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Moto X, Moto 360, Turbo Charger and Moto Hint are now up for pre-order

By Bogdan Petrovan

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As promised, Motorola has opened pre-orders for its new products, including the second generation Moto X and the Moto 360 smartwatch.

On its website, Motorola is offering the Moto X Pure Edition (fancy name for the unlocked GSM model) for $499, as well as the AT&T version for $99 on a two-year contract. You can also get the AT&T model from the carrier’s website, though without customization options.

Motorola is letting you customize your Moto X through Moto Maker, which offers a variety of colors and several types of leather and wood materials. At the time of this writing, the web app seems to be having troubles coping with the load, so some patience may be in order. Like with the original Moto X, choosing a natural material (wood, leather) will cost you an additional $25 bucks. You can also engrave a name or custom message for free.

Currently, the unlocked Moto X ships within 10 days.

The Moto 360 is available in black and gray for $249. Both colors are listed as in stock.

If you are worried about battery life on your new Moto X, the $35 Turbo Charger lets you quick charge your device, adding up to 8 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. Meanwhile, the Moto Hint Bluetooth headset is available for a steep $150.

Are you planning to buy one of Motorola’s new products today?

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Chrome for Android begins to answer questions in search suggestions

By William Neilson Jr

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OMGChrome has revealed a new (experimental) trick for those using Google Chrome on Android devices. The feature allows users to start typing and receive queries directly in the omnibox suggestions list, similar to auto-suggestions.

Basically this means you will not need to hit Go or scan a Google search list in order to get basic information like weather and historic dates. As OMGChrome notes, not every query will return a response and the feature is not currently enabled by default. For those curious, it can be turned on by following these instructions:

  • Go to chrome://flags in a new tab
  • Find the “Enable the Suggestions Service” flag
  • Tap on the drop down box
  • Set it to ‘Enabled’
  • Relaunch the browser when prompted.

chrome-suggest

It is unknown when the feature will be available to Chrome for Android users by default, or if at all will make the cut for general release. Those using using Google Now may not find this suggestion that helpful but it can still save you the trouble of switching apps or leaving the page.


Source: Engadget, OMGChrome; …read more

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Music Tagger – Indie app of the day

By Joe Hindy

Music Tagger review

What is Music Tagger?

Music Tagger is a music optimization service that allows you to edit the ID3 tags of your music files. For those who don’t know, ID3 tags are bits of information that music players use to identify what the file is, who made it, and all of that. Proper ID3 tagging is essential for those who want their music to display correctly in music players and doubly essential for those with larger music libraries.

Music Tagger comes with a number of features but there are a few big ones that matter. The first is the ability to manually edit an ID3 tag. This is helpful if you only have a few songs that need fixed up a bit and you don’t want to mess with anything else. There is also an auto-tagger feature where you give the app control and it finds the meta data for each music file along with the cover art. The last really big feature is the ability to sort your music into folders. This is great for those who just dumped their entire library into a single folder and need more organization. It is compatible with ID3v1 and ID3v2 tags.

That’s really it. There is an easy-to-use interface with large icons and text to make things easier for everyone. The auto-tagger seems to work most of the time and it is important to note that this app is still in beta. That means there will be bugs and issues. If you’re not a fan of beta testing then you should absolutely steer clear of this.

Make your music list sparkle.

PROS
  • Edits ID3v1 and ID3v2 tags so you can clean up your music collection.
  • Auto-tagger is a great feature for those who are just now getting into proper tagging for the first time.
  • The ability to organize music into folders automatically based on artist is fantastic.
  • You can copy info from ID3v1 to ID3v2 and vice versa if need be.
  • Lots of options when it comes to tagging.
CONS
  • It’s in beta so there will (for sure) be bugs.
  • If you store your music on your SD card and run Android KitKat, then Android prevents you from using this app.
  • May work slowly if your music collection is huge, internet is slow, or phone is old.

7.5

Overall, Music Tagger can be very helpful for a lot of people. ID3 tags aren’t really something people think about when curating their music collection and it’s frustrating to open a music player and see a bunch of errors in your music list. An app like this can fix it. It’s free to use but do keep in mind that it’s in beta so if it doesn’t work all that well, you know why.

Check out the last indie app of the day: Neonize
Check out the indie app of the day discussion in the Android Authority forums!


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58% off TOCCs Feather Buds Bluetooth Headphones

By AA Deals

TOCCs Feather Buds

Going for a run? Commuting to work? Don’t let troublesome headphone cables slow you down. The TOCCs Feather Buds headphones let you enjoy your favorite tunes as you go about your day with total flexibility. Pair them with any Bluetooth device and enjoy your music wirelessly up to 30ft away.

