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The recent Samsung Galaxy S III explosion was due to defective third-party battery

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We recently heard reports stating that an explosion of Samsung Galaxy S III had injured an 18-year old girl in Switzerland, causing third degree burns. The manufacturer had done its own investigation of the cause for the unfortunate accident and has now revealed its findings to the public.

It has been found out that the usage of unofficial thrid-party battery not approved by Samsung was the main reason for the explosion. Read more »

Sony rumored to launch clip-on F/1.8 camera lens with built-in 20MP image sensor for smartphones

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Off late, cameraphones have regained much of their popularity and we are starting to see smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, and Nokia Lumia 1020 with impressive cameras that have changed the game altogether.

According to a report from Sony Alpha Rumors, the next big thing in mobile photography might come from Sony. The Japanese manufacturer is said to be working on a “lens camera” accessory for its smartphones. Read more »

2 year later VLC media player returns to iOS

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After being pulled off the App Store due to licensing issues, the capable VLC media player has been completely rewritten and is back on Apple’s mobile platform.

The open-source app is now bi-licensed under Mozilla’s Public License v2 and the GNU Public License v2, which VideoLAN believes won’t have any distribution issues under Apple’s rather stringent licensing regulations. Read more »

Halo: Spartan Assault lands on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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The first Halo game targeting the handheld devices has now made it to the Windows Stores. Halo: Spartan Assault is compatible with Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8.

The action in Halo: Spartan Assault takes place between the Halo 3 and Halo 4 time frames and offers “new insights into the first missions of the Spartan Ops program, the history of the Human-Covenant wars, and the rise of Commander Sarah Palmer.” Read more »

Benchmarks of the leaked Android 4.3 for Nexus 4 show an overall performance improvement

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The Android 4.3 system dump for the Nexus 4 from yesterday is still not perfectly ready for daily use, but it’s now much easier to install. You can follow instructions here to flash it (using any recovery) to your Nexus 4, it shouldn’t delete your data (once again, proceed at your own risk and do a backup for peace of mind).

Why would you risk it when the official update could be just days away? Android 4.3 brings few changes over 4.2.2, but they are important – and better performance is seemingly one of them. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z Ultra’s handwriting recognition tested with coin, pen and knife

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The Sony Xperia Z Ultra was announced last month as the company’s first foray into the realm of phablets with its robust 6.5-inch screen.

Besides the new Triluminous display engine, the Z Ultra features Sony’s handwriting recognition technology, which lets you write on the display using nearly anything with tip less than 1mm in diameter. This latest video takes a closer look at exactly what does and doesn’t work as a writing device – from a set of keys to Stanley knives. Read more »

Nokia’s latest ad brags about the rich sound recording, superior camcorder of Lumia 1020

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Ever since Nokia announced its Lumia 1020, it has done all it can to create a buzz among the tech enthusiasts. The impressive 41 megapixel sensor in the Windows Phone 8 smartphone have mostly taken the spotlight so far, but now the company’s PR department is focusing on some of the cool side features.

Nokia has now come up with a new promotional video that Nokia highlights the smartphones rich sound recording technology and compares it to two of its direct rivals. Read more »

Microsoft still posts a profit despite $900 million in quarterly loses due to poor Surface RT sales

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It’s clear by now to everyone that the Surface RT has been a failure. The first Windows tablet to run on the ARM platform was doomed to obscurity when people realized they could not run legacy Windows applications on the device and had to rely on their lackluster ARM counterparts from the Windows Store.

The latest earnings report has revealed that the tablet has cost Microsoft some $900 million in loses, but the company was still able to post a revenue just shy of $20 billion – a 10% increase over the same quarter last year. Read more »

Android 4.3 update for the Nexus 4 detailed, shown on video

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The Android 4.3 update has been floating around for a while, with the first ROM being leaked for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, ironically even before Google’s own Nexus device.

As you probably known, the same update has now been leaked for the Nexus 4 and we now get to learn what has changed since Android 4.2 in more detail. Admittedly, there is not a lot of new stuff here but here’s what has been discovered so far. Read more »

BlackBerry Q5 stops by at HQ, we give it the camera treatment

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BlackBerry Q5 is company’s second QWERTY smartphone to run the latest generation of its new BlackBerry 10 platforms. It is supposed to bring the complete BlackBerry experience at a more affordable price point compared to the premium BlackBerry Q10.

The BlackBerry Q5 comes with a 3.1-inch 720x720px IPS LCD display and is powered by the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with a dual-core 1.2GHz Krait processor, Adreno 225 graphics and 2GB of RAM. Read more »

Samsung announces a new enterprise SSD that does 3000MB/s, blows away the competition

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Samsung is demonstrating its prowess beyond the mobile sector with the new NVMe SSD 2.5″ SSD, which can achieve the incredible read speeds of 3000MB/s.

According to Samsung, this is some 14 times faster than conventional enterprise HDD’s, and ten times faster than standard high-end SSD storage. Read more »

Nokia refreshes its iconic Nokia tune, check it out

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The Nokia Tune (a.k.a. Grande Valse) is perhaps one of the most recognized ringtones around and every so often the Finnish company modernizes it. Now it’s time for a new update, the eighth in the 20 year history of the ringtone.

Along with the ringtone, Nokia has updated sounds for other notifications too – SMS, email, calendar, alarm and even the startup tone. Read more »

First official video of the HTC One mini arrives

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The new compact HTC One mini has just went official, and as tradition dictates, HTC has released a promo video on YouTube to mark the occasion.

The HTC One mini looks just like a minuaturized version of the HTC One flagship, all the way down to its aluminum body and UltraPixel camera (even if the Optical Image Stabilization has been stripped). Read more »

Truecaller collaborative phone directory hacked?

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The Truecaller global phone directory, a service which finds contact details for a given name or telephone number via crowd-sourcing, has had its main database hacked according to a report by BGR. The hackers have reportedly had access to some 450GB of data, most of it not really intended for public usage.

The hack was pulled off my the Syrian Electronic Army, who claim to have the data of over a million users, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Gmail accounts. Truecaller has since released a statement refuting that any sensitive data has been compromised. Read more »

Android 4.3 for Nexus 4 caught in the wild, system dump available for download

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Android 4.3 cropped up on the Google Play Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One first but you shouldn’t doubt that the Nexus 4 will get it too. Some already have it – one Jeff Williams apparently bought a Nexus 4 from a Google employee and to his surprise the phone was running Android 4.3 JWR66N, the same build number we saw on the Galaxy S4 GPE.

With some help, he managed to get a system dump of the phone. There’s no radio and bootloader yet (Jeff promised to get those soon), but reports say you can use TWRP to restore the dump and get it to work. Proceed with caution (and full backup) as there’s no guarantee of the result. Read more »