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  1. geeteam

    Hidden Android Secret Codes

    How well do you know your Android device? Here are some of the hidden Android secret codes. Since most hidden menus are manufacturer specific, there’s no guarantee that they’ll work across all Android smartphones, but you can try them out nevertheless on your Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony and other devices. Be advised, though, that some of these can cause serious changes to your device’s configuration, so don’t play with something that you don’t fully understand. You can find more of these spread across the internet, and they’re usually very handy to have, even if just to show off your geekiness to your social circle. Update x1: More codes! Source : Redmondpie
  2. I have started this sub-section for Android Games to keep Android mobile games free from applications / themes. All nsane members are requested to post Games here. If admins as requested creates a sub-forum for it at any stage, this thread will be merged later. For posting guidelines, please refer to this post: //www.nsaneforums.com/topic/220597-guidelines-and-templates/ PS: Admin, thanks for listening to Android sub-forum request.
  3. Quick Tip Today am gonna show you how you can download your favorite Android Apps directly from Google Play Store. From the Play Store, search for your favorite app, copy the link with the app id visit apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader/ Paste the link and click generate download link. Wait for some seconds as your download link is been generated. After some few seconds, your link should be ready for download. eNJOy!!! source: thetechblog
  4. I see where folks want to gain remote control over their PCs from the tiny screen - and it just baffles me. That anyone would or could be so in love with a handheld device as to prefer a tiny screen over a bigger one...wow. Having said this, it occurs to me that since tablets and smartphones running Android ARE in reality just small PCs, there should be clever ways to use such devices as if they are just a basic CPU box with accessories attached so as to be very much like a desktop Android PC. In my imagination it seems as if it should be possible to connect a Droid device with a powered USB hub, a wired USB NIC, some sort of display adapter (if such a thing exists ??), a KB and a mouse - and most far-fetched of all - with enough of a hub - a nice, big SSD connected via USB adapter. With all that stuff, and speakers plugged into the headphone jack, a small, humble 'Droid device would make a very nice, user-friendly desktop device, I think. So - I've got the dock for this, and a nice powered 7-port USB hub, really everything except for an idea of how to get it all connected, working and directly onto the larger display without using apps (HDMI...VGA...what ??). Please toss any idea at me - I am curious to know what anyone else may share on this idea - and please - no flaming because you want to tell me I have it all reversed - I am an older guy with eyes that HATE small screens !! Thanks. Addendum=> Did some searching on the whole USB to video idea, and found at least 3 intereesting bits of info so far: http://agevik.se/post/58599484370/the-sad-and-complex-state-of-video-out-on http://www.slimportconnect.com/ Maybe it is not -quite- so impossible after all - and I do have a Nexus tablet, so maybe that will be the lab rat...?
  5. Android_WhatsApp_Transfer_Business_Edition_Cracked_By_DFoX x32x64_v3.2.28 Info : Download x32 & x64 : http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/UIUKGKES/Android_WhatsApp_Transfer_Business_Edition_Cracked_By_DFoX_x32x64_v3.2.28.rar_links Enjoy ..:: DFoX ::..
