gestures beta Microsoft Looks Into Gestures Beta AppIt looks as though Microsoft intends to introduce a spanking new beta app for recently released Lumia smartphones, where the Gestures Beta app would enable one to perform several key actions without even having to touch the screen, now how about that for convenience? For instance, you can answer an incoming call simply by holding it to your ear, and turning on the speakerphone as you place the handset face up on a table. Want to mute the microphone? Not a problem at all – just place it face down on a flat surface, and you’re good to go.

This spanking new Gestures Beta app would make use of the accelerometer and proximity sensors in selected, compatible handsets to figure out just where the phone is at that point in time. Microsoft intends to add support for additional gestures down the road, so that you can interact with your smartphone without even having to touch it. Right now, the Gestures Beta app supports the likes of the Lumia 535, Lumia 730, Lumia 735, and Lumia 830, with limited support thrown into the mix for the Lumia 530, 630, and 635.

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Apple to overtake Intel Apple Ceases Online Sales In RussiaApple has ceased all manner of online sales in Russia, where this has been attributed to the rather sharp decline in the ruble which has in turn, sent the country’s economy into a crisis. In fact, on Tuesday alone, the Russian currency dropped by as much as 20% against other currencies, and overall, the ruble has declined by 60% this year alone. Apple is finding it difficult to turn too much of a profit after converting the rubles received for their products, and hence, this would indirectly result in an inadvertent raise of product prices – which Apple did by increasing the iPhone 6 price by 25% last month in that part of the world.

The sharp decline of the ruble has required Apple to continue reviewing its pricing for their online store in Russia, and in order to prevent changing prices several times each day, Apple decided to just stop sales at the moment.

-Luca Maestri, CFO, Apple, shared, “It’s a fact of life if the U.S. dollar strengthens, that creates a headwind for us both in revenue and margins for our business outside of the United States. We have a comprehensive hedging program in place that mitigates the impact of foreign exchange. Over time, of course, these hedges roll off and get replaced by new hedges at new spot levels, and so the protection that you get from a hedging program is temporary.”

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samsung logo 4 640x387 Samsung Galaxy U Line To Reach The End Of The Road SoonIt is not a surprise to hear that the folks over at Samsung do roll out plenty of phones – so much so that there seems to be a little bit of something for everyone. It does not matter whether you are on the lookout for an entry level handset, or want a mid-range phone, or perhaps are even looking for a high end model, Samsung has it all. However, there are times when a company would need to know how to cut its losses, which is why we have heard on the grapevine that Samsung intends to cease development of its Samsung Galaxy U series of smartphones.

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lg tab book duo LG Tab Book Duo AnnouncedIt seems like the folks over at LG have decided to announce the LG Tab Book Duo, which is a unique device that will comprise of not one – but two different segments, as one can tell by the name itself. First of all, there will be a 10” display of unknown resolution count, alongside a kickstand and a Bluetooth keyboard which will hook up to your Tab Book as well as smartphone simultaneously.

It is said that the processor underneath the hood will be able to deliver up to 11 hours of battery life at a stretch – which is mighty impressive if you ask me, but then again that remains to be seen as to what kind of activity that you put the LG Tab Book Duo through. LG claims it is a mere quad-core Intel processor, so we will take their word for it

The entire shebang tips the scales at approximately 530 grams, where it will be accompanied by a USB 3.0 port, a microHDMI port, and will have the equivalent asking price of $670 after conversion. [Press Release]

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rm137 480x640 Nokia E80 Prototype SpottedIt is not every day that you see a rare device which never made it to the market surface, and here we are greeted by a particularly rare prototype from Nokia, where it carries the model number RM- 137, otherwise known as the Nokia E80 if it were to make its way to the market all of those years ago.

