As we’re sure many Sony Xperia SP owners know by now, their handsets will not be upgraded to Android 4.4. Instead the best that Sony will do for them is update it to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which we guess is still a pretty big leap considering that the phone launched with Android 4.1 when it was first released.

Now the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update has been pushed out back in February but in a recent update that Sony released to help squash some bugs, it seems to have created more problems for certain Sony Xperia SP owners instead, in the form of a flickering display which can prove to be pretty annoying and potentially battery-draining as well.
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Yahoo Wants To Become iOS Default SearchWhen it comes to performing search on the iPhone or iOS products, Google is usually set as the default search engine. We’re sure if Apple had their own search engine, they’d probably use it, but given that Google is one of the bigger names at the moment, it is understandable why they chose them over competitors like Yahoo.

Yahoo’s presence in iOS devices is pretty much limited to the native Weather and Stocks apps, but apparently Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer is working on two internal projects that will apparently attempt to convince Apple to make the default search Yahoo and not Google.
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Kitestring App Aims To Help You Get Home SafeSay you’re out late and you’re in a sketchy neighborhood or somewhere you’re not familiar with, and you’re feeling a little paranoid. Instead of calling your parents, your best friend, or partner to have them keep you company on the phone, there’s now an app for that. It’s called Kitestring and basically what it does is that it lets the user set reminders in which if there is no response, Kitestring will attempt to contact your emergency numbers.

Users will have to key in numbers in which they want to be their emergency contact, like a parent or a friend, and every now and then, Kitestring will send you a text message asking if everything is alright. If the user does not respond within a certain amount of time, Kitestring will then attempt to contact the emergency numbers that you keyed in earlier.
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Users Report Cortana Having Problems Setting AlarmsOne of the more basic functions one might expect from a voice assistant feature is the ability to set the alarm. Google Now does this, Siri does this, Cortana does this, no wait, it doesn’t. According to reports, it seems that there are more than a fair share of Windows Phone 8.1 users out there who are experiencing difficulties when attempting to set their alarm via Cortana.

The error message they receive when trying to do so reads, “Something’s not right. Try again a little bit. (8000ffff).” Apparently even soft or hard resetting their phone does not seem to solve the issue either. There is also the possibility that it might be because Cortana is being used in another country other than the US, but there are US users who are reporting on the issue as well.
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Microsoft Discounting Windows XP Support For EnterpriseAs we’re sure many of you guys have heard by now, Windows XP is officially no longer supported by Microsoft. The operating system is still alive and kicking but it is no longer being supported, meaning that updates designed to protect the computer from viruses and malware will no longer be issued.

This isn’t good news for businesses and governments that still rely heavily on Windows XP and have yet to make the switch. Last we heard, Microsoft was charging very high prices to keep adding support until these organizations or government agencies had the opportunity to upgrade. Well it turns out Microsoft has had a change of heart and is now offering a discount.
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Google Develops Algorithm That Can Decipher Its Own CAPTCHAsYou know that funny scramble of words and numbers that some websites use to complete a signup process? They’re typically used to prove that the person signing up for that account is human, as opposed to a bot who might be creating multiple accounts to use for spamming. Well it turns out that Google has managed to develop an algorithm that can solve Google’s own CAPTCHAs with a 99.8% accuracy.
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LG Confirms First Mobile Processor Enters Production In The Near Future

There have been countless rumors about LG developing its very own system-on-a-chip. Recent rumors suggested that it may be called Odin. Apparently its based on a big.LITTLE configuration with four 2.2GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.7GHz Cortex-A7 cores. Without commenting on the specifics, a published report out of Korea today includes confirmation from an LG Electronics spokesperson that the company is indeed going to start producing its first mobile processors “soon.”

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Activate Download Booster In Verizon And AT&T Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a feature called Download Booster. What is basically does is that it combines Wi-Fi and LTE to substantially increase download speeds when a file larger than 30MB is being downloaded. It was previously reported that Verizon and AT&T blocked Download Booster on their Galaxy S5 variants. As it turns out the feature exists on their variants, its merely been hidden. So its possible to activate download booster on Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5.

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Google Launches Standalone Camera App For Android

A standalone Google Camera app has been launched today. Available for download from the Google Play Store, the app is quite different from the camera app that’s bundled with Android 4.4 KitKat. In its standalone app Google has kept the user interface quite clean to make the shutter button quite prominent while refining and improving the overall experience. Google promises that its an interface “that gets out of your way.”

The app comes with a new Lens Blur mode which offers a shallow depth of field to achieve “SLR-like photos.” Basically it replaces the need for a large optical system and instead uses computer vision algorithms and various optimization techniques to simulate larger lens and aperture. Other features include Google’s signature Photo Sphere, a useful feature if you like taking panoramic shots.

Google has also declared war on capturing video in portrait orientation. When the video camera is selected the app won’t start recording video until the user switches to landscape orientation. The app is supported by all Android devices that are capable of running version 4.4 KitKat or higher.

There’s a big advantage for both Google and the users. Since its a standalone app, users get more choice if they’re not content with the stock app. Google can freely add features to the app because its not baked into the OS, so it doesn’t need to roll out an entire firmware update. A simple app update is all that Google needs to add new features. Google Camera is available as a free download.

Microsofts New All In One Media Keyboard Destined For Your Living Room

Microsoft today announced a new All-in-One Media keyboard which it believes is perfect for your living room. It might come in handy if you often connect a device to your TV. Most people do, its one of the easiest ways to share photos and videos with friends and family. This keyboard makes it easy to share all of that content from the comfort of your couch.

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