With crystal clear sound, noise canceling outer shells and comfort fit earbuds, Feather Buds are perfect for tuning in at home, work or on the go. Plus, with a built-in mic and remote, you’re in total control of your music and phone calls — play, pause and answer calls without skipping a beat.

Sound good yet? Over at the Android Authority Deals Store, we’ve got the TOCCs Feather Buds at 58% off, for just $24.99 with free shipping in the US! Get yours today and enjoy tangle-free audio wherever you go.

Top features

  • Lightweight, tangle-free wireless design
  • Built in microphone, remote and call answering functionality
  • Crystal clear 30ft Bluetooth transmission
  • Noise canceling outer shell
  • Comfort fit gelled earbuds – three sizes included
  • Optional ear hooks included for additional security
  • Perfect for exercising, cleaning, cooking, yard work and more

Get this deal now


Source: AA Deals; …read more

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Microsoft’s Universal Keyboard has an Android home button, no Windows logo in sight

By Andrew Grush

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When most of us think of Microsoft, the first things that come to mind are likely Windows, Office and Xbox. The reality is that Microsoft offers many software and hardware products, including peripherals like mice and keyboards. With that in mind, Microsoft has now released a bluetooth keyboard designed for Android users — oh, and Windows and iOS too.

What’s really interesting about the Bluetooth keyboard isn’t necessarily that it supports other platforms outside of Camp Windows, it’s that it seems to focus more on Android and iOS than its own platform. First, there’s an easy button for switching between iOS, Android and Windows bluetooth modes. Second, there’s an Android home key and Apple’s typical “CMD” key. Even more interesting, there’s no Windows key at all. To our knowledge, this is the only MS-made keyboard without such a key — ever.

The new Universal Keyboard contains a battery that will reportedly last for six months on a single charge. As for the price? The keyboard will set you back $79.95 when it arrives in October.

What do you think of Microsoft’s push towards being more multi-platform friendly, both software and hardware wise? A surprisingly change, or merely a logical progression as Windows becomes less dominant in a mobile-first world?


Via: Microsoft;
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Audi is expanding 4G LTE options

By William Neilson Jr

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Connectedly

Audi has announced that they will be expanding 4G LTE availability for selected vehicles in the US. In January, Audi announced 4G availability on their A3 and S3 sedans and will now offer it on the Q3 crossover. Owners will be able to add their vehicles to an AT&T Mobile Share Plan. Data plans start at $99 for six months with a 5-gigabyte allotment of data, or $499 for 30 months and 30 GB of data. AT&T customers can add a car to their Mobile Share Plan for $10 per month with an additional 1 GB of data per month for $20.

“Having the choice of two data plans gives the consumer the opportunity to choose a contract that works best for their lifestyle and allows them to maintain connectivity in the vehicle for an extended period of time,” said Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America. “The new AT&T data plans with 4G LTE connectivity will allow Audi drivers to enjoy seamless navigation, streaming and high-speed access to the Internet.” – NewsFactor

The new A3 vehicles have a built-in system that reads headlines out loud, offers picture navigation, reads Facebook and Twitter, and connects you with web radio stations. If you start to reach your data plan limit, you’ll get an e-mail alert to warn you.

General Motors (GM) also uses AT&T and charges the same $10 fee for adding a vehicle to a Mobile Share Plan. Unlike Audi, GM only offers data plans on a monthly basis while Audi offers data for longer periods of time.

In April, AT&T announced a deal with Volvo to power its model year 2015 vehicles, which arrive this summer.


Source: Digital Trends; …read more

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HTC Desire 510 for Sprint launches September 19, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile a few days later

By Evan Selleck

At the tail-end of August, HTC officially announced the Desire 510. While taking several design cues from the other Desire-branded family members, the new device lacks the high-end BoomSound front-facing speakers that several other HTC devices have launched with recently. Sprint has seen fit to give the mid-range device a launch date and a strikingly low price tag along with it.

The Desire 510 will officially launch on Sprint’s network beginning Friday, September 19. On that date, potential buyers can either order the device online or head into a Sprint retail shop to check out the new handset in person. The Desire 510 will run $0 on a new, two-year contract, or $199 sans any contract at all. The Easy Pay installment plan means a customers will be paying $8.34 for 24 months, with $0 down to kick things off.

The key features, as noted by Sprint, look like this:

  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon® 400 Processor
  • Sprint Spark enhanced LTE was designed to take full advantage of all three bands of Sprint LTE to deliver our fastest data speeds ever and improved in-building coverage
  • 4.7-inch TFT display for an outstanding visual experience
  • HTC Blinkfeed® aggregates the consumers’ chosen news feeds into a user-friendly experience on their home screens
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras for high-quality photos you’ll be proud to share
  • HD Voice for crystal clear call quality with reduced background noise while calling another Sprint HD Voice-enabled phone Sprint network upgraded areas

Boost Mobile will be launching the Desire 510 as well beginning September 22, with their device being an exclusive white variant. It will run new buyers $99.99. Virgin Mobile will be launching the blue option on September 23, and it will cost for $99.99 as well.

