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Google Stars spilled: collections for your internet things

Google Stars spilled: collections for your internet things

This week the system known as Google Stars - also known as Google Collections - has been revealed in enough detail that we’re able to move forward with some thoughts. Though not entirely public, Google has let loose a few details in code on what Google Stars might be, and how it might be integrated with several services in play already. Google addict Florian Kiersch has done the lion’s share of investigation into this system - we’ve had a chat with him this afternoon about his findings.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime said preparing for LG G3 war

Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime said preparing for LG G3 war

The Samsung Galaxy S5 may not have had the QHD Super AMOLED display some predicted, but Samsung is reportedly working on an updated, higher-resolution version, dubbed by some the Galaxy S5 Prime, as a premium retort to upcoming phones. The 2560 x 1440 handset, said to be internally codenamed "KQ", is believed to be in mid- to late-phase development and expected to deliver an experience arguably more in line with what Samsung originally hoped for its current flagship.

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iPhone 5s “Powerful” ad highlights apps not specs; Slyly pokes Samsung

iPhone 5s “Powerful” ad highlights apps not specs; Slyly pokes Samsung

Apple has kicked off a new ad campaign for the iPhone 5s, taking a subtle dig at "unique" features from rivals like Samsung's Galaxy S5 pulse sensor by pointing out that its phone can do that too. Dubbed "Powerful" - and using the tagline "You're more powerful than you think" - the new commercial highlights what the iPhone 5s can do courtesy of the App Store, including fitness, gaming, music, and more.

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Vonage ReachMe Roaming pipes US cellphone calls to VoIP

Vonage ReachMe Roaming pipes US cellphone calls to VoIP

International cellphone roaming is slowly getting cheaper, but Vonage's new ReachMe Roaming system wants to bypass carriers altogether for those going abroad, though still letting them use their existing cellphone number. The app uses VoIP, capturing incoming calls made to US cellphone numbers and pushing them over an internet connection instead: assuming you're on WiFi while you're traveling, there's no roaming fees involved in answering the call.

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Galaxy Tab 4 USA release tapped in three sizes

Galaxy Tab 4 USA release tapped in three sizes

The fourth generation of Galaxy Tab devices is upon us: Galaxy Tab 4 in 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch iterations are headed toward the United States. The first wave of Galaxy Tab 4 tablets from Samsung will be appearing with Wi-fi-only releases starting on May 1st, with pre-orders beginning tomorrow (April 24th, 2014). These devices will be delivered in carrier data iterations this summer.

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Samsung’s Galaxy apps generally ignored says research

Samsung’s Galaxy apps generally ignored says research

Samsung bloatware or bonus features: however generously you want to refer to them, it turns out Galaxy smartphone owners aren't actually using them, according to new research. Total usage time for a sample of Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 users of Samsung's key homegrown apps amounted to less than seven minutes in March 2014, whereas they used three of Google's apps for 149 minutes in all.

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