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The first Galaxy S6 camera samples have been released

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 03 Mar 2015 11:39

The first Galaxy S6 camera samples have been released Samsung has released eight sample photos that the company claims they have taken with the freshly announced Galaxy S6 (or the Galaxy S6 edge).

Obviously the settings have been optimized for the best result whether it is the lighting or stationary objects or the camera but the photos should give you a sense of what kind of quality you can expect in a perfect situation.

The first five of the pictures have been taken with Galaxy S6's 16 megapixel camera in the back and the last three with the five megapixel selfie shooter. The size of the selfie photos are around 2,5 megabytes but the size of the 16 megapixel ones range from just over three to nearly seven megabytes depending on the quality and amount of detail.

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HTC reveals One M9, fails to impress

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 03 Mar 2015 11:14

HTC reveals One M9, fails to impress HTC's this years flagship reveal was as expected the One M9. A new versio of last year's One was just that – a new version.

Starting with the five inch Full HD display everything seems to be pretty much as it is with the company's offering. They have made a change in the camera department and switched the UltraPixel camera in the back for a 20 megapixel one that will improve the detail but that seems to be it.

The aluminum shelled One M9 features a Snapdragon 810, outperformed by the Samsung's own Exynos chip, 3 gigabytes of RAM, 32 gigabytes of microSD expandable storage and a UltraPixel selfie camera that claims to provide low light performance to the facial shots that you desire.

The phone has a 2840 mAh battery and an improved front facing duo BoomSound speakers that support Dolby Surround.

HTC One M9 is expected to land on all major carriers "early spring" with a $199 on two year contract price tag.




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Sony's new Z4 Tablet is lighter than Air – or Air 2

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 03 Mar 2015 9:22

Sony's new Z4 Tablet is lighter than Air – or Air 2 Sony has revealed a new tablet device at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Xperia Z4 Tablet is super lightweight Android-tablet that is water and dust proof.

Xperia Z4 Tablet is the successor to the last year's slim Xperia Z2 Tablet and carries the same design pedigree. The new offering however is even slimmer and lighter. In fact it is as slim as Apple's iPad Air 2 and weighs considerably less.

Inside you get a 10,1 inch 2K resolution display (2560 x 1600), three gigabytes of RAM, 32 gigabytes of microSD expandable storage and the octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC. Sony tells us that the device will hits the stores this spring but has not yet revealed the pricing.




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Google confirms: Google+ is being broken up

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 02 Mar 2015 23:04

Google confirms: Google+ is being broken up As suggested last week by Google SVP Sundar Pichai, Google has confirmed it will be breaking its Google+ social network into two different entities.

Google exec Bradley Horowitz confirmed the news, noting that Google+ would be broken into 'Photos' and 'Streams.'

Noted the exec: "Just wanted to confirm that the rumors are true -- I'm excited to be running Google's Photos and Streams products! It's important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products and how they reach users."

Google Photos has been popular among users as it stores all your photos in the cloud and actually organizes it using Google's algos.

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Google's Android Pay is real, and it has an API

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 02 Mar 2015 22:30

Google's Android Pay is real, and it has an API Now that Apple Pay is a hit and Samsung just announced their entry to market, Google is not far behind in the blossoming mobile payments world.

Google's SVP Sundar Pichai has confirmed today that the rumored Android Pay is real, and it has an API that will allow developers to build payments right into their apps.

The effort follows Google's recent announcement that its Wallet mobile payment app would be pre-installed on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile phones following the company's acquisition of SoftCard.

Besides allowing for purchasing in stores using NFC, Android Pay will also work with retailers for online checkout options similar to Apple Pay. Android Pay will also support tokenized card numbers, meaning every transaction will use a one-time number via Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

Source:
Engadget




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Jolla announces "Sailfish Secure," a 'security hardened' version of its operating system

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 02 Mar 2015 21:55

Jolla announces "Sailfish Secure," a 'security hardened' version of its operating system Jolla, the Finnish smartphone startup, has announced Sailfish Secure, a 'security hardened' version of its operating system.

The company says it will work directly with Finland's SSH Communications to enhance its Sailfish operating system with better security credentials. SSH says it will provide communication encryption and key management.

