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Quick review of Ubuntu for Phone

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Canonical showed us the Ubuntu for Phone on first working day of year 2013. We all thought that they are going to launch the Ubuntu for Android officially, but I was surprised to see that Canonical went ahead and launched Ubuntu for Phone, so let’s take a look at what it has got to offer us.

We have had Ubuntu for TV, PCs and tablets, and now it is being developed for phones. The operating system will be Ubuntu based, which is Linux if you want me to be politically correct. Also, Android is Linux based. So why do we need another Linux based smartphone OS when we already have a popular open source smartphone OS. First of all, Ubuntu for Phone is not just any other smartphone OS, but a fully featured Ubuntu OS with an interface that is designed for touch screen interaction. This project is basically the continuation of Ubuntu for Android project. Here are the first impressions:
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The interface is stunning. It is sleek and it is beautiful. Looking at the name, you may expect it to look like the desktop version of Ubuntu, but sadly that is not the case, or I may say that it is good that it is not the case because what Canonical has designed is perfect for a touch screen device. The interface itself bears little resemblance to the desktop version, apart from the graphical style. The interface is based around swipes and gestures. For example, instead of a back button, you have to swipe from the right-hand edge of the screen to return to a previous app. Swiping up from the bottom, reveals an app’s menu, which remains off-screen until then.

Smartphones don’t enjoy the same screen real estate advantage that desktop PC’s do. If we take a look at Ubuntu on PC, the interface is totally sleek and there is more concentration on screen space utilization, and the same advantage has been passed onto the mobile OS as well. The Ubuntu phone site itself calls the experience “immersive,” because it allows more room for the apps themselves.
Advantages of Ubuntu Mobile OS:

Apps are a major concern when it comes to smartphones, and that is where Android and iOS have an edge over Windows Phone devices. Since Ubuntu for Phone is basically Ubuntu OS with a new interface, it also means that all the apps that are available in Software Center (Ubuntu equivalent of Play Store) can be run on mobile devices. Yes, the developers will have to redesign the screens, but then it is far better than having to write new apps from scratch. Ubuntu for Phone has definitely got a head start in apps department.

Unique features: Well, like Ubuntu for Android, you will be able to dock these devices on an HDTV or monitor and use a complete Ubuntu desktop PC, thus effectively combining two worlds into one.

What are your thoughts on Ubuntu for Phone? Let us know in the comment section below.

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PadPivot Review: The Best Tablet Stand Around That’s Designed Primarily To Sit On Your Knee

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While the boom in the tablet market has certainly seen a gold rush from manufacturers eager to capitalize on the new craze (whether it be with Android or Windows RT), there’s an equally-eager market that’s attempting to cash in: accessories. Some of them are great, some are bafflingly weird. The PadPivot probably sits somewhere in between. This little thing is designed to fold up and easily slip into a pocket or purse. When you need it, you can unfold it, set it up, and prop your tablet on a makeshift stand that fits comfortably on your knee.

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So, it’s as normal and useful as a thing can be that’s designed primarily to be used by your lower thigh.

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LG To Bring Line Of Google TV 3.0 Devices In 2013

Korean electronics giant LG, announced it will bring a new line of big screen TVs with Google TV 3.0 in the first half of 2013. The smart TVs, ranging in size from 42-inch up to 60-inch, will include a voice search functionality LG is saying will go beyond simple voice input to near magic-remote control levels. Users will be able to perform broad voice queries like “Will Smith new action movie coming out” and the TV will respond with a list of likely results. Quick Guide and Prime Time features will allow users to search for content and continue watching at the same time.

The new line also gets a new remote which will have a microphone, QWERTY keyboard and will be capable of gesture input. For those of you/us who didn’t jump on the Ouya Android gaming consoles, the new remote will work with OnLive on Google TV to help get you your gaming fix. We’ll get our first look at the new sets next month at CES (Consumer Electronic Show).

