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More info on upcoming Nexus 7

More info on upcoming Nexus 7 Google is set to release the second version of its groundbreaking Nexus 7 in the coming weeks. The tablet is set to continue to try monetize users through the content available through the Google Play Store. A source of ASUS and a recent Bluetooth SIG listing recently fueled rumours about the specs for the upcoming Android tablet What we think the second generation Google Nexus 7 is going to look like / ...

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2013 Is The Year of the Smartwatch?

2013 Is The Year of the Smartwatch? If you take a look at all major players in the IT Industry, one pattern is very clear : almost each and everyone of them is working on or planning to build a smartwatch, sooner rather than later. The smartwatch seems to be the next hype in wearable technology, along with Google Glass. Taking into account that regular watches are already a huge $60 billion/year industry, the smartwatch should blow this over by a long shot. The latest  IT manu...

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Astrid announces that it’s shutting down on August 5

Astrid announces that it’s shutting down on August 5 It’s been two months since Yahoo announced its acquisition of popular task management service Astrid, and like after every acquisition by a major company, we began to wonder when Astrid would find itself on the chopping block. Astrid’s doomsday has finally been set after emails began to roll out to notify users that it would cease to exist from August 5th and onwards. That means you’ll lose all your data unless you head over to the dedicat...

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Purported low-cost iPhone model spotted; Jelly Bean knockoff packs Snapdragon 600 CPU, sells for $199

Purported low-cost iPhone model spotted; Jelly Bean knockoff packs Snapdragon 600 CPU, sells for $199 Low-cost iPhone-based Basic Bear knockoff | Image Credit: Techdy The low-cost iPhone has reportedly been spotted, with a peripherals maker revealing design details for the device in an in-house produced video – but there’s a twist: an Android-running smartphone has already been adapted to fit inside that iPhone chassis. According to Techdy, which had access to actual hardware, the low-cost iPhone that Apple is supposedly going to launch later...

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HP Slate 7 price drop: competitive edge or staving off failure?

HP Slate 7 price drop: competitive edge or staving off failure? The HP Slate 7 was built for a very specific purpose and that was to compete in the cheap Android tablet market. When it first came out, it was worth $169 and, according to our own Josh Vergara, you’re essentially getting what you pay for. Is it anything groundbreaking? Definitely not, but for $169 it’s hard not to call it one of the better options in the Android tablet market. Now, the deal has gotten even sweeter as the tablet drop...

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Jay-Z Android App Cloned By Hackers

Jay-Z Android App Cloned By Hackers Hackers have managed to clone the app for the collaboration between electronics giant Samsung and rapper Jay-Z. The app which was intended to promote the rapper's latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail and also provide exclusive content for the Samsung Galaxy range of mobile phones was released on June 24th. The music on the app was delivered to users on July 4th. Now Hackers have made a clone which, instead of unlocking the Jay-Z album which ...

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Paul O’Brien working on one click Switch between stock Android and Sense 5 for HTC One

Paul O’Brien working on one click Switch between stock Android and Sense 5 for HTC One Famed Android developer Paul O’Brien is working on a project called Switch, which would allow HTC One users to quickly switch from AOSP Android to Sense 5, and back. Dual booting, or having two separate operating systems on one device, has been the dream of many users torn between the clean and stylish interface of stock Android and the extra features offered by overlays such as Sense and TouchWiz. Now Paul O’Brien, a leading Android develop...

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HTC One Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update now rolling out in Europe

HTC One Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update now rolling out in Europe The HTC One might have launched with the slightly outdated Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but at least HTC is fulfilling its promise to update the HTC One to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (unlike another one of its smartphones). After the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update began rolling out in Taiwan a few days ago, it was only a matter of time before the update began rolling out in other countries. The Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update has begun rolling out in se...

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Goats, Ninjas, and a bunch of apples grace Samsung’s new commercial

Goats, Ninjas, and a bunch of apples grace Samsung’s new commercial Samsung has been known to have some pretty quirky marketing strategies and its latest commercial doesn't break away from tradition. In this latest commercial for the Galaxy S4 out of Iceland, Samsung has thrown a whole bunch of things together and has deemed it a commercial. You know what will sell some Galaxy S4s? Goats! GOATS I SAY! / ...

