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Some Samsung Galaxy S5 specs “Confirmed”


It is about that time again. The time where the rumors start meeting with the actuality of the next flagship device from a manufacturer. In this case we have supposed confirmations of what the Samsung Galaxy S5 will indeed be supporting. The news comes as an exclusive via SamMobile so we are pretty confident that they are as close to the real deal as possible before an official announcement is made.

Samsung BoothThey are confirming that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will indeed come in two primary physical models. One being a metal housing/backplate and one being a plastic housing/backplate. So those looking for a heavier build quality feel will be spending a bit more and those looking to save money but have all the goods can get the traditional plastic styling. Price wise in Euros it is said to be 800 Euros for the metal and 650 Euros for the plastic.

Screen wise the Galaxy S5 hits a home run with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. Official size is still missing, but 5.25-inches still seems to be the most likely size to keep it under the Note category. That same 5.25-inch size was previously mentioned to be in full production already as well.  Internal processor is confirmed as one of two variants. There will be a Exynos 6 CPU variant and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805. Traditionally, the Exynos has been the choice for international variants whereas the Snapdragon finds its way to the US. However, we are hearing that the Exynos processor has no issues with stateside LTE connections any more. It is possible that the larger price difference between the metal and plastic versions also reflect a processor difference. Being that the plastic variant pulls the Snapdragon and the metal version pulls the Exynos 6.

The camera is pushing up to 16MPs and of course it will be launched with Android 4.4 on board. Some elusive specs still remain, like RAM and battery capacity. We are certain there will be more unofficially confirmed specs as we move closer to the announcement which is tentatively suggested to be in March. Followed up by a global release in April.

Is the Galaxy S5 shaping up to be everything you are dreaming of?

 

 

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HTC confirms One X and X+ won’t be upgraded to Android 4.3 or higher


It looks like Android 4.2.2 will be the end of the upgrade roadmap for the HTC One X and X+, two of the company’s primary flagship phones in 2012. The phone maker tweeted out — and later confirmed to the press — that neither handset will be upgraded to Android 4.3 or anything newer. As frustrating as this announcement is, we don’t consider ourselves shocked: the original One X launched nearly two years ago, and we speculate that the 15-month-old X+’s Tegra 3 processor may have been the reason for its fate. Take a look at HTC’s official statement below.

We can confirm that the HTC One X and One X+ will not receive further Android OS updates beyond Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed both devices to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.

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Via: The Verge

Source: HTC UK (Twitter)

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Just Mobile unveils its fine-point capacitive stylus, expands dock and battery lineup


Just Mobile was back at CES to sprinkle some magic dust on its new accessories, and this time it involves a mixture of batteries, Lightning docks, cables and styli. We’re most excited by the company’s AluPen Digital, a fine-point capacitive stylus that works on any modern mobile device, without the need of Bluetooth or any additional sensor. We also got an exclusive look at the upcoming AluBolt Pro Lightning dock for the iPad, along with the Launch Pro and Launch Ice iPhone docks, the AluCable Flat and the aluminum refresh of the Gum++ battery. Read on to check them out.

AluPen Digital

As mentioned earlier, the AluPen Digital shifts away from the conventional blunt stylus to deliver something closer to a real pen. The only thing needed here is an AAAA battery (yes, such a thing exists!) that keeps the narrow tip going for about six to eight weeks. When you’re done with doodling, you can also retract the tip by twisting the small cap. The best part of all is the price: just $49.95. Expect this to be made available in Q1 this year.

AluBolt Pro

Just Mobile launched the AluBolt Lightning dock for the iPhone in late November, and given the funky design, it’s no surprise to see a larger version made for the iPad — and we were apparently the first people outside the company to see it. The only downside is that both stands are set at a fixed angle due to their Lightning plugs, but if you don’t mind the missing Lightning plug, then you may consider the similar-looking Encore that lets you adjust your tablet’s angle. The AluBolt Pro will arrive in early April for $59.95 — the same price as the Encore, which is already available.

Gum++ aluminum edition and AluCable Flat

The original Gum++ launched last year with a Rimowa-inspired design, but apparently there’s a demand for a smooth aluminum version, hence this refresh. All five colors are pictured above: black, space gray, silver, red and gold. The specs are the same as before: 6,000mAh capacity and a generous 2.5A output. You can grab one at the end of this month for $79.95.

If you’re looking for a Lightning cable as well, Just Mobile’s also offering the self-explanatory AluCable Flat, available in black with silver caps, black with blue caps or white with gold caps. You can grab one by the end of March, with the long version for $24,95 and the short version (pictured above) for $19.95.

