Best iOS 8 Widgets

You have to check out this unique iPhone app that adds a game to your Today widgets

You have to check out this unique iPhone app that adds a game to your Today widgets

By on November 25, 2014 at 4:36 PM.

Apple’s massive iOS 8 update was released this past September and developers are still updating their apps to take full advantage of the thousands of new capabilities Apple added in its new mobile software. In fact, developers will continue to add new features made possible by iOS 8 for many months to come.

One of the most interesting new user-facing features added in iOS 8 is the addition of Today widget support, which is a battery-friendly compromise that adds widget functionality to iPhones and iPads but moves it off of the home screen. And now, a new app has brought what is definitely one of the most fun and creative Today widgets we’ve seen so far. More →

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Smartphone Contract Comparison U.S.

Survey shows many of you have no idea how much you’re paying for your smartphone

By on November 25, 2014 at 4:18 PM.

Survey shows many of you have no idea how much you’re paying for your smartphone

One of the interesting things about smartphone subsidies is that they’ve essentially convinced many people that they’re getting a steal when they buy a smartphone for $200 with a two-year service agreement, even though they’re making up the difference by being obligated to pay the carrier’s contract rate over the next 24 months. Now gadget trade-in website Gazelle has shared some new survey data with us that suggests many us are completely clueless when it comes to how much we’re really paying for our smartphones. More →

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iPhone and Android Smartphone Health Risks

Here are two ways your iPhone might be killing you softly

By on November 25, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

Here are two ways your iPhone might be killing you softly

For many people nowadays, smartphones such as the iPhone (and any other similar device running Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and other mobile operating systems) are ubiquitous, must-have, devices that offer instant access to information and entertainment. And while they’re certainly important gadgets that come in handy during modern-day life, they can also have some negative effects on the human body The Register reports, quoting two different studies. More →

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Xbox One Black Friday Deals

Here are all of the best Xbox One and Xbox 360 Black Friday deals

By on November 25, 2014 at 3:27 PM.

Here are all of the best Xbox One and Xbox 360 Black Friday deals

Microsoft’s push to get the Xbox One into as many homes as possible this holiday season is getting more aggressive every week. On Tuesday, Major Nelson published an article on the Xbox Wire rounding up every Xbox One and Xbox 360 Black Friday deal that the company and its retail partners have on offer. More →

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Game Changers

T-Mobile Data Throttling Speed Test

FCC orders T-Mobile to stop covering up how slow your connection is

By on November 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

FCC orders T-Mobile to stop covering up how slow your connection is

T-Mobile’s move to hide throttled customers’ actual data speeds has just been shot down. Per Ars Technica, the Federal Communications Commission this week said that T-Mobile can no longer exempt speed test results from its wireless data caps. More →

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iPhone Default Search Engine

Microsoft may recruit Apple to help stick a dagger into Google’s search business

By on November 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM.

Microsoft may recruit Apple to help stick a dagger into Google’s search business

If Yahoo and Microsoft have anything to say about it, Google won’t be the default search engine for the iPhone in 2015. According to The Information, Apple’s contract with Google, the contract which allows Google to remain the default search engine in the Safari mobile and desktop browser, is up next year.

It’s unclear whether or not Apple is actively looking to replace Google, but Yahoo and Microsoft have reportedly both begun pitching their search engines to Apple’s senior VP Eddy Cue. More →

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How to Fix Android 5.0 Bugs

Here are all the most annoying Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs – and how to fix them

By on November 25, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

Here are all the most annoying Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs – and how to fix them

The gradual rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop has been an exciting one, but as with any major software upgrade, there are a few bugs that will need quashing in the coming weeks and months. We’ve covered a few of these bugs recently, including the accidental removal of Silent Mode and the unfortunate persistence of recent apps to stay open after being swiped away. More →

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Best Buy Nexus 9 Deal

Best Buy has a huge Nexus 9 deal for you… but there’s a catch

By on November 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Best Buy has a huge Nexus 9 deal for you… but there’s a catch

On top of the many Black Friday 2014 discounts on a variety of electronic devices that Best Buy has already prepared for you, the retailer has a special promotion that targets a special kind of customer: the Android tablet fan. Buyers looking to purchase Google’s recently released Nexus 9 for a significantly discounted price will be happy to hear that Best Buy is ready to offer them a discount of at least $100 on the high-end Nexus tablet… but there’s a catch. More →

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Moto X Android Lollipop Update

Android 5.0 hits the world’s best Android phone from the nation’s top carrier

By on November 25, 2014 at 1:41 PM.

Android 5.0 hits the world’s best Android phone from the nation’s top carrier

Now this is an interesting development. Rarely do you see a fresh new Android update reach a carrier-branded smartphone before the update is even finished rolling out to “pure Google” devices. Even more rare is a scenario where a Verizon Wireless smartphone is among the first handsets in the world to be updated to the latest and greatest version of Android.

It just so happens that the stars were aligned perfectly on Monday evening, however, and the world’s best Android phone was updated to Android 5.0 at the nation’s top wireless carrier. More →

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Shoot creative aerial videos on a budget with the Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 + Aerial Camera

By on November 25, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

Shoot creative aerial videos on a budget with the Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 + Aerial Camera

Drones are a big deal these days, but most are large and expensive.  Imagine a sweet drone that’s slim and easy enough to fly virtually anywhere, for a fraction of the price.  Welcome the palm-sized Extreme Micro Drone 2.0, which for BGR readers is 46% off.

Despite weighing just over an ounce, the remote-controlled Micro Drone 2.0 has a mounted camera and is a cool way to take photos and videos from incredible viewpoints. It can be flown both indoors and outdoors, and its smart technology will correct itself to fly horizontal no matter how you throw it in the air. With a range of 400 feet, you can also swivel the lens to take creative shots. And finally, there’s a preprogrammed control to do 360-degree flips! Flipping awesome, eh? More →

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iPhone 6 Scratched Screens

Forget ‘Bendgate’ – does the iPhone 6 have a major problem with scratched screens?

By on November 25, 2014 at 12:55 PM.

Forget ‘Bendgate’ – does the iPhone 6 have a major problem with scratched screens?

Just when the hoopla around bent iPhone 6 Plus models was starting to die down, AppleInsider brings us word that some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users are finding that their phones’ screens scratch much more easily than earlier iPhones. More →

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Holiday Buying Guide Smartphones

The holidays are almost here: These are the best smartphones you can buy

The holidays are almost here: These are the best smartphones you can buy

By on November 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

Back at the start of the year after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5, I suggested that smartphone fans might be in for another boring year in 2014. In some ways, 2014 was boring; we really didn’t see anything that introduced truly novel or revolutionary new features added to smartphones this year. But phones still progressed in 2014, growing faster, sleeker and more powerful than they have ever been before, and there were some terrific phones that launched this year.

As we move into the holiday shopping season, here are the five best high-end smartphones you can buy. More →

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Google Fiber Next City Nashville

The next city to get Google Fiber may have just been revealed

By on November 25, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

The next city to get Google Fiber may have just been revealed

Google Fiber fans eagerly awaiting news of the high-speed Internet service’s next major location may be in luck. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Google Fiber has filed a franchise application with the state of Tennessee, which signals that “the company is moving forward with plans for gigabit speed Internet in Nashville.” More →

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