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April 25, 2017

Spotify Integrates Behind the Lyrics, Adds SoundHound Compatibility to Android

Own an Android device? Wish you could get lyrics and other information for your favorite songs while you listen to them on your favorite streaming service? Genius’s Behind the Lyrics has the solution for you.

Launched on iOS last year, Behind the Lyrics provides lyrics and interesting facts on songs, giving listeners a deeper look into the musician’s creative insights. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been available for Android users until now.

 

Currently, Behind the Lyrics is only compatible with certain English songs. To see if a track is compatible, head over to the “Currently Playing” page. If the [...]

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April 25, 2017

Google Maps Now Remembers Where You Parked

Don’t you hate it when you park your car and completely forget where you parked it just three hours later? Or do you suffer from constantly forgetting how much time is left in the meter? Google Maps can now remember this information so you don’t have to.

For users who’ve updated to the latest version of Google Maps, all you have to do is tap the blue dot for your location then tap “Save your parking” when you leave your car. Google Maps will respond by pinning a blue dot on your map, indicating where your car’s located. You can also tap on the blue dot to insert additional details such as which level and which spot you’ve [...]

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April 21, 2017

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Powered Windows 10 Mobile PCs Coming 4Q2017

Back in December 2016, Qualcomm and Microsoft had demonstrated Windows 10 running on a mobile device equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. In the demo, Windows 10 was shown running on a smartphone via emulation. The demo also showcased the scaling functionality of Windows Universal Apps.

At the time, no additional information was provided as to when a Snapdragon SoC based Windows 10 device would ship.

However, at their recent earnings call, Qualcomm revealed plans to “disrupt” existing suppliers of PC by launching a Snapdragon 835 powered Windows 10 device by the end of this year.

According to Qualcomm CEO, Steve Mollenkoph:

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April 13, 2017

T-Mobile Wins Big at 600MHz Auction – Wins 45% of Spectrum Covering 100% of the US

In one of its most high profile moves this year, T-Mobile recently announced that they’ve won big at the 600MHz low band wireless spectrum auction, winning 1,525 licenses, or 45% of all 600MHz spectrum. The newly acquired spectrum covers every inch of the US including US territories such as Puerto Rico and quadruples T-Mobile’s low band spectrum holdings. According to documents from the FCC, T-Mobile was the biggest purchaser of spectrum in this auction, spending nearly $8 billion.

The auction, which began last year, was a special auction which would re-purpose spectrum currently used for broadcast TV into spectrum for wireless services. Low band [...]

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April 13, 2017

Qualcomm Refunds BlackBerry $815 Million for Overpaid Royalties

In a recent arbitration decision, Qualcomm was forced to refund $814.9 million to BlackBerry for royalties it collected on smartphones that never got sold.

BlackBerry signed a license agreement with Qualcomm in 2010, allowing Qualcomm to collect royalties in advance on Blackberry smartphones which utilized Qualcomm technologies. BlackBerry has since then pulled out of the smartphone market due to massive losses, which meant that it did not meet the expected sales numbers.

Despite the original contract stating that the deal is non-refundable, the arbitrator decided that BlackBerry should be refunded for royalty paid on unsold smartphones. Qualcomm expressed [...]

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April 7, 2017

Google Adds Fact Checking to Search Results, Attempts to Combat Fake News

Without a doubt, fake news has become a spotlight issue lately. The reason for this is because people are conned into believing news that isn’t true, but believes it is simply because many others shared the piece of fake news. In Google’s latest optimization attempt to deliver the highest-quality information possible, fact checking is now embedded for Google Search.

The feature was originally released for Google News to help simplify fact check the various news sources. After receiving positive feedback from both users and publishers, Google has extended this function to Google Search result as well.

Google Search results that have been fact checked [...]

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April 6, 2017

Upcoming Nokia 9 Rumored to Feature Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM, 22 Megapixel Camera

Nokia 6 Smartphone

Some interesting rumors have recently surfaced regarding Nokia’s rumored upcoming Android phone, the Nokia 9.

According to an article posted on Chinese technology site cnBeta, the Nokia 9 is reported to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, a 5.5″ QHD OLED, 6GB of RAM, and a 3,000mAh battery. It’s also rumored to feature a 22MP rear camera with lens made by Carl Zeiss. Security features include a fingerprint reader as well as an iris scanner.

The Nokia 9 will be Nokia’s first premium phone since its separation from Microsoft. Microsoft acquired Nokia to produce its Lumia series of Windows phones a [...]

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April 3, 2017

Android Overtakes Windows as the World’s Most Popular OS

Recently we reported that, Android was close to overtaking Windows as the most popular OS and it looks like Android is now in the lead. According to latest report from Statcounter, Android devices now make up 37.93% of the market, beating Windows which now commands just 37.91%.

Much of the growth can be attributed to the booming smartphone market. The adoption rate for Android smartphones is growing at a rapid rate whereas Windows Mobile remains non-existent. Back in 2015, Microsoft wrote off Nokia and fired 7,800 employees after seeing no growth in its mobile business. At the time of the write-off, Microsoft accounted for less than 1% of the total smartphone [...]

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April 3, 2017

Apple to End GPU Licensing Deal with Imagination Technologies

 

According to a recent announcement, Apple intends to end a licensing deal with UK chip designer Imagination Technologies, a company that has supplied Apple with its PowerVR GPU license for many years.

In 15 to 24 months, Apple claims that their mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iWatch, etc. will no longer use intellectual property from Imagination Technologies. Apple’s new direction means that Imagination would lose out on a massive amount of royalties.

Despite Apple’s announcement, Imagination Technologies believes that Apple would find it difficult to circumvent its patents and believes that even if Apple [...]

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March 24, 2017

Samsung to Disable Charging on Recalled Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

For those of you still holding onto Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s, Samsung recently announced that an upcoming update next month will completely disable charging for the recalled flagship smartphone. Previously, Samsung has already released software updates to limit Galaxy Note 7 charging capacity and has worked with carriers to disable Galaxy Note 7’s from being used on networks. This latest update effectively disables the smartphone.

For those of you living under a rock, the launch of the Galaxy Note 7 was met with a string of incidents where the internal battery caught on fire. In response, Samsung recalled all Note Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and replaced them [...]

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