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NVIDIA officially unveils Tegra 4: offers quad-core Cortex A15, 72 GPU cores, LTE support

NVIDIA officially unveils Tegra 4

One new SoC per year? That’s what NVIDIA pledged back in the fall of 2010 and today at its CES 2013 presser, it delivered with the Tegra 4′s official unveiling. The chip, which retains the same 4-plus-1 arrangement of its predecessor, arrives with a whopping 72 GeForce GPU cores — effectively offering 6x the Tegra 3′s visual output and is based on the 28nm process. It also is the first quad-core processor with Cortex A15 cores on-board, and offers compatibility with LTE networks through an optional chip. NVIDIA claims this piece of silicon is the world’s fastest mobile processor, and showed a demonstration in which a Tegra 4 went head-to-head against a Nexus 10 in loading websites (you can guess which one won).

The Tegra 4 also introduces new computational photography architecture, which adds a new engine to drive the image processing and significantly improve the amount of time it takes to calculate the necessary mathematics 10 times faster than current platforms. To show off its power, NVIDIA demonstrated HDR rendering on live video. The chip is also capable of implementing HDR in burst shots and with LED flash. The idea, NVIDIA says, is to eventually make our mobile cameras more powerful than DSLRs, and this is certainly a step in the right direction.

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Samsung Korea posts Galaxy S II Jelly Bean update details, but not the release date

Samsung Korea posts Galaxy S II Android 41 Jelly Bean update details

Samsung Galaxy S II owners waiting for an update that adds features (instead of taking them away) may not have long to wait, now that support pages for the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update — announced months ago — have been found on the company’s Korean website. Listing details for all three local carriers, the update will arrive via KIES and change the amount of available internal memory from 12GB to 11GB. Other than the usual list of Android 4.1 features, it will also preload the Google+ and some additional Play apps while adding Samsung features like Smart Stay. There’s no word yet on exactly when the official update will arrive (or a schedule for rollout on US carrier editions), but once it’s out in Korea it shouldn’t take much for owners of the GT-I9100 international version to try it out as well.

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Source: Samsung Korea, XDA-Developers

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Jelly Bean update now pushing out to HTC One X on O2 UK

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A quick heads up to our friends in the UK rocking a HTC One X on O2. A tasty treat has begun to push out in the form of the much awaited Jelly Bean update, confirmed today by HTC UK on their official Twitter feed. As is so often the case with these things, the update is being pushed out in batches, so not everyone will get it right away. To check if you're one of the lucky ones be sure to head into Settings>About>Software Updates>Check Now. 

The update is pretty hefty in size at 365MB, so you'll want to be connected to WiFi. The 4.1 update for the One X has been rolling out internationally for a few months now, and while O2 customers will no doubt have been chewing their fingers off in anticipation, at last their patience has paid off. In addition to all the benefits of Jelly Bean like Google Now and Project Butter, the update brings with it the latest version of HTC's Sense software, known as Sense 4+. If you've managed to snag the update today, be sure to share your experiences with us in the comments below. 

Source: HTC UK (Twitter), O2 Customer Support Forums

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Acer Iconia B1 pictured in the wild ahead of any official announcements

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We saw the first official looking news of a new budget tablet from Acer, the Iconia B1, just yesterday. Expected to be shown off at CES, and coming to market as just the Iconia B, it looks to be a budget Jelly Bean tablet that so far we've heard is heading to India. A Bulgarian tech site called Tablet.bg has laid their hands on one of the pre-release versions of the tablet and has put it through its paces. 

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As you might expect, the Iconia B doesn't set the world on fire. We'd already seen from Acer's website listing for the tablet that it would be a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, with 8GB of on board storage, 512MB of RAM and a 1024×600 resolution display. According to Tablet.bg the software on board is Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, so not the latest version, but not far off and it looks pretty much like stock Android too. The front facing camera is a 2MP shooter capable of 720p video, so potentially not bad for video chat. 

While the reasonably low end specs might scare some away, the review goes on to praise the software performance. They say it works perfectly smoothly, and there's no noticeable lag. The low RAM will no doubt become an issue in some regards, but it sounds like Jelly Bean's enhancements in the form of Project Butter may not be lost. 

The price in Bulgaria doesn't look that favorable when converted to Dollars or Pounds, as it looks to be the same price as the Nexus 7. However, we should remember that this may well be targeted at markets where devices like the Nexus 7 aren't available, or are extremely expensive due to importing costs.

Source: Tablet.bg (Translated)

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Sony Xperia Z pricing revealed?

