Last week we heard Facebook will get the approval of the European Commission for the Whatsapp deal and today this has been officially confirmed. The Commission gave the green light for the $19 billion dollar acquisition of the Whatsapp messaging service after US regulators gave it a thumbs up, too.
The European Commission reasoned that Facebook’s Messenger platform and Whatsapp are not close competitors and that competition is sufficient even after the merger. Read more »
Microsoft has just announced the Microsoft Portable Power DC-21 – a 6,000 mAh charger available in three different bright colors. It is the most powerful charger by the company to date, but it is also the first one using the new branding – Microsoft.
Since Microsoft is dropping the Nokia branding already, I guess the rumors were true and upcoming phones and accessories will be Microsoft branded as well. Read more »
OnePlus has decided to join in on the durability test bandwagon and showcase its stress labs with the OnePlus One being tortured.
If you’ve come here for a bend test, we’ll have to disappoint you, as the video doesn’t show one. OnePlus does test the phone in a scenario where you’re sitting on it. but unlike Samsung’s similar test where the Koreans apply 100kg of force on the Galaxy Note 4, OnePlus does so at just 25kg, though. Read more »
Most of the Google devices out there has been treated to the Android 4.4.4 KitKat bug-fix firmware a while ago. The owners of the LTE-enabled flavor of the Nexus 7 (2013) haven’t been quite so lucky until now.
Well, the wait is over – Android 4.4.4 is now available as an over-the-air update. You should find it waiting for you in your device’s settings. Read more »
The popular magazine format app Flipboard is now available for Windows Phone 8.1 devices. The application is currently available to download in the Windows Phone App Store. It will also come pre-loaded on the freshly launched Nokia Lumia 830.
For the time being, Flipboard is available only for Windows Phone smartphones with at least 1GB of RAM. Read more »
Dropbox has updated its Android app, adding what had to be a top requested feature: the ability to export files from your Dropbox cloud storage to your mobile device’s SD card.
The latest version of Dropbox also comes with improved support for Android L, as well as faster search performance. Read more »
It’s been almost one year since Google unveiled the new Play Newsstand app for Android, which incorporated features from both Play Magazines and Google Currents under one roof. To celebrate, Google is releasing a big update to the app, which brings it an entirely new design.
As you may have expected, the Material Design guidelines are being followed here, making Play Newsstand get that Android L look. Read more »
The Moto 360 smartwatch looks like it’s getting closer and closer to a release in India. That’s because it’s been listed by Flipkart, the sole official seller of Motorola’s products in the subcontinent.
Furthermore, the Moto 360 has already been priced, even if it doesn’t have a shipping date attached just yet. If you want the round smartwatch, you’ll need to part with INR 17,999 (that’s about $292 or €230 at the current exchange rates). Read more »
iFixit.com has finally gotten around to taking apart the Samsung Galaxy Alpha – the Korean company’s first smartphone not to be made entirely out of polycarbonate.
The Galaxy Alpha features a 6.7mm wide metal frame flanked by a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display and pleasantly-textured back panel. But just how easy is it to take apart? Read more »
Apple’s iCloud has gained a tool that allows you to check a used iDevice and see if it has been reported stolen.
You just need to type in your device’s IMEI (usually located on the back of an Apple product or in settings) and the page will give you information if the device is activated under another Apple ID. Read more »
Samsung is planning to start producing chips using its 14nm manufacturing process at the end of the year. It seems the company has managed to secure a deal with Apple and it anticipates a notable sales boost once it begins to deliver on it.
Kim Ki-nam, President of Samsung’s semiconductor business told reporters at the company’s HQ in Seoul that profits “will improve positively” once the deal goes through. Read more »
Tweetbot, the most popular third party Twitter client for iOS, has been updated for the new iOS 8 as well as the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
The list of iOS 8 related improvements include lockscreen notification shortcuts, where you can now slide notifications on the lockscreen to access additional functions, interactive notifications that pop down from the top and lets you reply instantly without leaving your current app, and sharing sheet support for sharing via Tweetbot. Read more »
AT&T has a new business strategy – it employs mind-readers as sales assistants. Instead of playing the lottery, they are pushing the new iPhones, which I suppose is just as profitable.
No, don’t worry, it’s just an ad. Your innermost thoughts and love of hollandaise sauce recipe can remain a secret. Read more »
This has been coming for quite some time now. Hot on the heels of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus bending controversy, Samsung released video footage of the Galaxy Note 4 going through the rigors of the now popular three-point bending test, as well as a human weight test.
We already know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is built like a tank, so, naturally, its successor has big shoes to fill in. Read more »
Ubisoft took the wraps off Assassin’s Creed Identity for iOS and Android. The latest installment of the popular gaming franchise is currently soft launched on iOS in Australia and New Zealand – worldwide availability is pegged for next year.
Assassin’s Creed Identity offers proper RPG gameplay in Renaissance. Read more »