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3 years ago

Sony PlayMemories app refreshed, QX-series firmware update coming soon

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Sony is in the midsts of updating its PlayMemories Mobile app for Android and iOS, bringing them up to version 4.0 and 4.0.1 respectively. The app allows smartphones to connect to Wifi-equipped Sony cameras, including the QX-series "lens camera" accessories which clip onto the back of handsets. The latest update introduces a quick photo browser to make it easier to see shots taken with the connected device, as well as support for the new version 2.1 PlayMemories Smart Remote Control app on Sony cameras.

And there's a sizeable update coming for Sony's QX10 and QX100 lens cameras too, Sony says this morning in a press release. A firmware update due to arrive next month will bump max ISO levels to 3,200 for the QX10 and 12,800 for the QX100, allowing for sharper low-light snaps. Both devices are set to receive 1080p widescreen video recording, while the QX100 will be updated with a shutter priority mode.

The new PlayMemories app is available on Google Play now; the firmware update for the QX-series lens cameras will land in January, Sony says.

We've got the full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 f launches in Japan

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Miniature Xperia Z1 hits Docomo amid rumors of upcoming international version

As expected, today's the day the Sony Xperia Z1 f hits store shelves in Japan. The Docomo-branded phone is effectively a shrunk-down version of the Xperia Z1, Sony's current high-end handset. However unlike many "mini" versions of flagship smartphones, the Z1 f retains the high-end internals of its big brother — including a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera unit — all packed into a smaller chassis with a 4.3-inch 720p display.

Full price for the phone is listed at ¥79,800 ($768), which is reduced when buying on contract. The device comes in white, black, lime and pink color options.

The Japanese launch comes as rumors swirl surrounding a possible international version for the Xperia Z1 f. A device codenamed "Anami" recently passed through the FCC looking very similar to the Japanese model, but with radio bands suggesting it may be a European handset. The name "Xperia Z1 S" has been suggested as a possible name for an international version, and if the reports are accurate then it's possible we could see this device at Sony's CES 2014 press conference in early January.

Source: Docomo

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3 years ago

'Merlot red' Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launches in Korea

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When Samsung announced its new Galaxy Note 3 color options earlier this month, it said they'd be launched according to market preferences. And now we have our first indication of what that means for the company's native land — Korean consumers will have the chance to pick up the Note 3 in vivid "merlot red." The red Galaxy Note 3 launches today on Korean carrier SKT, and is targeted at "passionate and stylish men and women of all ages."

The red variant joins the original three — classic white, jet black, blush pink — as well as the new rose gold white and rose gold black announced alongside merlot red a few weeks back.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (Korean)

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3 years ago

Rdio now fully integrates with Shazam for songs, playlists

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New 'My Shazam Tracks' playlist keeps all of your searched-for music in one place

Fans of the music streaming service Rdio and music discovery tool Shazam can finally enjoy both products together. Building on integration that was previously available for other services, Shazam has now made its music discovery compatible with Rdio. Users of both services can now join up their accounts to see every song they've searched for on Shazam available for streaming inside Rdio.

You can even proactively create a playlist called "My Shazam Tracks," which will automatically populate with music that you've searched for so yo ucan listen later all at once. While Shazam may not have the "wow factor" it once had, those who use it for music discovery will surely enjoy having another music service option to listen to the tracks they find.

The integration with Rdio is available in both free and paid versions of Shazam, which can be downloaded from the Play Store at the link above.

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3 years ago

Press gets a 'huge' update, brings new dark theme, immersive mode and more

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Update to version 1.5 also includes new gestures and sharing options

Press is a favorite here at AC. We value its clean interface and easy readability when we need news on the go, and it's one of the bright spots from the whole Google Readerpocalypse from 2013. And it just got a hell of an update.

Version 1.5 brings along a slew of changes. To quote the developers, it is huge. A look at the change log from Google Play.

  • Dark theme
  • All new light theme
  • Immersive mode when viewing articles (KitKat devices)
  • One-tap saving to Pocket/Instapaper (configure in Settings)
  • New gestures in article list
  • Swipe to mark as read/starred
  • Swipe and pull left/right to reveal quick actions
  • Font scaling for accessibility
  • Localization for several languages
  • Bug fixes, performance enhancements

We love the immersive mode on Kit Kat, and the easy saving to Pocket is a huge plus. We also know that plenty of people will love the dark theme, and the rest of the list.

