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4 years ago

AT&T Galaxy Note 3 receiving small OTA update today

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Update brings more stability and enhancements to the Note 3

Folks using an AT&T branded Note 3 are seeing a small OTA update this afternoon. Preliminary reports say things seem a little more responsive, and the keyboard background has changed colors to a pleasing blue-back look. Also, important to many, this update breaks root — you've been warned. We reached out to AT&T for a change log, and as soon as we hear back we'll update things here.

Getting the update is easy enough — your update will appear in the status bar when it's your turn, or you can try your luck and manually check in the settings. 

Discuss today's update, and all things Note 3 in the forums.

Source: AT&T Note 3 forums. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod Installer hits the Play Store to help you flash your phone

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App still needs to be paired with a Windows component to install firmware

In its push to make installing its custom firmware easier for the average user, CyanogenMod has just launched its installer app in the Play Store. You'll need more than just the app to get through the process, however. After installing and going through a few basic instructions related to turning on USB debugging and the like, you'll be pointed to its get.cm website to download the desktop software to initiate the install.

You'll still need a Windows PC (running Vista or later) and a good USB cable to get your phone flashed with CyanogenMod, which adds another wrinkle of complication to the process. The combination of apps on your phone and computer should make it pretty simple though, provided your phone is on the list of compatible devices.

Although the app doesn't do a whole lot on its own, you can grab it from the Play Store if you're willing to also download the software on your PC and move through the process to bring CM to your device.

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

Google Fiber expands to Provo, Utah with installs starting today

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Another U.S. city receives Google's crazy-fast Internet service

The latest big Google Fiber expansion is in Provo, Utah, and today marks the beginning of home installations of the new service. Following up on the deal that officially closed in July, residents now have their chance to get their gigabit Internet installed in their home. If you don't want to drop the money on full service speeds, Google is also offering a 5mbps connection for free for 7 years provided you pay the $30 installation fee.

Which city will be next? We're sure there are more than a few interested municipalities that would like to have Google Fiber available sooner rather than later.

Source: @googlefiber

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4 years ago

Got KitKat and a Sony QX lens camera? Use Camera 360 for full support

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Sony's official app is not yet updated for KitKat, but your equipment still works fine

Folks with a Sony Cyber-shot QX lens camera and a Nexus 5 (or KitKat in an unofficial way on other phones) are finding out the hard way that Sony's PlayMemories Mobile application isn't working. It will connect, but it then immediately crashes — which isn't very helpful when you want to take some pictures with a better camera. Sony suggests that this might be possible right in the app description.

[Recommended operating environment]
OS version: Android 2.3 – 4.3
This application is not guaranteed to work on all Smartphones and Tablets.

The good news is there is an easy and free fix with the Camera 360 application. Not only that, but you'll also have a ton of great features that work right with your QX camera, including some very nicely done live effects. There is a reason Camera 360 has over 320,000 five-star ratings in Google Play. It's also my go-to camera app anytime I'm shooting with the QX-10 I have here.

We imagine that Sony will get things sorted in short order, but in the meantime your gear still will work as well (or better) than it ever did. Grab Camera 360 Ultimate from the Google Play link above.

Thanks, Aaron!

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4 years ago

Google Glass Explorer Program opens sign-ups to anyone interested

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Google also confirms Google Play Music for Glass and stereo earbuds

Google has published a new page related to its Glass Explorer Program that lets anyone sign up for a chance to get the latest in wearable technology. Building on the recent expansion that let first-round Explorers invite three friends to get their own Google Glass, this new sign-up form simply asks for a name, email, country and reason for wanting the headset, and lets you know "if a spot opens up."

This impending expansion of the Google Glass program is U.S.-only at the moment, and they can't guarantee that anyone will get invited, but given the wording on the page it seems as though they plan to do something meaningful with the list of people interested in plopping the $1500 down for the tech.

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4 years ago

Smugmug's Camera Awesome exits Android beta, now available for $2.99

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For those who are in search of the next great camera app — and let's face it, who isn't — it's time to take a look at Camera Awesome. The longtime favorite on iOS has been in beta on Android for some time now, and today it's available to all for $2.99.

