Iterate and update. That's the mantra of the smartphone world these days. Where radical design changes between generations of phones might have been commonplace just a year or so ago, most manufacturers are sticking with designs that work and iterating on them with each generation. You can see that in Apple’s iPhone 5S, which looks exactly like its predecessor. Or Samsung’s recently announced Galaxy S5, which, lo and behold, looks almost exactly like last year’s Galaxy S4.LG’s new G...
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Samsung is partnering with a number of services to provide free trials and subscriptions to owners of its latest Galaxy S5 flagship. While the usual 50GB of Dropbox storage is included, Samsung is also supplying between three and 12 months (dependant on country) of Evernote Premium, and a 12-month subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek.Most of the bundles are health-related services, as Samsung continues to focus on fitness tracking with the Galaxy S5. A year-long subscription to fitness tracking service RunKeeper is included, alongside six-month trials of pace-tracking service MapMyFitness and workout trainer Skimble.
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If you have a 2GB data plan with AT&T, you're about to save some money on your wireless bill. Starting tomorrow, March 9th, the company is dropping the price of its 2GB Mobile Share Value plan by $15, from $55 to $40 per month.Like all of the carrier's shared data plans, you'll need to pay an extra monthly fee for each device that accesses that data pool. That cost is remaining the same at $40 per month for each on-contract smartphone and $25 per month for smartphones purchased at full price or through the carrier's Next installment plans. All Mobile Share Value plans have unlimited talk and text, as well as free texts from the United States to international numbers.
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Curved smartphone screens are going to be the next hot thing — if you believe the likes of Samsung and LG. The two Korean electronics companies have recently rolled the first curved-screen smartphones out to market. These devices will likely serve as precursors to phones with truly flexible displays. (Imagine a smartphone you could twist onto your wrist — talk about a smartwatch.) LG was first out the gate with the G Flex, which builds on the company’s recent experience creating solid-yet-boring Android phones but adds a curved screen. It’s fast, sports a massive screen, and ticks off just about every check box for what you’d want in a powerful new Android phone. But why does it have a curved screen? What exactly does it offer that our boring old flat phones don’t? That remains to be seen.
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It seems just about everyone wants a glossy new streaming music service to call their own. Samsung today unveiled Milk Music, a free and attractive new streaming music app which seems to be its answer to iTunes Radio. The catch? It’s only available for its Galaxy Android smartphones (although I’m sure tablet support is in the works, as well). Milk Music is actually a new incarnation of Samsung’s Music Hub app, which launched back in 2012 as its homegrown iTunes alternative. Samsung shut down that app in the U.S. back in December — probably because there wasn’t really much differentiating it from the plethora of other music services out there. With Milk Music, on the other hand, Samsung seems to be trying hard to offer something new and fun. The app’s interface is centered on a simple dial, which you can use to pause and skip songs, as well as tune specific stations to your tastes.
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Yahoo started allowing users to log in to its services with their Facebook and Google IDs in 2011, but now it is putting an end to that, starting with the sign-in process for Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick’Em.A Yahoo spokeswoman tells TNW: “This new process, which now asks users to sign in with a Yahoo username, will allow us to offer the best personalized experience to everyone.”The termination of sign-ins via Facebook and Google will take place gradually, which means that users will sooner or later need a Yahoo username to access all of its services, as Reuters first reported. The Yahoo spokeswoman confirms to us that “eventually, the sign in buttons for Facebook and Google will be removed from all Yahoo properties.”For now, users can still access Yahoo services using their Facebook or Google log-ins. A timeline wasn’t provided for when exactly they will cease to exist.
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After months of testing, it looks like Apple’s latest version of its mobile operating system is going to be coming to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches everywhere very soon.Leading Apple blogger John Gruber reported today that Apple will be streaming footage from its iTunes Festival at SXSW in Austin, Texas, to iOS devices, but users will have to update their device to iOS 7.1 in order to view the stream. Since the festival will kick off a week from Tuesday, that means the update should be hitting devices any day now.The update should fix a number of pain points for iOS users, including a nagging crash that can cause devices to lock up and show a black or white screen with an Apple logo before returning to ordinary functionality. It’s unclear why the company will require that users update in order to view the SXSW stream, but asking people to do so will help speed adoption of the new update.
engadget.com 7 days ago
You may remember the HTC HD2 from posts such as "will it play Tekken 3?" and "wait, it runs Windows RT now?" Despite the handset's age, a stalwart community keeps it relevant by getting anything and everything to run on the developer favorite. It's...