Do you plan on picking up the Desire 510?

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Comcast customers can access Wi-Fi hotspots in Europe

By William Neilson Jr

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TechTimes

Comcast has come to an agreement with Liberty Global to allow users to access each other’s Wi-Fi networks around the world by 2015.

At the moment, Comcast has approximately three million Wi-Fi hotspots in the US while Liberty Global has around 2.5 million Wi-Fi hotspots in various countries in Europe. Comcast says that they expect their US hotspot to grow to eight million by early 2015.

“This is our first step in bringing global Wi-Fi connectivity to our customers,” said Tom Nagel, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Comcast Cable. “We are excited to be working with Liberty Global and see this partnership as a great opportunity to further expand our Wi-Fi footprint and offer fast and secure wireless broadband service to our customers, not only while they are here in the United States, but also while they are traveling overseas.” – MarketWatch

Comcast customers can access these networks by using their Comcast e-mail and password.

It is estimated that approximately 11 million people from the United States visit Europe and 12 million people form Europe visit the United States.


Source: Philadelphia Business Journal; …read more

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with LTE up for pre-order, ships Sept. 30

By Sean Riley

We are still working on getting an NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet to review for you, but if that 16GB base model wasn’t cutting it for you then you’ll be glad to hear that the 32GB model with LTE is at last up for pre-order and will begin shipping September 30.

Again we haven’t gotten our hands on it yet, but based on our last year with the SHIELD Portable we have every reason to believe this is an excellent piece of hardware. NVIDIA did their homework and seemed to deliver everything that a gaming enthusiast could want with an 8-inch 1080p display, Tegra K1 processor, front-facing stereo speakers and of course, NVIDIA’s GameStream to bring your PC games to the tablet.

And for those of you that don’t feel like you want a dedicated Android gaming device, the SHIELD Tablet is a high-powered, basically stock Android tablet. NVIDIA has shown that they are going to keep their hardware up to date with the latest version of Android, so you are essentially getting a Nexus tablet with all of the amazing gaming features as a bonus.

You can pre-order the 32GB LTE version of the SHIELD tablet today from NVIDIA for $399 or AT&T will be selling the tablet on contract for $299. I can’t see going on contract for a $100 price cut, but it’ll be available to you if that’s tempting.

Have any of you already picked up a Shield Tablet? If not, does the LTE model tempt you?

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Qualcomm bringing hardware-based kill switch tech to its chips

By Andrew Grush

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As more folks are relying on mobile devices for not just their personal needs but professional ones as well, security has grown to be an important topic in the mobile world. Good security is about a lot more than just having a strong pin or password in place, it is also about setting up device security measures that will let you track and even disable your phone in the event of its theft (or even if you simply lose it).

An even more extreme method for theft protection is the integration of kill switch technology, which will effectively make a phone useless in the event of a theft. Back in 2013, Korea made changes that would require new smartphones to ship with kill switches. More recently, the state of California passed a similar law that will require new devices sold starting July 1st 2015 to have either a hardware or software kill switch built-in.

Unlike some software solutions, Qualcomm says its solution can’t be hacked, though it can be reversed if the device is returned to its rightful owner.

Now that the ball is rolling, we doubt it will slow down, even if many carriers and likely many OEMs aren’t so keen on the idea. With this in mind, it seems that Qualcomm wants to get in on the action and over the weekend announced a few changes in the way it handles security with its chips, including the introduction of SafeSwitch — a hardware based kill switch technology.

Qualcomm doesn’t go into a lot of details about how its tech works, other than it will be integrated into certain chips. It also doesn’t highlight which existing chipsets support the tech already, if any. So why hardware over a software kill switch? Unlike software solutions that can sometimes be bypassed by wiping the software altogether, Qualcomm says its solution can’t be hacked, though it can be reversed if the device is returned to its rightful owner. This could make Qualcomm’s implementation more secure than others, and considering the majority of smartphones already use Qualcomm chips, it could be pretty easy for OEMs to bring such tech to their future devices.

While Qualcomm stresses the importance of kill switch tech, in its blogpost the company also highlighted the fact that they are now part of FIDO (Fast IDentity Online Alliance) and are committed to supporting and working to develop biometric standards for security as well. Here’s a video detailing the many security measures that Qualcomm takes to protect those mobile users rocking a device with its chips inside:

What do you think of the idea of building kill switches into all mobile devices? A smart move or unnecessary? Additionally what do you think of the increasing role that biometrics is starting to play on select mobile devices?


Via: Qualcomm;
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