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Windows Phone 8.1 vs. Android 4.4 KitKat: Microsoft plays catch-up, but still … – ExtremeTech

Microsoft has spent the last few years struggling to gain relevance in the mobile world, which is an unfamiliar situation for the undisputed king of desktop software. Android was already starting its meteoric rise as Windows Phone launched in 2010, but the open nature, customizability, and rapid update cycle have helped Google’s platform take the lion’s share of the mobile market. Now Microsoft is taking aim at Android by ditching OEM licensing fees on Windows Phone and adding a plethora of new features seemingly designed to counter Android. Let’s see how Windows Phone 8.1 stands up to the latest and greatest version of Android. Windows Phone 8.1 vs. Android KitKat: Voice control Smartphone platforms are essentially required to have a Read More

Apple’s iPhone Share Will Probably Take A Bigger Hit As iPhone 6 Speculation … – Forbes

Kantar released its smartphone market share estimates for February and it shows that Apple Apple’s share post the iPhone’s 5c & 5s releases has dropped from its peak in December and is down almost 500 basis points or 5% share in the U.S. year over year. It has lost most of the share to Android with Windows picking up the rest. (Note that my family and I own Apple shares and I have sold put options, a bullish position). It is typical for Apple and any other smartphone provider to have a spike in market share in the first months after a new model is released and see it decline or level off until the next one is available. With Read More

FireChat’s anonymous, off-grid messaging app arrives on Android – GigaOM

FireChat has been on a rollercoaster ride since developer Open Garden released it for iOS last month, peaking at well over 100,000 iTunes downloads a day last Tuesday. Open Garden is now hoping for a repeat performance, this time on Android. On Thursday, Open Garden released FireChat on Google Play. FireChat has set itself apart from other messaging apps in several ways. Not only is it anonymous and ephemeral — conversation streams disappear as soon as the app is closed — it’s designed to create proximity-based hyperlocal networks. It uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth links to connect to nearby devices without using the internet as an intermediary. The result has been a messaging service that can be used completely “off grid”. Open Read More

iPhone 6: April Rumor Roundup – the Diplomat

We’ve officially stepped into the second quarter of the year, which means that we’re getting closer and closer to the launch of the next iPhone, whenever that may be. As such, rumors and leaks surrounding the next Apple flagship have continued to surface, and will most likely continue to do so until the smartphone becomes official. The latest batch of rumors targets the smartphone’s specifications, the technologies that might make it into the device, and of course, the handset’s alleged release time frames. In other words, if you’re an Apple enthusiast, you’re looking forward to the release of the iPhone 6 and new leaks and rumors get you excited, then you’ve come to the right place. Below you will find Read More

Microsoft targets Android, makes Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 free on all … – ExtremeTech

Microsoft has been spinning its wheels for years as it tries to get traction in the smartphone and tablet market. At the annual Build conference, the software giant announced a strategy it believes will finally get its mobile ambitions out of this rut — it’s making the software free. Not free to you personally (though that might come later), but free of any OEM licensing fees on devices with screens smaller than 9 inches — i.e. every smartphone, and smaller-screen tablets. That means Windows Phone 8.1 and regular Windows 8.1 won’t cost OEMs a dime on those devices going forward. When Microsoft relaunched its mobile strategy with Windows Phone 7 way back in 2010, the small licensing fee was presented Read More

Apple’s WWDC powwow June 2 starts march to iPhone 6 – ZDNet

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off June 2 and leading up to that date is likely to be a lot of speculation about the next iOS and OS X features. It’s also possible that Apple will continue to build bridges to the two operating systems. WWDC is a software event and OS X 10.10 will be unveiled as will iOS 8.  Developers can apply for WWDC tickets in a lottery today through April 7 at 10 a.m. PDT. Developers will know if they get into WWDC at 5 p.m. PDT on April 7. Aside from the 100 technical sessions and walkthroughs of new iOS features, the event usually stokes a lot of speculation about Apple’s Read More

CCleaner Beta for Android Clears Call Logs, Caches, Uninstalls Apps – Lifehacker

Android: CCleaner has always been one of our favorite maintenance tools on Windows. Now the app has come to Android with a variety of features to clean up, maintain, and optimize your Android device. The app allows you to clear app cache and data, bulk uninstall unwanted applications, erase your browser history or call logs, and even remove your clipboard data. Some of the functions are already available in Android itself. However, having the features in one place (plus a few new ones) is extremely handy. To use the CCleaner beta, you’ll first need to sign up for the Google+ Community here and then install the application from the link below. CCleaner | Google Play Store via Piriform Related Five Read More

White House Not Happy With Ortiz Samsung Selfie Stunt – CBS Local

Featured Content   Top Activity While Driving? 28 Must-Eat Sandwiches Before They Were Icons BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The White House said President Obama had no idea his now famous “selfie” with David Ortiz was an orchestrated marketing stunt. Ortiz snapped the selfie with the president at a White House event using a Samsung phone and tweeted it to his followers Tuesday. What an honor! Thanks for the #selfie, @BarackObama http://t.co/y5Ww74sEID— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) April 01, 2014 It was resent by tens of thousands of Twitter users, and Samsung retweeted the photo as an ad. The company also Read More

Someone call 999! Girl who got stuck trying to rescue her iPhone from down the … – Daily Mail

Ella-Anne Birchenough, from Dover, Kent, dropped her iPhone in the drain The 16-year-old removed drain’s metal cover and lowered herself into hole She attempted to pick phone up with feet but soon realised she was stuck Firefighters had to be called out to hoist her back to safety By Sam Creighton Published: 05:27 EST, 3 April 2014 | Updated: 10:47 EST, 3 April 2014 A teenager found herself up to her neck in trouble yesterday when she got stuck while trying to retrieve her mobile phone from a drain. Ella-Anne Birchenough, 16, dropped her phone down the drain near her home in Dover, Kent. Finding herself jammed into the drain, emergency services had to be called but, luckily, it was Read More

Apple’s iPhone 6 Specs Revealed – Motley Fool

I know what you’re thinking — yet another article talking about the not-yet-released Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) iPhone 6. However, in a sea of rumors and half-truths, it’s worth cutting through the noise and getting to the straight facts. While I don’t have moles inside the Cupertino electronics giant, just about everything you need to know about the specifications of the iPhone 6 can be reasonably approximated with an understanding of technology and basic economics. The iPhone’s brilliance is in Apple’s ability to add value beyond specs. Source: Apple.  The display questionRemember when the world was going crazy over the Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF  ) Galaxy S5? In particular, there was a rumor that Read More