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In preparation for G Watch launch, LG says that a smart watch is a fusion of IT and fashion

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The LG G Watch is set to be the first Android Wear device on the market. Last week, LG released a video highlighting the design of the device. This week the company has released an article entitled “Smart Watch is an IT and fashion fusion.”

The article details how the G Watch is not the first wrist worn device that the company has thought about. In fact, LG released the “Prada Link” in 2008, and a prototype in 2009 that was able to make video calls.

The LG G Watch is set to be released in June in Stealth Black and Champagne Gold.

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Jaqard – The first fashion app that turns everyone into stylists

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Price: free  App Store


From the country that brought you Armani and Valentino, the latest in cutting edge fashion technology Jaqard is born. Finally an iOS app which socializes style suggestions. Where users are able to get personalized recommendations on what to wear from multitudes of fashion smart people, with a direct link to the perfect item in an e-catalogue. Where budding and seasoned stylists can share their talent, get the credit and grow their own popularity.

Jaqard is the first app for asking and receiving fashion advice in a completely visual way. All you need do is take a photo, for example a new dress that you are not sure what you should wear with, ask a question, and the community will answer, suggesting a snazzy look built by fishing out clothes from a huge catalogue included within the app. We aggregate in a single platform the best brands and online retailers.]

The idea is to put at the public’s disposal a team of stylists ready to offer the best suggestions for one’s own needs.

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Hot New Fashion App LookBook Lets You Express Your Style & Get Inspired

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Price: free  App Store


Pro Code Media is thrilled to introduce the LookBook fashion photo sharing App. Fans of Vivi, Elle, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Forever 21, Vogue, Pintrest and other fashion media outlets are raving about LookBook. This App is the host of fashion pictures and styles from users and designers around the world. Get on board and see what the world of fashion has to offer you. Looking good and being in style starts with the fashion community. With LookBook, fashion fans can see what is being sewn up now.

The easy to use picture upload features will have you posting stylish photos that will have others adoring and adopting your styles and fashions. Upload pictures of your new outfits, fashion collections, ensembles, manicures, pedicures and hairstyles. Don’t forget to discuss with your friends that outfit that your sister or bff is wearing. Share your fashion expertise with the LookBook community and the world with the app and it’s social networking options. Instantly post and share with your Twitter, Facebook and email!

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Customization, colors, and accessories: making the smartphone fashionable – Talk Mobile

For all the time we’ve spent in Talk Mobile talking about specs, services, carriers, and usage, we haven’t spent much time on what these devices look like. Sure, they’re mostly glass slabs with white or black framing (with a few exceptions), but beyond that glass, what else is there?

With unit sales moving well past the millions monthly, with people willing to line up overnight to be among the first to own a device, has fashion become a defining characteristic of a smartphone? Is consumer fever over devices like the new gold-colored iPhone 5s just a fluke, or part of a larger trend?

So just how important is fashion with your smartphone? Is it better to be able to customize the software or the hardware? Are our smartphones to be accessorized, or are they already accessories themselves, primed to be swapped out to match your shoes or your shirt?

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Chic or Shock? Interactive Social Fashion App for iOS/Android

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Developer: Rotem Tal  
Price: free   Download

Chic or Shock? 1.03 for iOS and Android combines fashion and game like behavior all in one. Right from the start you will be able browse thousands of looks and styles from the community and give your own opinion. You can also share any fashion or style related look and immediately receive feedback for a photo.

The application features an advanced rating system for any photo and user. Fashion bloggers, stylists and any user can compete with the rest of the community for the highest achievable rating.

Any user in the application can invite up to 3 friends to act as their Jury. You can privately send photos to jury members before releasing to the rest of the community and get opinion from the people you care about most, instantly. Jury members are able to receive ‘feedback requests’ (By push messages) and immediately reply by voting Chic or Shock or by leaving a feedback.

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“Chic or Shock? Interactive Social Fashion App for iOS/Android” originally appeared on AppCraver.com.

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Deep Sleep Battery Saver puts a new spin on preserving battery life

There’s a new app available now on the Google Play Store that will help you conserve and save that precious battery life. We all know our smartphones don’t last as long as we’d like, so why not try to save a little at night. There’s plenty of “battery saver” apps available — but none are like Deep Sleep Battery Saver. Their motto is “reclaim your battery” so lets take a look at why it’s so special.

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Like we mentioned above, there’s tons of different apps available to try and save battery life — especially at night. Today however the new Deep Sleep Battery Saver Pro is giving this an entirely new spin. Instead of just essentially killing your smartphone and night to conserve battery, this app will do everything the others do in a smarter fashion.

