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Google Maps gets second update in 24 hours

Google Maps gets second update in 24 hours Google released an update to their Google Maps app just yesterday and already there's been another update rolling out. With yesterdays update still fresh in our mind and on our device, the confusing way that they changed our ability to save Offline maps was voiced pretty early on. Thankfully, Google is listening and has updated Maps yet again to reflect this issue. Update yesterday? Another update today! / ...

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More tips and tricks for your Galaxy Note 2

More tips and tricks for your Galaxy Note 2 In the on-going phase of discovering new things about devices that we've owned for awhile, we shift our attention to the Galaxy Note 2. When it was released, it was a huge jump ahead of its predecessor in terms of features and sported the handy S-Pen. Well, here's a list of features and tricks that you may just not have known about. Note 2 and S-Pen, what can we learn about you today? / ...

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Opera for Android version 15 now available for download from Google Play

Opera for Android version 15 now available for download from Google Play If you are among the many people who use Opera as your preferred mobile Web browser for Android, then we’ve got some great news for you. Today, Opera announced the release of Opera for Android version 15, only a few weeks after the earlier release of its predecessor, Opera for Android version 14. This new version of the Web browser offers several new features and fixes, not to mention Chromium 28 running quietly under the hood.Opera 15 is ...

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Nokia Lumia 1020 Released: a Contender for the Galaxy S4 & iPhone 5?

Nokia Lumia 1020 Released: a Contender for the Galaxy S4 & iPhone 5? Today, Nokia is presenting the Lumia 1020 in New York, the company's new camera smartphone which is a definite step up from the Nokia PureView 808, thanks most importantly to the ultra-potent camera technology, which sets it apart from worldwide competitors. But what makes the Lumia 1020 so great and how it beats out the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 is something I'll answer further on. This smartphone-camera knocks the S4 and in the iPhone...

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Mobile Browsing: Samsung Defeats Apple. Just.

Mobile Browsing: Samsung Defeats Apple. Just. Statistics released yesterday from StatCounter show that Samsung devices are now the preferred global device on which to browse the web. The Korean technology giant has finally surpassed Apple as the number one device manufacturer for mobile web browsing. But it's hardly time for celebrations yet – Samsung is only in the lead by 0.4%. Clash of the Titans. Samsung ousts Apple. Sort of. / ...

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New features added to opera browser for android

New features added to opera browser for android The Opera browser for Android has just received an update which has added some really neat features to the browser. The feature additions and the bug fixes really make this browser something that is right up there with Google's chrome or Mozilla's Firefox. The Opera Mobile Browser for Android has just recently got some new enhancements/ ...

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Network Changes and New Tech Needed to Get More From Batteries

Network Changes and New Tech Needed to Get More From Batteries There is only so far we can go as far as having increasingly thinner smartphones with long battery life. These are the noises eminating from Qualcomm's John Stefenac. Stefenac believes that there is an enormous amount of pressure for being put on smartphone manufacturers to deliver cool, sexy, ultra-thin devices that have a long battery life. There is a limit to how far we can go as far as battery life is concerned / ...

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Standard HTC One takes a step closer to full GPE conversion

Standard HTC One takes a step closer to full GPE conversion Ever since in the announcement of the Google Play Edition HTC One, many original purchasers of HTC’s flagship handset have been wondering whether or not they’ll also be able to receive the official Google treatment, after all the handsets are exactly the same in terms of hardware.Not too long ago we heard that famed Android developer Paul O’Brien was working on a method to would allow users to quickly switch between AOSP Android to Sense 5...

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Google Maps update with new offline maps option pushed out after public backlash

Google Maps update with new offline maps option pushed out after public backlash Less than a couple of days after the most recent Google Maps update for Android comes yet another software revision, this time to re-add an old feature that was found to be “cleverly hidden” and only accessible via a mildly interesting easter egg. Users were outraged when it was discovered that the latest version of Google Maps for Android apparently lacked an option to save maps for offline use. And that is exactly what Google aims ...

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CyanogenMod 10.1.1 update patches security exploits

CyanogenMod 10.1.1 update patches security exploits If any of you CyanogenMod users out there have updated in the past couple of days, you may have noticed that your version has been updated to version 10.1.1. But this update isn’t about cramming in new features, instead the CyanogenMod team has patched up some of the well know security Android exploits which have been making the news recently.Perhaps the most noticeable exploit that has been patched is the “Master Key” bug, which affect...

