YouTube Music Key is on the way, will bundle Google Play Music Key with it

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There has been no doubt that YouTube is working on a music streaming service. In fact, it is expected by the end of this summer. It has faced a ton of speedbumps do to design faults and trouble with negotiations between record labels. Today, Android Police has uncovered YouTube Music Key. The launch of this new service would also include a rebranding of Google Play Music All Access to Google Play Music Key.

LEGO Fusion arrives for Android devices, merges physical and virtual bricks

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LEGO Fusion is the company’s way of bringing its beloved bricks to mobile devices. A LEGO Fusion set is paired with the corresponding application to take the physical creation into a virtual world to complete tasks and mini games. At launch, there are three apps available for Android devices through the Play Store — Create & Race, Town Master, Battle Towers. Each set is available for $34.99 and contains over 200 bricks, so there should be no shortage of possibilities.

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Ignore No More lets parents lock a child’s device if they refuse to respond to calls and texts

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For many parents, it is a challenge to get in touch with a child by contacting their smartphone. In most cases, they ignore their parents’ calls and texts. This is not good for any parent as it leads to worrying. One parent had enough of this and decided to develop Ignore No More. It is an application that gives control to parents. Ignore No More gives parents the lock a child’s device until they get return the call or text. Parents with multiple children can use Ignore No More, but each device installation costs $1.99. If getting in touch is very important, then that price will not be a problem.

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Newest Mozilla Firefox nightly adds experimental Chromecast support

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Users of the Mozilla’s Firefox for Android should head over to Firefox’s nightly page and grab the newest update which brings Chromecast support to the popular third-party browser. With the update users can navigate to tools > mirror screen in the browser’s settings to cast tabs and videos to Google’s handy streaming stick. As previously mentioned, this is a nightly build and therefore an experimental feature. Head over to Firefox’s download page to grab the update and let us know in the comments how it works.

Source: +Lucas Rocha

Image analysis app Jetpac purchased by Google

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In Google‘s quest to purchase everything, the tech giant acquired image recognition startup Jetpac for an undisclosed sum. Jetpac’s claim to fame is their advanced image analysis which scans publicly available Instagram photos to compile information about over 6,000 cities worldwide. Employees at Jetpac will join the Google Knowledge team, whose goal is to build a more relevant search engine.

Amazon Fire Phone review: The smartphone that shouldn’t exist

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Sometime after Amazon launched their first tablets, the rumors started circulating that they were readying a smartphone. However, it took nearly 3 years until something official was introduced. What took so long? Reports indicated that Amazon went back to the drawing board at least once, possibly more. Amazon knew this was a bold move and they wanted to “get it right.” They decided that the world needed something different, and it would take a little longer. By incorporating multiple camera lenses, the Fire Phone features a user interface with a Dynamic Perspective giving you a somewhat 3D experience. Yes it’s a gimmick, but the Amazon Fire Phone is more about selling Amazon products and services. Gimmicks aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Samsung has made a lot of money with gimmicks, so it’s possible Amazon could find that same success. However, this is no Android phone. Yes, it’s built using Android, but it feels like a completely different operating system. It doesn’t even have any of the same Google services that you will find on the majority of other Android (and Apple) phones. Buying the Fire Phone is like buying into something completely different, so it better offer something very compelling. Does the world need an Amazon phone?

Verizon offering extra gigabyte on new plans or phone upgrades

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Verizon continues to work on enticing new customers or getting users to upgrade existing devices, this time by offering some additional data. Customers who activate a new smartphone or upgrade to a new smartphone and opt for a MORE Everything plan will be provided an extra gigabyte of data for the first two years. Users do have to select a MORE Everything plan with at least one gigabyte of data. Currently, a 2 GB account costs $50 per month, so using this offer a consumer could get the same 2 GB for the cost of the $40 per month fee for 1 GB. Users would have to factor in the line access charge though which currently runs at $40 for a smartphone.

