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  • Groups Claim Chemicals Used in Apple/Samsung Factories Cause Cancer Deaths
    Groups Claim Chemicals Used in Apple/Samsung Factories Cause Cancer Deaths 14 hours ago

    Advocacy groups have claimed that chemicals being used in processor chip factories which supply Apple and Samsung are causing workers to develop leukaemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It is alleged that the companies have so far ignored the working conditions that are believed to have resulted in more than 100 victims of these diseases, with talks between Samsung and a workers' rights group to discuss the issue reportedly brought to a halt by the South Korean firm. Carcinogenic chemicals that include benzene and trichloroethylene, both associated with causing these types of cancer, are apparently circulated in dust-free 'clean rooms' used to assemble semiconductors in various Apple and Samsung factories in South Korea and China. In 2012 research was undertaken into 17 workers at Samsung's own Giheung semiconductor plant in South Korea that had contracted cancer while working in the clean rooms. More »

  • Apple could use curved glass front on iPhone 6, says report
    Apple could use curved glass front on iPhone 6, says report 15 hours ago

    Much has been said and written about the iPhone 6 already. According to rumours already out in the wild, it will feature a larger, 4.7-inch display in order to compete with Android flagship smartphones, and the rear of the phone will feature rounded edges, similar to the iPhone 5c or iPhone 3G and 3GS. More »

  • 4K tablets getting closer, Japanese Display Inc unveils 10.1-inch 3840 x 2160 …
    4K tablets getting closer, Japanese Display Inc unveils 10.1-inch 3840 x 2160 … 16 hours ago

    However, when it comes to tablet devices, manufacturers are still dabbling with Full HD or slightly higher resolutions. Bar Panasonic's 20-inch professional Toughpad tablet, 4K has seemed a long way off for mass market brands like Apple and Samsung. Japanese Display Inc has unveiled a 10.1-inch IPS LCD display panel with an Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160, built specifically for tablets. "JDI will be pioneering the commercialisation of 4K2K display modules for mobile devices as next-generation flagship models," the company said in a statement. More »

  • Five smartwatches available or coming soon
    Five smartwatches available or coming soon 17 hours ago

    Smartwatches are all the rage at the moment, with Samsung launching two devices alongside its latest flagship phone, Google announcing the Android Wear operating system, and more and more details appearing on the LG G Watch. Just like the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo comes with a range of fitness sensors such as a heart rate sensor, pedometer, gyroscope and accelerometer and it can also be used to track sleep and stress levels, claims Samsung. More »

  • Galaxy S5 Premium Version Specs Leaked: New Device to Have QHD Screen, Exynos …
    Galaxy S5 Premium Version Specs Leaked: New Device to Have QHD Screen, Exynos … 18 hours ago

    The technical specifications for Samsung's long rumoured Galaxy S5 Premier Version has surfaced in a new leak. Samsung had been rumoured to release two versions of its fifth generation Galaxy S smartphone, the standard and a premium version. Recently, the Galaxy S5 Premium Version (bearing model numbers SM-G906S and SM-G906K) along with a bunch of Samsung's other devices have been spotted at Zauba, an Indian import and export database. Now according to a Sammobile report, the said version of Galaxy S5 will indeed feature a QHD (Quad HD) screen. More »

  • Apple expands buybacks by $30 billion, OKs 7-for-1 stock split
    Apple expands buybacks by $30 billion, OKs 7-for-1 stock split Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion (17.8 billion pounds) in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors. Activist investor Carl Icahn, who had famously called on the iPhone maker to boost its buyback program, tweeted his approval of the move on Wednesday. On Wednesday, Apple reported sales of 43.7 million iPhones in the quarter ended March, far outpacing the roughly 38 million that Wall Street had predicted. But whether Apple can again produce a revolutionary new product remains the central question in investors' and Silicon Valley executives' minds. More »

  • Apple resets the clock as investors await next big thing Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc just bought itself some much-needed time. On Wednesday, the company surprised Wall Street with news that it sold more iPhones in the March quarter than even the most bullish analysts had expected. To top it all off, Apple unveiled a 7-for-1 stock split that should go down well with individuals who want a piece of a household name but could not afford to fork over $500 a share. The litany of positive numbers sent Apple's long-stagnant shares up 8 percent. More »

