- Net Neutrality: Top 10 Names the Government should consider for their Rebranding Contest
- Uber Cornerstore lets Washington DC beta testers order products for instant delivery (with $0 delivery fee)
- Phan Favs: The best podcast app for Android [RESULTS]
- MSU researchers develop an almost completely transparent solar panel, now let’s get it on our phones
- Google Glass XE20.1 update just made it a hundred times easier to message your contacts
- Unlock 6 amazing Sega games for only $3.79 in the latest Humble Bundle for Android (more coming soon)
- Google found a way to make Google Glass look much less dorky, would you buy this new design?
- Fearing death, Vine adds the one feature they should have had when they launched
- Dear Verizon: your first app store sucked, please don’t try and open another one
- How to factory reset your Android phone [Android 101]
- Pushbullet update lets you copy text on one device and paste it on another [VIDEO]
- Moto X+1: Specs & expectations for Motorola’s next flagship
- Samsung and Barnes & Noble come together for the Galaxy Tab 4.0 Nook
- Galaxy Note 4 said to come with “ultrasonic cover” to help the visually impaired
- ZTE announces the Nubia 5S Mini with LTE for $279
When most people hear the words "Net Neutrality" they immediate think of the internet as we know it being destroyed. All of the negativity and confusion around the term "Net Neutrality" is making it difficult to know what box to check that advances their best interest. In order to gain some clarity in the legal debate over Net Neutrality, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo is launching a contest on Reddit to let internet users choose a new name for Net Neutrality. These are our top 10 favorites so far! 10. FREEDOM TO CONNECT (F2C) 9. THE OPEN INTERNET ACT 8. OPTING FOR PARITY EQUALITY AND NEUTRALITY FOR ALL AMERICANS 7. THE NET AMENDMENT 6. FREENET 5. INTERNET FREEDOM ACT 4. COMMON SENSE 3. INTERNET LIBERTY 2. INTERNET WITHOUT BORDERS 1. THE OLD MCDONALD ACT: EQUAL INTERNET FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED ONLINE (EIEIO) If you want some background on what this whole Net Neutrality thing is, why you should care, and why it needs a new name, look no further than this excellent video from John Oliver. How do you feel about rebranding Net Neutrality? Will it make a difference? If so, what names do you like? Leave your own name suggestions in the comments below!
Uber has made its name on the back of affordable rides to and from whichever destination you desired, and in cars much cooler than your typical eye-stinging taxi yellow. So what's next for the company? The next evolution is pretty darn cool: Uber Cornerstore allows you to order goods and have them delivered right to your doorstep from the reputable drivers already certified by the company. Right now the service is only available in Washington DC and only to those who sign up for the limited beta, so if you want to try it out, you should act quickly! The app will allow you to see an inventory of everything you're able to buy, and quickly add them to your shopping cart. And get this: there’s no delivery fee. You’re only charged for the actual items you buy. You won't even need to fork over any cash as your balance is automatically applied to your Uber account. The "Cornerstore" is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 9pm. Uber Cornerstore has the potential to blossom into a rather big deal. The advent of same-day delivery from companies like Amazon and Google has been exciting, but the rollouts for those particular services have been slow-going. Much of this stems from the fact that they need to build out a distribution network efficient enough to live up to that same-day promise. That's a tough thing to do even if you have billion of dollars. It's especially difficult for Amazon since their products have to come from local distribution centers. Uber has a distinct advantage in at least one of those areas: their distribution network is practically built out already if they're using the very same drivers who are readily available to take you where you want to go. Uber also has a neat advantage of being able to deliver your order no matter where you are (within their specified delivery area, of course) so you won't have to make sure you're at home to receive your items. It's unclear how Uber will look to maintain inventory at this point in time. Our first guess is that they'll be working with local retail partners to grab the items they need whenever orders come in. We find it hard to believe they could maintain their own warehouse for storing inventory, let alone enough inventory to service an unknown of customers. One possibility is that drivers keep inventory in the trunks of their cards, We've reached out to Uber to see if we can learn more and will update this article with anything we hear back. They still have a long way to go -- for starters, Uber's selection of goods is quite slim at the moment (you can suggest inventory additions here) and you would probably have trouble ordering exactly what you need even if you happened to live in a supported area -- but there's a ton of potential here. Here's to hoping they're as successful as hot startups like Instacart, and that they'll eventually be able to provide service to everyone in their current rider network in the very near future.
