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t mobile galaxy note 4 tweetT-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 4 has received technical acceptance for its Lollipop update, according to T-Mobile’s senior product manager on Twitter. Don’t bother checking your phone for the update just yet, since technical acceptance doesn’t mean an immediate rollout. It does mean, however, that you should be seeing an OTA update on your Note 4 sometime next week.

I know, the wait is going to be tough. You’ve made it this long, what’s another few days?

source: Twitter

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Cricket bolsters monthly plans with unlimited talk and text to Canada

Posted by wicked April - 25 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

cricket wirelessCricket has added a new feature to their monthly plans that will help users that need to communicate across the border with their cell phones. The carrier has baked in international calling and texting to Canada to their monthly plans, which already included communication to Mexico. Since their monthly plans already include unlimited talk and text, it won’t cost anything extra to send some texts up north without worrying about overages or hidden fees.

These plans start at $50 per month, or $45 if you don’t mind autopay, and they give you unlimited calling, text messaging, and 5 GB of high speed data. A fantastic selling point is that these plans are “all-in” and include taxes and fees in the upfront cost.

If you’ve never looked into moving your number to Cricket, now might be a smart time to start.

source: Yahoo! Finance

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Chrome Beta 43 for Android released with significant performance improvements

Posted by wicked April - 25 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

Chrome_Beta_Large_IconGoogle has announced the release of Chrome Beta 43 for Android, which supposedly brings some hefty performance improvements to the mobile browser. One of the most common complaints leveraged at Google’s browser is how sluggish it can, so any improvement there is a good thing.

Not only will overall performance improve, but Google has made checking out with Google Wallet even quicker. Personally, I tend to use apps for any kind of purchasing, not the browser on my phone, but some of you may prefer to get it all done within the browser. If you’re one of those users, you’ll definitely appreciate this update.

source: Google

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Say goodbye to the Nexus 7 as Google pulls listing from store page

Posted by wicked April - 25 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

Nexus_7_White_OfficialThe Nexus 7 was Google’s initiative to kick start affordable, well-performing 7-inch Android tablets. The first N7 was a fantastic device, and its 2013 successor was every bit as good at an affordable price point.

After releasing the Nexus 9 and not even mentioning the possibility of a refreshed 7-inch tablet, though, most of us could see the writing on the wall about the Nexus 7’s fate. Today, it’s finally happened, as Google no longer offers the Nexus 7 on their online store. Finding a listing for the Nexus 7 specifically says that it’s no longer for sale.

Google’s Nexus program has changed over the past couple of years, moving away from extremely affordable devices to more high-end devices that offer a flagship caliber experience without sacrificing development options and quick updates. Unfortunately, that move comes with flagship caliber price tags, too, which is evident in the Nexus 9’s doubled price tag over the Nexus 7.

It’s a sad day, but there are no shortage of excellent 7-inch tablets on the market right now. They may not be Nexus tablets, but plenty of them are still excellent, affordable options, so in that sense the Nexus 7 did exactly what it set to do before slowly fading away.

source: Google Store

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[Deal] Pick up a discounted Pioneer Android Auto stereo through Amazon

Posted by wicked April - 25 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

Android_Auto_Screenshot_01If you’ve been waiting for a good deal to get started with Android Auto, Amazon is hosting a deal that just might push you over the edge. They’re offering up Pioneer’s AVIC-8100NEX stereo with a heavy discount off the MSRP, you can pick up one for roughly 900 bucks. It’s definitely not cheap, but considering these things have an MSRP of 1400, that’s a hefty discount.

The stereo has a full touch screen interface and works with your Lollipop-powered device and the Android Auto app. Pioneer’s own interface and Apple CarPlay also work, in case you like to mix and match devices. 

