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Mother's Day is Almost Here (Sunday, May 11th); Gift Ideas from Android.net

May 05, 2014 - 11:44 AM - by dgstorm

Mother's Day is almost upon us. It's one simple day of the year when we get a chance to celebrate and/or give thanks for one of the most important people in our lives. She gave birth to us, clothed us, fed us, wiped our faces and our butts, worried when we were sick, showered us with love and affection and much much more. It's an easy thing to do to come up with a card and/or a gift for her compared to all of that.

To that end, we thought it would be handy to share a few links to online retailers to make it super-easy for our members to share their appreciation for their Mom. Here are several links to retailers with gift offers and a few generous discounts to get you started:

  • 1-800-Flowers - Special Offer = Save 20% on orders over $49.99 with MDAY49 or save 15% on select items with MTHR15. Valid until 5/12
  • Groupon - No specific special offer since Groupon itself is the special offer.
  • Target - Special Offer = Save 20% on Women’s Heels and Flats, and Buy One, Get One 50% off Jewelry & Accessories. Valid 5/4-5/10
  • Walmart - Special Offers depend on the product or individual sale - see online site for more details.
  • Zappos - Special Offers depend on the product or individual sale - see online site for more details.
  • bergdorfgoodman.com - Save up to 40% off 5F Contemporary read-to-wear at Bergdorf Goodman! Free Shipping and Returns, every day. Feel free to indulge! Valid until 5/7
  • Best Buy - Special Offers depend on the product or individual sale - see online site for more details.

Some of these deals are only good for a limited window of time, so you may want to check them out ASAP. Make it a Happy Mother's Day!!!
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Apple Scores Hollow Victory Over Samsung in Retrial; New Damages are Just $120Million

May 05, 2014 - 10:21 AM - by dgstorm

The retrial court case between Apple and Samsung concluded last Friday (May 2), with Apple pulling out the win. It turns out their ultimate victory was pathetic compared to the last time though. The jury awarded Apple with only $120 Million dollars in damages compared to the nearly $1 Billion from the first trial over patent disputes. What's particularly weak about this victory is that the damages awarded will barely cover the legal costs Apple incurred while fighting to achieve this victory. Here's a quote explaining this further,

“It is hard to view this outcome as much of a victory for Apple,” Brian Love, an assistant professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law, said in an e-mail. The amount of damages “probably doesn’t surpass by too much the amount Apple spent litigating this case,” he said.

The jury rejected Apple’s claim on the patent it counted as the most valuable of the group, one that enables updating of applications while other features of the phone are in use. Apple also lost its claim over a patent that allows a user to perform a “universal” search for information with a single click.
There's more that makes Apple's victory particularly hollow though. While the jury found that Samsung had infringed upon two of four Apple patents, the jury also found that Apple infringed on one of two Samsung patents. This basically means that one side stole "more" than the other, but how can you really say that someone is more of a thief? You either are a thief or you aren't. This isn't good for the reputation of either company (although realistically it will probably amount to nothing in the public's eye.)

During the trial, Apple made an "absurd" request regarding the patent damages amount they asked for, which obviously didn't pan out. Here's a quote with the details,

Apple wanted Samsung to pay as much as $40 for each phone sold that uses infringing technology, for a total of $2.19 billion. Samsung argued that the jury should award no more than $38.4 million for any infringement damages.

From the start, Samsung cast the iPhone maker’s case as a bid to displace Google as the leading supplier of smartphone operating systems and limit consumer choice.

The verdict “doesn’t slow down Samsung at all” because the implied royalty rate is so low that Samsung doesn’t need to worry about paying it, said Kevin Rivette, a 3LP Advisors LLC partner. “It was absurd for Apple to ask for $2 billion. That was a case of ‘Am I going to laugh now or laugh later?’”

Apple might have considered the trial a win if the verdict amounted to more than $10 per phone, Rivette said.
The next step will be for both companies to order sales bans of the offending devices, and decide if they want to appeal again. For the most part any sales bans will be a "non-issue" as the patents in question apply to mostly older devices which neither side actually sells in retail anymore.

In the end, this was actually a victory for patent law overall. Here's a final quote explaining that,

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[Rumor] Final Amazon Smartphone Design Image & Specs Revealed

May 02, 2014 - 10:31 AM - by dgstorm

Previously we shared what was supposedly a leaked image of an Amazon Kindle Fire smartphone prototype covered in a protective shell. Now we have a new image which is supposedly the final design of the smartphone from Amazon. On top of the above image, the source of this intel reiterated the same internal specs the phone will supposedly have when it hits retail shelves.

We shared them with you before, but here's that breakdown again,

  • Unspecified Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • A heavily customized version of Google’s Android operating system - just like the OS found on the Kindle Fire products
  • Display of 4.7 inches 720p HD
  • Custom 3D capabilities - with 6 cameras - four of which are positioned in the corners of the device and are low-power infrared
  • 13MP main rear camera
  • First of at least two handsets being developed by Amazon
  • *Prime Data Plan Option

What do you guys think of this one? The specs seem like they could be a bit beefier, but Amazon seems to be banking on their fancy new 3D tech and "Prime Data" to fill in the gaps. It's physical design seems a bit bland, but that is obviously subjective.

