One Billion Androids: Google OS breaks record in 2014

One Billion Androids: Google OS breaks record in 2014

It's not quite the android uprising Bill Gates and Elon Musk are afraid of, but it's domination of another sort, with shipments of smartphones running Google's OS topping one billion in 2014. The global milestone came as smartphone sales overall grew year-on-year, according to Strategy Analytics, with Android propelling its overall market share to more than 81-percent. For Google, it's the first year that Android shipments have reached one billion in just a twelve month period, though as we've seen in recent days, not every Android device manufacturer is celebrating.

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iTunes 12.1 slips its widget into Notification Center

iTunes 12.1 slips its widget into Notification Center

It's fair to say that iTunes isn't a universally loved app for music management, but Apple has at least boosted usability with the fresh release of iTunes 12.1 this week. The biggest change in the new app is the addition of a Notification Center widget allowing shortcut control over what's playing, and hopefully allowing you to leave iTunes itself minimized to the dock more of the time. The same widget also offers extra features during iTunes Radio streaming, which Apple is presumably hoping will encourage more music downloads.

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Tesla caught testing, but is this Model X or Model 3?

Tesla caught testing, but is this Model X or Model 3?

The launch of Tesla's Model X may have been pushed back until later in 2015, but someone is apparently getting to enjoy how the electric SUV launches from a standing start. A case of "right place, right time" saw Juan del Real catch the camouflaged car undergoing testing in Alameda, California, hooning up and down a runway as some lucky driver got to put the EV powertrain - and the prototype's brakes - through their paces. However, there's also speculation that what we're seeing is no Model X, and could in fact be something much more interesting: Tesla's upcoming "affordable" EV, the Model 3.

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Google caves to privacy demands after UK investigation

Google caves to privacy demands after UK investigation

Google will change its controversial privacy policy in the UK, acquiescing to regulators who maintain the search giant's attempts to simplify its terms & conditions in fact left them half-baked. The agreement, announced today by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in the UK, will see Google make changes to how it collects, uses, and communicates user data by June 30, 2015, with more adjustments over the coming two years. It's another pain point in what has been a nearly three year long headache for Google, which revealed its new approach to privacy back in early 2012.

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Akolyt smart sensor for cars wants to create “superdrivers”

Akolyt smart sensor for cars wants to create “superdrivers”

Like most other areas of life, driving is becoming an increasingly "smart" activity, mostly due to the connected nature of modern life. We've seen some systems crop up lately that aim to provide drivers with more data on their driving habits, and among them is the new Akolyt, a smart sensor that plugs into a car's OBD connector and gathers data on all things vehicular. That data is then shuttled to the driver's smartphone where it is laid out in simple to digest blocks of data, including trends that show over time.

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Samsung Galaxy XCover 3 smartphone details leak

Samsung Galaxy XCover 3 smartphone details leak

Samsung wants to have the lion's share of every smartphone market from the top to the bottom and to do that it has plenty of offerings. Samsung smartphones run the gamut from high-end devices like the Galaxy S series to low end devices. One of Samsung's lines that hadn’t been updated in a long time is the XCover range.

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RunKeeper tasks Spotify to pump you up for your run

RunKeeper tasks Spotify to pump you up for your run

Perhaps there is no greater cliche when it comes to mixing music and exercise than having Eye of the Tiger blaring out while you do your training. While you've always been able to do that in a myriad of ways and combinations, RunKeeper is now giving you the lazy way (which is ironic, since you're supposed to be not-lazy for this scenario). The latest update to its iOS app now integrates with Spotify, allowing you to queue your workout music, without having to switch apps back and forth.

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ASUS VivoMini PC with Celeron now available from Newegg

ASUS VivoMini PC with Celeron now available from Newegg

It's been a few months since ASUS revealed its vision for a small PC box in the VivoMini, but now it is starting to turn that vision into reality, albeit in a less impressive and slightly disappointing way. The VivoMini PC that is now for sale on Newegg does indeed bear a 4th generation Intel Haswell chip, but only of the Celeron kind. It also comes with a price tag that, though not significantly much, is just a bit higher than the $150 mark ASUS was aiming for.

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‘Wet Hot American Summer’ adds Jon Hamm, Chris Pine and more

‘Wet Hot American Summer’ adds Jon Hamm, Chris Pine and more

Netflix's limited series reboot of "Wet Hot American Summer" is starting to get a bit crazy. Rumors of the series started surfacing about a year ago, and eventually spawned into a confirmed project that was promised to be seeking the original (and now largely famous) cast. That panned out, and the recent release of the show's first teaser trailer confirmed a load of those original cast members have returned. The list of stars is already big, but just got a bit larger with Jon Hamm, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Schwartzman all being tipped as on board.

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Canon EOS 5DS leaked with whopping 50MP sensor

Canon EOS 5DS leaked with whopping 50MP sensor

It's been a while since we've last heard from Canon's EOS 5D line, but it seems that the camera maker will be bringing it back with a very big bang. Specs of what is supposedly the the EOS 5DS and 5DS R have been leaked and they show some of the best of the best in digital cameras, which may make it sound too good to be true. But if they do come true, we might be looking at a pair of cameras that have very high sensors and the latest image processors.

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