Hardware, Software Programs

IDC: Enter the Era of Phablets?

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International Data Corporation (IDC) yesterday published their newest figures regarding the smartphone segment of the market for 3Q 2013, and while it comes as no surprise that the Android mobile platform went above 80% of the market share, there are some other ?goodies? in the bag as well. Shipments of smartphone units having a screen between 5 and 7 inches have drastically increased since the last year. Out of the 261.1 million shipped units, 21% of those were actually the ones in the phablet category (that number was a mere 3% a year ago). "Almost all successful Android vendors have added one or more 5-7-inch

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Business, Hardware

Samsung Boasts 40M Galaxy S4 Sales, Gets Fined For Deceptive Marketing Practices

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According to some Korean media quoting a Samsung exec, the company has recently shipped its 40 millionth Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone. At the same time, the company got fined for deceptive marketing practices reported back in mid-April. After the Galaxy S4 first went on sale in April, it hit the 10 million mark of shipped units in less than a month. Things have slowed down since, with 20 million mark hit in July ? and 40 million now. Still, the company seemingly has no reasons to complain about sales results, though many note how sales thus far have been similar to the predecessor – the

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Business, Hardware

Li-Fi at 150Mbps in China ? Demo Promised During CIIF

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A single 1W LED bulb could be sufficient to provide internet access for up to four computers at once, if we are to believe the Chinese researchers. Xinhua News reports that researchers have successfully tested their Li-Fi (light-fidelity) at speeds up to 150Mbps ? and while everything is in the ?test phase?, there is a solid dose of skepticism involved from other experts in the field. Specifically, many note that there is no video or photographic evidence of this claim, so they are very reluctant to provide comments until more is known. Li-Fi term was coined in 2011 by the professor Harald Haas, an expert

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Business, Hardware

Intel?s Broadwell Manufacturing Delayed Until 1Q 2014 Due to a Defect

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During the call regarding Intel?s solid Q3 earnings, CEO Brian Krzanich delivered some bad news about the upcoming Broadwell chip. The 14nm unit that was first demoed in September was touted to be shipping to manufacturers by the end of this year. However, a ?defect density issue? impacted the yield, causing a delay. Intel tried to fix the issue, Krzanich said, but the delivered improvements were not up to what company had anticipated. While the problem is fixed, according to the CEO, the shipping date had to be moved. "We have confidence the problem is fixed because we have data it is fixed (?)This happens

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Hardware

HTC Goes Large ? Unveils the One max

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Months of rumors, speculations and leaked photos have finally come to an end with the company officially unveiling their 5.9-inch phablet variant of the flagship One. Truly, dimensions aside, One max keeps most of the innards familiar from the One. Though some rumors have suggested One max could be using the ?old? Snapdragon S4, we are happy to report that is not the case. Though not exactly the most powerful solution from Qualcomm either, the Snapdragon 600 (APQ8064T) with four Krait 300 CPU cores at 1.7GHz and Adreno 320 GPU still packs a punch. Less than the Galaxy Note 3 or Xperia Z Ultra with

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Hardware

Galluscam or How To Make a Hilarious Ad for the LG G2 Camera

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In an ocean of ads from mobile manufacturers focusing on buzzwords, competition and technical slang without giving the potential user any tangible clues as to why to really purchase their product, sometimes a good idea pops out. LG managed to do just that with their new ad. Feathers involved. To illustrate just how the two-axis optical image stabilization works in their flagship LG G2, a humorous and intelligent direction was taken. They used Lizzy, a member of the Phasianidae family and of subspecies Gallus gallus domesticus – known in some parts of the world as the chicken: LG certainly hit the spot in this hilarious,