Launch Pro

This minimalistic iPhone dock has a couple of not-so-obvious features. For one, there’s a retractable support stand behind the phone (but the Lightning plug alone also does the job), and there’s also a hole underneath the iPhone’s speaker, which amplifies the sound through a front-facing slot at the bottom of the dock. This will be available toward the end of March for $34.95 — it’s cheaper than the AluBolt Pro because it uses your own Lightning cable.

Launch Ice

Last but not least, we have the Launch Ice, which is clearly designed with the iPhone 5c in mind. It’s named as such because when plugged in, it’s as if you’re looking at a popsicle. Aww. The wooden plug isn’t just for show, though, as it actually houses your Lightning cable’s plug. This is also launching around end of March, and it’ll cost $29.95.

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Google acquires Nest’s line of home automation products for $3.2 billion, pledges continued support for iOS


Google acquires Nest's line of home automation products for $3.2 billion, pledges continued support for iOS

We’ll be honest: if you told us a big company was going to buy Nest, we wouldn’t have guessed Google. After all, the home automation company was founded by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, both ex-members of the original iPod team. Heck, the Nest Thermostat is sold at Apple stores, and is referred to in the blogosphere as almost an honorary Apple product. But whaddya know? Google just scooped up the outfit for a cool $3.2 billion. That bit of inside baseball aside, Google is being quick to assure users that Nest will run fairly independently within Google — not unlike Motorola, it would seem. Quoth Mr. Fadell: “Google will help us fully realize our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster than we ever could if we continued to go it alone. We’ve had great momentum, but this is a rocket ship.”

Also, to answer the obvious question you’re all asking: yes, Nest will continue to offer apps for both iOS and Android. That means Apple fans will still be able to tinker around with their thermostats and Nest Protect smoke detectors even after the acquisition goes through. There’s also a possibility that Google’s other hardware products will eventually integrate more tightly with the Nest lineup, but so far, Google is staying mum. “Nest’s product line obviously caught the attention of Google and I’m betting that there’s a lot of cool stuff we could do together, but nothing to share today,” said Rogers. Until that day comes, then, we’ll leave you to speculate — feel free to leave your best guesses in the comments.

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Via: Nest (Twitter)

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Some Samsung Galaxy S5 details purportedly ‘confirmed’


The details of the Samsung Galaxy S5 have been “confirmed” with roughly two months until its release. According to SamMobile, Samsung’s next flagship smartphone will be powered by Android 4.4 KitKat and come in both plastic and metal versions.

The display is said to be QHD in that it is 2560×1440 pixels; Samsung will employ Super AMOLED technology. The rear is said to house a 16-megapixel camera however it’s unclear whether it will feature optical image stabilization.

Internally, the Galaxy S5 should come with two processor designs: Samsung Exynos 6 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 CPU. Things are a little muddy as to how Samsung will choose the processor, especially since LTE doesn’t pose a problem for the Exynos chipset. It’s possible that the medal version could employ a 64-bit Samsung Exynos with the more traditional plastic design getting the Qualcomm chip.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is slated for announcement in March, likely at an event in London around the middle of the month. Assuming Samsung sticks with its previous game plan we could see the availability of the device(s) in April.

Looking further down the road (May or June), Samsung is also expected to introduce a Galaxy S5 Zoom and Galaxy S5 Mini. Both, as of now, are listed as running KitKat, however the other details are unclear.

SamMobile has a long record of delivering on its rumors and leaks so we see no reason to think the aforementioned stuff is inaccurate. We’ll still have to wait, of course for details such as memory, storage, and finer points. With two months to go there’s plenty of time for that to bubble to the surface.

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Torso: All-in-One Charging/Sync Cable and Phone Stand for your Pocket


CES 2014 was full of innovation, excitement and great new products. New ideas, products and innovation don’t have to come in large packages or run you $300+ to own. They can be very easily come in a small form factor and serve multiple purposes at a great price. Torso might not be your ultimate connected media device, but it certainly fills a void in the mobile sphere.

Torso charge modeTorso is probably one of the simplest little accessory devices we saw during the show. It is stupid simple and perfect for any Android or tech enthusiast out there. On one side you have your traditional USB plug to slip into your laptop, battery bank or even wall charger. On the other end you have a micro USB connector for your phone.

Not a big deal there, but Torso isn’t done there. On the sides of the cable, are two bendable arms. These arms take this from a basic, small form factor data sync and charging cable into a multi function stand for all your devices. Well, not so much a tablet, but it easily handles a Note 2 with a monster of a case on it.

Torso all-in-one charging data cable and stand Images 

Torso all-in-one charging data cable and stand images Torso all-in-one charging data cable and stand horizontalIf you are an earbud fanatic, then you will appreciate its ability to also triple as an earbud cord wrapper to keep you untangled.

