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Photo samples taken from OnePlus One’s camera surface online

Posted by wicked April - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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After OnePlus’s Photomania contest, one of the lucky winners took the opportunity to post a set of high resolution photos taken from the OnePlus One camera in different conditions.

The images have an impressive amount of detail along with a decent bokeh. They boast a massive resolution of 8160 x 6120 and weigh approximately 10MB in size. It must be noted that the person who shot these pictures wasn’t a professional photographer, he was rather an ordinary person who got lucky by winning the contest and put the device’s camera to test.

Take a look below at some of the sample pictures and you’ll find more by going to source link provided at the end.  

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Source: OnePlus Forum

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Verizon LG G2 can now be upgraded manually to KitKat

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Who likes waiting for a carrier to update a device to the latest version of Android? Especially when that carrier is Verizon. Big Red is notoriously slow when it comes to updating devices. And while the LG G2 still does not have the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade being rolled out over-the-air (OTA), it can be done manually through Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant. The program, though, can only run through a Windows PC; however, having a Windows partition on a Mac reportedly works.

Simply connect your LG G2 to a USB port on a computer and install Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant. From there, it should instruct you how to get KitKat running on your G2. Make sure your device has enough space as the update may be rather large.

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Samsung’s Milk Music will soon implement ads, $3.99 monthly to remove them [Updated]

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All good things must come to an end. Samsung’s Milk Music service is no different. In fact, it was sort of given that this day was coming. Samsung will be splitting Milk Music into Basic Service and Premium Service packages. Basic Service keeps everything free, but has advertisements prior to a song playing. The Premium Service package keeps everything ad-free with some unannounced exclusive features. This, however, costs $3.99 per month.

No one can really blame Samsung as the music streaming field is insanely competitive and crowded. So finding a way to monetize the whole entire system was expected. It just depends at what price, if any, will users pay for an ad-free experience.

Do you pay for any music streaming services?

Update:

Samsung issued a statement to us that doesn’t really say much, but here it is…….

“We’re continuously looking at ways we can enhance Milk Music with new features to deliver the best radio-listening experience for our consumers. We don’t have additional information to share right now, but stay tuned.”

Source: The Next Web

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LG L65 joins the L Series III as another mid-range smartphone

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The LG L65 that leaked recently is now official. The 4.3-inch IPS LCD display has a resolution of 800×480 and the design language stays true to the other L Series III devices. Under the hood, paired with 1GB of RAM, is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual-core processor that is clocked at 1.2GHz. The camera on the back has 5MP and the front has 0.3MP. The microSD card slot expands the storage by 32GB since there is only 4GB built-in. Powering this little guy is a 2100mAh battery.

The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat and is ready for sale in Russia for RUB 7,490 (or roughly $210 in USD).

Source: LG (Russian)

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A very low-priced Nexus phone might be in the works

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Flagship phones always get the center of attention, but lower-tier phones are growing in popularity, especially in developing countries. Over the last year there has been a trend in better quality low-tier phones, such as the Moto G.  Now it looks like Google might have something in the works as well.

A report out of China has Google partnering with MediaTek for a very low-priced smartphone. Those of you that generally buy flagship phones are probably not familiar with MediaTek. Like Qualcomm, they are makers of mobile processors, but they are generally found on budget phones. This rumored phone is expected to sell for only $100.

We certainly don’t expect this phone to be Google’s featured Nexus phone for this year, but it could very well be a secondary phone for developing countries. For all we know, it might not even be marketed under the Nexus name.

source: mtksj
via: G4Games

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Updated WatchOn app for Galaxy S 5 now available in Play Store

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Samsung has uploaded a redesigned version of their WatchOn application to Google’s Play Store. Samsung doesn’t use the Play Store to distribute as many apps as, say, Motorola, but we do see the occasional app hosted on Google’s store front.

The redesigned app features a ton of purple and fits in with the flat aesthetics of the Galaxy S 5, and is, of course, available only to the Galaxy S 5. If you like the newer design of TouchWiz, you’ll definitely like this update. If you’re not crazy about the flat, colorful design? Well, you may want to pass on this one.

