Audiobooks.com announces new subscription plan

Audio book service Audiobooks.com announced new subscription plans today in a bid to attract new customers. Two new plans were announced. The first, priced at $14.95 per month, gives users access to one title from the Audiobooks.com library of 25,000 titles each month. The second option is for $22.95 per month and doubles the number of titles a user is entitled to per month to two. Audiobooks.com touts their Cloudmark Sync technology that lets users pick up where they left off as they move between devices. 

Sony Xperia Z shows up on European site for pre-order

Last week at CES 2013, the Sony Xperia Z grabbed the attention of many people, including a spot on our Best of CES 2013 list. At their press conference announcing the new device, Sony did not reveal any information about pricing or a release schedule other than the vague first quarter of 2013. That status has not yet changed, but the smartphone did show up over the weekend on the web site of Slovakian retailer MP3.SK for pre-order. No fulfillment date is available on the site which lists the device for 605.99 Euro, or about $810 USD.

source: MP3.SK

via: Android Central

Lomography Kickstarter Moves Film Scanning To Smartphones

The analog-loving Lomography camera company posted its version of Instagram on Kickstarter today.  Thankfully, it’s not another app with a ton of retro filters. It’s a 35mm film scanner designed to be used by your Android (or iOS) handset. The Lomography Film Scanner, set to launch March 2013, has several pledge options available but you’ll have to spend at least $50 (at the time of this posting) to grab a hold of a scanner. It will work with a free scanning app that will allows users to share images and edit scans, including animating images into a funky stop-motion movie. A printing option will be available for those interested in a complete boycott of digital media. The printing program will presumably be offered as a mail order option but specific details were not released.

For those of us who shoot film from time to time, this might be a quick and dirty alternative to dragging out the film scanner. It might also be a good option for those wanting to get into film without spending too much on gear. If hipsters have taught us nothing else, it’s that sometimes old crappy antiquated technology can be cool again. Why do you think they still have iPhones?

Source: Kickstarter

How to transfer files to your Android device via WiFi or mobile networks

Connecting your Android device to your computer with a USB cable can be annoying and almost prehistoric. Most people have WiFi networks set up in their home and anyone using a smartphone is going to have a data connection, so why not use those to transfer files to and from your computer with your device? It’s easier and you’re not chained to a USB cable when you want to move some music around. There’s several different ways to get the job down, and this guide is going to go through some of those options.

Tapatalk HD leaves beta, goes on sale for $0.99 to celebrate

Just last month Quoord Systems Limited released a beta version of its Tapatalk HD applicatioon in the Google Play Store, finally bringing the ubiquitous forum browser to Android tablets. Today, the application has left beta and has been put on sale for 24 hours to celebrate the milestone. Instead of the original $4.99 price tag, eager users can pick up the app for just $0.99. Scan the QR code or hit the Play Store link after the break to get in on the action. 

Sprint Kyocera Torque E6710 passes through the FCC

Sprint’s newest rugged smartphone, the Kyocera Torque E6710 , has officially made its way through the FCC today, marking an impending US launch. The device was originally revealed earlier this month in a set of leaked images.

Kyocera’s new budget handset sports Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, LTE, NFC and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Other than those fairly basic connectivity components, the rest of the smartphone’s innards remain unknown. There’s no word on a release date, though we’d expect to see the Torque E6710 hit store shelves next month.

Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Octa processor features PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU

Samsung inadvertently stole the show with the announcement of its Exynos 5 Octa at CES 2013. The eight-core processor features a combination of four ARM Cortex A7s and four ARM Cortex A15 chips. Considering Samsung’s historic reliance on ARM’s Mali-T604 GPU, we jumped to the conclusion that the company would incorporate the newest iteration of the Mali graphics component.

As it turns out, ‘multiple sources’ have confirmed that Samsung will instead be opting for the PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU clocked at 533MHz. Anandtech reports that the new choice of GPU will result in significantly improved performance equal to somewhere in between Apple’s A5X and the A6X processor.

Source: Anandtech

Leaked Samsung roadmap suggests 5-inch 1080p display for Galaxy S IV

Inside Samsung’s booth at CES 2013, the company’s AMOLED display roadmap was spotted, effectively outing its plans to release a 5-inch 1080p display at some point in Q1 of this year. Interestingly, the same board shows current HD screens matching the sizes of both the currently manufactured Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. And while no devices have been officially announced sporting a 5-inch 1080p display (440ppi), that sized screen would line up nicely with the projected specs of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S IV.

