Samsung Galaxy Mega hits Bluetooth SIG, headed to AT&T

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Samsung’s humongous new phablet, the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega, has shown up at the Bluetooth SIG on its way to what appears to be AT&T’s network, likely alongside the S 4 Activ. AT&T is keeping their lips sealed, but it shouldn’t be too much longer before they make some kind of announcement.

This is the 6.3 inch Galaxy Mega features a 6.3-inch 720p (1280 x 720) LCD display, a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 8 MP rear camera, and a nice 3,200 mAh battery. It’s not a top-end device like the Galaxy S 4, but if you’re looking for something a little more budget friendly with a huge screen, keep an eye out for this device.

source: Bluetooth SIG

via: Unwired View

Samsung developing contact lens-computer, should compete with Google Glass

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Multiple research organizations, including two Samsung departments, have reportedly been developing a new nano-material which could be used to create smart contact-lenses.

Project leader Jang-Ung Park, a chemical engineer at the Ulsan National Institute, said “Our goal is to make a wearable contact-lens display that can do all the things Google Glass can do.”

The team successfully fixed a light-emitting diode onto a soft contact lens that can be purchased right off the shelf. They then attached the diode using a combination of graphene and silver nanoware. The technology was tested on rabbits, who have eyes similar to that of humans. No negative reactions were recorded.

The technology is still a long, long way from hitting the market, as only one pixel was attached to each lens— Google need not worry about any competitors in the near future, but in time, it will definitely be something they need to prepare for.

Source: Technology Review

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 7, 2013

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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!!

Accessories

Official Samsung wireless charging kit released for Galaxy S 4

MOGA controllers with Boost technology coming soon, will charge your phone while you play

Mad Catz to unveil Project M.O.J.O. android gaming micro console at E3

Wish your Galaxy S 4 had a slide-out QWERTY keyboard? There’s an accessory for that

Carriers

AT&T all set to quietly revamp its GoPhone prepaid plans for customers

Larry Page confirms that the U.S Government doesn’t have direct access to Google servers

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Right now the biggest story is regarding our phone calls and if the government is watching and listening to our every move. It all started with the news that the National Security Association had secretly ordered Verizon to hand over all their call logs. Then it got crazier when it was reported that a government agency called PRISM has free access into a slew of internet companies such as Google, Facebook, YouTube and others.

Well Google CEO Larry Page along with Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond took to the official Google Blog to make a statement and to tell us the truth. The blog post clearly states that Google not only has nothing to do with PRISM, but they never even heard of the agency until yesterday.

“First, we have not joined any program that would give the U.S. government—or any other government—direct access to our servers. Indeed, the U.S. government does not have direct access or a “back door” to the information stored in our data centers. We had not heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday.”

Photos reportedly taken by Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 reveal 20.9 megapixel sensor

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We have more information on the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2. We already informed you that it might be able to make phone calls, something the original Galaxy Camera could not do.  Today, Techtastic got their hands on photos that appeared on Google+ that seem to have been taken with a Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, or model number EK-GN120.  Of the pictures, the largest was 5472 x 3080 resolution, suggesting at least a 20.9-megapixel sensor on the new device. The original Galaxy Camera, if you recall, is 16.3-megapixels.

We don’t know much more about the rumored device, but if we’re lucky, we’ll see more at Samsung’s event on June 20.

source: Techtastic
via: Sam Mobile

Wish your Galaxy S 4 had a slide-out QWERTY keyboard? There’s an accessory for that

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I remember loving my original DROID”s slide-out keyboard and thinking that I would never buy a phone without one. Well things changed, and more importantly screen sizes have gotten big enough that touch typing isn’t an issue anymore. Still, there are some that love having a QWERTY keyboard, but also want the latest and greatest high end phone. Now you can have both with this new case for your Galaxy S 4.

