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4 years ago

Twitter announces support for Firefox OS, app to be in Firefox Marketplace when devices ship

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Twitter has announced that they will be among the first marquee applications to support Firefox OS. Mozilla announced yesterday that Firefox has committed mobile operators in 18 markets, and that Alcatel, ZTE, and Huawei are partnered to build devices for the new OS.

The interface they are showing looks very much like the Android app, and Twitter says the application offers a rich experience, and is easy to use. In addition to the standard functions, Twitter plans to take advantage of Firefox OS' unique Web Activity feature, and users will be able to tweet out from any app that supports them.

For more information about Firefox OS, visit Mozilla's blog, and for information about Twitter for Firefox visit the source link.

Source: Twitter

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4 years ago

MetroPCS shareholders to vote on T-Mobile merger March 28

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Shareholders of MetroPCS are planning to hold a vote on March 28th to approve its previously-announced reverse merger with T-Mobile USA. The deal has been in the works for several months, and is technically a "reverse merger" because MetroPCS will be buying T-Mobile, even though it is the smaller company. Deutsche Telekom currently owns T-Mobile USA, and will have a 74-percent stake in the new company if the merger is approved. But because MetroPCS is a publicly held company, the shareholders must vote to approve the deal before it can go any further

Two different hedge funds -- P. Schoenfeld and Paulson & Co. -- which hold 2.3-percent and 8.7-percent of MetroPCS shares respectively, have expressed that they will vote against the merger. These funds believe MetroPCS shareholders aren't getting enough from the deal, which at this point is about $4.09 per share (or $1.5 billion in cash) and the remaining 26-percent of the newly merged company.

While the funds continue to urge other shareholders to consider voting against the deal, the MetroPCS board of directors is supporting the deal, as is Deutsche Telekom. The terms could certainly change before this becomes final, but at this point it looks as though MetroPCS and T-Mobile will indeed merge in the coming months, combining the 4th and 5th largest carriers in the U.S.

Source: MarketWatch

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4 years ago

Boost Mobile getting the HTC One SV on March 7

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The HTC One SV is a very capable mid-level Android phone, and today we found out that it will be available on Boost Mobile starting March 7 -- complete with 4G LTE service. With the Snapdagon S4 processor and 1GB of RAM, the extremely thin and well built One SV will certainly be a treat for existing -- and new -- Boost customers.

The One SV will be available on Boost's no-contract shrinking price Android plan. What that means is that the first month's service will be $55, and every six months the payments are on-time will drop $5 off the monthly price until you hit $40. The phone itself will cost $299.99, but remember that is the full, no contract price you're seeing.

A phone this nice (check the review, I thought it was dandy) for just $40 monthly on Boosts "unlimited" plan sounds like a sweet deal. Hit the break for the full press release.

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4 years ago

CONTEST: Fitness Month Dream Device Giveaway! $400 value, enter NOW!

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Leave a comment below telling us what you got out of Mobile Nations Fitness Month and be entered for a chance to win the phone, tablet, or game system of your dreams!

It's February and you know what that means? Mobile Nations Fitness Month! That's when we all get together to get in shape, share tips and tricks and recipes for success, review amazing apps and accessories, give away great prizes, and have a ton of fun! This year we're doing it a little differently, though. We're doing weekly themes, and that means every week you'll have new and exciting challenges, and new chances to win!

Week 4: Balance!

That's right, it's time to bring everything together and work towards a balanced life! It's really hard to eat and sleep well, and exercise regularly, especially with as all the other things we have to do. That's why it's important to not only act healthier for a week or month, but to build healthier habits into your ever day lifestyle.

To round out the month, we'll be reviewing a bunch of great apps and accessories that can help you keep it together, and keep yourself on track with your nutrition, exercise and relaxation goals.

And we are also going to be doing the mother of all contests.

Contest: Win the fitness device of your dreams!

Leave a comment below telling us what you've gotten out of Mobile Nations Fitness Month -- how much you've improved or been inspired, what you plan to do to keep it up throughout the year, or even how much you simply sat on the couch and watched it all transpire around you! -- and you'll be entered to win a $400 gift certificate to put towards whatever phone, tablet, or even gaming system will help you keep up with your fitness goals!

