Samsung plans an event for May 28th; Expect it to be centered around your ‘health’

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With Samsung’s new Galaxy S 5 features clearly centering around “health,” it looks like they’re not stopping there as the company has planned an event for May 28th with the slogan of “A New Conversation Around Health Is About To Begin.” With the GS5′s heart rate monitor to their Gear Fit device, it’s clear that Samsung has taken akin to marketing their devices around health-centric features. Looks like in a couple of weeks we’ll see what else Samsung has for us, so stay tuned!

source: Engadget

BLU announces its new flagship, the Life Pure XL smartphone

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BLU has announced their new flagship smartphone in the Life Pure XL. This device will initially be available today exclusively at Amazon.com for $399.00 for the 32GB black version, followed by a white variant on May 9th.  The 16GB configuration will be going on sale for $349.00 in June, along with the introduction of Royal Blue and Glimmer Pink colors. What can you expect with this device you ask? Here are the full specifications:


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According to the IDC, tablet sales are steadily declining

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According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), tablet sales have showed a significant decrease for this years Q1 sales as compared to 2013′s Q1 sales. We’ll use Apple and Samsung as examples considering they are by far the two largest tablet distributors in the world. During Q1 of this year Apple shipped 16.4 million units and Samsung had 11.2 million, which is a bit down for Apple compared last years Q1 as Apple had 19.5 million shipped and Samsung actually gained at 8.5 million.


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Check out the latest news on Google’s attempt to expand Google Fiber

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Earlier this year, we reported that Google had 34 cities in mind to expand their Google Fiber product. While we’re almost mid-way through the year, we haven’t heard much of their progress until today. According to Google, they have actually been busy in preparations to prepare Google Fiber for those said cities. Google is currently working through a “checklist” on what needs to be done and almost finished. One of the main things that Google still needs to accomplish in order to come through with their promise would be getting approval from several city councils in regards to its “fiber huts” which would house thousands of glass fibers to coordinate the network.

This is certainly good news and I’m eager for Google to expand Fiber, as I’m sure you are too. Check out the source link below for the official blog post from Google pertaining to this.

source: Google Fiber Blog

Sony introduces their latest open source project ‘EvolutionUI’

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One of Sony’s development research employees recently unveiled their latest project dubbed as EvolutionUI. It’s essentially a phone UI that gets “better” in time the more you use it. In essence, think of it like a video game as you receive “achievements” of sorts. I’m not exactly too keen on the idea, and by the looks of the comments in the video, many share my sentiments. Nonetheless, it is something new and worth a look at. Check out the video below after the break and let me know what you think of it. Even if you may not like it, do you see any upside to it? My guess is it may fare well towards users that are just starting to use a smartphone.


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Still on the hunt for awesome icon packs? Check out the newly released Velur

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With Cryten being one of my favorite icon packs, I was eagerly looking forward to what else Vertumus had up their sleeve. A couple days ago Velur was released and so far looks great. Check out the screenshots to get a sense of what it looks! Price is $1.49 and you’ll find screenshots, download link, plus a QR code after the break! If you did decide to purchase it, let us know how you like it! So far, I’m enjoying the look it gives my homescreen/device.


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[Video] Paranoid Android team introduces ‘Hover’ feature in their ROM

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The Paranoid Android team have always been in the forefront when it comes to adding some awesome features into their AOSP based ROM’s. With previous features like Halo, you can expect the team to always come up with interesting features. Today they’ve released their newly developed feature, dubbed as “Hover,” into their beta builds, and so far I think it looks amazing and very practical. The video below can give you a much better idea of what it is than me explaining it, so check it out after the break and let us know what you think about it! Just remember that it’s still in beta so don’t be surprised to find some bugs if you decide t give it a shot.


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Jealous that your HTC One M8 isn’t the Harman Kardon edition? As always, XDA has your back

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With Sprint releasing the Harman Kardon edition of their HTC One M8, it left a slight bad taste to current HTC M8 users that have already bought the device. Although in due time, I figured there would be a dev(s) out there that would be able to port the software of the HK edition into regular HTC M8′s. As always, that didn’t take too long as a dev from the trusty XDA site by the name of baadnewz has done just that. If your phone is rooted and has a custom recovery, you can turn your M8 into the HK edition with a few steps. Users that have tried it are already reporting a much improved audio experience while listening to music through their headphones.

Sadly, the only part of the HK edition that wasn’t able to be ported was the support for FLAC files, although that shouldn’t be too much of a problem considering most 3rd party music players on the Play Store offer that support. Check out the XDA thread if you wish to give this a shot!

source: XDA
via: Cult of Droid

Twitter experimenting with a mute feature in its mobile app

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Twitter could finally be implementing a “mute” option for their official mobile app. Twitter is currently experimenting with the very desired “mute” functionality, and could bring it to the mobile apps soon. Almost every popular 3rd party Twitter app already has this feature, so it’s nice to see Twitter finally doing it. I’m sure you’ve desired to mute a certain someone from your timeline for either a period of time or indefinitely, so this function should be welcomed by all.

Hopefully this feature will become a mainstay within their app. Do any of you guys use Twitter’s official app or have you grown too attached to a certain 3rd party app? If so, let us know!

source: The Verge