Sony will host an Xperia event in the US on October 9th

sony xperia z3 inviteSony has sent out invites for an upcoming event to be held in New York on October 9th. The tagline for the event is #DemandGreat, so we’ll probably see something related to the Xperia Z3 availability on US carriers. T-Mobile is a guaranteed carrier, but there’s always a chance that some other carriers will pick it up. There were rumors not too long ago about Verizon carrying an Xperia phone, so maybe that deal will finally happen.

Regardless, we’re just a few weeks away from knowing for sure. What are you hoping for from this event?

Chromebook sales rise during 2014 back-to-school period while Windows PC sales dip

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Android is arguably Google’s bread and butter, but that doesn’t mean the company doesn’t want their other products to succeed. We’ve seen a big push from Chromebooks recently, especially in the low end market, and during the back-to-school shopping months it looks like that push paid off for Google.

Chromebooks made up 4.5% of all PC sales during the back-to-school period, which is up from 3.3% in 2013. It still holds a small chunk of the sales compared to Apple’s nearly 27% and Microsoft’s 68%, but the future for Chromebooks looks bright when you notice that Windows laptop sales were down from 72% and have been falling for a couple of years now. 
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White Moto X front plates are back ordered due to unexpected demand

motorola_moto_x_2014_verizonWant a new Moto X with a white front plate? Bad news. According to the Moto Maker website, any phone with a white front can expect about a 4 week delay. The back order is bad enough that it’s affecting device orders that have already been processed, too.

With the original Moto X, the black model was significantly more popular. This time around, Motorola shifted their focus to the black models to try to keep up with what customers would want, but apparently they guessed wrong and some people are just going to have to wait for their device. Fortunately it looks like the black front devices should ship without any issue, so if you don’t mind what color the front of your new Moto X is, you should grab the black just to speed things up.
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Star Wars: Galactic Defense coming to Android later this year

star wars galactic defenseStar Wars: Galactic Defense will be coming to Android later this year, combining the Star Wars prequels with classic tower defense gameplay. The game looks entertaining enough, although it’s probably not going to be a revolutionary genre-bending game. The developer has opened early registration for gameplay information and will be giving away some free in-game items for signing up. All you need is an email address to do, and you’ll be among the first to know when the app hits the Play Store.

If Star Wars and tower defense games are two of your hobbies, you can check out some screenshots and footage of the game below.

source: Star Wars Galactic Defense

Nexus X image leaks with 5.92-inch screen and Moto X inspired design

nexus x shamuWe’ve heard tons of rumors and stories about Google’s next Nexus phone, including the possibility of it being called the Nexus X as opposed to the Nexus 6. The latest leak of the device actually shows us what the phone will look like, so we’re finally getting a close inspection of what Google and Motorola have been working on.

The Nexus X looks extremely similar to the Moto X 2014, especially from the backside. However, this device is packing a 5.92-inch screen, which is considerably larger than the new Moto X and what we were originally expecting from the Nexus X. To compensate for the larger screen size, the volume rocker on the side of the device has been moved below the power buttom, so hopefully using this massive device won’t be too difficult. The rest of the phone’s design, like the SIM card tray, headphone jack, etc. are all just like the new Moto X.
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ThinkGeek is selling a miniature Flux Capacitor for charging your devices

think geek flux capacitorIf you need a new car charger for your devices, ThinkGeek is selling a great miniature Flux Capacitor that fits the bill. The product originally started as an April Fools joke, but now you can actually buy one for a relatively affordable $25. It plugs into a car’s cigarette lighter and offers two 2.1 amp charging ports for your devices. It even lights up!

It’s a pretty cool little gadget, especially for Back to the Future fans. Hit the link below if you want to put an order in.
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Galaxy Note 4 preorders sell out in South Korea

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_Charcoal-Black_Front-Pen_02Samsung has already announced they were planning on speeding up the launch of the Note 4 in South Korea to try and create some momentum after Apple’s iPhone launch, and right now it’s looking like that was a smart move. Early reports say all three major wireless carriers have completely sold through their preorder stock of the Galaxy Note 4, which means there is some pretty strong demand for the device.

SK Telecom is the largest carrier in South Korea, and they cleared their stock in just 9 hours. KT and LG Uplus managed to sell out in three days. Since the preorder period was just from September 18th to the 25th, it’s apparent that customers jumped on the chance to get in line for their device.
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Samsung shares dip to 2-year low, profit estimates cut

Samsung_Logo_02_TA_CES_2014Unfortunately for Samsung, it looks like their stocks are going to continue taking a beating. After Apple’s iPhone launch weekend, Samsung’s shares have fallen to a 2-year low, dropping down to about 1,161,000 won. On top of that, their profit estimates were cut from 5.7 trillion won down to 4.7 trillion won. Those are some pretty major setbacks, even for a company like Samsung.

Apple’s iPhone is part of the reason why Samsung is getting hit so hard, but other factors include other affordable smartphones from OEMs like Lenovo and Xiaomi. Samsung was the first to scoop up the bottom of the Android market, but other manufacturers are beating them at it now and Samsung can’t keep competing at the prices other devices are being sold at.
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Samsung speeds up launch of the Galaxy Note 4 to compete with massive iPhone demand

samsung_galaxy_note_4_demo_1Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you heard several news stories about Apple’s iPhone 6 launch this past weekend. The Cupertino based company claims to have sold 10 million iPhones on launch weekend, and they very easily could have sold more if supply could meet demand. Regardless of what we think here, Apple is going to sell a ton of their new devices.

Of course, those record breaking sales haven’t gone unnoticed by other major players, especially Samsung. Samsung has announced that they will speed up the release of the Galaxy Note 4 to try and curb some of the momentum behind Apple’s iPhone, starting with an official announcement and unveiling of the Note 4 this Thursday in South Korea. The device will go on sale on the 26th, the day after the announcement ahead of its original October launch. As of right now, this only affects the launch date in South Korea, so we may not see anything happen quicker in other parts of the world, and it’s not clear if they’re speeding up the launch of the Note 4 Edge, either.
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Google in talks with Airtel to offer Play Store carrier billing in India

Google_Play_Logo_2855Carrier billing is a useful feature on the Play Store, as it allows customers to make purchases without having to use a credit or debit card. Most people don’t mind using a card, but not everyone is willing to put their personal info into a smartphone, and many other people don’t even have a card to use. This is especially true in India, where only about 2% of the general population uses a credit or debit card, and that’s where Google is looking to push carrier billing options next.

Google has been in talks with Airtel, India’s largest wireless carrier, to begin offering carrier billing to their customers. With 40 million customers, that’s a lot of potential market to gain. The terms of the deal aren’t clear, although it’s reported that Google is offering Airtel 10% of each transaction (which is fairly low compared to other carriers) but it seems like the deal will happen in the near future regardless.
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