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3 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S3 receiving its Android 4.3 update

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Galaxy Gear support, Multi Window and more all included

It's been a long time coming, but the Verizon Galaxy S3 is starting to receive its Android 4.3 update over-the-air today. Not only has Verizon updated its support documentation to indicate that the update is ready, dozens of members in our forums have also started to pull down the update on their own devices. It's coming a handful of weeks after other models, but we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth.

This update of course brings the bump to Android 4.3, along with support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, better support for moving apps to the SDcard, Multi Window enhancements and a whole lot more. Are you seeing the update on your own Galaxy S3 yet? Hop into the forums and let others know how it's going.

Source: Verizon Support

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3 years ago

Win an Nvidia Shield or Tegra Note from AC and Nvidia

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What better way to end the year than with one of two awesome Tegra 4 devices?

Nvidia knows how to make mobile processors. The benchmarks tell part of the story, but using a device like the Tegra Note or the Shield tells the rest. Vanilla Android, fast as heck, and games that rival full consoles for eye-candy and effects. The Shield takes the gaming bit a step further with a fully integrated, top-notch gamepad built into the unit, and the Tegra Note comes in with some killer camera features and excellent software and hardware integration for natural stylus input. These two are innovative, and the kind of device we love to see.

Now you have a chance to have one for your very own!

We've partnered with Nvidia and are giving away three Shields and three Tegra Notes to some lucky AC members. Winning one is easy — leave a comment in the forum thread saying how much you would like to have one. We'll pick six winners on December 24 and Nvidia will ship out some goodies.

Head into the forums for the complete list of rules and a chance to win!

Enter to win a Shield or Tegra Note from AC and Nvidia

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3 years ago

Holiday Photo Contest: Day 6 collectible winner!

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The sixth of 14 winners in our extra-long photo contest

We're just one day away from the half way point in our Holiday Photo Contest, and that means yet another photo entry is being rewarded with an Android mini collectible. If you haven't kept up with the contest, we're taking entries of photos that fit the prompt of "holidays," of course, and are picking out a winner for each day the contest is open, ending on December 26th.

Hit the break to see today's winner, and be sure to get your entry into the contest thread in the forums if you haven't yet participated. Good luck!

Enter the holiday photo contest​

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3 years ago

12 Days of Christmas giveaway day twelve: Win a Galaxy S4 Mini from AC and Sprint

On the twelfth day of Christmas AC and Sprint gave to me ... A Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

The good people at Sprint have partnered with us to do something awesome for the holidays, and we're giving away a great Samsung phone or tablet every day for 12 days.

We've got a pile of great stuff, including the Galaxy Tab 3, the Note 3, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. Winning one is easy, but you'll need to follow the rules.

  • Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win today's prize. Only one comment. 
  • We'll close the comments after 24 hours and pick a winner at random. 
  • Make sure the contact details you have entered when you signed up at AC are good, because that is how I will get in touch with you. 

Today's prize is a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. Everything you love about a premium Android experience, in a smaller package, and Sprint Spark ready. 

The 12 days of Christmas giveaway is brought to you by Sprint, and their truly unlimited plans.

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3 years ago

Bamboo Moto X now ships by the end of the year

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Heads up, folks: Just got an e-mail from Motorola saying that the new bamboo-backed Moto X will now be delivered on or before Dec. 27.

Good news! We previously estimated your Moto X with Bamboo to ship in January, however we’ve been able to work some magic.

Your Moto X with Bamboo will now be delivered to you on or before 12/27.  No need to call us—we’ll keep you updated on our progress and let you know when it has shipped via email.

And that is that. The bamboo version still carries a $100 premium. 

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3 years ago

New Glassware now live on MyGlass

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New applications to bring information to your eyeballs 

The Google Glass updates didn't end with the XE12 OTA and the MyGlass app for iOS. Today Google has dropped a few more new apps into the MyGlass suite of apps. 

