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Samsung rebrands its SD card lineup to match SSDs

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Samsung has seen some great success with its 840 PRO and EVO series of SSD drives, so much so that it’s decided to rebrand its microSD and SD cards to match that nomenclature.

The new Standard, EVO, and PRO cards from the Korean manufacturer will feature easy to distinguish colors which should help consumers in differentiating between the features and capabilities of the different classes. Read more »

Samsung’s telephony-enabled smartwatch to be called Gear Solo

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Some people are unhappy that smartwatches need the support of smartphones to do anything interesting. Those people would prefer if smartwatches could do at it alone – according to The Korea Herald, Samsung will make just such a watch, dubbed Samsung Gear Solo.

Samsung has filed a patent with the Korean Intellectual Property Office for the Gear Solo name, but that name might change before the smartwatch hits the market. Read more »

Adobe releases Lightroom for iPad

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Adobe has released a mobile version of its popular photo editing software – Lightroom – for the iPad. Lightroom for iPad lets you work on your Lightroom files stored on the cloud as well as locally stored files on the iPad.

Lightroom for iPad needs an Adobe account and a subscription to Photoshop Photography Program. Once that is done, you will be able to access the files you worked on and stored on Adobe’s cloud service through your desktop PC. Lightroom for iPad will let you work on any file you uploaded, including full size RAW files. Any changes you make are saved to the file stored online, which can then be accessed again when you get back to your desktop PC. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 battery life test

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is bound to become one of the hottest selling handsets and so it must undergo heavy scrutiny. Battery life is an everyday worry, especially with bigger screens and faster chipsets.

The Galaxy S5 screen isn’t much bigger than that of its processor (5.1″ vs. 5″), but it is brighter. The Snapdragon 801 chipset should also offer a big performance boost over the Snapdragon 600 of last year. Read more »

LatentSense security learns how you touch your phone

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How can you improve the security of your smartphone beyond that of a regular old password, swipe gesture, and even the occasional fingerprint scanner?

How about having your phone recognize your specific touch behavior, and shutting down when anyone who isn’t you, tries to use it? Read more »

Alleged specs of Samsung SM-T800 slate with 10.5 inch AMOLED display leak out

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Purported specs of Samsung SM-T800 tablet, which we saw pass through the FCC, with 10.5” AMOLED display emerged on the web. The Korean giant hasn’t released a slate with AMOLED display since the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 from 2011.

The Wi-Fi-only Samsung SM-T800 is reportedly powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC with a quad-core CPU (Snapdragon 801 is rumored as a likely candidate). Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 tops the DxOMark mobile photography rankings

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The performance of the 20.7MP camera of the Sony Xperia Z2 earned it serious accolades. The smartphone topped the prestigious, highly-contested DxOMark mobile photography rankings with an overall score of 79.

Sony’s latest smartphone flagship took the top spot away from the venerable Nokia 808 PureView and its 77 points. Read more »

Twitter buys Android app, Cover

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Developers are always working on making smartphones easier to use, and one of the best ways to do that is providing quick access to the features you use most on your device.

That’s the goal of Cover, the lock-screen application that social media giant, Twitter, has recently acquired. Read more »

Samsung Chromebook 2 goes up for pre-order

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Samsung’s Chromebook 2, the sequel to its first Chome OS-running netbook was announced early last month, has become officially available to pre-orders starting today.

The new model sports either an 11.6-inch or 13.3-inch display, available for either $319.99 and $399.99, respectively. Read more »

SK Hynix develops 128GB DDR4 RAM module

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South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix has announced that it has developed the industry’s most advanced double data rate 4 modules with 128 GB of capacity.

The new DDR4 modules are based on Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology and will significantly improve speeds and efficiency. Read more »

WhatsApp prepaid cards now selling through E-Plus in Germany

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WhatsApp now offers its own prepaid service through E-Plus in Germany, letting you use the popular messaging app for a fixed monthly amount. The offer also features unlimited usage of the app even if you don’t have any standing traffic left.

The package with the SIM card is on offer for €10 but features a starting balance of €10 itself making the SIM practically free. Otherwise a call or text will set you back €0.09 to all German carriers whilst 1 MB will cost €0.24. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 M5 is here, squishes lots of bugs

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The latest M release of the CyanogenMod 11 version is out and brings some improvements and fixes for several irritating bugs. Version M5 comes just on schedule, one month after the M4 hit devices.

The software is available for download but you’d need to check if your device is eligible. You can do that here. The US Galaxy S III (D2lte) and International Snapdragon 600-powered Galaxy S4 (Jflte) devices will not get the M5 release just yet because the CM team needs to iron out some issues with those devices ahead of the release. Read more »

Fastlane feature of Nokia X phones demoed in official video

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Nokia finally started making Android phones but made sure the interface looks anything but Android. This includes a Windows Phone-like start screen and Nokia’s Fastlane feature from the Asha handsets.

Smartphone users are perhaps not familiar with it, so the company released a video demo of it running on the Nokia XL. Read more »

The No. 1 Top New Paid app on Android is a scam

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It’s no secret that app stores on all platforms have their fair share of fraudulent apps. Most of these apps will take your money and do nothing of what they say in the description or are free to install but end up doing damage in other ways, such as by selling your information or straight up installing malware.

The open nature of Android’s Play Store means it has been an easy target for scammers who don’t have to pass any security checks as one would have to on Apple’s App Store. This probably explains why there are so many antivirus apps on Android. But what happens when an antivirus app itself tries to scam you? Read more »

Sony announces A7S full frame camera with 4K video recording

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After the α7 and the α7R, Sony has announced the newest member of its compact full frame cameras, the α7S. The ‘S’ in the name stands for ‘Sensitivity’, which means you can tell the camera all your life problems and it will totally get you. Actually, no. It means that the camera is really good in low-light conditions. And there is also a new 4K video recording mode, which is all the rage these days.

The α7S has a new 12.2 megapixel 35mm EXMOR CMOS sensor with a resolution of 4240 x 2832 (3:2). Sony is using a rather large sensor with a relatively low resolution, which means individual pixels are going to be pretty big. As mentioned before, the camera is also particularly sensitive to light, and boasts of an ISO range of 50 – 409,600. Sony also claims that the camera has an extremely wide dynamic range. All things combined, you can expect some really good results regardless of the lighting conditions you are shooting in. Read more »