Instagram rumored to incorporate private messaging system before years end

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The social network giant Instagram, a company recently acquired by Facebook, is rumored to have a private messaging system incorporated sometime in an update before the end of this year. With the company just recently incorporating videos a few months ago, looks like the next step is  having the users being able to directly contact each other.

I for one don’t think this is a great move. I think part of the reason that a lot of people love Instagram is how basic and simple it is compared to Facebook and others. I feel adding messaging into it will just start turning it into another mini Facebook of sorts. Either way, it looks like it’s going to be implemented no matter what our idea on it is.

What do you guys think, any Instagram users out there happy that this is? Or would you rather keep Instagram the way it is?

source: GIGAOM

Black Friday sales information from U.S. Cellular released, sale for current customers going on now

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American consumers will undoubtedly be rushing to the stores next Friday to buy, buy, buy, and buy. Black Friday is one of the biggest business days in the country— mainly because of amazing deals like the ones below.

U.S. Cellular has outlined its Black Friday promotions for customers one week before all of the madness begins.

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AT&T’s Moto X now receiving 4.4 KitKat OTA update

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Android 4.4 KitKat is taking the Moto X by storm, as the device is the first non-Nexus device to receive the update. T-Mobile and Verizon’s variants got the update just a few days ago, and Motorola announced today that AT&T’s variant would be getting the update today.

Motorola has been extremely impressive thus far with the update, and let’s hope the new DROID line won’t be far behind in receiving KitKat as well.

If you’re on AT&T, keep checking your phone for the update and let us know below if you’ve received it.

Source: Motorola Blog

HTC’s “Desire” lineup to be revamped come November 27th

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Remember HTC’s Desire lineup of phones? Looks like they’re planning on bringing them back and announcing a slew of Desire phones come November 27th in a press event. Don’t expect any high end devices being announced as HTC is aiming for the mid range market for their Desire lineup. With high powered budget phones such as the Moto G and Nexus 5 being very popular at the moment, HTC looks to dip their feet in that market with this lineup.

What do you think of a budget HTC device, would you grab one over the others that are already available?

source: VR-Zone

Latest Facebook app test build shows revamped “flat” style UI

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For months now, plenty of Facebook users have yearned for Facebook to update the UI of their Android app. With the recent test build, it seems like that’s exactly what Facebook is planning on doing. The new test version is at 4.0.0.0.2 and gives Facebook the “flat” style UI which looks similar to the same UI given to their Messaging app. It also looks like they’ve gone to a tab style where you can swipe through to your notifications, newsfeed, friend requests and messages. Check out the images after the break for a look for yourselves as well as the download link.

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Specs, pictures of the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 leak

huawei_ascend_mate_2_leak4Huawei’s Ascend P6S isn’t their only device that has leaked. Today, the Ascend Mate 2 has posed for some photos and we have information on the specifications for the handset. This phablet’s screen comes in at 6.1-inches. But we now know that it will be a 1080p IPS display. The Mate 2 will have a 1.6Ghz quad-core Cortex-A9 processor with 2GB of RAM and Mali-450 GPU. Like the Ascend P6S, this handset will run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Huawei’s Emotion UI, but a software update could allow it to ship with Android 4.4 KitKat at launch. Right now we see 16GB variant as the only storage option. With both the Ascend P6S and Mate 2 seeing massive leaks as of late, we can expect to see them both formally unveiled fairly soon.

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Possible Samsung Galaxy S 5 casing leaks, metallic present

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First we heard that Samsung was in talks with suppliers for a metallic Galaxy S 5 to launch in 2014. Then it seemed like they would just opt for the faux leather back of the Galaxy Note 3. But courtesy of Nowhereelse.fr, we have a look at what would be metallic casing for the GS5. The images were taken by a subcontractor that Samsung hired for the job.

Now there are a few things that indicate this could all just be your usual fly-by leak that develops into nothing. The slot for the camera has been shifted to the left, but Samsung tends to leave them in the middle of their devices. Also, the headphone jack is on the bottom, something new for them as well. And there does not seem to be enough room for a USB 3.0 port that is likely to be utilized given its appearance on the Galaxy Note 3. Even if this isn’t the actual casing for Samsung’s 2014 flagship, we sure hope it is metal because everyone is just about done with the fingerprint-friendly plastic from the GS4.

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3D Systems partners with Motorola to manufacture modular enclosures for ‘Ara’ smartphones

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We were very excited when Motorola announced Project Ara last month, which could bring modular smartphones to fruition in the near future. We have an update that is making us even more excited, and that is that Motorola has entered into a multi-year development agreement with 3D Systems. 3D Systems will be the exclusive fulfillment partner for Motorola, and will manufacture 3D-printed Ara smartphone enclosures.

We still don’t have an idea of when we will see modular smartphones from Motorola and 3D Systems since they are still in the developmental stage, but it’s certainly nice to know that things are moving along. Hit the break for the full presser.

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5.25-inch Samsung device surfaces in Europe, mid-range specs inside

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A mystery Samsung device has been spotted in Europe with the model number SM-G7105, much like the Chinese one that had the model number SM-G7106. This new leak has the 5.25-inch smartphone packing 4G LTE radios, a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The cameras come in at 1.9MP for the front and 8MP on the back. There are no additional details, but we think it’s safe to say that this is slated to be a mid-range smartphone.

Source: Ameblo
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Motorola migrates two more apps to the Play Store: Motorola Connect and Motorola Assist

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Motorola is continuing their trend of moving apps to the Play Store for quicker updates. They already moved the Motorola Camera as well as Touchless Control, and they just added Motorola Connect and Motorola Assist. Motorola Connect syncs your phone to Chrome so that you can read and reply to texts as well as see who is calling you on your desktop. Motorola Assist will take certain actions when your driving or in meetings. For more information on both, see our Motorola Guides: Motorola Assist / Motorola Connect

These apps are only available for the Moto X and the new line of DROIDs, the DROID MAXX, DROID Ultra, and DROID Mini. If you own one of these phones, you don’t need to download the apps since they are already on your device, but we do have the Play Store links for reference.

Play Store Links: Motorola Assist / Motorola Connect