New Sony background defocus app released to the Play Store


Today Sony released a new version of their background defocus app to the Google Play Store. The app is available to Sony Xperia phones running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or later.

The app, as the name suggests, allows users to be able to defocus the background of their photos, adding depth of field to their photos. According to Sony, to get the best results users should focus on an object that is 15-45cm away, with a background at least 5 meters away from the subject. Hit the break for the Play Store download link!

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Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 to get update to fix camera and alarm bugs


An update to the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has begun rolling out to fix a number of issues that users have been having trouble with. The issues that are fixed in this update include the camera app not loading during a voice call, the alarm failing to go off when deleting alarms, and duplication of emails when moving them to new folders.

The update will likely not roll out to the international variant of the device as most of the issues it focuses on are unique to the Sprint variant. It will bump the software version up to G900PVPU1AND2, and, like usual, will roll out in stages.

Source: Samsung

50GB Google Drive offer on AT&T HTC One M8 down because of glitch


HTC‘s Advantage program has a number of great selling points, including the free Google Drive space that you get with it. HTC has just posted a message on the Advantage website alerting customers to a bug with the AT&T HTC One (M8) Google Drive deal.

The message states the issue as being a “minor technical error”, and there’s really no other details except that HTC is working on fixing it. We don’t really know who exactly is to blame, but the feature will reportedly be back up in mid-May. To see the notice for yourself hit the source link below, and then click on “AT&T HTC One (M8) ALERT” under the free storage column.

Source: HTC

LG ‘W Watch’ name surfaces before the G Watch is even released


The LG G Watch has not even been released yet and we are already talking about another LG smartwatch. A United States Patent and Trademark Office filing revealed the name of the “W Watch.” This is not the first time we are hearing about an LG smartwatch being released shortly after the G Watch. Would LG really risk the bad publicity of releasing something right after their initial Android Wear device? It sure seems like that may be the case.

But what else could the W Watch be? I think a smartwatch not tied to Android is a very good possibility. Perhaps something that would work with many platforms is something LG is working on.

Source: USPTO
Via: Pocketnow

Motorola Moto X price drops for Republic Wireless, Amazon does the same for the GSM model


This one is a little tricky, so listen up. Motorola’s Moto X is getting a price drop through two different locations. The first is from Motorola’s very own store and it only applies to one model. The Moto X for Republic Wireless can be customized through Moto Maker and the total cost comes in at $349. Whether or not this is permanent, we will will have to wait and see.

The other option is with Amazon. You can get the GSM model of the Moto X for $349 as well. This means for $349, you can take it to any GSM carrier such as AT&T or T-Mobile.

Unfortunately, it does not seem as if Verizon or Sprint models are involved in any deals. But if you have an education email address, ending in “.edu,” Moto Maker has the Moto X available for $339. So there is a way to take advantage of some sort of Moto X deal regardless of your carrier.

Source: Amazon, Motorola

Samsung releases ad for Gear Fit showing off fitness and social features


Samsung has released a new ad for its Gear Fit showing off what it does best; tracking your physical activity and helping you manage your social life. The video shows the heart rate monitor in action, the calorie tracker at work, and it even shows a DJ declining a call from his wrist. It follows Samsung’s advertising mentality that the Fit is a device that can improve anyone’s life, no matter what they do for fun.

It’s definitely a fun video, and if you want to watch it, you can check it out after the break.  Read more

Samsung SM-T2558 gets certified in China, sports a 7-inch display on a smartphone’s body


Here is a device that will make just about everyone scratch their head. A Samsung device with the model number SM-T2558 has received certification from TENAA in China, but it features a rather odd design. No, it is not a smartphone as the image above would suggest. The device your are looking at is a 7-inch tablet that looks very much like a smartphone. It does have TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA connectivity, so it actually could act as a smartphone, right?

Other specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.5GB of RAM. In true Samsung fashion, there is a microSD card slot to expand upon the 8GB of internal storage. On the back is an 8MP camera and the front camera has 2MP. And the weight of this device is light at just 245 grams. Right out of the box, it runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and not 4.4 KitKat.

Via: SamMobile

Google Maps now lets you look at old Street View collections


Ever wonder what the Freedom Tower in New York City looked like while it was being constructed? Now you can take a look at that and more famous locations with Google Maps’ Street View. Google announced today that Street View will give users a look back at “historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world.”

All you have to do is open Google Maps and some locations will feature these collections. Others include the construction of a 2014 FIFA World Cup stadium in Brazil and the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in Japan compared to just before.

Source: Google Lat Long

Google ‘Stars’ being tested with Chrome, allows favoriting URLs and more


On the web, you generally do not want to bookmark everything you see. Bookmarking is typically reserved for sites that you frequently visit or sites that you need on-hand for a task. However, there is nothing to favorite a link and have it stored in case you want to go back to it for whatever reason. I understand that you can technically “favorite” something as a bookmark, but the function basically ends there. And that is where Google Stars would come in. Read more

How to setup and use the Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner to make Paypal payments


Samsung’s fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S 5 can secure your phone, but it can also be quite handy for making payments via Paypal. Instead of entering a password or PIN to login in to Paypal or make a payment, now you can just swipe your finger.

Since this is a special partnership between Samsung and Paypal, you will need to download the Paypal app from Samsung Apps since it is the only version that includes code for Samsung’s fingerprint scanner. So far, Verizon’s GS5 is the only one we know of that doesn’t include Samsung Apps, so you will need to download and install it as a third party APK before you can proceed.

Assuming you are ready to go, follow my instructions in the video below and you will be setup in no time. Don’t worry if you already have the PayPal app installed from the Google Play Store., the setup process will install the Samsung Apps version over it.  Video after the break.

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