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NFC Business cards from TapMyBiz are high quality and perfect for high impact networking

NFC business cards aren’t new, but they never took off because they have always been credit-card like and who wants to carry a bunch of those around? Well a company called TapMyBiz is the first to offer a true high quality paper-like business card with an NFC chip embedded in it. It just so happened that I needed to order more business cards for CES so I figured I would give it a shot. I was shocked at how awesome the quality was. They will easily fit in a wallet and since I will need to carry a bunch of them to the show, I have no problem doing it since they are no thicker than your typical business card.

TapMyBiz will program each card to do whatever you want it to do when someone touches their NFC enabled phone or tablet to it. It can automatically add your contact information to their device, go to a website, open a video, head to a Facebook Page, or whatever you can think off. You can even set it to place a phone call or even a Skype call. If you ever want to reprogram any or all of your cards to do something else, you can easily do it with most of the NFC tag apps that are available in the Google Play Store.

You would think that a product like this would have a slow turnaround time, but they are able to produce and program your cards within 3 to 4 days. Ordering your card couldn’t be easier as their site offers free templates for designing your own. Of course, if you need any help, they offer 24/7 customer support. Right now they are a little limited in the style card, but come February, they will offer more sizes and different styles like rounded edges. That’s not all because by mid-year they will be offering greeting cards, flyers, and posters.

Check out my hands on video below to see how easy it works, and I am sure you will agree with me that it’s finally time to spice up your business cards with a little NFC.

For more information visit their website, about page, or FAQ

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NFC Business cards from TapMyBiz are high quality and perfect for high impact networking

NFC business cards aren’t new, but they never took off because they have always been credit-card like and who wants to carry a bunch of those around? Well a company called TapMyBiz is the first to offer a true high quality paper-like business card with an NFC chip embedded in it. It just so happened that I needed to order more business cards for CES so I figured I would give it a shot. I was shocked at how awesome the quality was. They will easily fit in a wallet and since I will need to carry a bunch of them to the show, I have no problem doing it since they are no thicker than your typical business card.

TapMyBiz will program each card to do whatever you want it to do when someone touches their NFC enabled phone or tablet to it. It can automatically add your contact information to their device, go to a website, open a video, head to a Facebook Page, or whatever you can think off. You can even set it to place a phone call or even a Skype call. If you ever want to reprogram any or all of your cards to do something else, you can easily do it with most of the NFC tag apps that are available in the Google Play Store.

You would think that a product like this would have a slow turnaround time, but they are able to produce and program your cards within 3 to 4 days. Ordering your card couldn’t be easier as their site offers free templates for designing your own. Of course, if you need any help, they offer 24/7 customer support. Right now they are a little limited in the style card, but come February, they will offer more sizes and different styles like rounded edges. That’s not all because by mid-year they will be offering greeting cards, flyers, and posters.

Check out my hands on video below to see how easy it works, and I am sure you will agree with me that it’s finally time to spice up your business cards with a little NFC.

For more information visit their website, about page, or FAQ

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

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NFC Business cards from TapMyBiz are high quality and perfect for high impact networking

NFC business cards aren’t new, but they never took off because they have always been credit-card like and who wants to carry a bunch of those around? Well a company called TapMyBiz is the first to offer a true high quality paper-like business card with an NFC chip embedded in it. It just so happened that I needed to order more business cards for CES so I figured I would give it a shot. I was shocked at how awesome the quality was. They will easily fit in a wallet and since I will need to carry a bunch of them to the show, I have no problem doing it since they are no thicker than your typical business card.

TapMyBiz will program each card to do whatever you want it to do when someone touches their NFC enabled phone or tablet to it. It can automatically add your contact information to their device, go to a website, open a video, head to a Facebook Page, or whatever you can think off. You can even set it to place a phone call or even a Skype call. If you ever want to reprogram any or all of your cards to do something else, you can easily do it with most of the NFC tag apps that are available in the Google Play Store.

You would think that a product like this would have a slow turnaround time, but they are able to produce and program your cards within 3 to 4 days. Ordering your card couldn’t be easier as their site offers free templates for designing your own. Of course, if you need any help, they offer 24/7 customer support. Right now they are a little limited in the style card, but come February, they will offer more sizes and different styles like rounded edges. That’s not all because by mid-year they will be offering greeting cards, flyers, and posters.

Check out my hands on video below to see how easy it works, and I am sure you will agree with me that it’s finally time to spice up your business cards with a little NFC.

For more information visit their website, about page, or FAQ

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

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The Acer Iconia B1 Will Arrive First In India This Month For a Price Tag of $150

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Acer is known for tablets like the Iconia Tab A500, which came with Android 3.0 Honeycomb almost two years ago. The device was a moderate success as with any Honeycomb based tablet, so it failed to stick in people’s memory. Although the company launched a successor or two for the tablet, they weren’t successful either. But since 2012, things have changed. Particularly post the demise of Honeycomb, in favor of a unified tablet and smartphone OS in the form of ICS/Jelly Bean. Acer unveiled a couple of top end tablets in the second half of 2012, but they easily passed through our memory as budget tablets were the only thing people wanted to look at. And since the past few days, we’ve been hearing of Acer making an entry into the budget tablet segment with its Iconia B1 tablet. And now we’re learning that the tablet has been rechristened as the Iconia B. To be more precise, the Iconia B will be launched in India this month for 7,999 INR which is about $149, contrary to the $99 price tag speculated earlier. The tablet should be shown off at the CES event next week, so we will make sure to keep an eye on that when the time arrives.

This certainly shows us the urge and the desperation on the part of the manufacturers to make the best of the budget tablet segment. Amazon created this niche with the Kindle Fire tablets in 2011 which was a massive success and followed it up with the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 in 2012. Google obviously got the tech world thinking with its $200 ASUS Nexus 7 tablet back in July and made much of an impact on the world. However, limited supplies have proven to be pretty costly for Google and ASUS. But this offering from Acer could go a long way in finally launching a budget tablet which is available to the buyers at all times. Acer clearly is more than capable of mass producing devices, so I’m sure they have some plans to cope with massive demand if that situation arises.

I’m a little disappointed that the tablet will in fact cost $150 instead of $99, but considering how little these companies make off budget tablets, their decision is justified. However, it is clear that Acer will certainly make more profits than Google makes with the Nexus 7 as the components used on the Iconia B are slightly low end. Here’s a run-down of the specs for you.

  • 7-inch (1024×600) display with a pixel density of 170ppi.
  • 8GB internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card.
  • 512MB of RAM.
  • 1.2 GHz dual core MediaTek processor.
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

Perhaps the device will be a hit in locations where the Nexus 7 isn’t available, but elsewhere, we don’t expect the device to make much of an impact. The expandable memory is a big bonus, but the limited RAM and a rather unflattering chipset is cause for concern. Let’s see how the device fares when it arrives in the market. It appears like the Indians will be the first to know about the Acer Iconia B.

Source: NDTV
Via: Talk Android

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My Galaxy Note 2 suffered a 20-foot drop…

…and it came out 100% fine thanks to that case up above. It’s not often you get a chance to test out the claims of a protective case, but I had the unfortunate opportunity to find out that my choice — a generic metal bumper case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 — lives up to expectations.

Many people like to “go naked” and risk their phones’ protection in order to enjoy their natural good looks. I’m one of those people, but as clumsy as I am (Rob and the rest of the gang know all about it) I knew I had to protect this $750 investment at all times.

I hate full body cases, so I opted for a bumper instead. I knew it could absorb impact well due to its metal body, and the .25 centimeter-thick buffer on either side of the bumper and every corner of the device meant there was a high chance my device could survive first impact no matter which corner or side hit first.

Cases with shock buffering are nothing new, of course, but it’s the height at which I dropped it, and the surface it smacked against — face down on cold, hard concrete — that surprised me. I got the case for minor drops (no less than about 3 feet and no higher than about 5.9 feet) so when this 5.5 inch beast came tumbling out of my pocket, over a railing and hurdled face first into concrete I was all but certain I’d lost nearly a month’s worth of rent in just a few short seconds.

