Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:46:21 -0400

Americans Are One Signature Away From Legally Unlocking Cell PhonesIt may seem like common sense to have phones automatically switch carriers or use new carriers when abroad, but a controversial line in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act had made it illegal in 1998 to unlock a cell phone to switch service providers. After 19 months of petitioning President Barack Obama (amounting to more than 114,000 signatures) and pushing the bill, the House agreed to fix the legislation. "This is something that Americans have been asking for and I am pleased that we were able to work together to ensure the swift passage of legislation restoring the exemption that allowed consumers to unlock their phones," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said in a statement. We love you #unlocking bill! — Christopher J. Lewis (@ChrisJ_Lewis) June 6, 2013

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:30:27 -0400

This app will let you delete all your drunk texts once you sober upWiper is a new smartphone app that will let you do something you may have wanted to do with certain drunk texts, and that’s delete them after the fact both on your phone as well as on the recipient’s handset. Spotted by Business Insider, Wiper is available for iOS and Android devices, where it acts almost like any other messaging app, allowing users to chat (text and voice), as well as send and receive media files. However, its trick lies in the “Wipe” button, which can be used by any party in the conversation to delete parts of the chat, or the entire thing, from all devices. Wiper will automatically get rid of everything in the chat, whether it’s text, photos or videos,

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:09:54 -0400
By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Friday to give mobile-phone users the right to 'unlock' their devices and use them on competitors' wireless networks, something that is now technically illegal. President Barack Obama said in a statement that he looked forward to signing the bill into law. "The bill congress passed today is another step toward giving ordinary Americans more flexibility and choice, so that they can find a cell phone carrier that meets their needs and their budget," Obama said. The lawmaking follows a 2012 ruling by the Library of Congress, the minder of U.S. copyright law, that effectively made phone unlocking illegal, even after the consumer completed the contract with its wireless carrier.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:11:46 -0400

Visitors walk past the IBM booth at the 9th China International Software Product & Information Service Expo in NanjingBy Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - IBM Corp's recent move to partner with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now. Top executives at Dell and BlackBerry Ltd scoffed at the threat posed by the alliance this week, arguing the tie-up is unlikely to derail the efforts of their own companies to re-invent themselves. I think it just made a good press release," John Swainson, who heads Dell's global software business, said in an interview with Reuters in Toronto on Thursday. PC maker Dell and smartphone maker BlackBerry are in the midst of reshaping their companies around software and services, as the needs of their big corporate clients morph.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:45:32 -0400

Why Google isn’t afraid to kill your favorite productsIn addition to explaining why Google actually needs the gorgeous new Material Design deployed on Android L, android apps and the web, Google’s Search design guru Jon Wiley talked during the same Reddit Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) session about the reasons why Google has to sometimes remove features from products, or products, even though some people may still be interested in using them. One user asked Wiley why Google removed a specific Search feature – in this case the Google Discussion search filter that allowed him to search forums and discussions, and the exec offered quite an extensive reply. “One thing that’s almost always guaranteed with product design: when you add a feature, no one complains about it outright; if they don’t

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:45:10 -0400

Save $100 on the new king of Android phonesBGR reviewed LG’s G3 smartphone earlier this week and we called it the new king of Android phones. The flagship devices features cutting-edge specs and is the first mass-market smartphone to sport a quad HD (2K) display with a pixel density of 538 pixels per inch, making it sharper than anything else on the market by a landslide. Despite the fact that the G3 just launched in the United States last week, interested consumers can already get their hands on this great smartphone for $100 off the standard purchase price. FROM EARLIER: LG G3 review: Android has a new king Nationwide retail giant Best Buy is currently offering a great sale on the new LG G3 smartphone. For shoppers looking to

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:20:00 -0400

Why Google needs Android L’s awesome Material DesignAndroid L’s main feature so far is the new Material Design that Google will also use across platforms and on the web, and whose new rules developers are also encouraged to abide by. But why did Google decide to go for a complete makeover of Android, apps and the web? Google designer Jon Wiley, who works on Google Search design, hosted a Reddit Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) session during which he explained why Google needs Material Design. Unsurprisingly, Material Design is supposed to further enhance Google’s Search performance and offer a better user experience across all devices. “I’m one of the instigators of material design. It actually came about a couple of years ago when we were working on a design problem

