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Mar 06, 2014 - 5:11 PM - by dgstorm
It looks like T-Mobile will have a happy launch with the Samsung Galaxy S5. They already have 300,000 pe-registrations lined up for the new flagship from Sammy. Because T-Mo is the smallest of the big carriers, these are impressive numbers. Of course, there is the little fact that registering for the device signs you up to win an SGS5. This is probably inflating those numbers quite a bit.
Regardless, it looks like there might be more interest out there in the regular consumer world for this phone than originally thought. With the supposedly phenomenal battery life, it shouldn't be too surprising if this phone turns out to be a big hit. Sound off if you are thinking of picking up this device.
Mar 06, 2014 - 12:03 PM - by dgstorm
It looks like Samsung has another card up its sleeve to play in the "wearable" sector. According to a recent filing, Samsung has a device called the "S-Circle" coming, and it was described as an activity tracker. Here's a quote with more of the details,
Hmmm... they already won best device of MWC with their Gear Fit. Do you think they could have something even cheaper coming soon? Let's hear your speculation...
The FCC paperwork confirms the device's model number (EI-AN900A) and description as an "activity tracker," as well as its inclusion of Bluetooth Low-Energy, and all of this points to it being a member of the same family as the S Band (shown above) and Heart Rate Monitor Band that launched with the Galaxy S4 last year.
Mar 06, 2014 - 11:55 AM - by dgstorm
If you were waiting anxiously for Verizon LTE versions of the LG G Pad 8.3 and/or the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, then your wait is over. Both devices just went up for sale on Verizon's web-store. You can nab the LTE LG G Pad 8.3 for either $99.99 on a two-year contract or $299.99 without a contract. For the the LTE Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 you will need to shell out $749.99 on a two-year contract or $849.99 without a contract.
There are certainly cheaper ways to find the LG G Pad 8.3, but if you want the Verizon LTE version, then this is worth looking at. This device is a good mid-range priced product with a great deal of value for your dollar.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 on the other hand is pretty much the perfect example of "high-end." It has some extremely advanced features which we have detailed below:
- 12.2-Inch 2560x1600 res display
- Built-in S-Pen stylus and a Wacom digitizer
- Snapdragon 800 processor & 3GB of RAM
- 32GB of storage plus a MicroSD card slot
- 8MP rear camera
- 9000mAh battery
- Samsung's new standard USB 3.0 port
- Android 4.4 KitKat
This is truly the top-of-the-line tablet for those who can afford it, especially with the LTE radio version. Hit up the source link below to get yours.
Mar 06, 2014 - 11:33 AM - by dgstorm
The appeals court fight between Samsung and Apple is well underway now. It looks like both sides have scored a victory and a loss in the new appeals trial which is still ongoing. First, Apple convinced Judge Lucy Koh to award more in damages than had been previously determined. She awarded Apple $929.8 million in damages from Samsung. It's still a bit less than the original $1.1 Billion from before, but is considerably more than the $450 Million it had dropped to. This was a stinging loss for Samsung (in the context of the courtroom).
Samsung isn't empty-handed in this particular fight though. Apple also argued that the monetary damages alone ”are not an adequate remedy,” and sought to have over twenty older Samsung devices banned in the United States. Judge Koh rejected this argument.
There's still another court-room fight between the two juggernauts. Apple and Samsung will face off in Koh's court again later this month. Apple is trying to get damages and a banning for some newer devices, including the Galaxy SIII. Industry speculation expects that fight to end with similar results. We will let you know the final outcome (assuming this saga ever reaches a conclusion).
Mar 06, 2014 - 11:19 AM - by dgstorm
Fans of the dystopian cyber-punk style Deus Ex games have a reason to be happy. The Android game Deus Ex: The Fall, is on sale right now. It normally retails for $3.99 in the Google Play Store, but will be on sale for $.99 until March 10th. The game is set in the year 2027 and you play a bio-mechanically augmented ex-SAS mercenary who must uncover a global conspiracy.
As is typical for the series, the game is an FPS (first person shooter), but is also a story-driven action-RPG. You can play the game in the style you choose, including stealth, "run and gun" or something in between.
We have word that it's a little more expensive in some areas of the world at $1.39.
Source: Google Play Store
Mar 06, 2014 - 10:42 AM - by dgstorm
The first finalized ability to mirror Android to your TV through the Google Chromecast is now available, thanks to Koushik Dutta. There is a catch though... you have to have a rooted Nexus 5 to do it right now. Koush recently updated his mirroring beta, but it is obviously still in its early phase of development. The main reason the Nexus 5 is currently necessary is because it's supposedly the only phone which includes a hardware vp8 encoder. Here's a quote with a few more details,
For all of our Nexus 5 users with Chromecasts who decide to try this out... let us know how it goes!
So far, the Mirror app lets you create a video recording of your Android device, mirror your Android screen to an Apple TV, and mirror your Android screen to Chromecast and Chrome (Nexus 5 only). To try the Mirror beta out for yourself you’ll need a rooted Android 4.4.2 phone, you can follow the rest of Koush’s instructions in the source link below.
At some point in the future root won’t be necessary, and Mirror will be wrapped up for a proper Play Store release, but we’re not sure exactly when that will be yet.
Mar 06, 2014 - 10:29 AM - by dgstorm
We have a couple of cool leaks for you guys today. Asus has two new Transformer Pad products in the pipe-line: the TF103 and TF303. We have some pics to share, but we only have specs for the TF303. What has been gleaned is that the TF303 will be a premium replacement for the Transformer Pad TF701, and will be called the Transformer Pad TF303 Infinity. It will include some unique internals too.
Here's the breakdown:
- Android OS 4.4 KitKat
- Intel Bay Trail processor
- Full HD 10-inch display (1920 x 1080 pixel resolution)
- Unspecified, yet long battery life
Unfortunately there are no details on the TF103, but we can expect it to follow tradition as a mid-range device. We'll keep an eye out for this and share more details when they emerge.
As always, it looks like Asus will have an impressive lineup for us this year. Thanks for the tip, Jeffrey!
Mar 06, 2014 - 10:06 AM - by dgstorm
Easily customize the look and feel of your devices UI without root by replacing your apps icons! The latest icon pack by developer "Kevin3328" is here and works on most custom launchers including Nova, Apex, ADW, Smart, Action, or any other home screen replacement app that utilizes the app filter system. The focus icons are circular and include a raised 3d thick rim. Each icon cast a shadow that gives the icon an even greater dimensional effect. Bright colors and angle bevels really set this icon pack apart. This app includes a comprehensive dashboard that makes applying these icons to your favorite launcher a breeze. There are over 5 custom wallpapers included as well as over 325 hand themed app icons. Icon mask guarantees that all app icons will fit the general look of the overall theme.
At only $1.29 this is a value! Grab it from the Play Store
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