1 week ago
32GB AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 now available
$249.99 on two-year plan, "black mist" color only
Right on schedule, AT&T has launched its 32GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. If you're after a Galaxy S4 with a bit more internal storage -- and after the recent controversy surrounding the S4's available memory, we wouldn't blame you -- it'll set you back $249.99 on a two-year plan. That's $50 more than the base 16GB model, which goes for $199.99. If you're buying it outright, you're looking at a hefty $669.99 price tag.
At the moment it seems AT&T is only stocking the 32GB Galaxy S4 in the "black mist" color option, as the store page for the 32GB model doesn't allow you to pick a color.
Anyone picking up a 32GB GS4 today? Or are there any 16GB buyers out there wishing they'd waited a little longer and paid a bit more? Hit the comments and share your thoughts.
1 week ago
Huawei Ascend P2 coming to the UK in June
London event scheduled for June 18, Three UK confirms plans to carry the device
Huawei has announced that its latest flagship handset, the Ascend P2, will be hitting British shores this June. And on a related note, it's sending out press invites to an event in London on June 18. It'll be "a special moment to celebrate beauty, glamor and inspiration," the invite says. It's possible we might see some more unannounced Huawei stuff in London next month, but we're expecting the event to be very much P2-focused.
The Ascend P2 was announced back at Mobile World Congress in late February, with a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU inside, a 4.7-inch 720p display, a 13-megapixel camera and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. In terms of specs and build quality it's not quite up to the standards set by the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, but it looks like a solid mid-to-high-end device regardless.
In other Ascend P2 news, Three UK is the first British operator to announce plans to sell the device. Three says it'll support its 'Ultrafast' network on DC-HSDPA out of the box, and 4G LTE when it launches later in the year.
Source: Three, Recombu
1 week ago
Carmageddon lands on Android, free for the first day
Classic pedestrian-masher now available on Google Play, and you can get it for free if you're quick
Over-the-top driving game Carmageddon has finally hit Android today, following a Kickstarter campaign to bring it to mobile devices. The Android version, featuring pedestrian-mashing, cow-crushing gameplay across 11 environments, looks every bit as ridiculously violent as the 1997 PC original.
As a "thank you" to Kickstarter backers, the Android version is available for free for the first day, so grab it while it's hot at the Google Play link above. If you want to support the developers, the full paid version is also available, priced $1.99 or £1.49.
1 week ago
BBC Watchdog to investigate Samsung Galaxy S4 internal storage controversy
British consumer affairs show will air segment on Samsung's new handset next Wednesday
There's been some controversy over just how much of the Samsung Galaxy S4's internal storage is actually available for apps, music, pictures and other content. Of the 16 gigabytes on the current crop of GS4s, around 9.5 is available on the international model. On some U.S. carrier-branded models, it's even less.
Now it appears the phone's storage issues have caught the attention of long-running BBC consumer affairs show Watchdog, as a clip from the end of this week's edition reveals that it'll be investigating the S4 on its next broadcast, to go out next Wednesday, May 15. In the teaser, which we've embedded after the break, presenter Anne Robinson says "[Samsung] claims its new Galaxy phone has an extra-large memory - what did it forget to mention?"
The show will likely get into the difference between available and advertised storage, as well as reasons why a microSD card isn't necessarily a cure-all for storage problems on Android. For those wanting to tune in, Watchdog goes out on BBC1 at 8pm UK time next Wednesday.
Source: YouTube; via: Clove Blog
1 week ago
Motorola RAZR i now available on Three UK
Intel-powered handset available for free on £17 per month contract or £250 on PAYG
Better late than never, Motorola's Intel Atom-powered RAZR i has landed on Three UK. The phone packs a 4.3-inch qHD SuperAMOLED display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and an 8-megapixel rear camera. (Essentially, it's a RAZR M with a different CPU.)
When we reviewed the RAZR i back in September we found it to be a capable mid-ranger, and it's still decent value today at Three's asking price. The network's offering the RAZR i for free on contracts starting at £17 per month (that gets you 250MB, 100 minutes and 5,000 texts) or for £249.99 up-front on PAYG.
For more on the Motorola RAZR i, check out our full review.
Source: Three UK
1 week ago
Stealth Black HTC One now available online from AT&T
If you're looking to buy an HTC One, but silver's not really your thing, this "stealthy" black model is for you
AT&T has made the "Stealth Black" HTC One available from their website this evening, offering both the 32 and 64GB versions. Pricing is the same as the silver version we're all used to by now, namely $199 for the 32GB, and $299 for the 64GB with a new agreement, or $599 and $649 off contract and bought at full price.
We knew they were going to offer it eventually, so we're not very surprised, but it's good to see it available for the folks who have been waiting. Consider this your notice so you can jump on one of these if you're one of those people.
