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Jan 09, 2014 - 3:50 PM - by dgstorm

Besides the excellent new price of just $399.99 for the off contract Moto X, now customers have another tempting enticement from Motorola. For a limited time only (until 11:59pm ET on January 14th), Motorola will include a free Google Chromecast with your purchase of an off-contract Moto X. This offer is valid on either the 16GB or the 32GB version, and this deal will even work with either a Moto Maker or a Developer Edition of the Moto X.

In order to take advantage of this offer you need to enter the promo code STREAM at checkout. Even though the Chromecast retails for only $35 bucks, this still makes for a juicy deal for folks who were on the fence and wanting both of these devices. Here's a link below to snatch up this great offer.

Source: Motorola
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Jan 09, 2014 - 11:22 AM - by dgstorm

A new report from Reuters confirms that an end might be near for the patent war between Apple and Samsung. Both companies have agreed to meet for a mediation session which will be held on or before February 19. They two tech titans are scheduled to duke things out with some of the final appeals process in March over their phone patent disagreements, but if this mediation goes well, they may just reach a settlement first. Here's a quote with some of the details,

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon will attend the session with in-house lawyers only, according to a Wednesday court filing. Their legal teams had met on January 6 to "discuss settlement opportunities," the filing read.
According to court documents...

Continue Reading @: Apple & Samsung Could be Close to Ending Patent War Fight - iPhone Forums
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Jan 09, 2014 - 10:15 AM - by dgstorm

So far, the evolution of wearable computers has been glacially slow. Google is taking their sweet time perfecting Google Glass (which is appreciated, because we are all sick of half-baked devices spamming the market before they are ready). Speaking of half-baked devices, Samsung Galaxy Gear leaves a great deal to be desired. It doesn't quite have enough functionality to warrant its high price. Still, if you think that wearable devices are simply a fad that will fade away you might want to rethink that perspective.

Nearly every big-name manufacturer in the technology world is moving toward offering something in the realm of wearable computers starting this year and beyond. Of course we have the obvious companies like Google, Samsung, LG and many others who have either announced or are working on wearable computing devices. We also have the not-so-obvious companies even getting in the game. One example is Intel's new "Edison," which is a computer in an SD card designed to be a "plug-and-play" device for OEMs to jump start a wearable line. Even Qualcomm, the chipset manufacturer for other OEMs, has announced plans to make and sell their own line of smartwatches.

Make no mistake, 2014 will see a big push into this market from around the globe, and because of this, eventually we might actually see some useful devices emerge. But... is it possible they are much closer than expected? Thanks to Kickstarter, that question is a yes. At CES this year there are two small indie startups putting forth Android based smartwatches which are possibly a big step forward in the technology and may actually usefulness and even get close to being affordable. What is truly intriguing about both of these devices is that neither of them need another smartphone to tether to via bluetooth. They both can accept SIM cards and become your wearable phone-watch.

First we have a device called the TrueSmart from Omate. Here's a spec breakdown of the device and a video above where you can see it demoed. It has a version which starts at $250 (Source: Phandroid).
  • 1.3 GHz dual-core Cortex A7 processor
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 1.54-inch TFT display (240 x 240)
  • Multi-touch Capacitive Touch Screen
  • 2G/3G/WiFi/bluetooth 4.0/GPS
  • 5 MP camera
  • Speaker & microphone
  • 512MB + 4GB of internal storage (expandable by microSD 8/16/32GB)
  • Micro SIM card slot
  • 600 mAh battery (up to 100 hours standby)


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Jan 09, 2014 - 9:39 AM - by dgstorm

We have more Samsung Galaxy S5 intel for you this morning, but this "news" is far less credible than the earlier comments from a Samsung exec. Despite this, based upon this report, there is still a very real possibility that we will see an F Series Premium version of the SGS5 and that it will have very advanced and exotic materials making up its chassis. Supposedly, the new casing of this F series premium SGS5 will be a fusion of metal, plastic and composite materials. It will be designed to keep the weight down while increasing impact endurance, and improving reception. Furthermore, the metal used in the composite design will supposedly be stainless steel and will be molded with the plastic and composite parts. There's a bit more to it than that however, and in fact, this mythical SGS5F could include a diamond-encrusted coating on the outside of this metal-plastic-composite blend. Here's a quote with more of the details,

It is not your grandma's stainless steel, though, it seems, but rather diamond-coated one, which would allow light and tough cases with excellent corrosion resistance, achieved by applying carbon nanoparticles while baking the chassis at high temperatures. The production technology used, claims the source, is similar to what the Russian Ministry of Defense has developed for aerospace applications, and industry honchos have commented that it is a "diamond coating technology that makes mass production and cost competitiveness key," which sounds perfect for mass smartphone production.
We are a bit skeptical of these claims as it seems like the cost for such an exotic blending of materials would be exorbitant for any average consumer. Of course, if Samsung really does launch this as a "Premium" device, it could be marketed for the ultra-wealthy.

