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GT-N5100 shows up in benchmarks again, possibly 7-inch Galaxy Note

Remember when those benchmarks showed up a few weeks ago that sparked some rumors about a 7-inch Galaxy Note? We’ve got a little more fuel for the fire. This time it’s a GLBenchmark confirming the GT-N5100, sporting an Exynos 4412 chip and a 1280 x 800 resolution screen. It’s pretty doubtful Samsung would revamp the Note 2 so early with how well it’s selling, so this device is likely going to be tablet sized. It makes sense for Samsung to offer a Note in a 7-inch form factor; the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire are both extremely popular options with a comfortable screen size, and offering the S-Pen on top of that would be a smart move by Samsung. Anyone else hoping it does turn out to be a Note 7?

source: GLBenchmark

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GT-N5100 shows up in benchmarks again, possibly 7-inch Galaxy Note

Remember when those benchmarks showed up a few weeks ago that sparked some rumors about a 7-inch Galaxy Note? We’ve got a little more fuel for the fire. This time it’s a GLBenchmark confirming the GT-N5100, sporting an Exynos 4412 chip and a 1280 x 800 resolution screen. It’s pretty doubtful Samsung would revamp the Note 2 so early with how well it’s selling, so this device is likely going to be tablet sized. It makes sense for Samsung to offer a Note in a 7-inch form factor; the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire are both extremely popular options with a comfortable screen size, and offering the S-Pen on top of that would be a smart move by Samsung. Anyone else hoping it does turn out to be a Note 7?

source: GLBenchmark

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GT-N5100 shows up in benchmarks again, possibly 7-inch Galaxy Note

Remember when those benchmarks showed up a few weeks ago that sparked some rumors about a 7-inch Galaxy Note? We’ve got a little more fuel for the fire. This time it’s a GLBenchmark confirming the GT-N5100, sporting an Exynos 4412 chip and a 1280 x 800 resolution screen. It’s pretty doubtful Samsung would revamp the Note 2 so early with how well it’s selling, so this device is likely going to be tablet sized. It makes sense for Samsung to offer a Note in a 7-inch form factor; the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire are both extremely popular options with a comfortable screen size, and offering the S-Pen on top of that would be a smart move by Samsung. Anyone else hoping it does turn out to be a Note 7?

source: GLBenchmark

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GT-N5100 shows up in benchmarks again, possibly 7-inch Galaxy Note

Remember when those benchmarks showed up a few weeks ago that sparked some rumors about a 7-inch Galaxy Note? We’ve got a little more fuel for the fire. This time it’s a GLBenchmark confirming the GT-N5100, sporting an Exynos 4412 chip and a 1280 x 800 resolution screen. It’s pretty doubtful Samsung would revamp the Note 2 so early with how well it’s selling, so this device is likely going to be tablet sized. It makes sense for Samsung to offer a Note in a 7-inch form factor; the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire are both extremely popular options with a comfortable screen size, and offering the S-Pen on top of that would be a smart move by Samsung. Anyone else hoping it does turn out to be a Note 7?

source: GLBenchmark

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Yahoo to prioritize revival of Flickr with new investment

flickr-videoYahoo is revamping its languishing products and one of the main focus of investments is the photo-sharing service Flickr. CEO Marissa Mayer is reportedly making Flickr as the main priority for investment to hopefully make Yahoo relevant again in the Internet world.

Flickr service has been revived in iPhones last Tuesday with additional offering of retro-style filters to uploaded pictures and a feature to allow them to be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

The move is the first major upgrade to the service running on mobiles for the last two years, leaving Instagram to dominate the photo-sharing sphere in social networking. Instagram’s user base has exponentially grew to 100 million.

As an active Instagram user herself, Mayer has, after occupying the top position on Yahoo, fast tracked the development of Flickr. She took over the position as chief executive in july and she promised to turn the fortunes around of Yahoo by making it more mobile-friendly. The number of people working on Flickr has since then doubled at the firm’s main headquarters in San Francisco since Mayer accelerated its development.

Flickr’s iPhone version has many similarities to Facebook-acquired Instagram like the feature to add filters, subscribe to updates from friends, and browse the most popular Flickr photos. iOS users had been complaining about the need for more functionality of Flickr on its earlier versions as Yahoo focused more on updating the Flickr Android app instead.

Flickr’s head of product marketing for Europe, Jennifer Davies, said: “It’s huge for Flickr. There are a couple of things really important for Yahoo and one is focusing on our users’ daily habits, and photography is one of those things.”

“Supporting our core products on mobile is an important goal as well. With the launch of this app we hope to optimize the rich functionality of Flickr on desktop on the mobile. It’s been a core focus since Marissa’s been here, ” she added.

The revival of Flickr suggests that she listened to the clamor from Flickr users that welcomed her when she was appointed CEO. There were many high-profile Flickr users, journalists, and entrepreneurs who propagated the Twitter hashtag #dearmarissamayer  together with a dedicated website saying “Dear Marissa Mayer, please make Flickr awesome again”

The new Flickr app on iPhones was launched a day after Twitter introduced its own Instagram-style artistic filters. The new feature in Twitter was launched after Instagram ceased its integration with Twitter, which now prevent users from viewing photos in Twitter messages.

