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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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No more filthy smartphone screens with Corning’s new Gorilla Glass

No more filthy smartphone screens with Corning’s new Gorilla Glass Corning’s new generation (Gorilla Glass 4?) of thin and durable glass is expected to pack new features that may make Dragontrail and even the superbly durable sapphire glass appear inferior. This time, it’s not just a solution similar to oleophobic coating, Nokia’s ClearBlack display polarizer system, or Sony’s OptiContrast design. The new Gorilla Glass itself will have significantly lower reflectance compared to every ot...

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Galaxy S4 Active root app available from famous iPhone jailbreak hacker Geohot

Galaxy S4 Active root app available from famous iPhone jailbreak hacker Geohot Famous iPhone (and Sony PlayStation) jailbreaker Geohot has already rooted the recently released Galaxy S4 Active rugged phone. Moreover, he provided an app which any Galaxy S4 Active owner can use to root his or her device without hassle. Naturally, we’ll remind you that we don’t advise you to root your devices, and that anything that happens during such procedures falls under your responsibility. That said, if you want to root your device,...

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Sick of the “bloatware” on the Galaxy S4? TrulyClean can help

Sick of the “bloatware” on the Galaxy S4? TrulyClean can help Ranging from potentially useful apps like Facebook, to apps from the manufacturer’s marketing partners, to obscure apps that users have no idea what to do with, bloatware takes up precious storage space, fills up app drawers, and some say, even affects the performance of the device. And the worst part is that, unless you root the device, you can’t even uninstall the offending applications. That’s true for Samsung’s latest flagship, the G...

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Purported HTC One Max (T6) and HTC One Mini sightings keep coming in

Purported HTC One Max (T6) and HTC One Mini sightings keep coming in HTC One It’s not news anymore that HTC is expected to launch two additional handsets part of the One line, a smaller HTC One Mini smartphone to take on all the mid-range minis from the competition, and a HTC One Max flagship device to compete against supersized smartphones, but the devices have been sighted in reportedly leaked carrier documents, but also pictured (at least the One Mini). New HTC One Max rumors The HTC One Max – also know...

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Moto X to feature standalone language processing and context awareness chips, and more rumors

Moto X to feature standalone language processing and context awareness chips, and more rumors TechCocktail/Flickr The rumor mill has churned out a variety of stories, often vague and contradicting, about the Moto X, also known at one point as the X Phone. However, as Motorola begins to lift the veil on its groundbreaking new device, it turns out that at least some of the rumors that seemed crazy a few months back are actually accurate. One of the rumors that shape out to be on to something is that about the customization options offered...

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Intel BayTrail benchmark dominates ARM

Intel BayTrail benchmark dominates ARM Intel has been boasting about its mobile processor performance to handset manufactures recently, but it looks like the company wasn’t just blowing smoke when its CEO stated that its technology was superior to Qualcomm’s processors. The first benchmarks of Intel’s upcoming BayTrail processor have appeared online, and the results are quite astonishing. The results have appeared in the always popular AnTuTu benchmark under a device named “b...

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Barclays warns that HTC risks being drawn into a marketing war

Barclays warns that HTC risks being drawn into a marketing war HTC just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to the company’s finances. The British bank Barclays Plc has cut its estimate for HTC Corp’s earning throughout 2013, due to concerns that the smartphone manufacturer will have to spend more on marketing to combat the fierce competition currently present in the smartphone market. Dale Gai, a Barclays analyst in Taipei, expects HTC to increase its marketing expenses by 20 to 25 percent in 2...

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Galaxy S4 mini AndroidPIT Photoshoot: Comparing it to the Galaxy S4

Galaxy S4 mini AndroidPIT Photoshoot: Comparing it to the Galaxy S4 Finally, AndroidPIT has gotten their hands on the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, the miniature S4 look-a-like that could. The wee-thing which is running on Android 4.2.2 and boasts a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display might not leave the S4 behind in the dust, but it's got a nice 1.7 GHZ dual core processor to beat the most of 'em. With 1.5 GB RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and an 8 MP trigger-happy camera, this 107 gram bundle of joy is nice to...

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Notification Launcher – a quicker way to start your apps

Notification Launcher – a quicker way to start your apps Many Samsung fans might still find certain things quite annoying about the manufacturer's user interface TouchWiz. Normally, you can open Google Search from pretty much anywhere in Android by pulling your finger upwards on the screen. In order to do this, the keys must be presented on the display. That being said, it's a well-known fact that Samsung uses a combination of physical and soft keys. I ran into an app called Notification Laun...

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MediaTek looks to be working on an octo-core processor

MediaTek looks to be working on an octo-core processor MediaTek seems to be really cranking up its pressure on the high-end processor manufactures, and the news that the company is working on its own eight core processor confirms that MediaTek is just interested in peak performance as much as it is budget technologies. First news of the octo-core chip came from UDN yesterday, which stated that MediaTek began introducing its new processor to potential clients last week. The new chip will be known as ...

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Samsung sold 20 million Galaxy S4s in two months (that’s 228 per minute)

Samsung sold 20 million Galaxy S4s in two months (that’s 228 per minute) Recently, Samsung has been plagued by a series of reports that questioned the market performance of its flagship Galaxy S4. Worried about a looming slowdown, a number of brokerage houses cut their estimates causing Samsung’s stock value to plummet in the past few weeks. Investors might regain some of their confidence when they hear that Samsung managed to sell 20 million Galaxy S4 units in just two months. For perspective, last year Samsung ne...

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Report: LG G2 will be the first smartphone with 3GB of RAM, followed by the Note 3

Report: LG G2 will be the first smartphone with 3GB of RAM, followed by the Note 3 The LG G2, the successor to the Optimus G2, shapes up to be one beast of a phone. The new Snapdragon 800 version of the Galaxy S4 stole a bit of its limelight by being the world’s first LTE-Advanced device, but LG will still have one “first” to boast about – the world’s first phone with 3GB of RAM. The LG G2 is rumored to hit South Korea as soon as mid-July, but the device will get its international introduction on August 7, at a New Y...

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