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3 years ago

Viber announces Viber Out worldwide, brings low-cost calling to any number

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Promises no connection fees and significantly lower per-minute charges than Skype

Viber, the popular cross-platform messaging and VOIP calling application, is rolling out their Viber Out service worldwide. The service uses credit purchased through in-app purchases, or via credit card for desktop users. Purchased minutes can be used on Android, iOS or the desktop client.

In addition, Viber is also adding more stickers to their paid Viber Sticker Market, and will continue to add more content.

The most interesting part — the rates — are detailed after the break along with the full press release.

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3 years ago

Verizon posts Galaxy Note 3 update documents, OTA imminent

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Update to version SM-N900V brings bug fixes and enhancements, as well as new pre-installed applications

Details of the upcoming update for Verizon's Galaxy Note 3 have been posted. This happens when the update has been approved, and a general rollout to devices usually follows soon after. We expect this one to play out the same way.

The update is chock full of software fixes, including resolving the Bluetooth audio and email sync issues, as well as bringing improvements to sound quality and connectivity. In addition, Verizon has included some new applications for your pleasure. Hit the break for your full list.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Create your own Street View from photospheres

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Turn your own uploaded photo spheres into an interactive map you can share with anyone

There is no Street View of Sleepy Creek Lake in eastern West Virginia. Shame, because it's really a beautiful place. Up until today, I could say it was because Google just hasn't made it 30 miles into the back country along Jeep trails and dirt roads to get the imagery. If you've been there, you wouldn't blame them.

But with today's news, the onus is on me to make some Street Views for my old fishing hole, as well as any other place I like to go — all using my own pictures and photo spheres. It's a new feature in Google's mapping Views community, where users have been able to upload and share their own photo spheres for a while.

Today's update brings a new tool that allows you to stitch your photo spheres together, and build your own interactive map. It really is just like Street View — the same drag handles and panning gestures are there, and clicking that far off point at the edge of the view zooms you right over. It impressed me, and it will probably impress you.

The full instructions to get started, post your photo spheres, publish them and share them are listed at the source link. The next time you're visiting somewhere that needs to be shared, think about using this method to share it.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Nexus OTA updates to Android 4.4.2 are pushing out now

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KOT49H brings Android 4.4.2 mere days after 4.4.1 hit

Yet another small OTA update is headed to your Nexus 5, this time it's Android 4.4.2. The unofficial change log reads the same as the last one, which was Android 4.4.1 and lasted a whopping four days. According to the official Sprint forums, the original 4.4.1 had some issues, and was pulled and today's update was issued instead.

If you side loaded the last update (KOT49E) there is a small patch ready for you. You can side load it via the download link here using the same methods. We'll add more as they become available.

If you didn't fool with any side loading or didn't get the 4.4.1 OTA, you have a 54MB OTA coming that takes you from 4.4 to 4.4.2. We're looking for more download links as I type this out.

Confused yet? Don't be. The forums are filled with folks discussing and ready to help. 

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod to integrate WhisperPush secure messaging

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Encrypted SMS between any devices running CM or the TextSecure service hitting CyanogenMod builds soon

TextSecure is a service for Android and iOS that offers complete encryption and secure messaging between devices using it, and by all accounts it's a great service for those that need it. Security is important, and some people have a need to know that the only person reading their messages is the person they are addressed to. 

The only issue with TextSecure is that you're required to use the application itself to handle your messages. This is where the folks at CyanogenMod want to step in and change things. By building the service into the operating system itself, users should be able to use any messaging app and still enjoy the encryption WhisperPush has to offer. Messages sent to any device running a compatible version of CM, or any device running the TextSecure app will be able to hold a completely secure session. That's pretty slick.

The service is hitting the 10.2 nightly builds tonight, and after testing and seeing how the servers act with the extra load, WhisperPush will be enabled in CM 11 as well.

Source: CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

Hangouts update hopes to fix MMS issues

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Option to send group messages to individual recipients also included

Hangouts is making the subtle jump to version 2.0.2, bringing fixes for the way the messaging app handles MMS. Although the issues haven't necessarily been widespread, many who have updated to the latest Hangouts and began using it for text messaging have been running into issues sending and receiving MMS. While this update doesn't specifically go into what the issue was or how it's being fixed, folks who have been having trouble with MMS in Hangouts should be doing better after the update.

MMS isn't just used for pictures though, it is also used for group messaging. Tied into this update is also a new option to turn off MMS group messaging if you'd prefer to have your messages sent to multiple recipients individually.

You can grab the latest update from the Play Store at the link above.

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3 years ago

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

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

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. It's the best selling Android phone in the world, and a favorite with modders, tinkerers, and users alike. Be sure to try to win one of your own!

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

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3 years ago

AT&T partners with Rogers to offer LTE data roaming in Canada

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Same roaming plan structure gets you 120MB for $30

AT&T announced today that it has started a partnership with Rogers in Canada to offer roaming LTE data at the same rates it previously offered for lower speeds. Those "Data Global" add-ons weigh in at $30 per month for 120MB of roaming data, $60 for 300MB or $120 for 800MB. The only difference now is that when traveling in Canada, you can burn through those relatively small data caps faster with access to the Rogers LTE network.

