Top 10 Android Phones

The 10 best Android devices in the world, ranked by battery life

By on December 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM.

The 10 best Android devices in the world, ranked by battery life

Battery life is, and will continue to be, one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a new Android smartphone or tablet. After all, what good are all those amazing features and apps if your battery is going to die while you’re in the middle of enjoying them? Battery technology isn’t keeping pace with other technological advancements at all, and with all of the new devices that launch every month, it’s hard to determine which phones and tablets will give you the most bang for your buck where battery performance is concerned.

Now, one of the world’s leading benchmark test providers has issued a list of the 10 best Android devices on the planet, ranked by battery performance. More →

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Samsung Galaxy E7 Specs

Big leak reveals everything you need to know about two unannounced Samsung phones

By on December 11, 2014 at 9:50 AM.

Big leak reveals everything you need to know about two unannounced Samsung phones

As we discussed at length in a recent review, Samsung is in trouble. The company is still pulling in tens of billions of dollars in revenue each quarter, so there are certainly companies that are worse off than Samsung, but a 60% dive in net profit last quarter is all you need to know to understand that something has to change if Samsung is to maintain its leadership position in the smartphone market.

Samsung already began a huge shakeup in its mobile division by firing dozens of executives, but it remains to be seen how the company’s strategy will change in 2015 and beyond. In the meantime, two of the first new Android Samsung is set to launch in 2015 have just been detailed in a big new leak. More →

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Apple Discounts

Some of the best deals all year on Apple gear are available right now

By on December 11, 2014 at 9:25 AM.

Some of the best deals all year on Apple gear are available right now

The days surrounding Black Friday and Cyber Monday are always packed with some of the deepest discounts you’ll find all year long on gadgets and just about anything else. Not everyone wants to purchase everything on their holiday shopping lists in one sitting, however. As is the case each and every year, sometimes people who choose to wait get rewarded if they’re willing to dig — or if others are willing to do the digging for them.

Now, one such reward has arisen in the form of a killer sale on Apple gear currently taking place online at B&H Photo. More →

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Mac Hidden App

Did you know there’s a hidden paint app on your Mac? Here’s how to find it

By on December 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Did you know there’s a hidden paint app on your Mac? Here’s how to find it

Apple’s OS X 10.10 Yosemite software introduced so many new features that users will still be trying to learn them several months after installing the update. But OS X also has some old features that you might not know about. In fact, there’s a hidden paint program on your Mac computer that has been sitting right under your nose this whole time, and a recent pose will show you how easy it is to find. More →

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Samsung Layoffs 2014

Dozens of execs fired or demoted this week after Samsung’s profit plummeted 60%

By on December 5, 2014 at 3:59 PM.

Dozens of execs fired or demoted this week after Samsung’s profit plummeted 60%

Samsung’s third quarter was nothing short of a disaster. Pressure at the high end of the smartphone market from Apple and at the low end from Chinese phone vendors squeezed Samsung’s biggest moneymaker from both ends. As a result, the company’s revenue fell 20% on year and its net profit plummeted a horrifying 60%.

Rumors regarding how Samsung plans to respond to its slide have bounced around for the past few weeks, but it looks like the company has finally made its first major change as dozens of executives depart Samsung’s mobile unit. More →

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BGR-Smartphones-2014

We’re hiring!

By on December 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM.

We’re hiring!

It seems like just yesterday that BGR launched as a small spin-off from a sporadic column on Engadget, but we celebrated our eighth anniversary earlier this year and a lot has changed since 2006. The site is no longer a one-man operation, of course, but we’re still a very small team compared to our competitors, who often have huge editorial teams staffed by dozens of writers.

We’ve accomplished plenty with a small, talented group of writers. BGR is read by more than 11 million unique visitors each month, and tens of millions more read our content every month thanks to our great syndication partners.

