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DROID DNA Android 4.4.2 KitKat and Sense 5.5 Update Rolling Out

Just a few days ago, HTC let DROID DNA owners know that they’re not getting left in the dust, announcing an update which brings Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 to the almost two-year old device. The update would begin its rollout today according to HTC, and it looks like they were right on the money. The update has begun rolling out and will be landing on DROID DNA devices momentarily. According to Droid-Life, the update comes in two parts; a small, 18.3MB file with a huge 618MB file hot on its Read more

Ian Kersey

Google Glass Is Now On Sale to Everyone

Get ready folks, Google Glass is about to make an appearance on normal people everywhere. That’s right, Google Glass is now on sale to anyone who has $1500 to burn. There hasn’t been any official announcement or anything from Google, but anyone can now head over to the Glass purchase page and purchase Glass, even without being a part of the Explorer program. Google did put Glass on sale to the general public for one day recently, but this move was definitely unexpected. According to Engadget, a few Redditiors notice Read more

Ian Kersey

Galaxy Beam 2 gets a page on Samsung China website

We’ve already told you that Samsung is working on the successor of its Galaxy Beam smartphone. You know, that was the phone that came with built-in pico projector which for one reason or another, never took off. Now the Korean company is preparing to test its luck in China with a slightly improved model. The upcoming Galaxy Beam 2 (or that’s Beam2) got a page at Samsung China’s website from where we get to learn about its internals. This unit will have a 4.66-inch screen with an everything but cool Read more

AT&T’s PadFone X teased again, still no word on release date

AT&T is yet again teasing us with the PadFone X, having released a video to show off its smartphone turned tablet capabilities. In addition, the clip you’re about to see also has some things to say about the phone’s high-speed low-light sensitive 13-megapixel camera. We knew Asus has been working to improve its camera software, but somehow we doubt they can compete with the likes of HTC, Nokia and Samsung. We could be wrong though, as we still wait to test out the PadFone X. The Taiwanese company and AT&T Read more

Xiaomi coming to Malaysia, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Russia, Turkey, Brazil and Mexico

Xiaomi unveiled its global expansion plans and they’re initially targeting fast-growing countries rather than established markets in the Western hemisphere. The next 10 countries to get Xiaomi’s products include Malaysia, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Russia, Turkey, Brazil and Mexico. We assume that an online store will be made for every single of these countries, helping the “Apple of China” keep its investors happy. While we would love to see Xiaomi enter the U.S. and European markets, we tend to agree with their strategy. You see, Western markets are already Read more

Samsung struggling to make its apps popular

You know how Samsung adds a ton of apps to every one of its phones and tablets. Guess what? The majority of folks don’t use these apps, like at all. According to the market research firm Strategy Analytics, more often than not Samsung device owners prefer to use other popular apps rather than go for those made by the Korean company. Unsurprisingly the list of most popular apps used by Samsung device owners includes those made by Google, as well as Facebook and WhatsApp. Facebook alone is used for 11 Read more

Xiaomi unveils two routers and a set-top box

Xiaomi unveiled two routers and an Android-based set-top box. One of the two routers is touted as the “the world’s most inexpensive” such device with 802.11ac connectivity support. It will sell for just 129 Yuan, which is the amount that translates into roughly $21. The other router is a bit “smarter” packing 256MB of RAM and 1TB hard drive that allows it to work as a media server. This unit will go for 699 Yuan, which is the equivalent of $112. Finally, there’s the set-top box called MiBox enhanced edition Read more

Low-cost Nexus phone to rock MediaTek’s 64-bit chip?

Just the other day we’ve told you that Google may be working on an affordable Nexus device, one that will use a chip made by MediaTek, rather than Qualcomm. Guess what? That chip could sport a 64-bit architecture with four or eight cores. MediaTek unveiled its 64-bit offering a few months ago and now they seem ready for prime time. According to Taiwan’s Economic Daily, the chip maker is delighted with the deal, hoping it could help in reaching new vendors which in turn could launch devices in the Western Read more

ZTE Nubia X6 Mini coming soon

Looks like ZTE is preparing to embrace Samsung’s “mini strategy” for its newly unveiled Nubia X6 with such a device (Nubia X6 mini) being leaked on Weibo, which for those of you who don’t know is China’s “version” of Twitter. Considering how big the regular Nubia X6 is, we’re not surprised that its mini variant will have a 5.2-inch 1080p full HD screen. Rest of the specs will apparently include 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core chip, 13-megapixel camera on the back and LTE connectivity Read more

Oppo R1S with 5-inch 720p screen, 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip officially announced

Oppo announced a new mid-end phone in China – Oppo R1S. Specs wise, this device comes with a 5-inch 720p HD screen, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 quad-core chip clocked at 1.6GHz, 1GB of RAM, LTE connectivity support, 16GB of internal storage and a 2,140 mAh battery. There’s also a 13-megapixel camera on the back with LED flash, 6-element lens, f/2.0 aperture and 1/3-inch Sony IMX214 sensor; 5-megapixel camera is on the front of the phone. As that’s usually the case with Oppo-made phones, the company’s own Color OS is running the Read more

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Note Pro caught at the FCC

AT&T is seemingly gearing towards launching the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, or at least we have “such device” popping up at FCC’s database. By “such device” we mean it has AT&T’s logo on the back and a built-in LTE radio that sings along all the right bands for AT&T’s 4G network — these include LTE band 2, band 4 and band 17. It’s unclear when the carrier will officially launch this massive tablet, which weighs full 750 grams. In the meantime, you can get the Wi-Fi only model for $699.99, Read more

Apple Q2 2014 Numbers: $45.6B Revenue and $10.2B Profit, 44 Million iPhones Sold

Apple’s Q2 2014 financial number are in, and they’re looking pretty hot. Apple posted quarterly revenue of $45.6 billion, net profit of $10.2 billion. That’s up slightly from Q2 2013 in which Apple posted $43.6 billion and net profit of $9.5 billion. It seems all that nasty talk about the iPhone 5C holding the company’s profits hostage isn’t true after all. “We generated $13.5 billion in cash flow from operations and returned almost $21 billion in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases during the March quarter. That brings Read more

Ian Kersey

Video: LG G Flex Flexibility Tested, Survives 1000 lbs of Pressure

The LG G Flex lives up to its claims of being the most flexible smartphone around, as chronicled by a new torture test video from Consumer Reports. While LG’s tests concluded that the G Flex could withstand 88 lbs. of pressure for 100 repetitions, Consumer Reports wanted to take the flexible smartphone for a bit of a bumpier ride than LG did. Using a Instron compression test machine, the Consumer Reports team quickly found that the G Flex could withstand more than 88 lbs of pressure. They decided to see Read more

Ian Kersey

iOS 7.1 Code Points to Siri’s Arrival on Apple TV

Siri on Apple TV? It’s possible, and could be coming our way soon, according to a report from 9to5Mac. Pierre Blazquez dug into the iOS 7.1 code and found references to Siri’s arrival on Apple TV. The code appears in both iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1′s files. It’s been a while since Apple has updated the Apple TV, and references to a new Apple TV device have been found in iOS 7 code already. Aside from the clues hidden in the code, it just makes sense for Apple to update its TV Read more

Ian Kersey