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I'm a bit surprised to see 1M sales but it's still a small sliver of the market and don't think there's a ton of profit margin here. Still, well done Samsung.
Samsung surprisingly took 7 percent of the sub-$100 handset market in India but it still has work to do. More handset models and attracting developers are the strategy.
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+Kevin Tofel​​ I think we will get back to where we were before, that is a much wider variety of mobile operating systems, prior to the iPhone tsunami.

Samsung is capable, of pulling this off in the early stages. Sony is also equipped, to do similar, in markets other than the US...
I would prefer to see OEM's differentiate themselves from each other this way.

Android is a huge signal generator of its users information to Google, which is why Apple continually pushes it's we are not intetested in your information line, further differentiating itself based on privacy.

It's not clear if Tizen has any benifit over Android, in this or any other area, but every journey begins with a small step and clearly Samsung are heading that way.
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I won't be cancelling my Google Play Music All Access right away, but I do plan to give Apple Music the 3 month free trial, mainly because of the family plan and Android support this fall. Even better for some (not me) is the expectation of Sonos support this year.
Tuesday is Apple Music launch day but Apple won't be resting. The company is looking to boost online music storage capacity and bring its tunes to Sonos systems.
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That it'll probably be really easy to implement is nice, too. We already do the family sharing between IDs thing for Mac apps; was (iirc) a matter of checking a box. 
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My years of waiting for a Chrome OS tablet may be over. Flip looks very promising based on this write up. Not sure I want to give up a high resolution screen, but I'm tempted.
 
This sounds exciting -- what a great review! I can't wait to read more reviews of the Flip and find out when the 4GB RAM version will be available.
If you are looking for an affordable tablet that can double as a laptop, Chromebook Flip is for you.
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+ddoʞ sɐɯoɥʇ have not tried the dell, the Sony keyboard l have for my Z tablet is great, but it doesn't have the trackpad like Z4 t has...still waiting to test drive the Z4 tablet combo myself, but very keen to do so...
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Took about 15 minutes to install and everything is running smooooooothly. :)
What's the next best thing to a Nexus if you want fast software updates? The 2014 Moto X Pure Edition has to be a contender; it's now getting Android 5.1.
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I am facing some WiFi connectivity issue. It connects and becomes idle after sometime while in laptop same WiFi is working great with no hitch. Also some apps in background getting started automatically.
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Big price tag for a small video conferencing system but still probably less than the traditional / legacy solutions.
You'll pay twice the cost of the small room video-conference setup but you gain dual monitor support, a better camera, and a second microphone for Hangouts at work.
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You can buy the camera separately, its a fantastic system, I use it at home.
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Oh, thank goodness.
 
It's about time. 
There are a few big changes to the Google Play Music app in v6.0, but there are changes coming to your wearable too. There's a new Android Wear companion a... by Ryan Whitwam in Android Wear, Applications, News
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I guess renting music and leaving a mobile phone behind, is not without its issues after all... 😉


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Not a good day for Google's legal team. 
Google had hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would appeal its $1 billion case with Oracle over copyrighted Java code. No such luck.
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+Keith Achorn The standard open source licenses apply to the entire work, so those licenses should still stand as is. The problem there is that many open source products are re-implementations of commercial APIs. For example, the entire GNU project was a re-implementation of commercial UNIX APIs, so it wouldn't be their license to give anymore.

The problem is that almost all the journalists and bloggers are focusing on Google v. Oracle here, and not looking at the broader implications of this change to copyright scope.
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MOAR CHROMECASTING!!!
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Works nicely. A slideshow mode would be a nice addition.
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Mo' juice please!
Growing graphene cells directly on silicon in the lab has boosted energy density of batteries by 1.8 times compared to conventional batteries.
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Next up, a 5660 screen to make sure we don't get more battery life...
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Downloading now! :)
 
I am happy to announce that we have been approved to start full deployment of the Android 5.1 Lollipop upgrade for Moto X (2nd Gen) Pure Edition in the US.
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I think mine actually updated on Tuesday...
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Another fun Wednesday show. Enjoy!
 
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A hacking mogul gets nearly five years in the slammer, academics are freaking out about a huge price increase from Amazon, TinDog for Fido, Lexus hoverboard revealed, and more...

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This. (I've written about it before and completely agree with +Alex Dobie on this one)
In Play Services, Google has a silver bullet with which to combat some of Android's greatest weaknesses. If you pay close enough attention to these things, you've probably seen Google Play Services updating from time to time on your Android devices. If you follow the more technical side of Android, you'll know it was announced a couple of years ago to introduce new APIs and features in...
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+Michael Dopp​ well as stated above... The Google play services push the mostly proprietary parts offered by google itself. It is not he aosp Android part that is updated. Don't get me wrong... The play services make it very pleasing to work with Google specific services but they don't update he Android parts of your phone. 
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Kevin C. Tofel has written and podcasted about the mobile industry and wearable devices since 2003 when he left his 15 year I.T. career to write. His work has appeared on various websites and in print, including PC World and The New York Times, and he has spoken to TV audiences on Fox Business and NBC News. When not testing the latest gadget or software, Kevin is typically reading, running or taking computer science and programming classes at his local community college. Kevin is a self-proclaimed fanboy of using whatever tools, devices or software are best suited for the task at hand, regardless of the platform or brand.

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Was a 2 minute half-miler in HS track, ran 3 marathons in the 1990's and once ran at least a mile every day for 425 consecutive days.
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