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VLC exits beta, outs stable version

Posted by wicked December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

We have much love for the VLC media player – it’s an app for people working on desktops and laptops who want a media player that works with just about any media format you throw at it. It just works, and we were pretty excited when VLC wanted to bring its goods over to Android some two years ago. All that time, the VLC app for Android stayed in beta – until today, when we finally have VLC 1.0 in our hands.

There are still stuff to tweak with the rollout – the URL for the Google Play Store listing betrays the fact that it has been in beta for a while, and they have not changed it yet. Ditto with the Play Store description. But other than that, we have VLC 1.0 in all its glory – with a host of bug fixes and performance updates, of course.

Primarily, VLC 1.0 fixes the issue with ARMv8 processors and the instances when it crashes when used in Android 5. The interface is also available in dark or white colors, and it comes with DVD iso and menu support, an equalizer, and better playlist management. The new version also has an updated SD card detection feature. Lastly, hardware acceleration for video and graphics is now enabled by default, hopefully the code is now more stable to handle it.

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VLC for Android media player is free to download – check the link below – and will (mostly) work with any device sporting Android 2.1 or higher. Of course, the better the specs, the better chances you have of running the app smoothly.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

Bell and Shepard back for a holiday-themed Samsung commercial

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are back in action in a Samsung commercial, this time celebrating the holiday season. When we first saw the couple in a Samsung commercial, it was during warmer weather as they showed off their Samsung Galaxy tablets. For this latest edition of life in the Bell/Shepard household, we see several more Samsung products in use as the couple starts early in the morning on a day of holiday decorating. Some of the devices you may spot include the new Galaxy Note Edge, a Galaxy Tab S, a Galaxy Note 4, a Samsung Gear S, and even a curved Samsung television.

You can check out the two minute video after the break although you will probably see bits of it during commercial breaks throughout the holiday television viewing season.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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MX Player updated to support Android 5.0

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Fans of the MX Player video playing app that have devices on Android 5.0 can now download a new and updated version of MX Player that works with your OS. The updated version of the app landed on November 21 and brought with it some other new features in addition to support for Android 5.0.

The other new features include an added View menu for media list screen allowing users to select view mode, sort order, and display fields. MX Player also now supports MOD audio files including files with .mod, .sm3, .xm, and .it extensions among others.

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Develops added a “Scroll to last played media” feature under Settings > List. The app also gains a “Toggle playback with play button” feature in the settings menu. Audio tracks can also be disabled in the audio track selection box of the app.

As always, MX Player supports hardware acceleration, gestures for controlling playback, and kids lock to keep kids away from content they don’t need to see. The size of the download varies with the device. MX Player has proven to be very popular with as many as 500 million installs so far. The current version of the app varies with the device you are using.

SOURCE: Google

Video: Android Auto in full detail

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

By now, you’re familiar with Android Auto. The blossoming in-car platform is Google’s attempt at diversifying their platform everywhere you are, and driving is no different. As we increasingly use our phones for things like navigation, they become more like an in-car device. Motorola has even created profiles for when you’re driving with one of their devices, effectively making a tiny in-car system of their own. At the recent LA Auto Show, Chris Davies from our sister site SlashGear got to spend some time with Android Auto. Check it out!


The point of Android Auto is to stop us from actually handling our phone during those times we should be, you know, paying attention to the road ahead (and/or behind). By taking the experience into your car’s dash, your phone is still providing the info necessary, but you don’t have to fumble with your handheld device.

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Android Auto also doesn’t take over your car’s experience as you might find it — it’s totally complimentary to it. If your car’s OEM has built in some features of their own, Android Auto is simply an add-on to that, relying on tech you might use on your phone.

The video below is a touch long at 15 minutes or so, but provides the first in-depth look at Android Auto we’ve really seen. If you’re excited to see what Android Auto will be like in your next new car, check out the video below.

Samsung announces Milk Video app for Galaxy users

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Just a few weeks ago, YouTube relaunched its app and also a video music service to make it easier for users to browse and view their favorite artists and music. Now Samsung has introduced to the US market a new service called Milk Video, and this one is dedicated to helping you discover and enjoy new video content on the web, not just limited to music videos but encompassing short films, comedy sketches, branded content, etc.

Milk Video will be curating all the best videos that available right now, depending on the tastes and interests that you specify. It has already been streamlined and designed for the mobile experience,especially since recent studies show that over 80 million Americans every month view videos not on desktops but on their mobile devices. Milk Video makes it easy for users to look for videos that they want but also to discover things they don’t know about. In fact, they claim that “searching is a thing of the past” because the app analyzes what you want to watch, who you follow, basically your whole behavior while using the app. Then they deliver the content that they believe you would want to see.

Just like any other social network, you’ll be able to follow friends, brands and other users within the app. Sharing to other social networks is also pretty easy,especially as not everyone you know will be on the app (Samsung hopes just for now). As part of their initial offering, they’ve teamed up with famous video content providers like VICE, Red Bull, Funny or Die, College Humor, Vevo, etc to provide special video content for new users.

For now, the app is only available for those in the US. It’s also only compatible with Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S III mini and Galaxy S5. This severely limits the app’s userbase but hopefully they’ll consider opening it up not just for Samsung but other smartphones as well. You can download Milk Video from the Google Play Store for free

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SOURCE: Samsung

Motorola video invites people to join company

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Although Motorola continues to languish behind bigger companies like Samsung and Apple in terms of market share for smartphones and tablets, that has not stopped them from producing some noteworthy devices. The latest such device is the new Nexus 6 smartphone from Google and Motorola has a new Droid device, the DROID TURBO, ready to be released by Verizon. The company also made a big point about last year’s Moto X being produced in the U.S., although the company is now bracing for ownership by China-based Lenovo. With so much change and activity, Motorola wants to make sure job seekers do not forget them and have release a video to highlight the company and what it is like working there.

