I535VRALHD ROM leaked for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III

A new ROM labeled as I535VRALHD has leaked for Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III. This new ROM includes a new baseband radio that is supposed to improve 4G signal strength and includes several other improvements such as battery life. Sadly, the ROM is still ICS 4.0.4 and not a Jelly Bean build, but any improvement is still good nonetheless. If you’re interested in installing this onto your device then follow the instructions in the source link provided.

Also, let us know your experience with the new version and if you’ve noticed any noticeable improvements!

source: Phonearena

Judge Lucy Koh lifts ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1

Judge Lucy Koh has reneged on her previous decision to stop sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US, and has officially lifted the sales injunction on the device. This change of heart has come after a California Court of Appeals found that the tablet did not infringe on any of Apple’s trade dress patents.

As expected, Samsung is thrilled with the decision, saying:

“We are pleased with the court’s action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple’s design patent and that an injunction was not called for.”

Apple’s $2.6 million bond could also potentially be issued to Samsung due to the wrongful accusation. While this decision is certainly good news, Apple should undoubtedly be held responsible for Samsung’s inability to sell its product. Besides, that’s what the bond was posted for in the first place. At this point, though, it’s not even that big of a deal, seeing as the company is already selling its third iteration of the device.

Source: Reuters

Top Gear: Stunt School Revolution launches in the Amazon Appstore

Top Gear is one of the most favorable international shows watched in the U.S. With the continuation of the American series, the Top Gear franchise has grown much larger than its younger years of dry comedy, and average cars. It is now a hilarious supercar/ comedy special, where people who are, or aren’t car enthusiasts can unite.

Luckily the development team over at BBC has created the game, Top Gear: Stunt School Revolution, to give users their Top Gear “fix” while on the go. The game revolves around a crash-style environment, including time trial races and competetive gaming. Here are some of the features:


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Garnet red Galaxy S III now available in the UK for a sweet deal

The Galaxy S III is undoubtedly one of the most powerful smartphones  manufactured. With the international version featuring a quad-core Exynos processor, it is hard not to love. In addition, Samsung creatively gave consumers a variety of different color choices including blue, white, and the infamous garnet red.

The blue and white models have made up the majority of Galaxy S III sales, while the garnet red color has been very limited. Unfortunately, due to AT&T’s agreement with Samsung Mobile, the premier color was exclusively sold through their network only. This was kind of a let down for fans who craved the red design.


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Google close to completing acquisition of face recognition firm Viewdle

As reported earlier today, Google has surpassed Microsoft to take over the number two spot on the largest technology firm list as measured by market cap. Part of Google’s success can be attributed to their diverse portfolio of products and services. That portfolio is close to growing once again as reports indicate Google is very close to completing an acquisition of facial recognition technology firm Viewdle for a price tag of $30 to $45 million. The deal has been in the works for a year after Motorola started the initial talks with Viewdle.

Viewdle’s facial recognition technology can be used to automatically tag photos. This capability was put to work in their SocialCamera app that will automatically tag Facebook friends. In addition to the photo tagging app, Viewdle also created an Android game called Third Eye which tries to weave elements of an MMPORG title with social gaming.

Acquisition of Viewdle and their technology should allow Google to implement facial recognition functions in a variety of their platforms like Google+, Picasa, or the Android system.

source: c|net

Peel Smart Remote app will give Samsung tablet users an interactive experience during Presidential debates

Every four years the Presidential election becomes the thing to talk about in the United States. There are countless commercials, ads, news stories and debates. This time around, Samsung and Peel want their customers to be more proactive in the process. Peel is adding a new interactive feature which will allow their customers to give immediate feedback during the Presidential debates starting on October 3. Peel comes preloaded on Samsung tablets like the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1,  and the Galaxy Note 10.1 so they want to flourish that partnership.

With the Peel app you will be able to cheer or boo what either candidate says in the middle of the debate and then look at what everyone else using the app is thinking. If you feel especially moved by any of the comments you can even donate to one of the candidates on the spot. We have seen other interactive devices that let you take over the living room, but this would be an interesting step in interactive tv. The Peel app is available in the Google Play Store, hit the break for the full press release.


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Adobe Reader XI for tablets brings cloud services and productivity features

In an announcement made earlier today, Adobe has unveiled the next iteration of its Acrobat and Reader software. Along with the new desktop software comes updated mobile applications, which bring some major enhancements, like the ability to edit PDF files, modify paragraph layouts and images, as well as other objects through a newly-introduced design tool.

Adobe is also touting its new cloud applications, including EchoSign, which is the company’s very own electronic signature service. Now users can digitally sign PDF documents directly from their devices, meaning there’s no need to deal with pesky printers and fax machines. Additionally, annotation and comment support has been added. Compatibility has also served as a major focus, as Adobe has engineered the new software to allow users to fill in forms using check boxes, radio buttons and text boxes, with the ability to save these edited documents.

Unfortunately, these new features will only be available on tablets initially, though it’s entirely possible we could see them hit smartphones in the future. Adobe hasn’t provided an exact release date, though we expect to see the new software later this month. Jump past the break to read the official PR.


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Google overtakes Microsoft as third-most valuable company

Google passed Microsoft today for the title of third-most valuable publicly traded company, following market leaders Exxon Mobil and Apple. The company overtook Microsoft this morning on the New York Stock Exchange, and while some speculated that the new position would be temporary, the market has now closed, solidifying the company’s number three spot.  Despite concerns over the company’s decision to purchase Motorola Mobility, Google’s share price is up 30 percent over the previous quarter.

The next competitor on Google’s horizon is Apple, though the folks from Mountain View have quite the gap to fill if they intend to reach that number two position. Regardless, this is glorious victory for Google, and portrays the growing importance of the web and mobile computing.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Samsung Galaxy Camera passes by FCC and will likely be featured on AT&T’s 3G network

Samsung continues their connected devices push by adding the Galaxy Camera. A variation of the Galaxy Camera made it through the FCC with 3G connectivity and looks like it will be on the AT&T network. This likely won’t be the only variation released in the US and there is already one available for pre-order in the UK. There is a likelihood that the camera will also be available on other LTE networks, but those devices just haven’t made it to the FCC yet. With the imminent arrival of the Galaxy Camera, Samsung hopes to start a new era of  Smart Cameras. It is not known when the Galaxy Camera will be available on this side of the pond, but if Samsung has their way, it will be the first of many more android powered devices on the horizon.

Source: FCC

X-Plane 9 now free on Google Play, flight simulator enthusiasts rejoice

Nearly everyone has tried their hand at one version of a flight simulator or another, but now one of the best flight simulators for mobile devices, X-Plane 9, is no free in the Play Store. The app features 21 scenery regions as well as 53 planes to command in addition to WiFi-multiplayer, simulated system failures, and even bird strikes.

Previously $2.99, this powerful mobile sim is now a steal thanks to its free-to-play status. This free version will give you 6 scenery regions and 10 planes. To unlock the remaining regions and planes, you will need to make an in-app purchase. Even if you’re not a flight enthusiast, I suggest heading over to Google Play and downloading this one.  Now, if only FTL would make its way to Android, my gaming library would be complete. Hit the break for full features and download links.


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