  6. As we inch towards the end of summer in the United States, we also get a bit closer to the release of possibly one of the most anticipated Android Wear devices of the year, the Motorola Moto 360. Although it was announced in March and teased at Google I/O, we have heard very little information about the Moto 360 since that time. Interestingly, it looks like tech blogger, Luca Viscardi aka Mister Gadget, has gotten his hands on the device and has given his first impressions. Although his words are translated, it seems like Viscardi is fairly impressed with the Moto 360, stating that it is better than the LG and Samsung Android Wear devices. He states that the watch is light and that it also fits well on the wrist. The watch has good readability in sunlight, but also has a display that produces excellent colors compared to its competitors. We also get a first glimpse of the wireless charging dock, which puts the Moto 360 in an upright position. Although he does not discuss it, there is an indication from one of the images, that there might be an optical heart rate sensor on the back of the device. Viscardi discusses the battery life stating that it lasts two and a half times longer than the LG G Watch. Although an exact time is not given, this could be a good indication that the Moto 360 could last more than a day without needing to be recharged. Source
  7. The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, passed by Congress late last week, was signed into law by President Obama on Friday, making it fully legal to unlock mobile phones in the United States. The new law undoes a decision made by the Library of Congress in 2012 to not renew an exemption in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and thusly made it illegal for consumers to arbitrarily unlock mobile devices. Almost immediately, petitions and new bills started to get drafted and indeed, a bill was proposed over a year ago to “fix” the DMCA, but nothing happened despite broad bi-partisan support. Undaunted, a new bill, sponsored by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), was written and it pretty much flew through both houses of Congress late last week. President Obama’s signature makes it the law of the land, although, arguably only temporarily, as the “unlocking” law does not remove the obligation or power of the Library of Congress to examine if the reinstatement of this legal exemption shall remain, well, legal. That next review will happen sometime in 2015 which means the Copyright Office could make it illegal, again. While it will not likely see any visibility during the current session of Congress, there are bills being prepared that would make the unlocking provision permanent. Expect this issue to make the news again in 2015. Source
  8. geeteam

    50 Google Now Voice Commands

    When most people think about voice assistants, Apple’s Siri is usually the first thing that comes to mind. But for the past few years, Google has been (quietly) working hard at improving their own voice assistant and what it is now capable of doing may surprise you. In the video below, I go over 50 voice commands using Google Now. Now, 50 voice commands may be too many to remember after watching a single video, so for you’re convenience I’ve create a written list of the commands (in order) below for you to try out. Enjoy! What does my schedule look like? Where is my package? Text [contact name], [your message]. Remind me to [what you want to be reminded of]at [desired location to be reminded]. E-mail [e-mail address], [your message]. How are the [your favorite sports team]doing? What is the definition of [word you want defined]? What is the capital of [state or country]? What time is it in [state or country]? What are some attractions in [state or country]? Show me some pictures of [what you want to see pictures of]. Post to Twitter, [your tweet]. Open [app you want opened]. How much is [person]worth? How old is [person]? What’s the theme song to [show or movie]? Who is the cast on [show or movie]? What channel is [show]on? How long is ? What is [movie's] rating? What are showtimes for ? Do a barrel roll! How old do you have to be to [your question]? What’s the weather like in [city, state, or country]? Go to [website]. Note to self, [your note]. Make me a sandwich! How many calories are in [food]? [Food] vs [food]. What are some restaurants nearby? What are the hours to [restaurant]? Give me directions to [location]. What’s a [percent]tip on [dollar amount]? What is the loneliest number?! What’s the population of [city, state, or country]? What’s the minimum wage in [city, state, or country]? Tilt! What’s [company's] stock price? When is [holiday]? Call [contact]. What’s the status of flight [flight number]? What’s the traffic to [location]. How do you say [word or phrase]in [language to translate in]? What is [currency]in [another currency]? How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? What is [measurement]in [other measurement]? What song is this [play song]? Play the [song or album]. Wake me up at [time to set alarm]. What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything? Source