While I don’t mean for this to be a review of the case in question (you can buy it here if you’re interested anyway), my real message is for those who feel like desecrating their phones with cases is silly. Take it from someone who planned on treating this thing like a baby for at least the next year — the peace of mind and added protection certainly is worth the girth. The case didn’t fare well post-impact, but I’ll only need to shell out another $30 as opposed to $750, and it’s one repurchase that I won’t hesitate to make at all.

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Does a Samsung Tizen phone in 2013 signal a shift away from Android?

Samsung has confirmed for Bloomberg Businessweek that it intends to ship not one, but multiple Tizen-based smartphones this year. The phones, which would rely on a platform that shares much of its DNA with the abandoned Samsung pet project Bada OS, won’t be scheduled for a wide release, but their impact on the Korean company’s mobile strategy could be far-reaching.

In September of last year, rumors emerged that a Tizen smartphone might launch under the Galaxy brand, a line of devices that has featured Android exclusively while carving out a sizable market share for Samsung. While there is no confirmation that upcoming handsets will earn the Galaxy moniker, the thought that Samsung might initiate a slow retreat from Android isn’t all that farfetched.

More likely, however, is a continued partnership between Google and Samsung for years to come, though Samsung might be making small moves, such as the introduction of Tizen-based devices, to distance their reliance on the open source platform. Think of Tizen as more of an experiment for Samsung, limited to Asian markets and without a lot riding on its success. If it catches on, Samsung could release more devices in more regions. If it’s a flop, well there’s always future Galaxy models to look forward to.

BGR posits one intriguing possibility: Samsung could adopt an Amazon-esque strategy in which the company would develop a forked version of Android, an operating system based on Google’s but customized to a larger degree and following its own update schedule. In this case, Samsung would be looking to create an ecosystem to go with their devices, much like Amazon’s Kindle line.

But even that seems unlikely. It’s risky at best. Not with the foundation Samsung has already built with Android. So it’s a fair question to ask if Samsung is looking to move away from Android, but while there may be small signs in the meantime we likely won’t know the full extent of things until much further down the road.

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The HTC M7 Rumored to Arrive at CES 2013

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HTC’s poor run from 2011 continued into 2012, despite having top notch smartphones like the HTC One X and the One X+ (late 2012) on offer. There’s nothing that the company has done wrong to be honest, but still it just hasn’t managed to please the customers as much as Samsung has. Its faltering fortunes were expected to change with the announcement of the Butterfly J for the Japanese markets and the Droid DNA in the U.S. But these two markets only make for a limited number of its sales and HTC would definitely have to appeal to the global customers to make a bigger impact, something which Samsung has done exceedingly well. With that in our minds, we started hearing of the HTC M7, the alleged new flagship from the company which would feature specs to topple the best of the best out there. There has been an element of doubt about the exact launch of the device, or if it’s actually real. But now, according to a new rumor (grab a jar of salt right about now), the smartphone could be unveiled at the CES 2013 event next week. As with most cases, the rumor generates from Twitter and this time from a user named Football4PDA. He claims to have access to insider information from HTC and also mentioned that the new device would feature onscreen buttons instead of the standard hardware capacitive keys at the bottom.

The HTC M7 is believed to have a 4.7-inch 1080p display, a 13MP camera sensor accompanied by a 2MP front facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard memory, the 1.7 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, a 2,300 mAh battery and of course, Beats Audio support. There is little information on the device itself so the M7 could merely be an early name given to the device. What HTC decides to call it is still not known to us. The specs seem pretty fancy for a 4.7-inch device, and it would certainly be an attractive option for users looking for a top end smartphone.

As for the rumor, we won’t come to conclusions until the CES is concluded. There’s a high possibility that HTC is looking to launch the device earlier than expected to get a head start from competitors launching their devices at MWC. However the company should be wary of the fact that Huawei has tough contenders lined up for launch at CES, so that will be something to look forward to. Regardless of when HTC launches the device, the company desperately needs a decent sales figure to last in the exceedingly competitive market. Failing which, it might be heading down the same road as LG which was virtually non-existent in the smartphone arena before the arrival of the Nexus 4 (despite having smartphones like the Optimus 2X, Optimus 4X HD etc). Let’s hope the M7 could change the fortunes for HTC, because we all know they make really good smartphones.

Source: Twitter (@Football4PDA)
Via: Slashgear

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Apps for 2012

Yesterday the TalkAndroid staff picked their best phones for 2012, and now it’s time for apps. Games aren’t included in this one because we will do a separate post for that. The only other stipulation is that the app had to launch in 2012, but there are a couple of minor exceptions as you will see below. Without further adieu  hit the break to see the results. Don’t forget to let us know what your picks are in the comments.

Robert Nazarian – Editor In Chief

This is a very tough one. If you consider that probably 300,000+ apps launched in 2012, how do you pick the best one? The best app might actually be the one that very few people know about, but ultimately you have to go with what made the biggest impact for Android users. I think that has to be Instagram. Android fans were begging for it as it was long overdo. When it finally landed in the Play Store, Android fans rejoiced and at the same time Apple fans cried out like little babies. That’s what I call an impact, and any app that makes Apple fans cry is a winner in my book.

Roy Alugbue – Editor

As soon as it was announced, Instagram was welcomed to the Android community with open-arms and hated by many outsiders, but there’s no doubt about the fact that it has certainly made a major splash in its brief existence on Android. The app brought a new means for individuals to share cool photos with friends and family, albeit in a looney, retro-filtered way of sorts. Here’s a quick and easy way of gauging Instagram’s popularity: since it’s release back in early April, the app has achieved a whopping 50,000,000 downloads and the fast-growing user base spreads across 25 countries as of this writing. Instagram is one of the more widely-used apps on Android devices and as it continues to grow and improve with each update— it will ultimately end up being one of the more revolutionary Android apps ever.

Ed Caggiani – Author

Choosing the best app is difficult, but I’d have to say that Google Drive is one of the most useful apps I’ve installed all year. Sure, Dropbox is the granddaddy of cloud storage, and I still use it as well, but there’s just something about the integration of Google Drive with Android that gives me the warm fuzzies. Its tablet support is also highly appreciated, taking advantage of my Nexus 10′s large screen. Luckily, I purchased storage space on Google’s servers before Google Drive was released, so I was grandfathered in to the older pricing, but with 5GB free, there’s no reason not to install Drive if you have an Android device.

Colton Kaiser – Author

With hundreds of thousands of unique applications available, it’s tough to pick a clear winner. So, why not pick the application that houses them all, the Google Play Store? You may remember a little thing called the Android Market which previously served as Google’s application marketplace for the company’s mobile OS up until March of this year. The entire philosophy behind the tired app marketplace was abandoned with the introduction of the Play Store as Google shifted to a consolidated and unified ecosystem of content for your swath of devices. Featuring the usual games and applications, as well as Movies, TV Shows, Books, Music and Magazines, Google managed to revolutionize the idea of a one-stop content shop.

Jared Peters – Author

Google Now is literally an award winning application that launched with Google’s Jelly Bean version of Android. It’s the single application that revolutionized what a phone should be able to do for you. Google Now is able to tell you what you need to know with no input on your part. Need to know the traffic for your drive to work? Google Now will glady do that. Want to know when your Amazon package is shipped? It’ll let you know. Did you drive past a restaurant that you’d like to eat at for lunch? Google Now will send you a card and let you know it’s nearby. The amazing part is that it literally does all of this with no user input. It all happens automatically in the background and really changes what you think your phone should be able to do for you. Oh, and it’s also a fantastic personal voice assistant app that can do all of the above and more. Impressive? I like to think so.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

A lot of great innovative apps hit the Play Store in 2012. Google Now and Field Trip are certainly both worthy of App Of The Year awards but I’ll go with an app that has been my best friend this past holiday shopping season: Slice. Like the two apps I mentioned earlier, it gathers your information in the background but its focus is much narrower. Once you’re done with the relatively easy setup, you’ll have details for all of your online purchases and tracking information at your fingertips. It will even notify you when a package ships or has been delivered. It’s seamless and helps you be lazy. Sounds like a winner to me!

