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10 Correlations That Are Not Causations

You would think by now that we could say unequivocally what causes what. But the question of cause, which has haunted science and philosophy from …

The new version of the USA Freedom Act is a step in the right direction

As expected, Senator Patrick Leahy recently introduced a new Senate version of the USA Freedom Act. This version of the bill was negotiated heavily by the White House and Senate and will block a number of activities by the NSA. A coalition of Apple, Facebook, Google and other major tech companies …

9 best new Android apps of July 2014

In the wake of Google I/O, July was all about the awesome things Google has been doing but we also saw some big Android apps and games releases. Here, we’ll round up the best Android apps releases of July 2014.<p>Bamboo Paper<p>[Price: Free]<br>First up is an application called Bamboo Paper by Wacom. It’s a …

HTC One E8 First Impressions & Hands On!

HTC has created an empire with its One series. The One M7 was shrouded with awards last year and the One M8 is on its way to becoming one of 2014’s best smartphones, with unparalleled build quality and an experience that can be challenged by very few.<p><b>You might like: The best HTC One (E8) cases &</b> …

Senate report shows how carriers collected millions from cramming

FCC.gov<p>As this site has reported on a number of occasions, T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint have all been involved with cramming tactics for years now and have reaped the benefits of such tactics to the tune of millions of dollars per year.<p>Basically, the wireless carriers would sign up consumers …

Hulu updated, allows Android users to watch shows and movies for free

Hulu users have long become accustomed to the idea that they need to have a monthly subscription if they want to watch their favorite shows (and older movies) on their mobile devices. The good news is that this is about to change, as a new update is rolling out that allows folks to watch a fair …

Qi wireless charging range improves significantly with v1.2

Wireless charging is starting to become fairly commonplace for those of us with mid-range and high-end Android handsets, with QI charging quickly becoming the standard of choice. With wireless charging, there’s no need to physically plug a cord into your device each time you want to charge in, …

It’s 2014 and wireless charging still isn’t mainstream, what’s holding it back?

Battery life is still a big weakness for our increasingly powerful and impressive smartphones. The need to plug in and recharge at regular intervals challenges their “mobile” status. It’s a pain having to take chargers and cables with you. It’s limiting to have to sit next to a power socket. How …

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Google Play Weekly

It was quite the exciting week in the world of Android apps! A PC emulator was launched that lets you play classic PC games. Facebook has announced that they’ll be splitting off their messaging service to a second app permanently in the near future. Google has re-purposed the Google I/O 2014 app to …

Verizon continues the “congestion” myth with unlimited data plans

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler wrote a letter to Verizon in which he stated that he was “deeply troubled” by the fact that Verizon was planning to slow down speeds of customers who had unlimited data plans. Previously, Verizon only throttled 3G EVDO customers …

Telecoms

Unlocking smartphones deemed legal once again

Inquisitr<p>America, the land of the free, hasn’t quite lived up to its motto in terms of mobile liberty. Once a common and completely legal practice, unlocking a smartphone became illegal in 2013. Fast forward to today, over a year later, and we can set our smartphones free once again. All without …

The White House

BadUSB hack may be one of the biggest threats you have heard of!

comedy_nose<p>A new threat named “BadUSB” has just emerged, a name that may be a bit of an understatement. This exploit is one of the nastiest security threats we have seen in a long time. It’s dangerous, often undetectable and very hard to kill. BadUSB literally leaves current antivirus defenses …

Engineering

HTC posts strong Q2 earnings, but faces an uncertain future

The end of July marks the release of Q2 earnings reports, and HTC is no exception. Unlike smartphone rival Samsung, HTC has faced a much more profitable second quarter of the year, although there have been deeps in both sales and profits over the past month.<p>Firstly, looking at the quarter’s results …

iOS keeps falling under as Android wins in web usage

The past years haven’t been the best for Apple, once the single power in control of the smartphone market. Android soon became the governing platform in the mobile industry, but there was one thing Apple would always mock Google’s OS for – web usage. This will no longer be the case, as Android has …

Tim Cook

Xiaomi becomes China’s largest smartphone vendor, pinches first place from Samsung

Xiaomi might not be a household brand in Western markets, but the company is making a big name for itself in China. Canalys research estimates that the company became the largest smartphone vendor in China last quarter, beating larger manufacturers, including Samsung, to the top spot.<p>In the second …

Mobile

What is the future of Smart TV?