All of Sony’s big surprises seem to be getting used up ahead of its official CES showing, but we’re not mad at all. After learning that the Sony Yuga would become the Sony Xperia Z, we got an early look at the press shots of this great looking phone. Now, less than a week away from its grand unveiling, we’ve learned how much it’ll cost… well, over in Thailand, at least.

It’s said the unlocked device will retail for about 19,900 Thai Baht, which works out to about $655 here in America. That’s par for the course when it comes to high-end smartphones these days, though we assume Sony will tweak the price more appropriately for each individual market the device happens to launch in.

This 5 inch, 1080p smartphone will look to challenge “hungry man” sized offerings from the likes of HTC and Samsung. Inside will be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro, a quad-core masterpiece of a chipset that many will enjoy for quite some time coming. It’s said to be coming with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in tow, and Sony’s user interface will look to sit on top and enjoy the ride.

We shouldn’t be heading too far into the Spring months before seeing the Sony Xperia Z take the world by storm, but we won’t know for sure until Sony unleashes the official details upon us at CES next week.

[SonyXP via GSMArena]

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Sprint to launch pay as you go service with four handsets, all you can eat plans from $70

Sprint to launch pay as you go service with four handsets, all you can eat from $70

Want a bit of Sprint, without signing on the dotted line? Okay, there are other ways of riding its waves without committing to a contract, but starting on the 25th of this month you’ll be able to do it in the network’s very own colors. The “Sprint as you go” service will launch with a somewhat limited selection of four handsets. LG’s Optimus Elite, and the Samsung Victory make up the “higher” end of the offerings, costing $149 and $249 respectively. If you want to keep a little more coin in your pocket, there are two feature phones available too: Samsung’s M400 ($50) and Array ($79) models. There are two associated plans, an all you can eat (talk, text and data) for smartphone option (no talk of LTE just yet) for $70 per month, and $50 per month for the feature phone plan. The finer details are yet to be ironed out, so we’ll have to wait until the official reveal, but with that launch date not too far around the corner, it should all become clear soon enough.

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Source: Android Police

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Google executive Schmidt is set to visit North Korea

master.eric_schmidtEric Schmidt, the chief executive of Google Inc, is set to travel to isolated North Korea for a personal visit.

If pushed through, Schmidt will be one of the biggest names in the tech industry from the United States to set foot in North Korea. The announcement of Schmidt’s travel followed    Kim Jong-un’s speech hinting of his willingness to improve relations with its southern neighbor, South Korea. Kim Jong-un is the third member of his family to take the helm of North Korea following the country’s inception in the Cold War.

No details were provided if Schmidt is meeting someone, or what his agenda may be. North Korea’s populace does not have free Internet access and only the most influential officials of the country can freely use the advantages of the Web. The state has rigid control over media content although 3G cellphone use is currently being adapted rapidly in the  country.

Google did not release any statement to confirm if Schmidt is going to North Korea. A Google spokesman said that a visit there may not be due to company agenda.

“We do not comment on personal travel,” Samantha Smith, Google spokeswoman said when asked.

Schmidt is Google’s top government representative and has shown strong support for President Barrack Obama.

Google has been espousing Internet freedom since its foundation, and its motto “do no evil” embodies that mission. Google pulled out of mainland China in 2010 and relocated to Hong Kong following its disagreement with Chinese government censorship requirements.

Google also sponsored to fly North Korean defectors from Seoul last year so they can attend a summit discussing the global illicit networks. The company also welcomed North Korean officials in Silicon Valley, as per Asia Foundation, which helped planned the trip for the North Korean delegation.

South Korean representative of the Asia Foundation Peter Beck said: “I think this is part of Google’s broader vision to bring the Internet to the world, and North Korea is the last frontier. I suspect that Google’s visit is more philanthropic than financial.”

Beck added that the North Korean delegation was shown a Google Earth image of North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang.

Schmidt is a co-author of a book titled “The New Digital Age”, being written by a former U.S. state department official Jared Cohen. The book, due this April, will discuss how the Internet and technology empowers people as well as drive political, economic, and social change.

“Perhaps the most intriguing part of this trip is simply the idea of it. The restricted control of information lies at the heart of the DPRK state and yet it is about to host one of the West’s greatest facilitators of borderless information flows,” Victor Cha, a senior adviser and Korea expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said.

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK is the official title of North Korea.

“If Google is the first small step in piercing the information bubble in Pyongyang, it could be a very interesting development,” Cha added.

An Associated Press report mentioned that two sources familiar with the travel plan confirmed that Schmidt will be joining with New Mexico governor and United Nations Ambassador Bill Richardson, a frequent visitor to the reclusive state.

