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4 years ago

Google reportedly manufacturing tablets that can map your surroundings in 3D

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Google reportedly manufacturing tablets that can map your surroundings in 3D

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Google logo

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is building 4,000 prototype tablets equipped with cameras and sensors that can map the world around them. The prototype is said to be a part of Google's Project Tango efforts.

4 years ago

First post-release update arrives for various Xperia Z2 models, Z2 Tablet

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First post-release update arrives for various Xperia Z2 models, Z2 Tablet

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Sony Xperia Z2 Theme Chooser

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony is rolling out an update to its latest Xperia Z2 phone and Xperia Z2 Tablet, bringing the build number to 17.1.1.A.0.402. Currently, no changelog is provided from Sony so we don't know what changes have been made, though reports are suggesting that a few areas are seeing some noticeable improvements. This is the first update for the devices since they launched and the version number has jumped a bit, so we are anticipating that there should be some big changes inside.

The update is starting to roll out in select regions at this time, hitting the unlocked versions of the Z2 and Z2 Tablet in Germany, Singapore, and Europe, but not the UK region just yet.

4 years ago

Google's distributed Wifi network plans get clearer with help from Ruckus, local businesses

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Google's distributed Wifi network plans get clearer with help from Ruckus, local businesses

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Google

A single network could span across cities, states and even countries

A rumored Google initiative to provide local businesses with inexpensive Wifi access points now makes a little more sense, as new details show that Google plans to create a large cloud-connected single Wifi network. Jumping off of a report by The Information yesterday, Gigaom has new information on Google's plans to outfit small businesses with Wifi routers that would connect into a single network spanning across states and even countries. Partnering with Ruckus, a well-known wireless infrastructure company, Google is planning to distribute special wireless routers to small businesses that can be centrally managed in the cloud, rather than on-premises.

The routers, which would be installed in businesses using its current internet connection, would link up to create a network that would in theory span across states, countries and even continents. The ability to do this hinges on routers from Ruckus and new Hotspot 2.0 technology. Once a user logged into one router, the device would then be registered and available to automatically connect to any other router in the cloud-managed network. Think of it working like your saved home Wifi network does, but in various locations.

4 years ago

Design your own unique t-shirt with this new app from Uniqlo

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Design your own unique t-shirt with this new app from Uniqlo

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Clothing retailer Uniqlo is now offering customers the opportunity to customize their T-shirts. Similar to what a custom screen-printed shirt would be, Uniqlo's rather unique UTme! app, available for Android and iOS, will allow users to custom print a shoot with their own designs or photographs. There is also a community gallery where you can see designs that your peers have created and also vote on them; it's like an Instagram for tees.

4 years ago

Samsung's virtual reality glasses could further immerse you into TouchWiz

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Samsung's virtual reality glasses could further immerse you into TouchWiz

Samsung is rumored to work on a pair of virtual reality eyeglasses

Samsung is rumored to work on a pair of virtual reality eyeglasses

Ready for the next big thing? It's most likely shaping up to be virtual and augmented reality. We have players like Google working on Glass and Facebook now working with Oculus. Not to be left alone, Samsung is reportedly making a virtual reality headset to be used with their phones and tablets.

4 years ago

The latest Google+ update is telling a different kind of story

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The latest Google+ update is telling a different kind of story

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Google+

A fresh interface and yet another great Auto Awesome feature have us loving the latest version

It wouldn't be a step too far to call this week's Google+ app update one of the biggest redesigns since the app first arrived on the Android Market (yes, that long ago) back in 2011. The update changed the look of the entire app, switched up how you navigate through it, and if that wasn't enough also included a brand new featured called "Stories."

This is a big step in terms of design and features for Google+, and we like the changes. There is quite a bit to get used to in this latest refresh, though, and we're going to walk you through all of the changes and new features.

4 years ago

Using T-Mobile and stuck with one bar at home? A signal booster can help

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Using T-Mobile and stuck with one bar at home? A signal booster can help

Using T-Mobile and stuck with one bar at home? A signal booster can help

After a long dry spell, T-Mobile USA is once again providing signal boosters to customers who meet criteria for the devices. A signal booster can amplify a weak cell signal to make it easier to use your cell phone in your home. What's more, the signal booster is offered to qualifying customers for free.

T-Mobile's made great strides over the past year to build out their wireless network. There are still some weak spots, however. Until T-Mobile gets its towers operating at 700 MHz (expected later this year) — and until customers upgrade to phones that support LTE Band 12 — building penetration is going to be limited, as well. So if phone service is weak in your house, what should you do?

