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On the move – Microsoft logo replaces Nokia logo

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It’s been a long time coming but the acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft was expected and was finalized today. And Microsoft isn’t wasting any time with publicly showing the change.

Images from Harri Kiljander (Director of F-Secure Lokki) show what appears to be Nokia House in Finland with a crane truck up front, preparing to take down Nokia’s logo and another photo showing the S and F from Microsoft’s logo, reportedly being prepared for mounting. The “On The Move” sign under the Nokia logo adds an air of irony to the otherwise saddening image. Read more »

Amazon revenue goes up in Q1, but expects a loss in Q2

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Amazon just announced its financial results for the January-Mach quarter and it beat analysts’ expectations with $19.74 billion in revenue, up 23% compared to the first quarter of last year.

The retailer has been making big moves recently – it released a set top box (Fire TV), a tool to make shopping easier (Dash) and made some HBO shows available on its streaming services. It’s rumored to be working on a phone too. Read more »

Microsoft ships 1.2 million Xbox One in the first quarter

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Microsoft has confirmed that it has shipped 2 million consoles in the first quarter of 2014, with 1.2 million of them being the new Xbox One and the rest being the previous generation Xbox 360 consoles.

The 2 million figure is the number of consoles Microsoft sold to retailers and not actual consoles sold to customers. Recently, we saw both Sony and Microsoft announcing their console sales figure since launch, with Microsoft boasting 5 million sales for the Xbox One and Sony counting 7 million actual customers. Read more »

Apple to make its iWatch in collaboration with Nike

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According to sources close to Apple that got in touch with Techmaniacs.gr the Apple smartwatch (dubbed iWatch) may be conceived in collaboration with long-time fitness band maker Nike.

Apple has a long relationship with Nike involving fitness tracking accessories and iPhones have carried the Nike+ app out of box before. According to said sources Apple and Nike will be making the iWatch with focus on tracking more than just fitness but also the user’s constant movement. Read more »

Popular anti-theft Android app Cerberus is free today

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Popular anti-theft service Cerberus has been the guarding angel for Android smartphones for the last three years and that’s exactly what it is celebrating now with a free-for-all frenzy. For the next 30 hours (about 20 hours from the time of writing), Cerberus is free for everybody.

Normally, the app costs €2.99 (about $4) for a lifetime license. Once you get a license, you can install the app on five separate Android devices and be able to locate them in addition to SIM lock, set up device alarms, remote lock and wipe and take pictures. Read more »

Oppo Find 7′s VOOC fast charging system featured in an ad

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The Oppo Find 7 was recently announced and while its Li-Po 3000mAh battery isn’t exactly small, its 5.5″ QHD display and Snapdragon 801 chipset are quite the battery drainers. To battle this and give users some peace of mind, the Find 7′s charger is capable of charging the phone’s battery to 75% in only 30 minutes.

The company has aired an ad to showcase all the capabilities of the Find 7 charger in a rather dramatic way. Read more »

Leica T mirrorless interchangeable lens camera announced

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Leica has announced a new T-System of cameras, with the first one being called the Leica T. The Leica T is a compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, milled out of a solid block of aluminum in a way only Leica can.

Inside, the gorgeous body is a 16 megapixel APS-C sensor with 1080p30 video recording ability. On the back is a 3.7-inch touchscreen display. You can also get an optional viewfinder, that also comes with GPS built-in. Read more »

Refreshed Acer Iconia Tab B1-730 to go official next week

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Acer is holding a press event next week on April 29 in New York. As the teaser image suggests, the company will unveiling several new devices.

The snippet in the far right suggests that a refreshed Iconia Tab B1-730 should be part of the new lineup. Read more »

Vic Gundotra leaves Google

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Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President at Google and the father of Google+, has left the company. Gundotra announced his departure from the company in a post on Google+.

Gundotra has been working for Google for close to eight years, and has worked on many projects, the biggest ones being Google+ and Google I/O. He was frequently seen at the latter, giving keynotes at the company’s launch events. Read more »

Facebook acquires the mobile fitness app Moves

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The company behind the popular fitness tracking app Moves announced that it got officially acquired by Facebook. Financial details of the transaction have not been revealed.

Like Instagram and Whatsapp, Moves will continue to operate independently. Read more »

Motorola XT912A hits GFXBench with Snapdragon 800

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An unannounced Motorola smartphone with the model name XT912A has been put through the popular graphics benchmark GFXBench. Doing so revealed that it’s shaping up to be a Moto X successor as it packs a Snapdragon 800 chipset and 2GB of RAM.

Additionally, the Motorola XT912A features a 5.2″ display of full HD resolution, making up for a pixel density of 424 ppi. Read more »

Sony FMP-X5 will add 4K HEVC streaming support to older 4K Bravias

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4K TVs are slowly growing in popularity but to enjoy them to their fullest potential, you’ll need a good 4K video source. Sony’s 2012 and 2013 4K TVs don’t have native HEVC decoding, but the company is correcting this oversight with the new FMP-X5 player.

The Sony FMP-X5 decodes 4K HEVC video and sends it to a 4K Bravia TV over an HDMI cable. Read more »

Android passes iOS in ad traffic, still behind in ad revenue

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The latest data from Opera’s Mediaworks ad tracking platform shows that Android has for the first time surpassed iOS in number of mobile ad impressions.

Apple’s iPhones and iPads still generate more ad revenue, however, receiving 52% of ad revenue, despite accounting for just 38.2% of all impressions. Read more »

Qualcomm revenue and net profit raise in Q1

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Qualcomm, maker of chipsets and wireless modems, published its quarterly financial report and the numbers shows an increase in revenue and net income compared to the same quarter last year.

We delivered another solid quarter, driven by demand for our leading multimode 3G/LTE chipset solutions and record licensing revenues,” said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. Read more »

Facebook reports first quarter 2014 financial results

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Facebook has reported the financial results for the first quarter of 2014. The company reported revenue of $2.5 billion, up by 72% over the same period last year. Revenue from advertising was $2.27 billion, up by 82% from the same period last year.

Facebook also reported the numbers for the active users using the service. Currently, Facebook is clocking in at 1.28 billion monthly active users, a 15% growth compared to last year, along with 1.01 billion monthly active users from mobile devices, a solid 34% increase over last year. Read more »