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Obad was the nastiest piece of Android malware discovered in 2013

In a recent end of year summary published by antivirus company Kaspersky Labs, the firm officially named Obad as its Villain of the Year 2013.<p>Obad was discovered during the summer and it was quickly recognized as a sophisticated piece of malware. The technical name for the Trojan is …

Why I'm Glad Instagram Direct isn't a Snapchat or Messaging App Clone

Before Instagram Direct was unveiled, I had reservations about how private messaging would be integrated into the platform.<p>The pure, immediate joy of Instagram comes from its simplicity, both in terms of its design and the sharing it facilitates. You capture a photo or short video clip, then post …

Amazon said to launch Pantry to take on Costco, Sam's

Pantry is set to launch in 2014 and will let Amazon Prime members buy consumer packages goods that will be shipping in a set sized box with a maximum weight limit, sources say.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon.com is working on a new business called Pantry that will help it expand further into the giant …

Is It Game Over For The Xbox One Thanks To Mandatory Kinect?

Paul Tassi argues, quite persuasively, that the reason Xbox One is behind the PlayStation 4 is the inclusion of the Kinect, a voice-and-motion sensor that allows users to control the console via voice commands.<p>He quotes analyst Michael Pachter, who says that the “reason Sony beats Microsoft is …

Bluetooth 4.1 will bring more reliable, automatic connections, multiple roles, & more via software update

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced that it has updated its Bluetooth specification to 4.1 with new features for both developers and users of Bluetooth Smart enabled devices. The update brings coexistence support for LTE, better connections, and improved data transfer, all of …

Fixing the Nexus 5: with a new version of Android, Google tackles the camera

Android 4.4.1 is coming to help you take better pictures<p>Only a few years ago, Dave Burke remembers, cellphone users were just happy to have a camera at all. But expectations have changed. "If you have a smartphone, people want it to take pictures like a DSLR. Even in one year the quality bar and …

19 Signs You Need To Unplug From Your Smartphone

Are you attached to your digital devices? If the thought of being disconnected makes you sweat, you're not alone. Americans are spending more time than ever with their screens, logging an average of more than five hours per day.<p>So how do you curb your addiction? Whether you're addicted to Facebook …

Pocket Updates to 5.0: Everything you need to know

Pocket is a wonderful application where you can save content from the internet to your device for future viewing. These include articles, videos, and pretty much whatever else you need. Developers have just released an update and Pocket 5 is now available for download. This is our review. To watch …

The Nexus wireless charger (2013)

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 805, capable of streaming 4K video

The 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 is an absolute beast, dominating any task thrown at it. It’s undeniably fast, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want …

AT&T Galaxy S III Receives Android 4.3 Via OTA Update To Build Number I747UCUEMJB

Samsung Galaxy S III owners have waited patiently for their Android 4.3 update, and though Samsung put the international version's update on hold, …

HTC One max Review

Nokia Lumia 925 - After The Buzz, Episode 025

Google begins serving up KitKat upgrade to some Nexus tablets

Some Nexus tablet owners can expect to get their first taste of Android KitKat soon.<p>Google announced on Twitter Tuesday that it would begin rolling out an over-the-air upgrade of Android 4.4 KitKat to Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 tablets immediately.<p>However, not all Nexus owners can expect …

Playstation, Xbox And Wii In A Tight Race

The gaming industry is set to receive its eighth generation of consoles this month, and customers considering purchasing a console are tied between market leaders Xbox and Playstation.<p>A nationally representative poll of US consumers found that Playstation is the most popular console out of Xbox and …

Android-based GameStick moves its launch to Nov. 15 — the same day as the PlayStation 4’s debut

I’m no marketing expert, but if I was releasing a niche, Android-based gaming microconsole, I probably wouldn’t want it to come out on the same day as Sony’s behemoth of a next-gen system, the PlayStation 4. Still, after missing its Nov. 8 release date, that’s exactly when GameStick’s now scheduled …

What is the next major breakthrough for smartphones?

Has the pace of innovation been slowing down lately? We’re used to incremental improvements to the existing technology in our smartphones, but big, bold moves are much more exciting. Our expectations are higher than ever. There have been some interesting developments in the last year. Sony has …

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12 great current-gen games you didn’t play, handpicked by industry pros

<i>This is part of our ongoing series about games and trends of one of the most longest-lived eras in gaming’s history — the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 generation.</i><p>Wow. It’s been one heck of a console generation: games like Mass Effect, Uncharted, Bioshock, Assassin’s Creed.<p>But for every triple-A hit, we …

Xbox One and PS4: Why The Best Choice Might Be Neither

<i>It’s November, and that means that next -gen consoles are finally on their way. Both consoles have their strengths and weaknesses, and both consoles are going to appeal to different kinds of gamers. In that spirit, I’m running a mini-series on whether you should by the Xbox One, the PS4, or</i> …

The 5 Best Reasons For Buying The Xbox One Instead Of A PS4

<i>It’s November, and that means that next-gen consoles are finally on their way. Both consoles have their strengths and weaknesses, and both consoles are going to appeal to different kinds of gamers. In that spirit, I’m running a mini-series on whether you should by the Xbox One, the PS4, or neither.</i> …

Galaxy Note 3 review: Still the king of phablets

It was two years ago when Samsung unveiled the very first Galaxy Note, which ended up starting the phablet craze. However, it wasn’t just about the …

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Printing in Android 4.4 KitKat (with some help from HP)

When will my Android phone get KitKat?

For Android fans who don't have a<p>Nexus 5, <i>when</i> they'll getKitKatis a serious and angst-inducing question. Some handset manufacturers like Samsung and HTC have already promised the update for their flagship devices, but others haven't been so forthcoming. Here's what we know so far; we'll keep …

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Mobile Apps to Help Find Your Dream Job | About Verizon

Mobile job hunting is on the rise. According to a survey from career site Glassdoor.com, 68 percent of people “use their mobile device to search for jobs once a week or more.” Further, 84 percent “believe mobile devices will be the most common way people search for jobs within the next five years.” …

Google Nexus 5 hands-on | Engadget

Android Design in Action: New in Android 4.4

The Lowlights Of Sony's Disappointing PS4 FAQ

Sony just released a massive, sprawling document that functions as an all-encompassing FAQ about the upcoming PS4. It has the basics, the price ($399), the release date (November 15th US) and what comes in the box (a video game console), but there’s also new information about some of the finer …

9 Reasons I Won't Get an Xbox One and Instead Stick With My Xbox 360 (list)

The Xbox One arrives November 22nd, and gamers are hugely hyped to see it. But I’m not one of them; in fact, I’ll be sticking with my Xbox 360 in the …

The Nexus 5 Has A Sensor Called "Hall Effect", What is it?

So the Nexus 5 specs list something under sensors called “hall effect”. I’m still trying to figure out how exactly it’s used, but based on some …