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Yahoo Aviate exits beta, open for everyone in the Play Store

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 01:05 PM PDT

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Upon being purchased by Yahoo and staying in beta, Yahoo Aviate Launcher has been relaunched for anyone to install without an invitation. For the unaware, Yahoo Aviate is an adaptive launcher by organizing everything specifically for you after learning trends and preferences. It also works with your location and time of day to tailor the experience. In a way, Yahoo Aviate is a little bit like Google Now except for the fact that it is always actively displayed.


Hit the break for the introductory video, gallery, and download links.


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Square order launches in full for Android, will take your order in SF and NYC

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 12:58 PM PDT






Square Order the online ordering app from Square, is now out of beta. Originally released last month, Square Order lets you order for pickup or dine in from local shops and restaurants in select cities, specifically New York and San Fransisco (for now)





















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The Moto 360 will support Qi wireless charging

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 12:38 PM PDT






We've yet to see the Moto 360 come across the FCC's testing docket, but its charger? That just scurried across the test bench — with the Moto 360 itself in tow as "Test support equipment." Normally a standard plug-in charger would not find itself under scrutiny from the FCC, after all they're all about things that transmit through the air. Which it would seem this very Qi charger does.





















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Aviate Ends Invite Requirement, Becomes Yahoo Aviate In Big Update With New Features And UI

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 12:34 PM PDT

y Aviate was one of the most interesting alternative home screens when it came out last year as an invite-only beta, then Yahoo bought it and we all worried Aviate would be swallowed up by the machine. However, today is Aviate's big coming out party. The app has been updated with a number of new features, a tweaked UI, and you no longer need an invite to try it.




If you've never used Aviate, it bills itself as an intelligent home screen that changes to fit your location and the time of day.





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HiSense's 8-inch Sero 8 lands at Walmart for $129

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 12:21 PM PDT






HiSense announced that its 8-inch Sero 8 Android tablet had just dropped at Walmart for just $129. The affordable 8-inch tablet is able to keep its price low with some trade-offs while still running Android 4.4 KitKat.





















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Top app, device and accessory sales for June 23, 2014

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 12:21 PM PDT






It's a little easy to get distracted on a week like this, what with the World Cup and all. Oh, and that little thing called Google I/O. But we shall soldier on and bring you the best deals we can find. Here are today's offerings.





















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Aviate anticipatory launcher leaves beta for all

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 12:21 PM PDT






Yahoo has relaunched Aviate, the Android home screen replacement software that it acquired in January, adding in a number of new features.





















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Be a better driver with the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 11:44 AM PDT






While I'd consider my house to be "connected" — I can't say the same for my car. I currently drive a 2004 Mazda 3 that's slowly on its way to the grave, but I'm holding onto it as long as I can (it was my first new car purchase). It doesn't have any sort of connectivity built-in — no Bluetooth, no navigation system, no nothing. I've added some things in over the years like a standalone GPS unit, an XM radio receiver (which I've since stopped using), and even a BlackBerry Music Gateway to get a Bluetooth connection to the stock stereo. Most recently I've added the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant.


This little dongle connects to your car's OBD (on-board diagnostics) port and relays all kinds of fun info back to a companion app on your Android or iPhone device. With Automatic in use, you can track all of your car trips, miles per gallon, distance traveled, and even see where your car is parked. While driving, Automatic can also alert you to rapid acceleration, hard braking and excess speeds as well — which all have an effect on your driving score. Bad habits be gone!





















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Qualcomm celebrates latest Adreno GPU to make it to market

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 11:34 AM PDT

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As Google I/O prepares to get underway later this week, companies are poised to share their stories and successes not only for the media covering the event, but with the developers as well as they hope to entice them to use their wares in their own solutions. One company that is on-hand is Qualcomm which produces chips used in many Android-based devices. Their latest graphics processor, the Adreno 420, just happens to be making its public debut in the market with the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A device. Part of Qualcomm's new Adreno 400 family of SoC GPUs, the chip will help raise the bar for mobile-gaming experiences and should bring mobile devices on par with desktop systems.


The Adreno 420 comes with both OpenGL ES 3.1 and Direct3D 11 functionality. This is mated with improved power consumption. The new upgraded architectures available for developers means they can access features like tesselation, compute shaders, support for adaptive scalable texture compression. Many of the new features were previously available only on desktop units, so game developers will have a lot of new room to explore with their game development.


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source: Qualcomm

via: Anandtech




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Sprint announces 30-day trial for new customers

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 11:22 AM PDT






Sprint has announced a new trial program for their network. Sprint will be giving a full refund to customers who aren't satisfied with their Sprint service within the first 30 days. Specifically, Sprint will refund customers the cost of the device, and all activation and service fees will be waived.





















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Sprint Wi-Fi calling to go international

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 11:08 AM PDT






Sprint started rolling out Wi-Fi calling for their phones back in January, but soon [Sprint](/tag/sprint] customers will be able to take advantage of the service outside of the United States. The feature, which allows users to place calls over Wi-Fi (usually a more reliable signal than any cellular network), but still using their personal phone number.





















