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3 years ago

Samsung Chromebook 2 priced and dated for the UK

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Faux leather Chromebook hitting British shores on May Day

Samsung has announced that the faux leather covered Chromebook 2 will be headed to the UK and will be available from May 1. The black 11.6-inch model will be available from that date, but the white model and the larger 13.3-inch version will be available from May 12.

Pricing in UK money for the two will be £249 for the 11.6-incher and £329 for the 13.3-inch. It'll no doubts be available from a variety of sources so we'll keep our eyes peeled for any confirmed suppliers.

via TNW

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3 years ago

Pebble Steel gets a price cut if you don't want the metal band

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Down to $229 in black and stainless options with leather strap only

A quick heads up for potential Pebble Steel buyers that it has received a bit of a price cut. Or at least it has if you can live without the metal band. With just the leather band in the box you can now grab a Pebble Steel in black or stainless for $229. It's only $20 less, but a saving is a saving.

It's on back-order at the moment, so you'll have to wait a few weeks. But if you're interested, head on over to Pebble at the link below and snap one up.

Source: Pebble via Smartwatch Fans

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 priced in Taiwan

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Local pricing equivalent to $756 for 16GB

We're still a few weeks out from the Samsung Galaxy S5 going on sale, but we still don't know much about pricing. According to Digitimes, Sammy's latest and greatest has been announced and priced for Taiwan ahead of April 11.

In local money, the 16GB Galaxy S5 will cost NT$22,900 which equates to $756 on the exchange rates. Direct currency conversions aren't the most accurate indicator of how pricing will go down in other territories, but it at least gives us an idea.

Source: Digitimes

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3 years ago

Missed the Moto 360 hangout? No worries, catch the replay!

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Motorola yesterday held a live Hangout On Air to talk Moto 360, with design lead, Jim Wicks. Despite some technical difficulties – seems someone didn't know how to set up a proper broadcast! – things eventually got underway and we saw and heard a few interesting tidbits.

There were actual, working Moto 360 watches there, and while we didn't really see much of it in action we did learn a few things about the design choices and how it functions. We found out that Moto 360 will work with any Android device running 4.3 Jelly Bean and above and that Moto has some kind of 'secret special sauce' charging method employed.

If you missed the live show, we've embedded the replay for you up top. It's just over 20 minutes long, so grab a beverage and take a look.

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3 years ago

EE network issue 'resolved' after major outage

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'All customers are now receiving a normal service,' says carrier

UK mobile operator EE says it's fixed an issue which caused some customers to experience reduced or non-existent connectivity from yesterday evening. EE reps are telling customers to try restarting their handsets if they're still having problems connecting this morning.

“Last night's technical issue that caused a small proportion of our customers to experience problems with their signal has been resolved and all customers are now receiving a normal service. We apologise for the inconvenience caused to those customers affected.”

EE subscribers, are you back up and running again this morning? Let us know in the comments.

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3 years ago

GDC 2014: Casual action-RPG fun coming in Elements: Epic Heroes

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At GDC 2014 we met up with Gamevil to look at their upcoming action RPG called Elements: Epic Heroes. Players build up a party of adorably blocky heroes and take on classic fantasy quests and adventures. A lot of this involves hacking your way through various monsters, but the real interesting thing here is the control scheme. There aren't any clunky dual joysticks here, players just need to tap where they want to move or who they want to attack. Double-tapping is imperative to dodge incoming danger, but also handy to speed up your movement. There are a few virtual buttons for special abilities, but by and large, getting around is very easy. Dialogue with NPCs is colorful and light, and there's plenty of loot to dive into.

This freemium action-RPG will be hitting the Play Store in the second quarter of this year.

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3 years ago

GDC 2014: Running Shadow tosses in horror RPG with endless running

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Yet another great game we got to check out at the Game Developer Conference is Running Shadow. It borrows a lot of the standard elements from the 3D endless runners we already know, but tosses in a lot of role-playing game elements, such as equipment that changes your character's stats, mana-consuming special moves to dispatch foes, and enough hitpoints to make sure you can take a licking and keep on running.

The game's premise is of a thief from the lower caste of a highly divided society who manages to swindle a powerful magic item from a secretive cult and make off with it. Considering most endless runners are pretty bare bones when it comes to gameplay, it's nice to see some extra elements thrown in. The acrobatics employed by the main character are also pretty freakin' sweet.

Running Shadow is launching on Android this Spring as a free-to-play title.

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3 years ago

Weekly Photo Contest: No Filter

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Show us the best picture you can take right out of the camera with on edits

If you've spent any time on Instagram you're likely familiar with people using #nofilter to indicate that they didn't edit the picture (whether they're always being truthful is another thing) before posting. In our usual weekly photo contests we encourage editing and filtering because photography can be a creative experience even after the picture is taken. This week, however, we're making our prompt "no filter" — you can take pictures of anything you want using any Android device you want, but we aren't allowing any editing or filters this week.