To see more, hit the gallery past the break.

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Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime to be added to Amazon Fire TV voice search this summer

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Currently, Amazon’s Fire TV’s unified voice search feature only includes a few content catalogs, limited to Amazon’s own catalog and VEVO’s selection. The feature is great, but to be truly successful, it’s going to need more than two content providers to make it stand out. To fix that, Amazon has announced today that Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anytime will be added to the unified voice search feature this summer.

The addition of three major content providers is nice, and since it’s happened so quickly, it (hopefully) shows that Amazon is going to work hard to get a ton of partners on board as quickly as possible.

Hit the break for the full press release.

Amazon Fire TV’s Voice Search Gets New Partners

Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME ANYTIME enabling unified voice search starting this summer

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 17, 2014– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced that Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME ANYTIME are joining VEVO in integrating their full catalogs into Fire TV’s unified voice search.

“We’re excited and energized by the momentum we’re seeing with Fire TV,” said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Devices. “Customers are telling us they love it, developers are building for it, and we’re working hard to expand existing features and build new ones. We’re thrilled to have Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIMEintegrating their full selection of movies and TV shows into Fire TV’s unified voice search.”

The reviews are in:

  • “Fire TV’s impressive evolution of the TV-watching experience is a remote control that lets you quickly search a world of Internet video, game and app content with only your voice.” – Wall Street Journal
  • “The responsiveness of the box, the voice search, and the no-wait streaming are the best you’ll find out there.” – GeekWire
  • “After playing with Amazon’s smart interface, competitors are going to need to catch up.” – USA Today
  • “What sets Fire TV furthest apart from competing devices is its voice search.” – Associated Press
  • “Fire TV’s quad-core processor makes for browsing at breakneck speeds. Load times? Haha, what load time?” – Gizmodo
  • “Amazon did a terrific job with the design of the Fire TV.” – Mashable
  • “I can say this: gaming on the Fire TV is very real, and bears some serious watching.” – CNet
  • “The impressive nature of the fluid control was most notable when typing in account information and passwords, and the nearly instantaneous loading of videos and movies from Amazon Prime and Instant Video.” – Consumer Reports
  • “Voice search is never not amazing. You almost dare it to mess up, trying the most complicated names you can think of.” – Gizmodo
  • “…it’s easy to see why the Fire TV replaces the Roku 3 as my set top box recommendation.” – The Verge
  • “Boot-up is a matter of seconds, and content starts playing from Amazon Instant Video within a scant moment of hitting the play button.” – SlashGear
  • “Don’t underestimate Amazon’s inclusion of gaming on Fire TV. It’s the real deal.” – The Street
  • “The most exciting thing was watching it play a video. And that’s not because is spit out beautiful 1080p content (which it did). It’s because the device didn’t even take a breath before launching into our selection. When Peter Larsen showed off how quickly its ASAP technology allowed the Fire TV to start playing a video on stage we were impressed but skeptical. After spending some time with the Fire TV we feel obligated to apologize for our skepticism.” – Engadget
  • “The ASAP video feature really works.” – TIME
  • “…it might be the best voice search utility I’ve ever used – even better than Google Now on Android.” – The Verge
  • “I’ve owned high-end Rokus, a Samsung SmartTV, and an Apple TV and have never seen a media streaming player move so quickly.” – TechCrunch

Here’s what customers are saying:

  • “This box is a GAME CHANGER for on demand content! Amazon knocked it out of the park.” –William H.
  • “Accurate voice search – This one surprised me, It actually worked” – Amadeus K.
  • “This thing is fast fast fast. Moving through the UI is instant, effortless, fluid, intuitive and pretty.” – Chris T.
  • “The unit handles everything thrown at it and games like Asphalt aren’t all that far off from console arcade style racers.” – Mike
  • “Wow, I love this thing. Having used a few generations of Roku, 2 Apple TV’s and other solutions…I was always left wanting. When I’d first heard rumors ofAmazon doing a set top box I got excited, when I saw it was available for sale it took me all of 3 seconds to go ‘yup I’m going to order and pay for local delivery’” – Ryan M.