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Samsung Galaxy F leaked in ‘glowing gold’, two gold models in the works?

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 10:56 AM PDT

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After tons of rumors and speculation about a "more premium" Galaxy S5, last week a more advanced version of the handset did in fact debut, though it rocked neither the Galaxy S5 Prime or Galaxy F branding. Instead, Samsung unveiled the GS5 LTE-A, a Korean-only version of the handset with LTE Advanced support, a Snapdragon 805 CPU, 3GB RAM and a QHD display.


You'd think that the arrival of the GS5 LTE-A would put the nail in the coffin for the Galaxy F (aka GS5 Prime) rumors, but apparently not. There continues to be talk about the possibility of a more premium international version of the GS5 that will likely feature the same specs as the LTE-A model, albeit with a different name and possibly with a slightly refreshed exterior. And now we have yet another leaked image of the device, courtesy of Evan Blass (known better as Evleaks).


The new color is reportedly called "glowing gold", and will apparently be one of two golden shades offered, as last Monday @evleaks also revealed the Galaxy F with a "perfect golden" hue. Apparently Samsung must love gold, or at least it thinks its customers will.


For now we still aren't for certain when or even if the Samsung Galaxy F will arrive, though the continued presence of leaks and rumors at least lends a little credence to the idea that the phone could arrive sooner rather than later. What do you think, like the idea of a rebranded, slightly more powerful version of Samsung's flagship or do you feel that creating such a handset is unnecessary?




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Sprint expands LTE service to 28 more cities

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 10:52 AM PDT






Sprint has announced an expansion of their 4G LTE service, adding 28 new markets. Cities added today include San Jose, Cleveland, and Seattle. With this expansion, Sprint now has LTE coverage in 471 cities. You can view the full list of covered cities here.





















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Sprint’s Galaxy S5 Sport has a textured body and physical buttons

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 10:52 AM PDT

Galaxy-S5-Sport Sprint today announced yet another new Galaxy S5 variant called the Galaxy S5 Sport. The device is identical to its siblings on the inside — with the same Snapdragon 801 processor and 1080p Super AMOLED display — but it sports a textured form factor for increased grip and physical buttons for easier navigation. At first



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Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport bringing hard buttons and texture to Sprint

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 10:28 AM PDT






Sprint has announced it will sell the fitness-themed Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport, their version of the Galaxy S5 Active, starting on July 25.





















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Refurbed Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB and 32GB models on Ebay for $130 and $170 respectively

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 10:06 AM PDT

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If you're looking to get your hands on an excellent tablet, you can't go wrong with the Asus Nexus 7 (2013). Even when purchased brand new directly from Google, the Nexus 7 is a pretty solid deal, but for those looking to save even more, you'll want to direct your attention to Ebay.


Right now you can get the 16GB Nexus 7 for just $130, or $170 for the 32GB model. The deal also includes free shipping. The only catch here is that supplies are very limited, the offer is only valid in the U.S., and the hardware is refurbished. Although not the same as new in box, refurbished models are often just as reliable and still come with a limited factory warranty.


The Nexus 7 (2013) might not be the most bleeding-edge tablet on the market, but it's still the newest member of the Nexus family and, if rumors prove correct, it may be the last 7-inch tablet from Google with no direct replacement in sight.





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Google Glass goes on sale in the U.K.

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 09:55 AM PDT

Google-Glass Google has today opened up its Glass Explorer Program to those in the United Kingdom. The device is available in five colors with free frames or shades, and it ships in 1-2 business days… if you can afford its hefty price tag. Whether you'd wear one or not, Glass is arguably the most interesting and



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Android Wear: The step backward we all really want

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 09:28 AM PDT






Android Wear is coming this week, and before its official launch it is already more popular than Google Glass. This simultaneously excites and frustrates me, because in several ways I feel that Android Wear is a step backwards from Glass. Well, not technically a step backwards. More like the step that should have happened first, which makes it easy to perceive it as a step backwards.


Glass isn't a Google product. It's Google [X] Moonshot project that was thrust into the public eye (get it?) while straddling the consumer market. It's too expensive to be a real product, not supported like a real product, and at the same time is now available for anyone to purchase and experience. This could never happen with any other kind of technology, and it probably shouldn't have happened with Glass in the way that it did. GM couldn't make a future car that only kind of worked most of the time available to the public for three times what it should cost and have everything be OK. (It has enough issues with its current-day products, for that matter.) That's probably a false equivalence on several levels, but the point is that this is Google trying something new with the end goal of enhancing the state of the art by learning more about how businesses and people would interface with this kind of technology.





















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Google Glass UK hits the UK, priced £1000

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 09:28 AM PDT






For the first time since its announcement Google Glass is officially available to purchase outside the United States. Today Google has announced that Glass is now available to purchase from the UK Google Play Store, priced £1,000.


The arrival of Google's head-mounted computer on British shores comes ahead of its annual developer conference, Google I/O, which kicks off June 25.


