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Dec

We’ve got 6 Google Glass invites – want one?


We’re giving away a half dozen Explorer Edition invitations over the next few days

We’re trying to be most un-Grinchest people this holiday season here at AndroidGuys, so in addition to our 12 days of Christmas giveaways, we have one more present, well six more, for you guys.

We have six invites to giveaway for V2 of the Google Glass Explorer Edition (this is the version compatible with prescription Glasses and includes a mono earbud).

Want an invitation?

If you’d like to enter our little contest for one, entry is simple. Just leave a comment below about why you want Google Glass and what you would do with it. We will then pick six people, which we feel have the best and most innovative answers.

The contest will run from today (Friday) until noon Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. After that time you be contacted and need to send us your name and email address by Monday to have it sent to the Glass team for your invite.

An invitation, not the glasses

Please note that this contest is for an invite only and you will still have to purchase Glass from Google for $1500.

There are some additional terms and conditions set out by Google Glass Explorer program, according to which:

  • Explorer must be a resident of the United States.
  • Must be aged 18 years or older.
  • Purchase Google Glass for $1500 using the invite.
  • Provide a U.S. based shipping address OR be able to pick up Google Glass at one of Google’s locations in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

We can’t wait to see what you guys say! Good luck!

The post We’ve got 6 Google Glass invites – want one? appeared first on AndroidGuys.

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20
Dec

Editor’s Picks: 15 Android apps and games you should know (December 20)


The Editor’s Picks, formerly known as APPTEASERS, is a collection of apps and games that are new to Android, recently updated, discounted, etc. Whatever the case, we think they’re worth exploring and are willing to bet that many of you would enjoy a few of them. We understand that we won’t get every single app that crosses our path but we hope to filter things a bit and pass them along to you, dear reader.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ as we showcase different apps over on our social network streams.

PLEASE NOTE THIS ARTICLE IS SPREAD OVER THREE PAGES

molome

MOLOME

Take your standard photos, add a filter, toss in some stickers, and then put a frame around it. Once you’re done with that, share it across social media platforms or back it up to Google Drive. You can even create your own memes for inside jokes with friends. Earn rewards for great shots and show off those badges.

 

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Tic Tactics

Take the all time classic game of Tic-Tac-Toe and expand it to nine boards. Instead of going for three in a row, you’ll be fighting over three boards in a row. In a twist, you get to dictate where your opponent moves next. Log in with Facebook account or play as a guest and then take on friends and random players. Turn-based game (of course) that ranks you globally with stats and profiles. Start multiple games at once and keep busy!

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Lovely Rentals – Houses & Apts

Looking for a place to rent or buy? Check out this new app which lets users search nearby listings, set up notifications, and even connect with landlords. As clean as it is intuitive, gives you plenty of power and capability and keeps you from wasting valuable time. Learn which listings are the newest and get an edge over everyone else.

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Zedge

One of our favorite ways to personalize our smartphones, this one looks incredible in its new 4.0 release. Search and discover ringtones, wallpapers, notification sounds, live wallpapers, and even games. Smarter and sexier than ever before, it’s a name we trust and app that delivers.

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Origami Live Wallpaper

One of the sharpest looking live wallpapers we’ve come across in the last few months, it can be as subtle or in your face as you’d like. With more than five dozen customization options and fifteen themes it’s an endless way to jazz up your desktop. Looks great no matter what launcher or icons you’ve got installed.

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20
Dec

T-Mobile’s rumored ‘Project Houdini’ may help your ETF disappear


T-Mobile’s latest secret project, code named “Houdini” may provide some serious peace of mind for those considering switching carriers. More specifically, families with up to five lines stand to benefit from the little agenda.

Reportedly, the initiative includes instant discounts for trading in your smartphone from another carrier. Should you have termination fees for some or all of your lines, T-Mobile will also issue credits once you send them a copy of your final bill.

Here’s what a TmoNews source has to say:

…teasing a project code named “houdini” which will give switchers up to $350 in credit when they switch to TMO… Emphasis will be on families switching up to 5 lines regardless of contract end dates…

 

New customers will receive instant credit when they trade in a smartphone, then get a credit for the ETF charged by their old carrier when they submit the final bill to TMO.

T-Mobile is expected to roll out its 4th Uncarrier announcement in the next few weeks; CEO John Leger promises to “eliminate a pain point” for customers. If you’ve ever been sacked with one of these fees then you know darn well how much of a pain it is. Multiply that by additional family members and you can see the allure of such a project.

We don’t need to tell you, of course, that all of this is unconfirmed stuff and that T-Mobile has not made any official noise in this area. With that said, we’re going to find out soon enough as to what Uncarrier 4.0 is about.

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20
Dec

Motorola offering 50% off contract price or $150 off no contract price for Moto X


The limited time promotion sees the Moto X drastically discounted once again

Motorola is offering 50% off the contract price or $150 off the no contract price of the Moto X smartphone. To take advantage of the deal you will need to act fast; the registration will close at 8PM EST on December 21st or while quantities last. That last part may prove to be the catch as the previous discounts of the Moto X were snatched up in a matter of minutes – twice.

