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3 years ago

Your chance to win an HP Slatebook X2

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HP's latest brings Android and the Tegra 4 in a familiar package

We've teamed up with NVIDIA this week to help put two HP Slatebook X2 tablets in the hands of you, our loyal members.  This tablet is fairly new to the market, and initial impressions are good.  We like nice things as much as you guys, so we're going to give two of these away.  Here are some quick specs (we'll have a full review up sometime in the near future):

  • Tegra 4 quad-core A15 SoC
  • 2GB RAM
  • 10.1-inch  1920x1200 display
  • Included keyboard dock with built-in second battery.

This is a photo contest, and takes place in the forums.  The rules are simple, and can be found in the first post.  The link is at the bottom.  Happy posting, and good luck!

Win a Slatebook X2 here

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3 years ago

Notification Weather Pro beta brings themes and an easy template for budding developers

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Google Now styled theme for Notification Weather Pro beta

Yesterday we unveiled a new feature here at AC, where we're going to have a look and test beta programs for some of the great apps Android developers are making. It's a curated list, which means only the best of the best will make the cut. The best part about having such a list is that developers will let us know when they have cool stuff going on so we can take a look. 

That leads me to the new addition I'll be adding to our list — Notification Weather Pro. You may have seen the wee weather icon in the status bar of some of my pictures, and that's what this app does. It puts a persistent notification that tells you the weather (and a forecast if you expand it) in your notifications so you have quick access without having it on your home screen all the time. If you're fan of the minimal look, it's a great app that I highly recommend.

The new beta, which is for the "Pro" version only, adds theme support. Out of the box the app looks good, but this is Android — THEME ALL THE THINGS. It's pretty straight forward, with themes on Google Play you can install and make available to the app. But it also comes with another little perk that often gets overlooked — a ready-to-use theme template kit.

Very often the best artists aren't the best programmers, and having everything someone needs to build a theme that's ready to upload to Google Play is awesome. It's a sure-fire way to get the community involved, and it lets artists and tinkerers alike have a lot of fun.

The beta seems to be stable and does everything it's supposed to do, and I'm adding it to our list. I just wanted to give all you themers and would-be themers a heads-up.

More: Notification Weather Pro beta community; Theme resources at GitHub

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3 years ago

The creepiest thing we've done thus far with the Sony QX10

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In honor of Russell Holley's #NotGlass meme, we present the Sony Cyber-shot QX10, Borg-style.

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3 years ago

Google unveils new Chromebooks, Chromebox with Intel Haswell processors

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Both new and refreshed models coming soon with Intel's latest processor tech

Google has announced in conjunction with Intel today that the companies will be bringing multiple new Chromebook and Chromebox devices based on the newest Haswell processors in the coming months. Adding to the ranks of current Chromebooks — some based on ARM processors and others on old older Intel chips — are at least four new devices from HP, Acer, Toshiba and ASUS.

The HP Chromebook 14 is a 14-inch laptop that weighs in at 4.08lbs and 0.81-inches thick, with multiple color options and quotes 9.5 hours of battery life. The "New" Acer Chromebook has an 11.6-inch display, weighs 2.76lbs, is 0.76-inches thick and has 8.5 hours of battery life — that's over double the 4 hours of the previous model. Details of pricing and availability for these two are sparse at the moment, but product pages with sign-ups are live already.

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3 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 pictures leaked

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Complete redesign said to leave the new Kindle Fire HD tablets lighter and thinner than the original

Rumors about the next version of Amazon's Kindle Fire HD tablets have been floating around for a bit, but today we get a first look at what may be coming. BGR has a handful of pictures they say are the next Kindle Fire HD 7, and from the looks of things we have to agree.

The 7-inch version will be packing the following specs, according to BGR:

  • 7-inch 1080p LCD
  • Amazon's Kindle OS, built on Android 4.2.2
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU clocked at "over 2GHz"
  • 2GB RAM
  • Storage options of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB
  • Wifi only and cellular models will be available

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is expected to be released in the "coming weeks", followed by the new 8.9-inch version this November, which will feature a 2560x1600 display.

The tablets are said to be completely redesigned, and will be lighter and thinner than the current models. For more pictures, visit the source link below.

