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LeakedTT: Say hello to the Nokia Lumia 925 ahead of its debut tomorrow

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2013 9:05 pm

Images of the Nokia Lumia 925 have leaked out online thanks to our favorite Twitter leaker, @evleaks. The image, while slightly blurry, depicts the upcoming Nokia Lumia 925 that is set to debut tomorrow in London. The image appears to be a stock product shot and gives us some idea of what to expect from the device.

 

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A headphone jack is visible on the top of the device, with volume buttons and either a camera or power button present on the right side. Nokia has already teased that this device should have an excellent camera, but the exact details remain unknown as the backside of the device is not included in the marketing shot.

 

Rumored specs include a 4.5-inch OLED display, dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of memory, and an 8.7MP camera. Of course, these are just rumored, so take them with a grain of salt. We'll be sure to get you all the relevant details as soon as the device launches tomorrow.

Google unifies storage across Gmail, Google+, Drive, users now have 15GB shared across all services

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 13, 2013 8:33 pm

Google has decided to lump all of your free storage into one plan. Instead of having a separate 10GB of data for Gmail and Google+ and 5GB for Drive, users will be presented with 15GB that can be used in any combination. Don't have a lot of e-mail saved? You now have more room for your cloud storage needs.

 

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Conversely, if you don't use Gmail at all, you have just been given an extra 10GB of storage space to use for Google Drive. Google's Drive page now features a visualization of how much space you are using next to available upgrade plans. The changes will roll out to users and Google Apps users over the next few weeks, so don't worry if you don't have the change quite yet.

 

We want to hear your thoughts on this change. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Google Play developers have been given the ability to respond to user reviews

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 13, 2013 8:02 pm

Developers for Google's Android operating system have been given a new feature to connect with users. Google has added the ability for developers to respond directly to users' reviews on the Google Play Store. This has come as a result of Google Play Store reviews being tied to the Google+ social network.

 

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It allows users and developers to become more connected. It also allows developers to ask for more information, respond to negative reviews, or help troubleshoot an issue. When a developer posts a response, an e-mail is dispatched to the reviewer letting them know that the developer has responded to his or her review.

 

We believe that this new system will lead to better user engagement and better apps on the Google Play Store.

T-Mobile has raised the price of the iPhone by $50, down payment is now $150

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2013 7:27 pm

If you haven't bought your T-Mobile branded iPhone yet, the price has just gone up by $50. T-Mobile has increased the price of the iPhone by $50, causing the new down payment to be $150 rather than the $100 it was at launch. T-Mobile is still requiring customers to make 24 monthly payments of $20.

 

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This effectively raises the price to $630, up from $580. Interestingly enough, the new price offered through T-Mobile is still lower than that of an unlocked iPhone 5 directly from Apple, though not by as much as it used to be. Furthermore, T-Mobile is offering a payment plan, something not offered by Apple.

New head of Android says Google I/O will be about services this year, not devices or operating systems

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: May 13, 2013 6:30 pm

Sundar Pichai, the new head of Android, has said that Google will focus on "all of the kinds of things we're doing for developers" at Google I/O this year. During an interview with Wired, the head of Android, who is also at the wheel of Chrome, has said that now isn't the time that Google has "much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system".

 

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Pichai talked about a bunch of subjects, touching on Android updates, Google's relationship with Samsung, Facebook Home and the challenges of managing two operating systems:

 

  • On the relationship between Chrome and Android: "Android and Chrome are both large, open platforms, growing very fast. I think that they will play a strong role, not merely exist. I see this as part of friendly innovation and choice for both users and developers."
  • On Facebook Home: "It's exciting that Facebook thought of Android first in this case. Android was intended to be very customizable. And we welcome innovations. As for the specific product, my personal take on it is that time will tell."

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Samsung Galaxy S4 seen in Japan in 'Blue Arctic' color

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2013 5:33 pm

Up until now, the Galaxy S4 from Samsung has only been available in "white frost" and "black mist", but it looks like there could be a new option on the horizon. Japanese blog Rbmen have seen the new "blue arctic" option which they spotted in a promotional leaflet from Japanese carrier DoCoMo.

 

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There's no news on whether this arctic blue color will arrive outside of Japan, but we should expect Samsung to soon expand the available colors on the S4. DoCoMo has a presentation reportedly scheduled for May 15, where we should hear more.

Nexus 4 appears in white, still no news of a release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2013 4:35 pm

The Nexus 4 has been out long enough that we should have new colors by now, and finally, there's a white-colored Nexus 4 spotted in the wild. Google+ user Ervin Sue posted some photos of the white-backed Nexus 4 which he says he purchased from "a local buy and sell site".

 

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The back features a beautiful white Crystal Reflective Process back and white sides, with a nice black trim around the display. There's no news on whether this will reach retail or the Google Play Store, but let's hope we hear more during the week at Google I/O.

Check out the trailer to Arrested Development's fourth season

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 13, 2013 3:35 pm

As a very long time fan of Arrested Development, the fourth season is nearly here thanks to our friends over at Netflix. The trailer hit the Internet earlier today, and has been enjoying its fair share of bandwidth being pushed over to it.

 

 

What do you think? I can't wait to see the gang back together, it makes me want to go back and watch all of the previous seasons. Let us know what you're looking forward to in the fourth season of Arrested Development, will you be tuning in?

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Sony Xperia ZR to feature 4.6-inch display, quad-core processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2013 2:33 pm

Sony are going to expand their Xperia line in the near future with the Xperia ZR, which is set to step in the footsteps of the Xperia Z. While the Xperia Z has a 5-inch screen, the Xperia ZR will arrive slightly shrunken down at 4.6 inches.

 

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We should see the same water-resistant goodness backed up with dust resistance, as well as the same quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor from Qualcomm. Sony have said that the Xperia ZR can be left underwater for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 4 feet. This is where the dedicated camera button comes in handy, where an owner of the Xperia ZR can press the button while their phone is underwater - if this is something they choose to do.

 

The Sony Xperia ZR will arrive in four colors: black, white, pink and mint. It'll be available later this quarter, with pricing to be announced soon.

Google's unified messaging system to reportedly be unveiled at Google I/O

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 13, 2013 10:31 am

Google I/O is just days away and there's reports that Google are to unveil their unified messaging system at the event. Google will reportedly use the name Hangouts, retiring the name Babel we've been hearing about lately.

 

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The use of the name Hangouts is a move Google are using to keep their users within their ecosystem of services. A source of TechRadar that reportedly works at Google, provided screenshots of the new Hangouts in action, which also sees the incorporation of the GChat instant messaging service. The images show off options to archive Hangouts, block users, and revert to a previous version of the chat services.

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