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Renders reveal new colors for Samsung Galaxy S III mini

Back in November we reported on plans by Samsung to produce the Samsung Galaxy S III mini in some new colors. Today new renders were released showing three new colors for the devices: Titanium Gray, Garnet Red and Onyx Black. These three colors will join the White version. We do not have any information on when these different versions will be available or which carriers may make them available.

source: SamMobile

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NVIDIA Project Shield details published

We just got done telling you about the crazy NVIDIA Shield announcement at CES 2013 and now NVIDIA has come clean with a boat load of details in press release form. Some crucial tidbits to take away:

  • Plays both Android and PC titles
  • Pure Android experience with Google Play
  • Stream games from PC powered by select NVIDIA processors with STEAM
  • Tegra 4 processor
  • HD Video and Audio
  • Console grade controller
  • 5-inch, 1280×720 HD retinal multitouch display, with 294 dpi
  • Android Jellybean

We’re hoping to get additional information and hands-on the shield at some point this week, but we’re not sure exactly how much information NVIDIA will be willing to provide. You can learn more at Shield.Nvidia.com, and of course, don’t forget to visit our NVIDIA Shield Forums.

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Renders reveal new colors for Samsung Galaxy S III mini

Back in November we reported on plans by Samsung to produce the Samsung Galaxy S III mini in some new colors. Today new renders were released showing three new colors for the devices: Titanium Gray, Garnet Red and Onyx Black. These three colors will join the White version. We do not have any information on when these different versions will be available or which carriers may make them available.

source: SamMobile

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Apple now offering refurbished 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display for just $1869

rMBP-good-deal-stock-1020_large_verge_medium_landscapeChristmas might have kissed us goodbye, but offers haven’t.

To our surprise this time, it’s the Cupertino based tech-giant, Apple, which has finally decided to make its products affordable for our fellow proletariats, who cannot afford the inordinately priced ‘iProducts’.

Though it’s still not clear when Apple placed its 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display on company’s “Certified Refurbished” online store but the company is offering a variety of configurations on its “Special Deals” webpage.

Apple now offers an entry level model with a 2.3GHz Quad-core i7 processor with 8GB of memory and a 256-gigabyte solid state drive is priced at $1,869, a 15 percent savings equaling $330. Also available is a 2.6GHz model with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD for $2,379, or a maxed-out 2.7GHz model with 16GB of RAM and a 768GB SSD for $3,189, with the prices representing a savings of $420 and $560, respectively.

Though the MacBook is refurbished, Apple offers the accustomed one-year manufacturer’s warranty at the above stated premium price-tag.

There’s no information as to how long this offer would run, or as to how much stock does Apple have. If you’re planning to buy a MacBook, you might as well give this a shot. When you consider the configurations of Laptops which are available at the price range of $1800-$2000, you would surely admire this amazing deal offered by Apple.

The only two laptops that are comparable the entry-level $1869 laptop are the Asus U500 ($2150) and the Razer Blade II ($2500). Even if we side-line the fact that they’re almost $300-$800 costlier, they still do not equip the amazing Retina display.

Many people overlook the importance of display on their laptops. It’s not just a form factor. If you’re investing in getting a good GPU and a hefty processor, you better have a resplendent, crystal-clear display which can handle all the lines, shapes, and colors magnificently.

For more information on this offer, click here.

Image Courtesy: The Verge

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Google shows off the power of their Search App in two short videos

I don’t know about you guys, but I use Google’s Search app on my phone every single day, not to mention their search engine in general on my computer. Google Search literally gives you all the information in the world right at the palm of your hand. Google has released 2 new short videos showcasing the power of their Search app for everyone to see. Check them out!

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Google Showcases The Power Of Google Search In Two New Videos

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love Google’s search app, specifically Google Now on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. I use it just about everyday as it provides me with information I need quickly and accurately. It would probably be very accurate to say that most of our readers use Google’s desktop search engine avidly as well. Google has released two new short videos featuring how much power their Search app has. In one video, a business man takes a picture of a painting of a castle as a search input. Google Search is able to find it almost instantly.

Make sure to check out the videos below!

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Google shows off the power of their Search App in two short videos

I don’t know about you guys, but I use Google’s Search app on my phone every single day, not to mention their search engine in general on my computer. Google Search literally gives you all the information in the world right at the palm of your hand. Google has released 2 new short videos showcasing the power of their Search app for everyone to see. Check them out!

