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Building blocks: how Project Ara is reinventing the smartphone

In a spare, drab office park in Sunnyvale, California, a bunch of two-by-fours and foamboard have been nailed together into a makeshift model of a shipping container. Inside, a bare, unlit Edison bulb hangs from a wire, over some simple IKEA furniture and a table with Lego blocks on it. The blocks …

Samsung might have fixed the Gear Fit's biggest problem

Enabling vertical orientation addresses the fitness band's most glaring flaw<p>The Gear Fit is the first wearable device from a major manufacturer to truly look like it's come from the future, though its warm reception was colored by one universal complaint: the orientation of the screen. Displaying …

Apple Reportedly Targeting Q3 2014 Launch for iWatch

An alleged bill of materials for Apple's upcoming iWatch has surfaced, with supply chain sources indicating that the product will launch in the third quarter of this year, reports Taiwan's <i>Economic Daily News</i> [Google Translation] (via <i>Digitimes</i>).<p>iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton, based on the Nike …

Apple's Sales Team Expressed Fears iPhone Growth Could Stall Due to Android Threat

Apple is worried about larger-screened, lower-priced Android phones, according to an internal document shared today in the ongoing Apple vs. Samsung patent lawsuit (via <i>Re/code</i>). The document, which is from the company's sales department, notes that iPhone growth could drop due to competition from …

Android KitKat Picks Up Pace To Hit 5.3% Adoption

The latest data from Google shows that the adoption of Android KitKat is steadily increasing, as it has been installed on 5.3 percent of all Android phones or tablets that log in to the Google Play store. This is more than double the last recorded figure of 2.5 percent.<p>For a more specific breakdown …

Samsung leans on Google to defend against Apple in court battle

It's not Apple versus Google on the name of this lawsuit, but don't tell Samsung that. As Apple and Samsung duke it out in a California court yet again, Samsung opened up its case against the iPhone-maker by saying it was indirectly going after Google by targeting Samsung, all in search of profits. …

BBM Gets Stickers, Larger Files, Photo Sharing in Multi-Person Chats

As expected, BlackBerry today released a new version of BBM, adding stickers, support for sending larger files, and photo sharing in multi-person chats. If you don’t see it yet, you should note the company says the update “will begin to roll out to users starting this afternoon.”<p>Stickers is …

Big improvements coming to stock Android camera app, sources report

Google is reportedly preparing to push new features and improvements to the stock Android camera app.<p>According to “sources aware of Google plans” cited by <i>Engadget</i>, Google is currently testing the new app, which will eventually be offered as a standalone app in the Play Store, making it possible for …

Microsoft Office for Android review

Microsoft Office for Android was first released in late Summer 2013. Unfortunately it required an Office 365 subscription to even use and that turned a lot of people off to the idea of using Microsoft’s venerable Office on their devices. A couple of weeks ago the app became free to use for Android …

HTC One (M8): Camera Shootout - Feature Focus

Crescendo Launcher, for a distraction free Android experience

Crescendo Launcher is a new app that is not designed to blow you away with amazing icon packs or endless customization settings, it just keeps your experience pleasantly simple. As the name implies, Crescendo Launcher is a Home screen replacement app, but it takes a different approach to the Home …

Galaxy Tab4 line official: mid-range specs, HD screens, and KitKat

Once again, the leaks were spot on. Without much fanfare, Samsung introduced today the latest addition to its already sizeable roster of Android tablets, the Galaxy Tab4 line.<p>The new Galaxy Tab4 line is comprised of three models with almost identical specs and different screen sizes: 7-inch, …

Study suggests that smartphone kill switches could save $2.5 billion

Image credit: dumbledad<p>The smartphone “kill switch” is an idea that’s been floating around for a little while now. Last year US prosecutors were mulling the idea over, and South Korea has gone so far as to pass legislation that requires all domestic smartphones manufactured in the country to be …

This quarter-sized chip platform could power future Android Wear devices

While Intel has backtracked on its "Edison" chip size claims, another Android Wear partner is claiming that its system-on-chip <i>is</i> the size of the proverbial SD card. Imagination Technologies (MIPS) has just revealed the Newton platform based on its MIPS architecture, built by chip-making partner …