Says Jolla: "The Sailfish Secure approach will allow solution concept adaptation to e.g. local needs, and also collaboration with other security partners. End customers like governments or large corporations are able to adapt the solution to their preferred hardware platform, i.e. the solution is not tied to a specific hardware configuration."

Who are potential customers for Sailfish Secure? "Customers for the solution can include government officials, and corporations needing a secure mobile solution. The aim is also to make the solution affordable for consumers."

Jolla's secure OS should be available 'during 2016,' notes the company.

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Cyanogen reveals new logo, branding and major partnership with Qualcomm

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 02 Mar 2015 21:32

Cyanogen reveals new logo, branding and major partnership with Qualcomm Cyanogen, the brand that is trying to break into the mobile operating system wars and is actually succeeding, has announced a new major partnership with Qualcomm alongside a new logo and branding.

Qualcomm, the world's largest chipmaker, has confirmed it will install the Cyanogen OS on its upcoming Reference Design products starting next month. The Reference Design program lets Qualcomm create "templates" for smartphones that smaller OEMs can easy take and release under their own names.

These won't be high-end devices, Qualcomm notes, with the devices being powered by the company's mid-range 200, 400 and 600 processors but no matter it should help Cyanogen reach millions of new consumers for its fast, efficient open-source operating system.

In addition, Cyanogen has rebranded again and created a new logo that they hope gives "a sense of motion and a feeling of inherent energy" and one that "captures our commitment to openness."

Read some more from Cyanogen's MWC blog post here.

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Report: Microsoft Windows' PC market share to fall under 90 percent this year

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 02 Mar 2015 21:00

Report: Microsoft Windows' PC market share to fall under 90 percent this year According to Technalysis Research, Microsoft's Windows will fall under 90 percent share in the PC market.

The firm has predicted that 88.7 percent of units shipped this year will run Windows, down from 90.4 percent in 2014. Apple will take a portion of that pie, extending their Mac share to 6.9 percent from 6.2 percent.

Google's cloud-based Chrome OS operating system will take 2.9 percent share, up from 2.2 percent in 2014. Linux and all other operating systems make up the rest of the share.

Although it is certainly near impossible to forecast far out, Technalysis predicted out to 2020, where Windows is expected to still have 86.7 percent share, with Mac at 8.6 percent and Chrome OS at 3.6 percent.

While the move in Macs is not unprecedented given Apple's brand, Google's share has taken many by surprise. The company's cheap devices have been extremely popular in schools and in the education market, taking as much as 39 percent share by some reports last year.

Overall, PC shipments have peaked, and are likely to stay around 300 million per year for the foreseeable future until a future innovation makes everything we own obsolete.

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Samsung unveiled Galaxy S6, S6 edge

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 02 Mar 2015 11:22

Samsung unveiled Galaxy S6, S6 edge As anticipated Samsung unveiled new flagship smartphones to start off the Mobile World Congress for the Korean company. The new Galaxy takes a page from Apple's book and tries to lure customers with high end design and materials.

Both new models share a metal and Gorilla Glass design which was first introduces in Samsung devices with the Alpha series. The main difference between the two models is of course the world's first two way curved display on the S6 edge (below).

The Galaxy S6 comes with a 5,1 inch AMOLED display with QHD resolution (2650 x 1440). Back facing camera is 16 megapixel shooter that is said to beat even the likes of iPhone 6 Plus in low light. Selfie camera boasts 5 megapixels.

As per usual Samsung has packed the phone full of technical gimmicks but this time has listened to the customer to remove software clutter and disorder.

The prices of Samsung Galaxy S6 have yet to be released but the euro prices have already leaked. Prepare to shell out some serious cash, prices start at 699 euros ($784) for the regular Galaxy S6 and 849 euros ($953) for the Galaxy S6 edge. The top of the line edge is said to sell for 1099 euros ($1234).

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Alcatel shows off nice spec phablet for $249 unlocked

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Mar 2015 17:25

Alcatel shows off nice spec phablet for $249 unlocked Alcatel, known for their extremely low-priced smartphones, has unveiled a new phablet today at MWC that has nice specs and will sell for $249 unlocked, undercutting every other OEM in the space.