  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
    Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Apple is doling out more of its cash to shareholders and preparing to split its stock for the first time in nine years in an attempt to win back investors fretting about the iPhone maker's slowing sales ... More »

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom Picture Leak Reveals Slimmer Smartphone
    Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom Picture Leak Reveals Slimmer Smartphone Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Photos of the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom - also referred to as the Galaxy S5 Zoom - showing the cameraphone's extended lens have appeared online a week before its expected launch. Samsung sent out press invitations earlier this month for an event on 29 April which indicated the launch of a new Galaxy device. The invite for the "Samsung Media Day" event held in Singapore included a large "K" with an image of a smartphone within, hinting at a camera-centric device. Leaked images of the device first emerged at the beginning of April alongside the alleged specs of the smartphone, however the pictures leaked on Baidu today are the first to show the lens and side profile. More »

  • Samsung phones are popular, but its apps are not
    Samsung phones are popular, but its apps are not Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Samsung users aren't interested in the company's branded messenger, voice-activated search, or app store Samsung Hub, according to a new report. Samsung users vastly prefer Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and the Google Play store to their Samsung counterparts. They spent an average of seven minutes a month using Samsung apps, according to the market research firm Strategy Analytics. That's compared to 11 hours on Facebook alone. More »

  • Ericsson posts strong Q1 profit despite falling sales
    Ericsson posts strong Q1 profit despite falling sales Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    File photo shows Ericsson president and CEO Hans Vestberg giving a press conference on the first day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 25, 2013 More »

  • Samsung Galaxy K pictured ahead of announcement again, slimmer than SGS4 Zo …
    Samsung Galaxy K pictured ahead of announcement again, slimmer than SGS4 Zo … Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The launch event for what is believed to be the successor for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom will take place on Tuesday 29 April in Singapore but if the latest leaked photos are anything to go by, there will be little left to reveal. Two pictures were posted on Baidu of what is purportedly the Samsung Galaxy K, its phone come camera that was previously doing the rounds as the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom. If real, the Galaxy K will be considerably slimmer than its predecessor and less chunky. Other rumours and leaks suggest that the phone will have a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display, a six-core Samsung Exynos 5 Hexa SoC processor and 2GB of RAM. More »

  • Chip designer ARM sees smartphone recovery in second half Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - ARM Holdings, whose chip technology powers Apple's iPhone, said demand for smartphones would pick up in the second half after a disappointing end to 2013 resulted in first-quarter profit rising less than in previous years. Sales of top-end smartphones, a market dominated by Apple and Samsung, were lower than predicted during the Christmas holiday season, leading to worries that the market was becoming saturated. But ARM's Chief Financial Officer Tim Score said there were signs that demand was picking up for smartphones from the low-end to the top, where Samsung has just launched its Galaxy S5 flagship and Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone later this year. More »

  • Apple Squeezed for New Breakthrough Product as iPhone and iPad Sales Go Fla …
    Apple Squeezed for New Breakthrough Product as iPhone and iPad Sales Go Fla … Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Apple's CEO Tim Cook is facing pressure to introduce a new hit product, amid a slowdown in the sales of iPhones and iPads and concerns from investors about the firm's future. Apple's shares have fallen by 5.2% this year; Bloomberg reported that Apple is testing Wall Street's patience with its recent lacklustre performance and weak outlook for it in the near future. "There's incredible potential but how long can you wait?'' the news agency quoted Michael Obuchowski, chief investment officer at Merlin Asset Management and portfolio manager at Concert Wealth Management. More »

