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2 weeks ago

EE announces £1.5 billion network investment to bring 4G to everyone in the UK

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UK mobile operator EE today announced plans to invest £1.5 billion in network improvements over the next three years, with the aim to deliver 4G to more than 99% of the population. The company also plans to roll out double-speed 4G to 90% of the UK by 2017. The plan is the result of pressure from the UK government for operators to tackle signal 'not spots'.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung starts rolling out Lollipop to the Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung has today kicked off the rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4. The update has been spotted in Poland and is based on Android 5.0.1, bringing with it a brand new look and feel to the user experience. Throw in improved performance, stronger battery life and other notable changes and we're looking at a seriously sweet update.

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2 weeks ago

Nokia rolls out a worldwide update for HERE Maps

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Nokia today announced an update for the HERE maps solution on both Windows Phone and Android, which should be hitting handsets from today. The update includes support for turn-by-turn navigation in new regions (and improvements to the feature itself in supported markets), as well as improved map coverage in others markets. But wait, there's more.

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2 weeks ago

Yota to bring its two-faced smartphone to China

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The Russian YotaPhone 2 is heading to China. Yota, the company behind the dual-screen smartphone, has landed a deal with distributor Potevio who will handle the sales and marketing of the device in China. The YotaPhone 2 is also planned to come to North America sometime this year too, as part of the company's global rollout strategy.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung once again reported to be working on a Galaxy S6 variant with three-sided screen

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Samsung is believed to be working on two variants of the Galaxy S6, one with a standard display and the other with a dual-edge screen. The latest from Bloomberg corroborates previous rumors, stating that a variant of the Galaxy S6 will feature a three-sided screen, with the display "covering three sides" of the device.

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2 weeks ago

Kyocera announces the tough-looking Torque for Europe

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Kyocera has today announced plans to enter the European market with the new Torque smartphone. The seemingly indestructible brick will be released this spring for the business-to-business platform in both Germany and France.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung's underwhelming Galaxy J1 is now available in India for Rs. 7,190

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Samsung's Galaxy J1 is now available in India, with Amazon listing the entry-level device for Rs. 7,190 ($115). As previously reported, the device features a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 1.2 GHz dual-core Spreadtrum SoC, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory, 5 MP camera at the back and a 2 MP shooter up front.

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2 weeks ago

The new Dropbox extension for Chrome lets you quickly add file links in Gmail

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Dropbox has launched a Chrome extension that allows you to easily share your files within Gmail. Called Dropbox for Gmail, the extension allows you to quickly add a link to a Dropbox file from within Gmail's compose window.

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2 weeks ago

LG's curved G Flex 2 launches in Singapore, sales commence March 14

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After launching the latest iteration in the G Flex series in South Korea last month, LG is now bringing the G Flex 2 to Singapore. Pre-orders for the device in the city-state will commence on February 27, with a retail launch planned for March 14. Pricing of the G Flex 2 is S$998, which comes out to the equivalent of $800.

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2 weeks ago

Lenovo P70 is a mid-range smartphone with a 4,000 mAh battery

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Lenovo launched the P70 in China today, with the standout feature of the device being the 4,000 mAh battery that is claimed to provide a standby time of 34 days on 2G, 29 days on 3G and 30.5 days on 4G.

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2 weeks ago

Rand McNally's TND Tablet is designed for truckers

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Rand McNally, a company that produces GPS units as well as mileage and routing software for the transportation market, recently took the wraps off of a new Android-powered tablet designed specifically to meet the needs of truckers. Called the TND Tablet, the device packs route-planning tools, truck-specific navigation software, and can even act as a dash cam.

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2 weeks ago

This week's sidebar poll: Are you using Google+?

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Are you using Google+?

Google plus what?

Now, Google+ might catch a lot of flak from the media and the rest of the social media market for being... well... a bit odd. And truth be told, Google's social platform is a bit odd compared to most other platforms. It's free to both users and brands, there's no advertising, there's not much marketing of Google+ as a platform — which makes the fact that Google+ has more monthly active users than Pinterest or Twitter all the more impressive. Now, you might keep hearing how Google+ is dying — it's not — and it's leadership is jumping ship, but actually Google+ has been active, if not thriving recently, after buying Polar Polls and just this week the acquisition of photo storing and sharing startup Odysee. Not exactly the sign of a dying service, is it?

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2 weeks ago

The top phones you need to know, by manufacturer

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Android Phones

How many different Android phones do you think are out there? Chances are whatever you guessed is low. We're talking thousands of models from more manufacturers than we care to count. So we don't blame if you if you're new to the smartphone game and feel a little overwhelmed. It's a big, big Android world out there.

But we're going to make it a little easier on you. We've broken down the top Android smartphones you need to know by the world's top manufacturers. This isn't an all-inclusive list. It's not even a list of that we think "the best" is. (That list lives here, and it's definitely open to debate.)

No, this is a list to help you get started. These are the phones we'd tell you to look at if you asked us what's good from a particular manufacturer. We'll continue to add and remove phones as new ones are announced and older ones age out.

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2 weeks ago

Five things you need to know about Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Galaxy S5 Lollipop

TouchWiz is far from dead. In fact, it's Material Design that feels like the stranger.

Samsung surprised everyone recently by rolling out the update to Android 5.0 through some of the notoriously difficult update channels, leaving many Galaxy S5 owners with a whole lot of new buttons to press and a couple of curious interface choices. While every upgrade to Android 5.0 is going to cause something of a learning period, the way Samsung meshes together Google's new user interface decisions with their existing user interface is likely to leave a few folks somewhat lost. Here's quick roundup of the good, the strange, and the slightly broken things about Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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2 weeks ago

Google I/O 2015 scheduled for May 28-29 in San Francisco!

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Google I/O 2014

Google's just announced that this year's developer conference will be May 28-29 at Moscone West in San Francisco. Registration will start at 9 a.m. Pacific time March 17 and run through 5 p.m. Pacific time March 19.

Like last year, Google says applications will be selected at random, so there shouldn't be that first-minute-and-done crush.

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