_Phan Favs is a recurring feature that turns the tables and asks you, the readers, about the best apps and games. It’s your turn to drop some knowledge on us! Read more._ Don't call it a comeback, but podcasts are popular again. Everyone from Joe Rogan to Rachel Maddow has their own podcast, and many popular media outlets do as well (including our very own _Mobile Roar Podcast_). There are plenty of places where audio-only entertainment comes in handy. You can listen while going for a run, taking a shower, or doing the dishes. We love podcasts, and we know you do too, so what app is the best for listening to them? Last week we asked you to tell us what app you use for listening to podcasts. We got over 300 votes, but one app was the clear winner. Here are the top 5 podcast apps according to you. Enjoy! 1. POCKETCASTS With over half of the total votes, Pocketcasts was the clear winner. This beautifully designed app simply has it all. You can have certain podcasts auto-download for offline listening, sync subscription and playback progress across devices, send audio to Chromecast to hear it through the TV, set a sleep timer, control playback speed, and so much more. Pocketcasts costs $3.99, but many of you have already gladly paid for it. It's worth every penny. 2. BEYONDPOD BeyondPod has been around on Android for a long time, but it's still alive and well. You can do most everything you would expect. Play content via streaming or offline, adjust playback speed, Chromecast support, and it integrates with Feedly so you can even read your RSS feeds. The design is pretty standard #HOLOYOLO, but it gets the job done without getting in the way. BeyondPod is available for phones and tablets. 3. DOGGCATCHER Like most of the apps on this list, DoggCatcher can do a bevy of things you would expect. You can set certain podcasts to automatically download for offline listening, plus it automatically deletes old episodes to keep your device clean. DoggCatcher is highly configurable so it can behave exactly how you want. The built-in search feature allows you to find feeds from any podcast you can imagine. There is also support for Chromecast for when you want some louder speakers. Doggcatcher is free and $2.99. 4. PODCAST ADDICT Addicted to listening to podcasts? This is the app for you. The aptly named Podcast Addict app is for hardcore listeners of podcasts. Not only can you manage audio episodes, but also video podcasts, and even YouTube channels, and news feeds. Podcast Addict has a clean Jelly Bean-style design, Chromecast support, and you can even import subscriptions from iTunes. The best part is it's free 5. STITCHER Last, but not least, on our list is Stitcher Radio. This podcast service is different from the other ones on this list. Artists have to apply to get their shows on the Stitcher network. Almost any popular podcast that you can think of is available on Stitcher (including ours), but not all. You might ask "why should I even use this app then?" Stitcher has a great design, sync across the web and devices, custom stations, breaking news, and more. Plus it's free. *** Those are your picks! Thanks for sharing your favorite apps with us. Do you agree with your fellow readers? If you think your favorite app should have been on the list make your case for it in the comments. Check out the chart below to see how the voting was spread out among all the apps. We’ll be back again soon with another edition of Phan Favs!