Flickr was acquired by Yahoo for 25 million in March 2005 but has since then remained insignificant even when Facebook, Instagram, and Google were becoming wildly popular platforms to share photos online.

Mayer’s arrival as CEO happens when the company is struggling mightily against effective rivals. Yahoo has seen its advertising shares being taken away be newcomers and its heads trying their best to make the company a dominant force in the Web again.

source: guardian

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Twitter announces photo effects service to rival Instagram

As Instagram shows its intention to severe its ties with Twitter each passing day, the latter introduced a new feature in its website to let users add color filters to uploaded pictures.

Twitter’s move is clearly a substitute for the features Instagram is offering to the popular social networking site. Instagram was acquired by rival Facebook Inc sometime this year for about $715 million.

The introduction of the new product has not stirred ripples across millions of users as it does not significantly affect their overall experience. However, it is seen as a symbolic move in the heightening tension in the relationship between Twitter and Facebook in the social networking sphere.

Twitter’s announcement of its new photo service followed Instagram’s unexpected announcement that it would no longer let Twitter post Instagram’s photos in messages within Twitter. CEO of Instagram Kevin Systrom said that the main reason was to allow users to use Instagram’s website.

Systrom did not tell Reuters last week what was the plan behind the move or how he could monetize Instagram’s service, although analysts think that the photo sharing site can become a significant revenue stream for Facebook should it decides to tap its rich advertising potential.

For its  part, Twitter revealed that its new product is powered by Aviary, the firm based in New York that also develops the image-editing program fro photo-sharing sites like Flickr and others.

Following the integration of photo sharing in social networking sites, the new feature proved to be immensely popular among users although the same cannot be said for video sharing.

The massive popularity of photo sharing, according to an early investor of Twitter Bijan Sabet, was demonstrated during election night in November, when a picture of President-elect Obama and his wife Michelle hugging after victory had been proclaimed, set a new record as the most widely re-tweeted image of all time.

“From ordinary life to these special moments with artists, celebrities, or politicians, photos have always been this special thing for Twitter,” Sabet said. He is a partner at Stark Capital, a Boston-based venture capital company that also holds a stake in Aviary.

The importance of photo sharing services like Instagram was shown earlier during the year when Zuckerberg shocked Silicon Valley by announcing that Facebook would buy the photo sharing site for about $1 billion.

“Providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together,” he said  in a prepared statement in a Facebook post giving the reason for the purchase.

The new Twitter photo effects will be available on Monday as an update to the Twitter’s iPhone and android applications.

source: reuters

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Google shuttering Motorola’s Korean branch, 500 jobs to be cut

As part of continued efforts to trim down the operations of Motorola Mobility after acquiring the company last year, Google has confirmed it plans to cease the majority of the division’s operations in South Korea in 2013.  The move, which Google described as “difficult but necessary,” will see the end of Moto’s R&D and mobile device marketing departments and result in the loss of around 500 jobs.

The news comes just months removed from a proposed restructuring that would cut some 4,000 jobs as efforts shifted toward refocusing Motorola Mobility’s product offerings. There has also been talk that Google is shopping Motorola’s Home division to potential buyers in hopes to further lighten the $12.5 billion load.

Google points towards slimming margins as reason for the closures. The tech giant hopes cutting expenses will lead to greater profit, but warns investors to expect “significant revenue variability” in the meantime.

Motorola’s wide patent portfolio was a driving force behind what many analysts have called a knee-jerk reaction on Google’s part. The deal hasn’t paid off for the two companies just yet. As evidenced by these downsizing efforts, Google may have bit off a bit more than they could chew.

[via AllThingsD]

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Nook Video UK launch announced with UltraViolet support

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Good news for Nook HD and HD+ early adopters in the UK — Barnes & Noble has announced the launch of its Nook Video service for British Nook owners. The move brings B&N's tablets up to speed with the latest Amazon, Google and Apple tablets, all of which offer their own on-board video services.

The move is made possible through new, expanded UK licensing deals with content owners such as BBC Worldwide, HBO, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, STARZ, and Warner Bros. Entertainment, Barnes & Noble says. Individual TV shows and movies highlighted by B&N in today's press release include –

Sherlock, Call the Midwife, Game of Thrones®, True Blood®, Ted, The Bourne Legacy, The Amazing Spider-Man™, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Men in Black 3, Spartacus, Party Down, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Happy Feet Two.

Both high and standard-definition video content is available through Nook Video, with streaming and downloading supported on the service. Downloads are linked to the Nook Cloud service, allowing them to be played on other supporting devices.

What's more, Nook Video will also tie into the UltraViolet video system, allowing those who've purchased Blu-ray or DVD versions of titles to view a digital copy of this content on their Nook tablets.

You'll find more details in the presser after the break. If you've picked up a Nook HD or HD+ tablet in the UK recently, let us know how you're getting on in the comments.