Source: LG Newsroom

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LG To Bring Line Of Google TV 3.0 Devices In 2013

Korean electronics giant LG, announced it will bring a new line of big screen TVs with Google TV 3.0 in the first half of 2013. The smart TVs, ranging in size from 42-inch up to 60-inch, will include a voice search functionality LG is saying will go beyond simple voice input to near magic-remote control levels. Users will be able to perform broad voice queries like “Will Smith new action movie coming out” and the TV will respond with a list of likely results. Quick Guide and Prime Time features will allow users to search for content and continue watching at the same time.

The new line also gets a new remote which will have a microphone, QWERTY keyboard and will be capable of gesture input. For those of you/us who didn’t jump on the Ouya Android gaming consoles, the new remote will work with OnLive on Google TV to help get you your gaming fix. We’ll get our first look at the new sets next month at CES (Consumer Electronic Show).

Source: LG Newsroom

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LG To Bring Line Of Google TV 3.0 Devices In 2013

Korean electronics giant LG, announced it will bring a new line of big screen TVs with Google TV 3.0 in the first half of 2013. The smart TVs, ranging in size from 42-inch up to 60-inch, will include a voice search functionality LG is saying will go beyond simple voice input to near magic-remote control levels. Users will be able to perform broad voice queries like “Will Smith new action movie coming out” and the TV will respond with a list of likely results. Quick Guide and Prime Time features will allow users to search for content and continue watching at the same time.

The new line also gets a new remote which will have a microphone, QWERTY keyboard and will be capable of gesture input. For those of you/us who didn’t jump on the Ouya Android gaming consoles, the new remote will work with OnLive on Google TV to help get you your gaming fix. We’ll get our first look at the new sets next month at CES (Consumer Electronic Show).

Source: LG Newsroom

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LG To Bring Line Of Google TV 3.0 Devices In 2013

Korean electronics giant LG, announced it will bring a new line of big screen TVs with Google TV 3.0 in the first half of 2013. The smart TVs, ranging in size from 42-inch up to 60-inch, will include a voice search functionality LG is saying will go beyond simple voice input to near magic-remote control levels. Users will be able to perform broad voice queries like “Will Smith new action movie coming out” and the TV will respond with a list of likely results. Quick Guide and Prime Time features will allow users to search for content and continue watching at the same time.

The new line also gets a new remote which will have a microphone, QWERTY keyboard and will be capable of gesture input. For those of you/us who didn’t jump on the Ouya Android gaming consoles, the new remote will work with OnLive on Google TV to help get you your gaming fix. We’ll get our first look at the new sets next month at CES (Consumer Electronic Show).

Source: LG Newsroom

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ROM Manager 5.5.0.8 Features A Download Server That Allows You To Easily Transfer Backups To Your PC Over Wi-Fi

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One thing that’s always bothered me about making nandroid backups is having to keep them stored on my phone – and with the limited storage of the Nexus 4, this rings even more true. Thus, it’s not uncommon for me to end up transferring backups to my PC in case I should need them again. Thanks to a new feature implemented into ROM Manager 5.5.0.8, that process just got a lot easier.

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In a nutshell, this new feature enables a download server on your phone that can easily be accessed over Wi-Fi from your PC. Using it couldn’t be easier, either – simply jump into the Manage Backups menu, hit the option to Download Backups, and that’s basically it.

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LG releasing new Google TV products in the first half of 2013

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LG has just announced that it will be releasing a new line of TV's powered by Google TV 3.0 software in the first half of 2013. The new units, which you can see are quite slim and interestingly designed, will come in several different sizes from 42 to 60 inches. Running Google TV integrated in the panel itself, LG claims it will have voice recognition "beyond simple voice input." With two new features called Quick Guide and Prime Time, the TV's will also let users watch and search for content at the same time.

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The new sets will have OnLive cloud gaming built-in, to be used with a controller that connects directly to the set. They will also have a new remote that has a microphone, gesture input controls and a QWERTY keyboard as well. LG is planning to show off the new line starting at CES in 2013, aiming to launch in the U.S. in the first half of the year.