Smart TV boxes are a great way to get online content onto your television screen. They package together most of the services you want like Netflix and YouTube as well as some third party apps for podcasts, music, and even cable TV channels.<p>Google and Apple were the mainstream pioneers of this …

Android TV

HTC One E8 review

The Bottom Line<p>HTC packs a lot of good into the One E8<p>Pros<p>Still great build quality <br>Bright, punchy and clear display<br>Fast & responsive<p>Cons<p>Camera still not there <br>Battery life is below industry best<br>no IR blaster<p>Bottom Line<p>HTC packs a lot of what made the original One M8 great into their value oriented …

23% of Android smartphone users are power users

Strategy Analytics recently released a study showing that nearly 1 in 4 Android users are in the category known as a “Power User.”<p>The study divided over one million individual applications (from more than 1500 Android phones in the US) into three profiles after adding up data estimates which …

11 tricks to make your Android run faster

It’s frustrating to drop several hundred dollars on a high-end smartphone only to find that the smooth and speedy performance you expected remains elusive. Mid-rangers and the budget end of the market are even more prone to stuttering and lag. There are various ways to speed up that Android …

Apps

uBeam makes long-range wireless charging a reality, working prototype now ready

While wireless charging has yet to become as mainstream as some might like, probably the most successful standard is QI wireless, which has found its way onto numerous devices including the Nexus 5. The downside to Qi and other wireless charging technologies is that the charging distance is often …

Which Android manufacturer are you rooting for?

Back in May, we reported on a survey that claims 106% of the smartphone profit pie (not a typo) is eaten up by Apple and Samsung. It’s true that most consumers think of Sammy or Apple when it comes to smartphones, but there are a variety of different manufacturers out there, particularly in the …

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Google Play Weekly

It was quite the busy week in the world of applications. In Google’s classic update Wednesday, Gmail, Google Music, and YouTube all got pretty decent updates. Facebook Messenger got an update to version 9 which includes Android Wear support. Humble Mobile Bundle 6 is out and you should just go get …

Android News

XBMC has been spotted working on Android TV

Android TV won’t be commercially available on a wide scale for at least another few months but it appears as though the development community is already having some fun with it. Keyan Mobli on Google+ has compiled XBMC to work on Android TV. As it turns out, it actually works pretty well.<p>According …

The A11 could be one of HTC’s first 64-bit smartphones

Now that Evan Blass announced his retirement, there’s a competition going on to replace <i>@evleaks</i> as the Internet’s go-to source of mobile-related leaks. Among the contenders is Twitter user <i>@upleaks</i>, a Beijing-based leaker endorsed by Blass himself.<p><i>@upleaks</i>’ latest scoop is alleged info on a …

Verizon continues trying to rid themselves of all customers with unlimited data plans

WGGB<p>Verizon has tried a number of different tactics to kick off customers on unlimited data plans and push those customers onto shared data plans. According to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Verizon has been the best at ridding themselves of customers with unlimited data plans.<p><i>According</i> …

Researchers reveal new Wi-Fi tech that can power battery-free IoT devices

We’ve written numerous articles about the potential of the Internet of Things, and how it could eventually bring forth a world where billions of sensors and smart devices interact with one another and connect with the Internet to make our lives a little better, a little easier. Of course one major …

Internet of Things

Google lets you launch Android camera by voice command

An update to Google's search app lets Android users launch their phone's camera, in photo or video mode, with a voice command.<p>"With the Google Search App on Android, you can just tap the microphone or say 'OK Google,' then 'take a photo' or 'take a video.' Google will launch your camera app in the …

How to use YouTube for Android

Keyboard Cat. Muffins. Charlie Bit Me. Grape Lady Falls. Chocolate Rain. The list of classic YouTube videos goes on and on. And aren't we lucky that …