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Samsung is ‘hiring like crazy’ trying to come up with original ideas

Samsung is ‘hiring like crazy’ trying to come up with original ideas

By about 36 mins ago.

Samsung’s biggest fear is that it will become just another small-margin smartphone vendor along the lines of LG, HTC, Xiaomi and countless others. This is why it’s invested so many resources into creating its own Tizen mobile platform and why it’s tried unsuccessfully to heavily modify Android with overlays like Magazine UX to move its mobile devices beyond being vehicles for Google’s Android platform. More →

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Hilton Smartphone Room Key Cards

Your smartphone is about to kill off another piece of arcane technology

By about 2 hours ago.

Your smartphone is about to kill off another piece of arcane technology

Smartphones have effectively replaced a lot of the gadgets that we used to buy, including calculators, compasses, alarm clocks and dedicated GPS trackers. And now The Wall Street Journal reports that smartphones look poised to kill off another antiquated piece of technology — hotel key cards. More →

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Microsoft Surface 3 Release Date

Microsoft will launch another new Surface tablet in October – but not the Surface mini

By about 3 hours ago.

Microsoft will launch another new Surface tablet in October – but not the Surface mini

Microsoft reportedly had plans to unveil a new Surface mini tablet alongside the Surface Pro 3 earlier this year, but the company supposedly cancelled those plans when it realized the mini tablet didn’t offer much in the way of compelling differentiation. Some reports suggest the Surface mini is back in the mix and could launch later this summer, while others state that tablet has been shelved indefinitely. Whatever the case may be, it looks like Microsoft has another new Surface tablet in store for us this fall. More →

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iPhone 6 AT&T Next T-Moble Jump Verizon Edge

Apple wants to make it even easier for you to buy an iPhone 6 in its retail stores

By about 3 hours ago.

Apple wants to make it even easier for you to buy an iPhone 6 in its retail stores

Apple will reportedly offer potential iPhone buyers a new way of acquiring iPhones in its retail stores, in addition to on-contract, prepaid and full price purchases, 9to5Mac has learned. The company will apparently test drive iPhone purchases via carriers’ early upgrade programs, including AT&T Next, T-Mobile Jump and Verizon Edge. It’s not known whether Sprint’s One Up plan will also be supported. More →

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Gameplay Video

Leaked footage shows Halo: The Master Chief Collection in action

By about 4 hours ago.

Leaked footage shows Halo: The Master Chief Collection in action

Although Halo: The Master Chief Collection comprises four games we’ve already played, 343 Industries still hasn’t shown off much in the way of gameplay footage since announcing the project at E3 this year. That changed this week when the team took the stage at Comic-Con to reveal not only the gorgeous new cinematics that would be appearing in Halo 2, but also the graphical differences between Halo 2 remastered on the Xbox One and the original game, which you can swap between with a single button press. More →

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Cortana vs Siri TV Commercial

Video: Cortana trolls Siri in new TV commercial

By about 4 hours ago.

Video: Cortana trolls Siri in new TV commercial

Microsoft has a new TV commercial for its Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana assistant in which it’s taking new shots at one of its biggest competitors, Apple’s voice-based assistant Siri. The new ad, titled “Happy Anniversary,” shows a smartphone user issuing certain commands to an iPhone 5s (Siri) and a Lumia 635 (Cortana), with only the latter able to recognize them and deliver appropriate responses. More →

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HTC One M8 Windows Phone

Is the world’s best Android phone about to become the world’s best Windows Phone too?

By about 5 hours ago.

Is the world’s best Android phone about to become the world’s best Windows Phone too?

The HTC One (M8) is definitely a top contender for the title of being 2014’s best Android phone and now it might become 2014’s best Windows Phone as well. Tom Warren’s sources claim that HTC is planning to make a Windows Phone version of the One (M8) that will supposedly release later this year.  More →

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3D Holographic Video Machine

These incredible 3D holograms make Star Wars sci-fi tech a reality

By about 5 hours ago.

These incredible 3D holograms make Star Wars sci-fi tech a reality

After decades of incredible technological advancements, we now have a greater understanding of which former pipe dreams might be within reach and which are better left to the world of science fiction. Holographic video has been one of the sci-fi concepts slowly transitioning into the real world over the past several years, and this amazing project from Chris Helson and Sarah Jackets is about as close to the Star Wars hologram as we’ve ever seen. More →

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iPhone 6 Rumors

Foxconn pulls out the big guns to ensure iPhone 6 production goes perfectly

By about 5 hours ago.

Foxconn pulls out the big guns to ensure iPhone 6 production goes perfectly

Apple is without question Foxconn’s largest and most important client. The China-based electronics manufacturing giant has seen its revenue skyrocket since it began building iPhones and iPads for Apple, and 2014 will seemingly be the biggest year yet for the iPhone, with two new models set to debut and as many as 80 million units on order.

Since the iPhone 6 and “iPhone Air” phablet comprise Foxconn’s most important project ever, the company isn’t taking any chances — the biggest of Foxconn’s big guns has been called upon to ensure that everything goes as planned. More →

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Gameplay Android App

Cool new app turns your Android phone into a video game controller with gesture support

By about 6 hours ago.

Cool new app turns your Android phone into a video game controller with gesture support

When it comes to video games, mobile gaming grows more impressive with each new device generation. Controlling a game with on-screen buttons never quite offers the same experience as a physical video game controller though, so it seems odd that Ideum would put so much time and effort into creating an app that transforms an Android smartphone or tablet into a video game controller for PC gaming. The result is quite impressive, however, and it actually adds some nifty functionality that standard gaming controllers simply cannot offer. More →

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Smartphone Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

The ‘Holy Grail’ of batteries might double your smartphone’s battery life

By about 6 hours ago.

The ‘Holy Grail’ of batteries might double your smartphone’s battery life

Researchers from Stanford including former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Nobel laureate Steve Chu are currently working on “fixing” lithium-ion batteries in order to offer a longer charge to various devices that require such batteries, including smartphones and electric cars. More →

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Best iOS Apps Gifit

Brilliant new iOS app catalogs thousands of GIFs and puts them at your fingertips

By about 7 hours ago.

Brilliant new iOS app catalogs thousands of GIFs and puts them at your fingertips

Here’s a new iOS app that will either delight your friends or make them want to murder you. Gifit, which went live on the App Store earlier this month, has cataloged “thousands and thousands” of GIFs and has made them searchable by several different topics, including the TV show they’re from, the celebrities they feature and even just the emotional reaction that they’re conveying. Once you find the GIF you’re looking for, you can send it in messages to your friends, which they’ll either find endearing or infuriating. More →

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Samsung Z Russia Delay

Samsung’s plans to challenge Android fall apart yet again

By about 7 hours ago.

Samsung’s plans to challenge Android fall apart yet again

Samsung has hit another roadblock in its troubled journey to replace Android as the primary operating system for its mobile devices. The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung is postponing the release of its first Tizen phone, the Samsung Z, which was originally set to go on sale in Russia in the third quarter of this year. The company didn’t give any specific reasoning for the delay, but did note that it still needs to “further enhance [the] Tizen ecosystem,” referencing the platform’s lack of software. More →

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