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Samsung has shown interest in buying Blackberry many times. It looked like Samsung was going to buy Blackberry in 2012, but even now this looks like a very good option.

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However, Simon Dyer from Swift Contract Phones believes that a merger isn’t necessary as BlackBerry is back on track to make somewhat of a comeback.

He explains, “BlackBerry are enjoying a bit of a resurgence over the last few months thanks to a return to what they do well – QWERTY phones that are secure. I think we’re going to see more of them over the next 12 months too and there could be a slider phone from their stable later this year. No need to merge in my opinion, I think BlackBerry can go it alone.”

With that thought in mind lets give you both sides of the picture. Here are the five most important reasons why Samsung and Blackberry should merge:

  1. John Chen:

John Chen has done really well in stabilizing Blackberry. He is still thinking of ways to make Blackberry more successful. On the other hand, Samsung leadership has not been stable whereas the mobile unit and the product design are concerned. If Samsung pays 7.5 billion USD to merge both the companies, then John Chen would be totally worth it. John Chen would take Samsung to new heights for sure.

  1. BES 12 and Samsung:

Samsung has a strong enterprise.  The company is looking for partners after IBM and Apple joined hands. Sammy is extremely popular as it is considered the number one Android mobile company, but this could change anytime this year. It is time for Samsung to succeed in managing multiple devices.  Blackberry is already managing multiple devices with its Blackberry Enterprise Server. If Samsung and Blackberry merge together they would definitely achieve success that they have never attained before.

  1. QNX:

Samsung announced at CES 2015 that all Samsung devices will be running on the internet in the near future. It is great news, however Samsung is still deficient of putting all the devices together. The problem could be easily solved if Samsung merges with Blackberry. According to Chen, QNX can solve this problematic situation with no trouble. With QNX, Samsung would be able to achieve its goal of running all Samsung devices on the internet. If this happens, you could be getting entertained while travelling in a car pretty soon!

  1. Operating Systems owned by Samsung:

Samsung usually depends on Android as its operating system, but lately the Korean Giant has been trying to grow their Tizen platform. Right now, Samsung needs the QNX platform in order to fulfill its objective of tying all Samsung devices together. Blackberry relies on QNX as its operating system. If Samsung and Blackberry merge together, Samsung could easily build upon QNX and use it as its operating system.

  1. Samsung’s Biggest threat:

If we think that Apple is the main danger to Samsung then we are clearly wrong. The biggest threat to Samsung is the Chinese mobiles like Xiamoi, which is also running Android. In order to emerge as the best mobile company, Samsung needs to use other operating systems than the Android. If Samsung buys Blackberry and use QNX as its operating system, many of its complications would be resolved.

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For many years, people have been addicted to the PlayStation Portable, but with the emergence of smart phones and tablets one doesn’t feel the need to carry a PSP. The PSP was finally replaced by the PlayStation Vita. Many people have great memories of their childhood with the best video games on the PSP of all times. The good news is that now, you can play your all-time favorite PSP video games on android with the help of an emulator.

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PPSSPP is no doubt one of the best PPSP emulator for Android. It has been available on Google play since early 2013. PPSSPP helps to run the games of PSP on android in full speed. It also supports booting game backups. Another benefit of this emulator is that it can upscale textures without which the graphics could be fuzzy as they were made for the small screen of the PSP. The previous PSP emulators did not have these qualities. With the help of PPSSPP, you can now bring back your memories by playing classic PSP games like Rainbow Six Vegas, Final Fantasy II, Puzzle Quest, Dragon Ball Evolution, Legend of Heroes, Wipeout Pure, God of War, Castlevania Dracula X, GTA Vice City Stories and Liberty City Stories, as well as Little Big Planet.

Following is an easy and quick guide of downloading the PPSSPP on your android OS.

How to download and install PPSSPP?

You can easily download the best emulator for android absolutely free from Google play.  There are two versions available for downloading. The only difference between the simple version and the gold version is that the gold version is used for further development.

After downloading PPSSPP, you would need to download the games that you would like to play. There are no games available with PPSSPP as it is against the law. You can easily download the games in the format of CSO or ISO. You can also get the games files from the PSP using software. Remember, you can download only those games that you already own on your PSP.

How to play using PPSSPP?

First of all you would need to put the game into the root folder of your android tablet with the help of a file manager program or a USB cable. The second step would be to launch the emulator and then choose “load” to start your game. You can keep the default settings as they work perfectly fine. This would help you to play your favourite PSP games on android at full speed. You can also check the compatibility of a game before downloading it to your android device.

