Device certified by FCC seems to be Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 2

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Whenever a hardware manufacturer has a device receiving certification with the FCC, everyone raises a brow. The latest FCC filing that has surfaced belongs to Samsung. The Galaxy Mega 2 is believed to be the device in question with this filing. The model number for this filing is SM-G750A, which indicates it is likely the AT&T version, and the size of the display is 5.9 inches.
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Shazam update brings full in-app song playback with Rdio integration

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Shazam has updated its app with a new partnership with Rdio that will bring full song playback whenever a user Shazams a song. After listening to a track and identifying it, you’ll be able to play the song within the app if you have an Rdio subscription. While the song is playing, you can continue discovering new music in Shazam.

As an added bonus, you’ll be able to build playlists of songs that you’ve identified. Rdio will get a specific Shazam playlist, but you can specify which of your current playlists you want to add songs to. Pretty handy. » Read the rest

HTC begins pushing out 4.4.3 OTA update to HTC One M8 Developer Edition

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According to a post over at XDA Developers, HTC has begun pushing out the Android 4.4.3 OTA update for its flagship HTC One M8 Developer Edition. The update includes all of the small tweaks made in between .2 and .3, and HTC claims to have already included the security fixes that Google implemented in 4.4.4.

The update is intended for the SIM unlocked and developer edition devices, but currently on the DE devices are getting the OTA prompt. Hopefully we see this update make its way to more devices in the near future.

source: XDA

GPU benchmarking company drawElements purchased by Google

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drawElements is a startup company that offers many GPU benchmarking and compiler tools, and it’s also the latest company to be scooped up by Google. While Google doesn’t really have much need for an individual benchmarking application, drawElements carved out a name for itself by offering a very close look at hardware compatibility and optimization. By joining a company like Google, there’s a pretty good chance they can use the tech to improve GPU compatibility in Android across different kinds of hardware. » Read the rest

Google Play Store now has a separate section for Offline Games

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Today Google launched a new section of the Google Play Store dedicated to offline gaming, a welcome addition to the store for the more data-conscious Android users out there. The new Offline Games section currently includes the excellent Beach Buggy Blitz, Jetpack Joyride and Fail Hard. While a handful of the games support online multiplayer, all 54 of the titles can be played offline. » Read the rest

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides now work with any file across mutliple platforms

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At Google I/O 2014, it was announced that new features would be worked into Docs, Sheets, and Slides. The most important one is the ability to use Google’s productivity suite with any type of file and editing it without the need for another program. This means users can now view and edit Microsoft Office files without actually owning that productivity suite’s software. Another feature that has gone live is Suggested Edits. Users can view suggested changes made by others and have them either published or dismissed.

The aforementioned features are available today for all users.

Source: Official Google Enterprise Blog

Google looks inward with new Baseline Study of human body

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As Google has grown throughout the years, one result has been their investment in the massive computing power needed to drive all of their services. In a new effort to make use of that computing power, a new Wall Street Journal report indicates Google has turned to their Google X team to start a new project called the Baseline Study to collect anonymous genetic and molecular information in an effort to paint a picture of what a healthy human should be like. That can then be used to help researchers identify potential markers that signal problems and help people become more proactive in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As Dr. Andrew Conrad, who is heading up the project, notes, “We are just asking the question: If we really wanted to be proactive, what would we need to know? You need to know what the fixed, well-running thing should look like.” » Read the rest

Verizon will start throttling its unlimited data users on October 1st

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Verizon launched their “Network Optimization” policy back in the Fall of 2011, which at the time meant the company could throttle 3G data speeds for their heaviest users in congested service areas. Unfortunately Verizon is now updating that policy to include wireless users on their 4G LTE network with unlimited data plans. Just how long Verizon will throttle affected users depends on a long list of criteria, in their words, “The customer may continue to be impacted for the rest of the current billing cycle and through the next billing cycle, but only while on a cell site that is experiencing high demand.”

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Minnesota Vikings utilizing Google Glass in training camp

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It seems that Google Glass and sports are just meant to be. Many leagues and teams have taken it upon themselves to use the unique piece of technology to provide a dynamic look at the action. The latest organization to do so is the Minnesota Vikings. The team will supplement video content to its official site, allowing fans to view what is going on in training camp.

With this new form of content, fans know whether or not the players are exceeding expectations. Are we looking at a new way to analyze fantasy sports? We shall see.

Source: @Dave_Schwartz
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Rovio releases Angry Birds Transformers teaser trailer

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A little over a month ago, Rovio announced they were working with Hasbro for Angry Birds Transformers. It will not only include the game, but also consumer licensed goods and a new product line from Hasbro called TELEPODS. In celebration for Comic-Con, Rovio is giving us a sneak peak thanks to a teaser trailer.

They do not show any gameplay, but from the looks of it, it is some sort of an endless runner with a lot of missiles. It’s also likely the birds will team up with the piggies to fend off the Transformers. Hit the break for the official video.

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