We enjoyed incredible growth in 2014, and now it’s time to focus on expanding our team so we can grow even faster next year. More →

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GoPro Video

The coolest thing you’ll see today: GoPro video gets up close and personal with lions

By on December 5, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

The coolest thing you’ll see today: GoPro video gets up close and personal with lions

GoPro’s line of action cameras have allowed people to capture fantastic high-definition footage of things that would have been impossible to record even a few short years ago. Sometimes GoPro cameras give us a unique perspective on something fascinating, and sometimes the cameras deliver us an up close and personal look at something terrifying.

We recently shared an awesome GoPro video of a crazy shark encounter, and now a new video has been published that shows a GoPro and a pair of lions getting too close for comfort. More →

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Christmas Shopper Simulator Download

New ‘Christmas Shopper Simulator’ game lets you destroy a mall and ruin Christmas

By on December 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

New ‘Christmas Shopper Simulator’ game lets you destroy a mall and ruin Christmas

With the holidays fast approaching and plenty of Christmas shopping left to be done, people are often under a tremendous amount of stress during this time of the year. Blowing off some steam is always a good idea, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about things.

The wrong way is to randomly scream at friends or family for no good reason. The right way is to download Christmas Shopper Simulator and wreak havoc in a virtual mall. More →

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Featured
Best Free iPhone Apps

9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save over $100!)

By on December 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save over $100!)

You can expect plenty of great iPhone and iPad apps to go on sale now that the holiday season is officially here, but digging through them all to find the best apps is a pain. Of course, that’s why we’re here! There are still a few free apps left from yesterday’s list of paid iOS apps on sale, and you can get them if you hurry. Today, however, we have nine more apps that would normally cost about $150 to buy, but they’re all free right now for a limited time. More →

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iPhone 6 Plus Wallpapers

Here are 20 stunning wallpapers that are perfect for the iPhone 6 Plus

By on December 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

Here are 20 stunning wallpapers that are perfect for the iPhone 6 Plus

Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus is much more popular that some pundits thought it would be. In fact, it took less than a month for the handset to become the most popular phablet in America by a fairly wide margin. The iPhone 6 Plus has the biggest display ever seen on an iPhone, and it also packs more pixels than any other iPhone before it.

The one drawback of having all those pixels is that your old iPhone wallpapers don’t look quite right on the iPhone 6 Plus’ new larger display. Don’t worry, though, because we’ve got you covered. More →

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Google Inbox Features

This is the next awesome feature coming to Google’s Inbox app

By on December 5, 2014 at 9:34 AM.

This is the next awesome feature coming to Google’s Inbox app

If a team of engineers at Google is to be believed, the company’s new Inbox app is the future of email and it will eventually replace Gmail entirely. That’s a long-term goal, of course. In the meantime, Google’s fresh new take on email in an experiment that aims to help people better manage the flood of messages we all receive each day.

As an added bonus, Inbox will allow user to test all sorts of cool features in the coming months — and one of the next new features the app will get will be hugely appreciated. More →

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Spotify Premium Discount

Great deal: Get 97% off Spotify Premium for three months

By on December 4, 2014 at 4:35 PM.

Great deal: Get 97% off Spotify Premium for three months

Is there anything worse than when an awesome Spotify playlist is interrupted by an annoying commercial? Yes, plenty of things are worse, but it’s still bothersome and avoidable if you’re willing to pay for Spotify’s ad-free Premium service. The Premium option will normally set you back $9.99 per month, but right now Spotify is offering a great deal on its paid service that offers new users a huge 97% discount. More →

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Nexus 9 Folio Cover Review

Is this the future of productivity? Hands on with the Nexus 9 keyboard cover

By on December 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM.

Is this the future of productivity? Hands on with the Nexus 9 keyboard cover

I was a big fan of the Nexus 9 tablet when I reviewed it back in November. In fact, I said that unless you need the awesome productivity features afforded by the Galaxy Note 10.1, the Nexus 9 is likely the only Android tablet you should consider buying.

At the time, I also briefly mentioned a nifty optional accessory called the Keyboard Folio. It was only mentioned briefly because it wasn’t available back in November, but now Google has sent a unit to me for review and I was finally able to spend a significant amount of time with it.

Does this $130 keyboard cover tip the scales in Google’s favor when it comes to productivity? More →

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