1 week ago
Facebook quietly adds Facebook Home support (and unofficial support) for Galaxy S4, HTC One, others
New persistent notifications also part of undocumented update
Facebook -- facing increasing negative reaction to its Facebook Home launcher as AT&T (at least temporarily) dropped the price of the HTC First to a mere 99 cents -- has silently added support for the HTC One as well as unofficial support for the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The change comes as the official Facebook app received an update just hours after Facebook held a small press conference at its campus in Silicon Valley, touting some 1 million total installations, apparently without listing how many active installations it has. (And that still wouldn't account for anyone who has installed Facebook Home but isn't actually using it.) Following that event, the Facebook application itself received an update. The Facebook Home launcher has not been updated as of April 22.
That brings us to the Galaxy S4, which you see above. Without a mention in any changelog in any of the Facebook Apps, our Galaxy S4 now show the option to "Use Home Anyway." Tap it, and Facebook Home launches just fine. Same goes for the Sony Xperia ZL.
Additionally, Facebook Home is working without this "Use Home Anyway" intercept on the HTC One. It wouldn't surprise us in the least to see it working -- with or without the warning -- on other devices. Both the HTC One and Galaxy S4 were listed as "supported" devices when Facebook Home was announced, but until now they'd been unable to officially run the launcher.
Also, the Facebook app update has added a new notification -- a persistent "ongoing" notification that lives in your notification pull-down. You can turn it off in the settings menu.
If you've been waiting to try Facebook Home but your device hasn't been supported -- and let's face it, that's probably not a whole hell of a lot of you reading this -- give it a shot now.
1 week ago
NVIDIA posts Q1 earnings - $78 Million profit, $955 Million total revenue
Profits are up 29-percent year-over-year, revenue up by 3-percent
NVIDIA has posted their Q1 2013 financials, and while profit, at $78,000,000 is down by 55-percent compared to last quarter, the year-over-year numbers is up by 29-percent. Earnings show a similar trend, with today's $955,000,000 down by 13-percent from last quarter, but up 3-percent year-over-year. Today's news beats the projections by Wall Street, and we expect the stock to reflect that when the market opens tomorrow.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says the successful quarter comes from the Kepler GPU, and the Kepler and Tegra 4 platform are both expected to drive next quarter's numbers further into the black.
The success of Kepler-based GPUs within and beyond the PC helped drive another quarter of record margins. Kepler is capturing share among gamers, strengthening our workstation and supercomputing segments, and will fuel new growth opportunities for our GRID server graphics solutions. With Tegra 4 devices and Tegra 4i certification on the way, we're gearing up to return to growth in the second half.
All you financial types can check out the full statement at the source below.
1 week ago
YouTube launches paid channels, aims to provide richer content
Channels will start at a 99 cent monthly subscription and have a 14-day trial period
YouTube made a big announcement today: paid subscriptions for certain channels. It had been rumored for some time that YouTube was readying some sort of paid model and today that becomes reality. This is the beginning of a pilot program that will likely see many more premium channels in the future.
So how does it work and how much is it? There are a select few YouTube Paid Channels launching today with that are partnering with YouTube to provide richer content starting at $0.99/month. Some channels offer discounts if you subscribe annually. All channels also offer a 14-day free trial and they insist that you use it to see how you like it. Once you subscribe, you can watch on your computer, mobile device and television.
For example, I am a huge fan of Big Think, which is a channel that brings together thinkers from around the world and produces short videos dedicated to specific ideas. They are launching a premium channel called Big Think Mentor (seen above), which will provide more videos and longer content. By making it paid, this allows them to gauge their audience and produce content that is demanded.
YouTube is a great platform and has always provided countless free videos with the support of ads. That model is still the same and will not change. However, I think YouTube wants to be able to offer its users the chance to access higher quality content aimed at a certain audience that is willing to shell out a little money. Let's be honest, 99 cents is not that much and if the creators use the platform and money strategically, I feel that it could be a success.
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1 week ago
OpenTable v2.5 brings new maps, calendar integration
Interface improvements that make booking and managing reservations easier
OpenTable has taken a big step forward in interface design today with an update to v2.5 of its app, which makes several much-needed changes. First up is the mapping experience, which is dramatically improved thanks to Google Maps v2, and now gives you more freedom to browse the map in different areas and have reduced pin clutter from lots of restaurants. Next are the restaurant pages, which have received a facelift as well. You can now modify your reservation -- date, time and party size -- right from the restaurant page rather than your account. OpenTable has also improved the load times of menus and reviews for restaurants.
A much-awaited feature of being able to add reservations to your calendar has also been added -- no more excuses for missing a dinner reservation. All of these new features can be accessed much easier as well thanks to general improvements to the navigation elements in the app that have been moved to the top action bar, reducing the number of times you have to jump back and forth between the settings. You can grab a download of the new OpenTable app from the Play Store link above.