Source: Anandtech
Via: TheVerge

Android 4.2.2 spotted once again in Czech Nexus 4 hands-on

Android 4.2.2 is beginning to become something of a common occurrence, having already been seen running on a Nexus 4 in Brazil earlier this week. Today, more evidence has arose, as the new software has once again been spotted in a Czechoslovakian hands-on video. Despite the bump in the version number, the new firmware appears to remain mostly untouched. Although there’s no way to know if this is official, the surmounting evidence is making  an impending update seem highly likely.

Popup Browser App Brings Multi-Window To Galaxy Tab 2 And Possibly Other Devices

 

Popup Browser for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 allows users to browse the interwebs via a re-sizable browser that floats over the desktop.  The floating app produces a very similar result as the multi-window feature found on the Galaxy Note II. XDA user pidio1 created the app for the Galaxy Tab 2 running stock ROM. Another user tried installing the app on a custom ROM but did not fare so well.

I tried flashing the app on the original Galaxy Note but was unable to get it to run. Another XDA user reported the app ran perfectly on a Galaxy S III. Here’s the Download Link  if you want to give it a go or hit the source below. Although it doesn’t specifically say you need to be rooted for the app to work, those flashing through ClockworkMod recovery are experiencing the best results. If you change your mind about it, just delete PopupBrowser.apk from  /system/app. Good luck!

Source: XDA

Clockwork Mod creator releases Carbon backup beta for one week

Koushik Dutta, the famous Android developer that created Clockwork Mod Recovery (ROM Manager) and a CyanogenMod ROM maintainer, has released a beta for of his Carbon backup application. His Carbon app syncs and saves the app and its data between devices in the cloud. Syncing in the cloud certainly makes this app interesting and different from most of the backup apps out there. The app requires your device to be rooted and this beta will only be available for a week, so try it now if you wish to. Especially if you’re an avid ROM flasher!

Hit up the link below for the download link and video of the app!

source: Koush’s G+

Mark Zuckerberg And Co. Are Allegedly Set To Release The New Facebook Phone This Week

 

Forgive us if you have heard this before— but rumor has it that Facebook is all set to introduce its all-new smartphone at a special event sometime this week. According to MG Siegler of TechCrunch, it is unknown if the new smartphone is custom built or an operating system built to run on another manufacturer’s hardware (probably HTC), but he does have a significant hunch on what consumers could probably see in this smartphone. The most obvious likelihood is that the new Facebook phone would likely feature a customized version of Android similar to what Amazon has done with its Kindle Fire tablet probably because it would take too much development time to develop a new OS from scratch, plus having a customized version of Android means that it would have access to the vast library of apps and titles that already exist out there for the Android platform. Having an Android-based OS would make sense too since well you know… Facebook already has an affinity for the platform already.

While news of a Facebook phone is indeed exciting, the timing is a little unusual to say the least considering we just ended CES 2013 and all. Then again— maybe Facebook wanted to take some time and have the stage all to itself in the hopes of unveiling the next, great smartphone. One thing is for sure though: expectations will certainly be high among the millions and millions of mobile users out there. All eyes are now on you Facebook (and HTC!!!).

source: TechCrunch
via: Android Headlines

HTC Droid DNA gets Flash Image GUI support

Verizon has a tendency to lock down phones on their network, but fortunately, Big Red hasn’t been able to ruin the developer experience on the Droid DNA. Just to show its resilience, the Droid DNA has been added to the list of supported devices in Flash Image GUI. Flash Image GUI is a neat little app that lets you flash kernels and recoveries without rebooting to recovery. If you’re the kind of person who likes to flash something new on their phone a few times a week, this app is a huge time saver. But remember that anytime you flash new software on your device, it can be risky, so be sure to keep a reliable backup just in case things go awry. If you’re a Droid DNA owner who wants to give the app a go, hit the link below.

source: XDA

The Impossible Has Been Done: Samsung’s Galaxy S Series Officially Moves Past The 100M Sales Mark

 

Well friends it’s finally happened. Samsung’s all-powerful Galaxy S line has officially passed the 100 million mark. The astonishing fact is how little time it took for Samsung to reach that historic figure. From the original Galaxy S’s launch back in May 2010, it has only taken 2 years and 7 months for overall sales to break past the 100 million mark, while the Galaxy S III is selling even faster rate as Samsung has sold 30 million units in only 5 months and 40 million in only 7 months. Considering Samsung is continuing to push the envelope by introducing more speed as well as new and innovative technologies in its devices, it probably won’t take too long for us to see Sammy eventually reach the 200 million mark. Until then— we’ll just sit back and continue to see Sammy just rake in all those profits.

source: Flickr