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4 years ago

You, too, can be internet famous - but do you want that? - Talk Mobile

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More than anything in the past, the internet offers the opportunity to rocket your notoriety into the stratosphere overnight. News used to run in a daily cycle, with the morning newspaper, maybe an afternoon edition, and the evening news.

Today the news runs in an unending unstopping cycle, augmented, supplemented, and in large part supplanted by social networking and media. What you do that ends up online can bring instant and overnight fame - and that might not be a good thing

4 years ago

Fitbit Force fitness wearable announced, arriving soon for $130

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Latest Fitbit device inches closer to smartwatch territory

Fitbit has today taken the wraps off its latest fitness accessory, a watch-like device known as the Fitbit Force. Consisting mostly of rubber strap, with only a tiny display, the Force is unlike most other smartwatch-type devices — and though you can use it to tell the time and get caller ID information, the main focus is still detailed exercise and sleep tracking. That info can be displayed in more detail once the device itself thanks to the inclusion of an OLED display.

The Fitbit Force will launch in 3 to 4 weeks for $129.95, according to Fitbit's official promo email. Right now you can only sync Fitbit products with a small number of Android devices, however. The official compatibility list shows support for only the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2 and OG Galaxy Note 10.1.

Source: Fitbit

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4 years ago

LG G Pro Lite unveiled: Entry-level 5.5-incher for emerging markets

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1GHz dual-core CPU, qHD display, built-in stylus and dual-SIM capabilities

As leaked a few weeks back, LG has confirmed the global launch of the LG G Pro Lite, a lower-end (and presumably cheaper) version of its oversized G Pro handset. The LG G Pro Lite features a 5.5-inch qHD (960x540) display, and runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on a 1GHz dual-core CPU. There's also 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, expandable via microSD, as well as an 8-megapixel camera with BSI sensor.

On the dual-SIM version of the handset there'll be a dedicated SIM-switching capacitive key in the bottom right corner. And like LG's Vu series, there's a a capacitive stylus included, though this time it slots neatly into the body of the device.

The LG G Pro Lite will be released this month in Latin America, with launches to follow in Russia, China, India, the Middle East and parts of Asia. More details in the press release after the jump.

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4 years ago

Dropcam introduces its next-generation home monitoring system, Dropcam Pro

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Connected home gadgets are gaining popularity, and Dropcam is right there with its latest offering

When it comes to home monitoring solutions, one name you might be familiar with by now is Dropcam. Over the past few years they've been reworking their home video monitoring and do-it-yourself security solutions for the masses. Today, they've announced their next-generation solution known as Dropcam Pro that the company says offers great video performance, premium audio quality, better wireless connectivity, fast mobile setup and more.

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4 years ago

HTC BoomBass: Bringing some low-end to your HTC One

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... and only to your HTC One

For as impressive as BoomSound is on the HTC One — nothing comes close to those front-facing speakers yet — the phone is still a bit lacking on the low end. Physics are funny like that, of course. And, so, we have the HTC BoomBass.

We've previously taken an early look at a pre-production BoomBass. Now, we've got a working product.

As the name implies, this little square speaker adds bass to your BoomSound experience in a simple and stylish package. But it's not a full-blown Bluetooth speaker. Rather, BoomBass adds some low-end — and only low end — to your HTC One experience, working in (ahem) concert with those front-facing speakers.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 edition launches in the U.S.

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Prices for Samsung's new stylus-enabled tablet start at $549.99

Right on schedule, the high-end, hyphenated Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 edition is now available for sale in the U.S. The Wifi-only version of the new Note 10.1 launches today in 16 and 32-gigabyte models for $549.99 and $599.99 respectively. The 32GB version comes in white and black colors, while some online retailers only have the 16GB model in white.

