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Jan 07, 2014 - 11:41 AM - by dgstorm

Sometimes, stuff happens in life at an inopportune moment and we are simply not prepared to deal with it at that time. Such is the case with the first big drama of CES. The most talked about happenstance at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2014 so far was not some amazing tech gadget or technological break-through, it was watching Michael Bay, the famous movie director, have a very public live meltdown at a Samsung event on Monday. Bay's teleprompter glitched out and he was unable to transform into "ad-lib" mode, so rather than continue stumbling he decided to "exit stage left."

In this instance, Bay felt it important to comment on his "moment of crisis" to set the record straight by offering his own internal perspective. Here's what he said on his personal blog,

Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES – I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing.

But I’m doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world.

At first it was easy to poke fun at his experience, but sometimes we need to consider all the factors and put ourselves in the other guy's shoes. It seems easy to say what we would have done if we were in his place, yet most people would find that level of public speaking to be a mortifying event even without the teleprompter glitch! We should give him Kudos for commenting on it and owning up to it instead of trying to duck it. Regardless, it was funny and makes for a great story for the future.

Source: MichaelBay
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Jan 07, 2014 - 11:18 AM - by dgstorm

Those leaked Samsung Galaxy tablets from yesterday just got the official confirmation earlier today. Samsung announced the Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. The specs and pics were accurate so check out our previous story, here, for all the relevant details. No pricing or availability have been released yet, but we will keep you updated.
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Jan 07, 2014 - 11:00 AM - by dgstorm

Any of our European friends across the pond who own the Moto G smartphone might be happy within the next few days/weeks. The newest version of Android KitKat, 4.4.2, is rolling out to their device in waves. It's the same update that was rolled out to the U.S. version. Here's a quick copy of the changelog,

Android 4.4, KitKat: Android 4.4.2, KitKat, is the latest release of the Android platform. KitKat includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security, smarter power use, and more tools and capabilities for better app development.

Phone dialer: Improved the phone app with the ability to look up contacts directly from the dial pad, see and tap frequent contacts, and search your corporate directory easily.

Gallery – Photo editing: Added new photo editing options to the Gallery app including new filter effects, draw on your photos, advanced cropping, and adjustments to color, exposure, contrast and more.

Printing documents and pictures: Added support for printing photos, Google Docs, GMail messages, and other content via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and hosted services like Google Cloud Print and HP ePrinters.

Hangouts – SMS/MMS support: Incorporated a new version of Google Hangouts that supports integrated SMS/MMS messaging. Hangouts can be set as the default SMS app under Settings > Wireless > Default SMS app.

Accessory support: Added support for Square credit card reader.
We suspect the update will start filtering out to other European areas in the coming weeks/month. We will keep you apprised of the progress.

Source: Motorola
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Jan 07, 2014 - 10:55 AM - by dgstorm

If the above screenshot is real, then it looks like Samsung is exploring a completely new and revamped UI for TouchWiz. This new overlay includes elements from Android, iOS, & WP. At this point we don't have any intel on this new UI other than what can be gleaned from the pic. It's possible this is simply a new UI design concept proposal, although it wouldn't be surprising to see it show up in some new Galaxy product later this year. Of course, it could also be a fake, so we will watch out for any indication of that.

It shouldn't be too surprising if it is the real deal. Samsung's Touchwiz is getting long in the tooth and could stand for a decent upgrade. Let us know what you think of this concept in the thread.

Source: @evleaks
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Jan 07, 2014 - 10:38 AM - by dgstorm

It looks like this year's CES is getting started with a resounding bang. Just yesterday, the famed movie director Michael Bay had a melt-down at a Samsung press event and walked off stage. Now we have word of some new drama from late last night. AT&T was holding a posh press party at the Palms Hotel in which they had the musician Macklemore entertaining folks. T-Mobile's CEO John Legere is apparently/supposedly a big fan of Macklemore so he "decided" to crash AT&T's party. This was a brash and bold move from Legere, which is par for the course for this unconventional CEO.

Obviously with his tweets this made for some great press for T-Mobile. Unfortunately for AT&T, their security made the poor choice to expel Legere from the event, which only lead to even more free publicity for Legere and T-Mo. To be clear, Legere made no attempt to be sneaky or underhanded and did not try to conceal his identity. He also didn't try to make a scene or a fuss, but he was hearing his magenta T-shirt with a T-Mobile logo underneath his leather jacket. This makes AT&T's decision to boot him seem even more pathetic. Here's a quick quote with more of the details,

Legere says he wasn’t looking to make a scene, insisting he just wanted to see the party’s headline act.

“I just wanted to hear Macklemore,” Legere told Re/code.

AT&T apparently didn’t take too kindly to Legere’s presence, asking the hotel’s security to have him removed. And it’s not as if Legere was hard to spot. He was wearing his familiar magenta T-Mobile logo shirt under a leather jacket.

