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FCC sets up the ‘incentive auction’ that will lead to faster wireless internet for everyone

Last week at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show, FCC head Tom Wheeler pushed broadcasters to loosen their grip on spectrum that the agency plans to auction off to give wireless internet room to grow. Now, he’s laid out a draft of the rules for the auction before it takes places next year. The upcoming incentive auction will be a three stage process that, once completed, should open up more wireless spectrum for high-speed services like WiFi and LTE. So far not everyone has been happy with the possible rules for this redistribution. That includes the broadcasters themselves, whose participation will have to happen voluntarily, and the companies expected to bid for access, namely AT&T who has warned that it might skip the process based on the FCC’s restrictions on how much spectrum it can buy. Now that the rules are here, everyone from your local TV broadcaster to wireless carriers to cash heavy dreamers like Google and Dish Network can look them over before the commission votes on them May 15th.

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Source: Tom Wheeler


Amazon’s Easter Egg deals offer scores of free and discounted games



Amazon on Friday announced a little Easter Egg hunt for this weekend which results in a bunch of free and highly discounted games. If you’ve got a moment to spare and want to get in on some freebies, head to Amazon Appstore and look for the overflowing Easter egg. Once you click it you’ll be directed to a page with all sorts of wonderful prices on popular games such as Monopoly, Frozen Free Fall, Uno & Friends, Despicable Me: Minion Rush, and more.

And, as if that’s not awesome enough, you can earn up to 50% back (via Amazon Coins) on top titles through Saturday!


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Republic Wireless calls on $149 Moto G


Republic Wireless yesterday added the Moto G smartphone to its portfolio of smartphones. Essentially doubling its roster of devices, the Motorola smartphone joins the Moto X as being offered without contract. The 8GB Moto G is priced at only $149.99 and can be paired with Republic Wireless’s plans that range from $5-$40 per month and employ a mix of cell tower and Wi-Fi connectivity.

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Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production [iOS Blog]

Samsung and Globalfoundries announced yesterday that the two companies will adopt the same chip production process as they upgrade their manufacturing facilities in preparation for the next generation mobile devices. (Via Wall Street Journal) This announcement adds credence to an earlier rumor that Apple was negotiating with GlobalFoundries to start making the A-Series chip in the company’s Malta, New York Fab 8 facility, with Samsung helping in the early stages of production.

As part of the agreement, Globalfoundries has agreed to drop its current 14 nanometer circuit technology and will instead license Samsung’s 14 nanometer process. This standardization of production processes could have a significant impact on Apple, which can now source its A-series processors from either Samsung or GlobalFoundries without any additional engineering effort.

“What really drove us to this agreement was a strong pull from customers,” said Ana Hunter, Globalfoundries’ vice president of product management. “They see the value in really having one process where they have choice and flexibility in the manufacturing options that they have.”

Intel is the first company to start producing chips based on 14-nanometer technology with production starting in the current quarter. Apple supplier Samsung is expected to begin volume production of its 14 nanometer chips in late 2014, while Globalfoundries may introduce the process in early 2015.

There is no information on how this agreement affects Apple’s current chip manufacturing deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC). Apple reportedly contracted with TSMC to start producing its A-series chips in early 2014 using 20-nanometer technology. Apple turned to TSMC for its chip manufacturing needs as the Cupertino company strives to lessen its reliance on Samsung to meet its production needs. This balance of suppliers helps alleviate supply constraints that result from production problems at a single supplier.


Prospective Google Glass buyers can “try on” before buying


Google is making it easier for those wanting to purchase Google Glass but are hesitant in spending the rather large $1500 for a pair. Google has launched a new free Home Try-On Program allowing potential customers to find what color and frame style they want before committing to the purchase.

The package allows customers to receive a package with Glass in four different colors along with the different styles of prescription frames. Google place a $50 hold on your credit card until they receive the home kit back, but otherwise the Home Try-On kit is completely free.

Now before you think that $50 is a small price to pay to not send back four Google Glass devices, they are non-functional. You’ll get Google Glass devices in Charcoal, Tangerine, Shale, and Sky, and have 10 days to return the kit to Google using the prepaid shipping label.