This case features a full slide-out Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard. It’s backlit so you can still type in the dark, and has dedicated buttons for Home, Search, and Play/Pause. The keyboard can even act as a kickstand when you want to watch movies. The 280mAh battery will give you 8 hours of typing or 45 days of standby time. The good news is that it can be charged with the same micro USB cable as your phone. It’s priced at $79.99 and is available now.

Hit the break for the full list of features and specs along with the link for ordering.

Mad Catz to unveil Project M.O.J.O. android gaming micro console at E3

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Well it looks like 2013 is going to be the year of Android gaming consoles. We already have the OUYA and the soon to be released GamePop, and it looks like Mad Catz is about to join the party. We really don’t have much information about it other than it will be shown at next week’s E3. The only reason we know that it exists is because Mad Catz CEO Darren Richardson referred to it in their latest earnings report:

“At next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles we will unveil the keystone product in our GameSmart initiative, Project M.O.J.O., an android micro console configured to harness the maximum gaming horsepower from an android device. The Project M.O.J.O. android micro console is being designed to interact seamlessly with our GameSmart controllers, mice, keyboards and headsets. With our long history in the gaming industry, Mad Catz has the technical capability, product breadth, global distribution, and developer and publisher relationships that uniquely position our company to embark on this ambitious initiative. We believe the GameSmart initiative fits perfectly with our long-term strategy of designing innovative products for passionate gamers and our strategy of expanding into emerging markets.”

MOGA controllers with Boost technology coming soon, will charge your phone while you play

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PowerA is will introduce two new controllers next week at E3 that sound pretty exciting. They already offer two of the best controllers for Android phones in the MOGA and MOGA Pro. These new controllers will be based on the same designs, and will feature what they are calling Boost technology. In a nutshell, these new controllers will charge your phone while you are playing so you can play longer. I would assume they will have a pretty large battery in the controllers, but they didn’t specify the size.

Both controllers will have support for multiplayer gaming on the same screen, better ergonomics, improved Bluetooth radios, support for more than 100 MOGA Enhanced and HID compatible games, and the MOGA S.M.R.T. Lock arm for securing phones to the controller. Those few people using a Windows Phone 8 device will be happy to know that they will now be able to use these controllers. For Android users, the MOGA controllers are compatible with Android 2.3 and higher.

You can expect to be able to buy these bad boys in the fall. Full presser after the break.

Insider: Google will bring 3 Google Edition smartphones, one Motorola X phone this year

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We told you before that there would be an onslaught of Nexus HTC and Samsung Google Edition bad boys, as well as the imminent arrival of the sweet MOTO X phone, but now it’s looking like there’s more that’s on the way after all. According to sources close to the gang at Android Authority, Google is in talk with at least one additional hardware partner to develop a Google Edition flagship device. Sure this might sound a little surprising to hear and one could speculate the number of potential candidates out there, but it’s not too hard to identify which manufacturer and smartphone will join the ranks of the unofficial Nexus family. If you recall just earlier this week, we’d mentioned to you that Sony is quietly working on a special Xperia Z variant that’s due in the immediate future, though Sony (and Google for that matter) has decided to stay mum for now.

Oh and that isn’t all folks. The same unidentified source believes that the upcoming X brand is only going to be limited to one device this year, not a line of devices that was previously thought before. So for now, it appears that we will not see an allotment of sweet smartphones for now, but who knows— maybe we will see a new line of cool devices next year and beyond.

source: Android Authority

Intel demos Bay Trail-T reference platform, boots both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2

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This week at Computex 2013 Intel unveiled their next-gen processor for mobile devices in the form of Atom micro-architecture, codenamed Silvermont. Intel recently demonstrated their new SoC in their new Bay Trail-T reference platform— a 10-inch, 2560 by 1440 tablet, weighing in at 611 grams and is about as thick as the 4th generation iPad. The device boots both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2— this is good news, because it means that Intel is planning to enter the Android tablet market. Battery life and performance specs haven’t been released yet but Intel has promised that both will be good.