  9. When shopping for a new smartphone, we tend to have our own ideas regarding what specific features and assets will lure us into making the purchase, and an interesting piece of research on smartphone buyers has shown that while, generally speaking, men and women look for the same kinds of features and functions, there are some notable differences. The survey, compiled by Nielsen, found that while, perhaps unsurprisingly, the male population sampled looked at things like processor speed, display size and operating system, female subjects were rather more considerate of finer details, such as contract terms and pricing. But even though, as cynical men and women would argue, it seems like the two genders are of different species at times, certain, staple features seem to unite smartphone purchasers of both the male and female variety. Battery life, for example, is a big deal, and although, as the Nielsen survey across more than 58 countries found, less than half of men and women considered battery performance to be essential, it was, behind price and features, still an important factor to assess when going out and buying a new smartphone. The fact that features – only by a slight margin – were of higher consideration than battery life, is telling of the times. Often, we’re so consumed by what a smartphone can offer us that we forget about the battery that needs to keep everything ticking over, and even though, with any new handset purchase, we spend that initial honeymoon period enjoying the great features packed therein, we normally pay the price for this immediate gratification with a waning, poor battery retention rate through the remainder of the contractual agreement. In other findings, it turns out that men and women are fairly united when it comes to the camera and carrier, although females seemingly pay more attention to the small-print of the contract. Despite what this research may tell us about men and women’s specific requirements when purchasing a smartphone, though, it’s clear that, for the most part, we all want the same things; a good runner that can hold its battery life, for a price that we can afford, and some of the latest and greatest features included. Source
  10. The latest leaked press image of HTC’s upcoming All New One shows the device wearing a nicely-looking flip cover case. The photo appeared on Twitter, courtesy of @evleaks. As you can see above, the flip cover will allow users to neatly view relevant information such as time and current weather while closed. We have seen similar setup from LG and Alcatel recently. The leaked flip cover is not the only official case for the device to leak out. A couple of weeks back, @evleaks posted an press photo of the smartphone wearing a rugged case. Alongside the image, the famous tipster claims that the upcoming HTC M8 will arrive in a Google Play Edition guise as well. This is hardly a surprise as the original HTC One was among the first devices to get such treatment. The All New HTC One will be officially revealed this month, on March 25. The handset has made a number of unscheduled appearances which include press images in different colors and carrier branding, hands-on video, and benchmarks. Source
  11. A new Remote Administration Tool for Google’s Android platform has become available in the darkest corners of the Internet. This particular type of tool is bundled into a malware package that has the ability to claim control of the devices of those who use an app that has been infected, effectively turning the unwitting smartphone or tablet into a spyware zombie. The latest addition to the arsenal of the unscrupulous goes by the name of “Dendroid” and is being sold on the underground market for as little as $300. A tool like this would normally pass by unnoticed, but Dendroid differs from others in the fact that it offers unlimited usage for the relatively small amount of money an individual has to part with. It also comes bundled with the unnerving ability to hide amongst legitimate apps on the Play Store without being detected by Google’s malware scanning abilities. The scary stuff begins when a user – who is none the wiser – installs an infected app onto their Android smartphone or tablet. The individual(s) responsible for infecting the app in the first place has the ability to gain remote access to the installed device and effectively take control of the hardware. This level of remote access would allow undetected access to photographs, stored data and message archives that are on the device. Perhaps more terrifying, it would also grant access to the microphone and camera modules. A number of researchers from Lookout Security have taken the time to look into Dendroid, and are surprised by the methods its developers have implemented purely just to evade detecting by Bouncer, Google’s malware detection software. It looks as if Dendroid was designed with evading Play Store security in mind. Amongst its numerous features, Dendroid features some relatively simple — yet unusual — anti-emulation detection code that helps it evade detection by Bouncer, Google’s anti-malware screening system for the play store. The introduction and availability of this latest sophisticated Remote Administration Tool further brings attention to the fact that the Android platform is relatively easy pickings for malicious types who are serious about embarking on malware activity. It seems that the market for these types of tools is so lucrative, and is becoming such a commonplace that security researchers involved in the field have furnished the software with the abbreviated name “RAT”. The Android platform is now responsible for a staggering 92% of all known malware on mobile platforms, which has risen from 47% two years ago. The question is, what will Google do about this, if anything? Source
  12. We already know that HTC will officially announce its next-generation flagship Android smartphone on March 25. But when will the handset be available to purchase? Well, we don’t have any confirmation on this yet, but we are hearing that the All New HTC One could be available starting early April. According to Russian-based website HTCFamily, the upcoming smartphone “is launching two weeks after” March 25. If this is true, we should see the new HTC One in stores starting April 8 - only a few days before Samsung launches its Galaxy S5 flagship. HTCFamily was one of the first websites to reveal accurate photos of the All New HTC One, so it appears to be a reliable source. This, however, doesn’t make its claim a solid fact. It’s still a rumor. HTC teased the new One several times until now, confirming that it would have a metal body, dual-sensor rear camera, and enhanced audio capabilities. We saw a few press renders of the upcoming smartphone (see here, here and here), plus a lengthy video showing it next to the 2013 HTC One. HTCFamily says that the All New One will be available in 110 countries around the world. Well, we’re waiting for HTC to confirm all this. Source
