Samsung could debut all-new Galaxy S5 on February 24th

121120_galaxynoteII_074While Apple is rumored to release two next-generation iPhones later this year, it looks like South Korean handset maker Samsung could beat its California rival to the punch with the imminent release of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone.

Samsung today issued invitations to the media for a press conference on February 24th at Mobile World Congress, one of the most popular trade shows for smartphones and tablets. The event, which kicks off at 8:00 PM local time or 2:00 PM Eastern, is rumored to revolve around the launch of the Galaxy S5 or other big announcements…  (more…)

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Chromecast is now open to developers

Chromecast is now open to developers

cast sdkStarting today, the Google Cast Software Development Kit (SDK) is available for developers who want to build Chromecast support into their apps and websites.

Google’s wireless playback device, the Chromecast, launched in late July. But at that time, developers had no way of making their apps compatible with the device. An announcement made on the Google+ Chrome page this morning says that the device’s SDK, dubbed the “Google Cast Software Development Kit”, is now available.

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Lenovo buys Motorola Mobility from Google

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Lenovo has bought Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion. Google purchased Motorola in 2012 for roughly $12 billion. The only major device to be released from Motorola while under Google was the Moto X, which was well received by most reviewers and customers. It’s unclear what Lenovo’s plans are, though the company is a growing Chinese technology company — it’s likely that they wanted a road into the profitable North American smartphone market.

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Nintendo planning a free smartphone app to market its games

wiiuAfter its third consecutive annual loss, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata came out to say that the company is pursuing a new business structure involving “smart devices”, which presumably would include Apple’s iPhone and other iOS devices. Many interpreted this as being a hint toward potential game development for mobile platforms, but it seems as if Nintendo has something else in mind… (more…)

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Documents show the NSA collects personal app data

28mobile-tmagSF-v2Edward Snowden has been leaking various confidential U.S. government documents since last summer, but a new document, reported on by The New York Times and other publications, shows that the NSA has been scouring your iPhone and Android apps for personal data. Many popular apps including Angry Birds, Twitter, Google Maps, and Facebook were all mentioned in the report, so if you’re a user of one or all of these apps (which I can almost guarantee you are), you might want to read on. (more…)

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Google passes Apple as most talked about company

Google passes Apple as most talked about company

2014-01-23 15_03_37-Dow Jones 2013 TOP Media MentionsDuring the year of 2013, Google received more media mentions than Apple. Check out this really cool infographic courtesy of Dow Jones by clicking the link above. Clicking on a company will show you the months they received the most buzz, and clicking a month will show you what the media was talking about.

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Available phone storage compared—iPhone 5c in first, Galaxy S4 in last

Storage-2Most entry-level phones advertise 8 GB or 16 GB of available memory, but none of them actually give you that much space to use. According to a new study done by Which, Apple’s phones offer some of the highest percentages of actual usable space, while Samsung’s numbers are paltry, with the Galaxy S4 landing in dead last. (more…)

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Galaxy S5 rumored to equip fingerprint scanner

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Android is not usually the hottest topic for conversation within Apple communities, but it is still important to keep an eye on what competitors like Samsung are working on behind closed doors. In the midst of rumors that Apple is planning to release larger-screen iPhones at some point this year, a new report from the Korean Herald (via GSMArena) suggests that its South Korean rival has been preparing a new device of its own — the Galaxy S5.

It is far from the first time that we’ve heard about the oft-rumored Galaxy S5, which would eventually replace the existing S4 model as Samsung’s flagship device in its smartphone lineup. Just a few weeks ago, it was speculated that the Galaxy S5 would arrive in April with the possibility of an Iris scanner and powerful specifications; among the components, a 64-bit eight-core Exynos processor was listed…  (more…)

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