New tools available in latest OfficeSuite 7 update


MobiSystems full office suite for Android devices, OfficeSuite 7, received an update today that adds some new tools to make document creation and editing easier for users. In Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, users can now insert an image directly from their camera. Other improvements are specific to different types of files. For Word documents, you can now launch a Google search from within the document, resize tables, and replace images. PowerPoint users now have support for links and shadows in their documents. Users working on Excel files will enjoy better font formatting and the ability to autofill with cell dragging, an improved user interface, and the ability to reorder sheets.

At the universal level, the app now supports dual screens and issues with QuickSpell have been sorted out. Integration with the Oxford Dictionary of English is now possible, although that integration is sold as a separate add-on product. If you are interested in grabbing this latest update, just use one of the Google Play Store links below. The full app is available for $14.99 from the Play Store and works on Android 2.2 or higher.

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DISH Network targets Sprint with competing $25.5B bid to trump SoftBank offer


DISH Network announced today that they have submitted a merger proposal to Sprint with a value of $25.5 billion. The offer consists of $17.3 billion in cash and another $8.2 billion in stock. According to DISH Network’s news release, the cash portion of the deal represents an 18% premium over the offer currently on the table from SoftBank. DISH Network also points out that the ownership proposal for stockholders is a better deal as Sprint stockholders will end up with a 32% in the entire merged company whereas SoftBank is only offering a 30% stake in the Sprint portion of the company if they buy it up. According to DISH Network, the merger with Sprint will create a unique company that can offer customers video, broadband, and voice services both in-home and out-of-home.

Keep in mind Sprint is also in the process of acquiring full ownership of Clearwire, but that deal is contingent on the closing of the SoftBank deal. With a competing offer now on the table, it is not clear how that might impact the acquisition of Clearwire. Sprint has not yet issued a response to this latest offer. Hit the break for the full press release issued by DISH Network.

Verizon’s Droid DNA gets updated to fix SIM card detection


The Verizon Droid DNA has a new update out that improves SIM card detection. We don’t have much more information other than “Verizon Wireless and HTC encourage you to download this update”. The update is 2.06.605.1 710RD and is available now.

That’s it folks, as there isn’t much more to add. Let us know if you have received this update and if it made things better or worse.

Source: Verizon Wireless

Featured Android Game Review: Mr. Eyes [Sports & Puzzles]


Are you looking for a new game to play that is not only challenging, but very, and I mean very addictive? Then look no further than Mr. Eyes from Laurent Bakowski. This one is part basketball, part physics, and part puzzle. Mr. Eyes is an alien that loves basketball and has removable eyes. Since his eyes are nice and round he uses them to score baskets. You can even change his outfits. I know all of this sounds very odd, but visually it’s pretty cool.

Now this isn’t a “stand in front of the basket and shoot” kind of game. Each level consists of a basket that might be fixed or moving along with different obstacles. You can move Mr. Eyes from right to left via tilting your device and you shoot with a swipe-like fashion. Basically you hold your finger down and move it in the direction that you would like to shoot. You can see a line that will represent the direction the ball, I mean eye, will go in. You’re going to have to figure out the right angle to toss the eyes because you won’t be able to get a direct shot at the basket. You will probably have to bounce the eyes off either the walls or other objects. When you’re happy with the direction of your shot, you simply release your finger. Each level gives you four eyes, and your goal is to get all four in the basket. There is one huge caveat though as you only have 24 seconds to get the job done.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Lands on Telus April 27th


April 27th is a day to mark on your calendar my friends, that is if you live in Canada. Telus just issued a press release with all the juicy details about the Galaxy S 4. I’m getting a little ahead of myself here, because the date is only important if you preordered the device. If not, you are going to have to wait until May 3rd when the phone becomes available in stores.

The phone will cost you $700 off contract, or $199 with a standard three year Canadian contract plus an additional $50 data plan. You have your choice of white frost or black mist.

Continue on past the break for all the details from the Press Release 

HTC One Hitting T-Mobile April 24, Reveals Leaked Photo


The HTC One release date for other carriers has already been revealed, and now thanks to a leaked planogram, the One is expected to launch on T-Mobile April 24. The leaked planogram reveals “Stores that are carrying the HTC One” with the supposed launch date. Not all stores will be carrying the One, but this is hopefully a sign that T-Mobile customers can also get their hands on it online. Since the official unvieling of the HTC One, numerous delays have plagued the upcoming flagship device. Although this leak doesn’t make an April 24 release date official, at least T-Mobile customers now have somewhat of an idea.

Source: TmoNews

J.P. Morgan upgrades HTC to “neutral”


Do you remember last week when we told you about HTC’s disappointing Q1 earnings report? Well it looks like HTC may have pulled off the turnaround they were hoping for. J.P. Morgan Securities upgraded HTC’s stock to “neutral” from “underweight”.  They also raised the target price from NT$160 to NT$330 due to the sales of their new Flagship Phone, the HTC One.

HTC needed to kick into high gear, and it appears they know that too. Over the last two weeks HTC’s supply issues “have significantly improved” according to Alvin Kwock, J.P. Morgan analyst.

