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Galaxy Note 4 Volume/Interruptions setup on Lollipop offers worst of both worlds

Just let me mute my phone

The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the global Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F) dropped in parts of Europe today, opening the doors for Note 4 owners in these parts to get a taste of Google’s latest Android version. Much like Lollipop on the Galaxy S5, the Note 4’s Android 5.0 update brings a splash of Material Design, new features and improved performance to Samsung’s pen-toting 5.7-incher.

But it’s not all good news …


AT&T introduces new “truly shareable” 7GB Mobile Share Value Plan with rollover data


America’s second largest carrier, AT&T has just announced a new 7GB tier on its Mobile Share Value plan for $75 with rollover data. The plan will be officially available for customers starting Sunday, the 15th of February.

Besides paying $75 for the data, customers can add new additional lines for $15 per month (via AT&T Next). So if you add four new lines along with this data plan, you will have to spend a total of $135 per month.

Bear in mind that these prices do not include the monthly rentals that you have on the device, which will have to be paid separately. Fortunately, Mobile Share Value plans come with unlimited voice and texts, so you won’t have to pay extra for those benefits.

This new tier will be ideal for those who are not looking to spend more than $100 (10GB) on the Mobile Share Value plan.

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Source: AT&T

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AT&T announces limited time 7GB shared data plan

AT&T is providing a great deal for a limited time with a 7 GB shared data plan across 3 lines and unlimited talk and text, all for $120 a month!

In the announcement, AT&T highlights some of the benefits of being with them, including texting in other countries and no contracts. Plus, if you are a new customer switching, you get a $100 after buying a smartphone with AT&T Next. AT&T also provides examples of what you can do with 7 GB each month:

Stream 60 hours of music and 12 hours of video

Surf the web for 110 hours

500 posts with photos on social media

Download 50 mobile apps and send/receive 5,000 emails

AT&T is only running this for a limited time, starting on February 15, so if this sounds like a deal to you, take advantage soon.

via AT&T Newsroom

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White House Announces Apple Pay Support for Federal Payment Cards [iOS Blog]

Just ahead of Tim Cook’s speech at today’s Cybersecurity Summit, The White House has announced federal-payment cards are gaining Apple Pay support, reports Bloomberg. People who receive veterans and Social Security benefits from the government via debit card will now be able to use those cards with Apple Pay.

The deal includes the Direct Express payment network and government cards issued through GSA SmartPay, which handles more than 87.4 million transaction worth $26.4 billion each year, according to the General Services Administration.

Apple Pay has been lauded by banks and other payment industry executives for its security, and its acceptance by the federal government is a valuable endorsement for the service.

Apple Pay is seen as a highly secure solution due to its use of tokenization, which generates a unique code for each transaction to prevent actual credit card numbers from being shared. It also protects all consumer data like name and address, and it further ensures secure payments through fingerprint verification with Touch ID.

Currently, Apple Pay is only available in the United States, but it is set to expand internationally in the coming months. Apple Pay for China is expected in the near future, through a partnership with China’s UnionPay.

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Apple Pay will soon support for federal payment cards

Apple Pay has been expanding steadily since its launch last fall, but now it also has the support of the federal government. Speaking at the White House Cyber Security Summit today, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple Pay will support federal payment cards later this year, including social security and those used by veterans. Cook also hinted that federal transactions — like paying for tickets and gift shop items at national parks — will also work with the platform. By making the announcement today, he’s also making it clear that the government is pretty confident about Apple Pay’s security capabilities. Unlike traditional credit card transactions, Apple’s platform never reveals your full card number to merchants, and it also doesn’t keep records of your purchases. “We can imagine a day in the not too distance future where your wallet becomes a remnant of the pass,” Cook said. “Your passport, your driver license, and other important documents can be digitally stored in a way thats safe, secure, and easy to access.”



Thoughts on Smartwatches and Wearables | The Friday Debate Podcast 004

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Do you have a smartwatch on right now? If not, why do you think that is so? These are questions that the Android Authority podcast team explore in this edition of the Friday Debate Podcast, episode 4! Lanh Nguyen of the YouTube team joins host Joshua Vergara and co-hosts Joseph Hindy and Jonathan Feist to talk about wearables – in particular, smartwatches – and why they might not have met our expectations so far. They delve into the reasons why smartwatches might not be the next big thing and what needs to happen in order for them to achieve that status. For a short time, the gang talks about their lives with watches in general – and learn that Joe is a little outnumbered in that particular subject.

