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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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Real Racing 3 update brings massive overhaul: new career progression, time trial mode and new cars

Real Racing 3 update brings massive overhaul: new career progression, time trial mode and new cars The popular Real Racing 3 game has received a new update, which brings major changes, both when it comes to new features but also to the user interface. When looking at the changelog, you’ll think that this is another “regular” Real Racing 3 update that brings new cars to race on new tracks, but that’s not so. Firemonkeys has completely updated the user interface of the app, basically offering a new career progression system and ...

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Moto X phone not coming to Verizon as a “Droid” device, report says

Moto X phone not coming to Verizon as a “Droid” device, report says X Phone concept Shortly after a first ad for Google’s confirmed Moto X phone has been discovered, a new report claims that the handset will not be included in Verizon’s famous Droid family of Android handsets. The Verge says it has learned from multiple sources that the “Moto X will not be a Droid device on Verizon,” which means, if true, that Google is very much interested in creating a strong Moto X brand. Verizon has traditionally been...

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The Facebook Android App Flawed With Security Issues

The Facebook Android App Flawed With Security Issues If you're running on Android OS, as you probably are, since your're here reading the article, you should know that the Facebook Android App is fatally flawed when it comes to your online privacy. And even worse, Facebook doesn't seem to care much, but this is hardly news. I am sure you spend part of your free time on the Internet, courtesy of your Android smart device and Facebook plays a significant role in your life.Or at least, you have a F...

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Skype for Android goes flatter, cleaner with Metro-inspired redesign

Skype for Android goes flatter, cleaner with Metro-inspired redesign Much has been said about the new trend today moving toward flatter, cleaner and more content-oriented designs. While Apple went for the skeumorphic look since the early iPhone ages, smartphones are now becoming more avant garde, with flat interfaces focused on bringing content rather than style. Some would even say this is Microsoft’s revenge, with smartphone UI and UX increasingly becoming more like the Zune of old. What? Zune? You read i...

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The new Motorola X Phone ad: It could mean more than we know

The new Motorola X Phone ad: It could mean more than we know The Verge It’s something I’ve long hoped for the Motorola X: complete customization. Even though the rumors leading up to it hinted it was made of unicorn horn and gypsy tears, we’ve since learned it’s just going to be a cell phone. In fact, we’ve been hearing the X Phone could be a pretty middle-of-the-road device. What of Android, though? I don’t want a monster device running the latest version of Android, only to have to step dow...

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