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Samsung profits fall thanks to poor smartphone sales

Things aren't looking too hot for Samsung right now.

Things aren’t looking too hot for Samsung right now.

2014 wasn’t a great year in Samsung land. The company has just issued its earnings guidance for the year’s fourth quarter — and the news isn’t good.

With operating profit standing at 5.2 trillion won (around $4.74 billion) for the quarter, the company’s overall profit for the year will likely come in at 25 trillion won: its lowest figure in three years.

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Razer’s new smartband brings super simple notifications to your wrist

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Looking for an affordable smartband without the fancy bells and whistles? Razer’s new Nabu X could be exactly what you’re after. Priced at under $50, the minimalistic device connects to your smartphone and brings super simple notifications to your wrist using only three colored LED indicators.

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So long Google TV support, hello new Android TV partners

One TV system to rule them all. Photo: Sony

One TV system to rule them all. Photo: Sony

Aww, Google TV. We barely knew you existed.

Cult_of_Mac_CES_2015Google officially stopped supporting Google TV today with a post on Google Plus telling developers for the rarely used platform that support would focus on Android TV from now on.

“Existing Google TV devices and all of the features of these devices will continue to work,” says the post, “and so will the apps you’ve developed for the Google TV platform.”

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Sony’s new Walkman will cost you more than a MacBook Air

This thing is straight-up drool-worthy. Photo: Sony

This thing is straight-up drool-worthy. Photo: Sony

This new Android-powered ZX2 Walkman is for serious audiophiles only. Sony’s pushing the device as a high-resolution sound machine, and it’s set a price to match.

Cult_of_Mac_CES_2015$1,119.99 seems a bit much for a portable music player, but I really can’t seem to stop wanting one. The design is gorgeous, with a black matte finish and glorious actual buttons that just beg me to touch it.

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Razer streams PC games to your TV with Android-powered Forge TV

PC games in the living room? Yes please. Photo: Razer

PC games in the living room? Yes please. Photo: Razer

Forget the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One — wouldn’t you rather play your PC games in your living room? Razer’s new Android-powered Forge TV allows you to do just that, thanks to a new technology called Cortex: Stream, which beams games from your PC to your television.

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Only 5% of Monument Valley installs on Android were paid for

Like all popular apps, Monument Valley faces a piracy problem. Photo: Ustwo

Like all popular apps, Monument Valley faces a piracy problem. Photo: Ustwo

One of the biggest reasons why many app developers continue to snub Android is piracy. The platform’s “open” approach, which allows applications to be downloaded from third-party sources and installed manually, makes it incredibly easy for users to circumvent Google Play and obtain paid apps completely free.

Piracy on Android is so rampant right now that just 5 percent of installs of Monument Valley – one of the best mobile games of 2014, which is currently priced at $3.99 in the Play Store — have actually been paid for.

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Xiaomi sold a whopping 61 million phones in 2014

Xiaomi is selling smartphones by the bucket load. Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi is selling smartphones by the bucket load. Photo: Xiaomi

Call it a ripoff artist that rides on Apple’s coattails if you want, but Xiaomi continues to go from strength to strength in its position as the world’s third-largest phone manufacturer.

Having recently announced a new valuation of $46 billion — making it the most valuable tech startup in existence — China-based smartphone maker Xiaomi Technology recently announced that its sales revenue leaped up by more than 100 percent in 2014, as the company sold a massive 61.1 million smartphones to customers.

Love it or hate it, those are some pretty big numbers!

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Apple AirPlay gets a new competitor in Google Cast

Google takes on AirPlay with Cast. Photo: Google

Google takes on AirPlay with Cast. Photo: Google

Google today announced a new Apple AirPlay competitor called Google Cast, which lets you stream audio from a whole bunch of popular apps to Cast-compatible speakers. The search giant has teamed up with a number of popular services for its launch, including Pandora, Rdio, and NPR One.

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Dell’s awesome new Venue 8 tablet is thinner than the iPad Air 2

The Venue 8 measures just 6mm thick. Photo: Dell

The Venue 8 measures just 6mm thick. Photo: Dell

Dell doesn’t usually impress us with its Android-powered offerings, but its new Venue 8 7840 tablet could be far more impressive than the onslaught of new slates we see at CES this week. It’s powered by a speedy Intel processor, has four cameras, and takes the title of the world’s thinnest tablet to date, measuring just 6mm thick.

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Alcatel Onetouch’s pretty smartwatch will work with iOS, cost $149

WATCH will work with iOS as well as Android. Photo: Alcatel Onetouch

WATCH will work with iOS as well as Android. Photo: Alcatel Onetouch

Alcatel Onetouch wanted the world to see its new smartwatch so badly that it actually previewed the device last week ahead of its official unveiling. But at CES in Las Vegas today, the company confirmed a few juicy details we didn’t already know — such as compatibility with iOS devices, and the WATCH’s $149 price tag.

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