Source: LG Newsroom

 

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Reminder: Cast Your Votes in the 2012 Android Central Community Awards!

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Quick reminder for everyone today, in case you missed the forums announcement opening up the 2012 Android Central Community Awards for voting!

We're running the awards right now through December 21st at noon EST. If you're a regular in our forums, you'll want to head over there right now and cast your votes.

There are 8 categories to submit your input on. All you need to do is enter the username of the member you think is most deserving, and tell us a little story on WHY the person should win. If you don't have a submission for a question, no worries, you can just skip that question. Easy stuff folks.

Take a minute and cast your votes!

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TasKarou Launcher Overlay Adds Quick Controls to Your Whole Device

If you’re familiar with Quick Controls from the Browser application, then you’ll know that by placing a finger on the edge of your device, you can access many settings and options from anywhere in the app. With TasKarou, you can access many system settings and recent apps from anywhere on your device, at any time.  [...]

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Apex Launcher Updated With More Jelly Bean 4.2 Features, Cross-Launcher Data Import

unnamed (3)What makes a developer great is a continued commitment to a great product, and Apex Launcher dev Android Does has it in spades. Their latest in a long line of updates adds a handful of features, most of which are designed to allow the app to more seamlessly integrate with Android 4.2. There’s a new shortcut to the Quick Settings menu, as well as modifications to the shortcut selection screen for 4.2 devices. Other changes include better theme, and live wallpaper support and a new dock swipe gesture on the Pro version.

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The most exciting addition to Apex is the ability to import your homescreen configuration from another launcher on your phone.

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GoPro App update supports new HERO3 cameras

Fans of GoPro’s point-of-view sports and action cameras will be pleased to know an update to the GoPro App was released last Friday. The big change included an update to support GoPro’s new line of HERO3 video cameras as announced via GoPro’s Twitter account. An update to the GoPro camera is required in order to use the app which is available for Android devices via the Google Play Store.

The GoPro App will work with GoPro’s Wi-Fi enabled devices, which include the HERO3 cameras and HERO2 cameras that have a Wi-Fi BacPac connected to them. With the app, users can control all settings remotely using their Android device. This includes the ability for a live preview of the viewfinder on your device. Anyone who has used a GoPro, especially the older models, is aware of what a limitation it was to not be able to preview what was going to be shot with the camera. Quick access to camera settings is also a welcome addition as opposed to the scrolling button system GoPro uses on the units themselves. GoPro indicates there are some known issues with Motorola RAZR devices running Android 4.x and other Android 4.0 devices. However, these issues can be resolved by using a provided software decoder.

If you own a compatible GoPro device, you may want to check out one of the download links below to install the free GoPro App. Before you do though, check the source link and make sure your camera is updated with the latest software.

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GoPro App update supports new HERO3 cameras

Fans of GoPro’s point-of-view sports and action cameras will be pleased to know an update to the GoPro App was released last Friday. The big change included an update to support GoPro’s new line of HERO3 video cameras as announced via GoPro’s Twitter account. An update to the GoPro camera is required in order to use the app which is available for Android devices via the Google Play Store.

The GoPro App will work with GoPro’s Wi-Fi enabled devices, which include the HERO3 cameras and HERO2 cameras that have a Wi-Fi BacPac connected to them. With the app, users can control all settings remotely using their Android device. This includes the ability for a live preview of the viewfinder on your device. Anyone who has used a GoPro, especially the older models, is aware of what a limitation it was to not be able to preview what was going to be shot with the camera. Quick access to camera settings is also a welcome addition as opposed to the scrolling button system GoPro uses on the units themselves. GoPro indicates there are some known issues with Motorola RAZR devices running Android 4.x and other Android 4.0 devices. However, these issues can be resolved by using a provided software decoder.

If you own a compatible GoPro device, you may want to check out one of the download links below to install the free GoPro App. Before you do though, check the source link and make sure your camera is updated with the latest software.

