Amazon will offer a new Washington Post application for Kindle tablets and other devices

amazon_logo_kindle_hdAbout a year ago, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos purchased the Washington Post, a national newspaper. Since that purchase, we haven’t seen any indication of Bezos crossing his newly owned newspaper publication and Amazon, but it looks like that might be changing in the near future.

Several employees of the Washington Post have been working on a new application for digital distribution or curated content, and it looks like the app is going to make its debut on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets later this year. The app will offer photos and news stories to readers in a tablet-friendly format, probably similar to something like Flipboard. It sounds like Amazon is looking at making this exclusively a tablet app, though, so don’t expect a version for the Fire Phone or anything else when it first launches.
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Gameloft’s latest Modern Combat 5: Blackout on sale for $3.99

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If you’ve been waiting for a price drop to pick up Gameloft’s newest mobile FPS, now’s your chance to pick up Modern Combat 5: Blackout and save a few bucks. Gameloft has put MC5 on sale for $3.99, down from the launch price of $6.99, which saves you about 40%. The game itself is pretty impressive for a mobile shooter and features a full campaign as well as multiplayer modes. The graphics are also top-notch for a mobile game, and there’s plenty of value here for the $4 asking price.

source: Droid Gamers
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Google working on creating large displays made of smaller modular screens

Google_Logo_7356Google isn’t afraid to tackle tough projects, and it looks like the latest secret invention by the search giant involves finding ways to make massive screens. The company is reportedly developing modular screens that mesh together (somewhat like Legos) to form a much bigger display. By making the screens modular, you can have some very large displays and would likely be able to create some different shapes, too.
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LG G Stylus gets priced on LG’s Indian website

LGG3StylusLG has finally officially listed the G Stylus on its Indian website, along with a recommended price tag. The stylus-wielding smartphone is priced at RS 21,500, which isn’t too bad considering what’s under the hood.

The LG G Stylus packs a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, a 5.5-inch qHD screen, and Android 4.4 with most of the G3′s bells and whistles. It’s also equipped with 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage plus the microSD card slot, a 3,000 mAh battery and a 13 megapixel rear camera. It’s certainly not a Galaxy Note killer, but if you like the idea of having a stylus without breaking the bank, it’s a solid option.

source: Fone Arena

Evernote introduces Work Chat for communicating with co-workers

EvernoteEvernote has announced that it’s adding a brand new chat feature to its application called Work Chat. The feature will allow multiple people to communicate with each other and will let users see who is viewing a particular note and whether or not they’re viewing it on a mobile device or on a desktop. This real-time communication was designed to help speed up collaboration and projects in the workplace, as Evernote sees business users a large area for growth.

The feature is slated to roll out to Android, iOS, PC and the web app later this year. No word on if this will require a premium subscription to Evernote, but it seems handy regardless.

source: Engadget

Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha gets the teardown treatment, gets a medium repairability score

samsung_galaxy_alpha_russian_leak_07iFixit has done their typical teardown and repair process on Samsung’s newest “premium” flagship, the Galaxy Alpha. The phone was built relatively similarly to the Galaxy S 5, although it’s obviously lacking a few things like waterproofing. The teardown showed that the only really simple thing to replace is the battery, and that to get to any of the other major components, it’s almost a necessity to remove the front display of the device, which is prone to causing more damage. Fortunately, that does mean that if the display is the only thing that needs to be replaced, it should be a slightly faster repair.

Overall, the Galaxy Alpha got a repairability score of 5 out of 10, just like the GS5. It’s not bad, but it’s certainly not the best we’ve seen. Hit the link below for pictures of the Alpha being completely disassembled.

source: iFixit

Chrome and Android convergence won’t be “forced” according to Sundar Pichai

Chrome_Android_overlapThere has been quite a bit of speculation about whether the mobile-focused Android would replace the PC-focused Chrome at Google, or vice versa, but so far Google hasn’t taken any major steps to make that happen. According to Sundar Pichai, (who is the senior VP of both Android and Chrome) the search giant doesn’t want to force any type of convergence between the two.

We’ve seen a little bit of overlap between both platforms, including the Chromecast running a specific version of Android and being able to run Android applications on Chromebooks. Pichai clarified that if any type of convergence between the two happens, it’s going to be an “organic” process. That leaves plenty of interpretation for if Google plans on organically moving Android into a position to replace Chrome or anything similar, but as of right now, Google is happy to let both pieces stand successfully on their own. 
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HTC REcamera goes through the FCC, confirming Bluetooth LE and WiFi

HTC recamera patentWe know that HTC is planning on launching some type of GoPro camera competitor in the near future, and it looks like it’ll be called the REcamera. The device will be some kind of smartphone accessory and will likely be fairly rugged and waterproof for capture action shots and the like.

Thanks to an FCC filing, we can confirm that it’ll definitely be able to connect to a smartphone (although that doesn’t rule out the possibility that it can be used on its own). The filing shows that the device features WiFi radios as well as Bluetooth LE, both of which are extremely common ways to connect peripherals to smartphones. The filing didn’t reveal anything about the rest of the hardware, so we’re still not sure what kind of megapixel count or anything HTC will go with. 
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Sprint and Verizon jump on the double data promotion bandwagon to compete with AT&T

verizon sprint logoTo match AT&T’s latest double data promotion, Sprint and Verizon have beefed up their offerings allowing customers to pick up a ton of extra data at little to no cost. AT&T bumped up their top data packages (anything 15 GB and up) and will give customers twice as much data for free until the end of the month. Sprint and Verizon are taking a similar path.

If you are a Sprint customer on the 32, 40, or 60 GB shared data package, the carrier will give you 60, 80, or 120 GB, respectively. The 32 isn’t quite doubled, but it’s close enough to count. The plans still come with unlimited texting and calling, so if you need a ton of data on an account with multiple lines, it’s a great deal.
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Huawei launches the 5-inch, octa-core Honor 6 in India

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Huawei announced their Honor 6 smartphone back in June, and the device will finally available for purchase in India. The phone features the same specs that were shown off at the launch event, so you’re still getting a 1080p 5-inch display (with on-screen buttons!), an octo-core Kirin CPU, a 13 megapixel rear facing camera with a 5 megapixel front shooter, plus 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and Android 4.4 with Huawei’s Emotion UI on top.

The device features a solid aluminum alloy frame and a 3,100 mAh battery, and it’s arguably one of the most well-designed phones Huawei has ever sold. If you’re interested, it will go on sale on Flipkart on October 6th for Rs. 19,999.

source: Fone Arena