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Snapchat planning mobile payment service

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, No Comments

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Applications are a dime a dozen these days, especially social networking apps. While Snapchat it a massively successful one, they still have to turn a profit, right?

At this point in time Snapchat isn’t profitable, but it may plan to make money in the way WeChat is doing in China. Snapchat may be looking to monetize by launching a mobile payment service, according to trademarks filed earlier this week. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to include UV sensor

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, 6 Comments

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We have heard this news before, but more light (excuse the pun) has been shed on the inclusion of a UV sensor in the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 phablet from Samsung. The new component will integrate itself within Samsung’s S Health app, providing yet more personal data for the owner to take advantage of.

It will measure the sun’s ultraviolet radiation and will prevent owners from potential sunburn and general skin damage which increases the risk of skin cancer. This is possible thanks to guidance provided with recommendations, based on the current UV index level measured at that point in time. Simply tilt your phone at a 60 degree angle towards the sun to take the measurement. (more…)

Microsoft to lay off 18,000 employees

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, No Comments

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The software giant from Redmond has announced its biggest job cutting effort in its entire history, saying they have to axe 18,000 employees in a new effort to streamline operations. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says the company will cut the 18,000 positions in the next year, with former Nokia employees expected to account for about 70 percent of those.

The number is rather high, but not as much if you consider that it is mostly Nokia staff that is being cut. Microsoft started in the hardware game before the Nokia Devices acquisition, with the advent of the Surface tablets. After announcing the Nokia deal, Microsoft promised its investors $600 million in annual cost savings within 18 months. (more…)

LG launches the G3 Beat

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, No Comments

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After a plethora of leaks LG has made the G3 Beat official. We welcome with some excitement the smaller version of LG’s G3 flagship. It has the same flowing lines and small bezels as its larger brother and the same stunning looks.

As you’d expect, we basically have a scaled down G3, very much like we see with the Galaxy S5 Mini. It isn’t actually that much smaller than the flagship as you’d expect. What we have here is a 5-inch display, but all the specs are pretty much mid-tier. (more…)

Samsung introduces new ‘Level’ headphones – and it looks familiar

Published by on Jul 17th, 2014, 3 Comments

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Yesterday, Samsung announced that their new line of headphones, called Level, are now available in the US. And while we’re sure they’re pretty fancy and will grab the attention of many, we can’t help but feel like we’ve seen this before – in the form of Apple’s Beats.

At first glance, there is no doubt that the Level line of headphones was designed to be a head-on competitor for the Beats line of headphones. Similar in shape and style, Level looks to be an alternative for Beats.

From the short, 30-second advert the company released on YouTube, one can easily see that Samsung is targeting the same demographic as Beats.

Young, hip and fashion forward people are the group Samsung is going for – especially if the ridiculously good looking models in the ad is anything to go by.

But the comparison to Beats goes further than simply the look. Samsung has come up with an alternative to almost every Beats product in their line.  (more…)

Samsung Gear Live vs LG G Watch

Published by on Jul 17th, 2014, No Comments

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Update: Some details of this article have been updated.

The time has finally arrived – the first smartwatches running on Google’s dedicated wearable OS, Android Wear, has been announced and will go on sale very soon.

Unfortunately, neither of them is the Moto360 we are truly excited about (it was promised to be released “soon”, though), but let us take a look at the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch.

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BlackBerry assistant to take on Siri and Google Now

Published by on Jul 17th, 2014, No Comments

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Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana, and then there is Google Now. BlackBerry has long been said to be developing a competitor as we reported back in March, although they have been mum, until now.

The Canadian company has now confirmed that it has a competitor in the works and will be showing up on the company’s next major release. It will be called BlackBerry Assistant and will be part of the OS 10.3 update to its latest generation operating system. (more…)

Apple partner with IBM to tackle enterprise market

Published by on Jul 17th, 2014, No Comments

ibm-vs-appleA few decades ago Apple and IBM were going head-to-head in the personal computer market and no, if any, quarter was given in their epic corporate battles. Fast forward to today and you will find these two once fierce enemies have teamed up as business partners. Apple and IBM have announced an exclusive partnership which will bring together Apple’s hardware capabilities and IBM’s software and service capabilities to tackle the enterprise market.

The US stock market favors this development with both companies’ stock increasing by around 2%. This deal very closely resembles the deal struck between IBM and Microsoft almost 33 years ago which saw Microsoft grow into a tech giant by piggy-backing on IBM’s PC platform. (more…)

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