Plex makes Chromecast support free for everyone

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When Plex first added Chromecast support to their app, it came with a caveat – users had to signup for the PlexPass subscription service to cast media. That is changing with an update to the app that is rolling out to Google Play. Now, anyone using Plex can cast media to their Chromecast device. Although casting support is now available to all users, PlexPass or no, Plex is still not a free solution.

Specs for Samsung Galaxy S 5 Zoom surface on GFXBench

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As Samsung prepares to unleash the Galaxy S 5 on the market, it is time for additional devices that are part of the flagship line to start showing up. The newest one is the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Zoom that surfaced on the GFXBench web site. The Zoom monikered devices from Samsung tend to focus on photobug buyers and this device should be no exception.

Developer claims Samsung is using a backdoor to access user data, but security expert disagrees

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If this claim is true, Samsung has some explaining to do. According to the folks that develop Replicant, Samsung has “remote access to data.” Now that is a very large claim to be making. So what do they mean? To do this, Replicant says that Android’s largest hardware manufacturer is utilizing two processors as a backdoor to gain user information. The applications processor handles all of the usual functions; however, the other is for the communication coming to and from the handset.

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is up for sale

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Today, Verizon listed the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition with LTE connectivity for sale.

Verizon has priced the device at $699 out of the box and will cost $599.99 if you sign a two year data contract. The device features a 10.1-inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display, 32 GB of internal storage, 64 GB expandable MicroSD slot, 8,220mAh battery, 8 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera and runs on Android 4.3.

Source: Verizon

T-Mobile celebrating the anniversary of its 4G LTE with network upgrades and a Verizon attack ad

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It has been just a year since T-Mobile announced its 4G LTE network. Since then, T-Mobile has been able to reach more than 200 million people in over 270 metropolitan areas in the United States. To celebrate, the nation’s Un-carrier says they will be upgrading its 2G/EDGE network with the help of 4G LTE. In a company press release, T-Mobile says this “upgrade will provide customers who currently experience 2G/EDGE coverage new access to 4G LTE, and many already covered by 4G LTE will enjoy access to 4G LTE in even more places.” Whenever a carrier decides to expand, consumers always win. Also, T-Mobile plans on completing 50% of this upgrade by the end of 2014.

The other component of this celebration comes from a new lawsuit involving T-Mobile and Verizon. Feeling that Verizon is inaccurately portraying T-Mobile’s coverage map, the Un-carrier is asking that Big Red ceases and desists any advertisements under question.

As we wait to see what Verizon has to say, hit the break for T-Mobile’s new commercial that fights back and the official press release.

Huawei’s Dual OS smartphone will be available in Q2

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Huawei is working on a handset with Dual OS powered by Android and Windows Phone together.

As reported by TrustedReviews, Huawei’s Chief Marketing Officer, Shao Yang, said that the company is still committed towards producing Windows Phone smartphones. He said “Compared with Android, the priority of Windows Phone is much lower but is still one of our choices of OS. We are definitely using a multi OS strategy.

Yang said that a Dual OS smartphone powered by Android and Windows Phone together will garner a wider consumer base. “With Windows Phone, one direction for us – and one that we are now following – is dual OS. Dual OS as in Android and Windows together“.

Google lowers cost for Google Drive storage

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Today, on the second anniversary of Google Drive, Google has announced that they are lowering the cost for storage on Google Drive. To buy 100GB of storage previously cost $4.99 per month, and now will only set you back $1.99 per month. To buy 1TB of storage used to cost $49.99 per month, and now it will only cost you $9.99. Users can now buy 10TB of storage for $99.99.

The price difference is substantially lower than before, with a terabyte costing a fifth of what it used to. Of course users can continue to use Google Drive for free with 15GB of storage. Current paying users will automatically be moved to a better plan at no extra cost.

Source: Google Drive Blogspot

Amazon expected to release “Project Aria” smartphone this year

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Rumors about an Amazon smartphone have been going on for a while now, and originally the speculation was that the device would be released last year. Clearly that didn’t happen, so we’re expecting a smartphone to be released by Amazon this year.

