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3 years ago

1 Minute Survey: How many times per day do you use your phone for the "basics"?

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We're in the process of cooking up another sweet Talk Mobile infographic (this one based on our social and communications week) and in doing so we need to reach out to the community with one more big question.

Specifically, we're looking at how many times per day you use your phone to do the basics... send a message or email, check what time it is, add an appointment to your calendar, etc. Easy stuff.

The survey will take you only a minute, so hit the link below and getter done and we'll love you long time.

Take the Survey!

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3 years ago

Google Maps and Waze updated with crossover features

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Maps gets Waze incident reports; Waze gets Google Search, Street View in map editor

Following Google's acquisition of Waze back in June, we're starting to see the first signs of cross-pollination between Google's Maps and the collaborative navigation app. From today, Waze-reported incidents are starting to appear in Google Maps on mobile, and Waze users can also benefit from new Google features in their app.

Accidents, construction, road closures and other incidents reported by Waze are appearing in Google Maps for Android and iOS in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the U.S.

Wazers are also getting a couple of new features from Google. Google Search will be added to the Android and iOS versions of the Waze app, and the Waze map editor now includes Google Street View data.

It's likely we'll see more co-operation between the Waze and Maps teams as time goes on, however at the time of the acquisition Google made it clear that the two teams will continue to operate separately.

Source: Google LatLong Blog

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3 years ago

MHL 3.0 spec unveiled with 4K support

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MHL, the standard for sending high-definition video from portable devices, has today announced its version 3.0 specification. The highlights in MHL 3.0 include 4K video support (up to 2160p30) and the ability to use input devices and other peripherals — mice, keyboards, touchscreens, etc. — thanks to a higher-speed two-way link.

Also listed in the new spec are charging at 10W, 7.1 Dolby surround sound, HDCP 2.2 content protection and backwards compatibility with the MHL 1 and 2 standards. The standard will be "connector agnostic," according to the MHL group, with the ability to operate over as few as five pins.

The full MHL 3.0 specification will be available to download in early September. There's no indication as to when we might see the first smartphones and tablets with support for the new MHL standard, but as the spec has just been finalized, it's unlikely we'll see anything in the immediate future.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy NX now available in the UK

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Android-powered 4G LTE mirrorless camera retails for £1,299

Around a month after we first got wind of the Samsung Galaxy NX's UK pricing, the Android-powered mirrorless camera is now available to purchase in the UK. Brits can pick up the Galaxy NX from outlets including Jessops, PC World and Currys, where it's available with an 18-55mm OIS kit lens for a whopping £1,299 ($2,033). Of course, the Galaxy NX is no ordinary interchangeable-lens camera -- it's also packing 4G LTE connectivity, a 4.8-inch HD display and a software suite including Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Samsung's TouchWiz UI.

If you want a professional-class Android-powered camera, this is where it's at for the moment -- but it's not going to come cheap.

More: Samsung Galaxy NX video walkthrough

Source: Currys, Jessops; via: TNW

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3 years ago

UK supermarket Tesco reportedly working on cheap tablet

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British supermarket chain Tesco is reportedly reportedly working on its own-branded tablet computer, which will compete with the likes of the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire. The news comes from UK-based newspaper The Sunday Times, which says the tablet will retail around the £100 mark -- significantly cheaper than most Android tablets -- and come with built-in support for Blinkbox, the streaming service acquired by Tesco in 2011.

Though not specifically mentioned in the report, the low retail price and streaming focus suggests that the tablet will likely run Android in some form or other.

The move could be seen as way for Tesco to claw back revenue lost through declining physical media sales, while also expanding into a potentially lucrative market. The supermarket's prominence in the UK would present it with ample opportunity to get its new tablet in front of shoppers.

Source: The Times (Paywall); via: The Independent; Thanks for the tip, John!

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3 years ago

CM team to offer CyanogenMod account to track your lost phone, new dual-releases planned

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Big news from the CyanogenMod team this evening. They are introducing a CyanogenMod Account service to help track and remotely wipe lost or stolen phones, and to help on the security front they will be moving to a dual-release of stable ROMs.

The first bit is pretty self-explanatory. They are building their own service that offers the device tracking and remote wipe we see from Google in the new Android Device Manager service. They state the existing services are not secure because company employees or "malevolent attackers" can access your location data without your permission. The optional (and free) service will be maintained by CyanogenMod, and they will be putting up privacy policy and users can learn more about the service on their What is a CyanogenMod Account page.

