Rogers activates its LTE-A service in 12 new markets

 

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Rogers has broadened its horizons by upgrading and expanding its LTE-A connectivity services to an additional twelve new markets in Canada. The announcement was made in a press release on the carrier’s website, where it lists the benefits that new subscribers of the service are likely to receive, in addition to download speeds of up to fifteen times faster than the standard 3G network.

The newly announced locations to receive the LTE-A service starting today are as follows:

  • Vancouver
  • Edmonton
  • Calgary
  • Windsor
  • London
  • Hamilton
  • Toronto
  • Kingston
  • Moncton
  • Fredericton
  • Halifax
  • Saint John

If you’re a Rogers customer in one of the locations where you have the ability to access the LTE-A network, why give the operator a call today to upgrade to one of its very reasonable 4G plans?

Source: Rogers

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Brookstone reveals more about Fitbit Surge fitness watch, works with Android

A few days after leaked documents about the upcoming Fitbit Surge wearable device hit the Internet, the Brookstone website has decided to go ahead and post up their pre-order page for the product ahead of Fitbit’s official announcement.



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Here is the DROID TURBO in Its Retail Packaging, Turbo Charger Included

The DROID Turbo should be here next, at least according to a countdown currently running on Verizon’s DroidDoes.com site for all things DROID. To show you additional proof that the phone is days from an unveiling, we now have pictures of it in retail packaging, courtesy of MotoFirmware.com.

And yep, that looks like the DROID Turbo in classic “DROID” style packaging. Oh, and there is a Turbo Charger in the box, just like we said there would be in our “everything you need to know about the DROID Turbo” post.

As an added note, sources of ours have told us that the phone will like be priced at $199 with a 2-year contract or $599 at full retail.

Not much else to say other than, next week should be fun. 

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Via:  @motofirmware

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Nexus 6 Cruises Through the FCC

With an October 29 pre-order date on the horizon, we were starting to wonder if and when the new Nexus 6 was going to stop by the FCC seeking approval. Thankfully, that happened yesterday, so we should be good to go on Wednesday.

The device showed up under two listings with Motorola’s FCC ID attached (which makes sense since Motorola submitted them):  IHDT56QD1 and IHDT56QD2. In the second listing, a declaration of product equivalence notes that this is the same phone as the IHDT56QD1.  Now, we should point out that the word “Nexus” isn’t mentioned anywhere that we can find, nor are there photos, but we are seeing enough information here to confidently say that this is indeed the Nexus 6. 

First, if you look at the device measurements, they match up to the Nexus 6 measurements almost exactly. The FCC listing shows a devices that is 159.4mm x 83mm. If you look at the Nexus 6 on Google Play, you will also find a device that is 159mm x 83mm (159.26×82.98mm to be exact).

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We are seeing a device that supports LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, and 41, CDMA2000 BC 0/1/10 (Verizon and Sprint), and GSM bands for T-Mobile and AT&T. This has it all, just like the Nexus 6, which no other device on our radar can lay claim to.

If that wasn’t enough, it also has wireless charging.

Again, we should be good to go on Wednesday!

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Via:  FCC [2] | reddit
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Best Android apps and games of the week: Republique and more!

We’re rounding up the best new Android games and apps for you again this week. Over the last seven days we’ve seen some great stuff out of the Play Store, including a slew of interesting apps from Microsoft. There are a couple of games here with distinctly cube-y art styles, not to mention one very polished AAA title.

If you’re good to go, let’s dive into our top ten Android apps to hit the Google Play Store this week.



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Lockdown Pro allows selectively locking almost any app

We are trust our smartphones with private data more and more, and it is becoming so difficult to keep that data away from people who just want to compromise your privacy. Enter Lockdown Pro, a pretty awesome app that allows you to lock your apps whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned user – and it looks great to boot. Best of all, it’s completely free – with in-app purchases, of course.