As with all Amazon products, the team is already working hard to make Fire TV even better:

  • Voice search is expanding—Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME ANYTIME will be integrating voice search for their full catalogs starting this summer.
  • Selection keeps growing—There’s a big pipeline of great developers working to make their services and games available for Fire TV. New selection is coming from developers like Telltale Games, Halfbrick, Pixowl, Disney Interactive, Minority Media, Paradox Interactive, Gaiam, AllRecipes, and Twitch.

New features are also already in the works for Fire TV, including:

  • New Prime browse will make it even easier to discover movies and TV shows that are included in Prime Instant Video.
  • Amazon FreeTime and Amazon MP3 integration coming as part of a free, over-the-air software update.
  • More Games coming soon. In addition to the over one hundred games available on Fire TV, you will be able to play touch-enabled games with the upcoming Fire TV app for your phone or tablet.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection.Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box that plugs into your HDTV for easy and instant access to Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, SHOWTIME, low-cost video rentals, and much more. Kindle Paperwhite is the world’s best-selling and most advanced e-reader. It features new display technology with higher contrast, the next generation built-in light, a faster processor, the latest touch technology, and exclusive new features designed from the ground up for readers. Kindle, the lightest and smallest Kindle, features improved fonts and faster page turns. The new Kindle Fire HDX features a stunning exclusive 7” or 8.9” HDX display, a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, 2x more memory, and 11 hours of battery life, as well as exclusive new features of Fire OS 3.0 including X-Ray for Music, Second Screen, Prime Instant Video downloads, and the revolutionary new Mayday button. The all-new Kindle Fire HD includes an HD display, high-performance processor and dual speakers at a breakthrough price.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.comwww.amazon.co.ukwww.amazon.dewww.amazon.co.jpwww.amazon.frwww.amazon.ca,www.amazon.cnwww.amazon.itwww.amazon.eswww.amazon.com.brwww.amazon.inwww.amazon.com.mx, and www.amazon.com.au. As used herein, “Amazon.com,” “we,” “our” and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management’s expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment and data center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com’s financial results is included in Amazon.com’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

 

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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Over one-third of Galaxy S 5 upgrades were by iPhone users

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A good measure of how impressive a device is is to count how many users switched to it from another brand of smartphone, such as switching from a Motorola device to an HTC device or from an Apple iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy device. If we’re measuring a device’s merit based on how many users it pulled from another camp, early reports say the Galaxy S 5 is a hit.

According to a trade-in website, ComparyMyMobile, about 38% of all Galaxy S 5 upgrades came from iPhone owners. We already knew the S 5 was showing very strong early sales, but being able to pull in so many former iPhone users is an impressive feat. 

The site saw a 210% rise in trade-ins of the iPhone 4S, and a 184% rise in trade-ins of the iPhone 5S, indicating what were the most popular trade-ins for the S 5. Since the 4S has been out for two-years, those were likely customers that were renewing contracts to upgrade. The amount of 5S trade-ins is pretty surprising, though.

These numbers do leave some room for error, since it doesn’t really take into account the customers that purchased a Galaxy S 5 without trading in a device. Regardless, Samsung should be proud of those numbers.

source: Telegraph

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Image of OnePlus One internal components leak

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What you are looking at are some internal components for the upcoming OnePlus One. On the left, however, looks like a display. The image comes from, you guessed it, @evleaks. His rather funny comment attached is “OnePlus One, not quite ready to debut.” That is what it looks like here! Luckily, OnePlus has until next week on Wednesday to get it all together.

 

Source: @evleaks

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Motorola celebrating fifty application updates with a Hangout full of questions

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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The Moto X and Moto G have garnered a ton of positive attention since being released in last August and October, respectively. Motorola, too, has gotten great feedback from everyone because of their timely software updates for devices and applications. In fact, Motorola has updated fifteen of their apps for fifty total updates. To celebrate, Motorola’s Punit Soni will be leading a Hangout next Wednesday to field any questions thrown at him. There, Soni will answer questions and take feedback from everyone involved.

To RSVP for the Hangout, click here.

Source: Motorola

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