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by George Heymann

According to a Purdue University study 65-75% of energy in free apps is spent in third party advertising modules.

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

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Smartphone battery not getting you through your workday? According to a Purdue University study published in conjunction with Microsoft Research approx. 65-75% of energy used in free apps is spent in third party advertising modules.

So if you’ve been wondering why your smartphone battery has been running down prematurely the answer could lay with the free apps you have installed and are running on your smartphone.

The study utilized a specially designed “energy profiler” (Eprof), on two mobile platforms, Android and Windows Mobile to detail how apps use energy by analyzing its power behavior.

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Instagram Officially Coming to Android, Will AT&T ever launch the Nokia Lumia 900? iPhone 5.1 Update Brings 4G To iPhone Users?

Smartphone Briefs

By Chris Coleman|@PhoneKnack

Instagram, the beloved iOS app that has 27 million registered users has been officially announced for Android. Co-founder Kevin Systrom took to the stage at South By South West (SXSW) to announce that after two years of being an exclusive iOS app that Instagram will be making its way into the lives of Android users.

Systrom gave a brief preview of what Instagram would look like on Android, and had went on to say that, “in some ways, it is better than their iOS app.” The app should be hitting the Google Play store soon.

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SPB Shell 3D updated to V1.2 with a host of new features

by George Heymann

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SPB software has updated their SPB Shell 3D Android application to Version 1.2.

New Features Include:

  • Landscape support
  • 3D edit mode
  • Stereoscopic 3D (experimental)
  • Switch between smartphone/tablet mode (experimental)
  • Improved overall design
  • Improved settings
  • Improved calendar panel
  • Bookmarks folder
  • Improved contact widgets management

SPB Shell 3D currently supports Android 2.1 and higher. Available for Smartphones with an OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible graphic controller. SPB Shell 3D is available for 14.95 USD

See our full SPB Shell 3D review here

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Mobile security software will be essential for smartphone users in the near future

by George Heymann

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It’s unfortunate but the time is rapidly approaching where installing some type of mobile security software will be essential to the operation of a smartphone. Several well publicized security breaches in the news recently including attacks on Sony, Citibank, Discover have security and malware on the radar for many consumers.

On the mobile side, Google has had to remove dozens of malware applications that were introduced to the Android Market. iOS has been affected to a lesser degree but hasn’t been immune from Malware. Security experts Stonesoft and McAfee are both forecasting that sophisticated malware attacks to iOS will increase as mobile continues to grow and additional attention is focused on popular smartphones.

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SPB Shell 3D updated to V1.1 adds several requested features.

SPB software has updated their SPB Shell 3D Android application to Version 1.1. The update addresses some of the most requested features including live wallpaper support, a 3D birthday widget as well as improving performance and stability while reducing its memory footprint.

See our full SPB Shell 3D review here.

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Review: SPB Shell 3D home screen replacement for Android

by George Heymann

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SPB Shell 3D is based on the SPB Mobile Shell product line for Windows Mobile and Symbian.

My first impression of the interface is that it’s very fluid and intuitive. I was able to navigate the interface add apps, widgets as well as adding, deleting and re-ordering screens within the first few minutes of use. The UI is beautiful to look at and has a visceral quality that makes it hard to put down.

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Preview: SPB Shell 3D homescreen replacement

by George Heymann

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SPB Software has launched “SPB Shell 3D” home screen replacement in the Android Marketplace .

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Last.FM mobile apps converting to subscription-only service beginning February 15th.

by George Heymann

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Beginning Feb. 15, the last.fm radio service built into most mobile apps will be converted to an ad-free premium subscription-only service — with the exception of U.S. and UK users of Xbox Live and Windows Phone 7.

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70+ High Quality Wallpapers for Windows Phone 7


by George Heymann

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Deviant Art member VanSoaked has put together a collection of 70+ high quality wallpapers that have been scaled and cropped to the exact resolution for WP7 (800×480). Don’t have a Windows Phone? No problem the images can easily be resized using your favorite image editor to work with most phones. Thumbnail preview of the entire collection after the break.

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Microsoft details Januarys scheduled Windows Phone 7 update plans.

by George Heymann

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Microsoft has posted details of its scheduled Windows Phone 7 (WP7) update on the freshly minted January update page. The initial update, codenamed “No Donuts,” will include copy and paste, better marketplace search as well faster application launching and resume.

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