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Samsung’s profit slide saved by chip, display business

Samsung’s profit slide saved by chip, display business

Samsung just released its financial performance for the first quarter of the year and, good news for Sammy and its fans, it has beat the rather negative analyst expectations. But it might be too soon to rejoice. While the Korean consumer electronics giant did seemingly beat the odds, it's smartphone business, believed to be the culprit for Samsung's decline, isn't looking any better. Instead, the company has its chips and LCD displays to thank for greeting 2015 with more of a bang instead of a flop.

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LG G4 official teaser speaks camera, hints texture

LG G4 official teaser speaks camera, hints texture

Yes, we have yet another piece of the G4 puzzle from LG. Before it was the 5.5-inch QHD screen announced by LG Display. Then it was UX 4.0 that is promised to bring a "human-centered" experience to the smartphone, by incorporating even more smart features alongside conveniences. Now, LG is teasing the G4 directly, but, naturally it isn't spilling all just yet. What it is revealing is the camera, or at least part of it, hinting that you will be able to "see the great".

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Twitter revamps ‘quote tweet’ function for iPhone and web

Twitter revamps ‘quote tweet’ function for iPhone and web

Twitter revealed today that it's revamping its look with new way to quote tweets. Now, instead of quoting tweets via a link or direct text, whenever you quote a tweet it will embed the actual tweet inside yours. Twitter might be hoping this adds to its ability as a spreader of viral content. Instead of a plain link, the embedded picture makes it easy to see what the fuss is about, and a new quote tweet button will make it even easier to share amusing content with your followers.

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Russian troll team reportedly paid to tout YotaPhone

Russian troll team reportedly paid to tout YotaPhone

The most notable smartphone to come out of Russia is the YotaPhone, which is currently in its second iteration and soon to arrive on Indiegogo. The phone is notable because of its dual displays, one of which is an e-ink panel that sips battery life and is, arguably, more ideal for viewing certain kinds of content (ebooks, perhaps) than a regular LCD screen. The phone has caught quite a bit of attention on its own, but it looks like the Russian government is leaving nothing to risk, using unofficial trolls to tout the device online.

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ZTE Blade S6 Plus rocks 5.5-inch screen

ZTE Blade S6 Plus rocks 5.5-inch screen

ZTE has announced the launch of its latest smartphone called the Blade S6 Plus. This smartphone is a phablet with a big 5.5-inch screen and it runs the Android operating system. Right out of the box the device runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and the OS is overlaid with the MiFavor 3.0 user interface.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Review

Samsung has a lackluster track record making flagship smartphones with serious lust-appeal. Its plastic-bodied Galaxy range was the Camry trying to play in Mercedes and Audi territory, earnestly ticking the boxes on the spec sheet, but failing to grasp that owners care about a sense of prestige as much they do a roster of the latest functionality. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and its flashy Galaxy S6 edge sibling are a lesson hard-learned, then, with both patchy sales and increasingly vocal criticism in 2014 demanding changes be made. 2015 might well be the fiercest year in phone tech yet; these two are evidence of Samsung's A-game.

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Olympus Air A01 module helps turn lens into a rocket lookalike

Olympus Air A01 module helps turn lens into a rocket lookalike

It may seem that April Fools came a bit late, but make no mistake, this is serious business. Thanks to the Olympus Air A01 module and a ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm f/2.8 lens, your smartphone camera, puny in comparison, can achieve a super telephoto lens effect equivalent to 1,200 mm. There is just one catch. The module is so long and so big that the only comfortable way to use it would be to hoist in on your shoulders, effectively making it look like you're about to literally shoot something instead.

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LG UX 4.0 revealed ahead of LG G4 debut end of April

LG UX 4.0 revealed ahead of LG G4 debut end of April

It seems that LG really wants to build up the image of the LG G4 piece by piece. Once again confirming that its smartphone will indeed make its first public appearance at the end of the month, the OEM announces another crucial part of that puzzle, this time the user experience or UX. Now at version 4.0, LG's user interface is now touted to be even more "human-centered", not just simply giving users the ability to customize their smartphones to their needs but even anticipating the information that the user might want.

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OnePlus’ Android-based OxygenOS now available for download

OnePlus’ Android-based OxygenOS now available for download

Good news for users of OnePlus' One smartphone, as the manufacturer has just announced its long-awaited OxygenOS operating system is now available to download. While the release in one week behind the company's original promised date, the Android-based operating system brings much of the design and features of Lollipop to the One, replacing the CyanogenMod ROM that previously powered the device. On the blog post announcing the news, the company writes they have a goal of "providing faster, more meaningful updates and a better-integrated range of services for every OnePlus user," going forward.

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