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58% off TOCCs Feather Buds Bluetooth Headphones

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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
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  • Optional ear hooks included for additional security
  • Perfect for exercising, cleaning, cooking, yard work and more

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

By Andrew Grush


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



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.

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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



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.

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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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Source:: androidandme


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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New Moto X preorders go live at AT&T, Motorola sales will begin at 11:00 AM CT

By Alex Wagner

If you’ve been itching to hand over some cash to add Motorola’s new flagship smartphone to your gadget utility belt, well, you can now do just that.

AT&T is now accepting preorders for the Moto X (2nd Generation). Pricing is set at 24 monthly payments of $21.96 with AT&T Next 18, 20 monthly payments of $26.35 each with AT&T Next 12, $99.99 with a 2-year contract or $526.99 without a commitment. You can choose from Black Resin, Black Leather or Bamboo body options, and AT&T says that all three units will ship on September 23.

Motorola will also take preorders for the new Moto X today. In addition to the regular model, Moto will offer the Moto X – Pure Edition, a SIM unlocked unit that comes with an unlockable bootloader, as well as the Moto Hint and Motorola Turbo Charger. Motorola will also replenish its stock of Moto 360 units today. All of that will go down at 11:00 AM CT.

Motorola’s new Moto X features many improvements over the original model, including a 5.2-inch 1080p display that’s larger than the 4.7-inch 720p screen on the first X. The new version also packs a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 16GB or 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. Overall the new Moto X looks like a very respectable flagship for 2014, especially for $100 on-contract and $500 or so without a commitment.

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Source:: androidandme


New ad: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard just love the Galaxy Tab S

By Bogdan Petrovan

Samsung released no fewer than seven ads following the release of the larger iPhones last week. After all the jabs at Apple, it’s good to see the Korean company focusing on its own products in its newest commercial.

The 90 second clip stars Hollywood couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, who ostensibly are big fans of Samsung’s Tab S series of AMOLED tablets. From making plans for the day on a lazy morning, to playing Asphalt 8 racing on the couch, to skipping some fancy soiree for a movie, Dax and Kristen are just your normal average couple with an unhealthy obsession for Samsung tablets.

What do you think of this new clip?

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Moto Voice arrives for original Moto X and 2013 Droids

By Andrew Grush


Earlier this month we learned that Touchless Control was being rebranded for the new Moto X, with a name change to Moto Voice that would include a few new features like the ability to use a custom launch phrase. Shortly after this, the Moto Voice app arrived to Google Play, though only compatible with the new Moto X.

For owners of the original Moto X and select members of the Verizon Droid family, the update is now live for you as well. Before you get too excited, there’s no custom launch phrase support here. Instead, it appears all you get is some undisclosed bug fixes and support for the Moto 360 smartwatch. So will these older phones ever get custom launch phrase support? It’s really hard to say one way or another. While it’s certainly possible that this is coming in a future update, we wouldn’t get your hopes up just yet.

To grab the update, you’ll want to head on over to Google Play.

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