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by cereal killer at Jan 22, 2015
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Ladies and gentlemen we have an AWESOME giveaway that we are excited to announce! As you can see we are giving away a Limited Edition Code Black Drone!! Yes, one (1) lucky member will get the chance to win this very cool drone and as always it's going to be a snap to enter.

Lets take a quick look at some of the Code Black Drone's features:
  • 6-axis flight control system and adjustable gyro sensitivity, the Code Black Drone can perform complicated maneuvers will speed and accuracy. A beginner and expert flight mode allow you progress to more complex flights.
  • Take amazing aerial video in stealth mode. Shoot perfect HD and SD video with this stealth matte black drone. This badass drone shoots badass video.
  • Easy to use remote. This responsive, 4-channel remote is included with every Code Black Drone. Easy to learn controls will have you flying like a pro in no time
So what do you have to do to enter? Rules for entry are as follows:
  • Only ONE (1) entry per member. Duplicate entries will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Let us know what carrier you are on AND what carrier, if any, you are planning to move over to. If you're happy and staying where you are, please let us know!
That's all you need to do and you are entered folks, so jump right in!!

On January 29, 2015 at 12:00pm Central the contest will close and we will randomly draw one (1)...
by dgstorm at Jan 26, 2015
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There seems to be a great deal of flip-flopping going on today. First we had Verizon doing their song-and-dance regarding Title II and Net Neutrality, and this latest intel from Samsung reveals that the rumor-mill can't make up its mind either. Supposedly, the Samsung Galaxy S6 will actually end up with a version that runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. The caveat is that this will be a different revision of the SoC that is meant to address Samsung's claims of over-heating.

If true, it's no surprise that Qualcomm is trying to make one of their biggest customers happy. Of course, it might just be a losing proposition considering Samsung has been angling to eventually use all of their own tech in their own devices anyway.

LG recently refuted Sammy's claims about overheating issues with the Snapdragon 810, and indicated it works fine in their G Flex 2. Could Samsung's claims of overheating issues on the chipset simply be their attempt to poison the well at Qualcomm so that Samsung can swoop in with their Exynos chips in the future? What do you think?

Of course, if this intel turns out to be true, it would blow that theory out of the water, wouldn't it?

Be sure to check out...
by dgstorm at Jan 26, 2015
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Here's an interesting bit of trivia for this fine Monday morning. Apparently, the Google Nexus 6 almost had a fingerprint sensor on its back. Supposedly, that dimpled spot where Motorola put their logo was going to be the designated spot for it.

The reason it never showed up in the device is also another tantalizing tidbit of trivia. Apple stopped it from happening, although only indirectly. It turns out that Motorola had been working with a company called AuthenTec since 2011 to develop a fingerprint sensor tech for mobile devices.

AuthenTec was and is at the cutting edge of mobile fingerprint sensor technology, and all of their competitors are basically a generation or more behind. If you follow Apple news at all, you might recognize that name. Alternatively, if use your Sherlock Holmesian deductive logic you can come up with the same result. That's the same company that Apple purchased in 2012 for $356 Million and ended up using their fingerprint tech exclusively in the iPhone 5S.

It seems that not only was the purchase a way to offer new technology to iPhone users, it was also an indirect way to block anyone else from getting the tech for their phones. Interestingly, the Nexus 6 firmware files show that built-in support for the fingerprint sensor was already in the Nexus 6, but was removed at the last minute.

Former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside shared that he thinks it would not have made that big of a difference for Motorola devices either...
by dgstorm at Jan 26, 2015
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Samsung recently filed for 11 new patents & trademarks at the USPTO. Most of these aren't terribly exciting as they are simply trademarks for a series of devices, like the Galaxy A series, the Galaxy E Series, and even some previously unknown Galaxy J Series (which are likely a new string of budget-friendly phones). Despite this horde of Trademarks, only one is worthy of mention.

Samsung has something coming called "Nudge" which seems to be some type of touchless control feature. Here's what the filing said about it, “software used for capturing gesture, facial, and voice recognition for the touchless control of other computer applications, computers, phones, smartwatches, and other mobile and multimedia devices.”

Insider's are speculating that this feature could actually show up in the Galaxy S6. What do you think? Does sound like an interesting new innovation or just more gimmicks from Sammy?

