Motorola XT912A hits GFXBench with Snapdragon 800

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An unannounced Motorola smartphone with the model name XT912A has been put through the popular graphics benchmark GFXBench. Doing so revealed that it’s shaping up to be a Moto X successor as it packs a Snapdragon 800 chipset and 2GB of RAM.

Additionally, the Motorola XT912A features a 5.2″ display of full HD resolution, making up for a pixel density of 424 ppi. Read more »

Sony FMP-X5 will add 4K HEVC streaming support to older 4K Bravias

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4K TVs are slowly growing in popularity but to enjoy them to their fullest potential, you’ll need a good 4K video source. Sony’s 2012 and 2013 4K TVs don’t have native HEVC decoding, but the company is correcting this oversight with the new FMP-X5 player.

The Sony FMP-X5 decodes 4K HEVC video and sends it to a 4K Bravia TV over an HDMI cable. Read more »

Android passes iOS in ad traffic, still behind in ad revenue

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The latest data from Opera’s Mediaworks ad tracking platform shows that Android has for the first time surpassed iOS in number of mobile ad impressions.

Apple’s iPhones and iPads still generate more ad revenue, however, receiving 52% of ad revenue, despite accounting for just 38.2% of all impressions. Read more »

Qualcomm revenue and net profit raise in Q1

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Qualcomm, maker of chipsets and wireless modems, published its quarterly financial report and the numbers shows an increase in revenue and net income compared to the same quarter last year.

We delivered another solid quarter, driven by demand for our leading multimode 3G/LTE chipset solutions and record licensing revenues,” said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. Read more »

Facebook reports first quarter 2014 financial results

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Facebook has reported the financial results for the first quarter of 2014. The company reported revenue of $2.5 billion, up by 72% over the same period last year. Revenue from advertising was $2.27 billion, up by 82% from the same period last year.

Facebook also reported the numbers for the active users using the service. Currently, Facebook is clocking in at 1.28 billion monthly active users, a 15% growth compared to last year, along with 1.01 billion monthly active users from mobile devices, a solid 34% increase over last year. Read more »

Japan Display announces 10.1″ 4K IPS LCD for tablets

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Japan Display is working to release a 10.1″ IPS LCD with a 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels). This makes up for the impressive pixel density of 438 ppi, which is comparable to the current high-end smartphones.

The 4K 10.1″ display features 1100:1 contrast ratio with a 160-degree viewing angle and a brightness of 400 nits. Read more »

Start menu allegedly returning to Windows 8.1 in August

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After releasing the first Windows 8.1 update earlier this month, Microsoft is now working on the second update that is expected to arrive in August with some much requested features.

One of the key features is actually an old feature of Windows that will be making a comeback: the Start menu. Read more »

Microsoft outs Remote Desktop Preview app for Windows Phone 8.1

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Microsoft released a Remote Desktop Preview app for Windows Phone 8.1. If you are among the many early adopters of the new OS, you can head to the Windows Phone Marketplace (where the app enjoys quite a few good reviews already) and try it out.

The application supports multi-touch and Windows OS gestures thanks to Remote Desktop Protocol and Remote FX. Read more »

ARM’s revenue stream slows down

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ARM’s sales have slowed down a bit, and the chipset maker isn’t enjoying the profitability they once did.

This is mostly due to the drop in high-end smartphone sales during the first quarter of 2014. Read more »

AdDuplex: Windows Phone 8.1 runs on 3.1% of all WP devices after three days of availability

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It appears that Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 is hotter beyond anyone’s expectations. Only three days after going live, the developer version of the newly-launched OS runs on 3.1% of all WP devices.

The data you see above comes from AdDuplex – the largest cross promotion network for both WP and Windows 8 apps. Read more »

Sony Background defocus app now available in Play Store

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Mobile photo imaging editors rejoice: Sony’s Background defocus application is now available for download through the Google Play Store.

If you’re not rocking a Sony Xperia handset, however, don’t hold your breath, as the app is exclusive to Sony handsets with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or later. Read more »

Samsung explains the new tech behind the Galaxy S5 Super AMOLED display

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While much fuss has been made out of the Galaxy S5 display – the company’s 1080p Super AMOLED diamond matrix having been around since the Galaxy S4, after all – it turns out that Samsung has put quite a bit of work into making its latest panel the best ever.

The company has posted some interesting demos of the new capabilities baked into the Galaxy S5 display, including local contrast enhancement for bright conditions, Adapt Display tech for different lighting, and different color realization modes for display photos. Read more »

Windows Phone 8.1 benchmarks

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We already said in our Windows Phone 8.1 review that the OS feels smoother than its predecessor, but is it really? Well we’ve decided to run some benchmark tests and see how the new OS performs under pressure. Microsoft has done quite a few optimizations for sure, so we are eager to see how the update is handled by different phones.

We had three Lumia phones around for our tests – Lumia 720, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. We rаn each benchmark on Windows Phone 8 with GDR3 and Nokia Black updates, and then we’ve updated all three devices to the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Developer’s Preview. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series will be available in the US from May 1

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Samsung officially unveiled its new thinner and lighter Galaxy Tab 4 series earlier this month. The lineup consists of three devices – Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and now the company has confirmed that they all will be available in the US on May 1, with the pre-orders starting tomorrow.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series will be up for grabs in black or white versions. The slates will be available for purchase from quite a few major retailers across the United States – the pre-orders are accepted at Samsung’s online store, Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, OfficeMax, PC Richard and Son, Sears and Tiger Direct. Read more »

Apple launches iPad trade-in program in US and Canada

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Apple’s worldwide environmental campaign doesn’t just end with printed ads as the Cupertino-based giant has announced the expansion of its Reuse and Recycling program. Apple’s new effort will allow users of iPad tablets to recycle their old ones and get their hands on the shiny new models.

For now, iPad (all four generations) are the only eligible devices for the Reuse and Recycling program. The users of the program receive credit for their old Apple devices and the company is now allowing consumers with iPhone or iPad trade-in credit to be used on any other Apple product. Read more »