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Friday Pro Tip: Changing your default keyboard is easy with Android

Posted: 23 May 2014 02:52 PM PDT

google-just-passed-1-billion-android-activations-and-its-next-operating-system-will-be-called-kitkat Manufacturers love to create and distribute their own software optimizations with their latest smartphones, however, these modifications aren't always welcomed by customers. The most popular tweak made by software developers is to alter the default keyboard, by replacing it with their own, less user-friendly version. If you're unhappy with your current keyboard, you may be



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Verizon LG G3 render leaks, complete with lots of carrier branding

Posted: 23 May 2014 02:22 PM PDT

The LG G3 hype train continues! Hours after LG posted a few teaser videos for its upcoming flagship smartphone, a new render of the G3 has leaked out.


@evleaks has posted a render that purportedly shows Verizon's version of the LG G3. The device is black on the front and white on its back, and since this is Verizon we're talking about, there's branding on both the front and back of the unit.


Thanks to this latest LG G3 leak, it seems that we can add Verizon to the list of carriers that'll offer the Life's Good crew's next big handset. As I've mentioned before, I wouldn't be surprised if the LG G3 ends up hitting all of the major U.S. carriers, just like the G2. We'll have to wait to find out if that's actually the case, but at least for now we can mark down two operators.





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Verizon LG G3 render continues the tradition of carrier branding to the extreme

Posted: 23 May 2014 02:11 PM PDT






A Verizon Wireless variant of LG's oft-rumored upcoming LG G3 smartphone has now leaked shown brandishing the carrier's logos. The Verizon logos can be seen both on the front and the rear of the device in the latest leaked press photo for the LG G3 smartphone, continuing Verizon's tradition of branding devices to the extreme.





















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LG G3 leaks for Verizon, shows off front and back carrier branding, new lockscreen

Posted: 23 May 2014 01:58 PM PDT

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We figured out why LG decided to go with a form factor closer to the previous G2′s, rather than the near bezel-less one found on the LG Isai FL: Verizon needed the space for their logo. Okay, we kid. But now that @evleaks is giving us a look at the Verizon Wireless version of the LG G3, we can't help but wonder how any OEM allows Big Red to brand all over their face like that. Seems almost… disrespectful.


In any case, this latest leak is giving us a better look at the new lockscreen UI we can expect on the LG G3 once it finally becomes official. Looks a lot like LG's previous UI, only more flat. We like that. If nothing else, this should help Verizon customers sleep well at night knowing the smartphone is headed to their network. As a new Verizon customer (for the time being), I for one couldn't be happier.


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Samsung planning stand-alone smartwatch

Posted: 23 May 2014 01:20 PM PDT

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Samsung is reportedly planning on releasing a smartwatch that works as a stand-alone in the next few months. The watch will be able to take and make calls without being connected to any other mobile device, which most smartwatches currently aren't able to do.


The device is also expected to be able to take photos, send emails, and come with GPS and a heart monitor. Samsung is reportedly in talks with major mobile service providers in the U.S., South Korea, and Europe, with the hopes of releasing the device between June and July.



The device will likely also run on Tizen, which Samsung co-developed with Intel, and include a SIM card. The new device will be Samsung's 5th wrist-worn device.


Source: Wall Street Journal




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What’s the right price for the Moto 360?

Posted: 23 May 2014 01:18 PM PDT

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Android Wear devices will shake up the wearables landscape come this summer. Google, Motorola, and LG promised us sleek, useful smartwatches that we will actually want to wear. The Moto 360 and the LG G Watch look awesome on paper and in concept videos, and hopefully they'll be just as impressive when they ship in a few months. And we can wait to see what HTC, Samsung and other partners have in store.


But no matter how cool the first Android Wear watches are, the price has to be right as well. This week, the fine print on a Motorola-ran contest suggested the Moto 360 would retail for $250. Motorola tried to shot down the speculation, but $250 looks like a plausible price tag for a smartwatch.


In this Friday Debate, tell us — would an Android Wear smartwatch be successful at $250? Or is it too expensive? What would be the right price for a device you wear on your wrist as an extension of the device you keep in your pocket? And what kind of features would you expect at that price level?


Join us in the discussion bellow, vote in our poll, and sound off in the comments.


Darcy LaCouvee




I'm excited for Android Wear, and for the rise of a truly great wrist experience. I never hope to have anything except for the ability to get notifications of messages and occurrences that are relevant to me. Google Plus notifications, Facebook messages, Emails, SMS and other stuff should be the main focus. Perhaps some kind of contextual location aware stuff, too.


