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4 years ago

TripIt brings Seat Tracker service to Android app

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Don't get stuck in the middle seat for a long flight again

Popular travel service TripIt is adding one of its best "Pro" features, Seat Tracker, to its Android app today. The new feature leverages the fact that TripIt manages your flights for you and therefore can autonomously scan for open or better seats and offer them to you when they become available. Seat Tracker can help you get out of the middle seat, get into an exit row for more leg room or bring you closer to friends or family that you're flying with.

To take advantage of Seat Tracker you'll need the latest version of the Android app and be signed up for the TripIt Pro service, which costs $49 per year but includes several great features for the frequent flyer out there.

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4 years ago

International HTC One updated with Google Keyboard fix, Mini+ support

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Minor update starting to roll out in parts of Europe

The international HTC One has today received a minor firmware update addressing one of the bugs with the previous Android 4.2-based ROM, and adding support for an upcoming accessory.

The update to version 2.24.401.8 (from 2.24.401.2) fixes support for the Google Keyboard — previously impossible to use due to a software bug — and enables support for HTC's upcoming Mini+ accessory. The Mini+ is the successor to last year's HTC Mini — effectively a smaller companion handset that pairs with your smartphone over Bluetooth and allows you to make calls.

The update weighs just over 31 megabytes and doesn't appear to change anything else. (It's still based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.) The new firmware is live now for HTC One users in Scandinavia, and should be rolled out to other countries in the near future. Check under Settings > About > Software updates to see if your update is ready.

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4 years ago

'Dungeon Keeper' coming to Android this winter

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Classic PC franchise rebooted for 'strategy building and tower defense' title

EA and Mythic Studio have announced that they're bringing the classic strategy/god-game franchise Dungeon Keeper to Android and iOS devices later in the year, in the form of a mobile reboot. The PC original, which debuted back in 1997, saw players building an underground lair, attracting evil minions into their service and doing battle against the forces of good.

The mobile version is a "strategy building and tower defense" title, which may disappoint those hoping for a true portable re-make. Nevertheless, all the various components of Dungeon Keeper seem to be in place, including favorite minions like the bile demon, horned reaper and dark mistress, and various traps, rooms and spells.

From EA's press release —

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Golden flip phone is official

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Dual 3.7-inch displays, Android 4.2 and TouchWiz, heading to Korea

A week after Samsung announced the W789 Android-powered flip phone for China, we're seeing a higher-end version making its debut in the company's native South Korea. The Samsung Galaxy Golden has two 3.7-inch SuperAMOLED screens — one outside, one inside — alongside a traditional dial pad and call buttons. Powering the device is a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, and there's also 8-megapixel camera. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is onboard too, as is Samsung's own TouchWiz software.

Interestingly, the Galaxy Golden comes with many of the features of the Galaxy S4, including S Health, Easy Mode and the Optical Reader app, which can automatically parse business cards using the camera. (If the image above didn't give the game away, Samsung's going for a business-centric theme here.)

The Galaxy Golden will be made available through the SKT and KT carriers, priced at a rather eye-watering 790,000 won ($700.)

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (Korean); via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Verizon-bound LG QWERTY slider pictured

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It's been almost a year since we've seen a high-profile Android-powered QWERTY slider launch on a U.S. carrier, but it seems LG and Verizon might attempt to revive the form factor. According to Twitter leaker @evleaks, the "LG Enact," pictured on the right, is just "days away" from launch, and it'll pack a 4-inch WVGA display and a 5-megapixel camera.

As such, we're not looking at a high-end slider to succeed the Droid 4, more a budget slider for those on Verizon's 4G network that'll probably go for under $100 on-contract.

Any takers?

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 now available on Three UK

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After an announcement just a week ago, Three UK has today launched the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The stylus-toting tablet is available on a wide range of (data-only) contracts, starting as low as £5 per month for 250MB, with a £369 up-front charge for the device. If you're after a subsidized Note 8, Three's 24-month contracts start at £19 per month for 5GB and £69 up-front. Data-hungry buyers can go as high as 15GB for £29 per month, or £25 per month and £99 up-front.

