Gionee unveils Marathon M5 mini with 2GB RAM and 4,000mAh battery

After announcing the Marathon M5 lite last month, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Gionee has unveiled a mini variant of its Marathon M5 smartphone. The device is powered by a Mediatek MT6580 SoC and sports a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixel resolution) IPS display. Gionee Marathon M5 mini has 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable internal memory, and packs in a large 4,000 ... Read More »

Lenovo Vibe X3 launched in India for $293

Lenovo has launched its Vibe X3 smartphone in India, which will be the company’s flagship device in the market. The phone will be available through Amazon for INR 19,999 ($293). The Vibe X3 puts a lot of focus on the audio quality aspect. The phone has powerful stereo speakers up front. The headphone output is handled by a premium 32-bit ... Read More »

Xiaomi Mi 4 Windows 10 variant receiving new update

The Windows 10 Mobile variant of Xiaomi’s Mi 4 smartphone has started receiving a new firmware update, which majorly includes bug fixes as well as some improvements and enhancements. As per the change log, the update fixes various issues such as those related to alarm clock, Outlook e-mail syncing, and freezing screen. In addition, it improves the camera quality for ... Read More »

A new Android trojan steals your banking info and holds your files ransom

A new kind of Android malware steals online banking credentials and can hold a device’s files hostage in exchange for a ransom, delivering a particularly nasty one-two punch. The malware, called Xbot, is not widespread yet and appears to be just targeting devices in Australia and Russia, wrote researchers with Palo Alto Networks in a blog post on Thursday. But ... Read More »

Pending home sales rise just 0.1% in December

A lack of homes for sale is keeping potential buyers at bay. Signed contracts to buy existing homes rose just 0.1 percent in December from a downwardly revised November reading, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Taking the revision into account, sales were flat. Only the Northeast, likely due to warmer-than-average weather, saw gains. These so-called ‘pending’ home ... Read More »

This Old Tech: Exploring the lost world of Prodigy

See larger image Remember when… From 1988 to 1996, IBM and Sears jointly operated a graphically rich online service called Prodigy, which allowed users from all over the United States to dial in and view weather, stocks, news, and more while also exchanging emails and bulletin board posts with other users. When the service shut down in 1999 (after a ... Read More »

Microsoft Azure continues open source love affair

Microsoft has been aggressive in embracing open source technology on its Azure cloud platform, and that continued Wednesday with the launch of several new features powered by open source projects. Following its earlier announcement of a partnership with Red Hat, Microsoft added Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions 6.7 and 7.2 to the Azure Marketplace. That means developers who want to ... Read More »

Xiaomi Redmi 1s vs Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen

Motorola is one of the well established telecommunication companies that have been around for quite some time now. A known name, Motorola mobile phones have played a vital role in current technological advancement. On the other hand, Xiaomi has taken the android world by storm. In a lesser time it has become a trusted and known mobile brand. Cheaper as ... Read More »

Android root malware widespread in third-party app stores

Four third-party app stores for Android have apps with a malicious component that seeks root access to devices, according to Trend Micro. The security company found 1,163 Android application packages containing the malware, which it calls ANDROIDOS_ LIBSKIN.A, wrote Jordan Pan, a mobile threats analyst with Trend. The malware obtains root access to the phone, the highest level of access and ... Read More »

Honor Band Z1 review: A simple, basic, affordable smartwatch

I’m a little bored with Android Wear. It feels like every new version is about style rather than functionality. Part of that is Google’s doing, as it’s still figuring out what works, and part of that can be attributed to the manufacturers who want to be a part of this apparentwearables uprising but aren’t doing much innovating. It’s why I ... Read More »