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

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

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Nvidia has announced a few things concerning the SHIELD gaming platform today, including a new software update, allowing for a number of new games. The biggest change to the platform is that it now adapts better to PC gamers.

SHIELD was released to be an ultra portable gaming platform for hard-core gamers, and this new update should help that become more of a reality. With this update, users will now be able to play PC games outside of their home. This feature is still in beta. Users will also now be able to take advantage of the wake-on LAN support. To further accommodate for PC gamers, users will also now be able to connect Bluetooth keyboards and mouses.

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Facebook announces acquisition of Oculus VR

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In a move that surprised many, Facebook has announced that they will buy Oculus VR, the virtual reality company best know for creating the Oculus Rift. This acquisition poses the question: will social networking one day be an immersive, 3D experience?

The deal was even more surprising because of the fact that Oculus is a fairly small startup that hasn’t even released a product to the public yet. They are also somewhat of a niche company aimed mostly at hard-core gamers.

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

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The HTC One (M8) was finally announced today, and once the initial fanfare was over, carriers and retailers began announcing their pricing and availability for the device.

Verizon will be offering a ‘buy-one-get-one-free’ deal on the phone, only for customers who sign a new, 2 year contract. The first phone will cost $199.99.

This is a great deal, especially considering the phone was just released today. More sales like this should come from other carriers, but be sure to jump in on it because it isn’t known how long this will last.

Source: Verizon