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4 years ago

Sky Go updated to add support for more current devices

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Sony Xperia Z, HTC One, Motorola RAZR HD and Samsung Galaxy S4 owners will all be able to make use of the service now

Sky Go, the app that allows Sky TV customers to stream live TV To their Android devices has been updated to support some of the latest devices on the market. The story of Sky Go is a somewhat troublesome one, with lack of support for devices and platform versions dogging it since launch. Thankfully the folks at Sky seem to be getting it together more so these days, and today's update adds support for the Motorola RAZR HD, Sony Xperia Z, the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 when it hits on April 26. 

Sky Go is a service much loved by many of its customers, and there can't  be many better smartphones to stream TV on than this latest crop of HD devices. The update also promises some bug fixes and better stability, and you can grab yourselves a copy at the Play Store link above. 

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4 years ago

AT&T expands LTE offerings to three new markets

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Marching towards full nationwide LTE coverage, AT&T hits a few more notable markets

LTE brings the benefit of not only faster overall speeds, but of course faster ping (response) times and just general network robustness. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of places around the U.S. that haven't seen the light of day from AT&T's LTE reach. The carrier can at least now say there are three fewer locations on that list:

As AT&T tends to do when it launches new markets with LTE, it notes how much money is being put into the building out of the network. This time around, at least $30 million was spent on network infrastructure in just Wyoming from 2010 to 2012. Networks ain't cheap, folks.

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4 years ago

TalkTalk latest UK carrier to offer Samsung Galaxy S4, pre-orders begin April 22

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Samsung's latest and greatest available for free on plans starting at £30 per month

We're edging ever closer to the day that real people can get their real hands on the Samsung Galaxy S4. There's naturally no shortage of options for anyone looking to pick one up, but the latest throwing their hat in the ring in the UK is TalkTalk. The MVNO carrier is still relatively new to the mobile game, but that hasn't stopped them going all out and launching one of the hottest phones to hit this year. 

The Galaxy S4 will be available on TalkTalk from April 26, and pre-orders will begin on April 22. Price plans vary between "Small, Medium and Large" but the phone can be had free of charge on all plans from £30 per month. 

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4 years ago

Doodle on your Pixel's touchscreen with this simple drawing app

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The Touch Drawing App puts the touchscreen on your Pixel to use

Googler and Chromium Evangelist François Beaufort has released a little Chrome app that gives you a chance to put your touchscreen to work. Aptly named Touch Drawing App, all it does is present a canvas which you can draw on with your finger or a stylus. 

Yes, it's pretty basic, and not something that will make folks rush out and spend $1300 on a Chromebook Pixel. But we have to start somewhere if we want great touch-based apps in Chrome, right? Besides, it's fun and free -- what's not to like.

If you have a Pixel, or any touchscreen laptop with the Chrome browser installed, you can grab it at the Chrome Web Store right here.

Via: +François Beaufort

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4 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: Which U.S. carrier will you be getting the Samsung Galaxy S4 on?

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Sales of Samsung's Galaxy S4 phones will go through the roof, tell us where you're going to use yours

All the major carriers in the US are going to carry the Samsung Galaxy S4, and we'll be seeing them hit the streets in the coming weeks. It's going to be a huge seller, that much were sure of. Samsung has taken their winning strategy formed with the Galaxy S3, improved everything on the hardware side, added a bunch of new features, then put it in a smaller case. People will be buying.

We're pretty sure this one will be heavily skewed towards Verizon, as there is no HTC One to consider for folks using Big Red. At least for now. But seeing how the spread forms between the different carriers is good data to have, so I'm asking -- Which U.S. carrier will you be getting the Samsung Galaxy S4 on? There's a poll in the sidebar to the right, or you can find it embedded after the break. Let us know!

While we're all here, let's look at last week's poll.

It looks like most of us choose Android and stick with it. That makes sense, as we're here because we're all fans. But it's still nice to see people coming over from those "other" phones. I'll ask this one again in a few months to watch the trend.

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4 years ago

Expand your Google Keep use with this Chrome extension

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Quickly add, delete and modify your Google Keep items in a new window

We haven't heard a whole lot of news about Google Keep since it was launched just a few weeks ago, but if you are a Keep user then we've got a handy little Chrome extension that may appeal to you. The aptly named "Google Keep Extension" in the Chrome Web Store isn't fancy, but it does provide a pretty neat way to get at your Keep items. Rather than keeping it open in a new tab at all times, this extension gives you the option to open Keep in its own small window either by hitting a quick launch button to the right of the address bar or from a right click anywhere in the browser.

