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zxc314

by zxc314

Moto X (2014) vs. Sony Xperia Z3 compact
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So I need a new phone badly. My Nexus 4 is dying and I've really been pining for a new piece of awesome tech.
Unfortunately for a while there wasn't a really compelling device out there. Then came the 1+1 which I was really into but didn't want a phablet. Finally the new more powerful moto X came out and I loved it. But I want great battery life and along came the Sony Z3c. I buy my phones outright so the sky is not the limit price wise but the Sony and the MotoX check just about all of the... Read more →
dave

by dave

Has NFC finally hit the mainstream?
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You can find NFC technology in many of the gadgets released in the last few years, but it seems like it never gained much traction in our common lexicon. Sure, there’s Google Wallet and using it to easily pair with things like your camera, but you didn’t really see people using it everyday. Now that Apple has finally added NFC to its latest iPhones, it seems like things are changing.
Have you... Read more →
mdriverar

by mdriverar

Nexus 5, Moto X or Nexus 6?
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I currently have a Nexus 4 and I've been pretty happy with it but it's getting a little old to run the newer apps as fast as I want.
I considered getting the Nexus 5 since it's pretty good and cheap, but I feel that it's going to become obsolete within one year. The Moto X on the other hand is a current-gen phone that will last me a couple years at least, but it's very expensive.
The last option would be to wait for the Nexus 6, but if the rumors are true this would be a phablet and not a phone,...
boogiethetruth

by boogiethetruth

Nexus 6/X vs Moto X
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I preordered the Moto X a few days ago and I'm a little ticked I didn't wait for the Nexus 6. The early specs on the Nexus 6 has it up there in terms of the smartphone world and I am a fan of the phablet, I have a Note 3 now. I wasn't going with the Note 4 because of the bloatware it comes with and I wanted a clean build so I went with the Moto X Pure Edition. I am kicking myself for not waiting for the Nexus though because it comes with 0 bloatware AND the phablet size I love. Should I cancel...
frankspin

by frankspin

How are you keeping your online data safe from 'hackers'?
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In light of the recent[1] Apple iCloud news[2], I think it's a good time as any for us to re-evaluate how we're keeping our data safe in the cloud. I have a few measures in place including some two-factor methods and completely random passwords. Unfortunately no solution is full-proof but any methods can help.
With nearly every photo coming from iCloud, I'm beginning to second guess my reliance on auto-back up services. I know SpiderOak is supposed to be all... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Have you replaced your remotes with a mobile device?
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Ever since I picked up a Harmony One I have been singing its praises. To me it's the perfect device for the living room with its sleek profile and convenient to reach buttons. This is why it pains me every time I go to use it and notice buttons not responding as well as they once did: it's on its last legs. Naturally, these aren't made anymore and the options from Logitech aren't great. The Hub is a... Read more →
Nareshl

by Nareshl

Set custom ringtone
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I have been using this mobile for 4 months and its one of its kind. It is an excellent device, with stunning display, nice graphics and awesome power. And it offers pure Android experience and I even installed the Android L developers version which runs perfectly on my device. The only problem I faced with device is about setting custom ringtone. I found the procedure about how to set ringtone in this link, please let me know whether it is true or not....
dave

by dave

How do you manage the mobile data crunch?
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Recently, I started taking a more serious look at how much mobile data I've been using. My Verizon plan provided me with 4GB of data per month (plus allowed me to use a mobile hotspot).
After looking at how I've been using my data, I've used more than **2GB** exactly once in the last year: ~3.2GB for December. Well, enough throwing away money!
So, I dropped down to the lowest tier (2GB / month, no mobile hotspot). Go figure, the moment I do this, I start to run into... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Will we ever see cheaper phones?
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OnePlus finally took the covers off their One phone (I don't get the name either) and it's pretty impressive. It has the specs to stand against some of the top flagships out there and comes in at $300, which is about half the price of major flagships. The two potential downsides are the battery is not removable, and it only has 16GB of storage with no microSD slot. However for only $50 more you can get 64GB of storage instead.
The phone... Read more →
immatryitout

by immatryitout

wait for iPhone 6 or go with upcoming flagship Android?
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it seems that every year myself and most of the globe gets stuck with the question, "Should I Wait???!". ive had the 1st gen, 3gS, 4, 4s, and now I have iphone 5 and am up to my knees in the apple ecosystem, and its literally no diff except how pretty its looks now with ios7 -_-.... but every time im relaxed listening to pandora and i want to make sure to tweak my station perfectly song 4 song and its like K CAN I PLEASE LIKE A PANDORA SONG WITHOUT UNLOCKING MY PHONE, OPENING THE APP, X-ing OUT... Read more →
Sushubh

by Sushubh

How much storage space on the Nexus 5 can be used for apps?
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I ask this because I am in an argument with a friend who claims that 1.5GB app storage is enough on a phone (Micromax Canvas Knight).
Basically, Canvas Knight is a 32GB phone. Specifications however mention that 1.5GB of the space is available for apps and around 25GB for media.
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http://www.micromaxinfo.com/canvasknight/specifications.aspx
I have a Nexus 5 and the phone shows that I have consumed nearly 2GB space for apps.
My question.
Can I use the entire storage space on my... 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 →
frankspin

by frankspin

How do you handle tracking your daily routines and journaling?
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Something that I have been trying to get into more is logging daily activities, work related duties, photos and just general journaling. This has become far easier thanks to smartphones and there is no shortage of tools to make this possible. I have a few different ones that I use to accomplish specific tasks, but I'm always open to hear how other people go about handling their daily journaling.
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adjacency

by adjacency

Possible Verizon Nexus 5
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The team behind Field trip is at Google. On this post on their G+ page I noticed that the Nexus 5 in the picture has a 4G LTE indicator in its statusbar that's only found on Verizon phones. With the Nexus 7 now available on Verizon this could be evidence the N5 is on its way too. https://plus.google.com/112037021176201752867/post...
ilovemy911

by ilovemy911

Google Drive .GIF Issues
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I recently purchased a Nexus 5 and, for some reason, .GIF files will not animate via the Google Drive application. Oddly enough, they work just fine if I access my drive from within Chrome. Whenever I try to view .GIFs, I get an "animated image could not be loaded" error.
I have tried clearing the cache and the app data and I have tried both the updated and non-updated version of the app.
Despite a thorough search of the good, old interwebs, I haven't encountered anything concerning this issue....
DaBash

by DaBash

What was the first product you used in 2014?
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Happy New Years everyone!

As 2014 begins, it's fun (at least to me) to learn what was the first piece of technology we interacted with to begin the year. Was it your alarm clock? Smart phone? Perhaps, even your pager?

The first product I used to start the year was my Nexus 5. It is always next to me when I wake up and I always use it to check for any notifications I may have missed while I was asleep.

What was the first product you used to start the year?