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3 years ago

Another Android-powered Samsung flip phone leaks out

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Dual-screen, quad-core device pictured for China Telecom

Flip phones are apparently still a thing, and so Samsung appears to be working on a couple of Android-powered clamshells for the Asian market. Last week brought the first leaked spy shots of the Korea-bound Samsung "Galaxy Folder," and today images of another similar device have leaked through Samsung fansite Sammy Hub.

The images reveal the Samsung W789 "Hennessy," a maroon red handset with bronze accents, capacitive keys, two screens and a single rear camera. Unlike the Galaxy Folder, we're looking at a fairly basic spec sheet -- a quad-core 1.2GHz processor (likely a Snapdragon 200), 1GB of RAM, 3.3-inch HVGA displays, a 5-megapixel camera, microSD support and Android 4.1-based software.

It's unlikely we'll see the W789 anywhere near Western markets, but it's an interesting addition to Samsung's endlessly-varied Android stable. The device is apparently headed to China Telecom in the near future, where it'll support both CDMA and GSM networks.

Source: Sammy Hub

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3 years ago

Kindle app receives new library sorting, sync improvements

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Small but important tweaks to make book, magazine and newspaper management simpler.

Amazon has pushed a small but notable update to the Kindle reader app tonight that adds two new features as well as performance improvements. Starting with this version 4.2.0 update, you will now have more options for sorting the items in your library including by recent purchases, title or author (A-Z or Z-A). Additionally, the update added a new feature showing the amount of time left to finish the current chapter or entire book (presumably based on your average pace).

Naturally the update includes "sync and stability improvements", although no specific fixes were mentioned. Kindle users should go ahead and snag the latest version from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

ASUS Cube update now rolling out

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Update promises Wifi stability and new titles and support through GameNow

ASUS is pushing an OTA for the ASUS Cube with Google TV, bringing a few fixes and updates to the GameNow platform version.

The 234MB update addresses issues with the Wifi stability, updates the GameNow platform to version 1.0.31 and brings enhanced support for the Logitech F710 wireless controller, and adds the ability to see information about the camera used and date when viewing images in the Media Manager.

This update requires a full hard-restart, which means once it's completed you'll need to actually unplug the unit. You're warned of this after the initial installation is finished. 

Check yours by entering the Settings, and checking About > System updates.

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3 years ago

Root Explorer updated with Superuser compatibility, new multi-file handling

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Manifest updated for Koush's Superuser app, adds new permissions and owner change options

It's always good to see one of the most tried-and-true root friendly apps get updates for our ever-changing Android environment. In version 3.1, Root Explorer adds an entry to its manifest to make it Superuser-friendly. By adding ACCESS_SUPERUSER, users of Koush's Superuser app will no longer be warned that Root Explorer has not declared this permission, and those that use the "Declared Permission only" setting no longer have to worry about Root Explorer not being granted root privledges.

Also gained is the ability to change the permissions and owner of multiple files at the same time. Simply select each file using the checkboxes Root Explorer added a few updates ago, and use the action overflow/menu button to carry out the task. This is definitely a potential time saver, allowing users to avoid doing it one file at a time or connecting to ADB and doing it that way.

As always, the Play Store button up top is there to take you directly to the app page — or simply update Root Explorer directly through your device.

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3 years ago

Werner Herzog's 'From One Second to the Next' documentary is a moving 30 minutes about why texting and driving has to stop

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No text or Facebook update is worth killing someone over. It Can Wait.

There's not much we can add to this 35-minute documentary about how lives get ended and ruined because people won't put their phone down in the car. Phil touched on it a little this past Sunday, but we think it's something we need to talk a bit more about. Acclaimed director and producer Werner Herzog expands on the events in the lives four folks who know the horrors that texting and driving can cause first hand.

You need to watch it, either to remind you again why you don't fiddle with your phone while behind the wheel, or to convince yourself that if you don't stop, you are going to kill someone. It's a selfish act that hurts other people and we're glad to see it presented this way, and hope watching it makes everyone as uncomfortable as it does us. This has to end, folks. Mr. Herzog puts it quite succinctly

When you get a message while driving, it’s hard not to pick up your phone. With this film, we want to help make people more aware of the potential consequences of that action.

Giving a voice to these folks is a great way for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile to drive the point home. Don't wait until it's too late and you're wishing you could go back. 

More: It Can Wait

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3 years ago

Google Glass update brings new Google Now cards and voice commands

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As promised, the monthly Glass updates continue with today's XE8 update

The monthly update for Google Glass has pushed out, and the XE8 update brings a slew of new Google Now cards, new voice commands, and a more finely tuned video player app. The update is pushing today and should be available for all devices in the next few days.

