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3 years ago

Carphone Warehouse launches 'vivid blue' HTC One


Blue HTC One Mini also up for pre-order

Independent retailer Carphone Warehouse has today launched the "vivid blue" version of the HTC One in the UK. Carphone, which has exclusivity over the blue HTC One in the UK, is selling the device for £489.95 SIM-free, as well as offering it for free on contracts starting at £32 per month from all the major UK networks.

In addition, the blue HTC One Mini — also exclusive to Carphone Warehouse — goes up for pre-order today, with the first thousand pre-orders being eligible for a free blue flip cover. The blue HTC One Mini is due to arrive by early November, Carphone Warehouse says.

More: The 'vivid blue' HTC One and HTC One Mini in pictures

Source: Carphone Warehouse (HTC One), (HTC One Mini)

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini leaks for Sprint and AT&T


It's been several months since we witnessed the international launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, but until now we've seen no sign of a stateside launch for the pint-sized handset.  Now it appears the device may be headed to both Sprint and AT&T, as prolific Twitter leaker @evleaks has unearthed images of the S4 Mini running on both networks.

It also seems AT&T will be getting a unique — to put it mildly — pink version of the Mini, while Sprint's is pictured in the more traditional black mist and white frost colors. Besides exterior differences, you're likely looking at the same specs as the international model — a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch qHD SuperAMOLED display and 8-megapixel rear camera.

There's no indication as to when the S4 Mini might hit AT&T or Sprint, but you'll want to head over to our Galaxy S4 Mini review to learn more about the device.

Source: @evleaks (AT&T) (Sprint)

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3 years ago

Google TV branding to disappear; Android will stay on in your living room says report


A rose by any other name will still prick your fingers

Sources at Gigaom say Google is getting ready to abandon the Google TV branding, but Android will remain embedded in televisions and set-top boxes.  According to "an executive from a consumer electronics manufacturer that has been producing Google TV devices," Google is not yet ready to announce anything, but the "new" product will be called Android TV.

Google has to do something. Google TV, which had a promising start, has languished along, running an old version of Android and seeing very little in the way of support and consumer adoption. We're all about Android here, but even we admit that Google TV only makes sense for those deeply embroiled into the ecosystem, or when one of the units themselves are on a fire sale.

Google has previously announced that they will be updating the platform from Honeycomb (yes, Honeycomb!). Maybe this is part of the plan they have to stay in the living room. Let's hope they can become relevant this time around.

Source: Gigaom

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3 years ago

Announcing the HP Slatebook X2 contest winners


A little while back we had a little contest in the forums giving two HP Slatebook X2 tablets away, courtesy of Nvidia.  It was of course a photo contest, with the subject of the photo being something you love.

We had a lot of great entries from all of you, but in the end only two could win.  After going through all of the pictures, of which there were over 500, here are the winners:

Congratulations to the winners!   Your tablets should be there soon.

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3 years ago

Instagram update coming to Android, brings photo straightening and new video controls


Straighten things out with the latest Instagram update for Android

If you've been wanting to straighten all those slightly crooked pictures your posting to Instagram from your Android, you'll be able to soon. An update is rolling out for Android that brings the straighten control and new sound and data usage controls to videos to the popular photo-sharing app. Users on iOS have had access to this for a while, and now the apps are on equal footing from a feature standpoint. 

You can check the Google Play link above to see if the update is available for you. If not, it should be soon as the folks at Instagram say it's coming today.

Source: @Instrgram

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3 years ago

Hero Academy brings smart, asynchronous strategy to Android


Turn-based strategy with a ton of character

After a lengthy stay on iOS, Hero Academy is now available for Android. The turn-based strategy game uses a kind of card mechanic mixed with classic board game play. There's full cross-platform support here, so you can hack and slash at your buddies on PC or iPhone too. 

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3 years ago

Pinterest locks up exclusive deal to load widget on Telefonica devices


Widespread deal shows off international ambitions for Pinterest

International carrier behemoth Telefonica announced today that it has partnered with Pinterest to include its widget exclusively on devices for its networks. Starting today, users on O2 UK (part of the Telefonica family of companies) will have exclusive access to the Pinterest Widget through Google Play. In the coming weeks, users on several carriers including Vivo and Movistar will have the widget pre-loaded on their devices.

For those devices which don't have the widget pre-loaded, the carriers will be promoting the use of Pinterest through multiple channels in participating territories. While this may start to get annoying for users that just plain don't want it, it's a huge deal for Pinterest to work on expanding its international user base. The quickly growing social site says that its active usage in the U.K. and Latin America is up 130 percent since January.

Source: Telefonica (PR Newswire)

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3 years ago

Bell launches Samsung Knox service in Canada


After what looks like a rocky start, Samsung's Knox enterprise security service is going live in Canada by way of Bell Mobility. Right now Knox is limited to the Galaxy Note 3, but will be coming to the Galaxy S4 after a software update next month.

For those unfamiliar, Knox lets users bring in their own personal device to work, but also give IT administrators control and security over business data going through the device. Knox includes full support for file sharing e-mail, contacts, collaboration tools, and other CPN and mobile device management solutions.

