samsung-w2014The folks who happen to live in China were on the receiving end of a clamshell device earlier this year from Samsung, where said smartphone was known as the Samsung SCH-W999. The SCH-W999 took on a clamshell form factor that was long thought to be extinct in nature, but it seems that if you happened to have missed that particular “boat”, there is still a chance for redemption. After all, we have received word that there will be another clamshell form factor smartphone from Samsung that is headed to the world’s most populous country again – the Samsung SM-W2014.

This new smartphone is touted to run on a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, where it will feature a couple of Super AMOLED screens as well to up the ante. Right now, it is the most impressive dual-display clamshell smartphone in China, where both displays feature a 3.67” screen size at 800 x 480 pixels, accompanied by 2GB RAM to boot, a 13-megapixel camera at the back with a 2-megapixel front facing camera, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, all running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean right out of the box. It does seem to shape up with be an exclusive smartphone for the Chinese market, and you can pick one up from China Telecom if you’re interested.



nokia-asha-503When October 22nd rolls around, one can more or less expect that in most parts of the world, folks would be on the lookout for a spanking new iPad as well as an iPad mini, but that date has yet to be patented by the folks over at Apple, so it is also fair game for other hardware device manufacturers to roll out their latest gadget on that date as well. Nokia of Finland is one of such companies, where they are tipped to make an announcement concerning the Nokia Asha 503 on October 22nd itself.

What you see above happens to be a press render leak from the folks over at @evleaks, where the press image does point to a device with a particularly stand-out design. According to Nokia, this particular design approach has been deemed to be “dual-shot”, since there are a couple of layers which the device’s body is made out of. There is a translucent outer one, and also a colorful inner plastic layer. It seems that the Nokia Asha 503 is set to be a touch-only device similar to one with a capacitive touchscreen display, and it will also run Twitter. No idea on how much it will cost though, but it should not be too pricey to begin with.



kindlefire-hdxIn life, it is always good to have a target – after all, it keeps you going and is the reason for existing, even when all other hope is snuffed out. Of course, one would also need to learn to manage expectations, and the same can be said of corporations as well. Amazon have recently shared their confidence in selling up to 2 million Kindle Fire HD tablets before November 2013 comes to a close. This might sound like a drop in the bucket for a company like Apple with their iPad, but where a solitary Android-powered tablet is concerned, it is still an extremely impressive figure. So far, there have been no reports of increased orders for the other tablet models by Amazon.

I suppose Amazon has good reason to be optimistic about the Kindle Fire HD, after all, it has been priced at a very competitive $139 and $169 for the 8GB and 16GB models, respectively. Not only that, they have received an overhaul in the design as well as hardware department, targeting the 7” entry-level tablet market. Do you think that Amazon will be able to meet their sales target before the Yuletide month kicks in? Only time will be able to tell, so all we need to do is sit tight and wait.


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The back button in Windows Phone devices is there to allow users who want to go back to other applications with ease, though if a new rumor is true, future devices might do away with this button altogether. Paul Thurrott, a man believed to have insights into Microsoft’s work, has heard from a single source that the support for a hardware back button will be eliminated in WIndows Phone 8.1. This particular WP update is expected to be released next year.

It is not known how multitasking will work in Windows Phone 8.1, given the fact that the back button is also used to bring up the multitasking user interface. Microsoft is expected to tweak the multitasking experience in Windows Phone 8.1, so its possible that it might devise a completely new way of bringing up the interface. This update is also expected to bring support for devices that have displays up to 10 inches. The current Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update brings support for devices with 5 and 6 inch displays, going by this rumor, it appears that Windows Phone 8.1 will up the ante. The company is also rumored to be creating a universal binary for apps, which would mean that developers won’t have to make separate apps for Windows Phone and Windows RT, a single app will be able to run on both platforms. This is in line with recent rumors which suggest that Microsoft might merge Windows RT and WIndows Phone over the next two years. Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to release for existing devices in spring next year.


z1-android-kitkatWhen it comes to owning a Nexus-branded device, one of the best things about it would be the introduction of a new operating system update each time it hits the market. Well, without a doubt we will see Android 4.4 KitKat arrive with the LG Nexus 5, but here we are with word that the Android 4.3 operating system update will most likely arrive on the Xperia Z1 smartphone this coming November, as the latest version of Android will arrive on that month as well. As of today, we do know that the Xperia Z1 is running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which means it would make plenty of sense for this rumor to actually take root.

According to a leaked document from French mobile carrier Free, it seems that the Xperia SP too, will be on the receiving end of an Android operating system update – in fact, it will also pick up Android 4.3 Jelly Bean along the way sometime this coming December, as other smartphones from Sony, too, are tipped to receive this particular operating system update afterwards. Right now, the Xperia SP still remains “stuck” on Android 4.1, so it would be a classic version jump in this case. Can you wait for it to arrive?


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Last month Apple finally announced its two new smartphones, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. Both smartphones were initially released in a select number of markets, which included the U.S., China, Japan, Australia, Singapore and a number of countries in Europe. With the initial launch frenzy taken care of in these markets, the company has now decided to detail launch plans for the new iPhones in other markets. Come October 25th, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available in 30 additional countries.

Quite a lot of these new countries are located in Europe, while Taiwan, Thailand and Macau make the list as well. South Korea is on it as well, it will be interesting to see how both smartphones perform there, given the fact that it is the home turf of Apple’s biggest rival, Samsung. Expansion of international availability doesn’t stop after October 25th. On November 1st, the new iPhones will become available in as many as 16 countries, including the UAE, India, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Mexico and Malaysia. Pricing will obviously vary in different countries, though it can be said without a doubt that iPhone aficionados in those countries will be stoked about the official launch of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in their respective nations.


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Pokemon X and Y are just a few days away from their big release on the Nintendo 3DS, but it looks like a new Pokemon game will soon be entering the ring as Pokemon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara spilled the beans in an upcoming television appearance on Japanese TV show NHK Professional: Shigoto no Ryuugi. Read full post →New Pokemon Game Starring Pikachu Currently In Development


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Heart disease has become a big problem for several years now that can become a silent killer if its effects aren’t caught early enough. IBM is hoping it can help predict heart disease before doctor’s are able to, which would make prevention much easier, by teaming up with Sutter Health and Geisinger Health Systems to use big data analytics to detect the signs of heart disease years earlier than what’s possible with today’s technology. Read full post →IBM Looking To Use Big Data To Help Predict Heart Disease Early


We’re sure you’ve been in trouble with the law more times than you can probably count while driving around wishing that you could magically change the car you’re driving in so you won’t get caught while your bobbing and weaving your way through traffic in a high-speed chase. If it happens to be raining, this Nissan Skyline R33 just might be your ideal getaway vehicle. Read full post →Nissan Skyline Uses Heat-Sensitive Paint To Change Its Colors [Video]


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Electronic Arts announced a new Need for Speed game earlier this year called Need for Speed Rivals which was expected to be released onto next-generation consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in addition to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. At the time of their announcement, EA announced the current-generation version of Need for Speed Rivals would be released on November 19, although no word on when the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 would be released. That all changes today as EA has announced you can look forward to a next-gen Need for Speed experience starting on November 22 in North America. Read full post →Need For Speed Rivals Racing To PS4, Xbox One November 22