We've seen smartphone battery life make some pretty strides in recent years. Whether it's low power CPU cores, better optimized software, or just plain 'ol higher capacity batteries, -- manufacturers still have their work cut out for them. But there's another key piece of smartphone hardware we might soon see play a bigger role in battery life: the display. Sure, we've already seen the benefit of low-power displays with Samsung leading the pack thanks to their AMOLED technology which essentially allows the display to "turn off" pixels individually when displaying black, causing little-to-no battery drain. But what if we could take that a step further? What if our phone's display was not only capable of drawing less power, but actually _adding_ a little juice as well? That's a future we're imagining after seeing what some researchers at Michigan State University have come up with. These men and women have developed a new type of solar panel that's almost completely transparent. Similar to the solar panels you find on houses or those 99 cent store yard lights (only smaller), these panels use photovoltaic strips around the edges to capture light. The difference is in the organic molecules used that are able to capture infrared light -- which is invisible to the naked eye -- that allows them to be almost completely transparent. The panels are said to be extremely affordable with the application of a thin plastic material able to harvest light is obvious (car windows, smartphones displays, and home windows immediately come to mind). The only real downside is in the efficiency of the panels which are only able to capture somewhere around 1% of the light that passes through them. According to MSU College of Engineering lead Richard Lunt, he's hoping to get that number up to 5% once fully optimized. By contrast, the most efficient solar panels are able to capture upwards of 40% of light that hits it but then again -- those aren't transparent. And while we're not expecting to fully charge our smartphones while spending a day at the beach or theme park, even being able to _slow down_ battery drain -- not matter how little -- is welcomed. Every little bit helps. Of course there are those that claim more than a day's battery life isn't needed (yes, they're out there), but as we continue to use our smartphones for all our computing needs whether it's gaming, video encoding, or music streaming, it clear something needs to be done about battery life and maybe solar power could be the answer. [Wiley Online Library]
There's a new Google Glass update rolling out this week (it was about time for one, right?). Arriving under the version number XE20.1, the update -- in conjunction with an update to the MyGlass app for Android -- finally gives Glass Explorers access to _all_ of the contacts stored in their Google account -- and we couldn't be happier. Although only the most recent/starred contacts you will be accessible by voice commands, the rest can be found by physically swiping/tapping on the touch pad. Once selected, Glass users can now choose _how_ they'd like to message a specific contact, with the new option of sending an SMS, Hangouts message, or an email. The Glass team has also made a few additional tweaks, like the ability to delete a snapped picture by voice, or turn of the "head nudge" in settings. For those unaware, the head nudge is a way for Glass users to activate the display on their devices without touching it but there are certain instances (like when driving) it might be better to keep it off. Some new Google Now cards have also landed in XE20.1, like a currency counter and nearby events. To update your Google Glass headset, simply make sure it's connected to WiFi, then plug it into a charger. After that, you'll see a prompt for an update and let nature take its course. Google Glass Journal]
As affordable as they are, Humble Bundle's DRM-free game sales have a tendency of emptying our wallets. Not only because they typically offer the best games for Android, but because it's all for a good cause as well. Today, the "Humble Sega Mobile Bundle" went live, offering up a curated list of some of Sega's greatest. For the first 3 titles - Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I, ChuChu Rocket!, and Virtua Tennis Challenge -- you can pay whatever you like. But if you'd like a little more bang for your buck, you can pay higher than the average (currently at $3.78) to pick up Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II and Crazy Taxi. Because this is the Humble Bundle, additional Sega titles will be unlocked at a later date (keeping my fingers crossed for Jet Set Radio) which will then be added to your account at no extra charge. There's 2 ways you can go about doing this. The first is by heading to Humble Bundle's site HERE and making a donation through PayPal. We'd recommend creating a quick account to keep track of all the titles in your little bundle (we're sure you'll be back for more later). After that, you can download the Humble Bundle Android app to view your new growing library of games, which will handle downloads and any updates that arrive later. You can find a brief video trailer down below and just after that, a link to the Humble Bundle app on Google Play. Cheers.
While just about everyone can agree on the overall practicality or vision of Google Glass and the way it could shape the future of wearables -- augmented reality, hands-free use, etc. -- there's just no denying they are a terrible eyesore. Still very much in its early prototype phase, the Google Glass Explorer Edition has been described by critiques as something out of TV sci-fi. Obvious comparisons to La Forge's VISOR from Star Trek or Vegeta's Scouter have been made in addition to the man privacy concerns Google Glass has raised. Now, we've seen some of Google's early design patents before showing a much more fashionable design, but nothing like this. The latest patent to be uncovered from the _USPTO_ (filed back in 2012 but granted last week) shows Google once again toying with a more practical design. This time around, they've completely removed the thick unsightly prism arm, tucking it behind the lens and arm of the glasses. You can see there is still an arm, only it appears to be much flatter (and more Dragon Ball Z-ish), with a camera hole on the opposite side. This gives Google Glass a much more incognito look when paired with shades or prescription lenses but still doesn't address how it would look a la carte. With our mobile devices and even smartwatches doubling as fashion statements, it's clear Google can't simply skate by with making Google Glass functional, they have to make it pretty too. Even though this is only a design patent and in no way means anything is set in stone, it does provide us a brief look into the minds at Google and how they're already looking to change Glass for the better. What do you guys think of this design?
