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The LG G3 G3 Smartphone will see Android 5.0 Lollipop very soon

LG Australia has told customers today that G3 owners should expect their Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to begin appearing as soon as the 23rd of January, with this model being one of many to finally get the latest OS release.


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Set as a staged roll-out, users will see their phone receiving update capabilities ranging from the 23rd of January right through until late February, so if you're not on the of the first to get it, don't be worried.


Android 5.0 Lollipop has been toted by many as a new major advancement in the Android Operating System, claiming that this is their first foray into 'real' design, with some claiming that this is directly fighting against Apple's swanky offerings, animations and little tricks.

Apple maybe considering a stylus for the possible iPad Pro

Apple Insider has leaked information that Apple may be developing a self-branded stylus to be included with the iPad Pro - reports claim that it may be named the iPen or Apple Pen. It's a rumor stacked on a rumor - but it does have some logical merit.


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Stylus pens for tablet devices are actually quite common among older (40-year and over) crowds. Although I've never seen a person under 40 use one voluntarily before, my parents and grandparents are often using their third-party stylus devices to play Solitare and browse the web on their iPad 2's.


As with most official Apple products, there's no reason that this technology giant couldn't release a simple stylus, slap a $30 RRP on it and watch it walk itself out the door with massive sales - lets be honest, how much really goes into a stylus pens' design?

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HTC to unveil its new One M9 smartphone at MWC 2015 in March

HTC has pretty much just confirmed its upcoming codenamed Hima smartphone, or the One M9, for Mobile World Congress 2015 which kicks off on March 2, but HTC will be hosting its own event on March 1 to debut the new smartphone.


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There's no concrete information on it, or whether HTC will be actually unveiling the new One M9, but the tease is that "utopia in progress" should be enough. The picture on the invitation itself is filled with stars, with a single burst of light that highlights the company's invite.


What will the One M9 materialize into? We should see it featuring a high-end Sony-built rear-camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a QHD display, Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7.0 UI and much more.

Microsoft offers their Lumia 635 in conjunction with Sprint for $168

Set as the first Lumia product to be part of Sprints offerings, Microsoft are putting up their Lumia 635 smartphone for free on a new two-year contract, or $168 if no contract is something you're interested in. This 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400-powered entry-level phone has been on offer through Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile since December the 23rd, seeing it finally hit the big-name brand Sprint.


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Announced back in April 2014, this phone also contains 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a 4.5-inch display running at 865x480 resolution and 4G LTE capability - obviously providing nothing too crash-hot and ground breaking, however for $168 it's an extremely good entry-level device, spare phone for travel or emergency backup device.


Its saving grace is said to be the LTE support, often not seen for phones in this pay-grade - however I think it's a suitable candidate for your child's first device or any of the other applications as mentioned above.

Mobile industry is booming, creating $3.3 trillion, 11M jobs in 2014

The mobile industry is absolutely booming, helping generate $3.3 trillion revenue and 11 million jobs in 2014, according to a new study commissioned by the Boston Consulting Group. Apple, Google, Alibaba, Facebook, Verizon and China Mobile, six of the 25 most valuable companies, are creating revenue by embracing mobile technology.


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Not surprisingly, companies that invested in mobile hardware and software development early on - and have larger development teams - are seeing better return on investment (ROI) than companies jumping into the market later.


Analyst groups believe tablet sales growth will slow in 2015, but the mobile ecosystem is maturing - and should prove valuable in emerging markets. Meanwhile, the mobile ecosystem in established markets further opens the door to embrace services typically available on PCs.

Report: Google interested in making a play to acquire Softcard

Google reportedly wants to acquire Softcard, a joint venture between AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, as Google wants to step up its own mobile payment offering. None of the companies have issued public statements, and it's possible the deal would be worth less than $100 million, according to unnamed sources.


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Softcard reportedly laid off upwards of 60 employees, telling them to stop working on current projects.


There is growing interest in mobile payment and wallet services, and Google wants to ensure it can compete against Apple and other competitors. "With Apple pay picking up in popularity and PayPal going solo later this year every major tech company is rethinking their mobile payments strategy," an unnamed banker told the Financial Times. "We are likely to see a lot of M&A activity in this space."

Skydio is an easy way to auto-pilot your drone through a smartphone

A new start-up called Skydio is apparently aimed at making autonomous drone technology a little more user-friendly and somewhat foolproof. Thanks to the use of a drone's camera, Skydio will convert the 2D image captured through the lens and convert it into a 3D map of all surrounding obstacles. It then uses this map to safely navigate its way around, said to also be used in 'Follow Me' situations - meaning the drone can fixate on a target and follow wherever it goes.



What's even cooler is you can use Skydio's technology with your smartphone, using it as some sort of pointer remote. You can simply move your phone up, down, left or right and the drone will follow your hand gestures.


This prototype has come around after $3 million in funding by Andreesen Horowitz and Access Partners and is said to be still in constant development. This advancement in technology is just plain awesome, I can't wait to see something like this hit mainstream production for use by the general consumer - let alone how well this can help our search and rescue, crisis support teams and more.

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Marriott reverses course, won't block guests' Wi-Fi access

Marriott was fined $600,000 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for blocking Wi-Fi hotspot access at its Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. The company said it was concerned about rogue wireless hotspots, and flooded guests' Wi-Fi networks by sending disassociation packets.


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Instead of being able to use their own Wi-Fi hotspots, visitors had to pay up to $1,000 per device for access to Marriott's Internet service.


"Marriott International listens to its customers, and we will not block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi devices at any of our managed hotels," a Marriott spokesperson said in a statement. "Marriott remains committed to protecting the security of Wi-Fi access in meeting and conference areas at our hotels."

Ed makes speech of a lifetime with a little help from Microsoft Lumia

The groom's speech at a wedding comes with many challenges; balancing the jokes, quirky anecdotes and grand gestures of love, and all to be delivered in front of the most important people in your life. That pressure wasn't quite enough for Ed, a 28 year-old accountant from London.


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In the ultimate declaration of love, Ed made a resolution this year to deliver his speech in his fiancé - Mariana's native Spanish. The only problem was that Ed didn't speak a word of Spanish. With the wedding fast approaching Ed knew time was running out...


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Microsoft Lumia had discovered that, like Ed, 36% of people around the globe would have also loved to "learn something new" as their 2014 resolution*. So when Ed submitted his resolution to Microsoft Lumia as part of the #MakeItHappen campaign, they came straight to his rescue.


Track Ed's journey as he embarks on a crash course in Spanish with the help of Microsoft Lumia, Skype and Duolingo; all to wow his family and friends in a heart-warming video:



Post sponsored by Microsoft

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The Google modular Ara smartphone is coming! ...To Puerto Rico?

I bet you were excited at the first half of the title, with the second half feeling something like the love of your life telling you that she's marrying your best friend Jack. Google has announced their limited market pilot release of the much anticipated modular Ara smartphone and it's going to be the small United States island territory of Puerto Rico.


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Why Puerto Rico, you ask. According to Google, its population is very diverse when it comes to the smartphone market, contains a lot of phone carriers and is a "gateway to the world" in regards to internet - due to it being a junction point for underwater cables. There are further small benefits like same-day shipping all over the island and some designated free trade zones.


When asked if the Ara launch will be coming to the rest of the globe soon, or at all, Google's ATAP director Regina Dugan simply stated "we don't know the answer to that question."

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