Images of the Galaxy S 5 accessories appear online

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When the Galaxy S 5 was announced last month at the Samsung Packed Event 2014, the company did not unveil any accessories for its new flagship.

However, the accessories for the smartphone have appeared in a wide variety on mobile accessory site MobileFun. The first accessory is the Protective Hard Case Cover Plus made of plastic and which has a rugged look. The cover is priced at €25 which costs $35.

The other one is the S View Wireless Charging Cover which has a rectangular cut on the front that allows you to view the screen, answer calls, check the time & weather and view the notifications received. It’s called wireless cover because you can wirelessly charge your Galaxy S 5 without having to take off the cover. The cover comes in black and white variant and the wireless variant will cost you €67 ($93) while the one without wireless charging costs €55 ($76).  » Read the rest

Pricing on Samsung’s latest Gear devices leak

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Samsung had a field day at Mobile World Congress, announcing a number of new wearable devices, including the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit.

Details regarding specs and availability were shared, but pricing remained a mystery. But now, we’ve received word regarding how much money the new wearables will cost.

Nothing is set in stone, but this should serve as a pretty good benchmark for how much you can expect the devices to cost when they are released.

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Ouya software platform to hit other consoles in future

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The importance of developing an ecosystem for rising platforms these days cannot be stressed enough— Ouya certainly has the right idea, as the Android-based game console manufacturer as announced that it will be pushing its software to other hardware in the future. Although the move will likely decrease sales on the Ouya gaming system, the reach of the software platform will certainly be able to branch out.

In an interview with “AListDaily,” Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman discussed her plans. Hit the break for the details.

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Sony SmartBand now available for pre-order for European markets

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After announcing the Sony SmartBand at MWC 2014 this week, Sony has wasted no time in starting the retail blitz to get the devices into the hands of buyers. On the Sony Mobile Store, the device has already shown up for pre-order for £79.99 ($134 USD) in the U.K. and €99 ($136 USD) for other European markets. Although, Sony indicated the devices would be available in a variety of colors, thus far black appears to be the only choice available for early adopters that want to be the first to get the devices onto their wrists.

The first units of the Sony SmartBand destined for European markets and the U.K. are expected to be delivered in early April. That will give buyers an opportunity to spend some time with the Lifelog application prior to having the device in hand as Sony says the app should be available in Google Play sometime in March.

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Samsung announces ‘Gear Fit’ fitness band [Hands on]

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Samsung is going bananas in the wearables market recently, having already announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo.

Today, Samsung unveiled the Gear Fit, a fitness tracking band.

The super AMOLED display is curved, and is 1.84-inches. The device serves as a pedometer, a heart rate monitor, alarm clock, stopwatch, and a timer. You’ll also get notifications (SMS, call, e-mail, apps), schedule, smart relay, and a media controller. The battery is only 210mAh, but Samsung promises that it’ll last 3-4 days, and even 5 days if there is low usage.

Hit the break for our hands-on video with the device and a press release released by Samsung today.

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Qualcomm cuts $100 off its Toq smartwatch price

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Qualcomm-Toq-Smartwatch-order-nowQualcomm announced its Toq smartwatch last year and made it available for sale back in December 2013 for a price of $350, which was quite expensive. However, Qualcomm has now cut $100 off its original price bringing it down to $249.

The timing may not be a coincidence after we heard a report that HTC might unveil a smartwatch based on the Qualcomm Toq at MWC 2014. With a price tag of $249, the Toq smartwatch is a dollar more expensive than its competitor, the Pebble Steel. The Toq smartwatch features a color touchscreen display that is always active and on while lasting for a couple of days between charges due to a Mirasol low power display fitted to the device. » Read the rest

Compatibility fix comes in Galaxy Note 3 update for third-party accessories

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The update to Android 4.4 KitKat on the Galaxy Note 3 was a welcome change for the device, which had all the latest hardware, but lacked the latest software. However, while the update did a whole lot of good, it also brought upon an issue that disabled compatibility with third-party accessories.

Samsung began rolling out an update to fix the issue today. It also fixes a bug that prevented apps from writing to external storage on KitKat. Obviously this problem shouldn’t have come up in the first place, but it’s good news that Samsung jumped on it so quickly. The update’s build number is N9005XXUENB3. To check if your phone can grab the update, go to Settings -> General -> About device -> Software update.

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Chromecast now available from Amazon for $30

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If you’ve been thinking about grabbing a Chromecast in the past few days, now may be the time to do it. The device is currently available on Amazon for $30. There doesn’t appear to be any side-deals on this one, like there have been in the past, which include Google Play Credit, rebates, etc.

With Chromecast’s SDK now available to the public, the device is as valuable as it’ll ever be, until of course the next model comes out. If you’re down to dongle, head on over to Amazon and grab one.

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