When you enter your unedited photo, you'll be in the running to win one of two BlackBerry Music Gateways (yes, they work with Android!) — another great prize just for getting out there and taking pictures.

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 (March 25) 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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3 years ago

Motorola Assist updated - you can now choose which calendars to monitor

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Motorola Assist can now ignore those "meetings" that aren't important

The Motorola Assist app has received a nice little update this afternoon. As part of the Assist package, your phone can monitor your calendar and mute itself during meetings. That's awfully handy, but people with multiple calendars — for instance those with work and personal data on the same phone — can now choose which calendars to monitor.

You'll find it in the settings overflow while looking at the meetings section of the Moto Assist app.

Source: +Mark Rose

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3 years ago

Sprint's HTC One has a small stability update ready

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Sprint has a small update ready for the HTC One, and you can go grab it today.

The update to version 4.06.651.9 went live sometime this morning, and is available for customers to manually retrieve via their device settings. The listed changelog simply says "System stability improvements," so we don't imagine there are any user-facing changes or issues to contend with.

The update will push to all customers starting March 24, but as mentioned a quick trip through Settings > System updates > HTC Software update should get you hooked up today.

Source: Sprint. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Google Keyboard now improves suggestions by looking at your other Google services

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Google Keyboard Prediction Settings

New feature is on by default, but just as easy to turn off as any other setting

The Google Keyboard was updated today with the same changelog as the last version, but one thing that's definitely new about the input method is personalization of suggestions from your Google account. After updating the Google Keyboard, the bar above your keyboard that usually shows predictions will now remind you that the predictions will be improved by data Google has related to your activity in other Google apps.

Predictions are already improved by your own dictionary of words and your contact list, but this takes things to a whole new level by looking at the way you type across other apps as well. This isn't anything new — it's one of the big features of SwiftKey — but it should improve the typing experience for anyone that wants to go with Google's keyboard option.

For anyone who doesn't want this enhanced prediction, the setting is easy to find and uncheck — the first time you see the notice after updating there's even a quick button to head into the settings and disable it. And if you're like me and turned off the predictions even prior to this update, you won't even see these word suggestions in the first place. If you're a Google Keyboard user you may want to give it a look before judging though — you can do so at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Google Search update enables direct-to-camera voice actions

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Google voice actions

OK Google, take a photo

Google has rolled out a back-end update for Google Search that enables you to start up the camera using voice actions. Fire up Google Search by saying "OK Google" from the homescreen of your Nexus 5, or from the Google Now interface on other KitKat phones, and tell it to start the camera.

To take stills, you can say "take a photo" or "take a picture." "Capture a photo" and 'capture a picture' work as well, if you want to be all fancy and technical. To take video, you simply say "take a video."

This seems to be working on all KitKat phones, in both the states and in the U.K. You'll need to open Google Now on your Moto X and bypass Motorola's own voice actions, but it works on the Moto X as well.

Edit — we've confirmed that it also works with Jelly Bean devices.

As mentioned, this is all done server-side so you'll not need to wait for an app update. Now you're ready for our upcoming photo contest, without having to tap any icons at all.

Source: +Google

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3 years ago

EE experiencing widespread outage

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UK carrier EE is experiencing some widespread downtime this evening, with many customers reporting they've been unable to connect to the network since around 7pm UK time. Curiously, the issue seems to be SIM-specific, with some accounts with multiple SIMs seeing an outage on one, but not the other. EE says it's aware of the issue and is working on a fix.

The 4G-centric operator isn't the only major UK operator to experience service outage recently — both O2 and Three have experienced similar problems for the past year.

If you're on EE, hit the comments and let us know if you're affected by today's outage.

More: @EE

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3 years ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Light and Shadows' winners!

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Dozens of fantastic entries were submitted, but we had to pick five that stood out from the rest

We gave you the task of taking photos that followed the prompt of "Light and Shadows" this week, and the entries we received hit the nail on the head across the board. We saw dozens of fantastic entries that filled up five full pages in the forums, and it's unfortunate that we could only pick five winners out of the group.

The winners came out with something a little extra special to be picked this week, though, and you can see all of the winning entries below.

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3 years ago

Moto 360 confirmed to work with Android 4.3 and above

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Will work with any device with a compatible version of Android

Motorola just got done with its Meet Moto 360 hangout and we learned a little more about what makes it tick. In particular, Motorola's Jim Wicks, confirmed that the Moto 360 will work alongside any Android device that runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and above.

That's great to hear, especially given the interest Moto's new Android Wear powered smartwatch has generated in just its first 24 hours alone. We've still got nothing better than Summer to go on for launch, so we're going to have to try and be patient and wait it out to get one.

More: Which Android Wear watch is worthy of your wrist?

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