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2 years ago

Broadcom doubles Wi-Fi performance for smartphones and tablets with new combo chip

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Broadcom announced a new Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo chip today that the manufacturer claims will double wireless networking performance of high-end smartphones and tablets. The hardware vendor claims that users spend an estimated four to five hours everyday on Wi-Fi, and that with the new chipset, they will be able to download and stream content twice as fast as current-gen devices and with less lag.

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2 years ago

Carphone Warehouse blasts multiple smartphones with fire in awesome durability test

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Just when you thought your smartphone couldn't withstand much of a drop, UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has decided to test a number of devices to see which could potentially withstand the depths of hell. The company selected the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, HTC One Mini 2, Nokia Lumia 630, LG G2 Mini and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact for a specific test – to be blasted by a flamethrower.

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2 years ago

Fleksy shipping with Samsung Gear S as system-wide keyboard

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Fleksy has partnered with Samsung to bring their keyboard to the Samsung Gear S smartwatch. Fleksy will be completely integrated into the smartwatch as a system-wide keyboard, available at launch of the Gear S at no additional cost.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note liveblog! Live at 9 a.m. EDT, 3 p.m. CEST

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Samsung Unpacked IFA 2014

We're live from Samsung Unpacked on two continents today — the main event is at the IFA conference in Berlin, where you'll find Alex Dobie running the show, and Phil and Andrew are at a satellite event in New York City.

Samsung's not exactly been shy about, erm, noting that we're likely to see some new Galaxy Note fare. But exactly what we'll see remains a mystery — for a little while longer, anyway.

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. EDT — that's 3 p.m. in Germany. And we're liveblogging it RIGHT HERE. Stay with us.

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2 years ago

ISIS mobile payments service rebrands itself as Softcard

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NFC payment service ISIS has unveiled their rebranding, Softcard. The joint payment venture bewteen Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile US announced earlier this year that they would change their name in order to avoid being associated with violence in the Middle East being perpetrated by a group that, at the time, went by ISIS.

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2 years ago

Nokia could expand HERE maps to more Android devices by end of 2014

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Nokia plans to bring its HERE maps app to more Android devices by the end of 2014, according to the Wall Street Journal. This news comes a few days after Nokia announced plans to launch HERE maps for Samsung's Android smartphones and Tizen watches.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Asus Zenwatch

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Asus is new to the wearables game, but it came out swinging with the Zenwatch

IFA 2014 We're live in Berlin at IFA 2014 where Asus has finally unveiled its first Android Wear smartwatch to the world. Having been teased ahead of the event, does the Zenwatch live up to the hype? We've spent a little time with the new watch and already we're impressed. It's launching in October for €199 in Europe – no word on U.S. pricing or availability right now – but you want to see it, right?

Well, here it is!

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2 years ago

Acer announces affordable 5-inch Liquid Z500, two new Iconia tablets at IFA

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At the IFA, Acer announced a new 5-inch low-cost smartphone in the Liquid series, dubbed the Liquid Z500. Aimed at a younger audience, the device features dual front speakers, similar to what HTC offers on the One M8. Equipped with DTS Studio Sound, Acer claims that you can get CD quality audio from the front speakers.

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2 years ago

Asus launches new MeMO Pad 7 with full-HD display

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New event, new MeMO Pad 7. This time, Asus is using a different Intel Atom CPU, a 64-bit quad-core Z3560 that is clocked at 1.83 GHz. The screen resolution has seen an increase to 1920 x 1080 from the 1280 x 800 sported by the predecessor. Also new is the fiberglass design along with a duralumin frame, which Asus claims is inspired by "clutch bags and wallets."

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2 years ago

The Asus Zenwatch with Android Wear is official

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Zenwatch

First Android Wear watch launched at IFA 2014

IFA 2014 We're live at IFA 2014 where, as expected, Asus Chairman, Jonney Shih, has just announced the company's first Android Wear smartwatch, the Zenwatch. Leading up to the event we knew it was coming, we knew the name, but now it's official and we know exactly what it looks like.

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2 years ago

Toshiba announces Chromebook 2: Full-HD display, 4 GB RAM for $329

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Toshiba announced its second offering in the Chromebook segment, the Toshiba Chromebook 2, at the IFA today. Boasting a 13.3-inch screen size, the Chromebook 2 will be available in two configurations: an entry-level model with a 1366 x 768 display that retails for $249, and a higher-end model with a full-HD IPS panel that will be available for $329.

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2 years ago

The Asus Zenwatch liveblog from Berlin, 6.30 a.m. EDT

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Join us for a first look at Asus' Android Wear smartwatch

IFA 2014 Today is a pretty busy day in Berlin as the IFA 2014 press conferences kick off. We're going to be live with Asus at the Classic Remise – an incredible venue for the car fanatics – to see what we're already aware is the grand debut of the Zenwatch, Asus' first foray into the world of Android Wear

Asus press conferences are always an entertaining affair, and we love watching the Chairman, Jonney Shih, take to the stage. We know the Zenwatch is coming but beyond that it could be anything and everything. Asus is known for some pretty wild products so we could still see some new phones, that dock into tablets, that dock into laptops. It'll be a fun ride, for sure.

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2 years ago

Logitech's K480 Bluetooth keyboard connects to three devices simultaneously

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Logitech is no stranger to Bluetooth keyboards, but with the newly announced K480 the accessory maker is looking to connect three different devices at the same time, regardless of the computing platform.

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2 years ago

EE rolls out new PAYG packs, offering 4G for just £1 a week

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With all eyes on IFA this week the UK's largest 4G network are kicking things of nice an early by announcing some restructuring with their Pay-As-You-Go offerings. As you'll see from the following press release EE have studied what PAYG users are after and have come up with some solutions which include 4G packs from just £1 per week.

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2 years ago

Lenovo announces its first Intel-powered tablet – the Tab S8

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Lenovo has today announced a new tablet at IFA running Android 4.4, but is powered by an Intel processor. It's a first for the company, inserting a quad-core Intel Atom chip that will power apps and games at 1.3GHz (up to 1.86GHz in burst mode).

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