[Deal] Pick up an HTC Droid DNA on Verizon for $149.99 from Amazon Wireless

It’s safe to say HTC’s Droid DNA is the top pick for a high-end handset on Verizon, but its $200 price point may have seemed a bit steep for the average customer. Well, Amazon appears to have taken this into account and has subsequently shaved $50 off of the initial price. This means customers can pick up the device for just $149.99 with a new two-year commitment.

The offer is good for both new and existing customers eligible for upgrades. Currently, however, the device is listed as being backordered, and won’t ship for 1-2 weeks. If waiting isn’t an issue, interested parties can hit the source link below to get their unit ordered.

Source: AmazonWireless

Google’s Eric Schmidt sends message to Apple, explains the ‘adult way to run a business’

While Google’s Eric Schmidt may have once served on the board of directors at Apple, that apparently hasn’t affected his impartiality. The search giant’s executive chairman took a direct shot at Apple today in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, sending the Cupertino company a personal message, letting them know that the current way they are conducting business is laughingly based on a “teenage model of competition,” as the press would like to put it.

Schmidt also expressed his dismay with Apple’s choice to drop Google Maps in iOS 6, a choice that inevitably proved embarrassing for Tim Cook and co. Read more

Motorola unleashes official Notification Light Toggle Widget, works with most Android devices

There are several apps available to help manage your device’s notification light, but we’ve never seen an official application released by a prominent manufacturer to accomplish the task, until now. Today Motorola has rolled out its official Notification Light Widget for Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD handsets. The toggle widget allows users to simply turn their notification light on and off via a nifty homescreen widget. Yeah, it’s that simple.

The best part, though, is that the application appears to work with most Android devices that have notification lights. What’s more is the widget seems to blend nicely with stock Android, and it is completely free. Interested parties can head to the Play Store download link or scan the QR code below to try it out.

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Verizon Offers To Buy Its Customers’ Privacy

Verizon Wireless is encouraging its customers to opt-in to a new program in its Precision Marketing portfolio, Verizon Selects. In exchange for all your mobile secrets (e.g., browsing history, location and app data) Verizon may offer a Verizon Selects coupon or some other yet-to-be-named goody which it says will  likely be from a popular retailer. If you own a tin foil hat: big brother is watching and this is the beginning! If you’re already posting everything online and don’t mind the occasional SPAM: this is your chance to cash in.

Here’s how Verizon says you can expect the program to work: Verizon Selects will use location, web browsing and mobile application usage data, as well as other information including customer demographic and interest data, to create specific insights. Verizon Selects analyzes this information about customers to see whether they fit into certain audiences Verizon or third party marketers are trying to reach. Depending on the results, participating customers will receive marketing messages or offers that may be of more interest to them than what they see or receive today. These messages could be delivered in various ways such as email, text, postal mail or online or mobile advertising. 

Source: Verizon Wireless

 

Private Google Play Store Opens, Brings Internal App Distribution to Businesses

We’re all aware that that the Google Play Store is the place we go to peruse the thousands of apps to do everything from entertaining us to making our lives easier. If you happen to use Google Apps for your business however, today the Play Store was updated to distribute internal apps to your employees via the Google Play Private Channel. Google is suggesting these apps can be used for things like filling out an expense report or finding an available conference room.

The apps will need to be loaded on the backend using the Developer Console. Once they’re loaded, users simply log on using their company email. From there they can find, peruse, and download the internal apps. The internal ‘Store’ looks and acts just like the normal store, including security and ratings. This should make published reviews interesting in the workplace. You can find more information in the link below.

source:  Google Enterprise Log

Set your calendars folks, Google I/O 2013 is set for May15-17

Google has formally announced that next years Google IO will be held from May 15th through the 17th at Moscone West in San Francisco California. Registration details will be provided by Google come February of 2013 so be prepared for that as well. Keep in mind that this years Google IO sold out in a mere half hour, so if you plan on attending this event I would definitely be as prompt as possible.

Any of our readers planning on attending event? Let us know!

source: Google+ Page

Backup and manage your Android phone or tablet with a desktop PC using SnapPea

We recently reviewed Moborobo, which allows you to manage and sync your Android phone with your desktop, but I wanted to tell you about another one that I found called SnapPea. SnapPea has a clean and easy to use interface that is perfect for the Android beginner, but advanced users might want to check it out as well. It has some pretty cool features and you will most likely want to recommend it to your newbie friends and family since it’s a great application to backup and manage any Android phone or tablet. Read more

New Toshiba Excite 10 SE Tablet Only $350 With Jelly Bean

The Excite 10 SE is the newest addition to the Toshiba Excite tablet lineup. The 10.1-inch tablet is a little late for black Friday but  will be offered at the hard-to-pass-up price of $349.99 and will be released, on December 6th, in plenty of time to make it under a few trees. The sales pitch is simple: low price + quad-core Tegra 3 processor and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). It comes with 16GB of internal storage, two cameras (3MP rear and HD front-facing camera), Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi N, a microSD slot and uses a micro USB port for charging.

Design wise the 10 SE doesn’t look too shabby either. It weighs 22.6 ounces and is only 10.16mm thick. While the Excite 10 SE doesn’t have the same sleek design as the Excite 10 LE we reviewed back in May, it isn’t without its charm. Did I mention it’s only $350? That’s $100 less than the Excite 10 which came with Ice Cream Sandwich. Deal hunters will have their chance in a couple days. The Excite will be available from ToshibaDirect.com and “select retailers.”

Full Press Release after the break

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Samsung’s S Pebble coming to the US as the ‘Muse’

Samsung’s portable MP3 player/accessory for their Galaxy line will make its American debut dubbed as the “Muse.” The music player will work on devices such as the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II. The Muse syncs to your music with the Muse Sync app and allows you to transfer some of your favorite tunes and store it on the go with the device.

It’s definitely ideal for times when you don’t want to carry around your 4+ inch device such as working out or going for a run. The Muse music player comes with a metal clip, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 4GB internal storage and SoundAlive audio tech.

Samsung will have the Muse available for $49.99. Any Galaxy owners out there thinking of grabbing this?

source: Samsung

LevelUp Studios releases Beautiful Widgets 5, boasts new features and Jelly Bean support

LevelUp Studios teased some of the new features in Beautiful Widgets 5 not too long ago, and claimed the application was being reworked from the ground up. We’ve already raved about Beautiful Widgets being one of the better weather widget apps available, so new features and more support on top of that can only be a good thing.

This version of BW offers full Jelly Bean support, including better notifications, lock screen widgets, and “daydreams” from Android 4.2. The visual aspects of many of the widgets have also been reworked. There’s also a new forecast app and a theme store. If you like extreme widget customization, you’re going to be very happy with this update. Hit the break for the download links. Read more