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Verizon App Store Vs. Google Play

Why can’t carriers just accept we want them to be ‘dumb pipes?’

Why can’t carriers just accept we want them to be ‘dumb pipes?’

By on August 20, 2014 at 1:35 PM.

I’ve been a Verizon subscriber for years now, even though I’ve long suspected that they don’t think much of their customers’ intelligence. However, when I read today that Verizon is thinking of actually trying to create a rival app store to compete with Google Play, I realized that Verizon doesn’t just think we’re stupid, it thinks we’re the kid who made himself sick in kindergarden every day by gorging himself on paste. More →

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Android L Update Schedule

Here’s how to make sure you get Android L before everyone else

By on August 20, 2014 at 1:10 PM.

Here’s how to make sure you get Android L before everyone else

Google has recently published its Android distribution numbers for early August in which it revealed that KitKat has reached almost 21% market share of all Android phones now in use. While that’s an important milestone for Google, the road was rather long and tedious, as software updates still depend on OEMs and carriers. The same thing will likely happen with Android L adoption as well and Android fans looking to buy a new Android handset should check out Ars Technica’s massive guide on the state of the Android ecosystem and Android updates in the U.S. that reveals “who’s fast, who’s slow, and why.” More →

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Hit List

James Bond Plays Goldeneye

The funniest thing you’ll see all day: Pierce Brosnan plays GoldenEye on the N64 with Jimmy Fallon

By on August 20, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

The funniest thing you’ll see all day: Pierce Brosnan plays GoldenEye on the N64 with Jimmy Fallon

Before Halo, before Call of Duty, there was one first-person shooter that could bring people together just as easily as it could tear friendships apart. One game could be the focal point of a 10-year-old’s birthday party or a pregame at a college dorm. That game was GoldenEye. The movie-licensed Nintendo 64 classic set the stage for console shooters for generations to come and still holds some cultural relevance nearly 20 years later. More →

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Twitter Vs. Facebook Advertising

Twitter goes Facebook by injecting foreign content into your stream

By on August 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

Twitter goes Facebook by injecting foreign content into your stream

It was really just a matter of timeTwitter is now Facebook. In its early days, where new Facebook users friended just a handful of close pals and relatives, every single status update poured through into one’s news feed. And then, hundreds of millions of people joined. More →

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Game Changers

Verizon Mobile App Store

Verizon still thinks you’re stupid

By on August 20, 2014 at 11:57 AM.

Verizon still thinks you’re stupid

One of the most difficult parts of getting a new phone is deciding which of the preinstalled bloatware apps might actually serve a purpose at some point in the future and which of the apps to delete. Android is most notorious for this practice, but we all have software on our phones that doesn’t belong there, which makes this report from The Information all the more baffling. More →

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Best GoPro Videos Fox

Man drops his GoPro camera in the wilderness, watches in horror as it gets mauled by a fox

By on August 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM.

Man drops his GoPro camera in the wilderness, watches in horror as it gets mauled by a fox

2014 has definitely been the year of wild and crazy GoPro videos and this one involving a GoPro camera’s tragic encounter with a fox might be our favorite one yet. The trouble began when a man took a trip to Round Island, Alaska this summer to film some wildlife and he temporarily placed his GoPro camera on the ground in the hopes of getting some closeup footage of a nearby fox. Big mistake. More →

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iPhone 6 Rumors: Camera Ring

New schematic leak reveals one more detail about the iPhone 6

By on August 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM.

New schematic leak reveals one more detail about the iPhone 6

With just a few weeks to go until the iPhone 6 finally becomes official, the leaks are in full bloom, as more details about the handset hit the web each day. Apple.club.tw, a site that posted several iPhone 6 leaks recently, is back with an alleged schematic for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 that suggests the phone’s main camera may have a slightly protruding camera ring. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Samsung unveils the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, the Nook’s potential savior

By on August 20, 2014 at 10:50 AM.

Samsung unveils the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, the Nook’s potential savior

Back in June, Samsung announced it would be joining forces with Barnes & Noble to release a new tablet which combines the hardware of the Galaxy Tab 4 and the content of the Nook library. On Wednesday, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook became official.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Features

3 things Samsung can do to make the Galaxy Note 4 an Android fan’s dream come true

By on August 20, 2014 at 10:35 AM.

3 things Samsung can do to make the Galaxy Note 4 an Android fan’s dream come true

Are you psyched for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4? If so we don’t blame you — the Galaxy Note 3 was truly a first-rate phablet and based on the leaks we’ve seen, the Note 4 is shaping up to be even better in just about every way. Droid Life’s Tim-o-Tato has made a wish list of things that Samsung can do to make the Note 4 the dream device for Android fans — and like any good list of most wanted smartphone features, he goes well beyond the realm of improved specs. More →

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iPhone Thermal Imaging Accessory Kickstarter

Why thermal imaging looks like the next hot smartphone feature

By on August 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

Why thermal imaging looks like the next hot smartphone feature

One of the most successful Kickstarter projects right now is Hema-Imager, which has so far secured $86,000 in support. It’s a “wireless thermopile-based imaging device compatible with nearly any smart device” and it features temperature accuracy of 2 degrees Centigrade. More →

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iPhone 6 Rumors: Display Resolution

Major iPhone 6 display detail revealed in microscope test

By on August 20, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Major iPhone 6 display detail revealed in microscope test

Apple is expected to unveil two iPhone 6 models this year that will both be bigger than any of the iPhones it launched so far. But while the display sizes for these devices appear to be clear, it’s still not known what resolution Apple will use for the upcoming 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch smartphones. Russian luxury iPhone vendor Feld & Volk, which has already provided several images of iPhone 6 components, including an assembled display and case, has put the 4.7-inch iPhone 6’s display under the microscope to learn more details about its resolution. More →

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Samsung iPhone Design Patent

Samsung’s brilliant new plan to avoid Apple lawsuits: Patent the iPhone? [updated]

By on August 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Samsung’s brilliant new plan to avoid Apple lawsuits: Patent the iPhone? [updated]

It looks like Samsung is engaging in some real outside-the-box thinking when it comes to new ways of avoiding costly Apple lawsuits. PhoneArena has spotted a slew of design patents that were recently awarded to Samsung, and one of them… well, let’s just say it looks suspiciously like a certain device that has proven to be very popular over the years. More →

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World's Best Motorcycle Videos

Watch this motorcyclist crash into the back of a car then miraculously land on its roof feet first

By on August 20, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Watch this motorcyclist crash into the back of a car then miraculously land on its roof feet first

While we’ve been wowed all year by various GoPro videos that give us a first-person perspective of incredibly crazy situations and stunts, there are times when showing something from a third-person perspective is really the only way to do it justice. That’s definitely the case with a new video that’s popped up on LiveLeak that shows a motorcyclist who survives crashing into the back of a car in a miraculous way. More →

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