That being said, I won't put something on my wrist unless its classy. Moto has gotten things right as of late, and the 360 looks very promising, aesthetically speaking. But, with the power of Google, perhaps one day in the near future we will see legacy watch makers debut watches with Android Wear on board, transparent OLED displays, and with high quality build materials like Sapphire crystal faces and silver, stainless steel, or even gold.


Further, the spherical design of the display/face itself is very appealing. Square displays are so reminiscent of the the Casio calculator 'smartwatches' of yesteryear.


I digress.


A smartwatch, if it is to be successful and inherently appealing must be:


- waterproof, scratch and dust resistant

- Under $249 depending on the build, with more premium options available (leather straps, stainless steel, silver, etc)

- have battery life of at least 6 days with relatively frequent usage (how many times a day do you check your phone?)

- Android Wear and all that it will potentially be able to do (it will only get better in time)

- Great bezel to display ratio

- Easy charging

- 8GB + of internal storage, for those times when you can't stream tunes, will make it more appealing for working out, etc, which I totally never do anyway. But I like to talk about it like I do.


Perhaps even strong customizability, of bezel, etc.


It's only a matter of time before someone gets it right, and right now, that appears to be Moto. As soon as Apple releases the iWatch, the whole industry is going to explode.


Gary Sims




The potential for wearables is enormous, however there are several obstacles which will need to be overcome before they become mainstream.


One problem is the price, the second is style, the third is building a device that actually meets real life needs.


All three of these are connected. Since this is a new industry, you aren't going to get all the features and all the style at a low price. And that is a big problem.


Darcy mentioned under $249 price point, and I understand why he said that. However I think the boom in wearable devices will come when the price drops below $75.


You may consider that a bit crazy, but think about it. Some people are happy to spend hundreds of dollars, even thousands of dollars on a watch. That is there choice. Personally I have never spent more than $30 on a watch. Why would I? It just needs to tell me the time.


So a $249 smartwatch would need to do something radical for me to want to part with my money, and at the moment they don't. Sure they have neat features, stuff that makes you want to say words like "cool", "neat", "awesome." But after the engineer in me stops swooning over the technology, what difference will the device make to my day to day life?


It wasn't that way with smartphones. The PDA market was already booming and PDAs solved real world problems. When the PDA merged with the phone the smartphone was born.


Here is the truth, I don't care if I can read SMS messages on my watch. It doesn't help me in any way whatsoever. I don't care about all the connectivity options. So what if my phone is connected to my watch? If I am carrying my phone then I don't need my watch to beep to tell me to look at my phone.


OK, maybe I am over simplifying things, but I hope you get the idea. The wearable designers need to come up with a killer feature, something that makes me want a wearable device, because it helps me somehow.


That doesn't mean the killer feature isn't just around the corner, it just isn't here today.


Bottom line: I might be tempted to part with $75 for a watch that is clever, water resistant, has a good battery and reasonable storage (maybe 4GB). For more money than that then it needs to be able to do a whole load more, and not just features, but something that actually makes my life easier.


Robert Triggs




Who still wears a watch these days? I stopped wearing one as soon as I bought my first phone.


My biggest issue with the whole market, as it stands, is that I can't find much use for one. Features like fitness tracking are a big too gimmicky for me, and I can reach into my pocket to check the time, read a text, and check my emails. Like Gary, I'm struggling to see where a smartwatch fits in with my needs, they just seem like an expensive accessory at the moment.


Although smartwatch technology is getting better, we're still waiting on that killer feature to make the technology really useful. Perhaps, if I really stretch my imagination, I can maybe see smartwatches eventually replacing smartphones when it comes to messaging, calls, and perhaps even audio, if you paired one up with some wireless headphones. But we're nowhere near that stage yet. Once smartwatches can stand alone, and if they prove to actually be useful on their own, I'll be much more interested in them.


Then there's the other half of the argument – features like water resistance, scratch resistance, and, of course, style. I'd want them all. The Moto 360 is heading in the right direction, the geeky Samsung look doesn't cut it for me compared with more traditional premium designs, especially if you're going to charge a high price for them. I'd say $250, or even higher, is fair for something of quality, but I don't see that sort of value in anything being offered right now.


For now, the price of smartwatches would have to come down substantially to grab my interest.


