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3 years ago

HP Android tablets now available online

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A couple of months after it unveiled four new Android 4.2 tablets, HP has made some of them available through its U.S.-based online store. The HP Slate 8 Pro and Slate 10 HD are listed at $329.99 and $299.99 respectively, with the former offering a Tegra 4 processor and an 8-inch 1600x1200-resolution display, and the latter sporting a dual-core 1.2GHz Marvell CPU and an 8-inch 1280x800 panel.

They're joined by the HP Slate 7 Extreme — an NVIDIA Tegra Note device — which is listed at $199.99 but not available to buy directly from the manufacturer. Meanwhile the more affordable Slate 7 Plus is also available, with a Tegra 3 CPU and 1280x800-resolution screen, priced at $149.99.

Source: HP

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3 years ago

Sprint Galaxy S4 getting minor bug fix update

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MK2 update said to resolve 'sleep mode' issues

Sprint has announced on its community message boards that its Samsung Galaxy S4 has been updated with a minor bug-fixing patch. The update to firmware version "MK2" is said to resolve issues with sleep mode on the phone, but that's the only change pointed out in the carrier's official changelog. It comes a month after Sprint's GS4 got its Android 4.3 update.

Sprint's post flags this update as having been pushed out on Nov. 30, and according to reports from the Android Central forums, the update has been arriving on handsets over the weekend. So if you've not already got it, now's the time to start hitting that "Check for updates" button.

Source: Sprint, Android Central forums

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3 years ago

UK operators to introduce bill caps for stolen phones

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Cap on bills for phones reported lost or stolen, plus action to protect consumers from mid-contract price rises

The UK government has reached an agreement with some of the major British mobile operators to protect consumers from the cost of unexpected mobile bills, it has announced.

The Guardian reports that agreement between the government and EE, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone will see a cap placed on bills from phones reported lost or stolen, in addition to measures designed to protect customers from mid-contract price hikes. Operators will inform customers when these price rises will take place, and give them the option of ending the contract without any penalty if these occur.

Operators including BT, Sky and Talk Talk have also agreed to work towards an EU target of eliminating international roaming fees by 2016. Meanwhile the bill cap for stolen phones is expected to be in place by next spring.

Source: The Guardian

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3 years ago

HTC releases unaudited revenue figures for November

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Revenue up slightly from October, but latest numbers show year-on-year drop of more than 27 percent

HTC has this morning released its unaudited revenue figures for November 2013, showing that it brought in NT$15.47 billion ($523 million) in the last month. That's a 3.18 percent increase on October's revenue — NT$14.99 billion ($507 million) — but a steep decline of 27.12 percent year-on-year. The figures bring HTC's total revenue for the year so far to NT$190.97 billion, or $6.45 billion.

The past month has seen the HTC One Max arrive on Sprint and Verizon in the U.S., while HTC also unveiled a raft of new mid-range and entry-level products for its home market of Taiwan.

October and November's figures put HTC within striking distance of its NT$40-45 billion revenue target for the fourth quarter. Nevertheless, the company's Q4 forecast predicts hard times continuing to the end of 2013, with the possibility of a second quarter of losses should it miss its targets by even a small amount.

Source: HTC

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3 years ago

Motorola will offer Moto X sale again on Wednesday, next Monday [update]

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Sale will expand to 'more devices' when it comes back

Update: Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside released a formal apology on the company blog, which also gave us a bit more clarity on the situation. Not only did he explain in more detail why the site went down, he also provided more information on the new sales.

The same $349 Moto Maker Moto X deal will go live at noon ET on Wednesday, December 4th and again at noon on Monday, December 9th. He also explained that "more devices" means that twice as many phones as originally planned will be available at the $349 price, and that the 30 percent off accessory promotion will run concurrently to the Moto X promotion.

Original story: It's no secret that Motorola's online store fell flat on its face today with the impending Cyber Monday deal that had off-contract Moto X's at just $350. Well Motorola feels bad about that (understandably so), and plans to have its "Cyber Monday" deal available again, and on two days this time around.

Interestingly, on its official Google+ page Motorola indicates that more devices will be added to the sale, but which models isn't known at this point. Moto's Twitter account seems to indicate that not only will it not add more devices, but the new sales will only apply to Moto Maker. We'll see how this pans out.

The deal will go live again on this coming Wednesday at 12:00pm (noon) ET, and again on the following Monday December 9th. Hard to complain too much now that you'll have two more attempts at picking up a new Moto X at a fantastic price. Let's all hope Motorola can keep its servers up and operational come Wednesday.

