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Fire Phone losing ground quickly to LG G3, AT&T exclusivity to blame

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

FirePhone-navigationThe Fire phone has been having some issues lately on the market and has not been selling nearly as well as Amazon has wanted. The lack of adoption by consumers seems to be the result of the exclusive deal between Amazon and AT&T. While AT&T may be a large company, they don’t have all of the market, so all Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile customers are stuck with another device, whether they want a Fire Phone or not.


According to research firm Chitika Insights, out of tens of millions of ad views across 350,000 websites, only .02 percent of that traffic came from the Fire Phone within its first 20 days of existence, as opposed to .06 percent from the LG G3. Just how much traffic should come from a new, successful phone? Only 11 days after being released last year, the GS4 was responsible for .19 percent of phone traffic. Compounding on the carrier exclusivity issue is the Fire Phone’s lack of exciting features for its price point. As a whole, the device received less than positive reviews, which definitely didn’t help its sales figures.

What do you think? Does Amazon have any hope here? Are you waiting for the inevitable price drop to snag this device? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: Cnet

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AT&T Galaxy S4 mini finally joins Android 4.4 ranks

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

AT&T is finally rolling out a firmware update to last year’s mini Samsung flagship. With the update from Android 4.2. to Android 4.4, the Galaxy S4 mini is joining its brethren from carriers like Verizon and US Cellular who have been enjoying the benefits of KitKat since June.

One would think that AT&T would give the Galaxy S4 mini some preferential love. After all, the device was the first smartphone advertised to be compatible with the carrier’s new VoLTE service. Then again, it might exactly be because of it that the GS4 mini’s update has been delayed, considering AT&T might have had to perform additional tests so that its service, not to mention bloatware, would still work in a KitKat world.

Whatever the reason may have been, the update is now ready for the taking. AT&T hasn’t revealed any changelog for this release but we can guess some of those items, at least from the Android side. Since it is skipping over one major version, we are most likely to see combined changes from both Android 4.3 and Android 4.4, at least up to 4.4.2 only. This would include features like cloud printing and mobile payment as well as a redesigned status bar. Although OEMs have been known to backport fixes in more advanced versions, it might be unlikely that security fixes pushed in 4.4.4 are present here.

So far there has been no wild rejoicing yet from AT&T Galaxy S4 mini owners, but that’s probably because the update hasn’t completely rolled out yet. You can, of course, check for the update on your own. Do note that WiFi and at least 50 percent battery charge will be required. Considering the rather hefty nature of this update, it is also a good idea to backup your device before starting the process.

VIA: Android Police

RootMetrics Ranks Verizon “Overwhelming” Leader in the US for Performance

Posted by Kellex August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

RootMetrics pushed out the first of their 2014 semi-annual performance reports for the wireless industry late last night, showing Verizon as the overall winner once again. The report looks at five areas (data performance, call performance, text performance, reliability, and speed), four of which Verizon topped the charts on, including the overall category. 

We included the scores below, which show a small lead for Verizon over AT&T, but in the end, when you win and take four of the five major categories, you get bragging rights. In a breakdown by state, Verizon took 48 states in overall performance, 44 states for reliability, 45 states for speed, 46 states for data performance, and 44 states for call performance. The only category that Verizon did not top was text performance, which AT&T claimed the title for.

T-Mobile edged Sprint in three of the five categories, including overall, for third place. They did, however, take last in reliability.

What is RootMetrics? To take a quote from their own site, RootMetrics says that they “distill thousands of independent, consumer-focused tests into RootScores that let you compare the networks at a glance and make more informed mobile decisions. It’s simple: the higher the RootScore, the better the performance.” They are made up of a team of professional testers and a “consumer-first focus.”

Below, you will find the scores for each category.

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Via:  Verizon | RootMetrics

RootMetrics Ranks Verizon “Overwhelming” Leader in the US for Performance is a post from: Droid Life

Stump Root Will Root the LG G3 on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile

Posted by Kellex August - 18 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Own an LG G3? Want to root it with a 1-click app? Stump Root is for you.

Put together by TeamAndIRC and friends, Stump Root can root your G3 with the touch of a button, followed by a reboot, and then the installation of SuperSU from Google Play. It seriously, is that simple. 

Keep in mind that this root method “makes low level changes to your device,” so you should proceed at your own risk. If you don’t know what it means to root your phone, then you should probably just move on to the next article. Well, either that or you could look into it and decide if rooting is for you. Like to tinker with your phone? Want to take that tinkering to another level? This may be something of interest.

To grab the .APK and root your G3, watch the video below and then hit up the source link.

Via:  XDA
Cheers Charlie!

Stump Root Will Root the LG G3 on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon introduces new $60 single-line plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB data

Posted by wicked August - 17 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off



For all you loners out there, Verizon has a new plan just for you.

For $60, you’ll now get unlimited talk/text and 2GB of data. If you are paying for your device with Verizon’s Edge plan, your monthly bill will decline by $10 to $50 a month. (Of course you’ll be paying the Edge payments on top of that.)

You’ll also have to be $15 for every GB you go over your cap.


AT&T’s similar package costs $65, while Sprint’s single-line plan is $55 for 1GB of data. T-Mobile also offers 1GB for $50, or 3GB for $60.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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AT&T’s Moto X now receiving Android 4.4.4

Posted by wicked August - 15 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


AT&T has released the latest version of Android 4.4.4 to their Moto X customers. The update isn’t very significant, bringing only a few security and backend fixes, but one interesting change is the addition of the ability to turn off the carrier name in the status bar. 

The rollout for 4.4.4 is a wide release, meaning all you have to do is head to Settings > About phone on your Moto X and check for updates, and you may very well get it on your first try. 

