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May
07
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Samsung Galaxy Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is rumored to be the name of the Korean manufacturer’s first actual camera phone.

While the Samsung Galaxy Camera was, after all, a camera with a mobile data connection added to it, this time it would seem that Samsung is planning an actual phone with a “real” digital camera built into it (or a camera with a built-in phone, depending on the way you choose to look at it).

According to a report by Sam Mobile (which, until something gets official, should probably be treated as a rumor), the new device will be called Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and should make its appearance on the market this summer (June/July is the time frame...
May
07
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It was quite a long time coming, but today Intel finally took the wraps off its radical new Silvermont microarchitecture, signifying a revamp of pretty much the entire Atom mobile processor platform. It is based on a new 22nm process and should offer not only an increase in raw processing performance but also a reduction in overall power consumption. It will be present in a number of products including tablets and smartphones as well as microservers and even in-vehicle infotainment systems. Could this finally lead to Intel’s success in its quest for world mobile market domination?

Silvermont is meant to be the first in a family of yearly refreshes so you can expect to see an even better...
May
07
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Cellphone theft is on the rise. According to information first published in a recent story on The New York Times, in places such as Washington and San Francisco in the U.S., over 40% of all robberies last year involved a cellphone. And in New York, 14% of all crimes equated to the theft of iPhones and iPads. To make a long story short, cellphone theft has now become a much bigger problem than ever before. Is it time for the carriers as well as the cellphone makers themselves to impose more stringent anti-theft measures through technology?

San Francisco...
May
07
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Chances are, you’re reading this article on a Chrome browser. There’s also a good (but not equally so) chance you’re reading this on a Chromebook. With the Chrome browser teetering on taking the browser throne outright, and Chromebooks gaining in popularity daily, it’s time we take a look at what’s happening with Google’s baby. There is a lot going on with Chrome, as always, and I/O may give us a glimpse into what’s next.

The OS

Chrome OS is many things, and next to nothing, all at once. As it only operates on Chromebooks, and the perhaps forgotten...
May
06
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People like what they like. Yeah, that’s something that people (and writers, who don’t count as real people) say, but it also happens to be true. Case in point: the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Remember all your friends who liked the original Note? Yeah, neither does anybody else.

But, as things often do, it took off. It didn’t only take off, but quickly became one of the most popular phones among tech enthusiasts. Why? Well probably because it was big and did an awful lot of stuff.

The Samsung Galaxy S4, on the other hand, is...
May
06
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The HTC One is a great device, and one we’re big fans of. Verizon is the country’s largest cellular service provider, but their customers go wanting for the One. The Droid DNA is still a great device, but the new One is really superb.

Rumors persist both ways about the HTC One on Verizon. HTC itself has been ambivalent about those rumors, but are clearly touched by them. A tweet from the HTC account claiming the One would never come to Verizon was quickly removed, adding more wood to the rumor fire.

In a recent...
May
06
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Pictured above: the Acer Iconia B1

Selling 10 million tablets is a lofty ambition. When you’re Acer, it’s especially far fetched. They’ve set a high benchmark for themselves, and made their intentions quite public.

With their updated Iconia line, they’ve got an outside chance at achieving that McDonald’s-esque “10 million sold” moniker. Acer has already sold 1.5 million Iconia B1 tablets, and at $150 it’s no surprise. That tablet is also set for an upgrade this summer, with Acer planning to sell an additional 1.5 million at that time.

Acer is also planning to ship 5 million units of their...
May
06
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Galaxy Note 2 (left) vs Galaxy Note (right)

The Telus Samsung Galaxy Note is finally getting its Jelly Bean upgrade, as the carrier has promised not long ago, so good news for you if you’re on Telus and you own the device.

According to a How To page on the Telus website, the update will be available both over the air (OTA) and through the Kies software. The first option is probably the easiest to use, so just go to Settings, then About device to check for the Android version and you’ll be notified if the update is already available for you.

However, if the update isn’t available...
May
06
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AT&T announced via Twitter the launch date of its 32GB Galaxy S4, confirming pricing details in the process:


Starting 5/10 get the 32GB Samsung #GalaxyS4 for $249.99 w/2-yr agmt & qual plans. Fees apply. Offer reqs at soc.att.com/11bWMO1

— AT&T (@ATT) May 6, 2013

As you can see, the AT&T 32GB Galaxy S4 will be available starting with May 10, for $249.99 with new two-year agreements

AT&T was the first U.S. carrier to mention 32GB Galaxy S4 prices, although we’re not sure whether it intended to do so...
May
06
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Asus has released its financial results for the first quarter of the year and like most of the post-holiday sales, it’s a mixed bag. The PC market as a whole is on the slide and Asus isn’t immune to that. However, the dropping sales in the notebook and components markets have been alleviated by great tablet sales.

The company revealed that it made $3.5 billion in revenue, raking in $202 million, an improvement of 5.4% over both the previous quarter and the year before. Asus has also risen in the American market, with it now accounting for a total of 23% of its business, up from 17% at the same time last year.

Asus revealed that it sold 3 million tablets, affirming...
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