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Android more than doubles app revenue in a year, narrows gap to iOS

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Android’s Google Play store has been slowly gaining ground to iOS, which has historically been the leader amongst all mobile app marketplaces in app revenue.

Quarterly app revenue has seen the most drastic improvement, with a 2.4x growth for the first quarter of this year compared to Q1 2013. Read more »

Ultra power save mode and other Galaxy S5 features ported to Galaxy S4

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The killer software features introduced with Samsung’s latest Galaxy S5 flagship are no longer exclusive. Thanks to the creative folks at the xda-developers forums, you can now get the nifty new Galaxy S5 software extras on the Galaxy S4 as well.

The S5 mod includes the new Ultra power save mode that lets you get the most out of your battery, Download booster that lets you download over LTE and WiFi simultaneously, Baby monitor, Air wake up, and others. Read more »

Sony MDR-NC31E Digital Noise Cancelling headset flash review

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Headphones have been the staple of many a smartphone retail package for quite some time now, so when a manufacturer decides to throw in a premium offering into the mix, we had to take notice.

The Sony MDR-NC31E digital noise cancellation headset is packaged as part of certain Sony Xperia Z2 premium bundles, and are designed to take advantage of the smartphone’s built-in noise cancellation features to offer a very robust listening experience. Join us as we take a brief look at just how capable they are in our latest flash review. Read more »

Weekend poll: LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

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After our last weekend poll and hot off the heels of our extensive comparison review, we’re ready to hear what you have to say about the latest pair of Android flagships out of Korea: the LG G3 vs. the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Make your voice heard and cast your vote on which is better in five distinct categories: design, screen, user interface, still photo and video image quality. Vote now! Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 goes up for pre-order, US units start shipping on June 30

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The latest iteration of Microsoft’s popular Surface tablet has gone up for preorder on Microsoft’s online store, and is set to hit brick-and-mortar Microsoft and BestBuy retailers in the US in limited quantities.

The Intel Core i5 128GB/256GB models will ship by June 30 in the US, while the Core i3 base model with 64GB of internal storage, as well as the high-end Core i7 models with 256GB/512GB memory will start shipping on August 1. Read more »

Samsung may be looking to purchase Nuance, the company behind S Voice, Siri

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Nuance, the folks behind the Samsung’s and Apple’s in-house voice assistant programs S Voice and Siri, as well as other commercial speech recognition applications like Dragon Naturally Speaking, are set to potentially get bought out by the Korean company.

In anticipation of the potential deal, Nuance’s market cap jumped from a valuation of $5.5 billion to almost $6 billion yesterday. Read more »

Cortana coming soon to Windows Phones in the UK and China

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Group Program Manager for Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant Marcus Ash confirmed over Twitter today that the popular feature will be coming to users in China and the UK in the coming weeks.

In general, mobile virtual assistants are severely limited by the Chinese government in terms of what they can do, but if Cortana is able to get an unfiltered release there, it could spell a significant advantage for Windows Phone in the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market. Read more »

LG G3 battery life test

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The LG G3 is the first mainstream smartphone to out a smartphone with a QHD display, and as such is the first major manufacturer to have to deal with the extra battery load required to power such a robust screen.

LG has thrown in a 3000mAh battery to power the device, and while that sounds pretty great it’s unclear if it will be enough to make the G3 a battery life king. Read more »

iOS 8′s split-screen feature demoed on video

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Ever since Apple announced the latest iteration of its mobile OS at WWDC last week, developers are busy perusing all the new features introduced with the iOS 8 beta build – and one that wasn’t.

One clever developer, Steve Troughton-Smith, has discovered that Apple has included code that will enable you to run apps in split-screen mode – and has just demoed the partially-working feature on video. Read more »

Intel’s Braswell Atom chip to come in early 2015 alongside Broadwell K for desktops

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Intel announced its upcoming Braswell SoC at the IDF conference earlier this year, set to run Windows or Android, among others, on a 14nm 64-bit architecture. We now learn that those will finally be available at the start of 2015, over 6 months from now.

Meanwhile, its Broadwell K desktop architecture, the successor of its current Haswell lineup, will also reportedly be delayed until 2015. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 gets premium perks in India, including free repair pickup

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 saw some criticism from Indian customers due to its high initial retail price. After a healthy price drop, Samsung is hoping to make the Galaxy S5 even more enticing by offering free in-house pick-up for any repair work, as well as a one-time screen replacement for Galaxy S5 devices for just INR 990 ($17).

The new deal also includes the option of trading in and old smartphone for at least INR 10,000 ($169) credit towards the purchase of a Galaxy S5. Read more »

LG outs a series of Smart Tip videos showing off the LG G3 features

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LG has really gone the extra step in making sure the G3 flagship is its most full-featured yet, and it wants to make sure everyone knows about it.

The new Smart Tips ads aim to highlight both new and updated features found in the G3, including Smart Notice, Dual window, Guest Mode, Smart Keyboard, and even goes into the new QuickCircle case accessory. Read more »

VLC Player for mobiles to get Chromecast support

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VLC Player, the popular multimedia player app for iOS and Android, is set to get support for Google’s new media streaming platform Chromecast.

Paradoxically, native streaming support for Chromecast is set to hit the iOS version of VLC before the Android version, likely due to the latter still being in the beta stages of its development. Read more »

Apple introduces Mac OS X Yosemite at WWDC

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We’ve got the live coverage from Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference, where Apple has just announced the latest version of its desktop operating system, Mac OS X Yosemite.

Continuing the naming scheme of famous California landmarks introduced with OS X Mavericks, Yosemite introduces translucent windows menus, redesigned dock icons, an updated Spotlight search feature, iCloud Drive cloud storage integration, and a new widget bar. Read more »

Don’t miss these LG G3 camera samples

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We’re hard at work on our full review of the LG G3, but in the meantime we’ve taken the 13MP shooter out for a spin.

The LG G3 features a proprietary phase/detection laser autofocus sensor, image stabilization, and dual tone flash. But is it all its hyped up to be? Take a look and decide for yourself. Read more »