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5 Local Music Players For Android That Deserve A Second Look

Article Contents<p>1 musixmatch music & lyrics<br>• 2 Music Player : Rocket Player<br>• 3 Orpheus Music Player<br>• 4 Shuttle+ Music Player<br>• 5 NexMusic +<br>• 6 Your …

Apps

Solving the impossible problem of Android updates

Android updates remain a messy, unpredictable business — and although Google and manufacturers have made progress in the past year, there's still …

Google brings Chrome OS straight into Windows 8 in latest update

Google started dropping hints about its Chrome OS-like plans for Windows 8 back in October. At the time it was merely an experiment in the developer version of Chrome, but today Google is rolling out a new user interface to all Chrome Windows users alongside a noisy tabs tracking feature. The new …

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Stylish screensaver recreates the iOS 7 lock screen experience on your Mac

Want to bring iOS and OS X even closer together than they already are? Christian Heudens has recreated the iOS 7 lock screen to your Mac as a free downloadable screensaver. The thin fonts look great on a Retina Display. It’s a neat way to give your Mac a bit of individuality and make your …

HTC still in the red as Q4 profits fail to meet expectations

We finally have some news about how HTC did in the 4th quarter this past year, and to no one’s surprise, it’s not good. HTC posted a net profit of …

HTC

Google fights back, sues Apple and Microsoft backed Rockstar patent troll

Last month we told you about Rockstar, which is a company formed by Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Sony, and Ericsson. They are using the patents won from …

Patents

The iPhone forced Google to start over … or not, depending who you believe

A pithy quote from a Google engineer working on Android on the day the iPhone was launched has been doing the rounds today.<p>As a consumer I was blown away. I wanted one immediately. But as a Google engineer, I thought ‘We’re going to have to start over.<p>The quote, attributed to Google engineer Chris …

CyanogenMod raises $23 million

Alternative Android upstart Cyanogen earns another bucket of cash as investors express their confidence in its plans.<p>Cyanogen and its customized version of the Android operating system just might be onto something, if Silicon Valley investment is your preferred benchmark.<p>The company announced …

Venture Capital

Microsoft's Project Siena lets you create Windows apps with ease

If you think creating an app is something only whizkid developers and those with programming skills can do, think again. Microsoft has recently unveiled Project Siena, a Metro-style app that lets anyone create their own Windows 8.1 program with regular PowerPoint and Excel knowhow. As it's a Metro …

Surprise! Woman finds out Bill Gates is her Secret Santa

Most Secret Santas are average gift givers, but one woman got a big holiday surprise this week when she participated in an online gift exchange and received a package from none other than Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.<p>The lucky recipient, who identified herself online as Rachel and who goes by …

Bill Gates

Nextdoor Talks Growth, Now Being Used In One In Six Neighborhoods In The US

Nextdoor, the fast-growing startup that has been compared to a Facebook for your neighborhood, has revealed some new numbers today in a TCTV interview with co-founder and CEO Nirav Tolia and Greylock partner and Nextdoor investor Josh Elman. As Tolia tells us, Nextdoor just launched its 25,000th …

Nine minutes on SIM unlocking your smartphone

A bit of big (albeit nerdy) news last week came from the FCC and CTIA, wherein the governmental entity in charge of all those public airwaves and the …

In app purchases - the good, the bad, and the ugly truth

In app purchases (or IAPs) have been drawing a lot of ire in the mobile world for quite some time now. Consumers agree that improperly done IAPs are ruining the app and game experience and even tech bloggers are giving otherwise great apps bad reviews because they include in app purchases. With …

Apps

This Man Was Pulled Over For Talking On An iPhone-Shaped Cookie

Here’s a funny idea with a high potential to go wrong: bake a batch of cookies in the shape of iPhones, drive around pretending to talk on them, and then when you inevitably get pulled over, take a bite, look the law enforcement official straight in the eye, and say, “Are cookies against the law, …

This is Nokia's Android phone

Codename Normandy is 'full steam ahead'<p>Nokia has been building its own Android phone, according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. Codenamed Normandy, and known internally at Nokia under a number of other names, the handset is designed as the next step in low-end phones from the …

Book Excerpt: How Minecraft Creator Markus Persson Almost Took a Job at Valve

In September 2010, Minecraft was just over a year past its initial, unfinished release. A “full” version wouldn’t come out for 14 more months. If not …

Christmas Eve

Firefox gets support for VP9, Google’s next-generation open video codec

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Firefox has started to roll out support for VP9, Google’s (S GOOG) next-generation video codec that aims to compete with H.265 …

Over 70% of US Households Now Have Broadband Internet Access

Approximately 86.1 million US households at the end of the first half of 2013 had broadband Internet access, translating into a 70.2 percent penetration of all American households. That figure is expected to reach 71.3 percent at the end of the year, up from 69.6 percent in 2012.<p>The latest figures …

Say cheese: Google Glass app lets you frame a camera image before snapping it

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Image courtesy of Google.<p>If there’s one key activity Google(s goog) Glass excels at, it’s taking pictures. Either …

Ten Million More Android Users' Text Messages Will Soon Be Encrypted By Default

In May of 2010, the security researcher known as Moxie Marlinspike launched TextSecure, a free smartphone app that offered open-source end-to-end encryption for text messages. Now that anti-surveillance software is about to add about ten million users, more than ten times as many as it accumulated …

CyanogenMod to encrypt text messages by default with latest update

Android users worried that the government is spying on their smartphone now have a new privacy option: CyanogenMod. Starting with today's nightly 10.2 build, the custom firmware will encrypt SMS and MMS messages sent to any device using the TextSecure protocol, including fellow Cyanogen users. …

Good Old Games now offers money back guarantee for games you can't run

For all the convenience digital games sales have brought us, they've come at the cost of the return policy. Buy a downloadable title you don't like? Tough noogies, kid - no take-backs. Well, unless you bought from Good Old Games. To help stem customer concern that a given title might not run on …

Xbox owners tricked into destroying consoles

Online trolls tricked Xbox One owners into “bricking” their new consoles with instructions promising to unlock new features but actually sending devices into an endless loop of reboots that renders them useless<p>Online trolls have convinced Xbox One owners to “brick” their brand new consoles with a …

Thieves In Indiana Steal More Than 20,000 LG G2 Smartphones, Presumably To Build The World's Most Expensive Toy Fort

It ain't exactly Gone In 60 Seconds, but at least one thief is now sitting on a pile of electronics worth more than any sportscar. CNET reports that …

Why the Nexus 5 should advance touchless control

Google's anticipated new Android KitKat phone should be capable of always listening for voice commands, and it's also likely to be the new phone that pushes the technology forward.<p>The Android-gossip consensus is that we'll see a Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 KitKatrevealed on Tuesday, yet we've heard …

Android News

JRummy Releases ROM Installer To The Play Store, It's Like ROM Manager On Steroids

If you're a frequent ROM flasher, then you already know the tools of the trade – ROM Manager, ClockworkMod Recovery, TWRP, Goo Manager, etc. – but …

Android News

Meet OmniROM, a new custom ROM for Android

OmniROM, a new custom ROM for Android, has been made official at BABBQ (Big Android BBQ), by several developers whom you may already know including <i>Chainfire, Xplodwild</i> and <i>Dees_Troy</i>.<p>In case you’re new to the custom Android ROM playground, you may have not heard of Chainfire’s SuperSU and rooting …

Galaxy Note