Netflix Rival Redbox Instant Launches In The US

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Redbox, in partnership with Verizon, has been gearing up its Instant service and finally launched today in the US. For $8 per month, customers can get unlimited movie streaming and four one-night DVD rentals every month. Redbox and Verizon announced a joint venture to launch Instant back in February of 2012. Users will be able to stream content via iOS, Android, Xbox 360, Samsung connected TVs or Blu-ray players, and Mac or PC. Redbox Instant does have some catching up to do in terms of streaming titles. Major competitor Netflix currently has around 14,000 streamable titles available in the US while Redbox Instant only has around 4,600 titles. However, Instant’s four one-night DVD rentals included in the $8 monthly subscription, may be enough to attract people.

Source: Redbox Instant by Verizon

March Madness Live app will let you stream any game as long as you have a paid TV subscription

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If you love March Madness then we have some good news for you. This year’s March Madness Live app will be available for your Android devices and is completely free to download. The catch here is that any games broadcasted on cable networks will require you to login using the credentials for your cable or satellite provider’s subscription service. Any other games aired on CBS will be streamed for free using the app or on the web. According to the press release, the app has been “redesigned for optimization across platforms” which means we can expect a good looking app for our tablets as well as our smartphones. March Madness kicks off on Selection Sunday, March 17th, and the first games begin on March 19th, so be sure to look for the app in the Google Play store soon.

Real or fake? Image of possible LG Nexus 5 surfaces

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It is always fun to play the real or fake game when it comes to leaked images of Android devices, especially when the image may be the first one to surface. So muster up your skepticism and consider the image above that purports to be a prototype of an LG Nexus 5. The anonymous source of the image claims this particular LG device is one of several that Google is considering for their next Nexus smartphone. The source also provided a list of specs and hardware for the device, codenamed “Megalodon”:
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Sprint 4G LTE test detected in Durham, North Carolina

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Much like an incident that occurred last fall in San Jose for another TalkAndroid writer, Ed Caggiani, I happened to be travelling in a part of Durham I don’t normally visit when I came across some Sprint 4G LTE coverage. After grabbing some grub in a convenience store, I went to check my email while in the parking lot when I noticed the 4G indicator was lit up on my Galaxy Note II. Hit the break to read more about what it was like to have 4G LTE for a few minutes.
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100,000 Google Reader Fans Sign Petition to Save it from Extinction

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Google has really hit a sore spot for fans of its extremely popular Google Reader app. Google Reader has been around for years, and for some, meant the beginning of user-friendly and simple RSS reading/social networking.

One fan, Dan Lewis from New York, NY, has decided not to let the reader go down without a fight, and 100,000 followers have his back!

The petition, pleads with Google to end the madness and keep its Reader alive. It reads:


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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Infographic Reveals Detailed Specs

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Samsung just released a detailed infographic showing off the specs for their new Galaxy S 4 handset. The infographic shows that the new handset will release with:

  • A 5-inch full HD, Super AMOLED, 1920 x 1080, 441ppi display
  • 1.6GHz Octa Core, or 1.9GHz Quad-core CPU
  • 136.6mm (length) x 69.8mm (width) x 7.9mm (thick)
  • Weighs a mere 130g
  • 2,600mAh high capacity battery
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS
  • 13MP Rear-facing Camera and 2MP Front-facing Camera
  • HSPA+ 42 Mbps 3G, 4G LTE wireless connectivity
  • Available in “Black Mist” and “White Frost”
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Google Play News coming soon to compete with Apple Newstand

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That’s right news fans, Google is rumored to be launching an Apple Newsstand competitor in the Play Store sometime in the near future.  The news reader will be affectionately called “Google Play News”, and it will allow users to purchase single issues of newspapers, or fully subscribe to them.

A piece of JavaScript was discovered from the desktop web version of the Google Play Store by Android Police.  Here is what they found that referenced the news reader:
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Samsung appoints two new co-CEOs after GS 4 announcement

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After the theatrics of last night’s Galaxy S 4 announcement, it’s back to business for Samsung. First “business” move? Appoint two more CEOs. Samsung presidents Yoon Boo-keun and J.K. Shin are the newest co-CEOs, joining CEO Kwon Oh-hyun. It sounds a bit odd, but it puts a CEO at the top of each of Samsung’s major divisions; Yoon was in charge of consumer electronics, such as Samsung’s television line, and Shin was the head of the mobile division, concerning Samsung’s Galaxy devices. Kwon is currently the head of the component division, which includes Samsung’s popular memory products (RAM, SSDs, etc.) and the Exynos processors.

Samsung stated the move “recognizes the strong performance of President Yoon and President Shin,” and “the new leadership structure will serve to clarify and enhance independent management” over each division. While this news definitely isn’t as exciting as a new device announcement, it’s a sure sign that Samsung is doing everything in their power to stay competitive in every market they enter.

source: The Verge

AT&T and T-Mobile post sign up page for Galaxy S 4

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Now that the S 4 is official, I’m sure everyone is wondering when their carrier is going to offer the device. We don’t have any official word on that yet, but like what we saw last night with a few Canadian carriers, AT&T and T-Mobile have launched pages letting you sign up to be the first to know when your new gadget becomes available, and how much cash it’s going to set you back. Hopefully we’ll get some preorder information out of the page in the near future as well. Hit the links below to check out the pages for each carrier.

source: AT&T

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The Conduit HD hits the Play Store with Tegra optimization

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The Conduit, a well-received first person shooter on the Nintendo Wii, has been remade for Android devices and is now on the Play Store, fully optimized for Tegra devices.

The game features an epic campaign centered around aliens occupying Washington DC. You play as a Secret Service agent named Michael Ford who gets caught up with a mysterious organization to stop the alien invasion and unravel a massive conspiracy theory that dates back a few hundred years. It’s a fast paced shooter with a pile of unique weapons to use and several different kinds of alien enemies to fight over the game’s campaign mode. And if you’re running the game on a Tegra device, you’ll get optimized graphics, including higher resolution and enhanced lighting effects. Possibly the best feature of the entire app is the fact that you can completely customize your touch screen controls to suit your device and playing habits, and it supports bluetooth controllers.

Sound interesting? Hit the source below to download the app and try out the first two levels of the campaign for free.

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