ASUS Transformer AiO (all-in-one) to launch in Q2 for a starting price of $1,299


Do you remember that dual-boot Windows 8/Android beast that ASUS unveiled last June? Well it’s finally going to be released in North America during the second quarter for a starting price of $1,299. Sounds steep, but not when you consider what you’re getting for it.

The Transformer AiO (all-in-one) is the Transformer of all Transformers. It’s essentially a desktop and tablet all-in-one, but to take it one step further, it utilizes Windows 8 and Android 4.1. The 18.4-inch IPS (1920 x 1080) display can be detached from the PC Station to become a full standalone Android Jelly Bean tablet, but when docked to the PC Station it’s a full Windows 8 desktop.

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Samsung tells everyone in Times Square to ‘Be Ready 4 The Next Galaxy’


When it comes to Android phones and marketing, Samsung is the reigning king. A lot of people are already aware of a certain event that Samsung has planned for next week, but for those that just aren’t in the know, Samsung wanted to make sure they do. Throwing up a huge billboard in the center of Times Square could help that cause in a major way, and that’s what Samsung did.

Samsung is the only Android manufacturer that could pull this off and kudos to them. They earned it, and there is nothing wrong with going big. The Unpacked Galaxy S IV launch event will be one of the biggest Samsung Mobile events ever and TalkAndroid will be there to give you all the information as it happens.

source: pocket-lint

Samsung Galaxy S III Security Flaw Allows Potential Hackers Free Reign on Your Home Screen


SECLISTS.ORG has recently disclosed a potential security flaw on the Samsung Galaxy S III. According to the report, “It is possible to bypass the lock screen on the GSIII allowing an individual full access to the phones features.” We previously reported a similar screen lock bug relating to the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

It appears that when Samsung messes up with security, they go BIG or go home! Similar to the Note II Security flaw, it takes pressing a combination of buttons in the correct sequence to get it to work. Here’s how to do it on the GSIII:
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Google has fun with Google I/O 2013 landing page


While folks wait for March 13th to roll around so they can register for Google I/O 2013, Google has done a little bit of coding on the event’s web site to help the time pass. When landing on the main page, users are greeted with a stylized I/O logo that is interactive. Each press of the I or the O builds a code eight digits long. Get the right code and you can unlock new easter eggs, hidden pages or sound effects. Users have already been hard at work cracking codes and have discovered results like “bacon,”, “song,” and “simon” among others.

If you decide to take a shot at manually guessing the codes, you can use the indicator at the bottom to help you stay on track. As long as the I’s and O’s stay gray, you are on the right track. Hit the wrong digit and the indicator turns red and you will start over. Get it right and it will turn green and take you to your bonus.

Hit the source link to give the Google I/O site a try and burn up at least a few minutes of time. Be sure to share the successful codes you find in the comments for your fellow TalkAndroid readers.

source: Google I/O
via: The Next Web

Department of Justice (DOJ) Sanctions T-Mobile/Metro PCS Merger


Okay, so maybe they don’t openly sanction the merger, but it sure appears that way when you analyze it. The DOJ has let an important antitrust law waiting period expire, which opens the floor back up to the merger. The waiting period, which was required under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, was enacted to control monopolies across various industries.

Of course, this is not the only Antitrust law in place to control monopolies, so the two powerhouses will still have a few hurdles to overcome before they can make the merger final. The next hurdle will be getting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve the transfer of spectrum licenses.
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Nexus 7 Dock Now Available in the Google Play Store


Great news for Nexus 7 owners patiently waiting for the much anticipated charging dock.  Your wait is finally over!  Google Play has listed the dock for an affordable $29.99.

Tech Specs for the dock list it as black with a polished exterior and rubberized base, 220(L) x 65(W) x 30(H), and at only 280 grams, it won’t slow you down when you lug it around on vacation.  The device also contains a 3.5mm audio output jack with a standard 5vDC/2A Micro USB I/O.

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Samsung’s GT-P8220 surfaces at Bluetooth SIG, could be Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Plus


Observers watching for signs of Samgung’s next tablets were rewarded today with an entry in the Bluetooth SIG for a Samsung GT-P8220. Based on the model number, this device appears to be a variant of Samsung’s new flagship tablet device carrying the codename “Roma.” This particular model is expected to be the LTE-capable version of the GT-P8200. In addition to indicating the device will be a “mobile tablet,” the SIG entry also reveals this particular model number is targeted for European markets initially.

Samsung has other devices wending their way through standards-setting groups like the GT-P5xxx models which are believed to also be 10-inch class tablets. The GT-P8200 and GT-P8220 may ultimately be dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus based on upgraded screens or processors compared to some of the other devices.

source: Unwired View

Official Twitter app gets updated to version 3.8, brings smoother animation and “Top Tweets”


Twitter has recently updated their official application to version 3.8, which brings a few small enhancements. First on the list is a “Top Tweets” feature, which will supposedly bring you previous popular tweets whenever you search for something on Twitter. Aside from that, we’ve got smoother animations when using the Discover tab of the Twitter application, and you can see replies to a tweet in the detailed view. Nothing major here, but improvements don’t hurt.

While I think that the official Twitter app lags far behind its competition, it’s good to see Twitter trying to make some improvements if they’re planning on forcing users away from third-party apps. Hopefully we’ll see more improvements in the near future. Hit the links below to get your hands on the download.
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News Corp Launches Android Tablet Built Exclusively For Education


Android tablets open up new, affordable experiences for learning in schools, and News Corp has launched a tablet geared specifically for the education market. Back in July, the mass media corporation rebranded its educational unit to Amplify and this tablet was built out of that after months of testing. Specs are scarce at the moment, but what we do know is it’s a 10-inch Android tablet running custom software.

What makes the Amplify tablet different is its clear focus on education. For example, once students are logged in, they have access to a set list of apps and on the right hand side are “notebooks” which allow quick access to different subjects. Teachers are able to add materials directly to these subjects by class period. Here is a video which shows off the features and functionality of Amplify:

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Google back with another ad showing off Google Now


Last month we saw Google release an ad that aired during the Grammys to show off Google Now and how it can be used in real life. While the last ad took us around the world for visits with several people, this latest ad takes place in one location and focuses on a father and daughter. The ad shows the melding of Google’s Voice Search with Google Now and how having the right information at the right time can be so important. Should anyone think the response is a little quick compared to your real life experiences with either of the Google products, you are not imagining things. Virtually hidden, Google has included a disclaimer indicating the sequence was shortened. Hit the break to view the ad.

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