The Note 8 packs a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos CPU, 2GB of RAM, an 8-inch 1280x800 display and DC-HSDPA/4G LTE connectivity, meaning it'll support Three's 4G network when it launches during the fourth quarter.

Source: Three

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4 years ago

LG G2 to arrive in the U.S. by mid-September

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G2 scheduled for Verizon launch on Sept. 12, AT&T on Sept. 13

Apparently keen to get its new flagship phone on American store shelves before the next iPhone hits, LG plans to launch the G2 on the two largest U.S. carriers by the middle of next month, Android Central can reveal. Sources familiar with LG's plans tell us that Verizon is currently scheduled to launch the G2 on Sept. 12, while AT&T will ship the next day, Sept. 13. For the latter, pre-sales will open on Sept. 3, and pre-order customers will get a free folio case.

The G2 will also be headed to Sprint and T-Mobile, however we weren't able to track down any firm release dates for these carriers.

In addition to most likely launching ahead of Apple's new iPhone (or iPhones, as the case may be), a mid-September launch could see the G2 available in the U.S. before rival devices from HTC and Samsung, including the One Max and Galaxy Note 3. It's also a relatively quick turnaround for LG, which has previously taken its time when it comes to bringing phones to the U.S. market.

Elsewhere, the G2 is pegged to arrive in the UK around the end of September, having already gone on sale in South Korea.

So will you be picking up an LG G2 in the U.S. next month? Shout out in the comments!

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4 years ago

Android 4.3 JWR66Y security update landing on some Nexus phones

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It looks like that T-Mobile U.S. update advisory was right on the money. A few hours after T-Mo updated its support site with word of a security update for the Nexus 4, we're seeing signs that an update to build JWR66Y (from the earlier JWR66V) is pushing out to the Nexus 4 and (GSM) Galaxy Nexus. Posters on the XDA forums have said that they've received a small OTA update to the new version, which still identifies itself as Android 4.3.

It's been speculated that the new version addresses Android security vulnerabilities which were recently involved in a high-profile Bitcoin heist.

So far we're not seeing any signs that the Nexus 10 or either Nexus 7s have been updated, but we'd expect the update to be extended to all Nexus devices sooner rather than later. Let us know in the comments if you've already updated your phone this morning.

Source: XDA (1, 2)

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4 years ago

SwiftKey 4.2 launches with cloud sync, 50 percent discount

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SwiftKey Cloud goes official, now available on Google Play

A month after the first public beta launched, popular keyboard replacement SwiftKey has pushed its new cloud-based features out through Google Play with the public launch of version 4.2 of its app.

 SwiftKey 4.2 introduces cloud synchronization for personalized predictions, allowing users to easily keep their dictionaries and typing styles in sync across multiple devices. The latest version of SwiftKey also allows "trending phrases" — for example, words associated with current events — to be updated remotely without requiring further app updates.

Logging into SwiftKey been simplified too, with the addition of Google+ sign-in.

To sweeten the deal, SwiftKey 4.2 is launching at a 50 percent discount, so if you buy it today you'll pay just half the standard price. (If you've already purchased SwiftKey, you'll get an app update with all the new features.)

If you're picking up SwiftKey 4.2 for the first time today, or you've been testing it over the past month, let us know how you're getting on down in the comments. To grab the new version of the app for yourself, hit the Google Play link up top.

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4 years ago

Google Helpouts plans to connect experts with novices for live video learning

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Experts in a variety of topics can offer free or paid help from anywhere

Google has introduced a new service it is calling "Google Helpouts" today, and as the name would imply it is based on connecting people to help each other with a Google Hangout video call. A new page and support documentation for Google Helpouts has been released quietly tonight (we'd expect Google to make a formal announcement soon) with a lot of information about what exactly it is and how it works.

