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4 years ago

Fudging benchmarks? So what — benchmarks still suck

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adb shell cat /sys/module/pvrsrvkm/parameters/sgx_gpu_clk can never tell a lie

Samsung got caught cheating. They are manipulating benchmark results for the Galaxy S4 by allowing the GPU to run at a higher clock speed and locking the CPU to the max frequency, in a different way than other system processes are allowed to do. They give a few of Samsung's own apps limited time with these higher speeds, but clearly favor some popular benchmark apps. They got caught red-handed by Brian and Anand over at AnandTech — two of the best hardware geniuses in the business — and the Internet is in a tizzy, as the Internet is wont to do.

We've been reading all about it, including the responses of people who are in no way affiliated with any of the involved parties, and now that it's past noon and I've had a few cocktails with lunch I want to write a few words about it.

Join the fray in the Galaxy S4 forums: Samsung cheats at benchmarks

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4 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S3 getting Android 4.1.2 OTA now

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Initial reports of users receiving the update has begun, still no official change log.

After its first major update from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean earlier this year, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 is receiving another considerable update. The phone will still be on Android Jelly Bean, but it gets a version bump from Android 4.1.1 up to Android 4.1.2 (build JZO54K.I747UCDMG2).

Users are reporting an update file size of over 220 MB, which is definitely on the larger side. Some have had success downloading over LTE, while others have said they were forced to download over WiFi. It is also being reported by users that this update includes Samsung's multiwindow feature.

Keep an eye out for that update notification, and join the rest of our members in the forums to discuss the changes and fixes in the AT&T Galaxy S3's latest update.

Thanks, xisruno and Keith!

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4 years ago

BBC Media Player updated with Android 4.3 support

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A heads-up for newly-upgraded Android 4.3 users in the UK — the BBC Media Player app has been updated with support for the latest version of Google's OS. Previously, users who'd upgraded to 4.3 after downloading the player would've been able to continue using it, but if you tried to download it from Google Play using a 4.3 device you'd be out of luck. (The same applies to the BBC iPlayer app, as it happens.)

The app allows users to stream content from the Beeb through their mobile browser of choice, including BBC iPlayer content on the web. That's significant because the dedicated iPlayer app itself hasn't been updated with Android 4.3 support yet. So if you're coming from a fresh installation of Android 4.3, you can now get BBC video content on your device — you'll just have to use your web browser until iPlayer is updated to support Android 4.3.

As always, we should point out that most of the cool stuff that can be accessed through the BBC's player is still exclusive to TV license fee payers in the UK. If that's you, hit the Google Play link up top to grab the latest version of the app.

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4 years ago

AT&T expands LTE to ten new markets

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The nationwide network rollout continues with more markets this week.

As AT&T works to roll out its LTE network nationwide, it's going to be darn sure that people know about every single city that it launches in. This week we're looking at ten new markets that will have access to the higher speed network. Provided that you have an LTE handset (most do nowadays) and the proper provisioning on your account, if you live in one of the following markets you should see LTE live now:

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4 years ago

Android 4.3 and beyond: Is root going away for 'Stock' ROMs?

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New methods and security models have changed the way superuser permissions are handled in Android 4.3

You've probably heard some chatter about root and the latest version of Android, and maybe even heard things like "the death of root" being thrown around. Things have changed, and new security features in Android now limit what processes with superuser privileges can do on the system partition. I'll try to explain some of this as best as I can without throwing around too many words nobody (well, almost nobody) will understand. Some of it's unavoidable, though.

You might need to pour a stiff one for this.

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4 years ago

Catch Notes service shutting down after Aug. 30

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Current users have until the shut down date to download their data through Catch.com

After years of service to its web and mobile users, Catch Notes has made the difficult decision to shut down its services. One of a growing number of free note-taking apps, Catch Notes offered the capturing of voice, photo, and text for use online and offline, as well as checklists, reminders, and collaboration between friends.

Service will shut down after August 30, which is why the company urges all users to download their data from the Catch.com website before the deadline. Full directions are available at the Catch Help Center.

Disenfranchised users will likely be looking for other services to replace their beloved Catch. Evernote offers free and subscription-based services, while Springpad offers all of its services free of charge. There is also Google's official app Keep, which offers a simpler solution. Check out the Applications Forum for more ideas.

Source: CatchThanks Rachel!

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4 years ago

Free WiFi in Starbucks to be provided by Google starting in August

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Most fans of Starbucks know about the free WiFi that the coffee company offers. It's currently offered by AT&T and while it isn't the fastest connection, it is reliable enough to get some work done. This morning Starbucks and Google announced that the search giant will be taking the reigns on the free WiFi for all stores based in the United States (sorry for all of you who live elsewhere).

Google claims the WiFi they will provide will be 10x faster and in some cases will be 100x faster (if it's a location where Google Fiber is also available).

Last month Google and Starbucks announced a partnership that allows you to listen to Google Play Music All Access for free while connecting to WiFi at a Starbucks. This deal furthers that deal and will make All Access much faster than the current connection. It will be interesting to see what, if anything else, is down the road for the two companies.

Google-provided WiFi in Starbucks will begin in August and will rollout to all US-based Starbucks stores after that.

