NVIDIA hopes new Tegra 4i chip will get them out of the gutter

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Remember a couple of years ago when NVIDIA was all the rage with the Tegra 2? Well things haven’t gone so well for NVIDIA, and somehow Qualcomm stole the show. Even Texas Instruments couldn’t handle the mobile competition. I think NVIDIA’s problems started in 2011 with the DROID Bionic. The Bionic was introduced at CES in January of 2011 touting it’s prowess with the Tegra 2. It wasn’t until the fall of that the phone was finally released. Why? Motorola said they redesigned it, but there is no question it was as a result of LTE compatibility. The final phone was released with a Texas Instruments chipset. This debacle proved to be costly for Motorola, and obviously for NVIDIA.

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Moto X Developer Edition gets a price drop

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I have no idea if the Moto X is proving to be successful for Motorola, but an early sign that it isn’t is the fact the prices are already dropping at the carrier level. Right now you can grab the phone on contract for $99 or under $500 off contract. Now Motorola has dropped the price of the Developer Edition by $100 bringing the price down to $549.99. I know a lot of people are down on the specs, but trust me, the Moto X is one of the best phones of the year.

The Developer Edition has an unlockable bootloader so you can tinker till your heart’s content. They offer a GSM or a Verizon version. The GSM version is compatible with either AT&T or T-Mobile. I should also point out that both models come with 32GB of storage. We have both phones linked below.

source: Motorola (AT&T or T-Mobile) / Motorola (Verizon)

Google Now could get exciting new features on November 13

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According to Wired, Google Now should be getting exciting new features on November 13. One of the things I have found lacking with Google Now is that it doesn’t have the ability to control other apps. This new update will allow search inside other applications as well as the ability to launch them. So for example, searching for a restaurant could yield results from OpenTable and you could open the app via voice to make a reservation.

Conversations is another area. Right now you can ask multiple questions, but Google Now never asks you anything back. Google Now will start asking you questions, so if you say, “text Robert”, you might get a reply, “which Robert”, or did you mean “Robert Smith or Robert Nazarian?”

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Google Ranked 5th Most Valuable Brand According to Forbes

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We all knew Google was an extremely valuable company, but many will be surprised to learn that Google is ranked the worlds 5th most valuable brand according to Forbes. The company, which started out as a simple search engine, was beaten to number 1 by companies Apple, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and IBM.

Google currently is worth a whopping $47.3 billion, and it generated a very large sum of $13 billion before interest and taxes in 2012. Google only continues to grow in value as well and they continue to branch out into other areas of research and technology.

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Google barge to be a temporary technology exhibit space featuring “fish fin” sails

google_bargeYou know that mysterious barge of Google’s in California? Above is an artist’s rendering of what it might just look like. According to documents attained by the San Francisco Chronicle, the barge will eventually be a “50-foot-tall, 250-foot-long structure made of recycled shipping containers and surrounded by sails resembling fish fins.” It’s going to be a studio and a “temporary technology exhibit space” to drive tourism along the waterfront.

The barge will reportedly hold up to 1,000 visitors a day during monthlong visits at locations around San Fran, like Fort Mason, Angel Island, Redwood City, and Rosie the Riveter Historical National Park in Richmond. Eventually it will keep traveling, visiting San Diego and other West Coast ports. We can’t wait to see what the finished product will look like; it sounds exciting.

Source: The Verge

 

Verizon LG G2 now free with contract until November 11

LG_G2_Back_Camera_Lens_Power_Volume_Buttons_TAIf you thought the price cut to the Moto X was good news, wait until you hear about LG’s deal. With a two year contract, the G2 is being offered by Verizon absolutely for free. You can get LG’s flagship phone on this great deal until November 11, with the promo code VZWDEAL. The G2 has a class-leading full HD display, powerful Snapdragon 800 processor, great mobile camera, amazing battery life, and all sorts of productivity tools that make it one of the top Android phones on the market right now.

If you’re interested, head to the source link and when you’re checking out, input the promo code for the discount.

Source: Verizon Wireless

 

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for November 7, 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!!

Guides

Your Android Device Manager might be disabled from latest Google Play Services update, here’s how to re-enable it

Accessories

ASUS demos new TransKeyboard, a Bluetooth keyboard with built-in tablet stand

Apps

Samsung launches “Galaxy Note 3 Experience” app to promote device

Google Keyboard 2.0 with Kit Kat features rolling out in Play Store

Google releases the official Hangouts v2 with SMS/MMS support to Google Play

MMS enabled by T-Mobile for Google Voice users

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Selling Google Glass is still against the terms of service, but it won’t be disabled if you do

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When Google Glass was originally released, it was really something for developers, who knew that Google Glass would be far from perfect. At the time, it was in Google’s Terms of Service that you could not sell your device, and Google reserved the right to deactivate it if you did.

Google has since changed their statement, saying that it’s still against the Terms of Service to sell glass, but they won’t deactivate your device if you do.

This is a big change for the device, and means that we will likely see devices popping up for sale around the Internet. It also suggests that Google is getting ready to expand their reach with Glass, and we may see a consumer version of the product being sold in the near future.

source: TechnoBuffalo

Verizon to offer discounts on past devices, Samsung tablets for Cyber Monday

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According to Twitter’s @evleaks, Verizon plans on kicking off the holiday season with some modest deals. For Cyber Monday, online shopping’s Black Friday, Verizon will take $150 off of Samsung tablets. It’s unclear whether this apply to the on-contract or off-contract prices. Also from Samsung will be the Galaxy Note II for $50 on-contract. More intriguingly is that the Motorola RAZR HD and Samsung Galaxy S III (from last year) will be just $1 dollar. Perhaps Verizon is trying to clean out stock on those devices? If you are a deal-stealer, this batch is certainly worth a look. But with the Moto X dropping to $99 and set to get Moto Maker treatment, we’re not sure why you would look at something else. This year, Cyber Monday is on December 2, so make note of that on your calendar.

Source: @evleaks

Motorola files patent for “smart tattoo” on throat

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We’ve seen some pretty crazy patents filed in the past few months, and simultaneously, wearables are becoming more and more popular in the mobile device industry.

But it still may be a bit surprising to find out that Motorola has just filed a patent for a “smart tattoo” which would be placed on one’s throat, and would act as a microphone to improve voice quality so well that you would be nearly crystal clear on the other end.

Most of these far-out patents don’t go into too much detail about how they will work, but Motorola’s filing actually gets pretty extensive. Hit the source link below for more information.

A lot of people think this idea is extremely ridiculous, and this could never possibly reach the market and be successful, but we have certainly been surprised before.

Via: Android Guys
Source: US Patent and Trademark Office