Alexon Enfiedjian – Author

Technically Pocket has been around since before 2012, but at that time it was known as Read It Later and had a significantly different look and feel. In 2012, Read It Later relaunched as Pocket and dramatically changed its image, marketing and applications. It was essentially a new company with a new app.  Pocket was clean, sleek, fast and functional. Best of all, it was completely free. I downloaded it immediately. Pocket has now become one of my most used apps. It integrates with every app you own so you can save anything you want for later reading, whether tweets, emails, articles or more. Basically, anything you can “share”, you can save. I typically use it to save articles that interest me, but that I don’t have time to read at the moment. When you’ve got time to read, you can browse your articles via the app or Pocket’s website, which also looks gorgeous. They even recently released a really nice native Mac application and will more than likely release a Windows app in the near future. Pocket also has a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, so it really is the ultimate read-it-later experience. Pocket is my choice for app of the year.

 

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Apps for 2012

Yesterday the TalkAndroid staff picked their best phones for 2012, and now it’s time for apps. Games aren’t included in this one because we will do a separate post for that. The only other stipulation is that the app had to launch in 2012, but there are a couple of minor exceptions as you will see below. Without further adieu  hit the break to see the results. Don’t forget to let us know what your picks are in the comments.

Robert Nazarian – Editor In Chief

This is a very tough one. If you consider that probably 300,000+ apps launched in 2012, how do you pick the best one? The best app might actually be the one that very few people know about, but ultimately you have to go with what made the biggest impact for Android users. I think that has to be Instagram. Android fans were begging for it as it was long overdo. When it finally landed in the Play Store, Android fans rejoiced and at the same time Apple fans cried out like little babies. That’s what I call an impact, and any app that makes Apple fans cry is a winner in my book.

Roy Alugbue – Editor

As soon as it was announced, Instagram was welcomed to the Android community with open-arms and hated by many outsiders, but there’s no doubt about the fact that it has certainly made a major splash in its brief existence on Android. The app brought a new means for individuals to share cool photos with friends and family, albeit in a looney, retro-filtered way of sorts. Here’s a quick and easy way of gauging Instagram’s popularity: since it’s release back in early April, the app has achieved a whopping 50,000,000 downloads and the fast-growing user base spreads across 25 countries as of this writing. Instagram is one of the more widely-used apps on Android devices and as it continues to grow and improve with each update— it will ultimately end up being one of the more revolutionary Android apps ever.

Ed Caggiani – Author

Choosing the best app is difficult, but I’d have to say that Google Drive is one of the most useful apps I’ve installed all year. Sure, Dropbox is the granddaddy of cloud storage, and I still use it as well, but there’s just something about the integration of Google Drive with Android that gives me the warm fuzzies. Its tablet support is also highly appreciated, taking advantage of my Nexus 10′s large screen. Luckily, I purchased storage space on Google’s servers before Google Drive was released, so I was grandfathered in to the older pricing, but with 5GB free, there’s no reason not to install Drive if you have an Android device.

Colton Kaiser – Author

With hundreds of thousands of unique applications available, it’s tough to pick a clear winner. So, why not pick the application that houses them all, the Google Play Store? You may remember a little thing called the Android Market which previously served as Google’s application marketplace for the company’s mobile OS up until March of this year. The entire philosophy behind the tired app marketplace was abandoned with the introduction of the Play Store as Google shifted to a consolidated and unified ecosystem of content for your swath of devices. Featuring the usual games and applications, as well as Movies, TV Shows, Books, Music and Magazines, Google managed to revolutionize the idea of a one-stop content shop.

Jared Peters – Author

Google Now is literally an award winning application that launched with Google’s Jelly Bean version of Android. It’s the single application that revolutionized what a phone should be able to do for you. Google Now is able to tell you what you need to know with no input on your part. Need to know the traffic for your drive to work? Google Now will glady do that. Want to know when your Amazon package is shipped? It’ll let you know. Did you drive past a restaurant that you’d like to eat at for lunch? Google Now will send you a card and let you know it’s nearby. The amazing part is that it literally does all of this with no user input. It all happens automatically in the background and really changes what you think your phone should be able to do for you. Oh, and it’s also a fantastic personal voice assistant app that can do all of the above and more. Impressive? I like to think so.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

A lot of great innovative apps hit the Play Store in 2012. Google Now and Field Trip are certainly both worthy of App Of The Year awards but I’ll go with an app that has been my best friend this past holiday shopping season: Slice. Like the two apps I mentioned earlier, it gathers your information in the background but its focus is much narrower. Once you’re done with the relatively easy setup, you’ll have details for all of your online purchases and tracking information at your fingertips. It will even notify you when a package ships or has been delivered. It’s seamless and helps you be lazy. Sounds like a winner to me!

Alexon Enfiedjian – Author

Technically Pocket has been around since before 2012, but at that time it was known as Read It Later and had a significantly different look and feel. In 2012, Read It Later relaunched as Pocket and dramatically changed its image, marketing and applications. It was essentially a new company with a new app.  Pocket was clean, sleek, fast and functional. Best of all, it was completely free. I downloaded it immediately. Pocket has now become one of my most used apps. It integrates with every app you own so you can save anything you want for later reading, whether tweets, emails, articles or more. Basically, anything you can “share”, you can save. I typically use it to save articles that interest me, but that I don’t have time to read at the moment. When you’ve got time to read, you can browse your articles via the app or Pocket’s website, which also looks gorgeous. They even recently released a really nice native Mac application and will more than likely release a Windows app in the near future. Pocket also has a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, so it really is the ultimate read-it-later experience. Pocket is my choice for app of the year.

 

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Apps for 2012

Yesterday the TalkAndroid staff picked their best phones for 2012, and now it’s time for apps. Games aren’t included in this one because we will do a separate post for that. The only other stipulation is that the app had to launch in 2012, but there are a couple of minor exceptions as you will see below. Without further adieu  hit the break to see the results. Don’t forget to let us know what your picks are in the comments.

Robert Nazarian – Editor In Chief

This is a very tough one. If you consider that probably 300,000+ apps launched in 2012, how do you pick the best one? The best app might actually be the one that very few people know about, but ultimately you have to go with what made the biggest impact for Android users. I think that has to be Instagram. Android fans were begging for it as it was long overdo. When it finally landed in the Play Store, Android fans rejoiced and at the same time Apple fans cried out like little babies. That’s what I call an impact, and any app that makes Apple fans cry is a winner in my book.

Roy Alugbue – Editor

As soon as it was announced, Instagram was welcomed to the Android community with open-arms and hated by many outsiders, but there’s no doubt about the fact that it has certainly made a major splash in its brief existence on Android. The app brought a new means for individuals to share cool photos with friends and family, albeit in a looney, retro-filtered way of sorts. Here’s a quick and easy way of gauging Instagram’s popularity: since it’s release back in early April, the app has achieved a whopping 50,000,000 downloads and the fast-growing user base spreads across 25 countries as of this writing. Instagram is one of the more widely-used apps on Android devices and as it continues to grow and improve with each update— it will ultimately end up being one of the more revolutionary Android apps ever.

Ed Caggiani – Author

Choosing the best app is difficult, but I’d have to say that Google Drive is one of the most useful apps I’ve installed all year. Sure, Dropbox is the granddaddy of cloud storage, and I still use it as well, but there’s just something about the integration of Google Drive with Android that gives me the warm fuzzies. Its tablet support is also highly appreciated, taking advantage of my Nexus 10′s large screen. Luckily, I purchased storage space on Google’s servers before Google Drive was released, so I was grandfathered in to the older pricing, but with 5GB free, there’s no reason not to install Drive if you have an Android device.

Colton Kaiser – Author

With hundreds of thousands of unique applications available, it’s tough to pick a clear winner. So, why not pick the application that houses them all, the Google Play Store? You may remember a little thing called the Android Market which previously served as Google’s application marketplace for the company’s mobile OS up until March of this year. The entire philosophy behind the tired app marketplace was abandoned with the introduction of the Play Store as Google shifted to a consolidated and unified ecosystem of content for your swath of devices. Featuring the usual games and applications, as well as Movies, TV Shows, Books, Music and Magazines, Google managed to revolutionize the idea of a one-stop content shop.