The planned visit followed the launching of a long-range rocket by North Korea, prompting the United Nations to push for more sanctions. The communist state is currently banned from testing nuclear technology and missiles after sanctions were imposed in 2006 and 2009.

Another objective of Richardson’s visit may be to secure the release of an American citizen arrested by North Korea over crime against the state. Richardson has helped in the release of other Americans before in North Korea.

source: reuters

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HTC M7 to be made official during next week’s CES? [RUMOR]

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HTC has been doing a pretty good job at keeping a tight lid on their upcoming HTC M7. A device rumored to be packing the highest-end of specs, the M7 will essentially be the GSM version of the HTC Droid DNA for the “rest of us.” Where normally we see major global device announcements at Mobile World Congress, CES may have a little something special for us as well.

According to tipster extraordinaire Football4PDA — who accurately leaked details on the HTC One X+ and Droid DNA in the past — HTC could make the M7 officially official at CES in just a few short days. While this sounds highly unlikely, it’s not too far fetched given HTC could be attempting to get the jump on MWC and the buzz that’s likely to be surrounding the Galaxy S4 and other high-end devices. What’s more, the tipster also mentioned the M7 could come with software buttons ala the Galaxy Nexus, and not capacitive buttons along the bezel. Can’t say I was too happy at that development (if the bezel is just empty space, why not use it?), but keep in mind this was all “indirect” information and not from Football’s normal sources.

As an Android fanboy first and HTC lover second, I can’t even begin to describe how hyped I am for this next generation of devices. While I can’t say I was too crazy about the DNA’s design (too Verizon-ie), I’m hoping HTC pulls out all the stops for their next flagship, showing the rest of OEM’s what true smartphone design is all about.

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Retailer expects Nexus 7 dock to ship January 10th

We’ve heard so much about the official Nexus 7 dock leading up to today, but have yet to receive official word from Google regarding its status of availability. At least one retailer looks to have some desirable information, however, as B&H Photo has updated its listing to show an “expected” availability date of January 10th.

Unfortunately the wording leaves room for possible delays, but should all the stars align and should the universe be in a favor-granting mood we should be seeing these starting to ship at some point next week. Priced at $40, the official dock uses the Nexus 7′s triple pin connector for data transmission and charging. The dock itself will feature a 3.5mm audio out jack and a microUSB port for those very reasons.

It’s nothing amazing, but there’s nothing like getting an official accessory that was intricately designed for your device. Google still doesn’t acknowledge its existence in the Google Play Store strangely enough, but it’s no doubt coming and we’ll be mighty glad once it arrives. Head to B&H to sign up to be notified when it’s available.

[thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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Nokia to lock down access to Navifirm and early firmware images later this month

There’s some potentially bad news for Nokia users who were willing to dabble in untamed firmware releases via the company’s online repository. Navifirm, which has inadvertently offered several early glimpses of updates for Nokia hardware, will shutter open access to its firmware repository at the end of the month. Starting in February, the system will require a “Nokia Online” login for access to both application and device software downloads. The brief announcement doesn’t detail whether this would involve a standard Nokia account or something else, but it might mean fewer previews — and a slightly longer wait for subsequent (and official) Lumia updates.

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Samsung Galaxy Note getting official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update with multi-window feature

Samsung launched a webpage that confirms the original Galaxy Note will be getting Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update that brings many of the features found in Galaxy Note II. While this news isn’t a surprise anymore, it might still excite owners knowing there wouldn’t be much difference between the old and new Notes as far as software and user interface are concerned. Dubbed as Premium Suite upgrade, there are a lot of things owners can enjoy after deploying such update.

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Samsung didn’t give out details as to when this update will be rolled out. Taking into consideration the fact that there are only a couple of days left before this year would be over, it is safe to assume the roll out may happen in January 2013. This could be a good New Year present for Galaxy Note owners. Here are some of the features owners will enjoy.

Galaxy Note Premium Suite Features

Multi Window. This feature will bring real multi-tasking to Galaxy Note; owners can now use two apps simultaneously. This is also among the most anticipated features owners of high-end Samsung devices are waiting to receive.  Not only does it add to the versatility of the device, it also makes it more of a tablet than a smartphone.

Popup Note, Browser, Video. With Popup Note, it is easier to write down notes, directions or phone numbers while on call. Popup Browser and Video allow users to browse the web or watch video while doing something else.