For those who don't keep up on things Glass, MyGlass Glassware is the official place to get tried and tested applications for Glass. Of course side loading is easy to do, and popular — it is Android after all — but like anything else, there may be bugs along that route. Sticking to MyGlass is the safe way to play. 

Anyhoo, the new apps:

  • Wall Street Journal — Breaking news, politics, business and everything else you love about the WSJ can now come to you in real-time via Glass
  • Weather Alert — stay informed about severe weather of over 120 types, customizable of course. 
  • Winkfeed — RSS and news feeds right in front of your eyes. Choose your feeds, and Glass delivers. Saving to Pocket is a touch of genius.
  • Upload to YouTube — covered in yesterdays XE12 announcement. you can now upload private and public videos recorded through Glass straight to YouTube.
  • Hangouts —  also covered in the announcement yesterday, Hangouts lets you send and receive messages and pictures with anyone on your Hangouts list. Making video calls and group messaging is also supported.

To install any of the new Glassware, just visit MyGlass on the web or use the MyGlass companion app.

Source: +Google Glass

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3 years ago

SwiftKey adds new 'ice' theme for the holidays

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Snowfall from your keyboard presses, because you can

The latest update to SwiftKey improves the installation process, but most importantly also brings a bit of holiday cheer with a new keyboard theme. After switching over to the new "Ice" theme, you'll be greeted by a deep blue background with snow-capped keys that drop snowflakes when you tap them or swipe over them with SwiftKey Flow.

So go on and update SwiftKey to add a little bit of holiday cheer to every one of your messages, Google+ posts and emails. (Pro tip: try typing "hohoho" with the new ice theme for even more holiday cheer.)

More: SwiftKey

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3 years ago

British Airways to allow electronic devices during take-off and landing

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New rules coming into effect tomorrow allow devices to be used from gate to gate on BA flights

British Airways is to become the first European airline to allow the use of electronic devices, including phones and tablets, during take-off and landing. The decision was approved by the British Civil Aviation Authority according to a BBC report, and follows an earlier relaxation of BA's rules which allowed devices to be used during taxiing. Similar motions have been made by U.S. carriers, after the FAA ruled that electronic gadgets were safe to use below 10,000 feet. Devices will still need to be in airplane mode during in-flight use, however.

The new rules come into effect on BA flights from Thursday, Dec. 19.

More: Below 10,000 feet: Gadgets on planes

Source: BBC News

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3 years ago

Time Warner brings CATV streaming app to the Kindle Fire HD and HDX

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Amazon's Kindles now have access to live and on-demand TWC content

Time Warner Cable has announced the release of their TWC TV app for the Kindle platform. In an update today that also includes the Xbox 360, Samsung smart televisions and Roku streaming players, the free app will allow customers to watch live and on-demand content without any additional hardware purchase. Users on the Kindle platform can download the app from the App store on their device, or from the web here.

The TWC app has been around a long time for Android and iOS, and there's not anything new in today's version that we can see from the press release. But this is an interesting move nonetheless.

Companies — even traditional media companies who are always late to the party — treat the Kindle as a separate platform. Like many of the users, they don't care that underneath things are Android-powered. The Kindle is not a Android tablet without access to Google Play — it's a Kindle.

This is a good thing. The open-source component of Android is meant to be used, folded, mutilated and shoehorned in all manner of ways, and I'm sure Andy Rubin is more than happy to see it done. The folks crunching the numbers in Google's financial department may not be as happy, but from a consumer standpoint they really aren't important. What is important is that Amazon was able to take the code and create their own highly successful platform from it.

Bring on the Android-powered coffee makers, and I hope they can run the TWC TV app.

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3 years ago

Pebble announces its own app store; open to developers now, public gets it in 2014

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Smartwatch manfacturer Pebble today has unveiled its own official "Pebble appstore," a one-stop shop for apps and other features for the popular timepiece. The app store is initially open to developers only and will expand for public use sometime after the new year.

