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Nexus 4 Lollipop released: here’s where to get it

Nexus 4 Lollipop released: here’s where to get it

Good times are happening over at Google where they've not only gotten Android 5.0 Lollipop working for the LG-made Nexus 4, they've released it to the public. Just as the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 were given Lollipop this week, so too will Nexus 4 users be able to load it with ease. And if you're familiar with the Android SDK, you can load it right this minute. All it takes is a USB cord and a couple of quick code entries. If you know what that's all about, of course.

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Nokia CEO says they “will return to the consumer world”

Nokia CEO says they “will return to the consumer world”

Nokia, as a handset maker, is gone from us. Having sold their hardware division to Microsoft, the once-dominant mobile device maker is changing direction. Now a company of services, Nokia will concentrate on its Networks unit, technologies division, and impressive mapping prowess. Still, as end-users and consumers, many of us still want a Nokia handset. Their Lumia devices co-produced with Microsoft were special, but those will now be branded as Windows. Still, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri isn’t closing the door on Nokia handsets in the future.

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Galaxy S6 details begin to flow: here be (Snap)dragons

Galaxy S6 details begin to flow: here be (Snap)dragons

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has been tapped as a turnaround point for the company. They've reached a point where their line of smartphones is popular, but not quite popular enough that they don't need to shake up the industry with a new lead - either an entirely new physical design or something late-breaking under the hood. What you'll find with the Samsung Galaxy S6 isn't another one in a line of devices that look like the design language born of the Galaxy S III. Instead you'll find Samsung bringing Project Zero forward with a new face AND mind.

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Sharp IGZO display amps up density to 736PPI

Sharp IGZO display amps up density to 736PPI

The 4.1-inch display size for smartphones isn't dead! So says Sharp with their newest IGZO creation. They've made a panel that's 2560 x 1600 - WQXGA. That's not the most pixels ever put in a panel - but when you consider they were pushed into a panel 4.1-inches corner to corner, you realize how sharp this Sharp screen really is. If put in a smartphone, this panel would be - by a margin - the sharpest smartphone panel ever released. This panel comes in at a super-crazy sharp 736PPI.

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US cellphone spy program turned prison jammers against us

US cellphone spy program turned prison jammers against us

Flying overhead in a Cessna aircraft, the Justice Department may very well be sending a cellphone dragnet over your city right now. This plane will use an amplified cell signal that'll override the next-most powerful signal in your area, tapping in to your phone's automatic aim to connect to the best signal in range. With this connection, the U.S. Marshals Service will summon registration data for the lot of the phones it's located, aiming to ping a single phone in the process. All other phone data is said to be dropped. But there's more to this equation than simple information gathering.

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Windows 10 upgrades coming to all Lumia Windows phones

Windows 10 upgrades coming to all Lumia Windows phones

If you are the owner of a Nokia Lumia smartphone running Windows Phone as the operating system, Microsoft has some good news. The software giant has announced that all Lumia Windows Phones will be getting an upgrade to Windows 10 next year when the latest flavor of the operating system launches. A lot of Windows Phone users have been wondering if they would get the update, so it's nice to hear something from Microsoft on the subject.

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BlackBerry unveils BBM Meetings Solution for mobile collaboration

BlackBerry unveils BBM Meetings Solution for mobile collaboration

BlackBerry has announced a new mobile solution to help people stay in touch and participate in meetings while on the go. The solution is called BBM Meetings and is a multi-OS voice and video conferencing solution capable of delivering a mobile collaboration experience to enhance productivity for mobile professionals. The system is also designed to reduce costs for businesses according to BlackBerry.

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Three things that surprised me about the Nexus 6

Three things that surprised me about the Nexus 6

Is there anything more to say on the Nexus 6? Google's latest flagship smartphone has come in for more than the usual degree of attention, as the first handset to run Android 5.0 Lollipop. The fact that Google can't keep them in stock for longer than sixty seconds or so isn't doing anything to dampen the hype, either. I've already gone digging through Google's huge new phone in my equally huge Nexus 6 review, but it turns out the Motorola-made handset hadn't quite finished teaching me a lesson.

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Sesame tries to be a smartphone you can use without hands

Sesame tries to be  a smartphone you can use without hands

The smartphone is slowly but surely becoming an integral part of our modern lives. But if that's the case, many in society who cannot physically use a smartphone will feel like they're being left in the Middle Ages. Although hands-free features are starting to become fashionable these days, few if not none are developed with the needs of people with disabilities in mind. Those are the needs that Sesame wants to address, by allowing such people to use smartphones simply by uttering the magical phrase "Open Sesame".

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Vsenn’s modular phone gets first approved ROM: Paranoid Android

Vsenn’s modular phone gets first approved ROM: Paranoid Android

Earlier this month Finnish startup Vsenn revealed that it is making its own modular phone, which will join Project Ara in what is sure to be a growing array of module-based handsets. Not much about the phone was revealed at the time (nor since then), but the makers did tease that security, customization, and guaranteed updates would all be central to its efforts. Following this, Vsenn has now announced that Paranoid Android is the first approved ROM under its Approved ROM Partner program.

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