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3 years ago

LG explains OIS with a man cave, a football helmet and a chicken


Apparently this is also an ad for the LG G2. But it's also a great explainer of optical image stabilization. 

With a chicken.

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3 years ago

Using the Moto X on Sprint


Can your choice of carrier hamper an otherwise great phone experience?

It has been almost two months since the Moto X was introduced to the world as Motorola's refreshed philosophy on the smart phone. AT&T was the first US carrier to have the phone on sale, and although Sprint lagged behind by a few weeks it now carries the woven black and white varieties for the same $199 on-contract price as the other carriers.

Motorola made it a point to ensure that the Moto X is nearly identical across the major carriers in the US, so when looking at the Sprint model there aren't that many things to distinguish it from the others. This isn't a carbon copy of what you can get on AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile, though. Let's take a look at what it's like to use the Moto X on the Sprint Network.

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3 years ago

Here's what's going on with the Galaxy Note 3's region-locking


'Unlocked' EU and American Note 3s only region-locked if you first 'activate' them with an unapproved SIM —​ and even then, there's a way back

Over the past day or so it's come to light that "unlocked" Samsung Galaxy Note 3s from Europe and Latin America seem to be locked to SIMs from their specific regions. Note 3 devices sold in these countries were packaged with an ominous sticker warning of incompatibility with SIMs from outside their approved regions. As we reported yesterday, that'd present a serious inconvenience (not to mention expense) for frequent travelers who use local SIM cards when overseas.

Fortunately, though, fresh details have come to light today which point to the situation not being quite as serious as it first seemed. Let's take a look at what's going on with region-locking on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

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3 years ago

Beats buys back HTC's remaining 25 percent stake in company


Beats Electronics free of HTC control after $265 million buyback deal 

It was rumored over the summer and today it's official — Beats Electronics, the company behind Beats Audio and Beats By Dre, has bought back the remaining 25 percent stake in it held by HTC in a $265 million deal. The Taiwanese smartphone maker originally acquired a 50.1-percent stake in Beats at the height of its success in 2011, before founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre bought back half of that a year later.

Over the course of the partnership, the companies' fortunes have diverged, with HTC falling on hard times as Beats has grown and expanded its business beyond headphones. HTC described Beats as an "important partner" in a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange, without going into further details about the consequences of the buyback. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

Source: Dow Jones Business News; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Special edition Galaxy Note 3 podcast today at 4PM ET


We're taking your questions on Samsung's latest oversized phone, the Galaxy Note 3

After last night's LG G2 podcast, we're switching things up a bit for our regular Friday podcast, and this week it's going to be all about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. I've got the European Galaxy Note 3 in-hand, and I'll be joined by Jerry and Andrew for an hour of Note 3 discussions, questions and opinions.

We'll kick things off today, Friday, Sept. 27, at the usual time of 4PM EDT — that's 1PM PDT or 9PM BST. We'll be talking all about the hardware, software, build quality, that crazy 4K video camera and the recent houpla over region-locking. But we need your questions, too! And we'll be doing a live Q&A through Google+ as the podcast goes out, but if you want to email your Note 3 questions in, then is the place to send 'em.

And if you've not seen it already, our video walkthrough of the Galaxy Note 3 is a great place to get started. We'll see you later today for the podcast!

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3 years ago

HTC One Max likely headed for October 15 launch


We've been hearing rumors about HTC's One Max — a 6-inch version of the Taiwanese company's flagship phone, possibly with a fingerprint sensor — for the past few months. There've been leaked renders, leaked photos and leaked specs, but the device itself has remained elusive.

In recent days the HTC One Max has appeared at Chinese certification body TENAA, with full front and back images revealing the phone's enormous screen and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. And today reports from Chinese social network Weibo point to a possible launch date of Oct. 15 — which would be a plausible timeframe if HTC wants to get these out in time for the holidays. Importantly, though, the Oct. 15 date matches what we've been hearing from our own sources, so we're pretty confident the "Max" will be with us on or around this date.

In any case, hopefully buyers wanting a big-screen HTC experience won't have too much longer to wait.

via: PhoneArena, Weibo

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3 years ago

Android Central 152: The LG G2 podcast special


Audio-only stream below

Jerry and Andrew have been living and breathing the LG G2 for a few weeks now, and they tackling some of your burning questions about one of the hottest devices of the year.

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3 years ago app updated with new interface, maps feature


Drastically improved UI with better accuracy and new tools

Everyone's favorite app for comparing network speeds,, has received a substantial update today with a new interface. The new interface won't be much of a surprise for anyone who has used the app recently on iOS, but it is drastically nicer looking than what Android users had previously. The app performs better in terms of UI but also in network accuracy, and packs a few extra features.