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Mobile’s not really the new thing anymore. And marketing automation, in spite of the fact that it is tripling annually and still unused by more than 90 percent of non-tech companies, isn’t all that new anymore either. Mobile marketing automation, however, is certainly heating up. And yeah, it’s pretty new. “Mobile has been the future for 10 years now,” Adam Marchick told me today. He’s the CEO of Kahuna, a mobile marketing automation company that just raised $11 million to hit the market harder. “It’s only when the iPad came out it started coming true.” VentureBeat just released the VB Marketing Automation Index report. Get it here. The same day Kahuna announced its new cash, the well-established Urban Airship announced its own brand-new mobile marketing automation solution, which allows marketers to build automated real-time marketing workflows for millions of customers or potential customers.
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Xbox Live is primarily used in Microsoft’s consoles and Windows or Windows Phone games for achievements, friend lists, and game matchmaking. While Microsoft has experimented with achievements on iOS and Android recently, the company is planning to push Xbox Live cross-platform in a big way soon. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that Microsoft is building a platform to extend Xbox Live functionality to iOS and Android games. Some details of these plans were first revealed in a recent Microsoft job posting.
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This is the most realistic iPhone 6 concept we’ve ever seen. Never content to wait for Apple’s actual product launches, yet another fan concept has emerged. Unlike recent iPhone Air and iPhone 6C concept videos, however, this concept by designer Sam Beckett just might hit the mark. Check out the video below and let us know if you’d buy Beckett’s iPhone Air. Like this story? Want to learn more? On April 14-15, our fourth annual VentureBeat Mobile Summit will tackle the six biggest growth opportunities in mobile today. The invitation-only Summit will gather the top 180 executives at the scenic Cavallo Point Resort in Sausalito, Calif., to discuss issues like this. Request an invitation.
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HTC's upcoming successor to the One, codenamed M8, has been a leaky ship while sailing to its March 25th launch. But the latest set of photos from a Chinese Weibo site leave nothing to the imagination, showing a possible China Mobile retail model...
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The official announcement of the next HTC One should happen soon, and it looks like the upcoming flagship phone will support at least one intriguing new accessory. Twitter account @evleaks has posted what appears to be a press image of the new One, with a sleek cover that can display information like the time and weather using colorful lights. With its plentiful holes, the case looks sort of like a modern take on a Lite Brite, and features much of the same utility as Yota's E Ink-enabled smartphone, letting you check important information without waking up your device.
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So much for surprises. Oppo has been trying to maintain an aura of mystery around the launch of the Find 7 on March 19th, but the design lovers at Red Dot have spoiled things by showing off the smartphone in their product gallery, nearly two weeks...
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The newest additions to Moto Maker are basketball inspired: in time for March Madness, Motorola has released nine new back colors and three new accent colors for the Moto X that match popular college basketball teams. The company is offering a $60 discount to anyone with an .edu email address who buys a bundle, which includes a colored phone and clear case with the college logo on it. But still, considering Motorola's goal of offering total phone customization, engraved logos would've been a more interesting option than a clear case.Motorola has been giving discounts on the Moto X in any way it can think of: recently the company slashed the phone's price to just $299 off-contract.
thenextweb.com 7 days ago
BlackBerry recently started to push sponsored content to some of its external beta testers, but after users started to notice, the Canadian company has decided to set the record straight. Ads will be limited to BlackBerry Channels, to help brands drive community growth, will not touch BBM chats, and BlackBerry promises it will respect user privacy.BlackBerry further says sponsored content is a “premier opportunity” and it will be “very strict about the amount of content we would ever allow to be pushed to our BBM community.” That being said, there are three ways that BBM Channels sponsored content will be promoted in the BBM app: Featured Placements: BBM Channel owners will have the ability to secure space on the Featured Channels tab to help promote their channel. This is the landing page for BBM Channels and will likely be considered prime real estate.
engadget.com 7 days ago
Thanks to an FCC filing back in January, we knew LG's G Pad 8.3 was likely heading to Verizon. Today, Big Red made things official: the 8.3-inch slate will arrive with LTE this Thursday for $300 unsubsidized and $200 on-contract. Until March 10th...
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The large-screen smartphone market is now one of the most fiercely competitive in the wireless industry. But even though nearly every phone maker has produced a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note, only a handful of products have actually been...
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Aereo has some formidable new opposition in the courts. According to Deadline, the White House has recommended that the Supreme Court rule against Aereo when broadcasters bring its service to trial this April. The administration made the recommendation in an amicus brief filed today, which argues that Aereo's use of discrete antennas to record broadcast television for its customers does not change the fact that it is later retransmitting those recordings to the public. "Like its competitors, [Aereo] therefore must obtain licenses to perform the copyrighted content on which its business relies," reads the brief.
engadget.com 8 days ago
Windows and Android are such good pals, they're quite literally inseparable on a number of dual-boot devices. Aside from some old community-driven projects, however, the relationship between Google's mobile OS and Windows Phone hasn't blossomed to a...