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Last week I reviewed a nice little app called Active Lock Screen. It’s a simple, yet very functional lockscreen replacement that brings themes, plugins, and a unique UI. Shortly after publishing my review, I got the chance to have a quick Q&A with Celltick Technologies, the makers of Active Lock Screen. It was an insightful and interesting interview, and they even (sort of) hinted at some new apps coming down the road. So without further ado, let’s jump right into it.​
Q: So how old is...
Feb
11
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Wireless charging is one of the technologies that we all know should hit it big, but, for some reason, fail to become a household name. We’ve ranted about Google’s failure to bring the Orb Nexus 4 charger to market, but truth is Samsung hasn’t been doing much better. Case in point, the wireless charging plate for the Galaxy S3 that Samsung announced back in May 2012, but never hit the market.
The folks at Samsung may be fans of the “better late, than never” adage, because the Korean...
Feb
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A few days ago we told you that the HTC M7 could be known as the HTC One in stores once the Taiwanese company unveils it in just over a week from now at its special media event.
This isn’t exactly surprising considering that HTC may be interested in having its own strong Android brand out there to help it boost profits in the coming quarters.
HTC launched its first One products last year, gaining some attention from buyers and the media with the high-end One X models but not only. So while you may prefer the HTC M7 product name, launching a HTC One to further solidify this Android handset...
Feb
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Data hungry folks might be having a field day eating through their LTE data allocations, but some prefer to be thrifty and go the prepaid route. Recently heard from the tech grapevine: T-Mobile’s MVNOs are likely to be offering LTE access soon.
To the uninitiated, MVNOs, or Mobile Virtual Nework Operators, are carriers that don’t own the infrastructure, but buy resources in bulk from the bigger companies (like Sprint, T-Mobile, et al) and re-sell these in different packages. Now what’s so great about MVNOs is that they are usually able to offer these services cheaper. What’s not so great is that...
Feb
11
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As one of the most rumored and anticipated devices of the year, the HTC M7 is expected to make its formal debut on February 19 at a joint press event in New York and London.
The HTC M7 has been the source of many Android rumors over the last couple of months and looks to be HTC’s flagship device of (the first half) of 2013. Details have been leaking since late 2012 and suggest the phone will be a modest step up from last year’s HTC One X and...
Feb
11
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HTC might have had the honor of releasing the world’s first ever Full HD smartphone, but the technology world doesn’t (necessarily) work based on the “first come, first served” principle. Even if the “first come” has been the only one at the table for several months.
There’s plenty of 1080p competition for the Butterfly (aka J Butterfly, aka Droid DNA), but it’s obvious the battle for supremacy will be carried against Sony’s Xperia Z. At least until HTC and Samsung’s own Full HD giants will have to have their hunger for celebrity quenched.
So now the question that needs to be answered is who’s the champ. The Butterfly or the Z? As you’d expect, there’s no simple answer we can offer yet,...
Feb
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Last year, Intel signed a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship with Motorola Mobility and they’ve since struck a deal with Google/Motorola to acquire “patents and patent applications’’ along with “tangible assets of the company located in the US” and “rights to hire some American employees of Motorola Mobility”.
In June 2012, Intel also bought 1,700 patents and related rights related to 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi technology for $375 Million from InterDigital, as well as $75 Million worth of Wi-Fi and LTE patents and patent applications from Aware Inc.
InterDigital is seen in the industry as the ARM of the wireless technology market, while Aware is an “innovator of advanced processing...
Feb
11
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As of January 26, it’s no longer legal for individuals to carrier-unlock their cell phones (Android smartphones included) without the express permission of the mobile operator that sold the device for a subsidized price – if the handset is sold for full price, then the device is not locked to a certain network.
Since then, we explained what that unlocking vs rooting/jailbreaking means for you, legally speaking, and we pointed out...
Feb
11
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All good things come in small packages they say, and the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi is a good example. Small as the device might be, the Pi is the epitome of how a reasonably powerful computing solution can be offered at such a possibly unheard of low price — as it’s selling for $35 and less.
The Raspberry Pi comes with plenty of features, but one thing that it doesn’t have is a camera — a feature that not everyone may need, but could come useful for others with...
Feb
11
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Lava has been hot on the heels of rivals Micromax and Karbonn, and might have finally surpassed the competition in the budget-tablet arena with its latest offering. Lava recently announced the ETab Xtron, the company’s first Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet, and is only the second company to release a budget-friendly JB tablet.
Here’s a quick specs and features run-down:
  • 7-inch IPS display with 1024 x 600 resolution
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Mali 400 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 32GB
  • 2MP front camera
  • 3,500mAh battery
  • 3G support via USB dongle
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Apart from boasting the...
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