Two press renders of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 leak

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Samsung is tablet crazy this year. After releasing the TabPRO line and NotePRO, they are readying the Galaxy Tab 4. The Tab 4 line could include 3 sizes (7-inches to 10.1-inches) with AMOLED displays. We now have the first pics of the 7-inch version. As expected, it looks just like any other Samsung tablet with the same exact styling and that dreadful home button. One more pic after the break.

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HTC is working on an octa-core smartphone

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HTC has been rumored to be working on an octa-core handset for a while now, and we finally have a little more info. The said phone will be the Desire 616 (or Desire 616w) and looks to be for only China.

Now don’t get all upset that it won’t be available elsewhere because it’s going to sport a MediaTek processor, so it  won’t  be as powerful as the One (M8). Plus, it’s going to be all plastic and have mid-range specs. The specs include a 5-inch (720p) display, a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.2.2. So you see, there is really nothing to get jealous about.

No work on a release date or pricing, but we will be sure to let you know when we hear it.

source: Phone Arena

The HTC One (M8) screams high quality but don’t expect to repair it easily

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The folks over at iFixit already got their hands on the All New HTC One (M8) and did their usual teardown. Now the HTC One (M8) is one of the best phones in terms of quality, but there is a huge downside to that. It’s the fact that a DIY repair is going to be very tough. The bottomline is that the higher the quality, the harder it is to do anything yourself. It’s one of the biggest reasons why Samsung continues to use lesser quality materials. It might not feel as great in the hand, but Samsung’s devices are more durable and easier to repair.

Anyways, going back to iFixit’s work, they have given a repairability score of 2 out of 10 for the HTC One (M8). That is pretty dreadful so make sure you protect that bad boy as much as you can.

Hit the source link for more info and pictures. You can also hit the break for a video showing you how to rip it apart.

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No early launch for the Galaxy S 5 in South Korea

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Yesterday a report came out indicating Samsung might release the Galaxy S 5 in South Korea a little early because of a government ban for the carriers in the region. However, JK Shin says no such deal has been made with SK Telecom.

What’s most interesting about this is that supposedly SK Telecom, the regions largest carrier, was ready to announce the early launch. So it’s obvious the two parties were working out a deal and March 27 was a target date.

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Sprint announces that HD Voice will be launched across the country in July

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Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse announced during a keynote at the Oracle Industry Connect that the operator is ready to launch its HD Voice service across the US by July.

Sprint’s HD Voice service was launched in a few cities, such as Kansas City, and was expected to be launched in the rest of the country by the end of last year. However, for unknown reasons, it didn’t happen, but Hesse said that HD Voice is still Sprint’s “killer app”.

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HTC One (2013) Google Play edition receives a $100 discount, now available for $499

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With the announcement of the All New HTC One (M8) yesterday and its stock Android Google Play Edition, Google has now cut $100 off the price of the old HTC One Google Play Edition (GPE) bringing it down to $499 from $599.

You can now order the discounted HTC One GPE from Google’s online store. The Google Play edition keeps all the hardware of the HTC One without Sense 5. However, the advantage of owning the GPE variant of HTC One is that users will receive the latest Android updates much quicker. If you’re interested in grabbing the smartphone, it comes with a 4.7-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 processor, an 4MP UltraPixel camera, a 2300mAh battery and the latest Android version. Read more

Google Drive now allows users to edit images in Slides and Drawings

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We have a good news for those who keep their presentation slides in Google Drive. Google announced Tuesday on its blog that images can now be edited by users in Google Slides and Drawings.

The company introduced a range of tools which enable image editing directly from within Slides and Drawings. These include cropping, applying masks, and adding borders to the images. These tools are quite useful since most of us usually end up noticing that some of the images in the slides require a little editing and with these new tools, we no longer need to depend on an external image editing program. Read more

NVIDIA unveils the Jetson TK1 DevKit

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NVIDIA unveiled the new Jetson TK1 DevKit powered by Tegra K1 at the company’s GPU Technology Conference on Tuesday. It enables the development of applications which employ computer vision, image processing and real-time data processing.

The developer kit provides developers with tools to create applications that allow robots to “navigate, physicians to perform mobile ultrasound scans, drones to avoid moving objects and cars to detect pedestrians.” More interestingly, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, who unveiled the new Jetson TK1 at the conference, invited an Audi executive on-stage where he demonstrated company’s future of self-driving cars by displaying a car which drove all by itself without a driver.  Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 25, 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!!

Hands on with the All New HTC One (M8)

Apps

HTC follows Motorola and releases core apps in the Play Store [Updated – Google Play Edition incoming]

College student discount for Spotify offered in U.S.

Cameras

Samsung Galaxy S5 ‘Zoom’ specs leak, will feature a slimmer body and 20 MP camera

Carriers

AT&T, Sprint among the carriers said to be getting the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active

HTC One M8 available today from Verizon retail stores, online at major U.S., Canadian carriers

Verizon to offer ‘buy one get one free’ deal on new HTC One (M8)

Gaming

Nvidia announces updates and new games for SHIELD, including Valve’s Portal

Google

Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8 will go up for preorder later today

Phones

HTC announces the new One for 2014

Hands on with the All New HTC One (M8)

Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8 will go up for preorder later today

HTC One M8 available today from Verizon retail stores, online at major U.S., Canadian carriers

Verizon to offer ‘buy one get one free’ deal on new HTC One (M8)

HTC to update existing One device customers to Sixth Sense

New HTC One commercials released, feature Gary Oldman

Meizu teases its upcoming device, the Blue Charm Note featuring an octa-core processor

OnePlus One gets an official announcement date

Samsung may have to move the Galaxy S 5 launch earlier due to South Korean carrier punishment

AT&T, Sprint among the carriers said to be getting the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active

Samsung Galaxy S5 ‘Zoom’ specs leak, will feature a slimmer body and 20 MP camera

ZTE Nubia X6 is official, boasts a 6.44-inch display and the Snapdragon 801 with 3GB of RAM

Smartwatches

Sony won’t use Google’s Android Wear OS for its smartwatch

Updates

HTC to update existing One device customers to Sixth Sense

Miscellaneous

Facebook announces acquisition of Oculus VR