Samsung implementing region specific SIM locks on new devices

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As Samsung Galaxy Note 3 devices have started to land in the hand of consumers, those buyers are finding their boxes adorned with a new sticker bearing some potentially bad news. The stickers inform buyers that the device will only work with a SIM card from the region in which they were sold. At this point, images of the stickers for the “American” model and the “European” model have surfaced, though it is suspected there are versions for Africa and Asia and possibly others. It has been noted that the “American” model appears to cover all regions in North, South, Central America, and the Caribbean. Likewise, the European model covers the countries of the European Union and close to a dozen non-EU countries in that region of the globe.
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Happy 15th Birthday Google Search!

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Google Search is turning 15 and to mark the occasion, Amit Singhal, Senior VP with Google Search, spent some time reminiscing about where search has been and more importantly, where Google is going. If you were online back in 1998, you will probably appreciate the memories of the simple blue links that Google returned in response to a search query, a result that Singhal says may have seemed “like magic.” Interestingly, Google’s pondering of the future clearly focused on the search platform on mobile devices, which may be a telling clue about where Google sees the world headed.
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Best Android privacy apps [September 2013]

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There are various reasons why it would be very reasonable for you to want to hide an application or some other form of data on your device. While I’m not going to condone living a secret life away from your family, you may find some of the hidden treasures of the Google Play Store quite useful. Of course, you may have a very reasonable explanation for wanting an application that will hide information on your phone, such as wanting to store sensitive information such as passwords, addresses, photos, etc. I won’t be the judge!

Regardless, the following apps will do the trick. Check out my list of the best privacy apps for Android after the break. I can’t cover them all, so let us know of your favorites in the comments section below.
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Slacker Radio for Android gets redesigned and new ‘My Vibe’ feature

Slacker_New_Redesign_September_2013_02When it comes to listening to music, Slacker Radio is still my go-to app. It not only has one of the largest selection of songs, the curated and genre stations are the best available. Last week, Slacker updated the app for iOS with a complete redesign and a new feature called “My Vibe”, and this week Android users get treated to the same.

The new design makes it easier to find the music you’re in the mood for, and if you’re having trouble figuring it out, then tap on the new “My Vibe” feature. This allows you to select an activity based on what you’re doing or what mood you are in, and it will suggest handcrafted playlists from Slacker’s team of curators. Yes, they are human and they do an awesome job.

If you haven’t tried Slacker yet, hit one of the download links after the break and thank me later. If you already use Slacker, go get the update and let me know what you think.


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ASUS tablet shows up at FCC

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A new tablet device from ASUS has shown up in an FCC filing with model number TF502T. That model number seems to hint at the device being a member of the ASUS Transformer family of devices. Whatever it is, the tablet will have WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC capabilities and a 6760 mAh battery. Earlier this month ASUS announced several new devices during IFA 2013 that it was getting ready to release, including some MeMO Pad devices and new additions to the Transformer line. However, the announced battery size for the 10-inch MeMO Pad was only 5070 mAh, so the device at the FCC does not seem to be consistent with that. The new high-end Transformer Pad was listed as model number TF701 when announced by ASUS. That seems to leave only the Transformer Book Trio device as a possible option for the ASUS device that was submitted to the FCC.

source: FCC
via: phoneArena

AT&T LTE arrives in 9 new markets across the country

ATT_4g_lte_logo-420x200AT&T continues to improve their LTE coverage across the United States. Today they have announced that 9 new markets across the country will receive their blazing fast LTE data-network in their towns. Those networks are:

  • Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Bellingham, Washington
  • Joplin, Missouri
  • Statesboro, Georgia
  • San Angelo, Texas
  • Carson City, Nevada
  • Yuba City, California
  • Monterey, California
  • East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Dunkin’ Donuts celebrating September 29th as National Coffee Day by offering free coffee with mobile app

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If you’re a coffee drinker, you’re going to want to remember this. September 29th is officially National Coffee Day, and Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating by giving away a free small iced or hot coffee to anyone who’s using the Dunkin’ Donuts app on their phone between 9 and 11 AM. Hey, free coffee is never a bad thing. They’re also offering discounts on bags of coffee, if you’re the type of person that prefers to brew your own at home.

Anyone taking advantage of this on the 29th?

source: Business Wire

Samsung Galaxy Trend 3 officially released with dual SIM support

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Samsung officially announced the release of the Samsung Galaxy Trend 3, a follow-up to the Galaxy Trend II that was released in April. The new smartphone gets some upgrades, going from a 4-inch display to a 4.3-inch display running at 800×480 resolution and Android has been bumped from version 4.1 to 4.2. In addition to the support for dual SIM cards, the device comes with a 1.2 GHz processor, an 1800 mAh battery, and microSD card support. It is only available in white.

At present, the device is only available in China for three different carriers as well as an unlocked version. However, it would not be a surprise to see it available in other locations like India.


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HTC One Developer Edition in U.S. expected to get Android 4.3 this week

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Owners of the HTC One Developer Edition in the U.S. will be happy to know that Android 4.3 is finally here! You’ll get all of the obvious 4.3 additions, including Bluetooth LE, OpenGL ES 3.0, updated photo DayDream and some other great features.

HTC hasn’t added too much to the device on their end, other than some bug fixes, faster system performance and a new battery charging animation while the phone is powered off.

It isn’t an enormous update but the changes that are being made are certainly welcome.

Remember, this is just for the U.S. edition, so if you’re international, you’ll have to wait a bit more. Those in Canada are expected to get it some time next month, along with those in Europe.

Pre-orders on 2014 edition of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 begin tomorrow, debuts October 10

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It looks like the Samsung’s newest Galaxy Note 10.1 (called the 2014 edition) will be available online and in stores starting October 10th. Two color options include jet black and classic white. The 16GB model will go for $550, while the 32GB model will have a $600 price tag. When you buy, you’ll get three months of Hulu Plus, a one-year subscription to Boingo hotspots, and 50GB extra Dropbox storage. You’ll also get a 12-week subscription to the New York Times and a year of Bloomberg Businessweek. It’s a pretty sweet deal, so if you like what you hear, grab one when pre-orders begin online tomorrow night at midnight. Hit the break for the full press release.


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