Source: BGR

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3 years ago

T-Mobile now offering more tethering data options to unlimited users

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Minimum amount of hotspot data increased 5x, new 6.5GB option available.

Starting yesterday, T-Mobile has changed its tethering bundle options associated with its unlimited data "Simple Choice" plans to both increase data buckets and reduce costs across the board. Although it may not be the most genuine of options, T-Mobile currently limits the amount of hotspot date you may use, even if you have a truly unlimited data plan. Luckily those limits are increasing, with the new minimum amount of SMHS (Smartphone Mobile Hotspot) data being set at 2.5GB per month, up from 500MB, on the base $20 data plan.

Additional hotspot data buckets can be purchased just as before, but the amount of data included is increasing per dollar and there is a new highest option available. If you want to hotspot for more than 2.5GB per month, you can now choose a 4.5GB SMHS bundle for $10 extra per month or an all-new 6.5GB bundle for $20 extra. The 6.5GB option wasn't available previously, and the cost of the 4.5 and 2.5GB options have dropped by $10 each — here's the new structure:

  • Unlimited data w/ 2.5GB of SMHS: $20/month
  • Unlimited data w/ 4.5GB of SMHS: $30/month
  • Unlimited data w/ 6.5GB of SMHS: $40/month

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3 years ago

How smartphones killed the camcorder - Talk Mobile

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While many of us owned standalone cameras, be they point-and-shoots or DSLRs (or even going back to ye olde days of film SLRs), far fewer ever owned a standalone video camera. The camcorder was always a far more bulky and balky beast, requiring massive batteries and recording onto magnetic film cassettes and then smaller cassettes and then removable hard drives and large flash disks before finally getting to the point where something like an SD card was a viable option.

3 years ago

Trusted Bluetooth devices: A must-have for every smartphone going forward

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Securing your phone's lockscreen has never been so painless

Smartphone manufacturers are paying more and more attention to how you unlock your device — and as such, so are we. That brings us to another installment of "What do I miss?" when moving from one smartphone to another. Previously we touched on Motorola's Active Display versus LG's Knock-On. Today, we turn to Bluetooth. And, specifically, trusted Bluetooth devices. 

This is a feature that Motorola's baked into its recent line of phones — Verizon's new Droids as well as the Moto X. And, quite simply, it's a feature that needs to be baked into every smartphone going forward at the operating system level.

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3 years ago

Samsung renews deal for product placement on popular TV show 'The X Factor'

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Partnership to show phones, tablets and cameras on the show enters second year

Samsung announced today that it has renewed a deal with FremantleMedia UK to have its mobile products prominently displayed and used throughout the upcoming season of The X Factor. As part of the deal, viewers will see Samsung products on display and in use across all parts of the show, starting from the earliest stages of the competition. The deal is apparently primarily focused around mobile devices including phones, tablets and cameras, but isn't exclusive to just these product lines.

Beyond just broadcast, Samsung is also an off-air licensing partner and will see its products and brand displayed on tickets, in-store displays and across The X Factor's website. It's no secret that Samsung is spending big money on marketing, but locking up a deal for a widely popular show such as this is probably money well spent. Keep an eye out for those Note 3's on set soon.

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3 years ago

Apple's iPhone 5c announcement won't change anything

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Apple's entry-level phone comes with a premium price — and that only maintains the status quo

Apple had a chance to change the face of mobile again today. We currently have a landscape that splits the top-tier, high-priced desirable phones between Android-based models and iPhones, and the rest is dominated — absolutely dominated — by cheap Android-powered handsets. An inexpensive model from Apple could have changed all that. But they didn't do it. They could have, but for whatever reason they chose not to. And that doesn't help the consumers.

Android was designed to grab this lower-end market, and it's a great way to get smartphones into the hands of people who couldn't — or wouldn't — spend a lot of money to get one. It's a money-making plan, and why Android is free and why Google developers are sharing ways to make things great looking and running. We love it, and personally I'm a genuine fan of low-price, low-spec phones that bring the web and all it can do to more people.

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3 years ago

EE introduces 'Swap' phone trade-in program for select devices

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Program launching Sept. 17 for certain devices with one-time fee as low as £49

Phone payment plans and trade-in schemes seem to be all the rage in the US, and now the UK's largest LTE network EE is getting in on the game with its new "Swap" program. As the first carrier with a system like this in the UK, EE's Swap differs slightly from the way we've seen AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile set things up here in the states.