  13. Last year, Panasonic stated that it would depart the consumer smartphone business. However, the Japanese company is still releasing handsets for regular users. The latest Panasonic smartphone is the P31, a large device with dual SIM capabilities. Running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the Panasonic P31 sports a 5-inch display with 480 x 854 pixels, so it’s obvious that it’s not targeted at users who are looking for advanced features. The handset is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6582M processor clocked at 1.3GHz. It further comes with an 8MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support (up to 32GB), and a 2,000 mAh battery (there’s an Ultimate Saver feature that helps you save battery life). Connectivity-wise, the P31 offers HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, and Bluetooth 4.0. The Panasonic P31 will be launched in India next week for about $196, coming in two color versions: "white" and “bluish black.” We don’t know if the new smartphone is going to be released anywhere else. Source
  14. So you have a little rug-rat or two of your own that is constantly grabbing at your phone. You let them play with it, but want to make sure they’re downloading apps that are appropriate for them. Well it looks like Samsung has got your back with the Samsung kids app store. In addition the phone’s “kid’s mode”, the S5 will also give users access to a kids only app store. The apps are all developed for, you guessed it, children. So no, junior won’t be able to access Grand Theft Auto anything, but they will have some kid-friendly cute games at their disposal. Anyone here impressed with Samsung’s sensitivity and consideration towards parents? Source
  15. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has reached India and in anticipation of that the price of its predecessor dropped sharply. The Galaxy S5 was shortly available for sale on Saholic but has since been removed. Anyway, the important thing – the price – is known. Samsung's new flagship will set users back INR 45,500 ($745 / €540), which is a little more than what the Galaxy S4 cost when it launched (INR 41,500). The former flagship has since been dropped to around INR 30,000 ($490/€355). Note that this is the I9500 (Exynos chipset), the I9505 (Snapdragon) is hard to find. Anyway, since the product page has been pulled down it's not clear when the S5 flagship will actually go on sale. When it goes back up, it should appear here. In Europe the target launch date is in April and the device costs €600 or more, although this latest posting suggests that these pre-order prices might be over-inflated. If interested you can book the smartphone in multiple European countries. Source
  16. geeteam

    Nokia X hits Malaysia for $120

    The first Android device from Nokia, the Nokia X, landed with much fanfare at MWC last week. The company is wasting no time in getting it out to customers, as the device has been announced through Malaysian retailer Storekini.com for RM 399 (about $120). While certainly on the cheap side, the device itself boasts rather meager specifications: a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 4-inch WVGA display, 3MP fixed focus camera, 4GB of storage and just 512MB of RAM. Our time with the device revealed a somewhat confusing mashup of Android 4.1, Windows Phone, and even elements from Nokia's Asha lineup. And although it's not able to run Google's Play Store, it does have the ability to sideload Android apps, 75% of which Nokia claims will be able to run without modification. follow this link to get the Nokia X in Malaysia with free shipping. Source
  17. The latest comScore numbers are out, giving us an idea of who’s gained and lost over last quarter. While the overall movement isn’t shocking, there were a few surprises. We’re starting to think a recent big transaction is having negative a impact some may not have anticipated. Apple still reigns supreme, commanding 41.6% of the smartphone market when compared t other OEMs. Samsung is second, naturally — they hold onto just over 1/4 of the market at 26.7%. LG ranks a distant third with 6.9%, which is just ahead of Motorola at 6.4%. HTC checks in as well, claiming 5.4% of the overall smartphone market. When it comes to platform, we all know what the answer is. Android is still king with a 51.7% market share, while iOS has 41.6. Blackberry is holding steady with 3.1%, closely related to Microsoft’s 3.2%. Symbian is still hanging on with 0.2%, bolstered by those emerging markets where other platforms are still finding their way. Two things stand out in this study: Apple and Motorola. Apple’s iPhone sales were up 1.0%, as was iOS. In terms of platform, iOs was the only one to pick up over last quarter — Android fell 0.5%. Motorola was also a loser, dropping 0.6% and out of third place for OEMs. We really hope the Lenovo purchase hasn’t hurt them. Source
  18. HTC unveiled the Desire 310 earlier this year – an affordable dual-SIM phone. Exact price and launch date weren’t known until now, but HTC filled in the blanks – the Desire 310 will cost €160 and launch on April 10. The phone is an alternative to the Moto G – its 4.5" screen has only FWVGA resolution (that's 480 x 854), but there are advantages like 1080p video from the 5MP camera and expandable storage. Note that the Moto G has a dual-SIM version too. The phone will be available in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland (that we know of so far). The price for Germany is €160, while in the Netherlands it's €170. The Swiss price is CHF 180 (€150). Source
