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Hit the Hot Tub! The Sims 4 Perfect Patio Stuff is Coming Next Week

Your Sims have been on an outdoor retreat. They’ve gone to work. They’ve attended some luxurious parties. That sounds fun, but more than a little …

The Sims

We’re Still Getting ‘Huck Finn’ Wrong

A new book reminds us that Mark Twain would absolutely hate winding up on approved reading lists. Like his most famous creation, Huck Finn, he took a …

Get a refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 for $339.99

Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 earlier this year along with the Tab Pro 8.4 and Tab Pro 10.1. These “Pro” versions of the Galaxy Tab line are designed to offer the very best possible specs along with some of Samsung’s best premium software. The Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 has a RRP of …

Google Voice finally gets carrier MMS support

For many U.S. and Canadian Google Voice users, the only missing piece to the puzzle has been MMS support. Most of you can prepare to celebrate. The day has finally arrived, with Google making an announcement through staff member Alex Wiesen on Google+ of picture messaging support through more than …

Android "L" Feature Spotlight: The New "Document-Centric" Multitasking Interface Finally Makes Sense

We had a little early information on the Project Hera task switching system before the announcement, but now things are becoming clearer as Googlers …

T-Mobile says 2G speeds are enough for global travel

When T-Mobile began to launch their “Uncarrier” brand refresh, their third phase (after eliminating handset subsidies followed by their Jump upgrade program) involved offering free overseas data roaming in more than 100 countries for subscribers of T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plans. Those roaming in …

What features are missing from stock Android?

I must echo some of the sentiments of Gary Sims. I very much feel that Android, as an OS, should focus on the most basic of core operation and connectivity, leaving the rest up to installed apps and services.<p>At this core level, I agree with the need for x64 support, second the desire for better …

Apple continues to hold a few advantages over Android

In January 2007, Apple unveiled the iPhone, which would later go on sale in June of the same year. It wasn’t until late-2008 that the first Android phone was released, giving Apple a head start in the mobile market.<p>Despite arriving more than a year later, Google’s Android quickly became a serious …

LG Optimus L70 and L90 being added to Metro PCS and T-Mobile

Today T-Mobile and Metro PCS confirmed that they would be getting the LG Optimus L70 and L90, both featuring Android 4.4 KitKat along with LG’s …

T-Mobile

Apple patents were actually Google inventions, says Samsung

Apple and Samsung are again in locked horns in a bitter patent dispute that has, so far, spanned two years. After Apple’s 2012 win against Samsung involving a $930 million settlement, the two companies are at it again.<p>This time, Apple is accusing Samsung of having infringed on five software patents …

S Note, S Health, and other Galaxy S5 apps available for download

Several apps from the Galaxy S5 were extracted and made available for download on the <i>XDA-Developers</i> forum.<p>The applications received a facelift on the Galaxy S5, sporting a flatter, more modern look, as well as enhanced functionality. <i>XDA</i> member Albe95 uploaded .apk files for the following apps: S …

Tune in live for Samsung's 'Unpacked 5' event tomorrow at 2PM EST!

Here on the ground in Barcelona, Samsung's got a big banner just outside Mobile World Congress' main hall inviting us to "Meet the next Galaxy." And we're pretty sure that's confirmation of the rumored Galaxy S5, what with its supposed 2K display, fingerprint scanner and ability to float in mid-air …

Huawei MediaPad X1 and Ascend G6 leaked ahead of MWC

A couple of days ago Huawei’s new Ascend P7 press image leaked online, following an earlier teaser video for the company’s upcoming MWC product releases. Now two more Huawei devices have been leaked ahead of schedule, the mid-range Ascend G6 smartphone and high-end MediaPad X1 tablet.<p>The Ascend G6 …

Members-only bathrooms planned for New York

How much would you pay to poop in private? A new company called Posh is betting the answer is six dollars, alongside a $15-a-year membership fee. Taking a Zipcar-style approach to bathrooms in Manhattan, the service will offer private powder rooms with baby-changing stations and luxury showers in a …

Samsung wins order from U.S. Army, close to NSA order

Samsung might be on its way to supplanting BlackBerry as the smartphone maker of choice for government agencies.<p>According to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, Samsung recently won an order from the U.S. army for about 7,000 smartphones, and is close to securing another order from the National Security Agency …

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Galaxy S5 may feature passive stylus support and better air gestures

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 may feature improved gesture recognition and support for passive stylus input thanks to an advanced touch controller supplied by Synaptics.<p>Stifel, a major financial services firm, raised its target share price for Synaptics yesterday, and told investors that the …

Obama unwinds from leading the nation by watching Walter White make meth

He probably doesn't have as much time to binge watch, but President Obama still kicks back just like the rest of us: watching season after season of TV shows. According to <i>The New York Times</i>, Obama's latest pick is <i>Breaking Bad</i>, which he picked up as a DVD box set. Though the series ended in …

Free online Android programming course starting next month

An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.<p>Spotted by a <i>reddit</i> user, the eight-week long course offered by the …

Android News

Samsung Now Has The Galaxy Note 3 Wireless Charging S-View Flip Cover In Stock Online For $69.99

Samsung has a large and growing selection of accessories for its many Android devices, ranging from spare battery chargers to Bluetooth headsets and …

EU law to require standard battery charger for mobile devices

While most mobile devices today ship with the same microUSB battery charger, at least in Europe, where the EU insisted a few years ago that manufacturers comply with this particular demand, it appears that’s not enough for the European parliament.<p>A new EU law will be soon signed, and it will …

Mobile Devices

Under $20k Starter Home (NO CC)

This is a starter home that costs less than $20k to move into. This home was created to give your sim(s) a comfortable atmosphere as well as style on …

Target refuses to sell 'Beyoncé' due to iTunes-first launch

Beyoncé's stealthy new album is a digital smash hit, but one major retailer is skipping the party for the CD version. Target says that it won't sell <i>Beyoncé</i> because the record was released on iTunes first before making its way to retail store shelves. "At Target we focus on offering our guests a …

Huawei's Honor brand challenges Xiaomi with 3X and 3C low-cost phones

Huawei's known for its Ascend smartphones around the world, but back in late 2011, the company also started toying with a small Honor series for select budget markets. Fast forward to today, the latter sub-brand has become Huawei's platform to compete with the sudden surge of affordable online …

Samsung Galaxy Core Advance brings new accessibility features

New features for disabled and visually impaired users in latest Samsung mid-ranger<p>Samsung has today announced a new mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy …

Upload PDF and EPUB files to Google Books on Android

Originally, Google Books was only good at doing one thing: reading content from the Google Play Store. This meant you could read free books, or the ones you purchased -- and that was it. When the update allowing your personal files to be uploaded to Google Books came along, the app made a giant …

Google Books

T-Mobile says that it's started to repurpose some MetroPCS spectrum to boost the speeds of its 4G LTE network, adding that it eventually plans to bring the improved service to 90 percent of the top 25 U.S. markets. Do you have access to T-Mobile's LTE network? http://www.phonedog.com/2013/12/07/t-mobile-begins-repurposing-metropcs-spectrum-to-improve-lte-speeds-also-confirms-new-35-plan/

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Line messaging app doubles size in seven months, has 300 million users

The public's adoration of stickers and <i>kawaii</i> mascots continues unabated. There are now 300 million Line users out there, possibly making it the biggest messaging app you've never used. While it still has a challenge on its hands to claw away users from Western favorites like Whatsapp and Facebook, …