According to recent rumors, the company is indeed moving ahead with a smartphone, and it’s currently being referred to as “Project Aria”. Amazon apparently wants to develop smartphones that cater to emerging markets as well, but the obstacle for the company will be delivering their content to those areas. Currently Amazon doesn’t have global licenses, so services like Instant Video are limited to inside the U.S.

The U.S. will be a very important market for Amazon if and when they go ahead with releasing a smartphone, and according to sources Amazon has talked to multiple carriers in the U.S.

Source: The Information
Via: Techno Buffalo

Lebron James not happy over how his Galaxy Note 3 wiped off all the data on it

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Lebron James, a professional basketball player of the Miami Heat, posted a tweet on Twitter yesterday expressing his concern over how his Galaxy Note 3 suddenly wiped all of the data on it.

His tweet read, ”My phone just erased everything it had in it and rebooted. One of the sickest feelings I’ve ever had in my life!!!” James has been promoting the Galaxy Note 3 in various commercials for Samsung. Not long after it was retweeted by thousands of users, he deleted the tweet. Good news is that he later tweeted that he got all of his data back and everything’s back to normal again. “Close call. Wheew! Got all my info back. Gamer! Lol”.

Samsung working on new tablet with AMOLED 2560×1600 display

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Samsung is working on a new tablet to add to their lineup with a Super AMOLED display as a followup to its first and only AMOLED tablet, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from 2011. The tablet is going to come in WiFi, 3G, and LTE versions, with all having a display resolution of 2560×1600 pixels. The screen size is still a mystery, but we can expect anywhere between an 8-inch or 10-inch display.

The tablet will be powered by a processor in the Exynos 5 series, and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, with the Samsung’s  TouchWiz overlay including the Magazine UX. There are some new features being tested for the device, like the Ultra Power Saving Mode function, which saves battery life by disabling things like background data and color output of the display. From the specs, it looks like this device could become Samsung’s new flagship tablet.

Source: SamMobile

 

Amazon Prime increases price $20 to $99 per year

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Amazon is increasing the price of Prime by $20, to $99 per year. It’s a smart move for the company to increase the price, with the demand for the service higher than ever. There were rumors that they would increase the price by as much as $40, but they did us a favor with a more reasonable increase. The service is still a remarkable deal that everyone should take advantage of, offering free two-day shipping on over 20 million items, Prime Instant Video, and the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library

 

Samsung’s Galaxy Grand 2 hits South Korea

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Samsung’s newest Galaxy Grand model, the Galaxy Grand 2, has been unveiled and will soon hit South Korea. The device features a 5.25-inch HD (720p) display with Optimal Wide View, LTE-A support, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB RAM.

The device will have 16GB of internal storage, and 8MP camera, a microSD card slot, a 2600 mAh battery, and runs Android 4.3 with Multi Window, S Translator, Story Album, Sound & Shot. Expect the device to be released in both black and white for 517,000 won.

Source: SamMobile

International Galaxy S 3, Note 2, and Grand 2 Duos may actually get KitKat

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Last month, Samsung released a list of devices that would see the coveted KitKat update. While the first list was regarding the U.S. devices that Samsung planned on updating, it was expected that Samsung would release a list involving its international variants of the same devices. However, the international S3 appeared to have been skipped over when Samsung finally released that international list. Those of you outraged S3 owners can douse your torches and put away your pitchforks because it appears that the update is coming.

Xiaomi kicks the budget phone game up a notch with a larger screen and octa-core processor

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Xiaomi has been working hard at engraining itself in the budget smartphone game in various markets. The Redmi looks to give users decent specs for around $130. Well it looks like the company will be pushing the envelope. A new device has popped up showing a 5.5 inch 720p IPS display with an octa-core processor. There will be two variants, one clocked at 1.4GHz and one clocked at 1.7GHz. Both devices will have 1GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2.

Sadly, as with most budget devices, some things have to be sacrificed for others. There isn’t LTE on-board. There are either TD-SCDMA or WCDMA options out there with the possibility of CDMA2000 versions coming out later. So if you’re looking for LTE you’ll have to look elsewhere, but the caveat is that the phone should have decent battery life without the worry of LTE draining it.