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2013 Is The Year of the Smartwatch?

smartwatch If you take a look at all major players in the IT Industry, one pattern is very clear : almost each and everyone of them is working on or planning to build a smartwatch, sooner rather than later. The smartwatch seems to be the next hype in wearable technology, along with Google Glass. Taking into account that regular watches are already a huge $...

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Purported low-cost iPhone model spotted; Jelly Bean knockoff packs Snapdragon 600 CPU, sells for $199

 Low-cost iPhone - Basic BearLow-cost iPhone-based Basic Bear knockoff | Image Credit: Techdy The low-cost iPhone has reportedly been spotted, with a peripherals maker revealing design details for the device in an in-house produced video – but there’s a twist: an Android-running smartphone has already been adapted to fit inside that iPhone chassis. According to Techdy, whi...

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HTC One Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update now rolling out in Europe

HTC One The HTC One might have launched with the slightly outdated Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but at least HTC is fulfilling its promise to update the HTC One to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (unlike another one of its smartphones). After the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update began rolling out in Taiwan a few days ago, it was only a matter of time before the update b...

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Motorola Droid Maxx image leaks: capacitive buttons and Kevlar

motorola droid maxx leak feature We know that Motorola is gearing up to unleash the Moto X, but that’s not the only device that the Google subsidiary is preparing to unveil this summer. In addition to a low-cost smartphone codenamed DFX, which is aimed at developing markets, Motorola is also continuing its collaboration with Verizon for the Droid line. Previous leaks suggested ...

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ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini Photo Leaked Before Official Launching

The digital paparazzi did it again, by releasing a photo of the ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini, right before the official announcement. For many of us, ZTE may seem like an extra-terrestrial company, but check this out : they sell more smartphones than Nokia. Yeah, that's how bad it is for Nokia, folks.  Anyway, the ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini is the mini-me kind of thing when it comes to ZTE's flagship, the ZTE Nubia 5. This one was released officially by the Chinese company and it's one of the best Android running smartphones on the market, in terms of price/quality. The ZTE Nubia 5 comes with an aluminum unibody chassis, running on a Qualcomm S4 chipset, featuring a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz,2 GB of RAM, a full HD 1080p display made by Sharp with a cool 443 ppi pixel density and sports a 13 Megapixels camera. All these are powered by a 2300 mAh battery and of course, the heart of the system is Android 4.2.2 JellyBean. What makes the ZTE Nubia Z5 really cool in my book is its price, which is significantly lower than its direct competitors. zte-nubia-z5[1]  Moving along with the story, we now have photo of the  mini version of the flagship, namely the ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini: ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini  Rumors are that the ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini will have a 4.7 inches wide screen with 720p resolution and it will run on a Snapdragon 600 system on chip, with a quad core CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz, this time a Krait processor instead of the Snapdragon S4. It figures, being a downgrade from the current flagship, at a more affordable price. Also, the ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini will come with the same 8 GB or RAM, but with a camera with a resolution  of only 8 Megapixels instead of 13. The smartphone's dimensions are reduced, the Z5 mini measures 65.7 x 134.8 x 10.3mm and weighs ~160g.  Until now, we have no official statement from ZTE, but hold on to your hat, the Mini for the n00b in you is on its way! The digital paparazzi did it again, by releasing a photo of the ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini, right before the official announcement. For many of us, ZTE may seem like an extra-terrestrial company, but check this out : they sell more smartphones than Nokia. Yeah, that's how bad it is for Nokia, folks. Anyway, the ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini is the mini-me kind o...

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Firefox OS Looking for Low End Android Market Share

Firefox OSMozilla has stated that its new Firefox operating system for mobile devices is more geared towards running on low end devices. The company certainly has not been shy about revealing where its looking to get market share from. CTO and co-founder of Mozilla, Brendan Eich believes that the OS can dominate the low end market of smartphone devices where...

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 review (video)

samsung-galaxy-mega-5.8-aa-in-hand It seems as if Samsung is on a quest to offer a smartphone in just about every size. While many don’t like big phones like the Note 2, Samsung decided to go even further with the Galaxy Mega 5.8, the little brother of the Galaxy Mega 6.3, which is easily one of the largest smartphones on the market. We already took a look at the Mega 6.3, so...

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Phone customization: Do we want it? Do we need it?

The-Friday-Debate aa Evan Forester This week, we’re debating the merits and drawbacks of phone customization, spurred by Motorola’s teasing of the upcoming Moto X. The Google subsidiary promised that the Moto X will be the first phone we’ll be able to design ourselves, though a leak revealed that the “designing” is just picking the colors and a cust...

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How Companies Ride the Ban on Unlocking Phones and Profit

locked phone1It was a disgruntling moment back in October of 2012 when unlocking your smartphone, meaning freeing yourself from having to use it with the mobile carrier that sold it to you, finally became illegal after a new ruling was set out banning this practice in all of the USA. Before that ruling, this was an exception under the Digital Millennium Copyrig...

