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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Motorola could tap soon to be former BlackBerry employees with new Waterloo, Ontario office

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Recently BlackBerry announced they would shed thousands of employees due to continued dismal results, but many of these employees may find work pretty quickly thanks to Motorola. Motorola plans on setting up a new office right in BlackBerry’s backyard, in Waterloo, Ontario. The new office, called Motorola Kitchener-Waterloo is a ten minute drive from BlackBerry’s headquarters, and also happens to be walking distance from Google’s current office.

“We’ve got big plans and we’re very optimistic.” said Derek Phillips, a former Google employee who is now engineering director for Motorola Canada. “We’re always looking for places where there’s lots of opportunity for growth and it’s not always easy to find places that have significant tech talent in a variety of areas, but especially mobile.”

Of course there is no guarantee that former BlackBerry employees will get a job with Motorola, but I would say they have a darn good chance because of their expertise.

source: Financial Post

ZTE Geek U988S officially unveiled, first Tegra 4 smartphone

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We heard about the ZTE Geek (U988S) over the summer, and it became official today at Beijing’s International Telecommunication Exhibition. What is so special about the ZTE Geek is that it’s the first smartphone to feature the NVIDIA Tegra 4. It also features a 5-inch (1920 x 1080) display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, 2MP front-facing camera, 2,300mAh battery, and Android 4.2.

So far it will be a China Mobile exclusive and will cost 1888 yuan ($310). Hit the break for more pics.


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New pictures of the HTC One Max to feast your eyes on thanks to Chinese certification

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The HTC One Max just passed through the TENAA in China, which is the equivalent of the FCC here in the U.S. There really isn’t much info to add about the phone other than this Chinese version definitely has dual-SIM capability. However, we have some official photos, which gives us a very good look of the phone. As you can see, the fingerprint scanner is present, which proves that earlier leaks aren’t photoshopped.

I’m still not clear on the translations, but it looks like the CPU of choice is the Snapdragon 600. We have heard rumors for both the Snapdragon S4 Pro and the 800, so there could also be variants with different processors for all we know. What we do know for sure is that it will come with a 5.9-inch display, 2GB of RAM, a 4MP UltraPixel rear camera, and 3,300 mAh battery. Hit the break for more pics.


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Samsung Galaxy Gear ‘lacks something special’, will be compatible with Galaxy S 4 in Oct followed by Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III in Dec

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Lee Don-joo, the president of Samsung’s strategic marketing for mobile business recently talked to reporters about their upcoming curved display and added some interesting things about the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. When asked about the lack of excitement about the Gear, he defensively said, “The Galaxy Gear is a wow product. It’s a wholly new and must-have accessory,” said the vice president Lee, downplaying growing criticism about the wristwatch. “It only weighs 74 grams and it’s very easy to receive a call or send a text.”

Later, another Samsung official admitted the Gear might not be all that it’s cracked up to be, “We’ve acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special. With more investment for user interface and user experience, Samsung devices will be better in terms of customer satisfaction.”


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Google Search for Android update includes improved Google Now cards

Google_Now_CardsIt’s nice to see Google Now getting frequent updates. The latest one, rolling out today, includes a handful of new features. Among those, the app now shows you recommended websites based on your location, and has real time updates for sports and flight cards instead of making you wait 15 minutes. The full list of new features:

- Related website for current location
- Real-time sports and flight updates, no 15 min delay
- Set reminders from Google searches for album & book releases, tv shows
- Car rental reservations from Gmail
- Event tickets for select websites
- Improved public transit card
- Additional Smart-TV cards for news & music currently on TV
- Ability to tell family & friends when you’ve left work (rolling out gradually)
- Choose calendars and edit reminders
You can download the update through the link after the break.
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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 25, 2013

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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!!

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Dead on Arrival 2 now available in Google Play

NBC launches official app, features full-length episodes for free and TV schedule

Hangouts update adds status indicators, improved contact management

Google updating Gmail for Android with new look, small tweaks

YouTube Android app gets an update, adds video notifications and new ad spaces

Google Search for Android update includes improved Google Now cards


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Verizon announces home phone and broadband router that links to existing Share Everything plan

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Verizon had a great idea and a bad idea, rolled it up into a single device, and released it to the market. The idea is a Novatel-built wireless router/modem combo that links to a customer’s existing Verizon Share Everything plan in an attempt to replace a home phone and internet service. On paper, that doesn’t sound like a bad idea; cell phones have all but replaced land lines, and Verizon’s LTE can be faster and more reliable than some types of internet from companies like Comcast and Time Warner. The problem comes in when you realize that tacking it on to your Share Everything plan means you’re constrained by your Share Everything limits, which is, at most, 20 GB on the high end. Replacing the entirety of your WiFi with a data cap that small is a horrible option for most people, especially with the rising popularity of services like Netflix and Play Music.
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New Moto X “Lazy Phone” commercial showcases Touchless Control

lazy_phone 5Motorola is going hard with their new new Moto X “Lazy Phone” campaign. There’s a new, fifth ad available that shows how a competing phone could leave you stranded up a creek. The commercial showcases Moto X’s Touchless Control features. That’s all we’re going to say about the commercial, but it’s absolutely worth a watch. Check it out, embedded after the break.


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YouTube Android app gets an update, adds video notifications and new ad spaces

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Google has updated the YouTube application in the Play Store, although unfortunately we didn’t get a complete changelog. However, just looking at the app reveals a few new features, including space for ads in the first list of videos you see when opening the app. There’s also a new option in the general settings of the app to receive notifications for new videos that match your interests. Google data mining suggestions at its finest.

You can hit the link after the break to get your hands on the update, or go to the Play Store directly on your phone. Test out the update and let us know if you find anything else interesting.


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