4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active LTE-A headed to Korea


New Galaxy S4 Active model for SKT features Snapdragon 800, faster data and upgraded camera

Samsung has unveiled a new version of the Galaxy S4 Active in its home country, featuring an upgraded CPU, faster data speeds and an updated camera that brings it in line with the company's other 2013 flagships. The device boasts LTE-Advanced data speeds of up to 150Mbps, and as such it runs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 CPU as opposed to the Snapdragon 600 used in the global GS4 Active. The camera is now a 13-megapixel unit, up from 8 megapixels on the original.

Like the global model the GS4 Active LTE-A is IP67-certified, meaning it's resistant to dust and water — for up to 30 minutes at three feet — and there's also a 1080p LCD display and 32GB of internal storage and a 2,600mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active with LTE-A will be headed to Korean carrier SKT, priced at 900,000 won (around $855).

Source: SamMobile, Samsung (Korean)

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4 years ago

Google Play Movies expands to over a dozen new countries


27 countries in total now have access to the expansive movie collection

Google Play is expanding its reach for Google Play Movies to 13 new countries today. That brings the total number of countries served by the movie service to 27, which is a solid number considering the deals that likely have to take place to make that happen.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Fiji
  • Hong Kong
  • Jamaica
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Zimbabwe

Unfortunately, Google Play TV shows is still lacking in its distribution, only being available in the U.S., U.K. and Japan at this time.

Source: Google Support

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4 years ago

Evernote improves note editing, attachments and keyboard support


Cross-platform text formatting will now be preserved on Android

An update to the Evernote app is now available that improves note taking functionality whether you're on your phone or tablet. First up is improved attachment support — in the latest update, you can now attach files like images to a note and have them in-line with the words. Further, on the editing front Evernote on Android now supports the same set of text formatting and styles as other platforms. No more wiping out formatting when working with notes created elsewhere.

If you're one that uses an external keyboard with your tablet, Evernote now supports keyboards fully, along with several keystroke combinations for easier note management. New note, bulleted lists and more are all available with a key combo rather than reaching up for that touch screen element.

Source: Evernote Blog

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4 years ago

LG unveils 21-inch all-in-one Chromebase desktop


New Chrome-powered desktop will debut at CES 2014

LG has taken the wraps off their latest project, and announced the Chromebase. It's a 21-inch desktop with a twist. This all-in-one runs ChromeOS instead of a more traditional desktop operating system.

Inside the HD 1920 x 1080 IPS display, you'll find basically the same internals as the existing Samsung Chromebox. The 16GB SSD, 2 GB of RAM and Intel CPU provide more than enough power to run Chrome, and should offer the user a decent experience.

LG is bullish on the public acceptance, and head of the business division at LG Hyoung-sei Park says:

Simple to operate for all types of users, the award-winning LG Chromebase computer represents the successful combination of simplicity, power and great design. LG Chromebase is the wave of the future for desktops, expected to be widely adopted not only at home, but especially in schools, hotels, call centers and other business settings.

No pricing or release dates were announced, but LG says the Chromebase will be at CES next month. We'll be sure to have a good look at it then. Skip past the break for the full press release.

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4 years ago

Humble Bundle PC and Android 8 now accepting donations


Six games, and more to come, for a small donation

The latest Humble Bundle, PC and Android 8, is now available and offering up some great games. As is the case each time around, the Humble Bundle is accepting completely user-chosen donations to help benefit both charities and the game developers. This time around, they have four games available at any donation level:

  • Little Inferno
  • Gemini Rue
  • Aaaaa!!! for the Awesome
  • Jack Lumber

If your donation is over the current average, you'll also unlock two more games, plus any more that are unlocked for the current bundle at a later date:

  • Hero Academy
  • Anomaly 2

The current donation sits at an average of $3.94 at the time of writing — a steal for six DRM-free games that also benefit charity. Head to the source link below to check them out for yourself.

Source: Humble Bundle

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4 years ago

Latest Dropbox update makes mobile sharing even easier


Invite and collaborate right from the Android app

We use Dropbox a lot around these parts. With native clients for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux — as well as access from any modern web browser — it's the best way we've found to share files with everyone at Mobile Nations. That's why we get happy every time we get a new feature.

