The Philips W6618 has a 5,300 mAh battery – the largest in a smartphone

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Batteries that have a capacity of 4,000 mAh or more are normally only found in tablets. Earlier this month, one smartphone emerged with a 5,000 mAh battery – the Eton Thor. Well now there’s a phone with an even bigger battery! Introducing the Philips W6618.

The device released just yesterday, and only costs about $273. Unfortunately, apart from the battery the phone really isn’t that great, with Android 4.2, a display resolution of 540 x 960, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Despite these features though, the battery almost makes up for it all. In fact, the device can run for a whopping 2 months on standby, or 33 hours of talk time.

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Google holding internet scavenger hunt for a chance to attend I/O in June

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An internet scavenger hunt is right up Google’s alley. And that is what the company is doing to give people a chance to attend Google I/O in June. The company has deployed links through its developer site and finding one will either reward you with a spot in the Google I/O lottery or a pleasant rejection message. The spot in the Google I/O lottery will provide an opportunity at purchasing a $900 ticket for Google’s showcase.

For an example, click here to see a link that is taken.

Source: Android Police

LG G3 screenshot leaks, showing flatter UI

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The upcoming LG G3 has had a few leaks, but really nothing compared to some other devices. Despite this, a screenshot of the device allegedly leaked today, showing off a flatter design and overall UI.

So far we know that the device will have a 5.5 inch qHD display, will be water resistant and dust-proof. A few other speculations are out there, but nothing really solid. This new leak adds new information to the growing list, and shows off what is supposed to be LG‘s new enhanced UI. The flat design follows the trend that’s being set by Apple and Samsung, and it will be interesting to see what other changes are made to the design.

Source: LGG3Kopen
Via: PhoneArena

US Air Force looking into using Google Glass on the battlefield

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The US Air Force’s BATMAN (Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided (K)nowledge) research team has recently been testing Google Glass for use in the Air Force, and so far, they like what they’ve been able to do with test units. So far, they’ve tested using Glass in many different scenarios, and thanks to its low power, low footprint design, it’s been fairly helpful. It’s also a nice bonus that Glass sits above the eye and doesn’t obstruct vision, which would be a key element in giving these devices to ground troops. » Read the rest

Oppo Find 7a now available for preorder, includes extra battery, flip cover, and SD card with purchase

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Oppo has put their latest Find 7a up for preorder at a pretty reasonable $499. The device features a 5.5-inch full HD screen, a Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a 13 megapixel camera. It’s currently one of the cheapest options for a Snapdragon 801 powered device, not counting carrier subsidies.

Oppo is also tossing in a handful of extras for purchasing a device, including a navy blue flip cover, a 32 GB microSD card, and a spare 2,800 mAh battery. Those accessories would very like cost over $100 if you bought them separately, if not more, so that’s not a bad deal at all. » Read the rest

Updated Skype application promises to save more battery life

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Many Skype users prefer to stay logged out of the service on their phones and tablets while not video chatting because of a fear of drained battery. If you remember, Google admitted that the Nexus 5 battery is currently experiencing faster battery drain due to the camera communicating with apps such as Skype.

Skype just updated the Android app to version 4.7, which will hopefully alleviate the situation. Just one other change includes message notifications in group chats being turned off by default.

Battery life is precious these days, so anything Skype can do to improve the situation is good news.

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T-Mobile celebrating the anniversary of its 4G LTE with network upgrades and a Verizon attack ad

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It has been just a year since T-Mobile announced its 4G LTE network. Since then, T-Mobile has been able to reach more than 200 million people in over 270 metropolitan areas in the United States. To celebrate, the nation’s Un-carrier says they will be upgrading its 2G/EDGE network with the help of 4G LTE. In a company press release, T-Mobile says this “upgrade will provide customers who currently experience 2G/EDGE coverage new access to 4G LTE, and many already covered by 4G LTE will enjoy access to 4G LTE in even more places.” Whenever a carrier decides to expand, consumers always win. Also, T-Mobile plans on completing 50% of this upgrade by the end of 2014.

The other component of this celebration comes from a new lawsuit involving T-Mobile and Verizon. Feeling that Verizon is inaccurately portraying T-Mobile’s coverage map, the Un-carrier is asking that Big Red ceases and desists any advertisements under question.

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Google’s first physical retail store to open in downtown Manhattan

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It’s no secret that Google has been flirting with the idea of opening it’s very own retail store, much like what Apple offers. If you’ve walked in your local Best Buy store, you’ll see a small Google stand that sells Google’s products that are available in the Play Store, thus the idea has always been there for Google. Now there are reports that Google may finally take the plunge into opening an actual store as they are finalizing a lease on a venue  in downtown Manhattan, which just happens to be a mere block away from an Apple store. Residing on 131 Greene St. the venue offers 4,100 square feet of space. We have more pictures below after the break.

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Nexus 5 camera is causing battery drain, fix on the way

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A lot of people have been complaining about their battery discharging a little too fast on the Nexus 5 ever since the 4.4.2 update. It appears the culprit is the camera, and more specifically mm-qcamera-daemon. It causes the CPU to run more than needed, which subsequently causes the battery to drain quicker. It seems as if other third party apps like Skype is accessing the camera too often. However, the problem isn’t with Skype or other third party apps. It’s something Google needs to fix.

If you have noticed your battery draining quicker than normal, you can head over to Settings/Battery and see if mm-qcamera-daemon is listed. Unfortunately there really isn’t anything you can do to alleviate the situation other than doing a reboot, which is basically like taking an aspirin since the issue will come back. You can also look to uninstall any apps that utilize the camera, but then again, if you make use of those apps a lot, that might be difficult.

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