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Business, Software Programs

Windows Phone: Double Digit Share in Europe, US Share Still Insignificant

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Kantar Worldpanel ComTech report is up for the period of three months to August 2013, and curiously enough, there is no end to the mobile platform war ? though Android holds well over 50% of sales share in at least nine important markets. Thought it seemed to be the case, competitiveness factor is not gone entirely. ?After years of increasing market share, Android has now reached a point where significant growth in developed markets is becoming harder to find,? comments Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. ?Android?s growth has been spearheaded by Samsung, but the manufacturer is now seeing its share of

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Business, Hardware

Galaxy Note 3 Brings Unannounced Feature: Region Locking

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Just as Galaxy Note 3 began showing up on the European markets, it was discovered that the delivered units are region locked. Travelers between regions such as North America and Europe will be forced to use their carrier?s roaming services, as they won?t be able to swap their SIM-card to the local variant, even if the unit is unlocked. British online retailer Clove published an article with more info and a photo of a sticker that is found on all of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 units that were delivered to them: ?We wish to make our UK & European customers aware of certain functionality

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Business, Graphics, Hardware

Nvidia: PCs Will Always Beat Consoles

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While AMD is powering both of the most prominent next-gen consoles (Xbox One and PlayStation 4), Nvidia wanted to step in and say why PC gaming will never lag behind. In an interview with PC PowerPlay, Australia?s gaming magazine, Nvidia?s Senior VP of Content and Technology Tony Tamasi detailed the vision and possible impact consoles might have on the PC world. Curiously enough, Tamasi believes that while there was an era where console graphics were generally better, it can?t happen again. Things started to turn by the time of the Xbox 360 and PS3, and today the situation is completely different. He also emphasized that

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Business, Hardware

Oppo Wants Innovative Smartphones – Introduces the Oppo N1

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It has been some time since the Chinese company Oppo went ahead and made an announcement. Following the series of teaser videos, they have introduced their new and unusual 5.9-inch smartphone. Sheer size isn?t the only ?striking? thing here, as the unit has a rotating 13MP camera and is powered by either Color OS (fork of Android) or CyanogenMod. Phablet-category device is surely different than the regular slabs, if for nothing else, then for the rotating camera unit on the top. Oppo claims that this is the world?s first rotating camera smartphone, and that it is revolutionary. This particular design was present on some laptops in

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Hardware, Software Programs

SteamOS – Valve Bringing Linux Into Living Rooms

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Valve today announced their own operating system based on the Linux architecture and their own Steam platform. Essentially, it is a free operating system for computers, which both regular users and machine manufacturers will be able to license and use. This was the first out of three announcements Valve has planned for this week. Two circles to go – next one opens up on Wednesday 1pm EST"As we?ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we?ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself. SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture

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Business, Hardware, Rumors, Software Programs

New Surface Units from Microsoft: ?The Most Productive Tablets on the Planet?

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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) today announced that the Surface line is receiving a major refresh ? mostly regarding the internals, and just according to the earlier rumors. Surface Pro 2 got a boost in both performance and battery life with 4th gen Intel Core i5 and various storage/memory options, while the Surface RT successor lost the "RT" in the brand and turned into the Surface 2 with Nvidia Tegra 4 SoC. Surface Pro 2 & Surface 2 Panos Panay took the stage to demo the units and state how they are the most productive tablets in the world for both professionals and regular users. The Surface Pro

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Apple, Companies, Hardware

iFixit Exposes iPhone 5s Innards ? Finds No Magic

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To be among the first ones to get the new iPhone, the iFixit team went all the way to Australia. Though the exterior of the device reveals nothing special (ok, aside from the dual-LED and new Home button containing the Touch ID) when compared to the older model, it is known what ultimately matters the most ? what is inside. Just as the outside appearance of the iPhone 5s suggests, disassembly is very similar to the predecessor. However, iFixit points out that one must be very careful with the separation of the screen part, because it is connected via cable to the Touch ID sensor.

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Hardware, Rumors

HTC One Max ? Bigger and Possibly Slower than the Galaxy Note 3?

