Buy the HTC One (M8) or Robert Downey Jr. will be possessed with the most foul spirit

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For those of you wondering if Robert Downey Jr. was still a spokesman for HTC, wonder no more because HTC just released a 60 second spot featuring him. This is a very simple spot where he basically announces how the HTC walked away with best smartphone of the year at Mobile World Congress for a second year in a row. He tells us that the HTC One (M8) is even better and flaunts his “pre-release” sample.

Of course he suggests that you buy the HTC One (M8) because he will defend it with his very life. And if you don’t get one, he seems to think he will be possessed with the most foul spirit. I’m not sure that is an incentive to buy the All New HTC One (M8), but I will let you be the judge of that. Hit the break for the video.

Google I/O registration pushed to next week

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If you were looking to register for this year’s Google I/O today, you will have to wait until next week. Originally scheduled for today, Google has pushed it until April 15th – April 18th.

According to a post on Google+, they are making the registration process easier. That is always a good thing right? It will still work just like previously explained. Applicants will have 3 days to enter their registration, and there will be a random drawing shortly after the registration closes. Applicants will also get an email notifying them if they won.

source: +Google Developers

Lenovo acquires 3G and LTE patents from NEC

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It seems the hunt for Patents is not over yet as Lenovo recently announced that it has purchased a portfolio of patents from NEC consisting of 3,800 patents filed in countries from around the globe.

The portfolio consists mainly of patents related to mobile technologies and features found in high-end smartphones as well as standard essential patents for 3G and LTE. The company stated that this will give them the additional intellectual property assets needed in order to continue to expand.

Virus Shield pulled out of Google Play Store for being a fake app

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When it comes to mobile security, people take it as a serious matter and try to find a solution to enhance the security of their device in every way possible. This is where Virus Shield, a so-called $3.99 security app for Android that secured the first position on Google Play’s paid apps charts, came into action to save the day (not really) by claiming that it will make your device virus free.

The app climbed to the top of the charts on Google Play’s paid apps section in just over a week, got a stunning and convincing 4.7 rating stars, and was downloaded over 10,000 times. The app claimed that it “prevents harmful apps from being installed on your device”, “scans apps, settings, files, and media in real time,” and “protects your personal information” while having a minimum effect on your battery level.

Motorola honored to receive four Red Dot design awards

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Motorola recently won four Red Dot design awards, something that has never been done before, and today a blog post was posted to the Motorola blogspot that detailed how honored they were. These awards were given for a number of products that were released in this past year, including the Moto X.

Other products that received awards were 3 of the companies Bluetooth-enabled devices, the Motorola Roadster Pro automotive speaker, the Motorola Whisper and the Motorola Sliver II headsets.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 7, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Guides

How to apply slow motion effects to your videos on the HTC One (M8)

Apps

AllCast mirroring to Amazon Fire TV revealed in new video

BT Sport now supporting Chromecast for U.K. subscribers

Dropbox update adds computer account setup via device and some fixes

Samsung expects a declining operating profit for second consecutive quarter

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Despite the launch of its Galaxy S 5 smartphone being just days away, Samsung is forecasting a declining operating profit for the second consecutive quarter. By no means, though, is Samsung doing financially poor. It is just a sign that the company should move its focus to other areas aside from smartphones and a crowded field of tablets that are wildly overpriced. The estimate for the operating profit this quarter, the first of 2014, is $7.8 billion to $8 billion. A hindrance for Samsung may have been the issues releasing the device in South Korea due to carrier punishments, although one carrier jumped the gun regardless.

Later this month, Samsung will reveal its final earnings. That should be the true indicator for Samsung’s quarterly performance.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Samsung releases another budget device, the Galaxy Ace Style is official

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The race to the bottom in the smartphone industry never ends. Samsung has announced a brand new budget device running Android 4.4 KitKat. The Galaxy Ace Style, model number SM-G310HN, runs the latest version of Android with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface on a 4-inch WVGA display. On the back is a 5MP camera and the front features one with 0.3MP. Both dual-SIM and single-SIM variants will be available. Yes, this is the same device that leaked recently.

