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4 years ago

Samsung's profits plummet in Q2 as smartphone demand weakens

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Samsung's profits plummet in Q2 as smartphone demand weakens

Samsung logo

Samsung logo

Samsung's second quarter earnings forecast sees a 24 percent decline in profit from the same period last year, which is mainly attributed to a waning interest in the smartphone market.

4 years ago

Samsung, Intel and Dell create a consortium for connected devices

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Samsung, Intel and Dell create a consortium for connected devices

Samsung

Samsung

Samsung, Intel and Dell have teamed up to establish an Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) that will handle the creation of standards and set guidelines for data transmission between several IoT devices like connected thermostats, light bulbs, burglar alarms and home automation systems.

4 years ago

CyanogenMod 11.0 M8 rolling out to select devices

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CyanogenMod 11.0 M8 rolling out to select devices

There's a new version of CyanogenMod hitting download servers for select devices today, with more to follow later this month. The devices that can make the switch to the M8 release include OnePlus One, Galaxy S Relay 4G, Samsung Galaxy S III, Xperia Z1 Compact, Oppo Find 7a, Acer Iconia Tab A700 and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet.

4 years ago

Sony Xperia C3 now official, dubbed 'world's best selfie smartphone'

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Sony Xperia C3 now official, dubbed 'world's best selfie smartphone'

Sony Xperia C3

Sony Xperia C3

After breaking cover yesterday, the Xperia C3 is official. Claimed to be the world's best selfie smartphone, the device comes with a 5MP wide-angle front camera along with an LED flash module and dedicated selfie apps.

4 years ago

Xiaomi launches the Mi 3 in India for $250

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Xiaomi launches the Mi 3 in India for $250

Xiaomi Mi 3 Indian launch

Xiaomi Mi 3 Indian launch

Xiaomi has just launched the Mi 3 in the Indian market, with the handset set to go on sale starting July 15. The highlight of the launch is the pricing of the device, which is very low at just Rs. 14,999 ($250).

4 years ago

NASA to blast Google 3D sensing Project Tango phones into space

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NASA to blast Google 3D sensing Project Tango phones into space

Image credit: Reuters

Project Tango goes out of this world

Project Tango may not have been conceived in a galaxy far, far away, but on July 11 with the aid of NASA, Google's 3D sensing phone will be sent into space. The 3D sensing phones will be the brains that control and power NASA's Synchronized Position Hold, Enage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES, robots aboard the International Space Station.

4 years ago

How to change the strap on your Android Wear watch

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How to change the strap on your Android Wear watch

The tools
Get ready to rock and roll
Charging the G Watch with a replacement band
G Watch strap pins
New strap on the G Watch
Gear Live strap
Gear Live strap
Android Wear straps
Strap folded back across the Gear Live
Gear Live replacement strap work
I hate this look. You might not.
Gear Live new strap
One end of the springbar tool
One end of the springbar tool
G Watch band

The tools

A new strap changes both the look and feel of your new Android watch

So you have Android strapped to your wrist with your new LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live. Pretty cool, isn't it? We know both devices are far from perfect, and Android Wear is still in its infancy, but chances are you'll be sporting your new watch daily and putting it to good use — that's why we bought the things, right?

If this sounds like you, you probably want to change out the strap that came bundled with your new watch. There's nothing inherently wrong with the straps on either watch, but there are so many options out there that can make your new watch more comfortable to wear and even make it look better while doing it. The good news is that it's easy to do, and uses standard 22mm straps. All you need is a well-lit place to work, your new strap, and some sort of tool to push in the springbars.

4 years ago

BlackBerry pimps unreadable spreadsheets as a reason to buy the Passport over Android

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BlackBerry pimps unreadable spreadsheets as a reason to buy the Passport over Android

BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry Passport

We'll just let this image speak for itself, but it's cute how they clunked up the notification area first before taking that screenshot. So, yeah. That's the BlackBerry Passport.

