Samsung is reportedly looking into creating its own subscription video service. After scrapping its Media Hub, which sells big name movies and TV shows similar to what is offered on Google's Play store, Samsung may be looking at another angle for mobile video as the company is reported to have invested tens of millions of dollars into what is called Volt. Rather than offering studio titles, Samsung's subscription video efforts would be geared towards short-form content. The project falls under new EVP of media solutions John Pleasants, a veteran from Disney's mobile and gaming business.
We all have those situations where we want input from friends, family and acquaintances on a certain topic, no matter how serious or mundane. Rather than sending out group texts or taking an informal poll on various social media outlets, why not use a single app to have it all in one place? That app is Straw, at least the developers of the project certainly think so.
Google's $1,024 development tablet known as Project Tango is now showing up on the Play store, but you still can't buy one yet. At the Google I/O developer conference earlier this year, Google had promised that the Project Tango tablet with 3D-sensing camera would arrive later in the year, and the Play store listing seems to confirm that Google is readying availability. At this time, both the white and black Project Tango tablets are listed, with Google saying that the "device is not for sale at this time."
A new report suggests that a U.S. Marshals Service spy program operating under the Justice Department is collecting thousands of cellphone identification numbers from Americans by employing fake communication towers. The program has been operational since 2007 and the towers are mounted on Cessna airplanes operating out of at least five metropolitan-area airports. These fake towers would trick cell phones on the ground into sending their identification numbers, which are then collected by the government for use in criminal cases.
When we choose the next photo contest prompt we never know how many entries we're going to get, but this week we're going to be thinking the glass is half full. The prompt this week is "glass," and while most of the time it's meant to be transparent there are plenty of pictures you can take of glass that offer up something interesting.
Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (November 18) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.
After delivering a big update for the Galaxy S4, AT&T isn't done with rolling out its OTA enhancements yet. The carrier is now delivering OTA updates to the Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy S III, and the Galaxy Mega. AT&T says that the updates will bring "Android OS enhancements" to each device, but doesn't specify what such enhancements are. And if you're holding hope for Lollipop, don't be; these updates keep the phones on Android 4.4.2.
AT&T is rolling out an OTA update for the Galaxy S4 today, bringing the device up to Android version 4.4.4. The update's most notable feature is the inclusion of Knox 2.0. In addition, you'll also snag the usual spate of bug fixes and, unfortunately, some added bloatware.
VSCO Cam has just received a big update to version 3.1, bringing with it a new user interface and a few notable new features in the process. The new VSCO cam now comes with a new synchronization feature allowing you to shoot and edit across all your devices, an updated camera with improved image quality, and also a split focus exposure for select HTC devices.
AT&T has started rolling out an OTA update for LG G3 owners today. While rather small, and certainly not Lollipop, the update brings some stability improvements as well as a "No power on" fix via a Qualcomm patch and various Google security patches.
Google quietly announced today that it would shut down Google Wallet API for third-party digital purchases on March 2, 2015, citing a changing landscape in digital payments. Wallet will continue to function, however, for Google Play purchases. While the service for digital purchases made over the web for third-party merchants will shut down, Google Wallet will still exist and consumers will be able to make purchases for goods in physical retail stores using NFC for payments.
Telltale Games has posted the first gameplay trailer from Tales From The Borderlands, their upcoming five part episodic series that's based on Gearbox's first person shooter-RPG series. The first episode is due out before the end of 2014 for Android devices, among other platforms.
We all know Nuance for its self-branded services with voice and the Swype keyboard, but it's also opening up its systems for developers of all kinds to use. And with a partnership with Samsung, even more people have access to the great tools Nuance provides to make their apps and services even better.
We caught up with Yumi Huh, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Nuance, at the Samsung Developer Conference to talk about the partnerships between Samsung, Nuance and developers around the world using their tools. Be sure to watch the full interview for a look into what's happening in this space.
There's more than one way to conference with developers, and every January we spend some time at the AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas, which piggybacks on CES. It's actually a pretty fun mini-event, giving developers yet another chance to show their stuff.
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