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Android running on a TI graphing calculator is uselessly cool

Android on a calculator. Photo: Josh Max

Android on a calculator. Photo: Josh Max

When it comes to cool Android hacks, this one’s got to be up there with the best.

Developer Josh Max has managed to get Google’s mobile platform running on a Texas graphing calculator with about as much power as a kitchen wall clock. It doesn’t just boot up, either; it’s also capable of running apps, like early Android game Lunar Lander.

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Poor kid’s smartphone strength test ends in tears

The face of regret. Screenshot: Cult of Android

The face of regret. Screenshot: Cult of Android

No matter how robust you believe your smartphone case to be, battering it with a hammer just for the sake of it is never a good idea. One young boy learned this the hard way when he smashed his smartphone to bits in an effort to show friends how strong his case was.

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Beat this, Apple! Google conquers El Capitan (on Street View)

Where we're going, we don't need roads.

Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

Thanks to iOS and Android, Apple and Google have been locked in a battle with each other for years now.

Which is why it’s all the more ironic that Google would choose to unveil its latest Street View feature by letting users scale Yosemite’s “El Capitan” — the vertical rock formation which just so happens to also be the name of Apple’s next OS X iteration.

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Amazon’s Echo is now available to all, all, all, all

Basically a Star Trek computer for your home.

Basically a Star Trek computer for your home.

Remember Echo, Amazon’s Siri-in-a-tube which was first announced back in November, but until now has only been available on an invitation-only basis?

If the idea of getting hold of Jeff Bezos’ standalone virtual assistant appeals to you, today is your lucky day — as Echo is now available to all U.S. customers for $179.99 via Amazon.com.

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Google strikes at Apple Music with free streaming

Whether you're working out or washing the cat, Play Music has a radio station for you. Photo: Google

Whether you’re working out or washing the cat, Play Music has a radio station for you. Photo: Google

Google is hoping to distract you from Apple Music’s impending launch with a new streaming plan that won’t cost you a penny. Available on desktop and mobile platforms, the service lets you enjoy a whole host of curated playlists supported by ads.

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5G is up to 20 times faster than LTE and headed right for us

Browsing the web on 5G. Photo: BBC

Browsing the web on 5G. Photo: BBC

Having 4G connectivity when you want to stream music or download a game is awesome, but when 5G gets here, your LTE smartphone will feel like dial-up on Windows 95 all over again.

The new standard, which is officially named “IMT-2020,” can reach speeds of up to 20 Gbps, which is 20 times faster than the 4G we have today. With data that fast, you could download a 25GB Ultra HD movie in just 10 seconds.

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iPhone 6s fear could make Samsung rush to release Galaxy S7

Samsung may rush the S7 to get back in the Game of Phones. Photo: HBO/Cult of Android

Samsung could rush the S7 to get back in the Game of Phones. Photo: HBO/Cult of Android

Samsung may crank out new smartphone models by the bucket-load, but up until now its flagship Galaxy phones have only arrived at a rate of one generation per year.

That may be about to change, since a new rumor claims that fear of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6s could drive the panicked South Korean tech giant to rush forward its Galaxy S7 — in order to coincide with the expected September launch of Apple’s next-gen handset.

Because rushing products out so as to be able to yell “first” always works out well for you, right Samsung?

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Pre-order the Pebble Time from Best Buy for mid-July delivery

Pebble Time colors. Photo: Pebble

It’s time for Pebble Time at Best Buy. Photo: Pebble

If you didn’t back the Pebble Time on Kickstarter and now you want one, you can now pre-order the device from Best Buy. The black, white, and red options are all available, and they’ll be delivered to your door within a month.

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Surprise! Rich people still aren’t buying Android phones

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Apple still dominates market share in the world’s richest countries. Photo: Tsahi Levent-Levi/Flickr CC

Are you rich? Do you live in one of the world’s richest countries? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, guess what: you probably don’t have an Android phone.

A new report reveals that Android market share worldwide is almost directly correlated to how rich each market is. The richer the market, the lower the market share for Android. iOS market share is also related to wealth, except it’s polar opposite. So if you’re rich or in a rich country, odds are you own an iPhone instead.

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Forget Apple Pay, Xiaomi wants to lend you money

Xiaomi the money!

Xiaomi the money!

When your copying of Apple designs has led to you becoming the world’s most valuable startup, you can afford to loan out a bit of money.

According to a new report, controversial Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is set to take an unusual approach to the mobile payments business by lending users cash — which they can apply for via an app on their handsets.

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