huawei hp slate HP Tablets Could Be Rebranded Huawei DevicesHP has indulged in the tablet market for quite a number of years already, although they have not exactly been the most successful of companies in this particular niche. This time around, it does look as though HP will be preparing a couple of new tablets – that do seem to obtain a strong influence from Huawei, so much so that they could very well be just rebranded devices.


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foxbots Foxbots Will Not Replace Human WorkforceWe did bring you word earlier in the week that Foxconn will be deploying robots (given the nickname Foxbots) in their bid to improve the assembly of future devices, and that might also include the upcoming iPhone 6. While that did raise the question as to whether Foxconn workers will lose their jobs, especially when it comes to the iPhone 6 assembly line considering how Foxconn had been a great customer of Apple’s in the past when it came to churning out smartphones by the millions, it seems that these robots will play a supporting role only, and will remain unable to perform selected tasks that require a far more subtle assembly or manufacturing procedures – something that only humans are able to do.

These robots can automate selected tasks including tightening screws, placing larger components in position or polishing certain components, but to have them assemble internal hardware components, will require human employees to play that role. Considering how approximately 10,000 Foxbots are in the pipeline to see action, it would also mean a collective sigh of relief for at least 10,000 Foxconn workers.


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bbm wp beta BlackBerry Messenger Arrives On Windows PhoneIn the fast paced world of technology, things can certainly change in an instant. For starters, it was not too long ago (less than 10 years back) that BlackBerry Messenger (also known as BBM) happened to be the most notable messaging platforms to take advantage of since it does bypass carrier SMS rates, which means you can message someone in a different country who is using a BlackBerry without having to fork out exorbitant rates, making it a powerful tool for business. Well, the advent of cheaper smartphones, data plans and apps like WhatsApp have turned BBM into a relic of the past. Unfortunately, in a move that looks a little bit too late for BlackBerry, BlackBerry Messenger has just arrived on the Windows Phone platform, as rumored in the past.


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gmail android update Gmail Supports Another 13 LanguagesGmail, Gmail, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Google does look as though they are always on a constant quest to improve their products and services, and where Gmail is concerned, the same applies. In fact, the latest news concerning Gmail is this – Google has introduced support for 13 more languages inside, bringing the grand total up to 71.

This might not sound like much to some of us, but it is a well calculated move by the folks over at Google. After all, the 71 languages supported happen to cover up to 94% of the world’s Internet population, which means getting everyone to communicate with one another without any language barriers is slowly but surely being executed.

As for the 13 new languages that will be supported, they are Afrikaans, Armenian, Azerbaijani (Azeri), Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Galician, Georgian, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala, and Zulu. [Press Release]


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iPhone 4 01 620x465 Original iPhone Known As PurpleI am quite sure that many of us who own smartphones these days will still be able to remember just how the original iPhone made such an impact on the world when it was first launched in 2007. Of course, while there were other handsets that featured 3G connectivity even back then, the iPhone remained connected with just EDGE, which was a notch down, but that did not stop it from selling by the bucketloads, having changed the way smartphone designed worked even on rival platforms since then until today. apparently, the original iPhone was known by its codename ‘Purple’ back then, where it was worked upon by a team of engineers in a building that was nicknamed the ‘Purple Dorm’.

Dorm is very apt here, considering how many of the engineers on the project team had to live and sleep there while they perfected the iPhone to prepare it for an on-time launch. There was many security checkpoints in that building, with double and triple security checks not being uncommon. Not only that, no one was allowed to talk about the Purple project outside of the Purple Dorm, and we do wonder whether Apple has continued to name their upcoming projects using color codenames.


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gsnote4 cover leak Alleged Galaxy Note 4 Smart Cover LeakedSo, you already own the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at the moment, and are itching for an upgrade later this year? Perhaps a little bit more patience is required, since what you see on the right here happens to be an alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smart cover that was shot in a hurry by whoever took it. The tipster happens to hail from South Korea, and claimed that it was just a matter of a few seconds available before he or she could snap said photo, and unfortunately for the rest of us, the camera or device used to shoot that image proved to be less than useful in such situations, ending up with a pristine example of a blurry-cam shot.

Ah well, this alleged smart cover does depict what looks like some packaging or an information sheet concerning a smart cover for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4, where it boasts of an oval window that points to the possibility of smart-action functionality, not to mention stylus interaction being part of the package, too.


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htc one m8 blue HTC One (M8) Dual SIM SpottedHTC still has to shake off some of its poor reputation despite rolling out two winners in a row – the HTC One (M8), as well as its predecessor, the HTC One (M7). It seems that the HTC One (M8) is not quite “perfect” just yet in the eyes of HTC, as they have just announced a new Dual SIM version of their flagship device. Apparently, the HTC One (M8) will hit Germany, Austria and Switzerland from next week onward as it carries a recommended retail price of €799. That is pretty pricey when you take into consideration that an unlocked vanilla HTC One (M8) will retail for approximately €570 in major European markets at the moment.

Ah well, I suppose you can always purchase the regular HTC One (M8) and use the balance of money to pick up another budget-friendly smartphone if you really need to carry two SIMs around, but for those who prefer convenience, this might be the way to go. Other than having an additional SIM slot, nothing else separates the Dual SIM model from the regular HTC One (M8). Any takers?


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Samsung logo Samsung Has Couple Of Tablets In The PipelineI suppose Samsung is applying a similar marketing strategy to that of its tablet range as what it has been doing with its collection of smartphones – which is to roll out as many models as possible to the masses, hoping that there is a little bit of something for everyone along the way to keep them happy and satiated. Having said that, a couple of models have leaked out on the Samsung Scandinavia website, where they are the SM-T360 and SM-T365.

These two could very well end up as a 9” tablet under the Tab 4 range, and who knows? They might even be part of a budget oriented family instead of residing on the high end side of things, but until something official and a whole lot more concrete arrives, we cannot really tell. Not only that, they could be similar tablets but variants of a particular model, or two different tablets altogether.


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lg g3 lite LG G3 Lite, G3 Vigor, G3 Vista And G3 Beat Names To Be TrademarkedThe folks over at LG of South Korea do seem to be a pretty busy bunch at the moment, with a slew of names having appeared, touting themselves to be upcoming handsets that need trademarks filed for their names so that there will be no needless lawsuits down the road. Let us take a closer look at some of the names – there is the LG G3 Beat which is touted to be the China-only version of the LG G3 mini (which isn’t even officially in existence, actually), alongside the G3 Lite, G3 Vigor, and G3 Vista.

It is said that the LG G3 Lite could be an alternative name for the LG G3 mini, while the G3 Vista might be connected to Verizon, since there is a rumor going around that Verizon could be offering an LG G Vista down the road. As for the G3 Vigor, only time will be able to tell as to what kind of smartphone this particular model will be.


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galaxy note 3 review 33 640x359 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Update Helps It Catch Up With The Galaxy S5It seems that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is now on the receiving end of an update that ought to bring it up to par with that of the flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone in certain aspects, although do not expect it to gain the levels of water resistance and dust-proof abilities of the flagship device. Apparently, this latest update has begun to appear in select markets such as the UK, where the Galaxy Note 3 that runs on the Snapdragon 800 processor would be the model on the receiving end. Do bear in mind that this is a gradual roll out, so it might take a few weeks before it arrives at your doorstep.


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