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Two New Affordable New LG Smartphones from T-Mobile & MetroPCS

April 23, 2014 9:38 PM | LG | Smartphone | Comments (0)

 

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If you long for springtime but loathe spring-cleaning, the Un-carrier may have just the thing for you. Un-carrier customers can clean up with the budget-friendly, feature-rich LG Optimus L70, available from MetroPCS today, and the LG Optimus L90, available from T-Mobile April 30th. Both affordable, new Android smartphones are offered for little or no upfront cost, no annual service contract, no overages, no hidden device costs, and no upgrade wait – making it easy to refresh, renew and upgrade for not a lot of green.

“As the Un-carrier, we’re relentlessly focused on offering more value to our customers,” said Jason Young, senior vice president of marketing at T-Mobile. “And the LG Optimus L90 and Optimus L70 deliver in spades. Both of these affordable Android-powered smartphones pack sweet high-end specs in a sleek design. Combine either one with our unlimited talk, text and data plans, and you’ve got the kind of value and freedom that only America’s Un-carrier can deliver.”

LG Optimus L90

With the sleek LG Optimus L90, T-Mobile customers won’t have to compromise for a feature rich smartphone at an affordable price on America’s fastest nationwide 4G LTE network. It boasts a 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor and is equipped with a large and vivid 4.7-inch qHD display. The 5MP camera, with LG-exclusive advanced camera features, allows you to express and share more with family and friends. The rear cover self-healing paint is designed to help recover from the normal wear and tear of daily use, including minor scratches and surface damage from keys and other objects.

 

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OnePlus One launch date set for April 23

April 23, 2014 9:35 PM | Smartphone | Comments (0)

Startup phonemaker OnePlus has announced on its official forum that it will unveil the OnePlus One smartphone on April 23. The company has been quite eager to build up hype for its first smartphone revealing a large portion of its specifications already.

Just yesterday, the company unveiled that it has decided to update the chipset of the OnePlus One. According to the original plans, the phone would have a Snapdragon 800 chipset, but now it has been confirmed to boast the newer Snapdragon 801.

Additionally, the OnePlus confirms the One will feature replaceable back covers, 3100mAh battery and a 6 piece 13 megapixel Sony Exmor camera with f/2.0 aperture. Further rumors tip the OnePlus One to come out with an aluminum unibody design and is expected to cost less than $400, but the latter isn't backed by official confirmation just yet.

The company hasn't detailed where the event would take place, but our guess would be Shenzhen, China, where the company is based. We'll give you further details as soon as they arrive.

 

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Meredith Attwell Baker Named Chief Executive Officer of CTIA-The Wireless Association

April 23, 2014 9:32 PM | Interesting | Comments (0)

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Meredith Attwell Baker, a veteran telecommunications executive and former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of CTIA-The Wireless Association, effective June 2, the association announced today.

Baker, who worked at CTIA early in her career, will replace Steve Largent, 59, who announced his retirement last October. Largent has served as President and CEO since November 2003.

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to use my experience in both the public and private sectors to help the vital and fast-growing wireless communications industry,” Baker said. “The wireless industry has grown significantly over the past decade and now permeates every part of our lives from education, and health care to energy and business. CTIA should be in the center of discussions about how wireless is reshaping our economy, our society and our culture. I look forward to continuing CTIA’s long tradition of finding bipartisan solutions to ensure adequate spectrum availability and opportunities to unlock the next generation of investment and innovation.”

“I plan to bring new ideas and new initiatives to the association that will take it from good to great. We will recruit and keep the best and brightest experts in spectrum and wireless communications,” Baker added. “CTIA must be the ‘go to’ organization on wireless issues for both industry and government.”

Among the innovations that Baker said she plans to pursue:
 

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FCC Proposes Spectrum Sharing Plan for 3550-3700 MHz Band

April 23, 2014 9:30 PM | Interesting | Comments (0)

The Federal Communications Commission today took steps to provide more spectrum for general consumer use, carrier-grade small cell deployments, fixed wireless broadband services, and other innovative uses, through the creation of a new Citizens Broadband Radio Service. The Commission proposed rules for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service in a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that advances the Commission’s efforts to meet the growing demand for spectrum by proposing to make 150 megahertz available in the 3.5 GHz Band.

The FNPRM proposes innovative spectrum sharing techniques to unlock the value of the spectrum between 3550 MHz and 3650 MHz, and seeks comment on extending the proposed service to 3700 MHz.  Specifically, the FNPRM proposes a three-tiered access and sharing model comprised of federal and non-federal incumbents, priority access licensees, and general authorized access users. Together, the proposals seek to promote flexibility and innovation by leveraging advancements in technology to facilitate sharing between different users and uses, including incumbent government uses.