The second bit is interesting as well. Previously, CM ROMs were signed with "test" keys — generic keys that ship with the Android SDK. In the near future, they will be moving to a dual-release where a User branch is signed with private keys, locking down the system and bringing it in line with the Android security model. For folks who will want to build themes and edit apps, the test key releases will continue as they are now. This should allow users who want a secure setting to have it, and users who want to modify and tinker still can do so.

These changes are coming soon, but won't be included as part of the nightly builds. For more information, visit the official source below.

Source: CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Ultra: First look video and pictures

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We've found the Droids, but we're not sure yet if they're the ones you're looking for

Verizon's Motorola Droid Ultra hits stores tomorrow, August 20th, and we've got our hands on the device a little early for you guys to look at. For all intents and purposes, the Droid Ultra is a larger, more plasticky and generally more Verizon-ized version of the Moto X with most of the same DNA (no, not that other phone) inside.

In general, you're getting the same software experience as the Moto X — plus some extra Verizon bloat — wrapped in a different shell, hitting the same price point to boot. Hang on after the break for a few more impressions, hands-on video and several pictures of the middle entry into the latest Droid lineup on Verizon.

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3 years ago

Custom engraving won't be available on the Moto X at launch

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A little bit of disappointing news for those who were hoping for a bit of custom engraving on their Moto X, at least initially. Motorola has confirmed to us that the option won't be available when the phone and its Moto Maker custom designer go live later this week. "We love this feature. We're going to make it happen," a Moto spokeswoman told us this evening. We'll just have to wait a bit. No ETA was given.

Moto X will be available on AT&T starting Friday, and the carrier currently has an exclusive on the Moto Maker customization. (Verizon will get it later this year, it says.) All the custom colors we showed you in our preview last week will be available, as will a custom boot message. If you want engraving, you'll have to wait.

And, actually, waiting might not be the worst idea in the world. There are 18 design options currently available for Moto X, but it'll gain more later this year — including a wood back.

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3 years ago

Big YouTube app update brings new UI features

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Major update continues Google's new application look and feel, brings a unique multi-window view 

There's a big app update for YouTube beginning its slow rollout today, and while there are the standard bug fixes, the focus is on app design. Keeping with the current look and feel of Google's applications (forget all about Google Voice for a bit, Google seems to have) you have your sliding menu pane on the left, cards everywhere and a new multi-window feature that lets you keep one video playing while you look through your feed or search. While there is no official change log on Google Play just yet, somehow I was lucky enough to get the update today and here's what I'm seeing.

  • The new "hamburger" menu
  • A card based UI for your feed and search list
  • History, playlists, favorites and uploads are now at the top of the menu for easy access
  • A new icon
  • The ability to search for playlists
  • The new multi-window display

The majority of the changes are self-explanatory, for the new multi-window trick is something that needs explaining a bit. While playing a video, you can shrink it down to the bottom right corner by swiping down, tapping the down arrow overlay, or by pressing the back button. The video will continue to play while you're sent back to the UI, where you can look through the app and check your feed, look through a search list, or do just about anything else in the app while it continues to play. If you want rid of it, just swipe it away or drag it up to return it to its original position. 

As usual, this is a Google staged rollout. That means you may be waiting a bit until it's time for your account to see the new update, or it may be there waiting for you right now. (Of course, you can also download it from one of the hundreds of file mirrors that are already posted, providing you trust side-loading after the last security scare.) It's a great update, and worth the wait. See a gallery full of screenshots and pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

Take the Talk Mobile Clouds survey for a chance to win a $100 Best Buy Gift Card!

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We've wrapped up cloud week of Talk Mobile, and it's time to get the kind of stuff that the cloud lives for: numbers. As with previous weeks of Talk Mobile, we're running a survey so we can put together some of that data that we and the cloud simply adore. Week six of Talk Mobile 2013 was all about the cloud, how we use it, how it's scary, and our forecasts for the future of the cloud.

Here's the survey. It's a few dozen questions and shouldn't take more than a few minutes of your time. And because we know your time is just as if not more valuable than ours, here's an incentive: completing the survey enters you for a chance to win a $100 Best Buy gift card. Incentive? Bribery? A chance for $100 to spend on new gadgets? Your call, your answers. Hit the link below to take the survey!

Click here to take the Talk Mobile State of Mobile Clouds Survey!

