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Cyanogen plans to set up India office in coming few months

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From rejuvenated brand image to squabble over software updates, Cyanogen saw it all last year while taking a dip in the fast growing smartphone market of India. After Xiaomi and OnePlus recently opened their India offices, Cyanogen plans to follow suit in coming three months.

Vikram Natarajan, senior vice-president of global partnerships and distribution at Cyanogen, told ET Tech, “India is very attractive. It is one of the hyper-growth markets for mobile today.” Read more »

Google Maps for Android now features live traffic alerts and alternate route suggestions

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Google Maps just got a little bit smarter. It is a fact that the immensely popular maps and GPS navigation app already has at its disposal a large quantity of useful data, like traffic flow information, access to Google’s immense database of points of interest and numerous other things that all add up to an industry-leading experience.

Some of this data, however useful, often remain hidden away to most users. In an effort to remedy this and make contextual data available at precisely the right moment, Google Maps now features live traffic alerts and alternate route suggestions. If you have ever used an app like Waze, you are pretty much familiar with the concept. Read more »

Google has released its new e-book typeface – Literata

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A custom typeface, specifically designed for reading, has been a long-running project at Google. The goal was to create a typeface that would provide a smooth and pleasurable reading experience on various devices and resolutions.

As the tech giant puts it: Read more »

Avengers themed accessories for Galaxy S6 will be available in a few days

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Samsung’s tight collaboration with Marvel has been going strong ever since the two companies teamed up in June last year. The partnership has been mostly on the media front and the two smartphones did have a prominent place in Marvel’s latest Avengers: Age of Ultron movie.

It comes as no surprise that, on the flip side of the deal, we will be seeing a lot of Avengers-themed merchandise from Samsung. The Korean tech giant has already started teasing some of these products, including TouchWiz themes and a limited edition Galaxy S6 edge series, starting with an Iron Man edition and probably more superhero skins yet to come. Read more »

This LED light bulb by Sony has a built-in Bluetooth speaker

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Sony just reminded us that it used to be second to none in tech innovation. The Japanese giant launched an LED light bulb with a built-in Bluetooth speaker in Japan.

The light bulb produces 360 lumens of soft light, while the built-in Bluetooth 3.0 speaker utilizes a 40mm driver with maximum output of 2W. Read more »

AMD releases official info on the new Carrizo-L CPU cores and product line

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After months of speculation. AMD has finally cleared the smoke around its next line of chips, based on the new Carrizo-L CPU cores. This gives us a clearer picture of what the 2015 low-power computing scene might looks like with the new microarchitecture, dubbed Puma+.

This new family of chips is the new AMD мид-tier, intended to replace the 2014 Beema chips with Puma cores. The new SoCs use a 28nm production process and share the same socket as the high-end Carrizo chips. Just like their predecessor, Carrizo-L chips cover the power range from 10W, all the way up to 25W, so we can expect to see them in various tech and form-factors. Naturally, Carrizo-L is an AND APU, which means, it is equipped with some dedicated graphics processing power as well. It comes courtesy of GCN Graphic Compute Units. Read more »

Here’s what happens when you shoot a Galaxy S6 edge with a Desert Eagle

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Well, frankly, we all know the answer to this one. And yet, there is still something weirdly satisfying about witnessing a high-end device undergo creative carnage and destruction. This is undoubtedly why stress test videos have really been getting absurd recently.

Needless to say a slick curved phone with a glass finish has practically no chance of surviving even most air gun shots. Still, the guys over at dbrand really didn’t want to leave anything to chance and opted for a .50 AE Desert Eagle. Both are legendary for being extremely high-powered and, but the S6 was simply blown away (apologies for the bad pun there). Read more »

Samsung Artik chips will power the future of Internet of Things

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The internet of things, or IoT, as it is commonly referred, is well on its way to creating yet another tech revolution. The concept is definitely not new, but it was not until recently that big names, such as Google and ARM started working hard towards creating smart connected appliances for a seamlessly interconnected experience all throughout the home of the future.

One such initiative is the Thread Group, in which Samsung takes part as well. The Korean tech giant is taking the concept quite seriously, which is evident by introduction of a brand new line of integrated chips, intended to power future devices, connected to the global network. Read more »

Happy 150th birthday, Nokia!

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You may know Nokia for its phones, but the company is much older than many realize – today it’s celebrating its 150th birthday! And while it no longer makes phones, Nokia has done many things over the years, and “change is a part of its nature”.

This six minute video says “Happy birthday, Nokia” with a quick look at the company’s past and a glance towards the future. Read more »

Flickr redesign brings new Uploadr, Camera Roll, Search and other features

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Yahoo!-owned photo-sharing service Flickr just rolled out a complete design overhaul of its service for web, desktop, and mobile. The new Flickr also includes new features to make the experience more than just a cosmetic facelift.

New unified search is one major improvement in the new design, which makes image search fast and intuitive. Read more »

Reddit announces Original Video to bring Ask Me Anything to life

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From weird images to latest breaking news, reddit front page has quickly turned into a window to a large number of user-shared content. Unlike many other community-drived websites, reddit accommodates a myriad variety of popular to niche communities and labelled them as subreddits.

Alex Ohanian, co-founder of reddit, has now announced the new reddit Original Video site to drive its original content plan at the on-going TechCrunch Disrupt conference. With Original Video, reddit plans to transform its Ask Me Anything subreddit to video style and give more control over it. Read more »

AppleBot now crawls the web to power Siri and Spotlight searches

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Apple is now running its web crawler dubbed AppleBot to scour the web and aid search services used in Spotlight for Mac and Siri for iOS. All the search queries will now be routed and powered by AppleBot, not by Google or Bing. Support documents don’t mention when the change was initiated.

AppleBot operates similarly as the GoogleBot, and crawls the web to discover new pages as well as ones that have been updated. Read more »

Apple plans to revive Beats Music are stirring up controversy among antitrust officials

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Apple is allegedly getting mixed up in yet another antitrust saga, this time in relation to the Beats Music streaming service and its revival. The Cupertino giant purchased the platform last year, as part of the $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics and has since stated its intentions to revive the service.

In doing so, however, Apple might have abused its leading position in the digital music market, as industry sources claim that the company has approached more than a dozen music labels and artists with proposition of limited and exclusive rights and partnerships. Read more »

Motorola ordered to pay $10.2 million to Fujifilm for patent infringement

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A US jury has ruled that Motorola Mobility owes Fujifilm $10.2 million for patent infringement. The suit itself started back in 2012 when Fujifilm Corp, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Fujifilm Holdings Corp took Motorola to court on claims of infringing three of its patents related to digital photography and another four having to do with wireless data transfer and Bluetooth.

The jury has ruled against all of the claims, but one, related to converting color images to monochrome. The $10.2 million settlement is far less than the $40 million Fujifilm originally sought. Motorola spokesman William Moss, commented that the company is somewhat pleased by the current outcome, but also a little perplexed, considering the Lenovo owned business has, in fact, paid for a Bluetooth license. Read more »

Samples comparison between the Galaxy S6, S6 edge Sony and Samsung camera sensors

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge might be the current “top-dogs” of the mobile world, but that definitely doesn’t mean that they are perfect. Like all sophisticated tech, various problems are expected and the enormous attention towards Samsung’s latest creations has already led to the uncovering of a few hidden problems.

Yesterday, we reported that some S6 and S6 edge units have been spotted with Samsung’s own ISOCELL camera sensor, instead of the Sony IMX240. Read more »