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HERE maps for Android updated, leaves Beta

HERE maps for Android updated, leaves Beta

This week the folks behind the app HERE - from the ol' Nokia crew - have update their app directly out of Beta mode. This means it's the first full release of the HERE maps app for Android and prepared to be truly worthy of the 3-million downloads its already received. Users are invited to check out improved routing, new interactivity with maps - like contact info, photos, reviews, 3D venue maps, and a new "visual polish" to make sure you understand how important and shiny it is.

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OnePlus after Cyanogen — Oxygen, and lots of Paranoid Android

OnePlus after Cyanogen — Oxygen, and lots of Paranoid Android

In the wake of their odd breakup (or separation, or maybe they’re taking a break, who really knows) with Cyanogen, OnePlus announced they’d come to market with their own operating system. Quickly dubbed Oxygen OS, we were promised more details at a later date. Today is the day for more details, so what are we getting? A look at Oxygen OS’ logo, and a brief introduction to the team building it. If you were wondering how OnePlus was going to answer Cyanogen’s work on their hardware, the answer is Paranoid Android.

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BLU Studio Energy has a 5000mAh battery, good for 4 days

BLU Studio Energy has a 5000mAh battery, good for 4 days

A smartphone that lasts 4 days with standard usage and an impressive 45 days on standby. Such numbers are quite rare with today's feature-packed smartphones. But that is exactly what BLU Products is trying to sell with the Studio Energy. And it's selling it with a very low price tag to boot. That is, if you are willing to accept some compromises along the way as the smartphone won't exactly have flagship specs. But if you're looking for a long lasting, affordable prepaid option, this might be it.

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Qualcomm’s Chromecast-killer is the dongle your TV wants

Qualcomm’s Chromecast-killer is the dongle your TV wants

The competition for a place in one of your TV's HDMI ports looks set to get fiercer, with Qualcomm showing off its take on the streaming adapter, a Snapdragon-based mini Android computer smaller than a box of matches. Dubbed the Qualcomm 4K Streaming Adapter, the bright red box - currently a working reference design - squeezes what's effectively a full Android smartphone, albeit without the touchscreen and battery, into a plug-and-play dongle for your home entertainment needs. While we've seen streaming sticks before, what we haven't seen is such a comprehensive range of wireless options: everything from the latest WiFi, though to LTE Broadcast support, and more.

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Microsoft confirms Sunrise acquisition

Microsoft confirms Sunrise acquisition

Earlier this month rumor surfaced that Microsoft had acquired the calendar app Sunrise, something the company has confirmed on its blog today. Says Microsoft, it decided to acquire the app because it thinks "a reinvention in the way people use calendars" on their handsets is needed, and with Sunrise it aims to increase productivity options for mobile users. This follows the company's Acompli acquisition. The terms of the deal weren't revealed, but Microsoft does say it'll be bringing in the Sunrise team.

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Study: Wearables worse than phones for measuring steps

Study: Wearables worse than phones for measuring steps

The assumption that you need to strap something onto your wrist in order to accurately gauge your fitness level might not be accurate. Your favorite wearable might not be, either — or at least any more accurate at detecting steps taken than your phone. A new study claims apps are just as good at monitoring your activity level than some of the top wearables on the market. The University of Pennsylvania tested apps and wearables in a controlled environment, and the results are pretty interesting.

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Android Wear may run out of time as Apple Watch nears

Android Wear may run out of time as Apple Watch nears

Android Wear may have beaten Apple Watch to market, but demand for smartwatches running Google's OS hasn't been as rampant as some predicted, new research released today suggests. Over 720,000 Android Wear watches shipped in 2014, Canalys suggests, and while some like Motorola's Moto 360 can't be produced fast enough to meet demand, the overall diagnosis is that the smartwatch market is still up for grabs. While the research firm appears confident that Google will continue to improve Android Wear, the lingering question is whether those enhancements can come quickly enough.

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John Carmack to talk mobile VR at GDC 2015

John Carmack to talk mobile VR at GDC 2015

This morning game developer and Oculus VR CTO announced he'd be attending GDC, the Game Developers Convention, to speak about mobile VR. As it was made clear last year that his full move to Oculus VR was made possible due to the Samsung Gear VR and the promise of a mobile smartphone virtual reality experience, this chat aught to be a real winner. This talk will go by the name "The Dawn of Mobile VR" - and Carmack says this dawn is "close."

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Galaxy S6 Edge detailed with 3-sided screen

Galaxy S6 Edge detailed with 3-sided screen

This week the folks at Samsung seem to have a leaking problem - and/or the people talking about the Galaxy S6 have read the rumors from last week. Word this week is that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will have a double-sided or triple-sided display, taking the Galaxy Note 4's best friend Galaxy Note Edge up a notch. This device would have two curved edges, one on the left, the other on the right of the main screen. There's also rumors of metal! And a high-powered camera!

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Kyocera breaks into European market with new 4G TORQUE model

Kyocera breaks into European market with new 4G TORQUE model

After some reasonable amount of success in Japan and the US, at least as far as its niche smartphone market goes, Kyocera is now trying its luck in Europe. It's entry into the market is a familiar name, but don't confuse this TORQUE with 2013's model. This new TORQUE boasts of some decent mid-range specs and even throws 4G LTE connectivity. All the while still delivering the same high-level of ruggedness, weather endurance, and durability that Kyocera's smartphones are quite known for.

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