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HTC confirms that the One S won’t move beyond Android 4.1 and Sense 4+

HTC confirms that the One S won’t move beyond Android 4.1 and Sense 4+ When you go to buy a mid-range or high-end Android handset, you probably have a few expectations. First, your phone’s hardware should be good enough to last you at least two years without seeming like a total dinosaur. Second and just as important, the phone should continue to see new features and changes thanks to future updates to newer versions of Android. That’s what makes today’s news so disappointing. Released in April of 2012, the ...

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DoubleTwist intros AirPlay-like, open source MagicPlay protocol

DoubleTwist intros AirPlay-like, open source MagicPlay protocol Why does flinging music from your smartphone to another device have to be so complicated? A number of companies boast room-to-room wireless audio streaming services. However, all of the major players rely on proprietary solutions, which typically means their technologies will only work with devices produced by companies willing to pay licensing fees. Bluetooth is a workaround, as are potentially illicit apps like AirFoil, but none are as simple ...

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Pebble smartwatch to hit Best Buy shelves on July 7th

Pebble smartwatch to hit Best Buy shelves on July 7th Smartwatches are a niche market, but one that could probably catch on widely if we had the right exposure. Even when available, they’re often relegated to the corner of a store, as is the case with my local Verizon store. Sony and Motorola smartwatches, shoved into a corner, rarely visited or acknowledged. As some major hitters like Apple and Google appear to be coming to the plate, Pebble needs a wider audience. Pebble, the wildly popular ki...

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Nexus 4: Tips &Tricks

Nexus 4: Tips &Tricks While we wait for confirmation from Google on whether or not they're going to release an in-house phone as their successor to the Nexus line or source out to another manufacturer, it's nice to be able to keep things fresh by exploring some new settings or “hidden” features. While some of these tips might not be so new to you, I always find that there's at least one person in the crowd who goes: “YOU COULD DO THAT?!”. He...

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Opera browser goes Chromium for its newest version

Opera browser goes Chromium for its newest version With browsers, we have both the most important and subjective decision of our digital life. An increasing dependence on web-based software makes the browser crucial, and the myriad of choices leaves us wanting for very little. Usually coming down to IE or Chrome, since Safari is happy to stick with Macs, the other choices often aren’t even considered by many. One of those contenders is Opera, a quiet little dynamo from Norway. Having always be...

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Top 5 Free Zombie Apps to Feast Your Brains On

Top 5 Free Zombie Apps to Feast Your Brains On With World War Z on our doorsteps and in our cinemas, what better time to bone up on your zombie slaying skills than right now? Picking favorites from the hordes out there is no mean feat, but we've done our best, bringing together our five favorite (free!) zombie apps in the Google Play Store to better your chances of surviving the impending zombie apocalypse. So get ready to run, drive, make a stand or blast a path through the swarming und...

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Google’s list of dead services; an infographic.

Google’s list of dead services; an infographic. It’s July 2, 2013. Google Reader is shuttered, yet the world continues to spin. All of the consternation and folded-arm pouting about our favorite RSS reader couldn’t save it. In our new reality, plenty of great successors are here to take the king’s throne. News won’t stop, so why should we? We’ve been here before with Google. Plenty of times. Just like Reader, each ‘closed service’ announcement brings out a vocal minority who wan...

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Google Reader has been axed, but it's not alone.

Google Reader has been axed, but it's not alone. Yesterday, July 1st, marked the end of an era with Google pulling the plug on Google Reader. While we covered some alternatives to this popular RSS Reader service, we lamented over the loss of something that many saw as a pretty important service. Alas, this is not the first service that Google has axed from its repertoire….nor will it be the last. Google Reader wasn't the first to grace the Google Graveyard. / ...

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Skype update brings fresh new look & better performance

Skype update brings fresh new look & better performance Microsoft has been hard at work and has delivered a big update for the Skype chat/video app. The messenger has gotten a brand-new design and its performance has also improved in leaps and bounds. Whether Windows (Phone) or Android: Skype is available for many operating systems./ ...

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Galaxy S4 Sprint & Verizon Models Get Google Play Edition Custom ROMs

Galaxy S4 Sprint & Verizon Models Get Google Play Edition Custom ROMs It was just last week when we saw the arrival of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Edition smartphones, and it did not take too long at all before the community decided to flex their programming muscles and put the proverbial thinking caps on to figure out a way to port the Google Play Edition software over to existing handsets, and these efforts were met with certain degrees of success. Most of the focus on the homebrew front seemed to co...

