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HTC Introduces The Lite-Brite Of Smartphone Cases

There’s nothing exciting about smartphone cases. The prophylactics of the gadget world, they cost literally pennies to make; go to any consumer electronics trade show, and they will be thrust into your hands by dealers with the same imploring quality used by volunteers trying to get sex workers to …

Spotify eyes IPO for the fall, report says

Spotify might soon join competitor Pandora as a public company, a new report claims.<p>Spotify has held informal talks with banks and could be marching towards an initial public offering (IPO) set for this fall, Quartz reported on Thursday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. …

Songza Can Now Deliver Music To You Based On Weather

Songza, the New York-based music streaming service, is now using weather data to deliver music to you after inking a deal with The Weather Company, parent to The Weather Channel.<p>This means that on top of facilitating music discovery based on day, time, device type, location and past behavior, …

Facebook — with help from Google, LinkedIn, Twitter — releases MySQL built to scale

Facebook announced on Thursday a new open source project called WebScaleSQL. The technology — a branch of the incredibly popular MySQL database — …

Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive

Western Digital today announced the new My Passport Pro, the company's first thunderbolt-powered, dual-drive storage solution. With user-selectable RAID functionality, the drive is suitable for graphics professionals looking for high performance or consumers who need reliable mirroring.<p>The aluminum …

HTC Desire 616 spotted with octa-core Mediatek processor

At this year’s Mobile World Congress, HTC announced two new midrange smartphones, the Desire 816 and 610, followed by the budget oriented Desire 310 shortly afterwards. Now another mid-range HTC handset has been spotted over in China, the Desire 616, which has just passed through the Chinese …

Mobile Technology

Devices Shipments To Grow 6.9% Globally This Year, Says Gartner, As PC Decline Softens

Analyst Gartner has just put out its latest worldwide devices forecast, predicting a growth rate of 6.9% for shipments of traditional PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones this year. That’s up on the 4.8% growth achieved last year.<p>Collectively, 2.5 billion devices are expected to ship in …

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 range inbound, likely with thinner bezels and upgraded displays

We've been hearing scraps of information about Samsung's next batch of Galaxy Tabs since February, but now we have something that helps us piece them all together: An FCC filing for what looks to be the 10-incher, with the model number "SM-T805." The official paperwork doesn't reveal much, but the …

Samsung 'Very Puzzled' as Galaxy S5 Launches Early in Korea

As of today, Samsung Galaxy S5 is available with South Korea's largest mobile carrier, SK Telecom. The problem with that is that Samsung had not …

Report: Gingerbread Has Highest Crash Rate For Android

Crittercism, a performance monitoring company best known for crash reports, has come up with its first-ever ‘State of Mobile’ report that extrapolates data from their one billion monthly active users to show a variety of mobile app performance metrics.<p>The report found that Gingerbread has the …

Apple said to place battery orders for iPhone 6

Apple is priming the Asia-based supply chain for production of its next-generation smartphone, according to a report from Digitimes.<p>Simplo Technology and Desay Battery Technology have received orders related to the future iPhone, according to a report Wednesday from the Taiwan-based media outlet, …

Government requests to Google have more than doubled in the past four years

Google released its latest transparency report today, revealing tens of thousands of law enforcement requests from across the world. In the second half of 2013, the report lists more than 27,000 requests for user data from around the world, affecting more than 42,000 different accounts. It's a 120 …

Microsoft and Dell sign Android royalty agreement

James M Phelps, Jr / Shutterstock.com<p>Microsoft has announced that it has entered into a patent licensing agreement with Dell for intellectual property relating to Android, Chrome OS devices and Xbox gaming consoles. Before you do a double take, yes you read that right, Dell and Microsoft are …

Android News

Android 4.4.2 update rolling out for Sprint One Max

Earlier this week, HTC unveiled its all-new HTC One (M8), bringing a slightly redesigned look, improved specs and enhanced software. While the M8 is a major jump forward for HTC, the good news is that they haven’t forgotten about the HTC One (M7) and its brothers, the Mini and Max.<p>Just yesterday, …

Android News

The G2 Mini is smaller, cheaper, & LG’s bid to take over the world

Cell phone manufacturer LG is preparing to take on the mid-range cell phone market this April by bringing the G2 Mini to emerging markets in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.<p>First unveiled in February Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, the G2 Mini cherry-picked some features …

Apple To Launch 4.7- And 5.5-Inch iPhone As Soon As September, Report Claims

Apple is said to be readying to release its next iPhone in both 4.7- and 5.5-inch screen sizes, with a launch as early as September, according to a report by Japanese business news publication Nikkei today. The production cycle is already ramping up, with component makers producing elements like …

UpTo, A Calendar App With A Social Layer, Just Got A Complete Redesign

“Instead of merging it all into one feed, we came up with this concept of a layered approach.”<p>When UpTo launched its first calendar for the iPhone in March 2012, it was engineered with social in mind.<p>The old version of UpTo<p>“We initially started with this vision of more of a social application that …

Sony's 13-inch 'Digital Paper' is just like paper, except it costs $1,100

Despite years of development, E Ink's displays haven't yet replaced traditional paper everywhere. Sony's trying to change that with this 13.3-inch Digital Paper device intended for legal, educational and business environments and after we got a brief demo last year it's finally ready to go on sale …

HTC One Max on Sprint gets its turn at Android 4.4 KitKat

HTC has been upgrading its normal-sized smartphones in the US to Android 4.4 KitKat for a little while; now, the giant One Max is getting its turn. Sprint has started rolling out the OS update to the 6-inch behemoth as of today. As with earlier upgrades, the One Max isn't getting Sense 6. This is …

Can you imagine how your downloaded files move from the interwebs to your phone? It probably goes through a download tube like this photo:

How does cloud download work in UC Browser? The picture below might give you some clue. Wish the weather is nice today in your city :)