Lookout says 63% of us can’t keep up with mobile tech, nominate your “Tech Hero” in contest

lookout_mobile_featureLookout Mobile Security‘s research has found that 63% of people just can not keep up with mobile technology. In a study group of more than 2000 people, one in three of them depend on someone who has a great deal of knowledge in the field. And of those that depend on a “Tech Hero,” 75% will turn to them for advice on what smartphone or tablet to purchase. These mobile tech-savy individuals may have accounted for $2.8 billion in the third quarter of 2013.

To reward these “Tech Heroes,” Lookout is holding a contest on Facebook. All you have to do is head over to their page and nominate your go-to for mobile technology. From there, nominees receive votes and become eligible to win prizes. The grand prize winner will be announced on January 7, 2014 and split $2,000 with their nominator. Leading up to that date, nominees will be randomly selected as winners for a few different devices. The four weeks prior will feature two Nexus 7 tablets, two Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watches, and two Samsung smart TVs.

You can find the Facebook page here. Hit the break for a video. Read more

Twitter app for Android gets a rather big update

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Twitter is constantly trying to make their official app up to par with the plethora of 3rd party Twitter clients that are available. Whether you love or hate the official app, at least progress is being made right? Nonetheless, today Twitter has updated their app which includes a slew of new updates:

  • New Design
  • Refreshed look and feel. Home, Activity and Discover now available by swiping in Timelines. Easier access to DMs.
  • Share photos in Direct Messages.
  • Send and receive photos via DMs.
  • Notifications from your network.
  • Choose to view Replies, Retweets, and Favorites from only the people that you follow.
  • Receive Push Notifications from the people you care about most.
  • Favorite their profile to receive a Push Notification any time they tweet.

Check out the images and QR code after the break!

Sprint launching Galaxy S 4 that supports their Spark LTE network

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To operate on its Spark LTE network, Sprint will soon be releasing a tri-band Samsung Galaxy S 4. Sprint has already released the LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Mega, and GS4 Mini on the Spark network. Current Galaxy S 4 owners on Sprint will not reach Spark speeds as it requires additional bands specific for the network. Sprint Spark can achieve up to 60Mbps to satisfy your speed demands. This new GS4 model can be had for $199 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year contract; however, you can opt for Sprint’s One Up and pay $25 per month. For now, Sprint Spark is live in New York, Miami, Tampa, Chicago, and Los Angeles with plans to expand greatly next year.

The full press release can be found after the break. Read more

Samsung focusing on smartphone accessories, peripherals in 2014

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A new report out of Korea says that Samsung has lowered their smartphone sales projections for 2014 from 360 to 330 million units. In doing so, Samsung hopes to focus on smartphone accessories and peripherals next year. The reason for shifting its focus and lowering sales projections is because the smartphone market is becoming increasingly crowded. But by no means is Samsung worried. Selling 330 million units is certainly a great goal to have. This new focus will likely start with the release of the Galaxy Gear‘s successor when it is rumored to launch beside the Galaxy S 5. This could also mean that the S Pen’s functionality will be expanded with the release of the next Note device. Only time will tell to see how Samsung innovates in 2014.

Source: ET News
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Updated Nova Launcher includes elements of 4.4 KitKat in new version 2.3 update

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Nova Launcher is one of the more widely used launchers on the Google Play store, and for good reason. Updates are of plenty, and the developers continuously bring great content to devices.

Today, Nova Launcher received update 2.3, which adds the genuine KitKat “look and feel” to the launcher— this includes the KitKat scroll indicator, KitKat folders, and more. Beta testers have been using these features for a while now, so the rest of you can finally get your hands on it!

The full changelog and a link to the app in the Play Store are after the break.

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Google offering new folio case for Nexus 7 devices

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You say you decided to spring for the new white Nexus 7 or took advantage of Google’s bundle offer for a Nexus 7 and Chromecast device? Don’t forget to get some extra protection for your new tablet with a new Nexus 7 Folio. The case now listed in Google Play comes in black or red with a price tag of $49.99 in the U.S. The case is made from polycarbonate with elastomer. The bumper-style case has a trifold cover that gives users a couple different options for how the devices sits depending on how it is being used. Your Nexus 7 will also be able to tell when the case is opened or closed and will wake-up or sleep as appropriate. The case will work with wireless chargers as well.

To grab one, just hit the source link to head over to the Google Play store.

source: Google Play

Samsung Galaxy S4 Crystal Edition made available in Thailand

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Samsung recently launched a Crystal Edition of the Galaxy S III mini in Germany, and now it will be launched another Crystal Edition device, this time with the Galaxy S4, in Thailand. The device will be available in limited quantities (3,500 units) and comes with studded Swarovski crystals on the back and is essentially the same phone as the Exynos variant of the device.

The price is 20,300 baht, or $630 USD, making it more expensive than the standard 17,400 baht, or $540 USD. It makes sense, because there are crystals on the back.

It’s pretty unlikely that we’ll be seeing the phone in closer markets anytime soon, but if you want one, hurry up before it’s out of stock.

Source: SamMobile

Google adds Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition to lineup

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If you have been looking for a large screen smartphone, but want that latest stock Android experience and hopefully faster access to updates, Google has added yet another device to their Google Play Edition lineup that may meet your requirements. The Sony Z Ultra, a 6.4-inch behemoth is now available in the Google Play store for $649 in the U.S. and capable of running on the AT&T or T-Mobile networks. The Sony Z Ultra comes with a Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.2 GHz and 2 GB of RAM to help push the full 1080p HD screen. In addition to being really big, the Sony Z Ultra is dust and waterproof. It also has a unique screen covering that lets you use a pencil or ballpoint pen as a stylus.

If you are interested in super-sizing your smartphone and want something that blurs the line with tablet devices, hit the source link to place your order.

source: Google Play

Plans for Google’s barge in the San Francisco Bay at a stand-still for time being

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Rumors about Google’s barge in the San Francisco Bay have been swirling for the past month, adding to the speculation that the search giant will be using the massive floating structure as a showroom of sorts for Google Glass or a number of any other new Google products.

However, new information states that the barge’s construction will not be complete until well into 2014, mainly because the Coast Guard had to inspect the barge and ended up actually requesting a change to the interior of the vessel.

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LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition tablet now available in the Play Store

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So the LG V510 wasn’t a Nexus device after all, but it might be the next best thing. It’s the G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition and it’s already available in the Play Store for $349. This version of the G Pad 8.3 is identical to the non GPE version except for one glaring difference…..you get Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

The rest of the specs include an 8.3-inch (1920 x 1200) Full HD IPS display, a quad-core Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot for expanded storage, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, and 4,600mAh battery.

source: Google Play Store