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4 years ago

Smartphones in the car: entertaining, powerful, and distracting - Talk Mobile

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When it comes to expensive purchases, cars rank right up there. Not only are they designed to go fast, they're designed to do so in relative comfort and safety, while costing as little to do so as possible. Even with all of that design they're still complicated machines to operate. Yet, they can simultaneously be boring. What's engaging about coasting down an open stretch of highway? Nothing.

So we've devised ways to keep ourselves entertained, typically through passive entertainment from the likes of music or talk radio playing through the car's stereo. But recently the smartphone has stood to change the way we think about entertainment in the car, along with disrupting other things.

So how can we put mobile to work to provide the same level of entertainment in our cars as it does in our homes? Are the mapping services on our smartphones good enough to replace a dedicated GPS unit in the car? And is it even safe to be using these things while we drive?

4 years ago

Nexus 7 LTE 'coming soon' to Best Buy

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If you're looking to snag a Nexus 7 with LTE data but for some reason don't want to do so through Google Play, it ilooks like Best Buy will have them at some point — they're listed as "coming soon" on the retailers website. Pricing appears to be in line with Google's listing — $349 for the 32GB version. 

Source: Best Buy; Thanks, Jeremiah!

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4 years ago

Boost Mobile's Warp 4G LTE now available

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Boost Mobile this morning announced the availability of the Warp 4G LTE. It's running at $199.99 off off-contract when you sign up for a $55-a-month plan. 

Specs include a 4.5-inch IPS display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camrea and Bluetooth 4.0.

More: Boost

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition gains a hyphen, Oct. 10 availability

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U.S. preorders start at midnight Sept. 27

Samsung this morning announced that the Galaxy Note 10.1 — 2014 Edition will be available in the United States on Oct. 10, with preorders starting at midnight Eastern time on Sept. 27.

Price is set at $549.99 for the Wifi-only Note 10.1 with 16 gigabytes of storage, and $599.99 if you want 32 gigabytes. It'll be available in either Jet Black or Classic White.

Retailers will include Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile, BestBuy.com, Amazon, PC Richard's, Fry's, Tiger Direct, Walmart and Samsung.com.

The new Note 10.1, as we're want to call it, made its debut in Berlin just a few weeks ago at the IFA conference (see our hands-on), and we found it to be a fast, svelte 10-inch tablet full of the same features as the new Galaxy Note 3. This U.S. version also comes with 50 gigabytes of Dropbox storage free for two years, a one-year subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek, and a 12-week subscription to The New York Times.

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4 years ago

Some Hangouts messages reportedly being sent to wrong recipients [Update: fixed]

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Update: Google says the issue has now been resolved.

Original story: Google Talk — the service behind the company's Hangouts messaging platform — appears to be experiencing a fairly major issue this morning, as some users report messages being delivered to unintended recipients. Reports from Twitter suggest that in some cases messages are being routed to users outside the sender's contact list, presenting obvious — and quite serious — privacy and security concerns.

For its part, Google has updated it service status page to indicate it's investigating an issue with Google Talk, so hopefully the issue can be resolved before too long. In the meantime, you might want to avoid typing anything too private or incriminating into a Google Hangout chat window for the next few hours.

via: The Verge; More: Google Service Status

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4 years ago

Samsung exec: Galaxy Gear support coming to Galaxy S4 next month

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Galaxy S3 and Note 2 to get updates with Gear support by year's end

Right now if you want to use Samsung's new smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, you'll need a Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy Tab 10.1 2014 Edition to go with it. That's because only those devices feature the built-in "Gear Manager" app that links with the watch. However, at the announcement event in Berlin earlier this month Samsung mentioned that other devices would be updated with Gear support in the future, and it seems we now have a rough timetable for that process.

Speaking at a press conference in Korea, Samsung's president of strategic marketing for mobile business, DJ Lee, told reporters to expect a Gear-enabling update on the Galaxy S4 by "next month," to be followed by Gear support for the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 by the end of December. Lee's comments were reported online by The Korea Times newspaper.

Of course we should note that this timeframe might not apply to all markets — and it's worth considering that this information was given at a Korean press conference, too. But at the very least it gives owners of unlocked S4s, S3s and Note 2s a rough timeframe to work with.

Source: The Korea Times

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4 years ago

EE lights up 4G LTE service in another 12 UK towns

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EE, currently the UK's largest 4G LTE network, has announced that it's switched on LTE services in another twelve towns across the country. From today EE's 4G should be available in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Beaconsfield, Blackburn, Burton upon Trent, Coalville, Chester-le-Street, Fleet, Gerrards Cross, Halifax, Hinckley, Houghton-le-Spring and Reigate, bringing the total number of EE 4G markets to 117.

This, EE claims, brings it to 60 percent UK population coverage, eleven months after it launched its LTE network. The carrier will face renewed competition from the likes of O2 and Vodafone, which have just launched their own 4G networks, as well as Three, which will do so before the end of the year at no additional cost to customers.

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4 years ago

The best f---ing weather widget you can install [AC After Dark]

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Sometimes a weather widget can exist simply for entertainment purposes

Everyone has a favorite weather widget that fits their style or craving for loads of information, but sometimes you want a widget that's made specifically for entertainment purposes. FWeather widget is one of those apps, and if you look closely at the picture above you can see why.