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Is Apple getting desperate? Begins selling unlocked iPhones to compete with the Nexus 4

Is Apple starting to feel the heat from Google? In what seems to be a move of desperation following Google’s wildly successful Nexus 4 launch (the phone sold out in mere minutes), Apple has begun selling unlocked versions of its popular iPhone. It looks like Apple is beginning to realize that its strategies are no longer working, and if it wants to compete with Google’s ever-growing market share it will need to begin “following-the-leader” (the leader being Google of course). Google’s strategy to offer an unlocked top-of-the-line phone at a rock-bottom price  seems to be to be an offer that no one can resist (as proven by the insane demand for the device). Apple knows that if it wants to compete with the Mountain View tech giant, its going to need to play by Google’s rules. Last night at 9pm, Apple updated its site to include new unlocked versions of all iPhone variants. The device will first be sold online with sales in brick-and-mortar stores coming soon. Prices are incredibly high ($649, $749 and $849 respectively for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions), but that is pretty typical for Apple. It’s obvious that this is a responsive move to compete against Google’s unlocked Nexus 4, and it stinks of fear and panic. I’m looking forward to watching how this (Apple) unravels.

 

What do you guys think? Is Apple getting desperate and panicky? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

 

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How to unlock and root the Nexus 4

Nexus 4 shipments are starting to arrive for the very lucky souls that were able to get an order in. If you plan on unlocking your bootloader (and subsequently rooting) you Nexus 4, we recommend doing it first thing since unlocking the bootloader will reset and erase everything on your device. If you’re ready to go, you’ve come to the right place, just hit the break to get started.

**These instructions are straight forward and easy, but things can go wrong so we don’t take any responsibility.

Requirements

  1. You must have the sdk installed and be able to access and use adb and fastboot.
  2. You must have USB debugging enabled on your Nexus 4. If this is the first time going into developer options on your Nexus 4, just go into “About Phone” from your settings and tap the build number seven times. You will now see all developer options from now on.

 

Unlocking the bootloader

**By unlocking the bootloader you will completely reset your device so make sure to back up anything you want to keep.

  1. Connect your Nexus 4 to your PC via the USB cable that came with it
  2. Launch Terminal / Command Prompt
  3. Navigate to the fastboot/adb folder which will be inside the location where the Android SDK is installed (On Windows, it should be in C:\program files (x86)\android\android-sdk\platform-tools)
  4. Enter the following command: fastboot devices (You should see your device ID. If you don’t, you don’t have the proper driver installed and you can’t move forward unless you get this resolved. See below for help. If you see the device ID move on to step 5)
  5. Enter the following command: fastboot oem unlock  (If you didn’t get a device ID from step 4 and you moved to this step by mistake, it will be stuck on “Waiting for Device.” If this is the case, just hit CONTROL-C to stop it and see the below driver information)
  6. It should say Start in the top right. Hit the power button to reboot.

**If you ever want to lock the bootloader you can simply enter fastboot oem lock instead for step 5.

 

Gain Root Access

  1. Turn on USB debugging again
  2. Download and place CWM recovery for the Nexus 4 in the fastboot folder (again this location should be C:\program files (x86)\android\android-sdk\platform-tools in Windows)
  3. Download and place SU_Busybox_Package.zip directly under /sdcard on your device
  4. Enter the following command: adb reboot bootloader
  5. Enter the following command: fastboot flash recovery-clockwork-6.0.1.8-mako.img
  6. Tap the volume down so it shows Recovery Mode in the top right, then hit the power button.
  7. At this point you can perform a backup from the “backup and restore” option in case anything goes wrong. If you need to restore this backup ever, just use the restore option.
  8. From the main menu, navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > SU_Busybox_Package.zip
  9. From main menu, select reboot system now
  10. After reboot you should see SuperSU in your apps drawer, open it and tap on continue to make sure your installation is successful. 

If you followed these instructions correctly, your Nexus 4 bootloader is now unlocked and you should have permanent root. Congratulations!!!

 

**Driver Issues


You might find that even though you can access your Nexus 4 via Windows, you might have a problem with the driver not installed correctly from terminal mode. You will know you have this problem because the device ID didn’t appear in Step 4 or for Step 5. it’s stuck on “Waiting for Device.” You can’t unlock the bootloader until you get this resolved. The following may help…

Make sure the Google USB drivers are installed from the SDK.

Go to your Control Panel then Device Manager. You should see Android Phone with a Yellow ! mark on it. Right click on it and choose update driver, choose browse my computer, then Let me pick from a list. Select Android ADB Interface. You should be good to go. Return to Step 5 under Unlocking the bootloader.

If you’re having any other issues, make a comment below or head to this XDA thread.


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Chipmaker Texas Instruments Cutting 1,700 jobs

Tech company Texas Instruments has announced that it is shedding away 1,700 jobs to save costs following a stategic move to stop making smartphone application chips. The lost jobs amount to about 5 percent of the company’s global workforce. The company’s shares rose one percent following the announcement.

A few months back, the Dallas, Texas-based company revealed that it would stop investing in the expensive OMAP mobile application business that are being used for features like video in smartphones and tablets.

Texas Instruments had been feeling the pressure from rivals and dwindling demand for its chips recently. Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc has overtaken TI in terms of sales, while former customers like Samsung Electronics Inc and Apple Inc have shifted strategies by making their own chips instead of buying them from firms like TI.

TI decided not to pour out resources  in developing technology for the phone market. Instead, it focused on selling OMAP in a wider niche, which means less investments and a bigger market as it includes industrial firms like carmakers.

TI expects the total costs related to the recent job cust and other cost reduction measures will be about $325 million, which most of them to be accounted for the current quarter. The company initially revealed its financial target without considering the cost reduction costs.