Be it iPhone or Galaxy Note, Lumia or BlackBerry, Surface or Droid, iPad or Android tablet, Xbox or Wii, we want to help you bring it home!

Our usual contest rules apply, and only one entry per person, but you can enter once on all of our sites: Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore.com, webOS Nation, and WPCentral

So what are you waiting for? Enter NOW, NOW, NOW!

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4 years ago

See the ASUS MWC press conference, and the unveiling of the Padfone Infinity and Fonepad

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Another busy day in Spain has drawn to a close, and center of a decent piece of todays new devices announcements was ASUS. In the way that only Johnny Shih and company know how, ASUS today introduced the new Padfone Infinity and the Intel Atom powered Fonepad tablet-cum-smartphone hybrid. Just in case you missed the Android Central liveblog, ASUS has kindly posted the highlights from the, interesting, press conference for us all to watch and enjoy. 

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4 years ago

NVIDIA details the T4i and Phoenix reference phone in latest video

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NVIDIA knows we're all interested in the new Tegra 4 and Tegra 4i platform, and today they are throwing us a bit of a treat, video-style. Formerly known as Project Grey, the T4i is designed to deliver great performance in a smartphone, along with an integrated 4G LTE modem. To showcase this, they have built the Phoenix reference phone.

It's a complete package, sporting a 5-inch 1080p display, 13MP camera with NVIDIA's "Chimera" tech 60 GeForce GPU cores, and the T4i with integrated LTE. Since this isn't something that is going to be widely available for most of us, having a look at it on video may be as close as we ever get. 

Source: NVIDIA

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations at MWC 2013: Day one podcast

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4 years ago

Qualcomm and doubleTwist team to create MagicPlay - an open source media streamer

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Chip maker Qualcomm has teamed up with the folks at doubleTwist and will be delivering MagicPlay - a platform they're billing as an open-source challenger to AirPlay. Running on Qualcomm's AllJoyn protocol, MagicPlay will allow  any Android device to stream media to any other device -- provided it uses a Qualcomm chip running the AllJoyn protocol. 

Using MagicPlay and AllJoyn will allow users to connect via Wifi and avoid Bluetooth (which doubleTwist labels as a headache). Manufacturers can add support by embedding a small open-source component, and application developers can embed MagicPlay services into any application to add media streaming. 

See the press releases from Qualcomm and doubleTwist after the break for more details.

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4 years ago

Airpush and Apsalar announce new partnership, will bring deeper in-app analytics for developers

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Developers will be thrilled to hear that Airpush and Apsalar have announced a partnership at MWC that will bring better in-app analytics to Android. Airpush is a mobile ad network and Apsalar is a leader in Mobile Engagement Management solutions.

Airpush will continue to work to get developers paid while Apsalar will provide the ability to measure:

  • User behavior
  • Retention
  • Engagement
  • Monetization

More data is better and the better developers can use the data to monetize apps on Android, the better for us all. Full press release after the break.

Source: Business Wire

 

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4 years ago

Qualcomm announces Gobi chipset with LTE Advanced and Carrier Aggregation

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Qualcomm, well known for both its radio chipsets and processors, is announcing today that its latest Gobi chipsets -- the MDM9225 and MDM9625 -- are capable of LTE Advanced and Carrier Aggregation for higher data speeds. Carrier Aggregation (which isn't what you'd think) is a technology that allows the LTE radio in a device to pull down data across multiple bands of spectrum. This means that a device could simultaneously receive data over two (or more) different frequencies, combining it to give data speeds similar to what it would be over a larger chunk of a single frequency. For example, if a carrier has deployed 10MHz of spectrum in one frequency and 10MHz in another, the chip could combine those two and give users the same experience as if the carrier had deployed 20MHz of continuous spectrum in one band.

This is some nerdy radio stuff, but the end result is very important. There's a lot of spectrum out there, but it's not always allocated to each operator in the most efficient way. As networks transition between older 3G technologies and LTE, the spectrum may not be allocated in complete 20MHz blocks for use by a single network. These new Qualcomm chips let devices connect to these disjointed bands simultaneously.

