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3 years ago

Would you want your mom to see this? - Talk Mobile

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Even after nearly a decade of modern social networking, we're still having trouble grappling with privacy. We're not talking about when some server is compromised and your password ends up for sale in the seedier parts of the internet — no, this is about our own management of our own privacy.

3 years ago

Ubuntu Touch is no longer just another Android shell

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A message on the Ubuntu developers list has some really good news for fans of Canonical's fledgling Ubuntu Touch mobile OS -- it's no longer running inside or on top of Android. Previously, Ubuntu Touch booted into Android and used a chroot to virtualize the Ubuntu OS on top of the Android core, much like hackers have been doing since the days of the Nexus One. 

But Oliver Grawert tells us today that this is no longer the case, and the OS now boots into Ubuntu and virtualizes Android services inside an LXC (LinuX Container) during boot. This is a complete 180 flip, and is great news for all fans of Ubuntu on their mobile.

The changes are available in the daily builds, have a look here if you're interested in running one. No word on when things will be merged into the official installer, but we imagine it won't be too far in the future.

Source: Ubuntu-Devel; Via: +Oliver Grawert

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3 years ago

Make the most of your Fourth of July festivities with these apps

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Don't let the frustration of planning a party get in the way of enjoying July 4th

We know that not all of our readers are located in the U.S., but for those who are the Fourth of July marks not only an extremely important historical event, but also a day to spend with friends and family. We've surely all had our fair share of great and horrible holiday party experiences, so this year we hope to ease some of the frustration with some great apps (and a few other picks) to help things move along more smoothly.

Hang around with us after the break for a few suggestions on how you can make the most out of that last-minute run to the store, cook up some top-notch food and make sure that everything goes off without a hitch.

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3 years ago

A revived Falcon Pro brings a hidden feature to keep on Tweetin'

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The Falcon Pro Twitter app is probably the biggest third-party Android client to have run up against Twitter's Draconian new API rules that significantly limit the number of users an app can have. But Falcon's doing its best impression of a phoenix, once again rising up (ugh, we know, but that's what it's doing) for another go.

Developer Joaquim Verges today announced that while Falcon absolutely has run out of user tokens, the app itself absolutely is not dead. And if you still have a token through Falcon Pro, you'll be able to use version 2.0.4 of Falcon Pro.

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini, One Max outed in O2 Germany docs

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Black and silver color options listed for the Mini in latest leak

It's becoming more and more likely that the HTC One line will soon be expanded with the addition of big and small-screened versions of the current HTC flagship. New info has come to light this morning from O2 Germany documents leaked by Mobiflip, which appear to corroborate the names "HTC One Mini" and "HTC One Max" for the new devices. The Mini — formerly known by its codename "M4" — is expected to use a smaller 4.3-inch display, while the Max — or "T6" — is said to be a 6-incher. The Max is listed in silver, while the Mini is shown as available in black and silver.

Rumored specs for the HTC One Mini include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, a 720p display resolution and "Ultrapixel" rear camera. Sources have recently told Android Central that the One Mini will be making an appearance in early August, and that the 6-inch One Max should pack a 1080p display and use Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 800 CPU.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia SP review

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With impressive internals and a unique design, is Sony's new mid-ranger as good as it appears on paper?

Once an underdog in the Android world, Sony Mobile put out a strong showing earlier in the year with smartphones like the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. With these devices the Japanese manufacturer seeks to differentiate itself with high-quality materials and outstanding designs. So it’s interesting to see that in its new mid-ranger, the Xperia SP, Sony is looking back to its smartphone design heritage, resurrecting ideas like the transparent element from last year’s NXT series.

On paper it’s packing reasonable specs, too — a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1GB of RAM, a 4.6-inch 720p display and an 8-megapixel camera, not to mention LTE support. Not too long ago that would've been considered flagship territory. So, with a good-looking chassis and powerful internals, does Sony have a mid-range hit on its hands? Check past the break to find out.

