Samsung WW9000 washing machine packs a full 5-inch touch screen

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These days, every appliance in the home is getting smart. Today, Samsung announced a washing machine that has a full 5-inch touch screen that you will never have to use. Instead, using Smart Control allows users to both control and monitor the WW9000 washing machine from a mobile device. Everything from setting cycles to knowing when a load is complete can be down away from the machine.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi version starts to receive Android 4.4 KitKat update

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Samsung has started to roll out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi only version of the tablet. This comes about a week after Samsung started pushing out the same update for the 3G version of the device. Users have indicated devices located in the U.K. are already receiving the update and it is expected to reach others areas in the coming days.

The update is just like the KitKat update issued for other Samsung devices. Users get all the features and benefits of KitKat like better performance, the white status bar icons, better battery life, full-screen album art  on the lock screen and wireless printing support. Users can navigate to Settings -> About -> Software updates on their devices to check for the update.

source: SamMobile

Variant of Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 could launch as the Galaxy W

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A 7-inch variant of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 could be launched in South Korea as the Samsung Galaxy W. Previous information about Samsung’s successor to the Samsung Galaxy Mega had put the screen size at only about 6 inches, slightly smaller than the current version, but still a large device, especially for one intended to serve as a phone. In addition to the 7-inch screen, the Galaxy W appears to come equipped with a 1.2GHz processor, possibly a Snapdragon 400, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal store with a microSD slot, and an 8 MP  rear-facing camera.

The new name for the device was discovered on a product brochure leaked by a South Korean source. According to the information on the flyer, the Galaxy W will be getting a “Phoneblet UX.” With split-screen functions and landscape mode, it sounds like this is similar to other current Samsung devices outside of the attempt to coin a new term for a large-scale smartphone that pushes into tablet territory based on size. The device also appears to come with Samsung’s faux leather back similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It is believed this device will only be available in South Korea via SK Telecom.

source: SamMobile

Chrome OS, Android merger rumors spark as patent reveals smartphone in Chromebook

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For quite some time, there has been rumblings that Google would eventually merge Chrome OS (or Chromebooks) with Android. Fuel has been added to the fire as a Google patent shows a mystery laptop with a smartphone built-in that can be detached. The patent was submitted way back in September 2012 and granted just this February.

The idea of it all is very simple. The smartphone would send over its data to give the laptop some function, especially considering a Chromebook is designed for a wireless connection. Think back to the Motorola Atrix and things look familiar. The smartphone would dock into a laptop, but in that case the interface of the Atrix was mirrored. With this patent, it may simply mean a wireless connection transfers over.

Source: USPTO
Via: Patent Bolt

Verizon announces XLTE with 2X data speeds

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As expected, Verizon took the wraps off of their new and improved faster 4G LTE network, dubbed XLTE. In a nutshell, it should provide more capacity along with 2X the speed than traditional LTE. The best news out of all this is that it’s not a soft launch in a couple of cities. It’s actually going to be available to many customers thanks to the AWS spectrum purchase from 2012. All Verizon is doing is flipping the AWS switch on in the cities that offer it, and compatible phones will now access both the 700 MHz spectrum along with the AWS spectrum for super fast XLTE.

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New details regarding the HTC One (M8) Prime come forward

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Mess with a bull, you get the horns. That is what happened on Twitter today between HTC employee Jeff Gordon and @evleaks. There seems to have been a misunderstanding between the two regarding something that was leaked and information being wrong. Either way, we learned some details about the upcoming HTC One (M8) Prime. In short, we are looking at (another) stunning device from HTC. Read more

Root app developers to be challenged by upcoming Android versions

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With a new version of Android ready to start rolling out on a large scale before too long, including to the AOSP, some changes in the system will likely create some new challenges and require some additional work on the part of developers who create apps that rely on a rooted device. The first of these changes involves SELinux and some adjustments to make it even more secure. The tighter settings mean developers will have to invoke more complicated context switching for their apps. It also appears Google is switching the default runtim compiler for Android to ART which will create some challenges. Finally, it looks like Google is going to require PIE (Position-Independent Executable) for non-statically built executables. Read more

Moto E already rooted with unofficial TWRP recovery

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The Moto E ships with close to stock Android and an unlockable bootloader, so it was pretty obvious it wouldn’t take long before the device was rooted and ready for custom ROMs. Thanks to XDA, you can now root the device and install an unofficial TWRP recovery on the device.

The root process is pretty simple and uses Chainfire’s SuperSU updater and can be done with the stock recovery or TWRP. Flashing the recovery takes a bit longer, but it’s still relatively painless thanks to Motorola keeping the Moto E an open device. However, Motorola hasn’t released the source code for the Moto E kernel, so touch screen support is a bit weird in recovery, but that’s a small price to pay.

You can get the complete (and short) instructions at the link below.

source: XDA Developers

Koush releases AllCast Receiver in the Play Store

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Koush, of ClockworkMod fame, has released a companion to his AllCast app. This companion app, the AllCast Receiver, does what the name says and acts like a receiver for photos, videos and music files you send via AllCast. Essentially the app takes another phone or tablet and allows you to stream from another device. It also allows you to stream this media to Fire TV, Ouya, Android TV stick, or Google TV devices. Those interested in checking out the app can hit the break for a QR code and download link. Enjoy!

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Apple and Samsung working on settlement talks once again

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According to Korea Times, the legal battle between the tech giants of Apple and Samsung may be coming to an end. Of course we’ve seen that before, only to also watch it crash and burn, but according to the Korean news publication, both companies have resumed talks to settle patent disputes out of court and if all goes according to plan, will end the multi-year battle between the two companies as early as the end of summer. Both are discussing royalty payments and the possibility of cross-licensing to avoid future court battles.

This news does come of last week’s announcement that Apple would be dropping patent disputes with both Motorola and Google. Should the two companies come to an agreement in ending the great patent wars, this will bode a different direction for all companies involved as there are also discussions about a cease fire (cease litigation) for a certain period of time on future disputes.

source: The Korea Times