Most of these apps simply stop your device from vibrating from alerts, turning on the screen for notifications, and usually kill data or Wifi to preserve the battery life. Problem with that is you won’t get Gmail alerts, Facebook notifications, Twitter mentions or anything else for that matter. The phone is merely an alarm clock at that point. With Deep Sleep Battery Saver it does all of this, yet still finds time to occasionally wake up and pull that important information we all want.

“During deepsleep mode, Wifi, 3G are turned off, background apps are stopped. Therefore, most apps are not working, including Facebook, Google Service, etc,. It then constantly wakes up in order to download email, sync Facebook status, etc,. It’s defined by deepsleep frequency and woke up duration.”

The main sentence being “defined by deepsleep frequency and woke up duration.” Instead of completely killing all features and functions til say 6 AM, it will occasionally pull the phone out of sleep and wake up to check for emails, notifications, Facebook messages and more for you — then go back to sleep and save mode. For those that want total control they even offer Deep Sleep Battery Saver Pro where the user can define and set any and all parameters. Want to get important emails periodically in the night but not Facebook and Twitter, Pro will do exactly that. They offer 5 profiles on first install: Gentle, Balance, Strong, Aggressive, and Slumberer. Then it even features weekday and weekend profiles for those wanting a little leeway on the weekends.

More details, information, changelogs and both versions can be found over at XDA Developers.

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World’s First Crowdsourced Headphone The Crossfade M-100

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V-MODA, the multi-platinum selling designer of headphones trusted by the pros and elite, announces the availability of the highly-anticipated M-100 headphones designed by and for music aficionados. V-MODA tapped the collective intellect of artists, editors and audiophiles to design, develop and vote on the first units to go to mass production. M-100 quickly became the most highly discussed headphone on the internet forums with over 10,000 posts and 700 pages on the world’s largest headphone site, Head-Fi.

V-MODA is the authentic music brand that fuses fashion and function. Headphones are an essential tool for mobile producers and musicians who require unparalleled performance delivered reliably, night in and night out. The founder of V-MODA, also a producer and DJ, designed the Crossfade series to deliver professional sound yet withstand even the rigorous needs of globetrotting travelers. V-MODA’s professional pedigree is shown through a clear history of innovation: the Hex design, product, drivers, CliqFold, SharePlay, CoilPro, SpeakEasy, 45-degree plug, V-CORK, packaging and accessories are all patented or patent pending.

The M-100 was master crafted by the people – over 200 audiophiles, editors, artists, DJs and Grammy-winning musicians collaborated for years on the tuning and features. V-MODA utilized hundreds of prototypes to gain feedback from the collective masterminds of the best in the business to create a versatile crowdsourced headphone.

 

Why Crossfade M-100?

 

Superior Sound – M-100 evokes the experience of a live performance with clean, deep bass, lifelike vocals and ultra wide clarity in an immersive 3D soundstage. Patent pending 50mm Dual-Diaphragm Drivers sport inner and outer rings separating the bass from bleeding into the mids and highs. V-MODA’s analog noise isolation naturally blocks out the distractions of jet engines, outside noise and booth monitors minus the extra digital-to-analog conversions of battery powered headphones that pollute the purity of your music

“I completely fell in love with the Crossfade M-100s” -Gizmodo

Immersive 3D Soundstage… evokes the experience of a live performance
Clean Deep Bass… feel and hear the precise vibrations of your music without bloated boom or a muddy mid-range
Ultra Wide Clarity & Vivid Midrange… hear lifelike vocals, crystal clear cymbals and crispy hi-hats

 

M-100′s explosive sound is created by:

  • 50mm Dual-Diaphragm Driver (Patent-Pending): Inner and outer rings separate the bass from bleeding into the mids and highs
  • Master Crafted Materials: More expensive driver and components than peer headphones at this price range
  • Modern Audiophile Tuning: Crowdsourced alongside the producer and audiophile community to fine tune the sound and ergonomics
  • Analog Noise Isolation: Naturally cut out the distractions of jet engines, crying babies and crowd noise
  • No Batteries or Artificial Processing: Powerful, pure sound without the two extra digital-to-analog conversions of battery powered headphones that pollute the purity of your music
  • Minimal sound leakage: Immersive sound for you without bothering others
  • Consistent Driver Quality: The spectacular Crossfade sound is quality tested at 6 frequencies to maintain stricter consistency than the competition, often by an order of magnitude

 

Military-Grade Durability – The M-100 is built to last with a steel frame, aircraft grade metal shields, and STEELFLEX headband that fortify this exquisite headphone design with Military-Level MIL-STD-810G test standards. M-100 will survive 70+ drops on concrete from 6 feet, extreme high and low temperatures, humidity, salt spray, and UV exposure. The Kevlar reinforced cables can bend up over 1 million times which is up to one hundred times the industry standard.

