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Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A is Official; Exclusive in South Korea

Jun 18, 2014 - 12:05 PM - by dgstorm

The rumor we shared on Monday has been officially confirmed by Samsung. The Galaxy S5 LTE-A Edition was officially unveiled from the company. There's no reason for most of the folks on the planet to have buyer's remorse just yet though. Just as we surmised in our previous report, the beefed up flagship is exclusive to South Korea.

On top of the Advanced LTE modem in the phone (made obvious by the LTE-A in the name), we have a host of advanced features which are enhanced over the "vanilla" Galaxy S5. Here's a breakdown:
  • WQHD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED 5.1-Inch Display with astounding 577ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor - features four 2.5GHz Krait 450 CPU cores and the Adreno 420 GPU (is the only chip to support higher than 150 Mbps network speeds)
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage, along with a microSD slot for cards up to 128GB.

The rest of the phone is the same as the regular SGS5, including the IP67 certification. Here's a quote with the color and availability details,

The phone will launch this summer in Charcoal Black, Shimmer White, Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Sweet Pink, and Glam Red color options.

The Galaxy S5 LTE-A will be available later this week (supposedly June 19th) from carrier SK Telecom for 940,500 won (US$919), and will later launch on carriers KT and LG U+.
What do you guys want to bet that Samsung will do a Galaxy S5 refresh internationally sometime toward the end of this year or early next year and offer this device outside of Korea? Verizon and Sprint are slowly rolling out variations of LTE-A in some areas...

Source: SamMobile
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Samsung & Apple Bury the Hatchet: Drop All ITC Cross-Appeals from 2013

Jun 18, 2014 - 11:32 AM - by dgstorm

Wow! This news is rather anti-climactic, but is also a relief. Samsung and Apple have finally tired of the "Thermonuclear" patent war. Apparently, the two companies want to drop the fight because they still want access to each other's business. Here's a quote with more of the details,

Tired of spending money on legal disputes, both tech giants are looking for ways to end their years of legal wrangling. In addition, Apple apparently wants to continue to have access to Samsung as a component supplier.

Both Apple and Samsung are said to have dropped all cross-appeals filed with the ITC last year. The agency ruled in 2013 that Samsung had infringed on a pair of Apple's patents relating to a touchscreen interface and headset plug detection. Since Sammy's devices banned by the ITC are older models that are no longer manufactured, and newer devices are shipped with a workaround, the ITC suits are not as important to Apple as they once seemed to be.
It's about time reason prevailed...

Source: PhoneArena
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YouTube: Paid Music Streaming Coming Soon & Chromecast Live Events via Mobile Device

Jun 18, 2014 - 11:15 AM - by dgstorm

We have a YouTube daily-double for you today. First up, the YouTube arm of Google will be launching a paid music streaming service by the end of this summer. Supposedly, YouTube partnered with "hundreds of major and independent" music labels for the new service. YouTube reps supposedly said...

Continue Reading@: YouTube: Paid Music Streaming Coming Soon & Chromecast Live Events via Mobile Device
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LG Exec Claims the Company Won't Make the Nexus 6 this Year

Jun 18, 2014 - 10:47 AM - by dgstorm

LG's Communications Director Ken Hong recently had some intriguing comments regarding the Google Nexus 6. Supposedly, the company will not be making the device for Google this year. Here's a quote with what he shared when asked about whether LG would make the device this year...

Continue Reading @: LG Exec Claims the Company Won't Make the Nexus 6 this Year
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Sprint Irons Out Regional Carrier Deal to Expand Roaming 4G LTE Coverage Across US

Jun 17, 2014 - 12:32 PM - by dgstorm

It looks like Sprint is getting creative in working out how to expand their 4G LTE coverage across the United States. While they continue to upgrade their own infrastructure to add LTE service to their existing network, it looks like they will also be working with other regional carriers in a cooperative partnership which will expand their own network and allow the regional carriers to offer 4G LTE too.

