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Android 4.4 KitKat update for Galaxy Ace, Fit, Mini and Gio unofficially available via CyanogenMod 11

The Android 4.4 KitKat update is now unofficially available on several older Samsung Galaxy devices including the Ace, Fit, Mini and Gio.<p>Samsung is yet to release the KitKat update for several of its flagship devices let alone older models, but since Google’s Android 4.4 OS version is compatible …

Google’s Chromebooks Have Hit Their Stride

It looks like Microsoft was right to worry about Google’s Chromebook project. According to the latest numbers from NPD, Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all laptop sales and almost 10 percent of all computer sales to businesses in 2013. That’s up from virtually nothing in the year before. …

ASUS back with another CES 2014 teaser: could they be hinting at new 4, 5, and 6-inch display smartphones?

In preparation for CES 2014 -- which happens to be kicking off in less than 2 weeks -- ASUS uploaded a new video teaser to their YouTube account. In …

OPPO N1 version of CyanogenMod now available for download

If you are one of the individuals who managed to get their order in and filled for an OPPO N1, but opted for the regular version instead of the …

HP Chromebook 11 returns to Amazon, still priced at $279

After HP and Google finally resolved their problems with the HP Chromebook 11’s charger, it looks like the Chromebook is now making its triumphant return to stores — at least if you’re shopping via Amazon. The Chromebook 11 is still unavailable at most other retailers, including Best Buy and Google …

The Nexus 7 is better than I gave it credit for

Remember how a month or so back, I wrote that article complaining about the fact that there was no new Nexus 10 yet? In the time since, not much has …

Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for LG G Pad 8.3, HTC One Google Play editions rolling out

The Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is already rolling out for two Google Play edition devices including the newly launched LG G Pad 8.3 and the “old” HTC One.<p>According to <i>Droid-Life</i>, both updates are currently available out over the air (OTA), but if you didn’t get a notification you can manually check …

Google and HP recall around 145,000 Chromebook 11 chargers

Last month HP and Google pulled the Chromebook 11 from the Google Play Store and several other major retailers. The reason for the removal of stock was that there were several reports that at least some Chromebook 11 chargers were faulty, causing overheating and even melting during use.<p>Pulling the …

Google reportedly trialling new 'EnergySense' smart thermostat service

It’s been two years since Google retired its PowerMeter energy monitoring service, but it looks like the Mountain View giant is now getting back into the energy monitoring game!<p>On Monday <i>the Information</i> first reported on Google’s EnergySense smart thermostat project, and today we are learning even …

Official CyanogenMod cases arrive, available only for the Nexus 5

Love Cyanogenmod and looking for ways to announce your adoration to the world? Obviously using Cyanogenmod and supporting the company’s commercial efforts is a good start. If you’re looking to take things even further, you could always dress your smartphone up in an official Cyanogenmod …

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition review – the best of two worlds

The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition launched as an unexpected, but totally welcome surprise, offering supporters of pure Android an interesting new option in the small tablet space.<p>With its crisp display, stealthy black color scheme, and the reassuring hardness of aluminum, the G Pad 8.3 GPe is …

15 best eBook reader apps for Android

Finding the right eBook reader apps (also called eReaders) can be difficult. There are a variety of eBook types, plenty of file formats to deal with, and then there are different kinds of books (novels, comics, etc) that make the whole experience a little complicated. However, with the right app, …

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Z-shaped clothes hanger easily fits through the neck hole

This clothes hanger by Irish studio Gazel can slide out of the top of a shirt without stretching the neck thanks to its offset handle (+ …

OMA wins Bordeaux bridge competition

<b>News:</b> Rem Koolhaas' OMA has won the competition to design a new bridge across the river Garonne in Bordeaux with plans for a 44-metre-wide structure …

Intel planning future 18-core processor: report

Intel is reportedly planning an 18-core version of its next-generation server and workstation processors, and is also working on ultra-low-Wattage …

Android 4.4 KitKat Dialer available to non-Nexus devices via manual download

In addition to the Google Experience Launcher that’s exclusive to the Nexus 5 – and can be unofficially installed on other Android devices – there’s also a new Google Dialer application in Android 4.4 that’s exclusive to Nexus and Google Play edition devices running KitKat that can also be …