Developer Paul Eiche is quick to point out that without a proper Keep API there's not much else that can be done with it, but this is certainly still functionality that Google isn't adding into Chrome itself just yet. Head to the source link below to download the free extension to your browser.

Download: Google Keep Extension

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4 years ago

US Cellular Galaxy S4 pricing and free accessory announced

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Devices will be available for purchase 'late April' for $199.99 with instant rebate

If you're preordering the Samsung Galaxy S4 through US Cellular, you'll be happy to know they just sweetened the pot. Today the carrier announced the giveaway of free S View flip covers to everyone that places a preorder using their official page. Not bad, considering the accessory retails for $59.99.

The 16GB phone will be available in White Frost and Black Mist at launch, priced at $199.99 with an instant rebate. We are still waiting for a date to be announced, but we do know that it will be sometime in late April. Hit the break for the full press release.

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4 years ago

Pocket updated with new send to friend feature

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Sharing from the web to your friends just got a little easier with today's Pocket update

Pocket, the app that makes it easy to read it later, just got a really nice update in Google Play. If you're not sure what the app is, think of it as a locker where you can store things you find on the web that you want to have a look at later. I use it a lot while surfing on my phone, sending links to Pocket so I can look at them a little closer on my computer. It works well, looks beautiful, and has some pretty savvy developers behind it

With today's update, a way to specifically share links and snippets with a friend has been added, Open anything in your list from the pocket app, and you're able to send it directly to anyone with an email address, along with a comment. What makes it interesting is that if your friend has Pocket installed, they get a push notification via the app letting them know you've sent them something. The sharing menu also remembers who you've recently shared with, which makes it even more handy.

Phil and Alex, get ready for hundreds of ICanHasCheezburger links, because I'm going to love this feature. You can grab Pocket (it's free) or update via the Google Play link above.

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4 years ago

Google Fiber coming to Provo, Utah

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Google has announced that the third city to gain access to its Google Fiber service will be Provo, Utah. The announcement comes just a week after the second city, Austin, was announced. In case you're wondering, Provo is the third largest city in Utah and about 43 miles south of Salt Lake City.

In the blog post, Google says that they've agreed to purchase iProvo, a fiber-optic network that has been building since 2004. The City Council of Provo will vote on Tuesday, April 23, to approve the deal.Once it is finalized, Google says they intend to start upgrades. No date is set as to when you can officially get the service, however.

Once it has been approved, Provo citizens can enjoy all of the benefits of Google Fiber that people in Kansas City and Austin can:

  • For a $30 activation fee, you can get 5 Mbps service for 7 years
  • Gigabit Internet service with an optional TV package
  • Free Gigabit Internet service for local public institutions such as schools and libraries

Google Fiber continues to expand. Let's hope for more expansion to drive competition in the Internet service space.

Source: Official Google Blog

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4 years ago

ACLU wants the FTC to give carriers a kick in the pants over security updates

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Complaint calls 'orphaned' phones 'defective', says carriers should disclose dangers of unclosed security holes

The American Civil Liberties Union today published a complaint (pdf) it filed with the Federal Trade Commission, seeking an investigation into the major U.S. carriers' practice of updating -- or, more to the point, not regularly updating -- the smartphones that they sell for security reasons. "Android smartphones," the 16-page complaint reads, " that do not receive regular, prompt security updates are defective and unreasonably dangerous."

Chris Soghoian, principal technologist and senior policy analyst for the ACLU on speech, privacy and technology, followed up in a blog post, explaining:

Google’s Android operating system now has more than 75% of the smartphone market, yet the majority of these devices are running software that is out of date, often with known, exploitable security vulnerabilities that have not been patched. For consumers running these devices, there is no legitimate software upgrade path. 

At issue is the process in which the process works. Google provides the Android code -- including updates for bugs and security fixes -- but it's up to the hardware manufacturers to implement any changes, and the carriers to approve and ultimately get those changes pushed out. It's a lengthy, messy process that nobody has seemed able to improve with any real effect -- at least not to the satisfaction of the ACLU, or a minority but vocal faction of the buying public.  

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Tablet S Jelly Bean update going live tomorrow

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Android 4.1.1 OTA update starts April 18th 9-10am PST

Sony has just announced through their community forums that Jelly Bean is coming soon to the Xperia Tablet S. Starting tomorrow morning pacific standard time, users will start seeing a System Update notification appear in their Tablet S toolbars. The change log will not be posted until tomorrow, but seeing how this is an upgrade from Ice Cream Sandwich to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, users can expect the usual goodies: Google Now, Project Butter, expandable notifications, and more.

