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4 years ago

AT&T activates new 4G LTE markets, expands coverage in others

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Six new markets, expanded coverage in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco areas

AT&T sends word that it's switched on 4G LTE service in six new markets, while expanding coverage in two major cities.

From today, AT&T LTE should be available in —

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4 years ago

HTC announces mid-range Desire 500 for the UK

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4.3-inch WVGA display, quad-core CPU, 8MP camera, coming later this month

HTC has confirmed that the latest addition to its Desire family, the mid-range Desire 500, will be headed to the UK. Originally announced for Taiwan last month, the device packs a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, a 4.3-inch WVGA (800x480) display and an 8-megapixel camera, and runs the latest Sense 5 software from HTC. That includes the BlinkFeed home screen reader and automatic video highlights — although Zoes, the three-second photo/video clips, aren't mentioned in today's presser.

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4 years ago

Announcing the winners of our Chromecast-a-day giveaway

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Congrats to the lucky seven!

We fell in love with the Chromecast the minute we got one in out hot little hands, so we had to give some away. We did just that last week, and our Chromecast-a-day giveaway was a rousing success — especially for the seven lucky winners. 

We know that everyone wants to take a moment and give the winners some warm regards, and we want another chance to do the same. Here are the lucky seven:

  • Ben from South Jordan, UT
  • Ray from Houston, TX
  • Byron from Cedar Rapids, IA
  • David from Philadelphia, PA
  • Chris from Grand Ledge, MI
  • Michelle from Layfayette, LA
  • Michael from Medford, MA

Congrats to each one of our winners, and we hope you have as much fun with your Chromecasts as we're having with ours! Be sure to visit the Chromecast forums for ideas, tips and tricks to get you started.

If you didn't win, don't despair. A little birdy told me we'll be giving away more Chromecasts soon.

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4 years ago

Stock Talk: The economics of Moto X

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Now that Google-owned Motorola has officially announced the Moto X, I’m noticing some interesting discussion around pricing and gross margin. And it has me wondering if Google is set to cause Apple and Samsung significant pain.

Moto X is getting good reviews, and it looks like a pretty cool phone. But what I’m more interested in is the price. According to reports, Motorola is selling the phone to AT&T at $350, meaning that the carrier subsidy is only $150 since the contract price is the usual $199 we see on new phones. 

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4 years ago

LG G2 press render surfaces, let this tide you over until tomorrow

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As a famous Hollywood socialite would say, That's Hawt. This leaked press image of the LG G2 makes us look forward to tomorrow's LG event even more. On-screen buttons, some fancy volume do-hickey on the back, and a Snapdragon 800 under it all. And probably Leprechaun magic. 

Join us tomorrow at 11 AM ET, when we can all learn more and have a good long look at LG's next.

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

NVIDIA releases open-source bits and factory restore image for the Shield

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The source code will help you tinker, the factory images will help you get back

NVIDIA dropped us a line to let everyone know that they've released the open-source materials and a factory image for the Shield. This, when paired with an easy OEM unlock via fastboot, opens the Shield to the full gamut of Android hacking — including the possibility of custom ROMs and other modifications.

Developers can use today's release to build custom kernels and a custom recovery like ClockWorkMod, and we all have a safe and easy way back to an out-of-the-box state with the factory image.

There's no telling how popular the customization "scene" will be for the Shield, and there's a good chance that a lot of folks will be more than happy with the way is comes from the factory — as a mean, lean ass-kicking game machine. But the possibilities are there, and with so many devices requiring hoops to jump through and chickens being sacrificed to get them open, we're happy about the way NVIDIA is doing the Shield.

If you're interested in either the source code or the factory images, hit the link below to grab 'em. And be sure to holler at us if you do something cool with it!

Source: NVIDIA

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4 years ago

Urban Armor Gear Composite Hybrid Case for Samsung Galaxy S4

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Protect your Galaxy S4 and give it a bold look at the same time

 

The Samsung Galaxy S4 can get a little slippery. I'm not going to knock it for being made of polycarbonate, I get Samsung's reasons for doing it and they're good ones. But with no texture and humid east coast summers, a case is a must for this one. The phone is tough, and can withstand a fall as well or better than any other, but these things aren't cheap — protecting it with a case is a smart investment.

If you want a case that looks bold and tough, and actually is pretty darn tough, the Urban Armor Gear Composite Hybrid case for the Galaxy S4 might be what you're looking for. It's two-part construction, where a hard outer shell is mated with a soft impact resistant core, makes it easy to put on and use and will protect your S4 from the things life can dish out. And the styling will make it stand out in the crowd.  Read along after the break for a closer look.

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4 years ago

HTC One in beautiful blue casing shows up in press images

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No details on price or availability, naturally.

We've seen it in grey, black and red. We've even seen it in 24-carat gold. But how do you feel about an HTC One coated in a cool blue finish? If press images leaked out by @evleaks are to be believed, a blue variant of the HTC One will be hitting store shelves some time this year.

As you can see above the phone looks no different than your standard HTC One, but all of its aluminum is now a fine matte blue color with black plastic accents and a silver "Beats Audio" branding on the bottom. We personally think it looks quite stylish, but who knows where or when it will be made available.

