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Android Lollipop memory woes resolved, fix incoming

Android Lollipop memory woes resolved, fix incoming

Launching an operating system update isn’t easy (just ask Apple). It’s especially difficult when you make a lot of visual changes, which in turn alter how the hardware is used. With Android Lollipop, users are delighted by the visual change, with it’s colorful cards and subtly useful animations. With the update came some issues, and many users reported some memory woes with Lollipop. Without much fanfare, it seems Google has identified the problem, and marked it closed for inclusion in a future Lollipop update.

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VAIO to offer smartphones starting next month

VAIO to offer smartphones starting next month

For years, Sony marketed laptops under the Vaio name with some success. Last summer Sony decided to spinoff the laptop branch of the company into a standalone brand simply called VAIO. Word has surfaced that VAIO is now getting ready to toss smartphones onto the market in a move that will see VAIO directly competing against Sony, its former parent company.

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The Interview download includes Android hacker attack

The Interview download includes Android hacker attack

Several weeks ago Sony Pictures was hacked by a group that claimed to have done so that The Interview would not be released. Once it was clear that the film WAS still going to be released as normal, they issued further threat that anyone who saw the film would be in danger of physical attack. Most recently there's been a hack embedded within a torrent - that's an illegal download, in this case, and it's hitting Android users in South Korea specifically.

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HTC Hima specs recited by benchmark

HTC Hima specs recited by benchmark

This morning we're seeing a benchmark readout which appears to confirm leaked specifications for the next HTC hero phone. This device is code-named HTC Hima, or HTC6535LVW, and it rolls with an odd combination of next-generation features and last-generation features. For example, this device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (next-fen) but uses a 1080 x 1920 pixel display (decidedly this-gen.) This device will likely be revealed in full inside the first month of 2015 for release in early Spring - or maybe even late Winter.

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Five great IAP-proof kids games for iOS and Android

Five great IAP-proof kids games for iOS and Android

There's a big gap between a young child's love of smart devices and most parents' grasp of what games are good enough - or appropriate - for them to play with. While devices like the Fire HD 6 Kids Edition made some headway into the guidance business for children, we've got a lot of work to do! What follows is a relatively SHORT guide to get you started in the world of apps and games made for very young children - all of them without the threat of your child buying massive amounts of "coins" without your knowledge. One cost or free, then done - that's it.

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Nexus 6 returns via Motorola, ships early next year

Nexus 6 returns via Motorola, ships early next year

Since being launched in early November, the Nexus 6 has had trouble staying put. We can’t find it via Google Play (reliably), and carriers aren’t guaranteed to have it, either. AT&T famously pulled the Nexus 6 from their rotation due to a software glitch, and Verizon isn’t even trying to make a home for Nexus. Even when it is in stock somewhere, supplies and options are limited. Motorola, who manufactured the Nexus 6, has brought it back to their online portal, with all variants and colors being made available.

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IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people, but one undercurrent is noticeable: shopping. Though most stores are shut for the day, we can still go online, and we’ve likely got a series of gift cards in-hand which give us license to buy. In our mobile world, location doesn’t matter much, either. Great apps from retailers mean the mobile shopping experience is often better than on the desktop, and the latest numbers from IBM reflect as much, showing mobile shopping traffic is on the rise.

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Google says no more user testimonials in Play Store app descriptions

Google says no more user testimonials in Play Store app descriptions

Android fans know that the Play Store’s app description are sometimes a bit dubious. Full of people you don’t know saying all kinds of wonderful things about the app, the goal is downloads. For Developers, testimonials proved a handy way to let customers sell their app for them. Google is now asking that those testimonials stay where they belong — the reviews section. In a recent change to Android Developer guidelines, Google is telling Developers to take testimonials out, or risk having their app pulled.

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