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GoPro App update supports new HERO3 cameras

Fans of GoPro’s point-of-view sports and action cameras will be pleased to know an update to the GoPro App was released last Friday. The big change included an update to support GoPro’s new line of HERO3 video cameras as announced via GoPro’s Twitter account. An update to the GoPro camera is required in order to use the app which is available for Android devices via the Google Play Store.

The GoPro App will work with GoPro’s Wi-Fi enabled devices, which include the HERO3 cameras and HERO2 cameras that have a Wi-Fi BacPac connected to them. With the app, users can control all settings remotely using their Android device. This includes the ability for a live preview of the viewfinder on your device. Anyone who has used a GoPro, especially the older models, is aware of what a limitation it was to not be able to preview what was going to be shot with the camera. Quick access to camera settings is also a welcome addition as opposed to the scrolling button system GoPro uses on the units themselves. GoPro indicates there are some known issues with Motorola RAZR devices running Android 4.x and other Android 4.0 devices. However, these issues can be resolved by using a provided software decoder.

If you own a compatible GoPro device, you may want to check out one of the download links below to install the free GoPro App. Before you do though, check the source link and make sure your camera is updated with the latest software.

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Audiofly AF78 Headphones Quick Review: They Sound Great… If You Have Perfectly Shaped Ears

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The AF78

The AF78 is the latest from Australian headphone maker Audiofly. They’re also the company’s flagship product, and their first IEM (in-ear monitor). They come with 4 sets of rubber tips, two sets of foam Comply tips, a microphone*, storage tin, airline adaptor, a splitter, and cleaning tool. They cost $200 (buy here). (*different model)

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The Sound

The AF78s do sound great given their price. And they also have something of a trick up their sleeve. They’re what’s called a “hybrid” headphone, utilizing both a balanced armature and a traditional dynamic driver in each ear. This makes them something of an oddity in the audio world.

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AT&T rolls out Android 4.1 update for Motorola Atrix HD

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Roughly five months after its release, the Motorola Atrix HD has been given the green light by AT&T to receive Project Butter, aka Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The refresh will be available for download over WiFi and will offer the usual suite of new features that come as part of the Jelly Bean package, but it’ll also add Quick Settings and a few other enhancements to the mix. The rollout is expected to begin today, though it hasn’t shown up on our unit just yet. To keep a close eye on your device, head to the About Phone section of your settings menu; let us know if you get it and what you think.

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Android 4.1 Now Rolling Out To The Motorola Atrix HD On AT&T

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As of late, it’s been apparent that Motorola has been trying to make good on its promises of offering more timely updates. The RAZR M was the first to get its bump to Jelly Bean, and was followed by the RAZR/MAXX HD. Now, it’s the Atrix HD’s turn.

Beginning today, AT&T and Motorola are pushing the Android 4.1 OTA to the device, which brings a handful of improvements over ICS, including Google Now, Project Butter for speed improvements, and enhanced notifications. Of course, Motorola has thrown some tweaks of its own into the mix, as well – like Drive Smart, Quick Settings, and more.

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[New App] Beer Citizen Is The App Where Beer Nerds And Regular Nerds Meet

unnamedQuick quiz: can you name how many different beers you’ve had in the last week, their country of origin, and their brew style? Do you know what beer to recommend with barbeque shrimp? Have you ever successfully used the word “mouthfeel” in a sentence? Then Beer Citizen is for you. It follows the basic formula for enthusiast “social” apps (in other words, just like BeerAdvocate) but presents all that information in a mobile-friendly format that’s got more taste and is less filling.

Friends, reviews, photo annotations – it’s all here. The sliders for different qualities is a nice touch for those who want to get really specific.

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[New App] Beer Citizen Is The App Where Beer Nerds And Regular Nerds Meet was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Video: Quick Look at the Nexus 4 Bumper Case

When the bumper case for the Nexus 4 went back on sale earlier in the week, I caved in and bought one. After having a well-documented, not-so-awesome time with the glass on my first Nexus 4, I decided that this time around I would do everything in my power to protect the second one. So, [...]

