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NVIDIA jump starts your Shield gaming with $25 Play credit

After slashing the price of the Shield handheld Android gaming console down to $199 from the recent $249 price cut, NVIDIA is back at it again to kick start your gaming with a $25 credit from the Google Play store. If you’re not into spending all that credit in one place on games, you can buy other digital content from the Play store as well, including music, TV shows, movies, magazines, apps, and books.



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Buy a Sonos speaker from Amazon, get a $50 credit

It’s a good time to invest in a wireless speaker from Sonos. Today, Amazon announced that it will offer its customers a $50 credit in its online store for the purchase of select Sonos products.



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AT&T offering $50 of Google Play credit after purchasing new phone or tablet with new contract

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Well folks, the title says it all.

AT&T will be giving away $50 of Google Play credit to customers who purchase a new phone or tablet (with a new 2 year contract) from now until June 17.

After you purchase a new device, you’ll have to redeem a code. From that point, the code will expire on May 15, 2015. You’ll have to have (or create) a Google Wallet account before you redeem the code, though. The cool thing about the deal is that you can purchase up to 10 new devices and you’ll get the $50 credit on all of them, so you can buy new phones for the whole family.

It is an online only deal though, so make sure you don’t make your orders through the store if you want to take advantage of the deal.

Source: AT&T

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AT&T offering $100 credit for customers who activate a new postpaid line

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In a bid to catch up with the likes of T-Mobile and other competitors in the market, AT&T has just announced a decent cash back promotion for its loyal customers. Under this promotion, the carrier will offer $100 to users who add a new line. AT&T is offering this credit for postpaid users who activate a new smartphone, tablet, home phone or Mi-Fi line. This is only valid for existing AT&T customers who have been with the carrier for at least 45 days.

The promotion is valid until the 31st of March, so you have plenty of time if you want to add a new line to your account and avail the $100 credit. This credit will reflect within three bill cycles from the original date of activation. The carrier was recently offering up to $450 in credit for customers switching from T-Mobile in a bid to tackle the massive Uncarrier campaign started by T-Mobile. So it is clear that AT&T has an answer for almost every challenge that T-Mobile throws at it, but we’re not sure for how long.

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Via: Cult of Android

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Amazon offering $5 credit with any download from Amazon Appstore

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Promotion valid though December 28

Amazon is spreading a little holiday cheer this week by offering a $5 credit to anyone who simply downloads an app or game from their app store. In a bold attempt to get people to download more apps and games from the Amazon Appstore the promotion runs through Dec 28, and qualifying for the credit is extremely easy.

To get the credit all you need to do is load up the Amazon Appstore (make sure you're on the latest version) and then download any game or application, even a free one. From here you will receive a $5 credit to use towards another paid application or game of your choice, and then the shopping can begin. 

With a wide variety of apps and games already on sale in the Amazon Appstore the $5 credit can get you a few games or apps depending on the deals you find. Amazon will also be offering free app bundles and deals over the next couple of days, so whether you got a new Android device this holiday season or not you will definitely want to check and see what they are offering.

So what are you waiting for? Get to loading the Amazon Appstore and downloading some new apps for your Android device. Be sure to share your new purchases with everyone, and any good deals you come across!

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

    



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Note 3 owners get a $50 Google Play credit until January 6th, 2014

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So you’ve bought your Note 3 and want to load it up with awesome games, apps, music, books, and movies, eh? Is some of that content only available by forking over a bit of cash? Good news — you won’t have to dig into your own wallet to pay for them! Samsung has started a promotion that will net any Samsung Galaxy Note 3 owner $50 in Google Play Credit.

Getting free Google Play credit is nothing new, as we’ve seen other devices offer $25 in the past. But $50? That’s a crap ton, and should keep you swell for quite some time. So what do you have to do? Simply head to Samsung’s site for the promotion, enter all the details they ask for (including your device’s IMEI, your email address, phone number and more), and you should be greeted to $50 in your Google Play account almost instantly.

