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You either clicked this post to scoff, or drool. In any case, if you missed it, Huawei Chairman Richard Yu unofficially unveiled the manufacturer’s much leaked 6.1-inch Ascend Mate back on Sunday. While the device hasn’t been much of a secret — Richard has taken to his blog to talk about the device a few times in the past — the device is expected to be formally revealed at Huawei’s press even during CES 2013 in a few weeks along with the well-spec’d Huawei Ascend D2.
Looking much like you’d expect a 6.1-inch device to look, the device resembles what we’d expect a Galaxy Note 3 or 4 to look like in our mind’s eye. That is if Samsung continues down it’s current path. The Ascend Mate appears wide enough for the pocket but the length means it’s more than likely to peek out of your trousers. You know, the phone.
The Mate is expected to carry a nice set of specs, notably a 1080p full HD display, 4,000mAh battery, and a quad-core CPU all tucked away nicely inside a 9.9mm thin frame. By comparison, the Note 2 measures about 9.4mm thick. The best part? The Huawei Ascend Mate is being billed as a more affordable Note, with pricing expected at around the $480 mark.
For another look, you can check out the embedded video below. We have a team assembled and ready to cover every inch of the CES showroom floor starting January 8th, so stay tuned for more.
With Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram, you’d think the world of social networking was all but exhausted. Not so. Seems the folks at Viddy have found a new way of sharing your life with friends, this time with video. I know what you’re thinking — there’s already YouTube for that. Yes, and no. With YouTube, there’s a lot of headache involved when creating a channel and keeping up with video comments, channel comments, messages, etc., etc.. While the YouTube mobile app makes it easier to upload “vlogs” or street fights, there’s still a lot of commitment involved.
Enter Viddy. If YouTube is more like Facebook (full fledged networking), Viddy is more akin to the Twitters and Instagrams of the web. Users can only shoot videos, but only up to 15 seconds in length. Genius, right? This makes for easier to digest, quick and painless content you’ll actually want to watch. One of the beauties of Twitter has always been the unique way status updates max out at 140 characters. Sometimes, short and sweet is easier than listening to someone blab on, and on, about the dude with rubber testicles hanging from his truck who cut them off in traffic.
If you guys are smelling what Viddy is cooking, you can download the free app right now from the Google Play Store. While it’s generally a ghost town (aside from a few paid off celebrities), you may run into a few of your iOS buddies who have had access to the service for eons now. Have at it and maybe I’ll see you on there. Maybe.
For all the music lovers out there we have a brand new song identifying or song matching app for Android available today, absolutely free. If Soundhound, Shazam, Google Ears and more weren’t what you’re looking for then give the all new app from Rhapsody a try. They’ve just introduced a new app neatly called SongMatch and it’s available right now.
Obviously they’ll be integrating this into their own Rhapsody music services, but they’re marketing their new song recognition app by saying “Hear it. Match it. Play it.” Just like all those other apps that are available (do we really need another) this will listen to the music, identify it, and neatly let you save and enjoy it for later.
The cool thing here that they have over the others is the fact that SongMatch won’t just tag and recognize the song, but your Rhapsody account will have a playlist dedicated to SongMatch tags. You’ll easily be able to fire up Rhapsody and stream all these awesome songs you’ve been tagging with ease. Here’s what to expect from their new app:
● Match any song against Rhapsody’s library of 16 million tracks
● View information about each artist including top tracks, full albums, bios, and similar artists
● Start a free 14-day trial from directly within the app
SongMatch users who are Rhapsody members can:
● Match any song against Rhapsody’s library of 16 million tracks
● Launch full length playback for any matched song
● Launch full length playback for any matched album
● View information about each artist including top tracks, full albums, bios, and similar artists
The service is absolutely free, but Rhapsody isn’t. Just like Spotify they offer a music streaming service that requires a monthly payment, but if you’re already into the Rhapsody music world this will be the perfect song recognition app for your Android smartphone or tablet. Give it a try today by clicking here.