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3 years ago

Pantech Vega Secret Note packs fingerprint scanner


It's looking a lot like a Samsung device, except for one thing...

Pantech announced a new 5.85-inch Android 4.2.2 device recently called the Vega Secret Note. Looking at the included stylus, windowed cover accessory and the name, it's easy to see a ton of Samsung influence here, but setting it apart is a fingerprint scanner on the back. 

The Vega Secret Note is powered by a quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon processor with 3 GB of RAM. The display is full HD at a 1920 x 1080 resolution, and a solid 3200 mAh battery keeps everything chugging along.  You'll also find a 13 megapixel camera on the back, and 32 GB of internal storage with support for USB host if you need more.

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3 years ago

Twitter launches tablet-optimized interface, but only for the latest Galaxy Note 10.1


Other non-Samsung tablets to receive the updated UI 'by the end of the year'

Twitter has finally announced that it has developed a tablet-optimized version of its Android app, but there's a big caveat if you're wanting to get your hands on it now. Taking to its official blog, Twitter explained all of the great benefits of its new design that takes advantage of larger tablet screens ... but here's the catch, it is exclusive to the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition.

The new interface, which is "magazine-like" in design, takes advantage of the extra screen real estate to show your Timeline on one side of the screen and expanded tweets on the right with one tap. Another tap on media in tweets will take you full screen to read articles, view pictures or watch videos right inside the app.

Beyond these overall interface changes, Twitter's partnership with Samsung for the exclusive launch of the tablet-optimized app includes a few new features tailored to the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. If you have the latest Samsung tablet you can resize Twitter with the "Multi window" feature to multitask, draw notes, illustrations or annotate photos with the S Pen and tweet them out right in the app.

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3 years ago

Amazon clarifies 'error' selling Chromecast outside U.S., existing orders still shipping


Chromecast wasn't supposed to be available internationally — but if you've placed an order you can still get your device

A couple of days back we reported that was shipping Google's Chromecast streaming gadget outside the U.S., giving international buyers an easy way to get hold of the HDMI dongle. Within a day Amazon had closed the loophole, preventing any more international orders from being placed — but not before many customers had placed orders from outside the U.S.

Today the retailer has clarified the situation in an email to customers.

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3 years ago

Stitcher Radio adds offline playback, new navigation drawer


Automatic downloads of your favorite playlists to have available at any time

Building off of its redesign earlier in this year, Stitcher Radio has added a big piece of functionality — offline listening of your playlists. You can now set any of your playlists to be updated in the background and downloaded automatically for offline listening, meaning you can always have your content available without hitting your data cap. Just as you would hope, downloads by default are only done over Wifi but can be allowed over mobile data if you need that podcast in a pinch.

With the update to version 3.1 Stitcher has also introduced a new slide-in navigation drawer, making it simple to access the Front Page, browse for new shows or access your stations at any time. Stitcher is still a fantastically smooth and well-designed app, and we're happy to see more simple touches of functionality being added in. You can grab an update or download of the latest version from the Play Store link above

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3 years ago

Gameloft optimizes two titles and preloads them on the Archos Gamepad2



Asphalt 8: Airborne and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour optimized to work with the dedicated gaming controls

App publisher Gameloft has sent out a memo to let us all know that they have two special titles for folks buying the Archos Gamepad 2Asphalt 8: Airborne and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour have both been optimized for the Gamepad 2 controls, and will be bundled on the tablet as part of the original firmware.

The applications have been tweaked to work with the new tablet's dedicated gaming buttons, and as we've seen on devices like the Nvidia Shield, this can make for a world of difference and deliver games that are more fun to play. 

Users will still have the option of installing the original versions from Google Play, but we can't imagine why anyone would want to replace the versions built specifically for the hardware with more generic options. We'll have the answers at the end of the month when the tablet slash gaming console goes up for sale. Hit the break for the deliciously short and succinct press release.

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3 years ago

Google Maps update includes quick access to flight, hotel, and restaurant reservations


Book something on the web, get it in Maps

A Google Maps update has recently been rolled out which provides quick access to flight, hotel, and restaurant reservations you've made that are linked to your Google account. These should show up in your search history on mobile, but for now the feature is only available in the U.S. and in English. There have also been a few UI tweaks to get you to navigation and traffic overviews more quickly. 

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3 years ago

Outlook app updated with better syncing and a new set of colors


Microsoft's Outlook app for Android has some new tools to go with a new set of colors

Microsoft has updated the Outlook app for Android, and with the new version they have brought some changes that they think will make for a better mail experience. The bullet points here are server-side search, improved offline mail storage, new app colors, vacation replies and account aliases. It's a healthy update to an app that serves millions of users.

The biggest change for power-users is the server-side searching. Previously, if you wanted to find something in your mailbox you had to make sure it was downloaded. With today's update, both your local mailbox and Microsoft's storage can be searched. The addition of a new color scheme, and things like account aliases should also be welcome.

We still say Gmail is the best way to get your mail on your Android, but if you're tied to Outlook, things just got a little bit better. You can grab the app or the update via the Google Play link above.

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