The offer is for both new and existing customers, and will last until January 6th, 2014. You should have plenty of time to get your credit, even if you don’t get your device until Christmas. Go ahead and hit the source link to claim your credit.

[via Samsung]

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[Deal] Get $50 in Google Play credit with the purchase of select Motorola smartphones

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If you’re in the market for a Motorola phone, you will be happy to know that you if you purchase one now, you will get $50 in Google Play credit. You have until March 4th to make your purchase, and since it’s a mail-in-rebate, you will have to send them your sales receipt, the barcode from the box, and the phone’s IMEI/ESN/MEID. If you choose to buy your phone directly from Motorola, you don’t have to send in the rebate. Hit the break for the list of eligible devices.

Be sure to cash in on this deal by checking out the source below.

Source: Motorola

 

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Sprint’s $400 Credit Should Have Some Families Switching

How happy are you with your current cell phone provider? Chances are you have at least one problem with them, whether it’s price, coverage, phone selection, or even customer service. The truth is that no carrier is perfect, and each customer will have a different experience with each. While sticking with the devil you know might seem prudent, you very well might be better served with another carrier.

It appears that Sprint, the third-largest carrier in the U.S., is banking on your dissatisfaction with your current carrier. They are offering families who switch a $400 credit. That might not seem like a lot, but it can still go a long way — at least $400 further than your current carrier. Given Sprint’s prices, which sit below those of their larger rivals, Verizon and AT&T, that $400 can stretch a decent length.

According to the report, the $400 credit goes towards the purchase of new phones. That will cover two brand new high-end smartphones, but families can stretch that a bit further and purchase up to four mid-range smartphones. Sprint has a number of phones in that price range, including the iPhone 4S and the HTC EVO 4G LTE.

Sprint’s applying the credit to handset purchase makes plenty of sense. One of the biggest objections people have to switching carriers is the necessity of buying new phones. Stick with your current carrier and you can stick with your current phone, so you only pay the monthly fee. Switch, and most of the time you can’t take your handset with you. Sprint is basically shuttering that objection, which should help them win a few new customers.

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The only catch, if it can be considered that, is that customers must switch over at least three lines. Many people have family plans with just two lines; it saves big time, especially with Verizon’s new Share Everything plans. Those dual-line customers won’t get that $400 credit, which is kind of a shame. It would mean both users could get a high-end smartphone. But that is likely a big reason why Sprint has placed the three-line minimum on the promotion.

The promotion runs from now through the end of February, though it might not be the last one Sprint runs. They ran something like this in August of last year, and actually included the $400 credit for single line customers who switched. Limiting it to family lines this time around indicates that perhaps the value wasn’t worth it from their end previously.

Like the previous promotion, this is available in-store only. Sprint has a nice little tool for finding a store near you. Switching cell carriers is never an easy decision, given the costs and changes that come along with it. But this $400 credit removes a lot of friction from the change. It won’t move Sprint past AT&T any time soon, but it’s just another promotion with an eye towards chipping away at the biggest players.

Via FierceWireless.

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Ting will give up to $350 credit per line for ETF to Transfer

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Fairly new U.S. pre-paid wireless carrier Ting will offer new customers up to a $350 credit per line for early termination fees to transfer to their network. Starting February 1st, they’ve allocated $100K to make this happen for the whole month. For those skeptical that this isn’t enough dinero, Ting responded to the Ars post where I first read about this saying:

Hi, Michael from Ting. I appreciate this thread. But I don’t get all the suspicion and concern about the numbers. At an average of about $200 an ETF, we’ll pay out about 500 users in the month. We’re doing it to see if these people go on to become good paying customers when their credits run out (and we should consider scaling out this deal) and, sure, to generate some buzz and get more people checking us out. Beyond those 500 customers, others will continue come to us every day who either are not under contract or choose to pay out their contract to start getting monthly savings sooner. It doesn’t make sense to suggest that our new subscribers in the month of February would suddenly be limited to those that participate in this promotion. And it doesn’t make sense to suggest that we shouldn’t help out ~500 people if we can’t help out absolutely everyone. It’s a nice little test and promotion and a bunch of people will be happy.

