You’d be forgiven for thinking Microsoft had abandoned Windows Phone, its mobile operating system. Statements made by the company sounded as if it’d given up on topping the iPhone 5s. The company’s recent actions left Windows Phone 8 users, and potential Windows Phone 8 buyers, all asking the same questions. In a world where Microsoft’s services are available everywhere, why would someone consider purchasing a Windows Phone? Also, even if they did purchase a Windows Phone, what would it give them that was so unique that they couldn’t get on any other platform?
Windows Phone 8.1 answers both questions eloquently.
I don’t mind saying that as a longtime Windows Phone users, I strayed last year and picked up an iPhone 5s. I’m not ashamed of it. Microsoft hadn’t updated its operating system in a major way in a year. Sure, it could now be loaded onto hardware that was every bit as powerful as the iPhone, but that was it. In hindsight, I spent five months with the iPhone 5s for two major reasons. One was Siri, which I’d learned to use for just about everything by this past February. Windows Phone had nothing like her. The second and biggest reason I left was that I felt Microsoft had made owning a Windows Phone moot. I could get Xbox Music, Xbox Video, Bing, Office and OneDrive on my iPhone 5s. Why would I stay with a Windows Phone, when I could have Microsoft’s best experiences on devices with more apps and more capabilities?
Sony Xperia Z2 received a minor firmware update. The new Android 4.4.2 build has release number 17.1.A.2.69 and replaces version 17.1.A.2.55.
The new firmware brings no major changes to Sony’s smartphone flagship – only minor performance enhancements and bug fixes. Some Xperia Z2 users actually claim that their devices already shipped with the new firmware build.
Dolphin Browser is one of the most powerful and popular web browsers out there and today it received a sizable update. Among the new stuff included is better Flash Player support, better full screen HTML5 videos, and the Dolphin Jetpack integration with Android 4.3 and 4.4.
Here is a quick list of all the features as per the Google Play Store.
Dolphin Jetpack 6.1.0 integration on Android 4.3 and 4.4 devices
Better flash playing experience; How to play flash in Dolphin http://goo.gl/zE6U68
Better fullscreen experience for HTML5 videos
Auto-fit web content when pinch to zoom under desktop mode
Whether you’ve got a game-crazy toddler running up your credit card bill buying coins and diamonds on your mobile device, or find yourself guilty of the same charges, fear not: your days of overspending and powerup-driven debt are over. Here’s how you can turn off in-app purchases in iOS 7 on your iPhone or iPad easily.
Disable in-app purchases
On your device’s Home screen, tap Settings and then select General > Restrictions.
Tap Enable Restrictions and enter a new secure 4-digit code (you’ll need this later, so make a note of it someplace safe). Re-enter the code to confirm it and you’ll return to the Restrictions menu.
You’ll see a list a of apps and that are allowed to run — tap In-App Purchases there to disable them. Read more…
Advertising is everywhere. There’s no escaping it. Unless you become a hermit and live in a cave you’re going to become exposed to some form of it. The mobile world and the Internet unfortunately are all about advertising. Theoretically it is why we can enjoy so much of the Internet for free. Advertising also affords us occasional discounts on some of the gear, gadgets, and content we love. For some advertising is a necessary evil, some can tune it out and go on their merry way, and some would just as soon never see an ad again.
Amazon’s Kindle tablets, just like Amazon’s website, are built to make it easier to buy stuff. Recommendations, a form of advertising, are always front and center. Those recommendations are built on your past Amazon purchase and search history. I don’t know about you, but by and large these recommendations fail more times than not when it comes to offering me something based on my past history. Perhaps that’s because I have very eclectic tastes.
The OnePlus One smartphone is having its announcement on April 23 and as the date nears we’ve been bombared with new information about the upcoming phone. First up official renders of the phone’s StyleSwaps back covers have surfaced. Then, there are new camera samples as well as information regarding the phone’s initial availability.
Let’s get started with the OnePlus One specifications. We already know the phone is featuring a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with 3GB of RAM as well as a 5.5″ full HD JDI display (resulting in a pixel density of 401ppi).