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MediaTek’s MT6595 octa-core chipset scores more than 47,000 in AnTuTu benchmark

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Aside from unveiling the 64-bit true octa-core MT6795 chipset today, MediaTek has also showcased its 32-bit MT6595 part for the third time this year. Since we already know pretty much everything there is to know about this SoC, the Taiwanese company decided to hype it up by boasting that it’s gotten a result of 47,233 points in the AnTuTu benchmark.

As you may imagine, that’s nothing to be ashamed of. On the contrary, it’s more than many other chipsets from competing vendors have been able to achieve. Read more »

Apple’s iWatch may come in three models

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Apple’s hotly anticipated iWatch will be up for grabs in three distinct models, according to a report from Economic Daily.

If the rumors are to be trusted, there will be one iWatch model sporting 1.6-inch display and two other models with 1.8-inch panels. Read more »

Microsoft anticipated to undergo massive layoffs this week

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Microsoft is expected to undergo massive staff layoffs this week. According to a report by Bloomberg citing company insiders, Microsoft’s job cuts will be the biggest in five years.

The reductions in staff will be primarily in the Nokia handset division and its portions that overlap with already existing Microsoft structures. This includes departments such as engineering and marketing. Read more »

Apple iOS 7 now runs on 90% of iDevices

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Apples latest App Store statics reveal that 90% of all compatible devices are now powered by iOS 7. The share of the OS version is up by 8% since February and iOS 7 is by far the fastest adopted release to date.

The Cupertino giant has measured the adoption rate through its App Store during a 7-day period ending on July 13. Read more »

Sony revamps its boot loader unlock tool

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Sony has allowed users to unlock the boot loaders of their phones since 2011 (barring carrier restrictions) and now the company is re-launching the service with improved usability. The unlock process consists of just three steps and after the update the tool’s web page will be more helpful in guiding you through the process.

Here’s what it takes to unlock the boot loader of your Xperia – go to unlockbootloader.sonymobile.com and select your device, enter your IMEI number and unlock the device with the provided code. Read more »

Google-owned Nest and Samsung join forces for the future of home automation

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Wearables are gaining ground but there’s a revolution brewing in home appliances too – Google recently acquired Nest Labs while Samsung announced its own home automation platform. Instead of developing multiple incompatible technologies Nest, Samsung and others have united to create Thread.

Thread is built on 802.15.4 – a low-power wireless standard already used in home automation – but the Thread Group says previous standards built on it were developed before the Internet of Things. Read more »

All 73 Google I/O 2014 sessions now available to watch online

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The Google I/O 2014 Developers Conference was huge. It included 73 sessions, spanning over 2 days, and covering app performance, design, web and many other topics.

All of them are now available for your viewing pleasure, in case you missed some of them. Probably, the most interesting is the keynote, where Sundar Pichai and other Google top dogs revealed Android L and Android Wear, to name a few. Read more »

Microsoft shows off Lumia 1020 and cloud services in latest video

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Microsoft has released a new video that show the Lumia 1020 in action, along with its various cloud services working together.

The video shows a guy trying to restore an old bike for his dad and how he uses Microsoft products to achieve that. We see the Lumia 1020, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, OneDrive and even OneNote in action. Read more »

Oculus Rift canceling pre-orders that show up on eBay

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Did you manage to pre-order the upcoming Oculus Rift DK2? Well you may want to hold off on putting it up on eBay.

In an effort to stop price-gouging of the Rift, and maybe as a means of getting their headset to those who really want it, Oculus Rift has canceled shipments of people selling their places in the pre-order line. Read more »

Shazam can now stream entire songs in-app

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Rdio and Shazam have been working together for quite some time now to bring you the music you like after you identify it.

The problem was you always needed to exit Shazam after you ID’d the song, but with the latest software update, you’ll be able to listen to the song within the app itself. Read more »

Microsoft’s Project Adam takes image recognition to the next level

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You may have used Google’s reverse image search’s recognition software to call shenanigans on a picture someone claimed to have taken themselves, or stalk someone on FB.

But Microsoft’s Project Adam looks to expand the use of image recognition, and has developed its software to some impressive lengths. Read more »

Beats is handing Germany’s winning team gold headphones

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Beats is notorious for getting publicity by giving athletes free pairs of their headphones. During the Olympics, competitors could be seen rocking Beats around their neck, UFC fighters are also usually seen wearing the iconic (and expensive headphones) on their walkouts to fights as well.

It looks like the Beats brand was able to also capitalize on the World Cup even after the games were over: by giving Germany’s team a pair of Gold headphones for its victory. Read more »

Windows launches Chromebook competition campaign

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Chromebooks are doing well in the $200 computing arena, but it looks like Microsoft is trying to nip that in the bud.

A new line of cheap, Windows machines are going to be hitting the market, including a $199 HP laptop, called the Stream. Read more »

An LG Nexus tablet pops up in an import manifest

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According to manifest documents from Indian imports tracker Zauba, somebody has brought a prototype LG Nexus tablet into the country. It sounds pretty reasonable to guess that this may as well be the Nexus 8 we saw mentioned earlier this month in a similar manifest.

Of course, it may as well be a 10-inch slate as it’s been a while since Google released theirs. Interestingly, the last two compact Nexus tablets were made by Asus and both received stellar reviews so it would be surprising to see Google move production to LG. Read more »

Ritot is a unique smart band concept with a built-in pico projector

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You may have seen projection clocks, but what if you could wear one of those on your hand? That’s what the makers of Ritot are campaigning for on IndieGoGo – a smart band that uses a projector to cast a big, readable notifications on your wrist.

It has to be said the prototypes look much better than regular smart bands – an aluminum ring covered in leather, the Ritot can pass for a fashion accessory. Read more »