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Wi-Fi-only Sony Xperia Z Ultra tablet officially announced for Japan

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We have seen a number of leaks regarding a Wi-Fi-only version of the Xperia Z Ultra, and Sony finally made it official. It’s essentially an Xperia Z Ultra smartphone without the cellular radios. They are marketing it as a tablet, and it just might be the smallest tablet yet with its 6.4-inch (1080p) display.

The rest of the specs include a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 2.2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.3. Also, of course, just like the smartphone version, it’s dust and water resistant and is only 6.5mm thick.

For now, it will only be available in Japan for a price of  ¥51,800 ($495). If you’re in Japan, look for it on January 24th in either black, white, or purple.

source: Sony Japan

Cisco security report finds 99% of mobile malware targeted at Android devices

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A new security report published by Cisco has found that 99% of all mobile malware attacks are targeted at Android devices. On top of that, the report says Android suffered 91% of all Java-based web exploits and 71% of all overall web-based exploits. Ouch. This is compared to Cisco finding that Apple’s iOS only encountered 17% of web exploits.

Eric Schmidt has publicly claimed that Android is more secure than iOS, but despite all of Android’s jumps in security and privacy over the past few years, that’s still not quite true. Obviously this doesn’t mean all Android devices are infested pits of malware, but just that you’re more likely to encounter malware attacks on an Android device.

You can check out the full security report below.

source: Cisco

via: TechnoBuffalo

HBO doesn’t mind you sharing your HBO Go password

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Normally, sharing your password to a streaming site is frowned upon. Netflix, Hulu, you name it; it’s not allowed in the terms of service and the companies generally don’t like it. HBO has taken the opposite stance, however. CEO Richard Plepler has publicly stated that account sharing is really just a marketing tool for building a newer generation of viewers. Account sharing allows more viewers to be exposed to HBO’s programming, which HBO hopes will get them “addicted” to their content. That means in the future, those viewers that were borrowing account passwords may eventually turn into paying subscribers.

It’s a bold stance, but it takes advantage of the nature of the way things work on the internet. People that just don’t want to pay for content will always find a way around it, but many users will eventually pay for a service if they see the content is worth paying for. HBO is embracing that, and I imagine it’ll pay off for them in the long run.

source: Android Spin

Samsung granted patent for design of smartphone with no buttons

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Today the USPTO granted Samsung a new design patent which shows a smartphone with no buttons on the front. The patent comes after Samsung was recently granted another patent for a buttonless phone. The first patent may actually be related to either the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the Galaxy Note 4, and the newer one is likely related to the Galaxy S5.

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Possible WiFi-only Xperia Z Ultra passes through FCC alongside user manual

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A Sony device with the model number SGP412 has recently passed through the US FCC, and it’s believed to be a WiFi only model of Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra. All specs are the same as the regular Ultra, aside from the missing 3G/4G radios. In addition to the FCC filing, the user manual for the device has also leaked.

It’s tough to say when we’ll see this device hit the US, but if it’s gotten the green light from the FCC, it shouldn’t be much longer until this tablet sees the light of day.

source: Xperia Blog

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for January 21, 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!!

Guides

How to sync your iTunes library to your Android device

Accessories

[Deal] 25% off Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 cases via Google Play

Apps

Beats Music officially kicks off today in the U.S., AT&T customers get an extended free trial and Family Plan

Motorola Migrate adds iCloud support

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Phablets are staying after all, having shipped 20 million units in 2013

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According to Juniper Research, phablets are now officially successful, having shipped around 20 million units in 2013, and an expected 120 million units shipped by 2018.

The growth in phablets since their introduction to the market is undeniable, with extremely successful devices being found in the Samsung Galaxy Note series, such as the Galaxy Note 3, and in a number of LG’s devices, such as the newly released LG G Flex.

The term phablets rose to prominence in order to describe a device that is a hybrid of a phone and a tablet. According to Juniper, in order for a device to be classed as a phablet, it must have a screen size of at least 5.6 inches.

Source: Juniper Research
Via: TechCrunch

New Moto X wood finishes now available on Moto Maker

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It may have taken a little longer for Motorola to deliver on the wood grain finishes for the Moto X than what they had originally planned, but their estimates regarding availability are improving. Last week when the price for the bamboo finish was cut to $25, Motorola indicated they planned to make ebony, teak and walnut finishes available starting on January 21st. Today is that day and Motorola has delivered as the additional finishes are now available in Moto Maker. Only the back plate can be produced with a wood grain finish.

Hit the source link if you are ready to customize and order a Moto X with a wood finish.

source: Motorola

New HTC “M8x” name surfaces in government database

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We have been slowly gathering information about the successor to the HTC One. While we have been seeing it referred to as its codename, M8, another HTC device with a similar codename has surfaced. Indonesian site Postel publishes device certification info, similar to the FCC, and notes that the HTC “M8x” has gone through their system. What this device entails, no one knows. In all likelihood, it is probably the same handset as the HTC M8 with support for different bands. Expect the device to be released in March.

Source: Postel
Via: Pocketnow

Dropbox gets update to fix issue with Android 4.4.2, better control over gallery uploads

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Dropbox has issued an update to their app for Android users that fixes a couple small issues creating big problems for some users. First, when Android 4.4.2 was released, it created a problem for Dropbox users trying to upload images taken with their camera. The other issue that the Dropbox development team addressed involved uploads from the gallery. Dropbox was uploading all files located in a user’s gallery folder, even if they were not photos. The new feature included in this latest Dropbox update lets users specify only photo images are to be uploaded.

If you want to give Dropbox a try or need to grab the update, you can hit the download link below to get Dropbox from the Google Play store.

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