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Something historic happened in the first quarter of 2012. For the first time ever, the major carriers in the US have registered a combined decline in the number of postpaid (contract)... subscribers. The total number of subscriptions of the seven biggest telcos in the United States has declined with 52,000.

Sure, that’s not a dramatic fall by any means, considering that AT&T, V...

Windows 8 Tablet

Microsoft is no stranger to making hardware – along with the odd mouse and keyboard, it has been making and selling its successful Xbox line of game consoles for a decade.

It... now seems that Microsoft will enter into the tablet market. Microsoft has scheduled an event on Monday in LA, where it promises to make a major announcement. Although the nature of the event has not...

Samsung-Galaxy-S3

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the best, if not the best, Android smartphones launched this year, but Galaxy S fans waited for months for Samsung to unveil the device.... The Galaxy S3 was not announced at CES or MWC as initially expected, and Samsung kept everyone in the dark regarding the phone’s design, features, and availability dates until early May, when the company...

play store adaptxt android

There are many replacement keyboard apps floating around the Play Store, but some simply don’t stand up to the acid test of daily use. While some of these keyboard apps are “smart”... enough, they disappoint in the usability department. Others are intuitive and easy to use, but don’t add enough functionality to warrant a change from the stock keyboard on your device.

For app...

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LG may not be the world’s best-known smartphone maker or the largest maker of smartphones in the world, like their co-nationals Samsung, but the Koreans are, nevertheless, a force to be reckoned... with.

First off, the phone maker has passed through a long period of lackluster evolution, marked by mediocre products and a dwindling mindshare. But now, all signs indicate that LG is back with a ven...

verizon smartphones 2012

Roughly a full month ago, Verizon was announcing that they will soon start pushing a new data share plan, one that will allow multiple users to connect multiple devices that all draw from a... single bucket/pool of data. Fortunately for those of us eager to learn more about how this data share plan will actually work, Big Red has disclosed yesterday the full details regarding the new Veriz...

google-android

In addition to that exaggeratedly priced $12.5 billion Motorola acquisition, which has been recently approved by Chinese regulators – the last obstacle Google had... to overcome to go through with the merger – Google has made a variety of much cheaper acquisitions lately. But to what end? What is Google planning? Are these recent purchases related to Android? Are...

HOW-IT-WORKS system on a chip

When buying smartphones and tablets, we often talk about their processing power, and make a big fuss of their speed, and whether they can offer single-, dual-, or multiple-core capabilities.... And while we do focus on the processor most of the time, you’ll have to know that things aren’t as simple as that. Instead of just simple processors, we have Systems on a Chip (SoC) inside these d...

google-bouncer

In February of this year, Google revealed some details of a new malware scanner which it had been developing during the latter half of 2011. Dubbed “the Bouncer”, the automated service runs... each app submitted to Google Play to see if it has any malicious intentions. According to Google’s initial figures, the Bouncer has been responsible for a 40% drop in malicious apps available in Go...

Droptest1

Yesterday we did a terrible thing. We took a brand new Samsung Galaxy S3 and purposefully dropped it multiple times for you. It was awful to watch, but we know that our viewers get a strange... enjoyment from cell phone obliteration. We also dropped a brand new iPhone 4S and filmed that too! Before we get to the real fun, let’s take a look at how the iPhone 4s matches up to the Galaxy...