Ting is a Canadian company, but will operate in the U.S. It’s a Sprint MNVO similar to Boost or Virgin Mobile, which means doesn’t own the spectrum it operates under, but unlike Boost or Virgin though, Ting isn’t a subsidiary of Sprint. Most Android devices that work on Sprint or any of its MNVOs including devices with WiMAX or LTE (with the exception of Boost and Virgin devices) will work on Ting. If you’re a current customer on Sprint and would like to keep your number, you’ll need to port it to an non-activate Sprint phone or port it to a Ting phone that you can buy in their online store.

Trying not to sound like a shill for Ting, but this carrier seems great. They have an à la carte menu for minutes, messaging, and data. You pay for exactly what what you use.

You choose your plans for minutes, messages and megabytes. If you go over on any of them, we will reconcile in the next pay period so you pay for what you actually used (without penalty). Likewise, if you go under on any of them, we will credit you in the next pay period so you pay for what you actually used. Again, we will credit you.

They’re also Android only with a full support team and forums that tackle device and Android specific issues. That’s a first for a carrier. Regarding non-Android devices:

We’re big fans of Apple and all that they’ve accomplished with the iPhone. Perhaps one day we’ll be in a position to offer it to our customers but currently we have no plans to offer the iPhone.

As for Windows Phone, we like that OS and some of the hardware that runs it too. Again though, no current plans to offer it.

Check out Ting for yourself.

 

Source: Ars Technica

 

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AT&T offering $100 credit to Nexus 7 owners when signing up for two-year contract

For those picking up the HSPA+-enabled Nexus 7 from the Google Play Store, AT&T is extending a special offer. Signing up for a two-year contract with the carrier will grant a $100 statement credit, effectively matching the $100 subsidy AT&T offers on tablets sold through their stores when coupled with a data plan.

To take advantage of the offer, one must first purchase the Nexus 7 from Google  and then activate service by calling a provided number or visiting an AT&T store. You still have to pay $299 up front, but after all is said and done you are getting the 32GB slate for $199. You can take advantage of the deal for as low as $10 per month by adding the tablet to a Mobile Share plan.

[via AndroidPolice]

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Sprint to bring PAYG service starting January 25th?

For many years now, Sprint has pushed customers looking to get affordable PAYG rates to one of its subsidiaries, Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile USA. While that strategy has worked out fine enough in the past, it looks like the Now Network will look to keep more PAYG fans under its own banner as new rumors suggest Sprint will look to launch the flexible, more affordable plans sometime this year.

Android Police gathered early training materials which suggest a PAYG service will launch under Sprint starting January 25th, and of the four phones that will be available to start we should expect at least two Android phones. One will be the $150 LG Optimus Elite, while Samsung’s Galaxy Victory will come in as the most expensive offering at $250.

Smartphone plans will begin at $70 per month, and will include unlimited voice, unlimited texting and unlimited data. Voice roaming and 1XTT data roaming are available as well, but 3G data roaming will not be offered for PAYG customers. All smartphones will be eligible for total equipment protection, and those who want extra services like mobile hotspot, international roaming and more will need to put those charges on separate credit cards as they cannot be tied in with the monthly bill.

Oh, and if you’re thinking about gaming the system with a “bring your own phone” mentality, guess again: Sprint will be creating brand new SKUs for its PAYG-eligible devices, so if you want in on this service then you’re going to have to buy one that’s branded “Sprint As You Go.” That’s not too surprising, but worth noting anyway.

Also, as you’d expect, the plans will not be eligible for any sort of corporate discounts or rebates.  ’Tis the cost of wanting to be freed from the tight chains of the wireless industry, though. The beauty is that you can leave whenever you want at no cost, so if you try it out and decide it’s not right for you the you can just pick up shop and give it a go with the many other options available to you. We’ll see if Sprint has anything to say about this come CES week.