Lockdown Pro features multiple PIN pattern options, geo-fencing, and even a stealth mode that hides the app’s very presence. Newbies don’t have to worry about a steep learning curve – the app has a tutorial to introduce you to some of its key features. Users start by picking a type of password, and once you’ve set that up, there’s a backup plan in form of a security question in case you forget.

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The app is well thought of. Instead of just cramming it with options, developers have chosen to go for a more streamlined approach by showing you a list of your apps organized in two sections: Basic Apps that people are most likely want to protect with a password, followed by the Normal Apps list that includes everything else that installed on your device. Each app will have an easy toggle next to it, where you can choose to protect or unprotect it.

From the looks of it, Lockdown Pro looks to be one of the best app protection solutions we’ve seen in a while, and the fact that it’s available free only makes it all the better. You can grab the app from the source link via the Google Play Store.

SOURCE: Google Play Store

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Pronto Fast Charge battery gives a full charge in 5 minutes

At least that’s what it claims. The Pronto Fast-Charge battery is a Kickstarter project that claims to be able to give you 8 hours of power on 5 minutes of charging. Sounds ridiculous, considering that fact that this is what irritates us to breaking point about our mobile devices – when you need to charge your device and there’s just no time for charging. This might just be our savior, yes?

Power Practical – the outfit that’s backing this project – made its name on Shark Tank, the NBC entrepreneur show. This project is a new type of battery which Power Practical claims can charge a smartphone in just five minutes. The Pronto comes in two models, the 4500mAh Pronto 5 and the 13,500mAh Pronto 12. Both batteries look rugged and heavy duty with its aluminum construction and dual USB ports.

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Think about it this way – you’re heading out the door and realize that your smartphone’s battery is without a charge and you being you, you forgot to charge your battery backup as well. That is where Pronto should help, giving you a full charge enough for 8 hours of usage on 5 minutes charging time. If it’s true, then it’s a probable game changer.

At this point, you have to back the project on Kickstarter to have a Pronto unit. We realize some of you are nervous, but Power Practical already has a history of three successful campaigns, so their reputation is pretty much up there. Best thing about it is, the campaign is already funded – the Pronto is already USD$30,000 over its USD$50,000 campaign goal. So if you have the cash to splash, why not check it out?

SOURCE: Kickstarter

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GunFinger is a zombie shooter with fun shooting gameplay

Nothing new about casual games tempting you to transfer your rage to zombies – they’re slow, ugly, and undead and therefore worthy of your bullets. But to keep gameplay fresh and fun, that’s the catch right there. GunFinger certainly tries on that count.

Now, when you play a shooter, the risk in a game is when it actually requires your taps as the shots themselves, and GunFinger has made that a great feature – rather than restrict players to virtual buttons. Users can tap to shoot, swipe to reload and fling grenades. It’s simple that way, and it makes more sense that way.

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After a few levels, you get enough money to buy gun sights, and then the tap-and-aim mechanic comes into play. When you tap and hold, the screen zooms in. This more accurate shot deals more damage, but of course it’s slower and allows the zombies to get nearer. This becomes a problem when the zombie group gets bigger. So you either risk going for high damage or inaccurate but faster shots.

It’s all good fun, although the game’s IAP system does a lot to drain the fun away. As you may guess, the app offers more powerful guns – less risk – for buying customers. You can choose to go with or without the purchases, the game will still be fun. Check out the source link for the download, free at the Google Play Store.

SOURCE: Google Play Store

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Samsung answers design questions for Note 4, Note Edge

When going a version up, there is always the tension between keeping elements of the old design and ditching them for something new. Samsung went through all of that for its new flagship phablets – the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge. Let’s look at some of their considerations.

There has always been that question of whether Samsung has the capability to design metal-encased phones and devices – the company has gone a long way to answering those doubts with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. But with the Note 4 and the Note Edge, Samsung says that the design concept was “Modern Sleek”, and it wasn’t about to ditch that just to put out a metal phone. Besides, a plastic case meant that the Note 4 and the Note Edge could have removable/replaceable batteries.

