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Top 5 Android Emulators For Your Desktop

An <b>Android emulator lets you run Android on a Windows, Mac or Linux</b>. This allows you to gain access to Android features and apps without needing to …

Apps

This "Good Guy" Just Did the Creepiest Thing and the Internet Is Not Having It

This is basically a horror show.<p>Twitter user Matt Pops Collins is circulating a rather disturbing flyer that he says has been duct taped "all over town." (It should be noted that this missive has been seen on Tumblr as early as Jan. 29, according to <i>Fox 26</i>.) The note chastises ladies for turning …

Android Pay just caught up to Apple Pay in one major way

Android Pay is adding the ability to make purchases on smartphones without needing to switch apps. Not only will Android users be able to pay with …

Nuance wants to build the power of Siri into every app

And every smart home product, too<p>Smartphones let you control a lot using only your voice. Whether you're on an iPhone or an Android phone, you can ask for directions, perform a search, start a call, or dictate a message. But once you actually open up an app, voice control disappears: for the most …

Hey! Young Power Professionals, BlackBerry Leap's Rolling Out

The BlackBerry Leap, the company’s latest 4G LTE touchscreen device, was announced at Mobile World Congress last month. Now, it’s beginning to hit the stores.<p>From today, BlackBerry fans in the UK can buy the Leap online from ShopBlackBerry and from carriers. The phone will start to become available …

Mobile Technology

Google Fiber Wants To Expand Into 34 New Cities

Google is in the early stages of another Google Fiber expansion that could potentially triple the number of cities with access to the ultra-high-speed Internet service.<p>In a blog post Wednesday, Milo Medin, VP of Google Access Services, named the Atlanta, Portland, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, …

Windows Phone 8.1 includes Start Screen backgrounds and browser sync features

A recently leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Software Development Kit (SDK) has provided an early look at some features Microsoft is planning for its next mobile update. However, the software maker is also planning many more additions in time for April that aren’t immediately visible in the developer kit.</i> …

Apple and Google are fighting 'Flappy Bird' clones

In the wake of <i>Flappy Bird</i>'s demise, an army of clones has risen up to take its place — but Apple and Google may now be preventing that from happening. Currently when you search "flappy" in Google Play or the App Store, you'll see game like <i>Flappy Fish</i>, <i>Flappy Pig</i>, or <i>Splashy Fish</i> pop up. However, …

Google Play Music app arrives on iPhone, but won't let you buy songs

Six months after its subscription music service came to Android and the web, Google is bringing its take on unlimited streaming to the iPhone. Google Play Music arrives in the App Store this morning with most of the features that its Android counterpart does, done up in a style that feels native to …

Could Google or Tencent Beat Facebook to Buying Snapchat?

Right now, Snapchat is having its “belle of the ball” moment.<p>The mobile messaging service — which lets users exchange photos and video that disappear …

Profit

Apple Reportedly Developing Large Curved Screen iPhones For Late 2014, Better Touchscreen Sensors

Apple is said to be working on two curved display iPhone models for the “second half of next year,” according to a source speaking to Bloomberg, with a likely release planned for the third quarter, as well as better touchscreen sensors that introduce fine pressure sensitivity for later devices to …

Dell’s Days as a Public Company Will End With a 13-Cent Dividend Payment

Computing giant Dell is running up against the last few days of its existence as a public company. Soon to be privately held as the result of a $25 …

Dell

Nintendo stops selling Wii consoles in Japan

That was quick. Just a few weeks after it became clear that Nintendo would stop manufacturing the Wii for Japan, the company has quietly listed the console as "discontinued" (upper right) on its Japanese website. From now on, local gamers wanting a Wii fix will either have to pick up the …

Nokia racks up the retweets by poking fun at Apple's iPhone 5C

Last week, as Apple was announcing the iPhone 5C, its first colored iPhone, Nokia's marketing team took a moment to poke fun at the company's latest innovation. A tweet posted to the Nokia UK account simply said "thanks, Apple" and was accompanied by an image of the rainbow-hued Lumia family …

‘Grand Theft Auto V’ sales blow past $1 billion in three days

Game enthusiasts purchase 'Grand Theft Auto V' at the Game Stop store in Encinitas, Calif., in this photo taken Sept. 17, 2013. MIKE BLAKE<p>"Grand Theft Auto V" has crossed the $1 billion sales mark after three days in stores, a rate faster than any other video game, film or other entertainment …

Grand Theft Auto

Apple’s iOS 7 includes a surprise: a ticket to the next generation of the internet

For five years, researchers have toiled over an obscure bit of fundamental internet infrastructure that promises to make the connections to our mobile devices faster and more reliable than ever, and if you’ve already downloaded Apple’s iOS 7 to your iPhone or iPad, you could be using it …