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BEST DEALS: Orange San Diego £99 plus £10 credit

This is probably a bit late to add to your Christmas present list, but it’s a superb way to start the new year on a budget. Orange has SLASHED the price of the Orange San Diego, selling the 4″ Intel-powered Android model for just £99 with a PAYG SIM.

You’ll have to buy at least £10 of calling credit at the same time taking the day one cost up to £110, but that’s still one hack of a discount for a relatively new and capable smartphone with some solid specs.

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And ignore that “Android 2.3″ bullet point, as there’s now an “Ice Cream Sandwich” update out there for the San Diego, which will arrive over-the-air as from Orange soon as you boot it up. Nice. Check it out here.

Link via HUKD.

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HTC HD2 runs Windows RT, postpones trip to afterlife yet again

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HTC’s HD2 may have begun life as just another Windows Mobile 6.5 handset, but its surprisingly hardy internals enable it to run almost any mobile OS going. The latest software to appear on the three-year-old device is Windows RT, which was jammed onto the system by a developer called Cotulla — who previously put Windows Phone 7 on the same unit. While we imagine it’s not that comfortable to use on the HD2′s 4.3-inch screen, we can imagine some superheroes are now scouring eBay for a similarly immortal smartphone.

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BEST DEALS: Orange San Diego £99 plus £10 credit

This is probably a bit late to add to your Christmas present list, but it’s a superb way to start the new year on a budget. Orange has SLASHED the price of the Orange San Diego, selling the 4″ Intel-powered Android model for just £99 with a PAYG SIM.

You’ll have to buy at least £10 of calling credit at the same time taking the day one cost up to £110, but that’s still one hack of a discount for a relatively new and capable smartphone with some solid specs.

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And ignore that “Android 2.3″ bullet point, as there’s now an “Ice Cream Sandwich” update out there for the San Diego, which will arrive over-the-air as from Orange soon as you boot it up. Nice. Check it out here.

Link via HUKD.

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Google surprise calendar countdown to offer daily Google Play deals

Google has launched a holiday promotion in the Google Play Store that will see a new deal made available to Android users each day until we ring in the new year. Today’s “surprise calendar countdown” offer is a $35 credit to be used with the Hotel Tonight app. Users need only download the hotel booking application and enter the promo code “google35″ at checkout.

Google isn’t revealing the deals in advance, but they will cover the complete range of Google play content, including books, music, movies, TV, and games. Based on this first promotion, it looks like the deals won’t simply be limited to discounted apps, as has been the case with past Google Play promotions.

So if you’re looking for a hotel tonight, this Hotel Tonight deal looks like one that can’t be passed up. Otherwise, stay tuned to see what Google brings to us over the coming weeks. Great deals are sure to be had for all.

[via TechCrunch]

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Google Kicks Off Surprise Calendar Countdown, $35 Credit Towards Hotel Booking

Today, Google is starting to spread some holiday cheer with the Surprise Calendar Countdown. From what we can see, Google will have special deals on apps, books, movies, tv, and music every day until 1/1/2013. Today only, Google is offering $35 towards a hotel booking through the Hotel Tonight application that can be installed from [...]

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Apple Could Move To TSMC For New Gen A-Series Chips Earlier Than Expected

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Apple’s long standing rivalry from Samsung hasn’t ended their professional relationship which involves Samsung making chips for the renowned A series of chips based on ARM (A4, A5, A5X etc). Expectedly, Apple has been eagerly wanting to shy away from Samsung and look towards other chip makers to fulfill its demands. And TSMC was one such manufacturer said to be in the running to take over the reins from Samsung. And now it is being reported that the switch could be made sooner than we all expected.

TSMC makes its chips using the 20 nanometer process which is much more efficient than Samsung made chips, so the switch in manufacturers seems like a viable option for more than one reason. The early rumors claimed that the switch would be made in late 2013 so as to accommodate for iOS devices launching in 2014. But according to a report generating from Taipei Times, Credit Suisse analysts have apparently mentioned that Apple is in full motion to switch chip makers as early as in Q2 2013, which aligns well with the next iPhone launch. However, the chip used here would be made with the 28 nanometer process and not 20nm as previously rumored.