The basic idea is to build up a network of experts on different topics — cooking, exercise and mechanical help are used as examples — that are willing to help others who have a need for that specific knowledge, and link them together for either free or paid help. That's right, experts can offer their services for a self-defined fee, of which Google takes a 20 percent cut to cover Google Wallet transaction and hosting fees. Google is however offering a 100 percent money-back guarantee to the person receiving the help if they aren't satisfied.

Google is taking information from people who are interested in giving or receiving help, but that's the extent of this system at the moment. Presumably Google is interested in building up a group of experts who are willing to offer their services before making the entire system live.

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4 years ago

AT&T announces new LTE locations, expansions and plans for 50 new markets in 2013

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AT&T has been on a tear lately with their LTE network expansion and overhaul, and tonight they have made yet another big announcement. The company will be lighting up LTE in five new markets, expanding existing coverage in eight others, and has announced a big list of locations scheduled to get LTE data coverage by the end of 2013.

AT&T 4G LTE currently covers over 225 million people in 370 markets, and with tonights news, they should be covering nearly 270 million people in 400 markets by the end of 2013. Verizon may have had quite the head start, but nobody can say AT&T is resting on their laurels.

Your lists are after the break.

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4 years ago

LG announces the world's first 2560 x 1440 smartphone display

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LG has sent out a press release this evening that is going to get more than a few people excited — especially fans of big, beautiful screens on their smartphones. They unwrapped the first QHD (Quad High Definition, not the qHD of old) 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display.

LG says the panel, which is only 1.21mm thick, will have a minimum bezel of 1.2mm. This makes the new display 12 percent thinner compared to the 5.2-inch display they showed off on the LG G2 last month. The panel will also be significantly brighter, checking in at 430 nits. And for all you resolution-junkies, this works out to a whopping 538ppi.

Is the world ready for a phone with a display sporting four times the resolution of the current Full-HD screens we see now? You bet it is. 1280 x 720 is so 2013. The full press release is after the break.

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4 years ago

Google reminds us to use Google Wallet with special promos in apps and on the web

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Several apps or mobile shopping sites offering deals for paying with Google

If you've signed up for Google Wallet, chances are you received an email tonight reminding you of several different promotions Google is currently running in conjunction with its payment partners. Hoping to get people past that crucial first purchase with the service online, Google is offering promotions for making purchases with Google Wallet on six different Android apps:

All you have to do is visit the app or mobile site and make a purchase with your Google Wallet account, and they'll handle the discount for you. Pretty slick, isn't it? Additionally, Google is highlighting six more apps or sites that accept Google Wallet as payment, but don't have special promotions at this time:

There are no special URLs to follow for the deals (although we've linked them all above), but if you're curious what the email looks like and didn't receive it, you can find it after the break.

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4 years ago

Vector 6: Ben Bajarin on Amazon vs. Apple vs. Google vs. Samsung

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Vector is Mobile Nation's newest show. It takes the most important topics in technology today, focuses on them from interesting angles, and then discusses the hell out of them. On this episode, Ben Bajarin of Tech.pinions talks to Rene about Amazon, Apple, Google, and Samsung, their differences and similarities not only in business models but in philosophies, and their relative positions both in North America and internationally. type="audio/mpeg">

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4 years ago

Chrome for Android update brings WebRTC to stable channel

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Real time communication without plugins now available on Chrome for Android

Chrome for Android has been updated today, and along with improved scrolling and startup performance, there's also a pretty cool new feature — support for WebRTC.

WebRTC is a free, open project that enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications capabilities via some simple Javascript APIs. It's been supported on the desktop in Chrome for a few versions, and is a joint project between Google, Mozilla and Opera.

That's what it is, but what it does is the cool part. It allows you to use the camera and microphone on your Android to video chat without installing any pesky plugins. A website using WebRTC will request permission, and if you grant it you'll have a persistent notification reminding you that video and voice is being transmitted. Things can get interesting if web developers integrate it into their site design.

The update is "rolling out" starting today. You can check for updates from the Google Play app on your Android, or by clicking the Google Play link above.

Source: Google Chrome Blog

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