These new MDM9x25 chips are manufactured using a 28nm (nanometer) process, and offer LTE Advanced with downlink speeds up to 150mbps on top of extensive 2G and 3G (including DC-HSPA+) support all in one chip. The process has already been shown off inside of a Sierra Wireless mobile hotspot, and Qualcomm says that OEM partners began sampling the chips in November of last year to make it into consumer products in late 2013.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Victory now available on Virgin Mobile USA for $299

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Virgin Mobile USA has announced a new addition to their lineup, the Samsung Galaxy Victory. The Victory is a 4-inch device that has a look not dissimilar to the Nexus One. It boasts a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), 5MP rear camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. The specs aren't going to blow away die hard Android fans, but for someone who just wants a solid phone for a less expensive price, the Galaxy Victory is a good choice.

The Samsung Galaxy Victory is available today for $299.99.

Virgin Mobile USA

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4 years ago

GM selects AT&T LTE for future car connectivity

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AT&T and General Motors have just announced plans to bring LTE to a wide range of its cars starting in 2014. The partnership will enable GM to provide a whole host of new connected car services through its subsidiary, OnStar, across models from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. The connectivity will be built in at a basic level of the car, integrated into the electrical system and wired to an external antenna to provide better coverage and speeds. Some car models -- usually in the higher end -- have had this functionality for some time, but not on the wide scale that GM is targeting.

GM envisions streaming media content available in back seat entertainment devices, real-time navigation updates and application downloads for infotainment systems. The embedded LTE connection will not only bring a whole host of integrated car services online, but also provide Wifi hotspot functionality for other devices that users bring with them to the car. Hopefully as this service hits the main stream other car makers can follow suit.

Source: AT&T; GM

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4 years ago

The Monkey Kit holds your tablet where you need it

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If you've ever wished you had a third hand to hold your Android tablet, Octa's Monkey Kit is something you'll be interested in. Just like that ever so useful appendage hanging from the south end of a Monkey, this tail is flexible yet rigid, holds to almost any shape, and it's suction device grips your tablet even tighter than you do. It's built like a tank from quality materials, looks and feels great, and is super-easy to use.

We've had it here at chez Jerry for about a week, and have found it indispensable for both work and play. It's incredibly handy holding the Nexus 7 with a recipe app open while making a mess  cooking in the kitchen, my wife uses it to display a spreadsheet while she works -- freeing up her second monitor for Facebook, and when the lights go out and I find I can't sleep, a bit of Netflix in bed while the Monkey Kit does it's hands-free magic is the ticket.

It's all done through what Octa calls the Vacuum Dock. Place it on a smooth spot on the back of your tablet and pump it a few times to create a seal -- a really, really tight seal. Using a special cam design, the "tail" locks in place into the Vacuum Dock, making for a three foot long third arm to position your tablet wherever it is you want or need it positioned. It works on almost any tablet -- as long as you have a smooth surface to "stick" it to, you're golden. Having said that, be warned that it doesn't work with the Nexus 10, and for some insane reason known only to Google, it doesn't seal on the white-backed Google I/O edition Nexus 7. The retail Nexus 7, as well as any of the Kindle Fires, Galaxy Tabs, Transformers, or Xooms hold just fine though. 

You're probably asking where do I find out more about this Monkey Kit thingy? That's easy. Visit Octa's Mokney Tail product page, where you can find out everything you need to know and pre order your own Monkey Kit for $99. Hit the break and see a picture gallery of the construction and parts.

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4 years ago

News360 v3.0: a big update to the popular app

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News360 chooses to sidestep other apps that focus on social news recommendations, and instead offers user-focused content generation from a wide variety of sources. The aim is to provide multiple angles to the same story, which is said to offer a well-rounded experience. The app continues to offer the same feature set as before, but is now wrapped in a much more attractive user interface.

Hang with us after the break and see if the redesigned News360 is still a compelling news reader option.

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4 years ago

AT&T turns on LTE in 6 more markets

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AT&T announced this morning that it has flipped the switch and turned on LTE in more markets.

Any of you in the following locales will be fortunate to have AT&T LTE soon. The new markets are:

Always good to see the expansion of LTE and higher speeds it brings.

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