- Rhapsody launches Android streaming app
- Rhapsody bringing on-demand music service to Verizon LTE Android Devices
- Shazam App updated, Unlimited tagging free til next year
- Rhapsody launches updated tablet app for music streaming
- SoundHound 5.0 brings HD album artwork and free song of the day
- Google Ears Shazam rival ported from Jelly Bean for those on ICS
- Shazam hits 250 million users, adds TV-tagging capabilities
[via Android Police]
Just a heads up for all you brand new Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 users out there. While Google’s $25 Google Play credit may have expired back in September, ‘ol Googs is still nice enough to give you guys some complimentary free goodies by way of a movie and television show download/streams (depending on your part of the world), along with a random assortment of magazines and music.
If you’re in the US, head on over to your Play Movies & TV apps to find the full length movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon available for download/streaming, along with the 2-hour series premier of Falling Skies and an episode of Planet Earth (Nexus 4 only). The Nexus 7 and 10 swap Transformers for Ice Age, and somehow lose Falling Skies in the mix.
If you didn’t get stuck with the puny 8GB Nexus 4/7 models, you can even “pin” these videos and download ‘em straight to your device. While it may be nice to watch without an active data connection, keep in mind Transformers alone will take up a whopping 2.7GB of storage space. Thank, god for streaming.
When it comes to music and magazines, you’ll find a handful of artists (you probably never heard of), and a few magazines too. Just jump into Play Music and Play Magazines to find them already waiting for you. Cheers.
Most people aren’t like me. While they love their phone, they don’t have this obsessive control issue where it’s the Armageddon when it isn’t within a palm’s length distance. And yes, you read palm’s length correctly. I believe I have what’s akin to a panic attack when I can’t locate it. About a week ago, I did a restore and when I rebooted my superuser and recovery program were no longer installed. After a few days of being unable to re-install either one, I almost thought I was going to cry. It’s that bad. Anti-theft and insurance is a must in my world. I personally use avast! for my theft protection as I think it has more features than the others. One is password protected admin settings. I noticed the majority of anti-theft programs don’t have that feature and what’s the point if the thief can disable it? While avast! gives me a feeling of extra security, nothing is 100% and it doesn’t protect against damages.
I don’t know what kind of phone you have, but I have the Sprint Galaxy Nexus. I believe all the major carriers use Asurion to provide their customer base with insurance. At first I tried going to the Verizon and AT&T websites to compare prices with Sprint, but decided to go to Asurion instead. Asurion has a link that you can choose your carrier and device to find out the cost of premiums. Basically, I have an $11 monthly fee with a $150 deductible and cannot file a claim for the first 90 days. I’m confused about the 90 day clause. I have to pay, but don’t have any coverage if it’s broken or stolen? Another thing that confuses me is if/when I file a claim, my replacement device may or may not be a Gnex and will be refurbished, meaning I get someone else’s repaired broken phone. I’m going to go on a tangent and return to this subject in a minute.
Do you have renter’s, auto, or homeowner’s insurance? If you don’t, I recommend getting them. If you do, this might be useful to you. First, renter’s insurance is cheap! It’s a little cheaper if you have auto insurance, but you can ask for a “Stand Alone Policy” if you don’t drive. The price varies but it’s an additional $6 with my auto insurance. Once you have the policy, add one more feature called “Contents Add-On”. Just hear me out. As a stand alone policy, you’re probably looking at no more than $20 month total. This covers all of your possessions and when you added the contents policy you added the feature that covers damages or theft for personal belongings away from the home.