Depending on your handset you’ll also want to maximize its battery life as PPSSPP can drain a handset rather quickly. Check out these tips here for extending it.

How to remove the App?

If you need to delete the emulator for any reason, you can easily delete it like any other app is deleted from your android system. You can just remove the game files that you put there in order to remove the games. By following these two simple steps you would easily get rid of the stimulator and the games.

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Phones help us to keep connected with our friends and family. Some people use landlines and some choose cell phones. There are so many unique and weird phones in the market that you would definitely find one that fits your preference.

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You’d be forgiven for thinking there are only a few mobile phone manufacturers operating globally in 2014, after all Apple and Samsung have around 40% of the market share. But that’s simple not the case, the world of phones is actually very diverse and there’s some very unique handsets out there made by companies you might not have heard here. We’re going to look at 7 of them from around the world. Here are 7 unique mobile phones from around the world:

Nokia 888

This concept phone is definitely a phone from the future. It’s a paper like mobile which can take any shape that you like. You can wear it like a wrist band or a bracelet. Its flexible touch screen is very different from the other phones in the market. Its other special feature is the voice recognition.

Hyundai MP-280

Hyundai MP-280 is the weirdest phone that you would come across. This phone releases a fragrance whenever you open it. If you are a perfume lover then this phone is just for you. Its cartridge can easily be refilled with the perfume of your choice.

Telson TWC 1150

The Telson TWC 1150 is a combination phone, watch and camera. The camera is easily detachable. You can wear this phone like a watch as it weighs only 98 grams. It also has an option of voice recording and recognition.

Pantech

Dengue fever is getting more and more common. If you are annoyed by the mosquitoes then Pantech is the right phone for you. It produces “ultrasonic” sounds that repel mosquitoes. Although the sound is heard by everybody around you but it keeps the mosquitoes away.

Matchbox Cell Phone

This concept phone looks resembles a matchbox. Its keyboard slides in and out just like a real matchbox. Although it is a concept phone but it is predicted that it would come in the market pretty soon due to its light weight and functionality.

Thunder Super Radio Hi Fi

This concept phone looks like a normal mobile phone from the front. On the back side of this phone you wouldn’t see cover of a battery as there is a radio AM/FM tuner. It supports mP3 and mP4 playback.

Cigarette Phone

If you are a smoker then this is the most suitable phone for you. This Chinese phone functions as a proper cell phone but it has another function as well. It can hold your cigarettes. It comes with a camera and a LCD screen.  It can easily hold half a pack of cigarettes. This phone is loved by the people who love smoking in China. It even looks like a cigarette box. You would also get a free pack of cigarettes along with a lighter on the purchase of this unique phone.

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Plastic screen protectors are a thing of the past. They do not last, they make scrolling through the screen unpleasant, and writing on the screen with the S-Pen leaves a mark (Yes, I use my S-Pen). Putting on a plastic screen protector isn’t easy either. You have to wipe the phone, spray the screen protector, and use an unreliable squeegee provided to put the difficult piece of plastic on the phone. On top of it all, a plastic screen protector only protects the screen from smudges. Luckily, the Tempered Glass changes all of that.

The Tempered Glass screen protector is most likely going to protect your screen from a fall more than a phone case. Because the screen protector has a coating over it, dropping the device will more than likely damage the screen protector, not the phone screen itself. The screen is a hair thicker than a plastic screen protector and is much clearer than it as well.

To put on the Zagg Invisishield Screen protector, simply remove any phone case and debris from the phone via cloth and adhesive, and then apply the screen shield. The screen attaches on the phone itself and takes little to no time at all to complete.

The screen protector is protected for a lifetime, so if the screen ever breaks, simply register online to get a new one and ship it back to the company. Zagg will send a free screen shield even before you ship the broken one so there is no delay in taking it off. For $39.99 and a lifetime warranty, it’s a decent deal. Much better than breaking your phone screen and paying $250 right? For the full review of the Glass Screen protector, check out the review below.

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Oops. Someone leaked a photo (We can all blame it on Amazon). Amazon listed a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Spiegen cases on their website. The listing surprisingly showcases two variants of the Samsung Galaxy S5. As you can see in the pictures none of them show a home button on the device, which makes me a bit concerned (So take this with a grain of salt).

