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Samsung’s curved display significantly boosts usability, study finds

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Recently Samsung announced the Galaxy Round smartphone with a 5.7″ 1080p Super Flexible AMOLED display. Lots of people thought the curved display is just a gimmick or, even worse, an unnecessary feature designed to extract more of your hard-earned cash.

The researchers from DisplayMate Technologies don’t seem to share that view and found the curved screen quite useful. Their study found that the curved display reduces reflectiveness, which in turn imrpoves contrast and sunlight legibility. Read more »

WSJ: Google smartwatch to enter mass production this year

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Google’s alleged smartwatch is in the final stages of its development and the search giant is said to be in talks with Asian hardware suppliers to begin the mass production of the hotly anticipated accessory.

According to a report from WSJ, the Google smartwatch will enter mass production by the end of the year. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear gets full notification support with a cool app

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Samsung Galaxy Gear is surely a cool gadget, but it comes with lots of annoying limitations. Samsung is promising it will explore further the Galaxy Gear capabilities and will deliver more features later on.

Meanwhile an XDA Developers member has made a very useful app that will show full notifications on your Galaxy Gear for all apps, not just messages and emails as it is by default. Read more »

BBM scores 20 million new subscibers in a week

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In a world filled with free communication apps like Viber, WhatsApp, Facebook (and Messenger), Google Hangouts and iMessage, BlackBerry Messenger was able to carve a serious user base for itself it just a week.

Since the BBM rollout on iOS and Android resumed 7 days ago, BBM has gathered 20 million new users. Read more »

Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook now available with 70,000 books

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Amazon recently announced its new service, named Kindle MatchBook, and it has now gone live. MatchBook allows you to buy the Kindle editions of your print books for $2.99 or less.

Amazon’s new program gives you the option to purchase the Kindle edition of the print books for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99 or free of cost. Read more »

Nokia posts first image of Instagram running on an WP8 phone

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Nokia undertook an extensive campaign to get Instagram on Windows Phone. The popular photo sharing social network has over 150 million users, so you can see why it’s a big deal to have a native app on your mainstay OS.

Now that Instagram is officially coming to WP8, Nokia takes some time to revel in its success and to thank all the people who used the #2InstaWithLove app to shower Instagram with hashtag-based desire. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1520 uses its Assertive display tech to dominate the Xperia Z Ultra, Galaxy Note 3 and iPhone 5s

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At the Nokia Lumia 1520 announcement in Abu Dabi, the Finns spent quite a lot of time praising the phablet’s screen – a 6″ ClearBlack IPS LCD with Apica’s Assertive display technology. It essentially brings the screen’s sunlight legibility capabilities to a whole new level, without draining the battery while doing so.

To show just how good the technology actually is, YouTube reviewers from GadgetBoys have put the Lumia 1520 next to the the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the iPhone 5s for a mouth-watering show-off. Read more »

Stolen truck containing $14 million worth of LG G2′s recovered

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Over the weekend a truck containing a shipment of LG G2 smartphones valued at some $14 million was stolen from a truck stop in Gary, Indiana.

Today, Kentucky State Police has recovered the truck full of lost goods intact, and has apprehended a suspect after he allegedly crashed a tractor trailer carrying the stolen cargo into a utility pole. Read more »

Logitech announces new accessories for iPad Air

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Logitech has officially announced four new accessories for the recently launched iPad Air. The Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio, Ultrathin Keyboard cover, Ultrathin Keyboard Folio are the new keyboard docks for the iPad Air, while the Folio Protective Case is a water repellent shell that protects the slate from bumps and scratches.

All the keyboards have a unique ability to connect to the iPad Air using Bluetooth and promise a great working experience with their maximized key size. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids hits USA on November 10

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids was announced back in August. It’s a modified version of Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 with highly customized user interface for kids plus lots of pre-installed age-appropriate software and games.

The slate is already available in Korea and now the company has confirmed that USA is the next market to get it. Read more »

Samsung goes courtside after $100 million NBA deal

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Samsung and the National Basketball Association have inked a deal which makes world’s number one smartphone manufacturer the official provider of televisions and tablets for the NBA.

The deal is reportedly worth $100 million and would mean that the screens and surveillance tech in the basketball arenas would be provided by Samsung. Read more »

Samsung Note 3′s camera app ported to Galaxy S4

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The new camera app Samsung introduced with the Galaxy Note 3 has its fair share of nifty features, and now you can enjoy them on the Galaxy S4 as well.

Galaxy S4 owners who want the latest and greatest from Samsung’s camera department can get just that, thanks to the folks over at xda-developers. Read more »

Lumia 2520 is better than Surface 2, says Qualcomm exec

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Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm has expressed his view on the latest tablets from Nokia and Microsoft. Speaking to CNET, he said that the Nokia Lumia 2520 trumps the Microsoft Surface 2 in every way possible.

That’s not too surprising, considering the Lumia 2520 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, while Microsoft’s second-gen Surface uses the Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Round gets its own TV ad

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Samsung has released the first commercial of the curved Galaxy Round smartphone. The ad is in Korean, because it is the first (and at this stage the only) country to get the cool gadget. It’s unclear if the curved smartphone will be going global in the future, but chances are looking slim at this point.

Meanwhile, LG has also announced its first curved smartphone – the 6.0-inch LG G Flex. It will be launching in Korea in November as well. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 800 works after being lost underwater for 3.5 months

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Quite an amazing story coming out of Sweden today. A Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone was found after spending three and a half months in a lake and it was still working!

The news comes by way of Facebook user Roger Nilsson who even captured some pictures of the device in question. Read more »