Federal and non-federal incumbents would be protected from harmful interference from Citizens Broadband Radio Service users.  Targeted priority access licenses would be made available for a variety of uses, including mobile broadband. General authorized access use would be permitted in a reserved amount of spectrum and on an opportunistic basis for a variety of consumer or business-oriented purposes, including advanced home wireless networking.
 

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CTIA and Participating Wireless Companies Announce the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment"

April 16, 2014 8:44 PM | Interesting | Comments (0)

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CTIA and participating wireless companies today announced the “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment,” which is the most recent effort by the industry to deter smartphone thefts in the U.S. The safety and security of wireless users remain the wireless industry’s top priority, and is why this commitment will continue to protect consumers while recognizing the companies’ need to retain flexibility so they may constantly innovate, which is key to stopping smartphone theft.

The “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” states:

Part I

Each device manufacturer and operating system signatory of Part I of this “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” agrees that new models of smartphones first manufactured after July 2015 for retail sale in the United States will offer, at no cost to consumers, a baseline anti-theft tool that is preloaded or downloadable on wireless smartphones that provides the connected capability to:
  1. Remote wipe the authorized user’s data (i.e., erase personal info that is added after purchase such as contacts, photos, emails, etc.) that is on the smartphone in the event it is lost or stolen.
  2. Render the smartphone inoperable to an unauthorized user (e.g., locking the smartphone so it cannot be used without a password or PIN), except in accordance with FCC rules for 911 emergency communications, and if available, emergency numbers programmed by the authorized user (e.g., “phone home”).
  3. Prevent reactivation without authorized user’s permission (including unauthorized factory reset attempts) to the extent technologically feasible (e.g., locking the smartphone as in 2 above).
  4. Reverse the inoperability if the smartphone is recovered by the authorized user and restore user data on the smartphone to the extent feasible (e.g., restored from the cloud).
In addition to this baseline anti-theft tool, consumers may use other technological solutions, if available for their smartphones.

Part II

Each network operator signatory of Part II to the “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” commits to permit the availability and full usability of a baseline anti-theft tool to be preloaded or downloadable on smartphones as specified in this commitment.
 

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Android 4.4 KitKat Now Available for Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active Customers

April 16, 2014 8:40 PM | AT&T | Comments (0)

Customers who have an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active began to receive the latest version of Android 4.4 KitKat today. In addition, this update includes key enhancements to the user interface, phone dialer app, focus and exposure, and gallery apps:

  • Improved user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as re-styled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen-immersive mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security and smarter power use.
  • Enhanced music access: Full screen album art and media controls are available from the lock screen when listening to music.
  • Camera access: The camera can also be accessed directly from the lock screen.
  • Location menu: An integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS and share location details.
  • Wireless printing: Integrated support for wireless printing available in enhanced settings.
  • New sound controls: Set sound for specific Samsung applications in enhanced settings.
 

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BlackBerry 10.2.1 Software Update Now Available for Q10 and Z10 Customers

April 16, 2014 8:37 PM | AT&T | Comments (0)

AT&T customers who have a Blackberry Q10 or Z10 began to receive the 10.2.1 software update today. This update includes enhancements and new features for both individual and enterprise customers.. BlackBerry 10.2.1 enhancements include:

  • Easier to switch to Blackberry 10: the new device switch app allows users to easily migrate their data to a new BlackBerry device.
  • Customize pinch gesture to filter BlackBerry Hub: This new feature allows users to instantly filter the message list in the Hub. Users can also customize the Hub to show only unread messages, flagged messages, draft messages, meeting invites, sent messages, or level one alerts. Once preferences are set, users can activate it with a pinch gestures on the Hub’s message list.
  • BBM inside any app and preview messages anywhere: Users can now preview any message as it arrives in any app they’re using and immediately read it and respond – without leaving the app.
  • BlackBerry Natural Sound enhancements: New sound improvements make BBM Voice and BBM Video chats sound like users are in the same room.
  • Actionable lock screen notifications: “Tap to open” messages will now appear on the lock screen, allowing users to respond to an important message quicker.
  • Picture password for fast unlocking: Unlock the phone with a combination of a picture and a number (0-9), which is placed at a particular point on the image.
  • Battery usage monitoring: A new and improved device monitor provides users with essential details on battery usage, the impact of installed apps on battery life and memory usage and storage, as well as CPU statistics.
 

