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We’re live from CES 2013 in Las Vegas!

DNP We're live from CES 2013!

The Las Vegas Convention Center’s expansive exhibition space may not be open for another five days, but we’re already on site, gearing up for the CES madness to come and setting up shop in our temporary headquarters — that beautiful trailer just above. Sure, we have a pretty good idea of which new mobile gadgets we might see — and what products not to expect — and it’s pretty much a given that Windows 8 will be just about everywhere, but as always the show is bound to bring some surprises. For now, though, we’ll all have to sit tight as thousands of exhibitors put the final lavish touches on their enormous booths. In the meantime, get a taste of the pre-show scene at the LVCC in the gallery just below.

Zach Honig contributed to this report.

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Samsung to fix suicidal Galaxy S III’s with a software update

A few weeks ago we reported that a decent number of Galaxy S III users were finding their phones dead after a random motherboard failure. It was assumed that the problem was hardware related, but according to Dutch site Tweakers Samsung has identified it as a software problem that is affecting only a few 16 gigabyte models of the phone. Samsung has already cooked up a software patch to fix the problem and will be sending out the update in the near future. Hopefully the update goes out before your phone does.

Source: Tweakers

 

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Samsung to fix suicidal Galaxy S III’s with a software update

A few weeks ago we reported that a decent number of Galaxy S III users were finding their phones dead after a random motherboard failure. It was assumed that the problem was hardware related, but according to Dutch site Tweakers Samsung has identified it as a software problem that is affecting only a few 16 gigabyte models of the phone. Samsung has already cooked up a software patch to fix the problem and will be sending out the update in the near future. Hopefully the update goes out before your phone does.

Source: Tweakers

 

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Gumtree Android app now available

After struggling on with a mobile web site for the last couple of years, used stuff selling portal Gumtree has finally put together a full mobile app. The Android Gumtree app lets you set your location from its main page, which is a good start, then offers a simple ICS-style tabbed layout complete with very stylish item listings and your usual Android sharing options.

It’s pretty sweet.

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And there it is. Plenty of fun to be had in the local area for all. Check out the Android Gumtree app here. It’s free.

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Street Fighter 4 drops LG exclusivity, now available for Android devices in Japan

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After finding itself as an LG exclusive for almost a year now, the fighting game classic Street Fighter 4 is now finally available for download in the Google Play Store for a handful of other devices. The only problem is most of these devices are unique to Japan where the game is only available (for now). At $3.48 cents by current exchange rates, this is about as close as you’re going to get to having a true Street Fighter 4 experience on your mobile device.

According to Droid Gamers (which has an awesome new redesigned site), the Japanese Street Fighter 4 for Android also has an English option which gives us hope that it’ll be arriving stateside in the near future. The game currently weights in at hefty 1.3GB, so you might wanna start clearing out some old apps in the meantime. We’ll keep you updated.

[Street Fighter IV on Google Play]

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Sony to announce Sony Xperia Z at CES 2013

Chinese web site ePrice is reporting Sony will unveil the forthcoming Sony Xperia Z at CES 2013. The new Sony handset is quickly morphing into a device similar to LG’s Google Nexus 4 in that so many images and leaks are coming out, any official announcement is almost anti-climatic. We have already been treated to a detailed review of the device going by the name Sony Yuga and reports have already surfaced indicating the name would be changed to the Sony Xperia Z. With this new 5-inch device, Sony is trying to remain in the market and compete for buyers looking for 1080p display devices. The addition of water and dust resistant coatings to improve survive-ability in harsh climates or against the occasional mishap may help set it apart from competitors.

ePrice indicates the new handset, after debuting at CES 2013, will hit the Chinese market on January 15th where it is expected to sell for 4289 yuan ($690 USD). No word yet on what the future release schedule will be like for other markets. Up to now, we only knew the new device would be announced some time in the first quarter of 2013. We are glad to see it will be near the beginning of 2013. With luck, TalkAndroid will get some hands-on time with the Xperia Z during CES 2013.

