Buying a Chromecast in the UK? BBC iPlayer already supports it

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We have good news for those of you in the UK. As you know, the Chromecast is now officially available in the UK, among other countries. It was already reported that the BBC iPlayer app would support the Chromecast soon, but it’s already working.

Apparently you don’t even need to update the app. You will be looking for the standard Chromecast logo at the top of the app. It might take a minute to show up or you might need to close the app and relaunch. Once you see the Chromecast logo, you are good to go. Just cast away.

If you haven’t grabbed your Chromecast yet, you can do so at Google Play, Amazon, PC World, or Currys for £30. BBC iPlayer download links after the break.

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Samsung has an 8.4-inch AMOLED tablet in the pipeline

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At some point this year, Samsung is going to reveal tablets that feature an AMOLED display. We already reported on at least one such tablet, but we didn’t know the display size. Thanks to GFXBench, we now know that they will at least offer an 8.4-inch version.

It goes under the model number of SM-T700 and will sport an AMOLED 2560 x 1600 display. This is a pixel density of 359ppi, just like the IPS-LCD TabPRO version that is available now.

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Godzilla – Smash3 game coming to mobile devices this May

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One of the most anticipated movies (at least for me) of the year is coming this May. That’s right Godzilla!! Those that want more than just the movie will be happy to know that the mobile game is coming as well. Rogue Play just announced that Godzilla – Smash3 will land on Android and iOS devices on May 16, the same day the movie is released in theaters.

The game promises to give fans complete control of of Godzilla, including his epic roar. It will be a RPG-style game that will feature puzzle mechanics and 3D visuals.

Hit the break for the game trailer as well as the full press release.

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Moto 360 smartwatch could be very limited

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The Moto 360 smartwatch appears to be what everybody wants in a smartwatch. It’s not only useful, but it looks gorgeous. The round design is refreshing, but it might also cause a few manufacturing hurdles.

A pretty reliable Motorola leaker says the Moto 360 won’t be easy to manufacture. The round design is what makes it so challenging. Cutting circular panels can be a wasteful process as well as placing internal parts in the device. The source suggests that it will probably only be offered in select regions.

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Oppo Find 7 officially unveiled sporting a 50MP camera

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If you ever thought about buying an Oppo phone, but hesitated for whatever reason, that might change with the Oppo Find 7. After several months of leaks, Oppo finally took the wraps off, and although there really isn’t anything that surprised us, it doesn’t take away the fact that this phone is a serious beast.

The heart of this phone is in the camera, which is a whopping 50-megapixels and sports an f/2.0 aperture. 50MP samples are coming in at 8,160 x 6,120 and a size of 10MB. The signal processor, Pure Image 2.0, allows for a Super Zoom feature, which takes 10 burst shots and then automatically picks the best four shots to combine into a 50MP still. You can see a couple of really nice sample images thanks to Engadget.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 18, 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!!

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Facebook introduces beta program for Messenger

New Swiftkey Beta includes Evernote and Google+ personalization

Motorola Care app updated to become Motorola Help

Sonos details new music controller app to be released later this year, Android beta available now

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Android 4.4.2 update released for Moto X on AT&T

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Motorola today released the Android 4.4.2 Kitkat update for Moto X phones on AT&T. The update includes a few minor updates as well as some minor bug fixes. Google Cloud Print was also added, and users should also experience better battery life. The update will be rolling out over the next couple days, but you can also install it manually by heading to “Settings”, “About Phone” and then “System Updates”.

Source: Motorola

Nexus 5 and 7 now available in 20 total countries

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Google’s going global today. Following Chromecast’s release in 11 new countries, the Nexus 5 and 7 are also available in a plethora of new countries. The Nexus 5 is now available in Austria, Belgium, Portugal and Sweden, taking the total number of countries where it is available up to 20, while the Nexus 7 is available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden, also bringing the number of countries to 20.

The LTE-enabled Nexus 7 is still available in just 12 of the 20 total countries. Prices for the devices obviously range from country to country, but in European countries, we’re seeing 349€ for the 16GB and 399€ for the 32GB Nexus 5, while the Nexus 7 is going for 269€ for 16GB and 299€ for 32GB.

Source: Google Play Support

 

Dayframe 2.3 updated to make Chromecast slideshow feature free

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While you may not specifically buy your tablet to be a digital photo frame, if you want to that option is still there thanks to Dayframe. The last update of the app offered Chromecast support, allowing you to also turn your TV into a digital photo frame. Well that latest update takes that to the next level, allowing for the free version of the app to do that out of the box. Before, users had to buy Dayframe Prime for $2.99. Dayframe Prime will also be available for 99 cents for the next few days.

Other additions in the update allow the ability for users to add more than one Facebook friend at a time. It’s also easier for users to create playlists, and there are a number of bug fixes. Hit the break for the Play Store download link!

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Beautiful Widgets update brings new Color Widgets

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Beautiful Widgets has always had some of our favorite widgets to customize our devices, and today’s update brings a few more beautiful widgets to the fold. Update 5.6 brings new “Color Widgets,” one of which you can see above. In addition to the new widgets, bug fixes and a new “color picker” is included in this version.

Check out download links for both the Pro and Free versions after the break.

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