Samsung gets another hit with Ortiz selfie with Obama

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Samsung appears to have once again struck it out of the ballpark so to speak with a pseudo-organic tweet similar to the Ellen DeGeneres selfie taken during the Oscars. This time the celebrity was David Ortiz who was visiting the White House with the Boston Red Sox. During the visit, Ortiz captured a selfie of himself with President Obama. Samsung helped promote the image via Twitter, sending it out to their 5.2 million followers.

T-Mobile (partially) changes stance on employee discounts, letting customers keep grandfathered discounts

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Yesterday, T-Mobile announced they were cutting off employee discounts for all consumers, including customers that were grandfathered into the discounts. To put it bluntly, that announcement sucked. Today, John Legere has partially changed the decision about employee discounts through the Un-carrier that will benefit some consumers, but not all.

If you had an employee discount on your plan prior to April 1st, you will be able to keep it as long as you stay with T-Mobile and stay with the employer. T-Mobile is wisely not forcing older customers off of the plans. However, any new customers after today aren’t going to be able to get any type of employee discount, but the $25 reward card for a device upgrade still applies.

VIVO’s newest device will have a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and a powerful camera

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VIVO’s Xplay 3S is a monster of a phone, featuring a 2k resolution screen and a Snapdragon 801 processor. It can easily compete with all of the other high-end devices being released this year, but that’s not stopping VIVO from working on something even better. They’ve released some teaser images onto Chinese social media site Weibo, hinting at a device with an even faster Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, and the tagline “discover, record, change,” which seems to hint at the camera being a point of focus for the device.

They didn’t mention anything about display resolution, but since VIVO is obviously able to pack a 2k display into their devices, it would make sense for them to keep that up. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more about this mystery device.

source: G for Games

Google Play Newsstand updated to version 3.2.0 with updated layout and new My Library tab

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Google Play Newsstand is one of the Google apps to get an update today, bringing it up to version 3.2.0. The update changes the interface around a bit, adding in separate tabs for different topics such as business, entertainment, and sports in the Read Now section and merging My News and My Magazines into a single My Library section.

Having the different labels in the Read Now section of the app makes it much easier to quickly jump to exactly what you want to read, and creating a single My Library destination will trim the app up and make it easier to navigate. Keep an eye out for the update on your device.

Google Play Movies & TV gets updated with Info Cards and a minor facelift

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The Google Play Movies & TV application is currently getting the version 3.1.22 update pushed out to users. On the user interface side, Google has finally added a slide-out menu. It is very similar to the one found when using the Play Store itself. The slide-out menu includes Watch Now, My Movies, My TV Shows, On Device, and Shop with the usual Settings and Help & Feedback.

On the playback side of things, the app now has Info Cards. These cards will automatically be displayed as soon as a video is paused. So instead of pausing the video and having to cue the content, it will pop-up right away. Info Cards display information regarding the actors and actresses on-screen.

Hit the break for download links.

Google Keep updated with interface tweaks, image search functionality, and a trash menu

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Keep an eye out for an update to Google Keep soon, as the search giant has updated the note taking app in the Play Store with a handful of improvements. The interface looks slightly different in the update, with the default status bar changing to Keep’s signature yellow hue. The same status bar will update to match different colors depending on the color of the note you’re currently viewing.

Google has also added in the functionality for searching specific images, and there’s a new trash menu where you can view your recently deleted notes.

This one’s going to be a staged rollout, like always, so keep an eye out for the notification. Hit the link below for the Play Store link.

Amazon Game Studios shows what is coming and the first Fire TV exclusive “Sev Zero”

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Amazon’s new Fire TV set-top box does just about everything. Even gaming. As its name suggests, Amazon Game Studios is the company’s very own developer for gaming. Today, the studio has posted a video giving a preview at what it has up its sleeve. Amazon Games Studio assures consumers that each and every game is designed specifically for Kindle Fire tablets and the Kindle Fire TV set-top box. The games in the preview show various genres.

An exclusive title was officially announced as well. Sev Zero is available today for $6.99; however, most people will not be able to play it until their Amazon Fire TV devices arrive in the coming days. Buying the Fire TV’s game controller will actually net you Sev Zero automatically. So if you plan on gaming with your Fire TV, do yourself and purchase the game controller.

Hit the break for an Amazon Game Studios preview and a trailer for Sev Zero. And as you wait for your Amazon Fire TV to arrive, check out the first commercial featuring Gary Busey.

