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HTC One - M8 Available from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile

HTC One (M8) launched on March 25th at a press event in New York and London, and was available for sale shortly after the announcement from Verizon, both in-store and online, as well as AT&T and Sprint.
The latter two were only selling the handset online, but starting today, users will be able to grab the HTC One (M8) from the brick-and-mortar stores of the two carriers. Additionally, T-Mobile is also set to launch the HTC One (M8) starting today.
As for AT&T and Sprint, the carriers are selling the flagship device for $199 tied to a two-year agreement. AT&T users also have an option to get the handset on AT&T Next, if they don’t want to get in to a contract. As for T-Mobile, it’s following its usual plans. Users can get the handset from T-Mobile starting today (April 11th) for $0 and $26.50 per month for 24 months.
As for the specifications, the handset rocks a 5-inch 1080p display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset with 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage with a microSD card slot and 50GB of free Google Drive storage for two years, a 2,600 mAh battery, Duo cameras, 5Mp front-facing camera and runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 6.0.
Friday, April 11, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 And Gear Devices Are Launching Globally

Company has confirmed the global launch of the Galaxy S5 and its latest gear devices.
As well as the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit are now available around the world, although these devices have been available in some countries over the last few weeks.
“The refined design and technological innovation of our new Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear devices are the direct result of Samsung listening carefully to what consumers wanted in the next generation of mobile technology.” said JK Shin, CEO & President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We carefully crafted each device to offer a sophisticated, superior mobile experience that let consumers stay connected in their own way to focus on what really matters to them.”

All of these new Samsung devices are now available in 125 countries around the world, which include the US, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia, you can find out more information over at Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Teardown By iFixit

The Samsung Galaxy S5 launches tomorrow, although the guys from iFixit have already managed to get their hands on the handset, and have taken it apart.

Every so often, our Earth-bound teardown team gazes skyward. Today, we look to take the Samsung Galaxy S5 to pieces. Will this device be immortalized among the stars of repairability—or will it plummet to the ground like a blazing meteorite?

According to iFixit, the Samsung Galaxy S5 score 5 out of 10 on their repair index, with 10 being the easiest to repair, you can find out full details on why the handset is difficult to repair over at iFixit.

Source iFixit

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nokia 225 Budget Smartphone Announced

Nokia has taken the wraps of its latest budget smartphone, the Nokia 225, which the company says i the slimmest, affordable Internet phone to date.
The Nokia 225 will launch in both single and dual SIM versions, the handset comes with a 2.8 inch QVGA display, Bluetooth 3.0, an RM Radio, and a microSD card slot which can support 32GB cards.
Nokia’s design and quality extend to even the most affordable handsets in our portfolio and the Nokia 225 is no exception.
Our slimmest Internet phone to date, it also features a larger 2.8” display making it not only an ideal fit for pockets and handbags, but for also keeping you entertained on the move.
Built to last, the Nokia 225 features a dust and splash proof keymat, and with standby times of up to 36 days for single SIM and 27 days for Dual SIM, you can stay entertained for longer.
The Nokia 225 will go on sale in the second quarter of 2014 in ‘select markets’ it will retail for around 39 Euros before taxes and subsidies.
Source Nokia
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Leaked Screenshots of Gmail for Android

Gmail for Android is one of my personal favorites. It’s one of the best email client I use to get all my emails. According to a new leak, the official Gmail app for Android will soon get a new update that brings a bunch of new features as well as a new UI.
The UI looks a lot elegant compared to the current version, as well as a new pinned system and the ability to temporarily quiet an email notification.
According to the guys at Geek, there will be more tabs, including Travel, Finance, Purchases, along with the usual Primary, Social, and Promotions. Additionally, users will also be able to pin images which will let the email float on top of your inbox, along with a toggle button to let you view the pinned emails as well as unpin them to make them go back to their original place. The latest update will also allow users to snooze an email for a specific amount of time, depending on the users’s needs.
We want our readers to take this with a pinch of salt, as it’s not an official app, and is not confirmed to reach end users. It could be that Google is just testing out new features, and since the company revamped its Android app last year, it might be a little difficult, but you never know.
Source: Geek
Sunday, April 6, 2014

