Layar develops Glassware for added augmented reality experience


Layar, an augmented reality application, has brought its services to Google Glass, allowing users to simply look at things in the real world and obtain detailed information about it through Google Glass.

A simple “scan this” command will instruct the app to find additional information about whatever the user is looking at.

Not sure what we’re talking about? Check out Layar’s video after the break.

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Marketing poster for Verizon’s all new HTC One (M8) leaks online

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Who would have guessed that another leak of the 2014 HTC One would come out before its official unveiling date? (We’re guessing everyone.)

As it turns out, a leaked image of Verizon’s marketing poster for the upcoming HTC flagship has leaked online, featuring the front and back of the device, with the previously leaked flip front cover on the device as well.

Again, expect the device to be officially announced on March 25.

Source: Phone Arena

White House may drop BlackBerry after testing Samsung, LG smartphones


President Obama, it may be time to put down your beloved BlackBerry. Both the White House’s internal technology team and the White House Communications Agency have started testing smartphones from Samsung and LG. Also, the United States Department of Defense is also testing other devices. A Samsung spokesman would not confirm any of this; however, they did say the company is interested in the government sector. LG decided to just deflect any knowledge of the situation. Read more

Latest Motorola Camera update now lets users snap pictures via the volume button


Whether you will use it or not, options are always good to have, right? In Motorola’s latest Camera update, users are now able to use the hardware volume button to snap a picture. Sure makes selfies a little easier right? This will work on only the Moto X, Moto G, DROID MAXX, DROID Ultra, and DROID Mini with 4.4.2. We have download links after the break.

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HTC launches a countdown for next week’s live stream of their announcement


There it is! A ton of people, including myself, were wondering whether or not HTC would be live streaming the announcement of next HTC One. The answer is yes. A live stream will go live next week on March 25, next Tuesday. The page currently has a countdown that reads “THE BEST IS ABOUT TO GET BETTER” and includes a timeline of tweets involving HTC.

As you can tell, my tweet did make it to HTC’s timeline on the countdown page. If that kind of stuff makes you giddy, tweet HTC and head over to the source link. We will be live from HTC’s announcement in New York City next week, so stay tuned.

Source: HTC

Premium headphones from Samsung leak, prices from $149 to $349


It has become more common for smartphone manufacturers to offer or make their own headphones. Both Motorola and Nokia already do so. And now it looks like Samsung is ready to get involved. A new leak, courtesy of SamMobile, shows that Samsung is aiming to launch three premium headphones. Each of them have a different focus. All three are capable of using Samsung’s S Voice feature when paired with a Samsung handset. Read more

US Cellular getting the Galaxy S 5 in two colors along with $50 Play Store credit


Earlier today we learned about AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S 5 offering. And now US Cellular has uncovered its plans. The Galaxy S 5 will be available for purchase on April 11 in US Cellular stores across the country. Rather than offering all of the colors, US Cellular is limiting its selection to Charcoal Black and Shimmery White. The purchase has an instant rebate which brings the total down to $199 and the carrier is throwing in a $50 Play Store credit for customers who pre-order the device online. Everything related to the US Cellular Galaxy S 5 is expected to appear on this page tomorrow.

Like AT&T, US Cellular will also sell Samsung’s Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit. We would have to assume the pricing would be the same. The Gear 2 would be $299 while the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit cost $199. If there are any changes, we will be sure to let you know.

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Galaxy S 5 Experience app lets you preview the upcoming flagship


The Galaxy S 5 is coming. And for some people, it cannot come soon enough. To hold over the people eagerly awaiting Samsung’s upcoming flagship handset, the Galaxy S 5 Experience app is now available in the Play Store. What does it do? It is basically just one big preview for the device. Hands on videos (ours can be found here), interactive tours, and a look at some accessories are all included.

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Analyst weighs in with predicted specs, release date of Amazon smartphone


KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a reputation for accurately predicting device manufacturer plans long before announcements are made. He has mainly made his mark with regard to Apple products, although he has covered Samsung on occasion. He is now turning his sights on Amazon and the rumored smartphone coming from the retail giant. In a note to clients, Kuo says,

“we predict Amazon (US) will launch its own brand smartphone in 3-6 months, using the same hardware strategy as used for its e-reader and tablet.” Read more

AT&T’s Galaxy S 5 will be available for pre-order on March 21 for $199, gives Samsung’s wearables a price too


On March 21, tomorrow, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will be available for pre-order through AT&T. The price is comparable to other flagships at $199 with a new two-year contract. If contracts are not really your type of thing, AT&T Next will make the device cost $25/month for eighteen months. If you choose the twelve month option, the monthly payments are $32.50. Still not happy? The Galaxy S 5 will cost $649 without a contract. AT&T says it should ship in early April.

AT&T will also be offering Samsung’s upcoming wearable devices. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will sell for $299 and $199, respectively. The Gear Fit will also sell for $199. There is an incentive, however, when buying the Galaxy S 5 will one of their smartwatches at AT&T. Purchasing the Galaxy S 5 will take $50 off the price of either the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo.

Source: AT&T (1), (2)