Samsung Chromebook 2 leaks, faux leather spans across the lid

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Yesterday, @evleaks posted an image of a mysterious Chrome-branded device that featured the same faux leather back found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. And now, just a short time ago, he posted what the actual device is called and what it will look like. The Chomebook 2 is its name and it features all of that faux leather goodness on its lid. Do consumers want a massive amount of faux leather on a Chromebook? I beg to differ. But other than that, this actually looks like an attractive, slim Chromebook.

Close-up of a Chrome-branded device leaks, features Samsung’s faux leather

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Another unexpected leak has arrived on this Saturday afternoon. What we are looking at, courtesy of @evleaks, is a Chrome-branded device that features the same faux leather back featured on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Along with supplying the image, @evleaks says “Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 design language marches on…” So what exactly is this unidentified device? More likely than not it is a Chromebook. It features Chrome’s logo alongside the Chrome name.

The all new HTC One for Verizon leaks in gray

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Shortly after leaking the AT&T model of HTC’s upcoming flagship smartphone, @evleaks posted Verizon’s. And this time around, the device is in gray. Verizon opted to put its logo on the back of the device like AT&T; however, Big Red also threw in its 4G LTE logo. Also, Verizon’s 4G LTE icon is present in the status bar. Nothing else has changed between this device and the one from the AT&T leak from before. Just stay tuned because there is a very good chance that we see the Sprint or T-Mobile models leak in gold.

The all new HTC One will be announced on March 25 in New York City.

Moto X’s Windy Day leads to Buggy Night, coming soon (but without notice)

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Remember the interactive film Windy Day that graced Moto X displays around the world? The next interactive film heading to Motorola’s flagship is Buggy Night. While we have no idea what the storyline is based on the trailer (which you can watch after the break), it clearly looks like it will be as entertaining and intuitive as Windy Day. Buggy Night is listed as coming soon; however, expect it to surface without warning just as Windy Day did.

Hit the break for the Buggy Night trailer.

LG takes shots at HTC and Apple while hinting at metal phones in the process

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LG’s Chul Bae Lee had plenty to say when being interviewed by a Russian technology site. Lee is the company’s leader over at the design center, so he is a pretty credible source to be saying all of this. On the subject of metal phones, Lee questions why HTC has not been very successful if metal is a huge demand. Also, he claims LG is considering the introduction of metal; however, no time frame is provided. Lee then switched gears to Apple and metal. He says that Apple’s iPhone has poor reception due to metal interfering with the wireless signal. And finally, Lee assures everyone that LG will not produce a very thin metal smartphone like Huawei since battery life would take a huge hit.

Lee also talked about the success of the LG G2’s design. In a pre-release survey, about 50% favored the placement of the volume and power buttons on the backside. In return, LG was very happy and continued to run with the design (as if they had a choice at that point). Lee also feels that reviews for the G2’s design have been respectable.

Source: Hi-Tech@Mail.ru
Via: Phone Arena

Lenovo’s Ashton Kutcher-influenced smartphones will arrive later this year

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Ashton Kutcher’s role as a Product Engineer with Lenovo is very real. After appearing in a few ads involving their Yoga Tablet line since October, Kutcher’s reach has now extended to smartphones. David Roman, Chief Marketing Officer at Lenovo, spoke with Re/code and the actor “not only sees himself as an engineer, but he is an engineer. If he sees a problem, he wants to solve it.” Roman explained that while Kutcher is not involved directly with the design, he is certainly providing assistance with the experience of Lenovo smartphones coming later this year.

If you are doubting Kutcher’s actual ability to contribute, think again. Before starting his modeling and acting career, he was studying biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa. Also, he has invested in Foursquare, Airbnb, and Uber while starting A-Grade Investments.

Source: Re/code

The all new HTC One for AT&T leaks in silver

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As we get closer to its March 25 announcement in New York City, new information continues to surface about The all new HTC One. This time around, @evleaks gives us a look at the AT&T model of HTC’s 2014 flagship. It looks like the only truly noticeable branding is on the backside where AT&T has opted to stamp their logo. Also, the carrier has its 4G LTE icon in the status bar; however, that is a common change among all carriers.

