Samsung KQ specs tipped, a premium Galaxy S5?

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We have seen the Samsung Galaxy S5 and its amazing results, and surely it is the best Galaxy device to date. But as the new flagship is here, its time for the rumors to start floating about the next flagship smartphone. SamMobile is reporting that Samsung is working on a premium version of the Galaxy S5, which will feature an octa-core Exynos 5430 processor and QHD (2560×1440) display. It is codenamed as “Samsung KQ”, and also the device will feature Intel-crafted LTE modules as well.

Galaxy S5 is an excellent device, but it was not what we heard about it in rumors. But it seems that the Samsung KQ will be a dream device for every Samsung fan. Right now, we don’t know when Samsung is going to release it, but you can expect it to be a Summer vacation surprise by the Korean giant, or maybe in Fall 2014.

Do you think a ‘premium’ S5 is a good idea? Let us know in the comment box below.

Leaked Screenshots Show Off New UI of the LG G3

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Expected to get an official reveal soon, the LG G3 has garnered a lot of attention.  With the most notable rumors suggesting an ultra-high resolution screen, it seems only fair to know what interface will grace that rumored 2560 x 1440 pixel display.

The fine folks over at Digital Trends have gotten their hands on pictures of what seems to be the new user interface that will be on the LG G3 at launch.

The new UI sports a flatter, more modern look that’s clean and lacks the “busy” feel of the UI found on the G2/G Pro 2.

It seems that everything about the UI is getting a revamp. The notification shade seems to be transparent, the quick toggles are now round instead of square, and the QSlide app icons seem to be slightly larger.

Also of note, LG is rumored to have developed a type of “concierge-style” service within the UI that will learn from your use of the phone and give you valuable information that will aid you throughout the day. If you take a look at the weather widget, you can see the service in action suggesting that an umbrella may be in order.

If the rumors are correct, the new UI is a much needed change and LG should benefit from modernizing their outdated user interface.

Samsung details Galaxy Tab 4 availability for U.S.

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amsung on Wednesday confirmed the pricing and availability of the Galaxy Tab 4 series of tablets. The newest line of Wi-Fi tablets will be offered starting May 1 and will span the 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch models. As we might expect, the various devices will be sold at retail outlets such as Best Buy, OfficeMax, Tiger Direct, and Office Depot. And, to no surprise, you’ll be able to pick one up through Samsung.com and Amazon.com as well. Pre-sales begin on April 24, 2014.

Pricing breaks down as so:

  • Tab 4 7.0 – $199.99
  • Tab 4 8.0 – $269.99
  • Tab 4 10.1 – $349.99

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 line will be sold in both black and white options. Looking to summer, AT&T will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 but it’s not clear which size or sizes. Sprint will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, T-Mobile will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 8.0, and Verizon will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and 10.1.

Google Maps gets time machine-like feature

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One of the more requested Google Maps features has become a reality as Google announces a new archive street view capability. Available in 55 countries and where allowed, the feature lets users “go back in time” and view historical imagery of notable places.

Starting today, you can travel to the past to see how a place has changed over the years by exploring Street View imagery in Google Maps for desktop. We’ve gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world.

With more than 6 million miles worth of road photographed, Google has plenty of spots with more than one image available. According to RecodeGoogle Street View cars have even crossed some of the same roads “every summer for eight years”.

At first it will be offered in the desktop web version of Google Maps. We might expect a mobile version down the road; imagine standing on a corner and tripping back through old images.

Photos of Samsung Galaxy K emerge ahead of expected April 29 debut

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Photos recently posted on Baidu provide us with the best look at Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy K device. Presumed to be the successor to the Galaxy S4 Zoom, the slimmer, more powerful experience is a camera-centric take on the flagship device. Specifications are purported to include a 20-megapixel rear camera with 10X optical zoom and Xenon flash with a front-facing 2-megapixel camera. Internally, details could include an Exynos 5 Hexa processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 4.8″ AMOLED screen.

Samsung has a press event for April 29th in Singapore, and has been teasing it with the phrase “Kapture The Moment”.

Find which apps are using the most permissions with F-Secure App Permissions [App of the Day]

Just about every time you install a new app, there is a page of permissions that you “should” read. If you’re like some of us, you find yourself clicking OK and just skipping through it. But what if you skip over something important? App Permissions is here to help with your application permission needs.

Once the app is installed, you’ll see a few different columns with helpful information like which apps can cost you money, impact battery, and see your personal information. Click on an application, and tap View Permissions. It will show a giant list of permissions that the app requires to be installed on your device. If you’re in a certain category, the permission that put it in its category will be highlighted in pink.

