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Mar 10, 2014 - 9:29 AM - by dgstorm
It's easy to get distracted by the "big name" phone releases like Samsung, LG, HTC and Sony. Because of that some fine pieces of hardware are sometimes relegated to obscurity in the news. One good example of that is Oppo. The small Chinese OEM makes some impressive devices with affordable prices. The Find 5 is an attractive and fairly powerful smartphone, but it gets overlooked because it isn't famous enough. Oppo is hoping to change that with their Find 7 smartphone.
Some new info has been leaked online regarding the device. We have some features, specs and the pics you see above and below. The pic above is the usual press render. The one below is meant to show-off the unique “crescent-shaped” LED notification light built into the bottom of the phone.
Here's a breakdown of what else we know about the device:
- Metal frame and the “glass and the frame will become seamless”
- “crescent-shaped” LED notification light
- 5.5-Inch 2560×1400 display (a 1920×1080 version will be available as well, supposedly)
- Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with support for TD-LTE 4G
- 13 Megapixel camera (a 50MP version was previously rumored by debunked)
The phone will be officially unveiled March 19th. Rumor has it that the manufacturer will be shooting for a sub-$600 price. We will bring you the full details on launch day.
Mar 10, 2014 - 9:10 AM - by dgstorm
At the SXSW event in Austin, TX, Sundar Pichai, Google's Android and Chrome head, just shared some intriguing details about Chromecast. The little super-device has already sold units in the millions. Pichai wasn't exactly specific, but those numbers are still impressive. He also shared something which will likely increase those sales in the future. Very soon the Chromecast will have even wider availability as Google plans to release it in the UK and Australia soon. So far, the Chromecast was only available in the United States.
As a reminder, it was also only very recently that Google opened up the Chromecast SDK to developers. This has already accelerated the development of new apps and services for the device. The Chromecast is quickly turning into the perfect media streaming hub.
Speaking of SDKs, Pichai also shared that Google plans to release the Android SDK for wearables soon. Obviously, this will spur further development on Google Glass, but it also indirectly confirms earlier rumors that Google is working on a smartwatch of some kind.
Mar 09, 2014 - 9:40 PM - by pc747
By now every one should have caught on that time moved forward (unless you are on Mountain Time). As we begin to leave the colder weather behind in hopes of experiencing much warmer weather, we inch closer to seeing the revelation of more devices and ideas from the industry.
Evolution is important especially in the tech industry where those slow to evolve will die. Playing with the note pro line and some of the other laptops and tablets on display at best buy, I began to think that we are at a pendulum where tablets have wiped out netbook sales and are beginning to take the place of the laptop as the preferred device especially for travelers.
Where do tablet manufacturer need go in order to truly become the go to device for our needs?
I touched on this the other day, but where Android comes up short is in being a desktop operating system as opposed to windows or Apple's OS; where Android provides a cleaner environment for mobile (ie games, social networking, and general browsing). Could Google (either through chrome, android, or a combination there of) evolve their os to be as capable as a Windows or an Apple OS or would they have to rely on a company like Samsung combining windows and Android (despite Google being against the idea http://bgr.com/2014/03/07/dual-booti...ps-canceled/)?
The video above is a demonstration of a very exciting Concept for the Chromecast. This is an alarm clock that will help you wake up on the right side of the bed. Not only will this wake you up, it also throws super important information to get your day going onto your TV's screen! Google Now Cards that are included are Local weather, Local Traffic, Your Stocks, and Your Appointments. There is even a snooze button so you can get those 5 more minutes that you just have to have. This is very much a concept, and is not yet readily available. Hopefully the developer will have this ready for the Play Store soon!
While we have never seen an unlocked bootloader on the Note 3 we have still been able to customize this device thanks to SafeStrap. While we have not seen any AOSP roms like Cyanogen Mod we have still seen some pretty well themed and customized roms. The Baja Rom has been one of the most popular for the Note 3 next to Beans Build, and it has recently been updated! This rom is based on Beans MJE build base, it is deodexed, Android version is 4.3, it includes init.d and build.prop tweaks for improved performance, it is fully debloated for extra space and snappiness. Custom features include Nexus 5 ringtones, HTC one ringtones, Nexus 5 wallpapers, HTC one wallpapers, Increased Hacked TW launcher speed, infinite scroll enabled and more!
