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4 years ago

US Cellular adding LTE markets in Nebraska, California, Kansas

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US Cellular today announced new LTE service in a several cities in several states. Specifically, 4G LTE service is being added to:

  • Lincoln, Neb.
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Manhattan, Kan.
  • Eureka, Calif.
  • Ukiah, Calif.

Existing 4G LTE service will expand in in a number of other states, the operator said.

Source: US Cellular

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4 years ago

IRS2Go: gets the job done, but doesn't look very good doing it

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We hate to remind you of this, but it may be time to start thinking about filing your taxes. April may seem so far away, but there's no downside to thinking about these things early. If you're thinking about starting to prepare for filing your taxes, a good place to start is probably the IRS2Go app, which is published by the IRS to help Americans get through the much-bemoaned task.

Read on past the break for a quick look at what the IRS2Go app has to offer this year.

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4 years ago

Semi-pro tip: With Android 4.2.2 here, your Android SDK might need updating

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Chances are if you're a serious Android developer you keep your Android SDK updated on a regular basis. But there are many of us who need it just for basic command-line work and don't bother with regular updates. Nothing really wrong with that. 

But Android 4.2.2 brings about a new security feature in regards to USB debugging. Whereas before all you had to do was plug in your phone and go (and maybe deal with drivers if you're a Windows user), now there's a gatekeeper on the phone side that you have to acknowledge before any connection can be made. That's what you see above. You have to accept the RSA key on your phone or tablet before anything can flow between the device via the ADB (the Android Debug Bridge). That's an added layer of security, and it's a good thing.

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4 years ago

Qualcomm details Quick Charge 1.0, available on more than 70 devices

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Exisiting technology helps supported devices charge up to 40 percent faster

Qualcomm today in a blog post detailed a feature we haven't talked much about -- Quick Charge 1.0. It's part of a Snapdragon-powered phone's power management and, on paper, allows it to "charge up to 40 percent faster than older phones."

It's all done with existing USB hardware on supported phones -- nothing new to buy. So if you've noticed that a Snapdragon-powered phone you bought in 2012 is charging faster than one from 2011, Quick Charge 1.0 is part of the reason why.

We've got a list of supported devices after the break, and be sure to hit the source link for Qualcomm's full post.

Source: Qualcomm

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4 years ago

ZEN and TECH 50: Fitness month nutrition special!

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Georgia and Rene are joined by Android Central's Phil Nickinson to talk Mobile Nations Fitness Month and the benefits of good nutrition. From crazy schedules to family and work stresses to modern technology, we break down the habits, challenges, and importance of eating right and feeling great!

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4 years ago

Google Now now incorporates Google Doodles

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A nice little treat this morning -- Google Now is now pulling in Google Doodles following yesterday's update. Whereas those of us outside of major metro areas would see a stock image, we're now seeing the same as you would on Google.com. (That any different for those of you in a big city? Let us know.) Today's Doodle is a cool Ferris Wheel deal that when viewed on the desktop turns into an animated Valentine's Day thing complete with odd couple and cartoon -- just check it out for yourself.

It's about time Android got a taste of one of the more quirky -- and excellent -- Google does on a daily basis. Huzzah!

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4 years ago

Trailer debuts for 'The Internship,' shot on location at Mountain View

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By now you've likely heard of a forthcoming movie, The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson that sees Google at it's core. The trailer for the flick, set for release this summer, has debuted, and looks to be a hilarious take on life on the Mountain View complex. 

Vaughn and Wilson play 2 out of work salesmen who apply for internships at Google. It may be a comedy, but The Internship actually had many scenes shot on the actual Google campus, with full support from the company. 

Speaking to UK newspaper, The Sun, director Shawn Levy says that capturing the culture of working at Mountain View was very important, and that Google has been most co-operative:

It's been a really interesting partnership in my production and Google where... it's not like I have to do everything they want in the script, it's very much still a comedy and a narrative, but trying to get the culture of Google right has been a big part of the work we have done.

We've a little while to wait until release, set for June in the US, but for now enjoy the trailer as we all continue to wonder what working at Google is really like. 

via The Sun

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4 years ago

Return of the video podcasts!

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As many of you noticed -- and rightly kicked our collective asses about -- Mobile Nations video podcasts haven't exactly been working right for a while now. Sure, the YouTube versions were fine, but the .mp4 files we made available over RSS, iTunes, and direct download would error out as often as not. Well, that's all been fixed!

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4 years ago

Android malware scanners -- should you use one?

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Recently we've seen AVG, an Android "security" app marking other applications as malware when they aren't. That's called a false positive, and it's a fairly common occurrence. When it happens to a popular app, it always causes confusion and gets everybody unnecessarily stressed out. This time it also got us thinking -- do people really need to run any type of Android malware scanner, and are they doing more harm than good?

