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Media Browser goes on sale to celebrate latest server release

Media Browser is a handy service, which turns your home PC into a multimedia server. With apps available for Windows 8, iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The server beta has been updated, and to celebrate the release the team has placed all of its mobile clients on sale.

Win Sonos speakers, Hue lights and more in Connectedly’s site launch contest!

Earlier this week we pulled the trigger on the rebranding of Smartwatch Fans to Connectedly. In case you missed the Welcome Post, be sure to give it a read as it lays out the mission and vision for Connectedly.

With May here and a few days of smooth running now behind it, Connectedly is kickstarting things today with their first community contest! The grand prize is a Sonos Playbar and two Sonos Play:1 speakers. Runner up  [Read More…]

EE Kestrel 4G phone now available, £99 on PAYG

British operator EE’s budget-centric “Kestrel” handset is now available on contract and Pay As You Go through the carrier’s online and brick-and-mortar stores. Contract prices start at £13.99 per month, and on PAYG it costs just £99. Built by Huawei and heavily branded by EE, the Kestrel features a 4.5-inch qHD (960×540) display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU, a 5-megapixel camera and 8GB of storage.

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Net neutrality is worth fighting for

Digitized map Tell the FCC to enforce net neutrality

We tend not to branch out into the political discussion here at Mobile Nations all that often. Politics has little bearing on the day-to-day use of mobile devices. But on occasion, things from the political world cross into our little world of smartphones and tablets. Take SOPA back in 2012, for example. Meant to address the real problem of content piracy, SOPA overreached and  [Read More…]

Samsung to hold healthy media event on May 28

Smartphones aren’t the only pieces of kit consumers are going crazy for these days. Wearable tech, including products that monitor health, are becoming the must-have gadgets. Samsung already has the Gear Fit, but if an invite to an event in San Francisco on May 28th is anything to go by, the South Korean manufacturer isn’t quite done with this market just yet. According to the invitation, Samsung is looking to start a “new conversation around health”.

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Chrome OS Presser by Google and Intel Coming May 6


Google and Intel have announced a press event for May 6, to reveal their latest Chrome OS collaboration.  Intel is the primary chipset powering Google’s Chromebook cloud-centric laptops, with the latest iterations using Haswell chipsets coming to market last September.  I’m personally typing this on an Acer C720 Haswell Chromebook, and in being an Owner of a previous-generation Chromebook as well, I can personally attest  [Read More…]

LG G3 struts its stuff in new leaked photos

The LG G3 is the upcoming flagship Android smartphone expected to be announced later this month. We’ve previously looked at renders and images of the LG G3 showing off its rear buttons and the like, but today two high quality photos of the device have been leaked. While the mobile device looks similar to its predecessor, the LG G2, there are notable differences between the two LG handsets.

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Verizon Sony Xperia Z2 outed on official Google+ page

What have we here? It sure looks like a Sony Xperia Z2 with a big old Verizon logo up top. The image above was published (and since deleted) on the official Sony Xperia Google+ account along with a promotional blurb about the phone. And from what we can see, it’s the same Xperia Z2 that’s currently available in parts of Europe — 5.2-inch display and all.

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IDC data shows tablet sales slowing but Apple and Samsung still own the market

IDC posted their quarterly numbers of the international tablet market. They’re showing a slight dip in iPad dominance and growth from Samsung. Apple dropped from 40.2% of market share in the first quarter of 2013 to 32.5% in Q1 2014, compared to Samsung who went up from 17.5% to 22.3%. According to IDC, Amazon, Asus, and Lenovo each occupy 5% or less of the current global market share, with the remaining 34% claimed by other manufacturers.  [Read More…]

Apple, Google, Microsoft increasingly defying U.S. government, informing customers of data demands

Google already notifies customers unless prohibited by law

If the government demands your personal, private email or other data, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, and others are reportedly taking steps to notify you faster and more frequently than they did in the past. That’s putting them at odds with prosecutors who believe such notifications can interfere with ongoing investigations and evidence gathering.

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