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Use a third-party WhatsApp client and you could be banned for life

Use the official WhatsApp client, or else. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Use the official WhatsApp client, or else. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

WhatsApp has long been warning us that using third-party clients is not permitted, and now it is permanently banning those who continue to do so.

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NVIDIA Shield is a $199 set-top box determined to deliver better games

The world's first Android TV built for gaming. Photo: NVIDIA

The world’s first Android TV built for gaming. Photo: NVIDIA

Android-powered games consoles are almost always a big disappointment, but gaming giant NVIDIA is confident it can change that with the Shield console, a $199 set-top box that’s determined to bring you better games.

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Apple Watch is ‘definitely lacking’ says Pebble founder

Pebble is going to have its work cut out for it taking on the Apple Watch. Photo: Pebble

Pebble is going to have its work cut out for it taking on the Apple Watch. Photo: Pebble

Becoming the most funded Kickstarter in history is certainly enough to boost confidence — and if you’re Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky it’s enough to get you to take some potshots at giant-sized rival, Apple.

With Cupertino’s March 9 Apple Watch event just one week away, Migicovsky has thrown out a few barbed comments about Apple’s eagerly-anticipated debut wearable. Describing the device as “definitely lacking,” Pebble’s founder noted how he’s just not that into smartwatches that are “relegated to being an accessory to your mobile phones.”

Oh, snap!

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Galaxy S6 shames iPhone 6 in image-stabilization test

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If you need a smartphone camera that can capture a steady image even when you’re not, you’ll want to choose Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 over the iPhone 6. At least, that’s what the South Korean company hopes to prove with the strange, shaking display table it brought to MWC.

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Pebble’s Apple Watch competitor is the most-funded Kickstarter ever

Photo: Pebble

Photo: Pebble

Pebble gave its latest smartwatch project an extra bump this morning with the new Pebble Time Steel model, which pushed the project over the mark to become the most-funded Kickstarter project ever.

Pebble Time has raked in $13,617,054 so far, pushing it past the Coolest Cooler for the top spot. Pebble also has the third-most-successful Kickstarter project with its original Pebble Watch in 2012. The Pebble Time project still has 24 days left, so it will likely push far past the $15 million mark.

Here are the top 10 most-funded Kickstarters of all time:

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Google ‘preparing’ Android Wear support for iPhone

Android Wear could soon be iPhone-friendly. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Android Wear could soon be iPhone-friendly. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Google’s efforts to counter the threat of the Apple Watch will begin with bringing Android Wear support to iPhone. Sources claim the search giant is now “preparing” an Android Wear app for iOS, and it could be announced at Google I/O in May.

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Domino’s now lets you order and track a pizza from your watch

Pizza tracking on Android Wear. Photo: Domino's

Pizza tracking on Android Wear. Photo: Domino’s

Fancy pizza but can’t be bothered to find your phone? We’ve all been there, and it’s not a pretty place. But now you don’t have to fall asleep hungry wondering what you’re doing with your life, because Domino’s finally lets you order and track a pizza from your smartwatch.

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Pebble Time Steel is the more attractive sibling to Pebble’s new smartwatch

The original Pebble Time already looks a little outdated. Photo: Pebble

The original Pebble Time already looks a little outdated. Photo: Pebble

This time last week, Pebble announced Pebble Time, its brand new smartwatch for 2015. And if you’ve already backed that thinking it would keep you going until a more extravagant successor to the Pebble Steel came along, you’re going to be pretty disappointed with today’s Pebble news.

Just one week after the company announced Pebble Time and raked in more than $12 million (and counting) in funding, it today revealed Pebble Time Steel, a high-end version of the device that’s made of metal, and boasts better battery life.

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Game of phones: 2014 was the year Apple dethroned Samsung

2014 was the year Apple took the lead against Samsung. Photo: HBO/Cult of Android

2014 was the year Apple took the lead against Samsung. Photo: HBO/Cult of Android

Of the smartphone stories which played out in 2014, two of the biggest were the triumph of Apple’s iPhone 6, which sold a massive 10 million+ units in its opening weekend alone, and the faltering of Samsung, which fell from the dominant position it had enjoyed since 2011.

Today, a new report from Gartner (paywall) breaks down both the 1.2 billion smartphone sales that took place worldwide last year, and also the sales from Q4 2014 — revealing how Apple leaped ahead in the smartphone category, while the South Korean tech giant Samsung started to lose its footing.

Make no mistake about it: this was the year everything changed.

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Google will experiment with its own wireless service

Google wants to show carriers how to get it right. Photo: Google

Google wants to show carriers how to get it right. Photo: Google

After finally lifting the lid on its new Apple Pay competitor this morning, Google confirmed plans to take on carriers as well. The search giant will launch its own wireless service within the coming months, but it will serve only as a proof of concept to “show what’s possible.”

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