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This is the only iPad stylus you should care about

This is the only iPad stylus you should care about

By on July 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

Let’s be frank for a moment: most smartphone and tablet accessories are garbage. Countless companies race to the bottom and do everything they can to flood the market with cheap cases, chargers, charms, covers and anything else they can churn out of factories in China. As a result, it can be painfully difficult to find high-quality accessories because we often have no choice but to dig through a mountain of trash to get to them.

If you’re looking for a stylus for your iPad, Android tablet, iPhone or Android phone, I’ve done the digging for you. More →

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Chromecast Cast Screen

Google just made Chromecast even cooler with an awesome new phone mirroring feature

By on July 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Google just made Chromecast even cooler with an awesome new phone mirroring feature

Google announced on Wednesday on the Official Android Blog that Chromecast owners will now have the ability to mirror the screens of their Android tablets and smartphones to their TVs starting this Wednesday. Whatever you’re doing on your device, from viewing photos and videos to using an app or playing a game, it will be viewable on the TV screen.  More →

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Android L Keyboard

Sorry, Android users: No more Android L keyboard for you

By on July 9, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Sorry, Android users: No more Android L keyboard for you

We still have several months to wait before Google finally releases its highly anticipated new Android L update, but a few apps and nifty tricks gave eager enthusiasts a way to experience certain elements of L right now. Among them was Shen Ye’s great Android L Keyboard app, which — as the name might suggest — allowed users to install the sleek new keyboard from Android L on their smartphones running earlier versions of Android.

Unfortunately, Google has removed the app from the Google Play store. More →

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iPhone Battery Life

How to get as much battery life as possible on your iPhone or Android phone

How to get as much battery life as possible on your iPhone or Android phone

By on July 9, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

Batteries hold us back. It’s that simple. Battery technology is not progressing as quickly as other areas of tech, and our smartphone experience is hindered as a result. It could be years before we see any real progress made in terms of truly significant improvements in battery technology, which is why smartphone companies are devoting so much time to making software optimizations that extend battery life. Examples include the extreme power-saving modes on Samsung and HTC’s latest flagship smartphones, and Google’s “Project Volta” in Android L, which is already resulting in huge battery life improvements in pre-release stages.

Of course, we can also take matters into our own hands. By remembering a few simple tips and tricks, we can dramatically improve the battery life on our iPhones and Android phones. More →

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Android Security

Warning: Wiping Android phones doesn’t actually delete personal data (here’s what to do about it)

Warning: Wiping Android phones doesn’t actually delete personal data (here’s what to do about it)

By on July 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Have you sold your used Android phones in the past when upgrading to a new smartphone? Were you safe, making sure to reset the phones and wipe them of all your personal data first? Bad news, Android users: A new study has revealed that using Google’s reset function in Android doesn’t actually delete your personal data. More →

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Android Malware

This huge Android security flaw could cost you a fortune

By on July 8, 2014 at 11:31 AM.

This huge Android security flaw could cost you a fortune

Android’s open nature offers some substantial benefits to consumers versus rival mobile platforms such as Apple’s iOS operating system. There are also some negative affects, however, and one of them is the fact that Google’s Android devices are far more susceptible to malware attacks. We have seen plenty of reports on various Android security holes and malware in the past, and now a newly discovered flaw could end up costing Android device owners a fortune. More →

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BlackBerry Vs. Android Security

CEO Chen explains why businesses shouldn’t even think of fleeing BlackBerry for Android

By on July 7, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

CEO Chen explains why businesses shouldn’t even think of fleeing BlackBerry for Android

So now that Google is working with Samsung to push its Knox mobile security system out to a wider number of Android phones, is BlackBerry CEO John Chen worried? Well, he probably is, which is why he’s decided to write up a new “BlackBerry Fact Check” of Samsung’s Knox system over at BlackBerry’s official company blog. More →

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Nokia Lumia Android Smartphone

The Nokia Android handset you’ve been waiting for is reportedly coming

By on July 7, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

The Nokia Android handset you’ve been waiting for is reportedly coming

It took Nokia several years to launch an Android handset of its own, but the company’s Android vision wasn’t exactly what fans were expecting. In early 2014, Nokia announced budget-friendly Android smartphones that weren’t top-of-the-line flagship handsets and didn’t even run an Android OS version filled with all the goodies most Android users have grown to love. Following the Microsoft purchase, Nokia released one more mid-range Android handset, which was in line with its predecessors. However, Microsoft is now rumored to launch a different kind of Android handset in the future, one that will be included in the Lumia family rather than the X family of affordable devices. More →

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Android Device Wi-Fi Location Sharing

Your Android device might be broadcasting your location history to everyone around you

By on July 3, 2014 at 2:50 PM.

Your Android device might be broadcasting your location history to everyone around you

In an age where we store our most important data on our mobile devices, we depend on device manufacturers and designers to ensure our information is kept safe. Unfortunately, potential problems are often overlooked until someone finds a way to take advantage of them, as appears to be the case with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s latest discovery. More →

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Android L Release

How to get Android L’s fantastic new notification system on your phone right now

How to get Android L’s fantastic new notification system on your phone right now

By on July 2, 2014 at 10:54 AM.

Google’s newly unveiled “Android L” software is the biggest upgrade to the Android platform that we have seen in quite some time. The software includes a complete redesign of the Android user interface that Google calls “Material Design,” and it marks a big and beautiful departure from earlier Android versions. But L is about much more than just looks. There are also thousands of new APIs for developers as well as tons of great new features.

And now, you can get one of Android L’s best new features on your smartphone without waiting for Android L’s release this fall. More →

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Android L Source Code Download

You can now hack Android L

By on July 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

You can now hack Android L

Hackers, start your engines — Andorid L is ready to be picked apart and made even more awesome. Google has released the source code for its brand new mobile operating system, currently referred to as “Android L.” The Android L source code has been made available through the Android Open Source Project website for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 tablet (current-generation model and previous-generation model) and Nexus 10 tablet. More →

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Android Market Share

Android’s share of global mobile usage may soon top iOS for the first time ever

By on July 1, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Android’s share of global mobile usage may soon top iOS for the first time ever

In terms of monthly shipments, Android devices surpassed Apple’s iOS  lineup long ago. Apple executives and Apple bloggers repeatedly point to a different stat, however, that paints an interesting picture: Despite Android’s huge lead in terms of shipments, iOS remains the global leader in usage as measured by companies that monitor web traffic.

Unless the current trend is reversed in the next month or two, however, there will soon be a changing of the guard. More →

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