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March 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The popular puzzle game "2048" was called a broken clone by the makers of "Threes," a similar game that launched a month earlier. In "Threes," users combine tiles to attain the highest score possible. The game launched in February and is available for Apple iOS and Android devices for $1.99. But since the game's launch numerous clones have also been released. The makers of "Threes" criticized the cloning culture of the gaming world in an extensive blog post that chronicles the 14-month process that it took to make their game.
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May 31, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Looking to make desktops more competitive in price with tablets and mobile devices, more PC makers are turning to Android. In the latest blow to the new Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, Acer is expected to launch a second Android-based desktop next week, CNET reported . The all-in-one device combines the computer and the monitor into one slate. It's expected to come with a powerful new Intel processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM and as much as 16 gigabytes of hard drive space. With an expected price of about $400, the rumored device would be able to do what a tablet does -- except on a much bigger screen and with a more traditional setup.
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June 6, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Physical keyboard lovers, BlackBerry hasn't forgotten about you. The Canadian company's Q10 smartphone, the second phone running the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, began rolling out to U.S. carriers this week. Featuring BlackBerry's much-loved Qwerty-keyboard, this is the smartphone for which many users were holding out. And struggling BlackBerry, in the midst of playing catch-up to the iPhone and Android devices, needs the phone to perform and sell well. Physical keyboard phones are becoming more rare as touchscreen-only mobile devices take over.
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March 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AT&T will begin taking pre-orders for the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone on April 16. But the Texas-based carrier declined to say when pre-order customers would get the device or when it would be available in stores. AT&T said the GS4 will start at $249.99 with a two-year contract. It did not specify how much storage space that would include. The GS4 is the follow-up phone to 2012's popular Galaxy S III, which was able to rise above other Android smartphones and hold its own against Apple's iPhone.
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September 19, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple iOS 6 launched Wednesday, bringing with it a lot of cool new features, but it isn't perfect. The new mobile operating system now includes Facebook integration, more Siri abilities and a few new apps, but it also seems to be missing a couple of useful features such as public transportation directions in its Maps app. LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us at 2 p.m. today Join Michelle Maltais and me as we discuss what we like and dislike about...
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January 3, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The latest smartphone figures show Apple and Android phones have taken nearly complete control of the U.S. smartphone market, with almost 90% combined market share. A report by comScore shows that as of November, Apple and Android devices accounted for a combined 88.7% share of the U.S. smartphone market. Individually, the Google-owned Android operating system leads the way with 53.7% of the market, up 1.1% from August. Apple, meanwhile, accounted for 35%, which was a 1.4% increase from August.
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May 1, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LG, the latest phone manufacturer to launch a flagship smartphone in the last month, said its Optimus G Pro will go on sale May 10 in stores exclusively through AT&T. The LG Optimus G Pro, already available in other parts of the world, is a mammoth device with a 1080p HD 5-inch screen with a 400-pixel density. The device also features a 13-megapixel rear-facing full-HD camera, the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.7-GHz quad-core processor. The smartphone can be ordered starting May 3. AT&T said a 32-gigabyte version will be available for $200 with a two-year contract, and anyone who pre-orders will receive a free case for their phone while supplies last.
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January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple's iPhone is owned by more than 40% of smartphone users in the U.S., giving the Cupertino tech company a larger share of the national smartphone market than any of its rivals, according to a report Thursday. Apple's U.S. iPhone ownership grew from 35% during the fourth quarter of 2012 to 42% during the same period in 2013, according to a study by NPD Group. The study found that Samsung came in second place, with 26% of smartphone users reporting they own a device by the South Korean tech giant -- up from 22% during the fourth quarter of 2012.
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April 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AT&T wants users to ditch their old smartphones and buy new ones. The Texas-based carrier announced it will begin the trade-in promotion Wednesday that offers users at least $100 in credit for their used smartphones. The credit, which can be significantly higher than $100 depending on the phone and its condition, will be given through an AT&T promotion card that can be used toward products and services from the carrier. "That means you can get 50% off the latest and hottest phones," a company spokeswoman said in an email announcing the promotion.
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July 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
When you're the chairman of a giant tech company, you get to try things first. That's what Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was seen doing at the Allen & Co. annual media and technology conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, where on Thursday he was spotted with Motorola's Moto X smartphone next to his ears. The Moto X is Motorola's next flagship smartphone, and the company began promoting it earlier this month with an ad just before the Fourth of July. PHOTOS: Auctioned Apple items The device will be highly customizable and it will be manufactured in the U.S. For its marketing campaign, Motorola chose the tagline "Designed by You. Assembled in the USA. " But until Thursday, no images of the Moto X had been revealed.
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