Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:05:21 -0400

You can download the newest version of Outlook for Mac right nowMicrosoft on Friday announced that it plans to release a new version of Office for Mac next year, with a beta version to be launched in the first half of 2015 and the full release set for the second half of the year. The company also announced that Mac users can now download a new Outlook for Mac version, as long as they’re Office 365 customers. FROM EARLIER: Leak may reveal release details for next-gen Office for Mac and Android The company said it is focused on Office for smartphones (iPhone, Windows Phone and Android) and tablets (iPad and Windows) following the Office 365 release, but it won’t ignore Office for Mac. “Continuing our commitment to our valued Mac customers, we


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:15:51 -0400

Amazon explains one reason the Fire Phone was a massive flopWhen it comes to the Fire Phone, Amazon made several huge mistakes that were easy to spot at the time of the phone’s release. Now Fortune reports that Amazon is owning up to one of them, as Amazon exec David Limp tells the publication that the device’s initial $200 on-contract price was way too high, especially for a company like Amazon that is known for offering killer deals. RELATED: Amazon’s Fire Phone might be an even bigger flop than we imagined “We didn’t get the price right,” Limp said of the phone’s limp sales. “I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort of mismatched expectations. We thought we had it right. But we’re also willing to say,


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:10:04 -0400

BlackBerry BBM logoProving that it has its finger on the pulse of popular culture, the smartphone maker is bringing a Snapchat-style disappearing text and photos feature to its messaging app. 


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:00:17 -0400

The Droid Turbo’s battery is just as beastly as you expectedVerizon and Motorola earlier this week unveiled a brand new Droid-branded Android handset, the Droid Turbo that packs monster specs and equally impressive battery life. The handset packs a gigantic 3,900mAh battery that Motorola says can deliver up to 48 hours of “mixed usage” including standby time, and Phone Arena just proved that the Droid Turbo is the king of the hill when it comes to battery life. FROM EARLIER: Preview: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola’s Droid Turbo In its continuous usage battery test it uses for all smartphones and tablets, the publication found the Droid Turbo offered the best battery life by far. The handset lasted for 10 hours and 42 minutes, besting the


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:35:15 -0400

Video offers a tantalizing peek at what Lollipop will look like on the Galaxy S5Android 5.0 Lollipop is the most anticipated Android release since Jelly Bean first hit the scene in 2012 and we’re especially excited to see what it will look like on this year’s most popular Android device, the Galaxy S5. SamMobile has gotten its hands on the latest Samsung build for Lollipop and has put together a great video showing how Samsung has refined its approach to integrating the new software with its TouchWiz overlay. RELATED: Your Galaxy S5 may get Android 5.0 Lollipop in time for the holidays SamMobile notes that Samsung has made a lot of UI changes since the last time we saw an early build of Lollipop on the Galaxy S5, as the company has added a


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:55:01 -0400

iPhone fans are trashing Apple Pay rival CurrentC in App Store reviews – here are the funniest onesMCX may claim that its CurrentC mobile payment platform is a bold challenge to the mobile payments status quo but its target audience isn’t seeing it that way so far. In fact, it looks that like as Android fans have done, iPhone fans have also taken to trashing CurrentC on their favorite platform’s app store and are often doing so in rather humorous ways. RELATED: This might be the reason MCX retailers won’t let you use Apple Pay, even if they want to In fact, although CurrentC is averaging one star right now on both the iTunes App Store and Google Play, the best reviews being written are the rare five-star reviews, largely because they trash the app in ways that are


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:50:46 -0400

Andy Rubin calls it quits, ditches Google to build his own hardware incubatorAndy Rubin, the co-founder of Android and former Android Guru inside Google, is leaving the company to start a tech incubator for start-ups that want to build hardware, The New York Times reports. After being removed from the Android team last year and replaced with Sundar Pichai, Rubin was put in charge of Google’s new robotics division. FROM EARLIER: How the original iPhone forced Google to completely rebuild Android “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. With Android he created something truly remarkable — with a billion-plus happy users,” Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement. Rubin’s departure is just one of the recent changes at Google. Only last week, Google gave Pichai even more


