Panasonic announces the Lumix CM1, an Android-powered smart camera

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPoint and shoot cameras have slowly fallen to the wayside thanks to the rising popularity of smartphones, so manufacturers have had to take a different approach to keeping their camera businesses alive. Many companies, like Samsung, have pursued “smart” camera options that run Android, allowing users to take pictures with decent camera specs and quickly get their photos on Facebook and Instagram. 
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Best Android apps for managing your grocery lists [September 2014]

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Grocery shopping is one of those unavoidable tasks we all eventually have to deal with, and sometimes we need a little help making sure we don’t forget the milk on the way home. Some people might be content to just use the built-in notepad app on their phone, but Android offers tons of solutions for keeping up with and managing a grocery list to make your shopping trips much more organized. This guide will go over several of the best apps available on the Play Store.
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Flipkart leaks Android One device ahead of Monday unveiling

spice dream android oneWe know the first Android One device is going to be announced on Monday, but it looks like Flipkart posted up a purchase page for the device a few days too early. Thanks to the early revealing, we know that Spice’s Android One Dream will feature Android 4.4.4, a quad-core MediaTek CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage and a 5 megapixel camera. It’s also looking like you’ll get dual SIM card slots. Not incredibly exciting specs, but since the device is priced at rs. 6,999 (about $119) it’s extremely competitive, which is the main point behind these Android One devices.

Spice will officially unveil this device on Monday, and Flipkart will be the exclusive retailer. Other Android One devices will likely follow in the next few weeks and months.

source: Android OS
via: Phone Arena

 

16 million Sprint customers now have access to HD voice coverage

sprint-logoSprint launched HD voice capabilities a few months ago in place of jumping of the VoLTE bandwagon before it was ready, and after just two months, 16 million customers now have access to HD voice. Dr. John Saw, Sprint’s chief network officer, says that Sprint wanted to focus on building out HD voice quickly so they wouldn’t be forced to deploy VoLTE ahead of time. After Sprint’s WiMax fiasco, I’d say that’s a pretty sound plan.

HD voice is just one facet of Sprint trying to quickly build out a better network to stay competitive with Verizon, AT&T, and the quickly growing T-Mobile Sprint offers about 30 postpaid and 33 prepaid smartphones that can take advantage of HD voice, which is considerably more than what’s available on the VoLTE side of the fence.

source: Fierce Wireless

Google comments on leaked passwords and usernames

Gmail_SecurityJust yesterday we reported that roughly 5 million Gmail username and passwords were leaked on the web, which sounds like a pretty terrifying thing to happen. Google has released a statement today to clear things up, though, and it looks like things aren’t as bad as they first appeared.

Google claims that less than 2% of the leaked username/password combos would have actually worked, which is only about 100,000 accounts. On top of that, Google’s security measures likely would have blocked most of those attempted log-ins anyway. On top of that, Google has prompted affected users to reset their passwords, so if you were one of the few to be affected, Google has already given you a heads up.
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Netflix post-play features finally come to Chromecast

netflix_web_logoNetflix has been teasing that they were planning on bringing the post-play features of TV episodes to Chromecast streaming, and it looks like that’s finally happened. Now you’ll be able to quickly play the next episode from your phone without having to wait for the credits to roll, or to grab your phone, back out to the episode menu and manually pick the next episode. The feature is available to almost all smartphones and tablets, and PC support should be on its way soon.

Why not go binge watch an entire season of your favorite show to celebrate?

source: Netflix

LG G Watch dips to $179 price tag on Google Play

LG_G_Watch_officialIf you’ve been keeping up with the tech world today, you’ve likely heard about Apple’s entry into the smartwatch game. Of course, if you’re reading this, you probably tend to swing on the Android side of the fence, so you’d be much more interested in an Android Wear device over an Apple Watch. Fortunately, LG has you covered.

In honor of Apple’s announcement, the price of the LG G Watch on Google Play has taken a price cut down to just $179. This matches the Best Buy deal we saw on this watch not too long ago, and it’s still a great value for what you get. The deal runs through September 23rd, so you don’t have to jump on it immediately, but I would keep an eye on stock over the next few days.
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iFixit tears down the Moto 360, finds an extremely difficult to repair watch

Moto 360 Front GrayAs usual, iFixit has torn down a Moto 360 to get a good look at its internals and see just how easy it’ll be to repair. Typically, we see that smaller devices that lack removable backs or batteries are the most complex to repair, and unfortunately, that holds true with the Moto 360.

The watchband on the device is the easiest part of the device to replace, although Motorola claims that you’ll need to take the watch to a jeweler to have it swapped out. iFixit found that it’s easy enough with a pair of tweezers, so some of the more handy users will likely be able to take care of that on their own.
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IDC expects phablet shipments to surpass laptops and tablets in the next two years

IDC phablet growthPhablets have recently become a very hot market for smartphones, thanks to devices like Samsung’s Galaxy Note line and increasingly large screen sizes. For the past couple of years, they’ve been steadily gaining traction and market share and stealing some thunder away from smaller tablets. Because of this very fast growth, the IDC seems to think that by the end of this year, phablets will overtake portable PCs (laptops) and then eclipse tablet shipments next year.

The phablet market is expected to hit 175 million units shipped in 2014, and then nearly double to 318 million in 2015. With laptops only expected to ship 170 million units this year and tablet devices expected to move 233 million units next year, that would indicate some very impressive growth from phablets. 
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Google Cast Beta extension update allows for 1080p casting of Chrome tabs

Chromecast_dongle (1)Google has updated their Chromecast companion extension for the Chrome browser that brings in a pretty useful new tweak for slinging your browser tabs to your television. If you’re using the beta version of the Google Cast extension in Chrome, you’ll be able to cast your tabs in full 1080p, up from the 720p option that’s available in the stable version.

To top it off, the beta extension allows you to adjust the bitrate of your casted tabs, plus set a limit on the maximum FPS captured from those tabs. If you’ve got a nice router, you can really turn those settings up to get a fantastic experience with your Chromecast, but if you’re dealing with a cheaper or slower router, you may not want to crank the settings up too high.
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