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Another new design feature was the Note Edge’s… errr, well, curved edge. Why is it on the right side? Samsung said that it took into consideration what users were already doing on devices, like swiping right to left, and reading left to right. It just feels more natural to have an extension screen on the right. The company also had a grand time figuring out the right angle for the curve, as both grip and view came into play.

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Lastly, Samsung also hypes their collaboration with Montblanc, a global brand in writing instruments. Samsung said that they wanted the S Pen – arguably one of the best digital writing instruments around – to bring with it the expertise and nous of Montblanc. You can check out more answers to design questions via the source link.

SOURCE: Samsung

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Saturday Savings: Android Central skin cases for Samsung Galaxy S4 only $2.95!

Made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant TPU, this flexible case provides great protection for the Galaxy S4 from day to day use and accidental drops. The back of each case features a large portrait of Lloyd surrounded by a glossy, easy to grip exterior. Get yours in black, clear, smoke or green today and save 85%



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Lenovo’s website lists Smartband SW-B100 fitness tracker

Lenovo’s foray into the world of wearable devices is set to commence with the Smartband SW-B100, which is now listed on the manufacturer’s official website. The fitness tracker was seen making its way to the FCC earlier the month, which revealed a rectangular display.



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Android Wallpaper: L stand for Lollipop

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How funny would it be if there was a guy out there that closely followed candy trends, but has no idea about Android? All of a sudden the amount of searches for “lollipop” go through the roof. “Lollipops are going to be so hot this year!” Jokes aside, Android Lollipop is a hot topic these days, and s big reason why is the brand new Material Design language. People dig it.

If you want to get a little of that Material Design on your device you can load up one of the 11 HD wallpapers from Lollipop below. To get one of these wallpapers on your phone, tablet, or even PC, simply tap or click on the image to see it at full resolution. Then long press or right-click to save the image. Let us know which one is your favorite, and be sure to share a screenshot if you use one of these wallpapers! Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

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Here is the DROID TURBO in Its Retail Packaging, Turbo Charger Included.

The DROID Turbo should be here next, at least according to a countdown currently running on Verizon’s DroidDoes.com site for all things DROID. To show you additional proof that the phone is days from an unveiling, we now have pictures of it in retail packaging, courtesy of MotoFirmware.com.

And yep, that looks like the DROID Turbo in classic “DROID” style packaging. Oh, and there is a Turbo Charger in the box, just like we said there would be in our “everything you need to know about the DROID Turbo” post.

As an added note, sources of ours have told us that the phone will like be priced at $199 with a 2-year contract or $599 at full retail.

Not much else to say other than, next week should be fun. 

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Via:  @motofirmware

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Rogers activates its LTE-A service in 12 new markets

 

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Rogers has broadened its horizons by upgrading and expanding its LTE-A connectivity services to an additional twelve new markets in Canada. The announcement was made in a press release on the carrier’s website, where it lists the benefits that new subscribers of the service are likely to receive, in addition to download speeds of up to fifteen times faster than the standard 3G network.

The newly announced locations to receive the LTE-A service starting today are as follows:

  • Vancouver
  • Edmonton
  • Calgary
  • Windsor
  • London
  • Hamilton
  • Toronto
  • Kingston
  • Moncton
  • Fredericton
  • Halifax
  • Saint John

If you’re a Rogers customer in one of the locations where you have the ability to access the LTE-A network, why give the operator a call today to upgrade to one of its very reasonable 4G plans?

Source: Rogers

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The Verizon Xperia Z3v video review

We’re not quite done with the Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v just yet. You’ve already seen our complete written Z3v review. But do yourself a favor and spare us 3 minutes for our video review. The short take? Verizon’s got a decent phone here in terms of specs and features, but we just can’t get over the ho-hum design that it stayed with when it shunned the proper Z3.

It’s a mystery, or something. Enjoy.



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Latest Google Maps update brings better Android Wear navigation notifications

 

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Google is currently rolling out a pretty hefty update for its official Maps application. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade brings Android Wear users “improved navigation notifications” for when they’re using the service on-the-go, in addition to the usual multitude of stability improvements, speed optimisations and bug fixes.