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:19:21 -0400
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp said on Friday that it expects revenue in the fourth quarter to reach T$43 billion-T$47 billion ($1.4 billion-$1.57 billion), beating market expectations of T$41.5 billion. The forecast was also better than the T$41.86 billion revenue in the third quarter, the company said in a statement, without elaborating. Gross profit margin in the fourth quarter is expected to be between 19 and 21 percent, it said. The gross margin was 22.9 percent in the third quarter. ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:01:57 -0400
By Devika Krishna Kumar (Reuters) - Google Inc said on Thursday that Andy Rubin, co-founder of its Android mobile business and head of its nascent robotics effort is leaving the company. Rubin will start a company to support startups interested in building technology-hardware products, Google said in an emailed response for comment on a Wall Street Journal report about his move. James Kuffner, a research scientist at Google and a member of the robotics group, will replace Rubin, the company added. ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:53:05 -0400

This is the groundbreaking display that might be on your next smartphoneLG Display on Thursday took the wraps off its next-generation smartphone display, which will have the “world’s narrowest” bezel, measuring just 0.7mm (image above). It’s not clear at this point what kind of smartphones will make use of it in the future, or whether a variation of it will be found on the G3 successor next year. LG also supplies displays to other smartphone vendors, of course, so it could make its way to other phones as well. FROM EARLIER: LG G3 review: Android has a new king For now, this almost bezel-free display comes only in a Full HD 5.3-inch version — comparatively, the G3’s display has even higher resolution (2K) and measures 5.5 inches diagonally. The new display has been


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:12:29 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tectron International of Vernon, California, is recalling about 55,000 USB charging cables after two reports of them melting, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday. The three-in-one cables are used to charge Apple Inc iPhones and iPads and Google Inc Android phones, the commission said in a statement. Tectron has received two reports of the charger overheating and melting. There have been no reports of injuries or damage. The chargers were sold at distributors for school fund-raisers from July to August for about $3.50, the statement said. ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:11:34 -0400

These pictures show one way Apple could have made the iPhone 6 even betterIt’s safe to say that the iPhone 6 is the biggest smartphone hit of 2014, which is entirely to be expected given the wide acclaim it’s received and the enthusiasm that iPhone users have for the product. However, there are always things to improve with every device and these pictures posted by Gizmodo show that Apple could actually learn a thing or two when it comes to maximizing display size while minimizing extra space used for side bezels, cameras and microphones. RELATED: This infographic shows why bezel-free smartphones aren’t as crazy as you think As we’ve seen in a previous comparison between the LG G3 and the iPhone 6 Plus, LG actually does a better job than Apple does of


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:01:19 -0400

The BlackBerry ClassicIn an open letter to its current and former smartphone users, CEO John Chen promises that a new handset, the BlackBerry Classic, will reignite their love of the brand.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:10:35 -0400

You can download $115 worth of awesome paid Android apps for free right nowAndroid fans looking to score some free apps should check out Amazon’s Appstore today, because it’s currently offering users free access to some 40 apps and games that are worth a combined $115. This huge sale ends Saturday though, so you’d better hurry if you want to download them all. FROM EARLIER: 9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now (save $26!) The offer is valid in multiple markets, with Android Police already confirming it’s up in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. France and Australia. The Android games part of the promotion (available at the source link) includes titles like Plants vs. Zombies, Fruit Ninja and World of Goo, but also Plex, Boxer Pro, and other premium apps — a


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:45:31 -0400

8 great GIFs show the best of what’s new in Android 5.0 LollipopWe’re just days away from seeing the first Android 5.0 devices start to ship. Google’s premium Nexus 9 tablet is set to launch this coming Monday, November 3rd, and Google’s first phablet will follow soon after, though an exact release date for the Nexus 6 is still unknown. What we do know, however, is that the new Lollipop software that powers both new Nexus devices features a stunning user interface overhaul and some great new features that Android users will love. And what better way is there to show off those great new features than with a bunch of animated GIFs? FROM EARLIER: Lollipop has an amazing hidden feature you’ll want to immediately use We have gone over all of the best


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:30:53 -0400

Here are the first unboxing videos of the amazing Nexus 6 and Nexus 9The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are Google’s latest Nexus-branded smartphone and tablet, and while both devices are available for preorder from Google Play — the Nexus 6 is already sold out though — Android fans are yet to get their next Nexus toys. While you wait for your Nexus 6 and/or Nexus 9 to be delivered to your door, you can already check out the first unboxing videos, with Phone Arena having already posted such videos on YouTube. FROM EARLIER: You can preorder Google’s incredible Nexus 6 right now As you can easily see, Google opted for a minimal retail box design for both the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 — somewhat similar to what Apple has


