Comcast rumored to be considering their own mobile service provider business

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According to recent rumors, Comcast might branch out from simply being an Internet service provider, and move into the mobile wireless market. According to The Information, Comcast has been considering creating a nationwide mobile network that relies heavily on WiFi.

Rather than purchasing blocks of the wireless spectrum, Comcast would instead use its WiFi hotspots to provide service for a large number of devices. This makes sense considering its WiFi network is growing larger and larger, with over a million public access points. Despite the large area covered by Comcast, there will be spots without Comcast WiFi, which is where other carriers, such as Verizon, would step in.

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US Air Force looking into using Google Glass on the battlefield

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The US Air Force’s BATMAN (Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided (K)nowledge) research team has recently been testing Google Glass for use in the Air Force, and so far, they like what they’ve been able to do with test units. So far, they’ve tested using Glass in many different scenarios, and thanks to its low power, low footprint design, it’s been fairly helpful. It’s also a nice bonus that Glass sits above the eye and doesn’t obstruct vision, which would be a key element in giving these devices to ground troops. » Read the rest

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 8, 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

Sony launches Lifelog app for their wearable devices

Pushbullet updated to add full image previews and Tasker Event support

Carriers

Comcast rumored to be considering their own mobile service provider business

Chromecast

YouTube Live Streams on Chromecast now available from the desktop

Reddit user finds that new home screen information may land on Chromecast

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Next Vivo flagship will feature dual-LED flash

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Today Vivo released another teaser, giving some information about their upcoming flagship device. This teaser showed us the devices camera, specifically the dual-LED “True Tone” flash.

The camera will be similar to those found on the HTC One (M8), combining yellow and white LED lights to bring better color balance options. We still don’t know the name of the device, which will be the successor to the Vivo Xplay 3S, but it is set to be the first of the “X-Series”, and will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

Source: Weibo
Via: GSMArena

Sony launches Lifelog app for their wearable devices

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Today Sony announced the release of their new Lifelog app, initially for their Smartband to connect with the Xperia Z2 and other Xperia devices running Android 4.4 Kitkat. In the coming weeks the app will become compatible with other devices.

Lifelog is at the heart of Sony’s new “SmartWear Experience”, which is their new category for wearable tech. According to Sony, the app will help users to be able to “make the best of life”. Hit the break to watch a video on how it all works!

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Samsung Gear Fit updated, adding vertical display orientation option

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The Samsung Gear Fit was released only a few months ago, and many people consider it one of the best looking fitness bands available. Despite this, many people were frustrated that the device could only display information horizontally. Today, however, we found out that all that will soon change.

Essentially, the Gear Fit will now be abel to also display information vertically. The new feature was discovered and confirmed in an official Samsung store in South Korea. We still don’t know when the feature will be rolled out to the masses, but it will likely be soon after the device is released to the public on April 11.

Source: SamMobile

Pushbullet updated to add full image previews and Tasker Event support

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Many people use Pushbullet to send links and images to their devices, or to see notifications on their computer, including some of us here at TalkAndroid. Well Pushbullet was updated today to add a number of new features.

The new version of Pushbullet, version 13.8 adds Tasker support, as well as the ability to show images associated with notifications on your computer. A couple of bugs were also fixed. Pushbullet is free, and if you’re interested you can hit the break for the QR code and Play Store download link.

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Samsung sues Korean news site over negative press

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According to a report from Korean news site Media Today, Samsung has filed a 300 million won ($285,000 USD) complaint against the Electronic Times regarding reporting on the camera in the Samsung Galaxy S 5. It appears Samsung took the unusual move of skipping a step that involves a press arbitration board in Korea and has gone straight to filing a lawsuit seeking damages. » Read the rest

New video tests waterproof qualities of Samsung Galaxy S 5

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We’ve seen a video come out earlier showing how well a Samsung Galaxy S 5 can survive drops and being run over by a Tesla Model S. A new video released by TechSmartt tests the waterproof capabilities of the Galaxy S 5. Samsung is releasing this model with IP67 rating for water resistance. This means the smartphone should be able to survive being submerged in water 1 meter deep for at least 30 minutes.

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OnePlus One clock speed and RAM get clarified

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There are few questions left surrounding the upcoming OnePlus One. The device will be fully unveiled on April 23, but the company has used the time before that to give away information. Recently, they announced the One will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor. When they did that, they left out the clock speed and amount of RAM included. Luckily, the company did that today. » Read the rest