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Gaming peripheral maker Razer started a teaser campaign yesterday that appears to show a person holding a smartphone. Not long after, a tweet turned up that showed the CEO of the company with what we assume to be that smartphone peeking out of his pocket. We have to wait until November 1 to officially see what Razer is cooking up, but thankfully someone appears to have run the phone through GFXBench giving us a glimpse at what might be hiding inside. The GFXBench results list "Razer Phone" as the device and then gives out what look to be solid specs for a flagship device in 2017. The... Read more...
There are a lot of car guys and gals out there that dream of making enough money to have an entire collection of Porsche cars and SUVs. It's undeniably appealing to have a Cayenne or Macan for ferrying the kids around during the week or schlepping coworkers to and from meetings. On the weekends, having a sexy Cayman S in the driveway to play with or take down to the track would be perfect. The catch is that most of us don't have the kind of money lying around that you need to own one, let alone two Porsche models. Porsche has announced that it is launching a new sports car and SUV subscription... Read more...
Microsoft has announced new tech that is available in your chat window that leverages the Cortana intelligent digital assistant. Cortana is available in Skype and is designed to help you with details to support the conversations you have every day.  This means if you ask someone to go to the movies with you, it will give you access to movie times. If someone asks you to remember to do something, Cortana will offer to set a reminder on your phone. Cortana can also suggest smart replies so you can respond to messages faster and more easily, without having to type. The reminders that Cortana... Read more...
We've known for quite some time that Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile is near death. The operating system has been treading water with less than one percent of the global smartphone market for quite some time, CEO Satya Nadella killed the company's smartphone hardware division, and we recently heard commentary from Hewlett-Packard about Microsoft’s non-committal attitude towards Windows 10 Mobile. "Microsoft, as all companies do, decided on a change in strategy and so they are less focused on what they thought they would be focused on today," said HP EMEA boss Nick Lazaridis last week. "Given that,... Read more...
The phone formerly known as Krypton has not officially launched as the BlackBerry Motion. Though you will not find any reference to the new handset on BlackBerry's website, the company announced its newest smartphone at GITEX Technology Week, with a shout out to TCL Communications, its manufacturing partner. BlackBerry also confirmed that its Motion handset wields a capacious 4,000 mAh battery. By tasking TCL with manufacturing chores, BlackBerry frees itself to focus on software and enterprise-level security features. The side effect is that BlackBerry might not be able to supply as many handsets... Read more...
The company that once upon a time was known as Research in Motion (RIM) is getting ready to release a new smartphone, the BlackBerry Motion. Known internally as Krypton, what looks to be an official press rendering of the new handset has found its way to the web, courtesy of Evan Blass (who else?), otherwise popularly known on Twitter as @evleaks. In an exchange on Twitter that follows his post, Evan alludes to the BlackBerry Motion not being a flagship handset. Previously leaked specs back the assertion—the BlackBerry Motion is said to feature an all-touch front display with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080)... Read more...
Microsoft's Edge browser hasn't exactly been well received on the Windows 10 operating system. Globally, Microsoft Edge has just a 5 percent share of the web browser market, while Chrome is dominating the field with a whopping 60 percent. With its desktop share not looking so hot these days, Microsoft is focusing its attention to the mobile sector. Microsoft Edge is already available on Windows 10 Mobile, but that's a dying platform. So, the company is extending the browser to the Android and iOS platforms in Preview (Beta) form. According to Microsoft, it made this move because users were telling... Read more...
There has been some excitement amongst the Android faithful over the Pixel 2 smartphones that are due to launch today, and leaks have landed recently giving us an idea what the devices will look like. Those images have already stoked the disappointment in many hopefuls, because the Pixel 2 smartphones have thicker bezels and lack the high-end design touches found in other devices like the Galaxy Note 8 or iPhone 8. Jean Baptiste Su, principal analyst at Atherton Research has now written that the Pixel 2 lineup will be a major disappointment. Reasons cited for this are a boring design aesthetic... Read more...
What do we have here? Everyone has been so focused on Google's upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, that no one stopped to think that the company might have something even more "premium" in development. Well, today, a fresh leak suggests that Google might be working on a premium flagship called the Ultra Pixel. While the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are no doubt high-end smartphones, it appears that Google may be going the Apple route this generation. Just as the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are refinements of last year's models, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL appear (on the surface) to be an evolution... Read more...
When the father of Android, Andy Rubin, launched the Essential Phone recently, most of us expected great things. The phone certainly looks appealing with thin bezels and good looks. Last month the white version was delayed, but black versions were still shipping quickly. However, a new report has surfaced that claims Essential Products has sold a scant 5,000 units via Sprint since the smartphone launched there as an exclusive (which few were happy about). If you compare Essential to Apple and Samsung, the gulf is gigantic with both of those firms selling tens of millions of devices each quarter... Read more...
Let the record show that Bill Gates, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft who forever altered the computing landscape with Windows, has a tremendous amount of respect for the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple. He also thinks Apple is doing "good work." Be that as it may, you will not find Gates wielding an iPhone—his mobile device of choice these days is actually an Android handset "with a lot of Microsoft software" installed. The former Microsoft boss turned full-time philanthropist (through is Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) revealed his phone of choice during an interview with Fox News.... Read more...
Fans of the mobile game Super Mario Run will be thrilled to hear that on September 29 a new update is set to land and that update will bring some goodies to the game in terms of new game modes and content. The biggest gem is a new character in the form of Nintendo's Princess Daisy and she brings with her a new double-jump ability. That ability especially will give gamers new ways to collect coins when they play the game. Princess Daisy will also bring some new ways to play Toad Rally. You don't simply get to choose Princess Daisy from the character list and go play, you have to unlock her by playing... Read more...
Lenovo introduced their Moto Z family last year with high hopes of being something different. The evolution of smartphone design has been more iterative than innovate in recent years from most manufacturers. The Moto Z smartphones, however, offered modularity to allow the phones to adapt to a user’s in-the-moment needs. The Moto Mods concept is an intriguing one, but was ultimately met with mixed reviews. It is certainly the best execution we have seen to date with a growing selection of mods and simple plug-and-play operation, but many users are put off by needing to keep the phone-sized mods... Read more...
The Galaxy Note 8 is an important product for Samsung. Not only because the Note 8 is the company’s newest, flagship, large-screen smartphone, but because it also carries the additional burden of righting all of the wrongs associated with the company's Note 7 snafu. For some people, there is a certain stigma attached to the Note series now that could be erased if the Note 8 is a success and resonates well with consumers. We can tell you this up front -- all of the right technology seems to be in place. And from a design standpoint, the Note 8 sure is a looker. But good looks and the right... Read more...
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