Hit the break below for the full changelog.

  • Hindi now supported, including voice navigation
  • Improved navigation notifications on Android Wear devices
  • Bug fixes

To install the update, simply open up the Play Store on your device, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of the screen, select ‘My Apps’ and click on GoToMeeting. Next, hit the update button and the application will instantly start to download and install the upgrade from the Google Play servers. Alternatively, you can scan the QR code below to initiate the procedure.

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Online Companies Using Discriminatory Online Pricing

online-shoppingIf you enjoy online shopping (and who doesn’t?), you need to hear this news. A study of the most popular e-commerce websites done by computer scientists at Northeastern University found that price steering and discriminatory pricing is more widespread than any of us thought.

Since you might be a little confused about what this all means, let’s define our terms. Price discrimination happens when a company charges consumers more for a product when purchased online or from a certain device. Price steering happens when a consumer is directed towards expensive products when, based on his or her needs, is more fancy than necessary. The study done was adjusted for legitimate discrepancies in pricing, like location.  That being said, six out of sixteen popular e-commerce sites engaged in these practices.

Some of the biggest offenders for price discrimination were travel-booking sites like Orbitz or Cheaptickets, where potential customers are routinely charged $12 more per night if they don’t have accounts with the sites. Even worse is Travelocity’s $15 increase for users of mobile operating systems other than iOS. (That’s you, dear reader.) Orbitz is considered a repeat offender, since in 2012 it was caught charging Mac users up to 30% more than PC users for their services.

Other sites like Home Depot, Expedia, and Hotels.com were directing users to products that are pricier than the consumer needs. Home Depot was found to be showing mobile-device users products $100 more than those shown to desktop users.

The issue with these discriminatory pricing and price steering practices is that they are not telling users about these practices, and taking advantage of a customer’s ignorance to earn an extra buck at mobile shoppers’ expense. Hopefully, the work done by the folks at Northeastern University will inspire some change in these business practices, or at least promote some transparency. Now that the public knows a little more about the issue, maybe we can try to convince companies like Orbitz or Travelocity to change the way they work on mobile to create a fairer, more enjoyable online shopping experience.

Source: Wall Street Journal

 

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Here are 12 Google Calendar wallpapers to give your device that Android Lollipop feeling


Google Calendar wallpapersWith the release of another Android Lollipop developer preview, hard-working folks everywhere have been prying apart the latest operating system to try and get at all the apps that the rest of us can expect to see in the coming months. We’ve seen the new Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Games, and even had Gmail 5.0 teased. One interesting thing that has come out of all this prying, at least for wallpaper enthusiasts, is a set of 12 Google Calendar wallpapers that were found after digging through the new app. The new Calender app is apparently going to change the wallpaper based on what month it is, with each Android Lollipop-inspired wallpaper below representing a month of the year, with appropriate seasonal relevance. Check them out below – be sure to click through to the full image:

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Hopefully there will be a bit of re-arrangement of the wallpapers depending on what hemisphere you’re living in. What’s best about these wallpapers is, besides looking great, is that they are all available at 3840×3840 pixels which makes them ideal for any device you decide to use them on, even 2K ones. We shouldn’t have to only see them during the month that they’re relevant in, right?


What do you think about these Google Calendar wallpapers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: AmongTech via Phone Arena



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Oppo teases another device to be announced alongside the Oppo N3, could be 4mm thick


Oppo teases another deviceOctober 29th is just around the corner, and so is the announcement of the Oppo N3. We’ve already seen our fair share of the device with its motorized, swivel camera and we know there will be two variants, one of which is made of an aluminium-lithium alloy. We’ve only been expecting one device to be announced at the event, however the above image has come out suggesting that the device could be joined by a second device. Of course, the device on the right behind the curtains is the Oppo N3 with the unmistakable swivel camera, however the device on the left is so far unidentified.