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Google Calendar App Updated – New Notification Actions, Event Location Suggestions, And Quick Event Creation

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Google’s Calendar app for Android just received an update, to version 201212060 (we’re guessing the version numbers are date codes or something). The update adds a few new things.

First, you can now call a number or go to a location for an event directly from the notification for that event, as shown in the screenshots below. We figure this is just another example of Google’s apps catching up with Android’s rich notifications, introduced in 4.1.

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Next, when entering an event location, you’re now given suggestions – based on previous locations you’ve used in Calendar previously, your contacts, and more (it doesn’t predict street addresses you’ve never used, unfortunately).

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Google Calendar App Updated – New Notification Actions, Event Location Suggestions, And Quick Event Creation was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Quick Contest: Win 1 of 3 Galaxy Nexus Fantom Tempered Glass Screen Protectors (Updated: Winners Picked!)

The Galaxy Nexus on Verizon is still to this day one of the most popular phones among Droid Life readers. It was the first Nexus (maybe the last too) to launch on Big Red, providing this passionate community the only fully open phone on their network of choice in quite some time. But now that [...]

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Act Quick: $50 MOGA Gaming Controller and Modern Combat 4 For Free

PowerA, the sellers of the MOGA gaming controller for Android, are offering a special deal on a limited supply of controllers. For a very limited time, you can get a new $50 controller, coupled with Gameloft’s Modern Combat 4 for free. All you have to do is pay shipping and handling. Awesome, right? The controller [...]

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London buses now accept NFC contactless payments, if you have the magic logo

London buses now accept NFC contactless payments, if you have the magic logo

Transport for London has emailed customers to announce the activation of NFC contactless payments on the city’s fleet of 8,500 buses, despite any hiccups on the tube. From today, anyone who swipes a debit, credit, or charge card with the logo above — or at least the middle part of the logo, with the four bars — should theoretically be allowed onboard for the same single fare as a traditional Oyster Card user. That’s £1.35 instead of the £2.30 cash fare. The logo can also be found on Orange’s Quick Tap-enabled Galaxy S III, but the official email makes no explicit mention of any smartphones being compatible. If you have the guts to swipe your GS III over the reader and test it, please let us know if it works (and it’s probably better to try it discreetly, in case it doesn’t). Customers are also being advised to avoid swiping wallets which contain two potential payment methods — such as an NFC card and an RFID-based Oyster Card — so they can control which card gets billed.

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Verizon’s Galaxy S3 Page Highlights the Benefits of Jelly Bean, a Version of Android It’s Not Yet Running

Quick quiz for the Verizon Galaxy S3 owners in the building. What version of Android is Google Now currently only available on? Which version of Android has expandable notifications with quick actions? Which version of Android has the brand new Voice Search with red microphone? Which version of Android hides the the notification bar upon [...]

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[Quick Look] Afraid Of Scratching Your Nexus 4? Check Out Spigen’s ‘Steinheil Dual’ Front + Back Protector

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The Nexus 4 is unique among Android phones, as it’s one of the first to feature glass on both the front and back. As such, thoughts of seeing the brand new handset covered in scratches has haunted my dreams since I first cracked the box open. Fortunately, Spigen has me – and everyone else with an N4 – covered, thanks to the new Steinheil Dual front+back protector.

Now, let me get one thing out of the way: I’m not normally an advocate of screen protectors. In fact, this is the first one I’ve used in… a long while. I may have forced myself to use them as part of a review in the somewhat recent past, but this is the first time in years I have personally chosen to stick a piece of plastic over the display of my phone.

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Delta updates app with a privacy policy; California is safe again

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Delta Airlines has updated its Android app, bringing $2,500,000,000 worth of new features. All in the form of a privacy policy. 

It's still the same app as before, letting you check in to your flights, grab a mobile boarding pass, or even check your SkyMiles balance. If you are a frequent flier on Delta, it's probably a very useful download.

