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Here’s how to permanently SIM unlock Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or any other Android phone for that matter and use it on any carrier you want. For complete details, head past the jump.

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Intel made splashes in the personal computing industry with its announcement of the Compute Stick; an HDMI dongle that can basically turn any modern monitor (or TV) into a fully equipped computer. When the product was announced a while back, it wasn’t clear when it will become available. Well, now it’s available for pre-order, from a couple of reputable online retailers, albeit with a catch.

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As smartphones continue to get laden with more and more features, powerful processors and better screens, the biggest dilemma of today is ultimately battery life. Manufacturers try several techniques to work around this; some insert higher capacity batteries into their devices, or an ultra power saver mode. iPhone has its own take on the matter, and thanks to the tight integration between the hardware and the OS, even smaller capacity batteries on the device last better than what Android has to offer. However, there are still scenarios where you need to have an external solution, and that’s where portable power banks come in handy.

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Here’s how to run Android apps in Chrome browser on Windows and Mac OS X. Complete details and step-by-step guide can be found here.

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While Windows Phone is still a nascent platform in terms of number of apps available as compared to iOS and Android, there are certain titles that define Microsoft’s mobile OS and have always been the source of envy for other users. One such title has always been Microsoft’s own Office Lens – a portable scanner that offers OCR facility for pretty much any text that you throw at it – and today, the software giant has made the app available for both iOS and Android users.

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If you ever had to type a quick email or two from your tablet or your phone whilst sipping away at a cup of coffee, you might have realized that on-screen keyboards aren’t always the best option. Granted, they serve the purpose most of the time, but when doing long stretches of typing, you need to fall back on a dedicated, physical keyboard.

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If you’re a fan of portable gaming and have been craving to play some classic PlayStation Portable (PSP) titles on your smartphone or tablet, you’ve come to the right place. The famous PSP emulator, titled PPSSPP, has been released as v 1.0 for Android devices over at the Google Play Store, and brings almost all the goodness of its iOS counterpart to the mix.

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One of the bigger quirks of iOS 8 running on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the Reachability feature in these devices, which essentially allows for a convenient one-handed operation despite the large display size of both these phones. In reality, Apple’s implementation of one-handed UI for iOS 8 is better than what any other manufacturer has been able to achieve. Still, when you look at Reachability, it’s evident that there’s so much more that can be done with this feature, especially if it’s opened up to developers. Well, that’s what we have jailbreaking for, and thanks to a new tweak released just recently in Cydia, your Reachability space becomes a new multi-tasking interface, providing a mix of the app switcher and Safari’s 3D tabs.

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When you’re one of the largest smartphone makers in the world, not to mention a major manufacturer in several other household electronics as well, having massive marketing budgets is neither major nor surprising. Thus, when we see Samsung come up with creative and unique advertisements for its smartphone lineup, we’re not really surprised. This holiday season, Sammy’s marketing team has again done a great job of making Christmas and the winter season about its Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone, using three S5 devices to bring to life a real snowman.

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WhatsApp is, beyond question and doubt, one of the most popular IM apps across all smartphone platforms. Its massive success was what prompted Facebook to cough up billions of dollars in order to acquire the instant messaging service with its 500-million strong user base. WhatsApp enjoys its success for the quality of the service that it provides (especially over the competition), and soon it will be adding more to its arsenal, in the form of voice calling.

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With iOS 8, Apple opened one of the biggest and perhaps most controversial barriers for the entire platform that powers iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and that was native third-party keyboards. While we immediately saw an influx of popular Android offerings like TouchPal, SwiftKey and Swype, which also spelled that developers would now be able to come up with better text input methods for iOS devices that shook the traditional norms established around this practice. With exactly this in mind, enters mazec; a new ‘keyboard’ for the iPhone and iPad that offers an accurate handwriting input method.

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Xiaomi is really focusing on India as its biggest market share out of China. However, it appears that the Chinese manufacturer might be hitting a snafu there, since reports suggest that the company has been served with an injunction preventing the Chinese smartphone maker from selling, marketing, and importing its smartphones in the Indian market. Apparently, the injunction has been served on a patent dispute with telecom giant Ericsson.

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Snapchat is arguably one of the most famous apps on the App Store, having a massive following in users. Despite having suffered from some controversy over time, the app continues to be used by masses beyond measure on the iPhone. With iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both having larger screens, the app, despite its continued usage, suffered from some aesthetic ugliness since it had not been fully optimized to take advantage of the larger display real estate on the new devices. The good news is, today Snapchat has released an update that has finally brought iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus optimization to the social network, among a few other noteworthy changes. We’ll walk through them all one by one.

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Here’s how you can recover accidentally deleted photos from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch running iOS 8 and over. Complete details can be found right here.

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Sony Corporation, the Japanese company that we have more than one reason to love and adore, but all the more so for its PlayStation gaming console, is celebrating its 20th anniversary for a very coveted device: the original PlayStation.

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Apple’s stance on jailbreaking has always been quite clear, with the Cupertino company clearly and vehemently discouraging users from doing any custom software modifications to their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, which the jailbreaking process usually entails.

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Mac OS X user? Want to jailbreak iOS 8.1.1 untethered using Taig? We have a workaround. Follow the complete step by step instructions to use Taig for Windows on Mac to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on iOS 8.1.1 or iOS 8.2 beta.

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Google and Apple’s partnership has been a shaky one at best, especially when it comes to iOS devices. Earlier on, Apple dropped Google Maps integration from iOS as the default maps and navigation app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in favor of its own Maps app, and YouTube was pulled from the list of stock apps as well, forcing Google to make both of these apps user-downloadable ones from the App Store. Now, it seems, that the default search provider for iOS Safari browser is up for grabs as well, as Google’s contract is close to termination, and sources say that Bing and Yahoo! are both vying for the top spot.

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Arguably the biggest social network in the world, Facebook has been, time and time again, under a lot of fire from the media as well as users for its not so friendly privacy settings, including (at one point) resetting of the set settings for all users once they rolled out any changes. The social networking giant has been keen on improving its standing on this front for quite some time now, and the latest step that it took is a big leap in this direction. Recently, Facebook has been notifying its mobile and desktop users of upcoming Terms of Service & Privacy changes through push notifications across both its mobile platform, as well as the Web version of the service.

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Apple’s TV ads for its devices, particularly the iPhone, have always been of keen interest to not only the fans of the Cupertino tech firm, but even its rivals, since they showcase the marketing approach that the company is taking towards ensuring that its products remain a success. Just yesterday, Apple added a couple of more TV spots to its increasing media arsenal, unveiling two ads featuring the duo of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. Both these ads highlight specific features of iOS 8, and are targeted for iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

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