Saturday, 22 September 2012

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Google Play comes to Twitter

Posted: 21 Sep 2012 07:28 PM PDT

If you’re an avid Twitter user and use it to keep up with companies and even special deals, you might be pleased to know that the Google Play store has created a Twitter account to tweet out announcements and other news. Follow it now if you want to keep up with all the cool new things Google Play is doing.

With the new Twitter account, Google Play plans to tweet exclusive content, updates, and special promotions on content like apps, games, movies, TV shows, and books. They also mention “awesomeness” as something that they plan on offering with the new Twitter account.

The account already has over 6,500 followers as of this writing, and that number will simply continue to grow. But what’s perhaps more interesting are some of the users that Google Play is following, like Carly Rae Jepsen, a fake Justin Bieber, and the Amazon Kindle team.

It's also still too early to see if their Twitter account will offer anything different from what their email newsletter offers, but in any case, for those wanting to really make sure they’re staying up to date with all things Google Play, be sure to give them a follow.


Motorola announces S11-FLEX HD wireless headphones

Posted: 21 Sep 2012 04:03 PM PDT

If you’re like me, you have trouble finding just the right pair of headphones or earbuds that perfectly fit your head and/or ears. It’s a long and tough battle that may never end (it hasn’t ended for me yet). Motorola seems like they have a viable solution to that problem, though, with their new S11-FLEX HD wireless headphones.

The S11-FLEX headphones are behind-the-head headphones with earbuds that wrap over your ears. The “FLEX” in its name comes from the fact that there’s a flexible outer band and an adjustable inner band that allows you to adjust the size of the headphones to fit your head’s shape perfectly.

The earbuds are also adjustable to fit the ears and head for those with abnormal skulls and cartilage that aren’t quite what the industry would call “average” (which is most of us). They have a 150-foot range and run off of Bluetooth, which means you could be on the other side of your house and even your yard, and these babies would still be able to pick up a signal.

Other features include dedicated volume controls, an EQ, and a super-quick 5-15 minute charge times. While Motorola claims these things have excellent sound (even over Bluetooth), we’re not going to take their word for it, and I’m sure some audiophiles might agree, but if you’re looking for a set of cans that are extremely adjustable, these might be it.

You’ll be able to grab a pair of these on October 28 for $130.


Samsung unveils pink Galaxy S III, coming to Korea

Posted: 21 Sep 2012 03:34 PM PDT

We all love to add a little personality to our smartphones, whether it’s through a special case or just the color of the phone itself. If pink just so happens to be your favorite color (I know it’s my favorite color), you’ll be happy to know that Samsung unveiled a pink-colored Galaxy S III. An intimidating phone never looked so weak.

Samsung certainly loves their colors, though. They announced four new colors for the S III back in August, and today they have announced the most manliest of colors, which brings the total color count to seven (the other colors being Marble White, Pebble Blue, Amber Brown, Garnet Red, Sapphire Black and Titanium Grey). Was I naming off Bob Ross colors just then?

The pink Galaxy S III will hit store shelves in Korea next week, but we have yet to hear word on whether or not it will be coming to the States. Then again, I would find it hard to believe that Samsung would hold back on the pink version and not make it available before Christmas or even Valentine’s Day.

If the pink version did eventually end up hitting Stateside, do you think you would get one? Maybe buy one for the Mrs.? Personally, I think pink is a fun color and it would definitely enforce the whole “real men wear pink” philosophy, but I don’t know if I’d want a device that I use constantly and every day to be glowing pink. Just my personal preference, though.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Galaxy S III
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : May 03, 2012
    Release Date : May 29, 2012
    Also Known As : The Next Galaxy, SGSIII
Display
  • Screen Size : 4.8 Inch
  • Resolution : 720x1280
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED HD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.37 Inch
  • Width : 2.77 Inch
  • Depth : 0.33 Inch
  • Weight : 133 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2100 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
Hardware
    CPU : Exynos 4 Quad
    CPU Clock Speed : 1400 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via GSMArena]


Verizon Galaxy S III developer edition now for sale

Posted: 21 Sep 2012 02:49 PM PDT

Samsung‘s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, has been a huge hit. It’s sold more than 20 million units so far and it’s only expected to grow with the holiday season coming up. Now it looks like Samsung will be selling the developer edition of the Verizon version to anyone who wants to pony up full price for it.

It comes in “Pebble Blue” and will cost $600 for the 16GB version, while the 32GB version will sell for $650. All the specs are the same, including the Qualcomm S4 Krait processor and 2GB of RAM with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen. The only difference is that the bootloader is unlocked, making it extremely hacker-friendly.

It seems that Verizon waited too long for anyone to care anymore. The retail version of the Galaxy S III already has had its bootloader cracked, so the developer edition is more or less identical to the retail version. Still, for those that don’t even want to deal with a locked bootloader to begin with can now pick one of these up.