Source: PhoneArena
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Jan 09, 2014 - 9:20 AM - by dgstorm

In our previous story, we shared some new intel straight from the horse's mouth over at Samsung regarding the Galaxy S5. The same Samsung executive, Lee Young Hee, had some choice things to say about the next generation Galaxy Note device as well. According to Hee, the Galaxy Note 4 could use Samsung's new flexible Youm display tech and also feature a 3-sided, wrap-around display. Here's a quote with more of the details,

Samsung’s next Galaxy Note handset may use a three-sided display so messages can be read from an angle. The latest model will be released in the second half of this year and be aimed at the high-end segment.

“We are targeting consumers who want more professional use and tend to be willing to pay more for handsets,” Samsung’s Lee said.
There isn't much else to go on, but it's about as official a you can get without a press event announcement. Of course, it could just be a bit of marketing PR hype, so we should temper our enthusiasm. It's becoming increasingly difficult for mobile OEMs to keep upping the ante in the features and functions department.

Source: Bloomberg
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Jan 09, 2014 - 8:57 AM - by dgstorm

The latest tidbits on the Samsung front were just shared by one of their VPs. Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of the company’s mobile business, indicated that the Galaxy S5 will be coming to market in April of this year. He hinted at some additional details as well, suggesting that the new flagship will have a fresh new look with a "different design" than past iterations. Mr. Hee also shared the possibility that the SGS5 will come with an Iris scanner on board, although that is only a remote possibility.

Finally, Hee also indicated that a new Gear device will launch at the same time as the SGS5, and that it will have a less bulky design and more advanced features. We aren't sure what to think about the Gear announcement, but the Galaxy S5 intel is quite intriguing. Stay tuned for more details!

Source: Bloomberg
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Jan 08, 2014 - 5:44 PM - by Preach2k
Nokia's First Android Phone with Kit Kat.

Nokia's First Android Phone with Kit Kat!-nokia-android-phone.jpg

evleaks, posted the picture above this morning with the comment “Android on Nokia. So far we can see a back button, lock screen, dialer, and screen with Skype running. It appears to support dual-SIMs, which means this could be a international phone. It looks like it is running Android 4.4.1.


Nokia's First Android Phone with Kit Kat!-gsmarena_002.jpg
Source
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Jan 08, 2014 - 3:31 PM - by cereal killer

More great video's are pouring in from Macktion who is prowling the convention floor at CES 2014. This latest one features the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and we have to say it's pretty impressive. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is not 'just another Samsung tablet' with a nice big screen. The multi-tasking on it is truly incredible. It's well implemented, smooth and user friendly. There was a little hiccup that you will see, but we're not quite sure if that was because the gentlemen demoing it just didn't make enough contact with the display. All in all the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is one heck of a tablet. Here's a recap of the specs in case you missed them:

Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
  • 12.2-inch display (2560 x 1600)
  • Wi-Fi/3G Version = Exynos 5 Octa CPU (1.9GHz quad-core + 1.3GHz quad-core)
  • LTE Version = Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quad-core CPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB/64GB storage
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 9500mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • S-Pen support


Drop us a line and let us know your thoughts on the tablet. Remember to follow Macktion on Twitter at @Macktion, he'll answer all your questions and may be able to check out some tech that you are interested in.
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Jan 08, 2014 - 2:20 PM - by dgstorm

The bold and brash CEO of T-Mobile, John Legere, came out swinging today. He slammed his competitors by pointing out T-Mobile's phenomenal numbers for 2013. They are now the fastest growing wireless company with 4.4 Million new customers in 2013. He also drove a new attack home by officially unveiling Uncarrier 4.0. Just as we reported previously, T-Mobile plans to pay customer's early termination fees to get them to switch from their current carrier. Here's the full press release below with the juicy details bolded.

Legere even commented on AT&T's copy-cat idea... he said, "What moron would do that?"

T-Mobile Delivers Contract Freedom for Families By Paying Off Early Termination Fees

Company marks 1st anniversary of Un-carrier revolution by offering to reimburse entire amount of customers’ early termination fees when they switch from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon

LAS VEGAS — Jan. 8, 2014 — One year ago at International CES, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) threw down the gauntlet, promising relief for customers fed up with a broken, arrogant wireless industry. Since then, the company has delivered on its promise with a relentless barrage of Un-carrier industry innovations.

