News – Mar 22nd

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The Google Nexus 4 30 day challenge is over.  First of all, if you’re a Nexus user and love the stock Android platform, this is going to be the best phone you can snag.  The specs are great and the price point is even better.  It packs a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 4…

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One of the most common complaints of Windows Phone is its app selection, which while growing, is still missing some big names that are present on competing platforms. Today Microsoft can cross one of those names off of its list, as the official Pandora app for Windows Phone 8 is now available for download…

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Huawei Ascend G700 Coming 5 inch Quad Core for only $320?
It seems that Huawei continues to push the limits of what we can expect from them every time a new phone is announced. First it was the 6.1 inch Ascend Mate than the Ascend D2 and now the Ascend D2’s cheaper younger brother the Ascend G700 has leaked. This leak was broke open by @evleaks and has some pretty impressive rumored specs…

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BlackBerry Q10 pre-orders start in UK and US, launches in late April Various UK retailers have started taking pre-orders for the upcoming BlackBerry Q10 smartphone. The QWERTY-featuring and BB10 OS powered Q10 pre-orders start at £530 and go a bit higher depending on where you do your shopping.

According to one of the retailers the phone will ship around April 22, while the listings of the others' say just late April…

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T-Mobile confirms, BlackBerry Z10 to launch on March 22nd
A couple of weeks ago T-Mobile has announced the availability of the BlackBerry Z10 for its business customers, and now they confirmed the official release date of the device.

T-Mobile on their Help Twitter account has announced that the latest BlackBerry smartphone, the Z10, will be available starting next Tuesday, March 26th…

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RUMOR: The next iPhone will likely be a marginal update Sources from the Apple supply chain are at it again. This time the rumors circulate around the end of May arrival of components, which would point to an arrival of the next iPhone in the the third quarter of this year.

According to said sources the next iPhone will allegedly be a marginal upgrade of the iPhone 5 (perhaps called the iPhone 5S)…

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Available in select markets around the world, the HTC One was added to the Official Smartphone Rankings this week and has already been making a big splash.  Along with Chase, four of our other experts moved it to their #1 smartphone for the week.  Find out why Chase did this and what other smartphones found his top five…

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Galaxy S4 to help Samsung double its market share lead Samsung is looking to take an even larger lead over the competition this year, thanks largely to its new Galaxy S4 flagship.

In 2011, just two short years ago, Nokia was the top dog in terms of phones sold, holding some 30% of the market. Then Samsung, which rides the Android wave better than anyone else, took center, rising to 29% in just one year, with most of that market share being taken…

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BlackBerry 10 reaches 100.000 apps, Amazon Kindle launched today
Today, BlackBerry has announced that its new BlackBerry 10 platform has reached 100,000 applications in the BlackBerry World storefront.
 
Martyn Mallick, Vice President, Global Alliances at BlackBerry said:
“The response to the BlackBerry 10 platform and applications has been outstanding. Customers are thrilled with the applications already available, and the catalog just keeps growing, now with more than 100,000 apps…

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Nokia rolls out Camera Extras and Cinemagraph apps for WP7 Nokia has just launched two new camera apps for the first generation Lumia devices.The new apps are Camera Extras and Cinemagraph and are available for Lumia WP7-running 510, 610, 710, 800 and 900.

Both camera apps were previously only available on Windows Phone 8-powered Lumias. The Camera Extras offers Smart Shoot, Action Shot, Panorama and self-shot feature, while the Cinemagraph shoots a…

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T-Mobile’s proposed acquisition of MetroPCS is nearing completion, as the two companies announced today that the deal has received all of its necessary regulatory approvals. The final hurdle that the merger needed to clear was the Committee on Foreign Investment, and it did just that yesterday, with the government agency determining that there it has no national security concerns related to this deal…

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Lock screen bugs have been popping faster than you can draw an unlock pattern lately, and yesterday saw the discovery of another exploit that was demonstrated on Samsung’s Galaxy Note II. The bug takes advantage of the fact that, after dialing an invalid phone number on the Note II’s emergency call screen, the last-opened app is displayed briefly and is able to be tapped on…

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Less than two months after launching with 70,000 applications in tow, BlackBerry today announced that its new BlackBerry 10 platform is now home to over 100,000 apps. The company points out that that means that there have been over 30,000 apps added to BlackBerry World over the past seven weeks. There are some big names that are joining the storefront today, as BlackBerry says that apps for Amazon Kindle, OpenTable and The Wall Street Journal are now available for download from BlackBerry…

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Apple today quietly introduced a new two-step verification feature for iCloud and Apple ID users in order to offer improved account security. Enabling two-step verification will require a user to identify his or her identity with both an Apple ID password and a four-digit verification code, which Apple will send to an owner’s trusted device, before the user will be able to manage the Apple ID account or make a purchase from the App Store, iBookstore or iTunes Store from a new device…

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LG Optimus G Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy Note II: Sumo wrestling Back in 2011 the smartphone landscape was seemingly starting to settle, when Samsung stirred things up by taking a wild leap with the original Galaxy Note. The 5.3" slate was called a monster back then and we all had to re-think the concept…

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Has Samsung Conceded the Windows Phone Crown to Nokia?
Right now almost anything Samsung touches is gold from their cheapest Rex devices to their flagship Galaxy phones, to their tablets and everything in between. Well almost everything… enter the Samsung ATIV S and the ATIV Odyssey while both are great devices sales are weak and Samsung support is even weaker…

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Pandora app for Windows Phone 8 released
The official Pandora app finally is available for Windows Phone 8 and brings some exclusive features to the platform.
Check the app in action after the break.

Pandora for Windows Phone will be ad-free until 2014 and brings the following features:
Exclusive to Pandora on Windows Phone:

Enjoy ad-free streaming music for free through 2013, with no monthly streaming limit
Pin your favorite stations to the Start screen for one-touch access
See what song is currently playing on your Live Tile
Launch Pandora in Kid’s Corner and explicit content is instantly filtered
Access a recent stations page and easily see your current favorites

Other supported features:

Log in using your existing account or create a new one
Create up to 100 stations
Manage stations: create, delete, and add variety to your stations
Customize your shuffle settings
Fine tune your stations by thumbing tracks up or down
Go to the Store to buy songs and albums
Filter explicit content
Turn on higher-quality playback

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How would you Windows Phone users like an upgraded speech recognition experience that’s faster and offers a new streaming mode? According to a newly-leaked video, you couldl soon be getting just that. A clip from Microsoft’s TechFest event for employees last month has been posted by MSFTKitchen , and in it a Microsoft worker demonstrates a new version of Bing’s speech recognition service loaded up on a Nokia Lumia 920, comparing it to another Lumia 920 running on the existing…

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Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt almost always makes an interesting comment or two when speaking in public, like when he teased the launch of Android 4.0 in 2011 or said that Android is “pretty clearly” winning its battle against iOS in 2012. Today that trend continues, as the former CEO dropped a couple of juicy tidbits of information while taking part in an interview at the Google Big Tent Summit in India …

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The problem with Google

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