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:18:03 -0400

Lenovo closes deal to buy Motorola from GoogleLenovo announced Thursday it has completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, a move strengthening the Chinese giant's position in the smartphone market.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:15:26 -0400

Samsung’s nightmare scenario is unfolding right before our eyesHalloween has come a day early for Samsung as it released a truly scary earnings report that saw its operating profit tumble by 60% and its revenue fall by 20%. These top-line numbers don’t tell the full story of what’s really happening with Samsung, however — in reality, the company’s nightmare scenario is coming true at a truly stunning speed. RELATED: Samsung’s biggest fear illustrated in just one graph What is Samsung’s “nightmare scenario,” you ask? That it will become just another low-margin Android vendor. For years, Samsung has literally been the only Android smartphone vendor to consistently turn a profit. Indeed, Samsung and Apple for a long time have accounted for all of the smartphone industry’s profits as smaller


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:25:49 -0400

Samsung’s Q3 profit nosedives, stock soarsInvestors sent Samsung shares soaring more than 4.5% on Thursday as the company reported dismal third-quarter earnings… that were thankfully less dismal than analysts were expecting. In a world where the high end of the smartphone market is being squeezed by more capable mid-range and low-end phones, Samsung’s response has been to flood the market with cheaper low-margin phones. How did that work out? In the third quarter, Samsung’s operating profit plunged 60% on year to $3.9 billion and its revenue slid 20% to about $44.6 billion. DON’T MISS: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola’s Droid Turbo One tweet from mobile analyst Horace Dediu says it all: Q3 (latest) Samsung’s Android device operating profit $18/unit. Estimated


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:19:40 -0400
BEIJING (AP) — Lenovo Group announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. on Thursday in a move aimed at making the Chinese computer maker a global smartphone brand.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:00:00 -0400
For most of us, there's absolutely nothing sexy about riding the bus to work in the morning: It's crowded, someone is always yammering away on a cell phone and if you're lucky, at least your seat neighbor with the over-sized duffel in his lap showered before leaving home. Surely it's the last place you're thinking about sexiness on the beach -- or that you might even be bringing yourself one step closer to a beach body.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:49:49 -0400

A police van patrols in front of the house where Orlando Pirate and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was murdered, October 27, 2014 in Johannesburg, South AfricaSouth African police on Thursday denied making an arrest in connection with the killing of national football captain Senzo Meyiwa during a robbery at his pop-star girlfriend's home. According to public broadcaster SABC on Wednesday, two men were being held for questioning after they were arrested in Nongoma, in the eastern KwaZulu Natal province. SABC said the suspects had been picked up following a tip-off by members of the public. The 27-year-old goalkeeper was shot dead late Sunday when burglars broke into Kelly Khumalo's house in a township some 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Johannesburg, making off with a cell phone.


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:24:57 -0400

Senzo Meyiwa takes a goal kick for Orlando Pirates on November 10, 2013, in the CAF Champions League Final second leg against al-Ahly in CairoThousands of South Africans jammed into a Johannesburg sports stadium Thursday to celebrate the life of South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa, whose murder during a robbery has stunned the nation. Decked in the colours of the national team, of Meyiwa's club the Orlando Pirates and rival clubs, fans rubbed shoulders with government ministers and sporting luminaries to mark the loss of their 27-year-old talismanic captain. "Senzo Meyiwa, akekho ofana naye" -- there is no-one like him -- reprising anti-apartheid struggle songs in Meyiwa's name. Meyiwa was shot dead last Sunday when burglars broke into his pop-star girlfriend’s home some 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Johannesburg, before making off with a cell phone.


