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4 years ago

NVIDIA announces plans to support Miracast Wireless Display standard

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NVIDIA says they will be embracing the upcoming Miracast Wireless Display standard with their mobile Tegra 3 chipset, and are actively working with other vendors and OEMs to bring this technology to market once the Wifi alliance gets all the details worked out. What we're talking about here is an open standard and method of sharing what you see on your screen, with any other screen that supports the new technology. Things like televisions, computer monitors, tablets, and even smartphones should be able to instantly, and wirelessly, share screen output. Playing Shadowgun THD is fun, but playing it on your 42-inch TV is even more fun, and of course full-length HD movies just scream for thi type of tech.

NVIDIA will be optimizing the experience by using the existing Tegra 3 architecture and new industry standard Miracast stack to process and accelerate content, then transmit it via a device's Wifi chipset as an H.264 bitstream. In practice, it should work much like current offerings from Intel or HTC's Media Link dongle package, but using an open standard. Open is good, as it allows other vendors to use and enhance things as well. More bright minds at work means more and better features and scalability.

NVIDIA expects the standard to be ratified by the Wifi alliance within the next few months, and will release more information once that happens. There will be new hardware involved, but it's possible that using docks and dongles your existing devices and displays could take advantage. Read NVIDIAs whitepaper here, and find more information at the source link. There's also a video after the break that shows a decent overview of the whole thing.

More: NVIDIA

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4 years ago

Google announces Fiber internet pre-registration, tossing in a free Nexus 7 to top tier customers

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Google's Fiber project will soon be going live in Kansas City after a lengthy preparation period. This means high-speed internet access will be available to residents for $70/month, or $120 if you want TV access too. Google will even toss in a free Nexus 7 tablet if you go with the upper tier.  Best of all, they also have a free 5 gigabit option, so long as you're willing to cough up a $300 construction fee payable in full or in $25 installments. 

Pre-registration is available for Kansas City residents here with a $10 deposit until September 9. Service access will be dictated whether particular areas meet pre-registration goals or not. Full pricing options available after the video. If you're in the neighborhood, Google has kicked off a blog specifically for the Kansas City project.

How comfortable are you guys with the idea of Google being in charge of your internet service? They already control so much of the online experience, so the expansion makes sense, but one can't help but get a little nervous that they're relying too much on a single company. But hey, free Nexus and insanely fast internet. After this, how far away is Google from providing wireless service?

Source: Google Fiber Blog

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4 years ago

Google Handwrite announced for phones and tablets, write out your Google searches

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Google has just announced a new way to use its web search products on phones and tablets. Google Handwrite, available today from the Google Search settings menu, allows you to write out words with your fingers -- or a stylus, if you own one -- directly onto the page. Google then turns your scrawlings into text, and you can press the search button to complete your search. Google Handwrite seems to be a logical evolution of the Gesture Search app of old, only this one's much faster, and built on the web, rather than an app on a phone. We haven't tried it on a device with a stylus yet, but if you're rocking a Galaxy Note, this is something you'll want to enable right away.

Handwrite is currently accessible on Android 2.3+ phones, Android 4.0+ tablets and iOS5 devices, so to give it a try, head to the Settings menu on Google.com on your device. When you're done, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: Google Blog

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4 years ago

Angry Birds Space updated with more utopia to ruin

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  The latest iteration of the Angry Birds franchise has just had a significant content update, including lots of new levels on which to obliterate greedy green pigs on. There are a few other goodies tucked away in the changelog. 
  • The epic adventure continues with the second half of Utopia! Defeat the space pigs in their delectable food world with two amazing new characters, including the never-before-seen space egg!
  • Crunch through 20 delicious new levels!
  • The Orange Bird gets an amazing superhero makeover!
  • Check out the brand new, never-before-seen space egg!
  • Three-star levels to unlock 10 new bonus levels!
  • Test your skills with a GIGANTIC new boss fight!

Angry Birds space takes the usual slingshotting destruction of the classic physics game and throws a wrench in it by introducing gravitational pull of planets and other interstellar bodies. This makes for some particularly challenging levels where you have to slingshot various birds around planets to nail pigs and their shelters on the other side. It's a great twist, even if you've spent tons of time on any of the other games in the series.

