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Lenovo launches Vibe Z, A859 and other cheap handsets worldwide

Lenovo today announced its LTE-enabled Vibe Z handset will finally venture outside China into the rest of the world. The Vibe Z is a pretty solid device rocking a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display with a pixel density of 400 ppi. Body-wise it carries a thin, 7.9mm frame, and tucks away a powerful quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and an 802.11ac WiFi radio. The shooters on the front and back are nothing to sneeze at either, as the device’s rear lens packs a 13-megapixel Read more

USPS wants to use mobile Point-of-Sale tech to speed up post office lines

The U.S. Postal Service has been in the doldrums for years, as it continues to bleed money. The days of door-to-door mail delivery is slowly becoming a thing of the past, so the government ran carrier is looking for different alternatives. USPS is said to be testing a mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) system to cut waiting times in its customer lines. If you’re like many people out there who have to hit up the post office, then you know waiting in line at an understaffed office is a dreadful experience — Read more

Tweetbot for iPhone now supports viewing photos in DMs

Tweetbot for iPhone continues to be one of the best third-party options to run your tweets through, as the Twitter client just updated its app today. Now users gain support for viewing photos sent by way of the service’s direct messaging feature, similar to what the official Twitter application added earlier this month. However, Twitter made sure to handicap the feature to an extent as all third-party apps can only receive photos, not send them. Lame. The rundown if below: What’s New in Version 3.2.1 Added support for viewing images Read more

Year In Review 2013: Apple further cements its ‘fingerprint’ on the industry

It’s safe to say that 2013 was another successful year for Apple. Did we finally get that “wait, there’s more…” moment we’ve all been salivating over for years? No. However, what we did get was the same model of consistency we’ve all grown accustomed to for so many years. This year Apple made it’s usual subtle changes to its product line that forces loyal fanboys to ditch their one year old model iPhone, iPod, or iPad for the latest hotness. So it’s only right to go back in time, and Read more

Alleged first-gen iPhone prototype snags $1,500 on eBay

Someone on eBay just sold what supposedly is being called one of the original iPhone prototypes. The supremely rare device brought in around $1,500 to a guy in Australia called ‘applefancollector’. Here it goes! My wife says I have too much stuff, so I have to reduce my collection. I am selling a very rare original iPhone engineering prototype. These were used to test the iPhone’s various features. To do so, a special test software was installed, which is still running on the device perfectly. This is device is especially Read more

Xbox One available on Amazon, grab it by Dec. 30 — Go, Hurry!

The Xbox One has been one of the hottest items of the year to get your hands, with the gaming console being in limited supply at most retailers. The demand is so crazy that Microsoft’s latest machine sold one million consoles on launch date. Now Amazon once again has the device up for sale, and it guarantees delivery by December 30 via One-Day Shipping. If you can’t wait to get your Xbox One, then you can opt for Amazon’s One-Day Shipping as it brings the console to you the quickest on Read more

Nokia yanks Here Maps from the App Store because of iOS 7

Nokia has decided to yank its Here navigation app from Apple’s App Store because it claims iOS 7 “harms the user experience of HERE.” This decision is eerily close to the deadline Apple gave to developers in making their apps iOS 7 compatible by February 1. Nokia says users can still use it via the mobile edition of the service. “We have made the decision to remove our HERE Maps app from the Apple App Store because recent changes to iOS 7 harm the user experience. iPhone users can continue Read more

Taiwan FTC slaps Apple with $670k fine for iPhone plan pricing

Apple has found itself in a bit of hot water with the Taiwan government, as it’s been ordered to pay a fine of $670,000 due to unsavory pricing plans. Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission is serving out the penalty because it says Apple influenced phone pricing through distributors and service providers in the region. Three of the countries carriers were forced to turn in pricing plans for the iPhone before the phones were even available. “Through the email correspondence between Apple and these three telecom companies we discovered the companies submit Read more

Apple’s latest patent uses Siri to sort through iPhone photos

Like most of its competitors, Apple files for different types of patents, many that will never see the light of day. However there is a new submission that we could see hitting our iPhones in the very near future, according to a fresh application published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The filing, entitled “Voice-Based Image Tagging and Searching,” describes associating “natural language” text strings with photographs saved on a device, like an iPhone. So in laymen terms, this new technology will take advantage of the iPhone’s speech input, Read more

Amazon offers $20 gift cards for UPS and FedEx shipping issues

Are you one of the unfortunate folks out there who had a package shipment delayed through Amazon? Well, the e-commerce giant wants to make amends for your pain and frustration, as the company announced it will issue out $20 gift cards to any of those affected. Amazon came up with this solution after receiving a ground swelling of complaints from folks who didn’t get their packages on time for Christmas. Both UPS and FedEx were blindsided by the higher than expected online sales generated through huge retailers like Amazon. The Read more

Facebook for Windows Phone updated with new Live Tiles, push notifications, and more!

Facebook for Windows Phone just got updated with some impressive features. Version 5.2.1 refines many of the features that came in the last major update such as Live Tile support and push notifications. Facebook Faster and more reliable notifications Toasts for Facebook chat Redesigned primary tile Redesigned secondary tiles for chat, events, groups, pages, and photo albums Messaging improvements Performance improvements Support for additional languages The best part about this update is developers get to use the Facebook Login code for their apps. This allows users to sign in Read more