Starting your own social network from scratch has never been easy but despite all its shortcomings, Vine has proven it's had some sort of staying power when it comes to user generated content (a testament to restrictions they placed early on). Since the beginning, Vine has required users capture video footage as it happened. There is no upload function in the app, only record. In some ways, this kept Vine "pure" with original user generated content, forcing users to think about what they wanted to record ahead of time, then -- like any budding film maker -- recording take after take in order to get everything just right. When it came to creative types, this was discovered fairly early on and Vine became a sort of proving ground or platform for young people looking to gain some sort of internet fame. And it's been working _really_ well in that regard. After introducing Loop Counts a few weeks back, Vine is back again with an update that allows users to finally do exactly what they've been asking since days 1: upload videos from their device's gallery/camera roll. The all new Vine camera is coming first to iOS and even adds a few new useful features like focus lock and torch mode, helpful when making your 6 second movies. An Android release was also mentioned, but specific timing wasn't specified. While a feature like this may have killed the social network in its early days (we suspected the reason it was forbidden early on is because Vine was trying to avoid users uploading copyrighted material), things have changed. Not only are there 3rd party apps that allow users to upload videos from their camera roll, but nothing was stopping users from simply recording video from the internet on their phone's camera. This, coupled with a drop off of users fleeing for Snapchats and IGs and well, it just makes sense. Without this restriction (and that's exactly what it was) finally removed, expect to see a significant shift in Vine content from here on out. Whether it will be for the better is anyone's guess, but this should help get more people on board Vine and start winging them off rival services like Instagram.
Verizon has had their extremely fair share of bad ideas throughout the years, and you can brace yourselves for another. According to a report by The Information, Verizon and a coalition of other global carriers are considering launching their own Android app store to rival Google Play. The move, should they actually go through with it, is apparently inspired by recent changes to Google's revenue sharing policy that reportedly cut the percentage for carriers. We imagine the app store wouldn't offer much incentive to users to go there instead of heading over to good old Google Play, though Verizon's reportedly cooking up their own data organizing efforts to be able to offer targeted app recommendations that make sense for each individual. It would take a lot for developers to consider making Verizon's app store a primary target over primary sources such as Google Play. We imagine Verizon would look to use increased profits for developers and other enticing deals to win them over. For the user, this creates a major headache and unneeded confusion. What are the benefits of downloading an app from this new store over Google Play if they can be had from both sources? Unless Verizon and their supposed partners use exclusive deals to keep apps out of Google Play's keeps (which probably wouldn't be in the best long-term interest of the developer) there doesn't seem to be any real benefit. Of course, they could always go the Amazon route and offer free apps like candy to a kid on Halloween, but even that hasn't been all that sweet. Apps in Amazon's Appstore aren't often updated as quickly as their Google Play counterparts. In fact, some apps don't see updates at all -- developers simply forget about them. Why? Because they have an obligation to keep the much larger pool of consumers happy. Another grave possibility is that Verizon and these carrier partners could block Google Play altogether and force owners of their smartphone to get apps from this new mega-store. It would be a very bold move to gain control over a growing ecosystem that generates billions of dollars per year. Of course, Verizon and those OEMs would lose out on the ability to offer apps like Google Now and Google Search, Gmail, and all sorts of other goodies you can only get by having Google Play. In that event, Verizon has to tread very carefully -- I don't know about the majority of other smartphone users out there, but I know I would sooner leave my carrier for committing to such a move before simply accepting that I won't have access to these value-packed apps and services. I know I can't be the only one who feels the same way, and it could have a much more negative impact over their subscriber base in the long-term. You have to wonder if stepping on Google's toes is even worth the bit of revenue they'd gain by taking this approach. So Verizon -- please -- reconsider. Your first attempt at an app store didn't work. People have already voiced loud and clear that they much prefer Google's official offering, which is what compelled you to close your app store in the first place. What makes you think people will feel differently this time around? How much money could you possibly lose from Google cutting your share of revenue when you're steadily turning in record breaking quarters? Save us all the trouble and headache and just embrace Google Play for what it is: the driving force behind many of the most popular smartphones you sell.