There's a free version with just a handful of levels as well as a full version for $0.99 available. 

Download: Angry Birds Space (Free/$0.99)

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4 years ago

Asphalt 7: Heat skids into Android

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Asphalt 7: Heat is now available in Google Play for $0.99, offering high-octane arcade racing to Android fans. Drive around the world in a number of different championships, earn in-game cash to tweak your ride, and go head-to-head with your friends online. 

I've poured a fair bit of time into the iOS version, and it really is a lot of fun. Sure, not as hard-bitten and realistic as some other titles out there, but the speed, soundtrack and graphics are great. IAPs are enabled, just like just about every Gameloft title, but they're generally pretty unobtrusive.  The cars are all done really nicely; you'll find recognizable brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Marton, and plenty more. 

Any racing fans out there? What's your favorite racing game for Android these days? 

Download: Asphalt 7: Heat ($0.99)

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4 years ago

Sprint gets official with LTE-enabled Motorola Photon Q

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After a brief mention in their quarterly conference call earlier today, Sprint has made an official announcement of the Motorola Photon Q. Here's a quick rundown of the specs.

  • Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • Rear-facing 8MP camera with 1080p video capture and playback so you can leave your digital camera at home. Plus, those photos can be set to automatically upload to Google+ so you don’t have to worry about accidently deleting them.
  • Front-facing HD camera for easy Google+ Hangout video chats or conference calls
  • Mirror mode when connected with HDMI cable (sold separately) to view images, files and movies on a larger screen, like your TV at home.
  • Sprint ID, offering an innovative way to personalize an Android smartphone with apps, widgets, ringtones and more all, in a single download
  • NFC support to share links, apps, YouTube clips and more with Android Beam

Full specs and press release after the jump. We've got a full image gallery over here if you want to take a closer look at the hardware. 

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4 years ago

Sprint bringing 4G LTE to 4 more cities by Labor Day

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Earlier, Sprint announced that its 4G LTE network will be coming to Baltimore by the end of summer. It has now added 3 more cities to that announcement. The lucky markets, in addition to Baltimore, are Baltimore, MD, Gainesville, GA, Manhattan/Junction City, KS and Sherman-Denison, TX

The LTE network will go live in these markets by Labor Day, which is September 3rd. We're seeing the carriers competing to expand their LTE networks the quickest, and that's only good for consumers. If you're a Sprint customer and live in one of these markets, you'll soon be able to enjoy the high speeds!

Source: Sprint

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4 years ago

Orange UK launches Travel Angel app to keep track of international roaming

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If you're an Orange UK customer traveling abroad this summer, you'll want to check out the carrier's Travel Angel app, which is designed to simplify the often confusing world of international roaming. The Orange Travel Angel app lets Android (and BlackBerry) users keep track of their international usage in real time, rather than waiting for charges to appear online over a period of days. The app is also location-aware, meaning it can detect if it's in a country for which the customer doesn't have a roaming bundle. And the bundled themselves can be purchased directly through the app. Users can also get a detailed breakdown of which apps are using the most roaming data, and how many out-of-bundle calls and texts have been sent.

Hit the link below to download Orange's Travel Angel app from Google Play (you'll need to be an Orange customer to do so, of course). Or you can for a round-up of all the roaming deals across every major UK network, check out our EU roaming guide.

Download: Orange Travel Angel

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4 years ago

Fido announces LTE launch this summer

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Fido has announced that they will be launching LTE service in Canada starting this summer. Their first markets will include Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and St. Johns, with lots more on the way, such as Quebec City, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Victoria, and others.  

Seeing as Fido is a subsidiary of Rogers, which has been on a huge LTE expansion, it's mostly just a matter of offering affordable LTE-enabled devices. Though Fido doesn't go so far as to name which phone they'll be launching LTE with, the Xperia Ion is a safe bet considering Rogers already has it, and the phone's made a name for itself as the inexpensive LTE device. The first device will be a mobile hotspot, with proper phones coming later this year, and of course anyone bringing in an unlocked LTE phone from another carrier can just use one of Fido's new SIM cards.

How many Canadians here are on Fido? Which LTE phone would you like to see made available? 