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For instance, why would Hangouts be able to read my personal information? It can read contacts, read SMS messages, and store account information, all highlighted in pink. It’s super helpful, especially if you’re unsure of which permission does what.

You can filter applications by the number of permissions, or by category. You can even jump right into the Application Settings page or uninstall right from inside the app.

It offers a simple, clean interface, and should be installed by anyone who is concerned about their security. Check out App Permissions in the Play Store!

Supertooth Disco 4 Bluetooth speaker review

Bluetooth speakers are becoming more and more popular, and SuperTooth is quite the superpower in the market of Bluetooth accessories. They make everything from car kits to speakers to headsets, and one of their latest creations is the fourth installment in their Disco line of wireless Bluetooth speakers. We got a chance to review a Disco 4, and despite its simplicity, there’s a lot to talk about with this little speaker

 

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A quick rundown of the specs gives us an idea of what the Disco 4 is packing:

  • 8-watt speaker
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (can pair a maximum of 8 devices at once, with one being connected at any given time)
  • NFC (more on that later)
  • A2DP

But enough of that, let’s get into the good stuff.

Design

Beginning with the most obvious aspect, this speaker just looks awesome. It’s incredibly simple, and doesn’t try to dazzle anyone with flashy buttons or designs. Its horn shape reminds me of the old speakers that are used in the P.A. systems in high schools. You know, the ones mounted high on the walls of the hallways, that deafen students when the alarm sounds during a fire drill. While this is an obvious design choice, it’s actually done in a very sleek way. The speaker is square, but has rounded, subtle edges. It widens toward the front, giving it that classic look.

Nikon returns to Android game with the Coolpix S810c

Nikon have today announced the Coolpix S810c which brings the popular technology Nikon build into their cameras with the Android Operating System.

With a 16-Megapixel camera, the Nikon Coolpix S810c combines the flexibility of Android and its variety of Apps with a 12x optical zoom NIKKOR lens and an ISO range of up to 3200, all underpinned by Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) technology.

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The Nikon Coolpix S810c runs Android 4.2.2 and can run apps including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, allowing your pictures to be uploaded directly to your favourite photo sharing site instantly.

The Nikon COOLPIX S810c will be available in early May 2014 in Black or White for around $349.95.

Amazon wants your old phone so you can buy a new one

Looking to pick up a new Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 over the next few days and weeks? What are you going to do with that old device? Amazon says they’ll take it, and they’ll even pay you for it.

Amazon’s Trade-In program is not necessarily new but, considering the timing, it’s worth reminding you that it exists. If you have an old smartphone and don’t plan on keeping it, you could earn a little scratch buy giving to Amazon. Regardless of whether you bought that phone from them, Amazon wants it. Actually, they’ll take all sorts of electronics, textbooks, CDs, movies, and video games. Go ahead, grab that box full of stuff you can’t part with and finally part with it.Amazon-Trade-In-Store-631x310

 

Right now Amazon is offering great trade-in values* on top smartphones:

  • Samsung Galaxy S4, Black Mist 16GB (AT&T) $190
  • Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB, Blue (Verizon Wireless) $100
  • Apple iPhone 5 16GB Black–(AT&T) $224
  • Apple iPhone 4S 16GB Black – (AT&T) $154.30
  • HTC One M7, Silver 32GB (Sprint) $123

As long as your stuff matches the description you provide Amazon and is in at least “acceptable” condition, you should be good. The process is free (shipping, too) and takes up to 10 days to complete.

Aereo: Chromecast support arrives May 29

Aereo on Thursday announced that it will be integrating Chromecast support for the Android app on May 29. Aereo, a service that allows subscribers to stream broadcast TV channels over the web, has an Android app which is currently in beta. Customers can pay for memberships that start at $8 per month with access to a cloud-based DVR with 20 hours of storage. From the sounds of things, there will not be a way to cast from your browser just yet; Android is the only way to get the Chromecast feature.Aereo-Logo-631x631

“The way people watch and experience television is changing and Google is a pioneer in providing consumers with more choice and flexibility in how they access and experience that media,” said Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia. “We’re excited that Aereo will be Google Cast Ready this May. Consumers deserve more options and alternatives in how they watch television and our team is committed to providing consumers with the best experience possible using Aereo’s innovative cloud technology.”

Aereo is currently available in: New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Baltimore, Cincinnati, San Antonio, and Austin. Additional cities are expected throughout 2014.