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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Ace Style KitKat-based entry-level phone is official

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A few days after it unexpectedly appeared in Germany, the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style has today been officially announced by the Korean manufacturer. The device packs a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 4-inch WVGA display and a 5-megapixel camera. And on the software side it's running Android 4.4 KitKat, topped with Samsung's current TouchWiz UI — "TouchWiz Essence."

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3 years ago

Google I/O registration pushed back a week

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Registration window moves to April 15-18

Looks like Google still has some work to do on the Google I/O registration systems, as it's pushed the four-day registration window for this year's developer conference back to next week. Originally scheduled to go live today, I/O 14 registration will now run from April 15-18, so bear that in mind if you were planning on putting your name into the hat today.

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3 years ago

Relive our initial Samsung Galaxy S5 review!

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Welp, here we go, folks. The Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives this week. Galaxy S5 reviews are dropping — don't worry, we're working on ours, all in due time — and phones will find their way into thousands of hot little hands by the weekend.

So now's a perfect time revisit the best of our Galaxy S5 coverage thus far. To wit:

Get it? Got it? Good. This is just the beginning. Strap in, folks.

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3 years ago

Lenovo announces US pricing and May release date for new A-Series tablets

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Three new tablets hitting multiple sizes at amazingly low prices

Lenovo is refreshing its lineup of A-Series tablets today, hitting three different sizes, price points and functionalities with the A7-50, A8 and A10. Starting off on the smallest end, the A7-50 packs a 7-inch HD display with wide viewing angles, perfect for reading books or web pages, along with a 5MP rear camera. The A8 steps up to an 8-inch screen, adds Dolby audio and comes in a variety of different colors. The A10 is the largest of the bump at 10.1-inches, and comes in at just 9mm thick with the ability to be paired with an optional Bluetooth keyboard for improved productivity work.

All three new tablets are powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processors, have 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and 1280x800 IPS displays (regardless of screen size) and follow similar design languages that look to be simple and easy to hold. The price points are quite impressive as well — the A7-50 starts at $129, with the A8 coming in at $179 and A10 just $249. The tablets will be available starting in May from a variety of retailers, including Lenovo's own online store.

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3 years ago

Old English means this guy is serious about the HTC One M8

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OK, maybe not quite as good as this guy's English. (Or Guy English?) But still. This Robert Downey Jr. guy's got promise.

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3 years ago

Samsung forecasts lower operating profits for the quarter

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Samsung has made a statement that they expect a second consecutive quarter with declining profits. The Wall Street Journal also speculates that factors such as a partial sales ban on Korea's top two carriers and perceived opinion that the Galaxy S5 — due to hit stores in Europe and North America Friday, April 11 — doesn't offer enough features to validate the upgrade fees, and the sales figures will not surpass last year's model. They say this will affect sales this quarter as well. We say it's too early to even make that sort of prediction, and we'll wait to count the beans after all is said and done.

Samsung says that the company operating profits have fallen 2.1-percent from the previous year for the quarter ending March 31. The company's profit margins fell 6-percent for Q4 2013, which was Samsung's first drop in the past 24 months.

Source: WSJ

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3 years ago

Koush releases AllCast receiver app for Kindle Fire TV

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If you've been wondering like we have, when Koush would get around to releasing the AllCast receiver app for Kindle Fire TV he showed off earlier then wonder no more as we now know

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3 years ago

Google to take legal action in Turkey over YouTube ban

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Google has filed a formal protest with the Turkish courts over the recent YouTube ban. The ban had been lifted Saturday by a lesser court, but the decision was reversed until "criminal content" — recordings of a state security meeting about Syria — are removed.

Google's attorney Gönenç Gürkaynak, filed the complaint on behalf of YouTube saying that the service had been blocked by the Turkish Telecommunications Authority without a valid court decision. A recent case, also with Gürkaynak as the attorney for the plaintiff, about the Twitter banning was found to be in favor of Twitter and the block was reversed. We'll have to wait and see if the results here are similar.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News via: PCWorld

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3 years ago

Livestream for Google Glass is surprisingly good

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Livestream for Google Glass

Battery and heat may be a bigger hurdle than a data connection, though

Apps for Google Glass — Glassware, don'tcha know — can be hit and miss. And quite often it falls into the latter category. Livestream today put forth its official piece of Glassware, and it's surprisingly good. That is, considering it makes it possible to stream video live from your face, from a $1,500 wearable whose battery is but a fraction of what you have in your smartphone.

Consider our interest piqued.

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3 years ago

Google reportedly strikes licensing deal with hotel booking software startup Room 77

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Google and Hotel-booking start-up Room 77 have come together today, and they should be able provide better (and more lucrative) hotel-search results.

Room 77 does hotel search both on the web and on mobile, and their technology should help Google overhaul their search experience to look and feel more like Priceline or TripAdvisor, says the Wall Street Journal.

Users will be able to search out and book a hotel room without ever leaving the Room 77 website or app, rather than depending on links and switching pages to find a place to sleep.

Source: WSJ

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3 years ago

The best Android games without in-app purchases

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Top ten Android games without IAPs

Skip the IAPs with these outstanding Android games

Are you tired of being nickeled-and-dimed by freemium Android games? Had enough of gems and timers and boosts? That's certainly the impression we get when we talk about freemium, so we've rounded up our favorite titles that do away with all of that, and provides the absolute maximum of product up-front. There's a healthy mix here of action, puzzle, strategy, RPG, so go ahead, dive in, and let us know what you think.

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC One Max update to Android 4.4.2 rolling out as scheduled

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The Verizon HTC One Max KitKat update has started rolling out, with users in the Android Central forums downloading it right now.

The One Max already had Sense 5.5, so the user facing changes shouldn't be too noticable, but the update to Android 4.4.2 brings along all of the new APIs from Google, such as immersive mode and the new web views.

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3 years ago

Reminder: Registration for Google I/O 2014 opens tomorrow [updated with delay]

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Google I/O

Update: Google has pushed back registration by a week. Original follows.

Google I/O, the annual conference for all things Google and developers, kicks off registration for the 2014 edition tomorrow, April 8th. If you've been waiting for your opportunity to get in on the two-day event, this year may be your best chance considering Google's new registration policy.

Rather than a mad dash to lock up the very limited number of tickets all at once, Google is leaving open registration from 5am PT on April 8th until 5pm PT on April 10th. This means you can get through and complete registration at your (relative) leisure, ensuring that you're in the running. Google will then randomly select the maximum number of tickets from the pool of registrants and hand out tickets.

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3 years ago

Delta Air Lines now automatically links your bags to your app

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Delta has updated their Fly Delta app to version 2.6, adding automatic bag tracking and removing the need to scan your barcode your self. All you have to do is tap the Track My Bags to watch the progress of all bags in your reservation. This update also contains a number of bug fixes.

You can download the update from Google Play now.

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3 years ago

Sprint shutting down WiMAX by end of 2015

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Sprint's WiMAX network isn't long for this world. The first "4G" network to launch in the United States, WiMAX was hampered by Sprint's available spectrum and shamed by the speeds brought on by the launch of LTE on Verizon and AT&T. Having thrown in the towel on WiMAX and rushed to launch their own LTE network, Sprint is now paving the way to shut down their old WiMAX network by the end of next year.

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