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:50:00 -0400

Stop dreaming about Apple making cheap iPhones and MacsEven though Apple has reduced the prices of its Macs over the years, the company isn’t willing to create cheap iPhones and Macs just for the sake of gaining more customers. At least that’s Apple’s Greg Joswiak said during an interview with Re/code at the Code/Mobile conference. FROM EARLIER: Apple taken to court over 2011 MacBook Pro flaw affecting thousands of buyers “Backstage, we were talking about some of the mistakes Apple made in the ’90s, and some of it was trying to do things like making cheap products that were chasing market share instead of chasing a better experience,” the exec said, suggesting that Apple basically doesn’t care that Android is the king of the smartphone market share, and that Apple won’t


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:47:49 -0400
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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:10:17 -0400

Big security flaw lets hackers remotely wipe Samsung phonesSamsung Android phones have been discovered to have a security flaw that allows hackers to remotely control a phone over the Internet, and perform several tasks including locking and unlocking the device, finding its location on a map, displaying a customized message on the screen, and even wiping it without the owner being able to do anything about it. Furthermore, the security flaw could be used in more advanced hacks such as ransom attacks, The Register reports. FROM EARLIER: Android is open, but not for hackers: 3 key ways Lollipop will keep your data safer Researcher Mohamed Baset discovered a zero-day flaw in Samsung’s Find My Mobile feature, which should let users find their lost or stolen devices. However, it looks


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:23:35 -0400

BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen speaks during the official launch of the Passport smartphone in TorontoTORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen penned an open letter to current and former BlackBerry users on Wednesday in a push to create some buzz for the company's new BlackBerry Classic device, which is set to debut later this year. The Classic, which bears striking similarities to the company's once wildly popular Bold smartphone, will come with a complete top row of navigation keys and a trackpad. Those are features that many BlackBerry fans missed when the company rolled out its revamped BlackBerry 10 line of devices last year. ...


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:30:20 -0400

Awesome news, Android fans: This Lollipop trick can instantly improve your phone’s cameraAs if Android fans didn’t already have enough reasons to eagerly anticipate Android 5.0 Lollipop coming to their phones, here’s another: It looks like the newest software will give your phone’s camera some significant improvements. Forbes contributor Paul Monckton notices that Lollipop adds built-in support for raw image files right at the OS level, which is something he says should help you produce higher quality images with your phone’s camera. RELATED: Want to get the most out of Android 5.0 Lollipop? Here’s the one video you need to watch “Raw image files are essentially a dump of all of the image data captured by the camera’s sensor, most of which is lost when converting into the, much smaller, JPEG files


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:51:03 -0400

Lollipop has an amazing hidden feature you’ll want to immediately useGoogle will soon release Android 5.0 Lollipop for several Nexus and Google Play Edition devices, with certain Android device makers including Motorola, HTC, LG and Samsung also working on updating some of their handsets by the end of the year. The company so far thoroughly demoed and explained the main features of the new mobile OS, but there’s one hidden trick you’ll be more than happy to start using as soon as you get your Lollipop update. FROM EARLIER: Want to get the most out of Android 5.0 Lollipop? Here’s the one video you need to watch In an extensive interview with three Google executives, Ars Technica has learned that Android 5.0 contains a handy “Play Auto Installs” feature that handles carrier bloatware


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:30:19 -0400

Leak may reveal release details for next-gen Office for Mac and AndroidMicrosoft is working on various new Office products that should be released in the coming months and in 2015, according to ZDNet’s sources. The publication has learned that Microsoft is not only developing new Office versions for Windows, but also new releases of its popular productivity suite for Mac computers and Android tablets. FROM EARLIER: Microsoft Office is coming to Android tablets before Windows 8 tablets Office for Android tablets is supposed to launch as early as November of this year, according to the publication. Furthermore, Microsoft is supposed to “disclose timing and possibly a public preview of its next Office for Mac release very soon.” Office for Mac is rumored to launch in early 2015 according to the publication. Screenshots allegedly showing


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:36:34 -0400

The Google Fit app is now available for download in the Play Store.Hoping to inspire users to hit the gym, the app Google Fit has just been released in the Android Play Store.


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:00:41 -0400

Asian markets rose Wednesday following strong gains on Wall Street, as traders awaited news from the US Federal Reserve about interest rate plans for the world's largest economyAsian markets rose Wednesday following strong gains on Wall Street, as traders awaited news from the US Federal Reserve about interest rate plans for the world's largest economy.


Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:30:17 -0400

The single funniest thing about Taco Bell’s new smartphone appTaco Bell has unchained a new monstrosity upon the American public: A mobile app available for iOS and Android that will let you preorder and pay for your food ahead of time, thus saving you a lot of time you’d normally waste standing in line. As you’d expect, the marketing campaign behind this new app is unintentionally hilarious and will make anyone who’s even eaten at Taco Bell keel over either from laughter or clogged arteries. RELATED: Ingenious new app is a dream come true for lazy stoners everywhere You see, when you place an order on the app, the people working at your local Taco Bell don’t start working on it right away. Instead, they wait until the app


Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:15:35 -0400

Shots fired: Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra says iPhone 6 looks so good because it swiped features from HTCTired of having to defend his company against claims that its products (including hardware, software and even online presentation) are shameless copies of their respective Apple versions, Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra on Tuesday said at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJD conference that some of Apple’s most recent products also take cues from rivals, Gigaom reports. FROM EARLIER: Video: Meet the one shameless iPad mini knockoff worth checking out “The iPhone 6 carries design-language that is very HTC-like,” Barra said. Furthermore, iOS’s quick settings are inspired by similar features in Android, he added. While the who-copied-whom fights in the mobile business will probably never end, and both sides have legitimate claims, the fact remains that some of Xiaomi’s products are too similar


Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:50:30 -0400

The world’s fastest keyboard is now even cheaper on iPhone and AndroidFleksy, the world’s fastest keyboard, announced new features on Tuesday for its iOS and Android keyboard apps, but also a discount for its keyboard app that’ll be available to users for an even cheaper price for a few days. FROM EARLIER: iOS 8: How to install and use your favorite keyboard app The Fleksy app will cost just $0.99 through Friday (or 50% off the original price), both in the App Store and in the Google Play Store. The company is celebrating raising $2 million from various investors interested in the popular keyboard app. “Fleksy will use this latest round of financing to continue aggressively improving product offerings on both platforms, building upon already impressive growth,” the company wrote in its


Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:05:48 -0400

These videos break down the Droid Turbo’s coolest features one by oneThis week, Verizon Wireless unveiled the Droid Turbo, a carrier exclusive from Motorola with an impressive spec sheet to rival the best Android smartphones on the market. We had a chance to get our hands on this surprising addition to Motorola’s holiday slate on Tuesday, but if that wasn’t enough for you, Verizon has uploaded a series of videos highlighting some of the features of the Droid Turbo as well. FROM EARLIER: Motorola and Verizon unleash the Droid Turbo, a big new phone with specs to die for It will still be at least a few days before we have a chance to post our full review of the phone, but if you want to see the Droid Turbo in


Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:27:18 -0400

Google Fit Takes on HealthKit With Detailed Fitness TrackingLess than two months after the launch of Apple's Health app, Google has emerged with its own answer: Google Fit. Available now, this free fitness app uses your Android phone and a variety of compatible wearables to provide a detailed view of your everyday exercise activity.  Whereas Apple's Health aims to measure every imaginable health parameter from blood pressure to sleep, Google Fit is all about, well, getting fit.


Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:13:34 -0400

Want to get the most out of Android 5.0 Lollipop? Here’s the one video you need to watchWhile Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop is finally official, that doesn’t mean it’s available for Nexus devices yet. The company has recently released an updated preview version of Lollipop for the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7, with the final version set to hit all Nexus devices at some point in the following month. Meanwhile, Android fans looking forward to seeing Lollipop on their devices, but who aren’t familiar with the major and minor changes Android 5.0 brings, should check Marques Brownlee’s features review video. FROM EARLIER: 8 awesome Android 5.0 Lollipop features missing from iOS 8 Brownlee is looking both at the obvious visual changes — Lollipop comes with a brand-new design language called Material Design that Google wants to see


Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:18:04 -0400

Motorola Droid Turbo Hands-on: 48-Hour Battery, Sharp QHD ScreenThe Motorola Droid Turbo, coming exclusively to Verizon Wireless Oct 30, promises up to 48 hours of battery life from its massive 3,900 mAh battery. While the Moto X is all about design customization and fun colors and materials, the Droid Turbo emphasizes toughness. You'll be able to take your pick from a Metalized Glass Fiber shell (in black or red) or one made from Ballistic Nylon (in black), both reinforced with Kevlar.


Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:18:04 -0400

Motorola Droid Turbo Hands-on: 48-Hour Battery, Sharp QHD ScreenThe Motorola Droid Turbo, coming exclusively to Verizon Wireless Oct 30, promises up to 48 hours of battery life from its massive 3,900 mAh battery. While the Moto X is all about design customization and fun colors and materials, the Droid Turbo emphasizes toughness. You'll be able to take your pick from a Metalized Glass Fiber shell (in black or red) or one made from Ballistic Nylon (in black), both reinforced with Kevlar.