Samsung’s Galaxy Note series of phablets have proven themselves to be exceedingly popular over the years, and for good reason, too – the larger-than-normal display when it first hit the market which opened up a whole new world of visual treats to the masses, not to mention making the phablet category of devices more acceptable. Does it have competitors in this segment? Sure, and the latest model would be the Alcatel OneTouch Flash, also known by its model number 6042D. This particular handset was promoted to go up against the Samsung Galaxy Note as you can see in the rather cute video above.

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cortana conversionWindows Phone’s Cortana is slowly but surely growing in stature, as the users start to discover all of the little details that this digital personal assistant is capable of. In fact, some of the features have been a so-called staple on Siri and Google Now, but this does not mean that Cortana users will have to lag behind. No sir, with Cortana, you too, are able to get a grasp of the worldwide time, and this feature comes in especially handy if you are about to make a long distance call across different time zones, but have not quite mastered the nuances of addition and subtraction just yet.

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iphone 3gs batteryIt looks like the number of incidents involving smartphone batteries exploding, or ballooning, is not exactly too rare in our society, especially when you take into consideration that there has been a fair number of reports in the past concerning such situations. While we have seen word on how an iPhone 3GS’ battery ballooned to the verge of explosion earlier this year, here we are with another image sent by a reader to PhoneArena that his old iPhone 3GS had its battery blown up to unnatural proportions that the smartphone was broken.

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s duos 3 boxFirst there was the Samsung Galaxy S Duos that came out in 2012, where a sequel to the smartphone followed the year after in the predictable naming convention that calls it the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2. Well, now that we are in the third quarter of 2014, it is only fitting for the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 3 to be lined up for a release, where it will carry the model number SM-G313HU. It is apparently already up for sale by an Indian retailer for approximately $130 after conversion, despite the fact that the handset has yet to be officially listed down on the official website.

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Xperia Z3 Compact inferiorCome IFA 2014, we expect that Sony will have a bunch of mobile devices they are planning on showing us. One will probably be the company’s second flagship phone for 2014 – the Sony Xperia Z3, and the other is expected to be a smaller version of the handset in the form of the Xperia Z3 Compact.

Thanks to leaked photos obtained by Ausdroid, we now know what the handset is expected to look like. As you can see in the image above, the Xperia Z3 Compact will arrive in a variety of different colors, which based on the photo looks like white, orange, green, and black. The handsets also appear to be slightly different from Sony’s design language of the Xperia Z2 and appears to sport slightly more rounder edges. Read full post →Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Leaked, Shows Off Multiple Color Options

2m xperia sony ifa 640x360Earlier today Sony posted a teaser image on Twitter in which they seemed to tease the dimensions for an upcoming device. Based on the dimensions there was a good chance that Sony could be referring to the upcoming Sony Xperia Z3 which would be the company’s second flagship smartphone for 2014.

That being said, Sony has posted a new teaser and this time it seems to hint at how water resistant their devices are going to be. As you can see in the image above, the teaser image suggests that Sony’s products will be water resistant up to 2m in depth. It is unclear if this is a general teaser for Sony’s mobile devices, or if it could be for the Sony Xperia Z3. Read full post →Sony Teases Water Resistant Products For IFA 2014

gta 5 gem1 1About a week ago, we reported that it was possible that Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V for PC and next-gen consoles could be released on the 1st of November. The date might be provisional but now according to Rockstar’s UK retailer, Gem, it seems that they have pegged the game for a release on the 14th of November as you can see in the screenshot above. Read full post →Grand Theft Auto V Pegged For 14th November Release In The UK

youtube donateWhen it comes to making money from YouTube, there are ads in which a portion of it will be given to the video’s creators. However unless you’re in that top 5% of YouTube video creators, there is a good chance that whatever you make from those ads are barely enough to survive.

However a few months ago, Google announced that they would be introducing new tools to YouTube creators that would allow them to solicit donations from their videos. This would allow another source of income for these video creators. Android Police are reporting that the feature is now live and are detailing how it works. Read full post →YouTube’s Donation Feature Is Now Live In Four Countries

apple logoWhile Apple has confirmed that they will be hosting an event on the 9th of September where presumably the iPhone 6 will be launched, we guess the question that remains is when will Apple release the phone? Previously it had been rumored that it would be released on the 19th of September and now thanks to a report from Dutch website (via Cult of Mac), they have “confirmed” that the 19th of September could be a possible date as well.

They claim that one Dutch carrier (it was not named) would begin taking pre-orders for the iPhone 6 starting from the 19th of September. This seems to be in line with Apple’s release schedule which is usually a couple of weeks after the iPhone has been officially announced. For example in 2013, Apple announced their new iPhones on the 10th of September but officially released them on the 20th of September. Read full post →iPhone 6 Pre-Order Date Pegged For 19th September By Dutch Carrier

Stats browser August 2014 640x325A lot of people give Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser a lot of grief, and in all fairness earlier builds of Internet Explorer left a lot to be desired, thus giving alternative browsers such as Firefox and Chrome room to grow. That being said, Microsoft has made strides with Internet Explorer and thanks to the latest numbers from Net Applications, it shows that IE11’s market share has grown.

As it stands, IE8 continues to dominate the market as it is the default browser on Windows 7, an operating system which still commands the lion’s share of the market. However its market share of 21.4% is actually a slight dip from 21.56% from last month. As for IE11, it has jumped from 16.78% last month to 17.45% this month, although overall it seems that Internet Explorer’s market share has dipped from 58.38% to 57.69%. Read full post →Internet Explorer 11′s Market Share Is On The Rise