21 min ago

LG has the world's largest advertisement, and it's in Saudi Arabia


This isn't something you usually brag about — LG has announced it now has the Guinness World Record for the largest billboard advertisement ever made. The advertisement, which is right outside the Riyadh International Airport in Saudi Arabia, is two football fields long and stretches along a road leading into the airport. LG says it expects a good number of the 20 million people who visit the area to see the billboard.

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27 min ago

Twitpic's mystery angel saves it from an angry 'twittering' bird


It looks like Twitpic has a mystery guardian angel to save it from demise. After a trademark spat with Twitter, the photo-sharing service had previously announced that it would shut down. Now, it looks like Twitpic will live on to fight another fight thanks to a secret suitor that had acquired it.

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2 hours ago

The insane pace of Android

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When things move as fast as Android does, we shouldn't be surprised by bumps in the road

By the time you are reading this, most people who use Google Voice and Google Hangouts are in various stages of excitement and exploration as most of these two services merge together. It has been a long time coming, and the way this merger happened caused me to step back and really think about the pace of software development in general.

When users all across the U.S. started to see that blue box pop up, asking if they wanted to merge Google Voice into Hangouts, the response was spectacular to sit back and watch. Users who had the blue box went from excitement to confusion as the features didn't quite line up the way they had hoped, and users who didn't have the prompt yet expressed immediate outrage at the dismal state of Google's staged rollout system. (Never mind that it turns out Google apparently had jumped the gun a little.)

By the next morning, mere hours later, all of the social networks were filled with excitement, confusion, and anger.

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3 hours ago

Google Maps navigates itself to 20 more countries


Google has expanded availability of its Google Maps with Navigation app, bringing turn-by-turn navigation instructions to 20 more countries. This brings free driving, walking, and bicycling directions to more people as Google Maps with Navigation makes its global expansion.

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4 hours ago

Android L phones will shut out NSA for increased privacy


The next version of Google's Android operating system, known as Android L, will automatically encrypt user data out of the box, making it more difficult for law enforcement officials and security personnel to access your personal data. Though Android has had optional encryption for devices for some time now, next month's Android software update will be the first time that encryption will be turned on out of the box for all users.

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5 hours ago

Larry Ellison steps down at Oracle, replaced by new CEOs Hurd and Catz


Long-time Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has announced he will step down from his post, effective immediately, to be replaced by two new CEOs. Mark Hurd (formerly of HP) and Safra Catz will both take over as CEO concurrently, though Oracle isn't handing out the "co-CEO" title to either of them. Though he's one of the richest people in the world, Ellison isn't leaving the company — he plans to stay on full time as the executive chairman and CTO of the company instead.

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6 hours ago

$699 is all that separates you from an imported Samsung Galaxy Alpha


Samsung's metal-clad Galaxy Alpha may not have an official release date in the U.S., but popular device importer Expansys will be happy to sell you one for a cool $699. That price is quite high, but shouldn't shock anyone who's bought a brand new device from an importer before. The over $700 after shipping you'll pay is getting you a global unlocked model with 32GB of storage, a nice metal frame and an octa-core processor.

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7 hours ago

Star Wars: Commander battles its way to Android to make you forget Clash of Clans


After making its debut on iOS a few weeks ago, the action-strategy game Star Wars: Commander is now available for Android smartphones and tablets. The game, which definitely was inspired by Clash of Clans, is set in the classic Star Wars movie trilogy setting.

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7 hours ago

HTC Butterfly 2 review

HTC Butterfly 2

HTC's new high-end handset for Asia packs M8-level internals, an upgraded camera and a water-resistant body

Over the past year HTC has consolidated most of its smartphone range into two distinct device families — HTC One at the high end, and Desire in the mid-range and entry-level spaces. But there's still one outlier — the Butterfly series, which kicked off with the original J Butterfly a couple of years ago. That phone eventually came to Verizon as the Droid DNA, but the Butterfly line proved most popular in Asia, and the following year it spawned a successor. The Butterfly S brought upgraded specs and BoomSound speakers, but axed a couple of the original's standout features — water resistance unfortunately didn't make the cut. Whereas the HTC One line differentiated itself with premium metal construction, the Butterfly line seemed content taking this product and repackaging it into an Asia-specific device.

A year or so later, it's time for a new Butterfly. The HTC Butterfly 2 (known as simply the "new J Butterfly" in Japan), brings back the look and feel of last year's model with 2014-level specs, an upgraded camera and, once again, the ability to survive a plunge into the sink.

But how does it measure up to the current competition? And in markets where both HTC flagships are available, which is the one to pick up? We'll take a shot at answering both of these questions in our full review. Read on.

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8 hours ago

Reviewed: The AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is the connected toy you've always wanted


I have had my eye on the AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadcopter‎ for quite a while, though I was never quite ready to drop $300 for one. So when Parrot offered to send me one, to say I was ecstatic would be an understatement. When the package arrived at my door, I quickly dropped what I was doing and got to work (well, got to play I guess). I popped open the box, pulled out all of the pieces, installed the free app (Android & iOS) and it was up, up, and away!

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8 hours ago

Qualcomm gets in on digital eyewear with Vufioria developer tools


Qualcomm announced a new software development kit for anybody getting in on augmented reality apps for devices like the Samsung Gear VR or Google Glass. Qualcomm's Vuforia SDK will enable augmented reality apps with this burgeoning sector of devices, mainly by easing the process of calibrating position. Big players like Epson have already been working with Vuforia and are liking what it has to offer.

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9 hours ago

Verizon starts selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 for $599 without a contract


Verizon Wireless has begun selling the 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 for the price of $599.99 without a contract, or for $499.99 with a two year contract.

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9 hours ago

Accessibility features on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Galaxy S5 Accessibility features

Accessibility features may not be important to the vast majority of users out there, but for those who need them, these tweaks deep in the settings can be a make-or-break features for whether a new Android phone will work for them on a daily basis. It's the inclusion of accessibility settings in these phones that allows Android to have such an amazing reach, and we want to highlight where they are and what they do.

We've been looking at the differences in accessibility features across various popular devices, and now it's time to dive through the Galaxy S5's options and see how they differ from others out there.

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9 hours ago

PayPal Here now plays nice with Android tablets


PayPal's point-of-sale app and credit card reader are now fully optimized for big screen Android devices. The update includes the ability to export sales results right from the device.

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