Samsung considering possible partnership with Under Armour to compete with Apple – Nike collaboration

A man walks out of Samsung Electronics' headquarters in Seoul

Apple knows that the “cool factor” is key in selling products.

Hell, it bought Beats by Dre, a headphones company hailed by audiophiles everywhere as “overrated, overpriced garbage,” for $3 billion.

Apple also has a partnership with Nike, which both parties have found lucrative since striking the deal.

Samsung sees Apple’s successes, and clearly wants in.


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HTC Dot View case seemingly heading to additional devices

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The Dot View case, which received an intriguing app update yesterday, is currently limited to just the HTC One (M8). The company does not have a Dot View case for any of its other devices. However, that is likely to change. HTC, according to @evleaks, is working on a Dot View case for at least seven other devices.

There will be different levels, though. What the difference between each will be is not yet known, but it likely means HTC will water down the case. The ‘Dot View Premium’ case that is currently featured for the company’s flagship will also be heading to smartphones with the model number’s M8 Ace (One E8), B2 (alleged Butterfly successor), W8 (alleged Verizon Windows Phone), and EYE (alleged selfie handset for AT&T). The ‘Dot View Standard’ case is going to be paired with A51. And the ‘Dot View Lite’ will go with A21 and A11.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

Nova Launcher gets Android L-style visual tweaks

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Nova Launcher is one of the best third-party launchers available, and today’s update makes it even better. The latest stable update brings some visual flair from the Android L developer preview, including different animations and theme tweaks.

There’s a new animation option for opening and leaving apps called slide up, which causes apps to appear from the bottom of the screen like they do in Android L. Many of the default theme elements have adopted the same aesthetic, including the Google search bar and the app drawer icon. The folder icon previews can now use Android L style grouping, too.
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HTC Dot View app becomes manageable with themes and settings

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When HTC unveiled the Dot View case, we were pretty impressed. Spending some time with it, though, we found that it was actually quite limited. Today, the company has updated the app to make it visible in your app tray rather than hiding behind the scenes. This means one thing: settings. The HTC Dot View app now has a few settings to work with. Users can choose when the display will timeout, adjust what (of the few apps) can display notifications, display call history, and opt to bypass a security screen.

The biggest part, however, is the ability to apply themes. There are eighteen of them to be exact and activating the display while the cover is on shows the time with the theme sitting in the background. They all look great, but it does take away the time and weather ticker at the bottom.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.
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Dead Zebra unveils latest Android figurines, Heroes and Villains II

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Dead Zebra just announced Heroes and Villains II, which is of course a sequel. This time around we get Super User and BotMan working together to stop the evil Professor Eval() and the duplicitous A/B Tester!

This set will debut at the San Diego International Comic Con, July 24-27 2014 in the Dumbrella booth, #1335. The cost will be $40 for each set, but there is a limit of 2 sets. You will be able to order your set starting Preview Night with a limited amount of stock for each day.


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Motorola discusses inspiration behind the round shape of Moto 360

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Of all of the Android Wear devices that have been announced, the Moto 360 is arguably the most hyped device of the bunch. Many people are excited for the 360 because not only will it be a solid Android Wear device, but because it looks great for a watch. The rounded design and aesthetics of the device continue to look impressive, especially compared to the typically-square designs of other smartwatches.
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LG announces “KizOn” wearable for parents to keep track of kids

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Next time your kid wanders off at the amusement park, you won’t have to worry.

LG introduced the “KizOn” wearable device yesterday, which is cellular-equipped and allows parents to track the location of their toddlers. The wristband has the capability to call pre-programmed phone numbers with a single phone number as well, and parents can also call the wristband to check on their kids.


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Sprint adds the ZTE LivePro to portfolio

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During CES 2014, one of the devices that we checked out was a combination projector and hotspot device from ZTE going by the generic “Projector Hotspot” name. As shown during our hands one review of the ZTE Projector Hotspot, it functions exactly as its name implies. It has a built-in projector that is capable of projecting an image up to 120 x 120 inches. Powered by Android, it functions like any Android device with the additional option of displaying whatever is being displaying on the screen via the projector. The device also comes with a couple ports for physical connections or it can be used to wirelessly mirror a  smartphone screen. As an added bonus, the device can function as a mobile hotspot for up to eight devices.
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