TI has 35,000 workers arouind the world. It expects to save around $450 million every year after 2013 following the cutting of 1,700 jobs.

source: reuters

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The Nexus 4 sold by T-Mobile doesn’t have Wifi Calling

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There's been a lot of back and forth about the specs of the Nexus 4 being sold by T-Mobile. We already gone over one hurdle confirming that all Nexus 4's are HSPA+ 42, and now we're going to clear the air on Wifi Calling. We've been saying since the end of October that Wifi Calling will not be included, and we're happy to report that we can confirm this independently. We've reached out to T-Mobile directly, and a spokesperson has confirmed for us that indeed there is no Wifi Calling on-board on the Nexus 4.

Let's all reflect on the fact that this is actually a good thing. Not having carrier software included on the Nexus 4 coming from T-Mobile reaffirms the idea that this is the exact same model being sold by Google in the Play Store. Users who buy their phones from a carrier shouldn't have to be second class citizens to those who buy directly. This is a good move by Google (and T-Mobile) and it will save a lot of frustration down the road when it comes to software support.

More: Google Nexus 4 Forums

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Samsung raises processor cost on Apple by 20%

 

As many of you know, Samsung supplies several important pieces to some of Apple’s devices, including the processors.  Recently, Samsung decided to ask 20% more for the cost of those processors. According to sources, Apple disapproved at first, but they could not find another source for the chips and had to accept the price increase. The report also listed the number of processors that Apple has bought from Samsung, a staggering amount of 130 million chips last year and more than 200 million this year. That price increase is going to sting a little with those numbers.

Now this could just be a purely business move, reflecting changes in the supply and demand chain between Apple and Samsung. And it’s definitely a lucrative move for Samsung, because Apple has no choice but to buy the chips from Samsung, at least until 2014 when Samsung’s contract to sell processors to Apple ends. But hopefully I’m not too crazy in thinking that Apple’s constant litigation against Samsung might have played a small part in Samsung’s price hike.

source: MarketWatch


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Apple iPad Mini Bezel Has The Ability To Detect “Resting Thumbs”

It has been a wonder as to how exactly Apple is wanting or even expects their users to hold their newly announced iPad Mini. There has been some very awkward attempts floating around the internet when trying to hold the device with one hand. At least there has been a little bit of information revealed on Apple’s website (thanks to Phone Arena for revealing this) explaining how the Apple iPad Mini is able to detect when a user has what they call resting thumbs on the device. As you can see, the description is very vague as to what they are referring too.

The explanation isn’t very clear at all, it simply states that — and I paraphrase — the iPad Mini will be intelligently recognizing where your thumb is resting on the display of the iPad Mini, and whether you are interacting with the iPad Mini or not. This sounds to be a similar move that the Android platform had around a year ago where the surrounding community basically yelled at Google for including such a thing. The only clear thing about the message is that it is clear to assume that the iPad Mini will be ignoring a finger that is resting on the edge of the screen, as the Bezel is the only thing that has the ability to detect these resting thumbs. What isn’t clear about this cryptic explanation, is what will actually happen if said resting thumb stays there when another finger will come to interact with the device to turn a page on a magazine, or even create a few actions in an app. Apple may have not been thinking extremely clear on this here.

It does make that that it would just act like a single input gesture. We’re just going to have to see what actually happens when the iPad Mini is available for use next week. So far, no other Apple iPad or Apple device has done this before , at least not that we know of. Of course, if that were the case, we would probably know already as there is always that suspicious guy out there researching and looking for this stuff before purchasing such a device from really any technology company.

To be honest, despite my hatred for Apple’s draconic business practices, I am quite interested in the iPad Mini, but am not very sure on purchasing the device yet. I’m actually still more interested in some of the new Nook tablets as opposed to the iPad Mini, which for some reason is more expensive than these “budget” Nook and Amazon tablets. I’d definitely take it if I got it for free though, as would most of you reading this!

Is anyone going to be picking up their own iPad Mini when it launches on November 2nd, or is this just another rendition of the iPad that you, once again, are not interested in like a lot of people have decided thus far? Let us know in the comments below!
source: phone arena

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More evidence suggests 32GB Nexus 7 will launch at same price as 16GB model

Last week we learned that Google will likely phase out the 16GB Nexus 7 in favor of a 32GB model, and despite double the storage most signs point the $250 price point remaining the same for the larger storage option. Now we have a look at the 32GB device listed on Staples’ business portal, where it is actually shown as coming in at a few dollars cheaper than the 16GB model.

The move makes you wonder if Google plans to do anything with the pricing of the 8GB model, or if perhaps a 16GB option will be offered at the $199 price point. We’ve seen nothing to suggest this to be the case, but it seems a little odd that the company would offer three times the storage for only $50 more, making the $199 model with 8GB seem, dare I say, overpriced in comparison.

According to Staples, the new version of the N7 could launch as soon as October 18th, but that seems a little unlikely. A logical launch of the 32GB model could coincide with the unveiling of the next Nexus smartphone, an event that is rumored to occur at the end of this month.

