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Sony could be preparing to ditch its ailing smartphone division

Sony's Xperia business could be sold off. Photo: Rajesh Pandey/Cult of Android.

Sony’s Xperia business could be sold off. Photo: Rajesh Pandey/Cult of Android.

Sony may have begun its recovery following a massive cyberattack, but its bad luck isn’t going to stop there. The Japanese company continues to endure heavy losses thanks to the decline of key divisions, and sources say it is considering the sale of its smartphone business as CEO Kazuo Hirai tries desperately to turn things around.

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Google is kicking butt with apps as well as market share

Google Play becomes king of the mobile app platforms. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Google Play becomes king of the mobile app platforms. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Who says iOS has all the apps? According to new data, Google isn’t just kicking butt when it comes to market share, but also mobile apps as well. The search giant’s Play Store now offers a great selection of titles than the App Store, but Apple fans will argue that quality is more important than quantity.

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Spotify now has 60 million active listeners, and 15 million are paying

Spotify's impressive growth continues. Photo: Spotify

Spotify’s impressive growth continues. Photo: Spotify

Spotify now has a whopping 60 million active listeners, 15 million of which are paying for a Spotify Premium subscription, the European company confirmed today. Spotify has added around 2.5 million paying subscribers in just two months — and that’s despite being given the boot by Taylor Swift.

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Apple copycat doesn’t like being copied

Xiaomi's clones are being cloned. Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi’s clones are being cloned. Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi, the Chinese electronics manufacturer that’s famous for taking inspiration from (copying) Apple, has ironically warned consumers not to buy knockoffs of its flagship devices after a recent increase in the number of copycat devices, which are looking to cash in on the company’s success in China.

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This guy built a working word processor inside Minecraft

This is a fully-functioning word processor built out of Minecraft blocks. Screenshot: Cult of Android

This is a fully-functioning word processor built out of Minecraft blocks. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Playing games and being productive are two activities that just don’t mix, but thanks to a Minecraft player that goes by the name of Koala Steamed, you can now construct a fort while you type up your class papers. Steamed has spent two years building a word processor inside the hit game that really works.

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Are you ready for the Flappy Bird arcade game?

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Get ready to wave goodbye to your life savings. Photo: Flappy Bird

What’s worse than an infuriating free game that munches up your patience and your spare time in equal measures? An infuriating game that you have to pay for, of course.

Having swept mobile gaming in 2014 (and inspired everything from Apple II mods and Pebble versions to Street Fighter II mashups in the process) Flappy Bird is reportedly making its way to arcades — courtesy of Bay Tek Games, which plans to blow the tap-to-fly mobile game to fill a 42-inch display.

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Nokia’s iPad mini clone sells 20,000 units in 4 minutes

Nokia's iPad mini clone is a success. Photo: Nokia

Nokia’s iPad mini clone is a success. Photo: Nokia

Some manufacturers have seen great success in taking inspiration from (copying) popular Apple products, and now Nokia is getting in on the action. Its attractive, Android-powered iPad clone, called the N1, sold 20,000 units in just four minutes when it went on sale in China this week.

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Samsung profits fall thanks to poor smartphone sales

Things aren't looking too hot for Samsung right now.

Things aren’t looking too hot for Samsung right now.

2014 wasn’t a great year in Samsung land. The company has just issued its earnings guidance for the year’s fourth quarter — and the news isn’t good.

With operating profit standing at 5.2 trillion won (around $4.74 billion) for the quarter, the company’s overall profit for the year will likely come in at 25 trillion won: its lowest figure in three years.

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Razer’s new smartband brings super simple notifications to your wrist

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Looking for an affordable smartband without the fancy bells and whistles? Razer’s new Nabu X could be exactly what you’re after. Priced at under $50, the minimalistic device connects to your smartphone and brings super simple notifications to your wrist using only three colored LED indicators.

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So long Google TV support, hello new Android TV partners

One TV system to rule them all. Photo: Sony

One TV system to rule them all. Photo: Sony

Aww, Google TV. We barely knew you existed.

Cult_of_Mac_CES_2015Google officially stopped supporting Google TV today with a post on Google Plus telling developers for the rarely used platform that support would focus on Android TV from now on.

“Existing Google TV devices and all of the features of these devices will continue to work,” says the post, “and so will the apps you’ve developed for the Google TV platform.”

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