Source: +Motorola; @Motorola; Motorola Blog

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3 years ago

Google releases Dec. platform numbers - KitKat debuts at 1.1 percent

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74 percent of devices running version 4 or higher

Google has released the monthly report of version numbers, where we can see just what version of Android (in what amount) people are visiting Google Play with. As expected, KitKat debuts with a tiny slice holding just 1.1 percent of the total. 

Jelly Bean in all its various flavors has captured just over half the pie with a 54 percent total, while Gingerbread is still holding on with 24 percent, down from 26 percent just a month ago. Froyo is dead, and I think it's a good time for developers to drop support for Android 2.2 going forward with new apps.

Maybe the oddest statistic is Honeycomb, which refuses to die completely and still has 0.1 percent of the total. I think that may be the Motorola Xoom lost behind Phil's couch. 

A lot of fuss will be made over these numbers, but what's most important is the amount of devices on 4.x and higher, which is right around three-quarters of the total with 74 percent. The purpose of these charts is to tell developers what version to target as a minimum, and developers starting with a "modern" versions will have a huge user base to court with great apps.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 10.2 stable released, focus going forward is on KitKat-based CM 11

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CM 10.2 nightly builds will continue as CM 11 work begins

The latest stable release of CyanogenMod, version 10.2, is now available. While this marks the availability of the custom firmware based on Android 4.3 for dozens of different device, it is also the point where the CM team starts looking forward to KitKat. As is usually the case with big stable releases, active development time will start to focus on CM 11, which will be based on Android 4.4, as fewer and fewer changes need to be made to the 10.2 release.

Also tossed into the announcement of CM 10.2 is the point that CM nightly builds based on ICS (CM 9) will be halted so that newer versions — 10 and higher — can be actively released. Much like the slowing work on the stable version of 10.2, continuing to pump out new nightly builds of older CM branches makes less sense as very few meaningful changes are being consistently made to them.

For now, if you've been waiting for the official "stable" release of CM 10.2 in lieu of using a release candidate or nightly build, now's the time to do so. Downloads of CM 10.2 builds are already starting to be available from CyanogenMod's website at the second source link below. For those who wish to stay on the bleeding edge, CM 10.2 nightlies will continue to roll as CM 11 development moves along as well.

Source: CyanogenMod; CM Downloads

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3 years ago

Facebook changing News Feed algorithms to surface posts with articles

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Say goodbye to the flood of meme pictures in your feed

Facebook is always actively tweaking its algorithms to display just the right content in your News Feed, and the latest change is to a focus on articles and news. Interaction with news-based articles suggested and shared in the News Feed has almost tripled in the last year according to Facebook, and new changes are going to go a step further.

Our surveys show that on average people prefer links to high quality articles about current events, their favorite sports team or shared interests, to the latest meme.

Focusing primarily on getting additional clicks through mobile apps, the upcoming changes will put more emphasis on articles shared from reputable sources and less on "the latest meme" that your friends share. After clicking through to read an article from Facebook, you'll now often see up to three related articles in your News Feed nested under the original as well.

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3 years ago

Google Play Music now officially in Glassware

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App available for installation, and new $85 set of earbuds are ready to go with

A few weeks back we first saw Google play Music running on Google Glass, and today it all gets made official. Glass users can go to their MyGlass page, or open their Android app, and you'll find Google Play Music available to install through normal channels. 

You'll need to uninstall the old version if you ventured the courage to side load it, but after that you'll be able to listen to both your own music library and Google play Music All Access right from your Glass.

To get the full effect, Google is also offering a premium pair of earbuds designed to work with Glass. They promise crisp, full range audio and come with five different color caps. You'll be able to find them on your GetGlass page.

Overall, things run about as well as you would expect a version one product to run. Animations are a little stuttery, and we'd love to see separate volume sliders for device sounds and music, but the stream seems to run as well as it would on your phone. We'll have a better look, err listen when our earbuds get here.

Via: +Stephen Lau

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3 years ago

TYLT store still experiencing issues, will honor Cyber Monday deals at a later date

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Same 50% off up to $100 will apply when sale comes back

If you've headed over to the TYLT website to get in on its Cyber Monday sale today, you've likely had some issues getting through the checkout process. Go to the store now and you'll see the above message that's a bit more reassuring. As often happens to sites during huge sales, TYLT is having some stability issues with its system — and they're big enough that it's postponing its sales to another day.

