AT&T to carry LG G3 Vigor on September 23
AT&T on Monday announced that it, too, will soon offer the LG G3 Vigor. As a lower-cost and lesser-powered take on the flagship G3, this one features a 5-inch display, an 8-megapixel rear camera (with Auto Laser focus), front-facing 1.3-megapixel snapper. Powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, the G3 Vigor also features LG’s signature apps and UI tweaks including Knock Code, Gesture Shutter, and QuickMemo+.
The G3 Vigor is capable of HD Voice from AT&T and will be offered for $49.99 with a two-year service agreement. Alternatively, customers can opt for an AT&T Next plan and spread payments out. With a total off-contract cost of $334.99, options are $13.96 a month with Next 18 (24 months), $16.75 a month with Next 12 (20 months). AT&T is also announcing a limited time promotion which sees the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE selling for $.99 with a two-year service plan. Yes, you’ll have to sign both up for their own plans, but that’s essentially a free, 4G LTE-connected tablet in the process.
As is the case with other smartphones under Ma Bell, the G3 Vigor qualified for the $100 bill credit for new activations.
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WSJ: Google and HTC collaborating on Nexus tablet
Rumors about a HTC made Nexus 9 tablet have originated all the way back to earlier this summer, and perhaps before. Recently, NVIDIA accidentally leaked/confirmed its existence through legal documents; last week we heard that tell of an October 16 release date. It seems that the rumor mill is still just wants to keep spinning, as we know have an article from Wall Street Journal (WSJ) about the Nexus 9.
Though still a rumor at this point, the WSJ is a pretty significant source for a rumor. According to source, “Google selected HTC over more experienced tablet makers like Samsung to make its upcoming 9-inch Nexus tablet.”
Whether the “people familiar with the matter” are trustworthy remains to be seen so take this with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, it’s exciting to see the WSJ give some credence to these rumors.
Who’s ready for the Nexus 9?
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YouTube invests in new content for creators
YouTube is easily one of the largest places, if not thee largest place, for the budding content creator to rise to stardom. It also allows a place for large corporations to display their latest works from music videos to movie trailers. But the heart of YouTube exists in the channels. And they know it.
YouTube announced on their blog on Thursday that they are once again going to invest in new content for some of their top creators, “ helping them not only fulfill their creative ambitions but also deliver new material to their millions of fans on YouTube.”
It’s great to see such a big company help these people to make newer, better content. Sure, it benefits them in the end, but nevertheless it’s good to see we can have faith in humanity.
Are you excited for this new content?
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Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers [Mac Blog]
Apple today released a new version of Mail for OS X Yosemite, fixing an issue that could prevent users from composing a message. The update is available to all developers with the Yosemite Developer Preview installed, as well as public beta testers.
The software can be downloaded through the software update function of the Mac App Store.
A new public beta version of Yosemite and Yosemite Developer Preview 8 were released last week, on Monday. The software is expected to continue on in its beta testing phase until late October, when it will be released to the public.
OS X Yosemite brings several new features to the operating system, including Continuity, which offers unprecedented integration between iOS and OS X. The operating system also includes a complete visual overhaul with a flatter iOS 7-style look.
Apple Reportedly Planning to Shut Down Beats Music
Apple is planning to discontinue Beats Music, the streaming music service that it acquired as part of an acquisition of Beats Electronics back in May. According to TechCrunch, multiple sources that include “several prominent employees at Apple and Beats” have confirmed that Apple is shutting down the music service.
Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes. It’s not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre’s music service will be shut down or what Apple will do with streaming, but every source with knowledge of the situation that we talked to agreed Apple plans to sunset the Beats Music brand.
Apple first acquired Beats Music in May, and at the time, announced plans to leave the music service untouched. There were no plans to integrate Beats Music into iTunes, with the company suggesting that it would remain as a standalone service.
Apple shutting down Beats Music is unusual news given the efforts that the company has gone to in order to promote it in recent weeks, adding it to the list of “Apps Made by Apple” and recommending the app to new iOS users.
