snapchatAs some of you might have heard, Snapchat is reportedly working on creating more original content as opposed to just being content with being another instant messaging app, but when exactly will we be able to see this new content being offered? Well if a recent report from The New York Post (via Re/code) is to be believed, tomorrow could be when it makes its debut.

Last we heard, Snapchat’s original content was expected to debut “soon”, and we guess a launch tomorrow would allow it to fall into that “soon” category. Unsurprisingly Snapchat has yet to comment on the rumor, but if it is true we won’t have to wait much longer to find that out for ourselves. Read full post →Snapchat’s “Discover” Original Content Feature Will Debut Tomorrow [Rumor]

kira-updatedUltrabooks are fun to use – they take so little time to boot up, and are lightweight enough for you to tote around without breaking your back, especially when you are on the showfloor walking around. Well, Toshiba of Japan has their KIRAbook range of devices that sport both of the qualities mentioned, and this time around, the KIRA range has been updated to boast of the fifth generation Intel Core “Broadwell” processors underneath the hood.

Read full post →Toshiba KIRA Ultrabooks Get Updated

microsoft__logoIt was an interesting move, albeit somewhat unsurprising and natural transition when Microsoft announced that they would acquire Nokia’s cellphone division. Given the close ties that Nokia and Microsoft had, the acquisition would basically give Microsoft the ability to churn out their own brand of smartphones, which they have started doing under the Lumia banner.

That being, how has Microsoft’s Lumia sales been so far? As it turns out it looks like they’re doing pretty well. According to the latest numbers announced by Microsoft as part of the results for their last quarter that ended in Q4 2014, it has been revealed that Microsoft has managed to pull in $2.3 billion in revenue from their mobile division from hardware sales alone. Read full post →Microsoft: 10.5 Million Lumia Handsets Sold In Q4 2014

microsoft logoWindows 10 is Microsoft’s latest upcoming operating system. The operating system will be a huge step forward for Microsoft as they attempt to unify both the PC and mobile user experience. Previously the company had separate operating systems, such as Windows Phone for smartphones, Windows RT for tablets (or ARM-based devices), and Windows 8 for PCs.

That being said, while it appears that PC and mobile devices in the future will come with Windows 10, the experience will be different. There are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding Windows 10 and Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has recently taken to Twitter to clarify some of them, in particular to the desktop feature. Read full post →Windows 10 On Devices Smaller Than 8-inches Won’t Get A Desktop

exynos-benchmarkIt has been said that there are several variants of Samsung’s upcoming flagship device, the Galaxy S6, which will run with the Exynos 7420 chipset underneath the hood. Well, what do we know of the Exynos 7420 chipset? This chipset has more or less gone through the wringer over at Geekbench, where the single-core score which was racked up touched the 1,520 figure, while the multi-core tally managed to hit 5,478. Of course, it would make sense if these test scores were garnered through a Samsung Galaxy S6 prototype instead of the market ready model that will still take quite some time before it arrives officially.

Read full post →Exynos 7420 Chipset Benchmarked

Huawei-Ascend-Mate7-CompactWe are well aware that the folks over at Huawei intend to hold a press event this coming March 1 when Mobile World Congress 2015 kicks off, although there was no mention as to which particular handset will be launched then. Italian website HDBlog did mention, however, that the China-based company could deliver a more compact version of the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 – and of course, it would not veer too far off course if it were to be known as the Huawei Mate 7 Compact, won’t it?

Read full post →Huawei Mate 7 Compact Could Be On Its Way

apple-pay-002Apple Pay has been in the market for a few months now ever since iOS 8.1 was released to iPhone users, so how is Apple’s mobile payment service faring? As it turns out it is doing pretty well, according to various retailers who have sung praises about the Cupertino company’s mobile payment efforts.

According to Brittany Salcedo, night manager at Canyon Market in Springdale, Utah, near Zion National Park, she claims that she has heard feedback from her customers that Apple Pay is apparently safer. To a certain extent that is true as Apple Pay requires the use of the person’s fingerprints in order to make a payment, thus ensuring that not anyone can just grab your phone from you and go on a shopping spree. Read full post →Retailer Estimates Apple Pay Use Is Five Times More Than Softcard

While some of us might be more concerned about features such as battery life, display resolution, how many cores our smartphone’s processor has, how much RAM, and etc., there are some who prioritize other features such as how loud its speakers are. We have seen bad designs in the past where the speakers are placed on the back of the phone and are muffled when placed in the pocket.

We have also seen instances where speakers aren’t loud enough which tends to lead to missed calls and poor video or music listening experiences. Well the good news is that if you were thinking of picking up the new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, the folks at iClarified have put together a new test that basically compares the speaker volumes of all the iPhones that Apple has released to date. Read full post →iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Volume Levels Compared Against Their Predecessors

Asus-ZenWatch-05If there is ever a valid reason as to why some people are avoiding smartwatches at the moment it is because of its battery life. Considering that regular watches don’t need to charge or change batteries on a daily basis, having to charge your smartwatch at the end of the day is something many people are unused to.

However ASUS is hoping that their next smartwatch will be able to address those problems. The company has recently hinted that their next-gen smartwatch will feature a battery life that will last a good seven days before requiring a recharge. According to ASUS’ chairman Jonney Shih, this will be thanks to a simplified OS and an improved chipset. Read full post →ASUS’ Next Smartwatch Could Feature A Week-Long Battery Life

apple_logoWhen it comes to the world’s largest smartphone makers, Samsung and Apple take the number one and two spots, although Samsung has been leading the way ever since 2011. However it looks like Samsung could be steadily losing ground as Apple catches up, according to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal.

Samsung had overtaken Apple in the third quarter of 2011, but the recent numbers according to research firm Canalys has revealed that Samsung’s share has been taking a dive. For example Samsung had only managed to ship 78 million smartphones in the third quarter, which is about 25% of the global smartphone market share and where last year they had managed 34%, which is admittedly a rather steep drop. Read full post →Apple’s iPhone Is Starting To Gain On Samsung’s Sales