Do not expect to see the Galaxy Ace Style in the United States. This little guy is heading to European countries for 200 to 300 euros (or $275 to $412 in the U.S.).

Source: Samsung

CyanogenMod 11 M5 released with a number of bug fixes

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Today the latest M release of CyanogenMod 11 was released, M5, bringing a number of bug fixes. This update comes right on time, a month after the release of M4.

You can download the update now, but you’ll first need to find out if your device is compatible. Some devices, like the US Galaxy S III, and the International Snapdragon 600 powered Galaxy S4, aren’t yet compatible because of a couple of issues that need to be ironed out.

Source: CyanogenMod

Three unannounced Samsung smartphones have been shipped to India, we await what they are

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This is just a little mysterious. Three smartphones that Samsung has yet to announce have been spotted on a shipment heading to India for testing. The model numbers for the three devices are SM-C115L, SM-350F, and SM-Z9005. The first is likely the Galaxy S 5 Zoom as it matches the model number from the GS5 Zoom that leaked a few days ago. The second is believed to be a budget Windows Phone 8.1 device with a 800×540 resolution. Sorry, that ‘F’ does not belong to the premium Galaxy F device from earlier. And the third is a Tizen-powered smartphone that Samsung is readying.

It is very likely that only one of them, the Galaxy S 5 Zoom, makes it to the United States. There is a chance that the WP8.1 device does, but Samsung seems to only release one here. And the Tizen-powered device will never make it this way. So cross your fingers if you were expecting something new from Samsung in the United States.

Source: Zauba
Via: GSM Insider

Dropbox update adds computer account setup via device and some fixes

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Dropbox has been updated with a brand new application icon and some user interface tweaks. Aside from aesthetic changes, Dropbox has added the option to set-up a Dropbox account directly from your smartphone with its camera. To be more exact, you can use a QR code to install Dropbox on a computer without having to sign in. The QR code will link your account from the device and transfer that information over to the computer when installing the desktop program.

Hit the break for download links.

Target will sell the Samsung Galaxy S 5 for $100 when you trade in your old device

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Not able to take advantage of Verizon’s BOGO offer for the Samsung Galaxy S 5? Target is running a deal of their own. If you bring a qualifying device in for a trade, Target will sell you Samsung’s new flagship smartphone for just $100 with a new two-year contract. The carriers eligible with Target’s deal are Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.

The deal runs from April 11 through April 19, so check the source link below to see if your current device is eligible for a trade in. The whole process can be done online or in a Target store.

Source: Target

AllCast and Mirror for Fire TV beta released

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Earlier today developer Koushik Dutta showed the world his Android device being mirrored to an Amazon Fire TV set top box. He has wasted no time in making things available for the public as he has announced the release of a beta version of an app to support this on Fire TV. To make things work for now, users interested in giving it a try will have to sideload the receiver APK on their Fire TV. If they are not comfortable doing that, they can wait for its approval by the Amazon App Store as Dutta has already submitted it for review.

HTC One M8 gets S-OFF allowing users to mod their device

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Many HTC device owners will be aware of HTC’s S-ON, which is HTC’s security that prevents modding of their devices, including kernels and custom recoveries. This also includes the installation of Google Play Edition software, otherwise known as stock Android, even though the ROM for it has been available for a while. The Firewater team, which is a team of developers, have managed to achieve S-OFF on the all new HTC One (M8), opening up the device to a number of modding possibilities.

S-OFF will allow users to install the Google Play edition ROM, essentially allowing for stock Android on the device. Users should be wary of doing this, however, as the procedure will void your warranty and is quite dangerous. If you are comfortable with the procedure, then head to the source link below!

Source: Firewater