Category: Manufacturers

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Google Hangouts for Android update merges IMs and SMS, adds widget

Google Hangouts for Android is receiving a nice new update this week, addressing one of the most vociferous user complaints since SMS functionality was added last year: that the two content branches were separate. The update merges Hangouts and SMS messages, but unlike iMessages on iPhone, does not do so automatically. Instead, it asks you to

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Google and HTC rumoured to partner for 8-inch Nexus 8

The latest rumour to hit the web, courtesy of DigiTimes, reveals that Google will release a new tablet sometime in Q3 that will sport an 8-inch display. The name follows the previous Nexus tablets numbering and will go to market as the Nexus 8. One major difference is that the Nexus 8 will reportedly be

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Apple pushes its good name beyond products in new Earth Day initiative (video)

“Better. It’s a powerful word and a powerful idea.” Thus begins the narration from Apple CEO Tim Cook over a video highlighting Apple’s success, not in products but in the earth-focused processes under which they’re designed, produced, manufactured and distributed. The Cupertino-based company is highlighting its “unprecedented” leadership in environmental matters this week, in the run-up

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Microsoft’s acquisition of (most of) Nokia is set to close on April 25th

Nokia Oyj, the company’s public name, will soon be Microsoft Mobile Oy. Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division, including its manufacturing, design and engineering facilities, will close this Friday, April 25th. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s General Counsel, wrote in a blog post today,“the completion of this acquisition follows several months of planning and

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Samsung says the next Galaxy Note will have a ‘new form factor’

The Samsung Galaxy Note helped define the ‘phablet’ and officially launched in Canada on February 14th, 2011. We’ve since seen the Note evolve and include more specs and features, namely to its design and integration with the S Pen. This year, according to a Samsung exec, will be no different. In an interview with Reuters,

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Sony Xperia M2 hands-on (video)

Sony has another smartphone launching in Canada this quarter, and while it doesn’t have the spec sheet or design advancements of its Z2 sibling, the Xperia M2 is a decent entry-level product that will be sure to engage some price-conscious smartphone buyers. A successor to the 4-inch Xperia M, the M2 sports a much larger

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Samsung Galaxy S5 gets its first post-release update

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 has only been on sale for about a week, but the company has already issued its first update. Still based on Android 4.4.2, build G900W8VLU1AND is a 28MB update that offers “improved performance,” which is the most generic of changelogs we’ve seen. The build was created on April 11th, as opposed to

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) getting KitKat update soon

Users of the excellent Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) may not have to wait much longer for their KitKat update. SamMobile reports that South American users have already begun receiving the long-awaited software bump, with more countries slated to receive it in the coming weeks. There’s no word on when North Americans will get

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