Lanh Nguyen




I don't think a price of $250 to $300 is unreasonable if it has the build of a normal watch but with smart functions obviously. Normal watches can be expensive so we shouldn't expect a smartwatch to be cheaper when it has extra functionality unless the watch just has cheap build quality. What I really want a watch to do, that would make me go out and buy one, is allow me to input on it. Text people, tweet, etc., something we still can't do and I think that would drastically change how useful a smartwatch can be because to me glancing at info is not enough. I understand we're working with a limited amount of space here but this is where OEMs need to get creative.


The biggest problem with smartwatches right now is people don't feel the need for them so until they can do things that make us feel like we need them I won't be going out and buying one anytime soon. Hopefully Android Wear is the answer.


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Setting reminders with Google Now just got a little easier

Posted: 23 May 2014 01:03 PM PDT

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Earlier this week, we learned that you can easily set a timer using Google Now, but there is one other new feature to fill you in on. Well it's partially new. You could already set a reminder with Google Now, but it just got a little easier.


With the latest update, you can do it all with your voice. Before, you could only make the request with your voice, and you had to confirm things with your fingers, as in tapping. Now you can simply say "yes" or "set" to confirm Google's interpretation of your request.


source: TheNextWeb




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Samsung may soon offer a stand-alone smartwatch

Posted: 23 May 2014 01:03 PM PDT






Hot off the release of the new Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit, rumors are once again flying that Samsung may also be gearing up to release a stand-alone smartwatch that would work without the need to be connected to a phone. Much like the Neptune Pine or Omate TrueSmart watches, Samsung's offering would take its own SIM card and essentially be a wrist-size phone with full cellular connectivity.





















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HTC Desire 816 review

Posted: 23 May 2014 01:03 PM PDT






HTC's mid-range flagship packs a gigantic screen into a more affordable handset


If HTC is to stage a financial recovery, it'll need more than just a compelling high-end smartphone. So as the company seeks to navigate back into the black for more than a quarter at a time, it's pursuing two major growth markets with increasing vigor — the mid-range space in general, and China in particular. And the first handset to arrive under this new mid-range strategy is the Desire 816, the new head of the HTC Desire family.


It's a massive 5.5-inch phone that looks a little like a cross between an HTC One and an iPhone 5c, and it's a device aimed squarely at China, where it went on sale shortly after its Mobile World Congress debut. Even the name invokes the number eight's status as the luckiest number in Chinese culture — an eight, followed by eight doubled. It's no accident that this phone is very specifically branded as Desire eight-sixteen, not eight-one-six.


But clearly HTC thinks there's an appetite for a big-screened handset at a lower price point outside of Asia, as the Desire 816 will shortly be arriving on European shores, complete with support for local LTE networks. So how does it shape up? And how much of the premium user experience of the HTC One is intact in this self-styled "mid-range flagship?" Join us after the break to find out.





















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Motorola Modality Services now updateable through Play Store

Posted: 23 May 2014 12:49 PM PDT

motorola_modality_services_screenshot_1 motorola_modality_services_screenshot_2 Motorola has now opened up Motorola Modality Services to be updated through the Google Play Store, just like it did with Contextual Services. While this app sounds kind of dull, it could prove to be useful, helping your device respond in the right way to motion and position.


This app essentially allows your phone to know when it's coming out of your pocket, when it's on a desk, and so on. Other processes rely on this service, so keeping it updated helps your phone operate at its peak level. Hit the break for the Play Store download link.



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Samsung’s upcoming stand-alone smartwatch detailed in a new report, might launch this summer

Posted: 23 May 2014 12:40 PM PDT

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Samsung just can't seem to shake rumors that they'll soon introduce a stand-alone smartwatch. It was last month we first heard rumors that Samsung was working on a new SIM-enabled smartwatch dubbed the Samsung Gear Solo. Today, a new report from The Wall Street Journal is saying the watch could officially make its debut in the next few months — as early as June or July — and will carry many hardware features found on our modern day smartphones like a GPS, heart rate monitor and, of course, a camera. The tiny watch will be capable of placing and receiving phone calls, and even sending emails.


Really, it seems like the next logical step as over the years, we've watch as our smartphones shrank in size, only to grow to tablet heights. A new found reliance on devices that easily fit into our pocket (or our wrists) should complete that circle.