Source: AnandTech

 

AT&T all set to quietly revamp its GoPhone prepaid plans for customers

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Those of you AT&T GoPhone customers are about to have a few less options when it comes to your data plans in the near future. The wireless carrier recently confirmed to CNET said that it will eliminate a few of its more affordable data plan options from June 20, while following up with “additional plan options” instead:

“We’re making some changes to our AT&T GoPhone prepaid plans to simplify our offers and better align with what customers are choosing and telling us they want. We’ve begun letting customers know about the changes in advance, and we’ll have more information on new, additional plan options soon.”

So as it stands, there will be a $25 monthly plan which includes unlimited text messages and 250 minutes of voice calls, but will only include a $5, 50MB data plan— not exactly appealing. So unless AT&T comes out and highlights its “additional plan options”, it appears the only other option will be a $65 unlimited talk/text + 1GB of data plan.

Here’s hoping this upcoming change for GoPhone users won’t be too bad.

source: CNET

Official Samsung wireless charging kit released for Galaxy S 4

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Samsung has made wireless charging possible on the Galaxy S 4 with their new wireless charging cover and pad. The cover costs 39.99 but is QI-standard compatible, so if you already have a charging pad working on this standard, you should be good to go to use the new charging cover. If you don’t have a pad, Samsung’s version goes for 49.99. It’s a bit pricey but if you’re into this kind of technology, this might just be the product for you.

Sources: Samsung Charging Cover and Samsung Charging Pad

Sony ‘Togari’ confirmed to be Xperia ZU phablet, expected to launch on June 25

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Last week we shared a leaked photo of what looked like the upcoming Sony ‘Togari’ phablet— today we have some confirmation that this phone is very real and is coming very soon by the name of the Sony Xperia  ZU.

Unfortunately, the device will not feature a 13MP camera as rumored, but instead an 8MP shooter due to shortage of said modules. The phone will pack a 6.44-inch 1080p Triluminos color display, the X-Reality Engine which enhances the color and contrast of your images and videos, and is water resistant.

The Xperia ZU will also come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2.3 GHz. This phone is looking like it’s going to be an absolute beast and we can expect to see it officially announced at Sony’s mobile event in Germany on June 25.

Source: VR Zone

 

 

Evernote updated, custom reminders added in wake of iOS, Mac, web updates

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The Evernote team rolled out an update last week adding custom reminder support for iOS, Mac, and their web platform— their Android application was unfortunately left out of all the fun.

But today, Evernote 5.1 was finally released to Android and custom reminders are now available. The update makes it very simple for users to create reminders, and an intuitive alarm icon appears above each note. You can also choose the specific date and time that you receive the reminder and whether or not you want to receive it via email or Android notification as the deadline draws near.

There is also an option to subscribe to reminders, which is perfect for those with business or shared notebooks. Evernote becomes a tool for collaborating on projects and keeping track of deadlines. However, there is no option to set recurring reminders for things such as repeating appointments or paying bills. Hopefully support will be added soon.

Other features included in the update are corrected photo order in multi-shot camera, improved shortcuts, and improved copy/paste in note view. Have any of you gotten the new update yet? What do you think? Check out the link to the app in the Play Store after the break.

FBI and NSA have access to private user data with PRISM data collection

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Remember when we told you that Verizon was handing out call logs of customers to the US Government? Well, surely you didn’t think Verizon was the only one who was handing over data, right? According to the latest report from the Washington Post, Verizon isn’t the only company that’s been leaking information to the FBI and NSA, thanks to a data collection initiative called PRISM, made by the US government.

PRISM supposedly allows access to servers from popular sites, namely Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Skype, YouTube, PalTalk, and AOL, with Dropbox access in the pipeline. That pretty much covers most of the top companies that have access to mountains of user data, so that’s a pretty scary thought. This is a great time to remind everyone that no matter how much security you think you have online, any information you put on the internet can always potentially be seen by a third party. If you don’t want that information to ever be seen by anyone else under any circumstances, don’t put it on the internet.

source: Washington Post