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3 years ago

Google+ web interface adds new photo editing tools powered by Snapseed

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Edit your Google+ photos with everything from simple tweaks to complete transformations

It seems that Google's acquisition of Snapseed is paying off again, as Google+ has just added a variety of photo editing tools based on its technology. The new tools can be found by viewing one of your photos in a lightbox and hitting the new "Edit" button above the image, where you'll then be given a sidebar with tons of new options. The tools are very clearly lifted directly from Snapseed (that isn't at all a bad thing), and give you options to tune and adjust, crop, rotate, add borders, selectively adjust, tilt-shift, apply several filters and more.

The tweaks go on and on, and can be mixed and matched as you see fit. When you're done editing an image you can choose to save it and have it replace the original, or you can always revert the changes if you're not happy with how things turned out. 

The new editing tools are rolling out gradually to users now, so don't be surprised if you don't see it show up on your own account for a little while. If you're anxious to try them out, make sure you're using Chrome, as the advanced editing features are restricted to just Google's browser at the moment.

Via: +Josh Haftel

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3 years ago

eBay adds location-relevant search results, NFC item sharing

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Getting better results with easier to read item listings no matter how you search. 

The official eBay app for Android has just received an update with a few user-facing changes that should improve the overall experience. Version 2.4 improves search results by showing items relevant to your location, and gives a bit of foreshadowing indicating that in-store pickup is coming. Additionally, search results when scanning barcodes have been improved.

The item view layout once you do get those search results has improved to focus on the most relevant information first, and if you want to share a listing to a friend you can now do so with Android Beam over NFC assuming you've both installed the latest update. Under your profile settings, you now have the ability to edit or add a shipping address as well — something many of us don't want to wait to do on the desktop.

These handful of improvements are useful to pretty much anyone with the eBay app, so go grab a download of the latest version from the link above.

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3 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: What stole the show at IFA 2013?

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We saw plenty of great stuff in Berlin this year, but who delivered the best?

Everyone is safely home from Berlin, and we've all had some time to look at and think about all the Android stuff we saw at IFA 2013. If you're like me, you've scoured the web and read every little scrap you can find, and have an opinion or two about it all.

When it comes to popular demand, the Samsung Note 3 is going to get all the glory. It's looking like the Note 3 will be one heck of an update to the series, and fans of the larger phones are going to be very happy. But we can't forget everything else. We saw a lot of great stuff there!

We've put together some thoughts from the folks here at AC, and you'll find them after the break along with a poll where you can share. The same poll is in the sidebar to the right, so you can always find it. Jump through, see what we thought, then be sure to tell us what you think!

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3 years ago

AT&T Galaxy Note 2 receiving OTA update, stays on Android 4.1.2

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Sizeable update brings no more than updates to pre-installed apps

If you have a Galaxy Note 2 from AT&T, you can start checking your device for a 165MB OTA update starting today that primarily includes updates to pre-installed apps on the phone. Its a hefty update, and although it isn't quite big enough to be that jump up to Android 4.2 or 4.3, it does include some important improvements if the AT&T support document is to be believed.

The carrier claims that this update will bring many Google and AT&T pre-installed apps on the phone up to their latest versions, which is always important, but will have no user-facing changes other than that. After the update you'll be on Android 4.1.2 still with build number JZO54K.I317UCAMH3.

Keep an eye out for that update and let folks know in the forums if you happen to get it on your own device.

More: AT&T Galaxy Note 2 forums

Source: AT&T; Via: AndroidPolice

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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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