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This Week's Chitter Chatter – the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Motorola X Phone, rumours of a phone from Microsoft and how your Facebook likes reveal your true personality.
Successor to the Galaxy Note 2 'phablet', we’re hearing lots of interesting rumours surrounding the Note 3. Expected to launch in the third quarter of 2013, the Note 3 could feature a self-luminating OLED display (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) which would mean super-quick touchscreen responses and an incredibly sharp screen. Other snippets we’re picking up is that the screen could be as big as 5.9 inches, it will have a higher resolution than the Note 2 and will possibly share the same 8-core processor as the Samsung S4.
More information is also emerging concerning the possible specifications of the Motorola X Phone. It will be Motorola’s first handset since they were bought by Google and the consensus is that it will feature a 5-inch Full HD touchscreen, a 10-megapixel rear camera and a Qualcomm processor. Details are still a bit on the sketchy side at the moment but we’ll bring you more news when we get it.
Following on from Microsoft’s Surface tablet, there is increasing speculation that Microsoft may release a self-branded Surface smartphone in the coming months. This could have a potential impact on the other companies who use the Windows Phone platform such as Nokia. There are rumours that the Surface smartphone would be in competition with high-end handsets such as the Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 and would feature a screen size of somewhere between 4 and 5 inches.
Finally this week, a fact that may stop you being so carefree with your likes on Facebook. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have analysed Facebook likes for a sample of people and found they can predict things like sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation and even likelihood of substance abuse with amazing accuracy.
The algorithms proved 88% accurate for determining male sexuality and 85% for differentiating Republican from Democrat (the study was based on US Facebook users). Christians and Muslims were correctly classified in 82% of cases and relationship status and substance abuse was predicted with an accuracy between 65% and 73%.
Believe it or not, the study also found the those who 'liked' curley fries were more likely to be intelligent but also more likely to have fewer Facebook friends. Clearly, you'll need to think twice when you're next in the freezer aisle at the supermarket, because even your choice of chip can be revealing...