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Win 730 Galaxy S4 units with T-Mobile’s JUMP #Hate2Wait campaign

Win 730 Galaxy S4 units with T-Mobile’s JUMP #Hate2Wait campaign After announcing its new JUMP program, T-Mobile has started a #Hate2Wait online promotion campaign that has 730 Galaxy S4s as prizes.Short for “just upgrade my phone,” JUMP is a very interesting T-Mobile initiative that goes to show the carrier is willing to go to great lengths to distance itself from the others.In addition from waiving contracts but keeping smartphone prices on par with the competition, and even cheaper in some cases –...

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Android for Beginners: How to Avoid Trojans on your Smartphone

Android for Beginners: How to Avoid Trojans on your Smartphone A few days ago came the news of a new vulnerability in Android - the Master Key - one of the greatest threats so far, affecting 99% of devices. The information came through a laboratory study by Bluebox Security, who also has an application that tells you whether your smartphone is affected. In light of this study's findings, we have compiled this Android for Beginners to help you prevent possible infection of trojans and malware infections....

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The wall between Google and Motorola could go down in the future – WSJ

The wall between Google and Motorola could go down in the future – WSJ You know the firewall between Google and Motorola that Android VP Hiroshi Lockheimer talked about at MWC ? Well, the wall is there, for now, but it could easily go down in the future. That’s the gist of a report from the Wall Street Journal that quotes “people familiar to the matter” talking about the complicated relationship between Google and its subsidiary Motorola.According to the report, at least some Google executives that are no...

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Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Samsung Galaxy S3 Update Arriving This Month

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Samsung Galaxy S3 Update Arriving This Month The long anticipated and frequently rumored Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 will finally be made available to Galaxy S3 owners in July 2013 after initial reports of it being delayed, at least that is what the folks over at Gotta Be Mobile have reported. Are you stoked yet with this piece of news? I am sure that some of you out there have already decided to literally take things into your own hands with the leaked Android...

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Rumor: HTC M8 coming in 2014, HTC One refresh later this year, and plastic One to replace Butterfly

Rumor: HTC M8 coming in 2014, HTC One refresh later this year, and plastic One to replace Butterfly A new batch of HTC One-related rumors supposedly reveal some of the company’s plans for the following months and next year, with a variety of One models being reportedly in the works.Let’s take a look at them chronologically, at least according to what Pocket-lint has learned from sources familiar with HTC’s plans.Refreshed HTC One in 2013Apparently HTC may be considering launching a refreshed HTC One model later this year, a device that co...

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Sony sends out invites to its press conference at IFA 2013. Is Sony bringing the Honami with it?

Sony sends out invites to its press conference at IFA 2013. Is Sony bringing the Honami with it? Sony has been very busy this year in both the smartphone and tablet markets, hoping to recapture its former glory. Now Sony is starting to send out invitations for its press event at IFA 2013 on September 4 (2 days before the official event begins).Remember how Sony had an event in Paris earlier in the month, and we were all adamant that the Honami (Xperia i1) would be announced at the event. Well that event came and went, and we were still witho...

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Watch out Samsung, Motorola can spend half a billion to market the Moto X

Watch out Samsung, Motorola can spend half a billion to market the Moto X Ricardo Bilton/VentureBeat To be successful in the smartphone business, it’s not enough to make the best hardware or the prettiest looking device. Marketing is just as important, and, some say, the biggest factor that decides the ultimate fate of a product. The living proofs are Samsung and Apple, the two behemoths of the smartphone industry and the only two companies to actually make meaningful profits out of it, which both spend lavishly on ...

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New Motorola DROIDs bound for Verizon leak in all their glory

New Motorola DROIDs bound for Verizon leak in all their glory How is it, like clockwork, photos of unreleased Motorola phones leak weeks before their official unveiling? Whatever the means, we’re grateful the folks at @evleaks were able to get their hands on press images of Moto’s refreshed Verizon DROID trifecta. The left-most phone is the Droid Mini, the center the Droid Ultra, and the right-most phone the Droid MAXX.Judging solely by their respective exteriors, the new DROIDs don’t seem all that di...

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“Value Pack” update rolling out to AT&T Optimus G Pro customers

“Value Pack” update rolling out to AT&T Optimus G Pro customers The LG Optimus G Pro is a brilliant smartphone, and if there’s one thing we as consumers love to see, it’s updates to make our smartphones even more brilliant. Originally announced in March, LG has now begun rolling out the “Value Pack” to AT&T customers.The update is still Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, so no change in the Android version, however, it offers new features like:Dual Camera: The Optimus G Pro already has the ability to recor...

