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Android, or the associated open source project (AOSP), are technically derivatives of Linux, and hence, they natively work with any Linux-based system without requiring extra configurations. This holds true for any Linux variant, and even OS X, too, which shares a common base. However, for Windows – the most widely used PC operating system – things are little different. In Microsoft’s operating environment, everything is about drivers. Any hardware component that you have attached to your system, it will require proper drivers to be configured, whether it’s an internal piece of hardware or a peripheral. It’s not like this is something unique to Windows; it’s just that the latter requires more third-party drivers than its counterparts, and that’s where Android users share the same woes.

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The infamous Apple Maps that the fruit company unveiled with iOS 6 has been under heavy fire during the time it has existed in the tech world, mainly for the wonderfully misleading directions that several users have reported over the course of their usage. However, are the elusive Maps going to redeem their misfortunate reputation by proving the existence of the Loch Ness Monster? Maybe so, if the images that two people discovered whilst using Apple Maps are to be believed, which show a mysterious shape in the water at the famous Loch that could be Nessie!

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Here’s how to boot your PC into safe mode on Windows 8.1. Until Windows 8, getting into Safe Mode was something as simple as hitting F8 (or Shift + F8) while the OS was loading, and bingo! There you have it – not in Windows 8.1, however.

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This past Monday will go down in the history of the Internet forever, since that was the day when the world came to know of the existence of the crucial security flaw in the OpenSSL library – a bug that allowed attackers to exploit any secure system and collect up to 64k of otherwise-considered-secure information from any server employing the vulnerable SSL protocol; a bug that was dubbed Heartbleed. The fix was released, and almost the entire Internet has patched its servers, but did you know that mobile devices could’ve been affected, too? Well, if you own an Android device, Lookout is here to save you!

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie is pretty much just around the corner, with the action film hitting the theatres on May 2. Tagging along is the mobile game with the same title, courtesy of Gameloft, to be released for the iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows Phone. Today, the game developer has released a new trailer for the upcoming title and given it a firm release date for all three platforms – April 17.

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Trials and lawsuits are always dirty affairs, since they bring out dirt that no one would want the world to find out. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), in the high-paced world of today, any information becomes public in a manner of seconds, and now, the Apple vs. Samsung patent trial has taken a rather dirty turn for the Korean company owing to the release of some confidential sales data that clearly indicates that Samsung fed false sales numbers to the media for its original Galaxy tablet, so that they tablet can be portrayed a true iPad killer, according to a new report.

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Samsung is definitely one of those manufacturers that like to tout and flout their masterpiece creations as much as they can, and if anything, their latest advertisement for the Galaxy S5 flagship Android smartphone is a testament to that. Released through the company’s YouTube channel, the ad highlights a lot of features of the new device that make it an absolute fit for pretty much anyone and everyone, and Samsung did so without basing Apple this time around.

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When we talk about Android, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? I bet 99% of the people will answer smartphones or tablets (unless there’s an app that you’re crazy about and that’s what you prefer). However, Android, being the open source platform that it is, offers much more flexibility in terms of the hardware that it can run on, and so there’s Android out there that can run just fine on x86 computer architecture as well. Yup – full-blown Android running natively, not the likes of BlueStacks! In this post, we’ll show you exactly how to get that.

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Amazon’s Fire TV arrived with a bunch of bells and whistles, with the company proudly advertising a number of never-seen-before features for its latest gadget. One such highlight was the voice search capability, allowing a user to speak in the small mic hidden in the Fire TV’s remote control and search using natural speech instead of having to fiddle around with repetitive typing on a rather inconvenient mechanism that the TV remote’s buttons offer. However, did you know that if you own an Apple TV and an iOS device (even if it’s just an iPod touch), you can use the same level of voice search for your fruit-company gadget, too?

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Losing your smartphone is never a pleasant experience. In fact, in most cases, it’s the worst kind of experience because you end up missing not just a valuable device, but also your contacts, your email, social networks, gallery, media and pretty much your entire digital footprint. There are, of course, fail-safe solutions available for almost every platform that you can employ to remedy some of the damage that takes place as a result of such a loss, but the device is still gone with little to no hope of recovery.

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The best thing about Cydia tweaks is that developers often focus on those areas of your iPhone, iPod touch and/or iPad that you didn’t even think mattered, or never realized that they, too, could use some improvement. This latest tweak that we are showcasing today is one such example, where the target area is screenshots.

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These days, the success of any product is almost directly proportional to how well it’s marketed, and in that light, it’s no surprise that the advertisement industry uses probably more film than the entire Hollywood combined in a year. Well, HTC seems to have captured this essence fairly well, illustrated remarkably through the Taiwanese manufacturers newly-released ad for its newly-released flagship, the HTC One M8.

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Good news for Netflix users: the famous online media streaming service is now offering to stream “Jobs”, the infamous biographic movie based on Steve Jobs, founder and visionary behind the Cupertino tech giant Apple Inc., and starring Ashton Kutcher, who portrayed the character of Steve Jobs for the silver screen.

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Here’s a step by step guide on how to root your Samsung Galaxy S4 on the very latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Simply follow the steps and you should be running rooted Android on your phone within minutes.

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Tutorial on how to enable Android Runtime (ART) on Android 4.4 KitKat on Nexus devices such as Nexus 5, 4, 7 and 10.

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Want to fix Android lag on Galaxy S4? This handy guide will help you speed up Samsung Galaxy S4. Before we go into what you actually need to do, let’s understand what lag is. There can be two types of lag, one being what you face when launching an app, for instance, where the device seems to take a couple of seconds before it actually executes your command. Such lag usually comes from an underpowered processor or insufficient RAM, and the OS is forced to unload and reload a variety of data into RAM before it can compile and run the application. The second, and arguably more frustrating, lag is when the overall interface feels sluggish, which is not necessarily Android’s fault.

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The age of the Titans is almost upon us, with the upcoming release of the game just around the bend, looming closer by the hour as we approach March 11. Respawn Entertainment’s masterpiece is one of the most anticipated gaming titles of the year, and that is more than evident from the release of Microsoft’s Xbox One Titanfall bundle offer, as well as the collector’s edition pack of the game announced back in October last year. Now, the developer has released an unboxing video for the “very limited” edition of the game, showing all the contents in full glory, from the 18-inch tall Titan to the game itself.

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BlackBerry is one sinking – if not already sunken – ship, and perhaps the entire technology world agrees with that, except maybe the new CEO of the company, John Chen, who recently told CNet in an interview that the company was working on a phone that would make customers come back to the struggling platform in masses, effectively turning the ship around!

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I’ve expressed my disappointment with the Galaxy S5 already – in all fairness, it’s nothing but a modest upgrade over last year’s Android flagship from Samsung, the Galaxy S4. However, it’s still become a coveted piece of technology, and we’re sure that the sales numbers for the new device will be impressive as ever.

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There are parts of my childhood that I will always cherish, and Disney animated movies is definitely on the top of the list. The best part about them is the fact that they’re ageless – you still enjoy those titles as much today as you used to earlier.

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