More: Through Glass: Our experiences with Google's experimental wearable


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Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2 announced, coming soon to Android

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 09:19 AM PDT

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In 2008 Civilization arrived to modern consoles in a brand new title, made from the ground up for game systems and dubbed "Civilization Revolution". The game eventually made its way to iOS in 2009 and eventually to Windows Phone in 2012. Interestingly enough, it never made its way to Android.


For fans of the Civilization series looking for a fix on Android, however, we have some good news: Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution 2 was officially announced earlier today, this time with a focus on mobile platforms.While the game will first arrive to iOS on July 2nd, it also said to be coming soon to Android devices. Unfortunately, we don't have an exact launch date.


As for what the game will bring? We expect it to provide a similar experience to the original Revolution title, meaning the classic Civilization experience watered down a bit and optimized for touchscreen controls. That also means a focus on historical civilizations, and the ability to choose 16 historic leaders including Gandhi, Napolen and Lincoln.


The original port of Civilization Revolutions to mobile was of questionable quality and was less impressive than the full console version, so here's to hoping we don't have a repeat situation with the new mobile-focused sequel. Either way, we'll be sure to bring you more information as soon as we hear it.




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Microsoft boosts free OneDrive space to 15GB, 1TB for Office 365

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 08:56 AM PDT






Microsoft is making some major changes to OneDrive storage, more than doubling their free storage tier. Currently sitting at 7GB, free OneDrive storage will be raised to 15GB.





















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Samsung launches Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 in India

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 08:48 AM PDT

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Earlier this month, Samsung made the 8-inch and 10-inch versions of the Galaxy Tab 4 available in India, but the 7-inch wasn't included. After a bit of delay, you'll finally be able to pick up a Tab 4 7.0 off of Indian retailer Flipkart for about Rs 18,000.


The variant that Samsung is launching is the 3G model, which is typically how Samsung launches tablet products in India. Otherwise, the Tab 4 is identical to the models released everywhere else in the world with a 1280 x 800 resolution screen, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, and 8 GB of internal storage.


source: Flipkart


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HTC’s Butterfly 2 4G gets certified for Taiwan

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 08:48 AM PDT

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It's been awhile since we've heard anything about HTC's Butterfly 2, but according to Taiwan's FCC equivalent, the Butterfly 2 4G has been certified for sale. The certification proved a lot of the rumors that we'd previously heard, including the 1080p 5-inch screen, 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, and 13 megapixel camera.


Since the device is now fully certified, it will probably go on sale in Asian markets pretty soon. Since the original Butterfly didn't make its way to the US (outside of landing on Verizon as the Droid DNA) don't expect this one to be much different.


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Microsoft’s OneDrive now offers 15 GB of storage for free

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 08:48 AM PDT

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Microsoft has bumped up the amount of free storage you get with OneDrive to 15 GB, bringing it up to par with Google Drive's free space. On top of that, the pricing for different tiers of space is going to see a big drop in order to stay more competitive with Google's extremely low prices. The 100 GB tier, which used to cost $7.49, will now run $1.99 per month, which is exactly where Google has their 100 GB tier priced, and Microsoft will sell you 200 GB per month for $3.99. Definitely some big price drops.


Are these price changes enough to sway you over towards using OneDrive instead of whatever cloud service you have right now?


source: 9to5 Google




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Kickstarter: StayblCam wants to kill shaky cam footage for cheap [VIDEO]

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 08:35 AM PDT


There aren't many phones that come with hardware-based optical image stabilization solutions to help take better photos and video without the unfortunate side effects of holding a camera with your hand. Even more troubling is that the phones that do have OIS don't always produce the most desirable results.


Enter the next best thing. StayblCam is a stabilizer baton that has been custom built to fit any smartphone and most compact cameras with standard tripod screw holes. It features a gyroscope-enabled grip in the center of the pole that you grip with your thumb and index finger to control camera movement and angles.


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You can use your ring and pinky fingers to control the baton for some really advanced movie-level camera panning. The result of the gyroscope grip's use is smooth cinematography without the nausea-inducing shakiness that typically associates most footage taken with smartphones. The StayblCam's length can be adjusted in case you need those high-angle shots, and its ability to be used upside down gives you a lot of versatility in the shots you want to take.


So how can you get one? Kickstarter, that's how. There are just 5 days left on the campaign, and the product is poised to launch as the goal has already been exceeded by more than double. The cheapest backing option to grab one of these as of the time of this writing is $74, though that's without any additional accessories or perks. Pay a bit more and you'll be in for GoPro mounts, lens attachments and all sorts of extra goodies that could elevate your smartphone camera game.


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This obviously isn't a tool that everyone is going to deem necessary, but if you have a desire to improve your smartphone camera footage and have been looking for an inexpensive solution to a widespread problem this is one of the most promising answers. The first units are slated to ship as early as July 14th, though if past Kickstarters are anything to go by we wouldn't put a heavy amount of stock into that window.




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