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Cyanogen gets $70 mil from Microsoft to ‘take Android’ from Google

Cyanogen gets $70 mil from Microsoft to ‘take Android’ from Google

We’re going to take Android away from Google” said Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster. They’re going to have help, too. A new report from The Wall Street Journal (to whom the above comment was made) notes Microsoft is making a $70 million investment in Cyanogen Inc. It’s an interesting angle, as Microsoft already makes quite a bit of money in licensing fees with regard to Android, and has their own operating system in Windows (no longer Windows Phone for mobile). The investment still leaves Microsoft with a minority stake.

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Samsung may finally be ditching TouchWiz

Samsung may finally be ditching TouchWiz

If you ask a Samsung fan, they might say TouchWiz is awesome. If you ask anyone else (the majority, as it were), TouchWiz is terrible, dated, and bloated. Samsung’s Android overlay is possibly the last true ‘skin’ produced by any Android OEM, and a new report once again suggests Samsung is ditching most of it. We’ve heard before that Samsung was moving away from TouchWiz, and their mysterious ‘Project Zero’ is still thought as the internal project to get them there, so we’re holding out hope it’s finally happening.

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Zepp launches personalized feedback for wearable with app update

Zepp launches personalized feedback for wearable with app update

Data gathered through wearable sensors is nothing without context, which is why Zepp is updating their apps today to better serve athletes who utilize their multi-sport sensor. With the move to version 2.2 for Zepp Golf, Zepp Baseball, and Zepp Tennis, users will get access to Insights, a new feature from Zepp that gives personalized feedback based on information Zepp’s sensor provides to the app. Users will get personalized feedback and suggested drills to correct mistakes, or build on already good performance.

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BlackPhone vulnerability left users open to attack

BlackPhone vulnerability left users open to attack

BlackPhone, that ultra secure phone for the spies and paranoid among us, promises a lot of things, all of them revolving around data security. As with most things, however, reality turned out to be a bit different than perfect-world promises and a bug was discovered -- one that left BlackPhone users and their data open to attackers. The issue was discovered by Azimuth Security's Mark Dowd who spotted the issue on his own BlackPhone, later detailing his findings on Azimuth's website.

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Wishbone contactless thermometer can check body temp and more

Wishbone contactless thermometer can check body temp and more

Any parent will tell you that having a sick baby is a tiring experience. Sick infants cry all the time since they can’t talk to tell you what hurts leaving parents constantly monitoring their temperature. When a baby is fussy, the last thing a parent wants to do is use a rectal thermometer, but that is often what you have to do to get accurate readings.

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Microsoft Office for Android leaves preview as Outlook enters

Microsoft Office for Android leaves preview as Outlook enters

Microsoft has had its Office apps available for iOS users for a while now and the applications have proven to be very popular. Android users were left out in the cold until the preview started a few months ago. Microsoft has now announced that Office is available for Android tablets. The Android apps are similar in design to Office for Windows 10 and the suite for Android includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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Alphabet soup: Samsung unveils Galaxy J1 in Malaysia

Alphabet soup: Samsung unveils Galaxy J1 in Malaysia

It seems like Samsung might really be switching to a new naming scheme. Whether it's more confusing or less, it's up to you to decide. Following the metal-clad Galaxy A series and the Tizen-powered Z1 in India, Samsung is revealing the Galaxy J1, an entry-level smartphone that is being marketed at the Malaysian market. Judging by that number, instead of a single letter, it is probably just the first of many J's that will flood the market with low-end specs, replacing Samsung's name-based catalog.

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Tumblr updates make it more of a blogging platform

Tumblr updates make it more of a blogging platform

After teasing an update to users last night, Tumblr has made changes that could make the service much more than GIFs and fun pictures of weird stuff. Editing features for text are finally being added, suggesting Yahoo is taking Tumblr seriously in the wake of their new Creatrs announcement. The new features will also bring in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get window when creating a post on Tumblr, so there are no surprises once you hit publish.

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Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

App Annie released their year-in-review for 2014 today, and among all the charts and figures, one stood out. Navigating the ins and outs of Android and iOS is intriguing, with Android commanding the lion’s share of market percentage. Even with that, iOS users are time and again shown to use their devices more often; shopping more, browsing with greater frequency, and spending more. According to App Annie, Google Play’s download numbers have outpaced the App Store in a big way, but spending trends the opposite direction.

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HTC One M8 Lollipop update released in Europe

HTC One M8 Lollipop update released in Europe

This morning Euro lovers of the HTC One M8 will be seeing an update to their smartphones in the form of Google's newest candy: Lollipop. This update has been released now to the developer version of the device, the Google Play edition of the device, and to those willing to hack their device to bring that bit of software to whatever version of the HTC One M8 they happen to have. Now the official build is coming to Europe - and we must assume to the United States in the not-too-distant future.

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