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Android had a very different face before the iPhone came around

Android and AppleA new report released in court have shown that Google’s Android phones were meant to have a very different look. Until the iPhone was released in 2007, and it became clear that changes would be needed if they were to compete.

Originally, the Android OS was going to be like many others at the time. The regular Android phone would feature a plastic keyboard for QWERTY use, and no touchscreen compatibility. Though it did state that touchscreens may be a future release.

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Google increases security for Android devices

  • 10/04/2014 at 22:21 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Google Android SecurityGoogle has announced that they will be increasing their security features for Android run smartphones and tablets. These new measures will include a new app verification service that extends past the initial download, and continues to monitor its source and content.

It was only of days ago that Google had to remove an app from their Google Play store. One of the top security apps being sold, it charge $3.99 for what was essentially a completely useless app. According to developers who discovered the scam, it did literally nothing but change the skin on the security icon to a check mark.

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Dropbox announces Mailbox email app for Android and desktop Mac users

  • 10/04/2014 at 02:56 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Dropbox Mailbox AndroidDropbox announced today that the popular Mailbox email app is now available for Android and Mac desktop users. Another cool thing Dropbox announced is the Auto-swipe feature, currently available only for the Android app.

For those who don’t know, Mailbox is an email app launched nearly 3 years ago that planned to change the way use our usual email client. Their approach was quite simple and many of the iOS users that started using Mailbox, immediately fell in love with the email app. And that’s simply because with just a swipe you could delete or snooze an email for a later check. They were acquired in 2013 by Dropbox for more than $100 million.

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Microsoft officially retires Windows XP support

  • 08/04/2014 at 19:28 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Microsoft Windows XPMicrosoft has officially retired Windows XP after twelve years, no longer offering support or updates to the system. They have urged users to switch to more modern versions of the software. But it might be a more difficult upward battle than many expected.

Windows XP is perhaps the most beloved of all Windows operating systems. It was more intuitive than predecessors, great for both home and professional use, included a later released 64-bit version, and took features from the already decent Windows  2000.

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Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana assistant at Build 2014

Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1Microsoft has shown off their new updates for both the Windows 8.1 desktop and mobile OS during their Build 2014 keynote. The reveal is an effort to hook developers that have so far been far from enthusiastic about the latest Windows version.

They have shown off the 8.1 updates at the Build 2014 conference. Their annual event draws developers and tech industry leaders from all over the world. Today they had two major announcements: no licensing fees for OEM and ODM partners working on smartphones and tablets with screens under 9″ (which is most), and a converged developer platform.

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Amazon aims to change the TV business with Fire TV set-top box

Amazon Fire TVAmazon have just announced during a live event their first video streaming device: Fire TV set-top box. The event started with Peter Limp on the stage saying that Amazon is looking forward to solve three major issues of current video streaming devices: search, performance, and “closed ecosystem”.

On a first look Fire TV has a huge potential as it’s packed with a fast processor and a GPU, it comes with voice search and it’s bringing numerous partners(Netflix, HULU, Youtube, Vimeo, etc.). Besides this it’s also packed with the usual Amazon stuff: Movies, Music, Apps and even Games.

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New report shows apps remain a dominant force in mobile web

  • 01/04/2014 at 23:45 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Flurry Report Time Spent On Mobile DevicesThe number of people who use their smartphones to access the web has been steadily increasing for years. Now a report from Flurry shows that a great deal of that online mobile interaction is being done through apps, not browsers.

No one who has been watching the steady increase in app popularity will be surprised by this news. Apps remain the primary reason that people buy smartphones, and billions of apps are downloaded every year.

What kind of applications are making up the bulk of these downloads? Flurry breaks it down

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