Durability: Built to Last

“One of my top passive on-the-go headphones of choice, for both its sound and durability” -Head-Fi Founder, Jude

M-100 Durability

  • Virtually Indestructible STEELFLEX Headband
  • Steel Frame and Interchangeable Aircraft Grade Metal Shields
  • Exoskeleton Form-Fitting Case
  • Tested Beyond Military-Level Quality MIL-STD-810G Test Standards
    • Kevlar Reinforced Cable/Plug Bend: Cables and 45-degree plug can bend over 1 million times (100x industry standard)
    • Concrete Drop: Survives 70+ drops on concrete from 6 feet (10x industry standard)
    • Headband Bend: Steelflex can bend 10+ times flat
    • Environmental: High and low temperatures, humidity, salt spray and UV exposure

 

Comfort, Customization, Style

“V-MODA started the idea of fashion headphones in 2004…” -Stereophile + Innerfidelity Editor, Tyll

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  • Inspired in Italy, Styled in Hollywood: Stylish colors and metal beats plastic headphones
  • 4+ Years of Ergonomic R&D: Resulted in an ergonomic headband and hexagon shape that contours to the natural lines of your facial features and minimizes gaps
  • Supple BLISS Memory Foam Cushions: Naturally forms to your ears to provide ergonomic comfort and noise isolation for extended listening sessions
  • Optional Custom Shield Kits: Laser engrave your logo, favorite team or change your shield color
  • Optonal Cables & Ear Cushions: Choose from a variety of color and feature options so that you have a different headphone than everybody else

 

Ultimate Versatility – Beyond its superb fidelity and tank-like durability, V-MODA includes an array of extra features that empower M-100 users with a complete listening experience for travel, music production, DJing, gaming and more. The Swiss-like CliqFold hinge precisely folds the headphones into the impossibly small Exoskeleton case with a v-strap system to organize the included cables and ¼” adapter. M-100 features dual inputs so a DJ can mix two sources at the same time or share the music by daisy chaining other headphones. The unused input can be sealed with the patent pending V-CORK to accurately balance the sound and prevent corrosion.

The re-optimized SpeakEasy Mic cable is tuned for voice recognition even in the noisiest environments and works with all 3.5mm smartphones and tablets including Apple, Android, Windows, Kindle and Blackberry while the extended SharePlay audio cable allows you to share your music with a friend. The optional BoomPro professional-grade boom mic is made for gaming and Skype while the CoilPro locking extended coiled cable allows DJs and musicians to reach further. Modern music enthusiasts can further customize their M-100 with the Matte Black Metal, Shadow or White Silver colors and a selection of shield colors which can be customized through V-MODA’s laser engraving service with virtually any logo, text or a variety of select designs.

 

Portable Exoskeleton Case

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“First full-size, audiophile-friendly headphone we’ve seen that you can really take anywhere” -Sound + Vision

  • CliqFoldtm Hinge: Swiss-like hinge mechanism precisely folds the headphones into the impossibly small exoskeleton case (patent pending)
  • V-STRAP System: Organize included cables and 1/4″ adapter via the V-STRAP system inside the exoskeleton case, with extra room left over for your USB Flash Drive and Fader earplugs
  • Carabiner: Safely clip your headphones on the outside of your bag for quick access

 

Detachable Cables: Make the Call. Share the Vibe.

M-100 Compatibility

  • Dual Inputs & V-CORK: Mix two sources at the same time or daisy chain headphones with your friends; the included V-CORK seals & protects the unused input
  • SpeakEasytm Mic Cable: Specially tuned for voice recognition and calls in the noisiest environments, the button control universally works with all 3.5mm smartphones and tablets including Apple, Android, Windows, Kindle and Blackberry
  • SharePlaytm Audio Cable: Share your music on a ride or DJ tandem without adapterss
  • Optional BoomProtm, CoilProtm & 3-Button Cables: Extend your functionality with a professional-grade boom mic for gaming and Skype, a locking extended coiled cable for musicians or a 3-button mic cable for Apple in a variety of colors

 

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M-100 Features
•    50mm Dual-Diaphragm Drivers (patent pending)
•    No batteries or artificial sound processing
•    CLIQFOLD folding hinge (patent pending)
•    Dual Inputs with V-CORK seals (patent pending)
•    Form fitting Exoskeleton case
•    Two Kevlar-reinforced cables
•    Universal SpeakEasy microphone cable for Apple iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows devices
•    SharePlay extended audio cable and ¼” adapter
•    Compatible with locking CoilPro, BoomPro Mic and 3-button mic cables (sold separately)
•    Two year warranty, lifetime 50 percent immortal life program and V-MODA Six-Star Service

