MWC 2014: AMD’s BlueStacks brings virtualized Android to APUs

AMD seems to be getting ahead of itself in trying to bring Android to its mobile-centric APUs.

AMD announced at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday that its BlueStacks software, which offers users the ability to virtualize Android on Windows, is now ready to be launched and will be available from…

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Take a look at the Merrifield reference designs on the floor at MWC 2014

Codenamed “Saltbay”, Intel’s reference designs give a peek at what Merrifield-based phones might look like.

Intel didn’t have any compelling hardware wins to share at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress — either in announcement of physical form — it did bring along plenty of ref…

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HTC and Nokia board the Samsung-mocking train again, forget to bring the funny

Samsung’s big day yesterday was just about to get disrupted by rivals HTC and Nokia, which took to Twitter to ridicule the freshly unveiled Galaxy S5 and promote their own products in the process.

It’s no longer a surprise when officials or social media managers for the main players engaged in …

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BlackBerry function keys reportedly set to make a return

The ailing Canadian manufacturer is expected to bring back the “belt” of four physical keys, with a trackpad in the middle in a bid to appeal to former loyalists.

BlackBerry may have replaced trackballs with trackpads a long time back but it was only last year when it removed the…

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MWC 2014: Samsung enters the fitness tracker segment with the Gear Fit

The Gear Fit is a fitness tracker that offers similar functionality to the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches.

In addition to the Tizen-based Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, Samsung has announced a new fitness tracker called the Gear Fit.
The device looks like a standard fitness tracker and comes with a…

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WhatsApp to launch VoIP service in 2Q 2014

WhatsApp, which was recently acquired by Facebook for $19 billion, is planning to launch a voice service this year, putting it in direct competition with the likes of Skype and other chat app contemporaries.

WhatsApp is the darling of the tech media this week, especially after the announcement…

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MWC 2014: Sony launches mid-tier Xperia M2

The Xperia M2 is a $300 device that offers LTE connectivity.

Sony’s Xperia M successor, the Xperia M2, comes with a 4.8-inch qHD screen, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, 8 MP camera and a 2,300 mAh battery. The most interesting feature on the device, however, is the fact that it …

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