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Motorola Droid Maxx image leaks: capacitive buttons and Kevlar

Motorola Droid Maxx image leaks: capacitive buttons and Kevlar We know that Motorola is gearing up to unleash the Moto X, but that’s not the only device that the Google subsidiary is preparing to unveil this summer. In addition to a low-cost smartphone codenamed DFX, which is aimed at developing markets, Motorola is also continuing its collaboration with Verizon for the Droid line. Previous leaks suggested that Moto and Verizon have in the pipeline the Droid Ultra, Droid Ultra Maxx, and Droid Ultra M. Now...

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“My Xperia” – Sony’s solution to “Find my iPhone”

“My Xperia” – Sony’s solution to “Find my iPhone” One thing I really missed when I transferred over to Android from iOS was the “Find my iPhone” setting. Being able to make my phone ping if I simply lost it in the house, or remotely wipe it if it was lost was a nice feature and I had to do some searching around before I found an awesome replacement. Well, Sony users can celebrate, as they will be able to use their own service called “My Xperia” in the same manner. Ph...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 is the Most Loved Smartphone, According to Study

Samsung Galaxy S4 is the Most Loved Smartphone, According to Study Today a new study revealed what I was suspecting for some time now, that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the apple of everyone's eye, while Apple's iPhone 5 received the most complaints from their customers. Ain't that ironic, somehow? I am not kidding either. There is actually science behind this study. While with statistics you can prove anything, like 95.5% of them are untrue, let's take a closer look at this issue. There is a company in this wor...

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Rogers Canada may be getting the exclusive on the Motorola X Phone

Rogers Canada may be getting the exclusive on the Motorola X Phone An internal screenshot from Rogers shows that the Canadian service provider will have an exclusive Motorola X Phone, with release in mid August. While we’re not sure if this means they have exclusivity to the Motorola X Phone in general, it does indicate they will have some sort of Rogers’ device. As you can see below, the all caps “exclusive” stands out. With customization in play for the X Phone, it would be safe to assume Roge...

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ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini Photo Leaked Before Official Launching

ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini Photo Leaked Before Official Launching The digital paparazzi did it again, by releasing a photo of the ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini, right before the official announcement. For many of us, ZTE may seem like an extra-terrestrial company, but check this out : they sell more smartphones than Nokia. Yeah, that's how bad it is for Nokia, folks. Anyway, the ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini is the mini-me kind of thing when it comes to ZTE's flagship, the ZTE Nubia 5. This one was released officially by the C...

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Firefox OS Looking for Low End Android Market Share

Firefox OS Looking for Low End Android Market Share Mozilla has stated that its new Firefox operating system for mobile devices is more geared towards running on low end devices. The company certainly has not been shy about revealing where its looking to get market share from. CTO and co-founder of Mozilla, Brendan Eich believes that the OS can dominate the low end market of smartphone devices where Google's Android software currently dominates. Eich then went on to say that Android 4 and hig...

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 review (video)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 review (video) It seems as if Samsung is on a quest to offer a smartphone in just about every size. While many don’t like big phones like the Note 2, Samsung decided to go even further with the Galaxy Mega 5.8, the little brother of the Galaxy Mega 6.3, which is easily one of the largest smartphones on the market. We already took a look at the Mega 6.3, so what does the Mega 5.8 have to offer? While there aren’t many software differences, a lot has...

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Phone customization: Do we want it? Do we need it?

Phone customization: Do we want it? Do we need it? Evan Forester This week, we’re debating the merits and drawbacks of phone customization, spurred by Motorola’s teasing of the upcoming Moto X. The Google subsidiary promised that the Moto X will be the first phone we’ll be able to design ourselves, though a leak revealed that the “designing” is just picking the colors and a custom engraving. Customization is what makes Android so powerful, so we wondered what would happen if h...

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Amazon drops price on Kindle Fire HD 7″

Amazon drops price on Kindle Fire HD 7″ For the Amazon faithful, the Kindle series of tablets is exactly what they need. The tablets were instrumental in setting the pace for modern tablet pricing, and their tie-in to Amazon’s ecosystem is great for Prime members. Their attention to safety for kids is great, and their media selection is nearly unbeatable. Even at the regular price, these tablets were well worth the money. Amazon has discounted them, though, making them even more att...