Back to Asurion and a breakdown of what all this means to you. Let’s say a year into my contract with Sprint I lose my Gnex. With the monthly fees and the deductible, it’s basically going to cost me $300 to have a repaired device sent as my replacement. There is no guarantee I will even get a Galaxy Nexus since they state a “comparable device”. Considering it only cost $200 with a $50 credit to Wallet when I started my account for a brand new one, I’m not liking those figures. Here’s where the Stand Alone policy comes in. When you opened that policy for roughly $20 a month, it wasn’t just your device that’s covered, it’s everything you own. The Contents Add-On is your device and when you file a claim through that, you get a check for the actual replacement cost. If the “comparable device” is $700, you get a check for $700 to go out and purchase whatever device your heart desires and cash money is better than someone else’s repaired device anyday. It does take a little longer to have your new phone in hand than it would if you went through your carrier, but look at the math. Which would you prefer: $300 for a used device of unknown make and model, or a brand new one of your choice that includes coverage for all of your possessions?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think Asurion has much to offer me. Again, your thoughts are greatly appreciated.
It looks like we’re getting closer and closer to seeing what all the hubbub is of the mysterious Samsung GT-I9260 smartphone. After seeing a user agent for the device leaked last week, an alleged user of the device casually took some photos using the GT-I9260′s camera and uploaded them to Picasa. The EXIF data of the photo clearly highlights a GT-I9260 model number, though the photos were not taken at full resolution, so it’s uncertain if the device has the expected 8MP camera or not. On the flipside, the photos do show the camera has an F/2.65 aperture and a 4mm focal length, which corresponds with the camera and sensor found on the Galaxy S II, so it’s possible or even likely this new device has the same camera as that found in the Galaxy S II.
All in all, it’s looking like this “Galaxy (Nexus) Premier” is shaping up to be a solid mid-range phone. Here’s hoping we see even more sooner than later.
source: GSM Arena
With Nexus rumors already flying today, might as well throw one more out there. The above picture allegedly represents a camera sample for the Samsung i9260, otherwise speculated to be the followup to last year’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The photo and its accompanying EXIF data don’t reveal a whole lot, not even the camera’s megapixel rating. What we do learn is that the camera possesses an F/2.65 aperture and 4mm focal length, which reads on paper as marginally better than that of the Galaxy S3.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2, or potentially Galaxy Nexus Premier, could launch this holiday season alongside a selection of Nexus phones from leading manufacturers including HTC and LG. The rumors and info we have seems to indicate this will be the case, but there is still a chance the phone with model number i9260 could be something different altogether, though that seems unlikely.
Nokia’s Lumia 820 was firmly stuck in the Lumia 920′s shadow — in fact it barely figured in Nokia’s big presentation. But one thing it holds over its bigger, publicity-hungry brother is the ability to switch covers, so while the 820 won’t get its wireless charging built-in, a specific case can add the same functionality. Well, we knew that already, but Nokia’s now revealed the phone’s own range of dedicated ruggedized cases. These covers, arriving in green, yellow and orange, will measure in at the same length and width as the others, but will protrude marginally more, offering some protection to that 4.3-inch screen when it comes into contact with surfaces. A “rubber-like” trim will afford some extra protection to those glossy corners too. Expect the toughened cases to appear alongside the Lumia 820 at launch — whenever that is.
In an apparent attempt to safeguard their own interests and fight the copyright battle with fire, Samsung is moving to court by suing Apple for violating three patent rights that they hold.
This starts with an agreement that Samsung had signed in 1993 with Qualcomm for using their 3G patents and that they would not sue Qualcomm or their customers for using these patents. These refer to the following three Australian patents – 2005239657 (method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving data with high reliability in a mobile communication system supporting packet data transmission), 2005202512 (method and apparatus for data transmission in a mobile telecommunication system supporting enhanced uplink service) and 2006241621 (method and apparatus for transmitting/receiving packet data using predefined length indicator in a mobile communication system). However, that was much before Apple decided to wield their patents and use them to quash competition.
Now Samsung is trying to get back some of their own and pushing Qualcomm and their customers (Apple being the largest recipient of Qualcomm’s processors). Samsung has mentioned that the agreement they had with Qualcomm has been terminated back in April 2011. A notice was served on Qualcomm soon after Apple sued Samsung for design patent copyright infringements for the Galaxy Tab in California.