If it was going to partner with any carrier for the widest LTE network and fastest speeds, Rogers was probably the best bet for AT&T. The carrier claims that 70 percent of Canadians now have access to the Rogers LTE network, with 95 new LTE markets going live just this year. It's a far cry from unlimited free roaming offered by T-Mobile in over 100 countries, but for those who jump up to Canada often the access to LTE will be important.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Moto X and Moto G boot screens updated with holiday cheer

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Start up your Moto X or Moto G today and you may find you have a festive surprise waiting for you. Motorola has updated both devices' boot animations with a special holiday version, which according to a quick analysis of the APK involved will run from today until Jan. 6.

If you're running a Moto X you'll need to be on the latest KitKat update to see the animation. Moto G owners can update their Motorola Boot Services to the version with the new animation using the Play Store link above. Enjoy!

More: Full Motorola holiday boot animation

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3 years ago

Motorola holiday sale live for the last time [Update: sold out again!]

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Last chance to get an off-contract Moto X for $150 off the standard price

Update: Once again the Moto X has sold out at the promotional price in just under 10 minutes. Hit the comments and let us know if you were able to pick one up.

Original story: After Wednesday's sale sold out almost as quickly as it started, Motorola's giving customers one last chance to pick up a Moto X off-contract for $150 off the regular price. Hit up motorola.com/holiday2daysale to reserve your spot.

If you're successful you'll receive a code within a couple of hours, and you'll then have seven days to complete your customizations through Moto Maker, meaning you don't have to rush through the process. Good luck!

More: Motorola holiday sale

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 2 finally gets Android 4.3

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OK, folks. The long wait for T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to get Android 4.3 has finally come to a close. It'll need a few minutes of your time — and about 614 megabytes of your storage — but it's finally here.

Doesn't look like TMo has updated its documentation just yet (look for it here), but folks in the forums are sussing it all out as we speak, so head on over there to see what's what.

More: T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 forums
Thanks to Andrew for the pic, and everyone else who sent this in!

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3 years ago

LG G2 £350 with free cover from UK retailer

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If you missed out on Amazon's cut-price LG G2 deal last week, another British retailer is offering the device with an even lower price tag. Expansys is offering the unlocked European G2 for £349.99, with an LG Quick Window cover — valued at £34.99 — thrown in for free. Considering the G2 packs a Snapdragon 800 CPU, one most impressive displays out there and a 13-megapixel OIS camera, you're getting lot of smartphone for your 350 quid.

Here's what our own Jerry Hildenbrand had to say in his review of the AT&T version —

"In my opinion, at this very moment, the G2 is the best Android phone on AT&T if you want a phone filled with features. It doesn't look as good as the HTC One. It doesn't have the Samsung name behind it like the Galaxy S4. But it does have the best hardware available if you're into specs, and it's the only Android phone I've used that allows you to actually use all these features without affecting the performance."

Downsides include only 16GB of fixed, non-expandable storage and a decidedly plasticky exterior. Nevertheless, it's still a good deal — hit the source link to check it out.

Source: Expansys

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3 years ago

Motorola updates Active Display to fight lock screen lag

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A quick heads up for those of us rocking the Moto X or (eventually, once they're on Android 4.4) one of the new Droids — Motorola has updated its Active Display app, which should help alleviate some of the lag we've been seeing on the lock screen feature. The changelog reads thusly:

Fix for the 1- (or) 2-(second) deley seen when swiping down or up to unlock from Active Display screen.

So get your update on and let us know if you're seeing an improvement.

Thanks, @keithvlk!

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3 years ago

Nexus S back in space as part of NASA's PhoneSat project

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Smartphone innards powering low-cost satellite

Of all the various Android phones to have been blasted into space, the humble Nexus S is perhaps the most prolific. The handset first took a trip into the stratosphere in late 2010, followed by a return trip on the space shuttle Atlantis the following year. Now, just in time for its third birthday, Samsung's first Nexus is heading towards the stars once again as part of NASA's PhoneSat 2.4 project.

The endeavor, part of the space agency's plans to develop low-cost satellites, puts heavily modified Nexus S circuitry inside a four square-inch cube weighing just 2.2 pounds. A two-way S band radio allows NASA engineers to control the device from the ground, and solar panels on the cube's exterior provide the unit's power. The smartphone then acts as the satellite's brain, with sensors such as the magnetometer (compass) helping to correctly align the PhoneSat with the earth. The whole package cost NASA just $7,500 using off-the-shelf parts, according to Vice's Motherboard blog.

Further PhoneSat launches are expected in 2014, including plans to eventually network eight of the devices together in orbit.

Source: NASA, Motherboard; via: The Verge

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3 years ago

Google Play gift cards headed to Japan in new denominations

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¥1500 ($15) to ¥20,000 ($194) cards available

Japan has joined the exclusive list of countries offering Google Play gift cards for sale. According to Google's support site, the cards will be available in ¥1500 ($15) , ¥3,000 ($29), ¥5,000 ($49), ¥10,000 ($97), ¥15,000 ($146) and ¥20,000 ($195) denominations, making Japan's cards the most valuable.

The introduction of such a high denomination is a curious move, since Google Play gift cards are currently limited for use with books, music, movies, TV shows and magazines, not devices. So with the top-level ¥20,000 bundle you're looking at an awful lot of digital content.

In addition to Japan, Google Play gift cards are also available in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, France and Germany in a variety of sizes, most between $15 and $50.

Source: Google support; via: TNW

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