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EE doubles the speed of its 4G service in 12 UK cities

EE doubles the speed of its 4G service in 12 UK cities It’s time to break out the speed tests, as EE has doubled up the speed of its 4G network in 12 cities across the UK today. The plan was initially outlined earlier in the year, with just ten cities in the UK in line for an upgrade, but it seems that EE customers in two extra cities will receive boosted speeds as well. This boost in data speeds has been achieved by allocating more of EE’s spectrum to its LTE network. The carrier is now mak...

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Colorful Moto X custom backplate covers leaked, including purple, teal and red

Colorful Moto X custom backplate covers leaked, including purple, teal and red While the Moto X phone sign-up page is already live on Motorola’s official website, the Google-owned company is still unwilling to divulge more information about the anticipated smartphone. However, thanks to eager sources of leaks regarding the device, we now have a clearer glimpse of what the device’s back side would look like. They’re colorful, and they include purple. Veering away from the traditional black and white cases,...

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User-Customizable Moto X to be Made in America

User-Customizable Moto X to be Made in America Motorola, now under the Google umbrella, released an ad yesterday stating the much-hyped Moto X handset will be ''Designed by you. Assembled in the USA''. Under the banner ''The first smartphone designed, engineered and assembled in the USA is coming,'' a self-congratulatory text about Google's epic undertaking is followed by the new-look Motorola logo. One of the previously leaked images of the M...

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Samsung’s Premium Suite finally arrives to the C Spire Galaxy S3

Samsung’s Premium Suite finally arrives to the C Spire Galaxy S3 Back in March, C Spire customers with a Galaxy S3 finally managed to make the jump over to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. While this was a welcome update, it was also missing something that many other carriers had already included: Samsung’s Premium Suite. The good news is that C Spire has finally brought its GS3-wielding users what they have all been waiting for, a new update that finally includes Premium Suite features. The rollout of the new “...

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What are some of the best designed Android apps? Google answers

What are some of the best designed Android apps? Google answers Android apps have come a long way. In the early days of the Android Market, many criticized the look and feel of the average Android app, especially when it came to design. Things have changed for the better since then, and Apple’s App Store no longer has a monopoly on beautifully designed, well-thought applications. But Google wants even more great looking apps to delight and surprise Android users. To promote the best practices in designing ...

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Samsung to invest $4.5 billion in new R&D centers

Samsung to invest $4.5 billion in new R&D centers It seems that the most common complaint about the Galaxy S4, if you have one, is that it’s not really a significant leap ahead of the last generation’s Galaxy S3. “Samsung is turning into Apple” seems to be a not uncommon comparison these days, but perhaps the fact that Samsung is building five new research and development centers will help put these concerns to rest. Samsung has outlined its plan to spend 5 trillion won, which works...

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The ultimate Galaxy S4 FAQ: 140 questions answered

The ultimate Galaxy S4 FAQ: 140 questions answered Yesterday, we learned that Samsung managed to sell 20 million Galaxy S4 units in about 60 days, proving wrong the analysts that were worried about slumping interest in the new flagship. The Galaxy S4 is an amazing device, but that alone is not enough to capture the interest of millions of customers. Samsung also needs to offer good support services to ensure that customers stay satisfied after they purchase the device. How many times were you an...

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Rumor: LG G2 specs to include 5.2-inch Full HD display and optical image stabilization camera

Rumor: LG G2 specs to include 5.2-inch Full HD display and optical image stabilization camera The specs list of the upcoming LG G2 is now rumored to include a bigger screen than initially believed and a better camera. The LG G2 is the expected name of the LG Optimus G’s successor, as the company is said to drop the “Optimus” from its flagship device family. Greek site Techblog has apparently learned that the future LG flagship will feature a 5.2-inch LCD IPS display with Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and 423 ppi, ins...

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Tech Startups: Where They Thrive, Who They Are and How to Start One

Tech Startups: Where They Thrive, Who They Are and How to Start One In keeping with our Fourth of July celebrations, we thought we'd write a short piece about tech startups, and in particular tech startups that connect people and create communities. So as you sit around with your family today, take a moment to think about some of the ways these innovative companies have helped bring you together, even when you're not together. Making connections and building communities is a mainstay of startups. / ...