Source: BlackBerry; via CrackBerry

4 years ago

KitKat usage ticks up a few more percentage points

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KitKat usage ticks up a few more percentage points

Building 44

Building 44

Slowly but surely, Android 4.4 KitKat is on the rise. The most recent version of Android saw an increase of 4.3 percentage points, according to the latest numbers released by Google. The results include devices that have pinged the Google Play Store over the past seven days, ending July 7. Here's how it breaks down:

  • Android 4.4 KitKat: 17.9 percent, up from 13.6 percent at the beginning of June.
  • Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean: 55.5 percent, down from 58.4 percent a month ago.
  • Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich: 11.4 percent, down from 12.3 percent.
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread: 13.5 percent, down from 14.9 percent.

Source: Android Platform Versions

4 years ago

Tracking steps with Android Wear

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Tracking steps with Android Wear

Android Wear steps
Steps

Your smartwatch can count your strides, with no setup required

I love the idea of having a step-tracker. But I loathe having to carry yet another device on me. And to that end, I'm loving the integration tracking built into the first around of Android Wear smartwatches. It's a very basic integration for now — steps and only steps — but you can't beat the ease of use. Just wear your watch — the LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live, for now — and it tracks your steps automatically, no setup required.

Oh, and be sure to walk.

4 years ago

Lost Toys offers spooky spin on 3D puzzles

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Lost Toys offers spooky spin on 3D puzzles

A highly polished 3D puzzle game hit the Google Play Store today called Lost Toys. In it, players have to take broken wooden toys and rotate their parts around around until they're properly aligned. Once completed, the worn plaything transforms into a painted and fully colored final form.

4 years ago

ISIS will rebrand NFC payment service following violence in Middle East

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ISIS will rebrand NFC payment service following violence in Middle East

ISIS will rebrand NFC payment service following violence in Middle East

ISIS will rebrand NFC payment service following violence in Middle East

Following the rise of the ISIS militant group, or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, in the Middle East, NFC-based mobile payment service ISIS, which is formed out of a joint venture between AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile, will be re-branding its services. Though the decision was made for a rebranding to distance ISIS from the ongoing violence in the Middle East, the mobile payment venture has not disclosed what its new name will be in the future.

4 years ago

The first Android Wear watches arrive today — here are 10 more things you need to know

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The first Android Wear watches arrive today — here are 10 more things you need to know

Android Wear — LG G Watch
Android Wear app
Google Now
Android Wear apps
Pebble Locker
Chargers
Strap
Steps

Android Wear — LG G Watch

If you ordered a new Android Wear smartwatch — that'd be the LG G Watch or the Samsung Gear Live — you should see it very shortly, as early shipments are reaching doorsteps today. And on one hand (erm, wrist), these watches are simple creatures, devices on which to display the Android Wear software. But on the other hand (OK, OK, wrist), this is an entirely new platform for Android. It's familiar, but also very new, with a few idiosyncrasies.

So there are the watches, and then there's the software that's running on them.

So as you unbox your new watch today, there are a few things you need to know up front. We can help. In fact, we've already done so with our first list of 10 things you need to know about Android Wear. Today we're following up with a few other tips we've collected after a couple weeks of use. Some are basic. Some aren't. Enjoy.

4 years ago

Commandr app adds even more device control to Google Now

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Commandr app adds even more device control to Google Now

Google Now already provides a ton of voice-activated functionality like sending messages or initiating calls, but a new app called Commandr aims to take that one step further. With it, you can toggle Wi-Fi, GPS, the camera LED light, and just about anything else you want through Tasker integration. This is done by turning Commandr into your default note-taking application, so when you initiate with "Ok Google" like usual and you say "note to self", you're actually issuing a command to Commandr.

4 years ago

Gartner: PC, tablet and mobile phone shipments to go up 4.2 percent in 2014

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Gartner: PC, tablet and mobile phone shipments to go up 4.2 percent in 2014

Tablet, laptop and phone

Tablet, laptop and phone

The research firm Gartner is predicting that the total number of PC, tablet and mobile phone shipments will go up 4.2 percent worldwide in 2014, with traditional PC shipments starting to recover while tablets slow down.

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