According to a new press release, Sprint just inked a deal with several regional carriers across the nation which will allow these carriers to offer 4G LTE service while roaming on other networks. This will also allow Sprint to expand its 4G LTE coverage by roaming on the regional networks, as they will share the cost of upgrading. It's called the Rural Roaming Preferred Program and includes 23 different states as well as the following list of carriers:

  • SouthernLINC Wireless
  • nTelos
  • C Spire Wireless
  • Nex-Tech Wireless
  • Flat Wireless
  • SI Wireless dba MobileNation
  • Inland Cellular
  • Carolina West Wireless
  • James Valley Telecommunications
  • VTel Wireless
  • Phoenix Wireless

This is a clever way for Sprint to improve their 4G LTE coverage area. What do you think?

Here's a link to the press release for more info: Sprint to Expand 4G LTE Roaming Through 12 New Agreements with Carriers Covering a Population of Over 34 Million | Sprint Newsroom
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Despite Greatness, the LG G3 Has 5 Annoying Minor Flaws

Jun 17, 2014 - 11:36 AM - by dgstorm

According to a new report from PhoneArena, even though the new LG G3 flagship is a very capable and amazing device, it is not without its flaws. They took it upon themselves to share a brief list of items which could use improvement.

Here is their list of 5 annoying flaws on the G3...

Continue Reading @: Despite Greatness, the LG G3 Has 5 Annoying Minor Flaws
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Lumosity, the Popular Brain Straining/Training App Comes to Android

Jun 17, 2014 - 11:21 AM - by dgstorm

If you are a fan of games which give your intellect a challenge rather than your thumb reflexes, then you might be pleased by this news. Lumosity is a popular brain straining/training app which has been exclusive to iOS devices... until now.

The game/app just came to Android, and...

Continue Reading @: Lumosity, the Popular Brain Straining/Training App Comes to Android
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Amazon's Smartphone Being Announced Tomorrow; May Be AT&T Exclusive

Jun 17, 2014 - 11:02 AM - by dgstorm

As we have reported previously, Amazon is planning a big press announcement tomorrow. All of the intel points to a new smartphone being announced by the online retailer. Obviously this device will be designed to offer one more "incentive" for Amazon's customers to stick with the Amazon ecosystem for all of their purchasing needs. Despite this, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, Amazon has inked an exclusive deal with AT&T, and (at least initially) that will be the only carrier for the new Amazon smartphone.

Along with this device, Amazon will supposedly be announcing their "Prime Data" package. This is just a fancy name for their smartphone data pricing plan. The main advantage of it will be its ability to stream free Prime videos and music which do not apply toward users’ data caps. Additionally, as we reported earlier, it is likely that the Amazon smartphone will include a unique 3D feature which uses multiple small cameras to create a unique effect.

Amazon themselves released a teaser ad about it, although they didn't actually show the feature, just people's reaction to it. What do you think of this news? If the Amazon phone really is an AT&T exclusive, will it get enough marketshare to become a competitive force, or do you think Amazon's plan is simply to test the waters for now?

We will bring you all the news on the Amazon press conference tomorrow as the event unfolds.

Source: WSJ
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Microsoft is the Ultimate Android Patent Troll; Now Scoring Billions Off Licensing

Jun 16, 2014 - 3:33 PM - by dgstorm

When we say that Microsoft is the ultimate Android patent troll, we actually mean that as high praise. While folks like Apple spend hundreds of millions of dollars trying to fight Android in court battles that prove useless, Microsoft is busy making billions off of Android patent licensing agreements.

Yep... you read that right. A new report out of China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), made it clear how many patents Microsoft owns which are violated by Android. Microsoft has developed licensing agreements for 310 patents which Android infringes. As it turns out, 70% of all Android devices sold in the U.S. are umbrellaed under these deals. This amounts to almost $2 Billion USD per year that Microsoft is banking for basically doing nothing but strong-arming Android manufacturers into signing these agreements.

That's a serious chunk of change, especially considering that Microsoft doesn't really use many of these patents in any actual consumer or corporate products. Of course, we have to give them credit though... profiting off of the success of your competitors is much craftier than blowing millions trying to duke it out in court.

Despite this seemingly friendlier nature of dealing with patents, we suspect Microsoft is not too thrilled that the Chinese Ministry of Commerce published their patent list.