Exclusive to Today Show viewers, you will have the option for either 50% off the 2 yr contract price *OR* $150 off the no contract price for ATT,Sprint,T-Mobile and Verizon.

 

As an extra bonus, you’ll also get 50% off an accessory as well! (Note: Moto X with Bamboo is excluded from this offer).

If you’re interested in picking up a Moto X (as you should be), head to Motorola’s website for Today Show Viewers. Once there, sign using the promo code of “todayshow50″ and fill out the rest of the form. Your discount code should arrive shortly where you can then create your Moto X at the Moto Maker website.

The no contract version of Moto X is available on Verizon, Sprint, ATT and T-Mobile.

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20
Dec

Vine introduces web profiles, lets you snag vanity URL


Up to this point, your only chance of viewing vids on Vine was via its mobile app or if someone decided to share those clips on Twitter or Facebook. Soon, however, you can do so via the web as well thanks to its newly announced Web profiles. Just like with Instagram’s web presence, we’re guessing you won’t be able to upload anything over the browser, but you’d be able to scan your Vine history as well as peruse through your timeline and other folks’ pages. If you’re so inclined, you may even sign up for custom URLs, though you should be careful of what you pick as you’ll be stuck with it for the foreseeable future. Those fortunate enough to be verified on Twitter will get relevant usernames pre-reserved for you, while others will have to take their chances. We’re not sure when Vine’s web profiles will go live just yet, but we’ll update this post when they do.

Update: We initially said vanity URLs were only for verified users today, but it appears they’re open for everyone now. According to our comments, it also seems that you need a minimum of two posts in order to reserve a name.

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20
Dec

Android smartphone made of solid titanium now available for $1,800


In the past, luxury handset manufacturer Gresso has been known for dressing up iPhones with diamonds (and charging $30,000 for the deed) and producing featurephones, but now it’s getting into the Android business with its limited edition Radical smartphone series. The bottom-line model, the Radical R1, goes for $1,800 and is made of grade 5 solid titanium, while you can also grab a $2,300 version, which features a logo plate adorned with your choice of white or yellow 18K gold (everything else is exactly the same, however). Not too shabby, but the downside is that they don’t necessarily come with the flagship specs you might come to expect from phones that cost a third of the price: The 219g (7.73-ounce) Radicals come with Android 4.1.2, a 4.5-inch qHD screen, dual SIM support, an 8MP rear camera, 36GB internal storage and a quad-core 1.2GHz processor. Don’t wait long to decide, however — only 999 units are available.

Update: we originally reported the R1′s price at $1,500, where in fact it is actually $1,800.

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Via: PhoneArena

Source: Gresso

20
Dec

Engadget Podcast 373 – 12.19.13


Try as they may to put this week’s podcast into a tailspin; Brian, Terrence and Ben end up delivering a good deal of sane discussion on proper tech news. The seriousness quickly degrades, however, and your hosts (aka the Engadget Wreckin’ Cru) bounce from oddball NES Remixes of their own making to the sad reality that Ben may never hear his dog actually talk. Holiday vibes have invaded the studio and are ready for your ears; all you need to do is head down to the streaming links below to bask in a fresh edition of the Engadget Podcast.

Hosts: Brian Heater, Terrence O’Brien, Ben Gilbert

Producer: Jon Turi

Hear the podcast:

04:30 – LG’s 105-inch, 21:9 curved UHD TV is wide enough to be a tanning bed
04:43 – Samsung has its own 105-inch, ultrawidescreen UHD TV to show at CES
12:15 – LG’s webOS Smart TV tipped to arrive at CES
16:18 – Steam Machine beta testers start receiving hardware, teasing the less fortunate
29:24 – ‘NES Remix’ takes classic NES games and…remixes them for Wii U, available today for $15
38:01 – Smokio electronic cigarette may be the first time ‘smart’ and ‘smoking’ have been used in the same sentence
41:19 – Yes, this is dog: No More Woof aims to translate canine thoughts into human speech
42:50 – Notion Ink launches oddball tablet with edge-mounted ticker display

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Connect with the hosts on Twitter: @bheater, @terrenceobrien, @realbengilbert
Email us: podcast [at] engadget [dot] com

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20
Dec

The Samsung Galaxy S4—Waiting for the Latest and the Greatest Model Yet


The Samsung S4 release in a short time is one of the most anticipated and talked about cell phone releases ever.  Technology enthusiasts, Samsung fans, those who enjoy portable video, and those who want a convenient and well thought out camera are all likely to be interested in the latest model in the Samsung flagship Galaxy line.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

For those excited about a specific feature or who just cannot wait to get the latest model of the newest technology on the market, this much anticipated release cannot come soon enough.  Waiting is never easy and when a product as touted and as advanced as the Galaxy S4 is on its way, the waiting can seem so difficult.

