Archive for the ‘Android’ Category

Towards the end of June, Amazon ran a giveaway of Android apps worth over $100, offering a total of 31. Today, the online retail giant is back with another similar deal, and below, we’ve got the details.

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Samsung is licking its wounds today after IDC estimated that it saw a very rare year-on-year drop in smartphone market share during the second quarter of 2014, which will concern a company that is historically used to its percentages going in the opposite direction.

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As our smartphones, watches, tablets and even cars have begun to make ever-increasing use of battery power, those batteries haven’t quite managed to keep up. We’re charging our smartphones at least once a day, and the new smartwatches on the market don’t do much better. Cars need recharging at worryingly short intervals, and at this point it’s arguable that we’ve been held back by the amount of juice we can give things. Something has to change.

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Even though we presumed that all of the avenues for a popular IM app had already been explored, the guys at Snapchat had other ideas, and over the past couple of years, particularly among the younger, college-age generations, it has continued to thrive. With Facebook having already made the purchase of Instagram and, more recently, WhatsApp, it’s clear that Mark Zuckerberg and his social company wants to flex its considerable clout in this industry and go head-to-head with a new app by the name of Bolt.

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New ‘Fake ID’ security bug has now been found in Android that allows a malicious app to send faked credentials, disguising itself as a legitimate app. The security firm credited with discovering this new malware feels there’s genuine cause for alarm.

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In spite of the fact that our smartphones are already capable of processing payments and unlocking doors, we’re still quite a way off ditching the traditional card and key from our still-lengthy list of pocket fodder. The Hilton Hotel chain, which already allows those staying to check in using their mobile devices, will soon permit guests to use them for purpose of entering and exiting a room during their stay, promoting the kind of seamlessness that already ought to be a feature at such a high-end chain.

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Fancy projectors can run into the zone of thousands of dollars, especially if they’re either made for movie watching or some sort of educational role that requires them to function similar to a touch-screen. It’s the latter that we’re most interested in here, because TouchJet’s TouchPico projector may be about to offer something many could find a real use for, at a fraction of the price of existing solutions.

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When we make the purchase of a new smartphone, or any mobile gadget for that matter, we take one or two things for granted. One aspect that we assume to be a given is that, above all, said device is safe to use, and will not cause any harm. Despite this, though, there have been several instances where folks have looked on as their beloved gizmos spontaneously combusted, and although you may be one of the man millions to sleep with your handset under your pillow, you mightn’t after witnessing the smoldering mess that one Galaxy S4 owner’s device was left in.

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Modern day smartphones and mobile devices are readily available through bricks and mortar stores, as well as through a multitude of online retailers, but it wasn’t that long ago that owning a mobile phone was considered to be something reserved for high flying businessmen and the financially elite. If you are from the old-school, and fondly remember your old Nokia or Ericsson feature phone, then these recreations of old into new will definitely blow off some of the cobwebs and make you realize how far the mobile industry has progressed.

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We’re doing something really different today, and to make it more fun and interactive for everyone, we’d love to see some input from our readers on this one.

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The Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock for iPhone brought the pastime of logging sleep data and behavior to the mainstream, and having seen a bunch of apps and technologies emerge since then, companies and start-ups are now looking to up the ante. One group of individuals have dreamed up a very alluring, orb-like product that not only glows in the dark and looks amazing, but also does a pretty good job of monitoring you while you catch those all-important Zs.

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With the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, it was inevitable that a title for mobile devices would follow suit, and the accompanying game of the same name as the film has just hit the download channels for iOS and Android.

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Samsung was solely responsible for creating the “phablet” genre of mobile devices when it announced the original Galaxy Note at IFA Berlin in 2011. A device that combined the large screen of a tablet with the traditional functionality of a smartphone seemed like a great idea at the time; and even worked extremely well in practice thanks to the execution of the idea with the Galaxy Note series. However, it seems that Samsung simply isn’t happy with the state of the phablet market and have taken things to the next ridiculous level by launching a 7-inch device that it expects consumers to make and receive voice calls on.

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The United States House of Representatives has taken the opportunity to unanimously pass a bill that finally declares the act of unlocking a cellphone to be perfectly legal. The bill, which passed through the Senate, overturns last year’s decision to continue to make unlocking cellphones illegal, and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama’s administration.

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Along with the many, many enjoyable new titles that manifest themselves over at the different app stores on a daily basis, developers have sought to appeal to nostalgic gamers with a series of remakes, spin-offs and ports of those older, yet still much-loved classics. The King of Fighters ’98 is one such title, and in case you hadn’t already guessed, has just been released for those rocking an iOS on an Android device. Details, as well as the information on where you can download the game, can be seen below.

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Android 4.4 harbors a neat little feature within its make-up that allows you to speed your device up in just a couple of small steps. It works for the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and the brand new LG G3, as well as the Galaxy Note 3, Nexus 5 and essentially any other handset or tablet running on the latest major release of Google’s software. Below, we’ve got the step-by-step tutorial, so be sure to join us right after the fold for the low-down.

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Ever since, and even before Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy S5, rumors pertaining to yet another high-end smartphone line have been rife. There’s talk of a feature-rich Galaxy S5 ‘Prime’, which is being accompanied by further reports of a Galaxy Alpha, and although it’s hard to determine whether these are two separate entities or indeed, one in the same, some new, high-quality photographic evidence of the latter has just emerged. Details, as well as those images, can be seen below.

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Gaming doesn’t get more mobile than the folks at Gameloft. The company has been making mobile games for what seems like forever, and with the arrival of high-end smartphones and tablets, it has become the go-to place for highly realistic, highly fun games.

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You can now download the latest version 4.9.13 of Google Play Store APK which brings with it a bunch of changes and bug fixes that users have been facing for quite a while.

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Waterproof smartphones are all the rage right now, a trend which Sony brought to the mainstream with the release of its Xperia Z handset, and other big names followed suit, such as Samsung, with the release of the Galaxy S5. But the big question in everyone’s mind is: is it possible to add waterproofing credentials to your existing smartphone without busting your bank? Well, yes, it’s possible, and it will cost you only 30 bucks!

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