BBM Gets Updated

There one area where Blackberry is receiving a some what decent response is the Blackberry Messenger app for Android and iOS. Released last year, the app has managed to grab 85 million users, and consistently working on adding new features to the app for all platforms.
Recently, the company released another update which introduces a number of new features and bug fixes, including stickers support, increased file transfer size and more.
In the latest BBM, users can get stickers from the BBM shop and use them in chats. Stickers are available in packs of 20-25, some of them are free while others come with a price tag. Additionally, the latest update increase the file transfer limit to 16MB in chats, as well as the ability to send images in a multi-person chat.
Here’s a complete change log:
  • Add more fun to your BBM chats with the introduction of stickers available in the new BBM Shop
  • Increased file transfer size (16MB) lets you share higher quality photos, bigger files and longer videos
  • Picture sharing in multi-person chats makes it easy to send a pic to a group of people so you can all talk about it together
  • Other bug fixes and performance improvements
Head over to the App store or the Google Play Store to grab the latest BBM.
Saturday, April 5, 2014

Friend Compass - iPhone/Android Travel App Review

Barely a day passes without a news story emerging online or in a newspaper about a new advance in technology or social media that makes our lives more connected, fun or efficient.
One of the newest kids on the block in this respect is Friend Compass which has been created by travel search engine company momondo. Whilst there are other apps out there that either find flights for you or show where on earth your friends are at that particular moment in time, Friend Compass claims to be the first app that combines both functionalities.
The app will work out what city all of your Facebook friends are in, and then provide you with a list of flights from your current location to theirs.
The first question to ask about this app is, why exactly do we need this type of functionality? Well, with the Global Village seemingly growing smaller all the time, it's not unusual to have friends in a vast and diverse array of different cities and countries.
Now, when you get that urge to go and see them in person, it's that much easier to work out in an instant how much it will cost you and when you can get there. Is it the most important advance in the history of technology? Certainly not, but having tried out the app, it's definitely a very neat idea that is impressively executed.
What are the alternatives though, if Friend Compass doesn't float your boat? Well, as we mentioned above, this is the first app to combine these two functions, so you're going to have to use two separate apps to get the same results.
In terms of location apps, it's probably fair to say that Foursquare is still by far the most popular choice. It's the sort of app that people either love or hate, and we're sure that you know which camp you fall into at this stage, as it has been on the market for years now.
Beyond that, there's surprisingly few other location apps out there. Google actually retired their Foursquare-type offering, Latitude, in the middle of last year, suggesting that enthusiasm for such apps is on the wane. As such, if Foursquare isn't your thing, you may enjoy using Friend Compass as an alternative just for its location functionality.
Overall, Friend Compass is a nicely executed and novel twist on a couple of well established ideas. We don't expect that it will develop into one of those 'must have' apps, but it seems likely that it will find its niche with people who have a large network of friends around the world and like to visit them often. If that's you, then Friend Compass will be a dream come true, and we'd suggest you get over to the App Store or Google Play as soon as possible to get it installed on your device!

WhatsApp processed 64 Billion Messages in just 24 hours

WhatsApp was recently purchased by Facebook in a deal which is worth $19 billion, the company has been growing at an incredible rate.
WhatsApp has now announced that they ahve hit a new milestone, they processed a total of 64 billion messages in 24 hours.
Back in January, WhatsApp announced that they had processed 50 billion messages in just 24 hours, so that is quite an increase in just three months.
For the 64 billion messages, the company send a total of 20 billion message and received 44 billion messages in a 24 hour period.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sprint Updates HTC One Max with Android 4.4.2 KitKat