Photo Note, Frame. Owners can add or preserve memories of the shot they’ve taken by adding some hand-written messages on the back or front side of their photos. The Photo Frame, of course, encloses your photos with some cool, pre-designed frames.

Enhanced S Note. There are new templates and effects added to the original S Note not mention new Effects and Image Filters owners can use to add more feelings to their photos.

Above all, Galaxy Note will be running faster and better version of Android operating system that comes packed with Google Now, a new innovation by Google that provides information based on search history, time and location automatically.

This update, while we still don’t know when it would rolled out, is a necessary one to make the first generation Galaxy Note even better.

[source: Samsung]

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Huawei Ascend Mate Gets Previewed In Video

The Huawei Ascend Mate has been previewed prior to its official unveiling at CES in January by the company’s chairman of devices, Richard Yu. Yu showcased the device in a store in Guangzhou, China. The moment has been captured on video, which is currently available on Youtube for tech fans who are curious about the forthcoming smartphone.

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The Huawei Ascend Mate is expected to pack a 1080p High Definition display that is the current trend among recent high-end devices. This display will measure a massive 6.1 inches diagonally and has low temperature polysilicon (LTPS) nature. It will also have a pixel density of 361 pixels per inch (ppi).

Inside, the handset will feature a 1.8GHz HiSilicon K3V3 quad-core processor working with 2GB of RAM. The device will be powered by a large 4,000 mAh battery. At its thinnest part, the device will measure 9.9mm. The version of Android that will be on the device is still unknown.

Huawei will reveal more information about the upcoming device during CES in January, along with two other smartphones, the Ascend D1 and W1. The China-based company earlier announced that the device will be better than the smartphone offerings from Apple and Samsung.

The handset will retail in China for around ¥3,000 or about US $480, according to the website Sina Weibo. Its price makes the Huawei Ascend Mate a more affordable alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note phablet.

By comparison, the most recent Note, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, comes with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, a 3100mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of user memory that is expandable for an extra 64GB via a microSD card, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.9-megapixel front camera, and an S-Pen stylus.

Will you consider purchasing a 6.1-inch phablet like the Huawei Ascend Mate?

via phandroid

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (GT-N5100) benchmarks spotted

We have seen previous rumors about a 7-inch Galaxy Note coming from Samsung. In fact, earlier this month we saw some NenaMark 2 results for the GT-N5100, the device believed to be the Note 7. And well, flashing back to the present day and it looks like we now have another set of benchmarks for the GT-N5100.

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This latest round comes by way of GLBenchmark and while it has not revealed a bunch of new information, it is confirming those previous details. For example, this GLBenchmark filing is also showing a device with a 7.7-inch display at 1280 x 800 and begin powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz processor. The processor is believed to be an Exynos.

Other goodies include the device running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. And from the previous filing, we also know that the tablet will have ARM Mali 400 graphics. Of course, assuming this is indeed Note branded, we would also expected it to also have the S Pen.

All said and done, there is obviously still lots to learn. We need something official from Samsung, which at this point — even an official confirmation would be nice. In terms of an announcement, there is always CES and Mobile World Congress coming up, however we suspect Samsung may end up announcing the Note 7 at an event of their own.

[via SamMobile]

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Original Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX receiving Jelly Bean OTA update

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It's a Christmas Eve miracle! Seemingly out of nowhere, the original Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX are pulling down an OTA update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Several different users in our forums are reporting that their handsets are (often slowly) downloading a very large update, and being greeted with Jelly Bean goodness when they reboot. We don't have any official support documentation from Verizon yet, but it doesn't get much more official than updates currently being downloaded.

So are any of you seeing the update hit the notification bar of your RAZR or RAZR MAXX? Head to the forums and let us know.

Source: Droid RAZR Forums; Droid RAZR MAXX Forums; Thanks, Sean!

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Wells Fargo online services down for several days due to possible cyber attacks

wells-fargo-sfSpanThe website of the number 4 biggest bank in the US, Wells Fargo & Co was still down last Friday for the fourth consecutive day as an official from the federal government underscored the need for a more robust system against hacking attacks.

A Wells Fargo representative said that some customers may experience on and off online banking services despite the decreasing number of traffic accessing the site.

“Our technical teams have been working around the clock to ensure our Web site is accessible to our customers,” said Bridget Braxton, the bank spokeswoman. Wells Fargo has been using its Twitter account to post apologies for its intermittent services.

Several high profile banks had been targeted by cyber attacks since September. The group claiming to be behind the attacks is called the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters. The main type of attack is the so-called denial of service attack, a harmless but annoying type of attack that can cripple a website by flooding it with high volume requests.

Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters warned on Tuesday that it would attack the “5 major US banks.” The group also posted a warning last week that it would hit other banks including the PNC Financial Services Group Inc and the US Bancorp. Both financial institutions reported some disruptions in their online services.

As of Friday, PNC announced that all its online services are up and running, and that other bank systems are working without any problems. Other banks like US Bancorp, JP Morgan Chase and Co, and Bank of America Corp did not provide any comment about the current situation.

The US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the office responsible for regulating national banks and thrifts, announced on Friday that groups like the  Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters launching denial of service attacks have mixed motives. The Office of the Comptroller thinks that such groups may want to gain public attention, while at the same time doing so to divert attention of targeted banks while they launch other attacks to steal critical information or commit fraud.

“Banks need to have a heightened sense of awareness regarding these attacks and employ appropriate resources to identify and mitigate the associated risks,” the alert from  US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said.
The OCC added that banks should boost their staffing during attacks, share information with other banks, as well as work with third party security providers.

Of the top 5 banks in the US, Well Fargo has seen more than its share of attacks, according to a tracking website SiteDown.co, a site that notes customer reports. SiteDown.co said that there were 576 known “downtime reports” for Wells Fargo within 24 hours.

Wells Fargo boasts of about 21 million active online banking users.

source: reuters

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ASUS bringing a pair of Nexus-like tablets to CES?

ASUS has surely enjoyed its relationship with Google to create the official 7 inch Nexus tablet, but the company still has more tricks of its own to show off in the world of Android tablets. Rumors regarding devices from the Transformer line of tablets have been unusually scarce, but perhaps that’s because ASUS has fallen in love with the 7 inch book-like slates they’ve worked on lately.

One of those leaked tablets was only in the form of a list of specs, but we do get a sample camera shot to behold. That tablet is the ASUS ME371MG. It’s a 7 inch slate that bears a striking resemblance to the Nexus 7, though the internals are quite different. This device will reportedly use Intel’s Atom chipset for its computing needs, specifically the Z2420. The base spec on this thing is a 1.2GHz single-core configuration that doesn’t sound amazing in the world of multi-core chipsets but should be able to hold its own.

The display is said to have a 1280×800 resolution, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth are to be expected, of course, but this thing is also said to house 3G radios. The sample image above looks to have been taken at about 3.1 megapixels, but there’s no telling if that’s the max resolution of the device’s camera just yet.

Also confirmed was the ASUS ME172V. This particular device is a bit more modest than the one you read about above. It’s a 7 inch slate itself, but comes outfitted with VIA’s 1GHz single-core WM8950, an ARM Cortex-A9 chipset which houses Mali-400 graphics.

The 7 inch panel on it uses TN technology instead of IPS, and also has only 1024×600 resolution, and looks to have just a 1.3 megapixel camera sitting on the front. Both of these tablets will launch with Jelly Bean 4.1 and we’re sure ASUS has something in mind for a custom user interface to sit on top of that.

We imagine these will be quite affordable as the specs don’t hold even the smallest candle to the Nexus 7, but ASUS has obviously fallen in love with the 7 inch design they started with Google’s line and will look to carry that design philosophy across what seems to be its new favorite category of slates.

These devices — the latter coming in both black and white — are said to be getting their unveiling come CES so we’ll be right there to get our eyes on both if that turns out to be true. And we wouldn’t write ASUS off as far as more exciting products — the OEM always seems to have something more up its sleeve for the biggest technology event of the new year.

[via Notebook Italia]

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Asus ME371MG Packs Intel CPU, 7-Inch Display

A new Asus tablet has been spotted on the website of a Russian retailer called Oro 1. Called the Asus ME371MG, it is one of the 7-inch devices that Asus is releasing following the success of its collaboration with Google last year on the Nexus 7.

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Some of its specifications are already available on the website, which is selling the tablet on a pre-order basis. These specifications, however, have not been confirmed by Asus, so they cannot be called official yet. In the past, some pre-order websites incorrectly have already given wrong sets of specifications, so it is best to take these with a grain of salt.

According to the Oro 1 website, the the Asus ME371MG features a 7-inch in-plane switching (IPS) display like the one found on the Nexus 7. Said display has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, as well, like the Nexus 7.

Inside, it boasts of an Intel Atom Z2420 Processor running at the speed of 1.2GHz. It also comes with 1GB of RAM as well as a 16GB SSD for its internal storage. Its operating system is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The device supports various modes of connectivity, including Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, and 3G. Also onboard are a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. Listed in the website are two color options for the tablet: gold and silver. Oro 1 is selling the device for 9,490 rubles or around $284.

