Business, Hardware

LG Wants to Slim Down Smartphones, Starting With Screen

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Last Thursday LG Display Co Ltd. (NYSE:LPL) said that they have managed to develop the world?s thinnest FullHD LCD panel for smartphones (or rather phablets given its 5.2? size). This 2.2mm thin 1080p screen also has a very thin bezel (2.3mm) and is able to outperform every other FullHD LCD panel out there, according to the company. In order to create a panel this slim, LG used their Advanced One-Glass-Solution (OGS) technology, which involves Dual Flexible Printed Circuits inserted between the panel and the touch film. All of this is tightly packed with a special Optical Clear Resin that enables even greater brightness levels. Worth

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Business, Enterprise, Hardware

IDC Sees Stabilization in PC Shipments, Lenovo Dethrones HP

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Just the other day International Data Corporation presented their PC market findings for the second quarter of the 2013, and while there are some positive signs, PC shipments fell by 11.4 percent when compared to the same period last year. In total, Q2 worldwide PC shipments stopped at 75.6 million units (85.3 million in 2Q12) but IDC analysts expected even worse results than what the numbers suggested at the end – particularly since the 1Q13 results were as catastrophic as they were. Notable signs of the PC market recovery have been found in the United States, but at the same time rest of the world

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Business, Hardware

Nokia Lumia 1020: Latest and Best in the PureView Line

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Leaks had absolutely no mercy on this unit, but Nokia still managed to reveal some features that will surely surprise someone who hasn?t followed tech-related media recently. At a small event in New York City, Nokia officially unveiled their latest device in the PureView line, a kind of successor to the 808 PureView when it comes to raw camera features. Lumia 1020 packs in two independently evolved branches of the PureView technology, with one (oversampling) found in their Symbian unit 808 PureView and the other one (optical image stabilization) being present in their Lumia 92x line of products. Both branches were developed with having best

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Hardware

Meet the Next LG Optimus, G2

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Next LG?s flagship recently appeared in both video and photos ? practically one month from the official event scheduled for August 8. The next Optimus is, logically, named G2, and pretty much everything you can imagine about this particular device is already known. LG didn?t hold any secrets when it recently announced that most of their high-end devices will carry the current and very speedy Qualcomm?s Snapdragon 800. Aside from that, Optimus G2 is basically a 5.2-inch flagship smartphone with 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel shooter (supposedly the same one found in the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z). Interestingly enough,

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Hardware

41MP Nokia Lumia 1020 Leaked. Again.

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Manufacturers seem to be having less and less grip over unannounced products nowadays. Of course, it could all be a deliberate placement and hyping of the product, however, this particular leak reveals almost everything – only days before the official event Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is going to hold in New York (this Thursday). At the very beginning of June we brought some fresh info on this product, and thus far everything seems to be confirmed, with an official press photo rendition of what is likely going to be announced as Nokia Lumia 1020 – a successor to the camera behemoth that was Nokia 808 PureView. Windows

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Business, Hardware

HTC Recovery Still a Long March

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HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) posted their second quarter unaudited results, and while the situation has certainly improved over the catastrophic previous quarter (which recorded a 98% profit loss YOY), the road ahead is filled with difficulties and uncertainty.   Revenue rose to $2.35 billion (NT$70.7b) in Q2 from $1.45 billion in Q1 2013, which is well below $3 billion last year. More notable is the profit rise from the previous quarter ($2.85 million), now at a more tangible $41.61 million (NT$1.25 billion). Still, it is far from the $246 million the company achieved in Q2 2012. All sales were driven by their flagship Android smartphone, HTC

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Hardware, Rumors

Moto X Will Be a mid-range Device With Customizable Shells?

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Motorola?s campaign for their upcoming smartphone has just begun, teasing ?the first smartphone you can design yourself? and some channels already broke what exactly will that mean. Customers will reportedly be able to choose colorful back covers, have them engraved, and receive them straight from the US factory. While some rumors suggested that users will be able to choose internals of the device as well as the colorful exterior, for the moment being, only the latter part, cosmetics, is pretty much confirmed. Mid-March webiste Tinh t? brought some clear photos of the unit (subsequently removed) that appears to have the same back cover design as

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Hardware, Rumors

Intel?s Bay Trail Benchmarks Surfaced ? ARM SoCs Left in the Dust

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It is no secret that Intel wants to succeed in the mobile segment of the market as the transformation to mobile devices continues mercilessly. Unlike many other chipmakers who followed ?the path of ARM?, Intel decided to stick with x86 and their Atom system on chip. Regardless of solid performance and power efficiency, many have considered Intel to just have a ?great potential? or merely be ?at the right track of things? ? as the company failed to attract more manufacturers of the smartphones and tablets. Things could change significantly with Bay Trail, if we are to believe benchmark results. The next generation of mobile

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Hardware, Rumors, Software Programs

Sony ?Honami? ? Smartphone/Cameraphone Flagship?

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Rumors on a device called Sony ?Honami? are piling up in recent times. Some information from earlier this year said that the Xperia Z flagship will ?soon? receive a refresh with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC paired with a fantastic imaging sensor, in order to compete with both Android flagship smartphones and cameraphones at the same time. While Samsung went on to satisfy needs of those who like the idea of having an optical zoom (Galaxy S4 Zoom) in their smartphones (while keeping the relatively small imaging sensor), Nokia is preparing to launch a Windows Phone unit with oversampling from an enormous 1/1.2? Toshiba imaging

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Business, Hardware, Software Programs

BlackBerry – No Turnaround in Fiscal Q1 2014

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BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) reported their first quarter fiscal 2014 results today, and despite some actual growth in shipped smartphones and a notable rise in revenue, the company still struggles with an operating loss of $84 million. Late this March we noted that it might be too early to say anything, but now it is more than apparent that the clock is truly ticking. Fiscal Q1 2014 results encompass three months ending June 1 2013. Interestingly enough, revenue ($3.1 billion) went up 15% sequentially from the previous quarter or up 9% compared to the same period of time last year. 71% of revenue comes from the hardware,

