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Mar

Sprint Moto X now receiving Android 4.4.2 update


Remember how Sprint was the last one to update their Moto X to Android 4.4? But with Android 4.4.2, they decided not to be the last one again. Sprint is now rolling out the update, and if you are using Sprint Moto X, you might receive it anytime now. It will update your phone to Android 4.4.2 and will bring features like:

  • Printing documents and pictures: Added support for printing photos, Google Docs, GMail messages, and other content via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and hosted services like Google Cloud Print and HP ePrinters.
  • Improved battery life: Fixed bugs which caused a small number of users to experience shorter battery life after upgrading to Android 4.4.
  • Fixed email sync delays: Fixed a bug that could cause email services like Microsoft Exchange to experience intermittent delays in data synchronization.

If you didn’t receive any notification yet, you can check it manually by going to Settings> About Phone> System Updates.

Is your phone running the latest version? Tell us what do you like the most about it in the comment box below.

Source: Motorola

The post Sprint Moto X now receiving Android 4.4.2 update appeared first on AndroidGuys.

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Mar
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FreedomPop announces the Privacy Phone, its “Snowden Phone” with encrypted communications


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With all of the privacy concerns in the U.S. with the National Security Agency, some smartphone makers are trying to provide their customers with more security and privacy.

You may be familiar with one that was recently launched at Mobile World Congress, Blackphone, that runs its own PrivatOS and is built on Android, offering anonymous search functions, smart disabling of WiFi, private calling, anonymous anti-theft and remote wiping features, all for $629.

Today FreedomPop launched the Privacy Phone, its own smartphone to address monitoring and Internet tracking, which the company nicknamed the “Snowden Phone.”

It comes at a much cheaper price than Blackphone, at $189, and uses FreedomPop’s VoIP network. It uses 128-bit encryption to encrypt both voice calls and text messages, while apps and Internet data will be sent through an encrypted virtual private network, or VPN.

All that being said, if FreedomPop wanted to ensure more security, it could use more than 128-bit encryption and VPNs aren’t safe from everyone.

Some interesting things to note are that the phone is a modified Samsung Galaxy SII, a fairly outdated smartphone running Android Jelly Bean with a 1.2GHz duel-core Samsung Exynos processor, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 8-MP front-facing and 2-MP back-facing cameras and an 1800mAh battery.

Taking its security even further though, FreedomPop is now accepting bitcoin payments so its customers can pay their bills anonymously, plus customers may request a number change at any time and as many times as they want.

The Privacy Phone can be purchased from the FreedomPop website now and the $189 price tag includes unlimited voice and text, 500 MB of data for three months and then costs $10 a month after that.

VIA FreedomPop

The post FreedomPop announces the Privacy Phone, its “Snowden Phone” with encrypted communications appeared first on AndroidGuys.

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Mar
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Flash Sale: Deus Ex: The Fall on Special for $0.99


Square Enix Deus Ex the FallLooking for a game to keep you entertained for the rest of the week? Square Enix is having a flash sale on a must have game right now. For a limited time you can pick up Deus Ex: The Fall for just $0.99. The award winning games regular price tag is $6.99.

The game comes in at a hefty 713MB’s, so make sure you have plenty of space available and a Wi-Fi connection. Don’t hesitate on this one as the flash sale ends Monday. I am sure many of you have a buck sitting in your Play account from a few of those awesome Opinion Surveys from Google. Hit the snazzy banner link below to head straight to the Play Store.


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Mar
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Auto Safety Experts Concerned About CarPlay and Distracted Driving


Earlier this week, Apple announced its new CarPlay technology, which opens the door for easier hands-free calling, text messaging and navigation while driving. Consumers may be enthusiastic about this in-car technology, but auto safety experts are concerned about its contribution to distracted driving, reports CNN Money.

“The idea that people want to be on their phones, and therefore let’s give them a way to do that — that’s not putting safety first, that’s putting convenience and the desire to be in touch first,” said Bruce Hamilton, manager of research and communications at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.”

Siri may allow for hands- and eyes-free interaction with a phone, but experts argue it still contributes to “cognitive distraction,” which moves a driver’s attention away from their driving and onto their phone. Recent studies have shown that the voice-to-text features included in personal assistant software such as Siri carry an “extensive risk” of distracted driving and have the potential to double driver reaction times.

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Apple is aware of these distracted driving concerns and notes in a press release that Siri minimizes distraction by allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

“CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing. “iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction.”

Apple’s CarPlay technology is similar to existing in-dash smartphone systems in terms of driver attention, but these concerns over distracted driving are getting renewed attention because of Apple’s high-profile launch.

