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Samsung posts lowest profits in years

Published by on Aug 1st, 2014, No Comments

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Ahead of their earnings report Samsung already warned investors that results may not be as good this time around as it was in previous years. It quoted ‘weak demand’ as the biggest reason with the growth of smartphone sales slowing worldwide.

In its second quarter, Samsung posted profit of 6.25 trillion won ($6.1 billion), down from 7.77 trillion won ($6.96 billion) last year, its lowest quarterly profit in two years. (more…)

OnePlus OneWatch leaks – another circular smartwatch

Published by on Aug 1st, 2014, No Comments

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Up until now we thought the Moto360 was the only circular smartwatch that was going to hit the market anytime soon.

It seems that this is not case, as a smartwatch from the interesting company OnePlus has been leaked which shows it has a circular face as well as sapphire glass. (more…)

Wireless charging will soon be truly wireless

Published by on Aug 1st, 2014, No Comments

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While we think wireless charging is a magnificent idea, the way it is being implemented right now isn’t truly wireless in our eyes. You still have to plug the wireless charger into the wall, and then you have to place your device onto this charger. It is a bit more convenient but we always thought the technology has some way to go before becoming very useful.

The standard for wireless charging, Qi Wireless, may very soon be a lot more useful. The group behind Qi has announced a new version of its standard that’s going to start increasing the distance over which wireless charging is possible. (more…)

It’s Siri vs Cortana in new Windows Phone 8.1 ad

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, No Comments

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It seems Microsoft has taken a cue from Samsung and went with the ‘comparison angle’ for their latest Windows Phone 8.1 commercial.

This time around, however, the ad focuses on Cortana, the Windows Phone version of Apple’s Siri – and they’re out to prove that Cortana is much smarter (and perhaps friendlier) than Siri.

This is one of the first advertisements for the Windows Phone 8.1, so we’re not entirely sure if the tired ‘let’s compare our product against another’ theme is appropriate.

In the ad – which pits a Lumia 635 against an iPhone 5S – Cortana completes requests and handles an array of different tasks that Siri seemingly can’t. (more…)

BWB TV Review: The Brilliant LG G3

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, No Comments

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Last year LG released one of the most critically acclaimed smartphones of the year, the LG G2. After rebranding the old Optimus brand, the LG G2 was the successor to the Optimus G, at least in spirit. The LG G2 completely set itself apart from the Optimus G, though, and quickly became LG’s best-selling smartphone.

Now LG brings us the LG G3, available in South Africa from 1 August, and it’s trying to take everything on board from fans and critics alike and apply to the design of its latest flagship to appeal to all. Does it succeed in improving everything we didn’t like about the G2 while consolidating its successes from that device?

You can find the in-depth written review here. Find out more in our video review below:

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You can now pre-order a 24-karat gold iPhone 6

Published by on Jul 30th, 2014, No Comments

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No date has even been set for the iPhone 6 launch and Apple hasn’t said a word, but, you can now pre-order a solid gold iPhone 6 – if you have the cash to burn.

Los Angeles-based luxury retailer, Brikk, has announced on their website that they are now taking pre-orders for either gold or platinum plated iPhone 6 models.

Those who seek more than functionality when it comes to their smartphone, can order a 24-karat yellow or pink gold iPhone 6 or, if you don’t want to be as flashy but still ensure top luxury, you can also order a pure platinum iPhone.

Then there is the ultimate in luxury plated iPhones – and one we’re sure Paris Hilton will like to get her hands on – the diamond encrusted, 24-karat gold iPhone 6.

Along with the solid gold plating, you can also request Brikk to have the Apple logo of your iPhone encrusted in 1.068 carats worth of sparkly diamonds. This gold plated, diamond encrusted iPhone 6 will set you back a mere $8,400 (or R89,139,12 – but who’s counting?) (more…)

Tizen powered Samsung phone delayed again

Published by on Jul 29th, 2014, No Comments

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When are we going to see Samsung’s Tizen-powered smartphone? We have no idea, as the timeline keeps being pushed out. Samsung first said they would be launching a Tizen flagship at the beginning of 2014, after which it shifted to mid-2014. Now they are delaying the device even further. (more…)

Motorola to release a Nexus phablet

Published by on Jul 29th, 2014, No Comments

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The rumour-mill keeps going one way and then the other. We have no idea at this stage which way the Nexus programme is going as we’ve had multiple rumours, first of all that the Nexus brand has been killed off in favour of Android Silver and then that a Nexus 8 tablet may still be in the works, to be made by HTC.

We thought the Nexus 6 smartphone may be the follow-up to the Nexus 5, made by LG, and that it would be based on the LG G3 hardware as the previous version was based on the LG G2 hardware. Now it seems, the Nexus 6 name may not just be an iterative name, but the actual size of the upcoming smartphone. (more…)

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