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Android 4.3 root is available

Android 4.3 root is available Well, that didn't take long. Just a few days ago we were confirming that there was a leaked version of Android 4.3 out in the wild and fast-forward to today and it has already been rooted. All this done before Google even officially rolled it out. You haven't even been released by Google and already you've been rooted. / ...

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How Companies Ride the Ban on Unlocking Phones and Profit

How Companies Ride the Ban on Unlocking Phones and Profit It was a disgruntling moment back in October of 2012 when unlocking your smartphone, meaning freeing yourself from having to use it with the mobile carrier that sold it to you, finally became illegal after a new ruling was set out banning this practice in all of the USA. Before that ruling, this was an exception under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which had made it legal to jailbreak and unlock phones in order to use it with other networks...

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Sony highlights Xperia Z Ultra in new video

Sony highlights Xperia Z Ultra in new video If a larger phone intrigues you, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra may be right up your alley. It’s the biggest on the market at 6.44”, and looks stellar. It’s Sony, so you know the quality is top notch, but the other great part is that Sony seems to have some humility about the situation. The device is simply too large for traditional one-handed interaction, so Sony has a few tricks up their sleeve. A keyboard that slides to one side of the screen...

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Google Glass APK teardown discovers “Boutique” marketplace

Google Glass APK teardown discovers “Boutique” marketplace The Google Glass XE7 update went live earlier in the week, but poking around under the hood has revealed a few hidden features, which could turn out to be quite a bit deal for Google Glass. A user going by the name of zhuowei has discovered signs that Google has been working on a market place for Glass applications, named Boutique. This is one key feature which Glass is currently missing that will probably be required to make the device successf...

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HTC: More woes as profit plunges by 83 percent

HTC: More woes as profit plunges by 83 percent Well, despite a year that included a launch of a flagship device and their foray into a more heavy hitting marketing strategy, HTC hasn't had the greatest year. In their unaudited results for the second quarter of 2013, they have seen a plunge of their profits by about 83 percent when compared to this time last year. Despite a good start to the month of May, the HTC One wasn't able to save HTC as much as anticipated. / ...

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HTC One S: A petition for new updates

HTC One S: A petition for new updates Just recently we informed our readers that the HTC One S will not be receiving any more updates to it by HTC, despite being only over a year old. This comes as surprising news to many and most are furious in regards to this latest revelation. Whether or not you own an HTC product, or are just fed up with company's policy of abandoning devices, you should probably check out this petition. Android 4.2 and Sense 5 will not grace the One S. Hopef...

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Should Nokia Cheat on Windows?

Should Nokia Cheat on Windows? Many people have been blaming Nokia's exclusive alliance with Microsoft Windows Phones as the reason for the company's dramatic fall from grace in just a few short years. Perhaps the only way of getting Nokia to its once dominant position again is to embrace the world's most popular smartphone operating system in Android? Is the grass greener on the otherside with Android? / ...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active (video)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active (video) The Samsung Galaxy S4 has only been available for three months now, and as expected, it’s been met with critical acclaim. And now, we have another device joining the Galaxy S4 family — Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Active, a rugged, and better handling version of the S4. While there wasn’t a huge bevy of changes, the Galaxy S4 Active might just be appealing to those who shied away from getting themselves an original Galaxy S4. Rega...

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Sony Xperia Z and ZL Radioactive Custom ROM available, complete with Honami apps

Sony Xperia Z and ZL Radioactive Custom ROM available, complete with Honami apps If you’ve got a Xperia Z or ZL and you’re prepared to be a little adventurous, you can grab the Xperia Z Radioactive ROM, complete with Honami apps. Developer krabappel2548, dropped the ROM a few days ago and has assured us that the ROM is both fast and smooth. The ROM is based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and features apps ported from the Sony Honami system dump Sony Xperia Z Review [9:38] Sony Xperia ZL Review [7:54] H...

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White Nexus 4 heading to Canada

White Nexus 4 heading to Canada Although the white version of the Nexus 4 is currently sold out in the US, there appears to be some stock left to send over to Canada. LG Canada sent out an email earlier today indicating that the white Nexus 4 will be arriving in Canada very soon, although the timing was simply stated as “TBA”, which is a little irritating. The device will be heading to Canada courtesy of Google and WIND, meaning that there will be multiple purchasing optio...

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