In the video, Motorola tries to show that the company, despite an 85-year history, is looking forward to the future and is not the same type of company of even one generation ago. If you think a career with Motorola may be for you, visit the Careers portion of the Motorola web site by heading over to www.motorolacareers.com. Before you do though, you may want to check out the new video they produced.

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source: phoneArena

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How ‘Lollipop’ was decided for Android 5.0

Posted by wicked October - 16 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Well, Android 5.0 is here, and it has been named Lollipop! Throwing almost everyone off! Not a surprise, as Google did the same thing last year with KitKat. To help explain it all, Google has released a video showing the intense screening process they went through to find the right dessert, and Lollipop was just too sweet!

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Movie Edit Touch is your own mobile video editing suite

Posted by wicked October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

There used to be a time that for you to be able to edit the videos you take on your mobile devices, you need to transfer them to your desktop, download a video editing suite, edit and render on your desktop (which sometimes takes hours) and then transfer back to your phone or tablet. Whew! We just got tired thinking of all that. But now, mobile video editing apps have been appearing in the market. One new player is called Movie Edit Touch, which is pretty self-explanatory already.

Yes, the app is for editing movies by touching your mobile device. You can choose to use videos that you’ve already take on your phone or tablet or get clips from the SD card or even from other devices like the uber-popular GoPro Action Cam. You can also use both images and video clips for your mobile masterpiece. You can add background music, trim and rearrange the video clips and images, use transition effects in between the clips. However if you’re not satisfied yet with the final project, you can go old school and import and edit it on your desktop by using the MAGIX Movie Edit Pro.

But you really don’t need to use the desktop, since you already have a lot of options and features on the app, particularly if you upgrade to the Premium version. By just paying a minimal amount, you have more transition options and you can add cinematic effects like lomo, vintage, Pop Art and others (think filters, but for videos). You can also add text to the video and make title cards, in case your visuals aren’t enough to tell the story. The export quality for the premium is also better with HD quality 720p or 1080p.

If you want the Premium version, you just make a one-time in-app purchase of $1.99. But if you think you’re okay with the basic features, you can just get the free version of Movie Edit Touch from the Google Play Store.

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HTC’s Double Exposure event now up on YouTube

Posted by wicked October - 9 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

HTC just recent concluded their awaited media event and, while its new products didn’t exactly take the mobile tech world by storm, it still managed to earn a few accolades and praises from tech pundits. And perhaps a few raised eyebrows from the fashion world as well. HTC is entering into a whole new world with its RE camera, the Desire EYE selfiest smartphone, and EYE imaging experience. And now you can watch the whole hour-long show on YouTube at your convenience.

HTC was noted to be embarking on new business ventures, which might also include home healthcare products. But while we wait for an HTC Breath or HTC Heart to take the stage, the company has revealed its first diversion, one that plunges into the world of imaging and digital photography so far cornered by the likes of Sony, Samsung, and Apple. The first, and probably most eye-catching, is the RE camera, an odd and yet simple handheld device that removes the barriers of viewfinders, screens, and lenses that stand in the way of enjoying a breath-taking view, while at the same time capturing that once in a lifetime moment digitally. It isn’t probably going to replace your dedicated digital camera any time soon, but the rather decent camera specs plus IPX7 waterproof rating could very well endear itself to more active types.

Less unorthodox but still a head-turner is the new HTC Desire EYE. Sporting the same premium specs as the HTC One M8 but in a less premium plastic coating, the Desire EYE takes smartphone photography to a whole new level by putting the front-facing camera on the same level as the back one. With a 13 megapixel shooter, 22 mm wide angle lens and a dual LED flash on the face of the device, this is a selfie lover’s dream come true.

And it isn’t all about hardware either. Version 1.0 of HTC Zoe, which you can download now from Google Play Store, puts a social twist to the video editing experience, allowing users to take and remake photos and video clips into an almost infinite collage of experiences and memories. There’s also the new EYE Experience, a collection of camera features that make photography more fun and which will soon be available on HTC’s latest One and Desire devices.

All of that and more can now be viewed on YouTube. And by “more”, we mean the totally unexpected and totally perplexing fashion show that HTC has prepared, perhaps to go with the theme of breaking new ground. After all, nothing shouts bold and daring louder than a parade of out of this world designs.

Redbox Instant to shut down by October 7

Posted by wicked October - 6 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

You’ve probably heard of Redbox Instant, the video streaming service from DVD-rental chain Redbox and Verizon right? No? Well, you’re not alone. Apparently, not a lot of people heard of it too or were interested in getting the service, hence the announcement that it will be shutting down for good by October 7, just barely a year and a half old.

Redbox Instant was created in partnership with carrier Verizon and tried to offer cheaper streaming services combined with DVD rentals (who knew people still rented actual DVDs???). But it looks like this business model was a spectacular failure, as the official statement was honest enough to admit that the service was not as successful as they initially hoped it would be. They will be offering possible refunds to subscribers after the official closure on October 7.

This comes as no surprise to those who were aware that for the past three months, Redbox Instant hasn’t been able to accept new customer sign-ups, although that was for a different reason at the time. There were some issues with credit card fraud, not a good sign for a business that relies on credit card payments right? The $6-$8 a month fee gave subscribers access to around 4,500 movies, which is not a lot as compared to competitors like Netflix with its unlimited access to a huge library of videos or Hulu with its TV shows streaming service.

Subscribers will only be able to access the streaming service and use their coupons at the DVD-rental kiosks only until 11:59PM Pacific time on October 7. More announcements will be made regarding the refund and other details by October 10 on the official Redbox Instant site.

VIA: SlashGear

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