facebook Facebook Has 1 Billion Mobile Users Per MonthFacebook has certainly done well for itself over the years, and even its IPO listing has gone on with decent results. Well, in their latest quarterly earnings report, the folks over at Facebook have brought us word that Facebook is now enjoying a whopping 1.01 billion mobile users on a monthly basis from January through to March, which represented an increase of 34% jump over the previous year.

Facebook themselves made up 17.5% of the $18 billion mobile ad market last year, which is close to one fifth of the pie, and an increase from 5.4% in 2012. It is expected that the mobile ad market will soar to $31.45 billion later this year, where Facebook would lead the way with a 21% bite of the pie. An analyst with eMarketer said, “People are moving to mobile, and Facebook is one of the favorite apps.” To leverage on 1.01 million eyeballs every single month then, is definitely something that Facebook executives ought to think about.

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droid dna update HTC Droid DNA Set To Receive Android 4.4.2 KitKat UpdateThere has been a whole lot of focus on the recent introduction of the HTC One (M8), which is definitely a leg up on its predecessor, the HTC One (M7). Well, while the latest Android-powered flagship from HTC will arrive with Google’s Android KitKat operating system version, where HTC Droid DNA, one of the older smartphones around from the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer, will soon be on the receiving end of a spanking new Android 4.4.2 KitKat update

According to HTC executive Mohammad Versi, the folks over at Verizon have already approved the Droid DNA’s update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, in addition to seeing the Sense user interface getting its version number bumped up to 5.5. It is touted that this particular update will be made available from April 24th via Over The Air (OTA), although it remains to be seen just what kind of goodies the KitKat update will bring for the Droid DNA.

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vivo xshot 40k Vivo XShot Passes 40k AnTuTu MarkThere is always a first time for everything, so this week marks the first smartphone in the world that will break the 40,000 barrier in the AnTuTu benchmark, and it is none other than the Vivo XShot that has the honor of doing so. One of the closer rivals in recent times where benchmark reading is concerned would be the OnePlus One, where that model touched the 38,000 mark. Well, the Vivo XShot edged past the barrier by hitting 40,023, which also means it has overtaken the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra along the way.

Hardware specifications of the China-made Vivo XShot include a 1080 x 1920 resolution display, a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC CPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory, Android 4.3 installed, and a 24MP camera at the back. We await for an official announcement of the XShot with bated breath.

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google nexus logo Nexus 8 By HTC?Could HTC be the ones behind the upcoming Nexus 8 tablet from Google? Apparently so, as there are signs from “upstream supply chain” sources that point to the Taiwanese company working on the next generation Nexus tablet. Granted, HTC has not been doing too well lately, despite having released fine smartphones in the mold of the HTC One (both the M7 and M8 versions). While Google was said to have approached HTC before Asus for the Nexus 7, it seemed that HTC was too busy back then, where in hindsight, it might have helped ease HTC’s bottom line today.

If HTC were to actually build the Nexus 8, then it might in all probability arrive in an 8.9-inch tablet form factor, with it also most probably rolling out some time in the third quarter of the year, similar to its predecessors in the years before. So far, Google’s own tablets have always proven themselves to be pretty decent in performance and we do look forward to the upcoming Nexus 8.

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samsung building fire 640x640 Samsung Building Fire Caused Samsung.com Website To Go DownIf you happen to be using a Samsung device earlier this morning, you might have received some error messages, as well as being unable to log on to Samsung.com. There is a very good reason for that, which is also a reminder to those of us who are so engrossed in the virtual world, that we are not quite sure what to make of the corporeal world anymore. Apparently, the Samsung SDS building located in Gwacheon, South Korea, saw its fourth floor catch fire, knocking off the Samsung.com website along the way.

The site proved to be unavailable, leading to error messages across a wide range of Samsung products until this morning at 6:15am EST. This fire began on Sunday afternoon (Korean time), where the building’s fourth floor contains the back-up data center for the South Korean manufacturer. It is nice to know that the main data center that is located in Suwon was not affected in any way.

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iocean x8 iOcean X8, The Smartphone For Selfie LoversDo you love taking selfies? Is your Facebook profile full of photo albums of your face more than any other kinds of photos? If the answer is in the affirmative, then you might want to check out the iOcean X8, which is a smartphone that hails from China, where it will sport a 5MP camera in front that boasts of auto-focus capability.

It does seem to be a rather obvious solution right from the get go, doesn’t it? The thing is, how come other smartphone manufacturers never really figured this out? I guess the industry did not bother to move in a certain manner. Still, apart from the outstanding auto-focus 5MP front-facing camera, the iOcean X8 will also feature other specifications such as a 5.7-inch 1080p display, an octa-core MediaTek CPU, a Mali-450 GPU, 2GB RAM, a 14MP shooter at the back and a 2,560mAh battery with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in tow.

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lg g flex 06 640x427 AT&T LG G Flex Set To Receive Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update This WeekAT&T’s support website has pointed out that they will be making available the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the LG G Flex from Thursday, April 17th onward, in an Over The Air (OTA) format. Of course, before you perform any kind of software update, it would always be prudent to make a back up of all your existing data, as you can never quite tell just when will Murphy strike. The LG G Flex’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat update will be huge at 686MB, which means it is also highly recommended that your handset has at least 50% charge on its battery remaining, not to mention being connected to a Wi-Fi network.

AT&T has reiterated that this particular update will roll out in stages, so if you are not on the receiving end of it tomorrow, fret not – it will arrive to your smartphone eventually. Patience does have its virtue, and if you feel that you lack in this particular virtue, how about trying to pick it up manually by heading to Settings > General tab > About phone > Software update > Update now on your handset?

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It seems that the Samsung Galaxy S5 can now pull out a chair and have a nice, long chat with the iPhone 5s, since both smartphones can have their fingerprint readers fooled by fake digits. Yes sir, from the video above that was posted by SR Labs, it points to the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S5 being played out through the same modus operandi – you will need to be in possession of a good photo of a latent print however, where one from the touchscreen will do perfectly fine, before one creates a mold that can trick the fingerprint reader into thinking that it is the real deal.

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us airways tweet US Airways Tweets Sexually Explicit Photo To Passenger, Apologizes AfterwardsBeing in the service industry can get pretty challenging at times – as customers always expect you to provide them with the very best level of service that their money can buy, and to keep the same smile plastered on your face a good 10 hours into your shift could prove to be quite a challenge. Sometimes, patience wears thin and common sense gets lost along the way. US Airways must have gone through that, after they tweeted an offensive image which was sexual in nature to a customer who complained about their service, with a message that read, “We welcome feedback, Elle. If your travel is complete, you can detail here for review and follow up.”

This image was retweeted for over 500 afterwards, taking nearly an hour before US Airways actually removed the tweet. Needless to say, an apology was forthcoming, and at least US Airways did that via another tweet, “We apologize for an inappropriate image recently shared as a link in one of our responses. We have removed the tweet and are investigating.”

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twitter selfie painting “Ellen Seflie” Painting Hangs At Twitter OrficeI am quite sure that by now, many of us would have been sick and tired of the famous Ellen selfie which was snapped by a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at this year’s Oscars. Since then, it has ended up as the most popular selfie and tweet of all time, and there does not seem to be any stopping it, either. Having said that, this world famous tweet has now been transformed into a painting that hangs over the halls of Twitter’s headquarters.

In a tweet that was sent out by Twitter employee Lauren Mitcheom, it featured the soon-to-be-famous painting as well as an invitation for Ellen to drop by the Twitter headquarters, so that she is able to snap a selfie with the employees there. Why not, right?

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