  19. Nokia announced its Android-powered phones at the Mobile World Congress, but the rumored Lumia 930 and Lumia 630/635 were nowhere to be seen. Nokia might be saving those for a separate event on April 19. News of the event comes from popular rumor source @evleaks. The date might not be a coincidence – two weeks earlier, Microsoft will be holding the BUILD conference. It is expected to bring Windows Phone 8.1 with the Cortana virtual assistant and Start screen backgrounds. According to rumors, the Lumia 930 will be similar to the Lumia Icon / 929 but for GSM networks and possibly with a 4.5" screen instead of a 5" one. The Lumia 630/635 will succeed the Lumia 620 and offer slightly higher-end specs than the 525, including dual-SIM (WP8.1 is supposed to add support for it). Source
  20. Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-orders continue to expand throughout Eurasia – following the Netherlands and Romania, the new flagship is now available for pre-order in Sweden, Russia and the Czech Republic. In Sweden, the Galaxy S5 is available for around SEK 6,200 (€700 / $950) off contract, but several carriers have offers too. Tre (Swedish Three) prices start at SEK 328 / month and the carrier will throw in a free 32GB microSD card. Telia has it at SEK 380 / month and SEK 6,400 on prepaid. Tele2 has the blue Galaxy S5 (the other two carriers have only Black and White) and with a 2-year contract, the monthly cost is SEK 424. A pre-paid option is available too at SEK 6,400. In Russia, Samsung's official page advertises the pre-order at RUB 30,000 (€600 / $830). If you pre-order by April 9, you'll get a RUB 2,000 voucher to spend on Samsung Apps. Only the Black and White models are available here. In the Czech Republic, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is priced CZK 19,000 (€700 / $950). The full range of colors is available – White, Black, Blue and Gold. Update: It's also available in Finland at €700. There's no official price for the US just yet. Source
  21. If you think poking fun at others is something we get over when we grow up, well, tech companies beg to disagree with you. Be it Apple, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, or any other OEM, these companies don’t miss a chance of making fun of competitors. The latest one being Nokia, which we thought was done for this month after pointing a finger at Samsung’s blurry images, but it has now taken on Android and iOS. In a new self-appraisal video, Nokia talks about the number of apps that Windows Phone has snagged in the last one year. While it acknowledges iOS and Android’s jam-packed app stores, at the same time it makes fun of the redundancy among their apps. “Do I really need a thousand apps to turn on my flashlight?” asks the video narrator. Over the last few years, Nokia has managed to bring about 200,000 apps to the Windows Store. While it isn’t close to what Android and iOS have to offer, it sure has a reasonably good amount of alternatives, if not the same apps that most people actually care about. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iJbz1NZMCzI Now, for the big fail in its advert. Apparently, Nokia didn’t run a fact check before handing over the script to its over confident presenter. According to the video, you can’t tweak a PowerPoint presentation on Android and iOS. Well, actually you can, on iOS you have Apple Keynote that lets you create and edit PowerPoint files; whereas for Android, QuickOffice suffices such needs, though Office Mobile from Microsoft is also available, but requires a 365 subscription. Coming to the second part, Nokia thinks that Android and iOS users can’t control Xbox, when in fact they can. The irony is that Microsoft itself has developed an app for that, called Smartglass. Furthermore, while Nokia does have so many cool apps, Instagram isn't really well-made, Internet Explorer leaves a lot to be desired, and the time it takes for an app to reach the Windows Phone Store is ridiculous. While Nokia may have bragged a bit here and there, overall the advertisement is a win. Nokia and Windows Phone have grown pretty strong recently, and the video puts that point across quite brilliantly. Just to point out a few things, the video was found on the Nokia Canada channel, which isn't verified. Source
  22. For what seems like the millionth time, this year alone, I've seen someone post an "I lost my phone" status update on Facebook. Clearly the millionth time reference is an exaggeration, but seriously, how can you lose your phone these days. Keep in mind, we're not talking about a cheap flip phone from back in the day, but modern Android (and iOS) smartphones. Here is a hint -- these devices have built in tracking. That sort of makes it impossible to lose. But having said that, we also realize that not everyone is quite as geeky, and often do nothing to their shiny new smartphones aside from figure out how to transfer their contacts so they can make calls and send text messages. So here is the deal, we here at Android Community are assigning some homework. Or as homework sort of sucks, how about we think of this as a game. We could simply tell you to share this post with everyone you know, but that would make it seem like we're simply going after the hits. We really just want people to stop losing their phones. After all, they are expensive to buy, and even more expensive to replace. So here is the deal, everyone reading this needs to set up the Android Device Manager (ADM) for their friends and family members. And also make sure they know how to use it (so they don't call you when they lose their phone). Yes, we are intentionally staying away from the privacy argument here. As for the game aspect, how about we give it a point system. You get 1 point every time you set up the ADM for someone else (after making sure you have it done on your personal devices). You then lose 5 points every time someone you know actually loses their phone. And keep in mind, this isn't misplacing and finding, but full on losing to the point they have to replace it. See if you can come out ahead. Lastly, just in case you need some help to get started -- first, make note of the Android Device Manager website located here, and also the Android Device Manager app found in the Play Store. After that, grab your phone, tablet or other Android device and head into the settings. Once in the settings go to Security -> Device administrators and make sure the box next to Android Device Manager is checked. That will allow you to not only track that lost device, but also ring the device, lock the screen and erase the device. Source