MIL-STD-810G and V-MODA Quality
•    Survives 70+ drops on concrete
•    Virtually indestructible SteelFlex Headband
•    Minimal sound variances from unit to unit checked along six parts of the sound curve versus 10-30dB+ of competing products
•    Kevlar-reinforced detachable cables and 45-degree plug strain relief can each bend more than 1 million times, over 100x industry standards
•    MIL-STD-810G environmental tests including high and low temperatures, humidity, salt spray and UV exposure

 

The Crossfade M-100 is available now at V-MODA.com

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Grand Theft Auto Vice City Review: A Classic Never Goes Out Of Style

nexusae0_unnamed-1_thumb7Parachute pants, big hair and pastel sport coats might not be the height of fashion these days, but ten years ago gamers were in the midst of a digital revival. Grand Theft Auto Vice City rode on the massive (and well-deserved) success of GTAIII with a fresh setting, a more character-driven story and a refined sandbox world that makes it a series favorite even today. Those who want to relive the glory days of the 1980s (and 2002) can download the game on Google Play for just five bucks.

Does Vice City live up to expectations? Well, yes and no. The technical aspects of the game, and Rockstar’s ambitious commitment to the sandbox style, haven’t aged well.

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Grand Theft Auto Vice City Review: A Classic Never Goes Out Of Style was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Distro Issue 71 arrives with a look back at the year in tech

Distro Issue 71 arrives with a look back at the year in tech

We have survived the dreaded apocalypse for the time being, but the year’s end is right around the corner. As CES looms on the horizon, it’s nearly time to look ahead to an entirely fresh slate of new gadgetry. To usher in 2013 in proper fashion, our weekly takes a look back at the major happenings of 2012 along with insight from a few of our editors. But that’s not all. We also count down the top 10 CrapGadgets of the year and compile the best CE-Oh No He Didn’t mudslingin’ of the last 365 days. Eyes-On visually fondles the MakerBot Replicator 2, Recommended Reading gets Netflixed, and director / photographer Timothy Saccenti stops over for the Q&A. Jump down below to grab a copy of your very own, as a truckload of reminiscing is but a few clicks away.

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Google’s ‘Send a call from Santa’ is back for 2012

With the biggest day of the year for Santa quickly approaching we might as well help him out a little. Let Santa make a few phone calls to our friends and family instead of flying everywhere. Just like last year Google’s launched their Send a call from Santa site for your enjoyment. We can send phone calls, emails, and even share the funny results right to Google+. More details below.

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In the usual fashion Google is showing how awesome they are by adding to their holiday goods. Earlier this week we reported on their Santa Tracker app, and now they’ll let you make calls to friends and family with a unique yet personalized message right from Jolly St. Nick himself. At the end they’ll even let you call Santa personally and leave him a message. Fun!

It’s extremely simple and everything is neatly done with a few quick drop-down menus and commands. You can be as funny as you want, and Google handles everything. Simply go to www.sendacallfromsanta.com to get started. You’ll have to answer a few questions, agree to Santa’s terms since he has his own legal team, then in seconds you’ll be making a personalized message or custom tailored phone call from Santa himself.

Google’s integrated their growing social network Google+ this year, and just like years past we’re able to send a personalized call (US only it appears) to friends and family, send it as an email, or share the results to Google+. If you’d like to hear a sample, here’s what to expect. Google’s always doing fun and creative things and we’d recommend you give this a try. Enjoy!

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T-Mobile Samsung galaxy Note II getting update Dec 19th, Multi-window and More

Note II OTAAre you one of the lucky people out there sporting a brand new shiny and super amazing Samsung Galaxy Note II through T-Mobile? If you said yes, then you are in for a treat coming in just two days. That would be December 19th, it is Wednesday. Looks like the update will be landing in traditional fashion via an OTA and Samsung Kies. Kies might be a better option for some since OTA’s can take a few weeks to get to every device.

The improvement notes for the update isn’t extremely long, but does bring one great new feature to your device. You will finally get to have and use that super amazing Multi-Window Feature. If you are totally clueless on what that is, take a look at the video below.

 

You know you want it. So keep an eye open on the 19th for a OTA update to hit your notification section. If you hate to wait, then you might want to grab Kies now and get it ready for Wednesday, Now where the heck is the Premium Suite update for the Galaxy S III?

Source: T-Mobile via AndroidPolice

 

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New spam bot discovered on Android by Lookout, sending thousands of SMS without your Knowledge

Security AlertLooks like another wonderful and super talented person, or group of people, have yet again wasted their talents on infecting devices across the globe. We just received an alert that Lookout Mobile Security has located a spam bot and they are investigating it right now. The bot is called SpamSoldier and is out to piss off more than a few people this holiday season.

