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    It’s been a really long time coming (almost three years), and finally, the 2013-released Lumia 520 falls out of first place in AdDuplex’s Windows Phone popularity charts. Unfortunately for those of you who perhaps hoped the global crown would be passed on to a contemporary mid-ranger or the Windows 10 Mobile-powered Lumia 950 flagship, it’s the 535 that moves in the top spot. Essentially, a crappy (by today’s standards) low-end oldie is replaced with a slightly less horrible entry-level device that’s only 18 months younger, having seen daylight in the fall of 2014. Oh, well, at ...

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    There’s no better way to celebrate a ten-year anniversary of a service as popular and ubiquitous as Google Translate than gloat about the many milestones achieved in the past decade. For instance, did you know over 100 billion words a day are translated through the desktop, Android and iOS app? That’s a lot of vocabulary processed every 24 hours, and in just a couple of years, Google Translate apparently surged from 200 million daily users to “more than 500 million” people served. Probably not all of them every single day, but half a billion is half a billion. Unsurprisingly, the ...

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    Should you upgrade from the LG G4 to the spanking new, modular G5? How about from the nearly two year-old G3? Any self-respecting Android power user would yell out a resolute “hell, yeah” to at least the latter question, but the truth is you can probably hold on to the LG G3 a while longer without worrying of critical system lag and stuff like that. It’s getting a little long in the tooth hardware-wise, we won’t deny that, but as far as software goes, it’s just as up-to-date as both the G4 and G5. Now on AT&T and T-Mobile in addition to Verizon and international unlocked ...

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    Before you even think it, don’t go there. Just… don’t. We know it may feel like Apple is boldly swimming against the tide in trying to bring compact phones back in the spotlight, but Android manufacturers such as Sony never gave up on diminutive flagships. Granted, the Japanese OEM that continues to offset big mobile losses with a well-oiled gaming machine did recently decide to retire the high-end Xperia Z family, introducing instead three 5-inch X-series handhelds. If you feared that meant the end of unusually powerful sub-5-inchers, we now have proof a Z5 Compact sequel of sorts ...

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    We’re probably only a couple of months away from the launch of the fourth-generation Motorola Moto X, following in the footsteps of last year’s Moto X Style, aka X Pure Edition. Ergo, the third-gen can be unsurprisingly purchased at lower prices than ever before, i.e. $300 unlocked with 32GB internal storage. You may reckon that means game over for the 5.7-incher’s decrepit 5.2-inch predecessor, which Best Buy “cleared” a while back at a little over $240. But although most third-party retailers, including Amazon, seem to be all out of stock, Motorola has a few more units lying ...

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    Forget one or two flagship phones. Huawei appears to want to break some sort of record, working on a high-end Mate 9 phablet even after recently unveiling the premium P9 and P9 Plus, and gearing up to announce the equally top-notch Honor V8 on May 10. It’s market flooding at its best, but chances are the P9 duo and yet-to-be-introduced V8 will be all but forgotten by fall anyway, at which point the Huawei Mate 9 should enter the picture to take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 6, LG V11, and iPhone 7 Plus. As you might suspect, it’s way too early to be certain of anything ...

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    We've been livin' on the EDGE for a long time, but AT&T figures it's about that time that the sky started falling on GSM. CFO John Stevens says the network's remaining 2G networks will be shut off by the end of this year. In AT&T's Q1 earnings conference call, Stevens said that the company moved off six million customers from 2G in the past 12 months. Some stubborn feature phone-wielding subscribers may end up getting lost in the transition, but refarming the 850MHz and 1.9GHz bands entirely to LTE would be more economical for the company in the end. "There still is a lot of cost ...

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    If you like to watch your music in motion and maybe, just maybe, you have up to five other relatives or close groupies that like listening to and watching music, you have a lot of choices to sort through. Simply put, Apple Music on Android has become another choice for you to pick out. If you're not already on Apple Music, yes, it's on Android and yes, it's being updated pretty often. If you sign up for an account now, though, you can get up to six people on a Family account for $14.99 a month — compared with the single-payer $9.99 a month. Once everyone hops on board, they can browse, ...

