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4 years ago

Have Verizon FiOS? Now you have streaming TV in an Android app

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Verizon today announced the availability of an Android app for its FiOS customers, allowing them to stream 75 channels of live TV, manage the DVR and watch FiOS video-on-demand. If you're at home, the app also will serve as a remote control for your box.

Verizon notes that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1 are supported, as well as what we presume is the Galaxy Nexus and a few other phones for which, frankly, Verizon appears to have made up names. (Supports the "Nexus 1" and "Moto DroidX" Really?)

The app runs on Android 2.3.3 and up.

Source: Verizon

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4 years ago

President Peña Nieto signs law to reform Mexican telecom industry

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Potentially drastic changes will be made to increase competition among communications companies

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has signed into law some pretty strong legislation that aims to cut down on the monopolistic practices of telecom companies in the country. Taking aim at companies such as América Móvil and Grupo Televisa, the law creates a new regulator agency, called Ifetel, that will oversee placing regulations on large companies in the sector to promote competition. Currently, América Móvil is far and away the largest mobile carrier in Mexico with nearly 70-percent of all mobile subscribers. New regulations will aim to limit the amount América Móvil can throw its weight around against the rest of the industry by eliminating its ability to have exclusivity for device launches and even setting rates for calls between carriers so that the incumbent network pays more to complete them.

The legislation goes so far as to give the government the power to force companies to sell off assets to reduce their advantage in the marketplace. Some may think these regulations are drastic, but given the telecom landscape in the country Peña Nieto sees it as the right thing to do. Competing carriers such as Telefónica -- which has approximately 20-percent market share -- are happy to see any progress made towards leveling the playing field.

Source: WSJ

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4 years ago

Android Central App gets dark theme, font size options in Version 1.2!

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New font sizes, read/unread options also available in this latest update

It's a banner day for the official Android Central app! We've just released Version 1.2 with a few more heavily requested features, some bigfixes and your basic smorgasbord of awesomeness. 

If you've yet to experience the glory that is the Android Central app, go ahead and hit up that download button. We'll wait. Then join us after the break as we walk you through a couple of the new features including -- yes -- a move to the dark side.

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4 years ago

Google closes acquisition of Waze

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Google 'excited' about enhancing Google Maps with Waze data 

The rumors were true -- Google has announced that it's closed its acquisition of Waze, the collaborative navigation and traffic app. In a post on its official blog, the company confirmed the buy-out, saying that it was "excited about the prospect of enhancing Google Maps with some of the traffic update features provided by Waze." The search giant also said it wants to bring the power of Google Search to the existing Waze app, which allows users to work together to find the best routes.

The Waze team, Google says, will continue to operate separately from the Maps team out of its Israel HQ. Google also promised to work closely with the Waze community and allow it to "grow and prosper."

More: Google Blog

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4 years ago

C Spire to carry the HTC One

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Regional carrier C Spire this morning announced that it'll carry the HTC One. And that's all it announced, saying it'll follow up with more details "in the future."

We, however, have far more on the HTC One, as well as some kick-ass discussions in our HTC One forums.

Source: C Spire

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4 years ago

Moving apps to the SD card on the Samsung Galaxy S4

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Apps-to-SD support is coming to the Galaxy S4 in a new software update - here's how to use it.

Samsung's answer to the controversy over storage space on the Galaxy S4 has been to resurrect an old Android feature -- the ability to move apps to your SD card. By offloading heavier apps to your expandable storage (the S4 supports microSDXC cards up to 64GB) you're able to save precious internal storage for other stuff, like the many apps that can't be moved to the SD card. That's right, just like in the Froyo (Android 2.2) days, developers have to specifically allow you to move apps to the SD card, and some popular apps don't support the feature.

Nevertheless, if you're big on gaming, the latest mobile titles can take several hundred megabytes each, and the ability to move these apps to the SD card is a great way to save space. The update to allow apps to be moved to the SD card is rolling out now to unlocked German Galaxy S4s, and other regions and carriers should follow in the weeks ahead.

