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4 years ago

HTC posts countdown to March 25, will live stream event

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HTC posts countdown to March 25, will live stream event

HTC Countdown

HTC Countdown

'The Best is About to Get Better' in just under 5 days from now

HTC has pretty consistently kept the hype machine rolling for the announcement of the latest in its HTC One lineup, and now we know precisely when and where we'll be able to watch the event go down live. A new page simply titled "The Best is About to Get Better" with a to-the-second countdown timer has appeared on HTC's website, indicating that a live stream will kick off when the clock hits zero — that's March 25th at 8am PT / 11am ET by our math.

To help build the hype even more, it has also embedded a Twitter stream showing all of the chatter with @HTC mentioned. March 25th is less than a week away, folks, and the excitement is building. Feel free to hit the source link and see every second slip by until we know what HTC will be launching, or get caught up with the latest rumors in our all-encompassing post below.

More: The new HTC One, what we're expecting

Source: HTC

4 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 price: $0 down and $27.50 per month

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T-Mobile Galaxy S5 price: $0 down and $27.50 per month

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Pre-orders begin March 24 both in-store and online

Carriers are starting to spill the beans on the pricing of the Samsung Galaxy S5, and T-Mobile has just released its own pricing information. The Galaxy S5 will run $0 down and $27.50 per month when paired with one of its Simple Choice plans, or if you want to buy outright you'll be spending a full $660. Pre-orders will go live on March 24th (that's this coming Monday) both in stores and online at www.t-mobile.com/nextbigthing, and T-Mobile states that anyone who pre-orders before March 31st will receive this "special introductory price."

Now it isn't exactly clear whether the full $660 is the "special" price, or just the fact that it's $0 down, or what the full price after March 31st will be. The information we have now shows just that one price, which at $660 in total seems like the "normal" price to us. But T-Mobile has done weirder things with phone pricing, so we'll have to just wait till Monday to see.

Source: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

The future looks bright for the BBC and Chromecast

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The future looks bright for the BBC and Chromecast

BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer

Audio only streams and support for BBC Sport app on the cards

The UK finally has Chromecast, and with it came BBC iPlayer as a launch partner. Alongside this, the BBC's Chris Yanda, has been explaining why Chromecast support came about and what lies ahead. And it's all good news.

One of the reasons we decided to support Chromecast was that Apple TV currently works only with Apple devices. Chromecast has SDKs available for a number of different platforms including iOS, Android, and the Chrome browser for laptop and desktop computers.

Score one for Chromecast, then. In terms of what lies ahead, the BBC is planning to add Chromecast support to the next version of the iPlayer web client so it can be used in conjunction with Chrome. The good news doesn't end there, either. There's much more to come.

I've already mentioned that the BBC will be enabling Chromecast support for the Chrome web browser on Mac, Windows, Linux, and ChromeOS desktop and laptop computers for the new web version of BBC iPlayer, and that we will be looking at adding support for audio-only streams. Aside from this and making tweaks and improvements to the existing BBC iPlayer application, we will also be working with other development teams in the BBC to add Chromecast support to other apps like the BBC Sport app.

Brits had to wait a while to get hold of Chromecast, but with big time support promised from a major media outlet like the BBC we're excited to see how it takes off.

Source: BBC

4 years ago

Beautiful Widgets 5.6 now available with two new and simple clock widget styles

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Beautiful Widgets 5.6 now available with two new and simple clock widget styles

Beautiful Widgets 5.6
Beautiful Widgets 5.6
Beautiful Widgets 5.6
Beautiful Widgets 5.6

Beautiful Widgets 5.6               Beautiful Widgets 5.6

Two customizable widgets to fit any homescreen look you're going for

Beautiful Widgets is always improving its app with new user-facing features and back-end fixes, and in its latest release, version 5.6, it's bringing two new widget designs. The widgets are flat, simple and customizable, with two different sizes — 4x2 and 4x1 — that give you variety to match the rest of your phone just right. Each one offers a simple display of the time, date and weather information, and you can customize them by adjusting both the transparency and the color palette.

The latest version of Beautiful Widgets is available now in the Play Store from the link at the top of this post. You can try out the free, ad-supported version with the options of in-app purchases, or go straight to the paid version for just $2.69.

