Samsung Chromebook 2 to launch in April with Exynos 5 CPU and 1080p screen option

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We’ve heard a lot about Samsung’s new Chromebook in the past few days, but we haven’t had much detail in pricing or release dates. Thanks to another leak, that’s getting cleared up.

A premature post accidentally outed a release date, pricing, and specs for Samsung’s newest laptop, and confirmed two different models. Both models will sport an Exynos 5 processor and 4 GB of RAM, but the smaller 11 inch screen will only have a 1366×768 resolution, while the 13.3 inch model will have a full 1080p screen. The smaller option will cost $319.99 while the larger option will run $399.99. Read more

Apple hiring HTC engineers to help product development in Asian markets

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Android handset manufacturers typically don’t only release one flagship device per year, which Sony recently told us all in pretty blunt terms. Sony releases Xperia Z successors pretty quickly, and that’s not counting things like the Xperia Z Ultra. Samsung tick tocks their product launches with a Galaxy S in the early part of the year and a Galaxy  Note towards the end of the year. It’s a fairly common practice now.

However, one company that hasn’t bitten on that concept has been Apple. According to the Wall Street Journal, though, Apple may be looking into a way to launch multiple products per year (we’ve already seen them dabble in it with the launch of the 5C, anyway) to help boost their growth in Asian markets, specifically in China. To accomplish this, Apple has been hiring on tons of engineers in Asian markets, many of them from HTC. Some of these engineers are put to work with supply chain logistics as well as product development. Read more

Windows Phone 8.1 and Android dual-boot phones to launch later this year

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While dual-boot Windows 8 and Android tablets are nothing new, dual OS smartphones are. When Windows Phone 8.1 was announced it was said that the phone OS could run on existing Android hardware, however, in order to do so, you’ll have to wipe Android first and install Windows 8.1 on top. The idea of a dual OS smartphone was a pipe dream.

However if The Times of India is correct, that dream is becoming a reality. Indian OEM, Karbonn has apparently signed a licensing agreement to start creating smartphones with both Windows 8.1 and Android on-board. With the company planning to launch windows Phone 8.1 carrying phones in the next few months, it will be later this year that we’ll see dual OS devices, at least, before the year’s over.

We’re not sure who would want a dual-boot smartphone but Karbonn is targeting office-going professionals who are also techies. While this is the first that we’re hearing of a company going the dual OS route in a smartphone, it may be the first of many to do so.

source: The Times of India
via: pocketnow

HTC’s Watch service reaches its finale

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Users of HTC’s Watch service may have already received a notice that at the end of the month, the service is calling it quits. Up until 3/31/2014 users will still be able the service like normal, but as of April Fool’s Day, users will no longer have access to the service or their libraries. HTC does recommend that any movies that you may have purchased through the app, be downloaded if you still want access to them.

Of course, users can take solace in the fact that there are a number of options waiting for you after the service has its finale. Google Play and Amazon are just a few options in a long list of streaming services. When support was pulled for the service in May of last year in six countries, it wasn’t a good sign for the service in general.

So if you’re a user of the Watch service, you have about a month to download any purchases made, after that, you’re library is gone.

source: PhoneArena

Samsung Galaxy Gifts giving over $500 worth of stuff to Galaxy S 5 Owners

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When the Galaxy S 5 is available for purchase, consumers will have a bunch of free stuff waiting for them. While the specs may not entice you, maybe over $500 of stuff will.  Galaxy Gifts as it’s called is more oriented towards the healthy lifestyle that Samsung is pushing with the S 5 and its new Galaxy Gear Fit. Even so there are a few non-health related gifts thrown in the mix.

We have a break down of just what exactly you’re getting after the break.

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Oppo Find 7 could have a very amazing camera

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Oppo told us that the Find 7 would be greater than the Galaxy S 5, and they weren’t kidding. If a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display isn’t enough to get your blood flowing, how about a 50 megapixels camera?

An image taken with the Find 7 camera was recently uploaded to Weibo, and it has a whopping 8160 x 6120 resolution according to the EXIF data. That comes to 50MP. Now we know this could be fake, but if Nokia can do 41MP, why can’t this be real?

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Amazing Things Happen: Samsung unveils first Galaxy S 5 commercial during Academy Awards

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It was all about Samsung last night during the Academy Awards. From commercials to selfies, Samsung went all out. They even unveiled the first Galaxy S 5 spot. If you’re looking for a little Apple poking, forget it. This was just a simple teaser spot that seemed very similar to what they showed at the Unpacked Event when JK Shin first unveiled the phone.

Don’t worry, I am sure they will bring back the tongue in cheek soon because this is no doubt just the first of very many GS5 spots. I think the main thing they wanted to get across was that it’s coming this April.

Hit the break for the 30-second spot.

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Ellen DeGeneres promoted the Galaxy Note 3 at the Academy Awards, but what phone does she really use?

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Samsung  spent a serious amount of money during last night’s Academy Awards promoting everything from phones to TVs. It wasn’t even commercials because the host, Ellen DeGeneres, promoted them as well. She even took a selfie of herself and a few audience members using a Galaxy Note 3 that ended up being the most retweeted tweet in history. Some declared Samsung the victor, but something behind the scenes could give Apple a lot of ammunition.

Apparently Ellen uses an iPhone as her daily driver. She used the Note 3 out in the open, but she tweeted with her iPhone backstage. Now it’s far from shocking that a celebrity doesn’t always use everything they promote since it’s all about the money, but in this case, it has to be a slap in the face for Samsung. You would think that Samsung would have at least not allowed her to use the iPhone for the show itself, but hopefully it won’t get too much publicity.

source: CNet

Samsung partners with Microsoft to access Windows services using Knox

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The past week has seen a couple big announcements from Samsung regarding their Knox security architecture, like the ability to run apps outside of Knox yet receive benefits of secured data and Common Criteria certification. To really help users capitalize from their Samsung devices, Samsung has announced yet another development for Knox, support for a variety of Microsoft services. Read more

Feature-rich Google URL Shortener app in Google Play

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If you enjoy sharing links to stuff you have found while surfing around the Internet, you no doubt have made use of a URL shortener at some time. Developer Thomas Devaux is bringing the power of URL shortening to Android with the new Google URL Shortener app. The app includes some nice integration touches for use on smartphones or tablets, like the ability to “share” a short URL from any app or copy the new, short URL to the clipboard. Read more