Under Swap, you will be offered the option to trade-in your phone for a new one assuming you're at least 6 months into your 18 or 24-month contract. If you do choose to trade your device in for a new one, you'll simply pay a one-time fee based on the cost of your monthly service plan. The fee ranges from £49 to £249, with a higher fee if you have a cheaper plan, naturally.

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3 years ago

ARM demos Exynos 5 Octa distributing tasks over all 8 cores in new videos

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See the latest 8-core processor technology in action on common apps

Samsung announced yesterday that come Q4 it would have technology in its new Exynos 5 Octa processors to take advantage of all 8 cores simultaneously, and today ARM has released videos showing the processors in action. In a handful of technical demo videos (that are drastically more informative than Samsung's commercialized video), ARM shows off how the new technology can move processing between the four A15 cores, four A7 cores or the GPU as needed in any number of ways that are most efficient.

The demos show off the processor crunching along on QuickOffice documents and Angry Birds Rio, along with a demonstration of processing being handed over to the GPU when viewing images. As the demonstrator moves around through an app, you can see the processor dynamically switching between combinations of "big" and "little" cores as necessary, rarely kicking on the more power-hungry A15 cores even when playing a game. This is a drastically more efficient use of an 8-core processor, and a big improvement over Samsung's previous implementation.

This new technology is coming with the Exynos 5 Octa 5420 processor, which will be available in consumer-facing products starting in Q4 2013. You can see all three videos embedded after the break, which are quite interesting if you're into this sort of technical demonstration.

Via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Toys R Us announces the Tabeo e2 child-focused 8-inch Android tablet

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Pre-loaded with educational apps and resistant bumps and drops

Toys R Us announced today that it will be selling a follow-up in its kid-focused lineup of tablets, the Tabeo e2, with improved specs and features. The 8-inch tablet has a capacitive multi-touch display with 1024x768 resolution, dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage (expandable by SDcard).

But the internal specs aren't the important part of a device like this, it's the software. Based on an underlying platform of Android 4.2, the Tabeo e2 has a children's app store with thousands of free apps, and has dozens of pre-installed educational apps primarily for 6 to 11 year-olds. Naturally, there are also plenty of parental controls to keep things locked down.

The outside of the device is very kid-friendly as well, with an impact-resistant screen and tough plastic outer shell. That shell comes in blue, pink or clear color options and has a variety of color-matched accessories for kids wanting a complete look. The Tabeo e2 goes on sale in Toys R Us stores for just $149 starting in October, which seems like a good price for something that is more child-friendly than your average tablet and has decent specs to boot.

Source: Toys R Us

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3 years ago

100,000 Moto X phones coming out of Dallas each week

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Dennis Woodside: custom orders are "substantial"

From an interview with Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, Reuters reports that 100,000 Moto X devices are being shipped out of the company's Texas facility. Woodside says that this is only the beginning, and things are going according to plan.

When you set up to ramp a factory you need a plan, and we have shipment targets we need to make with our carrier partners, and where we need to be right now is 100,000 units and that's where we are.

While this number is a good bit lower than what we would see from Samsung or Apple, it's quite a number for an American assembly plant where workers are paid between $12 and $14 per hour.

Woodside wouldn't say how many phones were destined for carriers and how many were customer-direct orders from Moto Maker, but he said the number of custom orders was "substantial."

It's sounding like Motorola under Google's guidance just may become profitable again.

Source: Reuters

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3 years ago

This Nvidia Shield gets shot with a rifle and still works

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We've seen what explosives will do the the Nvidia Shield, but what about a rifle? The folks at Rated RR were curious, too. After various tests dropping the Shield into the dirt and concrete, they finally got out the heavy hitters and shot it with a Mossberg rifle chambered in .30-30. Pow.

The Shield survived the first shot, other than the touch screen functions. Of course a Shield with a hole in it isn't good for much, so they finished it off with another shot right through the center.

None of us recommend shooting your Android's anything harder than loving looks, but it's entertaining to watch anything get shot to pieces. 

Source: Rated RR

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