The latest update for Dropbox is small, but it delivers something that will come in handy — folder sharing right from the Android app.

Just create a file or choose an existing one, tap the quick-action button and choose "Share." You can then send a link to the folder, or invite someone to help fill it up. We'll get a lot of traction out of this one. 

Grab your update from the Google Play link above.

Source: Dropbox

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4 years ago

Holiday Photo Contest: Day 5 collectible winner!


The fifth of 14 winners in our extra-long photo contest

The Holiday Photo Contest to give away 14 Android mini collectibles is fully under way, and it's time to announce the fifth winner in our series. Each day we're picking out one photo entry that follows the prompt "holidays," and showing off their winning submission here.

Hit the break to see today's winner, and be sure to get your entry into the contest thread in the forums if you haven't yet participated. Good luck!

Enter the holiday photo contest​

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4 years ago

Google Glass updated to XE12, brings a wink camera, proper Hangouts support and iOS compatibility


As Glass matures, better app support and cross-platform functionality is added

Heads up for Glass Explorers, the December update — XE12 — for Google Glass is now available. 

New this month is a long list of tweaks and features. You can find all the details at the source link, but we'll go over them quickly here.

  • iOS app —  as we noted earlier, XE12 brings along better support for iOS. Expect an update in iTunes later in the week.
  • Google Play Music support has been enhanced, and the new Listen menu will let you browse playlists and open radio stations if you are an All Access subscriber.
  • Screen lock — set a screen lock from the settings menu and anytime you deactivate Glass or take them off (if you've set-up on-head detection) the screen lock will activate.
  • Hangouts Glassware — now you can send and receive chats, photos and make video calls with any Hangouts contact.
  • YouTube Glassware — share your videos to YouTube, with support for private and public uploads.
  • Wink — Explorers with a new model Glass (purchased or swapped after October 28th) can now take pictures via blinking. This works with the display off, and seeing the privacy outrage over this feature should make for loads of fun.
  • New Google Search features — searching for how far you are from a place or how many calories are in a food is now supported.
  • Removed Signature from Messages — no longer will your SMS messages say Sent Through Glass. Email will, though.
  • Removal of Guest Mode — maintaining Guest Mode was too much strain on the programmers, says Google. It is no more. Google recommends using a "demo Google Account."

The update should be pushing out now, so get your Glass plugged in and on Wifi!

Source: Google

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4 years ago

Moto X bamboo back arrives on Moto Maker, carries $100 premium


Delivery delay of up to 14 days indicated on the website

Motorola said we wouldn't have to wait much longer for Moto X wooden backs, and today Moto Maker has just added a new "bamboo" option. A new category of materials called "Natural" is listed above the other plastic color options, and are listed as online exclusives. Currently the only option available is bamboo, which also adds $100 to the price of your Moto X, as well as a delayed shipping time.

After choosing the wood back you'll be stuck with white edges, but you still have all of the other color options for the front and accents on the phone — you'll also still be able to inscribe the back with your own message. The main Moto Maker page indicates that you're looking at a 14 day delivery time once you add a wooden back to your phone, but as we go through the order process we're being given an estimated delivery date of January 6th.

Source: Motorola

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4 years ago

12 Days of Christmas giveaway day eleven: Win a Galaxy S4 from AC and Sprint

On the eleventh day of Christmas AC and Sprint gave to me ... A Samsung Galaxy S4

The good people at Sprint have partnered with us to do something awesome for the holidays, and we're giving away a great Samsung phone or tablet every day for 12 days.

We've got a pile of great stuff, including the Galaxy Tab 3, the Note 3, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. Winning one is easy, but you'll need to follow the rules.

  • Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win today's prize. Only one comment. 
  • We'll close the comments after 24 hours and pick a winner at random. 
  • Make sure the contact details you have entered when you signed up at AC are good, because that is how I will get in touch with you. 

Today's prize is a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4. It's the best selling Android phone in the world, and a favorite with modders, tinkerers, and users alike. Be sure to try to win one of your own!

