Cyanogen raises $80M for anti-Google warchest

It’s been a while since someone had the guts and the cojones to take on Google at its own game, but most forward-looking people in the industry agree that it’s right about time someone did. Enter the loud and confident Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen, Inc., last year’s enfant terrible of the mobile tech industry. His most recent fundraising round generated around USD$80 million, even famously without Microsoft’s support, and everything seems to be “green-and-go” for Cyanogen OS.

Have a 30-day battery life smartwatch with Vector

With Google and Apple once again going head to head with thier respective smartwatch platforms (and Pebble still surviving with its own niche market), is there room really for another brand and platform in the market? Of course in this digital world, the answer is probably always yes, and especially if your product is promising a battery life that would last for 30 days. Vector is the newest kid in the market, and it can be an alternative to the leading wearable brands.

Universal asks Spotify to “strongly urge” users to switch to premium

While there is no doubt that digital music and music streaming services has totally revolutionized the way we listen to and consume music, what is still up for debate is how artists and music label are "properly compensated". The freemium business model, headed up by the biggest of them all, Spotify, has been causing a lot of friction in the industry. Now, even one of the stakeholders of the service is dissatisfied with how they are monetizing from users who have almost unlimited access to their catalog.

Rumored Huawei Ascend P8 images leak, as invites to April event fly out

It’s right about time for China-based manufacturer Huawei to put out an update to their high-end smartphone line, so people are beginning to whisper that the Huawei Ascend P8 might soon be unveiled. True enough, Huawei has sent out invites for an April 15 event in London where it might just do that. For now though, we will have to be satisfied with these leaked images that supposedly came straight from the manufacturing line of the new smartphone.

AT&T outs promo videos for Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9

AT&T is already gearing up for the release of the HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy S6. We know the latest Samsung Android flagship phone will arrive in the United States this coming April 11. The unit was also listed for pre-order in the UK last week. On the other hand, the HTC One M9 is expected to arrive a day earlier on April 10. We already know that T-Mobile is offering the One M9 but good to know another mobile network is carrying it soon.

Google slowly rolling out “On-Body Detection” mode to Android users

Don't you just hate it when you suddenly leave your smartphone unlocked on a table and people start posting unwanted stuff on your social media just to annoy or embarrass you? Or worse, when people have the nerve to steal your unlocked device left somewhere out there? Well, if Google does roll out this new feature to all Android devices, then your problems may be partly solved. They can't help you if you're too forgetful and leave your phone a lot.

OPPO brings out ColorOS 2.0.7i update, still KitKat flavors

If there’s any consolation for not having Lollipop on a flagship level phone these days, Chinese manufacturer OPPO seems to be saying that at the very least, they’ll give you lots of new features. Is that a consolation at all? At this point, users of the OPPO Find 7 will not have any choice but to accept the ColorOS 2.0.7i update – with lots of fixes, new features, but still distinctly and a bit disappointingly, Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Episode 2 of Tales from the Borderlands arrives to much acclaim

If you’re a proper gamer, you will at least have heard of the Borderlands franchise. The game has made us all believers in a fun and engaging story-based first person shooter again. The storylines are unique, the characters are ones you definitely won’t forget. Telltale Games transferred most of this hilarity and fun to “Tales from the Borderlands”, a story-slash-game that we featured a few months back. Now Episode 2 is here, and it’s packing some serious fun.

Boss Monster card game comes to life on Android

Here's another strategy card game that will probably make you busy. There are numerous similar games already but only a few can capture a true geek's attention. The indie card game has finally arrived on Android, ready to challenge players to become the ultimate villains. This dungeon-building card game can make the players become video game bosses. Who doesn't want to become a boss at least once in his lifetime?
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