[AndroidPolice via Engadget]

 


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Motorola phases out Webtop, points to a Lapdock-shy world

Motorola phases out Webtop, points at a Lapdockshy world

When Motorola launched its Webtop concept alongside the original Atrix 4G, it had grand visions of replacing our PCs with a smartphone, a Lapdock and some optimism for a mobile-focused future. Most of us don’t appear to have shared that rose-tinted view, as Motorola has confirmed that devices from the Photon Q 4G LTE and Droid RAZR M onward don’t carry Webtop and won’t get it in the future. The firm is blunt in explaining the cut and says that “adoption has not been strong enough” — we just weren’t buying those desktop- and laptop-oriented docks in the large numbers Motorola would need to devote further attention. As CNET explains, the move isn’t surprising in light of Google’s cost cutting as well as an initial $500 Lapdock price that likely chilled any momentum, even after prices dropped to as little as $200 in the Atrix 2 era. We’d also point to a market that still favors budget laptops and tablets: when $400 will get you an entirely separate Transformer Pad TF300, albeit without a keyboard, it’s hard to justify buying what amounts to an empty shell. At least we’ll still have our PadFone to keep us company while you read the full statement below.

Motorola’s Webtop app helps users extend their smartphone experience to larger screens. While consumers around the world have adopted Webtop and the concept spurred a lot of innovation in the industry, the adoption has not been strong enough to justify continued resources being allocated to developing Webtop on future devices. We have also seen development of the Android operating system focus on the inclusion of more desktoplike features. Beginning with Photon Q and Droid Razr M/Droid Razr HD/Droid Razr Maxx HD, we will no longer be including Webtop on our products moving forward.

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13MP camera module spotted in the wild, potential Samsung Galaxy S IV Addition

Hey, look another thing we can toss in the rumor box for now. A 13MP camera module diagram was spotted by Korean Media. It lists a 13 MP camera module with a resolution of 4208×3120 and sizing up at 8.5(L) x 8.5(W) x 5.9(H). They say it was the camera that they had intended to use in the Galaxy S III and /or the Note II, but it didn’t end up in either obviously.

While a 13MP camera isn’t something ground breaking at the moment, it does only make sense that they next Galaxy S device move past the 8MP range. If LG can do it, then why can’t Samsung. I’m think a quad-core toting, LTE supporting S IV with 2 GB of RAM, a 13 MP camera and around the 4.8-inch screen size sounds about right. Again, something else to keep an eye on and see if this does make it into the next flagship device or not. There is a slim chance it could be headed into the next Nexus device, but we doubt it.

Source: Samsung-Updates

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Apple Maps is not “the most powerful” mapping service anymore

With the launch of iPhone 5, Apple also introduced the sequel of its mobile operating system, the iOS 6. In iOS 6, Apple has basically stripped the OS of any Google elements, including the iconic Google Maps that has been on the home screen since the launch of first iPhone. The update brings plethora of other new features which are great, but Apple has replaced the default mapping app from Google Maps to its own mapping service, Apple Maps.

Technically, Apple users are forced to switch the app they use for maps. It’s the first version of Apple Maps, and there are a lot of imperfections. The service has been criticized a lot and several users have reported that it doesn’t deliver the information they are looking for, and is not reliable to sum it up. Several companies and organizations including Nokia, Motorola and Nasa have taken advantage of the situation to make fun of Apple Maps and market their own products in some cases. Apple made a surprising move few days back when it came out and admitted that its mapping product isn’t reliable as it was thought to be, and suggested various alternatives while they work on a fix.

This is what Tim Cook had to say

“While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.”

Things are currently challenging for Apple because the reliable Google Maps is no longer available to download for iOS users. According to the Cupertino based technology giant, it wanted to provide customers with turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps, so developing a new version of maps from ground up was necessary, but that clearly isn’t working as expected. For the new maps, Apple has teamed up with TomTom for their data set, which is a bit weak when compared to what Google is equipped with. After all these criticism, TomTom has responded saying that it just responsible for “foundation” of Apple Maps and has no hands in deciding the final user experience. It’s worth noting that TomTom’s own iOS application works totally fine. Also, the word has it that Apple still had a year long contract left with

Google to use Google Maps on their iOS, but Apple chose not to use it, which has of course converted into a lot of frustration for the users.
After Cook’s statement the other day, Apple has made another surprising move. Previously, Apple described its maps application as “the most powerful mapping service ever” on its website, but after all the controversy surrounding the app, it has erased those words and replaced it with the statement, “All in a beautiful vector-based interface that scales and zooms with ease.”

Apple has been hiring Google Maps veterans in a bid to fix its own mapping app and is looking forward to fix it in the next update. What are your thoughts on this?

Source: PhoneArena

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From the lab: Lumia 920 low-light shootout with Nokia 808, iPhone 5, HTC One X and Galaxy S III (video)

From the lab Lumia 920 lowlight shootout with Nokia 808, iPhone 5, HTC One X and Galaxy S III video

It looks like Nokia’s controversial marketing move, which involved using pro DSLRs to “simulate” low-light shooting, was even less necessary that the smartphone maker may have thought. During our visit to the company’s Tampere, Finland research and development complex, we were given access to a comprehensive testing suite, enabling us to shoot with the Lumia 920 and a handful of competing products in a controlled lighting environment. Technicians dimmed the lights and let us snap a static scene with each handset at just 5 lux — a level on par with what you may expect on a dimly lit city street in the middle of the night. The 920 took the cake, without question, but the iPhone didn’t fare too poorly itself, snatching up nearly as much light as the Nokia device. The 808 PureView also performed quite well, but the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III yielded unusable results.