Looking to sell your phone but want to protect your personal data first? Don’t want your app info, private messages, selfies, videos, and browsing history falling into the wrong hands? The factory reset is your friend, deleting everything on your smartphone or tablet until it’s a clean slate — just like when it came off the factory floor. Here are two easy methods that make formatting an Android device a breeze. BEFORE YOU PROCEED: Be sure to back up any saved files or data you do not want to lose. Once a factory reset has been preformed, any deleted data will be gone for good. HOW TO ERASE ALL DATA FROM AN ANDROID SMARTPHONE FROM THE SETTINGS MENU Erasing your Android device — whatever your reason for doing so — is an extremely simple procedure. You’re only a few taps away from a device wiped free of all photos, video, apps, personal data, and whatever else is lurking on its internal storage media. Here’s the skinny: * Open the settings menu by tapping the gear icon within the notifications pulldown * Navigate to Backup & Reset * Choose whether or not to also erase the contents of any installed SD card (if your device is capable of utilizing expanded storage via memory cards) * Tap “Reset Phone” to confirm and restore the device to factory condition For older devices or those using custom Android interfaces, the factory reset option might be located within a different subheading of the settings menu. Look under menus with titles like “Privacy” or “Device Storage” if you can’t locate “Backup & Reset" HOW TO ERASE ALL DATA FROM AN ANDROID SMARTPHONE IF UNABLE TO ACCESS THE SETTINGS MENU If you have lost your Android device or if a broken display is keeping you from accessing the settings menu of an otherwise functional handset, there is still hope for you to perform a factory reset of your smartphone. The catch is that you will hopefully have previously installed Android Device Manager (available at Google Play) and enabled the remote lock and erase option. If so, follow these simple steps: * Log into your Google Play account (the one registered to your lost or broken phone) * Tap the gear icon in the upper right corner * Click “Android Device Manager" * Select the desired device from the drop down menu in the dialog box hovering above the location map * Click “Erase" * When asked to confirm, click “Erase” again. Google will now do its best to connect to the device and initiate a factory reset via the magical powers of the internet. The result will be the same as if performing a factory reset directly from the phone via the settings menu. ------------------------- Looking for even more tips and tricks to get the most out of your Android smartphone? Check out our complete archive of Android 101 tutorials.
Pushbullet has just received a very exciting update that will please you if you've ever been miffed by the inability to share clipboard data between multiple devices. They call the feature "universal copy and paste" and it's very simple: you copy something on one device, you can paste it on another. For links, this has always been a non-issue -- if you weren't already using Pushbullet's main feature of pushing browser content to remote devices, you were probably using Chrome or Firefox's built-in tab mirroring. But that doesn't do you much good if you want to copy and paste something that isn't a direct link. This also eliminates the 2-step process of having to hit the share button and then push it through with Pushbullet (which usually included you having to select which device you wanted to push it to, adding even more clicks). The video above will give you a much better idea of how the new feature works. On its own, the feature isn't enough to make Pushbullet a killer app, but the culmination of all the things the developer has done with it makes it a must have. We can't imagine what other neat tricks they'll come up with down the line. Be sure to give it a go by downloading the upgraded Chrome extension and Google Play app.