Jared Peters – Author

Google Now is literally an award winning application that launched with Google’s Jelly Bean version of Android. It’s the single application that revolutionized what a phone should be able to do for you. Google Now is able to tell you what you need to know with no input on your part. Need to know the traffic for your drive to work? Google Now will glady do that. Want to know when your Amazon package is shipped? It’ll let you know. Did you drive past a restaurant that you’d like to eat at for lunch? Google Now will send you a card and let you know it’s nearby. The amazing part is that it literally does all of this with no user input. It all happens automatically in the background and really changes what you think your phone should be able to do for you. Oh, and it’s also a fantastic personal voice assistant app that can do all of the above and more. Impressive? I like to think so.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

A lot of great innovative apps hit the Play Store in 2012. Google Now and Field Trip are certainly both worthy of App Of The Year awards but I’ll go with an app that has been my best friend this past holiday shopping season: Slice. Like the two apps I mentioned earlier, it gathers your information in the background but its focus is much narrower. Once you’re done with the relatively easy setup, you’ll have details for all of your online purchases and tracking information at your fingertips. It will even notify you when a package ships or has been delivered. It’s seamless and helps you be lazy. Sounds like a winner to me!

Alexon Enfiedjian – Author

Technically Pocket has been around since before 2012, but at that time it was known as Read It Later and had a significantly different look and feel. In 2012, Read It Later relaunched as Pocket and dramatically changed its image, marketing and applications. It was essentially a new company with a new app.  Pocket was clean, sleek, fast and functional. Best of all, it was completely free. I downloaded it immediately. Pocket has now become one of my most used apps. It integrates with every app you own so you can save anything you want for later reading, whether tweets, emails, articles or more. Basically, anything you can “share”, you can save. I typically use it to save articles that interest me, but that I don’t have time to read at the moment. When you’ve got time to read, you can browse your articles via the app or Pocket’s website, which also looks gorgeous. They even recently released a really nice native Mac application and will more than likely release a Windows app in the near future. Pocket also has a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, so it really is the ultimate read-it-later experience. Pocket is my choice for app of the year.

 

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Apps for 2012

Yesterday the TalkAndroid staff picked their best phones for 2012, and now it’s time for apps. Games aren’t included in this one because we will do a separate post for that. The only other stipulation is that the app had to launch in 2012, but there are a couple of minor exceptions as you will see below. Without further adieu  hit the break to see the results. Don’t forget to let us know what your picks are in the comments.

Robert Nazarian – Editor In Chief

This is a very tough one. If you consider that probably 300,000+ apps launched in 2012, how do you pick the best one? The best app might actually be the one that very few people know about, but ultimately you have to go with what made the biggest impact for Android users. I think that has to be Instagram. Android fans were begging for it as it was long overdo. When it finally landed in the Play Store, Android fans rejoiced and at the same time Apple fans cried out like little babies. That’s what I call an impact, and any app that makes Apple fans cry is a winner in my book.

Roy Alugbue – Editor

As soon as it was announced, Instagram was welcomed to the Android community with open-arms and hated by many outsiders, but there’s no doubt about the fact that it has certainly made a major splash in its brief existence on Android. The app brought a new means for individuals to share cool photos with friends and family, albeit in a looney, retro-filtered way of sorts. Here’s a quick and easy way of gauging Instagram’s popularity: since it’s release back in early April, the app has achieved a whopping 50,000,000 downloads and the fast-growing user base spreads across 25 countries as of this writing. Instagram is one of the more widely-used apps on Android devices and as it continues to grow and improve with each update— it will ultimately end up being one of the more revolutionary Android apps ever.

Ed Caggiani – Author

Choosing the best app is difficult, but I’d have to say that Google Drive is one of the most useful apps I’ve installed all year. Sure, Dropbox is the granddaddy of cloud storage, and I still use it as well, but there’s just something about the integration of Google Drive with Android that gives me the warm fuzzies. Its tablet support is also highly appreciated, taking advantage of my Nexus 10′s large screen. Luckily, I purchased storage space on Google’s servers before Google Drive was released, so I was grandfathered in to the older pricing, but with 5GB free, there’s no reason not to install Drive if you have an Android device.

Colton Kaiser – Author

With hundreds of thousands of unique applications available, it’s tough to pick a clear winner. So, why not pick the application that houses them all, the Google Play Store? You may remember a little thing called the Android Market which previously served as Google’s application marketplace for the company’s mobile OS up until March of this year. The entire philosophy behind the tired app marketplace was abandoned with the introduction of the Play Store as Google shifted to a consolidated and unified ecosystem of content for your swath of devices. Featuring the usual games and applications, as well as Movies, TV Shows, Books, Music and Magazines, Google managed to revolutionize the idea of a one-stop content shop.

Jared Peters – Author

Google Now is literally an award winning application that launched with Google’s Jelly Bean version of Android. It’s the single application that revolutionized what a phone should be able to do for you. Google Now is able to tell you what you need to know with no input on your part. Need to know the traffic for your drive to work? Google Now will glady do that. Want to know when your Amazon package is shipped? It’ll let you know. Did you drive past a restaurant that you’d like to eat at for lunch? Google Now will send you a card and let you know it’s nearby. The amazing part is that it literally does all of this with no user input. It all happens automatically in the background and really changes what you think your phone should be able to do for you. Oh, and it’s also a fantastic personal voice assistant app that can do all of the above and more. Impressive? I like to think so.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

A lot of great innovative apps hit the Play Store in 2012. Google Now and Field Trip are certainly both worthy of App Of The Year awards but I’ll go with an app that has been my best friend this past holiday shopping season: Slice. Like the two apps I mentioned earlier, it gathers your information in the background but its focus is much narrower. Once you’re done with the relatively easy setup, you’ll have details for all of your online purchases and tracking information at your fingertips. It will even notify you when a package ships or has been delivered. It’s seamless and helps you be lazy. Sounds like a winner to me!

Alexon Enfiedjian – Author

Technically Pocket has been around since before 2012, but at that time it was known as Read It Later and had a significantly different look and feel. In 2012, Read It Later relaunched as Pocket and dramatically changed its image, marketing and applications. It was essentially a new company with a new app.  Pocket was clean, sleek, fast and functional. Best of all, it was completely free. I downloaded it immediately. Pocket has now become one of my most used apps. It integrates with every app you own so you can save anything you want for later reading, whether tweets, emails, articles or more. Basically, anything you can “share”, you can save. I typically use it to save articles that interest me, but that I don’t have time to read at the moment. When you’ve got time to read, you can browse your articles via the app or Pocket’s website, which also looks gorgeous. They even recently released a really nice native Mac application and will more than likely release a Windows app in the near future. Pocket also has a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, so it really is the ultimate read-it-later experience. Pocket is my choice for app of the year.

 

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LG Optimus G gets ‘Carbon-Free’ certification

Sure, owners of LG’s flagship handset may not be running Jelly Bean just yet, but they do have something pretty impressive to gloat about. The glass covered quad-core powerhouse has been certified as Carbon-Free by the CarbonFund Foundation, assuring its minimal environmental impact. This means that from raw supplies to production, and on to distribution, the LG Optimus G was crafted with Mother Earth’s uncertain future in mind. This installment continues the growing trend from LG, who also has a slew of green refrigerators and other environmentally friendly home appliances.

Well done, LG. Well done.

Source: LG

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Apps for 2012

Yesterday the TalkAndroid staff picked their best phones for 2012, and now it’s time for apps. Games aren’t included in this one because we will do a separate post for that. The only other stipulation is that the app had to launch in 2012, but there are a couple of minor exceptions as you will see below. Without further adieu  hit the break to see the results. Don’t forget to let us know what your picks are in the comments.

Robert Nazarian – Editor In Chief

This is a very tough one. If you consider that probably 300,000+ apps launched in 2012, how do you pick the best one? The best app might actually be the one that very few people know about, but ultimately you have to go with what made the biggest impact for Android users. I think that has to be Instagram. Android fans were begging for it as it was long overdo. When it finally landed in the Play Store, Android fans rejoiced and at the same time Apple fans cried out like little babies. That’s what I call an impact, and any app that makes Apple fans cry is a winner in my book.