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    After its dismal growth reading on smartphone shipments, market research firm IDC has released both its quarterly shipment reports for tablets and the trend line continues groundward. 39.6 million tablets went across the world last quarter with 87.6 percent of them being regular slate tablets — plenty of them in the form of Apple's older iPads and Amazon's Fire tablets (with some 54-fold growth) while others from smaller budget market players round out the majority. In what IDC refers to as the fledgling "detachables" sector, Microsoft still leads the field with its Surface initiative ...

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    Twitter hasn't been making enough money for investors. It has struggled to grow its userbase over the past few years, stuck at a rate of a few million per quarter, with gimmick after gimmick to improve the experience. But one of its big strengths has been to deliver and propagate breaking news minutia. The company seems to have realized this and has decided to migrate its app over from the Social Networking category in the iOS App Store to the News category. It doesn't compete with Facebook, Snapchat and Tinder anymore, but it tops its new home being right ahead of Reddit and CNN ...

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    Have you ever texted a friend about how cool Khloe Kardashian is — because, you know, your appetite for reality TV stars is just that big — and ended up talking about how fat she was? You know, because autocorrect decided that her name was actually Khloe Lardasses? Surely, there are some pretty bad examples of autocorrect misfires and overcompensations out there and there's only so much an explanation will do. But why not make iMessage handle the explanation for you? An Apple patent application shows off how that could happen. If you send a message that features autocorrected words, ...

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    Voice-powered assistants are becoming more and more popular ways for users to get access to data, using them to conduct searches and connect with the websites holding  answers. But for as powerful as they are, use of such services can mean making certain compromises. Take Google's voice search on Android devices, for instance: you can ask it to search for anything you choose, but it's only going to give you results from Google's own servers – there's no easy way to conduct a Yahoo search, or a Bing search. But over on Windows 10, users have been able to get a lot more flexibility out of ...

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    Creating apps that give users powerful new ways to access Twitter has long presented an uncomfortable situation for developers: get too successful, and your app essentially shuts down. The problem's been Twitter's use of tokens that allow distinct users to connect with a third-party app, and so far there's been a hard limit of 100,000 per title – hit that many, and you couldn't sign on any new users. Earlier this week, popular Android Twitter app Fenix found itself running into that all-too-familiar fate, causing its developer to pull the app from the Play Store. Today Fenix returns, ...

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    Google's acquisition of Motorola meant a lot of changes for the smartphone maker, but the company had some great talent on board that helped it through that period of adjustment. And no sooner had it adapted to life at Google than Motorola found itself being passed on to a new owner, as word of Lenovo's acquisition plans arrived in early 2014. That meant some staffing shake-ups, and a few months later Motorola's Rick Osterloh found himself rising to the role of President and COO. Osterloh stuck around as the Lenovo transition took shape, but last month we got word that he, too, was leaving ...

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    Mobile software and advertising have a long and sometimes tumultuous history. Ads help compensate developers for their time and effort, and a successful campaign can go a long way towards encouraging those devs to create more of the apps we love. But sometimes we've had enough of ads, and we pay to upgrade to an ad-free experience; sometimes we pay to upgrade and ads (in one form or another) continue to persist. And then there are those times when we've simply had enough, and we don't want to see any ads at all. If you find yourself in that latter mood often enough, Google's got some good ...

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    Smartphone users today have more opportunities to try out in-development software than ever before. From Apple's public iOS betas, to Android's developer preview for Nexus hardware, to the Microsoft Insider program, users who aren't afraid of dealing with a few rough edges can check out the latest software well in advance of any wide release. Sometimes the inevitable beta bugs are minor, and while the user experience may be a little wonky, everything's ultimately still functional. Then again, sometimes things are so thoroughly broken that using the software at all becomes an exercise in ...

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    Apple's one of the most successful brands on the planet, and its smartphone lineup has seen strong demand in markets the world around. But while sales may be doing alright, growth has recently seen a big drop-off, and Apple's struggling to find ways to boost profits even higher. One obvious-seeming way to help out in that department would be bringing Apple retail stores to areas that currently lack them, and that's just what the company's been working on in India for some time now. The problem is, India's got some laws in place that discourage the sort of manufacturer-run store Apple's ...