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

Twitter app updated with new login security options and photo search gallery

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New verification system will help tablet and international users have a more secure Twitter account

The official Twitter for Android app has been updated, and version 4.1.4 introduces a new two-step verification process, and a more refined photo search experience. The official change log reads:

Now you can protect your account with login verification in the app. This is a new form of two-factor authentication that you can turn on in your settings and manage through push notifications.
Also in this release:
• Enjoy a new gallery view for photos in search results
• Other bug fixes and improvements

The new login verification works with push notifications, so SMS messages (or even a phone number) are no longer required. This opens things up a bit, and now tablet users as well as international users can have a bit more security on their Twitter account.

The new photo search gallery is accessed by by choosing "view more photos" in the search results, and you'll see a nicely laid out photo grid where you can see more visual, and since we're talking photos, more relevant results. All in all an update you should take if you use the official Twitter app. Grab it at the Google Play link above.

More: Twitter

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4 years ago

Motorola giving friends and family of employees $200 off a Moto X if they test the configurator

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Saving a couple hundred bucks is always a good thing

Know someone who works for Motorola? If so, you might want to hit them up about a new promotion Motorola is having, where friends and family of employees can receive a couple hundred bucks for trying out the Moto X customization program.

Users in this promotion will receive $100 on checkout after using the configuration site, and another $100 if they complete a survey and give Moto some feedback about how the process went. This pretty much negates the $199 on-contract up front cost of the phone, leaving you to pay the multi-thousand dollars of the contract or to pay an ETF and opt-out.

Anyone out there with contacts at Motorola, and going to give this a look? Holler in the comments, and let us know how it all went when you're finished.

Source: All Things D

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4 years ago

Verizon's Moto X to launch Aug. 23 says leaked inventory screen

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Leaked inventory screen points to stores receiving inventory on August 15, with an August 23 Street Date

We've heard nothing official from Verizon about when to expect their Moto X to hit the streets, but according to this picture of an inventory screen, August 23 is the day. Taken from a major retailer, we see that stock is set to arrive on August 15 with a "Street Date" of August 23, which puts it out three days after the Droid Ultra, MAXX and Mini. It's also the same date that was leaked in an earlier roadmap, so it has our attention.

There's no indication of pricing, though we expect it to be competitive with AT&T pricing at $199 for the 16GB version, with a new two-year contract. 

Of course, this is not official and doesn't take into account anything like a carrier-store exclusive. It does, however, let us know that Verizon plans to get this one out the door relatively quickly — something folks waiting for the HTC One on Big Red wouldn't know anything about.

We're keeping our eyes and ears open for anything we can dig up about the Moto X, and will pass it along as it's uncovered. 

Thanks, Anon!

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4 years ago

ASUS MeMO Pad HD7 review

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A tablet stuck between a price point and a hard place.

ASUS is a huge name in the Android tablet space, and while it may be best known for its "Transformer" tablet line and Google's Nexus 7, it also produces a more budget-centric line of tablets under the "MeMO Pad" brand. Targeted directly at the lower end, the MeMO Pad line doesn't focus on specs and instead tries to offer acceptable performance with a few useful features wrapped up in a solid case at an undercutting price.

We reviewed the original MeMO Pad 7 and came away with mixed feelings about the value proposition of a 7-inch tablet with shaky internal hardware hitting the $150 price point. This time around ASUS has bumped up some of the sorely low specs and even dropped the entry price as well, but is it enough to make you consider it as a budget tablet choice?

Hang with us after the break where we find out if the MeMO Pad HD7 has what it takes.

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4 years ago

Android 4.1.2 rolling out for the Verizon Motorola Xoom

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Long-suffering Motorola Xoom LTE owners, your Android 4.1.2 update has finally arrived. A few days after the initial soak test, the first 10-inch Android tablet is getting its update to the slightly newer version of Jelly Bean. (And given that the Xoom is no longer supported as of Android 4.2, that's probably where it'll stay.)

If you're still rocking a Motorola Xoom on Verizon, head to "Settings > About > System Updates" to see if your 4.1.2 update is ready.

Source: Android Central forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Vector 4: Brian Klug compares Apples to Androids

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Vector is a new Mobile Nations podcast that takes the most important topics in technology today, focuses on them from interesting angles, and then discusses the hell out of them. On today's episode, Brian Klug of AnandTech talks to Rene about the relative strengths and weaknesses of iOS and Android, including specs, battery life, interface, and more, including the new Nexus 7 and Moto X (with wood veneer!). Warning: Brian is super nerdy, and super critical, so take a deep breath, open Wikipedia, and hit play!

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4 years ago

Inside the Moto X Active Display

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Easy on the eyes and easy on battery life, Active Display is a great addition to the Moto X

It's easy to overthink Active Display on the Moto X. It's also easy to underestimate its impact. What we've got here is a quick and easy way to get information onto your display without having to hit the power button and firing up the whole screen. From there you can decide whether the notification is important enough to act on — Oh, no! Timmy's stuck in a well! — or or whether it can wait till later — Yes, I'll take out the trash. Later.

Think about that for a minute. How many times a day do you pull your phone out of your pocket to check the time? Or to check for a notification? Each time you're hitting the power button. On LCD displays, that's what you're stuck with. AMOLED displays let you fire up individual pixels, and that's what Motorola's doing here. And it's done it pretty well. 

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