Following the notice that was served on Qualcomm, Apple to their credit had sought Samsung’s permission for use of the UMTS patents in its devices. Samsung’s “fair commercial rate” for the use of the patents was however rejected by Apple and they made no further attempt to negotiate a fair price for the patents. Apple’s argument is that the very fact that Samsung was willing to license the patents, makes them automatically licensed under the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) laws. Samsung vehemently denies it and is going to present an expert testimony from a French professor and Australian experts in such matters.
The 3G connectivity patents that Samsung refers to directly affects Apple’s top of the line products namely, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
The smaller version of the iPad tablet is expected to arrive before the year ends. Nicknamed the iPad Mini for lack of an official name, it is likely to have a price below US $500.
Rumors of the tablet had been circulating for months despite Apple’s silence on the matter. Recently, the existence of the slate had been confirmed by reputable news agencies like Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Some of the tablet’s rumored specifications include a 7-inch display on a form factor measuring around 7.85 inches in length and 5.3 inches in width. By comparison, the most recent iPad has a length of 9.5 inches, and a width of 7.31 inches.
Moreover, the device will possibly have a 19-pin connector instead of the usual 30-pin connector. This same connector is said to be also onboard the upcoming iPhone which is scheduled for launching this fall. Allegedly, the connector will be better in terms of efficiency than the old connector.
Unlike the Google Nexus 7 tablet which brought down costs by offering just one camera, the smaller iPad could have two cameras like most slates today. Exactly how many megapixels the main camera will have, however, remains to be known. Other than this, the iPad Mini is said to have two speaker grills.
These specifications are backed up by leaked photos of drawings of the device from an anonymous source from China. A photo of an alleged engineering sample of the iPad Mini has been published by Gottabemobile.com, as well.
Prior to his death, Steve Jobs was quoted saying that Apple will not be producing an iPad smaller than the 9.7 inch devices available today. However, the folks at Apple might have realized that the times have changed greatly with the entry of many low-cost options. Though the iPad today still leads in the tablet market, Apple might need to come up with new strategies to ensure that it remains in this position for the years to come.
The future is unknown; there may be technologies that you can not even imagine today. But it sure brings joy when you get a hint of what you can expect in the world of smart phones in the near future. And we have one such prediction today, about the Cupertino tech giant, Apple. The company has a great research team, you have to accept that. And now, a new leak from the United States patent office shows that the company is working on making the camera on the iPhone a lot better with either swappable camera lens, or having two cameras on the back, as you can see from the image.
Well, this does not come as a surprise. The iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S have really great cameras. You might have read reports that on some photo sharing apps, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S are the most popular camera phones, and also the most used. When such is the case, there is no wonder the company wants to make it better.
Professional photographers are attracted to DSLRs only because they have the capability to change lens. And if Apple brings that feature in the iPhone, why would people want to have a separate camera for that? Right? Well, it may not be that easy as well. Anyway, iPhone Hacks explains:
The removable back panel would house the lens as well as the IR filter. An IR filter prevents infrared light from entering the camera lens, avoiding any possible distortion that could result from it. Although the IR spectrum doesn’t fall into the visible region of light, it could be used in a variety of applications an example of which is low light black and white photography. Since the filter is in the removable panel, it could be removed to enable low light photography.
The standard lens could be replaced by one that has a very low focal length, enabling extreme close up photography, or by a variable focal length lens that would bring optical zoom capabilities to the camera.
Are you clear about the working now? We just have to wait to see this materialize for real.
Apple is reportedly lining up Baidu to join the search engines available on iOS devices when the sixth iteration of the operating system is detailed next week. Baidu serves around 80 percent of queries in the country and the move will serve Cupertino’s twin goals of placing Google at arm’s length and gain more traction in Asia. It’s not likely to replace Mountain View’s place at the top of the menu, but users will be able to make a switch in the settings menu. Whatever happens, we’ll be there to catch every revelation when Tim Cook takes to the stage next week.
