Apparently there are people out there willing to pay for a very unique way to get ringtones and ringback tones. On Thursday, Verizon launched Slacker Radio Tones with the popular music streaming service. For $2 per month, Slacker Radio Tones gives Verizon customers access to its music and stations. Ringtones work with whatever a user selects or assigns to a specific contact. The ringback tones, though, can operate with a station offered by Slacker. This keeps your incoming callers entertained while generously waiting for you to pick up the phone.
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Google filed a request earlier this week seeking a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that pits the tech giant against another powerhouse in technology, Oracle. The case involves parts of Java that Oracle claims copyright over and believes Google has violated when building the Android operating system. While the dollar figure in dispute, $1 Billion, is sizable, Google is framing the question as key to the ability for tech companies to innovate. Read more
We all know that another Nexus phone is coming soon. In case you were still unsure whether or not it was true, The Wall Street Journal has issued a report confirming what everyone already knows. The handset, codename Shamu, will have a fittingly massive 5.9-inch display. Motorola will manufacturer the Nexus 6 on behalf of Google. It is a play to capture some attention Apple gained by releasing the iPhone 6 Plus to appeal to fans of big screens.
Source: Digits (The Wall Street Journal)
A new leak about the upcoming Motorola DROID TURBO for Verizon indicates the battery will be a massive 3,900mAh unit. This should provide plenty of battery life for the DROID TURBO. Last year’s DROID MAXX had a 3,500mAh battery and was one of the larger batteries on the market. Combined with a possible QHD display and 3GB of RAM, the DROID TURBO could find itself competing at the high end of the market.
HTC is in the midst of pushing out a major update to all unlocked and carrier-branded variants of its current flagship smartphone, the One (M8), situated in Europe. Weighing in at 252MB, the upgrade transports the Taiwanese company’s Eye Experience camera user interface, together with a bunch of stability improvements.
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Today, Lenovo announced a new round of Android tablets that are extremely versatile. They all belong to the new YOGA Tablet 2 line. There are 8- and 10-inch models; however, a Pro model with a stunning 13-inch display will be available as well. Lenovo is not going light with on specifications with these tablets.
This fall, Sony will finally see its devices have wider availability in the United States. Sony announced this afternoon in New York City its flagship phone, the Xperia Z3, will be heading to Verizon. The only difference with Verizon will be the name. To represent Verizon carrying it, the name of the handset is Xperia Z3v. Everything inside and out is the same. It has a 5.2-inch display with TRILUMINOS technology and Sony’s own imaging components for a 20.7MP camera.
The Xperia Z3v will arrive online and at Verizon retail stores on October 23 for $199 on-contract. Plan on purchasing the Xperia Z2 Tablet? Big Red will take off $200 when purchasing Sony’s phone and tablet together.
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Now you can control how long an application has access to your location for. Glympse Express lets users pick and choose which apps and contacts have access to their location. The location sharing is only temporary as Glympse Express has a timer that can go up to four hours. Once time expires, your location vanishes with the apps and contacts you originally shared with. For contacts that do not use Glympse, a simple link sent over will work just fine to track your every move.
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Google is in the process of incorporating a new feature into Google+ which will allow its users to add a poll to their posts. This means they will no longer have to link to an external service such as Survey Monkey to gather results for a questionnaire — it can all be done on the social network itself.
Google has released a new video highlighting their most recent “experiment” with their Google Maps product. For this latest attempt to bring some fun to Maps users, Google strapped a Street View camera on the back of a camel and set it off wandering through the Liwa Desert in the United Arab Emirates. The location is about 150 km (93 miles) south west of Abu Dhabi near the Persian Gulf coast. Read more