If you're already using Press, grab the update. If you're not, it's a great time to give it a look. Hit the Google Play link above.

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3 years ago

HP Chromebook 11 replacement chargers now shipping

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Two-day shipping will have a new charger to you in short order

Those who have submitted a request for a replacement HP Chromebook 11 charger will have one in short order, as shipping confirmation emails are heading out now. We received our own email confirmation after putting in our request yesterday, and the tracking number indicates that the replacement will arrive by Friday — not bad at all.

If you haven't yet put in your request, you really should get to that sooner rather than later. There's no cost to you, and as we've seen, HP is ready to send out replacements in short order. You'll simply have to give a little bit of information such as your name, email and device serial number, and you'll be good to go.

When the new charger arrives, you'll have to return the old defective one, but that shipping cost is also covered. Hit the source link below to request your replacement charger.

More: HP Replacement Form

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3 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S3 receiving its Android 4.3 update

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Galaxy Gear support, Multi Window and more all included

It's been a long time coming, but the Verizon Galaxy S3 is starting to receive its Android 4.3 update over-the-air today. Not only has Verizon updated its support documentation to indicate that the update is ready, dozens of members in our forums have also started to pull down the update on their own devices. It's coming a handful of weeks after other models, but we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth.

This update of course brings the bump to Android 4.3, along with support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, better support for moving apps to the SDcard, Multi Window enhancements and a whole lot more. Are you seeing the update on your own Galaxy S3 yet? Hop into the forums and let others know how it's going.

Source: Verizon Support

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3 years ago

Win an Nvidia Shield or Tegra Note from AC and Nvidia

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What better way to end the year than with one of two awesome Tegra 4 devices?

Nvidia knows how to make mobile processors. The benchmarks tell part of the story, but using a device like the Tegra Note or the Shield tells the rest. Vanilla Android, fast as heck, and games that rival full consoles for eye-candy and effects. The Shield takes the gaming bit a step further with a fully integrated, top-notch gamepad built into the unit, and the Tegra Note comes in with some killer camera features and excellent software and hardware integration for natural stylus input. These two are innovative, and the kind of device we love to see.

Now you have a chance to have one for your very own!

We've partnered with Nvidia and are giving away three Shields and three Tegra Notes to some lucky AC members. Winning one is easy — leave a comment in the forum thread saying how much you would like to have one. We'll pick six winners on December 24 and Nvidia will ship out some goodies.

Head into the forums for the complete list of rules and a chance to win!

Enter to win a Shield or Tegra Note from AC and Nvidia

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3 years ago

Holiday Photo Contest: Day 6 collectible winner!

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The sixth of 14 winners in our extra-long photo contest

We're just one day away from the half way point in our Holiday Photo Contest, and that means yet another photo entry is being rewarded with an Android mini collectible. If you haven't kept up with the contest, we're taking entries of photos that fit the prompt of "holidays," of course, and are picking out a winner for each day the contest is open, ending on December 26th.

Hit the break to see today's winner, and be sure to get your entry into the contest thread in the forums if you haven't yet participated. Good luck!

Enter the holiday photo contest​

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3 years ago

12 Days of Christmas giveaway day twelve: Win a Galaxy S4 Mini from AC and Sprint

On the twelfth day of Christmas AC and Sprint gave to me ... A Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

The good people at Sprint have partnered with us to do something awesome for the holidays, and we're giving away a great Samsung phone or tablet every day for 12 days.

We've got a pile of great stuff, including the Galaxy Tab 3, the Note 3, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. Winning one is easy, but you'll need to follow the rules.

  • Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win today's prize. Only one comment. 
  • We'll close the comments after 24 hours and pick a winner at random. 
  • Make sure the contact details you have entered when you signed up at AC are good, because that is how I will get in touch with you. 

Today's prize is a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. Everything you love about a premium Android experience, in a smaller package, and Sprint Spark ready. 

The 12 days of Christmas giveaway is brought to you by Sprint, and their truly unlimited plans.

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3 years ago

Bamboo Moto X now ships by the end of the year

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Heads up, folks: Just got an e-mail from Motorola saying that the new bamboo-backed Moto X will now be delivered on or before Dec. 27.