Amazon is currently sold out of the devices, but several third party sellers are still offering the units at a discount, some of which are even eligible for Prime shipping.

source: Amazon

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Google apologizes for crude Apple image in Google Maps

Posted by wicked April - 25 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

Google_Maps_Bugdroid_Pissing_Apple_LogoBy now you’ve probably seen that sneaky little surprise in Google maps of an Android pissing on an Apple logo. We all sort of figured Google didn’t have anything to do with it, (not intentionally, anyway) but they’ve publicly come out and apologized for the gag, anyway.

The image ended up in the service thanks to Map Maker, which allows users to upload information about their local areas so Google wouldn’t have to do all of the heavy lifting. The edits are supposed to be reviewed and moderated before getting published, but it looks like Google got a little lazy this time around.

Either way, the joke might be worth a chuckle, especially if you’re on the Android side of the fence, but it’s still a little immature and Google is working on getting it taken down as quickly as possible, as they should. I bet they’ll be stepping up their Map Maker moderation team after this, too.

source: Washington Post

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Google believes its efforts to increase encryption have worked in their favor

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Google Chairman Eric Schmidt who was speaking at the annual BoxDev event, mentioned that the company’s efforts in improving encryption of its products have worked greatly since the Snowden leaks.

Ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden made several allegations about the federal government illegally surveilling its citizens. This came as a shock to the tech companies, including Google, who have since amped up their encryption to ensure that their data isn’t accessed.

Schmidt believes that government agencies shouldn’t have access to user data without a prior warrant. He also says that encryption of its products will also help in overcoming censorship imposed for its products by countries like China.

Having products encrypted makes it near impossible for federal agencies to access data. However, if the government sees the need to get information about something, they can do so by taking proper legal actions. It’s good to see that a major company like Google is taking a stand against surveillance, which could provide inspiration to other companies as well.

Via: Tech Crunch

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Sony Xperia Z3 back in T-Mobile shelves again

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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The Sony Xperia Z3 went surprisingly missing from T-Mobile’s online store recently. We figured that the smartphone was gone for good. But it’s clearly not the case as the 2014 Sony flagship has now made a comeback on the carrier’s site.

The Xperia Z3 on T-Mobile is also more affordable now with the price now standing at $499.99, down from $630. So it seems like T-Mobile and Sony are making a conscious effort to ensure that the smartphone does well in the U.S. market. The Xperia Z3 is also available through Verizon Wireless under the Xperia Z3v moniker.

The smartphone comes with a 5.2 inch 1080p display, a 20.7-megapixel camera on the back, a 2.2-megapixel front camera, a quad core 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage (expandable up to 128GB), Android 5.0 Lollipop and a 3,100 mAh battery.

Head over to the link below to get the Xperia Z3 from T-Mobile.

Source: T-Mobile
Via: Pocketnow

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Luxottica prepping upcoming version of Google Glass: Report

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Popular eyewear manufacturer Luxottica which owns brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley and several other major sunglasses brands is now looking to partner with Google for the upcoming version of Glass. The information was given out by the CEO of Luxottica, Massimo Vian during the company’s general meeting in Milan, Italy.

Vian said – “In Google, there are some second thoughts on how to interpret version 3 [of the eyewear]. What you saw was version 1. We’re now working on version 2, which is in preparation.” Google however has been tight lipped about this project so far.

By pairing with a major eyewear maker like Luxottica, Google can hope to appeal to a large segment of audience with the new Glass. So this seems to be a logical move for the company. The arrival of the finished product is still some distance away though, so don’t expect it to hit the shelves anytime soon.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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Samsung starts distributing Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 4 in Croatia

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Samsung has now begun pushing out the long-awaited Android 5.0.1 update to all unlocked variants of the Galaxy Note 4 located in Croatia. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop to the handset, in addition to a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
  • Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the mosttimely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
    • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
    • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
    • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
    • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
    • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
    • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
  • Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
  • Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
  • Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
  • Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
  • Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
  • Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
  • Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device, you can search for the update manually. To do so simply follow the four steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”
  3. Hit “System Updates”

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