New App: PPLCONNECT offers virtual connectivity to your phone for calls and SMS for free

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A new app is now available on the Play Store called PPLCONNECT. What’s so cool about it? PPLCONNECT lets you virtually connect to your cell phone for calls and SMS for free from your computer, tablet, or even your friend’s device— and it’s all for free!

Although the app is currently in beta, you’ll still be able to take part in most of the important features the app will eventually offer in its full release. This includes sending and receiving SMS from your computer, tablet, or even another phone. All of the SMS are synced between devices and even your own phone’s inbox, so you don’t need to worry about missing any messages if you’re on a different device.

You can even make calls from any device as well, and access all of your contacts on any device (as long as it’s connected to the web in some way, of course).

It seems like a pretty neat tool. Hit the break for screens and the link to the app in the Play Store!

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Google will be linking your Google+ profile photo with your phone number in early 2014

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Google did quite a bit of work on the phone dialer on the Nexus 5 and they’re looking to keep integrating improvements for the foreseeable future. The next item on the list according to a recent Google+ page will be to automatically pair your phone number with your Google+ profile photo. This would allow other people (presumably with Android phones) that that you call to automatically see a picture of you from your G+ page. Whether that’s a good or bad thing remains to be seen, but it’s happening regardless.

By default, all users are opted into this, which will actually start happening sometime in early 2014. Since this sort of sounds like it’s integrating into the Nexus 5 dialer, we may or may not see this on every available phone or Android version. This probably isn’t going to be the last you hear about it before it’s put into action, so we’ll keep you updated.

Cheers Brian

source: Google+

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. » Read the rest

Sony QX Lens camera series press release leaks (and removed shortly after), promotional video still available

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A Sony site accidentally leaked the press release for their QX100 and QX10 “lens-style cameras,” which was removed shortly after. Unfortunately, Sony has asked our source to remove the press release from their site, and therefore, it is now unavailable. However, we do know that they will be announced tomorrow, Sept. 4 at 4:00 PM (London time)— you won’t have to wait very long to get all the juicy details.

Sony did release a video on their YouTube channel which hypes up the two lens-cameras. Check it out after the break.

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Huawei launching MediaPad 7 Vogue tablet this month with ability to make phone calls/send SMS

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First we started seeing phablets, and now we’re seeing full-on tablets with phone-calling and SMS capabilities hit the market. Huawei plans to keep the trend moving with their new MediaPad 7 Vogue. This device has a 7-inch 1024 x 600 IPS display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 3MP rear camera, .3MP front-facing camera, 8GB internal storage, a microSD slot for expandable memory, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean layered with Huawei’s Emotion UI.

Obviously the features that put this tablet in the spotlight are its abilities to make phone calls and send texts— it also comes with a speaker at the top of the device so you can just hold it up to your ear rather than use a pair of headphones… if you want to look absolutely silly, of course. We’re not sure that there are so many people willing to haul around this thing for the purpose of making phone calls, but there certainly is a market for it. To start, the MediaPad 7 Vogue will launch in China this month, with other markets to follow shortly after.

What do you guys think? Would you buy one of these? Would you use the phone speaker at the top of the device or plug in some headphones?

Source: Huawei

Infamous Motorola X phone will come out by October and is packed with several different sensors

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Well folks, some actual “real” facts have finally surfaced concerning the infamous Motorola X phone. Coming from Motorola’s own Dennis Woodside himself, the device will come out this October and most of it will be built in Fort Worth, Texas. Woodside even gave a slight tease mentioning the device is already in his pocket.

You can expect the device to feature a galore of sensors. One being a sensor that can detect when the device has been taken out of the pocket, and even a sensor that will detect how fast you’re currently traveling if you were to be in a car that way the phone will act differently for safety measures.

Sadly that’s all we know about the device, screen size, processor and everything else is still up in the air. I’m sure more about the device will surface sometime this summer as it will eventually have to pass through the FCC. Stay tuned!

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Dark Maze – a game reminescent of Labyrinth [Courtesy of XDA]

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A cool thing about phones and tablets are their accelerometers. Those accelerometers make games like Dark Maze a perfect match for these devices. Now granted there are quite a few maze type games in the market, but this one is a bit more special. The maze starts out dark until you explore an area, and those dark areas, well lets just say sometimes you won’t knew what hit you. The mazes are littered with traps; cannons, spikes, holes, and the dreaded buttons which either initiate doom devices are open the exit. The game has really simple control, just tilt, you’ll be a pro in no time. For people like me, it’s also refreshing to hear that this free game works great on both phones and tablets.

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Acer Iconia Smart Slated For Release In September

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Remember the Acer Iconia Smart?  How could you, with its massive 4.8-inch display?  Is it a phone or a tablet?  Yes, to answer your question.  We’ve finally received some word on a release date courtesy of Acer’s Facebook page.  According to Acer, the device is slated for a release date in September.  The device’s specs still remain the same sporting a 4.8-inch capacitive touch display, a single core Snapdragon CPU, Gingerbread 2.3 and dual cameras.  You can expect to pay close to a whopping $710.00 bucks US for the monster.  That’s a little pricey for yesterday’s specs if you ask me.  However, to each his own.  We would have liked to at least seen a dual-core chip set on board.  Feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

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Android Now at 40% of Smartphone Share

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We all know Android is growing; there’s no denying the numbers. Just like there’s no denying that Apple has a large share, RIM is dying, and Windows Phone is off somewhere by the fence huffing spraypaint. In the latest mobile subscriber number results from comScore, Android has now gobbled up a whopping 40 percent of the market share as of June, up 5.4% from March. This is leaving Apple farther and farther behind, which is at 26.6%, and Microsoft, RIM and Symbian all lost share.

Check out the results below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Top Smartphone Platforms
3 Month Avg. Ending Jun. 2011 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Mar. 2011
Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers
Mar-11 Jun-11 Point Change
Total Smartphone Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Google 34.7% 40.1% 5.4
Apple 25.5% 26.6% 1.1
RIM 27.1% 23.4% -3.7
Microsoft 7.5% 5.8% -1.7
Symbian 2.3% 2.0% -0.3

[via techcrunch]