Bloomberg: Apple to offer Baidu search to Chinese iPhone users originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Android users will soon be able to enjoy the TomTom app on their devices. Once an iOS-only service, the portable GPS car navigation app, will be made available possibly this summer. An exact date, however, was not identified.
The TomTom app is packed with features regarding road navigation. Android users will reportedly be given the exact same features presented to iOS users.
Firstly, TomTom doesn’t rely on cellular signal to show its maps, storing them right in the app itself. Through a feature called Map Share, it also provides daily map updates, on the premise that roads constantly change. Its IQ Routes feature in addition calculates travel time based on the average speed on the road, allowing users to estimate the length of their journey and their time of arrival at a destination. Another feature called TomTom HD Traffic gives reports regarding actual delays that might occur on the journey. It also suggests alternative routes in order to avoid delays. On Apple devices, and soon, on Android, it is able to work with the smartphone to provide turn-by-turn instructions. Through an integration with Google and Facebook, users can perform searches on TomTom, as well.
TomTom can be customized with celebrity voices, car symbols, and map colors for a personalized experience. It moreover integrates with tablet and smartphone devices to help with multitasking, dialing, and music control. It can provide reminders regarding departures and is able to share traveling updates on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and on email.
Any new option for Android users is always welcome, of course. Yet, it is doubtful whether this relatively late release of the TomTom app would be considered useful by Android device users. In the face of a free competing service offered by Google Maps Navigation, it should deliver excellent service and provide unique features to be considered a truly necessary app.
TomTom costs $59.99 at the Apple iTunes store. It is unknown whether the same price will be given for Android users on Google Play.
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If you’re a believer in the power of suggestion or have ever wondered if hypnotherapy might work for you, then you guessed it – there’s an app for that. The newest, Infinite Relaxation, is one in a series of several meditative, self-improvement apps designed to promote relaxation, relieve stress, quit smoking, eat better, and so on. Infinite Relaxation is designed for falling asleep or power napping and features the soothing voice of Andrew Johnson, hypnotherapist and expert on relaxation and stress management.Infinite Relaxation is structured around a recording coupled with a selection of soothing music. The ability to personalize the app by adjusting various settings is apparently part of what makes it work. Features touted by Infinite Relaxation include the ability to adjust the voice recording and music volume separately, set the length of the recording playback and decide whether it should conclude with “wake” or “sleep.” There is also a selection of four different background music/sound choices. (more…)
The Dabble Android game is a challenging word game where you must rearrange given letters to complete the game board as quickly as possible.
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 18.33MB (apps2SD enabled)
- Category: Games
- Price: $1.00
Each Dabble game consists of 20 letters spread out over five different tiers which represent five different words. And so, its your mission to create five words of each exact length; two, three, four, five, and six letters. When a valid word has been made, the letters will turn from black to blue. You have five minutes to turn all letter tiles blue and solve the wordy puzzle.
Much like Scrabble, each letter tile has an assigned point value. More challenging letters like K, V, and X are worth a multiple of the standard letter’s value of 3 points. A word’s score is calculated by summing each letter’s point value and multiplying by the word’s length (e.g. VOTE would earn (12+3+3+3)*4 = 84 points). Subsequently, your final score is made up of each word’s score added to the points awarded for any time remaining (1 second = 1 point). Note: you don’t have to complete all five words to earn a final score.
After you’ve played a few rounds, make sure to check out the “Awards” section which contains badges for longest win streaks, fastest times, and highest scores. So far I’ve completed a 2 game win streak, a sub-two minute time, and a 600+ point round!
If you share your Android device with family/children or want to compete against friends, you’ll be happy to know there is the built-in ability to create up to five different profiles (each with its own badges and high scores). It would be nice to have global high scores not only across profiles on your phone but across all Android users.
Hint: start with the longer words first!
