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1 week ago

Facebook brings Messenger to a standalone site for web browsers

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Messenger has launched as a standalone web site, but it won't be disappearing from Facebook's core site.

Messenger, Facebook's messaging platform, is now available as a standalone service on the web. In the past users had to use Facebook's website to message their friends and family, but starting today they can do so without all the extra distractions.

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1 week ago

Twitter dumps the 'Discover' and 'Activity' tabs for new Trends section

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Twitter has announced a change to its mobile apps today that will see the "Discover" and "Activity" pages replaced with a single trends page — now nestled in the search menu.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 versus iPhone 6: Camera shootout!

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Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6

Few things are more important in a smartphone today than the camera — and both Samsung and Apple know how to do imaging well.

Advancements in smartphone photography prowess have turned everyone into a photographer, and while taking a great photo isn't just about the device you use it certainly doesn't hurt to have the best technology available. Both the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 represent the top end of what's available in terms of smartphone camera technology, giving you plenty of potential to work with when capturing the moments that matter to you. Naturally we wanted to put these smartphones to a test, then, to see which can do better in a variety of photography situations.

Will the Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6 come out on top? We tested both to see which phone does the best in common photography situations.

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1 week ago

Google Calendar introduces month view ... again

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Google is again making it even easier to see an overview of your upcoming appointments with the return of the monthly view to the Google Calendar app.

In an update that will be rolling out over the next few days, Google will bring back the month view back to the Google Calendar app. Back in February Google made a bunch of changes and improvements to Google Calendar, and they have received a lot of feedback.

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1 week ago

Amazon Echo owners can now control WeMo and Philips Hue devices with their voice

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Amazon is sending out emails to Amazon Echo owners alerting them that the connected speaker can now remotely control some WeMo and Philipps Hue devices

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1 week ago

Cricket introduces three new payment plans, including a rent-to-own option

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New payment plans from Cricket bring flexibility to how quickly you need to pay your new device off.

Cricket Wireless previously only offered a single off-contract price for devices, but they have just introduced three new payment plans which now bring different payment options to customers. Not everyone can go out and purchase a device off-contract, and Cricket's new plans make paying for your new device much easier.

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1 week ago

Sony Xperia Z2 Lollipop update available in more countries, additional devices to be added next week

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Sony is releasing the Lollipop update for the Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet in more countries starting today, and beginning next week they will be pushing the update to other devices as well.

The past few weeks have been busy for Sony with various announcements about their Lollipop roll-out plans. Sony has confirmed that the update for the Xperia Z2, which was previously only in the Nordics, will be spreading to devices in other countries as well.

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1 week ago

Users sticking around longer for BBM than WhatsApp and Snapchat

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New data shows that BBM retains more users than most other mobile messaging apps.

Measured against 22 messaging apps, including WhatsApp and Snapchat, BBM held on to 93% of its users after 30 days.

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1 week ago

The Logitech Keys-To-Go keyboard for Android is small enough to fit in a purse

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Logitech has announced plans to launch a version of its Keys-To-Go portable keyboard for Android devices later in April for $69.99.

The Keys-To-Go keyboard was previously released for iOS products, but now Logitech is offering a version of the accessory that will work with both Android and Windows devices.

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1 week ago

NTT DoCoMo's Galaxy S6 edge set to arrive April 23 with LTE-Advanced

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NTT DoCoMo will begin offering the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge on April 23, pre-orders will include a free wireless charging pad.

Pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge begin today on NTT DoCoMo, and in addition to offering more colors than the US, this model will come equipped with LTE-Advanced.

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1 week ago

Intel shows it can put its RealSense 3D depth camera inside a smartphone

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed off a version of its RealSense 3D depth camera this week that is small enough to be put inside a 6-inch smartphone.

Intel has previously developed versions of the RealSense camera that can be put inside laptops and tablets, including the recent Dell Venue 8 7840.

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1 week ago

HTC One M9+: No plans for North American or European launch

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Hoping for a Western release for HTC's first Quad HD phone? Don't hold your breath.

With HTC today announcing the HTC One M9+ for the Chinese market, there's been speculation as to whether the company would launch this larger version of the M9 in other territories.

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1 week ago

Asus set to launch the ZenFone 2 in India on April 23

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Asus has fired out media invitations for a ZenFone 2 event in India on April 23. All three models of the ZenFone 2 are expected for the region, including the option of having 4GB of RAM.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 on AT&T gets a taste of Lollipop starting today

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AT&T has announced that the Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 will finally begin hitting devices starting April 8.

The other US carriers have been pushing the Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update for a little while already, and today AT&T joins the party. AT&T has confirmed that beginning on April 8 Lollipop will start pushing out to users.

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1 week ago

Android Lollipop now on 5.4 percent of devices

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The slow march to Lollipop continues, with Android 5.1 just starting to show up on the chart.

Google's monthly version number check-in has arrived, and to the surprise of no one the chart shows slight moves all across the board. Multiple batches of Android 5.0 updates and last minute deals on current generation handsets — in preparation for the release of phones like the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 — have created a larger push into Lollipop than the previous months. Meanwhile, the minor release of Android 5.1 has created a new API level on the chart to keep an eye on.

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