It was reported that Apple was in the running with Qualcomm to get an exclusive chip making deal with TSMC, which apparently failed as TSMC wanted to be more open. This new report, if true, could mean that Apple will finally shy away from Samsung as its professional partner which I’m sure is what the company wants. No doubt, Samsung will be deeply hit by this as Apple is one of its biggest consumers accounting for millions of its revenue. TSMC chips have been claimed to be more efficient as well, which could mean better cost to performance ratio as well as lesser battery consumption.

All of this is hypothetical for now of course, and we would like to see Apple’s approach in the coming months. There’s possibly no iPad launching this March as the model was just refreshed, but we could all be surprised. Barring that, the next major device announcement from Apple would have to be the next gen iPhone. So going by the report, we should see a faster and efficient TSMC made chip in the next iPhone. Is Apple headed in the right direction? It probably is.

Source: Taipei Times
Via: MacRumors

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Square starts offering gift cards, ties them into Passbook for iOS 6 recipients (video)

Square offers gift cards, ties them into Passbook for iOS 6 recipients

Square payments have so far been self-centered affairs that won’t let us share the wealth with others. In rather convenient timing for the season, updates to Square Register and Square Wallet for Android and iOS have made a little of that sought-after generosity possible through the introduction of gift cards. Americans can now give and receive credit for any location that uses Square Register to process payments: if friends would like nothing more than to treat themselves to triple-shot espressos at the local indie coffee shop, you can make their day. The update also brings a treat for the Apple-inclined who’ve kept up-to-date with iOS 6, letting them redeem their cards quickly through Passbook instead of diving into Square Wallet or QR codes printed on old-fashioned paper. We’re still waiting on word of gift card availability for our Canadian friends, but most everyone in the US just hast to check for the relevant app updates to spread some affection.

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BEST DEALS: Huawei Blaze £29 on PAYG, plus £10 top-up

If you’re in need of a triple-redundant Android spare or a clunker replacement to tide you over between contracts, this one would do. Phones 4U is selling the Huawei Blaze for £29.99 plus £10 of calling credit, a rather bonkers price for what was a decent enough Android phone when it launched last year.

Don’t go expecting stellar multi-tasking performance, but if you just need something for Twitter and email because you dropped your “main” phone in the toilet, it’d do. Phones 4U is selling this with T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2 PAYG Sims.

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Also an ideal starter smartphone for the under-9s. A bit crappy, but cheap. You get the idea. Get it here if you are in need.

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New Nexus 4, 7, and 10 owners: Don’t forget your free movies, TV shows, music, and magazines

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Just a heads up for all you brand new Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 users out there. While Google’s $25 Google Play credit may have expired back in September, ‘ol Googs is still nice enough to give you guys some complimentary free goodies by way of a movie and television show download/streams (depending on your part of the world), along with a random assortment of magazines and music.

If you’re in the US, head on over to your Play Movies & TV apps to find the full length movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon available for download/streaming, along with the 2-hour series premier of Falling Skies and an episode of Planet Earth (Nexus 4 only). The Nexus 7 and 10 swap Transformers for Ice Age, and somehow lose Falling Skies in the mix.

If you didn’t get stuck with the puny 8GB Nexus 4/7 models, you can even “pin” these videos and download ‘em straight to your device. While it may be nice to watch without an active data connection, keep in mind Transformers alone will take up a whopping 2.7GB of storage space. Thank, god for streaming.

When it comes to music and magazines, you’ll find a handful of artists (you probably never heard of), and a few magazines too. Just jump into Play Music and Play Magazines to find them already waiting for you. Cheers.

Thanks, Molo!