They say that SpamSoldier is primarily being spread by SMS and is landing on various people’s devices in typical fashion. They advertise for a free copy of a popular paid game, such as Need for Speed or Angry Birds Space. Once the users click on the link the device downloads a file, your installer opens and appears to let you install the game. Now you are pretty much hosed. After it installs itself, it gets to work sending out spam SMS. The trojan removes any icon of it being there from your device before you even knew it was installed. All the while, installing a free version of the game you thought you were getting.

Example messages -

  • “You’ve just won a $1000 Target gift card but only the 1st 1000 people who enter code 7777 at hxxp://holyoffers.com can claim it!”
  • “Download Grand Theft Auto 3 & Need for Speed Most Wanted for Android phones for free at hxxp://trendingoffers.com for next 24hrs only!”

I know it might be hard to not click on some amazing super offer that rolls through your device, but you should steer clear. I personally never open a text that doesn’t come from someone I know personally. Better to be safe than sorry.

To get a litter deeper on SpamSoldier, head over to Lookout Mobile’s blog. Be safe this holiday season and only get your apps directly from the Play Store or reputable locations.

Source: Lookout Mobile 

 

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Google sums up a year’s worth of internet searches with Zeitgeist 2012

I’d say most, if not all, of our readers might have used Google to search for something in 2012 once or twice. Just a few times. Or probably thousands of times. Google performed over 1.2 trillion web searches in 146 languages, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Google’s got a finger on the pulse of the internet. And with the information from those 1.2 trillion web searches, Google summed up 2012 in a 2 minute video. And in typical Google fashion, there’s a handful of easter eggs in the video. Hit the break for the video and the link Google’s own page for Zeitgeist 2012.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Google sums up a year’s worth of internet searches with Zeitgeist 2012

I’d say most, if not all, of our readers might have used Google to search for something in 2012 once or twice. Just a few times. Or probably thousands of times. Google performed over 1.2 trillion web searches in 146 languages, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Google’s got a finger on the pulse of the internet. And with the information from those 1.2 trillion web searches, Google summed up 2012 in a 2 minute video. And in typical Google fashion, there’s a handful of easter eggs in the video. Hit the break for the video and the link Google’s own page for Zeitgeist 2012.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Google Launches The Zeitgeist 2012 App On the Play Store, Relive All The Precious Moments of 2012

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This year has seen many iconic events take place, most of which have been recorded by Google in its large database. And Google has now decided to share some of the finest moments of 2012 with a new app published by the company in the Google Play Store. The Zeitgeist 2012 Year In Review app shares some of the best memories of the year and has a video which is heart warming to say the least. The app basically is a one stop access to all the popular trends of the year, in almost every category.

The app gives top 10 lists in categories like fashion, sport, lifestyle, science with several sub categories inside each of them. We’ve seen several new changes this year, and it’s certainly a great way to recall all those memories with the tip of our fingers. There’s a global list of top 10 headlines and also an all American list. Either way, you will be treated to some neatly collected data which will take you down the memory lane.

Needless to say there’s a lot of Google related products in the technology category, mainly Nexus devices. The Nexus 7 brought forth a revolution of sorts in terms of Android tablets and completely changed the way people looked at tablets, so its entry is justified in every sense of the word. When you check out the pop culture category, there’s obviously PSY in the list (from the Gangnam Style fame). Users can also check out the most searched songs, the most searched celebrity breakups (yes, that too) along with trending people, trending TV Shows, trending movies,  trending athletes and so on.

Now for some relevant information. Among the trending electronics of 2012, the iPad 3 was ranked first followed by the Galaxy S III and the iPad Mini. The Nexus 7 and the Note 2 took the fourth and fifth places respectively. When it comes to events, Hurricane Sandy was trending the most as it garnered the most eyeballs right before the presidential elections. Make sure to download the app on your Android smartphone and let us know what you think of it. And watch the video montage too. The app is a free download on the Play Store as with any Google app. The app requires your device to be running on Android 2.2 or up.

Source: Google Play Store
Via: Android Central

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Google sums up a year’s worth of internet searches with Zeitgeist 2012

I’d say most, if not all, of our readers might have used Google to search for something in 2012 once or twice. Just a few times. Or probably thousands of times. Google performed over 1.2 trillion web searches in 146 languages, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Google’s got a finger on the pulse of the internet. And with the information from those 1.2 trillion web searches, Google summed up 2012 in a 2 minute video. And in typical Google fashion, there’s a handful of easter eggs in the video. Hit the break for the video and the link Google’s own page for Zeitgeist 2012.

Click here to view the embedded video.

source: Google

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Google Currents updated with UI improvements, widget

Google Currents

Google's own news reading aggregation platform, Currents, is receiving an update today with pretty much a complete UI overhaul. When first launching the app, you're now greeted by your news stream. In new Google design fashion, you have a main page, and a navigation bar comes in from the left side to help you select other stories and categories. You can swipe left or right between panels to switch categories, or within an article view to switch between articles. There's also a new widget that's similar to previous Google widgets (like the YouTube one) that let's you flip through cards of recent stories.