“All of a sudden these gigantic goons said ‘Can I talk to you over here,’” Legere said in an interview outside the Venetian hotel later on Monday, adding that he was told that if he didn’t leave immediately he would be charged with trespassing. Legere said he was also escorted from the premises.

Legere is used to pissing people off, but said he usually does so from a safe distance. He also pointed out that AT&T spent a small fortune on the party, noting he could have cut prices quite a bit with all the money AT&T spent.

An AT&T representative wouldn’t comment on the decision to remove Legere.
Some might call John Legere crazy, but still others might just say he is simply "crazy like a fox."

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Jan 07, 2014 - 9:51 AM - by dgstorm

The Padfone X was officially unveiled by Asus at CES 2014 already. The new all-in-one tablet-phone hybrid device will be coming to AT&T in the coming months. We don't know all the details of the device yet, but we know the tablet has shrunk from 10.1 to 9-inches and it will sport a Snapdragon 800 CPU. Here's the full press release below with more of the details,


LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2014 – AT&T1 today announced that it will carry the ASUS PadFone™ X, a smartphone and tablet in one, exclusively in the U.S. Pricing, detailed specifications and availability will be announced at a later date.

“We are committed to delivering our customers the most innovative and compelling device portfolio,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. “The PadFone X is first of its kind in the U.S. It combines leading technology, a beautiful design and a remarkably seamless application experience – all on the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network. This allows consumers to run their smartphone apps instantly on a vivid 9-inch tablet display. The magic of it is that the experience is not just bigger, it’s better than on a traditional smartphone.”

“AT&T and ASUS share a passion for innovation and we are very excited to bring the ASUS PadFone X to the U.S market,” said Jonney Shih, chairman, ASUS. “Our technology is capable of instantly turning a premium smartphone into a tablet, giving consumer the ultimate experience on both devices. Together, we look forward to bringing more choices to consumers.”

A Great Screen for Every Scenario

The PadFone X is a 5-inch full HD smartphone that activates a 9-inch full HD tablet when the phone is docked. It runs Android KitKat 4.4. and features a thin and light design with a brushed metal frame, a soft-touch back cover and dual front speakers that deliver captivating audio.

The PadFone X combines both smartphone and tablet into a thin and light package with seamless transitions that lets the user choose between two screen sizes dependent on the task at hand. Its unique design and features include:

Seamless Transition – Simply dock the smartphone and Apps running will instantaneously auto-adjust to fit the larger PadFone station display.
Optimal Experience – Consumers can effortlessly select the display experience that’s optimized for the application and their environment at that moment – whether they are watching a video at their kitchen table or taking a call as they run out the
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Jan 06, 2014 - 11:28 PM - by Macktion
The International CES, what a great way to start a year! And on top of it all, I will be here covering it as best I can with my Chums and Cameras. Ill be posting those videos here, on this thread each evening.

Don't miss out on the chance to order me around though: I have an 'Open Twitter Policy' so follow me @Macktion if there is anything of interest you want me to check out!

Let's make this the best CES ever!
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Jan 06, 2014 - 5:25 PM - by DroidModderX

Odin has been used by Samsung device users as the go to safety net for flashing Stock Images. Until now you would have to own a Windows machine or run to a friends house to flash a stock image in case of an emergency. Adam Outler the creator of Casual, which has been a very popular rooting tool which utilizes JAVA to apply various hacks and exploits to root a list of Samsung devices, has now released a Casual like program which will flash Odin files using a similar Java process. This will allow you to flash a stock file to your Samsung device on Mac and Linux. Check out the source link below for more info and download links!

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Jan 06, 2014 - 4:54 PM - by DroidModderX

Normally I am busy getting rid of the OEM skins on my devices, but everynow and then there is a feature that I just can't live without. For me on the Galaxy Note 3 it has to be the SPen functionality and Snote! On the LG Optimus the lockscreen is pretty awesome. Now you can have it on any Android device! Developer "andev888" has released his LG Optimus Lockscreen app to the play store which means you don't even need root to add this to your device. Simply install the apk! This Lockscreen is identical to the LG lockscreen and includes Particle, Crystal, DewDrop, Ripple, and White Hole. These effects look great.

Check out the Play link below for both the download link and more information.

via Play Store
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Jan 06, 2014 - 4:44 PM - by dgstorm

Here's potential proof that at least some folks in Hollywood might need more "hand-holding" than others. Michael Bay apparently stormed out of a live press event during CES 2014. He was there to help Samsung showcase some of their amazing new products, but apparently because his teleprompter failed, and he wasn't ready/willing to "ad-lib" he decided it best to simply exit the stage. At the end there it almost looked like he was about to break out in tears at the situation.