Meizu plans to enter U.S. market, will show off handsets at CES

It’s astounding just how many exceptional smartphone brands are out there that few consumers have ever heard about, at least outside of China. A few brands that come to mind include Vivo, Xiaomi, Oppo and Meizu.<p>The good news is that many Chinese companies are starting to move past their homeland …

Chromebase: LG's all-in-one desktop that runs Chrome OS

LG Electronics has officially jumped into the Chrome OS market. The electronics giant announced Tuesday that it would be unveiling its all-in-one Chromebase desktop computer during the upcoming 2014 Consumer Electronics Show.<p>"Simple to operate for all types of users, the award-winning LG Chromebase …

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Google’s Zagat app makes its way to the iPad, complete with ratings for shops and hotels

Earlier this year, Google launched Zagat for iPhone and iPod touch. The application is Google’s form of allowing users to discover new places, such as restaurants, across many cities in the United States. Today, Google has updated the application with support for the iPad’s larger display. Also in …

Best Android gifts Round-up

With Christmas less than two weeks away, the search for the best gifts for your friends and relatives is reaching a frenzy.<p>If you’re looking for a gift for someone who is an Android user, we’re here to make your search a little easier! Today, we’ll be doing a roundup of some of the best gifts for …

Best Android tablet of 2013

The tablet market is still growing fast and it’s being driven by Android. According to IDC shipments were up 36.7% last quarter compared to the same period last year. We are starting to see a much wider range of Android tablets, and the overall experience for Android tablet owners is improving …

Nexus 5 design tweaked with bigger speaker grill and stiffer buttons

The LG-made Nexus 5 received a few subtle, but important changes in the design department. Newly manufactured units come with larger speaker grills and a stiffer power button and volume rocker. The changes were spotted by XDA-Developers user <i>shinral.</i><p>Besides the software problems with the camera, …

Deal: Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB just $179.99 from Office Depot

Black Friday may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean deals are over for the year – right now, Office Depot has a great offer on the Nexus 7 (2013), which goes for $50 off until December 21.<p>The promo applies to the 16GB version of Google’s 7-inch tablet, which can be yours for just $179.99, a great …

5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week - [Google Play Weekly]

This week the Google Play Store saw a lot of updates and releases. To start, Gmail was updated to 4.7 and now includes print support, more file type support for attachments, and auto-responses. The long awaited Nova Launcher update finally went live and now people can have a lot more Android 4.4 …

Top 10 smartphone apps of 2013 list dominated by Google: Search, Play, YouTube, Maps and Gmail

Google has five smartphone apps in this year’s top 10 smartphone apps list, according to a recent study.<p>Using data gathered from January to October 2013 from Android and iOS users aged 18 years or older in the U.S., Nielsen has come up with monthly average numbers for various apps. Unsurprisingly, …

Cal calendar by Any.do - Everything you need to know

Cal calendar by Any.do hit the Google Play Store a little over a week ago and with it came one of the best looking calendar apps ever. Of course, pretty things are nice but what really matters is whether or not the application works so we decided to give Cal calendar a test run. If you’d rather …

LG announces the 21.5-inch Chromebase all-in-one

Although Chrome OS is still very much a niche operating system, we’ve recently seen quite a few device manufacturers get into the Chrome devices game including companies such as Lenovo and HP. Now LG is also jumping into the fray with its very own all-in-one computer, the Chromebase.<p>The 21.5-inch …

Kindle for Android app updated, adds Collections for improved organisation

The Kindle app for Android has been updated, adding new functionality including Collections for improved organisation. If you’ve amassed a rather large library of Kindle books, swiping through a carousel interface to find the book you’d like to read could take a long time and the new Collections …

Vivo officially unveils the Xplay 3S, the world’s first ‘2K’ phone

It was about a year ago that smartphone makers first starting introducing us to the first handsets with gorgeous 1080p displays. At the time there were many folks that felt such a jump from 720p was unnecessary, and yet there were others that warmly embraced the resolution increase.<p>It’s amazing …

Biggest Android news of 2013

Android has enjoyed a very big year. The platform has been growing faster than the competition. A flurry of new smartphones and tablets has been launched. New form factors and innovations, from voice controls to curved displays, point the way to a brighter smartphone future. Our favorite mobile OS …