It’s one thing to snag proper exposure, though — capturing sharp details with little noise and superior color balance is an entirely different beast, and the Lumia managed to do just that, as you’ll see in our 100-percent-view shots further on. Later in the evening we hit the streets of Helsinki for a real-world shootout. The 920 did present some issues with exaggerated shake and other rapid movements, but it offered up excellent results overall, even in scenes that were too dark for us to make out any details with our own eyes. Our nighttime shoot can be found in the gallery below, followed by plenty of comparison photos after the break.

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Texas Instruments stepping out of phone and tablet business

Texas Instruments, the chip manufacturer that provides processors for a handful of smartphones and tablets, is looking to change directions. The company announced today that it will be backing out of the smartphone and tablet business to focus more on a broader market like automobiles and other embedded chip systems.

Texas Instruments hopes that this move will provide more stable and profitable business. Since many smartphone and tablet makers are either moving towards other chip manufacturers (like Qualcomm and NVIDIA) or developing their own solutions (like Apple and Samsung), it’s not too much of a surprise that TI is looking to change things up a bit.

Texas Instruments provides its OMAP4 processors for several different devices, most notably Amazon’s Kindle Fire series and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet, as well as the recently announced Nook Tablet HD series that we showed off yesterday. The company will still support these devices, but they will not be supporting any future smartphones or tablets. It’s not said exactly when TI plans to make the transition.

One of the biggest concerns for investors and shareholders is how well the transition will go. They’re worried that the broader embedded chip market will take a lot longer to build up business and increase profit compared to the smartphone and tablet chip market, but TI reassures that they already have a decent market share in the embedded systems business, which should make the transition easier than most expect.

[via SlashGear]


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Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners lose Google Wallet access (update)

Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners lose Google Wallet access

Verizon has never totally been on the Google Wallet bandwagon. First, Big Red refused to support the mobile payment system, citing its dependance upon proprietary hardware. Months later, some folks managed to gain access through the Play Store, but it looks like that the VZW GNex is, once again, Wallet-free. Word on the web has it that those Nexus owners are now, upon opening the app, greeted by a message saying that their version of Google Wallet is no longer supported, and that they need to update the app. Problem is, the Play Store is telling folks that their devices are no longer supported. We’ve confirmed the issue ourselves, but we don’t know if this a temporary problem, or if it’s a permanent move. We’ve reached out to both Google and Verizon for comment, and we’ll let you know as soon as we hear back.

[Thanks, Tim]

Update: Verizon responded to our requests, but declined to add any new comment on the matter. Instead, VZW reiterated its previous statement that “Verizon doesn’t block applications. Google Wallet is different from other widely-available m-commerce services. Google Wallet does not simply access the operating system and basic hardware of our phones like thousands of other applications. Instead, in order to work as architected by Google, Google Wallet needs to be integrated into a new, secure and proprietary hardware element in our phones.”

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Google closing Prepaid Card on Google Wallet, October 17th to be final day for Spending

WHAT?!?!? Well this was something that I don’t think any of us saw coming. Apparently Google will be closing down support for the Google Wallet pre-paid card features and balances and you will no longer be able to add funds to the cards starting September 17th. Users will have 30 days, October 17th, to use up any remaining balance or to cash it out and get a refund. A refund will take about 8 weeks for you get back in the form of a check. Hopefully not to many of you have your life’s saving one there.

Google explains this move is due to the fact that you can now add any debit or credit card to the system through the cloud. It does make sense, but seems a little silly. It sure would be nice to have both options available to people. As an added kicker, Google will be charging a $2 a month maintenance fee on inactive accounts. Previously it was $2 after 180 day of inactivity. From what we are reading, you will get that fee charged to your account every 30 days, even after the service stops. Guess they really want you to request a refund by October 17th.

What do you guys think? Will this impact your use of Google Wallet? Have you already done away with the prepaid anyways and moved it to your bank account? Lets here it down below

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Google Drive gets updated, new features for presentations, comments and creating folders

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Sometime last week, an overeager Tweeter let the cat out of the bag about an update to Google Drive that wasn't quite ready. Fast forward to today and it is ready, and has pushed out into Google Play. The full changelog is pretty hefty, but there's a few key points worth noting. 

Folder options are now included, allowing you to now create, upload to and move files between folders. For many of us omitting this for so long has been a cause of constant frustration with the mobile app, so it's definitely a welcome addition. 

The presentation viewing experience has also been improved, and now includes the option to swipe between slides, view slides full screen and view accompanying speaker notes. Basic table elements have also been added to the document editor, as has the ability to create, reply to and resolve comments. The full changelog reads thusly: 

  • Create folder, upload to folder and move to folder
  • Filter folder contents by file type
  • Option to auto-sync pinned content while on 3G
  • Richer Google Presentations viewing experience
  • Basic table support in Documents Editor
  • Create, reply and resolve comments in Documents Editor
  • View and change fonts in Documents Editor
  • Pinch to zoom in Documents Editor
  • Print files using Google Cloud Print
  • Option to resume interrupted uploads

Google Cloud Print may not be the most widely used service either, but a welcome integration to the mobile Drive application. Grab yourselves a copy from the Play Store now, but do also check out the video after the break. While showing off some of the new features, it also shows off a forthcoming feature that isn't included in this update — native editing and real-time collaboration for spreadsheets. 