Torso cord wrap modeThe Torso is easily one of the coolest little multi purpose must have gadgets we saw on the show floor. It’s versatility and use cases is amazing. The Torso is currently on its last legs of their Kickstarter campaign and are very close to making their goal. They have 83 early bird slots left which will get you the Micro USB version for $15. It goes up from there into $17 once the early birds are filled. You dual wielding users will be looking at $19 for a 30-pin i-Phone version or $23+ for a Lightning version. Shipping in the US is free for every backer, International backers need to add $9.

Feel free to go visit the Torso Kickstarter page and get yours secured now.

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Flash any Samsung Device via Your Web Browser with JOdin3!


As of today’s era everything we do is involved with some sort of application we utilize, from organizing our daily lifestyle to entertainment & productivity it all revolves around applications. Keep in mind there are various types of apps, web apps, hybrid apps & like the majority, “native apps”, are those we have on our devices home screen.

Today I want to introduce to you a new application or program that many Samsung owners have used before, except this time we have it in a web based flavor if you will. XDA Recognized developer Adam Outler has created yet another useful tool to make our crack flashing lives just a tiny bit easier. If you aren’t familiar with the famously known Odin software then you might not have a Samsung device or just don’t flash your phone much. Odin is essentially software used for flashing firmware to Samsung devices via Download mode which is useful as I just stated, for flashing back to stock firmware, custom stock roms and is helpful in unbricking a mistake. Moving along, Adam has developed a web app to do just the above but using only your web browser, now that is impressive.

Previously this could only be accomplished on windows via an application. All of that has changed, now you can now use JOdin3 to flash your device from the web browser on Linux, Mac or Windows. As astonishing as it sounds it’s all true. Not only is it versatile on various OS platforms, it’s open sourced. This is an original in mobile flashing and it sure is going to keep getting better and better with more support. Head over to the official website of JOdin3 below for more in-depth details on how and why JOdin3 is the next alternative to flashing your device on the web and even using it as an offline flashing tool! Below are the steps on how JOdin3 functions.

Upon using JOdin3 you will be asked to run java on this site, click yes.

JOdin3 online offline browser flashing tool for Samsung DevicesAfter that, all you need is common sense.

JOdin3 online offline browser flashing tool for Samsung DevicesFinally you are presented with the initial starting point of flashing to your hearts content. Enjoy !

JOdin3 online offline browser flashing tool for Samsung DevicesSource: Casual-Dev

JOdin3 Direct Page

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EU wants to know if US studios’ TV deals restrict pan-European viewing


Watching European Parliament on Italy's RAI 1

Many European TV aficionados are all too familiar with US content exclusives; you can’t watch that hit American movie unless you’re with the right provider. However, the European Commission is concerned that these deals go one step too far. It’s now investigating whether or not some exclusives violate antitrust rules by preventing access beyond a single EU country, effectively carving up the continent’s TV market along national borders. Would-be viewers beyond a carrier’s home market shouldn’t have to suffer, the EU argues. There’s no deadline for the investigation, and there are no guarantees that it will lead to action against broadcasters. However, the move is still good news for Europeans who want more choice as to how (and when) they watch US shows.

[Image credit: European Union - European Parliament, Flickr]

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Source: European Union

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PayPal starts testing seamless online store checkouts


PayPal In-Context Checkout

PayPal can be a hassle for online shopping when you have to leave a store’s site just to finish your transaction. Purchases should be much simpler once PayPal finishes rolling out its new In-Context Checkout, though. The technology lets you enter all your billing and shipping info through a pop-up; you never have to visit PayPal itself, and the interface remains simple regardless of what device you’re using. Only a handful of stores are testing the new checkout format today, but the company promises that more large retailers will get to use it in the first half of 2014. Meanwhile, PayPal hasn’t forgotten those who’d rather skip checkout altogether. It’s expanding trials of its hands-free Beacon payment system to retailers in Canada, France, Germany and the UK; if all goes according to plan, the service will launch early this year.

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Via: TechCrunch, PayPal Forward

Source: PayPal

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Upcoming LG D830 to offer 13 MP camera, 4K playback and slow motion capabilities


Earlier today, we mentioned that a number of unannounced LG smartphones were discovered in recent benchmark tests, so the handset maker could soon introduce
“a gang of models.”

Among these models, which are all running Android 4.4 KitKat, is the mysterious LG-D830, a device with a model number close to the Nexus 5 and LG G2. The device is said to render HTML5 pages quickly and previous leaks indicated the device’s display has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 (FHD).

The most recent leak of the D830 indicates that LG will be giving it a 13 MP camera with the capability to playback 2160p, the same as 4K, and support for 120fps, slow motion playback.

This may be a new flagship device, so hopefully we will have an unveil soon.

via Phone Arena

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