So if you were wondering what Glass feels like before purchasing, then the Home Try-On program is for you.


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Flickr 3.0 debuts with new look, filters, and more


Flickr on Thursday rolled out a new version of its Android and iOS applications. Redesigned with a new UI and Instragram-inspired features, the app lets users take and share pictures as well as videos (up to 30 seconds). What’s more, the app provides editing tools like crop, rotate, exposure, and colors. Those who like to dig deeper into metadata can also do so with the mobile app.

On Flickr, everyone gets 1,000 gigabytes of storage free, enough space for more than 500,000 photos, pretty much all the space you’ll ever need. Our new Auto Sync feature lets you seamlessly upload all your original quality photos from your phone automatically to your account, so that Flickr can be your camera roll in the cloud.


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Google could be working on an even cheaper Nexus


If the Nexus 5 wasn’t budget enough already. a new report has surfaced that suggests Google has partnered with MediaTek for a very low-priced Nexus smartphone.

With Nokia lining up their budget Android handsets aimed at developing markets, it’s expected that the MediaTek processor will power the Nexus device that could sell for only $100 in order to further spread the Nexus brand.

Whilst details are scarce at the moment, it certainly makes sense for Google to offer a budget Nexus device running pure Android to not only advertise Nexus, but also promote Android as Google intended.

SOURCE: mtksj

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Google kicks off Chromecast offers program with £5 of free Play credit

With Google’s Chromecast streaming dongle now fully settled in the UK, the great provider (of search results) has kicked off a promotional program rewarding new and old customers alike. You’ll find the offer highlighted in the Play store, where (browser) window shoppers are being tempted with “£4.99 credit towards a movie rental.” The truth is, however, that you can spend your free fiver on anything available on Play, like music, books or Android apps. Furthermore, anyone with a Chromecast purchased in the UK is eligible, regardless of when you bought it. The only catch really is you must redeem the credit online by mid-July and spend it before the same time next year. It would appear this is just the first freebie in an ongoing offers program, so don’t be surprised to see others in the future that sweeten the deal for newcomers, as well as thank old hands for their patronage.

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Via: Android Central

Source: Google (1), (2), (3), (4), Play store


Samsung’s Milk Music will soon cost $4 per month to listen ad-free

Samsung Milk Music on a Galaxy Note 3

You know what they say about all good things in life. Samsung has been offering an ad-free version of its Milk Music service for no charge since launch, but the company has posted a new infographic revealing that Americans will soon have to pay $4 per month for a Premium tier to escape marketers. You’ll also get some “exclusive features” as a bonus, although it’s not clear just what they’ll entail. We’ve reached out to learn more about both the paid service launch and what those perks will be. For now, you’ll want to cherish the current listening experience — it may not be around for much longer.

Samsung's Milk Music Premium service revealed

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Via: The Next Web

Source: Samsung Tomorrow


Oculus Rift helps terminally ill woman take one last stroll in the sun

A terminally ill woman has reminded us of the limitless potential for devices like the Oculus Rift beyond just gaming and entertainment. After Roberta Firstenberg’s cancer treatments failed last year, she was told she had just a few months to live. That prompted her game artist granddaughter Priscilla (“Pri”) to send a moving note to the Oculus Rift support team, who quickly decided to send a dev unit. Using the 3D headset, Roberta was able to experience mobility again with the Tuscany Villa demo, complete with virtual trees, stairs and butterflies. She was even able to see her younger self and a beloved, deceased pet via a fortuitous Google Street View snap — which inspired another idea.

After seeing Street View, Roberta compiled a list of spots she wanted to visit virtually, and Pri hatched a more ambitious plan for a VR world complete with forests, fairies and waterfalls. Unfortunately, her grandmother’s condition took a serious turn shortly after that, and she died about four weeks later. To preserve her memory, Priscilla created a video documenting her grandmother’s early experiences using the device (after the break). It’s a reminder that while such devices can entertain us, they could mean a whole lot more to those who can’t get around much anymore.

[Image credit: Priscilla Firstenberg]

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Via: Polygon

Source: Priscilla Firstenberg (YouTube)

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