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:40:32 -0400

7 great Android apps that will make your phone more like Android LGoogle’s upcoming new version of Android is an absolutely gorgeous reimagining of the company’s mobile operating system. Dubbed “Material Design,” Google has employed a new design identity throughout the user interface that makes Android L far more beautiful and approachable than the OS has ever been in the past. While Apple has done a great job of flattening its iOS platform in an effort to modernize it, Google is taking a different approach, adding different levels to the UI that combine with new graphics to create a great experience. The problem, of course, is that Android L won’t be available until sometime this fall and even then, there’s no telling when vendors will finally start updating their phones. Luckily, you don’t have

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:12 -0400

Moto 360 will have one important feature other Android Wear devices lackIn addition to being the only Android Wear device that will have a round watch face, the Moto 360 will also pack a unique feature existing competitors lack, Android Police reports, and that’s an ambient light sensor that will surely come in handy when it comes to adjusting to the lighting in a new environment and saving battery life. FROM EARLIER: ‘I saw a Moto 360 this morning’ and I liked it LG’s G Watch and Samsung’s Gear Live both come without ambient light sensors, which means users have to manually adjust brightness depending on where they are. But the Moto 360 will not come with such annoyances, and Motorola’ Cathay Bi has confirmed the smartwatch’s ambient light sensor during

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:20:45 -0400

Video: Don’t be fooled by this extremely detailed iPhone 6 clone running AndroidThe iPhone 6 isn’t even out yet and it already has a few clones that mimic its appearance and software very well, with 9to5Google having found a new video hands-on demo of one such device. While the clone is based on the leaked dummy iPhone 6 units that flooded the Internet and is fully working, it’s not actually running iOS 8. Instead, it’s running an Android version that has been customized to look just like iOS. The Wico6 is the name of this new clone, which features a 4.7-inch display with 960 x 540 resolution, 2.4GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and Android 4.2.2 under the hood. Even though it appears the device has a Touch ID home button, it’s

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:15:03 -0400

Here’s how Verizon’s Android bloatware might become the best everOne of the reasons users passionately hate carriers is the bloatware they fill Android devices with, as in many cases a mobile operator’s app collection that comes preloaded on a new handset may be somewhat difficult to remove for an average user. In some countries, there already are laws that require carriers to let their subscribers delete any apps they want on a handset, but that’s hardly a widespread practice. Luckily for Verizon customers, Big Red is willing to make some changes to its approach to bloatware, Droid-Life reports, starting with the LG G3. FROM EARLIER: LG G3 review: Android has a new king “Verizon is trialing a new service on the LG G3. Pre-loaded applications will install in the

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:30:50 -0400

Verizon remixes the HTC One mini 2’s name, launches it for $50Buyers looking to score a brand new HTC One mini 2 from Verizon will have to look for the HTC One remix in the carrier’s inventory, as Big Red decided to have a special name for HTC’s latest mini smartphone. To further mark its territory, Verizon has plastered its logo all over the front and back of the phone. FROM EARLIER: HTC One mini 2 review The HTC handset is available starting today for just $49.99 on a new two-year contract with Verizon or for $22.49 per month for 20 months when purchased with Verizon Edge. The full price of the handset is $449.99, in case the other options aren’t interesting enough. The HTC One remix is not a top-of-the-line Android

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:30:21 -0400

Flagship G3 drives record smartphone sales for LGBGR recently reviewed LG’s new flagship G3, which just launched last week in the United States. We called the phone Android’s new king, supplanting Samsung’s lackluster Galaxy S5, which has been something of a disappointment for many consumers and for Samsung’s bottom line. While LG has a long way to go before it catches up to Samsung in terms of shipments, the company on Thursday reported record smartphone sales for the second quarter. FROM EARLIER: LG G3 review: Android has a new king LG posted a June-quarter net profit of $400 million on revenue across all divisions that totaled $14.9 billion. The company said mobile sales rose 16% on-year to $3.5 billion on record smartphone shipments that came in at 14.5 million