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Nokia and Android, A Possible Love Story?

Nokia and Android, A Possible Love Story? According to market analysts, Nokia should take a closer look to Android OS, if they want to survive in an increasingly competitive smartphone market, i.e. Nokia and Android equals love. This idea is not new, there were bets made about Nokia's success with Windows Phone OS (or, more, the lack of) starting with 2012 and people suggested Android as a plan B for the struggling tech giant. Still, Mr. Elop, Nokia's CEO, went all-in with Microsoft,...

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Google Glass Update Now Supports Web Browsing, Gmail Messaging and Voice Commands

Google Glass Update Now Supports Web Browsing, Gmail Messaging and Voice Commands A new Google Glass Update is now ready for Explorers everywhere and it brings some cool features to those addicted to wearable technology. I hope you know what Google Glass are, if you're a resident of this planet. In case you just woke up from a coma or you're returning from a trip to Mars, well, breaking news, Google Glass are the latest trend when it comes to wearable technology. Basically, they are a combination between a mid ranged Android...

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Sound Search for Google Play – Easily Recognize Music from a Widget!

Sound Search for Google Play – Easily Recognize Music from a Widget! Most of you probably already know of apps like Shazam and SoundHound which recognize music for you. These are complete apps with many functions, some of which you probably will never use. Sound Search for Google Play gets back to the basics and offers you only what you need.(This is a preview - click here to read the entire entry.) ...read more Via: Android Pit...

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Best Startup Managers for Disabling Items from System Boot

Best Startup Managers for Disabling Items from System Boot I think everyone has this problem: you turn on your smartphone, it loads and it seems as if it lags for an eternity. This is because some apps will automatically start up when you turn on your smarpthone. Some of these guilty apps are hiding behind this problem: Flickr, FM-RAdio, Google Maps,...Why do they do this? And how can I get this to stop? Which apps are the best to solve this pesky problem? ...

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A Match Made in Heaven: Europe and the USA Love Samsung and Android!

A Match Made in Heaven: Europe and the USA Love Samsung and Android! It's official (again): Samsung and Android dominate smartphone sales. In a report released today, the research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has confirmed the dominance of Samsung and Android in both the USA and the five major European markets. Android takes Apple down in recent sales figures / ...

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Keep an iWatch on Apple's Entry into the Smartwatch Arena

Keep an iWatch on Apple's Entry into the Smartwatch Arena In another forward push, Apple has filed a trademark application for the name 'iWatch' in Japan, fueling rumors the device manufacturer is finally about to enter the smartwatch market. Apple is rumored to be working with Intel on the iWatch, who have confirmed they are developing a smartwatch but have not mentioned any collaboration with Apple as yet. Finally it looks like Apple will release the iWatch. / ...

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How To Fix Galaxy S3 Email Notification Count Problems

How To Fix Galaxy S3 Email Notification Count Problems Anyone who is a couple of years old can be forgiven if they are unable to count properly, for us humans at least. When it comes to smartphones, however, you could more or less say that it is anathema for a smartphone like the older flagship from Samsung, the Galaxy S3, to botch up its email count in the notification area. So far, there have been reports on this niggling issue, and hopefully by the end of it, such email count problems would be a t...

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Samsung Galaxy Beam To Get Out Of Gingerbread Hell Soon?

Samsung Galaxy Beam To Get Out Of Gingerbread Hell Soon? The Samsung Galaxy Beam, a smartphone that was first unveiled to the masses in 2010 and was followed up by a successor with the same name last year, came with Android 2.3 Gingerbread in tow. The thing is, even the second smartphone with a built-in projector has not gotten a sniff at anything newer than Android 2.3 Gingerbread, at least not all this while, but hope springs eternal as a leaked copy of a Galaxy Beam Android 4.1 update build is now m...

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Slice and Dice Pixely Monsters in Attack of the Spooklings

Slice and Dice Pixely Monsters in Attack of the Spooklings We’ve seen Android Games that have you slice fruit and other various objects, but I bet you’ve never sliced a Spookling. No worries, you’ll get to slice up thousands of them in Picaro Games Attack of the Spooklings. Attack of the Spooklings is a slice ‘em up game that puts your fingers to work defending a pixelated fort from hordes of little monsters. The premise is about as simple as it gets – you slice every Spookling you see, and if...

