Archive for the ‘Android’ Category

It appears that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is all the rage these days, with not only the rest of the world taking part in their own willful dunking, but big names in the tech industry in particular. Our interest, being a tech news outlet, of course, extends more to the latter, and we always have a keen eye out for more and more top tier people taking the challenge. The latest participant, although most definitely top tier, is not a person – it’s Samsung’s Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone.

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As consumers of mobile tech products, we’re often focused on features like resolution, camera capabilities and processors, but while strong tech. specs enable us to enjoy a better overall experience with apps and games, the technology at our disposal could also serve as guardians of our health and wellbeing. Given the smartwatch boom and the introduction of several fitness-related initiatives right from the top, we’re going to be seeing a lot more emphasis on this particular sector, and although the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 already include basic-level heart rate monitoring systems, a new $200 case can gather such intricate details that it’s able to diagnose a number of heart conditions.

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As mobile device owners, we’ve all been stuck in that annoying situation by which our need to play games, send emails and use apps outweighs the device’s battery capacity. We write checks that our overworked smartphones and tablets simply cannot cash, and as a result, the peripheral market makes a pretty penny from developing new, convenient ways to boost the retention. From simple charging cases to full-on battery packs, there are plenty of solutions available, but while many forgo appearance in favor of practicality, this neat new wrist-worn charger serves as an inconspicuous accessory when not in use.

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Dong Nguyen, whose .GEARS Studio developed the famed Flappy Bird title for iOS and Android, has come through with a follow-up title that, on first play, seems every bit as tedious and frustrating as Nguyen’s smash-hit title. Rolling out for iOS and Android, Swing Copters is not so much tricky as infuriating, and given that Nguyen claimed to have pulled Flappy Bird due to the stress it was causing gamers, this new title looks set to raise heart and blood pressure levels all over again.

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Given the vast tool set brought to our fingertips by the modern-day smartphone, we often completely overlook the bread-and-butter features such as the ability to make calls and sending SMS messages. But while we have an abundance of utilities and services allowing us to stay connected with each other in ways we could only have dreamt about a few years ago, most of us still commonly engage in the same voice calls we were making long before the likes of Facebook and Skype took over our lives. As such, apps extending the basic phone feature remain abundant, and the app we’re featuring here today not only offers business-level call recording, but arrives complete with a number of great features.

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You’d have to have been living in a cave earlier this year to miss the whole Flappy Bird saga. Becoming hugely popular on the App Store and Play Store almost overnight, Flappy Bird raked in huge sums of money for its creator Dong Nguyen on an apparently daily basis. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough to keep him happy though, and his newfound fame – or should that be infamy – caused him to pull the game and almost disappear.

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If what they say about imitation and flattery is true, then the folks at Apple must be pretty darn flattered right now after Xiaomi showed off the new version of their particular flavor of Android – MIUI 6.

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There’s no doubt in our minds that Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha smartphone will manage to capture a lot of consumer attention when it’s released to market. Samsung’s latest edition to the Galaxy smartphone range is a sleek and slender offering, and becomes the first Galaxy phone to ship with a high-quality metal frame. Great news for those who have previously shied away from Samsung smartphones due to their poor, plastic-infused build quality. It’s great to see the Korean company finally upping its game from a manufacturing quality stance, but how does the new Alpha smartphone compare against Apple’s purported iPhone 6? These beautiful, high-quality renders throw the two devices side-by-side in a battle for consumer adoration.

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Motorola’s Moto 360 is undoubtedly the nicest smartwatch to look at, and coming a while after both LG and Samsung opened the Android Wear market with the G Watch and Gear Live, Motorola should have had enough time to learn from its competition’s mistakes.

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Phones and tablets now routinely come with built-in gyroscopes, and our watches are well on their way to becoming sensor laden as well, so it’s worth knowing what all these little sensors are capable of. That gyroscope for instance, did you know that it could also be used to steal credit card numbers?