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:52:35 -0400

It Looks Like Instagram Is Making a Version of Snapchat, TooInstagram appeared to unveil a "one tap photo messaging" app, called Bolt, to a few select users through the Instagram app on Android. Facebook, which owns Instagram, had a similar situation occur with Slingshot, their Snapchat duplicate. Slingshot was available for download in the app store for a very short time, before Facebook yanked it down, saying it was accident that it was released at all.  This particular user, Richard Groves, told The Verge he received the Bolt banner on his Nexus 5 device yesterday at around 11:00 p.m. ET.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:46:13 -0400

Apollo 11's Vintage Tech: The Most Amazing Moon Landing InnovationsThe computing technology of the average cell phone far exceeds the combined computing power of the two spacecraft that got humans to the moon and home safely. The lunar module, for example, flew only twice with astronauts inside before Apollo 11. There were several modes of transportation that NASA could have chosen to take to the moon. For example, engineers could have launched two big rockets and then docked the various spacecraft and components in Earth orbit.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:37:51 -0400

BlackBerry stock is up 100% since Christmas, even as BBM grows weakerBlackBerry is up more than 5% on Thursday, buoyed by the CEO’s comments about partnerships that might mirror the recent Apple-IBM pact. That Apple-IBM alliance was seen by some as a fatal blow to BlackBerry, since it gives iOS another boost in the enterprise market. But BlackBerry has recently started resembling a mythical Canadian beast that absorbs fatal blows with polite disinterest, growing only stronger as its prospects weaken. The company’s handset business remains on the ropes, with its last stronghold of Indonesia about to come under siege by a Xiaomi product offensive. The new square BlackBerry phone has been greeted by a sort of incredulous embarrassment, though the company remains relentlessly upbeat about its prospects. But perhaps the biggest recent setback

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:57:50 -0400
By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - A mobile app from a law enforcement technology firm could soon allow emergency responders from different agencies to communicate seamlessly with each other in a crisis for the first time, sharing files and conducting impromptu conference calls. BlueLine Grid's applications target what has long been one of the most vexing challenges facing U.S. law enforcement and emergency responders. “It tells you who is near you, who can help you and allows you to communicate effectively with them,” said David Riker, chief executive officer of privately held BlueLine Grid. The app works on devices running on Google Inc's Android and Apple Inc's iOS operating system.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:15:18 -0400

Watch Conan O’Brien bash the iPhone 6 in this hilarious videoThe iPhone 6 isn’t even out yet and Samsung is already making fun of the device in TV ads, while inadvertently reminding potential smartphone buyers that a bigger iPhone is coming. Following Samsung, Conan O’Brien was next to take shots at the unreleased iPhone 6 smartphone during a monologue on Tuesday. FROM EARLIER: New report claims to reveal release date for iPhone 6 and ‘iPhone Air’ “A lot of speculation out there about the new iPhone… People wondering what it’s going to be,” Conan says. “The new iPhone is expected to have a larger screen and better operating system.” “Yes. The new iPhone will be called ‘last year’s Samsung Galaxy,’” he adds, with the crowd going wild. “We showed them, huh?”

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:25:46 -0400

Here’s yet another way the iPhone 6 is messing with SamsungSamsung has already started making fun in a TV commercial of the unreleased iPhone 6, telling potential buyers that its Android handsets had bigger displays for quite a while in an obvious attempt to kill the iPhone 6 buzz and divert attention to its own 2014 flagship handset. But the company appears to actually have a real iPhone 6-related problem, Digitimes reports, which may affect its own smartphone launch plans. Apple’s massive metal chassis orders with suppliers are apparently preventing Samsung from placing its own metal chassis orders for a future iPhone 6 killer that would ditch plastic in favor of metal. FROM EARLIER: Report from solid source points to iPhone 6 release in mid-September Recent image leaks showing the

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:40 -0400

Save $100 on the new king of Android phonesAs I walked through Times Square on my way to the office one day last week, something odd caught my eye that made me do a double take. A sizable line had formed outside of the AT&T store as it prepared to open. I have seen people line up outside of that store before, of course, but typically only when a fresh batch of recently launched iPhones is waiting on the other side of the doors. This time, however, people weren’t lining up to buy a new iPhone. They were lining up for the just-released LG G3. And truth be told, this is a phone worth lining up for. The G3 is LG’s latest flagship smartphone and it couldn’t come

