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Galaxy S5 Plus revealed, but why?

Galaxy S5 Plus revealed, but why?

Just as Samsung revealed a late-season upgrade to their Galaxy S4 with the "LTE-A" model last year, this year’s Galaxy S5 Plus has arrived. Here in 2014, this means an upgrade past the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 to a higher-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with 2.5GHz clock speed, Krait 450 CPUs, and Adreno 420 GPUs. What’s all that mean to the lay person? It means it can process better, harder, faster, stronger. This device also works with LTE Cat. 6 instead of Cat. 4, meaning you can go faster once again - supposing you've got LTE Cat. 6 in your area, that is to say.

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iOS 8.1 Jailbreak released for iPhone, iPad

iOS 8.1 Jailbreak released for iPhone, iPad

While the iOS 8 Jailbreaking universe was a mixed bag of oddities, many creators stuck in Beta mode for many moons, iOS 8.1 ready right off the blocks. This entirely un-authorized look at iOS 8.1 comes from the folks at Team Pangu. That’s inside China - and a good indicator of how awesome it’s going to be having China onboard with the iOS Jailbreaking game from now on. This Jailbreak also works on iOS 8.0 right out the gate. And you CAN get English instructions if you don't read Chinese.

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RogerVoice subtitles phone calls for the hard-of-hearing

RogerVoice subtitles phone calls for the hard-of-hearing

These days, speech recognition is a lot about Siri versus Google Now versus Cortana, but that is definitely not the only use case for the technology. We often take for granted what we are able to use our smartphones for because we are physically capable of handling them. Luckily, there are those like RogerVoice who are taking up the banner for others, especially those with hearing problems who still want to use their phones for what they are originally intended to be used for: making calls.

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Olloclip announced 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Olloclip announced 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Proving that it is indeed worthy of this year's CEA Innovation Entrepreneur Award, Olloclip has unveiled the much awaited add-on for the new generation of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones. This accessory gives users access to four popular and highly desired camera effects, all in one easy to use and remove clip. Add that to the iPhone 6's impressive camera and you've got a champ! Plus, this olloclip can now be worn as a pendant so you can take it around with you anywhere.

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Microsoft finally settles on “Microsoft Lumia” name

Microsoft finally settles on “Microsoft Lumia” name

One chapter of Microsoft's, and Nokia's, mobile history is finally drawing to a close. After a bit of guessing and speculation on what Microsoft plans to do to unify its mobile branding, Nokia's, or rather Microsoft's, French Facebook page gave an unambiguous hint as to what the company has decided to call its smartphone brand, and it won't Microsoft Nokia Lumia Windows Phone phones or Nokia Lumia by Microsoft Mobile. It's going with a much simpler "Microsoft Lumia", which edges out not only "Nokia", but probably "Windows Phone" as well.

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Samsung teases Android Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4

Samsung teases Android Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4

Samsung has finally spoken up about Android 5.0. Or rather, in this case, it's more like a whisper. But we'll take anything over the silence it has been observing for almost a week now. Over at its Twitter account, the Korean OEM is actually advertising the Galaxy Note 4's QHD Super AMOLED display, but it is using a screen filled with bright colored candy of the lollipop kind. It is effectively hinting that Android Lollipop will be coming soon. As to when, we still don't know.

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The new Google Music Listen Now experience

The new Google Music Listen Now experience

This afternoon we’ve been taking a look and a listen at the next generation in Google Music’s subscription service in Listen Now. This morning Google integrated Songza finesse to their musical library collection, allowing professional songsmiths to create playlists for the masses. To enter in to this process you’ve got just a few questions to answer - and you’re on your way to a fully functional set of suggestions that updates on the regular. This isn't just a one-time shot, it's a living, breathing entity.

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GT Advanced may soon be clear of that $50 million Apple penalty

GT Advanced may soon be clear of that $50 million Apple penalty

Last week, it was discovered that Apple held a $50 million knife to the throat of their supply partners regarding leaked info. Should a partner be found guilty of leaking info, or allowing info to leak about current or future Apple products, they were subject to that penalty. In the bankruptcy filing of GT Advanced, Apple’s now former Sapphire glass partner, some things have to be discussed to satisfy the court, but might violate that penalty clause with Apple. GT Advanced now says they’re working with Apple to figure out what can and can’t be said in the proceedings.

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Google Music integrates Songza suggestions to crush Beats

Google Music integrates Songza suggestions to crush Beats

This week the folks behind Google Music’s acquisition of Songza have let it be known that Songza has officially joined the party. They’ve been a part of the Google company for a while now, but just this week they’re appearing in the Google Music app for the first time. Just like Rdio did with TastemakerX, Google did with Songza, adding a new layer of interest to their music service. With this boost comes Songza’s "concierge" music feature, the piece of the puzzle that tells you what’s best to listen to at what time of the day.

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HERE maps now on Android to take on Google

HERE maps now on Android to take on Google

What once was only a Nokia joint in HERE maps comes now to Samsung smartphones, then to Android devices in general. Back in the day Nokia purchased Navteq, then they created their own HERE mapping division, then they became one of the most radical map-making groups outside of Google. Now they’ve gone bigger than they’ve ever been before. With a newfound freedom beyond Windows Phone devices, the Android spread can begin. You device can more than likely run this mapping software right this minute.

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