More: Get Android Central on Google Currents

Overall the UI is a big departure from what Google was trying to do with Currents in its initial release. This UI feels much more like a "power user" interface more suited to the crowd using Google Reader to aggregate RSS currently. It loses a lot of flare and goes back to the general Google style of efficient minimalism.

You can grab a download at the Play Store link above, and we've got a couple screenshots of the new UI and widget for you to look at after the break. Google has also run through a few details on the update on its Android blog, you can find it at the source link below.

Source: Official Android Blog

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PSA: Apple’s iPhone 5 now showing ‘In Stock’ status in several countries

Apple's iPhone 5 now showing 'In Stock' status in several countries

Given that it’s Apple’s biggest rollout ever of an iPhone, it’s actually fairly impressive that the iPhone 5 is now listed as “in stock” across many countries (United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand, to name a few). Toss in the whole “holiday season” thing, and it’s crystal clear that the company has its supply chain humming in impressive fashion. Up until now, Apple’s latest phone was showing some sort of backorder — typically three to five days — but those who appreciate instant gratification can get a dose of precisely that in the source link.

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Verizon to also launch the Samsung Galaxy Camera with 4G LTE

The new Samsung Galaxy Camera was recently launched through AT&T just last month. Coming in at an insane $500 price tag with or without a contract. Since carriers aren’t subsidizing prices on tablets anymore, it was expected that the camera wouldn’t get a price cut for a contract either.

Now the Galaxy Camera is getting ready to head to Verizon Wireless. Still sporting the 21x super long optical zoom, 23mm wide-angle lens  4.8-inch HD touch screen and Android Jelly Bean 4.1. Not to mention Wi-Fi and access to the Google Play Store. No doubt Verizon will add in a few of their very own apps to the device in true bloating up fashion. It will come equipment with access to Verizon’s super fast 4G LTE data connection as well. We are pretty sure we will see the same price tag with or without a contract that AT&T is offering up the device for. The page went live only for a short time an since has been taken down. As soon as we get more information such as price points and release date, we will let you all know.

Don’t forget, the developers already got this thing rooted, so clearing out that bloat is a pretty easy task. Samsung also released the source code for the AT&T version at least and the Verizon model should be soon to follow. Still, at $500 we can think of a few things we would rather pick up. Anyone out there entertaining the idea of the Samsung Galaxy Camera? If anyone out there already has one, what do you think of it?

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SnapSeed comes to Android with unsurprising Google+ bias

SnapSeed has been one of the most popular mobile applications there is, and with Google’s purchase of the developers who makes it an Android release was only inevitable. We last caught wind of an Android version being in the works back in October when Vic Gundotra teased us with some photos taken from the Android version of the app, and now all of us can join in on the fun as SnapSeed is officially available in the Google Play Store.

The app — which, in typical Google fashion, is now free for all to use on any platform — puts a great deal of image filters and editing tools at your finger tips. It’s an “Instagram on steroids,” if you will. It’ll give you even more image editing freedom than Instagram.

For instance, instead of applying a general “high contrast” effect to a photo that may or may not be what you were looking for, SnapSeed will let you change the intensity of the contrast. Instead of defining one area of an image for a “blur” effect, SnapSeed will let you select the area of the image, the intensity of the blur and the size of the blur.

All of this is done with very intuitive controls so you’ll have a vast array of options without a daunting user experience.  The best part of SnapSeed is that it allows you to share your creations with pretty much any app on your phone that allows photo sharing.

SnapSeed does have a bit of bias for Google+ and that’s understandable, but I could just as easily share my pictures to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or via age-old methods like MMS and email, if I wanted. Heck, even Instagram will accept the photo if that’s something I wanted to do. I could even just save the new version of the photo to my SD card for safe keeping if I decide I don’t want to share it with the world.

SnapSeed definitely isn’t the end all, be all of image editing — after all, Photoshop Touch gives users even more control. But when it comes to delivering a blissful, simple experience with a powerful set of tools and an interface that’s intuitive for mobile devices nothing beats SnapSeed. The fact that we won’t have to pay the $5 the app was previously being offered for is another big bonus that should have everyone wanting to download it. Find your download in the Google Play Store.

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Schmidt sees Google and Apple as rival nations, finds legal attacks on Android partners ‘curious’

In the lead up to a decision on whether or not to seek an antitrust lawsuit against Google, chairman Eric Schmidt sat down with The Wall Street Jounral to discuss the current state of affairs at the internet giant. As can be expected, a good part of the conversation focused on Android, its partners, and the competition. Apple was a topic of discussion, and Schmidt put a new spin on the ongoing feud between the two companies.