The rumour goes on to say that this new device will have the “world’s thinnest appearance” and will measure only 4mm thick. Considering the current record holder, the Gionee Elife S5.1, already comes in at a ridiculous 5.1mm thick, we’re a bit skeptical that Oppo has managed to shave off an entire 1mm somewhere, though we won’t have to wait long to see whether this rumour is true or not. Assuming the image above is to scale, and the Oppo N3 is 5.9-inches as expected, this new mystery device could be no small thing itself.


What do you think about this mystery Oppo device? Let us know your theories below in the comments.

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Amazon has made its Appstore for Android obsolete

Since its creation, the Amazon Appstore stood apart, banned from being offered in the official store for Android apps, Google Play, until now… sort of. When Amazon recently updated its main Android app, it got a new “Apps & Games” department that duplicates the content found in the standalone Appstore app — effectively making it both unnecessary and obsolete. Naturally, because Amazon’s still delivering apps outside the confines of Google Play, you need to change your device’s security settings to accept downloads from unknown sources to install them. The change is a welcome one — reducing app clutter’s a good thing — and the convenience factor afforded by this consolidation should have Amazon selling more apps. Still, we’re pretty sure that’s not enough to make up for the Fire phone’s hit to the company’s bottom line.

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Amazon update lets you purchase digital content from within flagship app

Amazon is now letting users browse and purchase digital content from its flagship Android app, which sees the addition of categories like “Apps & Games” within the list of departments.



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Android 5.0 update for Samsung Galaxy S5 to hit in December

Samsung has been relatively quiet these past few weeks, with Motorola, HTC, and LG all making their pre-holiday moves and Google ready to take the wraps off its newest Android version. The South Korean gadget giant had already made its moves earlier, but we’re pretty sure it will not be left out in the jump to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Samsung is saying that development is already ongoing for its premier devices to take in the new version, and that the Samsung Galaxy S5 – the company’s 2014 flagship – should get an update realistically by early December. Now, we all know the tension between Google and Samsung regarding the latter’s propensity to tweak Android for its TouchWiz skin. It would be interesting to know how much Lollipop we get vis-à-vis TouchWiz.

Android 5.0 is set to be the biggest overhaul of the operating system since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – there are a lot of new things under the hood, relatively minimalistic aesthetic changes under the whole Material Design theme, and the transition the new ART runtime. See the video below to look at hints at how Samsung is going to execute Android Lollipop for the Galaxy S5.

It’s not gonna be long now before we see Android 5.0 in the flesh. And then the real job begins in trying to get the updated OS to the devices that can run it. December is not that long a wait, and it seems like the Galaxy S5 will be first in line from Samsung to get the OS update.

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Overview Calendar Optimized for iPhone 6 – Popular Calendar App

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After months of development and listening to beta testers, Gladsome Studios earlier this week officially released its calendar app ‘Overview Calendar’ out of beta. And today the app is fully optimized for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The design is built around a birds-eye view of your life, creating a before unseen overview of your life.

“We think the number one job of any calendar is to provide great overview. To not get you lost in all the details. And by taking a step back and showing your life from above, we are able to do just that. To give you a brand new perspective on your life.”

Development has focused on mainly three areas, namely offering the best available overview, a rich feature-set like you would expect from a calendar and beauty – a calendar doesn’t have to be boring and square.

Selected features:
* Unparalleled overview of your life
* Super-smooth timeline instead of a grid-based calendar
* Keeps in sync with other calendars
* Countdown to your big days
* Color-code everything
* Share things on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Customer feedback:

“…this app visually represents how my brain has “viewed” a calendar my whole life…as a linear 3D timeline…I cannot believe this app has been created!

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The Virtual Business Card That Exchanges Info Electronically – gCard 1.0

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Elixir Software Group today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of gCard 1.0, their new business tool for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Available in a wide range of colorful backgrounds, gCard is a virtual business card that allows users to electronically share their information.

gCard transfers contact information using a vCard so it is compatible with most devices and computers. With a simple tap, users can share information by text, E-mail, Bluetooth transfer, or QR code reader. gCard also features a built-in QR generator that can automatically generate a QR code for the user.