The new Idol 3 has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, dual front-facing speakers powered by JBL, two microphones (meaning you can pick up a phone call from any direction), dual cameras 8MP/13MP (which is great) and both have wide-aperture lenses and LED flash.

Perhaps most importantly, the device packs a relatively large 2,910mAh battery into a thin 7.7mm thick body. The device has LTE support on GSM bands in the U.S.

The Idol 3 will launch with Android 5.0.2 and Alcatel's own UI, which is a slight variant of stock Android.

At $249 unlocked, Alcatel, despite not being a household name by any stretch, should be able to break into the phablet market with a strong showing at such a cheap price. By comparison, Google's Nexus 6 retails for $649 and Apple's iPhone 6 Plus retails for at least $749 when unlocked.

Source:
GSMA




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Acer releases budget Windows Phone for the masses

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Mar 2015 13:22

Acer releases budget Windows Phone for the masses Acer has used MWC to announce their first Windows Phone, the budget Liquid M220.

Available in Europe for just 79 euros, the device should be able to rival Microsoft's budget Lumia devices, if at least on price.

The phone has a 4-inch display, 512MB RAM, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4GB internal storage (microSD expandable), 3G radios and dual 2MP/5MP cameras.

Outside of low price and low-end specs, Acer has looked to differentiate themselves with an interesting design. The back has a hashed look which also makes it the device easier to hold, and the sides have a metallic dotted look that breaks up the monotony.

At launch, the device will run Windows 8.1, but will be upgradeable to Windows 10 later this year when the operating system launches.

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HTC reveals Grip, their fitness tracker built with Under Armour

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Mar 2015 13:01

HTC reveals Grip, their fitness tracker built with Under Armour HTC has taken the wrapping off their first wearable device today, a fitness tracker called 'Grip' built as part of the company's partnership with Under Armour.

The GPS-enabled device will use Under Armour's 'UA Record' interface to track workouts, runs, pace and steps. There are five total sensors, excluding a heart-rate monitor. With the GPS enabled, battery life is just 5 hours, but without it should last a few days.

From the images we've seen so far, the Grip has a curved display similar to Nike's FuelBand 2 and a black exterior with a colorful (neon green in one case) interior.

"Simply put, Grip will train you as if you have a team of professional experts coaching you the entire time," said HTC CEO Peter Chou. "And it is very fun."

Compatible with both iOS and Android, the device will sell for $199 starting in April.

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Microsoft accidentally reveals two new Lumia phones coming tomorrow

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Mar 2015 11:41

Microsoft accidentally reveals two new Lumia phones coming tomorrow Microsoft has accidentally revealed that two new Lumia devices are coming at Mobile World Congress.

The software giant let the headline slip before pulling the release, stating: "Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL: keeping you prepared for anything."

It will be interesting to see how large the XL is, as there have not been any true "phablets" for Windows Phone fans.

Microsoft is expected to give us more details tomorrow about the devices and the launch of Windows 10.

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IKEA to start offering wireless charging lamps, tables

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Mar 2015 11:29

IKEA to start offering wireless charging lamps, tables IKEA, the world's largest furniture retailer, has announced a new line of furniture that integrates wireless charging.

Consumers can purchase floor, table and work lamps that each have wireless charging spots, and two night tables that have similar charging areas. If you don't want a new piece of furniture, you can get a standalone wireless charging pad.

The new furniture supports Qi, so your device may support it right out of the box but if it doesn't, IKEA is also selling wireless charging covers for the latest devices.

Starting in mid-April, the line of furniture starts at $30 in the UK and U.S.

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WhatsApp web client now available for Firefox, Opera browsers

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Mar 2015 11:04

WhatsApp web client now available for Firefox, Opera browsers WhatsApp has announced this weekend that its Web client is now available for Firefox and Opera users, a month after it launched for Google Chrome.

The Web client is an extension of the popular messaging app, showing the threads you are having yet keeping all the messages stored on your mobile device. You have to scan a QR code with your phone/tablet to sync up, and then you can reply from your computer and get desktop notifications.

WhatsApp also confirmed again that it is close to rolling out voice calls, catching up to rivals in the space.

The service recently claimed 700 million users.

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