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Samsung’s Gear VR gets pictured ahead of probable IFA announcemnt

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We heard about Samsung’s virtual reality plans last month after several leaks showed off what a potential Samsung virtual reality headset looked like, followed by a a fairly legitimate look at a Samsung software interface for the Gear VR.

Now, reported images of the Gear VR, model number SM-R320 have surfaced. With IFA 2014 just weeks away in Berlin, it’s very likely that we could see Samsung’s first virtual reality headset at the event. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Exynos 5430) battery test

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes in two versions – one with Samsung’s brand new Exynos 5430 Octa chipset and one with the more common Snapdragon 801 chipset. Both have small 1,860mAh batteries. Small relative to the phone’s size, of course, 4.7″ phones typically have 2,000+ mAh batteries. The Galaxy Alpha is pretty slender though, just 6.7mm, which eats into the available volume for the battery.

Today we’re testing the Exynos version of the device. Read more »

Microsoft appears to have a Chromecast competitor in the works

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It looks like Microsoft has a Google Chromecast competing device in development. Filings in FCC and the Wi-Fi alliance revealed the Redmond giant’s potential plans.

The filings reveal that the gadget will pack Wi-Fi, HDMI, and a USB port – right in line with what the Google Chromecast has to offer. Read more »

Here is how Samsung manufactures the metal frame of the Galaxy Alpha

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As part of the festivities surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Alpha launch, the Korean manufacturer released details on the manufacturing process behind the device’s metal frame. The latter is widely considered to be one of the smartphone’s biggest highlights.

As you have probably guessed, creating the device’s metal frame requires a number of CNC processes. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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If you haven’t heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge you must just be coming out of a cave. The Challenge has become so popular that it has passed from people to smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 follows in the footsteps of many celebrities and got splashed with freezing water. Read more »

Grab a refurbished Google Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB tablet for only $130

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Google made some waves with its ultra-capable second generation Nexus 7 tablet released last year, and now the device is available for just $130.

The device is available as a factory reconditioned unit from popular US online retailer Woot.com. Read more »

Mophie Juice pack for Samsung Galaxy S5 adds 3,000mAh for $100

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Mophie has unveiled a Juice pack for the Samsung Galaxy S5 – a 3,000mAh battery case that promises to double the battery life of your Samsung flagship.

The Juice pack sports Mophie’s usual design and supports USB 3.0 for charging and syncing. The case also doesn’t block NFC connectivity, which is also required for S Beam (Android Beam too). Read more »

Apple releases Yosemite public beta 2 and iTunes 12

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Apple has released the first update to the public beta that was released last month. Unlike the developer version, the public beta is not regularly updated, so this should bring quite a few changes.

The Yosemite public beta 2 is essentially the same as the developer preview 6 that was released earlier this week. It has several design changes, including new iconography throughout the UI (nothing you saw until now was finalized and things keep changing in the betas), new wallpapers, and some other bug fixes and general improvements. Read more »

ChargeSpot Pocket is the first wireless charger to work with both Qi and PMA devices

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The Toronto-based company ChargeSpot Wireless Power announced availability of the first wireless charger with dual standard support. Dubbed ChargeSpot Pocket, the device can charge both Qi and PMA compatible devices.

ChargeSpot Pocket is designed to use in public places. Read more »

Opera and Microsoft sign a licensing agreement

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Opera Software signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft. Under its terms, Opera Mini will become the default web browser for the Redmond giant’s range of low-end phones, where its will replace the currently used Xpress Browser.

The agreement applies to phones which run Series 30+, Series 40, as well as those with the Asha platform. Read more »

Microsoft will reportedly release a Windows 9 preview on September 30

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According to a report in The Verge, Microsoft plans to unveil Windows 9 on September 30. The Redmond giant is tipped to be planning a press event, where a developer preview of the OS will be revealed.

The late September release date has been mentioned in past reports. Read more »

Awkward: Even Verizon can get all those HTC One phones confused

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That new HTC One (M8) for Windows has a name with great potential to confuse consumers – it’s not the HTC One (M8), it’s not the One (E8) and it doesn’t run Windows (but Windows Phone instead). It turns out that the similar looks of the One family are an issue too, even for the carriers.

Verizon put out a video to tout the HTC One (M8), both the Android and WP versions, except if you look closely at the screenshot above you’ll notice those are actually two different devices. Read more »

Walmart slashes the 16GB iPhone 5s price to $79, iPhone 5c now starts at $0.99

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Walmart has commenced an iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c sales promotion in order to make room for the upcoming iPhone 6 and its alleged two variations.

For the next 90 days, the retailer is selling the 16GB version of the iPhone 5s for $79 – $20 off its previous asking price with a two-year contract price. The iPhone 5c also go its price slashed to $0.99 for the 16GB units. Read more »

Swing Copters now available on iOS and Android

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Developer of the infamous Flappy Bird game has released his second game. Called Swing Copters, the game is now available for download on iOS and Android for free.

One of the things that made Flappy Birds so popular was that it was infuriatingly difficult but still quite addictive. Well, if Flappy Bird was difficult, Swing Copters is nearly impossible. Read more »

Apple iPad Air 2 will reportedly have two gigs of RAM

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According to a report from Asia, the yet to be revealed Apple iPad Air 2 will have 2GB of RAM on board when it goes official. The move will represent the first increase in random access memory for Cupertino’s full size tablet since the iPad 3 came out.

The report goes further to point that the next generation Apple iPad mini will remain with a gig of RAM on board. Read more »