Samsung devices receiving custom Amazon Kindle store

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Samsung_Logo_02_TA_CES_2014Samsung and Amazon have announced that Galaxy devices will be receiving a custom-built Amazon Kindle store. Launching in the next two weeks, the new store, device owners will receive up to 12 books per year, chosen from prominent books. That’s right, you don’t get to choose the books, but you’ll have the books chosen for you. Lee Epting, Vice President, Samsung’s Media Solution Center Europe, had this to say:

“We are delighted to be able to deepen our long-standing relationship with Amazon and offer Kindle for Samsung as the perfect app for reading on a smart device. With this service we demonstrate our commitment to creating and broadening key content partnerships that deliver rich and personalized experiences for our customers.” 

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OnePlus introduces invite system for the OnePlus One

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OnePlusInviteOne of the most frustrating things that a consumer can face in buying a new phone is the inability to purchase the device they want due to a lack of product. A device that has been hyped for months and months on end can disappear in a matter of minutes — Nexus devices for example. While it’s certainly not the end of the world when this happens — and patience is a virtue — it can be aggravating nonetheless. The folks at OnePlus know this and are making an effort combat this problem.

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Flickr update introduces complete redesign

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Flickr_Splash_BannerYahoo just released a new update to Flickr that completely overhauls the UI. With the new app you’ll be able to capture HD video and share it with Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter — no Google+… sad — while using flickr’s new filters and editing tools to enhance each photo. You’ll be able to change the color balance, contrast and saturation just to name a few. You’ll also be able to take advantage of following friends and world class photographers as well. For those of you who take tons of photos you’ll need not worry about space as everyone who has a Flickr account will receive almost a Terabyte of free storage.

You’ll also be able to manipulate a series of privacy settings to make your photos private or public, so those of you who are fearful of creeper Internet folk perusing your photos will need not have to worry. Hit the break for a gallery, QR code and download link. Enjoy!

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Location suggestions and autocomplete now a thing in latest Google Calendar update

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Google_CalendarGoogle released an update for its Calendar app in the Play Store yesterday. It’s not the visual overhaul that was leaked last week, but it does add a pretty nifty little feature when creating an event. Like the web version of the app, the Android version of the app will now suggest locations when creating events. Extrapolated from your location — thanks to Google Maps — Google Calendar will now suggest and autocomplete locations based on businesses and locations near you.

This new feature does ask for an extra permission (coarse location) when you go to install the update. It appears to be rolling out in waves as I have yet to receive a notice for the update in the Play Store. If you can’t wait for the update to hit your phone I expect that there will be an APK somewhere out there in the Interweb sometime soon. Otherwise hit the break for your download link and QR code.

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Google talks design in “Google Design Minutes” video series

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google-logo-640-80Google is certainly on a visual kick as of late. As we’ve seen with the leak involving new icons for Android, with Google Calendar, and with every other Google app that’s been updated recently, Google is working hard at making its products as visually appealing as they are functional. According to Google however, design isn’t just a once time thing but rather an ongoing process that’s learned over time. That’s why search giant took to its developer blog to announce that at Google I/O this year it will be hosting sessions and workshops that focus on design.

On top of that, starting today Google is launching a series of YouTube videos that discuss visual aspects of key services and products. We have the first three videos for you after the break. They focus on Search, Maps, and Glass. The series will continue over the coming months. Google’s even set up a moderator page so that people can ask visually related questions. If you have about 10 minutes to spare then hit the break and get started on the first part in the series. Enjoy!

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HTC One M8 Mini May release rumored again

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With HTC’s One M8 out and available for purchase, it would only be a matter of time before we started hearing more regarding the smaller cousin to this year’s (so far) most beautiful handset. The HTC One M8 Mini is currently rumored to be releasing in May. A second rumor has leaked all but confirming the first rumor.

According to Taiwan’s ePrice, the M8 Mini is set to go on sale in Taiwan in May which correlates with UK rumor from March. There’s no official confirmation of specs but according to rumor, the device will pack a 4.5-inch screen with a 720p resolution. It will also feature 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via micro SD), a 13MP rear camera (no dual-camera as its exclusive to the M8 flagship), a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor and will have Android 4.4.2 with HTC Sense 6. It will also have the mostly aluminum body it’s larger cousin has.

HTC looks to make this a mid-tier device so it may come with a mid-tier price. We’ll know more next month. Stay tuned!

source: Taiwan ePrice
via: G for Games

Glass user has Glass pulled off his face and smashed

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brokenglassIn what should be surprising news — but isn’t — a reporter by the name of Kyle Russell had his Google Glass pulled from his face and eventually smashed. Coming from covering a protest involving a Google lawyer, Jack Halprin, who has started evicting tenants of a rental building he recently bought, Russell was heading home when a lady, who saw that he had Glass, shouted “Glass!” and tore the $1,500 wearable off his face. She then ran off and when Russell and a friend gave pursuit, turned and threw the piece of tech on the ground, smashing it.

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Samsung to announce the Galaxy S 5 Zoom on April 29 with a new name

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SamsungKapril29Samsung has sent out invitations for an event that will announce the next generation Zoom. However, contrary to the belief that the device will be known as the Galaxy S 5 Zoom, the device will become the Galaxy K. It’s interesting that Samsung went with that name considering they’ve already released a Galaxy K in South Korea. Albeit that was almost four years ago. According to rumors though, the Galaxy K will be a brand in of itself and will not resemble the Galaxy S 5 in anyway.

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Region Lock explained on European Galaxy S 5

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samsung_region_lock_sticker_americasWhen the Galaxy Note 3 was released last year there was a big hoopla about Samsung and its regional SIM locks. The “issue” came to be when it was found that potentially “unlocked” devices were found to carry a regional lock. It eventually came out that this wasn’t as big of a problem as people first thought with devices ending up being fully unlocked when activated in an approved region. To avoid the same issues as before, Samsung has updated their label with some clarification. It says:

European Model: This product should be activated with a SIM card issued from a mobile operator within Europe. (as defined EU/EEA, Switzerland and the following Non-EEA countries Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.) To use SIM cards from other regions, a cumulative call over five minutes must first be made with the SIM card from European operators.

So basically if you have over 5 minutes of call time on a SIM in an approved region, your brand new Galaxy S 5 will be able to be used on any carrier world-wide. The potential reasoning behind doing this is to help in stopping unauthorized phone importers who could activate the phone with a European SIM before it ships to places outside of an approved region. Of course, it’s another hoop that customer have to jump through for an unlocked device.

source: Android Central

LG G3 User Agent Profile shows up on Sprint’s website

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LG_Logo_02_TA_CES_2014An LG G3 User Agent Profile has appeared on Sprint’s web site. the UAP shows that the phone carries a model number of LS990 that adds weight that this is, in fact, the LG G3 — the LG G2 was the LS980 in North America. According to the file. The LG G3 will sport a quad-HD display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels on a rumored 5.5-inch display. The device will come with Android 4.4.2 and possibly a revamped Optimus UI.

The UAP also suggests that the device will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 M8974A processor and 3GB of RAM. It’s also suggested that the phone will have a 13MP rear camera and a micro SD slot that will hold up to an extra 64GB of storage. The phone is said to be debuted on May 15.

source: Sprint
via: GSM Arena