4 years ago

Google announces new apps, local content streaming for Chromecast


VEVO, Plex, Songza highlight list of 10 additions

Google this morning announced a new cadre of apps for its Chromecast streaming appliance — as well as the ability to cast local content to your TV.

The new apps include the likes of VEVO, Red Bull.TV, Songza, PostTV, Viki, Revision 3 and BeyondPod. And you'll be able to stream local media from your phone or tablet over Plex, Avia or RealPlayer Cloud. Not quite the same as the direct casting we've been hoping for, but it's better than nothing at this point.

Google says the new apps will be available "over the next few days."

Source: Google

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4 years ago

Oppo N1 now available in U.S. and Europe


$599 or €449 for oversized phone with rotating camera and CM support

As expected, the Oppo N1 has today gone on sale in the United States and Europe, where prices for the 16GB model start at $599 and €449 respectively — rising to $649 and €479 for the 32GB version. The latest high-end handset from the Chinese manufacturer, the N1 sports a 5.9-inch 1080p display, a rotating 13-megapixel camera for all your high-res selfie needs, and a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM. Powering the phone is a capacious 3,610mAh battery.

Connectivity-wise, the N1 includes pentaband HSPA+ support up to 42Mbps as well as Bluetooth, NFC and Wifi Direct — though you'll be missing out on LTE support, putting the device at a significant disadvantage for Western buyers.

The Oppo N1 ships with the manufacturer's ColorOS software, based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but buyers will be easily switch to officially-supported CyanogenMod as an alternative OS — that's currently marked as "coming soon" on Oppo's site. (It's not to be confused with the limited run of "CM edition" N1s that run the community firmware out of the box.)

So it's fairly expensive and lacking in connectivity options compared to the competition, but there's no doubt that the N1 is a unique piece of technology. If you're picking one up today, shout out in the comments.

Source: Oppo Style

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4 years ago

Google Glass as a music player: Sounds pretty good, but it's also tough on battery


Google Glass actually is a decent little music player. OK, insofar as $1,500 face-mounted wearables go. The official Google Play Music Glassware app was made available on Dec. 2, along with $85 stereo earbuds that plug into Glass' USB port. 

Do the math, and that's damned near $1,600 to do what your phone and a $100 pair of headphones could accomplish. But that's not really the point. This is The Future we're talking about here.

So, we strap on and plug in.

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4 years ago

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 410 - mid-range 64-bit processor with LTE


Chipmaker Qualcomm has announced a new addition to its mid-to-entry-level chipset lineup, the Snapdragon 410. The new SoC supports 64-bit processing (a technology debuted in mobile on the iPhone 5s) and "world mode" 4G LTE capable of supporting "all major modes and frequency bands." It's targeted at devices around the $150 price point shipping in the second half of 2014 — so think the next generation of affordable Moto G-like handsets.

The Snapdragon 410 features an Adreno 306 GPU with support for 1080p video playback and up to a 13-megapixel camera. Other major bullet points include Qualcomm's RF360 solution for multi-band and multimode operation, as well as Wifi, Bluetooth, NFC and FM radio, in addition to GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou location support.

The announcement follows the first news of Qualcomm's new 4K-capable high-end chip, the Snapdragon 805, a couple of weeks back.

While the introduction of 64-bit processing and "world mode" LTE capabilities in a mid-level chip are exciting, it'll be up to manufacturers to use them to their fullest potential in future products. Nevertheless, it sounds like a solid platform for the next generation of low-cost handsets.

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4 years ago

Samsung hails 10 million Galaxy Note 3s sold after second month on sale


Samsung's latest Note inducted into '10 million seller' club

Not long after the company announced it had shipped 5 million Galaxy Note 3s worldwide, Samsung has revealed that the device has now passed the 10 million sold mark. The milestone earns the Galaxy Note 3 in the "10 million club," Samsung says, alongside recent successes like the earlier Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones, and popular clamshell phones from the last decade. 

It's unclear whether this means 10 million Note 3 devices are in the hands of end-users around the world, or whether Samsung has sold this number of handsets to retailers and carrier partners. Either way, that's a lot of Note 3s in a relatively short space of time. By comparison, the Galaxy Note 2 had shifted 5 million units shortly before the end of its second month on sale.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 also earned the title of "best oversized phone" in our recent roundup of the best Android phones on the market.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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4 years ago

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


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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4 years ago

Verizon posts Galaxy Note 3 update documents, OTA imminent


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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4 years ago

Create your own Street View from photospheres


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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4 years ago

Nexus OTA updates to Android 4.4.2 are pushing out now


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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4 years ago

CyanogenMod to integrate WhisperPush secure messaging


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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4 years ago

Hangouts update hopes to fix MMS issues


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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4 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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4 years ago

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


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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4 years ago

Moto X and Moto G boot screens updated with holiday cheer


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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4 years ago

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


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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