Music streaming service Spotify has 10 million paid users, but only one of them has a reason to be a little unhappy today. The company sent out a notice that alerts everyone there has been a security breach in which a single user was effected. Just because the hack is not involving a ton of people, Spotify is still taking extensive measures. Interestingly enough, the single user’s password or financial information was not touched.
All users, over the course of the coming days, will be required to update the Spotify application. This is merely for Android users that downloaded Spotify from Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Users on other platforms do not have to take any sort of action. In the meantime, Spotify says it will continue to strengthen its security.
Toshiba announced a trio of new tablet devices including a new 7-inch Android tablet. The Toshiba Excite Go does come with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, so buyers will get a good modern version of Android even if the hardware is a bit behind the curve. Onboard storage is only 16GB, but Toshiba has provided a microSD slot that can handle up to 128GB of additional storage space. The other area that might be of some concern to buyers is the screen which is only running at 1024 x 600 resolution.
With Google’s recent acquisition of Nest for $3.2 billion, it is clear that the company is interested in making a push into people’s homes. Google is now reportedly in talks to take the next step in this process by acquiring Dropcam, a startup specializing in video monitoring for the home.
Rumors and leaks suggested Oppo will be adding a “mini” version of its N1 flagship to its lineup, and that information has now been confirmed via Weibo for a May 30 announcement.
Oppo hasn’t said anything on the specs front, but here’s what we know based on previously leaked information:
Galaxy S4 Active (international version) owners will be receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat on their devices this week after Samsung began rolling out the update.
The software version, I9295XXUCNE5, will include faster performance, the white status bar icons, improved battery life, full-screen album art while playing music, a camera shortcut on the lockscreen, wireless printing support, ability to set default messaging/launcher apps and more.
The update is out in the Netherlands now, and expect it to come to other counties gradually. Give it a week or two before worrying about getting the update. If you want to give it a shot, you can try to manually get the update by going to Settings >> General >> About phone >> Software updates menu, or go through Kies.
If you live in Japan, we have some good news for you!
Google’s Chromecast, the highly successful HDMI dongle, will be available in the country starting tomorrow, May 28. It’ll cost ¥4,200 and availability will come from the Play Store as well as Amazon and others.
More and more apps for the Chromecast have been popping up in the Play Store since Google opened up the SDK for the device, so it’s more valuable and less-limited than ever.
Source: Google Japan
HTC will come through with its promise of 2 years of support to One (M7) owners this week — the device will be updated to Sense 6 this week.
Unlocked and developer editions of the device were updated last week, and the T-Mobile variant followed shortly after. It appears that Verizon is preparing to send out the update this week.
Asus’ ZenFone line, which includes the ZenFone 4, 5 and 6 could add on two new devices pretty soon — the ZenFone 5 LTE and the ZenFone DIY.
Chinese site VR-Zone reported that the ZenFone 5 LTE will not only support LTE but also wireless charging, a Qualcomm SoC, a 5-inch, 720 x 1,280 pixel display and 2GB RAM.
Compared to what we’ve seen from the upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, most other wearable devices have looked pretty underwhelming, namely the LG G Watch, which is going to be made out of plastic, and as previous rumors suggest, won’t have top-line specs.
But new information suggests we could be in for quite a surprise with the G Watch. Hit the break for more.
Lenovo is prepping its next flagship, the Vibe Z2 Pro, and held an internal event last week. Lucky for us, someone at the event snapped a few photos of the device to give the world a preview. The leaks have been circulating on China’s social media site, Sina Weibo.
So, what are we looking at in terms of specs? Hit the break to find out.
The new Galaxy Tab S tablets will be announced on June 12, but that doesn’t mean we won’t get information on the devices beforehand. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (SM-T700, WiFi) has appeared online in an AnTuTu benchmark test.
Here’s what the test results revealed: a 2500 x 1600 AMOLED display, octa-core Exynos 5420 processor and Mali-T628 graphics, 3GB RAM, 8MP rear shooter, 2.1MP front camera, 32GB internal storage and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
More details to come on the new Tab S series, so stay tuned.
Back when the ‘natural wood’ backs for the Moto X were announced, the options included rosewood, teak, ebony and bamboo. However when Moto Maker was launched, rosewood was nowhere in sight, and walnut was an option instead.
But today if you visit Moto Maker you won’t find the walnut option — you’ll find rosewood it its place. The only question is, is the rosewood any different from walnut?
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Samsung has just made an interesting move that could shed some light on the company’s future smartwatch plans. In a recent patent application, Samsung detailed a method of controlling a smartwatch not with touch, but by the waving of your hands.
With the Moto X having been launched last August, it seems likely that the device will be replaced by a new one in the near future. While there should be a sequel coming soon, it looks like Motorola isn’t ready to let the Moto X go just yet, with hints toward a 64GB version of the device popping up.
The latest of these hints comes from the Sprint website. While there isn’t a formal product page for a 64GB version of the device, the phone does pop up as an option when you shop for accessories. This still doesn’t give any clue into pricing and availability, but at least it somewhat confirms that a device does exist.