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:35:49 -0400

The fantastic new Google Maps feature we’ve been waiting for is finally hereEarlier this week, we told you about a fantastic new feature coming to the Google Maps Mobile app that could potentially change the way you explore the areas around you. Well, Google on Wednesday afternoon announced that its terrific new Explore feature has now rolled out to its iOS and Android mobile apps. “On vacation and want to know where the locals go? Looking for a new place to grab food on your lunch break? Waiting on the platform for your next train and wondering when it’s scheduled to arrive? Starting this week, you can spend less time searching for your answer and more time exploring the world with the Google Maps app for Android and iOS,” Google Maps project manager Taj Campbell

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:30:19 -0400

Fleksy keyboard brings new tricks to Android as it prepares for iOS 8′s arrivalFleksy, a popular Android keyboard app that’s going to also be available on iOS 8 devices this year, on Wednesday released a new update in the Google Play Store that brings various new features including a major redesign, premium themes and emoji, and 17 new languages that had only been available in the beta. After updating to Fleksy 3.0, users will be able to access a Fleksy Store that contains the new themes and customizations. The new premium features will only be available to premium customers on Android, and will land on iOS this fall, the company revealed. “The average Fleksy user uses our product 180 times a day, and spends 1.5 hours looking at the keyboard each and every day. We believe

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:07 -0400

Simpsons World Will Stream Every Episode EverUp and at them! If you love The Simpsons, from the best of the best to the worst episode ever, you'll be happier than the happiest man in Springfield to learn that a new streaming service will offer all 552 episodes for fans to consume at their leisure. Entertainment news site HitFix was keeping its eye on Springfield when it covered an announcement from FXX (just in case there was any doubt that you are watching Fox). The Simpsons World streaming service will debut in October for computers (they've got the Internet on computers now), iOS devices, Android devices, streaming boxes, smart TVs and Xbox consoles (no PlayStation support just yet) — more than enough time to prepare for the lousy Smarch weather.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:50:07 -0400

Compact HTC One Remix Coming to Verizon for $99The HTC One M8 is one of the best smartphones around, but at 5 inches, its display is a bit too large for some consumers. Enter the HTC One Remix. Coming to Verizon on July 24, the $99 Remix is a slightly smaller version of the M8, with a 4.5-inch display.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:30:23 -0400

No, LG, we don’t want to play in your circleThe LG G3 is one of the latest Android beasts to hit stores, and one of the few smartphones that actually packs a high-resolution 2K display that offers users an even better mobile experience, whether they’re browsing the web, watching videos or – especially – playing games. So why on earth would you want G3 buyers to play games that occupy only a tiny portion of that gorgeous new display, LG? The company’s official case accessory for the handset has a round window that can be used to access certain apps on the screen, and developers can add QuickCircle functionality to their apps, including games, as well. To further promote this feature, LG launched the industry’s “first games for play specifically in QuickCircle Window,” which

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:51:33 -0400

Android grabs more tablet market share: surveyGlobal sales of tablet computers edged higher in the second quarter, in the slowest growth since 2009, research firm Strategy Analytics said Wednesday. Growth was led by devices using the Google Android operating system. Android tablet sales rose 11 percent to 36.8 million in the March-June period, the survey found, and grabbed a 70 percent market share. Apple sales fell from a year earlier to 13.3 million, according to Strategy Analytics' figures which were above Apple's own report this week showing 12.3 million.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:25:22 -0400

The Google Nexus 7 tablet, during a Google event on July 24, 2013 in San Francisco, CaliforniaGlobal sales of tablet computers edged higher in the second quarter, in the slowest growth since 2009, research firm Strategy Analytics said Wednesday. Growth was led by devices using the Google Android operating system. Android tablet sales rose 11 percent to 36.8 million in the March-June period, the survey found, and grabbed a 70 percent market share. Apple sales fell from a year earlier to 13.3 million, according to Strategy Analytics' figures which were above Apple's own report this week showing 12.3 million.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:08 -0400

How to stop pesky Android apps from annoying you with notifications once and for allAndroid’s notification system is without question the best in the business right now. It’s flexible and actionionable, providing a means for users to interact with notifications to save steps. For example, a user can archive or delete a new email in Gmail without ever having to open up the app. As great as Android’s notification system is, however, there are still plenty of apps that abuse it and pester users with annoying or useless notifications. Thankfully, there is a remarkably simple way to stop annoying apps from bugging you with notifications. As noted by Phone Arena in a recent post, a few quick taps and a change to a single setting can save you from dozens of headaches in the future

