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AMD reports dissatisfying Q2 financial results due to debt

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AMD reported less-than-expected second quarter results with a net loss of $36 million, despite an increase in quarterly revenue. AMD made $1,44 billion for Q2, 24% more than it did for the same period in 2013.

Because of the net loss, AMD’s stock fell 15%. The company also reported that revenue from its Computing Solutions Group dropped 20% from a year ago, to $669 million. Read more »

Apple expands availability of 2-step verification to 59 countries

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Apple has greatly expanded the availability of its 2-step verification process for Apple IDs. While it was only available in 11 countries previously, the feature is now available in 59 countries worldwide.

For those not aware, 2-step verification or authentication puts an extra step between entering your ID and password and logging in. It sends a verification message with a code to a preset device or number and only upon entering that code will the person be allowed to log in. This way, even if someone gets access to your password, they still can’t access your account unless they have access to the special code. Read more »

Facebook launches Mentions app for verified users

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Facebook has launched a new application exclusive to those with a verified account. Called Mentions, it helps all those celebrities on Twitter to keep track of all the replies they receive.

Other than being available only for verified users, the app is currently only available in the US and only on the iPhone. Read more »

The PS4 is still king of sales; beats Xbox One six months straight

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Sony’s fourth Playstation console is on a roll.

For the sixth consecutive month in a row, the Japanese gaming system has beaten the Xbox One in sales. Read more »

goTenna is a portable, bluetooth cell phone antenna

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Ever find yourself traveling way out in the middle of nowhere and unable to communicate with your friends?

Well goTenna might be able to help you with that. Read more »

Official image of the upcoming NVIDIA Shield tablet leaks out

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An alleged press image of NVIDIA’s Shield tablet made the rounds online. The photo appeared on the web thanks to @evleaks.

The leaked image reveals the front of the upcoming Android slate. Read more »

LG G Watch handled in an official video, gives you full insight of the wearable

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LG G Watch was detailed at this year’s Google I/O developer conference and brought to the market earlier this month. The company has now released an official hands-on video of the wearable to give you a complete insight of the gadget.

LG G Watch comes with a 1.65-inch IPS LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 280 x 280 pixels. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset and has 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 400mAh battery. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 930 hands-on

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Nokia’s latest Lumia offering has hit our offices, and we’ll be giving you a quick tour of the Nokia Lumia 930 before it gets whisked away for our comprehensive review.

The Lumia 930 is the international variant of the Nokia Lumia Icon released in the US for Verizon earlier this year, and is one of the first devices to sport Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8.1 update out of box.

The Lumia 930 sports a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED of Nokia’s ClearBlack variety, which we unfortunately found to color shift severely towards red/blue when viewed from different angles – a problem that we’ve also seen in past Nokia AMOLEDs. The chipset is of the MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 variety, with four 2.2GHz Krait 400 cores, and an Adreno 330 GPU. There’s 2GB of RAM on board alongside 32GB of non-expandable storage, all powered by a 2420mAh battery. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet now available from Verizon

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Verizon announced that the carrier will be offering the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet on its network. Just as promised, the slate has gone on sale today.

For a limited time, the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet will cost you $499.99 with a new two-year contract. At some point in time the price of the slate will shoot up to $599.99. So, if you are planning to pick one up, now is your time. Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 gets a minor firmware update

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Microsoft is now rolling out a minor software update to its Surface Pro 3. The patch comes to address the complaints about the Wi-Fi performance of the tablet.

The new update squashes all the driver-related bugs and improves the performance of the Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 overheating results in back cover damage

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 rocks a potent Exynos chipset with an octa-core CPU in a great looking 6.6mm thick shell. However, several early adopters have noticed that the tablet is overheating when put through its paces and this leads to unwanted consequences.

The back of the tablet is deforming because of the excessive heat and in the photo above you can see the back panel has noticeable defects. Read more »

HTC unveils first One (E8) ad in China, calls it the “Fashion edition”

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The HTC One (E8) launched first in China to great acclaim but HTC has just now released the first Chinese ad for the dual-SIM version of the flagship. The video is not for the regular One (E8) – instead it touts “HTC One Fashion Edition” if we can believe Google Translate.

Not sure what’s “fashion” about it though, it’s still a polycarbonate body available in Black, White, Red and Blue as the regular version. Read more »

Nokia highlights the coolness of wireless charging in latest Lumia 930 ad

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The Nokia Lumia 930 is starring in a new advertisement accenting in its wireless charging capabilities. The ad is posted by the UK branch of the company and displays the Lumia 930 in various environments doing its wireless charging thing with the DC-50 portable wireless charger.

It’s not really surprising that the ad is coming from UK, considering the phone comes with the accessory as a bonus in the country. You also get the MD-12 Wireless speakers if get the smartphone in Britain. Read more »

Latest Chrome for Android version brings security fixes and better font rendering

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Just yesterday the Chrome team pushed an update for the iOS version of its browser and today it’s Android’s turn. Chrome for Android reaches version 36.0.1985.122 and addresses important issues and bugs.

One of the key improvements is the better text rendering on websites that aren’t mobile optimized. Chrome 35 brings similar improvements on Windows with a feature called DirectWrite, and makes fonts look much better. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy11 star-studded ad series concludes with the second half of the game

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The Samsung Galaxy11 commercial series has been one of the most impressive in the mobile world, or at least as far as number of celebrities involved is concerned. The videos that tell the story of aliens attacking the earth, who agree to spare our planet if we beat them at a game of football.

So Samsung gathered the most attack-minded team that you’ve ever seen (seriously, there are zero defenders in the squad), equipped them with a bunch of Galaxy gear and sent them to fight for us. It was probably Franz Beckenbauer’s job to teach some of the 12 field players selected to tackle. Read more »