On all the Wifi-only models you'll get Samsung's latest Exynos 5 Octa CPU, 3GB of RAM, an eye-popping 2560x1600-resolution display and the full range of "S Pen" stylus features found on the Galaxy Note 3. Retail partners or the U.S. launch include Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile, BestBuy.com, Amazon, PC Richard's, Fry's, Tiger Direct, Walmart and Samsung.com.

Samsung's latest Android tablet isn't cheap, so you'll want to hit up our full Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 edition review to see if it's for you.

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4 years ago

Acer announces new C720 Chromebook with Haswell

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Haswell makes it to Chromebooks in Acer's $250 package that promises great battery life

Acer has announced a successor to its entry-level C7 Chromebook, and in the process eliminated many of the negative points to the original. The new C720 will become the first Chromebook with Intel's new Haswell chip inside, and as with the recent MacBook Air upgrade we're going to see some impressive battery life as a result. 8.5 hours, if you listen to Acer. 

Gone from the original is the honking great hard drive, Acer has now included a 16GB SSD drive into the C720, all paired with 4GB of RAM. It's slimmer and lighter than the C7, has a USB 2.0 and 3.0 port on the side, and a respectible 1366x768 resolution display at 11.6 inches. A HDMI out port, a 'HD Webcam' and SD card slot pretty much completes the package. 

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4 years ago

Verizon launches Samsung Galaxy Note 3 + Gear

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$299.99 on-contract for the Note 3, $299.99 outright for the Gear

Verizon Wireless subscribers, today's the day you can pick up Samsung's latest handset on your carrier of choice. The Galaxy Note 3 goes on sale today on Verizon, along with the Galaxy Gear companion smartwatch. The Verizon Note 3 is available in black and white colors for $299.99 on a standard two-year contract, and the carrier is also offering the Note and Gear at the same price point. If you're looking to buy a Verizon Galaxy Note 3 outright, you'll pay $699.99.

Verizon is the last major U.S. operator to get the Note 3 — T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T launched the big-screened phone last week, while the device arrived on U.S. Cellular yesterday. If you're picking up a Verizon Note 3 (or Galaxy Gear) today, hit the comments and make yourself known!

More: Galaxy Note 3 review; Galaxy Gear initial review

Source: Verizon (Note 3), (Galaxy Gear)

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 f announced, coming to Docomo in Japan

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December launch for miniaturized Xperia Z1

Alongside the Samsug Galaxy J, Japan's NTT Docomo also took the wraps off a rather interesting new Sony smartphone, the Xperia Z1 f. The Z1 f is essentially a downscaled version of the Xperia Z1, Sony's current international flagship device — but the big news here is that Sony hasn't downgraded the Z1's top-level specs. The phone uses the same Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU as the full-sized Z1, along with 2GB of RAM and the same 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera. It's even rated IP58 for water and dust resistance, just like its big brother.

Indeed, the only hardware component of note that seems to have been trimmed down is the display, which goes from a 5-inch 1080p panel to 720p over 4.3 inches — and that should make the Z1 f considerably more hand and pocket-friendly than the larger version.

The Sony Xperia Z1 f will come in black, white, pink and lime color optios and launch this December on Docomo's network. It's unclear whether we'll ever see this portable powerhouse outside of Japan, but we'll have our fingers crossed for an eventual international announcement.

Also see: Sony Xperia Z1 review

Source: Docomo

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy J gets official in Japan

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NTT Docomo unveils Japan-centric handset with Snapdragon 800 CPU

An announcement by Japanese carrier NTT Docomo has today confirmed anew Samsung handset which leaked out last week — the Galaxy J. A Galaxy S4 variant with a Snapdragon 800 CPU, the Galaxy J appears to be targeted specifically at the Japanese market, meaning it's unlikely we'll see a wider international release. In addition packing Qualcomm's latest mobile chip, the J has 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and microSD expandability.

The device also has a 5-inch Full HD SuperAMOLED display and a 2600mAh battery, and runs the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It'll be available in "coral pink," "satin white" and "lapis blue" color options when it launches on Docomo in late October.