How to turn off Facebook Home and go back to your stock launcher


So you tried Facebook Home, but now you want to remove it as your default launcher and go back to your phone’s stock launcher. Changing launchers can be a little complicated for the novice, but one thing Facebook did right with Facebook Home is make it very easy to turn off. The normal method is to go into settings/apps and select the launcher that’s running (in this case Facebook Home) and select remove defaults. This can still be done, but you can do it in less than half the time by going into the Facebook Home settings and select “Turn off Facebook Home”. The next time you hit your home key, you will be prompted to choose what launcher you want to use (just like when you first installed Facebook Home). Just check “Use by default for this action” and select your stock launcher or any other launcher you might have installed on your phone.

If you ever want to return to using Facebook Home, just open the Facebook Home app like any other app. The next time you hit the home key, you will again be prompted to choose your default launcher, of which you can choose Facebook Home again. Nothing could be easier. Hit the break for a quick video showing you how it’s done.

Pink HTC Butterfly to grace Taiwan market


It looks like consumers in Taiwan interested in grabbing a pink HTC Butterfly will get that opportunity according to Taiwanese website ePrice. Their site is reporting today that HTC is making a pink cherry powder colored HTC Butterfly available on April 30th. According to the site, pre-orders are now being accepted at both Yahoo! and PCHome. The pink version will be sold for NT$21,900 ($731 USD). This is slightly less than the red and white versions that have been released.

Last month we reported on rumors that HTC is working on a successor to the HTC Butterfly. The appearance of additional colors on the market is typically a sign that a manufacturer is ready to move on to their next version of a device and are content to drive sales of their previous generation device with new versions, like different colors.

source: ePrice

How to get your status bar back full time with Facebook Home


There’s no question that Facebook Home puts Facebook front and center on your phone. I guess that can be a good thing for those that love Facebook, but one thing that you might be missing is your status bar. You know that little bar at the top of your phone that shows you the time, your signal, how much battery life is left, and what notifications you have? Hopefully you didn’t forget about it already.

Facebook by default turns that off because they want you to only care about people and nothing else. You can still get to it with a swipe down at the top, and for some of you that might be okay, but it’s an easy fix if you would like to get your status bar back full time again. Just go into settings for Facebook Home and make sure that “Show Status Bar” is checked. Hit the break for a quick video showing you how it’s done.

Pantech Vega Iron To Be Unveiled April 18, Takes On The Galaxy S 4

Pantech Vega Iron

Pantech is looking to take on the Galaxy S 4, and come April 18, we’ll get all the details. Called the Vega Iron, this phone appears to be the new flagship device we reported on last week. Here are the rumored specs:

  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080 display
  • 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16 or 32GB internal storage with microSD card support
  • 13-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • 2150 mAh battery
  • 136.3 × 67.6 × 8.8 mm at 154 grams (5.4 oz)

How to securely lock your phone while using Facebook Home as your launcher


If you installed Facebook Home on your phone and you have a security-enabled lockscreen with a pin code or pattern, you may have noticed that your Facebook account is visible when you turn on your phone’s display. This means that anyone who picks up your phone will have access to your Facebook account and is free to do what they want. When they try to open any other app, they will be prompted to enter the code or swipe the pattern to fully unlock your phone, which really isn’t the intent of security-enabled lockscreens.

When using a security-enabled lockscreen, it should mean that your phone is 100% locked, not 90% locked. The good news is that it’s an easy fix. All you need to do is go into the settings for Facebook Home and uncheck “See Home When Screen Turns On”. Now when you (or anyone else) turn on your phone, your security-enabled lockscreen will be the first thing that you (of they) will see. Making Home show up first by default was a bad move by Facebook, but thankfully they made it easy to correct. Hit the break for a quick video showing you how it’s done.

ASUS Qube becomes the Cube and is now available for pre-order


It was introduced at CES as the ASUS Qube, but it will officially be spelled as the Cube. I found it interesting that they spelled it with a “Q” in the first place, and I suspect there was too much confusion with the Nexus Q, hence the change. Last week it was reported that it would be available on April 23rd, which was darn close as it looks like it will be April 24.

How do we know? Newegg has the Cube on their site with that release date, and it’s available for pre-order now. Pricing is a little higher than what we were told as well. The plan was for $129, but now it’s $139. However, Newegg is offering a $10 promotional gift card, but only for people who order by April 23.  This pricing is very surprising when you consider that most of the competition is around $99, and ASUS has a strong history of pricing their Android devices competitively.

I didn’t get to spend too much time with the Cube, but I didn’t see anything that it offered more than other Google TV devices except for the unique cube-like user interface. Priced at $139, does the Cube have a chance of helping bring Google TV to the forefront? Check out our hands on video, and/or hit the break for Neweggs’s 21 minute demo video.

Leaked Staples document hints at Samsung Galaxy S 4 availability


An image alleging to show a leaked Staples document reveals some information about availability of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 at the office supplies retailer. According to the information in the internal memo, the Galaxy S 4 will be available for AT&T customers on April 26th. The T-Mobile version will be available a few days later on May 1st, but Verizon customers will have to wait another month until May 30th. The document does indicate in several places that the Staples reservation process does not guarantee delivery of the device on those dates, just the availability of a unit for a customer to buy when inventory does show up.