Feature Highlights:
* Comfortable and easy-to-use User Interface
* Share business card by text, E-mail, Bluetooth transfer, or QR code reader
* 21 different colorful background to choose from
* Compatible with most devices and computers
* Sharing directly imports information to smartphone and computer contacts via vCard
* Built-in QR generator

“gCard is a new and revolutionary app that helps you stay organized, save time and money, and be environmentally friendly,” explains Steven Abrams of Elixir Software Group.

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The Virtual Business Card That Exchanges Info Electronically – gCard 1.0

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Rating: not yet rated
Price: free  App Store


Elixir Software Group today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of gCard 1.0, their new business tool for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Available in a wide range of colorful backgrounds, gCard is a virtual business card that allows users to electronically share their information.

gCard transfers contact information using a vCard so it is compatible with most devices and computers. With a simple tap, users can share information by text, E-mail, Bluetooth transfer, or QR code reader. gCard also features a built-in QR generator that can automatically generate a QR code for the user.

Feature Highlights:
* Comfortable and easy-to-use User Interface
* Share business card by text, E-mail, Bluetooth transfer, or QR code reader
* 21 different colorful background to choose from
* Compatible with most devices and computers
* Sharing directly imports information to smartphone and computer contacts via vCard
* Built-in QR generator

“gCard is a new and revolutionary app that helps you stay organized, save time and money, and be environmentally friendly,” explains Steven Abrams of Elixir Software Group.

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Google reassigns Sundar Pichai to oversee all of its products

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Sundar Pichai is no longer the face of Android, Chrome, and Google Apps. He is now the face of every Google product there is. The company has reorganized its staff and CEO Larry Page gave Pichai expanded leadership over just about everything offered by Google. According to a staff memo released internally on Friday, executives will begin reporting to Pichai rather than Page.

The reassignment of Pichai to oversee all of Google’s products is to push innovation. Having someone new at the helm of everything can inject new life into the company. Pichai is not just some random pick, though. He has been a part of the merging of Android and Chrome, bringing together mobile and web experiences.

One product that Page will not hand over to Pichai is YouTube. The video streaming service will continue to run on its own and CEO Susan Wojcicki, a longtime Google employee, will report back to Google when necessary.

Even though Page is handing over some power, he is not going anywhere. The co-founder of Google will according to Re/code, “continue to directly manage business and operations, including access and energy (a new unit run by Craig Barratt), Nest, Calico, Google X, corporate development, legal, finance and business (including ad sales).” Page will also continue to monitor the grand scheme of things for Google.

For now, Sundar Pichai’s role on paper will not change; however, that is expected considering the new wave of responsibility he is taking.

Source: Re/code

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Deezer acquires Stitcher to broaden streaming content

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Today, Deezer announced its acquisition of radio streaming service Stitcher. The deal allows Deezer to label itself as a global on-demand audio provider. Prior to this, Deezer was primarily involved in music streaming rather than mainly carrying radio shows and podcasts like Stitcher. There will be no changes made to Stitcher on behalf of its customers. The service will continue to operate as it currently does.

The amount Deezer paid for Stitcher was not disclosed.

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Deezer Acquires Stitcher, the Leading Talk & Entertainment Radio App

Deezer to integrate talk and entertainment into streaming experience, leveraging Stitcher¹s 35,000+ shows and prominent auto presence

OCTOBER 24, 2014 ­ SAN FRANCISCO ­ Deezer, the premier global digital music streaming service, today announced it is acquiring Stitcher, the leading provider of personalized Internet talk radio and award winning mobile products.

The acquisition allows Deezer to become a truly global on-demand audio provider, offering consumers over 35 million music tracks and 35,000 radio shows and podcasts. Stitcher currently carries eight out of the top ten terrestrial radio shows and features content from over 12,000 content providers, including NPR, BBC, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, This American Life, Marc Maron, CBS Radio News and others.

