Syncing and signing in issues with Exchange occuring for Nexus 5 and KitKat users


If your KitKat device or Nexus 5 is experiencing an issue signing in and syncing with corporate Exchange, you’re not alone. Over on the Google Product Forums, many people are reporting the problem on the Nexus 5 and Moto X. And it doesn’t seem that the new KitKat build fixes the issue. Right now, more than 178 people have discussed the matter, not finding a workaround or fix just yet. Google has yet to comment, but we assume they’re working on a fix.

Source: Google Product Forums
Via: Droid Life

DIRECTV Android app updated with remote control functionality

directv_logo_whiteThe DIRECTV app for Android has steadily been improving, and today’s update brings the most requested feature. Remote control functionality has been added, meaning users can now you can directly control your home receiver and DVR playlist directly from your mobile device, provided you are in the same WiFi network. The full changelog:

  • The #1 requested feature is finally here- now control your receiver using your Android phone.
  • Use your phone as a remote control
  • Tap to tune in to any show on your TV from your phone.
  • View, playback, and delete items from your Playlist. Control & playlist requires you to be on the same Wi-Fi network as your DVR.

Check out the download link after the break.

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FlightTrack 5 hits the Google Play Store


FlightTrack 5 has been released into the Google Play Store and aims to make your traveling life easier. FlightTrack isn’t new to the game as this new version is a complete UI overhaul of its previous counterpart. This app does what the name says as it tracks flights and offers real time alerts if anything were to change within the flight schedules. Not only can you keep tabs of your own flights, but other travelers as well.

FlightTrack 5 is compatible with 3,000 airports and 1,400 airlines worldwide providing a map of the terminal that you are in so that you can easily navigate to your desired gate. For more information, check out the QR code and link after the break! Also, check out the gallery of screenshots as to what the app looks like. You can your copy of FlightTrack 5 right now for $2.99 as the price will hike up to $4.99 once this month ends.

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Android 4.4 currently arriving for T-Mobile Moto X

Moto_X_Red_TA-630x341Add the T-Mobile Moto X to the list of devices receiving Kit Kat. According to a tweet from Motorola, the Android 4.4 rollout for the T-Mobile Moto X begins today. It seems to include all of the same enhancements as the Verizon Moto X update, which includes camera enhancements. Be patient if the update doesn’t show up quite yet when you tap “check for updates.” It’ll come eventually, we promise.

Source: @Motorola

Sony files patent for “smart wig” with computing technology and sensors built in

Sony wig

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, especially after the Motorola filed a patent for a “smart tattoo” to be placed on one’s throat, Sony comes along to outdo it all.

The company filed a patent today for special wigs with computing technology and sensors built in. It’s definitely not as permanent as the tattoo concept, but perhaps a bit more bizarre. We’re one step closer to being complete cyborgs. Here’s an excerpt from the patent application:

Wearable computing device, comprising a wig that is adapted to cover at least a part of a head of a user, at least one sensor for providing input data, a processing unit that is coupled to the at least one sensor for processing said input data, and a communication interface that is coupled to the processing unit for communicating with a second computing device. The at least one sensor, the processing unit and the communication interface are arranged in the wig and at least partly covered by the wig in order to be visually hidden during use.

Like I’ve said before, we can’t really judge whether this is totally insane or not, because most of the things we now see as mundane would have seemed pretty insane back in the day.

Source: Techaeris 

Verizon adds Galaxy S III Mini and Galaxy S 4 Mini to phone lineup

Galaxy S 4 mini Verizon

We knew Verizon was going to offer the Galaxy S III Mini eventually, but today, they’ve added both the S 4 Mini and S III Mini to their phone selection. It’s a weird move, since they’re both pretty similar phones at similar price points that already have some competition from the now-cheaper Galaxy S III, but I guess more phone selection never hurts. Although, both of these phones appear to have that horrible Verizon logo on the home button, so keep that in mind when looking at these two.

The S 4 Mini has a 4.3 inch screen will run $99.99 after a $50 MIR, and the S III Mini with a slightly smaller 4-inch screen will run $49.99 after a $50 MIR. The specs are identical to what the normal versions of these phones have, so aside from the home button, Verizon hasn’t done much to tinker with either device.

source: Verizon Wireless

Motorola gives nod to custom development, reverses decision to void warranty on unlock codes


Previously (as in, before today), your warranty on your Motorola device would be voided if you requested the Bootloader to be unlocked. It was an evil, but perhaps a necessary one.

But today, it seems that change is in the air. If you request an unlock bootloader code for your Moto device  you can keep your warranty. Not only that, but Moto will be posting the return-to-factory software images. Awesome, right?

This news serves as even more proof that Motorola has become more and more “Google-fied” since it was purchased by the search giant.

Moto will also be reinstating all warranties to Developer edition devices that were purchased from 2012-2013.

Remember, this information is only for Developer edition devices, and it’s definitely not expected that they’ll do the same for other devices. Still, great news.

Source: Moto Blog

Galaxy S III mini will officially be sold by Verizon


Just last month, there was a leak that showed that Verizon would be offering Samsung’s Galaxy S III mini. Today, a listing on Samsung’s website confirmed the information. Verizon will join AT&T as the official major US carriers of the device, which will go for $49.99 on Verizon. The Galaxy S III mini will come with Android 4.2.2, and Samsung’s software including S Voice, Easy Mode, Group Play, and Share Shot.

The device comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, a 4-inch Super AMOLED WVGA display, a 5MP camera, 8GB memory, a microSD card slot that can support up to 64GB of storage. The battery has a capacity of 2,000mAh.

Release date hasn’t yet been announced, but it should show up any day now.

Source: Samsung

[Deal] Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB on sale through Amazon, 32GB too


Just in time for the holiday season, Amazon is offering Google’s Nexus 7 tablet for $30 less than its usual price. The 16GB model costs $199 while the 32GB is $239, an excellent price for an excellent tablet. Usually you’d be paying $229 and $269, respectively. And if you have Amazon Prime, you can pick one up with free two-day shipping. We’re not quite sure there will be a Nexus 7 deal better than this. If you’re interested, hit the source link to order now.

Source: Amazon

GameBench hopes to measure up with new benchmarking software for Android devices


After some recent incidents in which Samsung was found to have engineered their devices to perform in an exceptionally strong manner when being measured for benchmark tests with common tools, some folks have been searching for a way to minimize what they see as “cheating” by smartphone manufacturers. One of those searching for a better way is a startup company called GameBench. They claim to have created a test that focuses on gaming capabilities, primarily screen performance and battery drain, that cannot be tricked because it uses actual game titles for the testing. The app is still in beta with a projected release date sometime during the first quarter of 2014. However, GameBench has already put the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One through the paces. Read more