New features in Build 9 include new skins and themes, custom Baja settings via quick toggle pulldown, debut of Baja Skins, on the fly battery bar, ripple effect added for lockscreen, new galaxy 5 wallpaper is default, and more! You will need to be sure that you are running SafeStrap and are rooted, you will need to flash the MJE Tar via Odin or certain functions like wifi, gps, and bluetooth wont work. Once the tar is flashed you can just reroot with Kingo root. Install the rom via Safestrap! Head to the source link for more info!
The Note 3 has been here for a while, and the Note 4 will be here in the fall. If you are still rocking the Note 2 then you may be feeling a bit left out since Samsung likes to add new features that are exclusive to the updated devices. In other words if you want the new features you won't find them in the Touchwiz updates for the Note 2. Instead you would have to go out and purchase the Note 3. If your phone is fully working it seems pretty wasteful to go out and drop another $700 just for a few added features. If you plan on sticking with the Note 2 for a while longer you don't have to miss out on the Note 3 features. There are plenty of Roms out there for the Note 2 that include all the new features. Developer "Lacousiere18" has released one of the more popular roms for the Note 2 to date. His rom was released in December and has already grabbed over 300,000 views over at XDA.
This Rom is based on the VZW MJ9 Official Base. Some features include stock tethering enabled (wifi, usb, and bluetooth), Note 3 White theme, All Note 3 apps, Note 3 Software features, Choice Xposed Framework modules included, the rom is fully debloated, and includes on the fly rom control for ultimate customization. You will need to be sure to flash the MJ9 OTA firmware release before flashing this Rom. Beans had released an Odin flashable version to make this easy. Everything seems to be working perfectly on this rom and it is daily driver worthy. Head to the link below to download.
Mar 07, 2014 - 3:34 PM - by dgstorm
Here's an extra smokin' hot deal on one of the best deals in Android tablets. Newegg has the 16GB 2013 Edition of the Nexus 7 for only $193.99, plus you also get a $50 mail-in Visa Gift Card rebate. This brings the total price to a ridiculous $143.99! That's not all, the 32GB version is also on a similar sale. You can get it for just $244.99 and get the same $50 mail-in gift card, making this a good deal at just $194.99.
Even if you don't like mail-in rebates (and who does), these deals are solid. To claim the $50 card, you will need to print out a rebate form, remove the universal product code from box, and then send it and a copy of the receipt using snail-mail. The sale will be available between now and March 12th. As a sidenote, these are refurbished models, in case that matters to you.
Here's a couple of source links below to nab yours:
Newegg - 16GB Google Nexus 7 2013 Edition
Newegg - 32GB Google Nexus 7 2013 Edition
Mar 07, 2014 - 10:42 AM - by dgstorm
Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt had some intriguing things to share regarding Google's future plans. He foresees that robots will become a beneficial "omnipresent" source of improvement in our lives. It's no secret that Google has been buying up robotics companies lately to help make that dream a reality. It sounds like the folks at Google must have grown up watching the Jetsons and want to make that cartoon happen.
Schmidt also shared that Google is working to improve AI (Artificial Intelligence) and build robots which will take away the repetitive tasks from us. He had several interesting things to share during the Oasis: The Montgomery Summit conference in Santa Monica, California yesterday. Here are some quotes with some of his thoughts,
He also shared his thoughts when asked about other companies and industries. For example, when questioned about Apple's supposed reduced rate of innovation, he responded very diplomatically with, "[Apple is a] well-run company and I’m sure whatever issues they’re facing, they’ll solve.”
[Google is experimenting with automation designed to] “replace a lot of the repetitive behavior in our lives.”
“We’re experimenting with what automation will lead to. Robots will become omnipresent in our lives in a good way.”
“The biggest thing will be artificial intelligence. Technology is evolving from asking a question to making a relevant recommendation. It will figure out things you care about and make recommendations. That’s possible with today’s technology.”
Schmidt also called on regulators to spur more competition in broadband Internet service. He indicated,
“In plenty of U.S. cities, there’s not a competitive market for broadband Internet. Regulators need to look at what’s preventing a second competitor from entering that space.”
What do you think? Will Google's "omnipresent" robots usher in a new age of progress like in the movie "Bicentennial Man", or turn into demonic overlords as seen in "The Terminator" franchise?
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