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Accessory of the Day: Anker MP141 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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Now that we’re in the warmest part of the year we often find ourselves sitting on the back deck or patio enjoying a sunset. Maybe we’re out there on a Friday night with some friends and having a rousing game of Connect Four or whatever. Or, perhaps you’re the forever alone type who sits alone and spends their night on Reddit. Whatever the occasion or situation,  [Read More…]

Armed robbers raid Brazilian Samsung factory for 40,000 devices

At a Samsung factory in Brazil armed robbers hijacked a night shift bus, subdued workers, and made off with 40,000 devices, including smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers. Police estimate the value of the goods at $ 36 million, though Samsung says that’s too high. Other estimates place the value at $ 6.3 million. Roughly 20 gang members were involved in the incident, which São Paulo authorities are currently investigating. Luckily nobody was hurt in the robbery.

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Official: Sony introduces Xperia C3, the “selfie” phone

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Selfie. I’m gonna let that sink in for a bit… OK, now we can kick this off. Sony is apparently trying to get market share any way they can so they came up with an idea to create a selfie-centered smartphone. Yeah, you might see even more people smiling at their smartphone  [Read More…]

Samsung says they are losing profit due to a weak demand for their low-mid tier smartphones

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When you think of Samsung you think of high sales numbers. Well, it looks like those numbers are lower than we thought, at least as far as low and mid tier devices are concerned.

Samsung says that their profits will be approximately 24% lower this quarter than it was a year ago. They had to invest extra funds in marketing for their low and  [Read More…]

Vector 48: 64-bit, ART, Android Extension Pack, and the state of the chipsets

Vector is a news and analysis show focusing on the biggest stories, hottest trends, and most important issues in technology, past, present, and future. On this week’s show, Anand Shimpi of AnandTech joins Rene to talk about 64-bit processors, mobile GPUs, ART, Extension Pack, Swift, Metal, camera and battery technology, and more!

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ZTE launches Nubia Z7, Z7 Max and Z7 Mini

Leaked earlier this month sporting thin bezels, the Nubia Z7 is now official. Along with the 5.5-inch flagship device, ZTE has also announced Mini and Max variants, dubbed the Nubia Z7 Mini and Nubia Z7 Max respectively.

CyanogenMod 11.0 M8 begins rolling out to select devices

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For avid followers of CyanogenMod you’ll be pleased to hear that version 11.0 M8 that moves to the Android 4.4.4 KitKat codebase has hit download servers today for a select few devices.

The devices that will have CyanogeMod 11.0 M8 available to them include: OnePlus One, Oppo Find 7a, Galaxy S Relay 4G, Samsung Galaxy S III, Xperia Z1 Compact, and the Acer Iconia Tab A700.

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CyanogenMod 11.0 M8 rolling out to select devices

There’s a new version of CyanogenMod hitting download servers for select devices today, with more to follow later this month. The devices that can make the switch to the M8 release include OnePlus One, Galaxy S Relay 4G, Samsung Galaxy S III, Xperia Z1 Compact, Oppo Find 7a, Acer Iconia Tab A700 and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet.

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Samsung’s profits plummet in Q2 as smartphone demand weakens

Samsung’s second quarter earnings forecast sees a 24 percent decline in profit from the same period last year, which is mainly attributed to a waning interest in the smartphone market.

Samsung, Intel and Dell create a consortium for connected devices

Samsung, Intel and Dell have teamed up to establish an Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) that will handle the creation of standards and set guidelines for data transmission between several IoT devices like connected thermostats, light bulbs, burglar alarms and home automation systems.