Lookout ups the ante on smartphone theft

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Lookout, one of the leaders in mobile device protection, just introduced Theft Alerts. Currently, only about 3 out of 10 stolen smartphones get returned to their rightful owner, but Theft Alerts will hopefully improve upon that.

When someone steals your phone, there are always a few things that the thief does such as entering a passcode incorrectly, removing the SIM card, enabling airplane mode, turning off the device, and/or removing Lookout as administrator. A thief might attempt one or all of these, but Lookout will have you covered, by sending you alerts when any of these things happen.

Possible unannounced Motorola flagship with 5-inch+ display spotted in the wild

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Are we looking at the Moto X+1 or some other Motorola device? The image above was obtained by @evleaks thanks to a tip and shows an alleged Motorola handset roaming around in Chicago (where the company is based). The user is seemingly running stock Android and Google+ is the app running here.

The description for the device’s display was 5 inches or more. If more, there is a chance this is that 6.3-inch Motorola device. But right now, all signs point to the Moto X+1 having the company’s focus. Motorola used last summer to launch the Moto X, and they are doing the same this year.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

Official HTC One (M8) Ace specifications appear

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The longer it takes for HTC to announce the One (M8) Ace, the more leaks that will surface. However, this one could render all others useless. What seems to be promotional material for the device to be put on a website has leaked. We’re looking at a device very similar to the HTC One (M8), but there are of course some differences.

On the outside, HTC kept the Boomsound stereo speakers. The construction of the One (M8) Ace, though, is a plastic unibody rather than aluminum. On the inside is, again, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz. Since HTC did not include Duo Camera system, the back camera has been bumped up to 13MP. The front facing camera remains 5MP.

The HTC One (M8) Ace is expected to be announced on June and be available in red, white, blue, and black.

Source: Twhook
Via: G 4 Games

AT&T finally pencils in a release date for the ASUS PadFone X

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The day has finally come folks. An ASUS PadFone will actually be available at a U.S. carrier. It was announced back at CES that AT&T would carry it, but we wondered if they would actually ever release it.

AT&T finally put our worries to sleep by announcing that it will be available starting June 6. You will be able to get it on AT&T Next 18 for $22.92 per month, Next 12 for $29.80 per month, or on a two-year contract for $199. They are also offering a $50 discount on the purchase of the blue or white ASUS two-pack tablet cover and Wireless Charging Folio and Duracell Wireless Charging Mat. That deal will end July 24.  You can see a few quick videos along with the full presser after the break.

Pricing for the LG G3 revealed in the UK

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Yesterday’s big LG G3 announcement did lack a few details on pricing and availability, but we finally have a little more info for you. Clove in the UK has started pre-orders for the G3 at £499 for the 2GB RAM/16GB storage version, which is pretty darn good. However, shipments won’t start until July 1. You will have your choice of Metallic Black, Silk White, or Shine Gold. Who is jumping in?

source: Clove UK

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 27, 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!!

Hands on with the LG G3

Hands on with Quick Circle on the LG G3

Carriers

LG G3 carrier information for the United States

Verizon updating HTC One (M7) to Sense 6

Google reveals new self-driving car sans car parts

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Earlier this week we got a sneak peek at where Google is headed with their Android in the Car initiative. Google doesn’t plan to stop there though as that interface is a short term solution until the company can get their self-driving cars deployed. They revealed a new step in those efforts with the release of their own built from scratch self driving car, which turns out to be a vehicle missing some bits we normally associate with automobiles as seen in the video below.

Google bans external Chrome extension installations for Windows browser

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Google’s been threatening it for some time now, but it’s finally happened. Windows users can no longer download and install third-party extensions that don’t come from the Web Store. Users of the stable Chrome build will now see that the browser won’t allow you to install those extensions. This probably won’t impact most people, but developers and experimenters will be disappointed to hear this news.

If you’ve already side-loaded extensions, those will automatically become disabled today. If you want to continue using these, you must download the dev-channel of the browser. This news only impacts Windows users – Mac and Linux users can curiously continue side-loading all the extensions they want.

Source: Google

 

See LG’s “Simple is The New Smart” ad for the G3

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If you watched the live stream of LG’s G3 announcement today, you likely heard how often they referred to the device as “simple.” The marketing slogan LG is going for with their new device is “Simple is The New Smart,” and it’s apparent when you look at things like the slimmed down camera interface and features like Smart Notice on the G3.

Of course, creating these buzzwords isn’t going to sell many devices without some marketing behind it, so LG has released their first full-length ad for the G3, showing off just how simple and smart the device is. The video’s pretty slick and really sums up everything that’s great about the G3. You can watch the ad below.

What are your thoughts on the G3? Do you like the simple approach LG is trying to take?

Hands on with Quick Circle on the LG G3

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LG’s Quick Circle cover is a smart case for the G3 that allows you to interact with your device without actually flipping the cover open. It’s pretty similar to something like Samsung’s S-View covers or HTC’s Dot Case, but from what we can tell, the Quick Circle offers a ton of functionality that you’re not going to find in other cases.

We’ve got a hands on video showing the different clock faces, the quick camera shortcuts, the health and fitness integration, and the quick music player, among other things. Hit the break to see it in action.

Hands on with the LG G3

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Interested in seeing the LG G3 in action? We’ve got a detailed hands on video of LG’s newest device showing off some of LG’s new apps and smart features, the refined camera software, and everything else you’ve been curious about? Hit the break to check it out.

LG G3 carrier information for the United States

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With today’s announcement of the LG G3, we also get information as to what carriers in the United States are making this LG handset available. Long story short: each of the ‘Big Four’ are going to carry the LG G3. For now, we have information from all but AT&T.

Two carriers, T-Mobile and Sprint, have gone live with per-registration pages. This page not only alerts you when the device will become available for pre-order, but also enters you into a contest to win an LG G3. T-Mobile will be giving away a ‘Beta model’ each day through June 29 and Sprint just says it has twenty units up for grabs. While T-Mobile did not say anything regarding an expected arrival, Sprint says July 2014. Sprint is going to be the exclusive provider of the Shine Gold color as well. Verizon, on the other hand, is simply pegging a summer release.

Source: T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint

Asus releases teaser video for “The Next Incredible Thing”

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Asus will be at Computex 2014 next week, so they’ve released a short teaser video to build up some hype for whatever it is that they’ll be announcing. The short clip is simply someone writing out “The Next Incredible Thing” on a piece of paper, and the G at the end of the sentence disappears at the end of the video. So, whatever Asus has planned, it’s going to be incredible, it’s going to be a thing, and it’s also going to be thin. Awesome.

We’ve seen a few Asus leaks recently, including some new ZenFone models, so it’s hard to tell exactly what thin device Asus is excited about. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too much longer to find out. If you’re interested, you can check out the short video below.