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groovechicken

by groovechicken

Mobile Equals Slavery
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(thoughts on Android, CyanogenMod, and mobile devices)
[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/]
The word "mobile" implies a sense of freedom... to move about and go where you like. I quickly discovered in my efforts to separate from Google that this is the only freedom you actually get with your mobile devices if you intend to use a cellular service provider. Sure, carry... 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 →
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

What is going on over at Google!?
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Google is certainly busy in the mobile space with news coming out about an agreement with Samsung, and the potential sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo.
First, there is Samsung (http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/29/google-and-sam... who has made an agreement with Google to tone down the total amount of customization on Samsung phones. I don't doubt anyone will disagree this is a good thing because Touchwiz has been two steps forward in features but always one step back in appearance.
Right after... Read more →
hrald

by hrald

Engadget Android App broken?
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Hey guys! First of all: Thank you for your incredible work on keepin' us up to date! But unfortunately I can't get my daily dose of news on the new Android App. After first launch it listed the current articles and never updated ever since. Reinstalled it: same scenario. It might have something to do with the dates of the articles. They're all dated Jan. 1st 1970. My Android device has the correct date and time. Please fix this or give me a hint how to circumvent the problem. Thank you! Cheers!
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 →
frankspin

by frankspin

Canon's new ad targets smartphone users, but does it miss the mark?
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PetaPixel made a post a few days ago about a tip they got regarding a new Canon ad campaign. In the ads you see someone trying to take a picture with their smartphone, while someone is getting in their face on a phone. In the corner it says "Don't let a call interrupt your photo." Canon's intentions are pretty clear with this ad and they are certainly trying to get the smartphone market to come back to Canon cameras.
One thing I think they're being a little presumptuous about is assuming that a... Read more →
marc

by marc

When is the "best" smartphone not the best choice?
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We just scored the Samsung Galaxy S4, a smartphone that critics are calling "one of the best phones you can buy," and "the best Android phone on the market right now." And, as befits a phone with such accolades, we gave the S4 a gdgt Score of 92, and awarded it a Must-have badge, as we had done with its predecessor, the Galaxy S III.
However, we could have gone the other way, and withheld the Must-have status. The fact is, as many critics... Read more →
efibarra

by efibarra

iPhone Boredom
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I've been the owner of every iPhone but the first one but I've reached a point where I'm extremely bored with it. This happened shortly after my iPhone 5 purchase. Although this is the best and most beautiful iPhone ever, I suddenly found myself yearning for something different. I made a rash decision and returned my iPhone 5 for an S3 only to run right back to my iPhone 5. I hated the Samsung apps and Touchwiz in general. Plus I felt a certain incompatibility to my spouse, family & friend's... Read more →
sawaba

by sawaba

No Bluetooth 4.0 in S3
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Overall, I'm a fan of the S3. I've had mine for about 6 months now. It has its pros and cons, but one thing has really pissed me off. No bluetooth 4.0 (low energy, aka "BLE"). The chipset can do it, sure. In fact, I've heard it has the same Broadcom chipset as the iPhone 4S. The problem is, the software isn't there. It won't even discover Bluetooth 4 devices.
Samsung is aware of the problem and has described it as a "bug", despite the fact that it was obviously a complete oversight. The S3... Read more →
marc

by marc

Is the iPad mini a PC? No, it's a supercomputer!
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According to a new report, Apple is now the world's top PC maker -- if you count the iPad as a PC. The report, from Canalys, says that Apple has a 20% share of the global PC market, having shipped 27 million computers during the 4th quarter of 2012 -- with iPads accounting for 22.9 million of those "computers."
With computer companies struggling amid competition from tablets, and even Apple seeing its high-flying stock come down to Earth as... Read more →
marc

by marc

gdgt Zeitgeist 2012 Part II: Most-Wanted Products
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If you’re a gdgt member, you already know about our lists; you can build a list of every gadget you currently have, used to have, or want, share those lists with friends on social networks, and see what gadgets you have in common with your friends on gdgt. The lists are also a great way for us to track which new products are most popular with our members, and the tables below show some interesting patterns. As expected, there are a lot of... Read more →
hopthewake

by hopthewake

Which phone to upgrade to
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I am eligible tomorrow.

My situation is that I can either keep my awful Thunderbolt until the S4 comes out in the spring, sometime.

I can get the DNA for myself, it seems the reviews are very mixed at this point.

I can take my wife's S3 and her March 2014 upgrade date and she will get the Note II for herself.

Curious what you all would do.
uberrob

by uberrob

So, Galaxy Nexus or Galaxy S III?
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Galaxy Nexus or Galaxy S III? Ok, I was one of the lucky Google I/O attendees that was handed a Galaxy Nexus phone. Thank you Google, that was seriously cool... Especially considering that (quite literally) I had planned on going to buy the Galaxy S III that night after the conference. So, after 3-4 months with the Galaxy Nexus, I have come to the conclusion that I love the phone: its great to be back on a pure nexus device, love the pogo pins for docking, etc... But, I don't like the lack of... Read more →
groovechicken

by groovechicken

Windows 8 and the Myth of the All-Purpose Device
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With the release of Windows 8 and its ecosystem of hardware near at hand, I have been thinking about the ancient (in technology years) myth of the all-purpose device. This myth is one every geek knows and dreams of. The idea of having a single device that you carry around that can meet all of the technology needs you have is one that has captured the imagination since the days of the first "portable" computers. For geeks everywhere, though, it is ultimately a dream that leaves us depressed and... Read more →