Click here to view the embedded video.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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$99 Nexus 7 rumors continue to swirl

We started hearing rumors of a $99 Nexus 7 several months ago, and whether they are true or not, I’m sure it will happen sometime in 2013 based on the competition between Amazon, Google, and Apple. The latest comes from DigiTimes, and they are telling us to expect to see it sometime in the 1st quarter 2013, or more likely the 2nd quarter.

This information comes from the fact that O-Film started shipping what’s called glass-film-film (GFF) screens for the Nexus 7 this month. These GFF displays will not only help cut production costs for this cheaper version, but it will also make it thinner. Although it’s expected that the tab could come in at $99, other experts are questioning if it can even be done, and think $129 to $149 is more likely. For initial shipment estimates, Google and ASUS are shooting for 500,000 to 600,000 units with mostly likely the majority of them going to emerging markets.

source: digitimes

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$99 Nexus 7 rumors continue to swirl

We started hearing rumors of a $99 Nexus 7 several months ago, and whether they are true or not, I’m sure it will happen sometime in 2013 based on the competition between Amazon, Google, and Apple. The latest comes from DigiTimes, and they are telling us to expect to see it sometime in the 1st quarter 2013, or more likely the 2nd quarter.

This information comes from the fact that O-Film started shipping what’s called glass-film-film (GFF) screens for the Nexus 7 this month. These GFF displays will not only help cut production costs for this cheaper version, but it will also make it thinner. Although it’s expected that the tab could come in at $99, other experts are questioning if it can even be done, and think $129 to $149 is more likely. For initial shipment estimates, Google and ASUS are shooting for 500,000 to 600,000 units with mostly likely the majority of them going to emerging markets.

source: digitimes

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ESPN Scorecenter receives a much needed UI overhaul

It’s been a while since ESPN’s Scorecenter app had received an interface update, and it showed. The app just felt clunky and certainly wasn’t pretty to look at. Fortunately, ESPN put some work into their latest update for the app, and it’s a great one. The interface has been completely redone to feel like a polished app that we should all expect from a company like ESPN. Navigating settings, notifications and information is easier than ever, and I’m personally glad to see the update, even if it came at the tail-end of the NFL season. Hit the link below to get the updated app.

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ESPN Scorecenter receives a much needed UI overhaul

It’s been a while since ESPN’s Scorecenter app had received an interface update, and it showed. The app just felt clunky and certainly wasn’t pretty to look at. Fortunately, ESPN put some work into their latest update for the app, and it’s a great one. The interface has been completely redone to feel like a polished app that we should all expect from a company like ESPN. Navigating settings, notifications and information is easier than ever, and I’m personally glad to see the update, even if it came at the tail-end of the NFL season. Hit the link below to get the updated app.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II Developer Edition slated for Verizon

Following in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy S III on Verizon, Samsung appears to be ready to release a Developer Edition of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. A special version is needed due to Verizon locking the bootloader, effectively blocking developers who need an unlocked device for testing and development purposes. The new version has been revealed just over a week after the Galaxy Note II’s bootloader was cracked. Samsung is listing the 16GB Developer Edition on their web site, although there is no information regarding an expected date of availability.

source: Samsung

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Samsung Galaxy Note II Developer Edition slated for Verizon

Following in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy S III on Verizon, Samsung appears to be ready to release a Developer Edition of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. A special version is needed due to Verizon locking the bootloader, effectively blocking developers who need an unlocked device for testing and development purposes. The new version has been revealed just over a week after the Galaxy Note II’s bootloader was cracked. Samsung is listing the 16GB Developer Edition on their web site, although there is no information regarding an expected date of availability.

source: Samsung

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Samsung Galaxy Note II Developer Edition slated for Verizon

Following in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy S III on Verizon, Samsung appears to be ready to release a Developer Edition of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. A special version is needed due to Verizon locking the bootloader, effectively blocking developers who need an unlocked device for testing and development purposes. The new version has been revealed just over a week after the Galaxy Note II’s bootloader was cracked. Samsung is listing the 16GB Developer Edition on their web site, although there is no information regarding an expected date of availability.

source: Samsung

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U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update set to arrive Dec. 21

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If you're a U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy S3 owner, you've no doubt been wondering when Jelly Bean will arrive for your device. Wonder no more. U.S. Cellular has now announced the update will indeed start rolling out as of Friday, December 21. As highlighted on the information page, the update will arrive OTA in addition to being available via Kies and bring along with it many improvements to the camera, browser, user interface, notifications, calendar and widgets and more.

