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Android 4.4.3 update spotted a couple more times

An Android 4.4.3 update is almost certainly on the way, although we’re not quite sure when, as references to the new version of Android have cropped up yet again.<p>The most recent sighting comes as an Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition smartphone passed through Bluetooth SIG certification. The …

Want a OnePlus One? You will need an invitation to buy one

For a startup that’s not even a year old, China-based OnePlus has been doing an amazing job at drumming up the excitement for its first smartphone, the OnePlus One.<p>And if OnePlus keeps all its promises, all the fuss might actually be worth it. Who <i>wouldn’t</i> be interested in an affordable device …

Android KitKat update begins rolling out for Galaxy Note 10.1 2014

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition may have launched in September with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but today the tablet is making the jump to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The new update is only for those with the Wi-Fi variant of the device, though 3G and LTE models are expected to follow suit in …

Apple trying to patent gesture unlock method that’s dangerously close to Android

For the last couple of weeks, in a courtroom in California, Apple has been trying to convince jurors to award it hundreds of millions of dollars as compensation for Samsung’s alleged infringement of its infamous slide-to-unlock patent.<p>Meanwhile, the Cupertino-based company is applying for two …

Tactus working to bring physical buttons that rise out of touchscreen

The smartphone industry has come along way in the last few years, and during that time mobile device form factors have evolved quite a bit. While Blackberry still continues to cling on to the physical keyboard approach, finding an Android device with a physical QWERTY keyboard is becoming harder …

5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week - Google Play Weekly

Welcome back to Google Play Weekly! A lot has happened this week and it’s mostly Google being awesome as usual. To start, Google Calendar got updated with a fun and new location feature. There was a Google+ development build leaked to social media that shows a new re-design. Word is Age of Empires …

Phone Thefts Soar as Kill-Switch Debate Heats Up

Smartphone thefts rarely make national news anymore—unless the victim was seriously hurt or killed during the robbery.<p>But the crime spree has not gone away. It seems to have gotten worse.<p>About 3.1 million Americans had their phones stolen last year, according to a just-released national survey by …

Analysts predict decline in iPad sales

Here's something you don't hear often: Apple's year-over-year iPad sales may have dipped during the first three months of 2014, according to analysts.<p>A bevy of analysts chimed in on iPad sales expectations in the first quarter, and they collectively peg Apple's sales at 19.3 million units, …

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Why carry a big power brick when you can tote the world’s smallest laptop adapter?

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>It’s not unheard of for a laptop review to ding the product for a surprising reason: A bulky power adapter. What’s the point …

The dream office of the future: No email!

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Pandora might lose all music recorded before 1972 due to copyright infringement

Major music companies are suing online radio service Pandora for what they claim is a major case of copyright infringement.<p>Typically, Pandora pays a licensing fee every time one of its listeners plays a copyrighted song. The third-party organization SoundExchange tracks this data, and it’s also …

Google, Samsung and others agree to anti-theft remote kill-switch

Most smartphones will have the ability for users to remotely wipe and lock them down in case they’re stolen after July 2015 thanks to a new industry initiative.<p>Google, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung joined the top five U.S. carriers and other companies like Apple, Microsoft, Huawei, and Nokia in …

Hundreds missing after South Korea ship sinks

Hundreds of passengers remain missing several hours after a South Koren passenger ferry sank with 475 on board, 100 km south of the Korean peninsula.<p>About 180 passengers, including high school students, were plucked to safety in Wednesday's dramatic rescue, although at least two people had died.<p>Al …

Putin: Escalating conflict puts Ukraine on 'brink of civil war'

The escalating conflict in Ukraine "essentially puts the nation on the brink of civil war," Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.<p>His assessment came during a telephone conversation with his German counterpart, according to the Kremlin, the same day Ukraine's military launched its first, …