Source: Official Google Blog

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4 years ago

The death of privacy: The internet is always watching, and it never forgets - Talk Mobile

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Our smartphones and tablets are increasingly becoming repositories of our personal information. It's a treasure trove of data that could be used to build a frighteningly complete picture of you as a person. It's more than just your contacts, calendar, memos, and photos - it's your web history, your calls and text messages, your banking data and social network logins.

4 years ago

Seidio SURFACE kickstand case for Nexus 4 review

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Protect your Nexus 4's fragile exterior and pick up some style points at the same time.

 

The Nexus 4's design has a lot of great features, but one of them isn't durability. With big plates of glass on both sides of the device and easily scuffed plastic around the sides, we wouldn't blame you one bit for wanting a case wrapped around it. Or like many of us, you may have gone without a case on your Nexus 4 at first, and now about 6 months in it has picked up some wear and is in need of a little facelift. 

Seidio makes many great cases, and it now offers what is called the SURFACE kickstand case for the Nexus 4, and it's designed to take a beating and add a little bit of functionality and style while it does it. Read along after the break for a closer look.

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4 years ago

ZEN & TECH 57: From NSA to cameras everywhere: Coping with privacy violations

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ZEN & TECH is our mobile lifestyle podcast, focusing not just on our phones, tablets, and gadgets, but how we can use technology to help us live better, richer, happier lives. It's how we center our inner geeks! Since it's security week on Talk Mobile 2013, Georgia and Rene talk about everything from camera phones in the locker room to wiretaps on the internet and how we, as private people, can cope in an age of where everyone from friends to family to strangers to governments may be spying on us.

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4 years ago

Chromecast-a-day: And then there were four

OK, boys and girls. We're in the home stretch now. Just four Chromecasts remaining on our desk, and one of them can be yours today.

We're declaring this "No-hoop Hump Day." To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post. We'll collect 'em through midnight PDT (anything after that won't count) and pick a winner in the morning.

And congrats to the winners of the first two days —  Ben in Utah and Ray in Houston! Your Chromecasts are on their way!

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4 years ago

Samsung to launch TDD/FDD dual-mode LTE GS4, S4 Mini

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Samsung will launch new variants of its Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini handsets with dual-mode TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE connectivity, the company has announced. While current LTE networks are primarily based upon FDD-LTE the standard, Samsung's new devices will be able to operate on these networks in addition to TDD-LTE networks expected to launch soon in Asia and Eastern Europe.

Samsung said its new dual-mode LTE Galaxy S4s will be the first handsets to market to support "seamless handover" between the two standards, with "continuous and seamless voice and data communications even as the devices switch between two different types of LTE networks." While Samsung hasn't specified which countries will be getting these new dual-mode handsets, smooth handover between the two standards will be particularly important in markets where both TDD and FDD are deployed.

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4 years ago

Microsoft Office now available on Android phones, for subscribers only

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You can now get Office on your Android phone — assuming you fit into a very specific group of people

Microsoft has today launched Office Mobile for Android phones, a new app for Office 365 subscribers that allows them to view and edit their Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other documents on their Android phones.

But you'll need to be an Office 365 subscriber to get in on the spreadsheet-based action — Microsoft isn't offering a free version of the app right now. Nor is it opening things up internationally — the app is U.S.-only at the moment, though The Verge writes that Microsoft plans to open up to other markets gradually. Finally, it's also a phone-only app at present — sadly there's no Android tablet support in this release.

Regardless, if you're living in (and paying for) the Microsoft Office ecosystem, the new app looks attractive enough, and offers the kind of quick, basic editing experience you'll likely want on a smartphone. Hit the Google Play link up above to grab the app.

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4 years ago

Google Catalogs app to be discontinued from August 15

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Support for the Google Catalogs mobile app for Android and iOS is to be withdrawn from Aug. 15, an in-app message is telling users.

Google Catalog, which launched with festive cheer around the 2011 holiday season, allowed users to browse through virtual catalogs from major brands. However 18 months later the app's installation count sits between the 50-100,000 install level, and it's this lack of user adoption that's likely behind Google's decision to mothball the app. The company has become more aggressive in pruning less-used services in recent months, after all.

Catalogs will continue to be available on the web at google.com/catalogs after the mid-August cut-off, Google says.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Vodafone UK offers unlimited calls and texts on PAYG

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1GB, unlimited calls and texts for £30, 2GB for £40​ on new PAYG plans

Vodafone UK has announced some new additions to its Pay As You Go line-up today. The new "Vodafone Red Freedom Freebee" gives customers unlimited calls and texts — much like the contract-based Vodafone Red service — with the option of 1GB of data for £30, or 2GB for £40. That's a large amount of money to be spending on a pre-paid service plan, but it also gets you access to a greater data allowance than some other carriers are offering, in addition to unmetered calls and texts.

Vodafone has also tweaked its other PAYG offerings, allowing customers to get unlimited texts on a £10 "Freebee" deal, as well as 1GB of data from a £20 bundle.

The operator's PAYG announcements follow the launch of new, competitive pre-paid prices from rival Three.

More: Vodafone

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