Because Samsung's smartwatch will have all this added functionality, don't expect it to run Google's simple Android Wear interface. Samsung is said to be in talks with the usual carriers in the US, Europe, and Asia to offer the watch on their network. Question is: is there a market for a standalone smartwatch?




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LG brags about slim bezels on G3 in new teaser video

Posted: 23 May 2014 12:34 PM PDT

Most of us here at Android and Me aren't huge fans of LG smartphones. As we discussed in the last Android and Me Podcast, we love the hardware but hate the software. And software plays a huge role in the making of a good phone, so LG phones just don't do it for us.


However, the hardware LG makes is pretty amazing. In fact, after playing with an LG G2, I realized how much I would pay for a Google Play edition of the device. The one thing that LG does right is the size of the bezels. The G2 has almost nonexistent bezels, and when I experienced that, it was hard to go back to any other device.


LG has released another teaser video for its upcoming flagship, the LG G3, showing off how regular devices look with big bezels resulting in large sizes. Then it shows the outline of the G3, with tiny bezels resulting in a small overall size despite housing a very large 5.5-inch display. While most flagships are at the 5 or 5.1-inch mark, the G3 will be nearing Note territory.


However, if the G3 is anything like the G2, the device itself will be very easy to manage. For once, I'm very excited for an LG device. If the company makes a Google Play edition, or maybe an Android Silver model, I'm sure a lot of people will jump on that. Tell us if you like what you see!






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Note 4 to reportedly introduce several new software features: aqua capture, smart fingerprint and more

Posted: 23 May 2014 12:17 PM PDT

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 isn't expected to be formally unveiled until later this year at IFA 2014, but that's not stopping the rumor mill from spitting out a few possible details about what to expect from Samsung's next big flagship. Earlier this week the first bit of Note 4 'news' came with a new report from GSM Arena that claimed the device will be powered by a 5.7-inch QHD display. Now SamMobile is chiming in with additional details about the handset, this time focusing on the software side of things.


According to SamMobile's sources, Samsung is currently testing out a few new software features utilizing Galaxy S5 hardware, with plans to debut the features on the next-gen Galaxy Note. Unfortunately the sources aren't exactly forthcoming about what these new software features do.



Samsung is currently testing out a few new software features with plans to debut these changes with the next-gen Galaxy Note



First up, there's a new "Swipe to Launch Motion Launcher", which is believed to be somewhat similar to the HTC One M8's Motion Launcher feature. If Samsung does follow HTC's lead, that means the feature could use swiping gestures on the screen to wake the display, launch the camera and more.


Next, we have Smart Fingerprint. SamMobile's best guess is that this could be a way to customize actions when a finger print is scanned, which makes sense to us. The big takeaway here is that Samsung is giving up on fingerprint scanners just yet.


Aside from this, the Note 4 will also reportedly feature an Aqua Mode and a Multi Network for Booster. The former of these is likely just an enhanced version of the Aqua mode on the GS4 Active, which made it possible to take photos underwater. This could indicate that the Galaxy Note 4 will have even better water resistance than the GS5. As for the Multi-Network for Booster? Odds are this could simply be the Download Boaster feature found in the Galaxy S5.


While none of these software features are explained in detail, it does hint that the Galaxy Note 4 will follow in a similar direction to the Galaxy S5 and that means a fingerprint reader as well as water/dust resistance. Let's just hope Samsung does a bit more in terms of UI redesign and aesthetics if they want to make a better first impression than the Galaxy S5 did.


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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Google Play Weekly

Posted: 23 May 2014 12:17 PM PDT




Welcome back to Google Play Weekly! This week was all about Google as they have once again dominated our headlines. This week we saw the Play Store and other app stores come under fire because of freemium apps in Italy. Google updated Google Maps, Google Chrome, Gmail, and Google Plus. While they were at it, they grabbed up an awesome app called Word Lens. Then they told Android Wear app developers that they could get some special treatment if they had apps ready for Google I/O. Finally, well-known developer Chainfire sits down to talk about the future of root apps and root in general. Now here is five more Android apps you shouldn't miss this week!




summoner wars android appsSummoner Wars


[Price: Free]

First up this week is Summoner Wars. It was a popular game on iOS and it's finally made its way to Android where it has received a surprising amount of press. It's a digital card game with board game mechanics baked in. You collect cards and then play a sort of modified chess game with them against either AI or real life opponents. There is quite a bit of game play, cross platform support, in app purchases, and it's accumulated over 5000 installs so far. The app is a little buggy though, so beware.