Roy Alugbue – Editor

As soon as it was announced, Instagram was welcomed to the Android community with open-arms and hated by many outsiders, but there’s no doubt about the fact that it has certainly made a major splash in its brief existence on Android. The app brought a new means for individuals to share cool photos with friends and family, albeit in a looney, retro-filtered way of sorts. Here’s a quick and easy way of gauging Instagram’s popularity: since it’s release back in early April, the app has achieved a whopping 50,000,000 downloads and the fast-growing user base spreads across 25 countries as of this writing. Instagram is one of the more widely-used apps on Android devices and as it continues to grow and improve with each update— it will ultimately end up being one of the more revolutionary Android apps ever.

Ed Caggiani – Author

Choosing the best app is difficult, but I’d have to say that Google Drive is one of the most useful apps I’ve installed all year. Sure, Dropbox is the granddaddy of cloud storage, and I still use it as well, but there’s just something about the integration of Google Drive with Android that gives me the warm fuzzies. Its tablet support is also highly appreciated, taking advantage of my Nexus 10′s large screen. Luckily, I purchased storage space on Google’s servers before Google Drive was released, so I was grandfathered in to the older pricing, but with 5GB free, there’s no reason not to install Drive if you have an Android device.

Colton Kaiser – Author

With hundreds of thousands of unique applications available, it’s tough to pick a clear winner. So, why not pick the application that houses them all, the Google Play Store? You may remember a little thing called the Android Market which previously served as Google’s application marketplace for the company’s mobile OS up until March of this year. The entire philosophy behind the tired app marketplace was abandoned with the introduction of the Play Store as Google shifted to a consolidated and unified ecosystem of content for your swath of devices. Featuring the usual games and applications, as well as Movies, TV Shows, Books, Music and Magazines, Google managed to revolutionize the idea of a one-stop content shop.

Jared Peters – Author

Google Now is literally an award winning application that launched with Google’s Jelly Bean version of Android. It’s the single application that revolutionized what a phone should be able to do for you. Google Now is able to tell you what you need to know with no input on your part. Need to know the traffic for your drive to work? Google Now will glady do that. Want to know when your Amazon package is shipped? It’ll let you know. Did you drive past a restaurant that you’d like to eat at for lunch? Google Now will send you a card and let you know it’s nearby. The amazing part is that it literally does all of this with no user input. It all happens automatically in the background and really changes what you think your phone should be able to do for you. Oh, and it’s also a fantastic personal voice assistant app that can do all of the above and more. Impressive? I like to think so.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

A lot of great innovative apps hit the Play Store in 2012. Google Now and Field Trip are certainly both worthy of App Of The Year awards but I’ll go with an app that has been my best friend this past holiday shopping season: Slice. Like the two apps I mentioned earlier, it gathers your information in the background but its focus is much narrower. Once you’re done with the relatively easy setup, you’ll have details for all of your online purchases and tracking information at your fingertips. It will even notify you when a package ships or has been delivered. It’s seamless and helps you be lazy. Sounds like a winner to me!

Alexon Enfiedjian – Author

Technically Pocket has been around since before 2012, but at that time it was known as Read It Later and had a significantly different look and feel. In 2012, Read It Later relaunched as Pocket and dramatically changed its image, marketing and applications. It was essentially a new company with a new app.  Pocket was clean, sleek, fast and functional. Best of all, it was completely free. I downloaded it immediately. Pocket has now become one of my most used apps. It integrates with every app you own so you can save anything you want for later reading, whether tweets, emails, articles or more. Basically, anything you can “share”, you can save. I typically use it to save articles that interest me, but that I don’t have time to read at the moment. When you’ve got time to read, you can browse your articles via the app or Pocket’s website, which also looks gorgeous. They even recently released a really nice native Mac application and will more than likely release a Windows app in the near future. Pocket also has a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, so it really is the ultimate read-it-later experience. Pocket is my choice for app of the year.

 

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Apps for 2012

Yesterday the TalkAndroid staff picked their best phones for 2012, and now it’s time for apps. Games aren’t included in this one because we will do a separate post for that. The only other stipulation is that the app had to launch in 2012, but there are a couple of minor exceptions as you will see below. Without further adieu  hit the break to see the results. Don’t forget to let us know what your picks are in the comments.

Robert Nazarian – Editor In Chief

This is a very tough one. If you consider that probably 300,000+ apps launched in 2012, how do you pick the best one? The best app might actually be the one that very few people know about, but ultimately you have to go with what made the biggest impact for Android users. I think that has to be Instagram. Android fans were begging for it as it was long overdo. When it finally landed in the Play Store, Android fans rejoiced and at the same time Apple fans cried out like little babies. That’s what I call an impact, and any app that makes Apple fans cry is a winner in my book.

Roy Alugbue – Editor

As soon as it was announced, Instagram was welcomed to the Android community with open-arms and hated by many outsiders, but there’s no doubt about the fact that it has certainly made a major splash in its brief existence on Android. The app brought a new means for individuals to share cool photos with friends and family, albeit in a looney, retro-filtered way of sorts. Here’s a quick and easy way of gauging Instagram’s popularity: since it’s release back in early April, the app has achieved a whopping 50,000,000 downloads and the fast-growing user base spreads across 25 countries as of this writing. Instagram is one of the more widely-used apps on Android devices and as it continues to grow and improve with each update— it will ultimately end up being one of the more revolutionary Android apps ever.

Ed Caggiani – Author

Choosing the best app is difficult, but I’d have to say that Google Drive is one of the most useful apps I’ve installed all year. Sure, Dropbox is the granddaddy of cloud storage, and I still use it as well, but there’s just something about the integration of Google Drive with Android that gives me the warm fuzzies. Its tablet support is also highly appreciated, taking advantage of my Nexus 10′s large screen. Luckily, I purchased storage space on Google’s servers before Google Drive was released, so I was grandfathered in to the older pricing, but with 5GB free, there’s no reason not to install Drive if you have an Android device.

Colton Kaiser – Author

With hundreds of thousands of unique applications available, it’s tough to pick a clear winner. So, why not pick the application that houses them all, the Google Play Store? You may remember a little thing called the Android Market which previously served as Google’s application marketplace for the company’s mobile OS up until March of this year. The entire philosophy behind the tired app marketplace was abandoned with the introduction of the Play Store as Google shifted to a consolidated and unified ecosystem of content for your swath of devices. Featuring the usual games and applications, as well as Movies, TV Shows, Books, Music and Magazines, Google managed to revolutionize the idea of a one-stop content shop.

Jared Peters – Author

Google Now is literally an award winning application that launched with Google’s Jelly Bean version of Android. It’s the single application that revolutionized what a phone should be able to do for you. Google Now is able to tell you what you need to know with no input on your part. Need to know the traffic for your drive to work? Google Now will glady do that. Want to know when your Amazon package is shipped? It’ll let you know. Did you drive past a restaurant that you’d like to eat at for lunch? Google Now will send you a card and let you know it’s nearby. The amazing part is that it literally does all of this with no user input. It all happens automatically in the background and really changes what you think your phone should be able to do for you. Oh, and it’s also a fantastic personal voice assistant app that can do all of the above and more. Impressive? I like to think so.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

A lot of great innovative apps hit the Play Store in 2012. Google Now and Field Trip are certainly both worthy of App Of The Year awards but I’ll go with an app that has been my best friend this past holiday shopping season: Slice. Like the two apps I mentioned earlier, it gathers your information in the background but its focus is much narrower. Once you’re done with the relatively easy setup, you’ll have details for all of your online purchases and tracking information at your fingertips. It will even notify you when a package ships or has been delivered. It’s seamless and helps you be lazy. Sounds like a winner to me!

Alexon Enfiedjian – Author

Technically Pocket has been around since before 2012, but at that time it was known as Read It Later and had a significantly different look and feel. In 2012, Read It Later relaunched as Pocket and dramatically changed its image, marketing and applications. It was essentially a new company with a new app.  Pocket was clean, sleek, fast and functional. Best of all, it was completely free. I downloaded it immediately. Pocket has now become one of my most used apps. It integrates with every app you own so you can save anything you want for later reading, whether tweets, emails, articles or more. Basically, anything you can “share”, you can save. I typically use it to save articles that interest me, but that I don’t have time to read at the moment. When you’ve got time to read, you can browse your articles via the app or Pocket’s website, which also looks gorgeous. They even recently released a really nice native Mac application and will more than likely release a Windows app in the near future. Pocket also has a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, so it really is the ultimate read-it-later experience. Pocket is my choice for app of the year.

