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Get your Android 4.4.3 OTA update for Moto G (GSM) and Moto X variants

Android 4.4.3 is slowly making its way towards all the devices officially blessed with a (near) stock Android experience, including Nexus phones and tablets, Google Play Edition devices, and Motorola’s Moto lineup.<p>While variants of the Moto X got first in queue for Android 4.4.3 earlier this week, …

Upcoming Android feature reportedly lets nearby devices automatically interact

Google is said to be working on a new Android feature that allows phones and tablets to automatically connect with devices and places very close around them, according to <i>Android Police</i>. The feature, called Nearby, might allow people to easily share information with others or receive deals from …

Best podcast app for Android

Best overall<p>Pocket Casts<p>$3.99<p>See on Google Play<p>Pocket Casts does what any good podcast player should do: it loads quickly, has great discovery tools, …

Your Android phone, now with NSA-grade security

NSA-grade security is now coming to an Android device near you.<p>Virtru, a Washington, D.C.-based encryption startup that former NSA spook Will Ackerly cofounded, has released its Android version of its popular crypto platform, on the same day, of course, as the first anniversary of the Edward …

Android 4.4.3 Now Live In AOSP [Updated]

Following the release of full factory images for all supported Nexus devices, Google has begun pushing Android 4.4.3 to the Android Open Source …

Hidden codes for your Android device you probably didn't know

Baked deep into Android is a bunch of secret codes that will enable of a variety of statistics and settings on your device that you probably didn’t …

Google Nexus 5: How to Unbrick and Restore Stock Android with Factory Image

Nexus 5 users, who wish to unbrick their devices and restore stock Android firmware, may follow our step-by-step guide. Unbricking means the device …

Are carrier-free SIM cards on the way?

Does the fact that current SIM cards are tied to specific carriers actually benefit anyone other than the carriers? What if device manufacturers like Samsung and Apple could sell you smartphones with SIM cards already in them? Your network connection could change on the fly, or you’d have the …

Speed up your Nexus with optimized libraries, here’s how

When talking about our smartphones and tablets, there seem to be two things we always want more of: battery life, and speed. Ironically, the two may …

The best, worst, and most controversial Android apps for 2013

2013 was an amazing year for applications. We saw some truly amazing Android apps come out along with new standards in design, video games, and quality. So which ones were the best, the worst, and the most controversial? You can check the video above if you’d rather watch or keep going if you’d …

The country where exorcisms are on the rise

<b>Does God exist? Does the Devil exist? The Catholic church believes they both do - and some priests say they are currently having an immense battle in Mexico.</b><p>To some it may seem extraordinary, but priests say the country is under attack by Satan, and that more exorcists are needed to fight him.<p>This …

Motorola no longer voids warranty for those who unlock the bootloader

Imagine the following, I take apart a Moto X Developer Edition with a rusty screwdriver, solder on some new components, modify the circuitry and then put it back together. To my horror the phone no longer works! I call Motorola asking for a replacement under warranty and the company says NO! Fair …

Intel plans to introduce 64-bit Android devices sometime in 2014

While some say that 64-bit CPUs are still mostly a gimmick in the mobile world, there’s no denying that Apple managed to garner up quite a bit of attention when it announced that the iPhone 5S would be the world’s first 64-bit handset, powered by the new Apple A7.<p>Since that time, Samsung has …

Root Nexus 7 (2012) on Android 4.4 KRT16S KitKat and Install CWM/TWRP Recovery [How to]

Like other Nexus devices, the Nexus 7 2012 model also received the latest Android 4.4 KitKat OTA software update with build version KRT16S. This is a …

Smartphones use a 2nd CPU and 2nd OS in their baseband processors

Ask any gadget lover which is their favorite smartphone OS and you will likely get one of two answers: Android or iOS. There maybe be some who mention Blackberry, Firefox OS, Tizen or Sailfish, but if you asked about their secondary OS, the one running in their baseband modems, you will likely get …

How to Enable Developer Options on the Nexus 5 & KitKat

With Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Google hid the Developer Options menu so average smartphone and tablet users wouldn’t accidentally cause any problems on …

Nexus 5 review: the best Android smartphone going

The Google Nexus 5 is the fifth generation of the Google-designed Nexus Android smartphone line, which is now faster, slimmer and even better.<p>The Nexus line represents the best of Google in a smartphone. Google chooses a manufacturing partner – in this case LG as it did with the Nexus 4 before it – …

Manage installed launchers on the Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat

In Android 4.4 KitKat Google has finally given users an option to quickly and easily switch between home screen launchers. With previous versions of Android users would set the default launcher, use it for awhile, then get tired of it and want to change. That change required digging through …

Google Nexus

Nexus 5 vs. Moto X: Under the microscope

Look and feel<p>The unique shape and curved back panel of the Moto X make it the most pleasurable phone to hold in the hand that I've ever experienced …

Mobile Technology

Review: Nexus 5 smartphone is potent rival to iPhone, Galaxy

If you're thinking of buying an Android smartphone, look no further than the Nexus 5.<p>Google's new flagship smartphone, with its all-around features, is a powerful alternate to Apple's iPhone 5s and Samsung's Galaxy S4.<p>The Nexus 5 went on sale this month, and it features a vibrant 5-inch screen. The …

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Google Nexus 5 review: A Nexus with power, potential, and the right price - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Google Nexus 5</b> has LTE for multiple carriers, a sleek and solid build, and an excellent price. It makes crystal-clear calls, battery life is long, and integration of Google Now is deep and wide.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Nexus 5's screen is dimmer than its competitors' and its camera struggles under …

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Note these 5 investing myths to survive stock market chaos

Understanding these conventional wisdom traps will allow you to surf any turmoil with ease, writes Bryan Borzykowski.<p><i>EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was revised and updated 25 August, 2015, with details throughout.</i><p>What is the first thing to plummet when markets fall? It’s not the price of our stocks— …

How to get a recruiter to notice you on LinkedIn

Demonstrate you are worthy of the introduction.<p>After Sandy Baldonado applied for a number of promising positions via professional networking site LinkedIn and received no response, she began to wonder: was her resume being purposely or accidentally overlooked? Her marketing skills were a fit. But …