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Personal Capital Investing helps you keep your finances in order

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Coming into the holiday season, its important to keep your personal finances in order while the spending starts ramping up. The Personal Capital Investing app is hoping to stand out from the set of financial apps that have been available for some time on Android. You create an account and link to it your other accounts from banks, credit cards and financial institutions so that everything is available in one place (similar to Mint if you're familiar). You can keep track of spending, help budget monthly allowances and track your investments all with one interface.

Its pretty handy if you're feeling overwhelmed with the number of different accounts you have. You can give it a try for free at the Google Play Store link above.

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Another Nexus 4 batch expected to ship out this week, says Google

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Many of our hearts sank when the e-mails started rolling out indicating that there would be a three-week delay in shipments of some "backordered" Nexus 4 handsets. Now many users are seeing a more encouraging e-mail landing in their inbox, informing them that their devices are expected to ship this week. Credit cards will be charged and tracking numbers sent once the devices finally get out the door. That said, we're still lacking actual dates. But we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth.

This falls right into line with the three-week timeframe we heard before, so let's hope that this batch triggers availability in the Play Store again. Maybe this round we'll see orders stay up for more than 15 minutes. There are lots of eager potential buyers that want to get their hands on a Nexus 4.

More: Google Nexus 4 Forums

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Rating agency Fitch cast negative outlook for Sony compared to Panasonic

Credit rating firm Fitch thinks Sony is at a greater risk of losing more compared to its rival Panasonic Corp in the continuing electronics slump of Japanese companies.

Fitch gave Panasonic a two-notch-above-BB rating on Thursday. The rating firm cut Sony’s rating to three notches to BB minus on the same day. It is the first time that one of the biggest rating firms trashed the creditworthiness of the two companies to junk-bond level.

Other rival rating agencies S&P and Moody’s also gave both companies the same credit rating, which is barely above junk status. Panasonic received Moody’s most recent cut last Tuesday.

Matt Jamieson, Fitch Asia-Pacific office head,  commented that Panasonic “has the advantage of a relatively stable consumer appliance business that is still generating positive margins”. On the other hand, he said that for Sony, “most of their electronic business are loss making, they appear to be overstretched.”

Almost all of Japan’s TV industry, which had seen better days in the past, is struggling to remain in business as the cheaper and more innovative South Korean Samsung Electronics as well as other foreign rivals are taking over. Tablets and smartphones from Apple Inc have become the current bestsellers in the consumer electronics industry.

Both Sony and Panasonic have become the focus of investors following another rival’s request for bailout as Sharp Corp managed to get help in the form of a $4.6 billion aid from banks like the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group and Mizuho Financial Group.

To survive, both Sony and Panasonic decided to look for different ways. Panasonic hopes to grow its business in solar panels, appliances, automotive components, and lithium batteries. Its appliances unit composed of only 6 percent of the total company sales, but was able to provide margins above 6 percent, as well as made up a big slice in the overall operating profit.

On the other hand, Sony, the creator of the vaunted Walkman, is focusing on consumer gadgets to hopefully take the initiative in its fight against Samsung and Apple in the mpbile business, while at the same time doubling down on gaming and digital cameras.

The consequence of the lowered credit ratings for both companies is the difficulty in raising capital in credit markets to help turn their fate around.

At the moment though, the effects are hardly significant as both companies have the full confidence of their banks.

Panasonic previously forecast an operating loss of $10 billion until March 31 2013, but managed to secure a financial bailout from banks like Mitsubishi UFJ and Sumitomo Mitsui an amount of around $7.6 billion. The move, according to Panasonic, was a good financing backstop to prevent the company from looking for money in credit markets.

Sony is trying to save itself by selling off non-core businesses including the sale of its chemicals business to a Japanese bank, and announced that it should be able to make arouind  $1.9 billion through a convertible bond.

Another market analyst firm, Thomson Reuter’s Starmine, through its structural model system that evaluates debt levels, changes in asset values and credit risks, gave both Sony and Panasonic an implied rating of BB minus. Sharp got an implied rating of B minus, three notches lower.