  • LG Display posts weakest quarterly profit in two years after new-year lull
    LG Display posts weakest quarterly profit in two years after new-year lull Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - LG Display Co Ltd , the world's biggest maker of liquid crystal displays (LCD), posted its weakest quarterly profit in two years after a new-year demand lull further undercut TV panel prices. The South Korean manufacturer earns well over a third of revenue from TV displays but prices have been falling as LCD TVs become widespread. LG Display, whose primary mobile customer according to analysts is iPhone maker Apple Inc , on Wednesday said growth in smartphone screens in the first quarter weakened the impact of falling TV panel sales. For January-March, LG Display reported a 38 percent fall in operating profit to 94 billion won (54 million pounds), the weakest since the 211 billion won loss of the first quarter of 2012. More »

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Design Shows Up in Patent [Photos]
    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Design Shows Up in Patent [Photos] Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    A patent application has been leaked online revealing the designs for Samsung new Galaxy Note. Recently, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice-president of Samsung's product strategy team, confirmed that the company was planning to launch a new version of Galaxy Note with a "new firm factor". Following this, reports emerged saying the next Note, widely known as Samsung Galaxy Note 4, will be the company's first smartphone to feature Youm flexible display. Now a patent application has leaked suggesting Samsung's fourth generation Galaxy Note's concept. More »

  • Apple 'copied FaceTime app from us'
    Apple 'copied FaceTime app from us' Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Smartphone maker Samsung has claimed that Apple's FaceTime video calling feature infringes a patent owned by the Korean manufacturer. More »

  • Graphene Produced Using Kitchen Blender and Washing-Up Liquid
    Graphene Produced Using Kitchen Blender and Washing-Up Liquid Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Scientists have developed an innovative and potentially groundbreaking method to produce high-quality graphene of a consistent size and in large amounts. Micrometre-sized flakes of graphene were obtained from graphite powder - most commonly found in pencil lead - by adding it to a mixture of water and Fairy Liquid and spinning it in a kitchen blender. The research, recently published in Nature Materials, was led by Professor Jonathan Coleman at the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (Amber) centre at Trinity College Dublin. "It is a significant step forward towards cheap and scalable mass production," said Andrea Ferrari, an expert on graphene at the University of Cambridge. More »

  • How to Set up Fingerprint Scan on Samsung Galaxy S5
    How to Set up Fingerprint Scan on Samsung Galaxy S5 Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Samsung's new Galaxy S series smartphone offers a refined experience with essential features for everyday use. Carrying an IP code rating of IP67, the Galaxy S5 is dust and water resistant. Interested users who wish to set a lock screen password, or fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S5, may follow our easy guide below. How to set fingerprint scan, or lock screen password on Samsung Galaxy S5 More »

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime spotted: Quad HD screen, Snapdragon 805
    Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime spotted: Quad HD screen, Snapdragon 805 Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    A new Samsung Galaxy phone has appeared online with impressive Quad HD display and Snapdragon 805 processor, dubbed by Tech Radar as the Galaxy S5 Prime. The Galaxy S5 Prime appeared on Indian import site Zauba as SM-G906K – four of which were shipped for "R&D purposes". The S5 Prime, which will hopefully follow-up the Galaxy S5 comes with some impressive specs according to Tech Radar. The 5.5-inch display is listed with a 2560 x 1440 resolution and it's powered by a quad-core 2.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM. More »

  • Microsoft takeover date for Nokia
    Microsoft takeover date for Nokia Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Microsoft has confirmed that it will complete its acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone business this Friday, expanding the reach of the Windows Phone operating system. More »

  • Apple iPhone 6 with 5.5-inch display, dubbed iPhone Air, delayed until 2015 …
    Apple iPhone 6 with 5.5-inch display, dubbed iPhone Air, delayed until 2015 … Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Apple's iPhone 6, rumoured to come in a larger 5.5-inch size with iPhone Air name, could be delayed until as late as 2015. Since the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 was never confirmed this isn't a huge disappointment, but it certainly keeps Apple trailing behind the competition's phablet offerings. Presumably Apple will still reveal an iPhone 6 around September, as it does every year, only this might not be accompanied by a larger sibling as rumoured. Apple wants a battery no thicker than 2mm, but manufacturers can't get it smaller than 2.8mm. More »