4 years ago

Motorola Camera update lets you snap a picture with the volume button

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Motorola Camera update lets you snap a picture with the volume button

Moto X

Moto X

Not a perfect replacement for a stand-alone camera key, but it could help with the occasional selfie

Motorola has updated several of its apps in the Play Store this week, and the latest to grab a new version number is the Motorola Camera app. The changelog is nice and simple — you can now take pictures on your Motorola phone by hitting the volume key on your phone or attached headset. This is a feature that other phones have had for a good long while, and it isn't a perfect stand-in for a dedicated camera button, but it can't hurt to have another way to snap a picture for the times that call for it.

As always, there are some "bug fixes" included in the latest update as well. The Motorola Camera app is compatible with Moto's latest lineup of phones, including the Moto X, Moto G and Droids on Verizon. You can snag the latest version of the app from the Play Store link above.

4 years ago

US Cellular gets two colors of the Galaxy S5, throws in $50 for Google Play

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US Cellular gets two colors of the Galaxy S5, throws in $50 for Google Play

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 will run $199 on contract for US Cellular; wearables come in at $299 and $199

US Cellular today announced it'll carry two colors of the Samsung Galaxy S5, with both of them available for $199 on contract and after an instant rebate. In addition, USCC's throwing in a code good for $50 worth of stuff on Google Play. The phones will be available online and in stores on April 11, preorders start March 21. Same goes for the new Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit — the Gear 2 will come in at $299, while the Neo and Fit will command just $199.

4 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S5 price — $199 on contract, $649 outright

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AT&T Galaxy S5 price — $199 on contract, $649 outright

Galaxy S5

Galaxy S5

The price for AT&T's Galaxy S5 hits the sweet spot

AT&T has announced price for its Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 line. The Galaxy S5 will be $199 on a two-year contract, $25 per month with AT&T Next 18 or $32.50 on AT&T Next 12. If you're looking to buy without a new contract, AT&T's full retail price is $649. Pre-orders for the Galaxy S5 will begin tomorrow, Friday March 21.

AT&T will also be selling Samsung's new Tizen-powered Gear smartwatches. The Gear 2 will sell for $299, while the smaller, camera-less Gear 2 Neo is $199. Samsung's exercise-focused wristband, the Gear Fit, will go for $199. To sweeten the deal, the carrier's also offering $50 off a Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo when purchased with a Galaxy S5 between March 21 and June 5, while supplies last.

AT&T says the Galaxy S5 and Samsung's new smartwatches are due to ship from early April.

Source: AT&T

4 years ago

Samsung Chromebook 2 priced and dated for the UK

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Samsung Chromebook 2 priced and dated for the UK

Chromebook 2

Chromebook 2

Faux leather Chromebook hitting British shores on May Day

Samsung has announced that the faux leather covered Chromebook 2 will be headed to the UK and will be available from May 1. The black 11.6-inch model will be available from that date, but the white model and the larger 13.3-inch version will be available from May 12.

Pricing in UK money for the two will be £249 for the 11.6-incher and £329 for the 13.3-inch. It'll no doubts be available from a variety of sources so we'll keep our eyes peeled for any confirmed suppliers.

via TNW

4 years ago

Pebble Steel gets a price cut if you don't want the metal band

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Pebble Steel gets a price cut if you don't want the metal band

Pebble Steel

Pebble Steel

Down to $229 in black and stainless options with leather strap only

A quick heads up for potential Pebble Steel buyers that it has received a bit of a price cut. Or at least it has if you can live without the metal band. With just the leather band in the box you can now grab a Pebble Steel in black or stainless for $229. It's only $20 less, but a saving is a saving.

It's on back-order at the moment, so you'll have to wait a few weeks. But if you're interested, head on over to Pebble at the link below and snap one up.

Source: Pebble via Smartwatch Fans

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 priced in Taiwan

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Samsung Galaxy S5 priced in Taiwan

Galaxy S5

Galaxy S5

Local pricing equivalent to $756 for 16GB

We're still a few weeks out from the Samsung Galaxy S5 going on sale, but we still don't know much about pricing. According to Digitimes, Sammy's latest and greatest has been announced and priced for Taiwan ahead of April 11.