It is now easier to share speed results right from the first page, as well as dive deeper into your results by looking at their details and even where on a map each speed test took place. The new app is a welcomed update, and we're sure many of you will be grabbing this download as quickly as possible.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 video walkthrough


It's time to kick off our Note 3 coverage with an in-depth look at the phone's hardware and software

We've got the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in-house and we're putting the phone through its paces as we prepare our full review. But first we've got a full video walkthrough of Samsung's latest half-phone, half-tablet 5.7-incher. Join us after the break for the lowdown on the Galaxy Note 3's redesigned externals, upgraded hardware and new software tricks. We've also got a hands-on gallery with the "jet black" version of the phone.

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3 years ago

Google Glass demos are coming to US cities, starting in Durham, NC


Future schedule of cities not known at this point

The group of people who have had the opportunity to use Google Glass is a pretty exclusive club, but that group is about to get bigger with a new demo tour for the headset. Google announced on its official Glass Google+ page today that it will be running a demonstration event for Google Glass in Durham, North Carolina on October 5th. The idea of the event is to let the general public come try on Glass, talk to the Glass team and ask those burning questions about the technology.

If you don't live near Durham there's no need to worry — Google is going to pack up this show and take it on the road to other US cities as well. Google hasn't announced a schedule or even what the second city on the tour will be, but has said it will announce on Google+ when it happens.

If you are near the Durham area, you can RSVP for the event now to guarantee you get a chance to try everything out and partake in some "local snacks and beverages."

Source: +Google Glass; Glass Durham

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3 years ago

Vodafone UK adding Xperia Z1 and Galaxy S4 Zoom to its lineup


Two new imaging-centric handsets available with LTE connectivity

Vodafone is hoping to bulk up its camera-centric smart phone options today by adding the Sony Xperia Z1 and Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom as its latest offerings. Together with the Nokia Lumia 1020, the Xperia Z1 and S4 Zoom are the latest LTE "4G-ready" handsets to hit the carrier.

The Xperia Z1 with its huge screen and 20.7MP camera is available now in either black or white (no purple, sorry) with no money down and plans starting at £42 per month 2-year agreement, or at £99 down and £33 per month for the plan. You can pick up the Galaxy S4 Zoom with its not-quite-camera not-quite-phone form factor as well, but not until tomorrow, unfortunately.

Both phones will be available online from Vodafone at the source link below.

Source: Vodafone UK; (2)

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3 years ago

Google Play Movies & TV updated, brings easier TV browsing


Get to watching the next episode with fewer taps

Google has updated its Play Movies & TV app to allow you to browse your TV collection more easily. Before, when you were in the My TV Shows tab, you would have to scroll down a huge list to find the TV show that you wanted. The update brings a grid of icons for the shows so you're not bothered by individual episodes in the main My TV Shows menu. It's a much cleaner look and one that was long overdue. The update also brings the ability to buy the next episode directly from the app and several bug fixes.

Full changelog:

  • Browse by TV show in "My TV Shows"
  • Buy the next episode directly from the app
  • Several bug fixes

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3 years ago

Facebook app update now lets you edit posts


Feature has been in the Facebook beta app since Sept. 5

Facebook today has updated its Android app. And while there's no actual changelog yet — Facebook's still really bad about that for some reason — TechCruch points out that you can now edit posts. That's a feature that's been available on the beta track since Sept. 5, and it's good to see it roll out to everyone else. 

Trust us, you're going to like having this feature. (Which, by the way, Google+ has enjoyed for forever. But we digress.)

Get your download on at the link above.

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3 years ago

Google Search receiving design improvements on mobile, Google Now getting more conversational


Consistent design and syncing across devices on all platforms

It has been 15 years since Google first appeared as a search engine, and on its anniversary Google is rolling out new search features to mobile devices. First up is a new and improved mobile web search experience across all devices, which puts it more in line with the "card" view of Google Now. Search results are now cleaner and more touch-friendly, focusing more on clusters of information in individual cards to help you get what you need.

On the back end, Google is laying out new improvements in its search algorithms and new keywords in the Knowledge Graph. For instance you can now ask for a comparison such as "compare butter with olive oil" to receive a nutritional breakdown of each, or filter down results with a broad query like " tell me about impressionist artists" to get information about who those artists are and view other artistic genres.

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3 years ago

Slacker Radio gets a major overhaul, adds 'My Vibe' listings


New UI, mood-based playlists highlight update

Slacker Radio has long been one of our go-to apps for online music, and the app is getting a pretty major overhaul with Version 5. First up is a pretty drastic visual refresh — it's worlds better than Version 4, we think. More and bigger images, an easier layout to navigate — good stuff all around. You've got four "quick start" tiles on the bottom of the home screen, and easy access to all the available stations.

And then there's the new "My Vibe" section — sort of a mood-based playlist picker. Categories include "Morning Coffee," "News," "Exercising," "Driving" and "Waking up." (And that's just for starters, but we do question the choice of "Road Rage" as an option in the "Driving" category.)

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