The latest update to the widget has now added a settings panel and a refresh button, which are welcomed additions. You can now tweak refresh interval, set a manual location for weather, choose what items are shown on the widget and switch to a "dark mode" if you'd like.

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4 years ago

Youtube updated with a few simple changes, no full changelog just yet

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Better sharing and video management along with a few quick bugfixes

An update to Youtube is rolling out for some users in the Google Play Store right now, and although we don't have a complete changelog from Google just yet we have noticed a few changes. Right off the top, version 5.1.1.10 offers you a quick way to share videos or add them to watch later, favorites or a new playlist straight from the recommended or search results page with a tap on the overflow button. Previously you could only add them to "watch later."

Another tiny change is the inability to subscribe to your own channel — makes sense, and we consider this one more of a bugfix than anything. Also new is a simple two-tap way to clear your video history from the overflow menu when viewing the list of your recently watched videos.

We're still waiting to see a full proper changelog from Google in the Play Store (we're still looking at the big one from last week), but you can still go check for and download the update.

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4 years ago

Android 4.3 update hitting HTC One Developer Edition

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Latest OTA with new Sense enhancements now hitting Developer Editions

Following word that the update to Android 4.3 for the HTC One was hitting some phones in Taiwan, we have just grabbed the 564.04MB update on our unlocked Developer Edition. The update to software version 3.22.1540.1 brings all of the enhancements of Android 4.3, along with improvements to HTC's Sense 5 customization. This falls right in line with what president of HTC America Jason Mackenzie stated earlier this week, and if all goes to plan we'll see other models get the update soon as well.

We're also hearing reports of other unlocked international versions pulling down the updates. If you have an unlocked or Developer Edition of the HTC One, you may want to grab your phone and check for the update now — and let the rest of us know in the forums how the update goes.

More: HTC One forums

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4 years ago

Google expands Play Books store to several new countries

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Total number of countries with access to Play Books reaches 36 worldwide

Google is expanding the availability of Google Play Books today to New Zealand and several new countries across Asia. Taking the total number of countries up to 36, these nine new countries now have access to one of the largest online book stores in the world:

  • Indonesia
  • Hong Kong
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • New Zealand

Folks in the above countries can download the recently redesigned Google Play Books app and begin to browse through free and paid titles in the Books section of the Google Play Store. Together with a large expansion in availability to 13 new countries back in July, Google has tripled the number of countries that have access to books in 2013.

Source: Google Play Support; Via: Android Police

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4 years ago

AT&T launches LTE in 9 new markets across the country

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Another group of markets that can now take advantage of increased speeds and coverage

Earlier this month AT&T pushed over 400 LTE markets nationwide. Since then it has continued to launch new markets at a steady and often surprising pace, in an attempt to cover practically every part of the US with its LTE service. Today AT&T has announced that it is making its higher-speed data network available in nine new markets. Those of you in the following areas with LTE devices should see the network lighting up now:

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4 years ago

Motorola expanding into Waterloo, Ontario - BlackBerry's back yard

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Motorola moving into Canada's technology triangle

Motorola has announced that they will be opening a new office in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario — the home of BlackBerry. The site is a known hotbed of engineering, and other companies like Square, Intel and Electronic Arts also have a presence in Canada's Technology Triangle.

Motorola looks to open a new engineering office and tap into the area's pool of talent, which has been bolstered by the massive layoffs going on at BlackBerry. Motorola says they have been planning this move for a while, but for the folks with skills and no office to use them in, the timing couldn't be better.

Google already has a small office in Waterloo, and the current Motorola Kitchener-Waterloo office only employs a "handful" of people. They expect to soon begin hiring, and hopefully some great things can be done at the new facility.

Source: Financial Post; Via: +Punit Soni

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4 years ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Indoors

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Staying in doesn't mean you can't take great photos

Fall is officially upon us, and while that doesn't necessarily mean bad weather for everyone, for some of us it means we'll be inside a little more often. This week we're going to build on that idea by asking you to submit pictures taken indoors for this week's photo contest. While it constrains what you can do in terms of wide landscapes or large areas, it opens you up to take pictures of whatever subject you want — as long as its inside, it qualifies.

This week we'll be picking just one winner, and this week's prize will be an HTC First (for AT&T) — the fancy red color with its original box and cables. (While the contest is open to international entrants, be aware that you are responsible for unlocking this AT&T-locked device yourself.)

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 1) 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

Sony announces Walkman ZX1 and F Series Android-powered music players

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Two new media play offerings with high-end audio capabilities and Google Play access

While most of us have moved on to using our phones for media playback, Sony is still pushing along with its Walkman-branded Android media players. The Walkman ZX1 and Walkman F880 Series are powered by 1GHZ dual-core processors, have 4-inch 480x854 displays, NFC, Bluetooth and run Android 4.1 that is not unlike Sony's flagship phones.

In terms of audio quality, Sony is touting 192kHz/24bit high-res audio playback with a special "S-Master HX" digital amp — supporting AIFF, ALAC, FLAC and WAV formats. But of course when you're not listening to high-quality music you can do anything else a modern Android device can do with full Google Play access.

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