Samsung outlines new Smart Home service, wants to connect with third-party products

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Samsung has been going through the rumor mill a lot lately, and many people have big expectations for the South Korean company at CES 2014. In fact, they’ve just revealed what they’re calling “Smart Home”, which connects home appliances, smart devices and smart TV’s into one platform.

One of the more important aspects of the system is that Samsung aims to connect with third party services and products, extending your Smart Home to beyond only Samsung devices and appliances. Hit the break for the press release and to find out more.

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Analyst sees lower fourth quarter earnings for Samsung due to slowing smartphone sales

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Jeffries analyst Hyunwoo Doh has lowered his operating earnings estimate for Samsung in the fourth quarter, mainly due to slowing smartphone sales. According to Doh there is a slower growth in high-end smartphones, leading to lower operating earnings for the Korean company.

Slowing smartphone sales aren’t the only problem for Samsung. Another problem is the fact that there is a lower dollar versus the Korean Won, so for every dollar Samsung makes in the US, they are receiving fewer Won than last year.

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Google reportedly acquires Bitspin, makers of Timely alarm clock app

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Google has recently acquired Bitspin, a company best known for their beautifully designed alarm clock app, Timely. The acquisition was announced by Bitspin earlier this week in a blog post, along with the assurance that Timely won’t be winding down any time soon.

According to the blog post “Timely will continue to work as it always has”, which will be a relief for fans of the app. Could this mean that Android will have a new clock app sometime in the near future? You can get Timely for free from the app store to experience the app for yourself!

Source: The Verge

[Deal] HSN selling Boost Mobile’s Moto G for $79.95 after rebate

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Android’s new budget-friendly superstar is already making rounds on television. Today only, the Moto G is available from Home Shopping Network, who also sells Nokia’s Lumia 521, for just $79.95 after a $50 mail-in rebate. The channel is offering the deal for today only as part of their Today’s Special, so make sure you take advantage of it quickly. At the time of this writing, HSN says that have already sold 5,200 units. Through this deal, Boost Mobile is the carrier being supplied. In case you were unaware, $50 gets you unlimited talk, text, and data; however, for every six months you remain a customer, your monthly bill drops $5 until you reach $40.

If HSN’s straight-up price is not good enough for you, you can use their FlexPay financing that spreads it into monthly payments across two, three, or four months. The four month FlexPay is $35 per month. Also, having an HSN card gives you an extra option of paying over five months. But I am not quite sure anyone really needs to have the Moto G’s price lingering around for months. The source link below will take you to HSN’s site.

Source: HSN
Via: Phone Arena

Seiko Epson unveils incredibly small label printer for Android devices

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Seiko Epson has formally announced a label maker for Android devices, and it’s one of the world’s smallest at only 24 mm large. That equates to about an inch large, which is easily small enough to carry around wherever you might need it. The Bluetooth-capable label maker is good for printing out labels for clothing, decorations, organizing, etc., and with the free iLabel app, you can even do things like print labels from your own handwriting or from an image taken with your camera. There are also options for things like QR codes and speech-to-text transcription. Pretty powerful for such a small tool.

The label maker is battery powered, but includes an AC adapter if you don’t plan on going mobile with it. The add-on application works on both Android and iOS devices, and Epson has released an open-source SDK to allow personalized development for business use. It will be available for $99 with a single roll of paper, or $123 with two rolls of paper. They plan on really showing off this little device at CES next week, so be sure to keep up with our CES 2014 coverage if you want to find out more.

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Hyundai to add full Google Glass integration to 2015 Genesis

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In a move that may go against certain safe driving rules, Hyundai has announced full Google Glass integration in their 2015 Genesis.

Current safety guidelines technically allow the use of wearable technology, as unlike smartphones it’s often handsfree.¬†Hyundai is aiming at making information readily available to drivers without the need to pull out their smartphone, which could be dangerous and take a drivers attention away from driving. Check out the full press release after the break.

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Acer unveils its newest touchscreen Chromebook in White Moonstone, costs only $299

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Acer will be showing off its C720 Chromebook at CES next week in a Moonstone White color. The specs are the same as the original, including at touchscreen 11.6-inch LED HD backlit display, 32GB SSD, 2GB RAM, an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, and a webcam.

The best part is its price— you can get one for only $299 later this month. You’re looking at a low-cost version of a Chromebook Pixel— it has a lower quality display, and a less powerful battery, but you get a fully functioning and great looking Chromebook for cheap.

Hit the break for Acer’s full press release.

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Corning is ready to make 3D Gorilla Glass for wearables

corning-gorilla-glassFor a while now, Corning’s Gorilla Glass has become the standard material for many screens, but it didn’t seem ready for the curved glass of wearables like Google Glass. Corning announced today that they’re ready. The company can now manufacture 3D Gorilla Glass, that will be able to conform to different shapes, without adding bulk or losing strength.

If all goes according to plan, the 3D glass will be available sometime this year. Corning hasn’t yet named customers, but it’s safe to think that many companies will be interested, considering Corning’s success to this point. Check out the full PR from Corning after the break.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for January 3, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Reviews

Moto G review: Finally a budget Android phone to get excited about

Featured Android Game Review: Farm Fest [Arcade & Action]

Apps

Pandora finally receives Alarm Clock feature, lets you wake up to your favorite station

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Microsoft, Google sit uncomfortably as Intel awaits Dual OS announcement at CES

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We all know that the PC market has been shrinking for some time. Although Microsoft has made Windows 8 ideal (in their eyes) for touchscreens, consumers have not responded so well. To aid Microsoft’s big problem, Intel is going with a free solution — devices that can also boot into Android. According to sources close with The Verge, Intel is leading the charge and is in talks with PC manufacturers to unveil these “Dual OS” devices next week at CES in Las Vegas. Read more