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3 years ago

Amazon.com no longer taking international Chromecast orders

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... But existing orders seem to be safe

For most of yesterday buyers outside the United States could place orders for Google's Chromecast streaming dongle through Amazon.com, in a way that's usually not possible for consumer electronics on the U.S.-based site. The opening allowed international buyers to get hold of a Chromecast before it's officially available in their country, and often for less than the high prices found on eBay and elsewhere.

Today, though, Amazon has closed that particular loophole, and attempting to select a non-U.S. shipping address for your Chromecast order produces the error message above. On the upside, orders placed yesterday from outside the U.S. seem to be shipping (we've already received our dispatch notification), so quick-witted international customers should still get their devices in the days ahead. U.S. buyers can continue to order Chromecast through Amazon.com, as well as the Google Play Store.

More: Chromecast review

Source: Chromecast on Amazon.com

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Mega could be headed to MetroPCS

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6.3-inch handset spotted wearing prepaid carrier's branding

Following the gigantic smartphone's launch on AT&T this summer, it appears the Samsung Galaxy Mega (6.3) might be going prepaid with a launch on MetroPCS. TmoNews has acquired a couple of shots of what appears to be a Metro-branded Mega, which it says will be SIM-locked to the MetroPCS network.

We've reviewed both the international and AT&T versions of the Mega and found that it makes more sense as a miniature tablet than an oversized phone. It's got a 6.3-inch 720p display, a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1.5GB of RAM and 8 or 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD. The Galaxy Mega will reportedly launch on MetroPCS before the holidays.

More: Samsung Galaxy Mega review

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Round specs

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What's under the hood on Samsung's latest big, curved phone?

The latest boundary-pushing form factor coming out of Samsung is the Galaxy Round, a phone with a display that is notably curved on the vertical axis. With a curve that is much more pronounced and technologically impressive than previous "curved" phones, Samsung is definitely taking things to a new level.

Under the hood the story is much the same as what we've seen on the recently announced Galaxy Note 3, however, and that's not a bad thing. You'll find the same screen resolution and internal specs that are nearly identical, with the tradeoff for that curved display being a lack of S Pen functionality.

Hit the break for a full list of internal specifications — note that some parts may change when the device comes to other markets outside of the initial launch in Korea.

More: Samsung Galaxy Round Forum

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3 years ago

Google posts Android 4.3.1 factory image for Nexus 7 LTE

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Restore or update your device to the latest build with files directly from Google

The latest update for the Nexus 7 LTE, Android 4.3.1, just started rolling out a handful of days ago but Google has already posted a full factory image for the latest build. Joining the standard Android 4.3 (JLS36C) factory image for the device, the latest image has the build number JLS36I. We still have yet to see the update or factory images show up for any other Nexus device at this time.

The x.x.1 bump doesn't seem to bring any user-facing changes and is just limited to the Nexus 7 LTE at this point, but if you're going to be wiping and restoring your device or just want to be on that latest build, you now have the Google-sanctioned tools to do so.

Source: Google Developers

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3 years ago

13 new markets get AT&T LTE, coverage expands in other areas

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Expanding LTE to even more people across the country

Update: We've updated this post to reflect the full list of market expansions from AT&T.

AT&T has made a few interesting announcements regarding LTE this week, and one of them is a push towards finalizing its initial LTE rollout by the end of 2014. In trying to hit its goals, AT&T has just launched or expanded its LTE network in the following 14 markets, where users of LTE handsets can now have access to higher data speeds.

New markets

Expansions

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3 years ago

Samsung makes Galaxy Round official, 5.7-inch curved display and all

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Just in case you wanted a phone that was shaped like a Pringles chip

A mere handful of hours after press images of a purported curved device from Samsung leaked out, the manufacturer has released initial details on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Round. The device packs a 5.7-inch 1080p display just like the Galaxy Note 3, but this one has a not-so-subtle curve to the entire device that distinguishes it from other "flat" phones.

Samsung says that it has also developed new software experiences to take advantage of the curved design such as tilting the phone while it's sitting on a table to check notifications, battery life and the time. Throughout the interface Samsung is working to make the software feel more at home on a curved display, offering tilt-based interfaces for some apps. Hit the break for more pictures and video of the new device from Samsung's official blog.

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3 years ago

Google Play Music and All Access streaming makes its way to Mexico

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30 day free trial with promotional pricing available until Nov. 11

Following up on a wide European expansion last week, Google is opening up Play Music and All Access streaming to Mexico starting today. The free component of Google Play Music has the same 20,000 user-uploaded song limit as in other countries, and the new All Access subscription model also offers all of the same perks.

Mexican music junkies can get in on a 30 day free trial offer before November 11th, and from that point on only pay MX$79 per month for the service. If you cancel at any time, or sign up after November 11th, you'll pay a full MX$99 per month for the service.

Source: +Google Play

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3 years ago

Skype updated with a brand new tablet layout

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Fresh interface, improved video quality and several under-the-hood improvements

Skype is rolling out an update today that is drastically improving the interface on larger tablet screens. Back in February Skype gave a tablet-optimized layout a try and quickly reversed its actions, and we're happy to say that this time around it seems to have done it the right way. Building on the completely remade Skype 4.0 update that was released for phones in June, the new interface focuses on conversations and people in a much-improved layout that is clearly designed for larger screens.