  • Haydale Graphene to Take Legal Action Against Broker Hume Capital?
    Haydale Graphene to Take Legal Action Against Broker Hume Capital? Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Haydale Graphene Industries is looking to sue its broker Hume Capital Securities after it "temporarily" dropped all of its market-making activities on the day of the tech firm's listing on London's Aim exchange. More »

  • Recycling pledge for Apple products
    Recycling pledge for Apple products Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Technology giant Apple has announced a new scheme to mark Earth Day that allows any product to be returned to the company for recycling. More »

  • The Battle of the Android Superphones - Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 vs Sony …
    The Battle of the Android Superphones - Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 vs Sony … Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    2013 marked the first year when 1 billion smartphones were sold globally. While Samsung hoovered up the biggest share of the entire market, it was HTC who won over the critics with the award-winning One smartphone. Sony remained an outsider but one which was quickly catching up and as 2014 rolled around it was clear that we were going to have a three-way race in the smartphone market. And so, as April comes to an end we have seen the launch of the Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8, and the Xperia Z2 in the UK in the space of three weeks. More »

  • Galaxy S5 with 2K Display and Various Galaxy Devices Listed for Testing
    Galaxy S5 with 2K Display and Various Galaxy Devices Listed for Testing Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    A bunch of Samsung's unannounced devices, which are recently imported to India for testing purposes, has been caught at Zauba. More »

  • How to Downgrade Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows Phone 8 [VIDEO]
    How to Downgrade Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows Phone 8 [VIDEO] Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Those who are non-developers and wish to get their hands on the early version prior to the public release can also get the update on their Windows Phone 8 running devices. There is a way available through which users can bring their devices to Windows Phone 8. Alin Gheaja has shared a video demonstrating how to downgrade Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows Phone 8. Besides, he claims to have successfully downgraded the Lumia 720 from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows Phone 8. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Everyone’s been talking about Easter commemorations, the death of Rubin Carter and a lack of Oxegen for Irish festival-goers. More »

  • Review: Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S5
    Review: Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Does the latest addition to Samsung’s flagship range do enough to separate itself from previous versions? More »

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to have Three-sided Youm Flexible Display
    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to have Three-sided Youm Flexible Display Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Samsung's next Galaxy Note will reportedly feature a new display technology, making the new Note different from its predecessor. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice-president of Samsung's product strategy team, recently confirmed the company was planning to launch a new version of Galaxy Note with a "new firm factor"; Youm flexible display for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 ZDNet Korea now reports that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be the company's first smartphone to feature Youm flexible display. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Everyone’s been talking about opinion polls, posters on poles and the murder of a man in Belfast. More »

  • Update Galaxy S4 LTE (Snapdragon 600) to Official I9505XXUFNC8 Android 4.4.2 …
    Update Galaxy S4 LTE (Snapdragon 600) to Official I9505XXUFNC8 Android 4.4.2 … Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The LTE variant of Galaxy S4 powered by Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor has recently received a new Android 4.4.2 KitKat stock firmware update with build number I9505XXUFNC8. The I9505XXUFNC8 KitKat build supports a higher change list number than its previous version, which means it is the latest update available for Galaxy S4. More »

  • Samsung Galaxy S5: 10 Amazing Hidden Features You Never Knew About
    Samsung Galaxy S5: 10 Amazing Hidden Features You Never Knew About Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Samsung has now unveiled 10 hidden features of the Samsung Galaxy S5. It goes without saying that these features have been added into the handset to allow Samsung to differentiate its smartphones from other Android competitors. The touch sensor on the Galaxy S5 is so sensitive that it can even recognise it when you are tapping, swiping or writing on it with a pencil. Tilt the Galaxy S5 horizontally (into landscape) while listening to a song via music player, and your Galaxy S5 instantly suggests similar tracks among the songs stored on your phone based on information of the current song, such as its genre, mood, source, etc. So the more songs you have, better the recommendation – instead of a mess and a headache. More »

  • 5 features an Amazon phone might offer
    5 features an Amazon phone might offer Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer. More »

  • Android gains in US, basic phones almost extinct
    Android gains in US, basic phones almost extinct Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Attendees visit the Android booth during the Google I/O developers conference at the Moscone Center on May 15, 2013 in San Francisco, California More »