Samsung’s phone market share takes a bruising as Chinese rivals surge

Samsung warned that its smartphone sales weren’t that great this spring, and now we have the numbers to show just what the company meant. IDC estimates that Samsung’s smartphone shipments saw a rare year-over-year drop in the second quarter, taking…

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Google now shows what you can do near your hotel

When you land in a strange new city, your first instinct may be to see what there is to do near your hotel. However, searching Google for nearby attractions can be a hassle if you don’t remember your hotel’s name or address by heart. That…

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The Motorola “Shamu” is actually an upcoming Nexus phablet

Google and Motorola are apparently indeed working together on a Nexus 6 smartphone, a phablet of gigantic proportions unlike anything Motorola has done while under Google. Following a recent report from Android Police, which has obtained details about the Motorola “Shamu” Nexus 6, The Information said that it has been able to independently verify the device, adding that Google’s rumored Android Silver line of premium devices may be delayed. “Motorola is also getting a boost from working on an undisclosed phone-tablet project with Google—the type of initiative which, ironically, it could not pursue as a Google subsidiary due to concerns about favoring the house-owned Android vendor over others,” the publication wrote.

We provided some details a few days ago about a device that may very well be a Motorola Nexus phone, with the telling codename “Shamu” (because it’s really big). Today The Information says it has independent confirmation from three sources that the device exists and that it is indeed a Nexus phablet. As for Android Silver? Well, that’s looking a bit less certain. According to The Information, Google began working with Motorola on a Nexus device shortly after the sale to Lenovo was announced. But why only do a Motorola Nexus now when the Lenovo deal is happening? The Information has some sources with specifics on the project. “Separately, Motorola is also getting a boost from working on an undisclosed phone-tablet project with Google—the type of initiative which, ironically, it could not pursue as a Google subsidiary due to concerns about favoring the house-owned Android vendor over others…After Lenovo agreed to buy Motorola, Google’s Android unit began working with Motorola to develop a co-branded “Nexus” phone that’s considered to be a “phablet,” or phone-tablet, because of its large screen size, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.” Emphasis added above. Apparently, Google wanted to have Motorola working on the Nexus phone so it could use technologies like Active Display and Touchless Control, both hallmarks of the Moto X. There’s no new information on the size, but calling it a phablet makes that 5.9-inch rumor plausible.



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UK copyright police hit piracy sites where it hurts: their wallets

One of the downsides of watching Game of Thrones or The Soup via a nefarious website is that you’re bombarded with pop-ups for everything from porn to sandwiches. Now, however, you’re just as likely to see ads from the City of London Police’s…

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Bike of the future removes the need to shift gears, pedal up hills or pack a lock

Biking in Seattle can be less than mellow with all the hills, traffic and especially that rain. But those things are exactly what inspired the Teague team of bicycle designers to build the Denny bike for the Oregon Manifest bike design project….

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Schneider Electric is building Baidu’s first modular data center

Energy management vendor Schneider Electric is to build two eco-friendly M1 containerized data centers for Chinese web service giant Baidu. As the world’s biggest Chinese search engine and website provider, Baidu invited tenders for a fast build, low input high capacity system, which Schneider said it won on the strength of its standard, modular pre-fabricated systems. Baidu’s specifications called for an M1 data center with energy saving, performance enhancing systems, such as In-Row air conditioning and integrated data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software.

Baidu, the largest Chinese website and most-used search engine in China (where Google has long since pulled out rather than meet the content requirements laid down by the Chinese government) has selected Schneider Electric to build their first containerized data center modules. Schneider has previously worked with Baidu to provide custom IT cabinets as part of Baidu’s Open Source-based Project Scorpio. Schneider has a large selection of standardized datacenter container modules built around both their hardware expertise in UPS and power supply experience and their DCIM software solution StruxureWare. They have been offering customers both partially prefabricated and fully pre-fabricated datacenter modules, ranging from simple containers prewired to meet the customer needs to complete IT datacenter solutions incorporating their latest hardware and software solutions. For Baidu, the two data center modules contracted for are being built to meet the specific requirements that Baidu set forth in their request for proposals.

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HTC’s next Windows Phone is coming to Verizon with an awkward name

More than a few eyebrows were raised when talk surfaced of an HTC One for Windows Phone. How close would it be to the Android original? Would it bring anything new to the table? And what’s the name, for that matter? Thankfully, sources for Engadget…

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