The next version of Android will enhance battery life, speed up apps

Several months ago, Google added an experimental runtime option to speed up apps in Android 4.4 KitKat. A runtime, for the record, supports the apps running on your device — without it they’d be nothing but piles of useless code. Called ART (short…

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How Your Cell Phone Knows Where You Are — Even Without GPS

Nowadays our phones use GPS to let us work out where we are. But mobile phone networks were able to work out where you were long before phones got smart—and this video explains how.

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Apple may announce Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine as executives at WWDC

Apple may introduce Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine as high-level executives at its Worldwide Developers’ Conference next month. A Billboard report, which cites the proverbial people in the know, claims that Iovine would likely oversee Apple’s digital music strategy and handle relationships with labels and publishers. If confirmed, Iovine will take the reins from current SVP Eddy Cue, who has been instrumental in building the iTunes Store in 2003.

Although the iTunes Store is the largest digital store in the U.S. and accounts for over 70 percent of all song and album downloads, there has been a sharp decline of download sales in the first quarter of 2014. Flagging download sales and increasing usage of streaming services like Spotify are said to be major motivators behind Apple’s acquisition of Beats as the manufacturer looks to get into the subscription music segment.

Although neither company has officially confirmed the deal, Apple is set to acquire Beats for $3.2 billion, which would make the acquisition its largest to date. The Financial Times originally stated that the deal could on the cards as early as this week, but the acquisition itself might take two months to finalize. As such, there is a high likelihood that Apple would look to wait until the acquisition is complete before it officially reveals Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine as executives.

Source: Billboard

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UK’s National Archives now saving tweets and YouTube videos as historic media

Already home to the UK’s most iconic national documents from the last millennium, The National Archives is expanding its digital collection by going social. It’s begun archiving tweets and YouTube videos published by the UK’s ruling parties over the…

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Engadget giveaway: win a Samsung Galaxy S5 courtesy of Tech21!

We’re officially kicking winter to the curb and pretending the polar vortex never happened. It’s time to revel in nature’s glory by kayaking, biking or at least relocating to the backyard for a bit. Of course, that means more chances for your…

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Upgrade Your Cinco de Mayo With These Classy Mexican Faves

Upgrade Your Cinco de Mayo With These Classy Mexican Faves

Cinco de Mayo is a gringo holiday anyway, so I’m not going to judge you if you choose to celebrate with a frozen margarita and a plate of cheesy nachos. But I am here to tell you that you can do better—much, much better. Here’s how to drink Mexican in style.

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Now You Can Get Totally Free Voice, Texts, and Data on Your iPhone

Now You Can Get Totally Free Voice, Texts, and Data on Your iPhone

FreedomPop’s crazy free voice, text, and data plan is awesome , but it’s just been limited to Android handsets . Now, it’s added iPhone support to its lineup.

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