When Beats Music finally launched their own streaming music service, playing off the name recognition of their line of headphones, AT&T managed to strike a special deal for their customers. AT&T subscribers were able to get the Beats Music service for a 90-day free trial, much longer than the standard 2-week trial period. In addition, AT&T subscribers could buy a Beats Music subscription for $14.99 per month, $5 more than the normal price, but could share their subscription with other users and devices. This special package is no longer available to AT&T customers although they can still order the standard $9.99 per month Beats Music service. Read more
When Google announced Android 5.0 Lollipop yesterday, one of the points that they tried to really drive home was the fact that Android is an open architecture and system. That statement is a bit of a contrast with developments over the past year that have shown Google seemingly exerting more control over Android and how it is deployed rather than really opening things up. Google vice president of engineering, Hiroshi Lockheimer, indicates in a new interview that we should see Google back off moving forward and that the company had a good reason for the approach they took this past year. Read more
Great news for all you satellite imagery fanatics out there. Google has today released ‘Earth View,’ a brand new Chrome extension that changes your wallpaper to a “beautiful and unique satellite image from Google Maps each time you open a new tab or window.
NBA 2K15 launched today for Android, but for now, the only official way to get it on your device is through Amazon’s AppStore. It’s unclear how long it’ll be until the game is also available on Google’s Play Store. The new game has greatly improved graphics, a new MyCareer mode that has players work through a storyline for their custom-made character, and a new Pharrell Williams-curated soundtrack.
You can download the app from the Amazon link below.
Google Chrome revolutionized translation tools in web browsers when it first launched, and they’re improving it today with their new Translate extension. With the new extension, instead of translating the entire page as was required in the past, you can just translate certain parts of the page by highlighting, right clicking, and choosing “Google Translate”.
The extension is available in the Chrome Web Store, and is free for use.
Source: Official Chrome Blog
Another day closer to the announcement of the N3 and we have another leaked photo. This time, we’re looking at the entire backplate of the device and it reveals one very important thing. The N3 will sport a fingerprint scanner. Besides that we see the new camera in all its glory. From what we know the device will feature various materials including an aerospace alloy (lithium alloy) and steel. We’re less than two weeks away from the big unveil. Of course at the rate that the Oppo N3 is “leaking,” we may know everything there is to know about the device.
via: GSM Arena
Facebook has just started rolling out Safety Check — its new emergency check-in feature, which enables users of the social network to quickly alert friends and family that they’re safe during times of natural disasters and crises.
Samsung just announced a new successor to the Exynos 5, the Exynos 7. According to Samsung, the new processor is 57 percent more powerful than its predecessor. The kicker here is that the older processor, the Exynos 5 5430 is powering one of the variants of the new Galaxy Note 4. However it looks the new processor will be doing the same.
The first Galaxy Golden was originally marketed as a premium flip-smartphone with some less than premium specs. The original had a dual-core 1.7GHz CPU, two 3.7-inch screens (800×480) displays and Android 4.2. We’re not sure how successful the Golden was but it appears that Samsung saw enough purchases to make a sequel and this go-around shows some better specs.
Will.i.am has been talking about launching a smartwatch for a long time now, and finally unveiled the device at Dreamforce. The Puls is a device that wraps around your wrist, allows you to access popular social networking and has a built-in virtual assistant. But don’t call it a watch, Bill prefers you call it a cuff. “Watches don’t have SIM cards”, the multi-platinum artist proclaims, clearly clueless about the Samsung Galaxy Gear S. Read more