This device is considered to be the upgraded version of the ME172 tablet, another budget tablet which also comes from the same ME product line. For its part, the ME172 does not support 3G cellular connectivity. It also features an inferior processor and screen, namely a 800 MHz VIA WM8950 CPU and a TN-type display with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution.

Are you interested in the Asus ME371MG?

via techkiddy

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Boost Mobile to throttle after 2.5GB of usage starting next year

Android CentralBoost Mobile is planning to change its data usage policy to start throttling unlimited data users starting in January. According to a post on its official Facebook page, the Sprint MVNO will throttle unlimited data customers after 2.5GB of usage down to speeds of just 256kbps. Like most throttle plans, the user's speeds will increase back to full at the start of the next billing period.

The policy is set to go into effect on January 20th, 2013. It's hard to blame Boost for the decision when it offers such competitive rate plans, but its tough to see another truly unlimited plan go away. If we have to see it though, telling users up-front what the throttle point will be is the best policy.

Source: Boost Mobile (Facebook); Via: PhoneScoop

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LG uploads first Nexus 4 commercial – Shows off cool features, lacks emotion [VIDEO]

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Still waiting on your Nexus 4 to arrive? Call it a tease, or simply cruel and unusual punishment, but LG uploaded their first Nexus 4 video to their YouTube channel today, knowing damn well you can’t go into the Google Play store and buy one. Okay, to be fair, it’s possible they have their factories working overtime to churn out more handsets, but the timing of the ads still seems a bit off (especially when the official launch was weeks ago).

LG’s 2-minute ad spot may have flew under the radar, uploaded a day before Google’s own first Nexus 4 vid, but possibly only going public yesterday. In any case, the vid shows off all the coolest features of LG/Google Nexus 4 — Google Now, IPS display, wireless mirroring — and although informative, it seemed to lack the emotion typically conveyed in Google’s Nexus commercials. Take a look.

So, what you did guys think? Effective? Or do you prefer Google’s method of tugging on consumers’ heart strings for a more lasting impression? Quick poll: Who did it better?

Take Our Poll

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Android 4.2 comes to Galaxy Note II

For all you owners of the international Galaxy Note, or the new and impressive Galaxy Note II we have some good news this afternoon. The awesome developers behind CyanogenMod have just released CM10.1 for your devices. This brings the latest and greatest Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean to your Note.

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Just in time for the holidays they’ve initiated the CM10.1 nightly builds. As you all should know, Nightly builds are considered “stable” enough to release, but the team won’t qualify it as a stable build until they feel it’s ready. Nightly builds are bleeding edge, released nightly, and may have brand new features that won’t fully work. However we’ve been rocking CM10.1 nightlies with no problems for weeks.

For a small idea of what to expect you can see CM10.1 on the Galaxy Nexus here, although things will obviously be different with that 5.5-inch display and quad-core processor in the Note II. The first official CM10.1 nightly builds arrived late last night, and you can get today’s right this minute.

To be specific, they’ve released CM10.1 for multiple devices already but the new ones to the bunch are the Galaxy Note N7000 (international) as well as the Galaxy Note II N7100. Obviously we’ll need to be rooted and such, so head to your favorite developer site for tips and details if you’re not already prepared for a custom ROM. For those who are, start by stopping at Get.CM for the latest builds, and don’t forget those GApps. Give it a try tonight and let us know how it goes.

[via Android Police]

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LG shows off Nexus 4 in its own commercial spot

LG has just put a new commercial up on its official Youtube page showing off the design and features of the Nexus 4. In two minutes of gloriously edited and produced footage, LG shows the device being handed off between multiple people, each accomplishing something new. Photo Sphere, Google Maps Navigation, Google Now and Wifi display mirroring are all shown off here, along with several nice shots of the rear panel's crystal reflective process. The commercial spot definitely has some of LG's style in it, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

What do you think about the commercial? Does it do the Nexus 4 justice? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Google Play Books updated to support pinch to zoom and ‘Read Aloud’ feature

Google has issued an update to its official Play Books application today, effectively bringing a duo of powerful new features to word-hungry readers. Users can now listen to the entirety of most of their textual books through the application’s new “Read Aloud” utility. While we wouldn’t recommend using it for a long period of time (it sounds like the voice on your car’s GPS), it certainly seems to do the job.

Along with a slew of bug fixes, pinch to zoom and double tap to zoom are present in the newest version. Google has also incorporated a fresh personalized recommendations menu at the conclusion of the user’s library, offering up a quick glance at what other similar titles are available. Be sure to hit the source link or scan the QR code below to download the update.

