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Who will get the third place? LG, Sony, and Huawei duke it out

best gold prize first shutterstock Credit: Gold medal/Shutterstock We are at a point in the mobile industry where the battle for the third place has become more interesting than the competition for the first position in the world market. Samsung and Apple are clearly ahead of the pack, and it’s hard to believe that anyone could disrupt their leadership in the next year or so. Bu...

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HTC One mini listing shows up on GFXBench web site, confirms long-rumored specs

HTC One Mini benchmark Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a bunch of new info pop up about the upcoming HTC One mini, a downsized version of the flagship HTC One. We’ve named it as one of several Android devices worth waiting out for, and for good reason. The rumored specs are really not that bad, and a recent appearance on the GFXBench web site confirms th...

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Android 4.3-running HTC One Google Play edition spotted at the Bluetooth SIG

HTC One Google Edition The HTC One Google Play edition running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has apparently been spotted at the Bluetooth SIG. According to the available documentation, the HTC PN071xx_Android4.3_G has received certification on July 5, with the application having been filed on June 18. PN071 is the model number of the HTC One, and that “G” most likely descr...

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White Motorola Droid Ultra alleged photo shows up

Motorola Droid Ultra XT1080 An alleged image of the Motorola Droid Ultra has hit the web well ahead of the phone’s official announcement. After just seeing a picture reportedly showing the new Droid MAXX, we’re now looking at the white version of the Droid Ultra, at least according to xda-developers user xavierk75. However, the user has not specified where he got the ima...

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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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Paul O’Brien working on one click Switch between stock Android and Sense 5 for HTC One

HTC One Google Edition Famed Android developer Paul O’Brien is working on a project called Switch, which would allow HTC One users to quickly switch from AOSP Android to Sense 5, and back. Dual booting, or having two separate operating systems on one device, has been the dream of many users torn between the clean and stylish interface of stock Android and the extra fe...

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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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Amazon drops price on Kindle Fire HD 7″

kindle fire hd price drop For the Amazon faithful, the Kindle series of tablets is exactly what they need. The tablets were instrumental in setting the pace for modern tablet pricing, and their tie-in to Amazon’s ecosystem is great for Prime members. Their attention to safety for kids is great, and their media selection is nearly unbeatable. Even at the regular price, th...

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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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Why are smartphone companies losing their market value? An inside look at the smartphone industry.

Galaxy series sales If your stock portfolio is made up of big mobile technology companies, you’re probably feeling a little worried about the return on your investment recently. Over the past months we’ve seen lots of troubling financial data and weak stock performances from many of the big smartphone companies. The chart below shows the stock performance of a se...

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NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 not selling as fast as expected

Nvidia Tegra 4Recent successes by mobile processor makers such a Qualcomm and the Taiwanese fab-less semiconductor company MediaTek seem to be putting pressure on the sales of NVIDIA’s latest ARM based processor the Tegra 4. Although NVIDIA has managed to attract some big clients for its new processor, it seems that the high price of the SoC is causing s...

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Don’t be a victim: How to spot a fake Samsung Galaxy S4 (or any other name brand smartphone)

Fake Samsung Galaxy S4 With Samsung still holding on to its place at the very top of the world smartphone market, there is no shortage of China-made clones of its most popular handsets — namely, the Galaxy S3 and its current flaship, the Galaxy S4. Unlike the imitation phones of many years ago, the ones that you can purchase now look very similar to the models tha...

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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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Ingress update brings gameplay enhancements and bug fixes

ingress-game Ingress, Google’s cult hit augmented reality game for Android, received a significant July 2 update that should universally please. Those lucky enough to have made the closed beta can expect a number of improvements, starting with interface enhancements. Included are new Portal Hack animations and results view, a new Fire mode, better inventory ...

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Here’s what you should know before downloading Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail”

Jay-Z Magna Carta for Samsung Galaxy Before downloading your limited free copy of Jay-Z’s latest album (if your device is eligible), you may want to know a few important details. As announced earlier, fans of the American rapper can now get a free copy of his latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, if they own a Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, or Note 2. The album will be made available ...

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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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SHOULDERPOD is a really cool smartphone accessory for taking better pictures and video

Shoulderpod One of the great things about modern smartphones is that we have pretty great cameras bundled in. We love to take photos, share them with friends on social media, and capture a quick video for posterity. In the modern age of Ultrapixels and 20 megapixel cameras in devices, we’ll want to transcend the casual photography we’ve been enjoying. Tha...

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Motorola XT1030 and XT1080 hit FCC, possible members of the Droid Ultra family?

Motorola X Phone AdImage Source: The Verge Right now is an exciting time for Motorola. The company is finally shedding its past, throwing on a new Google-centric logo and pushing its way towards a new direction. While a large part of that direction centers around the much-hyped Moto X, let’s not forget that there are other phones in the pipeline as well. With tha...

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Cryptographic bug in Android lets hackers create malicious apps with system access

cryptographic binary codeSecurity researchers have found a bug in Android which allows them to create malicious Android apps which appear to be genuine with the correct digital signatures. In computing, digital signatures allow any piece of data, including an app, to be checked to see that it is genuine and actually comes from the author. Now, due to a bug in Android, it i...

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Samsung’s Premium Suite finally arrives to the C Spire Galaxy S3

premium suite Back in March, C Spire customers with a Galaxy S3 finally managed to make the jump over to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. While this was a welcome update, it was also missing something that many other carriers had already included: Samsung’s Premium Suite. The good news is that C Spire has finally brought its GS3-wielding users what they have all bee...

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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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Viber wants to hijack incoming IDD calls as “terminator” to reduce call costs

String Telephone 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 ...

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Mugen Power reveals 5,500 mAh battery for Samsung Galaxy S4

mugen-power 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 ...

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

Galaxy S4 Active 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...

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

Galaxy S4 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...

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

motorola logo 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. On...

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MediaTek looks to be working on an octo-core processor

mediatek logo aa - 600px 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 MediaTe...

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