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    For Android devices, it's almost a badge of honor getting listed for sale in the Google Store. It's not like Google sells just any hardware, so you've got to be something special to make it into this exclusive club. Beyond Google's own Nexus lineup, that includes some third-party Android TV boxes, but maybe the easiest way to get your hardware in the Google Store is to launch an Android Wear smartwatch. Today we've got big questions about the fate of one of those wearables, as Google appears to have shut down sales of the Moto 360 Sport. As you may recall, the story of the Moto 360 Sport's ...

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    Much like LG, Sony keeps bleeding money in the mobile tech segment while earning in many other departments more than enough to survive. Of course, LG washing machines and TVs have nothing on PlayStation hardware and software, though at the same time, there’s no Xperia on the horizon capable of the shipment numbers predicted for the modular G5 this year. All comparisons with rival companies aside, you have to applaud Sony for managing to triple (and then some) its operating income in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 over figures posted the previous 12 months, as well as boost earnings ...

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    Remember that redesigned, vastly improved Mi Band 2 activity tracker Xiaomi’s CEO so casually showcased well in advance of its formal announcement a few days ago? It turns out it’s not the only new wearable device cooked up by the “Apple of China”, which clearly needs to make some big changes and bold moves after exiting the top five smartphone manufacturer ranks for Q1 2016. A high-end Xiaomi Max phablet and LCD screen-sporting Mi Band 2 sound like a good start, with a full-fledged Xiaomi Mi Watch following sometime in the year’s second half in a bid for extra diversity and ...

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    Huawei’s Honor sub-brand may have been one most Westerners didn’t even know existed until not long ago, but now that the 5X is available stateside at a crazy low price, everyone wants to hear more. Unfortunately, the even cheaper Honor 5C that Huawei just unveiled looks poised for China retail exclusivity. Around those parts, it’s already up for grabs, starting at CNY 900 ($139) in a 3G-only configuration, with an extra 100 Yuan charged for dual SIM LTE connectivity at a grand total of roughly 155 bucks. You’d probably expect a number of ensuing compromises compared to the Honor ...

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    While we can’t be sure it has anything to do with that recent wave of “structural” changes and executive reshuffles, or even more recent warranty controversies, Motorola is clearly behind its traditional product release schedule. There hasn’t been a single Moto-branded device unveiled thus far in 2016, despite the second-gen Moto E turning a year old back in February, and losing touch with the world’s best ultra-affordable phones of late. But last week we received confirmation of an “exciting” announcement happening on June 9, and today, we’re seeing press invites floating ...

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    Samsung and LG managed to sync up their latest quarterly financial reports, probably unintentionally, and both Korean tech giants have reason to be proud of how much money they earned overall between January and March. Strictly from a mobile point of view however, Q1 2016 wasn’t a rosy period for the nation’s eternal number two, which saw its division sales and operating income take big hits on lack of innovation, noteworthy new releases and high G5 marketing expenses. The LG G5, mind you, only launched commercially on April 1, so it’s not technically to blame for its maker’s ...

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    After a year full of challenges, wrapped up with an unexpectedly underwhelming holiday quarter, everything seems to be going Samsung’s way once again. Smartphone sales are back on an upward trajectory, thanks mainly to the high-end Galaxy S7 duo, and the Note 6 could well maintain the momentum in H2, even with an iPhone 7 thrown in the mix. Speaking of next-generation iPhones, the 7s or 8 should finally adopt OLED display technology, and Samsung is definitely on the short list of prospective parts suppliers, with a collaboration of this nature no doubt mutually benefiting the two’s ...

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    Facebook might only be ranked as the world’s tenth most valuable brand at the moment by Forbes, but with Apple, Microsoft and Samsung facing global smartphone demand slowdown and various other challenges, Mark Zuckerberg is probably entitled to believe he’ll someday become the leader of the largest corporate money maker. While in the long haul FB should greatly benefit from its early involvement in the fast-rising virtual reality hardware industry, as well as future artificial intelligence breakthroughs, right now you won’t be surprised in the least to hear the core social networking ...

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