It certainly looks like CES will be quite a remarkable this year, and it hasn't even officially started yet!
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Jan 06, 2014 - 4:28 PM - by DroidModderX

You are at work and you are trying your very hardest to wrap up the project that you have been working on all day so that you can hopefully make it home in time for kick off. The boss comes in and stacks up just enough extra work to keep you at the office through the night. You are now stranded at the office and while everyone else is at home enjoying the game of the year you will be face down in your bosses extra paperwork!!! Sucks to be you. Unless of course that is you know how to take advantage of that super computer in your pocket. This year the BCS Championship is being hosted by ESPN and will start at 8:30 EST. If you are subscribed to a cable provider chances are you will be able to access the game through the "WatchESPN" app. If you are not subscribed to a cable provider no sweat there are many other options. You will more than likely need to have Flash installed on your device to take advantage of those other options. Instructions can be found here. Now is the time to prepare as kick off is in about two hours. GO NOLES!

Watch ESPN app Downlaod


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Jan 06, 2014 - 4:06 PM - by DroidModderX

I have always been a big fan of hacking and customizing my hardware. I paid good money for it so I should be able to tinker with it if I please. I have been replacing firmware on all kinds of hardware since i was a teen. I guess Im just a geek, but there is nothing better than being able to make a good piece of hardware like your cell phone last years after it has been end of life'd by the OEM. Roms serve the purpose of allowing us to tweak our devices for maximum performance, if I could rom my refrigerator I would! Not too long ago the Chromecast was rooted. This was exciting because it paved the way for roms and other various hacks to come in the future. Google has stated that they won't be updating hardware in the Nexus lineup past 18 months which is better than some other companies, but this means that the Google Chromecast could face the same fate. I have a Logitech Review that is pretty much worthless these days as it slowly putters through old school honeycomb, and will never see a newer official update. With custom roms you can essentially future proof your new Chromecast.

Team Eureka has released their first rom for the Google Chromecast. Eureka-Rom is based on the 14975 stock image but includes a few extra cool features. This rom includes ROOTSSH/Telnet/ADB Access, Modify DNS servers, Google OTA's Disabled, Custom Boot Image, Custom OTA Update Engine, FlashCast Recovery Image, Custom Whitelisting, Web Based Control Panel (Get Device Info, Enable/Disable Team Eureka OTA Updates, Select Device Whitelist Provider, Enable/Disable Remote Services, Input Custom DNS Servers, Reboot/Reset Your device), and more! Installing this requires a FlashCast jump drive you can head to the link below for further installation instructions.

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Jan 06, 2014 - 3:09 PM - by cereal killer

This one is going up as rumor, but it may as well be official. @Evleaks has released a pic of a Sony handset going by the designation Xperia Z1S, and all signs point to the Z1S being the "mini" version of Sony's flagship Z1. Since October there's been rumor of a "mini" version of the Z1 hitting the states and @evleaks has pretty much verified the veracity of that rumor.

A quick run down of the specs reveals the Z1S packing a 4.3-inch 720p touchscreen, a 20.7 MP rear shooter, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (MSM8974), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on board storage, and a 2,300 mAh battery. It will ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. No word on when or if it will be upgraded to Kit Kat, but we'd venture to guess that it will in fact be updated in due time.

Source: Evleaks
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Jan 06, 2014 - 2:39 PM - by cereal killer

Samsung isn't going to settle when it comes to their display of choice on the unannounced Galaxy S5. According to Tencent it appears that Sammy has chosen to go with Sharp's 5.25" 2K Ultra HD 560ppi LTPS display panel in place of their own 2K AMOLED. Tencent claims that the reason is that Samsung's SDI subsidiary has encountered production/yield issues with it's own 2K AMOLED displays, and they simply cannot make enough of them to meet the projected demand for the S5's sales volumes. They also mention that Samsung is focusing its attention on getting its flexible AMOLED into full production with mass market distribution by 2015, thus forcing them to turn to Sharp for their 2014 flagship screens.

Will Samsung's top tier handsets all come equipped with Sharp's screens? That is yet to be determined, but seeing that Samsung has a 3% stake in Sharp, its a pretty safe bet that Sharp's displays will be the display of choice until Samsung can get production/yield issues ironed out.

Source: Tencent
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Jan 06, 2014 - 11:46 AM - by dgstorm

As you can see from the video below, NVIDIA is very serious about trumping the competition with impressive mobile gaming technology. The makers of the new Kepler-based Tegra K1 chipset have teamed up with the game developer Epic to show off a mobile version of the Unreal Engine 4 and the results are amazing. This new and much more powerful GPU technology for mobile will go a long way toward squeezing the differences between mobile gaming and desktop gaming. NVIDIA's plan is not just to blur the line between mobile gaming and PC/desktop gaming, but to completely eradicate it.

As fast as they are improving the technology, it might just surprise us how quickly they can make that happen. After-all, the idea of 192-cores in a mobile GPU would have been unheard of just 3-4 years ago.
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