Now if only we knew what Verizon’s carrier branding will be…

Google sits third as the world’s most admired company as Apple leads the pack

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Just how admired are the world’s largest tech companies? According to Fortune, very much so. Unsurprisingly, Apple finished in first. I say unsurprisingly because Apple does consistently deliver products that ‘just work’ and rarely receive severe backlash from the media and consumers. Amazon rolled into second and Google earned bronze in third place. Samsung, however, was twenty-first. This, of course, should not be worrisome as the list is comprised of companies in any industry. For example, Costco was twelfth on the list.

Check out the source link below to see the full list that Fortune created.

Source: CNNMoney

Sony says “once-a-year” flagship strategy is dead

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At MWC 2014 earlier this week, Sony unveiled their latest flagship devices, the Xperia Z2 smartphone and Z2 Tablet. For those not counting the days, this comes only about five and a half months after Sony unveiled the “flagship” Xperia Z1 at IFA 2013. According to Sony Mobile Creative Director Kurozumi Yoshiro, this quick turnaround is a reflection on how fast the industry is moving. According to Kurozumi, “In order to maintain a flagship, you must update at this frequency.” Thus, the Xperia Z2 is the flagship device for the first half of 2014 and buyers can expect a new flagship device to appear before the end of the year to serve in that role for the second half of 2014.

Motorola Active Display app gets buzzy with latest update

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Motorola has released a minor update to their Active Display app for Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, and Droid Maxx smartphones. The primary change included in this latest version sets the app to honor the system vibration settings you may have set for your device. Just go into Settings -> Sound -> Vibrate on touch to turn vibrations on or off. Motorola also included some bug fixes and other optimizations in the update which reportedly make everything work much smoother.

Owners of the impacted Motorola devices should be receiving a notification that the update is available, but if they can’t wait for that they can use the link below to grab the update from Google Play.

Google Play Download Link

Amazon Spain and UK-based retailer, Clove, list Galaxy S 5 price

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Samsung officially unveiled its Galaxy S 5 flagship at the MWC 2014 earlier this week. The device comes with some new features such as heart sensor and fingerprint sensor and has got a slightly similar look to its predecessor.

Samsung hasn’t yet announced the price tag for the Galaxy S 5 however, if you’re living in the UK, you’ll be glad to find out that a UK-based retailer, Clove, has started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S 5 and has priced the 16GB model at £499.99 (£599.99 after taxes) which will cost $1,000. Unfortunately, there’s no information how much the 32GB will cost.

Xiaomi announces 15 million MI2 Smartphones sold so far

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Xiaomi announced back in September last year that it sold over 10 million Mi-2 smartphones since its launch. To add more to its success, the company officially announced yesterday that it has sold over 15 million Mi-2 smartphones, up from the 10 million units it had sold until September 2013.

To celebrate this milestone, Xiaomi has reduced the price of the 16GB 8-megapixel MI2s in China from CN¥1,699 ($280) to just CN¥1,299 ($210). However, the 32GB model with a 13-megapixel camera remains at the same price of CN¥1,799 ($290).

“The all new HTC One” name is confirmed thanks to leak

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What you’re looking at above is what the promotional material for HTC’s upcoming flagship will be signed with. The image, from @evleaks, confirms that the M8 will be named The All New HTC One. Is it a weird name? Definitely. I think HTC would be much better off simply calling it the HTC One (again) and perhaps adding 2014 when listed in stores and online.

New leaked press render suggests the LG L90 will head to T-Mobile

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Thanks to @evleaks over on Twitter, it looks like the recently announced LG L90 will be joining T-Mobile’s device lineup at some point. He tweeted the image above which is a press render of the L90 along with some T-Mobile branding on the backside.

From our previous post, here are the LG L90 specifications:

  • 4.7-inch qHD IPS Display (qHD 960 x 540)
  • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor with 512MB of RAM
  • 8GB of memory
  • 8MP rear camera / VGA front camera
  • 3000mAh removable battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 3G (HSPA+21Mbps)

KNOX embedded devices from Samsung receive mobile industry’s first Common Criteria certification

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At the RSA Conference 2014 in San Francisco, Samsung has announced select Galaxy devices that have KNOX embedded on them have received Common Criteria certification as assessed by Gossamer Labs. The Common Criteria certification is described as a “gold standard” for security, demonstrating compliance with a predefined set of security requirements. By meeting this standard, Galaxy devices with the certification can provide additional assurance to enterprises that the devices are acceptable for use in accessing “high-value information assets.”