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ZTE Fanfare budget phone gets picked up by Cricket Wireless

As people are gushing over the Samsung Galaxy S6 over at the premium side of the smartphone spectrum, there is no question that there are also a lot of options over at the budget tier. And Cricket Wireless just added another sub-$100 phone to its lineup to appeal to those who just want a simple phone and no bells and whistles whatsoever – this is the ZTE Fanfare.

Facebook expands free video calls to more countries

Just almost a month ago, Facebook introduced free video calls through its Messenger app and opened it to just 19 countries initially. They did promise that it will be coming to regions other than North America and Europe pretty soon. Well, they have confirmed today that they indeed have fulfilled that promise by rolling out this feature to a global audience, give or take a few countries. But even those who don't have it now will eventually do so, once quality has been improved.

Automatic is an app store for your car

An adapter that plugs to just about any modern car and then streams all kinds of data to the driver’s smartphone sounds like a good idea – in fact, it already exists and is called “Automatic”. The vision of the developer was to simplify and connect all the routine tasks a driver does and involve smartphone technology into it. This includes engine problem notifications, remembering where you parked and all those kinds of stuff. Now it gets better.

Basis intros limited release Titanium Edition, new leather straps

The Basic Peak fitness and sleep tracker just got a facelift. It's not much of a redesign but the tracker got an oomph in the looks department as shown by the limited release Titanium Edition. Basis also rolled out new and more stylish leather accessory straps in various colors like Blush, Khaki, Saddle, Noir, and Fog. Basis also updated the app to include Google Fit data syncing.

Google adds Tweets on mobile app search results

Google once again is bringing more relevant information to search results by adding Tweets to Google Search on mobile devices. Some people already search for terms on Twitter but with this development, real time tweets and content from Twitter can now be seen on actual search engine results right on your Google app or mobile web browser.

Installer Hijacking Defender defends your phone from ‘Android Installer Hijacking’

At around the end of March this year, the Palo Alto Network released a report regarding a vulnerability in Android devices that allows third parties to get access to your device and basically do what they want to do – install their own surveillance malware or worse, steal your private data. We’ve been waiting for a response to that for a while now, and that has finally arrived in the “Installer Hijacking Defender” app by 360 Security Group.

HTC One ME9 photo leaked, compatible with a DotView Case

Another day, another leak from Upleaks. It seems that any piece of information from the master leaker is considered true because this mystery guy hasn't really posted anything that didn't turn out to be a false report. Just yesterday, we featured the Sony Lavander as earlier shown off by @upleaks on Twitter.

Lenovo launches budget smartphone S60 in India

In further confirmation that India is indeed one of the emerging markets for smartphones, Lenovo has launched another one of their budget smartphones there. The new Lenovo S60, codenamed Sisley, is just the latest in a growing number of devices in the S-series which have been compared to the iPhone, at least looks-wise. This smartphone has been recently launched in Russia last month, and now, it's making its debut in the South Asian region, and maybe make its way to other regions as well.

Google Maps for Android Wear pops up after phone app update

If Android Wear devices are expected to be worn on the wrist most of the time, we might as well take advantage of the features, new and old ones, and those navigation features we're only discovering. Those who regularly use Google Maps and actually have a smartwatch will notice a Google Maps app on your Android Wear device, or at least, those smartwatches that run the latest Android Wear software update.
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