Get it on Google Play

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quickclick android appsQuickClick


[Price: Free with in app purchases]

QuickClick is a very simple application that allows you to set either a volume button or a sequence of volume buttons to perform certain actions. For instance you can say to turn on your camera after you click the volume up once and volume down once in quick succession and then when you do that, the camera will open. It's a fairly nifty application for those who want more out of their hardware buttons and it's free so check it out!

Get it on Google Play






allcast android appsAllCast Receiver


[Price: Free]

If you've been a long-time fan of the Google Play Weekly show you've no doubt heard about AllCast. It's developed by Koushik Dutta and it streams local content to Chromecasts. Now, he's released the AllCast receiver. Once you install this nifty and free app, you will be able to use AllCast to play media to that device. So say you want to play something from your phone to your tablet. Install AllCast Receiver on the tablet, AllCast on the phone, and stream it. Easy peasy.

Get it on Google Play






whistle camera android appsWhistle Camera


[Price: Free]

Next up is a nifty little camera application called Whistle Camera. The premise is simple. You whistle and it takes a picture. That's essentially all it does. We know there are times when your hands are preoccupied or covered in things like gloves that make it difficult to capture images and with this app you can whistle to get it done. In the demo video is suggests taking photos while driving which I personally think is a terrible idea but the app is free and for the love of God don't use it while driving.

Get it on Google Play






beautiful icon styler android appsBeautiful Icon Styler


[Price: Free with in app purchases]

Last up this week is a fun app called Beautiful Icon Styler. What this app does is let you change icons on your stock launcher. Now for those who don't know, usually you need a 3rd party launcher like Nova, Apex, or Action Launcher in order to use custom icon packs. What this app does is let you use those icon packs on your stock launcher and you don't need anything special like root access. You can try it for free to see if it works but so far most people seem to be enjoying it.

Get it on Google Play

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Google Now Reminders can finally be set using nothing more than voice commands

Posted: 23 May 2014 11:47 AM PDT






Creating a voice reminder inside Android's Google Now search has just gotten easier with less screen taps required. Google has quietly flipped the switch on its servers so that no updates are required that would allow users to create a reminder from start to finish by only using their voice and not having to tap on the screen for confirmation.





















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The Connectedly Show has arrived - listen here and subscribe!

Posted: 23 May 2014 11:24 AM PDT





In case you missed it, we recently launched the latest site in the Mobile Nations family, Connectedly. Today we're kicking off the Connectedly Show with our pilot episode and we'll be back in the coming weeks with many more. We're super excited to get things rolling and we're going with a slightly different format for these shows, so you definitely don't want to miss them.


In this episode you'll get an idea of our collective connected roots, and how we all got started in the tech world. Going forward, we'll be covering all kinds of connected devices — from Sonos to Phillips Hue to Google Glass. Of course there will still be plenty of smartwatch chat, some phone talk and a bit of random banter thrown in for good measure.





















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Rumor: Alleged Gmail Interface Shown Off In Photos By Source Of Initial Google+ Interface Leak

Posted: 23 May 2014 11:21 AM PDT

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Yoel Kaseb, who last month posted a series of screenshots purporting to show a revamped Google+ interface (which ended up being proven mostly accurate in a recent update), is back again, this time posting photos of what is allegedly a new Gmail interface.


Before we discuss, let's look at the photos. For the sake of clarity, I've used the photos to quickly create a clearer, full-res mockup of the interface shown.





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New LG G3 teaser hypes its 5.5-inch display but reasonably sized form factor [VIDEO]

Posted: 23 May 2014 11:20 AM PDT

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LG is in full hype-beast mode, teasing the LG G3 every chance they get. A few days ago we saw them take the wraps off their new Quick Circle view case and in their latest video uploaded to YouTube, LG wants to put the spotlight on their phone's overall size.


Last year's LG G2 was one of our favorite Android devices, if for no other reason than it featured one of the best screen-to-bezel ratios this side of the oversized Samsung Galaxy Note 3. This year's LG G3 will be no exception, with LG showing off the phone's large 5.5-inch display, but promising a phone that's still easily gripable.


Check out their video below and let us know — is 5.5-inches too big? Would LG have been better off shrinking the bezels, but keep last year's 5.2-inch display size?






