Samsung Galaxy Sofware Features

Here’s the real reason Samsung can’t break away from Android yet

Here’s the real reason Samsung can’t break away from Android yet

By on April 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Samsung was rumored more than once to be actively developing a plan to break away from Google’s Android mobile operating system and release devices powered by its own Tizen platform, but that has not happened yet. Considering that Samsung and Google have inked an important partnership earlier this year, it’s highly unlikely that Samsung will ditch Android anytime soon. But there’s one more reason the company may be far from actually making it on its own in the mobile business, a new survey suggests: Samsung’s own software apps rarely become instant hits with customers. More →

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Google Play Nest On Sale

You can now buy a Nest thermostat on Google Play for $249

By on April 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM.

You can now buy a Nest thermostat on Google Play for $249

The marriage between Google and Nest just got even more official. As Android Police points out, Google has started selling Nest thermostats on its Google Play store starting at $249. And given that it’s Earth Day and that Nest is an eco-friendly, energy-saving thermostat, Google says that it will plant a tree for every Nest unit sold on Tuesday. Nest, which was founded by former Apple exec Tony Fadell, was acquired by Google earlier this year for $3.2 billion. Earlier reports have indicated that Google isn’t interested in Nest just for its smart thermostats but also for its team’s design prowess that won it accolades from several Apple fans over the years.

 

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Hit List

Cord Cutting Guide Best Apps

10 apps cord cutters can’t live without

By on April 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

10 apps cord cutters can’t live without

So let’s say you’ve decided to cut the cord on your expensive pay TV service and get all your favorite shows over the Internet. Which apps will you need the most on your connected television? NPD Group has just come out with a new survey of connected TV users and has unsurprisingly found that viewers see Netflix as their most essential app for TV watching. However, Netflix isn’t the only TV app that cord cutters love and the rest of NPD’s survey on popular TV apps contains some surprises. More →

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iOS 7.1.1 Download

Apple releases iOS 7.1.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

By on April 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM.

Apple releases iOS 7.1.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Apple on Tuesday issued a new update for its wildly popular mobile operating system. iOS 7.1.1, which is available immediately over the air (OTA) and should show up soon as a download through iTunes, is a minor update with bug fixes that follows Apple’s last major release, iOS 7.1. The update is compatible with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s and iPhone 4, as well as recent iPad and iPod touch models. Apple’s brief change log for the iOS 7.1.1 update follows below. More →

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Game Changers

Xbox One vs PS4 Price

Here’s how the Xbox One can finally catch up to Sony’s PS4

By on April 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM.

Here’s how the Xbox One can finally catch up to Sony’s PS4

The Xbox One has a major PS4 problem, recent sales numbers have revealed, with sales of Sony’s new console sales seriously outpacing Microsoft’s. While Sony has recently announced that it sold 7 million PS4 units, Microsoft was only able to say it shipped over 5 million units to stores, without saying how many of them have actually been sold. Forbes says that in order to prevent Sony from further widening the gap, and winning the early Xbox One vs PS4 war, Microsoft has to cut the price of the Xbox One. More →

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Blood Moon Photo GIF

Did you miss last week’s blood moon? Check out this awesome time-lapse photo

By on April 22, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

Did you miss last week’s blood moon? Check out this awesome time-lapse photo

Last week’s rare blood moon eclipse was amazing, but it also took place in the middle of the night so most people in the U.S. probably missed it. But there is no need to fret, of course — that’s why Al Gore invented the Internet. More →

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AT&T Chernin Group $500 Million Investment

AT&T spearheads a $500 million venture to kill cable and take on Netflix

By on April 22, 2014 at 11:46 AM.

AT&T spearheads a $500 million venture to kill cable and take on Netflix

AT&T knows that it can’t beat over-the-top content providers such as Netflix and Amazon, so it figures it might as well join them. AT&T announced on Tuesday that it has joined with the Chernin Group media holding company to invest $500 million in a new venture that will “acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services.” This is particularly interesting because it’s the first time we’ve really seen a company that offers pay TV services make this kind of big investment in over-the-top video. Cable companies such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable have traditionally done their best to wall off live cable TV programs from the Internet, but the popularity of over-the-top services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video has apparently grown too big for AT&T to ignore. The company’s press release announcing the venture follows below. More →

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iPhone No-Contract Carrier Prices

WSJ: iPhone is a collateral victim of T-Mobile’s ‘Uncarrier’ attacks

By on April 22, 2014 at 11:25 AM.

WSJ: iPhone is a collateral victim of T-Mobile’s ‘Uncarrier’ attacks

Handset makers may be significantly affected by the carriers’ shift from subsidized to full price smartphone purchases, The Wall Street Journal reports, with Apple’s iPhone singled out as a device that could see significant harm. More →

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Galaxy S5 HTC One (M8) Tips And Tricks

Video: 100 tips for getting the most out of the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8)

By on April 22, 2014 at 11:06 AM.

Video: 100 tips for getting the most out of the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8)

Amazing but true: The folks at TechSmartt don’t just try to destroy phones, they also try to use them. TechSmartt, which has tried and failed to kill the Galaxy S5 multiple times this year by putting it through a wide range of torture tests, has put together two terrific videos that each contain more than 50 tips for getting the most out of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 or the HTC One (M8). More →

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Exclusive
Amazon Smartphone Specs

Beyond 3D: Inside Amazon’s smartphone

Beyond 3D: Inside Amazon’s smartphone

By on April 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM.

Amazon doesn’t plan to unveil its first smartphone until later this spring, but the world got an early look at the handset last week when BGR posted exclusive photos of the unannounced device. We also shared several key details about the phone’s software, which features unique hardware-assisted 3D effects that will help differentiate Amazon’s smartphone lineup from rival devices.

But Amazon’s 3D effects are just the tip of the iceberg. More →

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Apple Nike Fitness Tracker

Apple and Nike reportedly developing a ‘smart band’ with gesture controls

By on April 22, 2014 at 10:16 AM.

Apple and Nike reportedly developing a ‘smart band’ with gesture controls

Hot on the heels of reports suggesting Nike is done making its own wearable devices, a new rumor claims that Apple and Nike are teaming up to launch a new smart band this coming fall. More →

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Video

Video: Tim Cook explains how Apple will make everything ‘better’

By on April 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Video: Tim Cook explains how Apple will make everything ‘better’

Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn’t have the same reputation as a “visionary” that late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs had but that doesn’t mean he won’t try to be inspiring. In a new video released on Monday, Cook describes how Apple’s overarching goal with everything it does is to make things “better,” whether it’s through products such as smartphones and tablets or through its use of more environmentally friendly power sources. More →

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