Samsung Reveals 3 New mid-range Galaxy Tab4 Series Devices

Samsung has announced the new versions of its Galaxy Tab range of tablet devices today, confirming that it will be sticking to the 10.1-inch, 8-inch and 7-inch form factors.<p>The new devices sit firmly in the mid-range of the market, and include Samsung’s custom entertainment services like Group Play …

HullCoin is first local government digital currency in UK

A UK city has become possibly the first to launch a local cryptocurrency for local people. HullCoin has been coined by Hull City Council to help local residents affected by the recession and government cuts.<p>Residents in financial difficulty take part in voluntary activities and are paid in …

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Apple vs Samsung patent jury selected, Phil Schiller confirmed as first witness

The jury for the second Apple vs Samsung patent case has now been selected after a number of potential jurors were dismissed for possible bias. Apple is seeking damages of up to $40 per device sold for those Samsung phones and tablets it says violate up to five Apple patents, while Samsung is …

Apple to Reportedly Release 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 This Fall, 5.5-Inch Version Delayed

Apple is set to begin mass production of the 4.7-inch display to be used in the iPhone 6 this May in preparation for the device's general release this fall, according to a new report from <i>Reuters</i>.<p>Citing supply chain sources, the report also states that the much rumored 5.5-inch version of the iPhone …

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UPDATE: April Fools.<p>FORTUNE –The gadget-repair company iFixit, a persistent critic of Apple (AAPL) products for their low “repairability,” announced Tuesday that it has been purchased by Apple for an undisclosed price.<p>iFixit is best known for its “teardown” photos of disassembled iPhones and iPads, …

Text while walking without ramming into people- Transparent Text would lead you through!

City dwellers are more likely to face this problem than town dwellers. But, in this day and age where mobile phones are rampant everywhere, this …

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Ask a designer: why switching fonts won’t save the US government millions

This weekend, CNN put 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani on camera to talk about a study he conducted that found US federal and state governments could save $370 million per year on printing costs with a simple solution: switch the fonts used to print reports from the bulkier Times New Roman to the …

How changing its font to Garamond could save the US government $370m

In what can only be described as an impressive piece of research, a Pittsburgh schoolboy has calculated that the US state and federal governments could save getting on for $400m (£240m) a year by changing the typeface they use for printed documents.<p>Shocked by the number of teacher's handouts he was …

Feature Focus: What's new in BlinkFeed on the new HTC One (M8)

With the new One (M8), HTC is doubling down on the features that made the original One a favorite with the critics, if not a commercial success. On the outside and the inside, the Sense 6-running M8 is faithfully building on the foundation laid in 2013, bringing refinements and improvements more …

CyanogenMod 11S leak shows new lockscreen coming on the OnePlus One

There was a steady trickle of details about the OnePlus One over the past few months, most of them coming from OnePlus itself. The young company has been teasing its upcoming device relentlessly, at it even took a few well-aimed swipes at competitors.<p>Today, for a change, we have a leak coming from …

Samsung Galaxy S5 triumphs in battery life tests

Battery life is an important but difficult to gauge aspect of modern smartphones, especially when it comes to devices with powerful processors and large power hungry displays. The Samsung Galaxy S5 might not have the largest battery on the market, but it’s scored some impressive results in a range …

Display guru pens glowing review of the Galaxy S5’s screen

We’ve often featured Raymond Soneira’s Technology Shoot-Outs analyses on <i>Android Authority</i>, and for good reason. Head of DisplayMate Inc., Soneira is one of the few display experts that regularly takes the time to look at major new devices and offer reviews based on actual measurements. In a world …

Republic Wireless adding Moto Maker support for the Moto X

Last November Republic Wireless started offering the 16GB version of the Motorola Moto X to customers, giving them a way to pick up one of the best handsets <i>(experience-wise)</i> on the market. Months later, now they’re getting ready to take things a step further by offering a 32GB storage option, as …

Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolling out for Sprint LG G2 Owners

After landing on T-Mobile and AT&T’s network, the LG G2 KitKat update is now on its way over to Sprint as well! For those keeping score, that means Verizon is currently the only major U.S. carrier not to introduce a KitKat update for the handset. The new software is listed as version ZVB and is …

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Samsung's next Windows Phone arrives in April without 8.1 update

Samsung is preparing to release its next Windows Phone handset on Verizon next month. Sources familiar with Verizon’s plans tell <i>The Verge</i> that the Samsung Ativ SE will be made available as a Windows Phone 8 device, despite the upcoming announcement of an 8.1 update. While images originally leaked …