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Moto G (2014) unboxing and hands-on

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Announced earlier this month, the new Moto G succeeds the most successful smartphone in Motorola’s history. The first generation of the stylish, budget-friendly handset is solely responsible for bringing the manufacturer back in contention in a number of key markets globally.

The newcomer has grown in size compared to its predecessor, thanks to its larger display. Read more »

Moto 360 display seemingly having image retention issue

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The semi-circular LCD on the Moto 360 seems to be having a problem with image retention. A couple of users have reported their Moto 360 continues to show the circular charging bar on the screen even after you stop charging.

Certain LCDs are occasionally prone to image retention or persistence issue, wherein if an image is displayed on the screen continuously for too long it gets stuck on the screen for a while and is visible even if you go to another screen. This is different from image burn-in that happens on AMOLED panels, where the pixels are permanently transformed and it’s temporary on LCD but it’s still annoying to see the previous image faintly on the screen even after you move to the next one. Read more »

NVIDIA announces GTX 980 and GTX 970 based on the new Maxwell architecture

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NVIDIA has announced two new graphics cards for the PC, the flagship single-GPU GTX 980 and the mid-range GTX 970. Both are based on NVIDIA’s 10th generation Maxwell architecture, which succeeds Kepler.

Other than being more powerful, the two new graphics cards also introduce some new technologies from NVIDIA, including Voxel Global Illumination (VXGI), which enables real-time global illumination. This enables the light to reflect off surfaces more naturally, and the resultant illumination is more realistic and accurate. Read more »

Weekly poll: iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, LG G3

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Following our Apple iPhone 6 poll, it’s now time for its bigger brother, the iPhone 6 Plus, to go under the spotlight. This is the first time Apple is making a 5.5″ smartphone, but the Android competition is more than ready in the face of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge and the LG G3.

What’s left is to pit each one of them against the largest iPhone to date and see which you think is the better one in each of the polls. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Apple iPhone 6 loses the battle

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Last Sunday, we asked you to choose between the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy Alpha and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact in our weekly survey. All of the phones are in the high-end compact smartphone realm and offer premium build quality with a ton of features and heaps of charisma.

But which one is the best according to you? Well, certainly that’s not the iPhone 6. In both polls, the majority of you chose the Galaxy Alpha and the Xperia Z3 Compact. Read more »

Sony announces SmartEyeglass transparent eyewear

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Sony announced that it has its own Google Glass competitor in the works called SmartEyeglass. A software development kit for the gadget is already available to interested developers.

Sony SmartEyeglass packs a number of sensors that include CMOS image solution, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, microphone, and brightness sensor. Read more »

Nokia’s UK website gets moved to Microsoft.com

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It’s started. The oft-rumored move by Microsoft to get rid of the Nokia brand for mobile devices seems to have begun today. If you go to Nokia.com’s website for the UK, you’re met with the following message: “Nokia devices and services have moved to a new website”.

Unsurprisingly, that new home is under the Microsoft.com domain. This seems to have only happened for the UK regional site, but undoubtedly more will follow. Read more »

Samsung slashes KNOX price to $0, $1 a month for 250+ devices

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Samsung’s enterprise-oriented security feature, KNOX, got a sizable discount – it costs $0 for the basic Express version. With it your employer can create a password-protected partition on the device where apps and data are kept safe.

This new offering comes from a partnership between Samsung and Centrify, which will handle the management layer. Read more »

LG G3 billboard in Saudi Arabia sets a Guinness World Record

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LG has decided to take its marketing game to the next level. So much so that it has set a new Guinnes World Record for the largest outdoor advertising structure ever.

The advertising campaign in question is for the LG G3 and the billboard the company has built is in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is 240 meters wide and 12 meters high taking a total space of 3,000 square meters. Read more »

Apple iPhone 6 goes torn to bits by iFixit too

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The time for the iPhone 6 teardown is now upon us and we get to see the phone’s innards for the first time. As per usual, it is done by the professionals over at iFixit, who have rated the phone 7/10 for repairability, just like its biger brother.

The teardown gurus didn’t like the proprietary pentalobe screws used by Apple and express their objection of Apple not sharing repair information with independent repair shops. Read more »

Google follows Apple’s suit, lays out its own user privacy plans for Android

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In lieu of Apple’s detailed commitment to user privacy, Google followed suit by laying out its own plans for handling the matter. The search giant will begin encrypting user data by default starting with the next major mobile OS release, currently known as Android L.

Android encryption has been available since 2011. Read more »

Apple iPhone 6 Plus gets the iFixit teardown treatment, scores a good 7 for repairability

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Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are already on sale in Australia, so the crafty folks from iFixit already went to work on Cupertino’s first phablet. As always, the device’s disassembly reveals quite a few juicy bits, which Apple doesn’t typically talk about.

The most important iPhone 6 Plus questions that the iFixit teardown answers are related to the amount of RAM the handset packs, as well as the size of its battery. Read more »

Toshiba will drastically reduce its consumer PC business

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The Japanese manufacturer Toshiba announced that it will drastically reduce its consumer PC business. The move will include withdrawal from certain markets altogether.

Increased focus on the business market is the main reason behind the tech giant’s move. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 now available at Verizon with 4G LTE

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Verizon has started selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 today. The tablet is being offered with built-in 4G LTE connectivity, as you’d expect. It’s already up for grabs at the carrier online, as well as in brick and mortar stores.

For a limited time, if you get it with a two-year data contract you’ll only need to pay $499.99. Otherwise, the full price of the Tab S is $599.99. You can also use Verizon’s Edge installment plan to pick up the tablet. In this case, you don’t pay anything upfront, but then you have to make 20 monthly payments of $29.99. Read more »

Tim Cook writes open letter regarding Apple user security

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The fallout of the massive iCloud hacking scandal that leaked numerous private photos of female celebrities is is surely yet to play out.

And although Apple has taken the matter very seriously and is still investigating how their iCloud servers were compromised – if that is what, in fact, happened – Apple CEO Tim Cook has issued an open letter assuring the company’s commitment to user privacy. Read more »