Facebook to require Messenger app for mobile chat

From InfoWorld: If you like to send messages via Facebook when you're on the move, get ready to download a new app.

Facebook confirmed Monday that it will be removing the messaging feature from its mobile app over the next few days, and requiring people to use its stand-alone Messenger app instead.

The change follows through on a plan announced in April and for now affects Facebook's mobile app on iOS and Android. You'll be able to send and receive messages on the desktop as before.

Huawei's smartphones shipments rise on international sales

From PC World: Huawei Technologies shipped 62 percent more smartphones in the first half of 2014 than the same period last year, with shipments to some countries outside its home market of China doubling or even tripling.

It shipped smartphone 34.3 million units, boosted by sales of flagship phones the Ascend Mate 2 and the Ascend P7, it said on Tuesday. In the second quarter alone it shipped 20.6 million units, an 85 percent year-over-year increase.

Meet Intel's SoFIA, the super-cheap smartphone chip created in Singapore

From CNET: Poke around an industrial suburb here and you might stumble across a building whose signage tells you it belongs to a German company named Infineon. But back in 2011, Intel purchased the wireless portion of this business and renamed it Intel Mobile Communications.

Verizon Wireless to Receive Exclusive HTC One (M8) for Windows Smartphone

From DailyTech: If you’re looking for a bit of variety in Windows Phone offerings, there are plenty to choose from — if you don’t mind most of them being from Nokia. While Nokia does provide a full range of Windows Phone 8.x-based smartphones that run from the budget-minded to the high-end, it would be nice to see other manufacturers offer their hardware for Microsoft’s third-placing smartphone operating system.

Motorola may be making a gigantic Nexus 6

From GreenBot: The next Nexus phone could be a whale of a device. According to leaked information provided to Android Police, Motorola is reportedly building a 5.9-inch Nexus phone. This would place it squarely in phablet territory, though that screen size would be appropriate for what may become the Nexus 6.

Amazon reportedly taking on Square with credit card reader

From CNET: It looks like Amazon is about enter the competitive mobile payments space by introducing its own credit card reader.

That's the assumption being made by 9to5Mac, which has obtained internal Staples documents that seem to show an "Amazon Card Reader" will go on sale in the near future for $10 (roughly £6 or AU$11) alongside existing card readers from Square, PayPal, and Staples' own in-house brand.

Staples is slated to start advertising Amazon's gadget on August 12, according to the document, which suggests the device could go on sale around the same time.

Sony's Xperia Z3 Gets Detailed in Leaked Photos

From DailyTech: In the last two weeks a number of images have trickled out of an upcoming Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) smartphone with what appears to be a 5.2-inch screen. The Z2 has been on the market for mere months so it's a bit surprising to see a potential successor this soon. Some have suggested this could be a larger refresh of the Xperia Z Ultra or the rumored Xperia Z3 Compact. But the leaks come from multiple sources (@evleaks, Digi-Wo), so there's cause to believe they're authentic. And those sources are suggesting that it's a Z3.

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OCZ RevoDrive 350 480GB Review (Page 1 of 10)

Ask any automotive enthusiast what is the most ridiculous road legal sports car ever created, do not be surprised to hear the name "Bugatti Veyron" more than a handful of times as an answer. When the Volkswagen Auto Group launched the car back in 2005, it simply redefined the entire hypercar category; bar none. Equipped with an 8.0L W16 quad turbocharged engine that delivers 987 hp at the crank, the Bugatti Veyron can reach 100 km/h from a dead stop in just 2.46 seconds. Flat out, it can do an astounding 408.47 km/h. At this point, it is important to point out while the Veyron can accelerate with neck breaking forces and capable of traveling faster than an average airplane's V1 speed, it does not mean you can get from New York to Los Angeles in less than eleven hours. At its top speed, the tires will wear out in fifteen minutes, but there is nothing to worry about, because you will run out of fuel in just twelve. Is this a classic case of engineering pushing the envelope so hard, it essentially outdesigned itself, instituting limitations of its own? The OCZ RevoDrive 350 480GB we are reviewing today shares a similar story. It specifies a whopping 1800MB/s sequential read, 1700MB/s sequential write, and up to 140,000 IOPS according to the manufacturer. In fact, it is so fast, it needs to be connected to your motherboard's PCI Express x8 slot directly, because SATA is simply too slow for this beast. Do we have the Bugatti Veyron of SSDs in our hands today? We took in this $800 hyper-solid-state-disk to find out.

Google reportedly seals deal to gobble up Twitch for $1 billion

From PC World: It's been nearly two months since Variety and The Wall Street Journal reported Google was "in talks" to purchase popular games streaming site Twitch.tv for a billion dollars. According to VentureBeat, we can now upgrade the status from "in talks" to "sealed deal."

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