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). Read more

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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Google launches ‘Classroom’ for teachers in conjunction with their services

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Today, Google launched “Classroom for Teachers” which aims to make the instructors job a little bit easier. What “Classroom” does is it combines Google’s already successful apps such as Google Drive, Gmail and Google Docs to help teachers organize or even create their lesson plans or assignments. Google hopes this new service will provide an easy tool to make a teachers job more efficient and provide less of a headache. Here’s a little more of what “Classroom” can do:

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Google Maps 8 is out and brings forth lane guidance, offline maps and several other new features

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Google has updated their Maps application across all platforms and bringing it up to Maps 8. The update brings forth several great new features such as lane guidance, the ability to use Maps while offline (finally!), and also a couple of smaller features. Lane guidance will be a godsend for many that drive through some confusing intersections or freeway exits (LA drivers, anyone?). Maps will have an indicator in the top left section of the screen that will guide you through your complicated route. For offline Maps, I’m glad that it’s finally back. Now users are able to save their routes and destinations so that it can be used for offline purposes.

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HTC stock surges to a 10 month high

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Earlier today, HTC’s stock rose 6.9% (a 10th month high for the company) with investors expecting the company to turn in favorable Q2 earnings. With the HTC Desire 816 selling quite well in China combined with the positive sales and reviews of their HTC One M8 flagship, the expectations that these investors have, could pay dividends in the near future.  Hopefully once the Q2 earnings come out, HTC will show their resurgence into the market.

Do you guys think with the new Desire lineup and HTC One M8, the company will finally turn things around and once again become a huge force in the mobile industry? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!

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Google Wallet is reportedly on its way to Google Glass

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If you own Google’s Glass device, sending money without even pulling out your smartphone may be coming your way via Google Wallet very soon. Through sources that work closely with Google, Google Wallet integration within Glass is in the works and they are already well into the testing phase. The service is already on certain Google employees, and after a few more months of testing, we could see it roll out to the masses No clear timetable has been given on its impending widespread release so stay tuned for further news!

Would this be a feature you would like to have on Glass?

source: Techcrunch

T-Mobile LG G Flex receiving update today; It may or may not be KitKat

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Today T-Mobile is supposedly rolling out the KitKat OTA update for their LG G Flex device. Problem is, is it even KitKat? According to the source link below, it shows Android 4.2.2 as the software. At first I thought it may just be a typo, but the file size is a mere 149MB’s. Seems a little low considering the G2’s KitKat file was about 1.5GB’s in total. Of course, these are just my speculations. Also, it seems users from XDA are reporting that the update has been pulled with no reason given.

If you have a T-Mobile G Flex, have you gotten the update notification today? And if so, is it KitKat?

source: T-Mobile