_Join the conversation in our Moto X+1 forums!_ The Moto X launched nearly a year ago to mild success. It was not a hit like the latest Samsung Galaxy device, but it was very popular among certain crowds. To this day it is still praised for having a very lightweight, nearly stock version of Android, fast updates, compact size, and great build quality. Now it is time for Motorola to try to follow the success of the Moto X with a new flagship device. We first heard of the Motorola Moto X+1 back in May under the codename "Victara." Since then there have been many leaks and rumors about this device. Motorola is getting very close to officially announcing this device, likely at their September 4th event alongside a new Moto G,the Moto 360, and some sort of headset. It's the perfect time to take a look back at everything we know and what we expect to see when it comes to the Moto X+1. In a nutshell, here's what to expect: * Bigger, crisper screen * Better battery life * Snappier processing * Better photos and videos * Upgrades all around Sound like something you would like? Keep reading. MOTO X+1 SPECS The Moto X+1 is shaping up to be a device that we know almost everything about before it launches. There have been numerous leaks and rumors about the specs for this device. Simply put, this will be a big upgrade over the current Moto X. DISPLAY It all starts with the display. The X+1 display will be 5.2-inches of 1080p glory, which is an improvement from the 4.7-inch 720p display on the original Moto X. This will improve the pixel density from 316 ppi to 424 ppi. More pixels per inch means sharper text and less blur. BATTERY LIFE Battery life should see an improvement as the battery gets beefed up to 2900 mAh from the previous 2200 mAh. We never heard many complaints about battery life in the original Moto X, which is pretty impressive considering the always listening touchless controls. With a bigger battery we can expect to get even longer life out of the Moto X+1. BIGGER, FASTER, STRONGER Motorola has included similar upgrades in almost all areas of the device. The processor has been bumped up to a Snapdragon 801. The camera will get a few extra megapixels on the front and back. We should also see new water resistance features to make the X+1 more durable than the X. All in all this is a completely upgraded version of the Moto X. To recap, here is how the rumored specs of the X+1 compare to the Moto X. Take Our Poll WHAT WE EXPECT Now that we've talked about the rumors it's time to share our own expectations. The Moto X was a great device for many reasons, but one of our favorites was the size. Despite having a generous 4.7-inch display it felt much smaller than that in the hand. With the Moto X+1 they are scaling the display up slightly to 5.2-inches, but leaked images show the actual device is not much bigger. We expect Motorola to use this as a selling point once again. MOTO 360 BUNDLE Motorola has basically said they will be showing off the Moto 360 smartwatch alongside the new Moto X+1 at their Spetember 4th event. Since both of these devices will be sharing an event we expect to see some sort of connection between them. Our theory is that Motorola, or certain carriers, will offer a Moto 360 + Moto X+1 package deal. For example, if the 360 is $250 and the X+1 is $200 on contract, they could offer both of them for $400. AT&T did something similar with the LG G3 and G Watch. MORE TOUCHLESS INTERACTION One of the main points of interest in the original Moto X was the touchless control and active notifications. On most phones nowadays you can say "OK Google" from any screen and perform a voice command, but the Moto X is still the only device that allows you to do it when the screen is off. The active notifications allow you to see what's happening without turning on the display. Both of these features are truly great, and we expect to see even more functionality in the Moto X+1. SURPRISES ANDROID L Like we mentioned above, we know almost everything about the Moto X+1. That doesn't mean we won't see any surprises. A leak from July showed the Moto X+1 running Android L. Obviously it's very possible that this device was just running the developer preview, or that it was completely fake altogether. It's still not out of the question that the Moto X+1 could be the first device with Android L. Google doesn't own Motorola anymore, but they still have a good relationship. Recent rumors have pointed to the next Nexus being made by Motorola, and the Moto 360 was a headlining device for the Android Wear announcement. And since Motorola devices run nearly a stock version of Android we could see Google giving them first dibs. Don't count on this happening, but it could be an interesting surprise. MORE MOTO MAKER MATERIALS Moto Maker will also be a big topic of discussion at the September 4th event. Motorola launched this awesome tool for customizing devices with the Moto X, and we should see more of it with the Moto X+1. This could also be the place where Motorola allows customers to choose what bands and case materials they want for the Moto 360. For the Moto X+1, however, we want to see some new materials. Currently you can get woven and wooden backs, but Motorola could surprise us all by adding Kevlar and metal backs to the mix. WHAT DO YOU WANT? We've talked about the rumors, shared some expectations, and even talked about a big surprise. Now it's your turn. The original Moto X did okay, but it was nowhere near the hit of something like a Galaxy S, or even got the name recognition of a HTC One. Is Motorola even capable of reaching such heights? What would they have to do with the Moto X+1 to get your attention? Motorola will not have an easy road to travel. Most Android users have already bought the new Galaxy or HTC One M8. Announcing a new flagship this late in the year makes it hard to push devices. Motorola does have one trick up its sleeve: the Moto 360. If bundled attractively with the Moto 360 the X+1 could be a popular device simply by association. Would you be more likely to buy the X+1 if it meant a good deal on the Moto 360? September 4th should be a very exciting day. Join the conversation in our Moto X+1 forums! Take Our Poll
Well, isn't this an interesting turn of events? Samsung and Barnes & Noble have teamed up to introduce a version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.0 that will almost exclusively push Nook content. This is in stark contrast to Barnes & Noble's previous strategy of manufacturing their own Android tablets for purposes of selling digital books. Unlike Barnes & Noble's own-built tablets, Samsung's version will come with your typical TouchWiz experience and full access to Google Play to download whatever you want. The difference here will be the multitude of pre-installed Nook apps and widgets, as well as the inclusion of over $200 worth of content for free (which apparently includes books and shows like Freakonomics, The Wanderer, and I Am Number Four, and an episode each of three TV shows: HBO’s Veep, NBC Universal’s Hannibal, and BBC America’s Orphan Black.) To that end, it's the same Galaxy Tab 4.0 we've come to know since launch. Here are its specs: * 9.74 oz (276 g) * 7-inch 1280 x 800 display * 3 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera * Battery lasts up to 10 hours of video3 * 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor * 8GB Memory6 * Expandable Memory with up to 32GB microSD™4 * Built-in Wi Fi® (802.11 a/b/g/n) * Android 4.4 KitKat * Dual Speakers Beyond that, it's your run of the mill tablet and should be able to cover all the bases of what a tablet is capable of should you not need to run an intelligence network from it. The device is going from $179, and you can grab it from any Barnes & Noble store or from their website right here.