The Nokia E80, as mentioned above, did not manage to be released on an official basis, but one cannot but help get the feeling that this is a divergence in its design, being a hybrid device of the Communicator series, sporting a keyboard which would not be too far off the mark from that of a Nokia N900, while the special hinge design does seem to remind us of the flagship (back then) Nokia N97 and N97 Mini. All in all, there are many reasons as to why a particular device did not manage to make its way to the market – but we are unable to figure this mystery out.

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samsung explodes causing fire Samsung Galaxy Ace II x Catches Fire Ontario university student Hope Casserly would certainly have permanent memories of October 22, and not because this is the day where something fantastic happened to her, or she graduated top of her class, but rather, because she was rudely stirred from her slumber at 1:30 a.m. by a loud popping sound. Casserly then said, “My back was to the phone and ah — I saw a light going across my shoulder, which would be the inside of the battery on fire. It hit the wall and fell onto my bed.”

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ubersprint Uber To Arrive Pre loaded On Selected New Sprint Android HandsetsIt seems that Uber has gotten itself into some bad press lately, but this certainly does not detract from the popularity of this particular service that allows you to get from point A to point B in a safer manner as opposed to seasoned taxi drivers. It is said that there will be an Uber app which will be pre-loaded onto Sprint’s new Android-powered smartphones, although this particular promotion is said to run until the end of the year. Majority of the new Android-powered handsets on Sprint will feature the Uber app, although not all.

In addition, as an added incentive, Sprint is willing to fork out $20 toward your first Uber ride, assuming that happens sometime this month. How do you take advantage of this offer? Well, when you are about to register with Uber, just enter the coupon code SPRINT, and the carrier will then go ahead to lower your very first Uber bill to the tune of $20. Sounds like a pretty good start to your Uber experience, don’t you think so? [Press Release]

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elephone p6k Chinas Elephone P6000 Runs On Android 5.0 LollipopIf you fancy your chances of picking up a smartphone that comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed, then chances are you would have to settle for a regular Nexus 6 that hails from the factory lines of Motorola. However, it looks like all of that is about to change – at least another smartphone manufacturer, this time around one from China, has decided to out a smartphone that has Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed – and that would be the Elephone P6000.

Touted to be released after Christmas – which would be December 27, to be exact, for approximately $170. it is highly likely that this would mean not having high end features thrown into the mix. That guess would be correct, since the Elephone P6000 is strictly a mid-range handset with a 5-inch display at 720 x 1280 pixels resolution, runs on a quad-core 64-bit MediaTek processor, has LTE support, dual SIM capability, a 13MP camera at the back with a front-facing 2MP shooter, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal memory and a 2,700 mAh battery.

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It looks as though the Oppo R5 has lost its throne as the slimmest smartphone in the world to the newly announced Vivo X5 Max. Well, all is not lost, if one were to take into consideration that the Vivo X5 Max is available in China only at the moment – with no word of it being prepared for a release outside of China down the road, which means the Oppo R5 can be the slimmest smartphone that one can pick up outside of Asia. Still, the extremely thin profile has been put through a fair number of “punishments” in the video above to show just how tough and robust it is – despite being so thin.

Perhaps Apple has a thing or two to learn from Oppo in terms of making a thin handset that does not bend when placed in one’s pants pocket. The different kinds of stress tests would include a car run over the Oppo R5, where it emerged from that without any scratches – hard to believe, don’t you think so?

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freescale wireless Freescale Looks To Boost Wireless Charging SpeedsFreescale more or less figured out that wireless charging does have its fair share of advantages, and I am quite sure that many a company out there will agree with them as well, such as automotive manufacturer Toyota. However, Freescale has started to fall behind in this field of wireless charging due to the recent advances concerning such chipsets which have managed to speed up wired charging speeds by a massive and significant amount. Freescale intends to balance the imbalance, so to speak, by offering a new kind of hardware that could enable one to wirelessly charge devices up to 3x faster.

It is said that this speed increase will be similar to those found in the newer USB chargers, where they are able to deliver a higher voltage to your device, which results in approximately 14 watts of power as opposed to the traditional 5 watts.

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