The device shows a dual LED flash that is quite big; almost the size of a standard Xenon Flash. What is supposedly the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime, does not have a home button. If a biometrics system was imminent on the device, it may be embedded inside of the phones screen. Otherwise I couldn’t see a fingerprint scanner on this device (unless it is touch capacitive).

Samsung also has given us an UnPacked 5 Trailer, which BestBuy and others will be live streaming the event on February 24, 2014. The trailer suggests that “the next Galaxy” (Not the next Big Thing) will be a perfect life companion, every time, including when there is outdoor and “wet” moments (I know what you’re thinking).

The specs are speculated to be a QHD 1440 x 2560 5.25” Super Amoled Display, A biometrics system on the screen that includes a fingerprint scanner, a Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad core processor overclocked to 2.5 GHz with 3GB of RAM, a 15.9 MP camera with OIS and Dual LED flash, and two variants made from different material. It will likely run KitKat 4.4 out of the box with Samsungs new Magazine UX on top. See the pictures below.

Source: Amazon

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Don’t think of the LG G2 Mini as a Z1 Compact competitor; just think of it as a competitor. Running off the specs may not make it so G2 like. Similar to the S4 mini, the specs take a hit to downscale the device.

The G2 Mini will have a 4.7” 540 x 960 qHD display with 234 PPI, which is less than half the resolution of the G2. The phone will have a quad core processor; however it will be the Snapdragon 400 overclocked to 1.2 GHz (The same processor that can be found in the Motorola Moto X). The Mini will be shipping with Tegra 4i system chip, too, likely to be the first phone shipping with NVIDIA’s new CPU. 3G and LTE will be on board. The G2 Mini will have an 8MP camera, a 1.3 MP front facing camera, 1GB of RAM, and a 2440 mAh lithium ion battery. Because some of the variants will come with dual sims, the device could potentially be used in emerging markets. LG will be focusing on other markets besides America first which is why its release date is pegged for Russia in March, and then for April in the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.

Although the G2 Mini is placed in the mid range category, the device will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat.

Source: TheVerge

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The next HTC device is something of a mystery. In fact, it has made us confused to the point where we don’t even know where the leaks are taking us. However, when adding everything that we know thus far about the HTC One or M8; we could have a solid device coming from the Taiwanese Company.

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HTC has confirmed that they will be holding a press conference about the upcoming flagship smartphone. It is codenamed the M8, which will be the successor to the HTC One. Courtesy of @evleaks, we have our first look of the device in a case. As we can see, it looks highly similar to the original HTC One, but we see some mouth watering details that makes the device Desirable (pun intended).

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Although HTC is going to focus more on mid-range smartphones, this device seems farfetched from a mid-range phone. By looking at the leaked photo, the upcoming device will have a front facing camera with flash. This could be extremely useful for the face unlocking feature at night that no one seems to think about these days. It could also be used for video chatting at night. Also, there seems to be some on screen software buttons (with a huge bezel showcasing the HTC logo). With the case over the device we can’t see its real beauty. However, HTC will continue the uni-body aluminum construction and front facing stereo speakers.

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The next HTC device is also rumored to have dual-sensor cameras. What breaks my heart is that the company is ditching their fingerprint scanner and replacing it with another camera. This will be the first smartphone to ever have a dual camera setup without touting 3D capabilities. Instead, the camera setup will be meant for improving on focusing and depth of field to enhance the overall picture quality. The dual sensor camera feature will be similar to Toshiba’s 5 MP twin camera setup for smartphones and tablets. It is a unique concept that incorporates two separate ¼ inch CMOS sensors that are able to record depth data and allow for post-shot re-focusing. There is no telling whether or not Toshiba is manufacturing the parts for them or not. Unfortunately, this concept will be implemented on HTC’s UlraPixel Tehnology, which is two 4 MP sensors stacked on top of each other. The quality of the camera starts to show when you zoom in on a subject. The camera on the M8 is also rumored to have a dual LED flash like the one on the iPhone 5S. It seems like HTC will be getting back to the days of the dual-LED.

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The Display on the M8 or One 2 is rumored to be a larger 1080p display than what the One was. While the One has a 4.7” 1080p display, the M8 is rumored to have a 5” 1080p display. HTC may keep the same dimensions as the One, but stretch the display. Other specs will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core processor overclocked to 2.23 GHz with 2GB of RAM, meaning this could just be a minor update. The device will also come with Android 4.4 KitKat on top of HTC’s new sense 6.0.

With the HTC M8 underway, we can’t wait to see what the handset has to offer!