Source: Ars Technica
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Rovio Announces Transformer Version of Angry Birds with Autobirds & Deceptihogs

Jun 16, 2014 - 12:25 PM - by dgstorm

Even though Rovio recently released their new Angry Birds Epic turn-based RPG game to change things up with their beloved series, it looks like they still intend to milk the usual Angry Birds format for all it is worth. They just announced the Transformer version of Angry Birds. It comes complete with Autobirds and Deceptihogs.

Hey, they teamed up with LucasArts for the Star Wars Angry Birds... why not team up with Hasbro and to capitalize on the Transformer series too? I wonder what franchise they will team up with next... "Teenage Mutant Ninja Birds"?

Here's the full press release,

ROVIO AND HASBRO TEAM UP TO PRESENT TRANSFORMERS AND ANGRY BIRDS IN A BRAND-NEW MASH-UP! 16.06.2014

Exciting mash-up of two beloved entertainment brands will connect with fans across generations and multiple platforms.

Espoo, Finland, and Pawtucket R.I. -- June 16th 2014 -- Autobirds, assemble! Rovio Entertainment and Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) are teaming up again to bring together two of the world’s largest and most popular entertainment brands and their fans. Angry Birds Transformers will come to life in multiple forms, including a mobile game, consumer licensed goods and a product line from Hasbro.

“We’re really excited to combine the iconic Transformers universe with the quirky world of Angry Birds” said Blanca Juti, Chief Marketing Officer of Rovio. “This mash-up is going to appeal to those who grew up with the brand in the 80s, as well as fans of the brand today. People are going to love it!”
“Angry Birds Transformers provides fans worldwide with a fun, new story and characters, and innovative ways, like our TELEPODS platform, for consumers to engage with the brand” said John Frascotti, Chief Marketing Officer at Hasbro. “We collaborated with Rovio to create opportunities for kids and families to experience Autobirds and Deceptihogs across multiple formats and entertainment platforms, for a completely immersive branded experience.”

Later this year Hasbro will introduce a product line featuring TELEPODS technology which will enable fans to teleport their favorite Angry Birds Transformers characters into the game and gain unique powers. The Angry Birds Transformers franchise follows successful collaborations between Hasbro and Rovio including the Angry Birds Star Wars and Angry Birds Go! product lines, as well as the upcoming Angry Birds Stella TELEPODS line which will be available September 2014. In 2013, the companies announced an expanded licensing agreement making Hasbro its premier toy and game licensee. Hasbro and Rovio will reveal more exciting Angry Birds Transformers products and content throughout the next few weeks. Keep an eye on transformers.angrybirds.com for more info.

Rovio Entertainment and Hasbro, Inc. are participating in the 2014 Las Vegas Licensing Expo on June 17-19. Rovio proudly announces that it has been nominated in four categories in 2014 LIMA awards (Best Digital/New Media Program, Best Licensed Promotion, Best Digital/New Media Licensee and Overall Best Licensed Program) and the winners will be announced at the LIMA Opening Night Awards Ceremony on June 17th.

TELEPODS and Retoy are trademarks of Retoy, LLC, used under license.
PR and Media Contact
... [Read More]
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Enhanced Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3 Models with Snapdragon 805 and LTE-A Coming Soon

Jun 16, 2014 - 12:15 PM - by dgstorm

According to a new report from the Korean Times, both Samsung and LG plan to fight each other with more advanced flagship titans in their own home. The report indicates both companies are poised to launch more powerful versions of their flagship Galaxy S5 and G3 devices in South Korea. Both of these more advanced versions will include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and Advanced-LTE modems capable of using the country's 225Mbps LTE network.

Here's a quote with a few more details...

Continue Reading @: Enhanced Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3 Models with Snapdragon 805 and LTE-A Coming Soon
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Google Now Evolves Again; Can Now Check Your Gmail for Inferred Calendar Events

Jun 13, 2014 - 11:48 AM - by dgstorm

Google Now's relentless march toward self-awareness just took another evolutionary step recently. Those crafty Google engineers made the smartest software on the planet even smarter. A new feature has been implemented in Google Now for select testers which will allow Google Now to help remind you of calendar events you haven't even put in the calendar yet.

It does this by...

Continue Reading @: Google Now Evolves Again; Can Now Check Your Gmail for Inferred Calendar Events
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