Source: U.S. Cellular

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The front and back screen YotaPhone makes its debut on YouTube [Video]

Remember the YotaPhone that we covered yesterday? Well it’s made its debut on YouTube for all of us to check out it’s dual-screen functionality. This phone definitely has me on the curious side and I’m sure you all would love to see it in action and what the e-ink screen has to offer. The front display holds a 4.3-inch 1,280 x 720 (720P) display, while the rear one can display a full e-ink content which can be used for displaying key information about your every day life such as weather or calendar events.

The YotaPhone is still relatively far from release and is expected around Q3 in Russia. No word whether it’ll make its debut anywhere else. Check out the video after the break!

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III finally getting upgraded to Jelly Bean tomorrow

The day has finally come Verizon Galaxy S III users. By tomorrow you should be expecting your device to be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean! Verizon users cane expect the popular Google Now feature as well as several new camera features and enhancements. Also to be included in the update is the all new ISIS mobile payment application that several carriers are lobbying to push. Perhaps this is what Verizon wants their users to use instead of Google Wallet?

Anyone excited about this update? For more information check out the source link!

source: Verizon

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The front and back screen YotaPhone makes its debut on YouTube [Video]

Remember the YotaPhone that we covered yesterday? Well it’s made its debut on YouTube for all of us to check out it’s dual-screen functionality. This phone definitely has me on the curious side and I’m sure you all would love to see it in action and what the e-ink screen has to offer. The front display holds a 4.3-inch 1,280 x 720 (720P) display, while the rear one can display a full e-ink content which can be used for displaying key information about your every day life such as weather or calendar events.

The YotaPhone is still relatively far from release and is expected around Q3 in Russia. No word whether it’ll make its debut anywhere else. Check out the video after the break!

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III finally getting upgraded to Jelly Bean tomorrow

The day has finally come Verizon Galaxy S III users. By tomorrow you should be expecting your device to be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean! Verizon users cane expect the popular Google Now feature as well as several new camera features and enhancements. Also to be included in the update is the all new ISIS mobile payment application that several carriers are lobbying to push. Perhaps this is what Verizon wants their users to use instead of Google Wallet?

Anyone excited about this update? For more information check out the source link!

source: Verizon

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The front and back screen YotaPhone makes its debut on YouTube [Video]

Remember the YotaPhone that we covered yesterday? Well it’s made its debut on YouTube for all of us to check out it’s dual-screen functionality. This phone definitely has me on the curious side and I’m sure you all would love to see it in action and what the e-ink screen has to offer. The front display holds a 4.3-inch 1,280 x 720 (720P) display, while the rear one can display a full e-ink content which can be used for displaying key information about your every day life such as weather or calendar events.

The YotaPhone is still relatively far from release and is expected around Q3 in Russia. No word whether it’ll make its debut anywhere else. Check out the video after the break!

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III finally getting upgraded to Jelly Bean tomorrow

The day has finally come Verizon Galaxy S III users. By tomorrow you should be expecting your device to be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean! Verizon users cane expect the popular Google Now feature as well as several new camera features and enhancements. Also to be included in the update is the all new ISIS mobile payment application that several carriers are lobbying to push. Perhaps this is what Verizon wants their users to use instead of Google Wallet?

Anyone excited about this update? For more information check out the source link!

source: Verizon

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The front and back screen YotaPhone makes its debut on YouTube [Video]

Remember the YotaPhone that we covered yesterday? Well it’s made its debut on YouTube for all of us to check out it’s dual-screen functionality. This phone definitely has me on the curious side and I’m sure you all would love to see it in action and what the e-ink screen has to offer. The front display holds a 4.3-inch 1,280 x 720 (720P) display, while the rear one can display a full e-ink content which can be used for displaying key information about your every day life such as weather or calendar events.

The YotaPhone is still relatively far from release and is expected around Q3 in Russia. No word whether it’ll make its debut anywhere else. Check out the video after the break!

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III finally getting upgraded to Jelly Bean tomorrow

The day has finally come Verizon Galaxy S III users. By tomorrow you should be expecting your device to be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean! Verizon users cane expect the popular Google Now feature as well as several new camera features and enhancements. Also to be included in the update is the all new ISIS mobile payment application that several carriers are lobbying to push. Perhaps this is what Verizon wants their users to use instead of Google Wallet?

