If you own an Android phone, you’re dumb says report

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We have seen studies like this in the past. Who is more likely to own an iPhone or an Android phone? Attractive, wealthy, sexual, you name it. Today’s report is all about intelligence.

Advertising network Chitika released a study that looked at each state’s percentage ownership of iPhones and compared it to the percentage of college graduates. Alaska (65.5%), Montana (60.1%) and Vermont (59.4%) came in with the highest percentages while Delaware (42.2%), Iowa (42.1%), and New Mexico (40.5%) have the lowest percentages.


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Can Samsung really ditch Qualcomm completely?

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Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that Samsung will drop the Snapdragon 810 from the Galaxy S 6 in favor of the Exynos. Utilizing the Exynos is no surprise, but the fact that they would use it for all device variants is.

As you know, the Exynos processor is Samsung’s own processor, so one would think that Samsung would want to use it exclusively. However due to possible supply issues and/or the fact that it doesn’t play well with LTE, Samsung has always used Qualcomm Snapdragon processors for many regions.


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HTC One (M9) Plus leaks with home button and fingerprint scanner

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We had a glimpse of what could very well be the HTC One (M9), and now images of what’s called the HTC One (M9) Plus has leaked. Rumored specs of this device (aka Hima Ace Plus) were reported last week. It’s expected to be a bigger version of the HTC One (M9), but it’s also not expected to be released until much later in the year.

As you can see in the image above, the overall look of the phone is the same as the basic M9, but you will notice that the rear camera port isn’t the same and there is a Duo Camera setup. It’s highly unlikely that one of these devices will get the Duo Camera setup while the other doesn’t. This means that we are dealing with prototypes of either or both with these leaks.


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Google spends more on lobbying than Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Facebook, and Apple

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Google might be buying up a lot of tech companies, but they are also spending a considerable amount of money on lobbying efforts in Washington. According to Consumer Watchdog, Google spent a record $16.83 million to influence regulators in 2014. That’s up from $14.06 million in 2013.

Google bested Comcast, which spent $16.80 million in 2014. They even went ahead of Verizon ($11.22 million) and AT&T ($14.56 million). Apple and Facebook combined didn’t even spend as much as Google, $4.11 and $9.34 million respectively.


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Dead Zebra Series 5 Android mini collectibles coming soon, say hello to Panda and Sk8 Cop

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Dead Zebra will be releasing the fifth installment the Android mini collectible designer series very soon. Designers include regulars, Andrew Bell, Gary Ham, Scott Tolleson and Kong Andri, and a few new ones, Devilrobots, Reactor-88, Jon Paul Kaiser and Lunabee.

Today they have unveiled two figurines from the set: Panda (pictured above) and Sk8 Cop (pictured below). Panda is designed by Google and Sk8 Cop was designed by Gary Ham. Sk8 is extra special since it includes a mini Android skateboard and stickers to slap on the board, himself, or his friends.


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Google will soon offer wireless service through Sprint and T-Mobile

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It has often been rumored that Google will eventually get into the wireless mobile game, and it looks like that dream will come true. As part of something codenamed Nova, Google won’t be starting their own service, but will instead opt to be an MVNO for Sprint and T-Mobile.

If you’re not familiar with what an MVNO is, it’s a mobile virtual network operator, or basically a re-seller of another carrier’s service. For example, Ting is a Sprint MVNO and Straight Talk is the same for both T-Mobile and AT&T. You can now add Google to the mix.


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Google Cast Receiver for Android TV devices now in the Play Store

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Google Cast for Android TV devices can now be updated a lot easier since Google has moved it to the Play Store. This is the case for both the ADT-1 and the Nexus Player, and we presume it will be the case for the upcoming Razer Forge TV as well as all the new TVs from Sony, Sharp, and Philips.

Google Cast is the software used for Chromecasting compatible apps to your Android TV device. To update it, just head into the Play Store from your Android TV device and scroll down to updates.

 

The Galaxy S 6 probably won’t stop Samsung’s profits from sliding for two consecutive years

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Samsung has already reported a profit drop for 2014, and many are hopeful things will pick up in 2015. Unfortunately, analysts believe that profits will continue to slide in 2015.

Although final numbers aren’t in for 2014, it’s expected that Samsung’s net profits will have dipped 27.3 percent this year to 22.1 trillion won ($2.03 billion). 2015 will also show a drop, but the good news is that it won’t be as much. Analysts are predicting only about a 6 percent drop to 20.8 trillion won ($1.91 billion) for 2015.


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Google and Fidelity invest in SpaceX to spread the internet globally

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It has been confirmed that Google and Fidelity are investing a total of $1 billion into Elon Musk’s space transportation company, SpaceX. This investment gives both Google and Fidelity just under 10% ownership of SpaceX, which is valued at over $10 billion.

Google wants to use SpaceX satellites to send internet to those areas that have either no or poor access. This could cover as much as 3 billion people. These satellites will not only provide internet access, but also at much faster speeds.


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