In its latest move, T-Mobile is eliminating one of the last remaining obstacles for individuals and families wanting to switch from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon to the Un-carrier by offering to pay off their early termination fees. With an eligible phone trade-in, the total value of the offer to switch to T-Mobile could be as high as $650 per line.

“We’re giving families a ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card,’ said John Legere, president and chief executive officer of T-Mobile. “Carriers have counted on staggered contract end dates and hefty early termination fees to keep people bound to them forever. But now families can switch to T-Mobile without paying a single red cent to leave them behind.”


Customers have been flocking to T-Mobile for its no annual service contract Simple Choice Plan, industry-leading JUMP!™ upgrade program, unlimited global data at no extra charge in 100-plus countries, and most recently for Free Data for Life on every tablet — up to 200 MB of free 4G LTE data every month for as long as they own their tablet and use the registered device with T-Mobile. But Nielsen research suggests up to 40 percent[i] of families hold back from switching because of high early termination fees (ETFs), and a recent online poll conducted by GigaOM suggests that 78 percent[ii]would switch to T-Mobile if their ETF was paid. ETFs can cost as much as $350 per line. Multiply that two,
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Jan 08, 2014 - 11:20 AM - by dgstorm

Raspberry Pi now has a scary new competitor. Chipzilla themselves (Intel) just announced a new product called 'Edison' which is basically a computer built-into an SD Card. Edison has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and can support multiple operating systems. The purpose of the tiny little computer is to give manufacturers a modular option to add a simple and quick computer to any wearable devices they might bring to market. It's actually very clever of Intel to jump on this, especially considering how they were late to the party with mobile technology. Here's a quote from Intel CEO Brian Krzanich explaining this focus,

“Wearables are not everywhere today because they aren’t yet solving real problems and they aren’t yet integrated with our lifestyles. We’re focused on addressing this engineering innovation challenge. Our goal is, if something computes and connects, it does it best with Intel inside.”
Obviously, this tech could be implemented in other areas as well. What sort of things can you dream up for such a cool idea?

Intel's full press release,

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich demonstrated Intel-developed designs for wearable devices including smart earbuds with biometric and fitness capabilities, an always-on smart headset that integrates with existing personal assistant technologies, and a smart wireless charging bowl.
Krzanich announced strategic collaborations with luxury retailer Barneys New York*, the Council of Fashion Designers of America* and international design house and curator Opening Ceremony* to explore and bring to market smart wearable technology.
He debuted Intel® Edison, a new Intel® Quark technology-based computer housed in an SD card form factor with built-in wireless capabilities and support for multiple operating systems.
Krzanich disclosed a global “call to innovation” campaign with the Intel ‘Make it Wearable’ challenge.
CEO said Intel plans to offer elements of McAfee mobile security products for free to help guard today’s most popular mobile devices and will introduce Intel Device Protection technology this year to improve enterprise security of all Intel-based Android* mobile devices.
He unveiled the Intel Security brand, which will be used to identify all Intel security products and services, and said that McAfee products will transition to the Intel Security brand over time.
Krzanich stated that Intel is the first microprocessor company to support
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Jan 08, 2014 - 11:10 AM - by dgstorm

The jury is still out on whether this name is as lame as it seems, but we will leave that for you to decide. ZTE just announced their newest phablet device, and lo-and-behold, they actually called it a phablet. Its official name is the ZTE Iconic Phablet. It would appear that no one told them the word phablet was just a made up media buzz word. At any rate, whether you like the name or not, this phablet may not really be worth your time anyway. It's specs are mediocre at best:
  • 5.7-inch 720p HD touchscreen
  • 8 MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 1 MP front camera
  • Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of internal storage
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • 3,200 mAh battery
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 4G LTE and CDMA

It looks like the device might actually make it to the U.S. sometime this year, although pricing and availability have yet to be released. It will have to be very cheap for any consumer to consider.

