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Amazon’s ‘Mayday’ feature is a bold take on tech support

by: Nate SwannerSeptember 25, 2013
With the new Kindle HDX tablets, users will get a service called “Mayday”, which is on-demand live tech support. Tap the button, and a live tech support specialist will be on your tablet in short order, ready to help you out.

FIFA 14 hits the Play Store, keeping EA’s ‘freemium’ model from Madden 25

by: Nate SwannerSeptember 24, 2013
As they did with Madden 25, EA Sports has released FIFA 14 for free on the Play Store. The catch? You don’t get the full game.

Samsung “Project F” phones may have flexible display, metal chassis

by: Nate SwannerSeptember 24, 2013
ETNews out of South Korea is reporting that Samsung will begin producing a premium lineup of smartphones, starting next year. The devices, which currently assume the codename “Project F”, will be coming to retail in March of 2014, according to Japanese blog rbmen.

Verizon CEO discusses unlimited data, device upgrades at investor conference

by: Nate SwannerSeptember 24, 2013
At an investor conference on Tuesday, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam had some interesting thoughts on unlimited data. McAdam said “With unlimited, it's the physics that breaks it. If you allow unlimited usage, you just run out of gas."

Five years today: Happy Birthday Android!

by: Nate SwannerSeptember 23, 2013
Today, we celebrate the five year mark for Android. Call it an anniversary, call it a birthday, we don’t mind -- so long as you take a minute to celebrate what it is.

Blackberry agrees to sell for $4.7 billion, but a deal is far from done

by: Nate SwannerSeptember 23, 2013
Taking a page from Dell, Blackberry has signed a letter of intent with Fairfax Financial for a $4.7 billion buyout. The deal would pay each shareholder $9/share in cash, and could end up bringing Blackberry under the auspice of privatization.

[Opinion] BBM for Android is delayed, but who cares?

by: Nate SwannerSeptember 23, 2013
According to Blackberry, the issue was with a leaked BBM for Android APK. They note that -- in a mere eight hours -- their servers had 1.1 million unique Android users, causing issues for them.

It’s over: Blackberry is leaving the consumer market

by: Nate SwannerSeptember 20, 2013
Blackberry released their preliminary financial results for the second quarter of the fiscal year 2014, and it’s worse than imagined. While nobody believed BB10 would fully resurrect the once mighty smartphone company, nobody expected operating losses approaching $1 billion, either.

Leaked conversation shows Cyanogen may dual boot with Oppo’s UI [Update]

by: Nate SwannerSeptember 20, 2013
For those of you interested in the Cyanogen/Oppo partnership, we have an interesting wrinkle to the tale. From Nicolas Sincere at GadgtSpot we learn that Cyanogen still has some work to do, but it looks like we’ll be able to dual boot the device and choose either the Oppo UI or Cyanogen.

Sony’s BRAVIA Smart Stick isn’t the Chromecast competitor we’d hoped for

by: Nate SwannerSeptember 20, 2013
Dubbed the BRAVIA Smart Stick, Sony’s new streaming dongle is set to work with Sony smart TV sets, and couple Google TV functionality with Sony’s own smart TV features.
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