So what will you get? The app store will comprise seven categories at first, and each will showcase featured apps. 

  • Watchfaces
  • Daily
  • Remotes
  • Games
  • Notifications
  • Tools and utilities
  • Sports and fitness

Apps that require a full Android or iOS app will be allowed to link back to Google Play or the Apple App Store.

More: Pebble Developer portal; Pebble blog

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3 years ago

Acer C720 Chromebook review

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The best budget laptop purchase you can make right now. {.intro}

If it isn’t entirely clear to everyone by now, Chromebooks are certainly a thing. And more importantly for budget-conscious computer buyers, inexpensive prices are the norm for these browser-centric laptops (save for the Pixel, of course). Google and its partners have peppered the landscape with Chromebooks hitting the $199 to $299 price range, and smack in the middle is the Acer C720.

At $249 the C720 hits the same price point as the long-standing Chromebook posterboy, the Samsung Chromebook, while in itself succeeding its older brother, the C710. Although it occupies the same price point as the underpowered Samsung offering, the C720 packs a surprising amount of punch.

Read along and see the merits of the Acer C720 Chromebook, and why it may just be your best choice when it comes to value in the Chromebook space.

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3 years ago

AT&T announces 12 new 4G LTE markets

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AT&T has announced that it's switched on its 4G LTE network in another twelve markets, bringing its total LTE market count to 488. The full list, which you'll find after the break, includes locations in Colorado, New York, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Idaho.

If you've seen AT&T 4G LTE lighting up for the first time in recent days, shout out in the comments.

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3 years ago

Samsung preparing 10.5-inch AMOLED tablet for next month, reports Korean press

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Following recent reports that Samsung is hard at work on 8 and 10-inch AMOLED panels for future handheld devices, an article in Korea's ETNews today raises the possibility of such a tablet arriving as early as January. The report claims the device will be a 10.5-inch tablet, potentially making it one of the largest in Samsung's portfolio. Earlier rumblings point to the 10-incher being positioned as a rival to Apple's iPad Air, suggesting the device might well feature a super-high resolution AMOLED panel. ETNews writes that Samsung hopes to sell around ten time as many of these new tablets as its last AMOLED-based slate, the Galaxy Tab 7.7. That device shifted just 500,000 units, the outlet reports.

If Samsung is to unveil a new 10.5-inch AMOLED tablet next month then CES 2014 would be one possible launch venue. Naturally, we'll be on the ground in Las Vegas next month to bring you full coverage of any new Android devices at the show.

Source ETNews; via: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Sprint's HTC One getting an update for HD Voice, bugfixes

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Word on the street is that Sprint's version of the HTC One is in the midst of a software update today. Still no KitKat — we're looking to January for that — but some update is better than none. The sparse changelog (on the device, anyway) reads thusly:

  • HD Voice enhancements
  • Fixes and invalid alert message after inserting SIM card successfully

Good fixes, it sounds like. The update brings you to software version 3.05.651.5 and weighs in at about 250 megabytes.

More: Sprint HTC One forums; image via @GoodByeBluMnday

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3 years ago

No voice calls on Delta flights, CEO says

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A bit of good news today for those of you deathly afraid of someone making a phone call next to you on a Delta flight — it ain't gonna happen, CEO Richard Anderson said today in a memo to employees.

"Our customer research and direct feedback tell us that our frequent flyers believe voice calls in the cabin would be a disruption to the travel experience," Anderson wrote. "Delta employees, particularly our in-flight crews, have told us definitively that they are not in favor of voice calls onboard."

We're going to see more and more phones in use one way or another on planes. While we agree that the fear of in-flight phone calls largely is sensationalized — it's loud up there, and someone talking on a phone really isn't an different than someone talking to the person next to them — a little solace at 35,000 probably won't hurt us.

For more, see our special feature, "Below 10,000 feet: Gadgets on planes."

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