The Techie Stuff

The S4 is going to have some great new technology built into it that will impress those who love the technology end of cell phones.  The faster CPU at 1. GHz and the 2GB of Ram are sure to impress in the world of cell phones. 

The fact that the screen is bigger but the phone is lighter and thinner make this a bit of an engineering marvel, just a bit, but that is sometimes all we need to be impressed. The fact that the memory on this phone is expandable to another full 64 GB by using a MicroSD card is also impressive, the more we can store the more we have at our fingertips.

Fans of Samsung Phones

For those who want to brag about how awesome their Samsung Galaxies have been, for those who do not like the competition for one reason or another, or for those who simply got hooked when the first Galaxy was released, the latest in the Samsung line is a must have. 

Sometimes it really is just about loving a product or a product line and wanting to show ones loyalty and other time it is simply having the latest in a line of products you admire and having the bragging rights that go with owning a fine product, either way this new release date cannot come fast enough.

A Movie and Video Watcher’s Dream

For those who watch a lot of video on their cell phone the 5 inch Samsung Galaxy S4 screen is a real plus.  Not only is it bigger, it is also clearer and brighter. With better resolution than other cell phones and an easy to sue interface that makes watching videos a simple task, those who want a portable system that can do it all will be waiting anxiously for this phone. Don’t forget to protect your device with the full body invisible shield for Samsung Galaxy S4.

A Great Camera

A year or two ago a 13mp camera in a cell phone would seem an impossible dream.  Well, dreams really do come true with the Galaxy S4.  The camera has great features, snaps excellent, clear, sharp images and even takes great video.  The front facing camera allows the photographer to take a picture in both directions simultaneously so that he or she can be in the picture as well. 

Of course, this is more or less a picture in picture feature, but it is much better than never being in a vacation photo or family shot again simply because you are the photographer.

All in all there are many reasons that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a highly anticipated cell phone, rightfully so as it is advanced, full of great features, and well, it is a Samsung Galxay! 

This article was written by Tim Mars who write for Ace Case, a retail giant that deal in Ace Armour iPhone 5S invisible screen protectors and other mobile phone and tablet accessories. 

20
Dec

BlackBerry CEO hoping to avoid future layoffs, expects to be profitable by 2016


This morning’s earnings report may not have been BlackBerry’s favorite moment, but John Chen seems confident in his vision for the company’s future — and his ability to turn things around. Speaking with a small group of analysts and reporters, Chen mentioned that this coming year will be critical for BlackBerry, saying that it will be an investment year. We can’t say we disagree; certainly the deal with Foxconn (which Chen specifies does not involve any licensing agreements, ensuring government relations remain under BlackBerry’s control) will require a lot of additional effort and resources on his company’s part. Chen seems adamant that this “investment” will not include layoffs, however, “if [he] can avoid it.” Certainly no guarantee, of course, but Chen is confident that this quarter was just a hiccup that will help BlackBerry find future financial success, and that he expects his company to be cash flow-neutral by 2015 and profitable by 2016, and wants to do it using growth, rather than saving money through cuts. In fact, Chen plans to build up an Enterprise sales force “to take it back to the market.”

Chen also spoke to his new position as chief executive, saying that the “interim” title has been removed, and he’s now the man in charge for the foreseeable future. But for how long, exactly? As long as it takes to get the company on strong financial footing. “My step one was to have the company financially out of harm’s way. I can’t say I’ve done it today, but we are on a good path.” He definitely wins the prize for the most confident CEO of the year.

Additionally, Chen mentioned that BlackBerry will be building a security technology center in Washington, DC to work with big government clients like the Department of Defense. This new center, which will be several thousand square feet, will primarily employ engineers (although he doesn’t specify if these engineers will be transferred there or if BlackBerry will enjoy a hiring spree). This makes sense, given Chen’s insistence that one of the company’s biggest areas of focus must be on security for regulated industries, in which government relations will play a huge role.

Also, if you’ve been concerned that these recent announcements mean that the company may not put as much of an emphasis on keyboards as has done in the past, good news: the new CEO doesn’t plan to ditch keyboards anytime soon — he mentioned that BlackBerry customers still want them, so he’ll continue to listen to his customers.

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Source: FinancialPost

20
Dec

Nike+ Running for iPhone now keeps you motivated with a coaching mode


Nike+ Running for iPhone with coach mode

Let’s face it: many people will need some motivation to shed those holiday pounds. Thankfully, an update to the Nike+ Running app for iOS is here to get folks moving. The fitness tool now includes a Nike+ Coach mode that delivers training programs based on both ambition and skill level; athletes can gently work up to a 5K or go all-out with marathon training. Should they start slacking, the app can also send run reminders and offer tips. We can’t promise that Nike’s coaching will make up for any turkey overdoses this year, but hey, the app is free — it won’t hurt to give the new feature a spin.

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Via: 9to5 Mac

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