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Sony Xperia Z2 gets rooted

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Sony Xperia Z2 is yet to go on sale across the globe, but the developers have already found a way to gain root access on the smartphone.

The rooting process for the Xperia Z2 requires you to unlock its bootloader before being able to flash the Kernel and install SuperSU to gain the root access. Read more »

Marvell hit with $1.54 billion court verdict for willful patent infringement

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A District court in Pittsburgh has ruled today that U.S. semiconductor company Marvell has knowingly infringed on two hard disk patents held by Carnegie Mellon University.

Judge Nora Barry Fischer has ruled that the university has proven that the manufacturer has deliberately copied its patents, awarding enhanced damages to the extent of $1.54 billion. Read more »

Futuremark gives HTC One (M8) the boot for cheating

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The new HTC One (M8) does well in benchmarks, perhaps too well. Futuremark, makers of the popular 3DMark benchmark, have caught wind that HTC’s new flagship cheats when it detects a benchmark and delisted the device.

The same thing happened to HTC’s previous flagship, Samsung’s too (but Samsung phones were brought back after a software update disabled the boosting). Read more »

Google+ now shows how many times your profile has been visited

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Google has added an option to check your profile and content views on its Google+ social network. The counter sits just under your profile picture, next to the follower count and accumulates the hits to your profile, pictures, posts, etc.

The feature has automatically rolled out to users and is on by default but can be turned off by unckecking the “show how many times your profile and content have been viewed.” field if you’re not completely sure about sharing the information. Read more »

Samsung Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit now available in the UK

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The Samsung Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit smartwatches were expected to hit UK stores on April 11 alongside the Galaxy S5 upcoming flagship. However, if you can’t wait that long, we have some good news as at least one retailer has received their stock earlier.

The Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are in stock now over at UnlockedMobiles, costing £179.98 just as expected. Your only color option is black at this point, with the other colors expected to become available once the Galaxy S5 is launched on April 11. Read more »

An overview of April Fools jokes: Samsung, HTC, Nokia and Google

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It’s April 1 and you know what that means – companies try to disguise marketing as 3rd grade humor. The results are funnier than the jokes themselves most of the time as HTC and Samsung – two rival companies with very different takes on the perfect smartphone – did the exact same joke.

Here’s a quick look of some of the pranks that big tech companies tried to pull. Read more »

Microsoft making Outlook app for Android

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So you’re rocking an Android phone in the corporate environment, and even though you can get your work emails on your handset, you feel a little down and out that you’re missing out on the full Outlook experience.

Well cheer up, because Microsoft has just announced that they’re going to release an Outlook web application for Android. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 is the latest Android flagship to get disassembled

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Sony Xperia Z2 is the latest high-end Android smartphone to get the teardown treatment. The exercise was performed by the folks at Mobile China.

The Xperia Z2 joined the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8) as the third Android flagship to get disassembled this week. Read more »

HTC releases kernel for Google Play Edition HTC One (M8)

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The HTC One (M8) was announced last week, and alongside it the Taiwanese company announced a Google Play Edition that runs a vanilla version of Android out of box.

While the device isn’t available yet (although it is up for preorder on Google Play in the US), HTC has released the kernel source through its HTCDev developer portal. Read more »

Here’s what the OnePlus One’s CM11 looks like

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Two screenshots reportedly taken from the OnePlus One’s custom CyanogenMod OS were sent to Engadget by a “reliable tipster” and show a custom lockscreen and the About phone page. The latter is important as it shows the Model name One attached to the 4.4.2 Android version and the presence of on-screen navigation buttons.

The lockscreen features a cool split-screen mode showing a wallpaper on the top (perhaps a slightly blurred version of the homescreen wallpaper) and a big clock, notification, weather and battery details. The lockscreen doesn’t have anything in common with the stock or CyanogenMod lockscreen suggesting OnePlus may have deeper customizations planted in the otherwise closely-stock CyanogenMod OS. Read more »

Dropbox automatically scans if the files you’re sharing are copyrighted

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Dropbox has done a lot of work to keep its service safe from copyrighted material, and subsequently having to deal with the authorities. One of the ways Dropbox has to avoid trouble is by automatically scanning the files you’re sharing for copyright infringement.

This little known feature of Dropbox has been brought to light on Twitter when one of Dropbox’s users got a DMCA takedown notice in one of his personal folders. Read more »

PlayStation 4 hits 7 million global sales, outsells the Xbox One by 7:1 in Europe

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Just at the beginning of March Sony boasted its PlayStation 4 consoles had reached the 6 million sales mark and now less than a month later that number is 7 million.

Sony’s sales don’t look like they will slow down any time soon. 24 hours after its announcement, Sony’s gaming console sold 1 million units. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.0 10.1 official images hit the web

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Following the official photo leak of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, evleaks has revealed an image of the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. Just like its smaller brother, the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is rumored to have its announcement on April 24.

According to a recently outed specs sheet, the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 won’t be a substantial upgrade over the last generation Tab 3. Read more »

Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air review

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The FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air sits on top of Logitech’s range of cases designed for Apple’s slate. The cover combines a Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard and magnetic cover in a lightweight, solidly-built package.

Founded in Apples, Switzerland more than thirty years ago, Logitech is a leader on the market for computer peripherals and mobile accessories. The company’s products are synonymous with superior design and ergonomics, so I have nothing but high expectations towards its iPad Air case. Read more »

NSA spied on 122 key world leaders

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It seems the more that we learn about the NSA and its practices, the worse the story gets.

New evidence suggests that the US-agency targeted 122 key world figures for unlawful surveillance. Read more »