Watching YouTube videos offline will be a reality very soon

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YouTube is by far the most popular site for watching videos, but the only problem is you can’t watch them when you don’t have a WiFi or cellular connection. That’s going to change because YouTube just announced that offline viewing is coming very soon. So if you like a video(s), you will be able to choose to watch it offline for up to 48 hours. This is perfect for the airplane or long road trips with a WiFi-only tablet.

According to their blog post, this feature will be available in November.

source: YouTube Creator

Nexus 7 (2013) getting another minor update, could finally fix touchscreen issues

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A minor update is rolling out to Nexus 7 (2013) owners. The build is JSS15R and it’s 8MB in size. We don’t have a changelog, but we are assuming it is for a few bug fixes and/or security updates. We are also hopeful that this update will finally fix the touchscreen issues that many of you are having, including myself. As usual, the update is rolling out gradually, so it might take a couple of days until you get it. Let us know if your touchscreen issues are gone for good.

source: Android Authority

HTC One Max poses with the Galaxy Note 3 and Note II

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The HTC One Max has been posing for the camera a lot lately so why not a shot with it’s main competition? We now have a couple of images of the One Max along with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note II.

There really isn’t much to get out of the images other than the One Max is bigger. It should be since it sports a 5.9-inch display, while the Note 3 and the Note II feature 5.7-inches and 5.5-inches respectively.

The One Max should be unveiled next month, but will it have the Snapdragon 800 or the Snapdragon S4 Pro? One more pic after the break.

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AT&T 4G LTE Nexus 7 now available for $249 on contract

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AT&T announced today that 4G LTE will be available for Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet. Unlike the 32GB models from Google, this version comes with an AT&T 4G LTE SIM card. Besides that, all specs are identical to other versions –  it has a 7-inch display with 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 graphics, a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, optional 4G LTE, HDMI output, NFC, wireless charging support and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

The Nexus 7 with AT&T 4G LTE is currently available via the Google Play Store for $349. If you decide to sign a two year contract before the end of the year, however, AT&T will give you “a $100 AT&T bill credit,” bringing the final price down to $249.

Source: AT&T Consumer Blog

T-Mobile scolded by National Advertising Division for fake claims in campaign

T_Mobile_logoT-Mobile might have gone too far in their latest ad campaign. The National Advertising Division has scolded the carrier for making claims it can’t back up, issuing a statement calling for the ads to be either pulled or changed.  NAD’s biggest beef was with T-Mobile’s claim that it offered 50 percent more bandwidth than AT&T. T-Mobile allegedly ignored LTE networks when making this claim, only including AT&T’s HSPA coverage.

T-Mobile’s  Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert is downplaying the claims, however, saying that NAD’s findings won’t result in “any substantial changes” to their marketing approach. AT&T declined to comment.

Source: CNET

 

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 17, 2013

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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!!

Accessories

Mini Purse for Galaxy Note 3 unveiled

Apps

‘Wickr Self-Destruct Messaging’ released to Play Store, features ‘Snapchat-esque’ encrypted SMS/MMS

Google Wallet now available on all phones running 2.3 or higher, NFC payments continue to be limited

Google dials in some new security for Google Voice

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Verizon Wireless refuses to activate Nexus 7 LTE tablets

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The Nexus 7 LTE is compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, but unfortunately Verizon is looking the other way because it’s not part of their current device lineup. News of this broke quickly once Jeff Jarvis, co-host of This Week in Google, was denied an activation. He took to Twitter and said, “Knock, knock, @VZWSupport, is anybody there? I’m trying to give you money. You’re making it hard.  No, impossible.” Verizon’s response was, “I’m excited you got your Nexus 7 but not all LTE tablets are created equal. It’s not part of our lineup and can’t be activated ^JH.”

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LTE model of new Nexus 7 released by Google to eight new markets

 

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In a Google+ post today, Google announced on their +Nexus page that the new Nexus 7 (LTE model) is now available in eight new markets from the Play Store. These locations include Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, UK, Japan and Korea.

Pricing is expected to be similar to the US pricing structure, and the device comes with a 1080p 7-inch LCD display, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 3,950mAh battery with wireless charging capabilities, NFC connectivity, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

If you’re from one of the above markets, will you be getting your hands on a new Nexus 7 anytime soon?

Source: Google Play

 

‘Wickr Self-Destruct Messaging’ released to Play Store, features ‘Snapchat-esque’ encrypted SMS/MMS

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On the heels of the public’s worries about the NSA and “big brother” checking in on us, Wickr has released its app to Android devices, as it was already available through the iOS App Store.

The application allows users to send encrypted messages anonymously and privately, and users can also select an option which will cause your message to be permanently deleted after a certain time period ends, much like Snapchat’s well-known feature.

Here are some words from Wickr’s co-founder, Robert Statica:

“Wickr not only offers the most secure form of correspondence but also helps protect our users’ contacts as we anonymize this information before it leaves the senders phone. Wickr does not collect any personally identifable information on users nor can we read any messages or contents sent through Wickr, therefore, no criminal or rogue government can take them from us.”

So if you’re truly worried about the government and those “big bad corporations” spying on you, it looks like Wickr is the perfect app for you. Hit the break for a video and the link to the app in the Play Store. Read more

Galaxy Note 3 confirmed to use PenTile pixel arrangement, holds massive power-saving advantages

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It was previously rumored (and widely believed) that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 uses a PenTile pixel arrangement on its Super AMOLED display. Today, Samsung confirmed those rumors. It’s great news— yes, many will argue that the difference in resolution is too small to tell. However, the PenTile matrix holds a significant power-saving advantage over the alternative RGB display.

Source: SamMobile