The 12 days of Christmas giveaway is brought to you by Sprint, and their truly unlimited plans.

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4 years ago

Ingress finally makes the jump out of beta


Google's location-based game hits the big leagues

Following up on a big couple of weeks, including a massive event and the removal of an invite-only system, Ingress is finally out of beta. After showing off what a seriously capable system and game it is with participants in over 200 countries, it's pretty clear that Ingress is ready for the big time.

The latest update to the Ingress app removes the beta tag and also brings a few changes, including an updated OPS tab design, support for the Founder's medal, and a couple performance tweaks. And now that Ingress has fully opened up to everyone, we're sure even more updates and features will be on the way.

More: +Ingress

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4 years ago

My Glass app for iOS 7 appears on Apple's appstore, quickly pulled


Now you see it, now you don't

Google realizes that Glass Explorers come in all shapes and sizes — even the shape and size of an iPhone user. Today they have released the My Glass companion application for Google Glass to Apple's appstore, at least for a little while. 

The application is very much like the Android version (we got it installed while it was available) and allows you to setup your Glass, manage data networks and applications, and add or remove contacts. The app was of course, free — as any app to manage a $1500 item should be.

There's some speculation about why it was pulled, and we think we have a clue. The screenshots in the Appstore show the XE12 firmware installed, and on the current version (XE11) the application will not actually connect to Glass. We think users are going to need the latest monthly update for Glass before they can use the app. Hopefully, we get that update soon and can know for sure.

All we can do now is wait. Here's the link where the app should be when it reappears, and a couple screenshots are after the break.

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4 years ago

Verizon's HTC One getting Android 4.3 today


469MB update brings the HTC One to Android 4.3 and fixes a few bugs

Folks with an HTC One on Verizon should start checking for a software update, as the OTA to Android 4.3 is pushing out now. The update to 4.3 also carries a few other minor changes:

  • OS Upgrade to Android Jelly Bean 4.3
  • VZ Cloud application can back up contacts, photos and more
  • Ability to add your music to video highlights

Check your device through the settings menu, then head into the forums to discuss.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

HP Chromebook 11 chargers recalled due to 'fire and burn hazards'


Recall ordered after nine microUSB chargers overheat; future orders to ship with new charger

HP and Google have recalled wall chargers for the Chromebook 11 after receiving reports that some adapters have overheated, resulting in burns and damage to property. According to a listing on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's website, Google has received nine reports of overheating, including one report of "a small burn to a consumer" and another of "minor property damage to a pillow."

"Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled charger for the HP Chromebook 11 and contact Google for a free replacement charger," the Commission says. Google has issued an updated statement today apologizing for the issue, and an official web form allows Chromebook 11 owners to enter their details and receive a free, updated charger in the mail.

It's been just over a month since Google first halted sales of the Chromebook 11 over charger overheating concerns, shortly after which the company advised owners to stop using the bundled adapter and use another microUSB charger instead. Earlier this month a new charger design appeared on the Google Play Store, and presumably it's this model Google will be shipping to Chromebook 11 owners with the defective unit.

Google says it's resuming sales of the Chromebook 11 and that all future orders will come with the updated charger, however at the time of writing the device still hasn't reappeared for sale.

Source: CPSC via The Verge; Google Chrome blog

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4 years ago

Android 4.3 update hitting AT&T Galaxy Note 2


OTA brings Galaxy Gear support, KNOX security and new TouchWiz features

The AT&T Galaxy Note 2 is the latest Samsung device to receive an update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean which. And as we've come to expect from Samsung updates of this kind, the firmware brings a bunch of new Samsung features alongside the newer Android OS version.

There's support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Samsung's KNOX enterprise security suite, along with new "premium suite" features including a refreshed Galaxy Note 3-style multi-window mode, Easy Mode for a simplified UI in the launcher and other apps, and new camera features including Sound & Shot.

The update is rolling out over the air right now, so head to Settings > About phone > Software updates to get started — the build number to look for is I317UCUBMK6. If you're updating today, join the discussion in our AT&T Galaxy Note 2 forum.

More: AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2 forum

Source: AT&T

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