Android malware certainly exists. We take issue with the way it gets reported sometimes, as sensationalism draws focus away from real issues, but we're not foolish enough to pretend that people aren't writing apps designed to cause trouble. But who needs to worry about this sort of thing, and how to stay safe is something that needs discussed. That's what we're going to try and do today, in real-talk that everyone can understand. Hit the break and let's get started.

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4 years ago

Sprint Galaxy S3 receiving large OTA update

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It looks like many users with the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) on Sprint are receiving a relatively large -- about 157MB -- OTA update on their devices. Grant, who sent us the above screenshot, notes that this is a Samsung software update and not a regular firmware update. Sprint's support pages indicate that the update to software version L710VPMA6 brings updates to the voicemail app, adds SMS features and fixes calendar sync issues. Users in the forums have also reported that it fixes a security exploit.

Sprint users have yet to see the update that would bring Samsung's premium suite to the device, and will have to wait a bit longer as this update doesn't have it included. Has your device pulled down the update yet? Let us know here and in the forums what changes you're seeing after the install.

Source: Sprint; More: Sprint Galaxy S3 Forums; Thanks, Grant!

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4 years ago

Android 4.2.2 OTA for the Nexus 4 is a go, kills unofficial LTE [updated]

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The Android 4.2.2 update for the Nexus 4 is rolling out to users, bringing all the bug smashing goodness you can handle to the latest Nexus phone. It's build JDQ39, just like we saw for the other Nexus devices and checks in at about 54MB. If you're curious about what this update brings you can have a look here.

If you don't feel like waiting, you can download the OTA package direct from Google right here and install is manually via a custom recovery or by sideloading. If you need a little help with that, I'm sure someone in the forums will be happy to give you a hand.

Update: AnandTech's Brian Klug notes that it appears LTE Band 4 -- was never supposed to be officially supported by the Nexus 4 and was more of a residual effect from the hardware, which basically is an LG Optimus G -- appears to be kaput.

Via: XDA

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4 years ago

WeFi Pro: get the most out of public Wifi access

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Many of us are coming to the realization that mobile data limits are, well, limiting. At the same time, public Wifi access has been a major initiative in many large cities and private businesses alike. WeFi Pro, which was previously only available to Cricket customers, is hoping to help users take advantage of the vast amounts of public Wifi available today.

Stick around after the break to see how WeFi Pro could help you cut down on the monthly data charges.

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4 years ago

Archos releases free, ad-supported version of video player app

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One thing that Archos has traditionally done pretty well is video, and back in December they launched a standalone version of the video player app that ships on their Android tablets. With a lengthy feature list, and a well designed UI, the only thing preventing some from giving it a spin was the price. At $4.99 (£3.99) it carried a premium price along with the excellent feature set. 

Now though, Archos has released a free, ad supported version of the app into the Google Play Store. Above all, it gives you a perfect chance to test out the full version of the app without dropping down any green first. It promises to work on both smartphones and tablets, but will require Android 4.x to run. Grab yourselves a copy at the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

Slacker Radio hits v4.0 with a new UI

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Very popular streaming radio app Slacker Radio has just received a notable update to a completely new user interface. The new UI follows a stark blue and white contrasting design, with some holo-esque features to it such as use of the overflow menu button and clean transitions. Other than that, the new app is generally pretty simple and unique in its design. You still follow a simple design of a homescreen with search and four options -- genres, my music, specialty stations and news/talk/sports -- with the rest of the UI being just lists of stations when you dive deeper.

This is a big step forward in design for Slacker, and it seems to perform as well as it looks. Not to mention that v4.0 slots it right in with the styling of its web interface, which is important. You can grab a free download of the app at the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

Android 4.2.2 rolling out to 'yakju' Galaxy Nexus, but here's a better idea

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The Android 4.2.2 update has now started to roll out to the various "yakju" Galaxy Nexus phones. If you're not familiar with the term, yakju is a tag placed on the versions of the GSM Galaxy Nexus that were sold through channels other than Google Play. Phones sold from Google Play were labeled "takju," and on the software side the only difference is the inclusion of Google Wallet. The thing that matters here is that takju devices have historically received updates well before yakju devices -- today's news of a yakju OTA this close to the takju version is a rare sight.

Why am I telling you all this? We now have manual download link for the yakju GNex, and people (maybe even you) are going to be digging out USB cables and manually updating. I have a better idea for folks who want to get their hands a little dirty at the command line -- flash your phone to the takju version so there's no wait for the next OTA.

Any GSM Galaxy Nexus can run it, Google Wallet is baked right into the ROM (important if you're in the U.S.) and it puts you on the same software and update schedule as the phones from Google Play. It's also kind of fun. The down side is that you'll be starting from scratch, but a fresh install always feels good.

The method is covered right here if you're interested, and I promise that if you're able to manually update your yakju phone, you can flash the takju software and manually update as well. If you don't feel like fooling with it, that's cool, too. Here's the manual download link for the yakju 4.2.2 OTA, and you can sideload it with one of the existing methods. Hit the forums if you run into trouble.

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