While it’s now already out, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Verizon has waited this long to allow the developer edition of its S III to be purchased. They usually like to keep their phones on lockdown, so it’s nice to see them open up a bit, especially when the Galaxy S III is one of their most popular Android devices.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Galaxy S III (LTE)
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : AT&T Verizon
    Announced Date : June 04, 2012
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As : SGH-I535 (Verizon), SGH-I747 (AT&T)
Display
  • Screen Size : 4.8 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280x720
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED HD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.37 Inch
  • Width : 2.77 Inch
  • Depth : 0.33 Inch
  • Weight : 133 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2100 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM
Hardware
    CPU : MSM8960 Snapdragon
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 2000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
  • CDMA
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
    CDMA Band:
  • 800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies rolling out for T-Mobile Galaxy Note

Posted: 21 Sep 2012 01:56 PM PDT

Samsung’s Galaxy Note is a pretty cool phablet if we do say so ourselves. Even American Airlines thinks so, since they’ll be using them throughout their fleet. There’s some good news for CyanogenMod fans that own T-Mobile Galaxy Notes: CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies have begun rolling out.

It’s only been a week since a custom Jelly Bean build showed up for the AT&T and International versions of the Galaxy Note, and now CyanogenMod 10 Nightly builds are available for T-Mobile’s version of the device. Your path to a CMified Galaxy Note starts at their website, where you can directly download the 160MB .zip file that contains everything you need.

Of course, we already know that the Galaxy Note II is right around the corner, and it will include Jelly Bean right out of the box. However, if you’ll be stuck on the original Galaxy Note for a while, the CyanogenMod 10 Nightly will give your device a modified Jelly Bean interface until you’re able to upgrade again.

If you’re curious about the Galaxy Note II, it has a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 1280 x 720 resolution, a 1.6 GHz Samsung Exynos quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB storage, an 8 MP rear camera and 1.9 MP front camera, and a massive 3100 mAh battery. You can already pre-order it on US Cellular too.

[via Android Police]


Verizon CFO: “Unlimited is just a word”

Posted: 21 Sep 2012 01:07 PM PDT

Hot on the heels of the iPhone 5 release, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo has some strong words to say. Shammo argues that unlimited data is essentially going away forever and never coming back. According to the report he said that “unlimited is just a word” and that “it doesn't really mean anything."

Those are certainly fighting words from Shammo, and I’m sure T-Mobile has something to say about that, since they offer “true unlimited data” to its customers. Frankly, we’re not really sure why Verizon has lost hope in unlimited data. We can only guess the company wants to limit its users so that it doesn’t overload the network, but we know that’s really not what it’s about.

On a related note, Shammo says that Verizon’s new Share Everything plans are going great. Consumers are being more receptive to it than the company originally thought. Shammo said that it’s because users realize they don’t need unlimited data, so they end up having an easy time accepting coming off of an unlimited plan.

Then again, 2GB shared data plans start at $30 per month, which is the same cost as what unlimited plans were priced at, but we knew that was too good of a deal for consumers. It’s no surprise Verizon wanted to get rid of anything that relates to a “good deal.”

Have you given up your unlimited data plan and went to Verizon’s shared data? Let us know in the comments.

[via SlashGear]


Hulu Plus, HBO GO, and Max GO updated for Android

Posted: 21 Sep 2012 12:29 PM PDT

If Netflix isn’t cutting it for you and are instead resorting to other popular streaming apps like Hulu Plus, HBO GO, and Max GO, you might be happy to know that some small updates have come to all three. They aren’t significant, but they may play a small role in improving your mobile movie and TV show watching sessions.

For one, all three apps have been updated to include closed captioning. This is great for when you forgot your earbuds at home and aren’t able to crank the volume where you’re at (like on the subway or waiting in line somewhere). Hulu specifically notes that its app supports English and few other language when they’re available, but we’re not sure about the others.

On Hulu’s Android app, you can now share TV episodes on Twitter Facebook, and other services (not the actual episodes, mind you. Just links to Hulu). Sadly though, there’s no 10-second rewind button like the one that showed up in the latest update for iOS recently.

Obviously, to use any of these apps, you’ll have to pay for a subscription first. You’ll need a Hulu Plus account in order to use their app, and HBO and MAX also require a subscription to their TV channel before you can start streaming their stuff on mobile devices. Hulu Plus is actually not a bad deal at all, which only costs $7.99/month, and they’re constantly offering free trials.

The updates are available now in the Google Play store: Hulu Plus | HBO GO | MAX GO


Boeing preparing airlines for cell phone use

Posted: 21 Sep 2012 11:26 AM PDT

With all of the debates going on about whether or not passengers should be allowed to use their mobile devices during a flight, Boeing has just decided to bypass that altogether and start prepping its biggest planes for cell phone use, allowing passengers the opportunity to make phone calls during a flight.

Boeing’s flagship aircraft, the 747-8, as well as the 777 and its newest 787 Dreamliner will be equipped with the tools needed to be able to easily connect phone calls 30,000 feet in the sky. They plan to have this done sometime in 2013. They also want to equip these planes with Wi-Fi, live television, internet access, and wireless streaming media (by 2014). Plus, all of this could potentially run off of Android.

However, it isn’t exactly up to the airlines whether or not they allow passengers to use cell phones during a flight — that will be up to the government. In the US, mobile phone usage is currently banned by the Federal Aviation Administration, and they’ve unfortunately given no indication that they plan on lifting that ban.

Hopefully, Boeing will move on to equipping all their planes in the future, and that other aircraft manufacturers will get the memo, including Airbus and Embraer. For now, Boeing shouldn’t be in any kind of hurry, since adding mobile phone capabilities to their planes will be pretty much useless until the FAA says otherwise.

[via CNET]


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