 

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LG Optimus G gets ‘Carbon-Free’ certification

Sure, owners of LG’s flagship handset may not be running Jelly Bean just yet, but they do have something pretty impressive to gloat about. The glass covered quad-core powerhouse has been certified as Carbon-Free by the CarbonFund Foundation, assuring its minimal environmental impact. This means that from raw supplies to production, and on to distribution, the LG Optimus G was crafted with Mother Earth’s uncertain future in mind. This installment continues the growing trend from LG, who also has a slew of green refrigerators and other environmentally friendly home appliances.

Well done, LG. Well done.

Source: LG

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Apps for 2012

Yesterday the TalkAndroid staff picked their best phones for 2012, and now it’s time for apps. Games aren’t included in this one because we will do a separate post for that. The only other stipulation is that the app had to launch in 2012, but there are a couple of minor exceptions as you will see below. Without further adieu  hit the break to see the results. Don’t forget to let us know what your picks are in the comments.

Robert Nazarian – Editor In Chief

This is a very tough one. If you consider that probably 300,000+ apps launched in 2012, how do you pick the best one? The best app might actually be the one that very few people know about, but ultimately you have to go with what made the biggest impact for Android users. I think that has to be Instagram. Android fans were begging for it as it was long overdo. When it finally landed in the Play Store, Android fans rejoiced and at the same time Apple fans cried out like little babies. That’s what I call an impact, and any app that makes Apple fans cry is a winner in my book.

Roy Alugbue – Editor

As soon as it was announced, Instagram was welcomed to the Android community with open-arms and hated by many outsiders, but there’s no doubt about the fact that it has certainly made a major splash in its brief existence on Android. The app brought a new means for individuals to share cool photos with friends and family, albeit in a looney, retro-filtered way of sorts. Here’s a quick and easy way of gauging Instagram’s popularity: since it’s release back in early April, the app has achieved a whopping 50,000,000 downloads and the fast-growing user base spreads across 25 countries as of this writing. Instagram is one of the more widely-used apps on Android devices and as it continues to grow and improve with each update— it will ultimately end up being one of the more revolutionary Android apps ever.

Ed Caggiani – Author

Choosing the best app is difficult, but I’d have to say that Google Drive is one of the most useful apps I’ve installed all year. Sure, Dropbox is the granddaddy of cloud storage, and I still use it as well, but there’s just something about the integration of Google Drive with Android that gives me the warm fuzzies. Its tablet support is also highly appreciated, taking advantage of my Nexus 10′s large screen. Luckily, I purchased storage space on Google’s servers before Google Drive was released, so I was grandfathered in to the older pricing, but with 5GB free, there’s no reason not to install Drive if you have an Android device.

Colton Kaiser – Author

With hundreds of thousands of unique applications available, it’s tough to pick a clear winner. So, why not pick the application that houses them all, the Google Play Store? You may remember a little thing called the Android Market which previously served as Google’s application marketplace for the company’s mobile OS up until March of this year. The entire philosophy behind the tired app marketplace was abandoned with the introduction of the Play Store as Google shifted to a consolidated and unified ecosystem of content for your swath of devices. Featuring the usual games and applications, as well as Movies, TV Shows, Books, Music and Magazines, Google managed to revolutionize the idea of a one-stop content shop.

Jared Peters – Author

Google Now is literally an award winning application that launched with Google’s Jelly Bean version of Android. It’s the single application that revolutionized what a phone should be able to do for you. Google Now is able to tell you what you need to know with no input on your part. Need to know the traffic for your drive to work? Google Now will glady do that. Want to know when your Amazon package is shipped? It’ll let you know. Did you drive past a restaurant that you’d like to eat at for lunch? Google Now will send you a card and let you know it’s nearby. The amazing part is that it literally does all of this with no user input. It all happens automatically in the background and really changes what you think your phone should be able to do for you. Oh, and it’s also a fantastic personal voice assistant app that can do all of the above and more. Impressive? I like to think so.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

A lot of great innovative apps hit the Play Store in 2012. Google Now and Field Trip are certainly both worthy of App Of The Year awards but I’ll go with an app that has been my best friend this past holiday shopping season: Slice. Like the two apps I mentioned earlier, it gathers your information in the background but its focus is much narrower. Once you’re done with the relatively easy setup, you’ll have details for all of your online purchases and tracking information at your fingertips. It will even notify you when a package ships or has been delivered. It’s seamless and helps you be lazy. Sounds like a winner to me!

Alexon Enfiedjian – Author

Technically Pocket has been around since before 2012, but at that time it was known as Read It Later and had a significantly different look and feel. In 2012, Read It Later relaunched as Pocket and dramatically changed its image, marketing and applications. It was essentially a new company with a new app.  Pocket was clean, sleek, fast and functional. Best of all, it was completely free. I downloaded it immediately. Pocket has now become one of my most used apps. It integrates with every app you own so you can save anything you want for later reading, whether tweets, emails, articles or more. Basically, anything you can “share”, you can save. I typically use it to save articles that interest me, but that I don’t have time to read at the moment. When you’ve got time to read, you can browse your articles via the app or Pocket’s website, which also looks gorgeous. They even recently released a really nice native Mac application and will more than likely release a Windows app in the near future. Pocket also has a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, so it really is the ultimate read-it-later experience. Pocket is my choice for app of the year.

 

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LG Optimus G gets ‘Carbon-Free’ certification

Sure, owners of LG’s flagship handset may not be running Jelly Bean just yet, but they do have something pretty impressive to gloat about. The glass covered quad-core powerhouse has been certified as Carbon-Free by the CarbonFund Foundation, assuring its minimal environmental impact. This means that from raw supplies to production, and on to distribution, the LG Optimus G was crafted with Mother Earth’s uncertain future in mind. This installment continues the growing trend from LG, who also has a slew of green refrigerators and other environmentally friendly home appliances.

Well done, LG. Well done.

Source: LG

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LG Optimus G gets ‘Carbon-Free’ certification

Sure, owners of LG’s flagship handset may not be running Jelly Bean just yet, but they do have something pretty impressive to gloat about. The glass covered quad-core powerhouse has been certified as Carbon-Free by the CarbonFund Foundation, assuring its minimal environmental impact. This means that from raw supplies to production, and on to distribution, the LG Optimus G was crafted with Mother Earth’s uncertain future in mind. This installment continues the growing trend from LG, who also has a slew of green refrigerators and other environmentally friendly home appliances.

Well done, LG. Well done.

Source: LG

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LG Optimus G is certified ‘Carbon-Free’

Optimus G

The LG Optimus G may not have received Jelly Bean just yet, but it did get certified as Carbon-Free from the CarbonFund Foundation. Along with other LG products, including refrigerators, washing machines, ovens and vacuum cleaners, the Optimus G was found to be environmentally friendly throughout the entire process of procuring raw materials, production, distribution, use, and disposal. This follows a trend LG started with the equally-green Optimus Elite.

We worry a lot about things like updates and market share, but as temporary users of this planet we should also care about the impact our hobby has on the environment. While any manufacturing process will leave some scars, it's refreshing to see companies try to be as gentle as possible on this blue marble. And don't forget we can do our own part by responsibly disposing of our tech toys when they have outlived their usefulness. Your carrier store or local Best Buy (among other retailers) will be happy to dispose of non-working electronics and send them off for recycling.

Kudos LG.

Source: LG (Korea)

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AT&T to update Samsung Galaxy Note II with Multi-Window tomorrow

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note II

Most US models of the Samsung Galaxy Note II have already been updated with Multi-Window — a split-screen feature that allows users to view two apps at once — but AT&T is the last of the four national powers that hasn’t pushed the feature out to its customers. That will change tomorrow, as AT&T has confirmed to us in an email that it will roll out the new build over the air at some point during the day. We’re happy that users won’t have to rely on Samsung’s proprietary Kies desktop software to update their devices, but minor downloads like this are typically facilitated OTA. There’s no word on if the ROM will be pushed out in phases to minimalize the impact on AT&T’s servers, but don’t be terribly worried if you don’t get notified right away. Continue below to read the carrier’s official statement on the matter.