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Facebook Introduces Advanced HTTPS as an Anti Surveillance/NSA Measure

Facebook Introduces Advanced HTTPS as an Anti Surveillance/NSA Measure As the NSA interceptions scandal continues to grow and new stories about illegal wire tapping emerge day by day, the tech companies are beginning to react to the pressure from the public opinion, for example Facebook just announced that it will introduce Advanced HTTPS in order to minimize, or at least to make it more difficult for the National Security Agency to snoop into their users data traffic. Now, we know for a fact that the NSA is coll...

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Top 5 Free Apps to Make the Most of Summer!

Top 5 Free Apps to Make the Most of Summer! Summer is here and we've compiled 5 of the best free apps to get you out and being awesome in the sun. Whether you want to entertain your friends, yourself, head to exotic locales or stay in your own hood, these apps deliver the best summer has to offer. So get out there and make the most of it! Oh yes my friends, it's that time of year again! / ...

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Ivanovitch Games brings Crazy Bill: Zombie Stars Hotel to Android

Ivanovitch Games brings Crazy Bill: Zombie Stars Hotel to Android Several months back I tried to piece together a series of gaming articles with a “Coming Soon” theme. It didn’t work out quite like I’d hoped as release dates change constantly, and we just never had enough time to work them in. One of the games left out in the cold was Crazy Bill: Zombie Stars Hotel from Ivanovitch Games, and last week it finally made its way onto Google Play. Crazy Bill: Zombie Stars Hotel gives you a gun and drops you ...

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The Best New Android Games of the Week – June 30, 2013

The Best New Android Games of the Week – June 30, 2013 A lot of great Indies found their way to Google Play last week, and a few of them made it on to our Best New Android Games of the Week list. There’s a little something for everyone this week including an Android version of the mother of all TCG games. 1. Block Block Block Noodlecake Studios always brings something fun to the table, and this week it’s a new puzzler by the name of Block Block Block. It’s a block-based color matching gam...

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The Best OUYA Games

The Best OUYA Games Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the OUYA Android console has finally hit retailers nationwide. Some of the reviews have been less than kind, but we’re not here to talk about the hardware or interface… we’re going to take a look at their games. If you’ve just gotten your system and aren’t sure what to play we’ve compiled a short list to help you out. Without further ado, we proudly present our picks for the Be...

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Display Smackdown: LCD vs. AMOLED! Which one is Better for Outside?

Display Smackdown: LCD vs. AMOLED! Which one is Better for Outside? During the summer time, many smartphone displays run into a brick wall and offer crummy readability. In shadowy areas outdoors, they are often not-so-great, while in direct sunlight, you can barely see anything. LCD Panels with their back-lighting have a big advantage compared to OLED technology. But how do these two types differ in practical situations? To find out, we grabbed the HTC One and the Galaxy S4 and went out the door. Which one do ...

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Google's QuickOffice Now Allows Editing Office Docs Within Chrome OS

Google's QuickOffice Now Allows Editing Office Docs Within Chrome OS The future "Microsoft Office Killer" is now available in the Chrome OS developer channel. I am talking about Google's own word editing software, the QuickOffice, which now offers the possibility of editing Office documents within the operating system itself. Until now, you had to use Google Apps, which is, for the moment, a much better tool than QuickOffice. But this is the first time for the QuickOffice to made a public appearance, since Goog...

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And Yet Another Rumor About the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, It Will Feature A Flexible Display

And Yet Another Rumor About the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, It Will Feature A Flexible Display Another rumor surfaced about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3, this time the leak comes from a South Korean news agency. MT Media, because they are the source, claims that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will boast a huge 5.99 inches wide Super AMOLED touch screen, with a twist : it will be a flexible display. How about that? I hope you remember my article about the rivalry between LG and Samsung, when it comes to the future of the smart indust...

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Google’s QuickOffice Now Allows Editing Office Docs Within Chrome OS

Google’s QuickOffice Now Allows Editing Office Docs Within Chrome OS The future "Microsoft Office Killer" is now available in the Chrome OS developer channel. I am talking about Google's own word editing software, the QuickOffice, which now offers the possibility of editing Office documents within the operating system itself. Until now, you had to use Google Apps, which is, for the moment, a much better tool than QuickOffice. But this is the first time for the QuickOffice to made a public appearance, since Goog...

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