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Amazon apparently feels that they own the word “Fire”

By AndroidChief | On Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - No Comments »
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KomoNews This site has discussed patent trolls a number of times. Now, it is time to give some love to trademark trolls. In the last few months, we have seen a company trademark “candy” and then sue others who used the word “candy” on their sites/products. Now, we have Amazon suing those with the word “fire” on their site. Over the last few months, Amazon. 

Google purchases GPU benchmarking startup drawElements, in a bid to address hardware fragmentation

By AndroidChief | On Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - No Comments »
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DrawElements has become the latest company to join the growing list of Google acquisitions, a list that includes the likes of smart home company Nest, traffic navigation assistant Waze, and Deepmind artificial intelligence. The exact cost of the purchase has not been disclosed, but sources put it somewhere in the region of eight figures. DrawElements, based in Finland, is a 3D graphics. 

Unlocked and Dev Edition HTC One (M8) in the US gets Android 4.4.3 update today

By AndroidChief | On Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Users of the One (M8) in the United States are reporting the arrival of the Android 4.4.3 update on their devices. A few days ago, Mo Versi, a senior executive with HTC said that the unlocked M8 would get the bump to Android 4.4.3 by the end of this week, and now it looks that HTC has kicked off the roll out. The HTC One (M8) launched with Android 4.4.2 and Sense 6 out of the box. This. 

Lenovo shows off prototype smart glasses, seek partnerships for IoT and wearables

By AndroidChief | On Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Despite having very little mobile presence in the North America and Western Europe, Lenovo is easily one of the most powerful giants in the mobile world due to its dominant position in China. Lenovo is equally important in the PC world as well, but beyond that? As the world evolves past computers and mobile devices, Lenovo is hoping to expand into new avenues such as wearables and Internet. 

Unlocked HTC One (M8) in the US gets Android 4.4.3 update today

By AndroidChief | On Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Users of the One (M8) in the United States are reporting the arrival of the Android 4.4.3 update on their devices. A few days ago, Mo Versi, a senior executive with HTC said that the unlocked M8 would get the bump to Android 4.4.3 by the end of this week, and now it looks that HTC has kicked off the roll out. The HTC One (M8) launched with Android 4.4.2 and Sense 6 out of the box. This. 

Smartphones of the future could have 1TB of internal storage

By AndroidChief | On Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Many of the components in today’s smartphones have changed rapidly over the last few years. ARM processors have gone from single core units running at less than 1GHz to octa-core power houses running at twice the clock frequency. Displays have moved from low resolution 480 x 800 units (or even less) to Ultra HD. Camera’s likewise have gone from around 3MP to 16MP. But what. 

Amazon adds ‘hundreds of thousands of songs’ to Prime Music service

By AndroidChief | On Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - No Comments »
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We have literally no idea how Amazon’s Prime Music is  doing commercially, but it did recently add “hundreds of thousands of songs” and hundreds of playlists to the service. The expanded availability of music is good for its current users, which can listen through their smartphones, computers, and Amazon’s cloud player. It’s not clear what songs from what. 

HTC denies that smartwatch that appears in recent promotional video is an actual device

By AndroidChief | On Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - No Comments »

We know HTC is planning its entrance into the smartwatch market, and we thought we might have seen a glimpse of a prototype in a promotional HTC video. But now, HTC has come out and denied that the smartwatch which appears in the video is not a real product. “HTC encourages our design team to explore and tinker with new ideas and even models, as is the case with the watch some viewers. 

You can now make Google Voice calls through Hangouts on your computer, all without a Google+ profile

By AndroidChief | On Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - No Comments »
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We already know that Google has been working for a while now on completely migrating the functions of Google Voice into Hangouts, so that it can merge most of its communication apps into one (besides Gmail). We’re getting closer to that reality now, as Google has added support for making phone calls via Hangouts from the Google Voice website — and you don’t even need. 

LG shipped 14.5 million smartphones in Q2 2014, a new company record

By AndroidChief | On Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - No Comments »
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The end of July marks the time of the year when companies march out their second quarter earnings reports, much to the joy of investors, assorted business types, and curious industry observers like ourselves. Although Samsung is already preparing us for its poor quarterly performance, rival smartphone manufacturer LG seems to be having a much cheerier time lately. LG Electronics has just. 

Verizon sends $3,000 bill to business that doesn’t use Verizon

By AndroidChief | On Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Talking Points Memo recently received a bill from Verizon for $3,019.95. Considering TPM doesn’t use Verizon for any service (and hasn’t since 2012), they were a bit shocked to be receiving anything from Verizon. So, just call up Verizon and set things straight? “So after a little internal due diligence, someone on staff contacted Verizon basically to ask WTF was going. 

Deal: get an Anker 10,000 mAh compact power bank for $26 (68% off) on Amazon

By AndroidChief | On Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - No Comments »
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There are few things as frustrating as a phone that dies on you when you need it the most. One solution to never experience battery anxiety again is to buy a good power bank, such as the one that’s on sale from Anker right now. How good is the Anker 2nd gen Astro E3 10,000 mAh power bank? Well, it’s the #1 best seller in its category, and for just $25.99, it’s a pretty sweet deal. The. 

Google Maps adding new contextually aware Explore button

By AndroidChief | On Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Google is taking Maps exploration to a new level with a new contextually aware Explore button to be found in Google Maps for Android and iOS. There is no indication from Google if you should expect to see a Maps app update, or if it is already baked in, just waiting to be turned on. Either way, you’ll soon see the new Explore button in the bottom right hand of your screen, beside. 

Data centers built into cellsites could boost mobile Internet speed

By AndroidChief | On Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Growing demand for mobile data connectivity has prompted device makers and networks to kick their speeds up a notch, especially with rich content like video conferencing and video streaming. However, even with increased bandwidth, there is still the problem of latency, which is mostly due to the lag in connectivity between the cell sites — radio towers that communicate with mobile. 

Foursquare gets a new logo and several new changes and features

By AndroidChief | On Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - No Comments »
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We knew Foursquare was planning on spinning off its check-in feature to Swarm, a companion application to the location discovery app. That change is officially happening tomorrow, along with some other new changes and features to Foursquare, one of which is a brand new logo. Aside from the flatter, cleaner logo, Foursquare is completely dropping off its ability to check-in to locations.