smartphones

Spotify sees rapid growth following free streaming launch

Spotify sees rapid growth following free streaming launch

On December 11, Spotify opened the doors to a gaggle of mobile users by allowing free mobile streaming in exchange for advertisements and some limitations. Now, a week later, the numbers show the benefits of such a business move: mobile users growth has skyrocketed for the service, with downloads increasing by a factor of four over the course of the first week. The announcement was made by Spotify yesterday in a statement.

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Snooperscope is a night vision camera for your smartphone, hits Kickstarter goal

Snooperscope is a night vision camera for your smartphone, hits Kickstarter goal

Soon joining the likes of olloclip's Macro 3-in-1 iPhone clip-on lens and similar products will be the Snooperscope, a night vision camera that attaches to the back of one's handset and offers recording in a no-light environment. The Snooperscope is being funded on Kickstarter, where it's funding campaign has hit and exceeded its goal. Mass distribution is planned for June 2014.

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Samsung GALAXY S 4 Mini Review

Samsung GALAXY S 4 Mini Review

The world of Samsung smartphones runs the gamut from one size to another. Want a phone that doubles as a small tablet? There's a Galaxy for that. Not everyone finds phablet-sized smartphones of adequate size for a tablet, however, and so they opt for a larger dedicated tablet and, conversely, a smaller smartphone to complement it. Others simply want a small easy-to-hold-and-pocket offering. Regardless of your reasons for leaning towards the diminutive end of the spectrum, Samsung aims to have your back, rolling out the svelte GALAXY S 4 Mini -- a miniature version of its popular handset by the same name. How does the smartphone hold up to its larger brethren? Read our full SlashGear review to find out.

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Motorola Mobility indicates wood backing option for Moto X is nigh

Motorola Mobility indicates wood backing option for Moto X is nigh

Motorola has officially teased the addition of a wood backing option for its Moto X smartphone. The option has long been rumored to debut at some point before year's end, with the first estimates of Thanksgiving being a bit quick on the trigger. A revised, Q4 release date range for wood backs surfaced around then, and it looks like that one is going to pan out sometime in the next few days.

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Vorson Bookmark 2500mAh portable battery is slim, colorful

Vorson Bookmark 2500mAh portable battery is slim, colorful

Vorson, maker of all sorts of portable and professional batteries for a variety of gadgets, has introduced its latest offering: the Bookmark, said to be the thinnest backup battery ever. As its name suggests (and title confirms), the Bookmark is roughly shaped like a bookmark, and, while not as thin, is still slim enough to be tucked away in a pocket or sleeve. Adding to the features is a touch-activated functionality.

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BeLuvv Guardian bracelet lets iOS users setup perimeter, keep track of children

BeLuvv Guardian bracelet lets iOS users setup perimeter, keep track of children

Children are like ninjas -- there one moment, and somehow ten feet away in that second you glanced elsewhere. Taking your kid to a crowded amusement park or other event, especially if more than one child is involved, presents its own stresses, and BeLuvv hopes to ease those worries. The Guardian bracelet is a cute and visually unremarkable device that works in conjunction with an iOS device, offering a variety of features for keeping track of a child.

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MetaPhone Stanford University crowdsourced project shows NSA’s three-hop reach

MetaPhone Stanford University crowdsourced project shows NSA’s three-hop reach

The NSA, through means by which the average citizen cannot tread, has been collecting vast amounts of phone metadata that is intended to help locate and track terrorists and related activity. Though not always keeping up to standard, what the NSA does is not illegal and has been the subject of intense criticism across the globe. In response, Stanford University launched a crowdsourced project to prove the extent of information that can be revealed through the collection of metadata, and using this information has posted a lengthy write up on the three-hops procedure.

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Nokia Android handset reportedly codenamed “Normandy” slated for 2014 release

Nokia Android handset reportedly codenamed “Normandy” slated for 2014 release

Rumors of Nokia making an Android-based smartphone have been around for a while, with some sources stating back in September that the company had been testing Android on its Lumia devices in the recent past. Such efforts are still underway, according to sources who say the upcoming handset is codenamed "Normandy" and is running a forked version of Android.

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