Source: CNW

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4 years ago

International Galaxy S3 local search removal 'inadvertent', says Samsung, patch due in days

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Following the removal of local search (or universal search) in the latest over-the-air update for the Samsung Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3), the manufacturer has released a statement addressing the issue. Samsung says that the removal of the ability to search content on the device from the Google Search app was "inadvertent," and that it will be restored for GT-i9300 owners in a future update.

Here's the statement Samsung released to UK site TechRadar --

"The most recent software upgrade for the Galaxy S III in the UK included the inadvertent removal of the universal search function. Samsung will provide the correct software upgrade within the next few days."

As we pointed out at the time, the removal of local search from the international S3 was a puzzling move, as Apple has yet to challenge Samsung over the feature in the European courts. Now it seems the loss of local search was most likely the result of programmer error, rather than Samsung hedging its bets and seeking to avoid further litigation.

In the U.S., the Sprint and AT&T Galaxy S3's have had the feature stripped out in over-the-air updates, as a precautionary measure, following legal action by Apple over local search, which temporarily resulted in the Galaxy Nexus being banned in the U.S. Unfortunately it's unlikely those phones will see local search return anytime soon, but at least it's good news today for international S3 owners.

Source: TechRadar

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4 years ago

AT&T brings its LTE network to 4 new cities and expands it in 3 other areas

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AT&T has announced the expansion of its LTE network, flipping the switch on in four new cities while also continuing to improve current markets.

AT&T LTE is newly available in:

It is expanded in the following areas:

We're always happy to see LTE deployment continue to expand.  Sing out in the comments if you're in one of these areas and have noticed faster speeds.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Android NFC 'hacking' is ingenious, but not yet dangerous

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The Black Hat conference takes place in Las Vegas this week, where hackers, security experts and representatives from major companies meet to discuss all things relating to information security. If you're following the news out of the conference today, you may have come across reports of a new security vulnerability in Android (and NFC-enabled Meego phones) that could allow a malicious NFC (near-field communication) tag to beam malware directly onto your phone. Sounds terrifying, right? Now hackers can take over your smartphone without you even doing anything. But as is always the case with these kinds of security issues, it's not as simple as it seems. And this NFC 'hack,' sexy and technically impressive as it is, isn't really anything particularly scary to regular smartphone users.

Read on to find out why.

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4 years ago

Sprint announces LTE to arrive in Baltimore by the end of August

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Are you a Sprint customer? Do you live in Baltimore? If the answer to both of those questions, is yes, then we bring exciting news for you this morning. Following on from the outing of the Motorola Photon Q, we've just heard during the carriers Q2 earnings call, that Sprint LTE will be coming to Baltimore by the end of August. Exciting news for sure, and despite no exact date we know that Sprint fans in the area will be looking forward to this. 

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4 years ago

Google Talk issues affecting 'a majority of users' [Update: fixed for some]

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Update, 11 A.M. EDT: The issue seems to be fixed for some users, as Google has updated its dashboard with the following info --

"Google Talk service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change."

​Original story: Seems all is not well on the Google Talk front this morning. Issues were starting to be reported earlier, which upon investigation prompted the following statement from Google. 

We're aware of a problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users. The affected users are able to access Google Talk, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by 7/26/12 12:50 PM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.

We're seeing the issues first hand, with a total outage on various devices including phones, tablets and even the desktop. Our status is still available, but we're not seeing anyone else online across all devices. 

The latest update says that the investigations are ongoing, and we're expecting a further update within about half an hour which is supposed to detail the timeframe for resolving the problem. To keep an eye on progress, hit up the source link below. 

Source: Google Apps Dashboard

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4 years ago

Sprint CEO outs the Motorola Photon Q during earnings call

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Sprint has yet to officially announce the Motorola Photon Q, which we first showed you from a leak in our forums earlier this summer, and which has already made it through the FCC. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse this morning during the company's second-quarter earnings call said the phone is coming "very soon." It'll sport 4G LTE data and also serve as a GSM world phone outside the United States, in addition to having the five-row QWERTY keyboard you see above.

Unknown is whether it'll launch with Ice Cream Sandwich, as seen in the test device above, or whether it'll get a bump to Jelly Bean before release. We'd bet on the former, with an upgrade to the latter.

We'd expect an official announcement is in the works now, too.

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