The once Google CEO described the two as countries rather than the “teenage model of competition.” Apple and Google still conduct business with one another but understand they have disputes to work through. Apple might disagree with his assessment, as it continues to cut Google services from their iOS lineup and moves away from sourcing parts from Android partners such as Samsung.

Speaking of Samsung, Schmidt said he found it “curious” that Apple has chosen the indirect route, attacking the manufacturers of Android devices rather than Google directly. The statement came in typical Eric Schmidt fashion, giving us just enough to pique our interest but not diving much deeper.

The entire interview is worth a read and contains more comments on topics ranging from the acquisition of Motorola to Android fragmentation and app monetization. Head over to the source link below to check it out.

[via WSJ]

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Samsung launching Protective Flip Cover bundle for Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III owners looking for a colorful way to protect their device are in luck. Samsung is offering a bundle of Protective Flip Covers for the two devices. With the bundle, users get a bunch of colors at a discounted price.



Samsung is aiming this bundle at people who look at their smartphones as a fashion statement. With a multicolored bundle like this, users can have their phone match their wardrobe. Samsung is offering colors including titanium gray, marble white, light blue, pink, mint, lime green, and orange. That’s seven different colors to match whatever you are wearing.

The cover offers a one piece folding design with a glossy snap on the back and a front cover. The front cover keeps the screen safe and the back keeps the phone free of scratches and helps save the phone from drops. The covers also prevent fingerprints and dirt from getting on the device.

The Protective Flip Covers are designed specifically for the two Samsung smartphones to add as little bulk as possible. The covers sell for $39.99 each with a bundle of four different colors coming in at $99.99. For users who want a little less variety, two colors are available for $49.99. That price is the same on both the S III and Note II.

[via SlashGear]


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Nexus 4 will be back on sale today at 12PM PST

Google has just begun notifying customers on their Nexus 4 watch list that the handset will be back on sale today, November 27th, at 12:00 noon PST via the Google Play Store. For the East Coasters too lazy to do math (like me), that’s 3PM EST.

Here’s the pertinent text from the email:

“Nexus 4 will be available for purchase later today!
Order yours from Google Play starting today, November 27 at 12:00 noon PST (U.S. only).”

The Nexus 4 initially went on sale on November 13th and sold out in record fashion. The phone has been unavailable direct from Google since, though those willing to sign a wireless contract could pick up the device from T-Mobile. As the above email states, the newly available Nexus units are reserved for US customers only. Google has not announced any availability plans for other regions just yet.

Google’s handling of the Nexus 4 launch has left more than a few customers miffed. Hopefully a replenished stock will come with an improver customer service experience, but there are no guarantees. You will want to act fast if you plan on buying. There are still plenty out there just itching to get their hands on the flagship Android 4.2 device.

[Thanks to all who sent this in!]


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Contract Killer Zombies 2 coming later this week [VIDEO]

Glu Mobile has just announced that Contract Killer Zombies 2 will be headed to the Google Play Store later this week. The sequel to the original (which, in turn, was originally a spin-off) will bring a lot of great new changes and features, including things like a survival mode, rankings tracking with leaderboards, multiple types of missions and more.

You assume the role of heroine Evelyn this time around, and you move her around from the third person perspective in an open world that’s yours for exploring. At your disposal are a number of weapons and combat skills to take on the many different zombified enemies who will be throwing themselves at you to find their next feast of brains with a side of blood.

In typical Glu Mobile fashion the game will feature what looks to be some pretty great graphics (well, for mobile standards anyway) so this will be one that many will want to check out. It’ll be free to download, but expect in-app purchases to entice you to use real currency to help you get the weapons and upgrades you need to help fight off the zombie apocalypse.

Unfortunately there’s no concrete date set just yet, but we’re told that “this week” is a definite goal so keep an eye out for it on the Google Play Store. In the meantime, be sure to watch a quick trailer above and check out the first game in this awesome new series to get an idea of what you’re in store for.


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Android Kids App: Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

Does it get any more classic than this? Developer Loud Crow — which has brought the works of Sandra Boynton, Beatrix Potter and even Charles Schulz's Charlie Brown to Android — now has brought us the timeless kids book, "Goodnight Moon."

It's done in the usual Loud Crow fashion. The app can read the book aloud, word for word. Tap a word, and it's sounded out. Or you can choose to read to yourself. As you make your way through the story, you can use a magnifying glass to explore the great green room, and get a closer look at the telephone. And the red balloon. And the picture of the cow jumping over the moon. And there are plenty of animations to keep kids interested. Or, parents who love to reminisce. 