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HTC Dual Lens System Overview

April 16, 2014 8:33 PM | HTC | Comments (0)

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The HTC One (M8) Duo Camera brings high-quality DSLR effects to a smartphone and is the next evolution in smartphone cameras. Duo Camera utilizes a dual lens and sensor configuration coupled to a ‘next-gen’ ISP and CPU. Duo Camera technology mimics the stereoscopic vision capabilities of the human eye. Two independent lenses allow it to detect and calculate the relative distance of subjects in the image. The imaging system then assigns properties to each individual pixel, which allows them to be re-purposed and reprocessed to maximize image quality.

Duo Camera technology produces images previously beyond the reach of smartphone camera systems. For instance, the camera can now accurately emulate the look of high-end lenses and dedicated professional camera systems. It enables “pro look” images with finite shallow depth-of-field control and captivating ‘bokeh’ and focus fall-off, which is particularly effective in portraits.

HTC ONE (M8) DUO CAMERA SPEC:

Secondary camera: captures depth information

  • Pixel size 2.0 um
  • Sensor size 1/3”
  • f/2.0
  • 28mm lens
The depth sensor is demonstrated in Gallery features such as UFocus, Foregrounder, and Dimension Plus.

With UFocus, the camera automatically captures depth information with every snapped picture. This allows the user to select the object or area of focus after the photo is taken. Additionally, UFocus uses the depth data collected by the dual lens system to allow for professional-looking portraits. With just a tap, a user can easily add an artistic blur effect known as “bokeh” around a subject. One can also refocus on any person or object in a photo.

 

 

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Chrome Remote Desktop Goes Mobile

April 16, 2014 8:29 PM | Google | Comments (0)

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Have you ever been out and about, and urgently needed to access a file that’s sitting on your home computer? Since 2011, Chrome Remote Desktop has let you remotely access your machine from another laptop or computer in a free, easy and secure way. And now, with the release of the Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android, we’re making it possible for you to do the same thing from your Android device.

If you haven’t used Chrome Remote Desktop in the past, you can get started by enabling your Windows or Mac machine for remote access through the Chrome Web Store app. Next, simply launch the Android app on your phone or tablet, tap on the computer’s name and start using your remote machine as if you were sitting right in front of it.

 

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NFC Forum Publishes Comprehensive Set of Technical Specifications

April 16, 2014 8:24 PM | Interesting | Comments (0)

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The NFC Forum today announced the public availability of new versions of nine technical specifications, following approval by the Board of Directors. The new versions deliver greater interoperability, faster read and write performance, mediated handover, and lower power consumption, as well as additional functionality for products incorporating NFC technology. The revised specifications comprise an integrated and streamlined set designed to be used together, bringing greater efficiency to the process of developing standards-based NFC products.

To date, the NFC Forum has completed 21 technical specifications, as the momentum for Near Field Communication devices and services continues to grow. ABI Research estimates that over 500 million NFC-enabled devices will reach the market this year.

The new set of specifications supports compatibility among NFC devices implemented with previously released versions. The revisions deliver on the Forum's commitment to developing and maintaining technical specifications of the highest possible accuracy and usefulness. The specifications are available at no charge from the NFC Forum website after completion of the Specification License Agreement.

The updated specifications are:
 

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PayPal with Fingerprint Authentication and PayPal App Now Available

April 14, 2014 7:42 PM | Gadgets | Comments (0)

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WHAT: PayPal has announced the availability of the PayPal app with fingerprint authentication on the new Samsung Galaxy S5 device. When shopping with PayPal on their Samsung Galaxy S5, users can login with their fingerprint to shop at millions of merchants that accept PayPal on mobile web sites, mobile apps and in stores. Additionally, Samsung Galaxy S5 users who use the PayPal app will receive $50 USD or more in offers at several merchants that accept PayPal. To watch a video of how logging in to shop with your fingerprint works, click here. For additional information, check out our blog post and press release.

The PayPal app is also available today on the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit. Using the PayPal app, Samsung Gear 2 owners can check-in to pay at local stores, save and redeem offers, check their balance and receive payment notifications while on the go.

WHEN: Friday, April 11, 2014

WHERE: The ability to login with a fingerprint to shop with PayPal is now available on the Samsung Galaxy S5 across 25 markets globally, including: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.

For the Samsung Gear 2 watch, the PayPal app will be available in eight global markets, including: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, United States and United Kingdom. 
 

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