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Both white Nexus 4 models (8GB and 16GB) sold out on U.S. Play Store, Google confirms

Both white Nexus 4 models (8GB and 16GB) sold out on U.S. Play Store, Google confirms As the 16GB white Nexus 4 is no longer available for sale from the U.S. Google Play Store, a publication confirmed with Google that the limited edition smartphone has sold out. A few days ago we told you that the 8GB model was no longer available from the Play Store, and it looks like the 16GB version had the same faith. While it’s not clear how many units Google had in stock in the first place, we’ll remind you that the white Nexus 4 model ...

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Watch Samsung’s new Monsters University themed Galaxy S4 ad – try to forget the Pixar / Steve Jobs irony

Watch Samsung’s new Monsters University themed Galaxy S4 ad – try to forget the Pixar / Steve Jobs irony Samsung has released a new Galaxy S4 advert, this time with a Monsters University theme. The ad, which has long sequences from Disney’s latest blockbuster made by Pixar, underlines some of the S4′s features while using video clips and pictures from the 3D animated film. For example, Air Gesture is shown-off while swiping through a series of promotional shots for the film. Smart Pause is demoed when a user reaches for a coffee while wa...

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Moto X set to feature a Dual LTE MIMO antenna, bringing faster data speeds for all

Moto X set to feature a Dual LTE MIMO antenna, bringing faster data speeds for all The Moto X has attracted a fair bit of attention in the past few days and it doesn’t look like the hype train will be stopped. The founder and former owner of Android and me, Taylor Wimberley, has already leaked some information about the Moto X and now he’s got some more information. According to Wimberley, the Moto X will have a Dual LTE Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output (MIMO) antennas. What this means is that data speeds will be serious...

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Viber wants to hijack incoming IDD calls as “terminator” to reduce call costs

Viber wants to hijack incoming IDD calls as “terminator” to reduce call costs Viber is a cross-platform messaging and VoIP app, and its latest iteration extends calls, IM and even video conferencing to desktop users. At approximately 200 million, its user base is particularly impressive, even compared to the likes of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat and LINE. But how does Viber earn profits from this popularity? Is it going to match or outlast the likes of Skype? Apart from adopting a freemium model and selling IM s...

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Mugen Power reveals 5,500 mAh battery for Samsung Galaxy S4

Mugen Power reveals 5,500 mAh battery for Samsung Galaxy S4 So you (and 20 million others) bought a shiny new Galaxy S4 and love it to death, but the included 2,600 mAh battery just isn’t cutting it. Sure, four hours of video streaming, eight hours with moderate usage, and 17 hours of talk time sounds like a lot, but what if you want to browse the web a little bit longer? Don’t worry, friends, because Mugen Power’s got you covered. The aftermarket battery company revealed today a 5,500 mAh extended...

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Google Glass FAQ page leaves the most important question unanswered

Google Glass FAQ page leaves the most important question unanswered Admit it: whether you want them or not, you’re curious about Google Glass. What do they do, really? Are they heavy? Is Google concerned about privacy? It’s such a radical shift in technology, we’re naturally curious. Google is cautious to implement Glass, so those who have actually worn a pair are a rare breed. Even though I had them for a night on the town during I/O, I’m still left with a lot of questions. The benefit to all this is th...

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Exclusive: Oppo is working on a dedicated camera to rival Samsung’s Galaxy Camera

Exclusive: Oppo is working on a dedicated camera to rival Samsung’s Galaxy Camera Details are still sparse, but a source tells us that Oppo is working on a dedicated camera. Much like the Samsung Galaxy Camera, this is said to be a standalone device for point-and-shoot enthusiasts. What we do know is that Oppo has held a briefing on the camera, a photo from which you will see below. In this briefing, attendees were told the device would be “high resolution”, and use an “owl” image processor. We can deduct from that st...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Sales Reach 20 Million Units At The End of June

Samsung Galaxy S4 Sales Reach 20 Million Units At The End of June You must love the way bankers get it wrong all the time, that's why no one trusts them yet everybody uses their services, I am talking here about the recent "prediction" from JP Morgan analysts, as they downgraded Samung's stock via rumors about a slowing down in their Samsung Galaxy S4 sales in the near future. So much for trusting what speculators are dreaming of. I think they live in a fantasy world, surrounded by computers and witches or so...