The new voice actions — "post an update" and "take a note" — tie into the popular applications Path and Evernote, and will allow users to use these services more effectively. the actions are available for all developers, and we expect more to come on board in the near future. Also included are more contextual voice commands for navigation.

The new Google now cards; Reservations and events, Movies and Public alerts join the other useful Google Now additions like Weather, Sports and Traffic. These cards and services will show to the left of your timeline, and should become available as needed after updating.

Other small additions, like a new Volume card in the settings, hashtags in captions and a new "send a birthday message" card round out the update. 

Anyone out there using Glass and get the update yet? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Nvidia Shield gets another update to improve audio latency while GeForce streaming

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NVIDIA has another fast turnaround time to address user bug reports on the Shield portable gaming console

NVIDIA is pushing out another OTA update for the Shield, this time to address bug reports from users of the GeForce streaming ability and associated audio delay issues. While folks were streaming their games from an NVIDIA-powered PC to the Shield units, the audio tracks sometimes lagged behind the action a bit.

Today's update addresses this issue as well as other "important bug fixes and enhancements", which are always welcome. We're not surprised to see this addressed so quickly, as NVIDIA's bread and butter is the PC gaming community. It is nice to see bugs addressed quickly and updates pushed out as fast as we've seen with the Shield, and it makes us think these portable consoles have a long and bright future ahead of them.

To check your Shield for today's update, open the settings and check About SHIELD > System updates. The 403MB file will download and you'll be prompted to restart and install. Happy gaming!

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3 years ago

SwiftKey Cloud beta updated with numerous fixes

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Several known issues still on the list to be fixed in future updates.

SwiftKey is pushing out an updated build of its latest beta product, "SwiftKey Cloud", that fixes many annoying issues with the initial release that have been reported by testers. Version 4.2.0.155 makes several big improvements including being able to personalize with multiple Gmail accounts, removal of Android's own backup service if Cloud is enabled and removing redundant SwiftKey account entries in the Android settings menu.

Additionally, many small issues have been fixed. Gmail personalization should no longer crash, Flow predictions are now more responsive, Cloud preferences crashes have been fixed and emoji input in Handcent has been fixed. There are still several more known issues that are next in line to be fixed, but this is still a big update that all beta testers should move up to.

You can grab a download of either the phone or tablet version of the SwiftKey Cloud beta at the source link below.

Source: SwiftKey

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3 years ago

Ask the AC staff: How do we use the cloud?

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The Cloud is like a comfortable chair — it gets better the more you use it

The Cloud (with the capital C intended) means different things to different people. When we talk about it around these parts, we generally mean the servers and application machines that companies like Google or Amazon have on the Internet, and the services attached to them that we all use every day.

We're big proponents of the Cloud here, and a big reason for it is that we're Android users. Google is, above all other things, a cloud platform and services company. Search, Gmail, Google Drive and their application platform is the driving force behind all their products even if it's not the major source of their income. They have to provide services worth using, so we will use them and see their advertisements. Android ties into these services and Google's Cloud Platform in a big way, and by making their services available to folks on other platforms, Google is covering as many bases as they can. 

But Google, and all Cloud service companies, need users in numbers to be successful. Their offerings need to be compelling enough to get us to give up our information to use them and make them better, and as always a good look at the services and features the people around you use every day is always enlightening. We've each taken a turn to explain how we use the Cloud — using Google's Drive document editor, a collaborative cloud service itself — and we invite you to use the comments to share how you use it as well. Hit the break and have a read.

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3 years ago

Galaxy Note 3 reportedly packing 5.68-inch Full HD SuperAMOLED screen

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Other specs said to include octa-core Exynos CPU, 3GB of RAM, 13-megapixel OIS camera

Samsung's has dropped a few hints that the Galaxy Note 3 will be announced on Sep. 4 in Berlin, Germany, ahead of the IFA trade show, but so far details of the device's internal specs have been difficult to pin down. Today, however, Samsung fansite SamMobile has published a partial spec sheet for the international 3G and 4G versions of the device, which are said to carry the product number SM-N900 and SM-N9005 respectively.

First, the big news -- the Galaxy Note 3 will apparently feature a 5.68-inch Full HD (1080p) SuperAMOLED display. If Samsung is able to reduce the bezel around the screen as it did on the Galaxy S4, it's likely the Note 3 will fit within the footprint of its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 2.

