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Samsung developing denser batteries, slimmer camera modules

This is not a surprise, if you guys know what I mean. Samsung should be doing research in these areas, given the trend of ever-increasing battery capacity and the “slimming down” of devices. We are talking about Samsung looking into denser batteries (that means higher capacity to you), and slimmer camera modules (which means slimmer devices overall).

Minecraft Pocket Edition getting skins update, plus more features

If you’re into Minecraft and you play the Pocket Edition on your android mobile device, then listen up – this update for you. That’s right, Mojang is set to roll out an upcoming update that will give players a lot of new things to do, with the major thing of being able to change your player’s skin the main highlight of this update.

New tech captures wasted phone energy, translates to 30% more battery charge

Researchers from the Ohio State University are ready to bring out some new technology which will address the ever-growing problem of battery life in mobile devices, particularly in smartphones. The new technology doesn’t have a proper name yet, but what it does is capture the phone’s wasted energy and gives your battery 30% more charge per use. Now tell me if there’s anyone out there who doesn’t want that?

HTC WF5w is HTC’s slimmest phone, certified by TENAA

If you think of HTC and its flagship devices, you probably would have to search high and low for something slim and sexy. That is until today, when China’s TENAA (FCC equivalent) certified an HTC smartphone coded as the HTC WF5w – probably the slimmest HTC device at 7.49mm. Let’s look at what we can learn about this previously unannounced device.

Infographic: How much of your smartphone is screen

We love infographics. It seems that as the years progress, people have become better and better at doing this – that is, communicate a complicated issue with visuals so much better than just mere words would. Today we have a particularly telling one from the guys over at Mobilsiden.dk, one that shows you just how much of your phone is screen real estate in relation to bezels and other non-screen elements.

Japan’s NTT DOCOMO first to use Qualcomm’s Sense ID biometrics

We’ve seen Qualcomm’s new take on biometrics, it’s only now we realize it has a proper name – the Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID biometrics. It’s distinctly different from the way Apple and Samsung has envisioned biometric security for devices – that is, through a capacitive button. Qualcomm uses ultrasonic waves to read your fingerprint, and now they have one of Japan’s biggest mobile carriers, NTT DOCOMO, backing them.

Rumor: Android M to have new update guarantee for Nexus devices

You’ve heard of the Android update initiative that failed a couple of years back, right? Well, just so we’re clear from the beginning, this is not that. According to well-placed sources, Google is planning a new set of update guarantees as the new “Android M” version of its mobile platform rolls out. This will particularly affect Google’s Nexus devices.

Mr. Muscle is one of the simplest one-tap games around

Are you looking for the next casual gaming flick to waste your time while on the bus or on the train? Look no further than Mr. Muscle, a one-tap, one hand game that has no pretensions of complexity. It’s just a wrestler that’s lifting weights, and you have to help by tapping in time. Plus, there’s a catchy comedy soundtrack that will stick to your head for hours after you’ve played. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
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