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Samsung is going right after Apple in its latest line of ads but it’s in stores and sales figures that the pair will truly duke it out over the coming twelve months with the premium iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 set to be the weapons of choice. Which company is deemed to have won this year’s battle will very much depend on which makes the better job of this year’s high-end smartphones.

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Google’s Android Wear is one of the next big things in the technology world, and the company is ensuring that you don’t miss out on that. The Mountain View company has just released a number of ads for the Android Wear (four, to be exact) that showcase how useful the new form of gadgets can be, and what cool features they have on offer.

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There are many ways to evaluate a Wi-Fi network. You can either go for the hands-on visual approach by looking at the Wi-Fi signal bars, or just run a regular speed test and see the general performance of a network. But a regular speed test doesn’t tell the complete story as it’s usually done on server side to check Internet speed, not local wireless network’s speed. This is where a handy app for iPhone and Android comes in.

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The Moto 360 smartwatch from Motorola is likely to ship next month, with the company having just sent out emails requesting shipping information from I/O attendees. As ever with Google’s major developers’ gathering, there was plenty of free stuff on hand for those who turned up, and with most having opted for the endearing aesthetics of Motorola’s first ever smartwatch in the pick-and-mix of gadgets offered, we may now have a decent idea as to when it will roll out to consumers.

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Motorola has sent out invitations to a special press event to be held on September 4th, and along with the impressive-looking Moto 360 smartwatch, the formerly Google-owned company will take the wraps off two new smartphones and some kind of head-mounted gadget. It’s quite an exciting prospect, particularly given that Samsung is likely to take the wraps off the Note 4 and, in all likelihood, another addition to its ‘Gear’ smartwatch line-up the day before on September 3rd. Unlike Samsung’s event, which will head off IFA in Berlin, Germany, Motorola’s big announcements will take place in Chicago, United States, and as well as more info regarding the beautiful Moto 360, the successor to the heavily-lauded Moto X should also be on the agenda.

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Samsung may have impressed with the Galaxy S5, but even the beautiful display and rear-facing shooter of the company’s flagship hasn’t stopped one of Android’s powerhouses from delivering a bunch of models since then. As well as the snap-happy Galaxy K (or S5 Zoom), the Korean company just took the wraps off the Galaxy Alpha, a mid-to-high-end handset with a slick, metal-fused design, and although each of these devices have their share of strengths, the Galaxy Note 4 is the one that everybody has been waiting for. If you’re a Samsung fan but decided to skip the S5, then there’s a good chance that you’re after the fourth installment to the famed phablet series, and now, we may finally have the nailed-on list of tech. specs courtesy of an Indonesian retailer.

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Having finally showcased the Galaxy Alpha smartphone earlier on this week, the next major release from Samsung will be the Galaxy Note 4. Set to be unveiled at the confirmed Unpacked event in Berlin on September 3rd, the phablet will apparently pack a sharper, quad-HD display among a number of other improvements and perks. In order to ramp up hype in China for the next-gen handset, the Korean company has released a teaser trailer, with reports also suggesting that posters relating to the forthcoming device have also begun cropping up around mainland China.

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Samsung’s long tradition of using Apple’s own advertising campaigns against it shows no sign of abating with the recently introduced ‘Wall Hugger’ line of TV ads, but now the Korean firm has gone a step further by moving its campaign to a new battleground – the airport power outlet.

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Last year’s announcement and subsequent release of the iPhone 5s brought quite a few surprises along with it. Sure, we suspected long before the September showcasing that it would include a fingerprint sensor, gold color configuration and several other such treats, but even though we anticipated the customary processor bump, the 64-bit architecture of the Apple A7 caught everybody off-guard. It was a first in the smartphone industry, and while we expect the iPhone 6 to follow suit sometime next month, it also won’t be too long before Android L releases adopt 64-bit SoCs as standard.

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Virtual Reality has suffered more than a few false dawns over the years, but with the likes of the Oculus Rift reigniting attention in the technology, everyone seems to be working on their own implementation these days.

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