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3 years ago

HTC president: Working hard to get 4.3 on devices by end of Sept

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Company is in process of getting HTC One and Droid DNA phones across the US and Canada on Android 4.3 next month

Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales at HTC, has taken to Twitter to give an update on the recent news that some HTC phones will be skipping Android 4.2.2 and jumping straight to Android 4.3. The quote, in all its 140 character glory:

Lots of questions re 4.3 release for One. We r wrking hard (needs cert) to release 4.3 across all US, Canada skus by end Sept. DNA as well.

Abbreviations aside, this is good news for everyone on this side of the world waiting for an update on their HTC One or Droid DNA. In Europe and Asia, HTC One units as well as the DNA's twin the Butterfly are already running Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5, but here in the Americas even the unlocked Developer Edition is still on Android 4.1.2. 

We've no idea what changes HTC will bring with the 4.3 update, but we expect them to address the dreaded black bar as well as make a few changes to the camera software like they have done with the 4.2.2 update. For now, we'll all be patiently waiting.

Source: @JasonMacHTC

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3 years ago

Barnes & Noble releases Nook Video app to Google Play, specialty version for Nooks

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A great step in the right direction for B&N's content store

Working to build up its digital media presence, Barnes & Noble has released a Nook Video app to both Google Play and its own range of Nook tablets. The new app, which is available today, gives customers access to thousands of movies and TV shows for either purchase or rental, which can then be watched on a variety of devices.

B&N is quick to point out that unlike some other services (we all know they mean Amazon), there's no annual subscription required to have access to their entire content catalog. The content is also flexible and can be either downloaded or streamed, whichever is more convenient for you.

The app is available from Google Play for Android phones and tablets, and will show up automatically on your Nook tablet when connected to Wifi. Smartly, B&N is also making iOS and Roku apps available the same day — having content available across multiple devices is the best way to go.

Source: Barnes & Noble

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3 years ago

OPPO launches the R819 for Europe and the US with an interesting side-order

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The unimaginative name hides the true secret of OPPO's mid-ranger which will have a stock Jelly Bean option available

OPPO may not be the first OEM you think of when looking for a new Android smartphone, but their latest unveiling may at least make you look twice. The R819 is a solid new mid-range device from the folks who brought you the Find 5, and it comes with a rather interesting side dish; the option of a stock Android ROM. That's right, OPPO is giving its customers a choice of their own stock ROM, their new Color ROM when it launches, or plain old, honest-to-goodness Google fresh Android. 

The R819 will come to market running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, housed over a set of respectible hardware specs. We're looking at a 4.7-inch 720p display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. Round the back there's an 8MP f/2.0 Sony Exmor shooter, with a 2MP camera round the front, all powered by a not-so-massive 2000mAh battery. And, as is so often the case with Chinese devices, there will be the option to use dual SIM cards as well. 

And the price for all this? The OPPO R819 will cost $349/£229/€269. A very reasonable asking price for what we're getting, especially considering that stock Android option as well. Pre-orders are being accepted at the OPPO Style website from now, with a shipping date estimated for early September. 

Source: OPPO

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3 years ago

Minuum keyboard now available on Google Play

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The Minuum Keyboard is out of beta and available for everyone at Google Play 

After a successful Indiegogo campaign and private beta test, the folks at Whirlscape have made the Minuum Keyboard available for everyone on Google Play. We've seen plenty of other alternative keyboards for Android, but none that look or act quite like this.

The goal was to create a keyboard that was great for typing, but also only took up a tiny portion of your screen. The keys have been taken down to just one row to take care of the space issue, and a special auto-correct algorithm should take care of the great and accurate typing part.. A magnifying function takes over when you need precise and accurate typing, like for logins and passwords.

The jury is still out on how well this will work for everyone, but the general response from the Indiegogo campaign backers seems positive. We'll take a look and see how it handles life for an AC editor. Look for more, soon.

In the meantime, there's a product video after the break and you can grab your own copy from Google Play ($3.99) at the link above.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini coming to AT&T on Aug. 23

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The same features and look of the HTC One in a slightly more diminutive package

The HTC One Mini is headed to AT&T this week. The more compact version of the HTC One line will be available August 23 for $100 with a new two-year contract, or just $21 monthly with AT&T Next.

Smaller and lighter than it's bigger brother, the One Mini should appeal to folks who want or need something a little smaller, and while the specs and internals have also been cut back (1GB of RAM, Snapdragon 400 and a 4.3-inch 720p display) during normal use we found the performance to be just fine — have a look at our review for details.

Of course, the UltraPixel camera and all the camera software features from the larger version are present, along with HTC Boomsound and BlinkFeed. If you've been eyeing the Mini, now's your chance. See the link below for the full press release, and there's a short video after the break.

Source: AT&T

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