First and foremost, you get a pretty darn good camera user interface. That's important because Camera Awesome is full of features and settings, and that they're easy to understand and manipulate is paramount.

Consider: You've got the usual shooting options — single, burst, panorama, timer, etc. But added to that is an option "big button" shutter (love it), interval shots and image stabilization. You can adjust white balance, ISO and exposure. There's facial recognition. Anti-shake mode. Four options to help you better compose your shots — thirds, golden, trisec and square. There's a leveler to help you keep things straight. And of course there's sharing to Smugmug.

If you're looking for a new, full-featured camera app, this is well worth a look for $3. Swing by Smugmug's blog for the list of supported devices.

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4 years ago

Dayframe comes out of beta, makes an already great slideshow app even better with KitKat support

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Paid 'prime' features expected before Thanksgiving

If you're a fan of great imagery — be it digital or traditional photography — and want to show it off on your Android device, don't bother reading any further. Just click the download link. Dayframe is that good.

The Dayframe app, from Cloud.tv, has just come out of public beta testing. And what was already an excellent slide show/photo frame app has been made even better with a quick update for Android 4.4 KitKat, which throws a more immersive display into the mix. We're talking full-frame photos, folks — the way they truly should be for an app of this sort.

The gist, if you're just joining us, is this: Dayframe displays images from any of a number of sources, including:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Tumblr
  • Flickr
  • Dropbox
  • 500px
  • Google+
  • Twitter
  • Local photos from your device

Not a bad list. Actually, it's a damn good list. It'll show your photos, your friends' photos, strangers' photos — anyone you tell it to that it can access. 

And you can't beat the price of the app — free.

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4 years ago

Tegra Note 7 review

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Pure Nvidia, pure Android and under $200 will catch a lot of attention from Android fans

Nvidia is no stranger to Android. Being an original partner for the Nexus 7, and Tegra processors in millions of phones and tablets have surely left a mark, and their recent offerings with the new Tegra 4 offer some screaming performance even when partnered with folks who might not have the best software installed. 

A real highlight of all this was the Shield. Designed in-house at Nvidia, the Shield is a real screamer that also gets plenty of love with the updates. Running a mostly untouched build of AOSP with all the Google applications surely helps here. The Shield never took off with consumers, and most pundits blame the odd form factor and the price.

The Tegra Note fixes both of those issues. It's a standard 7-inch tablet, that checks in just shy of $200. And it has a secret weapon — Nvidia's "active stylus" is on board, delivering an integrated pen and digitizing solution that's on par with devices costing quite a bit more.

I've been fiddling with the Tegra Note for a bit, jump through and see what I think of it.

Preorder the EVGA Tegra Note 7 from Newegg

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4 years ago

BlackBerry shoots down BB10/Google Play rumors

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'No planned support' for Google's app platform on BB10, company says

A recent round of rumors, sparked by images allegedly showing the Google Play Store running on a BlackBerry 10 handset, led to speculation that a deal may have been done to bring Google's app marketplace to BlackBerry devices. For those unfamiliar with the platform, BB10 phones can run regular Android apps through a bundled runtime, however this doesn't include any Google-approved apps, nor Google Play Services.

Today BlackBerry has issued a statement to CrackBerry.com denying any plans to bring the Google Play Store to BB10, and underscoring its commitment to its own BlackBerry World ecosystem — effectively shooting down the rumor in question.

"There is no planned support for Google Play on BlackBerry. BlackBerry World remains the primary source for trusted and curated BlackBerry applications and we continue to support open standards and open source tools so BlackBerry developers can continue to create great apps on any of the development platforms we support."

So that's that. There's lots more discussion on the CrackBerry forums for those wanting to dig deeper into the background of this story.