In local money, the 16GB Galaxy S5 will cost NT$22,900 which equates to $756 on the exchange rates. Direct currency conversions aren't the most accurate indicator of how pricing will go down in other territories, but it at least gives us an idea.

Source: Digitimes

4 years ago

Missed the Moto 360 hangout? No worries, catch the replay!

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Missed the Moto 360 hangout? No worries, catch the replay!

Moto 360

Motorola yesterday held a live Hangout On Air to talk Moto 360, with design lead, Jim Wicks. Despite some technical difficulties – seems someone didn't know how to set up a proper broadcast! – things eventually got underway and we saw and heard a few interesting tidbits.

There were actual, working Moto 360 watches there, and while we didn't really see much of it in action we did learn a few things about the design choices and how it functions. We found out that Moto 360 will work with any Android device running 4.3 Jelly Bean and above and that Moto has some kind of 'secret special sauce' charging method employed.

If you missed the live show, we've embedded the replay for you up top. It's just over 20 minutes long, so grab a beverage and take a look.

4 years ago

EE network issue 'resolved' after major outage

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EE network issue 'resolved' after major outage

EE

EE

'All customers are now receiving a normal service,' says carrier

UK mobile operator EE says it's fixed an issue which caused some customers to experience reduced or non-existent connectivity from yesterday evening. EE reps are telling customers to try restarting their handsets if they're still having problems connecting this morning.

“Last night's technical issue that caused a small proportion of our customers to experience problems with their signal has been resolved and all customers are now receiving a normal service. We apologise for the inconvenience caused to those customers affected.”

EE subscribers, are you back up and running again this morning? Let us know in the comments.

4 years ago

GDC 2014: Casual action-RPG fun coming in Elements: Epic Heroes

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GDC 2014: Casual action-RPG fun coming in Elements: Epic Heroes

At GDC 2014 we met up with Gamevil to look at their upcoming action RPG called Elements: Epic Heroes. Players build up a party of adorably blocky heroes and take on classic fantasy quests and adventures. A lot of this involves hacking your way through various monsters, but the real interesting thing here is the control scheme. There aren't any clunky dual joysticks here, players just need to tap where they want to move or who they want to attack. Double-tapping is imperative to dodge incoming danger, but also handy to speed up your movement. There are a few virtual buttons for special abilities, but by and large, getting around is very easy. Dialogue with NPCs is colorful and light, and there's plenty of loot to dive into.

This freemium action-RPG will be hitting the Play Store in the second quarter of this year.

4 years ago

GDC 2014: Running Shadow tosses in horror RPG with endless running

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GDC 2014: Running Shadow tosses in horror RPG with endless running

Yet another great game we got to check out at the Game Developer Conference is Running Shadow. It borrows a lot of the standard elements from the 3D endless runners we already know, but tosses in a lot of role-playing game elements, such as equipment that changes your character's stats, mana-consuming special moves to dispatch foes, and enough hitpoints to make sure you can take a licking and keep on running.

The game's premise is of a thief from the lower caste of a highly divided society who manages to swindle a powerful magic item from a secretive cult and make off with it. Considering most endless runners are pretty bare bones when it comes to gameplay, it's nice to see some extra elements thrown in. The acrobatics employed by the main character are also pretty freakin' sweet.

Running Shadow is launching on Android this Spring as a free-to-play title.

4 years ago

Weekly Photo Contest: No Filter

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Weekly Photo Contest: No Filter

Weekly Photo Contest: No Filter

 No Filter

Show us the best picture you can take right out of the camera with on edits

If you've spent any time on Instagram you're likely familiar with people using #nofilter to indicate that they didn't edit the picture (whether they're always being truthful is another thing) before posting. In our usual weekly photo contests we encourage editing and filtering because photography can be a creative experience even after the picture is taken. This week, however, we're making our prompt "no filter" — you can take pictures of anything you want using any Android device you want, but we aren't allowing any editing or filters this week.

When you enter your unedited photo, you'll be in the running to win one of two BlackBerry Music Gateways (yes, they work with Android!) — another great prize just for getting out there and taking pictures.

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (March 25) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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