Source: Engadget
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Jan 08, 2014 - 10:56 AM - by dgstorm

Finally the PC makers are getting serious about making affordable powerful tablets. Apparently, Google's jump start with the Nexus 7 in 2012 was a lesson they really needed to learn. HP just released their latest offering and it could very well be a contender for your hard earned dollars. It's the HP Slate 7 Extreme and it can now be found on HP's own retail website for $199.99. It was previously announced by unavailable on HP's website until now. Here's the specs you will get for that $200 bucks:
  • 7-inch 1,280×800 touchscreen
  • Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage space
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 5 MP rear camera
  • VGA front camera
  • 4,100 mAh battery

As you can see, it's a pretty good bang for your buck, although it isn't really much different than the Tegra Note 7. Still, some folks are fans of HP products, so it could be worth checking out. Here's a link to do just that: HP Slate7 Extreme | HP® Official Store
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Jan 08, 2014 - 10:18 AM - by cereal killer

Our very own Macktion is making his rounds at CES 2014 and came upon a concept that looks incredibly fun and exciting. Power Up Toys has put together a smartphone controlled paper airplane 'module'. What's unique about this gadget is that you make your very own paper airplane, insert the 'module' into the wedge and voila!, you have yourself a paper airplane that flies. The tech behind this is actually very simple. The actual module that enables flight consists of a Bluetooth controller that communicates with your smartphone, a small battery and prop positioned in the rear. Controlling the airplane is rather simple as well. You download the app on your smartphone, fire it up and use your smartphones accelerometer to control the paper airplane.

Take a look at the video for more details and be sure to follow @Macktion on Twitter. He's really hands on with his followers and does his best to answer everyone's requests/questions. Nothing better than following someone on Twitter who actually communicates with their followers

Drop us your comments!
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Jan 08, 2014 - 9:53 AM - by dgstorm

Fans of the Rockstar Grand Theft Auto games might be pleased to learn that another one of these old school games has been ported to Android. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is coming to Android and to Amazon Kindle HDX devices. It's obviously only going to work on select devices, but that is to be expected. Here's Rockstar's support page with more details on which devices are supported: San Andreas Mobile Support ? Rockstar Support.

The graphics have been enhanced for this mobile version. It includes new lighting and color pallet, along with improved character models. Also, because gaming on a touch-device is a bit trickier than a console controller you will also get auto-aim, free-aim, and touch targeting. For folks who just can't live without a controller, various controllers for mobile are supported. The game is now on the Google Play Store and the Amazon Appstore for $6.99.

For folks who haven't played the game, here's the description from the Play Store:

Description
Five years ago, Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas, a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption. Where filmstars and millionaires do their best to avoid the dealers and gangbangers.

Now, it’s the early 90’s. Carl’s got to go home. His mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster.

On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of corrupt cops frame him for homicide. CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets.

Rockstar Games brings its biggest release to mobile yet with a vast open-world covering the state of San Andreas and its three major cities – Los Santos, San Fierro and Las Venturas – with enhanced visual fidelity and over 70 hours of gameplay.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas features:
• Remastered, high-resolution graphics built specifically for mobile including lighting enhancements, an enriched color palette and improved character models.
• Cloud save support for playing across all your mobile devices for Rockstar Social Club Members.
• Dual
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Jan 08, 2014 - 9:25 AM - by dgstorm

T-Mobile is set to make waves tomorrow with the new phase in their Uncarrier initiative. That doesn't mean that the other carriers are lying down though. Sprint just kicked off a new product/service and improved on of their others as well. First, Sprint just added six new markets to their new Tri-Band-LTE network initiative called Sprint Spark. The service can provide enhanced LTE speeds as high as 60Mbps, but only with a compatible phone like the HTC One Max, the upcoming LG G Flex, or the LG G2 and Nexus 5 (once they receive the proper update in the coming weeks) ~ Sprint.

Here are the new markets:
  • Austin, Texas
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Tampa, Fla.


That's not all Sprint has going for it though. They also announced their new "Framily" plan. While the name might not win any awards for creativity, the particulars of the plan just might. They plan to allow customers to ad friends to their family plans and much more. Here's the scoop directly from Sprint,

The Sprint Framily Plan is available to new and existing customers. The more people added to the group, up to 10 phone lines, the greater the savings for everyone on the plan. Because each account can be billed separately, customers can choose who is in their group.

For one line of service, new Sprint customers pay $55 per month per line for unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data. For each additional new Sprint customer that joins the Framily group, the cost per person goes down $5 a month up to a maximum monthly discount of $30 per line. Build a group of at least seven people and everyone gets unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data for $25 per month per line (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).

All members of the group can customize their plan to meet their unique needs. For only $20 per month per line, Framily members can buy up to unlimited data plus get a new phone every year. Plan members can share the savings, without the hassle of sharing a bill. Each account can be billed separately. Unlimited features are while on the Sprint network.

The Sprint Framily Plan will be available in Sprint company-owned stores and Sprint third-party dealers beginning
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