Source: CrackBerry

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4 years ago

BBC iPlayer Radio app updated with Playlister feature

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Regular iPlayer app also updated with KitKat fixes

The BBC has updated its iPlayer Radio app for Android with support for the Playlister feature. When listening to any BBC radio broadcast through the app, users can tap the "plus" icon to add the current track to their own custom playlist, which is saved to their BBC ID account. Playlists can later be exported to music services such as Deezer, Spotify and YouTube, and Playlister also allows listeners to discover new music by following BBC presenters' playlists.

The update is rolling out through Google Play today, and in related news the regular BBC iPlayer app has also been updated with compatibility fixes for the new Android 4.4 KitKat.

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4 years ago

German retailer leak outs Moto G specs ahead of announcement

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Quad-core CPU, 4.5-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera

A day before we're expecting to get the official word on the Moto G, it seems one German retailer has already spilled the beans on Motorola's upcoming entry-level version of the Moto X. The Phone House briefly had the Moto G listed along with specs, which reportedly include a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch 720p LCD display and a 5-megapixel camera. Other notables include HSPA+ data connectivity (no word on LTE), 8GB of internal storage and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

If accurate, we're looking at a cut-down version of the Moto X, a possibility that's been reinforced by a couple of recent leaks pointing to a £135-150 UK SIM-free price point.

We'll be live in London tomorrow morning to bring you full coverage of the Moto G announcement, so stay tuned.

Source: TheUnwired, GSMArena

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4 years ago

Google Glass officially adding music in 'the next two weeks,' stereo earbuds available soon

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Official video shows proper stereo earbuds plugged into USB port

Along with the XE11 update that came to Google Glass late last week came the realization that Google Play Music can be properly sideloaded and installed on the $1,500 wearable. It ties into Glass as you'd expect — with full voice support and Google Play Music All Access at the ready. And that brought the obvious response — neither the bone-conducting speaker nor the new mono (and not very comfortable) earbud are very conducive to proper listening. 

It appears, however, that, yes, Google has larger plans for music and Google Glass. Rolling Stone tonight reports that Google Glass will officially get music functionality in "the next two weeks." It's not known whether that'll be rolled out special, or with the next expected monthly update, which should be XE12.

Also, a video uploaded Nov. 5 (apparently made live this evening) shows producer Young Guru ordering a meal in Spanish — thanks to Google Glass — then using the music discoverability feature to identify a song in the restaurant, and then listening to it through Glass.

And he does so, it appears, using a proper set of stereo earbuds, and in various color. (Though they do appear to be, at first glance, of the same large, uncomfortable nature as what's shipping in v2 of Google Glass.) We've got no idea when those might be made available to those of us who don't work with Jay Z and Alicia Keys.

Nothing official from Google Glass as of yet. So it's apparent that we'll be getting music playback directly from Glass, it's not yet known if we'll get some sort of more battery-friendly playback via the phone as well. Check out the full video after the break.

Source: Rolling Stone; Also: Phandroid

Update: The New York Times says the music features will roll out on Tuesday; the stereo earbuds will be available for $85 by the end of the month.

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4 years ago

Google's App Translation Service now open for all developers to use

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Service can cost as little as $75 per language for a small app

Google is working to bring more of Google Play to countries with languages other than English, and launching its App Translation Service is a big step in the right direction. Announced back in May at Google I/O, the App Translation Service is an easy and relatively inexpensive way for app developers to have their apps and Play Store pages professionally translated to dozens of other languages.

Now any developer can take advantage of this service right from the Developer Console with a few clicks. After going through a "localization checklist" that makes sure your app is ready to support other languages, you simply choose from one of many professional translation services, select which languages you'd like to translate to and you're on your way. You can even communicate with the translator along the way to make sure the app works just right with the new localization.

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4 years ago

Vector 19: Brian Klug on the new Nexus

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Vector is our cross-platform analysis show focused on bringing you the biggest stories and best analysis in tech. Sadly, Phil Nickinson wasn't able to join us this week (soon!), but Brian Klug of AnandTech absolutely was and, after briefly wrapping up the Apple A7 talk from last time, we dove into the new Google Nexus 5 and what the future holds for mobile chipsets, displays, cameras, and more. Yeah, he starts describing high-density in arc light minutes again...!

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