Experience DVF Fashion Show through Google Glass

Earlier this week we reported on a New York fashion show and one of Google’s current projects, their Google Glass experiment to create a wearable computing device in the form of eyeglasses. Google Glass devices are not slated to be available until 2013. However, Google provided an early prototype to designer Diane von Furstenberg to capture video during the DVF Spring 2013 Fashion Show. Along with showing off the video capabilities as part of the DVF show, Google’s Sergey Brin spent some time this week with the Wall Street Journal talking about the smartphone capabilities.

If you are interested in seeing what Google was able to do with Google Glass, hit the break to view the video.
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Conan O’Brien reveals cut rate Amazon device on his show

You think you are up to speed on all of the news that came out of Amazon’s press event last week? Just waiting for your opportunity to lay your hands on one of Amazon’s new Kindle devices as a gift to yourself? Not so fast. Conan O’Brien broke some updated information from Amazon about a new $5 device – the Wendell. It has most of the features of a Kindle and for an extra $5, a feature exclusive to the Wendell. Check out the video after the break for this impressive device that is ready to “wow” the markets.
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Sprint begins unofficial rollout of LTE service in Boston, Chicago

Hot on the heels of adding four additional cities to its 4G LTE network in late August and announcing their LTE rollout plans a few days ago, Sprint appears to be lighting up two more cities with its LTE service beginning this week in the Boston area, followed next week by Chicago. According to a leaked internal memo, Sprint will begin slowly turning on its LTE service in Boston and Chicago for “testing.” The memo primarily outlines instructions for Sprint employees regarding impending questions from customers in those cities about the sudden appearance of the “LTE” icon on their devices even though the service hasn’t officially launched yet (provided those users have the LTE antenna turned on). Additionally, it specifically instructs employees to tell customers that the LTE experience may not be “optimal” until the network officially launches. It appears that Sprint is indeed making good on their rapid LTE rollout plan mentioned earlier.

source:  Engadget

AT&T to launch the Samsung Galaxy Note II on October 21st

We’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy Note II to debut here in the U.S. sometime this fall. In fact, it’s rumored to land on all four major carriers. BGR just got word from a “trusted source” that it will debut on AT&T on October 21st. Interestingly enough the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone will also debut on the same day. Are you guys excited for this 5.5-inch beast?

source: bgr

Contest: Win a Nexus 7 tablet, $50 Google Play gift card, or a $25 Google Gift Card courtesy of TalkAndroid and Poweramp [Updated with Winners]

Our friends at Poweramp are celebrating their upcoming update, and they wanted to give our readers a chance to win some cool stuff. We’ve got a $25 Google Play gift card, a $50 Google Play gift card, and for the grand prize, a Nexus 7. All you have to do is comment below and tell us what new Poweramp feature you desire that would make it perfect. That’s actually a tough one since it’s already the best music app available now. You have until Sunday, September 16th at 11:59PM EST to get your entry in. On Monday, September 17th we will pick the winners at random starting with the $25 gift card, followed by the $50 gift card, and finally the Nexus 7. We will announce the winners here and send an email to the account associated with their username. Good luck!!!

I can’t imagine there are too many of you that haven’t tried Poweramp yet, but just in case, hit one of the download links below to find out what you’ve been missing.

UPDATE

Congratulations to the following winners

$25 Google Play Gift Card

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$50 Google Play Gift Card

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Nexus 7

Rob Haltmeier

Thank you all for playing and look for another contest soon!!

 

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LG Optimus L9 cruises through FCC

LG’s Optimus L9, the latest phone in LG’s budget-friendly L Series lineup, is one step closer to its European release. The L9 has officially passed through FCC frequency testing which is a good sign that its release should be right around the proverbial corner. If you remember, LG stole the early spotlight before IFA officially kicked off with the announcement of the Optimus L9. The Korean manufacturer touted the phone’s 4.7-inch IPS display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of on board storage – not bad at all for this sleek, budget-friendly device. We will of course provide an update when a solid release date is announced.

source:  FCC

Ice Cream Sandwich Coming to Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1

It’s been a long time coming, but the wait is over for owners of Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 to get their taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. An over-the-air update is rolling out now that will bring Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich to Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The update brings long-awaited features such as Android 4.0 Zero Shutter Lag, Pinch to Zoom, face detection, and an improved picture gallery just to name a few. The only thing left for owners of Verizon’s Tab 10.1 to do is patiently wait for their upgrade prompt, or if you want to see if you can manually pull it, just go to Settings/About Tablet/System Update. Hit the break for the full list of updates that the upgrade will include.


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Featured Play Store Review: Password Genie Data Protection [Productivity]

Security is one of the major buzz words right now as it should be. When it comes to passwords, if you’re like me, you have a bunch of different logins for various sites on top of account numbers for various credit cards and other accounts. Wouldn’t it be great to have a safe place to store all of them? It would serve two purposes; first, it would make them easy to find, but second, and more importantly, it will allow you to use more stringent passwords. Since it’s so hard to remember a bunch of passwords, I know a lot of you end up using the same simple password over and over again. If a hacker can figure it out, they will have access to many sites, and I don’t have to tell you how bad that would be.


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Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and Update Kindle Fire Now Available On Amazon Website

 

If you’ve been hankering for a brand-spanking new Amazon Kindle Fire or Amazon Kindle Fire HD, today is a good day for you. Amazon has officially listed both products as available on its website and is now ready for consumers’ wallets nationwide. The Kindle Fire HD has the 16GB listed for a cool $199 and the 32GB for $249– though the 32GB model is expected to ship by the end of October or so. In case you’ve forgotten, the Kindle Fire HD features a sweet 1200 x 800 HD display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Dolby Audio and unlimited cloud storage space. The refreshed 8GB Kindle Fire on the other hand, will run you $159 and bring with it more RAM and an even better battery life.

Amazon certainly has perfect timing, doesn’t it? After all— it has released the cool products just in time for the beginning of school, yet right before the Christmas holiday. Head on down to the source link to check out more details including complete order and shipping information.

source: Amazon Kindle Fire HD | Amazon Kindle Fire
via: Engadget

Apple Wins Another Victory Against Android, This Time Claims “Rubber-Banding” Patent Infringement Against Motorola

 

Another day, another win for Apple versus an Android manufacturer. A Munich, Germany court recently ruled Apple can file for an injunction against Motorola phones and tablets, due to claims of a “rubber-banding” patent infringement. This “rubber-banding” patent is essentially an effect that can cause a page on a device to bounce back up after a user has swiped to the bottom of the screen, similar to the bounce back patent that was argued recently against Samsung. The unusual part of this story is Motorola actually acknowledged the alleged patent infringement back in April, but then backtracked and denied any sort of infringement later in August. As a result of this, Apple has a few options on the table for itself. The company can: 1) pay $32 million to enforce a ban which wouldn’t be permanent and would be open to an appeal, 2) pay an additional $12.9 million to force Motorola to get rid of any products named in the patent infringement or 3) pay an additional $12.9 million on top of the other fees in order to pursue a German recall of all Motorola products that infringe on Apple’s patents.

Naturally Motorola (and Google) can only shrug shoulders. A spokeswoman for Motorola is quoted as saying Motorola believes ” this will have a minimal impact on our business, if any“. This is because after all– Motorola doesn’t do major business in German markets, so in essence the potential of a sales’ ban would have minimal impact on its overall brand. Still, if you’re an Android  manufacturer, there may be cause for serious concern. After all that’s happened recently, Apple is definitely not looking to let its foot off the gas anytime soon against anything and everything Android.

source: CNet