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Though some expected the phablet variant of the HTC One to show up during IFA 2013 in Berlin, HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) is planning the release this fall. With each passing day, more specifications and photos show up ? especially on the Chinese Weibo network. Rumors suggest that this 5.9-inch smartphone should show up very soon, and while early info noted that the device is going to compete with the likes of Xperia Z Ultra and Note 3, that won?t happen ? at least not spec-wise. Twitter handle @evleaks said that the early rumors of the HTC One Max carrying the Snapdragon 800 inside were shown

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Hardware, Software Programs

BlackBerry With a New Flagship ? The 5-inch Z30

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Seemingly undeterred by the issues at hand, BlackBerry has revealed their new flagship unit – the Z30, together with the latest version of the BB10 OS (10.2). After previous models turned out to be a blind alley, and after the company announced that they are willing to move from the public space – apparently they still had a phablet smartphone in the pipeline to deliver. That they did, and the Z30 is the most powerful and largest BlackBerry device ? even though that might not mean a lot in the end. The new unit carries over the design language of the Z10 – with no physical

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Hardware, Software Programs

Sailfish OS: Android App Compatibility, No Google Play, New Pre-order Batch

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After a relatively brief moment of reticence following the initial information on their mobile platform Sailfish OS and the accompanying pre-order period, just yesterday the Helsinki-based company Jolla issued a press release claiming that they have managed to achieve compatibility of their platform with Android. In essence, Android apps should not have any issues to run on the hardware Sailfish OS is running on. Jolla managed to achieve this milestone not by using the Android Compatibility Layer (ALC from OpenMobile), but their own solution that is based on the open source projects and Dalvik runtime as well as an unspecified third party technology. ?For example,

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Hardware, Rumors

FCC Photos and Info: Nexus 5 is an LG G2 Variant

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Nexus 5 is coming ? and for the first time it is revealed to the bone in its visit to the FCC. The device first time appeared in the Android KitKat video, but Google quickly turned video private on YouTube, disabling access. Fortunately, plenty of screenshots were left to compare it with the FCC filing. Mountain View company recently tuned the Nexus 4 pricing down, presumably to get rid of the stock and prepare for the successor. The Federal Communications Commission filing shows that the new device is likely an LG G2 variant, given that the Nexus 4 was a variant of the LG Optimus

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Apple, Business, Companies, Hardware

Apple: We?re on 64-bit. | Samsung: We?re There, Too!

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Samsung?s mobile head Shin Jong-kyun has confirmed to The Korea Times that they are preparing their own range of 64-bit chips, just as Apple has announced their own 64-bit A7. Samsung Electronics is planning for the new chips to enter in the upcoming ?more powerful and faster? Galaxy-branded smartphones, but this isn?t going to happen immediately. ?Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality,? Shin said to The Korea Times, adding that he did pay close attention the iPhone announcement. Samsung officials believe that Apple is going to continue having a hard time selling their units in China,

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Hardware

Phonebloks – the Modular Smartphone Utopia

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Designer Dave Hakkens decided to present his modular smartphone idea in a well thought out video, reaching millions of people overnight. Is having an idea enough? There were some tryouts with various electronic parts and modular devices in the past – Microsoft even holds a patent for their own vision of the modular smartphone (with interior having an extra high capacity battery, a game controler/GPU, physical keyboard, etc.). Nevertheless, this project is different – it actually turned viral. Even if the attention span doesn’t hold well (throughout the campaign or even after it ends), idea seems to be solidly refined for something that is merely

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Apple, Business, Companies, Hardware, Software Programs

Apple Introduces Two New Members of the iPhone Family

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If one was completely disconnected from the tech media in recent months (perhaps even quarters), new units could likely come as a surprise. Other than that, even Apple folks admitted that ?some may already know? what the event was about – and with a chuckle. This is the time Apple decided not to lower the prices of the ?older iPhone? units ? but to fork the iPhone 5 into two new devices, the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s. The former is exactly what rumors have suggested ? a repacked and a slightly polished iPhone 5 in a colorful plastic case. Apple finds this feature

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