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Should Nokia Cheat on Windows?

nokia android teaserMany people have been blaming Nokia's exclusive alliance with Microsoft Windows Phones as the reason for the company's dramatic fall from grace in just a few short years. Perhaps the only way of getting Nokia to its once dominant position again is to embrace the world's most popular smartphone operating system in Android? Is the g...

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In the market for a new Android phone? Here are some devices worth waiting for

android smartphone shopping We take a look at upcoming Android smartphones that you should be aware before buying a new device. Should I wait for the new Galaxy or should I get the HTC now? Is the next Nexus worth waiting another month? If I get this phone now, will I regret it next week? We’ve all had dilemmas like these, or, at least, we’ve heard others wondering if pu...

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With Q2 performance below expectations, has Samsung finally peaked?

Samsung Logo aa 600px 2 Has Samsung reached its peak? Or is everyone just expecting too much? Last month, Samsung’s market capitalization was reduced by an alarming $25.3 billion, a figure that is greater than the total value of Sony Corp. This was after the sales of the company’s latest flagship smartphone turned out to be lower than what investors expected....

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5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 to be unveiled at IFA 2013 in Germany, “industry officials” claim

Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy Note 2Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy Note 2 A South Korean report reveals where the Galaxy Note 3 will be unveiled and mentions the size of the display, apparently confirming some of the previous rumors on the matter. In an article speculating on a potential Samsung vs Apple “phablet” war, The Korea Herald says that according to “industry officials,” the Ga...

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Moto X phone rumor round up – everything we think we know

Moto X PhonePurported As more and more Moto X rumors and reports keep on pouring in right alongside official mentions of the phone, we look at the big picture – here’s what you need to know about the future Motorola flagship device according to the information available before its official (second) announcement. The phone has been confirmed back in May at...

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Modest quarter for HTC: profits increased, but failed to meet analysts’ forecast

HTC CEO Peter Chou (4) Credit: HTC Today HTC announced its revenue and profit for the second quarter of 2013, pouring cold water over some market watchers’ hopes for a turnaround. Despite very good performance in May, the overall results in the quarter were dragged down by poor results in April, the month when the One was originally scheduled to launch, and June, whe...

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Optimus G2 Could Have 3GB of RAM onboard

LG G2 1A Korean publication recently claimed that the upcoming LG Optimus G2 will be the first smartphone to boast 3GB of RAM onboard which will make it easier for users to multi-task. The phone will also come with LTE Advanced but this feature is likely to be turned off because very few networks actually offer LTE-A on a large scale. The New LG G2 Whi...

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Sony announces global rollout of my Xperia remote security service

my Xperia Some time earlier this year, Sony started testing its very own remote security service for smartphones, called Sony my Xperia. Fast forward a full five months, and now the company is gearing up to finally launch this service for Xperia smartphone users across the planet. In case you missed it, my Xperia is Sony’s attempt at making sure that ...

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Could this be a photo of the Motorola Droid RAZR Ultra?

new motorola logo After Verizon teased an upcoming Motorola smartphone with a new landing page, a photo of the supposed Motorola Droid RAZR Ultra is now going the rounds on tech blogs and news sites. The picture below is said to be the back side of the rumored phone. Is this the Motorola Droid RAZR Ultra? Or a fake? The speculated device is seen bearing the white ...

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Android Vulnerability Discovered Allows Hackers to Modify Apps

Android Vulnerability     Once again, it looks like nothing is safe anymore on the Internet, as yet another Android Vulnerability was discovered, revealing that all our Android running devices are vulnerable to a flaw in the Matrix. This Android Vulnerability may allow a hacker to gain full access over your device, i.e. making calls,sending SMS ...

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Best unlocked Android phones, June 2013

android launchers smartphones In America, you mostly buy phones from a carrier at a discounted price in exchange for a monthly bill, which usually comes out at about $70 a month or even more if you want extra features or added data on the plan. What many Americans don’t realize however, is that most of the world elsewhere buys phones at a full outright cost and then pays...

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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean root already available

Android The recently leaked Android 4.3 firmware version has already been rooted, before actually being officially rolled out by Google. The news comes from xda-developers – where else? – which reports that xda Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire has managed to adapt his SuperSU root app for Android 4.3. The root works on the Galaxy S4 Google Editio...

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Historic Movers & Shakers of America: which apps would they have used?

Muhammad Ali nexusToday marks the Fourth of July, a national day in the USA that commemorates independence from the Brits and the powerful country that it became. But who made this country so great? It was the men and women of great ideas that fostered a land of prosperity and freedom where you could be your own boss and make something of yourself as the American Dr...

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Power Battery: Double the Runtime of your Galaxy S4

Mugen Power BatteryThe main weakness of smartphones is the battery. Anyone who still gets in trouble with their Galaxy S4, despite the lush 2,600 mAh battery, should sit up and take note. The days of nervous looks at the battery indicator may be at an end. The 5500 mAh battery will beef up more than your battery life. / ...

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

Motorola X Phone 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&...

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User-Customizable Moto X to be Made in America

moto x leakMotorola, 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 unde...

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

samsung galaxy s4 top back side aa 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...

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

LG Logo 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 fla...

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

white nexus 4 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...

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