Apple’s CarPlay will be available as an update to iOS 7 for iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 owners. It will debut in 2014 models from major automobile manufacturers such as Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai and others.

    



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Mar
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Apple’s Istanbul Store Will Open April 4, Tim Cook and Turkish President to Attend [Mac Blog]


Apple is planning to open its first retail store in Turkey on Friday, April 4, reports Turkish Apple blog ElmaDergisi [Google Translation]. Located in the heart of Istanbul’s multi-use Zorlu Center between luxury retailers Burberry and Louis Vuitton, the new store will span more than 20,000 square feet.

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the Istanbul store will feature a unique concept that includes a design with a cubic glass ceiling, but the architecture of the store has yet to be revealed.

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Earlier this year, Tim Cook traveled to Istanbul to meet with the Turkish president, reportedly discussing the new store opening, potential research and development facilities in the country, and an ongoing initiative that could potentially see Turkey purchasing $4.5 billion worth of tablets for the country’s schoolchildren.

Cook is expected to return to Turkey for the store opening, which will also be attended by Turkish President Abdullah Gül.

    



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Mar
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Apple may make Siri smarter by tapping into your apps


Right now you can ask Siri to nab you some movie tickets or reserve a table at your favorite restaurant, but there’s still plenty she (or he) can’t handle. According to a report from The Information though, the folks in Cupertino are working to make Siri smarter by giving it the ability to search and point to third-party apps.

Pumping up Siri’s search smarts means that the virtual assistant will reportedly be able to recognize what your apps do and point you to them when you ask for something related. Imagine asking Siri to check for nearby cabs or track your run — it could soon route you to apps like Hailo or RunKeeper. Apple has forged relationships with companies like OpenTable, Fandango and Wolfram Research to flesh out Siri’s feature list in the past. Those agreements resulted in some neat app integrations, but this new approach could ultimately mean similar functionality for all apps, not just the ones Apple inks deals with. The Information adds that Siri may soon be able to decide what apps should be displayed when there’s not enough screen real estate for all of them. Sounds like a crucial feature for something like the fabled Apple smartwatch, doesn’t it?

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Via: TechCrunch

Source: The Information

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Mar
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‘Next-gen’ means gamepad updates: a guide to the first for Xbox One


The March Xbox One update is live; your friends list is now slightly more organized; and game broadcasting is mere days away. In reading through the laundry list of tweaks in last night’s refresh, perhaps you noticed a handful of gamepad notes? Something to the effect of, “firmware update to the Xbox One controller”? That’s secret code for, “You have to update your gamepad firmware.” The next generation! We are in it! Head below for a step-by-step guide on entering this brave new world.

Step 1: Connect the gamepad via micro-USB to the console

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Grab your favorite Android game console-branded micro-USB wire (or, ya know, any micro-USB wire) and slap that puppy into the port atop the gamepad (next to the pairing button, as seen above). Plug the other end into any of the Xbox One’s USB ports (we opted for the front-left side). Easy!

Step 2: Navigate to the Xbox One Settings menu

If there’s a Kinect plugged in to your Xbox One, say, “Xbox, Go To Settings.” If you’re worried that the NSA’s watching you pick your nose and it’s disconnected, just push the Menu button (what used to be the Start button) and select Settings. In there, you’ll find the “System” tile. That’s what you want!

Optional: Get yourself a cool beverage.

Step 3: Downloading and Updating

Your gamepad’s plugged in via micro-USB; you’ve potentially got a cool drink to pass the one- to three-minute process. It’s time to update your controller’s firmware. Move the cursor down to “Update Controller” and let ‘er rip. On the next screen, select Continue. Feel free to sip that cool beverage. You’ve earned it.

Step 4: The Waiting Game

Annnnnnnny minute now…

Step 5: Rinse and Repeat

Maybe you bought a second controller? Maybe you got one last holiday as a present? Maybe you just picked up that snazzy Titanfall one? Anyway, if you’ve got more than one, here’s where you unplug the first, now-updated controller and plug in a second, or third, or whatever and start the process anew.

Step 6: Get Kinda Frustrated About Having to Update Gamepad Firmware

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Right? Because it kinda stinks having to plug in each gamepad for an update. It’s a trade-off, absolutely — new, potentially improved functionality out of the Xbox One gamepad for the price of … hassle. Because let’s face it: This is a hassle. This how-to guide shouldn’t have to exist. Look at how upset it made the baby above? Just look at her face!