As we do with each passing iteration of the Samsung Galaxy Note, we expect Samsung to go all out with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in terms of specs and unique features. Rumors are already telling us to expect ridiculousness such as 4GB of RAM and 4K video recording, and now you can add another one to the list. According to info received by SamMobile, Samsung is planning to introduce an "ultrasonic cover" that can help visually impaired people make their way around. The ultrasonic sensor will send waves out in front of the user for purposes of identifying objects ahead of them. It could detect a wall or a pole and help you avoid it, for instance. We're not sure how accurate the technology is, but Samsung's nowhere near confident enough to suggest you ditch a good ol' cane or a seeing-eye dog. Here's a quick alleged excerpt from the Note 4′s user guide about the thing:
The Product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This Product is a non-medical device. It cannot replace a cane and should never be used as a mobility aid or substitute for any mobility aid tool. It must always be used in combination with a cane, a dog guide, or a human guide because, by itself, it does not provide information necessary for safe travel.The manual goes on to detail some of the pitfalls, including the accessory's field of vision narrowing the further you set the sensor's distance (you can set it to detect stuff from a short, medium or long distance). They also warn of objects dropping off at certain angles and distances, meaning it might miss an upcoming object if it's not positioned or angled the right way. It certainly doesn't sound safe enough to be used alone, but it could be a pretty nice companion to your typical medical solutions. The feeling is that Samsung will look to introduce this thing alongside the Note 4 at their upcoming Unpacked event on September 3rd, so we'll have to wait to see it for ourselves before passing final judgment. Would this accessory help you or someone you know in their day-to-day life? Let us know in the comments below, and let us know if that alone would move you to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 over any other phone this year!
ZTE has announced a new variant of the Nubia 5S Mini, with this release coming with LTE radios for folks who prefer to do their mobile bidding on connections that don't feel like the AOL days. Coming in at just $279 unlocked, the device doesn't sound half bad under the hood. ZTE's hoping to entice you with the following: * PROCESSOR: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 Quad Core with Adreno 305 GPU at 1.2 GHz * DISPLAY: 4.7″, HD 720 x 1280, 16.7M color * MEMORY: 16GB expandable to 32GB via micro SD * CAMERA: 13 megapixel backside-illuminated rear sensor, 5 megapixel front sensor * NETWORK COMPATIBILITY: LTE, GSM, WCDMA * OPERATING SYSTEM: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean * BATTERY: Li-ion 2,000mAh * DIMENSIONS: 134.8 x 65.8 x 7.6mm ZTE's making particularly loud noise about the device's camera, which they say is easy enough for starters and provides enough quality and control for those teetering on the edge of pro. Set the camera to "Pro" mode and you can change settings like white balance, focus and light metering independent of each other. It's not the first time we've ever seen this level of control for a smartphone camera, but it's nice to see ZTE getting serious about their devices' capabilities. The Nubia 5S Mini LTE is supposed to be available for pre-sale on Amazon at some point today, though the link hasn't gone live as of the time of this writing. We'll be keeping tabs on the digital storefront, though, and will update this post once those details go live. Hopefully we'll learn about a solid release date at that time, as well.