Yahoo! announces end of Astrid task management service, officially shutting down August 5th

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The Astrid task management service, which was purchased by Yahoo! back in May, has officially announced it will be shutting down on August 5th. Through an email to all of their users, the Astrid staff let them know that they have a month to back up all of their data, and gave instructions to head to a special data export page, and make an easy migration to services such as Wrike, Wunderlist, Sandglaz, and Any.do. The Astrid app has become extremely popular, with over 4 million downloads, so there are surely going to be some pretty unhappy people come August 5th. Check out the full email from the Astrid staff after the break. Happy exporting, folks!
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Apple tops customer satisfaction survey results in “Samsung territory”

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A bit of irony for your Saturday night— in a recent customer satisfaction survey carried out by a Korean-language news site, Apple stood atop the standings with a 52% satisfaction rating. The Korea-based Samsung fell a bit short of their main competitor, with a 50% satisfaction rating. LG was able to manage a 46% rating. The poll surveyed over 44,000 smartphone owners, so its definitely a large sample size. The companies were also graded on a point scale, in which Apple managed 711 points, Samsung garnered 695 points, and LG was able to pick up 682 points.

Source: Naver

Motorola Droid X2 shows serious privacy issues, may affect other Motorola devices

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With more and more privacy problems popping up, especially in portable technology, everyone is paying more attention to what information their phones have access to and how they’re handling it. The latest problem may come from Motorola, as a Droid X2 owner has found out that tons of information is being funneled through Motorola servers from the device.

According to a bit of snooping done by Ben Lincoln, his Droid X2 was sending information about apps, files on his phone, login credentials, and even the types of photos uploaded onto the internet to a Motorola server, which is a scary thought. Although Motorola does claim to get a little invasive in their privacy policies (which absolutely every other company in the world does, too) there’s some concern that Motorola might be extending its reach a bit with user data.

Of course, there’s nothing to suggest this is malicious, and it may not even affect other devices aside from the Droid X2, Regardless, it’s a great reminder that when you’re dealing with the internet, true privacy is hard to get.

source: Beneath the Waves

via: PocketNow

Several new pics of Moto X surface, shows front plate of device

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We’re only a few days away from seeing how accurate the July 11th prediction for the Moto X is, but that’s not going to stop the leaks from coming. The latest set of pictures show what appears to be the front plate of the Moto X. No internals, but it’s a good shot of the cosmetics of the device, and it matches up with most of the other leaks we’ve seen in the past several weeks. Personally, I think these plates have a more rouned, Nexus-ish aesthetic to them that isn’t seen in Motorola devices, so they could definitely be the result of a Google and Motorola collaboration. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too much longer to find out. Hit the break below to check out some of the pictures.
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MetroPCS to announce Galaxy S 4 next week, teases through Vine

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MetroPCS sent out a Vine on their Twitter account yesterday that teased a release of the Galaxy S 4 for the carrier coming next week. The Vine showed a Galaxy S 3, a “+ 1″ sign, and a question mark. It’s pretty obvious what they’re hinting at, especially because the device with MetroPCS’ specific radios already passed through the FCC. Check out the link below for the Vine. More details to come next week.

Source: @MetroPCS 

Contest: Win a Simpsons: Tapped Out Skinned Amazon Kindle Fire courtesy of Electronic Arts and TalkAndroid [updated with winner]

Amazon_Kindle_Fire_Simpsons_Tapped_Out_Skinned_TARecently, Electronic Arts launched The Simpsons: Tapped Out game in the Amazon Appstore, and they skinned a few Kindle Fires to celebrate. We happen to have one of them thanks to Electronic Arts, and we are giving it away to one of our lucky readers. It’s the 7-incher with 8GB of internal storage.

All you have to do is comment below telling us who your favorite character on the show is. It couldn’t be any easier. You have until Monday, July 8th at 12:00pm EST. We will then select one winner at random. Just make sure the email address in your account is a real one because that is how we are going to contact you.

BTW, if you’re not familiar with The Simpsons: Tapped Out game, you need to check it out. It’s actually one of Jack Holt’s favorite games. The game’s premise is that Homer accidentally caused a meltdown wiping out Springfield. It’s a city building game, and you guessed it, you need to help rebuild Springfield. It’s a free download in the Amazon Appstore or the Google Play Store.

Good Luck!!!

We have a couple of more images after the break.


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Image of possible Motorola DROID MAXX for Verizon with extended battery surfaces

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Yet another leaked image of a Motorola device has surfaced thanks to Twitter account @evleaks. This time it is not a Moto X Phone, the subject of so many leaks and rumors this week. Instaed, the device in the render appears to be a Motorola DROID MAXX that @evleaks claims is headed to the Verizon network. The DROID MAXX is expected to be similar to the Motorola DROID ULTRA, if not the same, with the exception being a high capacity battery.

The DROID MAXX is expected to ship as a Kevlar framed device with capacitive buttons. Other than the possible connection to the DROID ULTRA, other specs are not yet known for the device. However, it does appear Verizon has several Motorola devices in the pipeline for release sometime in 2013, with several apparently poised to carry the DROID name. While all manufacturers seem to be more inclined recently to work to ensure their devices are available on all carriers, it seems that Verizon and Motorola are working especially close together to make the latter half of 2013 a season of DROID.

source: @evleaks

Could the X Phone launch on July 11?

motorola_x_launchDoes the image above suggest a sooner than expected launch of the hyped Motorola X Phone? According to some, the man and woman in the promotional image above could have intentionally posed in the form of Roman numerals “XI,” for 11. Leo Laporte was invited to a press event – on which day? July 11. Could the signs have been pointing to a July 11 X Phone launch but we didn’t even realize it until now?

It’s also very likely that we’re just overanalyzing and seeing things. Either way, we will know in just a few days. Keep your browser at Talk Android for all of the latest Moto X news as it breaks.

Source: This Week in Google
Via: Droid Life

Google expands free Field Trip passes to new locations for July

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Google’s Field Trip app promises to help you explore the world around you by running in the background and alerting you when you are close to something interesting. To help entice users to install and run the app, Google has announced 23 locations that are participating in a program to give away admission passes when a Field Trip users is close by. The number of passes available is limited, so even though the campaign will run through July 30th, some locations may no longer offer passes prior to that date.
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Moto X appears to be headed to Canada exclusively on the Rogers network

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Despite a big advertising push to capitalize on the U.S.A.’s Fourth of July holiday and rumors that Motorola’s highly anticipated Moto X Phone was going to be a U.S.-market only device, a leaked screenshot appears to show the device heading to the Canadian market via the Rogers network. The screenshot shows the Rogers network market plans for Q3 and how they plan to market Android devices to different segments of the youth buyer market.

It appears Rogers splits the market for Android devices between those looking for premium, high-end devices and those looking for value, at least amongst youth buyers. For those wanting a premium device, Rogers will be pushing their LTE Max network and devices capable of taking advantage of the higher speed. Specifically listed as a possible device is the “Moto X Phone” which is also tagged as an “EXCLUSIVE.”

Like everything else related to Moto X Phone, no other details are gleaned from the leak.

source: MobileSyrup