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3 years ago

EE 'double speed' LTE officially launches July 4

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Sharing plans to launch July 17, MasterCard-based mobile payments system on the way too

Mobile network EE, currently the only operator to offer 4G LTE services in the UK, has announced that its new "double speed" LTE services will officially launch starting tomorrow, July 4. Initially the new, faster service, which promises "headline" speeds of up to 80Mbps, will be available in some 12 towns and cities including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield. (We've already seen speeds of between 50 and 80Mbps in London and Manchester as EE has been testing the new service.)

In addition, EE has today announced that its shared 4G price plans will become available from July 17, as will its new Pay-As-You-Go 4G mobile broadband plans. The shared plans can give users unlimited calls and texts, and a central pool of up to 20GB to share between devices, TheNextWeb reports. But the new shared plans won't come cheap — the 20GB option is set to cost £112 per month.

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3 years ago

Samsung ships 20 million Galaxy S4s

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Two months on, Samsung's shifted 20 million devices worldwide

Samsung has shifted 20 million Galaxy S4 smartphones in the just over two months since the device first went on sale, company co-CEO JK Shin has told the Korean press. To put that in perspective, the first month of availability for the S4 yielded 10 million shipments, while last year's Galaxy S3 took 100 days to reach the 20 million milestone.

Of course, shipping a phone isn't the same as selling it to an end-user. However shipped devices have to go somewhere, and the number shows that Samsung's partners at the very least are keen to snap up the device.

Samsung also reported Galaxy S4 sales of 500,000 in its domestic market of South Korea.

via SamMobile

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3 years ago

Polaroid's own 'Polamatic' photo filter app hits Android, hipsters rejoice

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After over a year as an iOS-exclusive app, Polaroid has finally released its "Polamatic" photo filtering and manipulation app into the Play Store for Android users to enjoy. As we've come to expect from all classic Polaroid-influenced filter apps, Polamatic lets users take (or import) photos and process them with unique retro flair. The app includes 36 different Polaroid photo frames, 20 different filters and the ability to add hand-written looking captions to bring in the full effect of an old-school image.

Photos can naturally be shared out to any service once you've given them the proper touches as well, or saved in the Polamatic Gallery for later editing and sharing. The app is now available to purchase for $1.99 and can be found at Google Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Geek.com talks with Steve Kondik and Koushik Dutta about Android security

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Learn about the new privacy tools in CyanogenMod from two of the founding members

Looking for a great way to spend 20 minutes? join Geek.com's Russell Holly as he has a great chat with CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik and Koushik Dutta of CM and ClockWorkMod fame about Android security. 

It's plain talk, and focuses mostly on Privacy Guard and PushSMS  -- two new services that help you control the bits and bytes that flow from your phone. Explained are things like how ease-of-use and fairness to developers are important, and you'll leave a lot wiser on how these tools can help you decide how your data is handled and who can see it.

Of course things get a little geeky, but what would 20 minutes with these two fellows be without a little bit of nerdery, right? this one's definitely worth a watch. You can watch the video above, but be sure to direct questions and comments to Russell at Geek.com's Google+ page.

Source: Geek.com

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3 years ago

C Spire's Galaxy S3 4.1.2 Premium Suite update begins July 3

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The Premium Suite features make the 4.1.2 update into something worth waiting for

Starting sometime on July 3, users with a Samsung Galaxy S3 on the C Spire network should start seeing that oh-so-wonderful OTA pop-up we all cherish. The carrier is sending out the Android 4.1.2 update, including the Premium Suite features that we've seen in other Galaxy S3 models.

While an update to Jelly Bean is great in and of its own, the Premium Suite brings a good many new features to the device. Updates for previous models have included things like smart photo tagging, reader mode, S-Beam enhancements, and the crowd favorite multi-window view.

Samsung and C Spire have also made the update available online via Kies, so if you'd prefer not to wait you can use the Samsung utility to download and install this one -- though that often comes with its own unpleasant experience. 

If you're a C Spire customer with a Galaxy S3, start paying attention to your notifications in a few short hours. If and when you receive the update, be sure to sound off in the comment box and let everyone know what you think.