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Google Play Books updated to support pinch to zoom and ‘Read Aloud’ feature

Google has issued an update to its official Play Books application today, effectively bringing a duo of powerful new features to word-hungry readers. Users can now listen to the entirety of most of their textual books through the application’s new “Read Aloud” utility. While we wouldn’t recommend using it for a long period of time (it sounds like the voice on your car’s GPS), it certainly seems to do the job.

Along with a slew of bug fixes, pinch to zoom and double tap to zoom are present in the newest version. Google has also incorporated a fresh personalized recommendations menu at the conclusion of the user’s library, offering up a quick glance at what other similar titles are available. Be sure to hit the source link or scan the QR code below to download the update.

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Bitcasa unlimited cloud storage arrives on Android for $10 a month

With multiple cloud storage options available today it’s hard to decide what’s right for you. Dropbox is a popular one for obvious reasons, Box is getting better, and Google Drive remains in the hunt. Today however we have a newcomer to the world of Android. Many of you probably use Bitcasa for their “infinite storage” options, and now today they’ve launched their official Android app.

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What separates Bitcasa from the rest is their infinite drive where users have unlimited cloud storage, rather than a measly 5GB limit. While their service isn’t free the option to have unlimited cloud storage all for $10 a month is a pretty decent offering. Today they’ve launched official apps for Android and Windows Phone, instead of requiring users to head to their mobile site. They also have announced starting next year you’ll get 10GB free, or unlimited for $10 as usual.

Another important aspect of Bitcasa is everything is encrypted automatically. Then they call it an “infinite drive” because as you add more stuff it just keeps growing, it never fills up. Think of it as an external hard drive with unlimited space, ultimate protection, and all of this is just $10 a month. Anyone interested yet?

Everything is encrypted. Even the Bitcasa team has no way of accessing your data.

– CEO Tony Gauda

You can upload all of your music to the cloud, again the fact being infinite so you’ll never run out of space. Time to back up that FLAC music collection guys. Stream all of your audio from their cloud with ease, unlimited photo backups and more. With Android we can set our smartphone to automatically upload and backup each and every photo/video taken too. A pretty nifty feature that will also save internal space. As usual we can share files using Android’s universal share feature, to anyone, and not just Bitcasa users.

Bitcasa is a pretty new service but appears to be taking off pretty quick. Now that they have a few mobile apps to accompany their service hopefully we hear more soon. Head to Bitcasa today to learn more, or download the app now from the Google Play Store.

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[via Tech Crunch]

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Samsung offers up official 3,000mAh extended battery for Galaxy S3; costs $65

While the Samsung Galaxy S3 didn’t launch with the beastly 3,100mAh battery that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 did, Samsung’s looking to offer more juice for those who absolutely require it. The company has started to ship extended batteries to resellers that will give users about 900mAh more power than the one that ships with the device. That’s right — you can now buy an official 3,000mAh battery and be just 100mAh shy of its bigger cousin’s power output.

The difference, of course, is that you’ll need to sacrifice size for juice as the extended battery will no doubt add a bit of a hump to the Galaxy S3. Its chassis simply wasn’t built for a slim profile while maintaining a battery of such capacity. That’s a small price to pay for many, though, as it’s important to be able to go an entire day without having to tether yourself to a power outlet.

Typical extended batteries exist, but the difference with an official Samsung unit is that the battery door will come with the NFC contact points the device requires for using NFC. Most third party battery doors, you’ll quickly find, will not come with these contact points. Whether or not that’s worth the extra money is up to you to decide, but if more juice is as important as NFC then there aren’t many other options.

One price that isn’t small, however, is the monetary cost itself. Retailer MobileFun has it listed for $65 including VAT. Again — it comes down to whether or not you want NFC, because there are a lot better deals you can find for an added 900mAh. Head to the source link if you’ve been waiting on something like this.

[via MobileFun]

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Official Nexus 7 Dock By ASUS Unboxed Ahead of Launch in Japan

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ASUS and Google launched the Nexus 7 with much hype and expectations, and managed to live up to it quite convincingly. The price to features ratio was fantastic and that’s what led to the success of the device. However, unlike many other tablets, we haven’t seen of any accessories for this ASUS made tablet, although we heard a few rumors earlier this month. But it seems like ASUS has one in store for Nexus 7 owners after all with a new dock being surfaced in the unlikeliest of places. A customer seems to have accessed the Nexus 7 dock a day prior to its official release in Japan, thanks to his bonding with the store owner. The accessory apparently was brought from a store called Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara, Japan. The user was kind enough to upload a unboxing and hands on video of the said dock showing it off briefly. Sadly there’s no more info to go with than what we have here, but it is hoped that the accessory will shortly see a much wider release soon.