In the meantime, you can check past the break for our video walkthrough.

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4 years ago

NYKO unveils NVIDIA Shield accessories at E3

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Accessories-maker NYKO today at the E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles unveiled a trio of accessories for the upcoming NVIDIA Shield, which is still on track for release this month.

NYKO rolled out a pair of cases -- a travel case that very much looks like NVIDIA's own travel case, as well as a hard-shell case (which you see above) for the times that you'll need extra protection.

Then there's the NYKO Shield Dock, which connects a dongle to the controller and then attaches to the dock, giving you a stable base from which to charge the device as well as output video.

And finally there's a Power Kit that gives you a set of adapters and cables for charging at home or on the road.

We've got more pics of the NYKO NVIDIA Shield accessories after the break.

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4 years ago

Galaxy Ace 3 tipped for July launch at Carphone Warehouse

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Carphone Warehouse has confirmed that it'll stock Samsung's latest entry-level phone, the Galaxy Ace 3. The British retailer hailed the device as "one of the first mid-tier, 4G-ready phones," and the Ace 3 certainly looks like being one of the most affordable ways to get your hands on an LTE-capable smartphone. Carphone's pre-registration page also gives us our first indication of a launch date for the Galaxy Ace 3, with July being targeted for the device's UK release.

For more details on the Galaxy Ace 3, check out yesterday's announcement post.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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4 years ago

White Ascend P2 up for pre-order at Phones4u

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UK retailer Phones4u sends word that it's offering Huawei's latest mid-range device, the Ascend P2, for pre-order in white. The white P2 will be exclusive to P4U, and is available for free on contracts starting at £25 per month on EE, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile. A release in brick-and mortar Phones4u stores is slated for "mid-June," so buyers shouldn't have too long to wait.

The Huawei Ascend P2 in black is already available from other outlets, including Three UK.

More: Phones4u

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4 years ago

New APIs to allow Chrome to interact with your iTunes library

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The users iTunes library is one of the default destinations for the new mediaGalleries API in Chrome

The mediaGalleries API is what Chrome and Chrome OS use to access images, videos and audio that is stored locally on the device. This means your media can be treated the same way online media is by Chrome apps, making them available for your viewing and listening pleasure right inside the Chrome browser.

A quick posting on Google+ from François Beaufort, everyone's favorite Chromium Evangelist, let everyone know that recent code changes mean that your iTunes library is one of the APIs default locations (your iTunes folder has a system-wide variable so it can be found by any program), meaning that music and other media you've stored there will show up automatically after a local media scan from Chrome -- with your permission, of course.

Why is this important? Imagine the Google Music website web app, redesigned so that you can play local music files as well. Or the Google Movies and TV Chrome app, or the upcoming image viewer. All your current media could be easily made available right inside these web apps from Google, or other third party extensions and Chrome apps. We're confident that Google knows that Chromebooks need at least a little bit of ability to play offline content, and building it into an API means that desktop Chrome users can benefit as well, with access to a possibly hefty iTunes library full of DRM-free "stuff".

You can check out an example of what they're doing currently if you're running Canary by loading up this Chrome app from Google's github.

Source: Chromium.org; Via +François Beaufort

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4 years ago

Paranoid Android team open-sources its 'Halo' multitasking feature

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Teams and solo enthusiasts alike can now integrate the notification system into their ROMs

A few weeks ago the folks over at Paranoid Android took the idea of Facebook's new Chat Heads software and took it a step further to create what it calls "Halo", a new way to manage multitasking on Android. While the software is still in beta officially, the team took to its official Google+ page today to announce that it is completely open-sourcing the software for other ROM makers to implement on their own. The source code, which is admittedly not cleaned up and still doesn't support proper Tablet UI's, comes by way of two links to GitHub with everything ROM makers of any size need to get started with it.

With the information and links to the source code, it also took a moment to throw out some thanks to Facebook, a few notes on compatibility and scaling of apps from Google Play, and some notes on the new version of Halo currently being used on Paranoid Android's ROM. The Google+ post also links to a great walkthrough of the feature as it stands now, which you can find above.