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LG outs world’s thinnest full HD LCD panel, basically confirms display on LG G2

LG outs world’s thinnest full HD LCD panel, basically confirms display on LG G2 The LG G2, also known as the LG Optimus G2, is one of the more anticipated smartphones coming out in the second half of 2013. So far the rumors are plentiful but not much has been set in stone yet. This may have changed as LG recently sent out a press release for a full HD smartphone panel. Given that the LG G2 is the next big thing coming out of LG, it’s not a giant leap in logic to guess that this state of the art HD smartphone panel is ...

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Chromebooks comprise about 25% of sub-$300 PC sales

Chromebooks comprise about 25% of sub-$300 PC sales While the PC market shrinks, Chromebooks continue to defy the trend. Whereas the ubiquitous Samsung Chromebook has dominated Amazon for some time, Chromebooks have now also taken about a quarter of the sub-$300 PC category.As a Chromebook daily driver, I’m not surprised. The devices are wonderful; lightweight machines that will fit the needs of many. As Chrome OS continues to grow, so will the market share of Chromebooks. The richer the environ...

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High-end device, low-end price: the race to the middle

High-end device, low-end price: the race to the middle With so much going on in the world of Android, it’s often hard to sleep  at night. Lovers of mobile tech around the world, with visions of even better devices, dancing in their heads. And why not? There is not a single other industry that is as intensely competitive, that yields massively improved technology each and every year.Anyway, I digress.Cannacord Genuity’s Mike Walkey recently released some findings that led him to alter up ...

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LTE-packing Sony Xperia Z arrives in the United States, exclusively through T-Mobile

LTE-packing Sony Xperia Z arrives in the United States, exclusively through T-Mobile The Sony Xperia Z is not only a sexy handset, but it also has reasonably powerful hardware and excellent water and dust-resistant capabilities. Unfortunately, the phone hasn’t exactly made a major impact on the U.S. market, largely because the only way to get the phone is to buy the non-LTE version directly from Sony. The good news is that this changes starting today.Sony is now offering the handset with T-Mobile 4G LTE support for $579.99 ...

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Phone upgrades up to twice a year? That’s exactly what you get with T-Mobile’s new JUMP program

Phone upgrades up to twice a year? That’s exactly what you get with T-Mobile’s new JUMP program Twenty-four whole months just to get your hands on a new handset? That’s not exactly an ideal situation considering the speed at which mobile phones evolve, but it seems to be the industry standard in the United States. The good news is that one of the major carriers is looking to do away with this standard and instead give us more options.As you probably know already, T-Mobile recently changed things up with its “uncarrier’ approach, doing...

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Leaked document shows Sprint may be changing up their ‘Everything’ plans

Leaked document shows Sprint may be changing up their ‘Everything’ plans Many considered simplicity to be Sprint’s one redeeming quality, but that could be changing. Phone Arena has been tipped that Sprint may soon be changing things up a bit, offering more variety in their plan structure. The picture, which you’ll see below, outlines a few new options for Sprint customers.These new plans position Sprint closer to “traditional” carrier pricing and plan structure.The plan options are nicely structured, but we w...

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Facebook Home and App Get an Update

Facebook Home and App Get an Update Facebook has made some much needed improvements to its Facebook Home Launcher and also to its normal Facebook application. One of the main updates to the Facebook home launcher is the ability to access folders. This is one of the features that users have requested the most since the launch of the heavily criticised launcher a few months ago. Facebook has been introducing some improvements for its Android apps / ...

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iPhone 5 found to be most hated handset

iPhone 5 found to be most hated handset The iPhone 5 has been suprisingly panned by users according to a recent survey of social networks. About 20% of iPhone users where critical about Apple's flagship handset due to it being deemed too similar to previous iPhone models, the inaccuracy of Apple's new mapping application and also because of the introduction of a new power socket which has rendered previous models obsolete. Meanwhile on the other end of the spectrum, the Samsu...

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Smartypants! 5 Free Apps to get you Smarter.

Smartypants! 5 Free Apps to get you Smarter. Ok, so depending on who you listen to (developers or scientists) you may think Brain Age added twenty years of youthful pep to your ol' gray matter or you may think it's all bollocks. Either way, there are plenty of apps out there to make you a smarter, more well-rounded person, if not exactly a Mensa Olympian. Get all kinds of Billy Madison with apps to make you smarter. / ...

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