According to Gartner, Apple beats Samsung in smartphones sales for first time since 2011

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Gartner, a research firm, claims that in Q4 of 2014 Apple slightly edged out Samsung as the world’s number one smartphone distributor with 74.83 million sold as opposed to Samsung’s 73.03 million. It is also noteworthy that this is the first time Apple has been atop of Samsung since 2011 and Gartner correlates that with Apple’s success with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. While Samsung still outsold Apple for the entire year of 2014, the drop in Q4 is still a cause of concern for the company according to a Gartner rep:


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theScore sports app gets its Material Design update

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theScore, probably my favorite sports app, just received its long awaited Material Design update. While the app itself remains unchanged, the subtle UI change to match Lollipop is always nice to see.

Out of curiosity, what are some of your favorite apps to keep up with your sports scores? QR code and a download link after the break!


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Sony to release Xperia Z4 tablet soon; Sports 2k screen

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On Sony’s own Xperia Lounge app, the company confirmed the impending release of their Xperia Z4 tablet that will sport a 2k screen. While nothing else is confirmed on the device, we are almost certain the rest of it will be top tier. The Z4 will most likely be unveiled next week during MWC, so stay tuned for further news as things develop.

source: Xperia Blog

[DEAL] Grab a new 2nd Gen Asus 16GB Nexus 7 for $135 + free shipping!

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Still in need of a good high-powered Android tablet, but have been waiting for the right deal? This might just be it as Groupon is offering Google’s 2nd Gen 16GB Nexus 7 made by Asus for a low price of $135 + free shipping (price shows $149.99 on the Groupon page, but apply the 10% off coupon code to get the price down to the $135 deal). While the tablet is ‘old’ by today’s standards, the 2nd gen Nexus 7 is still very much capable of handling any task you throw at it. With the device recently receiving Google’s latest Android software in Lollipop, you’ll get the latest and greatest at such a low price. If this deal interests you, check out the source link to purchase! For the unaware, here’s a quick rundown of the specs:


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Chinese phone maker, Xiaomi, now valued at a whopping $45 Billion

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While most American’s probably haven’t heard of the Chinese phone manufacturing company Xiaomi, their immense success in China has propelled the company into new heights. With the company being previously valued at $4 billion (2012) and $10 billion (2013), rounds have now valued the company at a whopping $45 billion.

How did Xiaomi gain this much success in such a quick time you ask? Clever on-line marketing coupled with cheap/affordable high-powered devices have made them a household name in China. Not only has the company knocked off both Apple and Samsung as the the #1 smartphone manufacture in China, but they are also now #3 world-wide. With over 500 million smartphones expected to be sold in China next year (more than double that is expected to be sold in the US), one can only expect Xiaomi to grow even further. With China clearly under their belt, the Chinese company has their eyes set on the rest of the world starting with India and Brazil, and I’m sure they have hopes of someday being a household name in Europe and possibly even the United States.


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Could an LG phone powered by the Snapdragon 800 be announced by Qualcomm at CES?

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To bring a little excitement prior to CES, Qualcomm took to its Twitter account to post a small teaser of a ‘mysterious’ phone that will be powered by their Snapdragon 800 processor. This new device will debut during CES and while the brand of the phone hasn’t been released, all indications point towards it being from LG (most likely the rumored LG Flex 2).
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Sony continues its “Demand Great” series to show off their Xperia Z3 featuring wakeboarding champion Justin Gratzfield

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With Sony’s recent release of their latest flagship in the Xperia Z3, they’ve created their “Demand Great” series to show off the devices capabilities. In this short video, the Z3’s IP65/68 waterproof and “Live on YouTube” features are shown to its fullest. They also bring in wake-boarding champion Justin Gratzfield to showcase the aforementioned features as a demonstration of its capabilities. In the video you can see him bringing along his Z3 while he’s wake-boarding showing off its water-proof feature, and also broadcasting the event using the “Live on YouTube” feature so that his buddy is able to watch what he’s doing right on the go.

Certainly something cool and useful for customers that love the outdoors and don’t want to be worried that their device may get damaged by water. Check out the video below and let us know what you think!

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