Source: +Paranoid Android

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4 years ago

Apple's iOS 7 'copied' everyone - and that's a good thing

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Some ideas are so good that they should be shared

If you had Internet service today, you've no doubt heard about Apple's iOS 7 unveiling at WWDC. If for some reason you haven't, be sure to head over to iMore and find out about all the new features and the new look. We'll wait.

OK, now that everyone is on the same page, we're all probably thinking about how a lot of that seems familiar. Apple certainly did a little shopping around when they decided what new features to include, and even how they will all look. Android's represented well, as is Windows Phone, BlackBerry, webOS and even Meego. Fans of all these operating systems are taking to Twitter or Facebook or Google+ to express their feelings over "the borrowing", and there is quite a little uproar being made. But not from me.

I think what they did is a good thing.

Cherry picking features from the competition means the users of that same competition might get a few laughs at your expense, but it means much more than that. It's validation for the designers and engineers who came up with it first, and it delivers great stuff that looks good to the end users.

While iOS 7 may look like a blend of Holo Light with MIUI icons, that flat card inspired interface is a great way to traverse your way through what your phone has to offer. We love it in Google Now and the other updated Google applications, and iOS users will love it when they get the update this fall. And the folks who originally designed it, wherever they may be, can know that they bring joy to millions with their design. The same goes for the Pandora inspired iTunes Radio, or the wireless sharing originally thought up by Bump, or HTC Sense 4's lock screen notifications. Those are features everyone wants, and now iPhone users can have them.

While you're reading through the lists of what Apple "stole" and who they stole it from, try to remember that in this business everybody steals from everybody else. And in the end, that means we all get to benefit from a universal set of great features. 

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4 years ago

NVIDIA Shield still on track for June shipping

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A few folks (including us) who have preordered the NVIDIA Shield controller have found themselves in possession of a snazzy new Shield T-shirt over the past couple days to go along with their $350 preorder. Accompanying the shirt was a note, which reads thusly:

Thank you for pre-ordering SHIELD. SHIELD is NVIDIA's first gaming portable, and has been a labor of love for us over the last year and a half since we started the project. Our vision was to build a dedicated, open platform gaming device that would allow you to enjoy a wide catalog of native Android and streamed PC games with full freedom and mobility.

To celebrate the arrival of SHIELD, we've designed a limited-edition SHIELD T-shirt and have included one in this package to thank you for your pre-order. 

On behalf of the SHIELD team, we hope you enjoy the experience!

Now us being the skeptical type, we checked in with NVIDIA to make sure Shield was still headed for customers' hands this month, as promised. And we're assured that while no shipping date has been announced, "late June" is still on track.

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4 years ago

How to change sync and notification settings in the new Gmail

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Don't forget to turn on sync when you add new folders or Mail Categories

While the settings to enable and change sync settings for Gmail haven't changed in the latest update, many people are just being introduced to them for the first time with the addition of "Mail Categories" this last week. Simply enabling the new Mail Categories feature on the web view of Gmail will get the tabs to show up in your app, but unfortunately won't start syncing or notifying you of your mail to those categories by default. It'll take just a few taps through the settings of the Gmail app to have everything syncing and ringing once again though, so let's take a look at the process.

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4 years ago

HTC names new communications head

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Lorain Wong will take up role as Vice President of Global PR, Corporate and Internal Communications from Taiwan HQ

HTC has named Lorain Wong as its new Vice President of Global PR, Corporate and Internal Communications. Lorain joins HTC from Chinese network services provider Pacnet. Prior to this, Wong had senior roles at Qwest Asia, Global One Asia Pacific and AT&T. She will assume her new role at HTC from the company's Taiwan HQ. HTC says her duties will include "public relations, media and analyst relations, corporate communications and issues management."

Wong replaces former VP of Global Communications Jason Gordon, who was one of several high-profile execs to depart HTC last month.

Source: HTC

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