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Dropbox Acquires Photo Sharing Service Snapjoy

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Dropbox has been very active since the past few days. It recently acquired music streaming service AudioGalaxy which led us to believe that it had something in store for the cloud music crowd. This made a lot of sense especially since Dropbox is already a big name in the cloud storage industry with a large user base to brag of. And now the company has acquired a photo sharing service called Snapjoy which is a great alternative to the likes of Picasa, Flickr etc. The service basically lets users view all their photos on different services and devices right under one app. It seems like Dropbox is looking towards a massive expansion, considering it has over 100 million users on its cloud storage service. Details are very scarce as of now, but we’ll know more about Dropbox’s plans in the coming days.

With Instagram and party currently ruling the photo sharing biz, it’s going to be hard for a new name to make an impact. But if Dropbox plays its cards right, we could see a new name emerge in the industry. There’s no clear information about the exact deal between the two services and how much money was involved, but the news has been confirmed by Snapjoy on its official blog. The app came to the fore in May 2011, and the creators should be pretty pumped up on being acquired already. The CEO of Snapjoy mentioned that the service had other interested buyers too. So it seems like Snapjoy had made quite a splash with potential buyers. The folks at Snapjoy assured existing users that their photos were absolutely safe, although new users weren’t able to sign up for the service ever since the acquisition was announced. It will now depend on Dropbox and Snapjoy to work in co-ordination to bring a neat little photo storage service to rival the likes of Flickr, Picasa and Instagram.

Dropbox is certainly very ambitious, and rightly so given its credentials in the field. It is currently leading the pack when it comes to cloud storage services which includes SkyDrive, Google Drive, and Apple’s iCloud among others. With Audio Galaxy under its belt as well, Dropbox has certainly announced itself as a major player in the cloud services arena and not just limiting itself to plain storage. Of course, Dropbox hasn’t made any of these plans public but these acquisitions couldn’t mean anything else.

Source: Snapjoy
Via: Tech Crunch

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Would you buy a phone with built-in… airbags? [POLL]

There have been a lot of inventions and innovations to behold over the years. Many advances have been made in mobile alone, including small cameras, mini projectors, NFC chips and more. All of that may not seem amazing in the here and now — we’re quite used to the usual bells and whistles of today’s smartphones, after all. But I bet not many have ever thought about this one: airbags.

That’s right, what would you say to a phone that came with a working airbag system? The idea was put in the spotlight by the Interesting Engineering Google+ account. Said system would use sensors which could calculate sudden changes in velocity and direction to determine if a phone is about to fall, and would react as a car would following sudden impact.

The airbags would protrude from the top and bottom of the phone, creating a nice air-cushioned buffer between the point of impact and the phone itself to protect it from any damage. The illustration also shows how the phone could emit jets of air to change the phone’s trajectory before it slams against the pavement or whatever it is about to hit.

I can’t think of any OEM that would be crazy enough to implement such a thing even if it is possible to engineer in a practical way. For starters, doesn’t a simple shock-absorbing case suffice for most people? Heck, even bumper cases can provide enough protection against your typical drops and tumbles. Also, what customer is going to want to have to restore the airbags after each and every drop?

And to that fact, who’s going to want to deal with the headaches of false readings? I’m not sure how precise a sensor would have to be to make sure it doesn’t become a problem, but I surely wouldn’t want my phone to vomit bags and air if I decided to jump for whatever reason. Still, it’s an interesting idea that makes you wonder what more could be done to help protect users’ smartphones.

Apparently this technology has been patented by someone but we can’t seem to find any details on that. Interesting Engineer suggests patents exist not only for airbag mechanisms inside phones, but inside cases, as well. It could be a very nice piece of tech for case manufacturers to present to those working in conditions where drops might be common, such as construction.

It’s not something I’d want on my smartphone full time, but if I could buy a case to take on days where I think I might need added protection it would be nice to have. There are a lot of questions surrounding the idea, but it all comes down to this: would you buy one? Be it a phone or a case, would you accept the airbags movement?

Almost everything under the sun has been done in terms of smartphones so it wouldn’t surprise us that someone — anyone — is already looking at doing something like this to give them the edge that’s needed to make noise in today’s crowded market. Be sure to vote in the poll below and let us know your thoughts with a quick comment.

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Seidio Launches Shatterproof, Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Galaxy S III

Seidio Develops Revolutionary Tempered Glass Screen Protector, VITREO, for iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III

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Tapered edges add durability and visual appeal; VITREO is shatterproof and reduces fingerprints
  Now here is a new product from Seidio that I am very interested in, and at a affordable price to!

Consumers have plenty of protection options for their smartphone device; but, we [Seidio] wanted to offer a product that looks and feels like the actual smartphone screen,” says David Chang, CEO of Seidio.  “When installed, there are no gaps or bubbles between the VITREO and screen so it won’t interfere with touch sensitivity.  It’s elegant, sleek and the ultimate choice for screen protection.

World-class engineers carefully designed the VITREO with specially processed glass stamped with a 9H hardness rating.  This allows the VITREO to safeguard the device from heavy-duty scratches and abrasions, and ensures protection against impact from wayward objects by absorbing shock. Additionally, Seidio developed a product that does not ignore aesthetics for protection.  Tapered (rounded) edges provide a sleek, enhanced profile on the device while reinforcing critical points of impact that bolsters durability.

The entire surface of the VITREO is transparent, and the back side is covered with a strong silicon adhesive for easy installation without bubbling or lifting. It only adds .55mm to the device making it very lightweight and portable.  An oleophobic coating prevents fingerprints and smudges, and makes it very easy to clean.

This product is compatible with our ACTIVE® and ACTIVE® with Metal Kickstand. It is not compatible with our SURFACE™, CONVERT®, OBEX™, or Innocell/CONVERT® Plus and is not guaranteed to be compatible with other manufacturers’ products.

Seidio’s VITREO™ is a tempered glass material that utilizes advanced technology to shield and protect your Samsung Galaxy S III’s screen. Made from a high grade glass with a 9H hardness rating, VITREO™ is shatterproof, allowing it to absorb impact and prevent damage from occurring to your screen. The VITREO™ surface feels just like the device’s screen without interfering with touch sensitivity or optical clarity while giving you an extraordinary level of protection. The design and lightweight material will provide peace of mind no matter what comes in contact with your device.

 

- High grade tempered glass with a 9H hardness rating prevents damage in the event of scratches and abrasions

- Tapered (rounded) edges provide a premium and more aesthetically enhanced profile for your device

- Engineered to reinforce the strength of the critical points of impact which results in prolonged durability

- Oleophobic coating resists marks and smudges with advanced technology that reduces the appearance of fingerprints

- Full panel protects the entire screen without leaving any portion exposed

- Promotes touch sensitivity and enhances optical clarity

- Easy installation without bubbling and lifting

- Only 0.55mm (0.02in) thin

 

Contains:

- VITREO™ Screen Guard

- Microfiber Cloth

- Alcohol Wipe

- Plastic Pick

- 4 Home Button Stickers

 

 

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Alley Oop: Hothead Games Releases Big Win Basketball To The Play Store

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If you’re a fan of Hothead’s Big Win card-based sports games, then Christmas comes early for you this year: Big Win Basketball is here! Just like other games from the Big Win series, you start of with a certain number of cards – which give you players of all positions and a few “big impact” cards – and away you go. The more you play, the more cards you get; thus, advancing your team as much as possible.

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The Big Impact cards hold the ability to drastically change the game with a variety of different tweaks, including Ball Swatter, Sixth Sense, Rainmaker, Breaking Ankles, and many more.

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Windows Phone web store opens in 37 new countries, adds universal search, and supports installing apps via SD card

Windows Phone web store opens in 37 new countries, adds universal search, and supports installing apps via SD card

If you had any doubts about Microsoft’s efforts to actually make an impact with Windows Phone 8, let this address them. After announcing that it’d be maintaining a full staff to certify apps through the holiday period, the outfit has just revealed that its web store for apps / games is now open in 37 new locations around the globe. (You can find the full list after the break.) All told, that makes 112 supported nations, complementing the phone store that’s available now in 191 markets.