So what is this upgrade all about, and what does it have to do with billions of dollars? Good question, with an easy answer. Seems that the state of California slapped Delta with a lawsuit because the app had no clear privacy policy attached. Delta had 30 days to comply, or be faced with fines that could total up to $2.5 billion (with a b). Rather than make a large donation to California's economy, Delta updated their app today. Quick work, and the addition of the privacy policy is easy to get to — simply tap Traveling with Us, then tap Privacy Policy. 

It's good to see a privacy policy for any app, especially one that collects your credit card info by design. It's also good on some level that the state of California looks out for their citizens, keeping them safe from those who would steal and abuse their private data.

But I can't shake the feeling that threatening a $2.5 billion fine ($2,500 per download)is the best way to go about it. Anyhoo, if you're using the Delta app go grab the update, and if you're not using it but think you should be, download it from Google Play.

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Delta updates their app with a privacy policy, California is safe again

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Delta Airlines has updated their Android app, bringing $2,500,000,000 worth of new features. All in the form of a privacy policy. 

It's still the same app as before, letting you check in to your flights, grab a mobile boarding pass, or even check your SkyMiles balance. If you are a frequent flier on Delta, it's probably a very useful download.

So what is this upgrade all about, and what does it have to do with billions of dollars? Good question, with an easy answer. Seems that the state of California slapped Delta with a lawsuit because the app had no clear privacy policy attached. Delta had 30 days to comply, or be faced with fines that could total up to 2.5 billion (with a b) US dollars. Rather than make a large donation to California's economy, Delta updated their app today. Quick work, and the addition of the privacy policy is easy to get to — simply tap Traveling with Us, then tap Privacy Policy. 

It's good to see a privacy policy for any app, especially one that collects your credit card info by design. It's also good on some level that the state of California looks out for their citizens, keeping them safe from those who would steal and abuse their private data.

But I cant shake the feeling that threatening a 2.5 billion dollar fine is the best way to go about it. Anyhoo, if you're using the Delta app go grab the update, and if you;re not using it but think you should be, download it from Google Play.

More: InformationWeek

 

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LG Optimus Vu Launches In The UAE

LG has officially announced the launch of the Optimus Vu, the supposed Galaxy Note competitor, in the United Arab Emirates. This means that the 5-inch Optimus Vu is now available in just about every major market in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America and now the Middle East.

If you’ve kept up with any of the Android blogs, you’ll know that the Vu does not have the typical smartphone design in mind, instead taking on a more square design. Granted, the square design does make reading easy on the smartphone, and also puts features like QSlide and Quick Memo to use. Regardless reviews have claimed the smartphone to be “half-baked,” but that is ultimately up for the consumer to decide. Considering that LG has already sold 17 million units of this device, it’s clear that there is some popularity behind it.

Regardless, it’s great to hear that the UAE is getting another choice to choose from. As you know, they don’t always get all of the top of the line tech releasing in the U.S., Europe and etc.

Do any of our friends in the UAE plan on picking up the LG Optimus Vu anytime soon? Does the device interest you at all? Make sure to let us know in the comments section below.

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LG Optimus Vu now available in the UAE

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LG has officially announced that the Optimus Vu is now for sale in the United Arab Emirates. This makes the 5-inch smartphone available in most major markets in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and now the Middle East. 

The Optimus Vu eschews typical smartphone design, instead opting for a more squarish 4:3 aspect ration. The extra width is used by features such as QSlide and Quick Memo, and is appealing to folks who enjoy reading on their smartphones.

Alex was slightly underwhelmed by the Vu during his time reviewing it, but LG has sold 17 Million of the devices so clearly there is a market. In the end, it's great to see our friends in the UAE have a new choice.

Source: LG Newsroom (Korea)

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Quick Look: Ringke Slim Case for Nexus 4 in Black, White, and Grey

After the back of my LG Nexus 4 cracked, prompting me to order another one, I decided to set out on a mission to find the best case for it. As you know, I have zero confidence in the glass backside, so even as someone who hasn’t used a case for more than a few [...]

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