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:55:15 -0400

Android L’s gorgeous Material Design is coming soon to all Android phones… sort ofAfter a report a few days ago revealed that Google was working on updating its Play Store (desktop and Android app versions) to include its new Material Design, Google on Tuesday teased the new redesign coming to the Play Store Android app. “Our latest update is rolling out right now! We’re excited to share a sneak peek of what you’ll get in the coming days,” the company said in a post on Twitter, adding a teaser image that highlights some of the new changes. While the update may not seem like a big deal at first glance, checking various listings for apps, movies, books and albums will immediately bring to the surface various Material Design elements. The new Google Play Store

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:34:05 -0400

Here’s why many people want their BlackBerrys back after switching to iOS and AndroidFollowing the release of the original iPhone in 2007 and the subsequent launch of Android, many people with work-issued phones spent years asking for their employers to switch away from BlackBerry smartphones to more modern devices. Finally, as Apple and Google increased their focus on security and BlackBerry hit dire straights a few years ago, workers began getting what that wanted and bring your own device (BYOD) policies became more common. More recently, however, an interesting trend is being observed: Workers want their BlackBerrys back. FROM EARLIER: BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users CIO’s Tom Kaneshige reports on an interesting phenomenon that we’ve heard rumblings of in the past. At companies where employees were permitted

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:00:30 -0400

This is your best chance yet to get your hands on a OnePlus One… but you’d better hurryAmong Android enthusiasts, the OnePlus One is easily the most desirable new smartphone of 2014 so far. It doesn’t have the 2K display from LG’s G3, the gorgeous metal build from the HTC One (M8) or the massive marketing budget backing Samsung’s Galaxy S5, but it’s a cutting edge smartphone powered by the highly hackable CyanogenMod software. What’s more, it’s shockingly affordable. The only problem, of course, is that it’s still almost impossible to buy one. But thankfully, OnePlus just gave hopeful prospective One owners their best chance yet to get their hands on one. “To celebrate the announcement of our Bamboo StyleSwap Cover, we are giving away 5,000 invites to those who haven’t received invites thus far,” OnePlus said

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:30:54 -0400

Netflix will attack six European markets this SeptemberIt’s no secret that Netflix to expand in additional European markets this year, but the company has never offered an exact rollout plan for the new countries it wants to conquer. Fortunately, in a new letter to shareholders spotted by Android Police, Netflix confirmed that its European presence will see a significant increase in September, when the movie streaming service will reach six new markets. “Outside the U.S., we generated continued growth in all of our markets. We ended Q2 with 13.8 million international members, growing 78% y/y,” the company wrote in the letter. “In September, we’ll be launching Netflix in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. This launch into markets with over 60 million broadband households will significantly

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:45:54 -0400
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple's iPhone unit sales in greater China jumped about 48 percent and Mac computer sales rose 39 percent in the June quarter, Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri told Reuters on Tuesday. Lower-cost phones sold there by up-and-coming rivals, such as Xiaomi, appeared to be taking market share mainly from other companies that rely on Google's Android mobile software, Maestri added. "We have a really good runway in front of us with China Mobile," Maestri said in an interview, referring to Apple's main carrier partner in the world's No. 2 economy. ...
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:44:34 -0400

Did HTC just leak its unannounced smartwatch in a new video?Wearable tech hasn’t quite taken off like many analysts expected it to, but Android Wear could be the beginning of something big. Samsung and LG have already thrown their hats in the ring with the Gear Live and the G Watch, and Motorola hopes to blow everyone away with the gorgeous Moto 360 later this summer, but many of the biggest names in mobile electronics haven’t revealed their plans yet. HTC is one of those vendors, but we may have gotten our first glimpse of the company’s Android Wear entry in an HTC Design video published earlier this month. At 35 seconds in, we see an HTC employee sitting at his computer with two mysterious items sitting on his desk: an empty