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Moto X customization and awareness features detailed in new report; carriers to get “standard versions”

Moto X customization and awareness features detailed in new report; carriers to get “standard versions” Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside A new report reveals the kind of personalization and contextual awareness features that will be available to Moto X buyers, and, as expected, hardware customization isn’t one of them. ABC News has learned from its sources that Motorola will let Moto X phone buyers “fully customize the look of the device” with different colors and even engravings: Through a website, buyers will be able to select from a palette of...

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Custom ROMs: A guide for beginners and experienced users

Custom ROMs: A guide for beginners and experienced users In the past, we've done some looking into custom ROMS and their benefits. However, it's easy to get lost in the amount of information out there. With this article, we hope to answer the following questions: Why would I ever want to install a custom ROM and which ROM is suitable for whom? Stock Android or a custom ROM? / ...

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Motorola X Phone customization will probably let us down.

Motorola X Phone customization will probably let us down. Motorola has decided to keep teasing us with tidbits of information about the X Phone, and we’re left to wonder what it all means. Made in the USA? Great for keeping jobs domestic. Available soon? That’s just mean, Motorola. You know we want that phone! More than anything, we’re wondering about this customization claim of theirs. What does that mean? How thorough could the program be? We can hope for a lot, but let’s not assume too much....

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Android 4.3: Here’s some changes you can look forward to

Android 4.3: Here’s some changes you can look forward to Well, virtually out of nowhere, Android 4.3 surfaced in the past week in the form of a ROM for the Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4. But when we take a look at it, what's really changed from Android 4.2? Here's a little summary of what we've found so far. ...

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Samsung acquires Boxee for a cool 30 million

Samsung acquires Boxee for a cool 30 million It seems that Boxee, the company that produces media boxes to stream content to TVs, has been purchased by the South Korean giant Samsung. Reports are coming out of the New York Times and an Israeli site, The Marker, indicating that this acquisition is going through the final stages and will see Samsung take over the reigns while still retaining all the current Boxee employees. The Boxee. Soon to be the Samsung-ee? / ...

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Former Nokia employee aims to create $1,300+ Android-powered ‘adventure smartphones’

Former Nokia employee aims to create $1,300+ Android-powered ‘adventure smartphones’ Think that $640 off-contract price for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is expensive? That’s peanuts, at least compared to the $1300 – $6500 that it will cost to bring home upcoming Android handsets from Adaia. If you are now scratching your head wondering who Adaia is, they are a brand new Finnish startup that is lead by a former Nokia employee, Heikki Sarajärvi. As you already guessed, the startup’s goal is to create high-end luxury phones. Ad...

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UPDATE: Samsung acquires Boxee for $30 million

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The Android-killer that wasn’t? Tizen is “almost dead”, says industry insider

The Android-killer that wasn’t? Tizen is “almost dead”, says industry insider Yesterday, news broke that Samsung would delay the release of the first smartphone running Tizen, a Linux-based operating system that the Korean company has been developing together with Intel and other partners. According to the Korean website iNews, the reason for the delay of the device, widely thought to bear the GT-I8800 code number, would be the lack of a strong ecosystem of apps that users can install at launch. The GT-I8800, a phone that...

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Celebrate Independence Day with our pick of Fourth of July apps!

Celebrate Independence Day with our pick of Fourth of July apps! It's that time of year when Americans look back at where they came from and celebrate who they are in celebrations across the good ol' U.S. of A. So get the family together, head to a street parade, park or beach and reflect on what it means to be American. To help you celebrate this great holiday we've pulled together some fun, family-oriented apps to keep you busy, informed and having fun all day long. Get ready to celebrate A...

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Samsung GEAR trademarked, could be the official name of Samsung’s smart watch

Samsung GEAR trademarked, could be the official name of Samsung’s smart watch Whether you realize it or not, the wearable revolution has already begun. For Google, the push towards the wearable future revolves around the company’s ambitious Google Glass project. For everybody else, it seems that the first step forward will come in the form of a smart watch. While we’ve already seen devices like Sony’s next-gen smart watch and the Pebble, it doesn’t end there. Motorola, Samsung, Apple and ...

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Moto X phone sign-up page goes live on Motorola’s website

Moto X phone sign-up page goes live on Motorola’s website Motorola has published a Moto X phone sign up page on its website, although the device is not yet officially listed. By signing up for more information, you’ll make sure you receive more Moto X info via email, once Motorola is ready to reveal more details about the handset. But that’s pretty much all you get right now, a chance to register your interest for the device. The page looks very much like yesterday’s ad, reminding users that ...

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