Here's a link to our Galaxy S6 section in the forum: Samsung Galaxy S6 General Discussions Android Forum at DroidForums.net

Source: Phandroid
by dgstorm at Jan 26, 2015
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Not too long ago, we shared a report detailing how hypocritical AT&T is regarding Title II classification. On the one hand, they argue against Title II, claiming they can't be regulated by the FTC because they are a common carrier under Title II. Yet, on the other hand, they have also been arguing that they will be harmed if the FCC classifies their Internet service under Title II.

Today's report clearly shows that AT&T isn't the only big carrier who likes to flip-flop on this issue. Big Red, aka Verizon, is currently performing the same song and dance. Verizon’s CFO, Fran Shammo, recently held a discussion at an investor conference. In that conference, he was asked the following by John Hodulik – Analyst for UBS North America,

Shammo's response was,

by dgstorm at Jan 26, 2015
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T-Mobile's latest new initiative to draw customers to their network is a bit odd, but seems to offer a decent value. It's called "Score!" and it's basically a way to upgrade to newer devices sooner, and for cheaper than their normal retail.

The way the plan works is a bit complicated. You agree to pay an extra $5 per month on your plan, and as you reach certain stages/tiers of value, you can use your "Score!" to upgrade to a newer device. At the $30 mark over a 6 month period you can basically get a budget-friendly device for free. The value is that the cost of purchasing these devices unlocked and off contract is a bit more than the $30 you just paid over 6 months. One example is the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2 which T-Mo sells for $79.20. On their Score! plan, you would get it for free at that six month mark. This is nearly a $50 savings off the normal price of that device.

When you get to the 12 month mark (and $60 paid into the plan), things get more interesting. At that point you can actually choose any device that T-Mobile sells. One example is the 32GB Google Nexus 6. Normally it sells for $649.99, but after 12 months of Score! you can get it for just $499. When you factor in the $60 you paid into the plan, that's a $90 savings, which isn't too shabby.

It's an interesting concept. T-Mobile basically helps you save up for a new device, and then gives you a bonus discount for doing it! There are more details at the source link below, but that's...
by pc747 at Jan 25, 2015
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We are continuing to hear more and more about Project ARA on a weekly basis, and even though it is a concept device 3 years away from even being market ready it peaks our interests. The other day 9to5google posted an article about Google potentially working with BLOCK's smart watch team to build modules. That got me asking the question if the BLOCK's model, what Project ARA is based off of, would work for smart watches. Yeah the concept looks cool but in the grand scheme of things it looks more like a geek's watch.

Would you ever consider buying a Project ARA watch?

Considering a Nexus player?
According to AP you will be able to pick one up today at Best Buy.

For those with a locked down Sony Xperia Z3 Compact there is a way to root it. @DroidModderX has the method posted here.
by DroidModderX at Jan 25, 2015
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Layers is an alternative theme engine that is quickly becoming even more popular than the Cyanogen Mod Theme Engine. It is new enough to only have a handful of themes, but so far it is being used in Roms like Frank, Project D.I.S.C.O., LiquidSmooth, Xenon HD, BrokenOS, SimpleAOSP, Terminus, Chroma, BoostPop, and SlimRom. Theme developer "krazie1" has released 7 Layers Theme Engine Themes called "MEGA Layers Overlays".

Included are:

Jimmy's Overlays
Dark Theme
Red Theme
BNW Thee
Darker
Orange Layer
Indigo and Pink

Head to the link source link for more info on this project and the download links.

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by DroidModderX at Jan 25, 2015
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The ability to enable free wifi tether on Android was one of the biggest reasons to root a few years ago. In fact most people who didn't care anything about modifying their device would still root it just for the ability to enable wifi tether. When Verizon started the share everything plan and included free wifi tethering with that plan. However anyone with a grandfathered unlimited plan still has to pay $30 to enable wifi tethering on their device. You can get around this with root on several devices. You can enable wifi tether on the LG G2 by simply changing up the name of a few stock apps, and then installing a modified version of the app. Head to the link below for the full guide and downloads.

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by DroidModderX at Jan 25, 2015
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Orbis is another round icon pack, but a few elements make this particular icon pack stand out. The icons feature beautiful gradients around the edges, in inset glyph, and multiple textures. Each icon single color, but the different textures cause the colors to change a bit around the entire icon (Think chameleon paint job), they seem to glow from the bottom up. These icons will no doubt bring a super fresh look to your Android device. The icon pack features over 1000 hand themed icons. There is a material design dashboard which helps you to get these icons running on your favorite custom launcher. There are 10 custom wallpapers, icon masking (so every icon in your app drawer matches the icons that are themed, and much more. Head to the link below for the download.

via Play Store
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