Internet of Things

Nokia reportedly using 'Lumia 2520' name for Windows RT tablet

Nokia appears to be sticking with the Lumia brand for its upcoming Windows RT tablet. Twitter account Evleaks, who has accurately predicted various Nokia devices in the past, claims the Finnish smartphone maker will select Lumia 2520 as the final name for its "Sirius" tablet. Nokia's Windows RT …

Bing gets a new logo and modern design to take on Google

Microsoft's Bing search engine is getting a new look. A year in the making, Bing is dropping its curly blue logo for a modern design that closely matches the rest of Microsoft's recently redesigned product branding. "The logo, obviously, is a big deal for us, a lot more angular and fresh and …

Jolla May Be Android Compatible, But It Won't Have Google Play

Jolla’s press release yesterday that the Sailfish OS has ‘achieved compatibility with the Android ecosystem‘ certainly generated some positive coverage for what is soon to be Finland’s number one smartphone manufacturer. But what does that ‘achieved compatibility’ actually mean?<p>Many were expecting …

Nokia holding special event on October 22nd, 6-inch Lumia 1520 likely

Nokia is planning to hold a special event on October 22nd. The Finnish smartphone maker revealed on Twitter today that it plans to announce "more innovation," with a mysterious save the date image. After originally planning to launch a 6-inch Lumia 1520 Windows Phone at a September event in New …

Bing Spiffs Itself Up, Though It May Not Matter Much

Bing’s new look and feel, Microsoft’s marketing gurus tell us, is all about using Bing out of the box. It’s a laudable goal, but will enough mobile users actually get to experience the new design announced today to appreciate it?<p>The new look for Microsoft’s search engine is not actually out on the …

Nokia was testing Android on Lumias before Microsoft sale

Before Nokia bet its smartphone ambitions on Windows Phone, the idea of an Android-powered Nokia device was not so hard to believe. Now, according to a new report from <i>The New York Times</i>, it turns out Nokia engineers did develop Lumia phones that ran Google's Android operating system. The report, …

Extra-large Nokia Lumia 1520 surfaces in press image

Want a clear look at Nokia's Lumia 1520 (aka Bandit)? You may just have it. After posting a screen capture earlier in the week, @evleaks has released what's reportedly a press image of the super-sized, 1080p Windows Phone. The render largely matches what we've seen before, including the additional …

Nokia Promises Its Amber Update Will Come To All Windows Phone 8 Lumia Devices By The End Of September

Today Nokia promised owners of its Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices that its “Amber” update will reach all phones by the end of September. The Amber upgrade is a mix of feature improvements that will improve Nokia’s handsets, further setting them apart from devices built by other smartphone OEMs.<p>Amber …

Here’s Why Microsoft Coming To Foursquare’s Salvation Might Make Sense

Rumors that Foursquare is looking to take on a strategic investment from a large technology company kicked up a gear when several sources have reported that Microsoft is perhaps the potential suitor, and, to quote Dina Bass of Bloomberg, the talks are “advanced.”<p>What the hell, you might be …

Apple reportedly debuting 64-bit A7 chips for upcoming iPhone 5S

Apple is reportedly going to debut a new A7 processor with its iPhone 5S that is expected to be announced on Sept. 10.<p>Clayton Morris, an anchor at Fox News Channel said on Twitter that the A7 processor is running about 31 percent faster than the existing iPhone 5’s A6 processor. The A7 processor is …

Nokia Bandit: a 6-inch giant Windows Phone coming soon

Nokia is planning a big-screen Windows Phone for release later this year. Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that the company is currently testing a 6-inch device with the latest version of Windows Phone. Codenamed "Bandit," the handset includes a 1080p display and a …

Microsoft phasing out Zune Marketplace rentals and purchases, but Zune Pass lives on

Xbox Music and Xbox Video are the future of Microsoft's digital media ecosystem. But putting a greater focus on the Xbox brand means saying goodbye to some past ventures. Today, the company announced plans to phase out support for purchases and rentals on Zune Marketplace "as early as" August 22nd …

Firefox OS faces brutal road ahead

Mozilla may have figured out a way to get its shiny orange and blue Firefox phones into the hands of fans in the U.S. and U.K. But that doesn't mean that analysts are any less skeptical about its chances.<p>Can a browser transform into a phone? Firefox maker Mozilla certainly hopes so, but skepticism …

Mobile

Indians, Spurred By Adoption Of Low-Cost Feature-Phones, Download 2 Billion Apps From Nokia Store

The recent launch of cheap Nokia devices has stimulated a growing appetite for apps and games on the subcontinent, where the majority of the population don’t use mobile Internet or credit cards. Nokia has been the benefactor of this popularity and recently announced 2 billion apps downloaded from …