- Unique letters/words to solve each board
- Enhance your spelling and word-related skills
- Badges and high scores to track your progression
- Pleasant music and sound effects fit gameplay nicely
Areas for improvement:
- Add a global scoreboard to compare scores across profiles on a single device and across all Android users
Conclusion: The Dabble Android game is a challenging, fast-paced word game with high replay value. If you’re a fan of Scrabble and Wordfeud, you’ll surely enjoy this Android game as well!
I am a big Transformers fan. I grew up watching the cartoons and was one of those people waiting outside for the midnight showing of the first full length featured film. To think that technology could ever progress to a point were objects could transform a car to a robot, or even a toaster to a robot is amazing in my book. I know the movies have all been a huge success and I still sit down and pull a Transformers marathon at least once a month.
If you are a huge Transformers fan, then you will probably love having a MIUI theme to match your love. The theme looks to be well put together and was created by Parwzeo. The lockscreen looks crazy and just looking at the theme makes me want to start the movie right now. You can pick this theme up below if you are a bit on the evil side.
Don’t forget, take the .mtz file and move it to the MIUI/Themes folder in order to use this theme.
If you’re thinking about buying a Droid Bionic, or already have one, you may want to pay close attention. Thanks to a reader over at DroidLife, an official bug list was received from Verizon and compiled into a nice list that I think will shock you. Note also that this is not the full list, but rather some important highlights. As you read through this list I want you to really ask yourself, how is it possible this device was really put through extensive testing for the length of time we waited for it? In this list you’ll see everything from 3G/4G connectivity problems, high pitch noises coming from the headset, MMS bugs, and the admitting of non-Verizon/Motorola USB cables not working. Another thing to point out is the Bionic is not able to support 8 devices in hotspot which was a touted selling factor of the device. Thanks DroidLife for putting this together, but all I can do is hang my head and ask how this is even possible for such a highly anticipated device. Put these phones out in the real world before releasing will you because this stuff gives Android a bad name. Hit the break for the full list broken down with a top 10 and be sure to share your comments with us. Fixes are supposed to be coming in November.
Sony’s NEX line of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (ILC) deliver quite a lot of bang for your buck, but a diminutive lens selection reduced appeal for advanced shooters. Today, the company is growing its E-mount family of lenses by three, now offering a total of seven compatible lenses. Shipping in October, the Carl Zeiss SonnarT E will take the helm as Sony’s flagship optic, delivering a 24mm fixed focal length and f/1.8 aperture, with a minimum focus distance of 16 cm and a sky-high $999 price tag. Also packing a speedy f/1.8 aperture, the $300 E 50mm OSS doesn’t sport Carl Zeiss branding, but it does include built-in image stabilization and a circular aperture, promising smooth defocus. Both lenses will ship in December. Hitting stores in October, a new telephoto lens, the $350 E 55-210mm compensates for its sluggish f/4.5-6.3 maximum aperture with optical image stabilization while offering 3.8x magnification. And finally, Sony’s LA-EA2 A-mount adapter lets you use your full-size Alpha lenses with the NEX cameras without losing functionality, thanks to built-in Translucent Mirror Technology and a dedicated AF motor. NEX-3, NEX-5, and NEX-C3 owners will need a firmware update to take advantage of the adaptor, but if you already have a collection of A-mount lenses, $400 may be a reasonable price to pay for full compatibility when it ships in November.
Gallery: Sony NEX E-mount lenses
Sony reveals three new NEX E-mount lenses, LA-EA2 A-mount adaptor with translucent mirror originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 24 Aug 2011 01:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
New Android app London Taxi Meter claims to be able to give users a fairly accurate idea of the cost of a black cab ride. It calculates the length of your journey once you enter a start and end point, using official Transport for London tariff data to work out the likely cost.
Which should work pretty well, as long as you don’t get taken the scenic route. Read more over on the maker’s web site. This is what it looks like. Nice black leather effect:
Typical. You wait ages for a London transportation based Android application to appear, then TWO COME ALONG AT ONCE.
NTT DoCoMo’s Fujitsu F-07C now available, marries Windows 7 and Symbian at last originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 22 Jul 2011 12:22:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.