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Google Drive Gets Updated And Brings New Features To The Table

Sometime this last week, a very eager Twitter user released a bunch of new information about Google Drive that wasn’t quite ready. Fast forward all of that news to today, and the update is completely ready, and has been pushed out into Google Play. The full changelog is very extensive, but there are a few really awesome points in the update that is worth taking note. Folder options are now included, allowing you to create, upload to and move files between various folders. For many of us were complaining about this feature not being available for so long which has been a cause of a lot of frustrations with the mobile app, so this is definitely a welcome addition to Google Drive.

The presentation viewing experience has also been improved in this latest update, and now it includes the option to swipe between various slides, view slides in full screen and view accompanying speaker notes. Google has also added basic table elements to the document editor, as has the ability to create, reply to and resolve comments. Here’s some new things we can expect to see:

  • Create folder, upload to folder and move to folder
  • Filter folder contents by file type
  • Option to auto-sync pinned content while on 3G
  • Richer Google Presentations viewing experience
  • Basic table support in Documents Editor
  • Create, reply and resolve comments in Documents Editor
  • View and change fonts in Documents Editor
  • Pinch to zoom in Documents Editor
  • Print files using Google Cloud Print
  • Option to resume interrupted uploads

While Google Cloud Print may not be the most used service either, it is a welcome integration to the mobile Drive application. If you want, you should grab yourself a copy of the app at the Play Store right now, but also check out the video below that’s been releases. While showing off the various new features that has been added to Google Drive, it also shows off a upcoming feature that hasn’t been included in this update –  both native editing and real-time collaboration for spreadsheets (like what you might find in a Google Doc).

You can get the update by either going into your phone and downloading it through the Play Store or by hitting the source link below where you can do a remote update for the application. I’ve tried out some of these new features and it’s actually really cool, well integrated and very helpful. I’d honestly say that this has to be one of their best updates yet to Google Drive.

Have you tried out Google’s new update to Google Drive yet? Do you like the updates to the application like Google Cloud Print? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD coming to the UK for £129 and £159

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Amazon UK sends word that the new Kindle Fire (second-generation) and Kindle Fire HD (7-inch) will be launching in the UK soon. Importantly, Amazon's bringing both devices to the British isles at highly competitive price points — £129 for the basic Kindle Fire, and £159 for the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD (the 8.9-inch versions were not mentioned in today's press release). The move represents Amazon's first foray into the UK tablet space, as the original Kindle Fire was never released in the country.

The £159 price point puts the 16GB Fire HD in direct competition with the 8GB Nexus 7, and Amazon's offering comes with a compelling content package, which crucially includes music, something lacking from Google Play in the UK. British Kindle Fire owners will also get one month of free access to Lovefilm, the European movie subscription service owned by Amazon, as well as a free month of Amazon Prime. Both devices are due to land in the UK on Oct. 25, and are available to pre-order today.

Needless to say, the UK budget tablet market just got really interesting. And with Apple due to join the fray in mid-October, it looks like there'll be no shortage of competition for Google's Nexus 7 in the months ahead.

We've got Amazon's press release in full after the break. Also be sure to check out our continuing coverage of the new Kindle devices by directing your attention a few pixels down.

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Team Curse and Team Dignitas Disqualified at MLG

If you hadn’t heard, Major League Gaming (MLG) concluded the League of Legends Summer Championship yesterday. The prize pool was $40,000 and whoever won the final match would take that money home. Unfortunately, the event ended with the disqualification of the game’s top two teams, Team Dignitas and Curse NA. The two teams battled it out aggressively in an unorthodox manner after choosing to play an All Random, All Middle (ARAM) game. While this wasn’t illegal move per-say, MLG issued a statement telling us that that was not why they were disqualified.

Curse NA and Team Dignitas were disqualified for “collusion,” after the two teams supposedly agreed with each other to split the prize money. Major League Gaming, known for being one of the top eSports organizations said and determined that this agreement was in violation of their official code of conduct and therefore neither teams will be receiving the prize pool nor will they be receiving any points to go on into the North American Regionals. While not making it into the regionals isn’t a bad thing per-say, losing a total of $40,000 right when it was in your grasp is rather disappointing. Where will the prize pool go then, you may ask? Major League Gaming will be splitting up the prize between the third and fourth teams.

Soon after the announcement from MLG, Curse NA have released sincere apologies on both Twitter and YouTube. Here’s what Team Curse NA had to say along with a apology video:

Team curse apologies for behavior at MLG Raleigh, playing ARAM first round was not acceptable and we ask our fans to forgive us.

As far as I could find, Team Dignitas hasn’t released an apology video nor have they apologized on Twitter but they have released an official statement on their website. I don’t know what the official statement says as I am getting weird errors on their website, but I’m sure it is a similar response to what the Curse League of Legends team had to say. From as far as we know, it sounds like that neither Team Dignitas and Team Curse were blacklisted. They were just disqualified, so we will be seeing them again in future events at the very least!

Hopefully this incident hasn’t had an affect on their followers and fans, as they are both really skilled at what they’re doing with MLG and some other eSports organizations.