The Cyber Monday sale over at TYLT is offering 50 percent off your purchase with a maximum discount of $100, and that's a pretty huge deal if there are a few neat accessories you've had your eyes on. The remedy right now is to give your name and email address to TYLT, and be notified when the sale will return.

It's not the best situation ever, but it's great to see TYLT offer the discount for those who showed up on Monday for the sale.

Source: TYLT

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3 years ago

Moto G versus Nexus 4

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How does last year’s Nexus shape up against this year’s entry-level champion?

Motorola’s latest entry-level handset, the Moto G, has been turning heads thanks to its relatively low price point and compelling specs and feature set. It’s a step below the Nexus 5 — the device it tied with in the “best value” category of our most recent Android phone roundup. But what of the Nexus 4, no longer available on Google Play, but relatively easy to track down from other online vendors.

If you’ve got a Nexus 4, is the Moto G a valid upgrade path? And if you’ve got around $200 to spend on a smartphone, which is worth your money? We’ll take a look at both devices in more detail after the break.

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3 years ago

Colin McRae Rally reportedly powersliding towards Android

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Already on iOS, Codemasters' classic rally title is reportedly bound for Android

Colin McRae Rally is a classic game, no doubt. Anyone who's ever played the console original will likely agree, and following a release earlier this year on iOS, Codemasters is reported to be bringing it to Android as well. Our pals at iMore are big fans of the mobile remake, and so you'll understand we're quite excited to get our hands on it here as well. 

The news comes courtesy of Pocket Gamer, though at this point lacks any kind of timeline, indication of price, device support, anything really. But, they say it's coming, and that at least makes us happy. It's usually $1.99 in the iOS App Store, so it's not likely to break the bank, and it's an awful lot of game for it as well. Any fans of the original out there that would love to have this on their Android devices? 

Source: Pocket Gamer

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3 years ago

VSCO Cam making its way to Android tomorrow

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App will be free with additional presets and tools available for purchase

One of the more popular camera and photo editing apps out there, VSCO Cam, will be available in Google Play starting tomorrow. On its blog VSCO Cam says that its app will offer the highest quality of photo presets and tools available for Android photographers out there, and given its popularity on iOS we tend to think they're doing something right.

VSCO Cam has been in private beta for Android users since the end of July, but there was no real indication of when it would finally debut for the general public. Now we know it'll be hitting the Play Store tomorrow, and it will be free to download and use with 10 presets and various editing tools. VSCO Cam will monetize with in-app purchases for better preset packs and tools, but it's good to see a basic feature set come out for free.

The app will be available for "most" devices running Android 4.0 and above, so be on the lookout tomorrow for the official release.

Source: VSCO Cam Blog

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3 years ago

For the bold: Cutting your own Nano SIM card

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Mini and Micro and Nano, oh my! A guide to cutting your own SIM cards

My favorite blog posts always start with the disclaimer of "We're not responsible if you do this and it makes bad stuff happen." But, we're not, and it could. You've been sufficiently warned.

I have a feeling a lot of us are ordering a Moto X today. Enough to crush the website, at least. Each and every one of us who ordered is going to need one thing — a Nano SIM. Most Android phones currently use a Micro SIM, some older models use a Mini SIM (note that a full-sized SIM looks like a credit card, and none of your phones use one), but the Moto X uses a Nano version.

You can get a new SIM card from whoever provides your cell service, but for some of us that means waiting for the mail or driving a few miles or more to go pick one up. And there's a good chance it won't be free. Luckily, cutting your own isn't that difficult.

Read on.

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3 years ago

NVIDIA Shield December software update released

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Gamestream, Game Mapper and fullscreen improvements in latest OTA

NVIDIA has released another over-the-air update for its Android-powered Shield gaming handheld. The NVIDIA Shield December update enhances some of the features added in the previous October update, enabling 1080p resolution with 60 frames per second in "Gamestream" console mode when connected over Ethernet, as well as improving 720p/60fps performance over Wifi. And Gamestream has also been expanded to support new PC titles such as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4, and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

The Gamepad Mapper feature has been augmented too, with a "community profiles" feature (in beta) allowing Shield owners to share gamepad mapping profiles. Gyro input can now be mapped to the analog thumbsticks, and the right thumbstick has been improved for use in first-person titles.

Finally, fullscreen mode has been updated with the option to auto-hide the status bar, and view it with a swipe-down gesture (similar to Android 4.4's immersive mode). These settings can be controlled via the "Display" menu in the Settings app.

All in all, a pretty significant update for Shield owners. We've got the full changelog after the break.

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