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3 years ago

Leaked Sony 'lens camera' range is literally a camera for your phone

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Sony looks set to bring high-end imaging as a smartphone accessory

Last month we reported on rumors that Sony was preparing a new type of camera accessory for smartphones, which incorporated full camera hardware into a lens-shaped add-on. Today the source of that leak, SonyAlphaRumors, has published detailed leaked renders and photos of the add-on, which looks just as crazy as was described.

Dubbed DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100, the two lenses are said to incorporate almost all the camera hardware into the lens body itself -- so sensor, image processor, Wifi and NFC connectivity and an SD card slot. As previously reported, the accessory attaches to the back of smartphones and connects over Wifi (after being paired through NFC), allowing you to use your phone as an oversized viewfinder. Significantly, today's report says the lenses will support both Android and iOS, meaning you won't necessarily need a Sony phone to use these camera add-ons.

In terms of optics, the high-end model will feature the sensor from Sony's latest RX100 Mk. II top-level compact, along with a Zeiss lens. The entry-level version (pictured) is said to feature a 1/2.3-inch 18-megapixel sensor behind an f/3.3-5.9 Sony G lens with 10X optical zoom.

As we said last month, this kind of product could be significant for Sony, which has identified cameras and smartphones as two of its main areas of focus. Certainly nothing like these "lens cameras" exists on the market today, and if they support the two largest mobile platforms at launch, then Sony could have a niche hit on its lands. There'll be the question of pricing to address first, though.

Any takers? Shout out in the comments. More pics after the break.

Source: SonyAlphaRumors

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3 years ago

The Chromecast is for sharing and isn't secure by design

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Aslowe writes in the Android Central forums,

Is anyone aware if there are any plans to add security to this? Either by Google or maybe a developer working something? I am using some of these for information monitor purposes at a restaurant I do IT work for. One of the employees "accidentally" started broadcasting YouTube videos to the TV overriding the computer feed. Even something as simple as requiring a pin before transmitting would be perfect.

My only other idea would be to put the Chromecast and computer on a different subnet to reduce the likelihood of accidental broadcast.

Anyone, let me know your thoughts. Thanks!

Of course we can't be sure of Google's plans (nobody ever is), but we think the Chromecast was designed for this sort of behavior. Anyone on the same network has access to cast right to the TV using it, and in Google's eyes this makes it social and fun. Because of this, it's inherently insecure.

Now, in all fairness, the Chromecast is posed as a pure consumer entertainment device. We're not surprised that Google has not built-in checks to lock it down. That doesn't mean third party developers won't find a way to make that happen (have you seen what those guys can do?), but for now I think we had better get used to the idea that anyone you put on the same network as the Chromecast is going to be able to send stuff to the television.

The only suggestion we could have would be to secure the network it's on, and be very prudent about who and why you give out the credentials. Or just don't put a Chromecast in a space where it could become an issue.

Discuss this, and all things Chromecast in the Chromecast forums!

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3 years ago

How I learned to stop worrying and love the cloud - Talk Mobile

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The cloud. It has become just about synonymous with internet data storage, and for good reason. No longer does uploading your data to a server mean that you're uploading to a specific server. Now your data is stored on a network of servers, and can be accessed from practically any web-connected device, be it through dedicated apps for smartphones and tablets, automatic drag-and-drop syncing conduits for desktops, and browser-based interfaces.

3 years ago

Review: The ZeroLemon Nexus 4 Juicer Removable Battery Case

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With great power comes great hideousness ...

How badly do you want to have a battery case — with a removable battery — for your Nexus 4? Or, let's ask it another way. How much ugly are you prepared to put in your pocket — assuming you have oversized pockets and they don't turn inside-out out of fright — to use a battery case (again, with a removable battery) for your Nexus 4?

The ZeroLemon Juicer is huge. And it's quite possibly the ugliest accessory we've ever seen for a smartphone.

But, yeah. It brings extra power to your Nexus 4. So what's it worth to ya?

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3 years ago

North Korea unveils Android smartphone

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'Arirang' handset produced using 'indigenous technology,' says state media

Funny thing about an open-source operating system -- it can show up in the most unexpected of places. North Korea has unveiled its own Android smartphone through its state-controlled KCNA TV news channel, which recently showed supreme leader Kim Jong-un visiting a "cell phone factory."

Dubbed "AS1201 Arirang" after a Korean folk song, North Korea says its smartphone is manufactured using "indigenous technology." Yet on the phone's screen you can clearly see the stock Android UI, as developed by Google in Mountain View, Calif.

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