[Editor's Note: Personally I think the phone looks like the love-child of an LG and an iPhone. ]
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[Rumor] Google May Be Planning to Replace Nexus Products with Android Silver Lineup

May 02, 2014 - 10:06 AM - by dgstorm

We've heard several rumors in the past that Google might be considering killing off the Nexus line of smartphones and tablets, but today's intel is the first time where we have heard a solid reason why they would make this choice. It also includes a tease of what Google will use as a replacement for the brand. It looks like Google is simply working on fleshing out the Android brand even more rather than killing off their involvement with the mobile market.

According to the rumor...

Continue Reading @: [Rumor] Google May Be Planning to Replace Nexus Products with Android Silver Lineup
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Sprint & T-Mobile Merger Might Still Happen in June; John Legere to Run the Result

May 01, 2014 - 11:09 AM - by dgstorm

Despite the unrest of U.S. regulators, it looks like Softbank is still planning to push forward with the deal for Sprint to purchase T-Mobile. According to industry insiders, Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer and Treasurer Greg Block met with six large Wall Street banks to make sure they held sufficient funds for a Sprint buyout of T-Mobile. According to the intel, a bid may go forward as early as June of this year.

Apparently, SoftBank Chairman Masayoshi Son is confident he can quell the fears of U.S. regulatory agencies by making the case that the merger is pro-consumer and is actually necessary to foster better competition in the U.S. carrier market. To sweeten the deal, Softbank plans to put T-Mobile's John Legere in charge of the newly combined company.

Supposedly, one of the main problems regulators had with the deal was fear that Legere would be pushed out. He is now seen as a "rock-star" icon for shaking up the industry and fostering more competition. They were concerned that if Sprint became the owner of T-Mobile, then all of the headway that Legere has made in the industry would fade away. With Legere in charge of the final combined company, that worry could be nullified. There's obviously still quite a bit of work and a number of hurdles to overcome before this can proceed forward.

Sound off and let us know if you think a Sprint & T-Mobile merger is a good thing or not.

Source: Bloomberg
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[Rumor] Nexus 6 Will be Based On the LG G3 & is Likely Coming with Fingerprint Sensor

Apr 30, 2014 - 11:20 AM - by dgstorm

We are on an LG roll here today. This one is actually a rumor regarding the Google Nexus 6 smartphone, but it definitely applies to LG. Supposedly, the Nexus 6 will once again be based on the core architecture of the newest LG flagship, which in this case will be the G3. This would hardly be surprising as that has occurred on more than one occasion previously.

That's not the only intel we have to share though. Supposedly, LG and Google don't want to be out-done by feature spam from the iPhone 5S, so the Nexus 6 will include a fingerprint scanner, just like the Apple product. On top of that, the rumor includes a few specs for the Nexus 6:
  • 5.5-inch (or it might only be a 5.2-inch) Quad HD 2K (2560 x 1440-pixel) display
  • Snapdragon 805 SoC with a 2.7GHz quad-core Krait 450 processor & Adreno 420 graphics
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB of internal storage

There's also no confirmation on whether it will actually be called the Nexus 6 or simply the 2014 version of the Nexus 5. More than likely, if Google follows their usual pattern, it won't be called the Nexus 6, but will stay as the Nexus 5. What do you guys think?

Of course, right now everything is up in the air, so anything is possible.

Source: PhoneArena
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LG Sends Out Press Invites for May 27th Event; Here Comes the G3!

Apr 30, 2014 - 10:37 AM - by dgstorm

LG just sent out press invites for an event they will be holding on May 27th. We already knew the G3 was coming, and we already knew it would probably come in May, so there is little room for doubt that the G3 will be guest of honor for this event. Although many could argue the relative merits of the technology, it's worth noting that the G3 will likely be the first Android smartphone with a 2K Display (2560 x 1440 5.5-inch) to hit the market.

The G2 and the Nexus 5 were well received by the press and consumers. In fact, just yesterday we were happy to report that LG's mobile profits are on the rise. Will we see that trend continue with the G3? The smart money would say yes.
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Samsung Officially Announces the Galaxy K Zoom

Apr 29, 2014 - 11:10 AM - by dgstorm

Samsung's newest flagship phone-camera hybrid was just officially announced last night. The Galaxy K Zoom marries the concept of a powerful smartphone with an actual physical lens-equipped camera, capable of 10x Optical Zoom and more.

Here's a breakdown of the specs for the phone part of the device:
  • 4.8 inch 720p (1280 x 720) Super AMOLED Display
  • Hexa core processor (1.3GHz Quad-Core + 1.7GHz Dual-Core)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • A microSD slot for expanded storage
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 2,430 mAh battery
  • LTE, Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Weighs 200 grams and is 16.6mm thick

Here's the breakdown of features and specs for the built-in lens and camera:
  • 10x optical zoom from its new retracting lens technology
  • 20.7MP BSI CMOS sensor
  • Optical image stabilization (OIS)
  • Xenon Flash
  • Advanced features like the AF/AE separation (/Auto Focus/ Auto Exposure Separation - which offers precise balance of light and clarity).
  • Pro Suggest mode gives you 5 optimized filter settings
  • Selfie Alarm allows you to take timed selfies
  • A total of 28 shooting modes.

