Mobile Phones

Andromium wants to turn your smartphone into a desktop computer

Andromium User InterfaceWhen you look at the computing power of the average smartphone, then compare it to desktop computers fifteen years ago, the difference is staggering. Andromium wants to take advantage of that.

This unique Kickstarter campaign takes smartphones (primarily the Galaxy series of Samsung phones, based on their demos), and uses it as an operating system similar to a PC.

By placing it inside of a base connected via HDMI to your chosen display, it loads up like an application. Wireless compatibility via the device links it to a mouse and keyboard.

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LG shows off the G Flex 2 smartphone at CES 2015

LG G Flex 2If you thought that the hype about curved smartphones was over, think again. LG made a surprise splash with the G Flex 2, an update to their original G Flex device.

When LG announced the first G Flex smartphone back in October 2013, it was during a rush to accommodate what was thought to be a more natural curving design.

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Post-Holiday gift guide for tech junkies

Happy HolidaysThe holidays are all but over, with New Years just around the corner. It is too late to be buying gifts, right? Wrong! Plenty of us don’t get presents for certain people in our lives until after the holiday rush. Coworkers, friends, acquaintances…it is sometimes just easier to wait until the post-Christmas sales to start buying them their presents.

For those tech junkies in your life will waiting for a gift, here are ten cool ones to consider.

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Social alarm app Wakie now available for iOS

Wakie AppApple users who hate alarm clocks can now rejoice, because the popular social alarm app Wakie has been released for the iOS platform. It connects people from around the world for a more sociable way to wake up.

Despite its popularity, the community of dedicated Wakie users is still relatively small. That may change now that the app has been launched for the Apple platform. Now people with iPhones can get in on the fun, and take part in their own early morning shenanigans.

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Verizon and Motorola show off the Droid Turbo

Verizon Motorola Droid TurboWe are finally seeking the Droid Ultra replacement that has been the source of leaks for months, the Droid Turbo. It is the latest collaboration between Verizon and Motorola, and the latest in the wider Droid line.

The Turbo has been a cause for speculation for quite some time. Being one of the more popular Verizon based lines out there, fans were interested to see what was next after the success of the Ultra. After leaks confirmed a real boost in specs and capabilities, rumors started flying.

As it turns out, the excitement was pretty well placed.

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Microsoft prepares to relaunch Lumia under its personal brand banner

Microsoft LumiaMicrosoft is looking to rebrand the Lumia line following their purchase and integration with Nokia. That means a manufactured product series of new Microsoft Lumia products that seek to move away from the formula of the old company, and make it a part of the new one.

One of the first things Microsoft wanted to make clear with their announcement today was that Nokia Lumia phones are still being sold and supported, and so are not obsolete with the buyout. But that probably won’t be the case pretty soon, as they begin to phase out the old and bring in the new. At least, that is what can be gleaned from reading between the lines.

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A look at Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest Version of Google’s mobile OS

Android 5.0 LollipopYesterday we got a look at the latest Nexus devices: the Nexus 6 smartphone, and the Nexus 9 tablet. Both use the latest version of Android, named Lollipop, or Android L. This time around, the big news seems to be the boost in API’s for app developers.

Android was slow in the beginning when it came to the app market, at least when it was compared to the much more prolific Apple. But in the last several years they have managed to close that gap. With apps being released every day, they are looking to further push the production of both indie and official applications for their mobile service.

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