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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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In the market for a new Android phone? Here are some devices worth waiting for

In the market for a new Android phone? Here are some devices worth waiting for We take a look at upcoming Android smartphones that you should be aware before buying a new device. Should I wait for the new Galaxy or should I get the HTC now? Is the next Nexus worth waiting another month? If I get this phone now, will I regret it next week? We’ve all had dilemmas like these, or, at least, we’ve heard others wondering if purchasing a device would give them buyer’s remorse. Everyone hates buyer’s remorse, and when new ...

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With Q2 performance below expectations, has Samsung finally peaked?

With Q2 performance below expectations, has Samsung finally peaked? Has Samsung reached its peak? Or is everyone just expecting too much? Last month, Samsung’s market capitalization was reduced by an alarming $25.3 billion, a figure that is greater than the total value of Sony Corp. This was after the sales of the company’s latest flagship smartphone turned out to be lower than what investors expected. Now, as the company prepares to present its second quarter results on July 26, can the company put ...

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5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 to be unveiled at IFA 2013 in Germany, “industry officials” claim

5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 to be unveiled at IFA 2013 in Germany, “industry officials” claim Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy Note 2 A South Korean report reveals where the Galaxy Note 3 will be unveiled and mentions the size of the display, apparently confirming some of the previous rumors on the matter. In an article speculating on a potential Samsung vs Apple “phablet” war, The Korea Herald says that according to “industry officials,” the Galaxy Note 3 will be announced at IFA 2013 in Germany and will feature a 5.7-inch display. While repo...

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Why are smartphone companies losing their market value? An inside look at the smartphone industry.

Why are smartphone companies losing their market value? An inside look at the smartphone industry. If your stock portfolio is made up of big mobile technology companies, you’re probably feeling a little worried about the return on your investment recently. Over the past months we’ve seen lots of troubling financial data and weak stock performances from many of the big smartphone companies. The chart below shows the stock performance of a selection of the industry’s big players since the beginning of the year. Interestingly, only ZTE is...

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Sony SmartWatch 2 Launching In The UK on July 15th For £120, According To Online Retailer Clove

Sony SmartWatch 2 Launching In The UK on July 15th For £120, According To Online Retailer Clove Sony announced the second version of its Bluetooth SmartWatch just a couple of weeks ago, and you'll be able to buy one in another couple of weeks, at least if you live in the United Kingdom. While Sony hasn't said anything about a rollout aside from a vague "September" date, UK electronics retailer Clove has already announced availability for the SmartWatch 2. The store expects stock to be ready on Monday, July 15th, at a price of price is £120...

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Iceland Galaxy S4 ad is the weirdest anti-iPhone Samsung commercial yet

Iceland Galaxy S4 ad is the weirdest anti-iPhone Samsung commercial yet Screenshot from latest Galaxy S4 ad | Image Credit: Samsung Iceland A recently released Galaxy S4 ad in Iceland is arguably the weirdest anti-Apple ad made by the company. Unlike with previous marketing efforts, especially for the Galaxy S3, Samsung mainly focused on showing Galaxy S4 features in its TV commercials. Sure, there have been hits at iPhone users here and there, but not to the same extent as in previous marketing campaigns. Samsung Ic...

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NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 not selling as fast as expected

NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 not selling as fast as expected Recent successes by mobile processor makers such a Qualcomm and the Taiwanese fab-less semiconductor company MediaTek seem to be putting pressure on the sales of NVIDIA’s latest ARM based processor the Tegra 4. Although NVIDIA has managed to attract some big clients for its new processor, it seems that the high price of the SoC is causing some of its partners to wait for the cheaper Tegra 4i which also has the benefit of the integrated i...

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Moto X phone rumor round up – everything we think we know

Moto X phone rumor round up – everything we think we know Purported As more and more Moto X rumors and reports keep on pouring in right alongside official mentions of the phone, we look at the big picture – here’s what you need to know about the future Motorola flagship device according to the information available before its official (second) announcement. The phone has been confirmed back in May at the D11 event, where CEO Dennis Woodside confirmed the device, revealing its official name and ment...

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Don’t be a victim: How to spot a fake Samsung Galaxy S4 (or any other name brand smartphone)

Don’t be a victim: How to spot a fake Samsung Galaxy S4 (or any other name brand smartphone) With Samsung still holding on to its place at the very top of the world smartphone market, there is no shortage of China-made clones of its most popular handsets — namely, the Galaxy S3 and its current flaship, the Galaxy S4. Unlike the imitation phones of many years ago, the ones that you can purchase now look very similar to the models that they are based on. And not only that, but in some cases, clones can even surpass the original in t...

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Modest quarter for HTC: profits increased, but failed to meet analysts’ forecast

Modest quarter for HTC: profits increased, but failed to meet analysts’ forecast Credit: HTC Today HTC announced its revenue and profit for the second quarter of 2013, pouring cold water over some market watchers’ hopes for a turnaround. Despite very good performance in May, the overall results in the quarter were dragged down by poor results in April, the month when the One was originally scheduled to launch, and June, when Samsung kicked the Galaxy S4 machine into high gear. In Q2 2013, HTC brought in revenues of $2.35 ...

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$8.33 Billion Profit: Tough Luck for Samsung

$8.33 Billion Profit: Tough Luck for Samsung Now don't get me wrong, $8.33 billion in profit sounds pretty nifty to me, but Samsung analysts were expecting half a billion more for the tech giant's Q2 earnings. So while Samsung execs may be disappointed, they've still got 8.33 billion reasons to be happy. And this figure is only an estimate, with full figures to be released later this month. Either way, it's still yet another record for the South Korean manufacturer. S...

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Optimus G2 Could Have 3GB of RAM onboard

Optimus G2 Could Have 3GB of RAM onboard A Korean publication recently claimed that the upcoming LG Optimus G2 will be the first smartphone to boast 3GB of RAM onboard which will make it easier for users to multi-task. The phone will also come with LTE Advanced but this feature is likely to be turned off because very few networks actually offer LTE-A on a large scale. The New LG G2 Which is set to boast 3GB of RAM. Another first from LG / ...

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Android Master Key Makes 99% Of Android Devices Vulnerable

Android Master Key Makes 99% Of Android Devices Vulnerable Security is often the paramount concern for many of today's tech savvy users, and the same applies to the mobile world, too. Just before you wonder how secure the Android operating system is, hold on to your seats as we reveal a shocker - Bluebox Security claims that they have discovered what they call the Android ‘master key' that could eventually turn just about any Android app into a malicious “zombie” program, and this Andro...

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Rumor: Moto X phone announcement coming on July 11

Rumor: Moto X phone announcement coming on July 11 Section from the first Moto X ad showing two people jumping in the water. The proper Moto X announcement is now rumored to take place on July 11, via an official Motorola press event, although press invites aren’t exactly available at this time. The handset has already been confirmed during the D11 conference in May, where Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside mentioned its commercial name and some of its features. But the company did not reveal all the...

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Sony announces global rollout of my Xperia remote security service

Sony announces global rollout of my Xperia remote security service Some time earlier this year, Sony started testing its very own remote security service for smartphones, called Sony my Xperia. Fast forward a full five months, and now the company is gearing up to finally launch this service for Xperia smartphone users across the planet. In case you missed it, my Xperia is Sony’s attempt at making sure that Xperia smartphone users have a sort of back-up plan in case they ever lose their handsets. It’...

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