Panasonic and Sony both received a rating of BBB from Standard & Poor. Moody’s Investors Service cut both companies at Baa3, the lowest of the firm’s high-grade category. Moody’s forecast a negative performance for both companies while S&P sees Sony as struggling and a stable outlook for Panasonic.

source: reuters

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Google working on fix for “December” bug in Android 4.2

A pretty big oversight was made by the Android QA team, it seems, as the update introduced a glaring omission from the contacts date carousel. Users trying to associate a date with a contact were surprised to find that the month of December was missing. While this isn’t an experience-breaking omission it’s still something that’s so painfully obvious that it infuriates many-a soul (especially if you have a ton of friends whose birthdays occur in December).

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Luckily for us Google is already on the case and is working up a quick fix to get it out to Nexus devices everywhere. Google’s statement even pokes a little fun saying the update would be out in time to make sure you won’t be forgotten by loved ones whenever your birthday or anniversary rolls around. This would indicate that we should see it in a matter of days, and there’s no reason to believe otherwise as we imagine this fix should be fairly straight forward and easy.

This issue didn’t affect the calendar app, mind you — it was only the date selector field in the People app missing the month. We’re not sure how this bug affects contacts who were already in your address book that had a December date under their entry, but if anyone’s entry was wiped out then hopefully this will restore it.

Google still has a host of other issues with Android 4.2, though, including performance issues for many people on the Nexus 7. We hope they’re hard at work on all of that stuff, as well. Chances are we will have to wait for a separate upgrade to iron those issues out, though, so don’t be bummed if all your problems aren’t solved in one fell swoop.

[via Google+]


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RadioShack Partners With Carriers to Offer Galaxy S3 for $99 Plus $50 Play Credit

Through the holiday season, RadioShack is teaming up with carriers to offer the Galaxy S3 for $99 on a new two-year agreement, but are also throwing in a $50 Google Play credit. If you have looked to pick up the device through either Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, then you’re in luck. On top of that [...]

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[Deal Alert] RadioShack Is Offering A $50 Google Play Credit If You Buy A Galaxy S III Starting Nov. 18th

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RadioShack has a holiday promotion starting Sunday that, if you’re in the market for a Galaxy S III here in the states, you might be interested in (unless you’re on T-Mobile – this one’s only Sprint, VZW, and AT&T).

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So, what’s the deal? Galaxy S III’s at RadioShack are just $99 on a new agreement or upgrade, and if you buy one, you’ll get a $50 Google Play credit. Not bad. It gets better – the Shack will give you $10 back for every $50 you spend. So, you’re probably better off going in to the store and grabbing a $0.99 item alongside that $99 Galaxy SIII, and that means you’ll be able to get a GSIII for just $81, and a $50 Play Store credit to go with it.

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[Deal Alert] RadioShack Is Offering A $50 Google Play Credit If You Buy A Galaxy S III Starting Nov. 18th was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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From the forums: Can I buy a Nexus 4 from another country’s Google Play Store?

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This one was borne in our burgeoning Google Nexus 4 forums, and prompted us to do a little digging around in Google's support pages. The OP from forums member jerryberry83 read like this:

Hi can someone help me out ? I will be traveling from Europe to the USA for two weeks at the end of November. Would I be able to buy the Google Nexus 4 from the online store and can I use an international card ? How long does it take to deliver ? Have never bought from the store before!

It's a good question. The problem prospective buyers around the globe face, is price. Outside the reach of the Google Play Store, we're already hearing that the Nexus 4 will be considerably more expensive. While we don't necessarily like this, it isn't all that surprising. But, for consumers in countries not supported by device purchases direct from Google, can they use the store from a country that does have it, if like jerryberry83 they will be visiting such a country soon. Or, maybe if you have friends or family there to accept a delivery and forward it on for you. Or, anyway at all you could think of to buy a device using your card. Is it possible? 

The short answer, sadly, seems to be no. The answer lies within Google Play's own support pages, with the key points being these that relate to possible reasons for declined payments:

Your billing address doesn't match the one on file with your bank. Check that the address listed in your Google Wallet account matches the billing address that appears on your credit/debit card statement.

