Plex comes with Chromecast enhancements in new update

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A new update for Plex should have users pretty excited this morning. The update brings a host of bug fixes, speed improvements, as well as the addition of scheduled tasks, partial scanning, support for more platforms. Additionally, shared sync is finally here. Media servers are required to have a Plex Pass but users who tie into your server aren’t required to. What this means is that while family and friends may have different accounts, they’ll be able to sync with you. Plex is also getting more Chromecast features.

Users will now be able to cast music and photos to Chromecast. Items in your library can be cast in the usual way. Audio transcoding is available for formats that aren’t natively supported as well. Plex has also added content mirroring to the app meaning that as you look at information on your devices, it’s also displayed on your tv through your Chromecast. On top of that, tweaks and enhancements have been made for a more reliable and efficient way to stream content with higher bit rates.

If you haven’t given Plex a try, you can download it here. Current users should see the update live in the Play Store.

source: Plex

Can HTC make a difference in 2014?

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HTC continues to get praise from the media, but it never translates into growth. They were just awarded the best phone of the year by the GSMA, which has to be bittersweet while watching Samsung sell over 200 million Galaxy S phones right in front of their eyes. I declared the HTC One the best phone on the planet, but I asked the question, “Is it good enough?” in my review last year. Some of you laughed at me, but it’s clear that being the best doesn’t always translate into success.

CNet had a chance to sit down with Jack Yang, the new HTC boss of the South Asia Market, to find out what the thinking is for 2014. Ironically, Mr. Yang is the former head of Apple’s iPhone business in Southeast Asia, so this has to be a dramatic change for him. He is not only in charge of Southeast Asia for HTC, but also India and Australia.

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Samsung unveils new Exynos processors

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Even though news seems to be centered around the new Galaxy S 5, that’s not the only news that’s coming out of Samsung’s camp. To “meet the ever-increasing needs needs of high-resolution displays and complicated computation without sacrificing battery life,” the company has announced a newer, more efficient Exynos processor. The new 5422 processor features eight cores ( four ARM® Cortex®- A15™ up to 2.1 GHz for the heavy lifting and four ARM® Cortex®- A7™ up to 1.5 GHz for lighter lifting.) Samsung says that the new octa-core processor is 34 percent more efficient than previous generations.

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Another report indicates Samsung will cut the price of the Galaxy S 5

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Last week Bloomberg reported that Samsung is going to offer the Galaxy S 5 at a lower price as compared to not only the competition, but also the launch prices of previous Galaxy S phones. Samsung didn’t offer any pricing at the Unpacked event, but another report out of ZDNet Korea seems to confirm Bloomberg’s report.

Since the Galaxy S 5 really doesn’t offer anything significant in terms of hardware over the Galaxy S 4, this makes a lot of sense. Samsung could not only lower the off contract pricing, but they are likely to do it for contract pricing as well.

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OnePlus One has reached the ‘Feature Freeze’ phase of development

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Last month, CyanogenMod announced it partnered with OnePlus to release a CyanogenMod powered smartphone to the market this year. OnePlus has now announced that the upcoming device, the OnePlus One, has reached the ‘feature freeze’ phase of development.

The company already started testing its first prototype, A0001, which arrived to their office on Monday. There’s no detail about the smartphone’s specifications but the company promised that the device would come with the best specifications. The company says that the device still needs a lot of improvements before releasing the final product to the market but they are “still loving it!” Read more

MLB.com At Bat app updated, includes two new features

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With nearly a month left to MLB’s Opening Day, the most popular MLB.com At Bat app has been updated to version 3.0 for the 2014 baseball season with some new new features.

The two new features that have been added include the ability to choose more than one favorite team and the other one is push notifications for every run-scoring play of whichever team you choose.  MLB.com promises to add more features to its app before Opening Day. Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 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!!

Apps

WinZip launches ZipShare, a way to zip and manage your cloud-based files

Quixey expands Functional Search to provide info from within apps

Carriers

AT&T makes international calling and texting more affordable

Android 4.4 KitKat on AT&T Galaxy S4 to begin rolling out tomorrow

T-Mobile moving the chains, adds 4.4 million customers in 2013

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Images of prototype Motorola-Google smartwatch surface

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We’ve known Google has been working on a smartwatch for a while now, but we haven’t gotten a clear look at anything they’ve been planning. Now, thanks to Android Police, we’re getting a pretty decent glance at what Motorola was developing for Google prior to the Lenovo sale.

The images show a prototype smartwatch with Motorola branding on the front face of the device, as well as a volume rocker on the top of the screen and a back button below the screen. It had a rubberized wristband that also looked to be detachable. Read more

Android 4.4 KitKat on AT&T Galaxy S4 to begin rolling out tomorrow

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While the Galaxy S4 is no longer Samsung‘s flagship device, that doesn’t mean it can’t still make headlines! The Samsung Galaxy S4 on AT&T will begin getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update tomorrow, according to details that AT&T posted on their website.

There are a number of small changes that users will get with the update. On the AT&T side of the update, users will now be able to drag and drop to uninstall or disable applications, and users should also experience improvements in call reliability. There will also be some TouchWiz changes and some changes to the lock screen.

Source: AT&T
Via: Android Authority

WinZip launches ZipShare, a way to zip and manage your cloud-based files

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WinZip is known as the company that launched the file compression utility in the early 90’s, and they are still getting over 30 million downloads per year. That company is now moving to the cloud, and have announced ZipShare, a file management system that works with many of the major online file hosting platforms.

ZipShare will not be another hosting platform – instead they are looking to launch as a platform that is more relevant to today’s world. WinZip launched version 17 in October 2012, and added support for cloud services in that version.

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