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IBM: iOS blows Android away in Cyber Monday shopping

IBM: iOS blows Android away in Cyber Monday shopping

Cyber Monday is a day meant for online deals from around the Internet. A day when you can shop without ever leaving home, and get things not available in stores at a discount. Like they did last week, IBM has released their user stats for Cyber Monday shopping. Unlike black Friday, the disparity between Android and iOS wasn’t even close, with iOS users outpacing Android owner purchases 4:1. Online sales were up 8.5% over 2013, too, with mobile traffic accounting for nearly half of all online browsing.

 

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Peggle Blast released: Android, iOS get Free(mium)

Peggle Blast released: Android, iOS get Free(mium)

This week the folks at EA Games have decided to release Peggle Blast, the first Peggle game made specifically for mobile devices. This app has been released for Android this afternoon, coming with a bit of gameplay very similar - but not the same as - previous Peggle game releases. This game is portrait-mode only (for now) and has a variety of in-game purchases instead of costing one price upfront. Join in then lose lives then buy more lives so you can keep on playing the game.

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Nova Launcher updates with Android Lollipop’s worst feature

Nova Launcher updates with Android Lollipop’s worst feature

It's all good times and less-than-appealing aesthetics over at Nova Launcher this week as they give a bump up to version 3.3. Users of this Android launcher will find their latest update to bring on Android 5.0 Lollipop app drawer cards. Just the feature you wanted to make your Android device look like the newest devices on the block, despite the relative retro-nastiness it'll bring to your eyes in card-form. White backgrounds and super-bright icons, all yours, all right this minute in the newest update.

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Galaxy S6 Edge with curved display tipped alongside Galaxy S6 flagship

Galaxy S6 Edge with curved display tipped alongside Galaxy S6 flagship

Not sure whether to buy the Galaxy S5 or the new iPhone 6? Rumor has it that Samsung is coming out with its next Galaxy flagship. According to SamMobile, the new Galaxy S phone will be called the Galaxy S6. Is it stirring up excitement for Android users as the iPhone 6 did? As of right now it doesn’t seem so because Samsung is in the early stages of development for the new Galaxy S6.

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PuzzlePhone is a modular phone set for release in 2015

PuzzlePhone is a modular phone set for release in 2015

Google’s Project Ara is a really interesting concept; a smartphone that never really becomes obsolete. Working on that concept, a new contender has emerged in the form of Circular Devices, a Finnish company readying their own modular smartphone, the PuzzlePhone. Visually, it’s a bit more approachable than Google’s Ara, and a bit simpler overall. Rather than make each component swappable, PuzzlePhone has two major elements you can replace: the brain, and the heart. It’s a neat concept, and may end up the next step in modular smartphones.

 

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HTC One M9 details tipped to dump the UltraPixel

HTC One M9 details tipped to dump the UltraPixel

It may be time for HTC to get rid of the UltraPixel name - and the technology - if today's anonymous sources are to be believed. The rest of the specifications shared this afternoon aren't all that difficult to believe. Just boosts in resolution, screen size, and processor power. The big difference here is in the change in camera - which anyone could have predicted, really. We're crossing our fingers that HTC has something more exiting planned than what basically amounts to a generational kick in the pants.

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Lumia 1030 leaks: bigger body, 50-megapixel camera

Lumia 1030 leaks: bigger body, 50-megapixel camera

There's nothing like a Lumia to get your brain excited about massive smartphone-based camera technology. This morning we're getting a look at the successor to the Lumia 1020. Nokia's first Windows Phone with a massive camera at its back, the Nokia Lumia 1020 was originally released with a 41-megapixel sensor. This new Lumia 1030 is said to run with a 50-megapixel sensor, taking the biggest photos any smartphone will have taken yet. By a large margin. And only really beating Nokia's previous release - now made by the same crew, but owned by Microsoft instead.

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Girl Scout Cookies online: invites required, limited nationwide roll-out

Girl Scout Cookies online: invites required, limited nationwide roll-out

The end-times for your wallet are near: Girl Scout Cookies will soon be allowed to be sold online. The Girl Scouts' Chief Digital Cookie Executive (that's a real title) Sarah Angel-Johnson has spoken. This is the first time Girl Scout Cookies will be available direct through the Girl Scouts online since the internet was first activated. Girl Scout Cookie sales generate "an estimated" $800 million in cookie sales a year - this online initiative could bring between 50-150% more in the next 12 months.

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Samsung’s budget Tizen phone rumored for Dec. 10 in India

Samsung’s budget Tizen phone rumored for Dec. 10 in India

Failing to take a bit out of the high-end smartphone market, Samsung is setting its price tag lower for the upcoming first ever Tizen smartphone. That is, if it finally really does arrive. Samsung is moving to the new industry sweetheart India to launch the smartphone, now being called the Samsung Z1, supposedly by December 10, which is just a week or so from now. But the biggest pull that the phone might have, other than Samsung's clout, is that it will be sold at a sub-$100 price.

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Lumia RM-1052 prototype sighted, could be the McLaren

Lumia RM-1052 prototype sighted, could be the McLaren

Microsoft might have closed the last chapter of Nokia's Lumia book, but the story is far from over, especially with many unanswered questions left hanging. One of those pertain to the supposed Lumia 1020 successor, a smartphone codenamed "McLaren". Aside from continuing the 1020's photography lineage, this McLaren was supposed to also bear a "3D Touch" interface. However, it was rumored to have been axed mid year and vanished without a trace. That is, until this RM-1052 prototype surfaced in China, which could very well be that stillborn smartphone.

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