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:07:05 -0400

A Google search page is reflected in sunglasses in this photo illustration taken in BrusselsA federal judge rejected Google Inc's bid to dismiss a privacy lawsuit claiming it commingled user data across different products and disclosed that data to advertisers without permission. Saying his decision was a close call, U.S. District Judge Paul Grewal in San Jose, California, ruled on Monday night that Google must face breach of contract and fraud claims by users of Android-powered devices who had downloaded at least one Android application through Google Play. Other parts of the lawsuit were dismissed, including claims brought on behalf of account users who switched to non-Android devices from Android devices after Google had changed its privacy policy in 2012 to allow the commingling. "Like Rocky rising from Apollo's uppercut in the 14th round, plaintiffs' complaint has sustained much damage but just manages to stand," Grewal wrote in a 28-page decision, referring to the film series starring Sylvester Stallone as the boxer Rocky Balboa.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:04:48 -0400

This $30 spray will make you iPhone or Android phone waterproofSony isn’t exactly enjoying smooth sailing in the global smartphone market right now, but it did start an awesome trend. Following the Japanese electronics giant’s lead, a number of smartphone vendors are now focused on making their flagship phones water-resistant. Samsung’s Galaxy S5, the company’s latest hero phone, is a perfect example, and the handset’s water-resistant treatment will end up saving consumers tons of money and plenty of aggravation by helping the phone survive spills and quick dunks. But what about those of us with handsets like the iPhone or various Android models that don’t feature any waterproofing? As it turns out, there may be a cheap product that can help. A company called Impervious offers a like-named solution that, according to the

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:50:14 -0400

Verizon reports solid Q2 results as tablets offset slowing smartphone salesVerizon on Tuesday posted second-quarter results that topped Wall Street’s expectations as huge tablet sales offset the continued decline of cell phone contract additions. Verizon posted earnings of $1.01 per share, or $4.34 billion in profit, which is down significantly from the $5.2 billion profit it recorded in the year-ago quarter. Revenue climbed nearly 6% to $31.48 billion, however. The nation’s top carrier only added 304,000 net new cell phone subscribers in the quarter, but 1.15 million new tablet additions certainly helped to bolster the company’s results. Verizon’s full press release follows below. Verizon Delivers Sixth Consecutive Quarter of Double-Digit Operating Income and Earnings Growth 2Q 2014 HIGHLIGHTS Consolidated • $1.01 in earnings per share (EPS), compared with 78 cents per share

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:05:11 -0400

The Nexus 9 isn’t the only tablet HTC is working onHTC is widely expected to make Google’s next Nexus tablet – an 8.9-inch premium device that was already spotted in internal Google code, and which is referred to Nexus 8 or Nexus 9 in various reports – but the company may launch two other tablets of its own, @evleaks has learned. “Besides the T1 Volantis/Flounder/Nexus 9, HTC is developing two other tablets: the T7 and T12,” the leaker wrote, without revealing any details about the T7 and T12. HTC has not launched a new Android tablet in years – the company had two such devices in stores in 2011, including the Flyer (pictured above) and Jetstream that few Android users may remember – but it’s apparently planning a big comeback.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:06:43 -0400

A reporter uses a cell phone to take a photograph of Android device on February 2, 2011 in Mountain View, CaliforniaUS prosecutors on Monday unsealed indictments against six people suspected of collectively pirating millions of applications tailored for Android-powered mobile devices. Criminal charges were leveled at leading members of "piracy groups" SnappzMarket, Appbucket, and Applanet, according to the US Department of Justice. "Copyright infringement discourages smart people from doing innovative things," US attorney Sally Quillian Yates of the Northern District of Georgia said in a release. "This problem is especially acute when it comes to rapidly developing technologies, like apps for smart phones, and these defendants are now being held accountable for the intellectual property they stole."

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:12:32 -0400

BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android usersA lot of people who now use iPhones and Android phones once used BlackBerry devices many years ago, and now BlackBerry says that its new square BlackBerry Passport is bringing some of them back into the fold. In a new post highlighting consumer response to its newest smartphone, BlackBerry picks up on several comments left on different websites of people who say that they can’t wait to dump their current smartphones for the BlackBerry Passport. “I  like it,” wrote one man named Hassam Mirzai. “The phone is small enough to carry in my pocket and large enough to read text comfortably. I currently have a Samsung Note II. When I bought my Note II, it looked weird too. After 2 or

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