At this time, the country of your credit card must match the the country to which you're shipping.

In short, it has to be a credit card that not only matches the address registered to the Google Wallet account, but that also is registered in the country to which your device will be shipping. So, if you know someone in a Google Play supported country, you're going to need to get them to buy you one, with their credit card. 

One suggestion posed in response to the initial query, was the use of a VCC (Virtual Credit Card.) Again, this looks like a non-starter, as Google goes into specifics regarding these cards. A VCC cannot be used to purchase a device from the Play Store. 

So, there we have it. Not necessarily what some were hoping to hear, but likewise isn't new as far as policies go. For more on the subject, head on into the Google Play Support Pages at the link below. 

More: Google Play Support, LG Nexus 4 review

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Google leaks info hinting at upcoming Google Wallet Card

More news this week about a physical card coming from Google to expand the functionality of the Google Wallet app. The latest leak was discovered on Google’s own web site in the help section for Google Wallet. On the page listing eligible devices, Google’s text indicated “Eligible devices for use with Google Wallet card” and then went on to note that any device running Android 2.3.3 or better could install the Google Wallet app to use with the new card. It appears Google has taken steps to scrub the page clean, but not before visitors were able to grab screenshots.

Last week we reported on news that Google was working on a Google Wallet Card. The Google Wallet Card will take the form of a credit card. Users then link this card to their Google Wallet account and all the financial card info stored in there. Using the Google Wallet app, users can manipulate which account the card will access when used for payment. Users can then use the card like a credit or debit card when making purchases.

Why create such a “device?” If you take a look at the eligible devices page, you will note the list is quite short. To tap and pay at a store, one has to have an NFC enabled device. Along with having the right device, the vendor also has to have an NFC enable point-of-sale terminal. By issuing cards that users can configure using their phone and that can run through a standard card swipe machine, Google can greatly expand the universe of locations where Google Wallet can be used.

Is a Google Wallet Card something you would try to get your hands on? Would it make your life a little easier?

source: Google Wallet Help Page
via: TechCrunch


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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 With LTE Landing On AT&T’s Shelves On November 9th

AT&T has just announced that their version LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will be available for purchase in just a couple of days (November 9th) for $499. On top of that, AT&T will also be selling the ATIV Windows 8 PC if you are considering looking at a different platform other than Android or iOS. To make the deal even more mouth watering, AT&T will also be providing customers a $100 credit towards any second connected Samsung device after the first, which would make the ATIV $699 as opposed to $799. Not a huge deal discount for something like that, but definitely note worthy. Check out the quick specifications on the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 below.

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset)
  • 10.1-inch WXGA PLS TFT 1280 x 800 display
  • 7,000mAh Lithium-Ion battery
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM and microSD card slot supporting up to 64GB memory card
  • Personal and business email, as well as IM through Google Talk
  • Google Mobile wireless services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps for Android, Google Calendar, Voice Actions and YouTube
  • 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Face Unlock uses state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to allow the user switch on the phone and look at it to get past the lock screen – no passwords to remember, nothing to type or swipe
  • AllShare Group Cast lets the user share a presentation or photo album in real time with multiple friends on the same Wi-Fi network
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Sprint’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be hitting their shelves on November 11th, two days after AT&T releases it. Although, with the state their LTE network is in, the only thing that would really be attractive as opposed to AT&T is Sprint’s plans. AT&T’s plans are a bit overpriced when it comes to comparing it with Sprint’s.

Is anyone interested in picking up a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from AT&T? You’ll be able to find the device in their online store fairly soon, but would you pick up the tablet from AT&T or would you prefer Sprint despite the lacking LTE coverage? Personally, Wi-Fi is good enough for me on a tablet. Besides, I’m not a huge fan of my battery draining insanely fast due to how much of a battery hog LTE is.

Sound off in the comments below!

source: Android Central

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