HTC One (aka M7) press render leaks ahead of next week’s announcement

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@evleaks is at it again. They have a pretty good track record and I am assuming that will continue with their latest leak, a press render of the HTC One. We already reported last week that it will be the official name of the M7, but forget names, what does it look like? There’s a good chance that it will look just like the above image.

Now we had seen a leaked image of the said device last month, and if you remember, the buttons were switched up. Instead of having from left to right, back/home/multitasking, the previous image had from left to right, back/multitasking/home. I still can’t understand why HTC would do that, but the same theme continues with this image, but the htc logo is in place of the multitasking button, which is even more bizarre.  Other than that, there isn’t much more to say other than this image appears to be the second color option and the newer clock widget is prominent as opposed to their classic flip clock.

I’m pretty sure we will see another leak or two before next Tuesday’s big announcement, so stay tuned!!

source: @evleaks

Lock screen notifications make their way to Android Jelly Bean

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In today’s world of tablets, smartphones and “phablets”, the lock screen is probably one of the single most viewed elements of any device. Recently with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google added the ability to have widgets on your lock screen which brought the usefulness and importance of the lock screen to a new level. One thing that has been oddly left out of the Android feature list is the ability to view notifications on your screen. However thanks to XDA member Roymam there’s an app for that.


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Details of the LG Optimus L7 II, L5 II, and L3 II leak ahead of MWC

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We already know LG will be unveiling a few phones at MWC, and it looks like three of those bad boys will be the L7 II, L5 II, and L3 II. It was about this time last year when the first versions of the L Series were unveiled, and they might not have been the most popular phones in the land, but 10 million units sold isn’t too shabby. Fast forward a year and the second versions are ready to take on the world. Hit the break to get the scoop.


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Framaroot brings one-click root to several Samsung and some OMAP-based devices

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One of the main reasons people choose to go with Android is because of the customization of the OS. With features like custom app launchers and widgets, Android is widely regarded as the favorable OS for anyone looking to make their smartphone or tablet exactly the way they want to. Due to the open-source nature of Android, many users look to do what is known as “rooting”. “Rooting” is essentially getting to the bare system of the device and unlocking the potential of your smartphone or tablet by use of super-user permissions.

Depending on your phone, carrier and manufacturer, the process of rooting your phone could be either extremely easy or extremely tiresome. Luckily there are developers who’s mission is to create a seamless and user-friendly ways of rooting devices and bringing custom ROMs, or custom user interfaces to your device. 
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Apple CEO Tim Cook says Steve Jobs overruled him on patent suits against Samsung

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Apple and Samsung have been in a patent war since 2011. Current CEO Tim Cook has been on record as saying that he does not like to participate in what he calls “patent litigation” and apparently he wasn’t lying. According to a lengthy article provided by Reuters, Cook claims that the late Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and former CEO, opposed and overruled him on the decision to go after Samsung in court for patent infringement.


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Box is offering 50GB of free storage for new users

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As more and more of us start to truly embrace our mobile devices, it’s only natural that we begin to really take advantage different means to save the different pieces of content on our devices. That’s why online storage solution Box.com is offering a sweet deal for new users. While this special 50GB of free storage offer is listed as a “Dell Exclusive Offer” exclusive, it appears that anyone and everyone can take advantage of this sweet, sweet deal— so you don’t need to necessarily own a Dell computer or be a Dell employee to enjoy this awesome offer. The cool thing about this offer is that Box.com generally offers a pretty solid 5GB of free storage for new users, so it’s pretty cool that its 50GB promotion is ready to be taken advantage of by new prospective users.

There’s no word on how long this promotion will last, but we’re pretty sure that you’ll want to head on down to the source link and take advantage of this awesome opportunity as soon as possible. Be sure to use the source link below to get the deal.

source: Box.com

Verizon rates apps for “overall experience” on user devices

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Verizon is hoping to add some value for its customers by helping them rate the value of the apps they run on their smartphones. Rather than rating apps based on things like graphics or usability for a certain task, Verizon is looking at qualities that may affect the overall ownership experience. Major areas that are assessed include battery drain and data usage along with some other factors. Verizon makes a couple lists available, one that assesses top Google Play apps and another that highlights apps they find especially worrisome.
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Solavei and Ready SIM promise to offer LTE for customers as soon as T-Mobile launches their LTE network

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Solavei and Ready SIM, MNVO’s who operate off of T-Mobile’s network, have announced that they want to offer LTE speeds for their customers as soon as T-Mobile’s LTE networks are ready. The problem for the companies like Solavei and Ready SIM is that if T-Mobile doesn’t want to let them use their LTE network, they simply can’t do it. There are very few prepaid services that are able to offer LTE yet, as it’s a great draw for consumers to stick with postpaid plans. We can hope T-Mobile would be willing to share that LTE, but we’ll just have to wait and see by the end of the year, when T-Mobile is expected to have completed a large chunk of their LTE rollout to cover 200 million people, despite getting off to a slow start.

source: Fierce Wireless

New Data Suggests That There Will Be More Mobile Devices Than People Soon… Very Soon

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We know that more and more people are using devices, but a new report suggests that mobile devices will eventually outnumber the world’s population by the end of 2013. According to a report by Cisco’s Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, not only has society’s demand for mobile devices grown– but the number of connected devices and mobile data usage is growing at a record pace as well. A major example is the increase in usage for mobile tablets: the number of tablets being used grew 2.5x to 36 million and generated 2.4x more mobile traffic than the average smartphone did.

So all-in-all it appears that we have not only embraced mobile device usage, but it’s growing faster than we could have ever imagined. Hit the source link for additional details.

source: Mashable

 

 

 

Hangout with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn for The Internship trailer debut

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Celebrities Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn will be hanging out Google style with fans on February 13th, 2013 at 11 am pacific standard time (PST). The hilarious duo will be a part of a Google+ hangout session to debut the trailer for the pair’s new movie “The Internship”. If you’re not familiar with “The Internship,” it’s a comedy where both Wilson and Vaughn play Google interns. They had great chemisty in “Wedding Crashers,” so this one should be a blast.

Oh, and in case we forgot to mention this little detail, this event will be hosted by none other than Conan O’Brien. Don’t miss your chance to hangout with Wilson, Vaughn and Conan on February 13th. Check out the teaser video after the break.


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