-based sharing services.

These include curated content selections for user-created brushes and vectors, as well as workflow optimizations for designers and developers. Read more »

Apple iPhone 6 prototype goes on sale on eBay, exceeds $60,000

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Apple iPhone 6 and its iPhone 6 Plus sibling are already official and available on the market. You can get them both on contract or SIM-free if you like. Yet an internal mistake of some sort by Verizon saw an early adopter receive an iPhone 6 prototype unit instead of a finalized market-ready device.

As it usually goes with the prototypes these days – the device is now on sale on eBay and its current price is $61,300. Read more »

Samsung plans to invest $14.7 billion in a new chip plant

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Reuters reports that Samsung is planning to invest the gargantuan $14.7 billion in a new chip-making factory over the next three years. That’s the biggest investment the company has ever made into a single plant.

According to Samsung’s plans, the plant is going to be built in Pyeongtaek, which is 75 km south of Seoul and create 150,000 jobs (about a third of the city’s population). Read more »

Sharp and Qualcomm to join IGZO and MEMS display tech in 7″ Android tablet

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Sharp has partnered up with Qualcomm to bring a first-of-its-kind display to tablets, sooner than expected. The 7″ tablet will sport an IGZO-MEMS TFT display, which promises the full color range of regular LCDs with the power-efficiency of MEMS displays.

To achieve that the screen will have grayscale and black and white modes for reading while sipping power. Read more »

Yes, Samsung Gear Live can run Windows 95

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In case you wondered, Samsung Gear Live can boot Microsoft Windows 95. A crafty user managed to install Redmond’s classic desktop OS on the Android Wear smartwatch.

The successful port of Windows 95 was performed using aDosBox. Read more »

‘Entwined Challenge’ for iOS and Android game review

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Entwined Challenge is the latest game from PlayStation Mobile for iOS and Android. The game is based on Entwined, made for the PlayStation platform.

Entwined Challenge is a simplified version of Entwined, modified and optimized for touchscreen devices. You play as a fish and a bird and control both characters simultaneously in an endless runner sort of environment. The original PlayStation title received mixed reviews from critics. Let’s see how well the mobile version fares. Read more »

Xiaomi Redmi Note battery life test

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Our review of Xiaomi Redmi Note is live at our homepage and it’s time we share the full breakdown of its battery test. The Redmi Note is a dual-SIM smartphone with a massive 5.5″ IPS display and a huge 3,200 mAh battery.

The Redmi Note is running on the MediaTek’s MT6592 chipset with octa-core Cortex-A7 processor, Mali-450MP4 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The Cortex-A7 are energy-efficient cores, but we’ve seen the same chipset performing rather poorly on the Alcatel Idol X+ and the Gionee Elife S5.5. Read more »

Apple iPhone 6 battery life

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Our exhaustive iPhone 6 review is enjoying a lot of attention and now it’s time to take a bit more attention on the phone’s battery performance. The iPhones have always boasted good battery life and users expect the iPhone 6 to be no exception.

The larger size of the iPhone 6 means room for a larger battery and the boost is significant. In comparison to the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 flaunts a 250mAh more capacity – 1,810mAh vs 1,560mAh. In addition, the Apple A8 chip inside the iPhone 6 should be more frugal in power usage than its predecessor since its built on the 20nm manufacturing process. Read more »