Galaxy Gear already performs basic functions with Galaxy S 4


While we know it will be supported in October, we now know that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is already performing basic functions with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Planete Galaxy uploaded a video that shows off what the two devices are able to do together. Changing themes and music, transferring photos, and creating alerts are all possible as of now.

If you’re interested in picking up a Galaxy Gear in the United States, it becomes available alongside the Galaxy Note 3 in early October. Hit the break for the video. Read more

Latest update for Facebook allows editing of posts and more


Facebook is finally implementing what Google+ has been doing all along. Facebook just updated the Android app to version 3.7 giving you the ability to edit your posts so you can fix those typos after the fact. That’s not the only enhancement. You can now use icons in status updates to express what you’re feeling or doing, see upcoming events at a glance on your favorite pages, and create and share new photo albums from your phone.

Facebook is still one of the most popular apps on Android even though it has a dismal 3.7 rating. Just in case you don’t already have Facebook installed, hit the break for the download links.

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Toshiba introduces the first dual camera module for smartphones and tablets


Toshiba just announced a new dual camera module for smartphones, tablets, and mobile devices. It uses two 1/4 inch optical format 5-megapixel CMOS camera modules that will simultaneously output recorded images and depth data. This means that after the image is captured, the module can change the depth of field and point of focus. Basically, it will refocus the shot after the fact, thus giving your a sharper picture.

Unfortunately, you probably won’t see this module on a mobile device until the later part of next year. Toshiba plans to have samples available this January 2014, followed by mass production in April 2014. Hit the break for the full presser.

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Google Glass XE10 update to bring third party app installs


Last week Google Glass got a pretty significant update with XE9, but the upcoming XE10 might be the biggest update yet. It will give users the ability to install third party apps. This update will also give developers access to motion tracking and the ability to create their own voice commands. We have already seen  some great use cases for Glass, but with third party apps enabled, we will finally see some of the true potential that Glass offers.

Glass Explorers can expect to see XE10 sometime in early October.

source: Geek

Samsung implementing region specific SIM locks on new devices


As Samsung Galaxy Note 3 devices have started to land in the hand of consumers, those buyers are finding their boxes adorned with a new sticker bearing some potentially bad news. The stickers inform buyers that the device will only work with a SIM card from the region in which they were sold. At this point, images of the stickers for the “American” model and the “European” model have surfaced, though it is suspected there are versions for Africa and Asia and possibly others. It has been noted that the “American” model appears to cover all regions in North, South, Central America, and the Caribbean. Likewise, the European model covers the countries of the European Union and close to a dozen non-EU countries in that region of the globe. Read more

Slacker Radio for Android gets redesigned and new ‘My Vibe’ feature

Slacker_New_Redesign_September_2013_02When it comes to listening to music, Slacker Radio is still my go-to app. It not only has one of the largest selection of songs, the curated and genre stations are the best available. Last week, Slacker updated the app for iOS with a complete redesign and a new feature called “My Vibe”, and this week Android users get treated to the same.

The new design makes it easier to find the music you’re in the mood for, and if you’re having trouble figuring it out, then tap on the new “My Vibe” feature. This allows you to select an activity based on what you’re doing or what mood you are in, and it will suggest handcrafted playlists from Slacker’s team of curators. Yes, they are human and they do an awesome job.

If you haven’t tried Slacker yet, hit one of the download links after the break and thank me later. If you already use Slacker, go get the update and let me know what you think.

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AT&T LTE arrives in 9 new markets across the country

ATT_4g_lte_logo-420x200AT&T continues to improve their LTE coverage across the United States. Today they have announced that 9 new markets across the country will receive their blazing fast LTE data-network in their towns. Those networks are:

  • Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Bellingham, Washington
  • Joplin, Missouri
  • Statesboro, Georgia
  • San Angelo, Texas
  • Carson City, Nevada
  • Yuba City, California
  • Monterey, California
  • East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Dunkin’ Donuts celebrating September 29th as National Coffee Day by offering free coffee with mobile app

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If you’re a coffee drinker, you’re going to want to remember this. September 29th is officially National Coffee Day, and Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating by giving away a free small iced or hot coffee to anyone who’s using the Dunkin’ Donuts app on their phone between 9 and 11 AM. Hey, free coffee is never a bad thing.¬†They’re also offering discounts on bags of coffee, if you’re the type of person that prefers to brew your own at home.

Anyone taking advantage of this on the 29th?

source: Business Wire

Samsung Galaxy Trend 3 officially released with dual SIM support


Samsung officially announced the release of the Samsung Galaxy Trend 3, a follow-up to the Galaxy Trend II that was released in April. The new smartphone gets some upgrades, going from a 4-inch display to a 4.3-inch display running at 800×480 resolution and Android has been bumped from version 4.1 to 4.2. In addition to the support for dual SIM cards, the device comes with a 1.2 GHz processor, an 1800 mAh battery, and microSD card support. It is only available in white.

At present, the device is only available in China for three different carriers as well as an unlocked version. However, it would not be a surprise to see it available in other locations like India.

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HTC One Developer Edition in U.S. expected to get Android 4.3 this week


Owners of the HTC One Developer Edition in the U.S. will be happy to know that Android 4.3 is finally here! You’ll get all of the obvious 4.3 additions, including Bluetooth LE, OpenGL ES 3.0, updated photo DayDream and some other great features.

HTC hasn’t added too much to the device on their end, other than some bug fixes, faster system performance and a new battery charging animation while the phone is powered off.

It isn’t an enormous update but the changes that are being made are certainly welcome.

Remember, this is just for the U.S. edition, so if you’re international, you’ll have to wait a bit more. Those in Canada are expected to get it some time next month, along with those in Europe.