HTC did a pretty good job in updating the HTC One to KitKat in a timely fashion. Last month, HTC Product team did an AMA on Reddit, and mentioned that HTC One Max will get the chocolaty taste of Android 4.4.2 KitKat in March.
It turns out they are on time as Sprint has started rolling out the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the HTC One Max in the US.
The latest update bumps the software version to 2.09.651.1, and also comes with a bunch of improvements including Sense 5.5 UI, which comes with minor enhancements and bug fixes. Additionally, it features all the sweetness of Android 4.4.2 KitKat including restyled white icons, improved SMS capabilities with an option to select Hangouts as the default SMS app, new Bluetooth profiles, Cloud Print support, SDC support and more.
The update is rolling out as we speak, but you may not get the update on the first day. It might take a little while for the process to complete, but the impatient ones can manually check for it by going to Settings > About Phone > Software update > Check now. If you already received the update, let us know in the comments with the improvements you can notice.
Source: SprintEngadget
Friday, March 28, 2014

Microsoft Office for iPhone and Android Available for Free

Office for iPad has launched yesterday, which includes Word, Powerpoint and Excel, but it’s not just the iPad.
Office is also available for iPhone and Android in the respective App Stores, and best of all they are available as a free download.
The much awaited Office for iOS and Android lets users create word documents, view them, edit spreadsheets, create presentation, ability to connect your cloud storage account and save the documents/spreadsheets online for quick access anywhere and much more.
However, there’s small catch here: the free version comes with a very limited functionality as it only lets users view and save the documents. If you want to create new ones or edit the ones save in your device, you must have an Office 365 subscription which costs $9.95 per month. Microsoft also announced a personal subscription that costs $6.99 so if you have it, you’re good to go, otherwise you way find it to be a little useless for editing documents.
Head over to the Google Play store or iOS App Store to grab Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint). What do you think about the apps? Were they worth the wait?
Source: Office Blog

HTC One (M8) Gets Official, Duo Camera, Snapdragon 801 and More

HTC has finally taken the wraps of the new HTC One (M8) at a press event in New York. Surprisingly, the handset comes with the same set of specifications as rumors suggested in the past few months — there’s nothing different at all except a few tidbits.
The HTC One (M8) rocks a 5-inch display sporting a 1920 x 1080 pixels which is a little bigger than its predecessor, and is powered by a Snapdragon 801 chipset with a clock speed of 2.3GHz, with the 2.5GHz version set to launch in Asia. finish and a slightly bigger screen.
As far as the design is concerned, the all new HTC One looks strikingly similar to the HTC One as rumored before, with premium. On the storage side, the handset features 16/32GB of internal storage with an option to expand it via a microSD card slot. Other features include WiFi, improved Blinkfeed, Bluetooth 4.0, a nanoSIM slot, a 2,600 mAh battery and runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 6.0 UI on top of it.
Talking about the battery, it’s a slight bump compared to the original HTC One with the 2,600 mAh battery. HTC claims it can provide users with 40 percent more battery, and features an Extreme Battery Saving mode. When fully charged, the Extreme Battery Saving mode can deliver up to 14 days of battery life, an impressive 60 hours on 20 percent and 30 hours at 10 percent power and 15 hours at 5 percent power. This is quite impressive, and may be an answer to the Samsung’s Ultra Power Saving mode on the Galaxy S5.
On the rear, it comes with the much hyped Duo camera which can produce impressive images in all lighting conditions. The camera is still UltraPixel, but features a better sensor and a more options. Taking pictures is similar as the previous handset, but it provides users with an array of editing options to play with. In addition, it also comes with a 5MP front-facing camera.
As far as the availability is concerned, HTC One (M8) will go on sale in over 100 countries and 230 carriers worldwide in Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold an Glacial Silver colors. The HTC One (M8) will be available in the UK as well as the US right after the launch at a suggested price of $649.99 off-contract, while the on-contract price may vary by carrier.
Source: HTC PRNewsWire
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Leaked Screenshots of Rumored Blackberry OS 10.3