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Sony to announce Sony Xperia Z at CES 2013

Chinese web site ePrice is reporting Sony will unveil the forthcoming Sony Xperia Z at CES 2013. The new Sony handset is quickly morphing into a device similar to LG’s Google Nexus 4 in that so many images and leaks are coming out, any official announcement is almost anti-climatic. We have already been treated to a detailed review of the device going by the name Sony Yuga and reports have already surfaced indicating the name would be changed to the Sony Xperia Z. With this new 5-inch device, Sony is trying to remain in the market and compete for buyers looking for 1080p display devices. The addition of water and dust resistant coatings to improve survive-ability in harsh climates or against the occasional mishap may help set it apart from competitors.

ePrice indicates the new handset, after debuting at CES 2013, will hit the Chinese market on January 15th where it is expected to sell for 4289 yuan ($690 USD). No word yet on what the future release schedule will be like for other markets. Up to now, we only knew the new device would be announced some time in the first quarter of 2013. We are glad to see it will be near the beginning of 2013. With luck, TalkAndroid will get some hands-on time with the Xperia Z during CES 2013.

source: ePrice

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Gumtree Android app now available

After struggling on with a mobile web site for the last couple of years, used stuff selling portal Gumtree has finally put together a full mobile app. The Android Gumtree app lets you set your location from its main page, which is a good start, then offers a simple ICS-style tabbed layout complete with very stylish item listings and your usual Android sharing options.

It’s pretty sweet.

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And there it is. Plenty of fun to be had in the local area for all. Check out the Android Gumtree app here. It’s free.

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Question of the Day: What Tech Gifts are You Hoping to Receive for the Holidays?

As we start to wrap up the week and head into a long holiday weekend that for many, is filled with gift exchanges, we thought we’d ask a simple question. Since this is a tech site and all, mostly focused on Android, we can imagine that many of you were asking for tech-related gifts for [...]

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Official ASUS Nexus 7 Dock Goes Up On B&H For $40, Still Not Available Though

The official Nexus 7 dock from ASUS that started receiving attention last week, has been spotted on B&H’s retail site. According to the retailer, the item won’t be available until sometime around December 30, but it is quite reasonably priced at just $40. That’s much better than some of the $90 pogo docks we have [...]

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Samsung Galaxy Note II Developer Edition slated for Verizon

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

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Samsung Galaxy Note II Developer Edition slated for Verizon

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

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Samsung Galaxy Note II Developer Edition slated for Verizon

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

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Verizon Galaxy Note 2 Developer Edition Goes Up – Thanks For the Wait, Sammy

Today, Samsung placed on their site the landing page for the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 ”Developer Edition.” This is great for folks who have waited patiently, but the device has already been available through Big Red for a few weeks. Kind of sad that these don’t come out at the same time so people can choose between a locked [...]

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Huawei Ascend D2 to be shown at CES

Huawei’s Senior Vice President Richard Yu has revealed the company plans to introduce their forthcoming Huawei Ascend D2 Android-powered smartphone at CES 2013. Yu refers to the Ascend D2 as a “dream phone,” probably due to the specifications. The new handset will sport a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core cpu, 2GB of RAM, a 13 mega-pixel camera, 2,900 mAh battery and will be loaded with Android 4.1.1 according to details found on the web site for Chinese certification agency TENAA. Yu expresses some concern in his posting on microblogging site Sina Weibo that the Ascend D2 is too costly and will be seen as a niche phone intended for “super” users.

Based on the specifications that have been revealed thus far, is this a phone in which you would be interested?

source: Sina Weibo, TENAA

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Huawei Ascend D2 to be shown at CES

Huawei’s Senior Vice President Richard Yu has revealed the company plans to introduce their forthcoming Huawei Ascend D2 Android-powered smartphone at CES 2013. Yu refers to the Ascend D2 as a “dream phone,” probably due to the specifications. The new handset will sport a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core cpu, 2GB of RAM, a 13 mega-pixel camera, 2,900 mAh battery and will be loaded with Android 4.1.1 according to details found on the web site for Chinese certification agency TENAA. Yu expresses some concern in his posting on microblogging site Sina Weibo that the Ascend D2 is too costly and will be seen as a niche phone intended for “super” users.

Based on the specifications that have been revealed thus far, is this a phone in which you would be interested?

source: Sina Weibo, TENAA

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Huawei Ascend D2 to be shown at CES

Huawei’s Senior Vice President Richard Yu has revealed the company plans to introduce their forthcoming Huawei Ascend D2 Android-powered smartphone at CES 2013. Yu refers to the Ascend D2 as a “dream phone,” probably due to the specifications. The new handset will sport a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core cpu, 2GB of RAM, a 13 mega-pixel camera, 2,900 mAh battery and will be loaded with Android 4.1.1 according to details found on the web site for Chinese certification agency TENAA. Yu expresses some concern in his posting on microblogging site Sina Weibo that the Ascend D2 is too costly and will be seen as a niche phone intended for “super” users.