4 years ago

Hisense launches Android 4.2.2-powered H6 55-inch Smart TV at Walmart for $700

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Hisense launches Android 4.2.2-powered H6 55-inch Smart TV at Walmart for $700

Hisense H6
Hisense TV

Hisense H6

Hisense has been rolling out plenty of devices as of late, including large screen TVs, and the latest to go on sale is the H6 model Smart TV. Powered by Android 4.2.2, the Hisense H6 Smart TV offers a 55-inch 1080p (and 120Hz) screen along with all of the high-end functionality you'd want in terms of apps. You have access to Google Play interestingly enough, with all entertainment apps ready to load up and watch on the big screen. The TV is sporting Wifi, Bluetooth, ethernet, numerous HDMI inputs and even HDMI output to work as a passthrough device.

4 years ago

'Ok Google, set a timer' now actually sets a timer

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'Ok Google, set a timer' now actually sets a timer

Google Now

Google Now

For as smart as Google Now is, it's often kind of... stupid. A great example of this was using it to set timers on your phone. Up until today, when you said "Ok Google, set a timer for 15 minutes" it would simply set an alarm for 15 minutes in the future. That wasn't all that useful, and it filled up your alarm list with a bunch of useless entries.

Now, with a server-side update to the Google Now service, asking your phone to set a timer will actually set a timer. Just like before you'll have a quick countdown after making the request to confirm the time, and you can even go more specific and add seconds to a timer. Once the timer is set, the clock app will launch and start counting down.

It's a pretty great feature, and one that should've worked right from the start, but we're glad everything's working as it should now.

4 years ago

Motorola Modality Services now updating via Play Store, can precisely follow phone state

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Motorola Modality Services now updating via Play Store, can precisely follow phone state

Motorola Modality Services

Motorola Modality Services

Motorola is now pushing out the Modality Services update to its latest generation Droid and Moto X smartphones. Now available as a download through the Google Play store, Modality services is compatible with the Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini.

4 years ago

Pushbullet now syncs your notifications across all of your devices

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Pushbullet now syncs your notifications across all of your devices

Pushbullet has received a big update today that now allows you to sync notifications between all of your Android devices and your computer at the same time. Previously you could sync your phone notifications with your computer, but now you can check and dismiss notifications on any device. That means you can see who's calling your phone when you're on your tablet, or dismiss a new text message from your computer automagically.

4 years ago

T-Mobile brings VoLTE to Seattle for a trio of Android devices — see if yours made the cut!

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T-Mobile brings VoLTE to Seattle for a trio of Android devices — see if yours made the cut!

T-Mobile Nevile Ray

T-Mobile Neville Ray

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray (that's him above) today announced that it's bringing voice over LTE — that's VoLTE — to Seattle for three Android smartphones. The lucky winners are the LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy Light and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

This piggybacks off MetroPCS' VoLTE implementation, and it works just like it sounds. Instead of phone calls going through the traditional circuit system, they'll be placed over the LTE network. It's not all that easy, and it's just now starting to roll out. But it's an important step.

4 years ago

T-Mobile's Galaxy S5 gets an SMS/MMS fix

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T-Mobile's Galaxy S5 gets an SMS/MMS fix

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

The T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 today is getting a software update over the air or through the KIES desktop program. New in build G900TUVU1ANE5 is an improvement for intermittent failures for text messages and MMS messages. And ... that's it. Look for the update. Update the update. Text all the things.

4 years ago

Vodafone's 8-inch Smart Tab 4 just £125 on PAYG

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Vodafone's 8-inch Smart Tab 4 just £125 on PAYG

Vodafone Smart Tab 4

Vodafone Smart Tab 4

If you're on Vodafone in the UK and are looking for a cheap tablet to get it done, the new Smart Tab 4 might just fit the bill. The 8-inch tablet (800x1280) sports a quad-core MTK8382 processor at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, and a 2MP rear camera, with 0.3MP out front.

It's running Android 4.2.2 at launch, with an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat in the works.

4 years ago

Tim Hortons launches new mobile payment service

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Tim Hortons launches new mobile payment service

TimmyMe for Android

TimmyMe for Android

Canadian coffee shop chain Tim Hortons has just launched a new mobile barcode payment system that allows you to pay using the TimmyMe app. The payment option has been in testing over the last few months, and is now available for all users in Canada and the United States.

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