This move is in addition to Verizon’s new single line package that was announced over the weekend. Under the terms of that offer, users signing up for a single line plan could get a 2 GB data allowance to go with unlimited talk and text for only $60 per month.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer on a MORE Everything plan from Verizon, hit the source link.

source: Verizon Wireless

Sony may be working on Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact version

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While reviewing the user guide for a Bluetooth speaker with a charging dock, the Sony BSC10, readers noted an unusual entry. Amongst the compatible devices listing is an entry for an “Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact” which seems to imply Sony is working on a tablet device smaller than the typical 10-inch plus devices they produce. Sony is not really a big player in the tablet market to begin with and their limited selection tends toward the larger devices.

Of course a lone listing gives us no clues about what the size or specs of a compact tablet from Sony may be, but odds are it will be in the 7- or 8-inch range. In the past, Sony has produced an Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone which turned out to be similar to the regular Xperia Z1 smartphone in a smaller size. So an Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact could end up being similar to the regular size Xperia Z3 Tablet with Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM and a 1080p capable screen.

source: Techtastic
via: phoneArena

Google exploring paths to tap into the kids market

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A new report from The Information says Google is working to expand some of their services so that they can tap into the market of children under the age of 13. Currently Google’s terms of services forbid users under the age of 13. However, Google apparently wants to allow some access to their services for children in that demographic, subject to appropriate restrictions and in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Similar to other online services that allow young users to setup accounts, Google’s new offerings would require parental authorization.

The Moto G2 display assembly shows up online

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The Moto G2 will probably be unveiled in a couple of weeks on September 4 alongside the Moto X+1 and the Moto 360. It’s expected to sport a 5-inch display, which is a huge upgrade from the 4.5-incher that was on the original.

Speaking of the display, it has appeared on a Chinese site called Taobao. In fact, you can even buy is for ¥350.00 or about $57.00, not that you would really want to, but if you’re someone who has to have it all, then you might.

Huawei’s Ascend G7 makes an appearance in pictures online

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Huawei’s upcoming Ascend Mate 7 has been making rounds online lately, but we haven’t seen much of its midrange little brother, the Ascend G7.

The G7, which is expected to have only a 720p display, 1GB RAM, has been teased by company officials in recent days, and now we get to take a look at a few leaked pictures of the phone.

The G7 should be announced officially at IFA 2014 in Berlin next month, but we expect more information on not only this device before then, but on the Ascend Mate 7 as well.

Bezel-less Sharp Aquos Crystal coming to Sprint tomorrow

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At a New York City event tomorrow, Sprint will be announcing Sharp’s Aquos Crystal, a 5-inch device with extremely small bezels.

Although it’s quite the looker, the specs are unfortunately midrange. Packed inside is an LTE-capable Snapdragon 400 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage space and Android 4.4.2. The battery packs 2040mAh. Some extras include a Harman Kardon sound effects engine, “LiveStage” streaming, and compatibility with the Harman Kardon ONYX Studio Bluetooth speaker.

While pre-orders will begin tomorrow, the phone will be released in the US on August 29.

Huawei schedules event for September 4

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It looks like Motorola won’t be the only ones having a big day on September 4th because Huawei is looking to steal some of the spotlight. Invitations have been sent out for an event that will most likely be the unveiling of the Ascend Mate 7.

As per normal practice, the invitation only reveals just a little bit of info. In this case, it’s a fingerprint, which has to mean a fingerprint scanner will be present on the phone. The Ascend Mate 7 is expected to have a 6-inch display and have two variants for resolution, a QHD (2560 x 1440) and Full HD (1920 x 1080). Expect Huawei’s own Kirin 920 octa-core processor, a 13 MP rear camera, and a 5 MP front-facer for your selfies.

source: GSMArena

Samsung’s partnership with Olympics extended through 2020

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Samsung and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have extended their partnership through the year 2020. This keeps Samsung around as a top sponsor for the Olympics. As a top sponsor, the two have been partners since the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan; however, Samsung was a local sponsor for the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea. The role as top sponsor directly supports the staging of every Olympic Games, as well as every one of the National Olympic Committees, enabling athletes from all over the world to prepare for and compete at each Games,” according to the IOC’s president Thomas Bach.

To celebrate the extension, Thomas Bach and Samsung vice chairman Jay Y. Lee wrote their signatures on the company’s Galaxy Note Pro tablet.

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