tumblrSize does matter, and Facebook with its 1.35 billion monthly users happens to be the largest social network in the world – and looks set to remain so for some time to come, but there is the very real “danger” of the figure having arrived at a saturation point. In Global Web Index’s most recent report, it has stated that Tumblr is the fastest growing social network at the moment, with it boasting of a growth rate of 120% in the past 6 months alone. In comparison, Facebook grew by a mere 2%.

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vlcThe sign-up program for VLC Media Player for Windows Phone beta was filled up in just a few hours after it was announced yesterday, which means that the long-awaited beta of VLC Media Player for Windows Phone is close to a release. One ought to remember that this happens to be a closed beta – at least in the here and now so only those who were successful in signing up yesterday would have the pleasure of giving this version a go.

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jolla new 640x336The Jolla Tablet was announced some time last week by Finnish company Jolla that it will be released in 2015 in select markets. This Sailfish OS-based tablet has already experienced a relatively successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, having passed the 1.2 million mark along the way, where Jolla did mention that the Jolla Tablet would be made available to customers over in the US, the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Russia, China, Hong Kong, and India. Things look set to brighten up in other countries that were not listed originally though, as you can read on further right after the jump.

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img sony logoElectronic paper, or e-paper in short, is not something that you would want to use on a smartphone, although it works great in an e-book reader setting, hence its name. This energy-efficient display technology does its level best to emulate the reading properties of standard paper, and it might eventually make its way onto a Sony smartwatch soon, at least according to some rumors that have been bandied about. If the rumors were to be true, then Sony might be developing a smartwatch which will make use of patented e-paper-enabled material for its display – and get this, for the wristband, too.

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linshof i8When one thinks of Germany as a country, we more often than not have images of high powered performance cars, Oktoberfest, and steely determination among the people – but smartphones? Isn’t that the domain of other countries? Apparently not, as what you can see from the Linshof i8 that is shown above. The Linshof i8 happens to be a custom phone that sports its very own unconventional design and proprietary user interface.

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s5 lollipopJust a few days ago, we brought you word that Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S5 has finally been on the receiving end of the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update after some time of waiting. Well, it is not a surprise then to hear that there might be an Android 5.0 Lollipop update in store for the very same handset. After all, Samsung’s existing and previous generation flagships have been spotted running on Android 5.0 Lollipop with TouchWiz atop, albeit on an unofficial basis. What you see on the right happens to be a screenshot of just that elusive image.

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All apps do require an update from time to time in order to keep up with the times, and Skype for Android is no different. The app’s most recent update would open up the doors for you to multitask even on your smartphone – and that includes while you are on a video call. In fact, picture-in-picture support has been thrown into the mix, especially for Android-powered smartphones, after being made available on tablets for approximately a year. This means smartphone owners who are right smack in the middle of a video call can now check out a different app while continuing with the conversation.

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iPhone 6 review 7 640x426With Apple not managing to obtain the right yield that they were looking for in order to have sapphire glass installed as displays on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, it goes without saying that (relatively speaking) both of the latest generation iPhone handsets would be more easily scratched – the display, that is, as opposed to sapphire glass. Apparently, owners of the iPhone 6 as well as the iPhone 6 Plus have begun to complain that the displays on their handsets are easily scratched compared to the older generations of iPhones. This has been highlighted in the Apple Support Communities forum already, where it had picked up more than 600 responses of a similar experience.

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xiaomi logo 640x236Ex-Googler Hugo Barra, who jumped ship to join Xiaomi of China, did share in a recent interview that the Mi range of high end Xiaomi devices will be on the receiving end of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update early on in 2015, and this will soon be followed by the mid-range Redmi line of smartphones. Needless to say, the most recent iteration of Android will also be accompanied by Xiaomi’s very own MIUI user interface when it rolls out. Barra claims that the development of this exact firmware build will be high on the priority list for Xiaomi, which does suggest MIUI to allow the adoption of the Material Design of Lollipop. Apart from that, Xiaomi will most likely participate in the Android One initiative and introduce just such a device which will be powered by stock, unaltered Android without any MIUI accompanying it.

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apple logo 640x359It does look as though the shares of sapphire manufacturers have seen their prices increase over the past two days by stock market traders in Taiwan. The reason behind this? Whispers have been going around that Apple, the company with more than $700 billion in market capitalization, intends to have another go at using sapphire glass for the displays when it comes to the next iPhone. After all, the intention to use sapphire glass on the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus did not materialize due to low yields, resulting in the use of an ion-hardened display instead.

Read full post →Asian Sapphire Stocks See Prices Rise In View Of Rumors