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sas786

by sas786

mobile operating systems
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Hi all, seeing as most users on here have a good understanding of tech, i was hoping for a small request in getting some feedback through my questionnaire.
Im currently doing research on mobile os as part of my final year dissertation in computing and would be extremely grateful for those who could fill it out. Ive approached companies head on and they don't seem to have the time to spare 5 minutes (less than that even) to fill it out. No personal details are required, just simple information on... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

How do you find new apps and software to check out?
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While we all probably have the pieces of software we've come to rely on day-in day-out, I think we all can agree we're always open to finding new apps and software to try out. Aside from relying on news sources, like here at Engadget, app store suggestions and Twitter, where do you go to get recommendations for apps and software?
My favorites sites of late are the following:
The Sweet Setup (http://thesweetsetup.com/) -- this is a site started by Shawn Blanc where the focus is to pick the best... Read more →
groovechicken

by groovechicken

Leaving Google - Eternal annoyance is the price of liberty
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[if you are impatient, just scroll down to the bottom to see the links to the articles in this series]
Forgive the adaptation of the popular 19th century quote, but it really is the best summation of the series of articles I am going to put together about my Exodus from the land of Google. Before I dive into how I have managed to replace Google services, though, I want to clear up why I decided to start breaking the chains of convenience.
Given Edward Snowden's recent disclosures of the universal... Read more →
groovechicken

by groovechicken

Sending Gmail to the Spam Folder
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Of all the Google services I am kicking to the curb, I actually expected Gmail to be the most painful before starting this experiment (see the meta article for the back story on this series of articles - http://www.engadget.com/discuss/leaving-google-eternal-annoyance-is-the-price-of-liberty-1plj/). Surprisingly, though, it has turned out to be the least painful. In fact, I am even liking my new scenario for mail even better than the old "Gmail everywhere" strategy.
The reason I dreaded this... Read more →
groovechicken

by groovechicken

Replacing Google Voice
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I knew before going into this exodus from Google (see the meta article for the back story on this series of articles - http://www.engadget.com/discuss/leaving-google-ete... that finding a replacement for Google Voice was going to be painful, and might not even be possible. I have sung the praises of this service since I first joined it when it was still GrandCentral. At that time, I had recently been through 2 different work-issued cell phones, with... Read more →
xVxMatthewxVx

by xVxMatthewxVx

Install Google Play on Any Android Device!
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Many Android device do not come with the Google Play Store installed, leaving you with no choice but to scavage the internet looking for the app that you want to install. Side loading apps from unknown source can put your device at high risk of getting a virus or two.
If you want to install apps the safe way, then follow the steps below to side load the Google Play Store on your device!
Before we get started, please take note that this will require ROOT Access. This process can harm your device!... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

What are your favorite alternatives to Android's default apps?
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One of the strongest features with Android is the ability to set third party apps to be the default app of choice for certain actions. Don't like using Hangouts? Install Textra and you're good to go. Need more features from your camera? Don't worry because CameraZoomFX has loads more.
Today on Engadget we offered up some of the best alternatives to default apps... Read more →
xVxMatthewxVx

by xVxMatthewxVx

Remove fog line from between phone screen?
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I recently received ZTE Valet Android smartphone, and often use the phone outside after school for listening to music, and since its winter, my screen often gets foggy. Recently I got a long fog line between the LCD and Plastic/Glass of the screen, and want to know if there is a way that I can remove this line from my phone without taking it apart.
Would putting my phone in rice work or those bags of balls that come in shows and bags and stuff work?
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I notice this line 2 days ago, so it... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Why pay for services you can get for free?
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Engadget reported early this morning about how Droplr will no longer offer free accounts (http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/03/droplr-rapid-f... If you're unfamiliar with Droplr it's a simple file sharing service for OSX. Most users of the service will probably stop using it, and most of you who have never heard of it probably don't see a point with Dropbox or Google Drive. For me though I will likely pay to keep using the service since it provides the easiest form... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Favorite games from 2013
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We've had some exciting gaming discussions here in the forums over the past year. We talked about our initial impressions of the new consoles, if Nintendo can survive, and even what games we're all playing. As the year wraps up I thought it'd be fun to get a good idea of the communities favorite games to come out in 2013. This serves as a great way to check out games you may have missed or forgotten about.
QuizUp (iOS): This is nothing more than a simple trivia game that you can play against... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Could you live without Google products?
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After Google shutdown reader, and with their bigger push of Google+, I'm noticing blog posts popping up a bit more with people moving away from Google services. Aside from the companies history of just axing products, the issue appears to be users are becoming uncomfortable with Google's changes that affect products across the entire web -- not to mention the sweeping change to Gmail, IMAP, XMPP is leaving some people unhappy.
I was trying to think about how difficult it would be to make this... Read more →
Xstreamer

by Xstreamer

opinions on new product - Smart tv and Karaoke machine all in one - (Xstreamer)
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We are coming out with a new item and we would appreciate your opinions on it. It is called the Xstreamer- it is an entry level Smart TV box and Karaoke machine all in one. You can browse the web using all popular browsers, check mail, access social media, stream from all the big names (Netflix, Pandora, etc.) – basically everything you can do from a tablet. It even connects with Airplay and DLNA so you can mirror whatever you are watching or listening to on your mobile device onto your TV... Read more →
JasonTsay

by JasonTsay

My Year with Android
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I’m coming up on a year of living with an Android phone, so I thought now might be a nice time to post some thoughts about it.
A year ago, I was using an iPhone 4, which I had seen though iOS 4, 5, and 6. I was on the route to getting a used 4S, and then Google came along and announced the Nexus 4 – a pretty well specced, stock Android phone for $350 unlocked (16GB). I’ll admit, although I liked what I was seeing in terms of Android evolution at the time, I was pretty deeply invested in... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Moving from Android to iOS is not as bad as you think
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As a previous Android user I often saw a lot of Android users exclaim about how coming to Android was such a liberating experience from the grasp of Apple's walled garden. For the last few years I believed this, but over time I started to open up to what Apple and iOS have to offer. After moving to the iPhone 5s this past September I can comfortably say making the move is not nearly as bad as it's made out to be, and to be honest it's been nice to not have the freedom that Android provides.
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dave

by dave

Share your home screen!
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It's been awhile since we've done this, but share your smartphone's home screen below!

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elcamel1216

by elcamel1216

Well defined desires for a device, confusing reviews, please HELP ME!
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Help! I am so lost, I read engadget religiously, but the reviews of all the non apple tablets have come off as mediocre. I am either looking for an 10inch android tablet and stick with an old windows 7 laptop, or a full windows 8/8.1 device (but I am worried about the weak app selection).
-My budget is 400-500 for a strict tablet, and up to 900 for a full windows device.
-My device uses include Netflix (while in bed), Copious amounts of YouTube, Microsoft Word, Streaming media to a smart TV using... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Galaxy Nexus owners won't officially be getting KitKat
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Engadget posted yesterday (http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/31/google-galaxy-... that Galaxy Nexus devices will not be getting KitKat. They haven't gotten official word, but their sources say it's due to the phone using Texas Instruments who is now out of mobile.
Meanwhile, over on the Galaxy Nexus FAQ (https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/3468085) it states Google will not be updating the phone because it "falls outside of the 18-month update window." This falls in line with the... Read more →