As for other changes? First off, universal search is being added — instead of having to go one place to find apps and another to search for how-to articles, you’ll now see all these search results in one place. The web store has also gained support for installing apps via SD card, which Microsoft points out could be useful when a solid cellular or WiFi connection is nowhere to be found. For the full spiel, head on over to the source link.

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HTC Butterfly J Will See an Increase In Shipments Thanks To Good Sales in Japan

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HTC has been having a poor run in the market, courtesy of strong sales numbers from Samsung and the recently launched Apple iPhone 5. The company has been failing to make an impact in the market despite several attempts by the company. But with the new Droid DNA/Butterfly in the market, things were expected to change. And it seems like sales are picking up for HTC, which is now believed to be producing and shipping more HTC Butterfly smartphones as the holiday season approaches. What this means is that the smartphone is well in demand in the limited countries that it is available in right now. In the U.S, the Verizon Droid DNA has seen plenty of takers too and has been a success in its own right. However, the Samsung Galaxy Note II could stand in its way with the holiday season approaching. We can’t help but wonder how drastically HTC’s sales would grow if it were to launch the Butterfly on a much larger scale in the EU or probably in Asian countries other than Taiwan, Japan and China.

Jack Tong, president of HTC’s North Asia division said – “We will ship a large number of devices by the end of this month, due to the success of the HTC Butterfly J in Japan”. So his words suggest that the device is widely popular in Japan, but it tells very little about how it has fared in the U.S. The device is no doubt an instant attention grabber with its gorgeous 5-inch 1080p Super LCD3 panel and a very slim form factor too. It is expected that HTC’s new flagship sees a much wider rollout in the market which would mean that the device would get much more exposure and inevitably the sales would increase too.

The device runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box along with Sense UI 4+ which was introduced with the One X+. Deeper inside the device is a quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset clocked at 1.5 GHz and a hefty 2GB of RAM. There’s also the standard set of camera sensors on the Butterfly which utilize the HTC ImageSense chip. And unlike the American variant of the Droid DNA, this one comes with an expandable microSD card slot. So that’s a big bonus for the device over its American counterpart. It is believed that a regular 3G version of the Butterfly is slated for a wider roll out sometime soon in the coming months. Let’s take that last bit with a pinch of salt until we have official confirmation coming from HTC.

Source: Focus Taiwan
Via: Talk Android

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Netherlands court gives Apple win over Samsung in scrolling patent case

A court in the Netherlands has ruled in favor of Apple in their suit against Samsung for infringement on patent EP2.059.868. The patent in question pertains to a method of scrolling implemented in the gallery application of Samsung devices running one of several Android 2.0 branches covering the Froyo and Gingerbread releases.

Samsung now has eight weeks to provide updates to their handsets to fix the infringing software. If they fail to do so, the Korean smartphone maker faces fines of 100,000 euros per day and potential sales bans. Samsung issued a statement saying they were “disappointed” in the decision and once again chiding Apple for hampering “consumer choice and innovation.”

In the end, the ruling could cost Samsung a pretty penny, especially considering the number of Android devices they will need to provide updates to, but it won’t make as big an impact on the company’s wallet as another high-profile case. The next phase of the US patent trial in which Samsung has already been slapped with a $1 billion fine kicks off next week.

[via SamMobile]


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Samsung Expects To Rake in More Money With Big Fourth Qtr. Shipment

 

Samsung will continue to rack up more money in the coming months following reports that the Korean tech giant has already scheduled a shipment of at least 61 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2012.

According to UBS financial analyst Nicolas Gaudis, Samsung is expected to ship between 61.5 million to 63 million smartphone in the last quarter of the year, which signifies at least a 5 percent jump over the 58 million smartphones shipped by the company in the third quarter.

Gaudis added the shipment figures could even grow than estimated because of the increasing purchasing power of the consumers during Holiday seasons and strong sales of their flagship smartphone Galaxy Note 2.

Samsung shipped 3 million units of Galaxy Note 2 in its first five weeks of sales and the surging sales of the product in Asia, Europe, and the United States will further help the company exceed their initial projection of 5 million units.

“We hence forecast 7 million Galaxy Note 2, compared to our initial expectation of 5 million for the fourth quarter,” Gaudis said in his investors’ note.

The Galaxy S3 will also make a major impact in the fourth quarter sales of Samsung, which remain on top of the smartphone-maker ladder. Galaxy S3, which was released in May, generated 5.5 million units sold in October alone and continues to post solid sales results despite the launching of Apple’s iPhone 5.

“We see a limited ramp-down, if any at all, for the Galaxy S3, and we feel comfortable with our 15 million estimate for the fourth quarter of 2012,” added Gaudis, who sees Samsung to stay on top of the smartphone game.

Samsung and Apple are the leaders in the smartphone market, though the Korean tech firm has clearly generated more profits than Apple from the sales of their smartphones.

 

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Gree to close Openfeint with less than a month notice to developers

OpenFeint, a popular gaming network for Android and iOS devices, announced the service will be shutdown on December 14th. OpenFeint was purchased by Gree in 2011 and it was no secret the long term plan was to shutdown the service and move games to Gree’s own platform. However, indications up to this time were that the transition would not occur until later in 2013. With today’s news, developers have little time to roll out updates to customers.

The impact will vary by game for users. A title like GoNinja that is closely integrated with the OpenFeint network will likely not open at all once Gree turns off the servers and apps can no longer make network calls. According to the announcement page, it appears some functions and features, like Game Feed, will not be available to developers who may opt to migrate to the Gree platform. There are indications that user data will be lost during the migration.

Companies shutting down services, especially when they have a different platform they want partners to move to, goes with the technology landscape. Springing a surprise deadline on developers and users does not seem like a wise business decision. Combined with the step backwards with regard to some features, it is hard to imagine this move by Gree will engender trust in developers to give the new platform a try.

source: Openfeint
via: Android Central


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Samsung Comes Out on Top of Q3 Sales Results, Leaves Apple and Nokia Behind

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Samsung as we know is the company that’s doing exceptionally well in the market. And its dream run seems to be continuing in the mobile world with the company coming out as the top seller of mobile phones (including smartphones) in the world, beating Nokia and Apple. The research was conducted by Gartner and Strategy Analytics, and it doesn’t seem to be surprising anyone. According to the analysis, Samsung sold a total of 98 million phones. The real competition seems to be between Samsung and Nokia here, as Apple doesn’t have a presence in the feature phones or entry level smartphones industry. Nokia seems to have done well in the low end mobile phone segment with a total of 82 million units reportedly sold. Merely 7.2 million of them were smartphones. Samsung on the other hand, sold 55 million smartphones and Apple sold 23.6 million during the third quarter. The sales of the Galaxy S III surpassed the iPhone 4S in Q3 without much surprise as the new iPhone made its way to the market. Surprisingly, the iPhone 5 is nowhere in that list with only 6 million of sales reported, but we should see strong sales numbers appear in the fourth quarter results. The iPhone 4S apparently sold 16.2 million units down from 19.4 million from the past quarter. The Galaxy S III sold roughly around 18 million units, which is a huge increase from the 5.4 million units it sold in Q2.

As expected, Nokia’s dominance in the feature phone market continues, but it hasn’t been able to translate that into smartphone sales. This is a troubling stat for Nokia, one which the company would desperately like to erase in the current quarter. The company stands seventh in smartphone rankings overall. The Lumia 920 seems to have gotten off to a decent start, and Nokia would want to sell more of that to have any impact on its smartphone sales. With all its eggs currently in the Windows Phone basket, it’s hard to expect any sort of excitement from the company about the feature phone sales. The holiday season will certainly be a test of these smartphones and it would be interesting to see if the Galaxy S III or the iPhone 5 will have much of an impact going forward. Initial glitches of the iPhone 5 might have driven away a few customers away, while the Galaxy S III has a rather unpleasing design. Samsung however, has managed to provide decent sales figures of the smartphone continuing the legacy from the Galaxy S II which also showed similar sales figures. Which phone are you buying this holiday season?

Source: CIO
Via: Tech Radar

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