[YouTube]




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LG hypes up the G3 with 3 new teaser videos

Posted: 23 May 2014 10:55 AM PDT


All aboard the hype train! Our calendars say May 27th is next week, which means there isn't much time until LG finally unveils their flagship smartphone for 2014. The LG G3 is expected to be a very solid heavyweight, and LG wants you to get excited about with the three new teaser videos they've dropped on YouTube.


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The videos highlight design its gorgeous design, its ridiculous display, and its photo-snapping prowess, all major judging points of any modern-day smartphone. Want to know what else to expect out of the LG G3 next week? Hop onto the rumor train right here and find everything we know about it. If you prefer to be surprised, well, enjoy your holiday weekend and start counting down the days until Tuesday.






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Grab a Moto E from Tesco for just £69 until May 27

Posted: 23 May 2014 10:47 AM PDT






The new ultra-affordable Moto E hasn't been with us for long but this bank holiday weekend Brits can already get a great deal on one. Supermarket chain, Tesco, is offering a £10 discount on all purchases over £75 at its Tesco Direct shopping service until May 27, which drops the price of the Moto E to just £69. That's £20 below the recommended list price.





















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IFTTT adds eBay channel to its lineup

Posted: 23 May 2014 08:35 AM PDT

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IFTTT, the app that automates smartphone or tablet tasks, now has an eBay channel. With a channel connected to eBay, users can collect information about what they are searching for and basically have it exported to another service. Some of the examples IFTTT notes are sending results from searches to yourself in an email, Pushbullet, Drive, and OneNote. For the Drive command, a spreadsheet is automatically composed and OneNote makes a page with your results.


Another addition, while smaller, is commands involving a rain gauge with a Netatmo Weather Station. With this, IFTTT will send you email results for rainfall measurements.


Source: IFTTT Blog




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LG G3 benchmark leaks but does not show any performance figures

Posted: 23 May 2014 08:19 AM PDT

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This should give you a good, confident feeling regarding the specifications of the LG G3. This AnTuTu benchmark leaked earlier this morning. It does not show any sort of performance figures, but it certainly shows us some specifications. We will go down the list in order.


No surprise here that LG will be utilizing Android 4.4 at the center of its own user interface. You can see LG has added a multitasking button rather than oddly omitting like last year. Next up is the processing for this beast. It is quad-core and has an Adreno 330 GPU, but we just do not know whether or not Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 or 805 is here. The display, as we have heard many times before, will have QHD resolution (2560×1440) and the full size of the leaked screenshot above reflects that. Camera? 13MP and it presumably keeps the G2′s optical image stabilization technology.


Source: @evleaks (official site)




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Allcast gets Twitch.tv support

Posted: 23 May 2014 08:19 AM PDT

allcast_app_new_icon Koush just released an update to Allcast that should make gaming nerds happy. The latest update adds Twitch.tv support to the app allowing everyone to watch gaming on either their Chromecast, Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku or whichever device is sporting the Allcast Receiver. DLNA isn't supported however. On top of this welcomed addition, Koush has squashed numerous Roku bugs. Look for the update in the Play Store and as always, we have a QR and download link after the break. Enjoy!



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Galaxy Note 4 rumored to release on September 3

Posted: 23 May 2014 08:15 AM PDT

Samsung-Even-Logo According to rumors, the Galaxy Note 4 will continue the trend of a September announcement/release. Insiders believe that Samsung will release the device on September 3 with invites for the Unpacked event going out sometime mid-August.


Typically the Galaxy Note is a beast on the hardware front and the Note 4 is rumored to not disappoint in that aspect. Rumors have the large device (5.7-inch QHD screen with a 1440×2560 resolution and a ppi of 515) packing 3GB of RAM and a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor. The 16 MP ISOCELL sensor that's in the S 5 will be in the Note 4 as well, but with Optical Image Stabilization. We would expect that the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor that was added to the S 5 will make it to the Note 4 as well. We wouldn't be surprised if the S Pen gets improved support as well.


Touchwiz will be onboard with Android 4.4.2 unless Google announces something new between now and September. Either way, we have a summer to wait before we see the monstrous device but it's safe to say that as that date gets closer, we'll see more information leaked out. So stay tuned!


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How to take a screenshot with an HTC device

Posted: 23 May 2014 08:10 AM PDT






If you have an HTC device such as the HTC One M8, taking a screenshot in HTC Sense is easy enough. When the right combination of buttons is achieved, whatever is currently on your screen will magically appear in your Gallery app. From there you can share it with anyone you'd like. Not sure how? Follow along and we'll show you!





















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