Streaming talk content continues to grow in the US, with approximately 39 million Americans having listened to an audio podcast in the past month and 30 percent of Americans having listened to a podcast according to Edison Research.

“Almost every music listener listens to some form of talk radio, whether it is news, entertainment or sports,” said Daniel Marhely, Founder of Deezer. “We see the ability to deliver better talk streaming solutions in the same way that we are doing in music to super serve the needs of our global audience of 16 million users and growing. The acquisition of Stitcher helps us realize this opportunity.”

Deezer will further expand its distribution into the automotive entertainment market where Stitcher is already enabled in more than 50 models, including BMW, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar and Mazda vehicles and was an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto launch partner. “Deezer has become a market leader by meeting the different and unmet needs of music consumers around the world,” said Noah Shanok, Chief Executive Officer of Stitcher.  “We look forward to continue to evolve our leading offerings and deliver the most complete and best digital audio experience for listeners everywhere.” Deezer will continue to support Stitcher’s award winning mobile products, where Stitcher has the number one rated podcast app on Android and the second most popular app on iOS behind iTunes.

About Deezer

Deezer is the first truly worldwide digital music streaming service in over 180 countries, with 16 million monthly active users and 5 million paid subscribers worldwide. Deezer is at the forefront of a music revolution, allowing fans instant access to the largest music catalogue in the world, with more than 35 million songs and 30,000+ radio channels on any device. Combining the best of man and machine, Deezer¹s global editorial team searches for the best music around the world and its algorithmic recommendations help fans discover music they will truly love.

Deezer is available on your favorite device, including smartphone, tablet, PC, laptop, home sound system, connected car, smart TV or Xbox.  Launched in 2007, Deezer is a privately-held company, headquartered in Paris with offices in San Francisco and around the world.  Deezer is currently available as a free download for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows devices or on the web at deezer.com globally outside the US.

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Nest thermostats add compatability with third-party home automation products

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It was only a matter of time before the now Google-owned Nest Learning Thermostat (and smoke detector) became even more integrated in the “Internet of things.”

Now, the device can be paired and controlled with other home automation products, including Pebble smartwatches (to check and control the temperature in your home), ivee (voice-controlled home manager) and Life360 (an app used to check the location of family and friends and can adjust the temperature when people enter and leave your home).

WallyHome, a device that checks for water leaks, is also on the list of compatible products, as is Rachio, which controls sprinklers in the house for fires. Expect more and more products to become compatible with Nest, as Google is looking for more partners to expand the capabilities of its device.

Source: Engadget

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MetroPCS offering entry-level Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet

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If you’re a MetroPCS customer and in the market for a new, cheap tablet, there’s a pretty good deal available available for you right now.

The prepaid carrier (through T-Mobile) is offering the Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet for $149 (plus tax) on a pretty inexpensive data plan. For $10/month, you can get unlimited data, which siphons off 1GB  of data to the Pop 7 tablet. If you add the device to an existing plan, you’ll get a $5 monthly discount off your bill. Here are the rates for current subscribers, straight from MetroPCS/T-Mobile’s press release..

  • $10 / month: Unlimited data with first 1GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
  • $20 / month: Unlimited data with first 3GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
  • $30 / month: Unlimited data with first 5GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds

The tablet itself isn’t much in itself — a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch display, 8.9 mm thin, Wi-Fi/4G/Bluetooth and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean — but it still isn’t a bad deal for prepaid customers looking to expand their tech arsenal.

Hit the break for the link to the press release.

Source: MetroPCS/T-Mobile

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Sony reportedly launching 12-inch tablet in 2015

Sony_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014According to sources to DigiTimes, Sony will be launching a 12-inch tablet in quarter 1 of next year. Several other vendors are also developing large-size tablets for launch in the first or second quarters, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. The sources say that Sony’s tablet will be high-end and come with a stylus. 

Large-screen tablets are all the rage these days, with Samsung releasing its 10.1-inch Pro series earlier this year, and Microsoft releasing its Surface Pro 3.

Source: DigiTimes

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