NASA challenges you to design experiments for Mars and beyond
Want to play a significant role in NASA’s space exploration efforts without spending years in training? You now have a better chance of making your mark. NASA has launched Solve, a site that makes it easy to find all the agency’s public competitions and crowdsourced projects. You’ll mostly see previously announced efforts there right now, but the inaugural offering is definitely worth a look — the $20,000 Mars Balance Mass Challenge asks you to design an experiment or technology payload that will double as ballast on future Martian explorers. You’ll have until November 21st to submit your brainstorms, and you’ll find out if your work is Mars-bound sometime in mid-January.
Filed under: Science
Source: NASA Solve, NASA
Activision hires Rudy Giuliani for Manuel Noriega’s Call of Duty lawsuit
If you think that ex-dictator Manuel Noriega’s lawsuit over his appearance in Call of Duty: Black Ops II is more than a little ridiculous, you’re not alone. Activision has filed a motion to dismiss the former Panamanian leader’s complaint before it ever reaches a courtroom, citing a California statute that prevent lawsuits threatening free speech. As attorney Rudy Giuliani (yes, that Rudy Giuliani) explains, it’s “absurd” that a ruler convicted of crimes against his own citizens would demand compensation from a company that’s exercising its civil rights. If Noriega won, he could set a precedent where historical personas and their families could ban appearances in any media format.
Activision’s response to the lawsuit is a bit hyperbolic, but the company has a point. Noriega isn’t a celebrity that makes a living from his looks; he’s a political figure (from outside the US, to boot) that just happened to fit into Black Ops II‘s plot. It’s accordingly hard to see the court sympathizing with his arguments, even if his case isn’t dismissed out of hand.
Filed under: Gaming
Microsoft makes it easier for students to get Office 365 at no cost
Back when it launched the Student Advantage program, Microsoft made it possible for 35,000 educational institutions across the globe to receive free access to Office 365. As part of that, students and teachers alike could get a subscription to the productivity software at no cost to them, so long as their school had enrolled in the initiative. Problem is, since then, each student depended on the school to be the one to create an Office 365 account they could use — until today. Microsoft’s now simplified the process, opening up a self-serve service for students to get the license without the need to check with the school’s IT department first. Those who qualify will need a valid .edu email address to receive the free subscription, from a school that’s currently participating in the Student Advantage program, and that’s about it. The only caveat is that this is limited to US students at the moment, but Microsoft says it plans to bring the sign-up feature worldwide later this year.
Filed under: Internet, Software, Microsoft
Source: Office Blogs
New reversible USB connectors will carry audio and video, too
We’ve told you all about the upcoming USB cable’s high-powered abilities, but now audio and video have joined the mix. Working alongside the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has leveraged a DisplayPort “Alt Mode” to sort full audio/video on monitors with resolutions of 4K and above with the Type-C tech. What’s more, with the help of an adapter or converter cable, the new standard can be made to play nice with regular DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI and VGA jacks on existing displays. To wrangle video and sound, the alternate mode leverages a couple of the Type-C connector’s so-called SuperSpeed lanes to deliver the goods to that external monitor — leaving the others to data transfers alongside that 100 watts of power. Of course, DisplayPort tech has been available in Thunderbolt cables/jacks for some time, but the new USB kit looks to be “a single-cable solution” that’s sure to clean up that mess of wires under your desk.
Popular podcast app Pocket Casts is headed to the browser
Shifty Jelly, the developer of the Podcast app Pocket Casts, had a surprise on Twitter last night. The company is finally bringing the app to desktop browsers. We will soon have access to all of our favorite podcasts on all of our devices. This app was recently featured on our sister site, Chromewatching; be sure check it out here.
For those looking to get their hands on the browser-based experience it will be released first as a beta. The signup page is here so get your name on the list. As many of you know, the mobile app is available on Android and iOS platforms.
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