Google is sending Glass try-on kits to select users

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Following Google’s big one day Glass sale event, it looks like they are contacting individuals who showed an interest in Glass to try it out. These individuals appear to be people who expressed an interest, but not until prescription frames became available. Those potential customers are receiving an email from Google stating that the Titanium collection is now available and they would like to send out a home try-on kit for free.

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Facebook introduces new Nearby Friends feature for location sharing

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Facebook is introducing a new feature that’s going to make its privacy-conscious users cringe. The new feature, called Nearby Friends, does exactly what it sounds like; it alerts you whenever you’re in the general vicinity of one of your Facebook friends. If you’re going to the movies or going out to eat, you can find out who’s near you to arrange a meet-up. » Read the rest

MLB.TV knocks it out of the park with Chromecast support

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It’s a little late, but we will give them a pass on this one since they didn’t wait until the All Star Break. Starting today, MLB.TV premium subscribers will now be able to use the MLB.com At Bat app on their phone or tablet and cast Major League Baseball games to their TVs via the Chromecast. This includes both home and away broadcasts that aren’t subject to the normal blackout rules.

Unfortunately the Chromecast option will only be available to premium subscribers, so those who don’t subscribe, won’t be able to cast the game of the day.

At the time of this post, the app hasn’t been updated, but hopefully it will in time for tonight’s big games. Hit the break for a short video and download links.

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Aio Wireless to offer group discounts similar to Sprint’s Framily plans

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Aio Wireless, the AT&T subsidiary, is taking a page from the Sprint playbook with the introduction of a new Group Save Discounts program. Like the Framily plans from Sprint, Aio is offering discounts that get progressively larger as more subscribers join a “group.” For the second line in a group you get a $10 monthly discount, the third line will net you a $20 discount, and the fourth and fifth lines in a group will each net you a $30 per month discount. Unlike the Framily plans that can go up to 10 lines, Aio is limiting their groups to a maximum of 5 eligible lines for a maximum monthly discount of $90.

If you have Aio Wireless service or want to check out the plan, just hit the source link for more information.

source: Aio Wireless

Toshiba plans on bringing Project Ara to wearables

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So far we have only heard of Project Ara smartphones, but couldn’t the concept also apply to wearables? According to Toshiba Senior VP and Technology Executive, Shardul Kazi, the answer is yes.

While at the Ara Developer Conference, Kazi showed the above slide that represents a module being removed from the phone and inserted into a smartwatch. At this point in the game, this is just a concept and not in development. Assuming consumers adopt this “module” way of thinking, you can clearly see that it’s inevitable that Project Ara could be used for so many other things, including wearables.

source: Engadget

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 16, 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!!

Reviews

Featured Android Game Review: Neon Commander [Arcade]

Apps

Google releases stock Camera app in the Play Store

Google’s new Camera app introduces Lens Blur via software optimization

Chrome Remote Desktop exits beta and can now be used by anyone

Casting live streams to Chromecast added to YouTube app

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Images of rumored redesigned Google+ app leak

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We’ve heard rumors of an interface redesign for many of Google’s core apps, including Gmail and the calendar app, so it makes sense that a redesign would follow to the Google+ app. Some leaked screenshots from Yoel Kaseb on G+ show the app in action, and although he said the app is pretty unstable as is, I doubt Google would go through that much effort to redesign something unless they were serious about moving forward with it. » Read the rest

Mystery LG device hits AnTuTu Benchmark site

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Today a mystery LG device surfaced in AnTuTu’s Benchmark site that bears similar resemblance to the G3, except that it’s resolution is 1080p. This device could very well be the LG Liger (LG-F450). Upon further investigation, the phone has three different model numbers for three different Korean carriers: LG-F450K, LG-F450L and the LG-450S. With the specs of the device almost exactly like the G3′s , could we be seeing maybe a G3 Mini? Or perhaps a cheaper G3? Stay tuned!

source: Phone Arena

LG finally ends rumors and confirms its own mobile processor is in the works

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It has been rumored for months now that LG is planning on producing its very own mobile processing chip dubbed as “Odin.” Today LG has finally came forth to end those rumors and confirmed that those reports are indeed true and that they are working with TSMC to make it happen. The SoC will feature LG’s very own ARM-based design with rumors having it at four 2.2GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.7GHz with the GPU being a PowerVR Series 6.

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Android 4.4 now available for AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active

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AT&T announced today that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active will be their next device to receive Android 4.4. The device launched last summer at Android 4.2.2, before it received an update to 4.3 in January. The 4.4 KitKat update brings all of the regular UI, system, and app enhancements.

If you haven’t already received a notification to download the update, head to the Settings icon in the apps menu > Select the More Tab > Tap About Device > Select Software Update > Select Check for Updates and follow on screen instructions.

Source: AT&T Blog