Based on the specifications that have been revealed thus far, is this a phone in which you would be interested?

source: Sina Weibo, TENAA

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Twitter Surpasses 200M Monthly ‘Active’ users

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The most popular micro-blogging platform, Twitter, has now more than 200 million active users monthly, a 42% increase in the size when compared to March’2012 statistics. (Apparently, to celebrate six years of service, the company had released the press-statement in March that it now boasts more than 140 million ‘active’ users.)

Twitter boasted 100 million active monthly users in September 2011, with the number of daily active users amounting to 50 million. In the next six months, the site increased the number of active users by another 40 million, making it 140 in March’ 2012. That’s 40% growth in just a 7 month time-span- which is very impressive. However, fast-forward another 7-9 months, and you have pretty much the same scenario. Twitter now has over 200 million active users monthly, another 60 million added to the existing fan-base- a net increase of 42%. At the end of the every year, the company continues to double its user-base.

According to information shared by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, earlier this year, the site was stormed by 340 million tweets per day. However, the increase of another 60 million is expected to take that tally to 400 million tweets per day.  According to stats, over 60% of the 200 million ‘active’ users use smartphone apps to access the popular social media platform.

It is believed that the sharp increase in the number of active users can be accredited to events like US presidential election and Olympics. According to reports, France and USA have seen huge growth in numbers, mainly due to their own presidential elections. With the growing presence of social-media, people love expressing their thoughts through Twitter. The 140 word limit has also forced people to be creative in their writing, besides being thoughtful and insightful. That’s the reason why people love ‘tweeting’ rather than posting status updates. Besides, Twitter allows you to read tweets of people without logging in, which is not possible with Facebook.

Twitter actually has over 500 million registered users worldwide, which means that over 50% of the people do not tweet or even log-in to their accounts, monthly. However, it’s still one of the ten most visited sites on the internet.

Tony Wang, General Manager of Twitter, expressed his emphatic feelings by tweeting: “There are now more than 200M monthly active @twitter users. You are the pulse of the planet. We’re grateful for your ongoing support!”

Do you love to ‘tweet’? Do you think Twitter can outdo Facebook in the coming years? Share your thoughts!

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Sony “Yuga” Device to Feature 5″ 1080p Display – Could We See It at CES?

According to overseas sources, Sony is planning to release their next flagship device sometime in Q1 of 2013. The device is codenamed Yuga, but not much is known about the phone except for some photos shown above and handful of specs. A site that claims to have the device in their possession, says the phone [...]

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Nexus 4 now available direct from Three – on £35 monthly tariff

UK network Three, the darling of seemingly everyone we follow on Twitter, is now selling the hot new LG Nexus 4. There’s a bit of an odd catch, mind, as it’s only offering the phone on one of its top-tier “One Plan” tariffs, which costs £35 a month with an upfront fee of £29.

It’s a great package, mind, giving you unlimited data, 2,000 calling minutes and 5,000 text messages, plus an additional 5,000 calling minutes to other users of the Three network.

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If you are one of those people who never stops barking and cackling down a mobile telephone, this is for you. Check it out over at Three. The site specifically states the Nexus 4 is IN STOCK and ready for delivery tomorrow if you’re quick and live somewhere urban.

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Google pulls Nexus 4 factory images and binaries from its developers site

 

Some hawk-eyed hackers noticed something strange this morning: the factory images for the Nexus 4 seem to have disappeared from Google’s developer site. A factory image is a file that allows you to restore your device completely to stock in case something goes wrong while hacking and tinkering with your device. Interestingly, the Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus factory images are all still available to download, indicating that the Nexus 4 factory images were deliberately pulled by Google to make some changes to the core code. Could it be that Google is trying to completely disable the recently discovered 4G antenna? We hope not. It’s anyone’s guess really, what Google is up to. Anyone have any good theories?

Source: Google Developers

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Google News gets revamped for tablets with new interface and gesture support

Google News is an extremely popular source for news articles, with Google citing 6 billion pageviews per month to linked articles. And with the growing popularity of tablets like Google’s own Nexus 7, it would only make sense for some adjustments to be made for those to conform to each other. According to Google, that’s exactly what’s going to happen over the next few days, too. The Google News site will be redesigned to better fit tablet sized screens, with a more spaced out layout for articles and gestures to find new articles and switching between sections, for example. It will also feature the “Explore in depth” feature that allows you to look at similar stories to a specific article.

