What Does Android L Stand For

Android L’s secret identity may have just been revealed by an unlikely source

By on October 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Android L’s secret identity may have just been revealed by an unlikely source

What does Android L stand for? Unless the man behind Google’s gigantic Android sculptures is bluffing, it looks like the answer is “Licorice.” Giovanni Calabrese, the head of sculpting firm Themendous that has designed large Android sculptures for Google in the past, has been leaving cryptic messages all week about traveling out to Google’s headquarters this week and building a new edifice for the company. Most tellingly, Calabrese has mentioned licorice on multiple occasions, which strongly implies that it will be the name of Google’s next mobile platform release. More →

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Obama FCC Net Neutrality Plan

Obama is unhappy with the Internet ‘fast lane’ plan proposed by the ex-cable lobbyist he tapped to run the FCC

By on October 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Obama is unhappy with the Internet ‘fast lane’ plan proposed by the ex-cable lobbyist he tapped to run the FCC

Amazing but true: Appointing a former cable lobbyist to run the Federal Communications Commission might not be the best way to protect net neutrality. Nonetheless, President Barack Obama, who campaigned on defending net neutrality during his first presidential run in 2008, finds himself in just such a situation after seeing his own FCC chairman offer up a plan that would allow for the creation of Internet “fast lanes” where ISPs could charge companies more money to ensure the faster delivery of their content. More →

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Samsung Android TouchWiz UI

Leak may reveal Samsung’s bold new Android interface

By on October 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Leak may reveal Samsung’s bold new Android interface

There are two things you can bring up that will almost instantly annoy certain diehard Android fans: The first is mentioning what a drag it is to wait so long for the latest software updates thanks to carrier and OEM constraints. The other is Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, which is to many Android fans what Jar Jar Binks is to Star Wars fans or what Nikki and Paulo were for Lost fans — that is, something that’s capable of single-handedly wrecking something they otherwise love. More →

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Apple GT Advanced Sapphire Plant

How the iPhone 6 may have forced Apple to bankrupt its own sapphire supplier

By on October 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

How the iPhone 6 may have forced Apple to bankrupt its own sapphire supplier

By far the strangest story to pop up this week has been the surprise bankruptcy filing of GT Advanced Technologies, which had been Apple’s top supplier of sapphire for displays of the Apple Watch and other devices. The Wall Street Journal now reports that GT Advanced is looking to get out of the sapphire business all together “after a failed effort to produce material for Apple’s smartphone screens.” More →

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Best iOS 8 Keyboard Apps Ai.type

One of Android’s best keyboard apps was just released for the iPhone and iPad

By on October 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

One of Android’s best keyboard apps was just released for the iPhone and iPad

As if you didn’t have enough terrific new keyboard apps to choose from on your iPhone, yet another hugely popular third-party Android keyboard app has just made the migration and it’s well worth checking out. The ai.type app, which counts 20 million users and which has received an average of a four-star rating on Google Play with more than 250,000 reviews, just released to the iTunes App Store on Friday and it promises to customize your iOS typing experience like never before. More →

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iPhone 6 Camera Features Video

This terrific video primer will help you get the most out of your iPhone 6 camera

By on October 10, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

This terrific video primer will help you get the most out of your iPhone 6 camera

Even hardcore Android fans are giving Apple its dues for the iPhone 6’s camera, which has been widely acclaimed for making it easy to take gorgeous pictures and videos despite the fact that it’s “only” an 8-megapixel camera. Now a new video review of the camera posted by Ken Dai gives us a great look at all of the iPhone 6 camera’s best features and acts as a terrific primer for anyone who wants to get the most out of their new smartphone camera. More →

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Android L Material Design Video Preview

New video gives us a tantalizing peek at Android L’s beautiful Material Design

By on October 10, 2014 at 11:21 AM.

New video gives us a tantalizing peek at Android L’s beautiful Material Design

Can’t wait to get a look at how Google’s new Android L and its Material Design UI will look on your phone? Then you should check out a new video posted by Droid Life that shows off the full version of Google Play 5.0, which just happens to be the first version of the Google Play Store that is fully optimized for Android L and that fully incorporates Material Design. More →

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Samsung Vs. Apple Vs. Google Brand

The silver lining in Samsung’s lousy week

By on October 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

The silver lining in Samsung’s lousy week

Samsung is certainly going through a rough patch right now as its quarterly profits have continued on an alarming downward trajectory. That said, things aren’t all bad for the Korean smartphone titan right now: As The Wall Street Journal points out, Samsung’s brand is still one of the most powerful in the world and it’s only gotten more prestigious in the last year.

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Imgur Project GIFV Announced

GIFs are about to get even cooler than you ever imagined

By on October 9, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

GIFs are about to get even cooler than you ever imagined

GIFs have brought the Internet a lot of joy and laughs over the years and now they’re about to get even better. Popular photo sharing site Imgur on Thursday announced a new initiative called Project GIFV that it says is “reimagining the looping GIF video with all the richness it deserves as a key piece of Internet culture.” More →

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Free Android Phone Offer Burger King

Burger King is offering a free Android phone that will be impossible to deliver

By on October 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Burger King is offering a free Android phone that will be impossible to deliver

With the huge number of Android phones out there, it can admittedly be difficult to keep track of them all. That said, we don’t think we’ve ever seen anything quite like the “free” Android phone that’s being offered by Burger King right now that was flagged by an eagle-eyed Redditor this week. More →

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Apple Pay Launch Date Leak

One of Apple’s partners may have just leaked Apple Pay’s launch date

By on October 9, 2014 at 4:38 PM.

One of Apple’s partners may have just leaked Apple Pay’s launch date

When will you be able to start paying for things using your iPhone? We’re still not exactly sure, although 9to5Mac flags a DailyDot report that seems to indicate Apple Pay might launch as soon as November 7th, which would be just before the start of the holiday shopping season. More →

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Motorola Droid Turbo Specs Leak

The last big mystery about Motorola’s Droid Turbo may have just been solved

By on October 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM.

The last big mystery about Motorola’s Droid Turbo may have just been solved

Motorola’s 2014 Moto X really impressed us but it really looks like the company also saved something special for its upcoming Droid Turbo that will launch exclusively on Verizon. More →

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iPad Air 2 Specs Leak 2GB RAM

New leak may confirm a key iPad Air 2 feature

By on October 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

New leak may confirm a key iPad Air 2 feature

One of the more disappointing aspects of the iPhone 6 is that the device only featured 1GB of RAM, although that doesn’t seem to have hurt the device’s performance in the slightest. That said, we can’t imagine Apple users would have complained about getting extra RAM on their devices, which is why we’re happy to say that it really looks like Apple is going to at least bring added RAM to its upcoming iPad Air sequel. More →

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