  23. Unsurprisingly, Google and LG are reportedly partnering to build the next-generation Nexus smartphone. According to a report by Gizmodo Germany, the phone makers will once again join forces to develop the Nexus 6. LG manufactured Google's last two handsets—the Nexus 4 and 5. The latter hit the market in late October, equipped with the latest version of Android, KitKat. In fact, a bright red version of the Nexus 5 just hit the Google Play store a month ago, joining its black and white counterparts in 16GB and 34GB versions.With that in mind, Android Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai recently said the next Nexus will not reach the public any time soon. "I can assure you it will not be released in the first half of the year," he told a French blog during last month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. But that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from spinning. Details are scarce, but the German tech blog suggested that the Nexus 6 will actually be a stripped-down version of the yet-to-be-unveiled LG G3, which CNET suggested will sport a 5.5-inch, 2,560-by-1,440 Quad HD screen, a 64-bit processor, and a 16-megapixel rear camera. With Google's annual I/O developer conference scheduled for June 25-26, it's possible the search giant will reveal its next-generation Nexus then. Neither Google nor LG immediately responded to PCMag's request for comment. LG has been working on its own lineup of handsets, including the world's first curved smartphone, the 6-inch G Flex, which launched nationwide on Feb. 5.For more, see PCMag's review of the Google Nexus 5 and the slideshow above, as well as our review of the LG G Flex. The German site also tipped the release of a Google Nexus smartwatch from LG, but offered no further details about the wearable tech. Source
  24. Two consumer groups today filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission that asks the agency to investigate Facebook's pending acquisition of WhatsApp. According to the Electronic Privacy and Information Center (EPIC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), Facebook is likely to use WhatsApp user data to its advantage, which is not what WhatsApp users expected when they signed up for the messaging app. "Acting in reliance on WhatsApp representations, Internet users provided detailed personal information to the company, including private text to close friends," the complaint said. "Facebook routinely makes use of user information for advertising purposes and has made clear that it intends to incorporate the data of WhatsApp users into the use profiling business model." EPIC and CDD said the move violates WhatsApp users' understanding of their exposure to online advertising and constitutes an unfair and deceptive trade practice, which the FTC should investigate. Facebook disagreed. "Facebook's goal is to bring more connectivity and utility to the world by delivering core Internet services efficiently and affordably – this partnership will help make that happen," a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement. "As we have said repeatedly, WhatsApp will operate as a separate company and will honor its commitments to privacy and security." Facebook announced plans to acquire WhatsApp for a stunning $16 billion last month, a deal that could be worth as much as $19 billion if certain targets are met. Facebook has said that WhatsApp will remain an independent company, like Instagram, which the social network also owns. But according to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, WhatsApp is on its way to 1 billion users, and any Internet service that tops that milestone is extremely valuable, according to Zuckerberg. Going forward, WhatsApp will help Facebook toward its goal of connecting the world, he said. Source
  25. Motorola caught the tech media’s attention when it unveiled the surprisingly capable Moto G smartphone for just $179 off contract. That comparatively tiny fee brings buyers a 4.5-inch display with 720p HD resolution, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera, all wrapped in a reasonably attractive case. But $179 is still a bit pricey in emerging markets where industry watchers are still expecting growth, so Motorola plans to limbo even lower. “In much of the world $179 is a lot of money so there’s a big market at a price point of less than $179,” Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside told TrustedReviews. “We’re going to look at that and just delivering on that value promise is super important. I mean why can’t these devices be $50? There’s no reason that can’t happen so we’re going to push that.” Woodside didn’t provide any additional details on the company’s future budget lineup, though he did assure the blog that the low end won’t be Motorola’s only focus. “On the more premium side we’re pushing more customisation,” he said. “Today you have colours and beginning of materials but you don’t have screen size and you don’t have functionality and we’re going to bring all that in in [sic] the next year or so.” Source
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