Source: Motorola

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AT&T Moto X finally gets its Android 4.4.4 update

Posted by wicked August - 15 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

It’s quite late into the game, at least compared to its other variants, but at least AT&T and Motorola have now picked up the slack. Android 4.4.4 is now rolling out to Moto X users under the carrier’s coverage and it brings along with it some minor improvements to built-in apps on the smartphone.

Following the unexpected release of Android 4.4.4 in June, some variants of the Moto X, both in the US and elsewhere have been updated to the latest security update from Google. Early July, Motorola India confirmed that the update will roll out not just to its Moto X, but also to the Moto G and Moto E smartphones in the region. Then near the end of July, Verizon released the update for its own Moto X variant. Now it’s AT&T’s turn.

The Android 4.4.4 update itself isn’t much to talk about. It’s primary purpose was to address security vulnerabilities found in OpenSSL in June. Of course, Motorola took the chance to piggyback some of its own changes to Moto X specific apps, detailed in a changelog that closely resembles the one we found from Verizon. In particular, the Camera app’s image quality has been improved and a new pause/resume button for video recording has been added. The Phone app’s dialer has also been revamped with a new splash of color for usability’s sake.

The update, noted to be version number 212.44.26, should be arriving on most handsets. If the notification for the update hasn’t hit your device yet, you can manually query the update servers via the device’s About phone menu. Although not entirely a huge update, it is recommended to have at least 50 percent battery charge before performing the update. Of course, a stable WiFi connection is also required.

SOURCE: Motorola

Buckets of ice are falling on the tech industry – watch the best videos here!

Posted by wicked August - 14 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


Watching random friends dumping buckets of ice-cold water on themselves was fun, but the movement reached another level of geeky just some days ago. Technology industry celebrities have started taking the Ice Bucket Challenge and they are challenging each other.

For those who don’t know, the Ice Bucket challenge is a campaign meant to create awareness on ALS, or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This is a disease that affects the brain cells and the spinal chord. It is a cause of many deaths, affecting the cells that control voluntary movement in our bodies.


The challenge consists of dumping a bucket of iced water on yourself once you are challenged. The participant would then challenge 3 others, who have to do the same or donate $100 within 24 hours. Simple, helpful and fun!

We have personalities like Satya Nadella, Mark Zuckerberg and John Legere leading the pack. More participants are sure to come, but we wanted to give you a fun look at the current videos and share some laughs with you!

T-Mobile CEO John Legere

This happens to be the funnest Ice Bucket Challenge I have seen. It’s full of energy and a team spirit that can’t be matched by others. The T-Mobile crew always seems to be the funnest, and this Ice Bucket Challenge recording doesn’t disappoint. It may be important to note this wasn’t just one bucket, but John Legere has been known to go above and beyond.

John Legere has challenged the other three major carriers’ CEOs, including Verizon CEO Lowell C. McAdam, AT&T CEO Randall L. Stephenson and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. Of course, he couldn’t miss an opportunity to go against the competitors.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft’s relatively new CEO hasn’t been plastered all over the news like Steve Ballmer was. It’s refreshing (no pun intended) to see him doing something good in one of his few public appearances.

Satya Nadella has challenged Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, as well as Google CEO Larry Page.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Nothing like seeing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg getting a cold bucket of ice. He made us suffer enough with all those crazy features and site re-designs, so it’s time he feels just a bit of pain.

After coming out of the challenge healthy and strong, Facebook’s CEO has nominated Microsft’s Bill Gates, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.


While AT&T’s Randall L. Stephenson hasn’t joined the party, Ralph de la Vega did take the Ice Bucket Challenge. In turn, he challenge his entire directory board team, which should be a fun video to watch.

Wrap Up

Be sure that more of these celebrity Ice Bucket Challenge videos are to come, so stay tuned for more fun! Of course, the whole point of this is to raise awareness about ALS. We do urge you to visit the ALS Association website and learn more about it. Try to spare some bucks if you can!

Android 4.4.4 Update for Moto X on AT&T Now Available to All

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 14 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Owners of the Moto X on AT&T can grab the latest software update starting today, being Android 4.4.4.

On top of the new build version (212.44.26), Motorola has added in a few fixes, including those for the camera application, bringing improved picture quality, as well as an updated phone dialer application. 

To download the update, head on into Settings > About phone > System updates.

Via: Motorola [2]

Android 4.4.4 Update for Moto X on AT&T Now Available to All is a post from: Droid Life

Famigo, the kid-friendly content hub, will be pre-loaded on two Samsung tablets through AT&T

Posted by wicked August - 13 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


As of late, Samsung devices have been the go-to for educational content and services. In fact, the company just reached 900 applications for its very own Kid Store. Now, two of the company’s tablets will be pre-loaded with Famigo when purchased through AT&T. This gives users more kid-friendly content that can be consumed for free and even more when paying for the service.

Famigo is a company that builds and provides mobile devices with experiences for children that are safe, educational, and fun. The company’s chief executive officer Q Beck says “Bridging the gap between school and home means making education portable, usable and accessible to all age groups, anywhere.” Famigo brings television channels, videos, apps, and games to children that are all focused on educational entertainment. All of the content provided by Famigo meets both Common Core and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards.

Exclusively through AT&T, the Galaxy Tab 4 and Galaxy Note Pro will come pre-loaded with Famigo ready to go right out of the box. “Our partnership with AT&T continues to bring educational content to more families on more devices. We’re excited to provide families who own the Note Pro or Tab 4 with the opportunity to learn through apps, videos and games.” And the window of content with a paid subscription is wide. The Basic ($0.99) subscription expands upon the Free one by eliminating limited access. The Plus ($4.99) subscription brings in education tools and monthly applications. Not bad considering the benefits of occupying a child with fun and educational content.

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