If you’re able to head on over to Team Dignitas’ website and post their official statement in the comments, that would be greatly appreciated. We’ll make sure to update the post and give you credit.

Any thoughts on this incident between the two teams? Do you think its fair that they agreed to split the prize money after doing an ARAM in their final match in the finals? I think that to an extent it was unfair, if anything both teams should of went to one of the guys in charge of that and requested that to happen. There was also nothing wrong with writing Team Dignitas a check after winning either.

Thoughts?

source: GameSpot

 

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Galaxy S2 Plus and Galaxy S3 Mini Rumored to Come Later This Year

There is a rumor that Samsung is working on two new high end smartphones that are set to be launched in the last quarter of this year.  The Galaxy S2 Plus and the S3 Mini are expected to hit the market before this year’s holiday season in a move widely seen as Samsung’s attempt to capitalize on the immense success of the S3 and the S2 phones – and in the same breath reach a wider audience with different phone needs.  This is however just a rumor as there is no proof that Samsung is working on anything else at the moment besides marketing the Galaxy Note and Note 2 tablet and counting the profits from the S3 launch in June.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is likely to go for around $200 while the improved Galaxy S2 Plus may go for between $250 and $350.  The big question is, why would Samsung work on these devices instead of developing entirely new gadgets?  If the rumor is true, it does not seem to make much sense for an improved version of an older smartphone released last year to cost more than a mini version of a newer smartphone, just a couple of months old.  Then again, Apple is already rumored to release the iPhone 5 sometime this year and Samsung, being a sworn enemy, may be working on pulling the rug under Apple’s feet by launching cheaper but somehow familiar devices ahead of, or during, iPhone 5’s launch.

Word is that the Galaxy S3 Mini may be touted as iPhone 4S’s competitor as it may feature quite impressive specs and features including a 5MP camera, a 4 inch WVGA Super-AMOLED screen and a Dual core processor.  Nothing is known about the features of the Galaxy S2 Plus phone yet from an article that Samsung posted briefly before pulling it down.

If it is going to be an improved version of the galaxy S2, then it is likely that the Galaxy S2 Plus will feature a 4.5 inch AMOLED screen, an 8 megapixel camera, a 1.5GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt memory.  The phone may come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or better still, Android Jelly Bean.

From the rumor, the Galaxy S2’s specs seem to be on a higher end than the Galaxy S3 Mini, which makes perfect sense if it is going to cost $100 to $150 more.  What I cannot understand is the strategy Samsung is using to introduce these phone and what, if there is any, their Agenda is.  It could be to promote their brand name while targeting mid-ranged smartphone buyers for the Christmas season or it could be aiming at undermining Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 release.  For now, we just have to wait and see.

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The Coolpix S800, the first Android based camera from Nikon

It looks like the popular camera company Nikon will soon be announcing their first Android based camera. The model will be dubbed as the Coolpix S800 (S800c), and the specs that you can expect on this will be:

  • 25-250 mm lens
  • 3.5″ OLED screen
  • The camera runs all Google Play apps
  • The camera will probably run Android 2.3
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

I think this would be great and a smart move by Nikon. Perhaps this could be a first step into seeing some really powerful Android-based camera’s in the near future. Maybe even DSLR’s?

The proposed announcement of this device is on August 22nd and we’ll be sure to relay more information as soon as we know.

source: Nikon Rumors


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The Coolpix S800, the first Android based camera from Nikon

It looks like the popular camera company Nikon will soon be announcing their first Android based camera. The model will be dubbed as the Coolpix S800 (S800c), and the specs that you can expect on this will be:

  • 25-250 mm lens
  • 3.5″ OLED screen
  • The camera runs all Google Play apps
  • The camera will probably run Android 2.3
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

I think this would be great and a smart move by Nikon. Perhaps this could be a first step into seeing some really powerful Android-based camera’s in the near future. Maybe even DSLR’s?

The proposed announcement of this device is on August 22nd and we’ll be sure to relay more information as soon as we know.

source: Nikon Rumors


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Gameloft promises simultaneous launches across Android and iOS

Today Gameloft is in the news with an awesome looking new next-gen game that we are still awaiting more details on. In the meantime we wanted to talk about their game and app launches. Gameloft recently took to Twitter and announced that in 2012 their goal is “simultaneous launches on iOS and Android.” If you’ve ever seen an awesome game from Gameloft, you know their games always arrive on iOS first.

Gameloft is one of the biggest game developers for Android. With hit games such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Batman: The Dark Knight, the entire impressive N.O.V.A. franchise, and then the best racing game for mobile — Asphalt. Their latest game Asphalt 7: Heat was announced as coming to Android and iOS at the same time (like their goal) in early June, but sadly that never happened.

Asphalt 7: Heat landed for Android about a month after iOS started enjoying the game. Obviously developing for the wide array of Android devices poses a challenge, but I’m glad to see Gameloft is up to that challenge. If their promise is kept, we can expect to see all of their upcoming games arrive on both Android and iOS at the same time.

With Android continuing to grow at a massive rate, and activating around 1 million devices daily, this is a great move by Gameloft. They were slow to adopt Android and only released games with very little device compatibility but things have surely changed the past 6-8 months. Now their releases support almost all devices, including the absolute latest with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and we hope this trend continues. Details and information on all the games mentioned can be found below.


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