Blackberry is rumored to be working on the new Blackberry OS 10.3 which will bring several new features on board, and guess what, it seems Blackberry is working on their own virtual assistant app, but there’s no word about its name yet.
The latest leak also gives a sneak peak at some other features and enhancements one can expect from the latest Blackberry OS 10.3.
It seems Blackberry wants to stay in the game when it comes to virtual assistants. Apple has Siri, Google has one too, and there are rumors floating around that Microsoft will introduce Cortana in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1.
With the rumored Blackberry OS 10.3, users will be able to record 720p videos at 30fps and 60fps. In addition, the camera app adds a timer, along with the ability to capture panorama photos and HDR suggestions in certain conditions.
Other rumored features include, improvements to home screen and keyboard, smart search, some design changes and much more.
There’s no official word from Blackberry about the launch of the new OS, or even about its existence, but we’ll definitely hear more about it in the next few days if its true.
Monday, March 24, 2014

Evolution Of Phone Cases

Much has been written about the evolution of the mobile phone. From the huge, house-brick-sized models which defined the latter half of the eighties to the sleek smartphones of today, the mobile industry has come a long way. But what about the once humble mobile phone case? Just as the phones have undergone a radical transformation over the years, so too has the mobile phone case.

The Early Days

During the formative years of the mobile phone, protective cases did not exist as they were not really needed. The earliest handsets were large and bulky and so did not require any extra protection. The cost of these early phones was also so high that the market for them was limited, and certainly not enough to justify releasing a string of accessories. As demand for mobiles began to grow, they gradually became more affordable to everyday users. As the overall size and weight of most mobile models dropped to more manageable levels, the need for protective covers and cases became apparent.

The first phone cases were simple plastic affairs, cheaply manufactured to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. They served just one purpose – to protect your phone. At this point in time, mobile phones were seen as just a handy way of being contactable no matter where you were. To a certain extent, it did not really matter what make or model you possessed. As technology advanced, however, the humble mobile phone morphed into a fashion accessory — a true statement about what the user was all about. As such, the phone case had to change too.

A Statement of Fashion

The average mobile phone case of today bears little or no resemblance to those of twenty years ago. It is no longer satisfactory for a case just to protect – it needs to look good too. The design work on many cases available today is truly stunning. In addition to mass-produced designs, it is also possible to get your own personalised phone cases which feature photographic images of friends, family, pets or whatever you choose to have. These, of course, truly are unique to you.

The material used in the manufacture of today’s cases is of a much higher quality than before. Rather than cheap plastic, many of the better models are made from top-quality leather which will last for many years and protect your phone to the maximum.

Influence of the Mobile

It has been estimated that there are now more mobile phones in the United Kingdom than there are people. The influence of the mobile on modern society is truly astonishing. With so many phones in existence, it is becoming more and more important to stand out from the crowd and display individuality. This is where mobile accessories, particularly cases, come into play. The choice of case is now almost as vital as the phone itself.

Author Bio: With an interest in digital marketing, fitness and technology Monika Grzankowska regularly shares her knowledge and tips on various blogs, including Mr Nutcase 

Monday, March 17, 2014

iPhone Owners Are Most Loyal, How About Samsung?

Guys at Statista did a survery of 3,000 smartphone owners from Australia, United States and the UK, and asked them if they will stick to their current brand when they will upgrade their device. The results weren’t too surprising as Apple managed to top in the brand loyalty survey with more than 76 percent users said they’ll stick to Apple when they’ll purchase a new device.

Samsung came in second place 58 percent brand loyalty, followed by LG and Nokia with 37 and 33 percent, respectively. Blackberry is already struggling to make an impact in the smartphone market, and the survey pointed a somewhat similar situation where only 21 percent people said they’ll choose Blackberry as their new device.
They also mentioned that a majority of iPhone users are replacement buyers, which is going to rise to 80 percent by next year. Due to the small changes Apple has made with its new iterations of the iPhone, it has struggled to attract new users, and it’s on a decline.

