Google highlights ‘Flight Search’ feature to find and save flight information

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Google’s ITA Software blog just posted some information highlighting the best features of Google Flight Search.

If you’re not ready to book your flight immediately, you can save the information and easily access it all later when you’re ready to book it. To save a flight, you can hit the star icon, and you can access these flights again later by hitting the star icon again when you’re on the flight search home page. Any price changes or availability details will be reflected in the saved information as well.

It’s definitely a handy little tool that can be used when searching for flights on the go.

Source: ITA Software Blog

Republic Wireless now offering Moto X

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Service on Republic Wireless may not be top-notch, but the cost of their plans certainly are. To go along with these awesome plans, they now have a pretty awesome phone. The company announced that the Moto X is now available on the carrier for $299 off-contract.

If you want to see how Republic’s plans work, see the info below.

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data, on WiFi only – $5/month
  • Unlimited talk and text on WiFi and cellular, and unlimited data on WiFi – $10/month
  • Unlimited talk, text and data on WiFi, plus 3G cellular – $25/month
  • Unlimited talk, text and data on WiFi, plus 4G LTE cellular – $40/month

Source: Republic Wireless

Samsung looks to increase market share two-fold in Africa in coming year

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It’s no secret that Samsung’s meteoric rise in the smartphone industry is still continuing today. Surprisingly, there’s even more that the company can be doing to keep its success going.

By the end of this year, Samsung expects that half of the smartphones sold in Africa over the course of 2013 will be Samsung-branded, and hopes to double these sales in Africa in 2014.

It’s the perfect demographic— Africa’s growing tech savvy and urbanized growing young population is growing, and foreign manufacturers are swarming.

Of the total 100 million mobile phones solid in Africa this year, about 20% are smartphones, and half of those are Samsung-made. Samsung has its work cut out for it, and it’ll be interesting to see what it can do.

Source: Reuters

Motorola Moto G FM Radio app added to Google Play

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When buyers get their hands on the new Moto G smartphone, they will discover several of their stock apps are available through Google Play in the same manner as some Moto X apps. One of those apps is the FM Radio app sporting a simple swipe-based navigation system. The app lets users tune in to FM radio stations, using a wired headset as the antenna, as well as build a list of favorites, scan for stations, and get information about what is playing. It appears the app will only work on the Moto G, so it is unlikely anyone would need it at this point. If you want to check out it, we have provided some screenshots and download links after the break. Read more

Samsung plans for flexible screen on next-gen of smartphones leak, features interactive side-pane

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The race to release the first smartphone with a flexible screen is over. The LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Round have been released in all their glory. Now, the race begins to create an a smartphone that actually utilizes the flexible screen correctly.

Some Samsung sketches just leaked, which show exactly what they’re trying to do here with their next generation of smartphones. These ideas aren’t anything new, as Samsung showed us a prototype with a bent screen on the side of the device, creating a control/information bar.

Bloomberg brings us today’s leaked plans. Hit the break to see just a few things that could be done with such a phone:

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LG hoped Google would give a “hat tip” to LG heritage in naming latest Nexus smartphone

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A new report from Korean news source Chosun gives a little back story on the name of Google’s latest smartphone, the Nexus 5. According to sources, LG pushed on Google to name the device the Nexus G in a nod to the device’s connection to the LG G2 smartphone which the Nexus 5 is loosely based on. LG apparently suggested to Google that Samsung was provided with this kind of consideration when they produced Nexus devices, the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus. Google resisted and eventually denied the request from LG, opting to stick with Nexus 5.

The report does not indicate when these discussions took place or when the final decision to go with Nexus 5 was made by Google. It could be Google wanted to stick with Nexus 5 as both a recognition of the smartphone’s position as fifth in line as well as in connection with Android 5.0. For much of the past year, many thought the next version of Android after 4.3 was going to be the 5.0 version going by the Key Lime Pie moniker. It would have made sense to have Android 5.0 running on a Nexus 5 from a marketing standpoint. As we all know, that changed when Google partnered with KitKat for naming rights to the operating system, although it is not clear whether the current version was really going to be 5.0 or was always on the path to being the Android 4.4 that we are all trying to get our hands on.

At the end of the day, LG lost out on the opportunity to make a subtle connection between Google’s success with the Nexus line and their own flagship devices marketed under the “G” name.

source: Chosun
via: G for Games

Best Android video player applications [November 2013]

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Not only do our Android devices make great MP3 players, but they make great portable home theaters, too. With the resolutions on many devices competing with the televisions in most people’s living rooms, they’re great choices for watching movies and TV shows on.

Most Android devices will bunch any movies, TV shows, or just home videos into your gallery application with your pictures and downloaded images. That’s generally not an ideal place for organizing them, and to make things worse, you’d only be able to watch the videos in the built-in video viewing application. More often than not, the stock app is lacking in many features or just can’t play all of the formats you may have your videos encoded in. Fortunately for you, this guide is going to go over the top 5 applications to make your video watching experience that much better. Read more

Samsung gives further clarification on their SIM Regional Lock policy

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When the Galaxy Note 3 launched, many people were up in arms over a SIM Regional Lock policy that Samsung implemented, which made it difficult for people to import the global version. At first, it appeared the Note 3 would only work with the SIM for the country that the particular model was intended for. Then it was later clarified that if you powered on the phone with the proper SIM (from the country it was intended for), then it would be unlocked and could be used anywhere. However, many people found this wasn’t the case.

Now Samsung has chimed in again with more clarification on how it works.¬†Apparently there is one more step that is needed in order to free the phone of the Regional Lock: Once the phone is powered on with the proper SIM, you will need to make or received calls for a total of 5 minutes. Once that is completed, the Regional Lock will be removed. Now if you have no way of doing this because you’re in the U.S. with a European model, you can still go to a Samsung Care Center, and they will unlock it for you.

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[Deal] 2012 Nexus 7 on Woot! for as low as $129

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This one might not be a smoking hot deal, but it is a decent deal for anyone looking for an inexpensive tablet. Woot! has the 16GB 2012 Nexus 7 for $129 and the 32GB version for $149. I should point out these are factory reconditioned, and it’s not clear if you will still get the normal manufacturer’s warranty. My past experience with factory reconditioned products is that it does, but Woot! mentions nothing about it. They do offer a Square Trade 1 year protection plan for $22.99, which is leading me to believe that it doesn’t.

There are a lot of inexpensive tablets out there, but this one already has Android 4.4 KitKat, so it’s still a pretty good deal. The deal expires at midnight tonight or when they sell out. Hit the source link to get your order in.

source: Woot!