Quad and octa-core MediaTek processors to come to Samsung devices in 2014


Recent news from DigiTimes says that MediaTek’s quad-core and octa-core processors could be used in Samsung devices as early as next year. MediaTek currently has hardware built into many of the devices manufactured in India and China. 

This could be a huge deal for MediaTek, which would mean that they are providing chipsets to the world’s largest smartphone maker.

It’s more likely that they use MediaTek’s chips in lower-end and mid-range devices and keep using their own Exynos chips in their own flagship devices. Although MediaTek’s chip are quad and octa-core, they are very affordable considering their quality.

Source: DigiTimes

Target confirms previously leaked Brightspot prepaid mobile plan


Earlier this week, @evleaks sent out a tweet with leaked images of some Target merchandise suggesting that the company would soon be partnering up with T-Mobile to offer its own prepaid wireless mobile brand, “Brightspot.”

Target confirmed the rumors today on its company blog, saying that customers will be able to get unlimited talk/text for as low as $35/month. For $50/month, users will also get unlimited data with high-speed data use capped at 1GB/month.

Target will also give you a $25 Target gift card for every six months you have the service.

Target certainly believes there is a lot of demand for their new service, which will directly compete with Walmart’s “Straight Talk” brand.

Source: AllThingsD


Samsung jumps into wireless audio speaker market with new Shape product


Samsung announced today the availability of a new wireless speaker system they will start selling on October 13th. The primary piece of the new system is the M7 speaker that includes a woofer, two mid-range speakers, and two tweeters. These are all packed into a triangular case that can stand vertically, horizontally or be mounted to a wall. In addition to the speaker, a Samsung Hub device will be available to control multiple speakers. The system can handle up to five M7 speakers which will sell for $399 each and the Hub will sell for $49.

The M7 speaker can be paired to a smartphone via Bluetooth, NFC or WiFi. Samsung notes the ease of use in setting up the system, which is accomplished by plugging the speaker into your router and downloading the app used to control the system. The app Samsung has created is quite flexible and provides a large degree of control for the user. Multiple audio sources can be used and they can be streamed to specific rooms simultaneously.

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Rdio enables free streaming for their 20 million songs

RdioWith so many competitors allowing free radio streaming through their apps, Rdio was put under pressure. They have today announced free internet streaming of radio stations on Android and iOS. With the new feature, they hope to better compete with alternatives like Slacker, Google Play Music, Pandora, and Spotify.

Users can choose from ten radio stations based on artists, songs, 400+ genres, and You FM, which is a personalized station based on your listening history. In addition, you can share your station with others, and as part of a new feature, create stations based on albums and playlists.

Check out the presser from Rdio after the break.

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Archos launches three new “Platinum” Android tablets

archos_platinumFrench technology manufacturer Archos has today announced and launched three new Android tablets – the Archos 97b Platinum HD, 101 Platinum and 80b Platinum. First, the Archos 80b Platinum comes with an 8-inch, 1024×768-resolution IPS screen.  The Archos 97b Platinum HD has a resolution of 2048×1536 with an 9.7-inch panel, while the Archos 101 Platinum includes a 10.1-inch 1280×800 display.

The 9.7 and 10.1-inchers both include 2GB of RAM, while the 80b has just 1GB of RAM. All three tablets are powered by an unnamed quad-core Cortex A9 CPU at 1.6GHz, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and 8GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD slot. Prices are still up in the air, but Archos claims that they will come at a “better” price than rivals from Apple and Samsung.

source: Android Central

Watch ABC streaming app updated to add support for seven new devices

watch_abcABC updated their “Watch ABC” streaming app to add support for a few more devices. Previously, all that was supported were a few tablets by Samsung, and the Nexus tablets. Among other devices, this update adds support for a number of devices from Samsung, the HTC One, and Google’s Nexus 4. The full list of newly supported devices is:

  • Nexus 4
  • HTC One
  • Galaxy Note
  • Galaxy Note II
  • Galaxy S II
  • Galaxy S III
  • Galaxy S4

If you own one of the supported devices, head past the break and download the update to enjoy streaming your favorite shows on demand.

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Samsung HomeSync will be available in the US on October 6 for $299

Samsung_HomeSyncSamsung announced the HomeSync more than seven months ago and said that it would be available by April 2013, but the Android TV box is just making its way to the public now. Beginning October 6, the HomeSync will be available in the United States for $299 via Best Buy, Amazon, and various other retailers.

As a reminder, the HomeSync is a Jelly Bean powered device that lets you use your Galaxy phone or tablet as a remote control, and it offers 1TB of storage for up to eight user accounts. You can share and sync media from your mobile devices to the big screen, as well as surf the web and stream content wirelessly. All you need from your TV is an HDMI connection.

You can read the full press release after the break.

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Is Amazon Set to Release a Chromecast/Apple TV Competitor?


With the holiday season just around the corner we’re bound to see an influx of rumors regarding the launch of random tech devices between now and then. Today’s rumor pegs Amazon as being set to release a Chromecast, ROKU, and Apple TV competitor. The Firetube, as it’s rumored to be called, will be similar to the ROKU in terms of size and shape. It would also be similar in that it would grant users access to various apps. One would expect to see that Amazon’s video service that’s apart of its Prime membership.

According to sources close to the Wallstreet Journal, Amazon has approached various media-centric companies and cable television providers to partner with. They would release their media on apps designed for the box. Currently, those with a Prime account are only able to stream media through the PC or certain set-top boxes such as the ROKU. Even as such Amazon will need to hurry to get this out before it’s too late and for the right price.

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Samsung Mobile chief product officer leaves company


Kevin Packingham has been the chief product officer at Samsung Mobile for the past two years, but as of Tuesday, he is no longer with the company. The reason for the departure is unknown and it’s unclear whether it’s voluntary or not.

“Kevin Packingham has departed Samsung Mobile,” said Ashley Wimberly, a Samsung Mobile spokeswoman, in a statement. “We thank Kevin for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

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Unlocked ZTE Grand S and Nubia 5 coming to the U.S. available for pre-order October 5

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The major carriers in the U.S. haven’t embraced ZTE, but if you are fond of either the ZTE Grand S or the Nubia 5, you will get your chance to buy one this month. Starting October 5, you can pre-order unlocked versions of either phone from Amazon (and other channels) for a ship date of October 16. The Grand S (pictured above) was unveiled at CES last January. It features a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 1,780 battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s one of the thinnest phones at 6.9mm thick. It will go for $399.

The Nubia 5 (pictured below) appears to be some sort of variant of the Nubia Z5, but there really isn’t too much different about it. It has a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 2,300mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The camera is a Konica-Minolta 13 MP AF and has LED Flash and a Sapphire Lens. It’s priced slight higher, at $449.

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