samsunglogoWhen the Samsung Galaxy Alpha was announced, many were wondering if this could be a one-off handset from the South Korean tech giant. Well according to the rumors that shortly followed, it wasn’t. Word has it that Samsung has other similar metal-built smartphones planned as part of its A-series and so far we have heard of devices like the SM-A3000 (which is apparently the SM-A300) and the SM-A500.

Well it looks like the SM-A300 has been spotted recently in a User Agent Profile listing and on GFXBench where some of its specs have been revealed. According to the listing, the handset appears to be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.4GHz, which seems to be a bit faster than its previous sighting in which it was running at 1.2GHz. Read full post →Samsung SM-A300 Spotted In User Agent Profile

moto x 2014 review 3 640x426It wasn’t too long ago that Motorola took the wraps off the new Moto X. Based on the initial reviews of the handset, it seems that it has been pretty well-received by consumers so far, thanks to its features, its hardware, and also its customizability. That being said, if you’re a Verizon customer looking to get your hands on the device, it seems that come 26th September you will be able to do so.

This is thanks to the folks at Phandroid who have recently gotten their hands on what looks like a leaked Verizon document that reveals when the handset will be making its way to the carrier. The handset will be priced at $99.99 along with a new two-year contract, and it looks like the carrier will also be having a special bamboo promotion that will run until the 10th of October. Read full post →Moto X (2014) Reportedly Arriving On Verizon 26th September

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apple logo2Patent trolls are aplenty and what they usually do is they go after companies with vague patents claiming that said companies had infringed upon their patents and they are now suing them. This is usually done so that companies will rush for a quick settlement as opposed to a long and drawn out legal proceeding.

Well it looks like one patent troll could be getting a taste of their own medicine, sort of. A while ago, a company called Linex Technologies went after tech companies such as Apple and HP, claiming that they had infringed upon their patents. They initially went through the ITC but dropped the lawsuit after a staff attorney decided that no patents were infringed. Read full post →Apple, HP Slap Patent Troll With Attorney Fees At $3.6 Million Each

57267888 640x384At the moment, most of us have monitors or use monitors that will display Full HD resolution which seems to be more or less the standard these days. However as 4K monitors start becoming more affordable, we can only assume that one day that 4K displays will become the new standard, but it seems that Microsoft could be thinking about taking it one step further. Read full post →Leaked Windows 9 Screenshot Suggests Support For 4K And 8K Resolutions

Windows Phone Store 3Given that app stores are operated in many countries, with each country having their own specific apps (after all what use is a US carrier app if you’re living in a different part of the world?), it means that companies have a lot of maintenance to do. However it seems that Microsoft has been accused of only focusing their efforts on the US Windows Phone Store and has neglected other stores in the process.

This comes from the folks at who claims that Microsoft has neglected its other stores, like the Germany one. The website reports that they have been trying to get Microsoft to remove spam apps from the Windows Phone Store by PopularMobileApps. The apps are listed for free but apparently only have a “trial” period of five days, after which they will charge its users.

It will also spam the user with toast notifications about the developer’s other apps, which not only runs in the background but reportedly drains a fair bit of battery Read full post →Microsoft Accused Of Focusing Only On US Windows Phone Store, Neglecting Others

microsoft logoSo we know that Microsoft isn’t opposed to mobile payments, after all there is Microsoft Wallet on Windows Phone, but could Microsoft be thinking about getting more involved with the service and making it as possible contender to the likes of Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and Softcard (formerly known as ISIS)?

Well according to a report from Re/code, they could be. It seems that Microsoft has recently hired Iain Kennedy, the former payments product manager who been at Amazon for the past six years before jumping ship to Microsoft. Kennedy is now the product manager for Microsoft’s commerce platform which has some speculating that perhaps Microsoft could be thinking of rejuvenating their mobile payment efforts. Read full post →Microsoft Getting Serious About Mobile Payments With Their Latest Hire

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Cortana is Microsoft’s relatively new virtual private assistant that’s exclusive to its Windows Phone platform for now, though rumor has it that Cortana will be coming to Windows 9 as well. The company is evidently committed to improving its feature set as it has said in the past that Cortana will be updated twice a month at the very least. This will be done to ensure that Cortana keeps on evolving. The latest feature it has received as a result of this is the ability to define words.

Using the new feature is pretty simple. Just fire up Cortana and ask it to “Define” and say the word out loud. It will search online and bring back the relevant definition.

This feature can actually be quite useful for those who are trying to learn the English language. Cortana is pretty quick is fetching the results and it also takes the pain out of launching a separate app or accessing Google or any other search engine to find the correct definition.

Reports suggests that at this point in time this feature hasn’t gone live across all markets in which Cortana is available right now, some claimed to not be able to get Cortana to define a word in the UK.

With rapid upgrades for Cortana Microsoft aims to bring it at par, and take it above, Apple’s Siri. Many would agree that its on the right path with this strategy.

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On September 12th Apple started taking pre-orders for its new iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. After just 24 hours the company announced that it had received a record number of pre-orders. Sales started on September 19th and already customers have received their units in a handful of markets around the world. Now that the smartphones are out in the world Apple has formally revealed the out-of-warranty iPhone 6 repair costs that customers will have to pay when they bring their devices in for fixing after the warranty runs out.

Read full post →Out-Of-Warranty iPhone 6 Repair Costs Revealed

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China is a very lucrative market for consumer electronics and given the country’s recent relaxation of rules pertaining to gaming consoles both Microsoft and Sony confirmed the launch of their new consoles for the Chinese market. Microsoft’s new console, the Xbox One, has been trailing the PlayStation 4 as far as sales are concerned and if it was looking to make up some ground in China its hopes have been dashed for now. Microsoft has confirmed that it is delaying the Xbox One release in China.

Read full post →Xbox One Release In China Delayed

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Virtual reality company Oculus is revamping its Oculus Share marketplace this fall. At its developer conference the company announced that it is going to launch the “Oculus Platform” for developers later this fall. Developers will be able to sell their virtual reality experiences and apps through the Oculus Platform which will initially debut on the Samsung Gear VR, a virtual reality headset that Samsung has developed in collaboration with Oculus.

Read full post →‘Oculus Platform’ Launches This Fall