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It looks like we were right; Samsung is going all out on the 24th of this month. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is confirmed to have a 16 MP camera and fingerprint scanner. For those who want 16 million pixels in a camera, Samsung has answered your prayers. A test photo from AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S5 with the model number “SM-G900A” was leaked by @evleaks. They have exposed some details around the sensor due to the attached Exif sheet. The full resolution of he camera is 5318×2988 pixels, meaning it can shoot up to 4K, which adds up to exactly 15.9 mega pixels. Even though the camera will sport Sammy’s famous f2.2/aperture, there is no word on whether or not the device will support image stabilization (This picture doesn’t help at all).

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A fingerprint scanner has also been confirmed for the Samsung Galaxy S5, meaning it will join both Apple and HTC in the biometrics race. According to SamMobile, the fingerprint scanner will be implemented on the home button (how original). However, instead of holding your finger on the scanner, the user will have to swipe their fingers on it, similar to the HTC One Max. The fingerprint sensor will be sensitive to moisture, meaning it will not work if your finger is wet.

Rumors are pointing to numerous features for the fingerprint technology. It is said that users can use up to 8 fingerprints, with at least one having the ability to unlock the device (could I possibly reject a call by swiping my middle finger on the home button? Or activate the camera with my index finger?) This could be a huge deal because the fingerprint scanner could allow your young child to swipe their finger and bring them into a children’s mode to stop them from getting on certain websites. Above all things, we are sure the main purpose of the fingerprint scanner will be to unlock the device. There will be a new Private Mode, including a Personal Folder that is accessible either by fingerprint authentication, or with a PIN. 4.4 KitKat will also come installed with Sammy’s new Magazine UX possibly.

SamMobile has claimed that these rumors were confirmed by an insider. Whether or not that is true is for Samsung to decide. Meaning you should take this with a grain of salt. We will know everything on February 24th.

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LG has made it official yesterday that the G Pro 2 is coming next month. If you are thinking this is the sequel to the G2, think again. This device is actually the sequel to the Optimus G Pro. The device will be unveiled in February. The Korean Manufacturer hasn’t stated exactly which day, although MWC 2014 in Barcelona is coming on February 27th, which could give off a huge hint.

The LG G Pro 2 is expected to compete heavily with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It is expected to come with a full 1080p display that is 6 inches large, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core processor, and 3GB of RAM. The company has yet to release the specs of the device.

In 2013, the Optimus G Pro was announced at the MWC 2013 show, meaning the G Pro 2 will be announced at there. With the Optimus Pro having the largest display of any android handset of its time, LG is preparing to give the handset a reboot.

LG since then has been seeing mediocre sales of their handsets. With the G2 seeing sales of only 2.3 million in one month, it is a far cry from Samsung selling 6 million S4 devices in under 24 hours. With 10 million Note 3’s sold in only 2 months that same year, LG is in dire need of more handsets. The G Pro 2 will definitely help in that department.

Source: AndroidCentral

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Samsung is preparing a smartphone with 4GB of RAM. On Monday, the Korean manufacturer announced that it has developed the first 8 Gb low powered double data rate 4 chip (or LPDDR4 RAM). The chip is being built on the 20nm process. It offers 1 GB on a single die, which is the largest memory density on DRAM (well duh when it is the smallest nm process). Samsung is claiming that it will provide the highest level of performance while using low energy.

The DDR4 RAM chip will provide low energy consumption while still allowing for faster load speeds, higher resolution displays such as 4K, longevity in battery life, and more feature rich content for a device. Data transfer rates will be as fast as 3200Mbps (That is twice the speed of current generation LPDDR3 RAM. It is 50 percent faster than DDR3 RAM and uses 40% of energy from 1.1 volts. The chips will be used for high end devices and will be shipping this year.

Expect DDR4 chips to be used in Samsung’s upcoming smartphones; the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to hit in a few months with leaks already leaking from the cracks. The device is expected to have a metal chassis with a quad-core processor running on a 64-bit architecture. The fifth generation S series of Samsung’s Galaxy line-up will be one of the most highly anticipated Android products of 2014. This will be the beginning of smartphones rivaling desktop computers, which could potentially place them on the verge of extinction. Ever since 2009, Samsung has been doubling its RAM inside of their smartphones. It seems like the Korean giant is realizing the true meaning of multitasking. From 256 MB of RAM in 2009, to 3GB of RAM in 2013; 2014 could be the year of a whole new animal in Samsung devices; 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

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