As the changes brought along by new iPhone models have become increasingly incremental rather than fundamental, Apple is struggling to convince iPhone users of updating their phone at least every other year, which could be why this year’s new iPhone will reportedly bring a change that Apple has long hesitated to make. For some time now people have been asking for a larger-screen iPhone which, it seems
Even if most of the users are replacement buyers, Apple should still be happy as it seems users are satisfied with its products.
Source: WSJStatista
Saturday, March 15, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom Specs Leaked

Last month, Samsung unveiled its flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S5, at the Mobile World Congress. It seems Samsung will launch several versions of the Galaxy S5, similar to what they did with the Galaxy S4, such as S4 Active, Zoom, etc.
According to a new listing on GFXBench, it seems we might see the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom in the near future. It’s not a new rumor as we’ve already heard about this last month as well.
According to the listing found on GFXBench, the alleged Samsung handset comes with a model number SM-C115 — the Galaxy S5 Zoom had a model number SM-C101 so we could be looking at its potential successor.
Samsung SM-C115 rocks a 4.8-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720, which is a decent bump as well compared to Galaxy S4 zoom which sported a qHD resolution. As far as the camera is concerned, the alleged Samsung Galaxy S5 should come with a 20 megapixel camera with a 5184 x 3888 and a 2MP front-facing camera. Under the hood, its powered by a Samsung Exynos 5 Hexa processor clocked at 1.3GHz. Other features include 2GB of RAM, a bunch of sensors, and runs Android 4.4.2 as its operating system.

Source: GFXBenchPhoneArena
Friday, March 14, 2014

Microsoft Making Windows Phone Free, For Some Manufacturers

Microsoft charges Windows Phone manufacturers a license fee for each Windows Phone device they sell, although according to a recent report, Microsoft is offering the is free to certain manufacturers.
The news comes from a report from the Times of India, who have said that Microsoft is offering Windows Phone free to two handset manufacturers in India.
Microsoft is apparently doing this to boost sales of Windows Phone devices in India, although the company has not confirmed that certain manufacturers are getting their mobile OS for free.
It will be interesting to see if Microsoft offers a similar deal to other smartphone makers, and whether they expand this offer to handset makers outside of India.
Google’s Android OS is completely free to smartphone makers, which means that they can make more profit from each device they sell.
If Microsoft decides to make Windows Phone free to all of their manufacturing partners, then this could possibly help boost sales of Windows Phone device, and also encourage manufacturers to release more Windows Phone handsets.
Source The Verge
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Samsung Milk Music Streaming App Announced

According to Samsung, ‘Milk Music’ is the next big thing is music, the app doesnt comes with any adverts and it features over 13 million songs.
“Milk introduces a fresh approach to music that reflects our innovation leadership and our focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences,” said Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters. “We’re offering consumers amazing, rich music experiences built around what matters most to them and their lifestyle.”
Samsung’s Milk Music is compatible with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Mega and the Galaxy S5, the app will also be available with the new Samsung Galaxy S5 when it launches next month.

Monday, March 10, 2014

PocketBook Aqua Water Resistant eBook Reader Officially Launches

If you are in the market for a new ebook reader and are looking for something that is also water-resistant the new PocketBook Aqua might be worth more investigation.
The PocketBook Aqua has been created by the Russian ebook maker PocketBook and features a sealed casing that is both dust and water-resistant and is fitted with a 6 inch E Ink display.
Other features of the new PocketBook Aqua include 4 GB of on-board storage for ebooks and documents, wireless connectivity and also a feature that allows you to connect to your Dropbox account. Together with an email service that allows you to transfer books to your device with ease.