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Recorded on February 11, 2015 – Hosted and Produced by Joshua Vergara


Samsung is working on a second generation Galaxy Tab S


According to a new report published online earlier today, Samsung is busy designing a second-generation Galaxy Tab S. There’s allegedly two new variants on the way — the SM-T710 and the SM-T810. The devices are expected to be revamped 8.4- and 10.5-inch models of the current slates, so it looks like we’re not going to be seeing at any major changes.

With regards to hardware, the only difference we expect to see between the new and old Galaxy Tab S is an updated processor. The original Tab S features some top-of-the-line internals, but Samsung’s Exynos 5420 CPU is on its last legs and just isn’t powerful enough to run a 2560 x 1600 display.

Previous experience shows that the 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S tends to lag quite a bit when it comes under intense pressure from a game, or even opening a packed multitasking menu, but, thankfully, this is an easy issue to overcome. If Samsung were to install a Snapdragon 810 chipset in the unit, it would be more than capable of powering the display and give an improved user experience all-round.

If your expecting to see these new devices at MWC next month, your going to be a tad disappointed. It’s way too early for their release as they’ve only just entered their internal testing phase, but we suspect they’ll hit the market some time in Q2 of 2015.

Source: SamMobile


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Samsung starts pushing out Lollipop update to Galaxy Note 3 (LTE) & Snapdragon Galaxy Note 4 in Germany


Hot on the heels of the Exynos variants, Samsung has today started pushing out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all Snapdragon-powered models of the Galaxy Note 3 (LTE) and Galaxy Note 4 located in Germany. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings the latest build of the Android operating system, together with a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

System Improvements:

  • Radio stability improvement
  • Transition improvements

Eye Experience Implementation:

  • Split Capture
  • Crop-Me-In
  • Photo Booth
  • Auto Selfie
  • Voice Selfie
  • Swipe-To-Switch
  • Video Face Tracking
  • Live Makeup
  • Video Screen Sharing
  • Application Improvements:

Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.

Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the most timely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:

  • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
  • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
  • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
  • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
  • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
  • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).

New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.

Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.

Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).

Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.

Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.

Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.

Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.

Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

To see if the update is ready for your device, head into ‘Settings’, ‘About Device’, then tap ‘Check for Updates’.

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Yahoo Aviate search now on home-screens around the world



Yahoo‘s third-party Aviate Launcher has pushed out an update today that will now allow users all over the world to conduct Internet, apps, and contacts searches directly from their home-screens via the search bar widget.

The update is available in over 70 countries and only where Yahoo Search is available.

Aviate had the following comment concerning the release:

Today we’ve rolled out Search to Aviate users around the world. No need to open a new window, because Aviate shows your Apps, Contacts and Web Search results right on your homescreen.

Search on Aviate is available in over 70 markets where Yahoo Search is available. Users on Android 4.0+ will see a Search box appear on their Aviate homescreens when their devices update to the latest version of Aviate.

I took the liberty of creating a gallery of screenshots on my device to give you an idea of what this search box does, because, let’s face it, a picture is worth a thousand words and I know you all are busy.

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You can see that the search box is removable and there are settings available to it. Unfortunately, it locks you into the Yahoo search engine, should you choose to do an Internet search. You can put Google’s search widget on your home-screen, and it performs similarly, but it lacks the aesthetics that Aviate overlays its own search window with.

If you’ve never heard of Aviate before and are interested in checking out, look to the download link below!

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Source: Yahoo Aviate

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New Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 passes through FCC on way to U.S. market


We already know Samsung is working on a new 8-inch Galaxy Tab 4 tablet device thanks to a GFXBench entry that was discovered last month. While the chip used is the mid-tier Snapdragon 410, that is a 64-bit chip meaning the device can fully support Android Lollipop. Based on a new FCC filing for the device, the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 should be headed to U.S. markets.

The FCC filing does not reveal much information about the new tablet. However, the test report that was submitted only covers Bluetooth and WiFi wireless, so it is not clear whether Samsung will release an LTE enabled version.

The release of the FCC filing is a good indication that Samsung is close to making the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 available to consumers. They could announce it at MWC 2015 in a couple weeks.

source: FCC
via: TechnoBuffalo

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