The Galaxy S 6 probably won’t stop Samsung’s profits from sliding for two consecutive years

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Samsung has already reported a profit drop for 2014, and many are hopeful things will pick up in 2015. Unfortunately, analysts believe that profits will continue to slide in 2015.

Although final numbers aren’t in for 2014, it’s expected that Samsung’s net profits will have dipped 27.3 percent this year to 22.1 trillion won ($2.03 billion). 2015 will also show a drop, but the good news is that it won’t be as much. Analysts are predicting only about a 6 percent drop to 20.8 trillion won ($1.91 billion) for 2015.

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Google and Fidelity invest in SpaceX to spread the internet globally

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It has been confirmed that Google and Fidelity are investing a total of $1 billion into Elon Musk’s space transportation company, SpaceX. This investment gives both Google and Fidelity just under 10% ownership of SpaceX, which is valued at over $10 billion.

Google wants to use SpaceX satellites to send internet to those areas that have either no or poor access. This could cover as much as 3 billion people. These satellites will not only provide internet access, but also at much faster speeds.

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Bloomberg: Samsung to drop Snapdragon 810 in favor of the Exynos chip for the Galaxy S 6

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Samsung has been making their own Exynos-branded chips for a while now, and it was only a matter of time until they utilized them on most of their devices. Whether it was production issues or the ability to play nice with LTE, Samsung has always to utilized both the Exynos and the Qualcomm Snapdragon for specific markets, but that might change with the Galaxy S 6.

We have heard a number of rumblings that Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chip, the Snapdragon 810, has overheating issues. Qualcomm wants you to believe there isn’t an issue because the LG G Flex 2 and the Xiaomi¬†Mi Note were both announced using the said chip, but those manufacturers might have made modifications. It was already rumored that Samsung might tone down the use of the 810 in the Galaxy S 6, but Bloomberg is now reporting that Samsung plans on using the Exynos exclusively. According to them, Samsung will go with just the Exynos for all markets.

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WhatsApp+ to close down, receives cease and desist from official WhatApp

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Last night we reported that WhatsApp is putting the kibosh on 3rd party apps. WhatsApp+, which is the most popular of those 3rd party apps was hoping to rectify the situation, but the bad news came a few hours ago.

WhatsApp has sent the developers of WhatsApp+ a cease and desist letter, which will basically put an end to the app. We can only assume other cease and desist letters were sent out to other such apps.

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Galaxy S 6 tipped for unveiling on March 2 at Mobile World Congress

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Last year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S 5 on the very first day of Mobile World Congress (Feb 24), so it’s no surprise that the rumor has Samsung unveiling the Galaxy S 6 on the very same day, which would be March 2nd this year. This is according to a Korean publication called Chosun.

Whether we will see two versions of the Galaxy S 6 is still unclear, but don’t be surprised if a dual curved edge version makes an appearance. And don’t forget about Samsung’s upcoming circular smartwatch.

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WhatsApp is banning 3rd party apps and blocking users for 24 hours

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The most popular messaging app is banning the use of 3rd party apps today. WhatsApp already has an official app that most people use, but there are some notable 3rd party apps such as WhatsApp+. Users of these apps are finding a message that states they are temporarily banned from using the service because they might have violated the terms of service. This temporary ban is exactly 24 hours and there is no way around it.

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Kenu Stance compact tripod review

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Is it possible for a tripod to be so compact even if it is holding just a smartphone? The people at Kenu would say absolutely. The Kenu Stance compact tripod manages to hold smartphones big and small in place with ease. It allows for the smartphone to be setup in various positions which can each serve a different purpose. If that’s not enough, the Kenu Stance doubles as a bottle opener.

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Image of an LG flip phone with Android appears

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Forget about the LG G4 because this device, if real, should have your attention. Earlier today on Twitter, @upleaks provided the image above. It shows a flip phone with Android running as the operating system. How do we know it is Android? The layout and icons are identical to what is found on any LG device. Here, it is just minimized. The name “Ice Cream Smart” is attached to the image; therefore, we could be looking at a possible name because the company already released an Ice Cream in 2008. While Ice Cream Smart would be very random, the name would be original for LG.

Would you be interested in a flip phone with Android, particularly for someone that needs a simplified handset? Let us know in the comments.

Source: @upleaks

Starbucks locations in United Kingdom get wireless charging stations

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In November, Starbucks made it known that its locations would feature wireless charging stations based on the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) standard. Devices with support for the PMA standard would benefit by Starbucks offering simple charging. Those without wireless charging (or of a different standard) would be able to purchase special adapters for Android and iOS devices. It started with two hundred Starbucks locations in San Francisco, but now the coffeehouse chain has expanded the wireless charging stations to the United Kingdom. The launch in the United Kingdom starts with ten locations in London and then it will spread throughout the country. No timetable has been provided for the expansion.

Via: Engadget