TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 6, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

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Adobe releases preview of Creative Cloud for Android

Google enables MMS for Google Voice for North American carriers

Google rolls out more image editing options for Google Slides


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Virgin Mobile releases new Unlimited plans

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Virgin Mobile announced Virgin Mobile Unlimited plans for those who want no contracts but access to unlimited talk and text. For those people who just want talk and text and only use WiFi for data you’ll only have to pay $20 for 300 minutes of talk time and unlimited texting. If you pay $15 more you’ll have access to Unlimited talk/text and 250 MB of data, or you’ll have 300 minutes of talk time, unlimited text and 2.5 GB of 3/4G data. The full price chart breaks down as follows:


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AT&T issues apology for customer data breach

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AT&T has revealed that an employee inappropriately accessed customer data, including Social Security numbers and other account data. It is not clear whether the employee may have done anything beyond accessing data that was off limits, but the company is offering to reverse any unauthorized charges incurred by customers. AT&T is also offering a free year of credit monitoring services to affected customers.
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HTC teases upcoming ‘Double Exposure’ event on Twitter

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HTC took to Twitter earlier today to tease its upcoming ‘Double Exposure’ event, which is scheduled to take place this Wednesday, October 8. Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly what the company is planning to unveil at its exclusive conference, but if we had to hazard a guess we’d say either the much-anticipated Desire Eye or its upcoming GoPro competitor.

Hit the break below to view the teaser.


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Sony continues its “Demand Great” series to show off their Xperia Z3 featuring wakeboarding champion Justin Gratzfield

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With Sony’s recent release of their latest flagship in the Xperia Z3, they’ve created their “Demand Great” series to show off the devices capabilities. In this short video, the Z3′s IP65/68 waterproof and “Live on YouTube” features are shown to its fullest. They also bring in wake-boarding champion Justin Gratzfield to showcase the aforementioned features as a demonstration of its capabilities. In the video you can see him bringing along his Z3 while he’s wake-boarding showing off its water-proof feature, and also broadcasting the event using the “Live on YouTube” feature so that his buddy is able to watch what he’s doing right on the go.

Certainly something cool and useful for customers that love the outdoors and don’t want to be worried that their device may get damaged by water. Check out the video below and let us know what you think!

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Elliptic Labs brings hand gestures to the next level with the use of ultrasound and Multi Layer Interaction

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Earlier in the year we had a chance to sit down with Elliptic Labs to see what they were working on regarding gestures and smartphones. Hand gestures are nothing new, the new Moto X even uses a few. However today’s offerings have only utilized either the camera or IR. In the case of the Moto X, it’s the former. Unfortunately with those technologies, you get too many false positives or no responses at all.


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LG G Watch R could be released as soon as next week

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When LG announced the G Watch R, they did say that it would become available in October, but when exactly? Back in September, it was rumored to be October 14, and it looks like that one will hold. According to the South Korean media, it will indeed be released next Tuesday, October 14, at least in South Korea. It could also become available as soon as tomorrow at one retailer, which might have an exclusivity period.

Pricing is the other big question and the reports indicate 352,000 won, which equates to about $332. That’s a pretty steep price tag. Based on the original G Watch price of 270,000 ($253) that’s a $69 difference. Add that to the original U.S. price of the G Watch, and you get $298.


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Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 show up on video along with Galaxy A5 official renders

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Now that Samsung has broken the seal on the use of metal on their phones, they won’t be stopping at the Galaxy Alpha. The Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are both on the way, with the A5 probably closer to release.

Android MX was able to get their hands on the both the A3 and A5 and put together a short little video (see below) showing off the devices. They even included the Galaxy Alpha for reference. As you can clearly see, both the A3 and A5 designs are similar to the Galaxy Alpha.


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Samsung Gear VR release date and pricing revealed

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The Samsung Gear VR was introduced at the Unpacked back in September, but we haven’t heard much chatter on when we can expect to buy the device or how much. it will cost. One would think with the Holiday season approaching, that it would certainly be by the end of the year barring any production issues.

According to Samsung internal documents, we are looking at a release date of December 1st in South Korea with a price of 200,000 Won, which equates to about $187. Unfortunately South Korea is the only region mentioned, but we can only assume other areas will launch around the same time. As to the pricing, my guess was $199 for the U.S., which is inline.


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