Version 4.4 brings all of the upgrades in terms of performance that came to phones in version 4.0, and all devices that move to 4.4 will see improved video quality. Skype says that the maximum resolution in the latest version can be up to four times as high as before. A whole grouping of bugfixes are also included in the latest update, including big issues with incoming calls and reboots.

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3 years ago

Yahoo Mail receives unified redesign, now offers 1TB of storage

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New themes, easier navigation and unified controls across platforms

Yahoo Mail is 16 years old today, and to celebrate the service is receiving a large redesign to unify its look across the platform. You'll now notice a cleaner look in the Android app along with changes in the iOS and Windows Phone apps as well as on the web. Functionally, the app now shows email threads in a "conversation" view if you prefer and several basic functions like starring, deleting and searching are easier to perform with one tap.

Several features that were reserved for premium "Mail Plus" subscribers before are now free, including disposable email addresses, enhanced filters and automatic message forwarding. The amount of storage you receive as a free user has dramatically increased as well — everyone gets 1TB (yes, one terabyte) of storage for their email.

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3 years ago

Google Shopping product search results will now be localized on mobile

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Creating a more seamless shopping experience on mobile

Google is working to make its search result ad experience better, and the next step is to make sure ad offerings are localized to where you're performing the search. Google Shopping, the ad service that gives sponsored search results when searching for products, will now be localized on the web with better information based on your location.

For example when searching for a product, you may see an ad for the specific product you want — tapping on that product takes you to a full page called a "local storefront" within the search where you see more information. This new localized page will give you pricing and availability information for a store closest to you, along with a map of its location.

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3 years ago

AT&T to launch first VoLTE-capable handset this year

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LTE to cover 300 million POPs by end of 2014, LTE Advanced just a software upgrade away

AT&T expects that the holiday season may be the right time to launch its first device capable of using VoLTE. According to statements made by Krish Prabhu, president of AT&T Labs, the carrier expects that it can have a "VoLTE-compliant device" ready by the end of the year.

He went on to say that the carrier is working on the network side of VoLTE upgrades to enable the use of the new voice technology. Once completed, the move to VoLTE will enable HD voice calls as long as both parties are using a VoLTE device. Unfortunately those upgrades may take some time — AT&T plans to complete its initial rollout of nationwide LTE by the end of 2014, with a commercial launch of VoLTE in the same timeframe.

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3 years ago

HTC Desire 601 headed to Virgin Mobile according to leak

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A solid budget offering coming to a major prepaid carrier

HTC's new mid-range handset, the Desire 601, is ready to be sold on Virgin Mobile in the U.S. according to a new leaked image. The handset, which we didn't necessarily expect to hit the states, packs a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch qHD LCD and the latest in Sense 5 features along with Android 4.2.

The Image (seen after the break) from @evleaks shows a handset that looks darn near identical to an international version of the handset we saw back in September, although we're not sure at this point which color the back plate on this model is. We know that white, red and black models exist, but there's no indication which ones will hit Virgin.

More: Hands-on with the HTC Desire 601

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3 years ago

Star Command brings spaceships, aliens, and hilarity to Google Play

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Build a ship, get a crew, explore the galaxy, and find something to blow up

A particularly great space sim game made its way to Android today called Star Command. Players guide a vaguely Star Trekky crew through a wild and weird universe of adventure, upgrade their ship, and fend off attacks against boarding parties and heavily-armed alien spacecraft. 

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3 years ago

What has God wrought? Samsung's curved display pictured in supposed leak photo

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The flexible display tech we've all been waiting for? 

@evleaks, who is always a source you want to pay attention to, has just posted this picture on their Twitter account. Yes, this is what appears to be the curved display phone from Samsung we've been hearing about for a while. 

Sporting an SK Telecom (the dancing Bugdroid carrier) icon and Korean language writing, it would appear that this one will be releasing in Samsung's homeland. Other than that, we have no details about exactly what we're seeing. And the ones I can imagine aren't fit to print.

Edit: Another image has been posted, and conformation that this is a Korea only affair, for now. See it after the break.

Are we ready for phones like this? Call me skeptical, but I see little benefit here — at least none that would be worth the added manufacturing costs. Maybe it's one of those things you need to hold before it makes sense.

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 update for AT&T HTC One now pushing out

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It's AT&T's turn to ride the HTC One 4.3 update train

As promised by HTC America president Jason Mackenzie, the Android 4.3 update for the AT&T HTC One is now pushing out to users. It appears to be the same version that was previously leaked, checking in at 565.7MB and bringing the phone up to the current version of Android.

As we saw with the unlocked and Developer Editions, as well as Sprint models and phones from Canada, the update brings everything from Android 4.3 as well as further enhancements to Sense 5, with features like custom music and more themes for Highlights and dreaded black bar removal. Users who have updated on the other models seem pleased.

To see if your phone is ready for the update — they go out in stages — open the settings and look under About phone. Remember, AT&T limits the number of times you can check in a day. You'll find ways to work around this and more discussion in the HTC One forums.

More: AT&TThanks everyone who sent this in!

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