On Monday, a report emerged that Beats Music would be shutting down despite Tim Cook doing an interview with Charlie Rose on PBS in which he boasted about the feeling the service provides. Apple recently purchased Beats for billions of dollars. Since the acquisition, many Beats employees are said to have been peeled off of the music streaming service to work on Apple projects. The obvious focus for these employees would be iTunes.
The capabilities of Google Now expands often. Today, we are finding out that the latest addition to Google Now is a card that monitors flight prices. It works with data found through Google Flight to track a particular flight’s prices. A card will appear when the price changes. Data from other sites is not yet available with this feature. So to take advantage of it, use Google Flight.
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To some, Android L is already old news. Google engineers discussing things on the Android Open Source Project thread mention an upcoming version of Android multiple times. Unsurprisingly, the said version was called Android M. This follows Google’s alphabetical order for labeling Android versions.
We have yet to find out Android L’s sweet name, but that does not stop anyone from speculating Android M’s. Names being tossed around right now include mint and marshmallow. If Google wanted to go with the branded route, like KitKat, they could target Milky Way or Mallomars.
What do you think Android M should be called?
On the heels of Sprint’s launch, AT&T will be launching this LG G3 Vigor later this week. The LG handset will be available online and at retail stores on September 26. With a new two-year contract, the G3 Vigor will cost $49 or $334 without. Through AT&T’s Next program, customers can bring home the mid-range handset for $13.96 or $16.75 per month depending upon how many months the cost is spread.
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Just in time for the launch of the new iPhone, Microsoft is doubling the amount of free cloud storage. OneDrive, which typically offers 15GB of free cloud storage, will give users of any platform 30GB to enjoy. The promotion runs through the rest of September and all it requires is for the auto upload feature to be activated. After Microsoft adds the extra 15GB to your account, you can disable it without losing anything.
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According to a report published in China this weekend, Xiaomi is getting ready to launch a high-end Redmi Note successor which it hopes will take on Meizu’s recently-announced MX4.
The device is set to pack a 5.5-inch display, be powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6595 chipset with four 2.2GHz Cortex-A17 and four 1.7GHz Cortex A-7 cores, include 3GB of RAM, incorporate a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as an astonishing 8-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 3,500 mAh non-removable battery.
During IFA 2014, Huawei officially announced the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 smartphone. The phone comes with a 6-inch screen powered by Huawei’s own octa-core processor. Two variants of the device are being produced. The first is a 3GB of RAM version that comes with 32GB of internal storage. However, consumers that want to save a bit can get a 2GB of RAM version that only has 16GB of RAM installed. Huawei has started taking pre-orders for this second, lower-spec version through their virtual mall today.
With the Samsung Galaxy Alpha poised to enter the U.S. market thanks to AT&T, Samsung has released an infographic about the device to help introduce consumers to this new segment of the Galaxy line of smartphones. Titled The Evolution of Galaxy Design, the infographic mainly focuses on three characteristics of the Galaxy Alpha. Read more
AT&T has announced the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be available through the carrier starting on September 26th. When the Galaxy Alpha was officially announced, it was thought the device would eventually make its way to the U.S. market through AT&T and T-Mobile. According to Jeff Bradley, AT&T senior vice president for Devices, “The Samsung Galaxy Alpha marries sleek, premium design with all of the great features and Samsung technology that you have come to expect from a Galaxy product.”
Carrier billing is a useful feature on the Play Store, as it allows customers to make purchases without having to use a credit or debit card. Most people don’t mind using a card, but not everyone is willing to put their personal info into a smartphone, and many other people don’t even have a card to use. This is especially true in India, where only about 2% of the general population uses a credit or debit card, and that’s where Google is looking to push carrier billing options next.
Google has been in talks with Airtel, India’s largest wireless carrier, to begin offering carrier billing to their customers. With 40 million customers, that’s a lot of potential market to gain. The terms of the deal aren’t clear, although it’s reported that Google is offering Airtel 10% of each transaction (which is fairly low compared to other carriers) but it seems like the deal will happen in the near future regardless. Read more