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Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

The acquisition team at Microsoft have made known their purchase of HockeyApp, a group that creates a testing grounds for apps. Mobile developers are able to launch HockeyApp in iOS, Android, or Windows Phone then launch their app, testing out its flaws in the process. Microsoft will be taking HockeyApp as it exists today offline, integrating this simple system into Visual Studio, their suite of tools for development of content for all manner of devices, mobile or otherwise. Financial terms have not been discussed.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand 3 at TENAA rumored to have 64-bit chip

Samsung Galaxy Grand 3 at TENAA rumored to have 64-bit chip

64-bit mobile processors are probably really starting to become a thing if even the low-end starts getting one. That seems to be the case for the upcoming Galaxy Grand 3, one of Samsung's myriad smartphone families. But more than just this processor alone, the picture we can get from this preview of the device could probably leave clues as to how the industry's bottom line will be moving up next year in all other aspects, including RAM size and screen resolution.

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OPPO R5 smashes apple, and other kinds of things

OPPO R5 smashes apple, and other kinds of things

Some smartphones, especially in China, are getting ridiculously thin. But with that petiteness come fears of being fragile, easy to break or easy to bend. Knowing well that mark of hesitation, OPPO has just released a video ad that play to the OPPO R5's strength despite its lack of bulk, thanks in no small part to its industry-grade metal body. It does so by smashing things without getting smashed in return. And the first thing it slices and smashes through? Nothing less than an apple.

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Indian court bans Xiaomi sales and imports

Indian court bans Xiaomi sales and imports

Chinese smartphone and tablet maker Xiaomi has seen sales of its cheap devices surge in developing nations. India is one of the places where the company has seen its sales blossom in recent months. That sales success has now come to a halt with an Indian court in New Delhi issuing an order that forbids Xiaomi to sell or import its products into the country.

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Google Cardboard gets serious: VR headsets for the masses

Google Cardboard gets serious: VR headsets for the masses

Just as Samsung and Oculus release their virtual reality headset for mobile devices with the Gear VR, Google is reminding the world that they kind of, sort of came first. Released first back at Google I/O 2014 earlier this year, the fold-up piece of cardboard with two glass lenses and a metal washer for a button was released basically in secret. Now just a few months later, Google has released their homepage for the unit and a dedicated section on Google Play. Now, they mean business.

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Verizon Galaxy Note 4 gets the Gear VR update

Verizon Galaxy Note 4 gets the Gear VR update

This morning - just one day after the Gear VR started arriving on user doorsteps - the Verizon version of the Galaxy Note 4 got its requisite Gear VR software update. It's amazing. It's stupendous. It's almost unheard of. Mostly because Verizon is notoriously slow in bringing updates to devices once they've been submitted to them by manufacturers. Between this and the Verizon Moto X Lollipop update, we're thinking we might be taking crazy pills. Or that Verizon's update process is changing - either way!

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Lenovo “mobile device shipments” to beat Samsung in 2015

Lenovo “mobile device shipments” to beat Samsung in 2015

There's a report out today that suggests Lenovo is about to overtake Samsung in mobile device shipments, and that they'll do so inside of the year 2015. This report comes from Digitimes, citing their own "Digitimes Research", and suggests that "Lenovo is estimated to beat Samsung Electronics in mobile computing device shipments... by about one million units in 2014 and become the second-largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide, only behind Apple." The only problem with calling this race is in the term "mobile device" - mostly because to them, this only means notebooks and tablets, not smartphones.

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Future of Iowa digital driver’s license unclear

Future of Iowa digital driver’s license unclear

State officials in Iowa have a plan that will allow drivers to have a digital version of their driver's license rather than having to keep up with a physical card as states have now. These digital licenses would be on the driver's smartphone as an app. The logistics of the plan are now in question as state officials wonder if these digital licenses are something that motorists want.

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Project Ara Spiral 2 PCB teased, DevConf to be livestreamed

Project Ara Spiral 2 PCB teased, DevConf to be livestreamed

The second, bigger, and more ambitious Developer Conference is barely a month away and Project Ara believers, supporters, and maybe even naysayers are probably starting to get excited about it. To get that hype machine started, Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group or ATAP is teasing the crowd with the Spiral 2 board fresh off the press, so to speak. They are also sharing some good news for those who won't be able to physically attend the Conference in any of the 2 days and any of the 9 locations it will be held in.

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