Could this be the perfect device for shutterbugs who also want a great Samsung phone? The K Zoom device will go on sale in the Netherlands and other European countries on May 21 for €499 ($692). There is currently no word on pricing or availability in any other parts of the globe. If that changes we will keep you updated.

Source: Samsung Tomorow
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Lenovo's S860 with 4,000 mAh Battery to Finally Launch May 1st

Apr 29, 2014 - 11:07 AM - by dgstorm

We can only hope that once Lenovo takes over Motorola and starts making Moto smartphones, it doesn't take them this long to execute on a new device. Lenovo announced the S860 smartphone back in February, but they are only just no getting around to launching the device. It will only be available in India at first for 21,499 Rs (approximately $355 or €257).

The primary defining feature of this device is its behemoth battery. It will be an astounding 4,000 mAh, despite the device using a 5.3-inch display. Lenovo claims this baby will get 43 hours of talk time and up to 40 days of standby time on one charge! It will be a little thicker than the average new flagship smartphone because of this, but it won't be to hefty.

Here's a breakdown of the full specs:
  • 5.3-inch 720p HD IPS touchscreen
  • 8 MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 1.6 MP front camera
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor (MT6582)
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 21 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth, GPS
  • Aluminum construction featuring a metal rear cover
  • Dimensions are 149.5x77x10.3 mm, and it weighs 190 grams
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (although KitKat is coming for the device.)

What do you guys think? Is this a device you would like to see come to your neck of the woods?

Source: UnWiredView
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Smooth Android Emulation Comes to Your Desktop PC or Mac with 'Andy'

Apr 29, 2014 - 10:28 AM - by dgstorm

Andy the Android takes on a whole new meaning now. A new piece of software is available for both the PC and the Mac which offers seamless Android emulation on your desktop. Andy currently uses Android 4.2 Jelly Bean but the developers plan to continue updating Andy to the most current version of Android as soon as they can after updates roll out.

Andy is a standalone app and can even allow you to play your favorite Android games directly from your synced Google account. It even has some cool features like the ability to use your phone as a remote control when playing games. Here's a quote with the details on how to get it going,

Once you’ve installed the software, you’ll be asked to sign into your Google account as well as 1ClickSync in order to sync up Andy and the Android device you want to pair with your desktop.

If you want to use your phone or tablet in conjunction with your computer, the Andy app for Android devices will allow you to control the emulator from your mobile device. This is especially useful for games or apps that require the accelerometer or a touchscreen in order to function. ~ BGR
The emulator isn't available on the Google Play Store just yet, but the APK can be downloaded from DropBox right now. Alternatively, you can download the app for free from the company's website: Andyroid.net.
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LG Confirms They Plan to Launch the G3 by the End of May & Their Profits are Up

Apr 29, 2014 - 10:14 AM - by dgstorm
The above is a supposedly leaked image of the LG G3, courtesy of GSMArena.

Good news LG fans! Although there was no big press event from LG promising the new G3 smartphone, we have the next best thing. During their most recent quarterly earnings report, an LG exec let slip to investors that their LG G3 flagship will be launching by the end of May. They released a full press release which you can read at the source link below, although it doesn't include the statements from the exec.

The report also includes a great deal of good news for the company's financials. Apparently LG is doing a great job in both mobile and in TVs. In fact, LG posted record smartphone sales for themselves and they are predicting even higher revenues in the third quarter. It's great to see that Samsung and Apple aren't the only tech companies out there turning a profit and growing their business.

Source: LG
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Great Way to See If Your Accounts Have Been Hacked from the Heartbleed Vulnerability

Apr 28, 2014 - 4:34 PM - by cereal killer

Not too long ago we shared a handy infographic which was designed to help us figure out if we should consider changing our passwords due to the Heartbleed SSL vulnerability. It detailed several online account types which were vulnerable, but it couldn't actually tell us if we were already a victim of the exploit. Luckily, there are some folks out there who are just as smart as the hackers who might try to exploit the bug.

These savvy security gurus have created a couple of web-site tools which can reportedly detect if your accounts have been compromised. They are remarkably simple to use too. You just have to head to the web-sites and enter in an email address which you have linked to any accounts you are worried about. In seconds the tool responds and shares which, if any, of your accounts have been compromised so you know which ones you should change the passwords for immediately.

The first is called haveibeenpwned.com. It will let you know if you have been "pwned" by the bad guys (for non-gamers, pwned is urban techno-speak for "owned" or "defeated"), so you can get your passwords changed.

The second one is called shouldichangemypassword.com. This one preforms a similar function and handles the process the same way. The main reason it is likely worth doing both is because they might access different data, so it would allow for a more well-round and comprehensive test of your accounts.

Although the bad guys will always be out there, hopefully, in the next five years we won't find another huge internet vulnerability like "Heartbleed." It's great to see there are folks trying to stem the tide of the Heartbleed.

originally written by dgstorm @ DroidForums
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