Seriously though, this is bound to be a more regular occurrence going forward. The PlayStation 4′s DualShock 4 has yet to require such an update, nor has the Wii U’s massive tablet controller, and the Steam Controller doesn’t even have a release date just yet (we’ve asked all three companies whether their controllers are even able to receive such updates and have yet to hear back). It’s a future we’ll grudgingly accept if it means cool new features in our controllers, but here’s hoping these “plug in all your gamepads” updates are few and far between.

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Mar
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Portable audio deals of the week: 3.5.14


If you’re like us, spring means it’s time to head outside after months of cold weather. Picnics, cookouts and the like should be right around the corner and you’re going to need some tunes to keep those activities energized. We’ve collected a handful of wireless speaker options on the other side of the break that can certainly lend a hand in that department. Grab one for those spontaneous office dance parties, too.

If there are other audio gadgets you’re after that we haven’t included here — join us and add them to your “Want” list. Every time there’s a price cut in the future, you’ll get an email alert!

Libratone Loop

Price: $375
Regular Price: $500
Engadget Global Score: 74
Buy: Amazon (Black), (Gray) and (Red)

We’ve fancied Libratone’s audio wares for quite some time due to their dashing good looks and reliable AirPlay support. Now, last fall’s Loop is seeing a $125 price drop that certainly eases the pain of the initial $500 cost to opt in. What’s more, the current going rate is the lowest we’ve seen in 90 days thanks to our Price History tool. We’ve listed all three colors, as quantities are limited for each.

Jawbone Jambox

Price: $117
Regular Price: $150
Engadget Global Score: 89
Buy: Amazon

The Jawbone Jambox has been a popular choice for Bluetooth speakers for quite some time. Here, the medium-sized (original) option nabs a modest discount that may be enough to lure those on the fence. And there’s a load of color options to choose from. If you’re willing to hold out though, our tools indicate that the three-month low could save you another $26.

Logitech UE Mobile Boombox

Price: $60
Regular Price: $100
Engadget Global Score: 82
Buy: Amazon

If you’d like another option to consider for compact on-the-go listening, the UE Mobile Boombox is worth a look. Reviewers note that it sounds every bit as good as the previous selection from Jawbone and it’ll keep the tunes streaming for around 12.5 hours. The catch? Only select colors are seeing the price drop at the moment. Bummer.

Braven 650

Price: $169
Regular Price: $190
Engadget Global Score: 89
Buy: BuyDig

Don’t mind the brick-like design, but would rather avoid the Jamboxes? Take a look at the Braven 650. The name may not sound familiar, but its 89 Engadget Global Score puts it up with the best in the Bluetooth category, and it’ll charge that handset should you need a bit of juice.

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Mar
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KitKat Update Rolling out for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3


Last week we saw Samsung had released the source code for Android 4.4 KitKat for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3. We usually see an update to the corresponding device within a day or so. Sadly it took a few more days than that for T-Mobile to start the push. It would appear that the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Galaxy Note 3 has begun.  It has popped up a few times for various users on XDA and a user on the T-Mobile support page has alerted people as well.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 T-Mobile Android 4.4.2 KitKat UpdateThe update carries software version KOT49H.N900TUVUCNB4 and is quite large, coming in at a reported 495.75MB’s. Obviously you will want to make sure you have some time to kill on Wi-Fi and well over 50% battery life before you start the process as the download is also being said to take almost 2 hours to download.

We can only guess at what the update has done, or what T-Mobile has altered. Certainly there will be some bug fixes, tweaks and performance improvements. Samsung reportedly was going to be altering the UI, Location Menu, Enhanced Messaging and Upgraded Google Mobile Service Apps.

Source: T-Mobile Support | XDA 

Via Androidandme

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Mar
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Sprint Outs Upcoming KitKat Updates for Note II, S4 Mini and Others


Sprint KitKat Android 4.4.2 OTA for Samsung Sprint put up a bit of a silly little release on their newsroom page today. It announced that Android 4.4.2 updates were beginning to roll out to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It is funny simply because the S4 update started on February 13th and the Note 3′s update started on February 20th. We are sure there are plenty of people out there that don’t know the updates are rolling out, so it is still good that they posted about it, but still, seems a bit late to make it a Newsroom item.

Along with that little announcement Sprint also makes mention of four other Samsung devices that will be getting the update. As it sits today, Sprint plans to push out Android 4.4.2 to the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Mega and the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. They don;t mention when the updates for any of the devices will start to take place, but at least we know Sprint at least plans to make it happen. Our best guess would be that two or three device updates will start popping up in a few weeks after the current Note 3 and S4 updates near completion.

Source: Sprint Newsroom

Via AndroidHeadlines

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