The docking station makes use of the pogo pins on the left of the Nexus 7 to connect, which means there’s no portrait functionality with this dock. That should be a deal breaker for a few users out there. The dock also comes with a 3.5mm headphone/speaker jack to play content from the tablet on your speakers. It also has a micro USB port to charge the bad boy up. The hands on video uploaded on YouTube is the first of its kind as the title suggests, and there have been no live pictures of the ASUS Nexus 7 dock prior to this. It seems like the dock is out of stock on ASUS Japan’s site already. The status of the dock on the online store changed from coming soon to sold out, which could mean that the device sold fairly well, or perhaps ASUS took it down deliberately.

It’s good to finally see that ASUS just doesn’t make tablets, but build accessories for them too. The company is known for the widely popular ASUS Transformer range of tablets, so I guess we should have seen this coming. Although this a pretty standard dock, it’s a welcome addition. Now what’s left to see is when Google or ASUS will announce this in the U.S and other countries where the Nexus 7 is sold. What do you think of this new accessory? Will you get one for your Nexus 7 if it is made available? Check out the video below for a glimpse of what the Nexus 7 dock looks like.

Source: YouTube
Via: Android Central

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BBC iPlayer updated with Android 4.2 support, fresh UI and improved video quality

After unleashing a breadth of information regarding future plans for its iPlayer Android app, the BBC has released an official update, bringing numerous fresh features to the radio and TV-streaming application.

Users can now experience a polished UI, keeping in line with Google’s very own Holo style guidelines. Support has also been added for Android 4.2 in version 1.5.0.666, something that many fans had been complaining about since the initial release of the Nexus 4. Perhaps one of the biggest changes, though, is much improved video quality, which should help soothe the eyes of visually picky viewers.

The app is available to download now from Google Play via the download link below.

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BBC iPlayer updated with Android 4.2 support, fresh UI and improved video quality

After unleashing a breadth of information regarding future plans for its iPlayer Android app, the BBC has released an official update, bringing numerous fresh features to the radio and TV-streaming application.

Users can now experience a polished UI, keeping in line with Google’s very own Holo style guidelines. Support has also been added for Android 4.2 in version 1.5.0.666, something that many fans had been complaining about since the initial release of the Nexus 4. Perhaps one of the biggest changes, though, is much improved video quality, which should help soothe the eyes of visually picky viewers.

The app is available to download now from Google Play via the download link below.

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Official Nexus 7 audio dock gets unboxed on Youtube

Here's a look at the elusive Nexus 7 docking station live and in color on Youtube. We don't have a lot of information here, just that the fellow posting the video bought it at Yodobashi Camera in the Akihabara district in Japan. He had the opportunity to buy it a day early, and like any of us would, he jumped on it. 

It looks to be the same dock we saw in late November, utilizing the pogo pons for charging and audio. That dock is no longer "coming soon" on the Asus Japan site, but it is listed as out of stock. There is no listing on the ASUS America site or the Global site. 

We're not sure of what the availability will be, or if it is even coming to the states. We assume that it will, as the demand for the Nexus 7 is still very high. The dock would make for a great holiday gift, so hopefully we see it offered very soon.

Discuss it in the Nexus 7 forums

Source: Youtube; via  +William Gunther!

 

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Nexus 10 Pogo charger sighted, release rumored

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It seems Nexus 10 owners may be about to get a new, more convenient, more magnetic way to charge their tablets. Android Central forums poster jstevenkim has posted an image of what he says is a Pogo charger for the Samsung-made 10-inch tablet. Unlike a traditional microUSB getup, this pogo charger would be held in contact with the tablet's pogo pins magnetically, similar to an Apple MagSafe connector.

The poster claims he works for "the original and direct supplier of the pogo cable to S[amsung] in Korea," and that this charger will become available soon via Amazon and eBay, priced around $19.99-24.99. We'd take this with a pinch of salt — the image provided certainly looks like it'd fit the Nexus 10, but there's no way of verifying how official it really is.

Of course, we're still waiting on the official pogo dock for the Nexus 10 — not to mention its little brother, the Nexus 7. In the meantime this accessory may open up a novel way of charging the 10-inch Nexus, if microUSB is cramping your style.

Hit the Android Central Nexus 10 forum at the source link for more discussion and speculation.

Source: Android Central Forums

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