All in all, definitely something to look forward to if you frequent Google News. At first it will only be available to US users, however, and it’ll take a few days to roll out to all users. Check news.google.com to see if it’s working for you on your tablet.

source: TechCrunch

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Google pulls Nexus 4 factory images and binaries from its developers site

 

Some hawk-eyed hackers noticed something strange this morning: the factory images for the Nexus 4 seem to have disappeared from Google’s developer site. A factory image is a file that allows you to restore your device completely to stock in case something goes wrong while hacking and tinkering with your device. Interestingly, the Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus factory images are all still available to download, indicating that the Nexus 4 factory images were deliberately pulled by Google to make some changes to the core code. Could it be that Google is trying to completely disable the recently discovered 4G antenna? We hope not. It’s anyone’s guess really, what Google is up to. Anyone have any good theories?

Source: Google Developers

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Google News gets revamped for tablets with new interface and gesture support

Google News is an extremely popular source for news articles, with Google citing 6 billion pageviews per month to linked articles. And with the growing popularity of tablets like Google’s own Nexus 7, it would only make sense for some adjustments to be made for those to conform to each other. According to Google, that’s exactly what’s going to happen over the next few days, too. The Google News site will be redesigned to better fit tablet sized screens, with a more spaced out layout for articles and gestures to find new articles and switching between sections, for example. It will also feature the “Explore in depth” feature that allows you to look at similar stories to a specific article.

All in all, definitely something to look forward to if you frequent Google News. At first it will only be available to US users, however, and it’ll take a few days to roll out to all users. Check news.google.com to see if it’s working for you on your tablet.

source: TechCrunch

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Google News gets revamped for tablets with new interface and gesture support

Google News is an extremely popular source for news articles, with Google citing 6 billion pageviews per month to linked articles. And with the growing popularity of tablets like Google’s own Nexus 7, it would only make sense for some adjustments to be made for those to conform to each other. According to Google, that’s exactly what’s going to happen over the next few days, too. The Google News site will be redesigned to better fit tablet sized screens, with a more spaced out layout for articles and gestures to find new articles and switching between sections, for example. It will also feature the “Explore in depth” feature that allows you to look at similar stories to a specific article.

All in all, definitely something to look forward to if you frequent Google News. At first it will only be available to US users, however, and it’ll take a few days to roll out to all users. Check news.google.com to see if it’s working for you on your tablet.

source: TechCrunch

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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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YouTube pushes new UI for tablets via its mobile website, Android app

YouTube pushes new UI for tablets via its mobile website, Android app

As we should all understand by now, YouTube is constantly changing its look. The latest versions of Google’s video streaming juggernaut to be refreshed are its experiences for tablets. The Android app has a brand new UI for 10-inch slates, and if you prefer the mobile website to its apps, you’ll see the fresh look popping up there as well. Just like the changes to its site layout pushed to all a few days ago it brings the guide feature, promising easy access to subscribed channels. As YouTube continues to pick up higher profile content to show subscribers, it’s no surprise the new changes are intended to funnel viewers there. Check out the new updates and let us know if you think they’re for the better.

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Galaxy Camera Confirmed for Verizon Thanks to Samsung Site

Last week, we saw a Galaxy Camera variant cruise through the FCC with a 4G LTE radio inside, one that was ready to jump on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Neither Big Red nor Samsung would confirm that the device was on the way, but they no longer need to as an official product page on [...]

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Thursday Poll: Rooted or Non-rooted?

It seems like we ask this all of the time, but it has been over a year since we last asked the DL community if their phone is rooted or not. So today, let’s do it again. We like to stay on top of the trends here on the site, and this is one of [...]

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Etsy app now available in Google Play Store for Android shoppers

Shopping fans are probably familiar with the Etsy web site which is geared toward the homemade, trinkets, and vintage goods. The web site has a Pinterestesque quality to its design and provides users the ability to share interests and shopping lists with friends. Now Etsy has an official app for Android devices available in the Google Play Store.

Using the Etsy app, Android fans can shop from the 800,000 plus sellers trying to sell over 17 million different items. Etsy says they are trying to change the world by empowering very small ventures to sell on a global basis.

If you are interested in trying out Etsy, and maybe picking up a few items in the process, use one of the Google Play links below.

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