Anyone excited about this update? For more information check out the source link!

source: Verizon

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Two Samsung phones leaked going through Chinese certification

Believe it or not, that picture is not a Galaxy S III. It’s actually Samsung’s new Galaxy Grand Duos, the follow up to the dual-sim touting Galaxy S Duos. Unfortunately, it’s got no compatible 3G with US markets, so it’s likely to stay an international phone. It sports a 4.5 inch, GSIII-esque screen, a 1.2 GHz processor, and the cameras from its bigger brother. There were also leaks of a Galaxy S II Plus, and while it is compatible with GSM signals in the US, it’s nearly identical to the original Galaxy S II. Hopefully we’ll dig up a little more information on these in the next few weeks.

source: Engadget

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Google: If You Really Want It…Search “Harder”

Searches Are Getting Down To The Nitty Gritty

Hello my Techie friends,

Have you noticed as of late that the searches your plugging in for “questionable” materials aren’t returning the results you were seeking?  Well, I was browsing along the other day and stumbled upon a tidbit of info that brought some clarity to the matter.  Google has started introducing some new algorithms that are “saving” you from some of the information on the net.  While this may be good when  your kids are searching on the internet and have ambiguous search terms that may return results you don’t care for them to find, as informed responsible adults seeking some entertainment this can be a troubling venture.

After a great outcry from the user base that has adopted the Google search engine as their go to interface, such as I,  they have issued a statement regarding the lack of adult search results that may demystify the predicament:

We are not censoring any adult content, and want to show users exactly what they are looking for — but we aim not to show sexually-explicit results unless a user is specifically searching for them. We use algorithms to select the most relevant results for a given query. If you’re looking for adult content, you can find it without having to change the default setting — you just may need to be more explicit in your query if your search terms are potentially ambiguous. The image search settings now work the same way as in web search

So, while this may make it to where you need to add an extra search variable into your searches to return the “material” or “entertainment” you are seeking, I hope this little tidbit will aid in the fulfillment of what you are seeking and reduce the stress you may have encountered while digging for answers and wondering why Google has been less compliant then they were in the past.

Zachdroid…OUT!

Source:  The Verge

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Google Now making it clear that it is keeping location data

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If you've got a Jelly Bean device — say a shiny new Nexus 4 — and open up Google Now today, you'll likely be greeted with a notice about Google's location policy. The notice reminds users that Google does keep location history in order to serve location-relevant information (like traffic and walking stats), and prompts to be granted additional access to this data. This looks to be related to those "distance walked and ran" cards users saw a while back.

Even though you're reminded of this whenever signing into a new device or starting Google Now for the first time, we don't think it's a bad idea for Google to remind users of the data being collected.

More: Google Nexus 4 Forums

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Google Search update brings new features to Google Now, including post to Google+

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Android's Google Search app just got a pretty good update, and that means we've got new features for Google Now as well.

Of note are improvements for travelers. If Google Now knows you're going somewhere (and there's a pretty good chance it will), it'll show you weather information for your destination. And if you're flying on United Airlines, you'll even be able to get to your boarding pass right from Google Now. (Of course, that might be the least of your worries on UA.)

Voice search is beefed up, too — it can listen for a song playing in the background, find product info and post to Google+, all without typing a thing.

Hit the link above to get your update on.

Source: Google Android blog

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Here is the Complete List of Google Now Cards

With today’s update to Google Now, we have more than 25 cards that can pop up and show us information depending on our location, recent searches, or location. It can even pull from our Gmail inboxes to track packages, remind us of hotel or restaurant reservations, and make sure we get to our flight on [...]

Click through to continue reading…

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Nexus 7 Dock will be available sometime this month

The Asus Nexus 7 has been released for quite some time now, however, a dock has never been officially released by Asus. Today, Asus has released information on when the official Nexus 7 dock will be released, citing “sometime in early December.” The dock will be compatible with the POGO pins that you find on your Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 Dock will be priced at 3,480 Yen, which will translate to about $40 USD.

As you can see from the picture above, the dock will also feature a 3.5mm headset jack, which is a convenient feature to have if you watch movies or listen to music on your tablet a lot. I’ll be picking one up as soon as it is released, so stay tuned for a review.

Source: Droid-Life

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Google Maps Android API update released, now with vector-based maps and 2D/3D Views

Google has just announce that they have released a new API update for Google Maps. This release will allow developers to use Google’s comprehensive and accurate maps to help them build better applications. The newest API version will give developers more flexibility and options. Such as the ability to use more layers like satellite, hybrid terrain and traffic. Not to mention access to use the indoor maps that Google already has on hand.

If you are an app developer who uses or has wanted to use Google Maps along with your application, now is the time. Head over to the Android Developers blog along with Google Latlong blog for more information and details on how these new API’s can bring a whole new life to your applications.

Source: Android Developer Blog and Google LatLong

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