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Qualcomm fastest growing semiconductor company, Intel still on top says Gartner

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Qualcomm, designers of the highly popular Snapdragon series of chipsets plus a wide variety of wireless tech, is the fastest-growing semiconductor company according to Gartner. The two companies at the top, Intel and Samsung, were both affected by stagnation in the market in 2012.

Intel’s revenue slipped 3.1% year over year, but the company retained its leadership position for the 21st year in a row. Market share dropped a hair to 16.4% (down from 16.5%). Read more »

Wi-Fi-only Samsung Galaxy Camera GC110 launches soon in the US, costs $450

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Samsung announced the smart and 3G/4G-enabled Galaxy Camera last August and it hit the shelves November last year. Shortly after we learned Samsung is prepping a cheaper Wi-Fi-only model.

Well, the Wi-Fi model is finally coming later this month, at least in the US, and will cost $450. Read more »

Apple’s new “Spaceship” campus exceeds its initial budget by $2 billion

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Apple’s new campus, which is being built, was estimated to cost around $3 billion to the Cupertino giant. However spending is obviously not going according to plan as the budget is said to have risen from $3 billion to $5 billion, according to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek.

This means Apple Campus 2 will be more expensive than the under construction World Trade Center complex. The Cupertino’s project was expected to be completed by 2015, but it’s apparently running behind schedule and it’s not said to open doors not earlier than 2016. The additional time would give the architects and the partners to cut the unnecessary cost, preventing the construction cost from rising even further. Read more »

BlackBerry Music service set to shut down on June 2

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BlackBerry is shutting down its BB Music service as of June 2 and will stop accepting monthly payments this month.

BlackBerry delivered the news to subscribes over email today. While there’s no sync option or way to transfer your collection to another service the company has given users a voucher code for a 30 day Rdio pass in the email. Read more »

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for Asus Transformer Pad Infinity now available

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Asus has announced the availability of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Pad Infinity tablet series.

The update should become available for download everywhere today. We can confirm various users from the USA were able to update their Infinity tablets. Read more »

One year later: Android users account for nearly half of Instagram users

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It’s now exactly 1 year since Instagram launched on Android and the popular photo sharing social network has decided to celebrate the occasion with a post on its blog.

According to the developers’ statistics, after the first 12 months of availability droid users account for nearly half of all Instagram users. Read more »

Google announces Blink, a new open source rendering engine based on WebKit

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After Samsung, it’s Google’s turn to part ways with the WebKit rendering engine. Google has announced Blink, a new rendering engine based on the existing WebKit.

The WebKit engine has been part of the Chromium project ever since the first Chrome browser was released and has also been the basis of Android’s stock browser. Now, however, Google feels the current WebKit has become too bloated, with several features such as the multi-process architecture being duplicated, since Google has its own version for them. Read more »

Mozilla and Samsung collaborate on Servo, a brand new web browser engine

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Mozilla has announced that it has been working with Samsung to create a brand new next generation web browser engine. Called the Servo, the new engine is designed from the grounds-up to take advantage of the new mobile hardware with multi-core, heterogenous computing architectures.

Servo is written using Rust, a new safe systems language developed by Mozilla. Rust has been development for several years now and is said to be rapidly approaching stability. Also, like C++, it is said to have efficient high-level, multi-paradigm abstractions, and offers precise control over hardware resources. Read more »

Twitter updates mobile apps and website, brings Holo UI to Android version

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Twitter has updated the Android and iOS version of its mobile application, along with the mobile version of their website. The biggest changes are in the Android version, which gets a brand new UI that follows the new Holo UI guidelines (for most parts).

The new Twitter for Android now lets you swipe horizontally on the screen to move between the tabs on the top. This means that you can no longer swipe on an individual tweet to get quick access to tweet options. Moving between hierarchies is now accompanies by slick sliding animations where the next screen is stacked above the previous one, similar to the animation in the stock Android app drawer. Read more »

Official Nexus 4 wired headset hits the shelves of the Google Play Store

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For those of you, looking for headphones for your Google Nexus 4, we have some good news. The official Nexus 4 wired in-ear headphones are now officially available in the Google Play Store.

Sporting a clean design, featuring a flat, tangle-free cable, aluminum backing, and double rubber ear piece, the headset perfectly complements the Nexus 4 looks. Read more »

Alcatel’s One Touch Idol smartphone will make an appearance in Iron Man 3

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In a bid to gain more popularity for its smartphones, Alcatel has turned towards Hollywood. The manufacturer’s One Touch Idol smartphones will make an appearance in the upcoming blockbuster Iron Man 3.

Along with Alcatel smartphones, the latest Tony Stark adventure will also feature products by TCL – the Chinese company which owns the handset manufacturer. Read more »

Mozilla Foundation turns 15, shares 15 interesting facts about itself

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One of the most influential companies when it comes to web browsers – the Mozilla Foundation – is celebrating its 15th birthday. The foundation is best known for its Firefox browser (which is going to turn 9 this November and just hit version 20), but has branched out into other areas.

It all started before Firefox was born – back then the Mozilla Project launched Netscape on March 31 1998. It was an open source version of the older Netscape browser and it served as basis for Firefox. Read more »

Sony’s MWC video wall of 196 Xperia ZL phones is officially a Guinness world record

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Sony had an interesting video wall at the MWC earlier this year – it was made out of 196 Sony Xperia ZL phones in a 14 x 14 grid and their 1080p screens were synchronized to display one 1.9m x 1m image (6 ft 2 in by 3 ft 4 in). The team behind it said that it’s a record-breaking wall and today the Guinness book of records concurred.

The previous record was held by a setup of only 72 phones, less than half of the Xperia ZL phones used in Sony’s wall. Read more »

HTC shows us what a day with the One could be

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The HTC One is the focus of HTC’s latest infographic, dubbed “One Day with the new HTC One”. This seems to be part of HTC’s new aggressive marketing strategy and is something Samsung and others have been doing for a long time.

Whether you like to blast out music through your phone’s speakers, are a fan of night-time photography or you’re just the typical social networkholic HTC thinks the One can be you new best friend. Read on for the full infographic. Read more »

Skype celebrates the whopping 2 billion minutes a day milestone

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If you’re between 6 and 70 years old then you probably have or are still using Skype’s services for connecting with others on a daily basis. Well Skype is thanking all of you today with a special infographic because the service has reached 2 billion minutes a day milestone.

To put things in perspective (sort of) that means more than 3805 years or around 38 centuries of being connected on Skype, or enough time to walk around the Earth more than 845 times! Read more »