Chrome Remote Desktop hits invite-only beta

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Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop app has taken one step closer to an official release today, with an invite-only beta going live in the Play Store. Unfortunately, that means you probably won’t be able to test it out, but considering Google publicly releases a ton of products with beta tags, this might be widely available sooner than you think.

The app appears to work pretty similarly to most other remote desktop clients. You install the Chrome extension on your PC, then install the Android app from the Play Store, then sign into your Google account to start a connection. Pretty simple, for better or worse.

There’s no shortage of remote desktop apps available for Android, but a (free) Google option might convert a few users.

source: Droid Life

Verizon cuts $25 off the price of line service for More Everything plans with 10 GB or more data

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Last month, Verizon launched its new More Everything plan which replaced the carrier’s Share Everything service and gave customers more data , cloud storage and unlimited International messaging. The carrier just announced a further discount for customers on its More Everything plan along with the Edge upgrade program. They will reduce $25 off the price of the smartphone line service if customers choose a data plan of 10 GB or more.

Gmail introduces custom theme sharing option

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Gmail is offering a new feature much similar to the Gmail Shelfie April Fool’s joke. The new feature now allows Gmail users to share their custom theme with their friends, families or anyone. That said, you can now go to Settings, and under Themes, you’ll find the “Share your theme” option which requires you to choose how you want to share your custom theme…. either by sending an email, by Google+, or even by copying and sharing the link provided.

Google will be sharing some of their favorite themes as well on Google+ every Thursday so be sure to check it out.

PolaSma by Polaroid is the newest smartphone for teenagers

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Today Polaroid announced a new smartphone aimed at teenagers – the PolaSma (Polaroid Smartphone). While the company is struggling to survive, this new device is certainly a step forward.

The device comes with a 5″ LCD display with a resolution of 960×540, as well as a 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6582 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It also comes with an 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The PolaSma will come in 3 colors, Cherry Pink, Blueberry Blue, and Lemon Yellow.

Source: Polaroid

Gary Busey is the star of Amazon Fire TV’s first commercial

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You read that headline correct. Gary Busey is the star of Amazon Fire TV’s first commercial. Busey, who is a noted hilariously bizarre man, talks to a lamp in the commercial. Yes, a lamp. The idea is that Roku’s streaming set-top boxes cannot use voice commands and Fire TV can. Busey gets to do a voice search of himself. After being satisfied with the results, he goes into one of his trademark screaming fests.

To watch the very entertaining commercial, hit the break for the video.

How to setup and use BlinkFeed on the HTC One (M8)

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HTC’s BlinkFeed was first introduced on the HTC One (M7), so it’s no surprise that it found its way onto the HTC One (M8). BlinkFeed helps you keep track of the news that matters to you. Just like other apps such as this, you can also follow social networks and app data such as your calendar.

HTC makes it very easy to add content. Just tap on the action menu and you will see all the sources you are following. You can easily add content by category or by site. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to add content that isn’t part of BlinkFeed’s pre-selected sites, but it can be done. The good news is that HTC does offer a decent variety of stuff.

In this video, I show you how to setup BlinkFeed with pre-selected sources,  how to add sites that aren’t already included in HTC’s curated list, and how to turn off BlinkFeed if you so wish. So what are you waiting for? Hit the break to get started.

Upcoming Huawei flagship smartphone leaks, metal body and Kirin 920 processor included

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Last month, Huawei’s Kirin 920 processor surfaced in an AnTuTu benchmark. When that happened, it was quite obvious that the processor would be found in an upcoming device from the Chinese manufacturer. Today we have a look at that device. In the image above, you are looking at Huawei’s upcoming flagship handset and it looks like it is made completely out of metal.

The image is believed to have come from a software engineer and provided some specifications as well. The Kirin 920 octa-core processor will have an ARM Mali-T628 GPU with it. The display is has an eye-popping 2560×1600 resolution. The camera on the back is rumored to be 32MP.

If these specifications are true, Huawei sure does have a beast on its hands.

Source: Weibo
Via: G 4 Games

Trial reveals Apple’s marketing chief riled up over Samsung ads

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As the Apple v. Samsung trial starts to move along since starting earlier this week, we may be treated to some interesting bits of information about how the two companies viewed each other and how that guided their strategy. As part of his opening statements on behalf of Samsung, attorney John Quinn  indicated that,

“We will show you internal Apple documents, documents that haven’t been made public before, and showed how Apple was really concerned about competition from Android, and in particular Samsung…This new, edgy marketing strategy…it drove Apple crazy.”