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It takes a good bit of courage, as well as a slight dose of desperation, to knowingly turn a blind eye to the specific guidelines set by your idol, mentor and forerunner, to whom you basically owe everything. “No one is going to buy a phone you can’t get your hand around” said Steve Jobs in 2010. “Bigger than bigger” said Tim Cook upon unveiling the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, at last acknowledging the superiority of the phablet. Sorry, the “iPhablet”. Bold move, when Cupertino knew full well it was exposing...

Since HTC moved their Gallery app to Google Play, updates have been coming in a lot more frequently. And today, HTC has updated their app with new Duo Camera effects for both the M8 and the Butterfly (J) 2 smartphones. The change log is small, but there’s actually a lot of new effects. These are the official release notes for the update: 1. New feature for HTC One (M8), HTC J Butterfly 2 and HTC Butterfly 2 - New Duo Effects for Seasons and Foregrounder - New typography in Seasons edit mode 2. Improvements However, there are six...

While the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may be the first devices on Verizon with support for making voice calls over LTE and HD Voice, Android devices are not being left out. Verizon is now pushing out an update to users of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G2 to make them VoLTE compatible. Verizon is calling their variant of VoLTE “Advanced Calling 1.0.” Despite the name, it’s still voice over LTE. And while your voice calls are going over the data network, Verizon will be billing you for voice minutes and not data usage. If you...

With the Moto X now officially available for pre-order, it’s natural Motorola would create new ads for the device. The three different commercials show off the listening capabilities of the phone as well as the new 13 MP rear camera. In the ads, Motorola shows that with Moto Assist, you can get the Moto X to read messages aloud and reply to them with your voice while in the car. Motorola is also showing off the flick gesture with the camera to quickly activate it from anywhere. If you want to pre-order your own Moto X, you can...

  Motorola themselves won’t be selling the new Moto X until later today at 11 AM EST, but AT&T has decided to do an overnight release instead. Curiously, they are referring the phone as the Moto X2, instead of just Moto X. They aren’t saying why, but it’s probably easier for them to tell customers which is the new model and which is the older one. AT&T is offering the Black Resin, Bamboo and Black Leather variants of the new Moto X at either $99 for a 2-year contract or $526 off-contract. All pre-orders...

Ladies and gentlemen, the moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally come. Samsung has thrown its hat in the high-end phablet ring once again, and LG is in trouble. Not that Sammy wasn’t well-represented already in the jumbo-sized smartphone supremacy battle. Unsurprisingly, its Galaxy Note 3 aged more than gracefully, likely keeping the G3 threat at bay thanks to a well-oiled advertising machine that chugs along unperturbed by a reported dip in overall Galaxy sales. But it’s perhaps the same dip that convinced the makers of...

Whether you consider them to be in poor taste, a passing fad or a key element of today’s pop culture, selfies are unquestionably at the peak of their popularity. The most retweeted image ever is a self-portrait photograph of a cluster of celebrities, the Oxford English Dictionary awarded the term, which wasn’t previously listed in the glossary, the 2013 word of the year prize, and yes, even Russian dictator Vladimir Putin occasionally strikes a selfie pose. Not to mention the leader of the free world, who infamously made waves with...

Things just got real. The start of the new school year is less than a week away, so it’s high time you stopped daydreaming about the good old early days of summer. But September 4 doesn’t have to be a time of grief and sorrow. Not entirely. You might as well embrace the beginning of the rest of your life, and make the most of it. And what better way than loading up on sizzling hot Android gear to ensure you’ll stand out from the crowd once that first bell rings? Already stacked on tablets, convertibles, laptops and/or multi-purpose...