The PocketBook Aqua ebook reader is powered by a 1 GHz processor supported by 256GB of RAM and weighs just 6 ounces. However the reader is not equipped with a HD screen or illumination for reading. When the new PocketBook Aqua water resistant ebook reader launches it is expected to be priced at around €109 in Europe and 6990 Rubles in Russia.
Source: Digital Reader  : Liliputing
Thursday, March 6, 2014

Make Your Phone As Unique As You Are

In the modern era, it seems as though there is a huge focus on personalisation and being unique. In many ways, this is a positive thing and it is refreshing and positive to see people defining themselves in their own fashion. It can be very easy to fall into the herd and run with the pack so anything which allows people to personalise their style and to create an identity that they really believe in has to be seen as a good thing. However, it is also important for people to be able to personalise themselves and their belongings at their own pace. There are some folk that like to truly stand-alone from the crowd and there are some that like the comfort of sharing opinions, thoughts and ideals with others. This isn’t to say that people within this group won’t benefit from little personal touches in their outlook.

This is where finding products that can add a personal touch to your life is so important. People who want to be completely independent will be able to find exactly what they are looking for. People who are happy to be part of the gang but like to have small things that stand them out from the crowd will also be able to benefit. There is also the fact that if you are looking for a gift to give someone, the personal touch will always be very much appreciated. Taking the time and effort to find or create a personal gift, as opposed to giving a generic off the shelf present, will be of tremendous benefit to the recipient and in return, to the person who gave the gift. Personalisation takes thought and consideration, which is often much more important than money.

The smartphone is an integral part of life

Of all the gifts or products that can be personalised, it is easy to see why personal phone covers are in high demand. In the modern era, phones are a natural part of our everyday lives and it seems as though some people are attached to their phone every hour of the day. If it wasn’t for the necessity of sleep, some people would never be off of their phones so you can see why having a personalised phone case is crucial.

There are many different options to choose from. A personalised photo can be used to create a cover with an image that spans the entire case or it can be used to cover a part of the phone’s case. There is also an opportunity to add a message to the phone case, which again provides greater flexibility and benefit from this style of product. If you are giving a gift to someone, it is possible to create a very special and personal message to someone or you can add a personal joke. There is also the opportunity to make a message or statement for yourself with your personalised smartphone cover, which is exactly what plenty of people are looking for today.

Can you be unique with a branded smartphone?

With so many people using the latest brand name smartphone, it can be difficult to do so in a truly unique way. If you are using the latest Apple phone, the newest Samsung model or even a popular Android enabled phone, you will find that there are many more people around the world who have the exact same model. On a small scale, this may mean you have issues telling your phone apart from your friends. On a larger scale, it may be more difficult to convince yourself and other people that you are a truly unique character when you have the same phone as millions of other people around the world but there is a chance to at least make your phone look unique and individual.

Creating the right image and personality for yourself is crucial and there are many ways to do this. Having the right look and identity provides people with confidence and enables them to feel better about themselves and how they engage and interact with other people. This is definitely a positive thing in life and if using a personalised phone cover can help people to feel moer confident and happy, it is something that more people should look into.
My name is NIcola and I have interests in Health & Fitness, Technology and family matters.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 Launching in 150 Countries

Some carriers in the US already confirmed they’ll release the Samsung Galaxy S5 for their subscribers, but if you’re in other parts of the globe, you be glad to find out that Samsung Galaxy S5 will launch in over 150 countries on April 11th.
In the UK, several retailers and carriers have confirmed they’ll carry the flagship device from the Korean OEM, but failed to mention anything about the pricing of the handset. Carriers and retailers in the UK include EE, Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone and Phones 4U.
Both carriers have create pre-registration pages for the Samsung Galaxy S5. Users can just sign up on them to find out more about the pricing and availability of the handset in the UK.
Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 5.1-inch display sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB o f RAM.
Other features include 16MP camera for photos and videos, 16GB internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 2,800 mAh battery, fingerprint scanner under the home button, heart rate sensor, WiFi, Bluetooth and runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat pre-installed out of the box.
Source: Engadget
Tuesday, February 25, 2014


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