Source: C-Spire. Thanks, Jeff!

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3 years ago

Simple Mobile rolls out new data tiers, international calling deals

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Improved lowest tier and new high tier give customers better data options

Prepaid carrier Simple Mobile is rolling out a new three-tier plan structure that offers more choices and data for your money at each level. When looking for a new plan, potential Simple Mobile customers will now have three options when it comes to smart phones:

  • $40 per month for unlimited talk, text and data, first 500MB at 4G speeds
  • $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and data, first 2.5GB at 4G speeds
  • $60 per month for unlimited talk, text and data, first 4GB at 4G speeds 

The $40 plan has doubled the amount of full-speed data it offers from 250MB previously, and the $60 plan is all-together new with the most data ever offered by the carrier. Although it is running on T-Mobile's network, the new Simple Mobile plans beat T-Mobile's own prepaid pricing at each tier as far as data allotment is concerned. Much the same as T-Mobile, Simple throttles down usage once you hit the specified data allotment, which is far preferable to overage charges for most people. And being a prepaid service, you can always re-up your monthly payment and start a new month early if necessary.

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3 years ago

Reminder: Google Maps is looking out for your safety with public alerts

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Google's public alerts system can save your bacon by keeping you up to date with important safety information

Michael wrote in about something he noticed in Google Maps for Android. Seems there is a Flash Flood Warning for parts of New Hampshire, and Google Maps made sure he knew about it when searching for a location. It's not only pretty cool and pretty important, but it serves as a reminder that your Android phone can provide safety information as well as play Words With Friends.

Google started adding public alerts to Google Maps in January of 2012, but most of us have never seen them. Besides severe weather alerts from the US National Weather service, maps also has the ability to give safety warnings from the following:

  • US Geological Survey (USGS)
  • West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
  • AMBER alerts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Nixle
  • Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
  • Environment Canada

These are all trusted partners and verified public safety authorities. The alerts you can see will depend not only on what alerts may be active, but also their severity, location settings and of course your location or the location you're searching. The goal here is to provide relevant safety information tailored to your needs and location. This is a really good thing.

To see all the live alerts, you can visit the Google Public Alerts homepage. While the service has been around a while, it's still fairly new so not every location has pertinent local information. If your hometown doesn't seem to be listing anything, and you're in a position to influence policy decisions (or know someone who is), direct your attention here. Google has set up steps to make it easy to publish the data in a web-friendly format so that they, and others, can use the data to keep people warned.

Thanks, Michael for this great reminder!

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3 years ago

Google Play edition reviews: The HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4

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For better or worse, you've got official 'stock' Android on two of the hottest phones around 

Forget, for the moment, the “why” of the “Google Play edition” HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. That’s the official moniker given to the two stock(ish) phones available now, as the name suggests, through Google Play, alongside Google’s own Nexus line. While ours certainly is to question their existence, today we hold these phones in our hands and simply attempt to enjoy two of the best smartphones Android manufacturers have to offer, with some of the leanest software -- damn near Nexus-like Android -- that’s available.

But these are not Nexus phones. Pure Google they are not, though they’re damned close, and fact is that the differences probably won’t matter much to those who buy them.

Today you can order the Google Play edition of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. And today, we bring you our take on this new breed of phone.

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3 years ago

Sony 'Honami' camera app ported to Sony Xperia Z, ZL and Tablet Z

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Android 4.2.2 and root are required for camera app installation

The rumored Sony "Honami" -- Sony's potential flagship phone for 2013 -- is said to be a camera-centric smartphone with a 20-megapixel camera and a 1/1.6-inch sensor. While this sounds like it will make for some amazing pictures, software can be just as important as hardware when it comes to digital photography.

Owners of the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, and Xperia Tablet Z can preview some of this software now on their own devices. Thanks to krabappel2548 of XDA Developers, users on Android 4.2.2 that have a custom recovery installed (i.e. are rooted) can check out the "Honami" camera app in action. Flash and HDR were recently fixed, and a script was added to remove the old camera app upon installation.

Source: XDA Developers;  Via: Xperiablog

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