If you still need more, in-app purchases will unlock letter and number features in the app. Be sure to take a look at the app after you buy it. It works fine on tablets, but not on my Nexus 4. We've got some demo video after the break.

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Comcast Xfinity TV Player update adds downloads for offline viewing on iOS, Android

Comcast Xfinity TV Player update adds downloads for offline viewing on iOS, Android

Comcast has brought video on-demand streaming to subscriber’s mobile devices since early last year, but now an update has added the option to download (some) content for offline viewing. Arriving simultaneously on iOS and Android, the Xfinity TV Player apps support downloads from premium channels Showtime (which was also one of the first up for streaming when that launched), Starz, Encore and MoviePlex. We downloaded the app on both platforms and found it to work in similar fashion, assuming you’re already logged in (and have any of those channels in your package) the option to download is right next to the usual stream button with options available for two different levels of picture quality. The high quality option wasn’t quite HD quality to our eyes, but certainly passable for viewing on a flight or subway. We did run into a hiccup on Android however, with an “unknown error” stopping us from downloading files to our Galaxy S II running ICS. If there were more content available it would be a decent no-additional-hardware-needed matchup for solutions like TiVo’s Stream or DirecTV’s Nomad, while we wait for that you can get a taste of the apps for each platform at the source links.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

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Skype for Android now optimized for tablets [VIDEO]

Skype quickly brought its Android app up to speed with a modern UI when Ice Cream Sandwich was released, but the app hasn’t been optimized for the bigger screens… until today. Skype 3.0 for Android introduces a tablet user interface for those of us who prefer to do our voicing, videoing, and chatting on a bigger device.

The scaled phone user interface worked quite fine for most, but there’s nothing like an app that makes proper use of all the screen real estate afforded by tablets. In traditional Skype fashion the UI is a cross breed between Android’s Holo UI and Skype’s own bluish style, and both come together to create a great looking and feeling experience.

Other changes include the ability to sign in with a Microsoft account. Since the tech giant now owns the IP communications company we expected some form of Microsoft integration to come along at some point. There’s also improved audio and a host of bug fixes that Skype unsurprisingly chose not to go into much detail about.

Go ahead and give it a shot on your tablet by downloading it from the Google Play Store. Skype has come a long way since the first version of its Android app was released and we’re happy to see its development team taking all facets of Android as serious as any developer should. Be sure to watch a quick video demo below.


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Sprint’s leaked Black Friday ad touts free Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Victory after $50 mail-in rebate

DNP Sprint Black Friday ad outs free Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Victory

Thanksgiving is a week away and as exciting as family and good eats may be, there’s nothing more appetizing than a good deal. Not too long ago we took a quick peek at Sprint’s Black Friday offerings and now it’s time to wrap things up. An anonymous source has served up the carrier’s remaining post-Turkey Day sales and it appears that the Now Network is having a Samsung blowout. Running November 23rd through 25th, Sprint will be offering the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Victory to new and eligible customers for free after a $50 mail-in rebate and two year service agreement. In typical holiday sale fashion, supplies are expected to be limited, so you’ll want to plan accordingly in order to cash in on this deal.

[Thanks, anonymous]

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T-Mobile offering Samsung devices for free on contract Nov 16th-17th

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Well it looks like that earlier leak of a T-Mobile Samsung device sale was spot on. For two days this weekend — November 16th and 17th — T-Mobile stores will be selling just about every Samsung device they offer for $0 on contract. In typical T-Mobile fashion, the savings come in the form of a mail-in rebate. So if you're looking to pick up a Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) on a Classic Plan, you'll have to plop down the full $299 and wait for that rebate in the mail.

The biggest omission here is the Galaxy Note 2, which makes sense considering that it has just launched and T-Mobile's on-contract price is very expensive. They may not be willing to subsidize it this much quite yet. Regardless, a Galaxy S3 for $0 on-contract sounds like a great deal if you're in the market for one.

Source: T-Mobile Newsroom

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Source Code gets loaded by Samsung for Galaxy Camera, Note 10.1 and Others

Are all you devs out there looking for something to help occupy your time for the weekend? How about some good old fashion source code? Samsung has just loaded up another round of code for you code money’s to get your hands on. This time taking aim at a whole slew of devices. Seriously, the list is pretty impressive. Samsung seems to be keeping things updated and available for developers quite a bit more regularly than any one else. Check out the list.

That is a lot of code to get your hands on. The most interesting one, in our opinion, is the Samsung Galaxy Camera. We figured they would release the source for it, but since the device is just freshly on the shelves in the U.K., we didn’t think it would be this soon. Wonder if some crazy coder will get CM 10 loaded to it just because. I am not even sure if it can handle it. Feel free to click on any of the links above to head straight to the device source you are interested in.

Source: AndroidPolice

 

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