Good news! We previously estimated your Moto X with Bamboo to ship in January, however we’ve been able to work some magic.

Your Moto X with Bamboo will now be delivered to you on or before 12/27.  No need to call us—we’ll keep you updated on our progress and let you know when it has shipped via email.

And that is that. The bamboo version still carries a $100 premium. 

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3 years ago

New Glassware now live on MyGlass

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New applications to bring information to your eyeballs 

The Google Glass updates didn't end with the XE12 OTA and the MyGlass app for iOS. Today Google has dropped a few more new apps into the MyGlass suite of apps. 

For those who don't keep up on things Glass, MyGlass Glassware is the official place to get tried and tested applications for Glass. Of course side loading is easy to do, and popular — it is Android after all — but like anything else, there may be bugs along that route. Sticking to MyGlass is the safe way to play. 

Anyhoo, the new apps:

  • Wall Street Journal — Breaking news, politics, business and everything else you love about the WSJ can now come to you in real-time via Glass
  • Weather Alert — stay informed about severe weather of over 120 types, customizable of course. 
  • Winkfeed — RSS and news feeds right in front of your eyes. Choose your feeds, and Glass delivers. Saving to Pocket is a touch of genius.
  • Upload to YouTube — covered in yesterdays XE12 announcement. you can now upload private and public videos recorded through Glass straight to YouTube.
  • Hangouts —  also covered in the announcement yesterday, Hangouts lets you send and receive messages and pictures with anyone on your Hangouts list. Making video calls and group messaging is also supported.

To install any of the new Glassware, just visit MyGlass on the web or use the MyGlass companion app.

Source: +Google Glass

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3 years ago

SwiftKey adds new 'ice' theme for the holidays

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Snowfall from your keyboard presses, because you can

The latest update to SwiftKey improves the installation process, but most importantly also brings a bit of holiday cheer with a new keyboard theme. After switching over to the new "Ice" theme, you'll be greeted by a deep blue background with snow-capped keys that drop snowflakes when you tap them or swipe over them with SwiftKey Flow.

So go on and update SwiftKey to add a little bit of holiday cheer to every one of your messages, Google+ posts and emails. (Pro tip: try typing "hohoho" with the new ice theme for even more holiday cheer.)

More: SwiftKey

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3 years ago

British Airways to allow electronic devices during take-off and landing

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New rules coming into effect tomorrow allow devices to be used from gate to gate on BA flights

British Airways is to become the first European airline to allow the use of electronic devices, including phones and tablets, during take-off and landing. The decision was approved by the British Civil Aviation Authority according to a BBC report, and follows an earlier relaxation of BA's rules which allowed devices to be used during taxiing. Similar motions have been made by U.S. carriers, after the FAA ruled that electronic gadgets were safe to use below 10,000 feet. Devices will still need to be in airplane mode during in-flight use, however.

The new rules come into effect on BA flights from Thursday, Dec. 19.

More: Below 10,000 feet: Gadgets on planes

Source: BBC News

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3 years ago

Time Warner brings CATV streaming app to the Kindle Fire HD and HDX

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Amazon's Kindles now have access to live and on-demand TWC content

Time Warner Cable has announced the release of their TWC TV app for the Kindle platform. In an update today that also includes the Xbox 360, Samsung smart televisions and Roku streaming players, the free app will allow customers to watch live and on-demand content without any additional hardware purchase. Users on the Kindle platform can download the app from the App store on their device, or from the web here.

The TWC app has been around a long time for Android and iOS, and there's not anything new in today's version that we can see from the press release. But this is an interesting move nonetheless.

Companies — even traditional media companies who are always late to the party — treat the Kindle as a separate platform. Like many of the users, they don't care that underneath things are Android-powered. The Kindle is not a Android tablet without access to Google Play — it's a Kindle.

This is a good thing. The open-source component of Android is meant to be used, folded, mutilated and shoehorned in all manner of ways, and I'm sure Andy Rubin is more than happy to see it done. The folks crunching the numbers in Google's financial department may not be as happy, but from a consumer standpoint they really aren't important. What is important is that Amazon was able to take the code and create their own highly successful platform from it.

Bring on the Android-powered coffee makers, and I hope they can run the TWC TV app.

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