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Shamu and the Minis — a musing on device sizes

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Smartphones come in all shapes and sizes...

We keep having this same conversation — but "smaller" phones have got to stop skimping on specs

Size matters. That's all there is to it.

We've seen quite a bit of talk about phones and the sizes they come in, particularly as those sizes have increased over the years. We all have our opinions on how our phones seem to be blurring (or outright obliterating) the line between phones and tablets. And more recently there's been quite a bit of discussion on phone sizes with reports of a Motorola Nexus device, code-named Shamu, and if a Nexus phablet is a good idea.

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1 day ago

Yahoo Finance redesign will satiate your stock market cravings

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Yahoo's Finance app for Android devices has received a major update today that brings with it a revamped user interface along with some new features for financial news and information junkies to check out.

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1 day ago

TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case for Galaxy S5

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TYLT Energi Galaxy S5 Sliding Power Case

It isn't the most efficient or price-conscious way to keep your Galaxy S5 powered up, but it will be a great choice for specific users

TYLT makes some great accessories, and is probably best known for its chargers, batteries and cases. Its latest product, the Energi Sliding Power Case for the Galaxy S5, combines a couple of those categories in hopes of reducing the friction involved with keeping your phone charged up at all times.

Sure there are external battery packs out there, as well as rapid wall chargers and even replacement batteries on devices such as the Galaxy S5 that can swap them on the fly, but all of those solutions have inherent compromises. If you need a case that can protect your phone and then quickly move to keeping it charged without powering down or fiddling with any parts, the Sliding Power Case may be one choice for you. Read along and see what this case is all about.

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1 day ago

64-bit Chrome desktop browser now available in beta

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If you're hankering to live on the bleeding edge, a beta version of the desktop Chrome browser for 64-bit Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems is now available. No need to uninstall your existing version of Chrome, this one will haul in all of your existing settings painlessly.

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1 day ago

Google promises to make Hangouts a reliable tool for business

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Google Hangouts has had a significant batch of updates for enterprise users. Hangouts are now supported just the same as all of the other Google Apps for Business, which includes terms of service, certifications, and 99.9% guaranteed uptime. Third-party solutions providers now have a bunch of extra utilities available to extend Hangouts further in business. Admins can now remotely start, mute, and end a meeting, in addition to managing other Google Apps from their dedicated console.

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1 day ago

Google Glass heads to the surgical suite for the next generation of doctors

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CrowdOptic has announced it will offer its technology made for the Google Glass wearable computing device to the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center, in order to assist medical residents in how to perform surgeries.

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1 day ago

Huawei doubles sales from last year, eating into but still far behind Samsung

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Huawei has had a good year, according to the latest market share numbers from IDC. Between the second quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2014, Huawei has enjoyed a huge 95.1 percent increase in smartphone shipments, placing them in third place behind Apple and Samsung, and ahead of Lenovo and LG. Previously they were fifth place in the rankings. Huawei's global market share works out to 6.9 percent with more than 20 million in shipments in the second quarter, versus 4.3 percent (10.4 million) last year. Samsung's shipments dipped 3.9 percent in the same period, while Apple's climbed 12.4 percent.

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1 day ago

Archos Smart Home gets you connected, but you can probably do better

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Archos Smart Home

A tablet, cameras and movement tags make up this $250 kit

Archos recently released their latest offering in the connected home space, dubbed Smart Home. We first checked out the system back at CES in January, and Archos has recently made the starter kit available in the U.K.

The Archos Smart Home system offers smaller, less expensive components than most other systems but still boasts many of the same features (and is also lacking a few). The $250 starter pack includes an Archos tablet, two mini-cams, two movement tags, and two weather tags. The entire setup works not over Wifi, but over Bluetooth Smart (AKA Bluetooth LE). This means that the modules can last for a year on a single battery — which makes for less hassle and less worry — and more awesomeness. You can use the Smart Home system with a companion app on Android and iOS, though everything first routes through the included Android tablet via your home Wi-Fi network.

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1 day ago

Sony Xperia T3 coming to Canada in August

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Bell, Virgin, SaskTel, and Sony Stores across Canada will be offering up the Xperia T3 starting in August. The Xperia T3 isn't top-of-the-line by any means with 1 GB of RAM and a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor, but the 5.3-inch 1280 x 720 Bravia display may be enough for students heading back to school, especially if the price is right.

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1 day ago

Square getting an EMV chip update for more secure mobile credit card payments

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The little card reader that launched a mobile payments revolution — Square — today unveiled a new version of their card reader that is designed to work with the EMV chipped credit cards. EMV credit cards are a mainstay around the world and just starting to make headway in the United States (including a fraud liability deadline for businessses coming up in October 2015), and the new version of Square supports EMV in addition to the old-school magnetic swipe strip.

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