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by dgstorm at May 26, 2015
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Charter Communications is swooping in to take advantage of the failed merger between Time Warner and Comcast. The company just announced a merger that will see Time Warner Cable absorbed by Charter for a massive $78.7 Billion dollar payout.

We have included the full press release in the thread below for all of the details. Here at HQ, we aren't at all surprised by this. Most of the industry expected this to happen, but the monetary sum is much higher than expected (and quite a bit more that the $45 Billion deal that failed between TWC and Comcast. What do you guys think? Will this one pass the Governmental & consumer muster, or is it doomed to fail too?
by dgstorm at May 26, 2015
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It's that time of the year again... time for tons of new Nexus rumors. The latest intel basically echoes reports we shared previously... namely that a new Nexus 5 will be coming from LG and that a new Nexus 6 will be coming from Huawei. However, we do have a few new details to go along with this.

First, it looks like Google will not be making a new Nexus tablet this year, and will instead stick with the current Nexus 9 until next year. Second, we now have a couple of extra specific tidbits regarding the two devices. Here's a breakdown:

The Nexus 5 is the LG Angler (internal codename) -
  • 5.2-inch
  • Battery (around) 2700mAh
  • Snapdragon 808
The Nexus 6 is the Huawei Bullhead (internal codename) -
  • 5.7-inch screen
  • Snapdragon 810
  • Battery (around) 3500mAh
As you can see, a few of these details are repeated from previous leaks. The main new info is the internal codenames of these devices. These included names offer a bit more credibility to the leak overall. Of course, you should still take this report with a grain of salt as with all rumors.

by dgstorm at May 26, 2015
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T-Mobile customers who were ready to get the LG G4 for their carrier will want to head to the T-Mo store (or online landing page) tomorrow (May 27th). Not only will you be able to buy the phone, you will also get a FREE 128GB microSD Card to use with your device.

Here's a quote with the full T-Mobile press release,

by dgstorm at May 26, 2015
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Get ready for this folks... Android M's internal codename is rather unwieldy... Macadamia Nut Cookie (MNC). Of course, sometimes the internal codename for Android doesn't end up mirroring the retail marketing name that the OS is finally dubbed, so it is entirely possible that name will change.

Really though, as Shakespeare's own Juliet once queried... "What's in a name?" For most Android fans, what matters is what the OS can do for us, not whatever marketing slogan adorns its cover. Luckily, we have a few hints regarding that for you today as well, including the release timeframe, which is probably sometime in August. On top of that, Android M will supposedly be more memory and energy-efficient. Here's a quote with a few more details,

What do you guys and gals think?

Source: BGR...
by dgstorm at May 26, 2015
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This morning, Microsoft officially announced Cortana will be coming to Android and iOS. It's a brilliant move by Microsoft in a string of brilliant moves since the leadership changeover occurred. The personal digital assistant will obviously be in direct competition to both Siri and Google Now. The main difference will now be that you can get Cortana as an app for any mobile device.

Microsoft didn't share a specific time-frame for release, but left it with a vague "later this summer." Cortana offer several of the same features you can find on Google Now or Siri, including contextually-aware reminders, routing and mapping, weather and traffic, sports scores, and more. When she launches, not all of Cortana's Windows 10 features will be immediately available for Android and iOS. This includes features toggling settings, opening apps or using the "Hey Cortana" hands-free options.

Windows 10 itself will include a free "Phone Companion" app which will do various things, including syncing up your devices with your PC and helping you install Cortana on other devices. You can check out more regarding the Windows 10 companion app in the video above.

For more info, here's Microsoft's full presser: Your Windows 10 PC will love all the devices you own
by Jeffrey at May 25, 2015
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This 64GB device is quite a looker, and the special package even comes with an "arc reactor" wireless charger. But here's the catch: right now Samsung is only releasing this phone in South Korea on May 27th, and then in China and Hong Kong in June. Unfortunately, J.A.R.V.I.S. didn't come with the deal.

by Jeffrey at May 25, 2015
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Emoji are on the rise as a global language. We are using them everyday, These symbols are all over Social Medea Sites like Instagram and Hollywood movie studios are deploying them to promote their latest blockbusters.

"The Unicode Consortium — a little-known Mountain View, California-based organization that standardizes characters and emoji across all the different operating systems — has gifted us with yet another batch of the popular pictographs, including a wilted flower, bacon, and a symbol for the word “selfie.” Yahoo Tech has learned that earlier this month the consortium’s emoji subcommittee finalized the additions and submitted them to members for a vote of approval. The new emoji will be added to the existing set in June 2016 as part of the Unicode 9.0 update if all goes according to plan".

Check the list of candidates below..

Source Yahoo
by Macktion at May 25, 2015
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I hope that everyone will forgive the pun, but I could not help myself.

A few days ago, Google published a new chrome extension. Google Tone. The idea being that with this extension, you could have computer A broadcast a tone, and send the URL of a website to the computers that 'hear' said tone (and have the extension installed, and active) will be taken to that website. Hmmm... maybe we should end every video with the Droidforums tone...

the demo video, mirrored by another YouTuber

But that is not the interesting part of the story. Where it gets fun is what happened later: a man named Jon Paukune apparently filed a copyright claim on the video, and the video is currently down because of that copyright claim. Details are still a bit sparse, so it is unclear what the claim is based on.

As someone who has had multiple copyright claims on their own work, I have often thought that the automated system that Google, and therefore YouTube, uses for content strikes has often been a bit harsh. As you may know, the claims can be made by anyone, without any need to backup the claim, and it is up to you, the accused, to prove your innocence if a copyright claim is ever filed. Its a very good thing that I can easily prove ownership of my hands and voice, but some things are not always as straight-forward.

Perhaps it is the holiday weekend that has this video down for so long, or maybe even it...
by DroidModderX at May 24, 2015
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The Chromecast is so cheap that many of you have one for each TV in your house. This can make for a confusing mess. Which Chromecast are you streaming to when you hit the stream button? This was apparently enough of an issue that Chromecast has released an update. The update gives you a clearer vision of your streaming devices. This means you won't accidentally hijack your kids tv. The update also allows you to change the speed at which your backdrop images change. Head to the Play Store to grab the update.

via Play Store
by DroidModderX at May 24, 2015
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The stock text messaging app that comes with your Android device is pretty capable, but there are hundreds of third party text messaging apps that bring even more features to your text messages. Yaata is a feature rich text messaging app for your Android device. The app allows you to customize and personalize the app to make it fit your perfectly. There are so many features included that this is pretty much the perfect text messaging app for power users and regular users alike! There are actually too many features to list here. There is a full list of settings for your sms and mms, settings for notifications, settings list for customization for individual contacts, and a whole list of theming options! Grab this app from the link below.

via XDA
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