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Business, Software Programs

BUILD 2013 / Microsoft Wants a Rapid Software Development

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With the beginning of the Microsoft?s BUILD 2013 opening keynote this Wednesday, the company announced the availability of the Windows 8.1 Preview (previously codenamed Blue). Aside from a number of optimizations, new and refreshed native apps, appearance of the Start button and significantly expanded customization options, the update finally brings advanced and automated scaling (now up to 200%) with support for very high screen resolutions. Steve Ballmer reiterated on stage that the company is more than aware how the PC world is transforming and evolving into something else ? and that their Windows 8 OS with the most recent upgrade is not only following the

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Hardware

Sony Xperia Z Ultra ? More Size, More Everything

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Although we were expecting to see the Sony?s phablet unit in July at the official event in Paris, the company (NYSE:SNE) went all-out and unveiled it today. Due to all the leaks thus far, it was hard to be surprised at any single feature of the smartphone. However, now that we?ve seen it in the video it is still surprisingly large. And surprisingly thin, too ? but one shouldn’t think for a second it will fit in anything but a bag: Yes, dimensions on paper are one thing, visualization and feel something entirely different. Xperia Z Ultra carries over the established industrial design of the

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Business, Hardware

Mobile DRAM Manufacturers Contend at 20nm

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At the very end of April this year, Samsung (LON:BC94) announced that they began producing 20nm 4Gb (512MB) low-powered DDR3 mobile DRAM. The new memory basically enabled the performance usually found on PCs, whilst managing to score a 20% drop in power consumption and having a smaller space requirement. SK Hynix Inc (KRX:000660) recently upped the ante by presenting their own high-end solution, which enables manufacturers to use 4GB of RAM in their devices. The company claims they?ve manufactured the world?s first high density 8Gb (1GB) LPDDR3 by using their 20nm class process technology, developed simultaneously with their PC DRAM. New chips from both manufacturers

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Business, Hardware

Samsung?s Galaxy/ATIV event

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South Korean company (LON:BC94) introduced a slew of products last night on stage in London, and some of them are certainly a sign of things to come. Android-everywhere and Galaxy-everywhere scheme is not subsiding by any means, as the Google?s platform nested in the Galaxy NX mirrorless camera, and an enormous Windows 8 hybrid as well. Galaxy NX Samsung was particularly proud of their Galaxy NX camera during the event. It is, just like the Galaxy Camera and Galaxy S4 Zoom, powered by Android, and it marks the major spot of distinction when compared to the rest of the NX line. The company calls it

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Business, Hardware

Upcoming Camera Sensors: Flexible and Made of Plastic

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The very first flexible imaging sensor is operational thanks to the efforts from Plastic Logic and ISORG. Though limited in operation given its 40x40mm size and mere resolution of 94×95 pixels, it opened up a range of possibilities for new applications. ISORG and Plastic Logic collaborated on this project in order to make use of the technology both developed separately. ISORG?s tech enables the deposition of organic printed photodetectors (OPD) onto a plastic organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) that was developed by the Plastic Logic. OTFT is used since the tech offers a fantastic utilization range ? and in this instance, organic substrates allow for flexible

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Business, Hardware

Huawei Wants to Buy Nokia, Unveils the Thinnest Smartphone

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Just moments before the ?VIP? launch of their newest premium/fashion smartphone Ascend P6, Huawei dropped a bomb that had an immediate (and positive) effect on the Nokia (NYSE:NOK) stock. Chairman of Huawei?s consumer business group, Richard Yu, basically said that they are open to buy the Finish phone manufacturer. Thanks to the numerous leaks and teasers, the launch technically wasn?t as thrilling as it could?ve been otherwise. What broke the expected lethargy were Yu?s statements alone. The company is considering buying Nokia ?to help it become the world?s leading smartphone maker,? according to the Financial Times of London. ?We are considering these sorts of acquisitions;

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Entertainment, Hardware, Reviews

Review: Corsair Vengeance K95 – a Worthy Flagship Successor

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So, you are already an experienced mechanical keyboard user and wonder what is new on the market? Or you are simply curious, wondering what this recent clicking rave is all about? Read on and get ready to meet the Corsair Vengeance K95 ? a peripheral that just barely missed its chance to become a flawless choice. There is more to mechanical keyboards than meets the eye (or a switch, if you will). Implementation of any particular switch differs not only from manufacturer to manufacturer, but there are almost jarring differences in typing experience on the same keyboard as well. While the first version of this

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Hardware

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So, you are already an experienced mechanical keyboard user and wonder what is new on the market? Or you are simply curious, wondering what this recent clicking rave is all about? Read on and get ready to meet the Corsair Vengeance K95 ? a peripheral that just barely missed its chance to become a flawless choice. There is more to mechanical keyboards than meets the eye (or a switch, if you will). Implementation of any particular switch differs not only from manufacturer to manufacturer, but there are almost jarring differences in typing experience on the same keyboard as well. While the first version of this

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Sony Preparing to Launch an Xperia Z Branded Phablet

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As time goes by and we enter the second half of the 2013, a plethora of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 powered devices are emerging in a variety of rumors and sneak-peeks. Sony (NYSE:SNE) is likely to unveil their phablet device named Xperia Z U(ltra) on July 4, and join the club of enormous Android devices. Sony recently sent out invites for the event that is going to be held in Paris. Tall, yet sleek and slim device is shown on the side of the invite saying ?Sony Mobile reserves a big surprise for you.? Big indeed, since according to the rumors the device is going to

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