Source: ​Docomo

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4 years ago

Of course there's a Hello Kitty Galaxy Tab 3

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Looking for an entry-level tablet with added Japanese cartoon feline? Samsung has you covered with the the new Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Hello Kitty edition. Plastered front and back with Kitty's image — yes, the home button is now a Hello Kitty button — the device is otherwise identical to the Wifi-only Tab 3 unveiled earlier in the year. However Samsung's TouchWiz UI does appear to have been augmented with Hello Kitty-style icons and wallpapers, so there's that.

The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Hello Kitty edition is the perfect companion for your Hello Kitty Galaxy smartphone, and it'll reportedly arrive in the next three weeks or so, priced at €229. Check past the break for a quick hands-on video.

Also see: Hello Kitty HTC Butterfly S, Hello Kitty Samsung Galaxy Y

Source: MobileGeeks; via: SamMobile

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4 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: Is an LTE network available where you live?

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Some folks have more Gs than others, no matter what the carriers try to tell us

LTE is something that many of us will take for granted. Verizon and AT&T keep telling us about new locations, and around the world companies like Vodafone and Rogers have an impressive list of locations they service with LTE high-speed data.

But in many areas, like the English countryside or the great plains of the United States, mobile broadband just hasn't happened. We know people live there, and enjoy their Androids as much as the people who live in New York or London or Amsterdam do — even if they don't have multi-megabit download speeds. It's time to get a measure of just what sort of service you, the AC faithful, are actually seeing from the folks you send money to every month.

There's a poll in the sidebar to the right, and it's been embedded after the break to make things easy. Let us know if you have access to LTE where you live, work and play.

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4 years ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Panorama

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Expand your horizons with panoramic shots this week

Last week we went with a pretty loose topic, "time," and got some really interesting contest entries. Keeping in that theme of letting you expand your creative horizons, we're going with an even broader guide this week — "panorama." Android has included the ability to take panoramas natively since Android 4.0, and manufacturers and third-party apps were doing it long before then as well.

This week we're giving away another phone to a lucky winner — an unlocked dual-SIM BLU Life View.

If your phone doesn't support taking panorama pictures in the native camera app, take a look at a few of the highly-rated third-party offerings in the Play Store:

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (October 15) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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4 years ago

T-Mobile LTE network now 'nationwide,' available in 233 metro areas

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Carrier claims independent tests put its LTE network ahead of other carriers

Along with sweeping changes to its international calling and data rates, T-Mobile is also announcing news related to its LTE network here at home. Coming in ahead of schedule according to CTO Neville Ray, T-Mobile is announcing today that its LTE network is now truly "nationwide," covering 233 metro areas across the country (that's 200 million POPs according to the carrier).

That number of markets is just over double the 116 that were live according to T-Mobile as of July, marking a pretty dramatic increase in LTE coverage in just a handful of months. Now we all know there are far more than 233 metro areas in the U.S. to cover, but this quick expansion has us hopeful that T-Mobile will keep ahead of schedule and expand LTE further.

Source: T-Mobile; T-Mobile Coverage Map

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4 years ago

T-Mobile to offer data roaming in 100 countries at no additional cost [updated]

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From the most expensive international roaming plans to the cheapest, in an instant

T-Mobile just keeps plugging away at its "UNcarrier" revolutionizing of the company, and the latest development is a new take on international roaming. The so-called third phase of its UNcarrier branding is going global, and it means that customers with a new Simple Choice plan from T-Mobile will be able to take their device from country-to-country without incurring serious roaming charges.

The new coverage will be available starting October 31st, and will offer unlimited data and texting to any Simple Choice plan customer in any of the over 100 "Simple Global" countries around the world. International roaming voice calls are getting better, too, with a new flat rate of $0.20 per minute in any of the same Simple Global countries.

It's a big change from T-Mobile's previous stance on international roaming, which was horribly expensive by any measure — costing somewhere around $10 to $15 per MB used abroad previously.

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