Sony is reminding users to make sure they are plugged in to AC power and have a good WiFi connection before starting this update. Check the links below for the official announcement and Sony's update instructions.

If your device is among the first to get this update, or if you have any tips on forcing the System Update notification to show, hit the comments.

Source: Sony; More: How to update

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4 years ago

AOKP hits 1 million downloads as first Milestone is released

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New nightly system will deliver fresh builds every 4 days

The Android Open Kang Project has reached two very important milestones. After less than two years, user downloads have now exceeded 1,000,000 -- this makes AOKP second in popularity only to Cyanogen. This is an incredible feat, especially for users that can remember flashing AOKP during its humble beginnings of early Ice Cream Sandwich builds.

The second milestone is actually a Milestone -- Milestone 1 to be precise. AOKP JB-MR1 Milestone 1, which represents the first stable build based on Jelly Bean, is now available to download. This is great news for those that do not like flashing experimental nightly builds or that have an aversion to bugs. In the past, sticking to Milestones usually meant waiting many weeks or months between flashes. Thanks to Team Kang's new one-milestone-per-month policy, milestone users can now have almost as much fun as the nightly flashaholics.

Speaking of flashaholics -- those that love staying on the cutting edge of AOKP features should know that Team Kang is doing away with their traditional builds. Instead, nightly builds will be created automatically by the AOKP BuildBot every 4 days. This means more builds to flash, but it also means these builds will be posted in untested form. Going forward, users must make sure to follow the first three rules of flashing (backup, backup, backup) because there is now a higher chance that the a posted build will be broken.

If you'd like to get push notifications of new builds and/or support Team Kang member Sethyx, AOKPush is now available in the Play Store. Join us for discussion the latest builds in the AC forums, or hit the comments with your feedback of the first Jelly Bean Milestone.

Source: AOKP, RootzWiki

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4 years ago

iStabilizer Mount XL - for the less svelte smartphone

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The best tools often are the simplest. And that adage rings true for the iStabilizer Mount XL. There's not a whole lot to say about it -- the Mount XL mounts your larger smartphone to anything that connects to a standard 1/4-20" universal thread. Monopods. Tripods. Those little handheld things the kids use to record themselves on skateboards. (That's still a thing, right?)

The iStabilizer Mount XL works by clamping onto your phone. Pull up on the little puller-upper handle thingy there at the top -- it's rubber and it's removable, so be careful not to lose it -- and position the phone inside. Slowly lower the puller-upper handle thingy, make sure the phone's pressed against the back supposed, and you're done. 

You do have to be a little gentle here -- it's not like you're strapping in your phone with a five-point harness -- but you also don't have to baby it too much. The spring-action has enough weight to it that the phone should stay in place, and you get a good feel for how much you'll be able to throw it around.

All in all, a fun little $20 purchase. The iStabilizer Mount XL handles a phone with as much girth as the Galaxy Note 2, and there's a smaller version (sans XL status) for more normal-sized phones.

We've got a few more pics after the break.

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4 years ago

I Am Vegend: A game that doesn't take itself too seriously

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A mash-up of games that never steps beyond casual gameplay makes its way into Google Play

It's clear right from the start when you look at the Play Store listing for I Am Vegend: Zombiegeddon that the game isn't going to win any awards for a great storyline or plot, but that doesn't mean it can't be an enjoyable game to play. Mashing together aspects from a few different games, I Am Vegend aims squarely at the casual audience with simple but fun gameplay that is easy to stroll through but harder to master.

The light-hearted nature of the game continues with the characters and design, which are playful but well illustrated. I Am Vegend delivers something fun and worth a look, so stick around after the break and see what it's all about.

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4 years ago

Google apps having issues today

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If your Gmail account is acting up today, you're not alone. Scores or readers are experiencing issues. And Gmail's not the only product hit with a little wonk today. Google Drive is experiencing errors, as is the admin control panel. Google Docs, Spreadsheets and Presentations have also been added to today's list.

The good news is that it doesn't (yet) look like a blanket outage. Some folk shave problems, some don't. Google says the Gmail issues were affecting 0.007% percent of users.

Gmail and Google Drive are still in the "investigation" process. Google promises an update on the Google Apps Admin Control panel status later this morning.

Source: Google Apps Status Dashboard

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