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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4, S4 Active, S3 & Note 2 Android 4.3 JB updates coming soon

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are about to roll out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 according to a leaked Best Buy document that was first posted online by guys over at

If the leak were to be trusted, Big Red would be the first one to roll out the update for its Galaxy S4 on the 28th followed by Sprint on 30th. AT&T and T-Mobile will release their own on November 13th and 16th, respectively.

Both AT&T and Sprint are set to make the update for the Note 2 on November 20th followed by Verizon on the 29th then T-Mobile on December 2. Owners of the Galaxy S3, however, could expect updates to be available next month and Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T will receive the same update on December 24th.

The updates will bring the following new features, fixes and enhancements among others:
  • Galaxy Gear Support
  • TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
  • ANT+ Support
  • Samsung KNOX Implementation (KNOX bootloader and dedicated application)
  • Samsung Wallet comes pre-loaded
  • Improved RAM management
  • Improved Display colour reproduction (Display looks much sharper than before)
  • Improved TouchWiz Launcher (Much less launcher redraws and less lag)
  • New Samsung Keyboard
  • New Samsung Browser (Full screen by default, new tab interface and more)
  • New Reading Mode (Optimises display for reading, used by only a few specific applications)
  • New Camera firmware
  • Minor UI tweaks (Contacts app, Flashlight Widget, dialog boxes etc)
It would appear that Samsung is quick in bringing updates but it is actually a marketing stunt for its new Galaxy Gear.


LG Nexus 5 will be offered in two colors: black & white

A little over a week ago the LG Nexus 5 was briefly listed on the Google Play Store alongside Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 showing a 349-dollar price tag (for the 16GB variant). Just today, @evleaks posted a press image of the Nexus 5 in white. While there haven't been rumors about the light-colored N5, the image looks legit and it comes from a reputable leaker.

Both models reveal that the new Nexus 5 will be natively running Android 4.4 KitKat.  The white model, however, has a different wallpaper, or at least, that's what is shown on the press image. A date "11/1" (November 1) was also included in the post but it isn't clear if it's the launching or the release date of the device.

It is a matter of time now before Google would officially uncover its new flagship smartphone.

source: @evleaks

Friday, October 18, 2013

NFC Bootcamp Adds Gauge Mobile to Near Field Communication Webinar Series

Newest entry in near field communication webinar series discusses near limitless opportunities to leverage NFC for brand awareness and customer experience
October 18, 2013, Dallas, Texas —NFC Bootcamp™, the creator of the most comprehensive series of globally delivered near field communication (NFC) education programs, today announced the newest event in its premiere webinar series.  NFC and Marketing: Bridging the Gap, featuring Tony Vassiliev of Gauge Mobile, is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. U.S. EDT, 11:00 a.m. U.S. PDT.
The NFC Bootcamp training program helps businesses understand how to use near field communication technology to drive brand awareness and enhance their customer experience. With the growing availability of NFC-enabled devices —smartphones, tablets, and now wearable devices like wristbands — consumers demand a simplified, customized and personalized experience. Taught by NFC experts, this class offers best practices for using NFC to engage today’s connected consumers.  NFC Bootcamp extends this thought leadership to a series of webinars featuring these same thought leaders, designed to educate companies on different aspects of near field communication technology.
In NFC and Marketing: Bridging the Gap, Tony Vassiliev, CEO of Gauge Mobile, will cover how near field communication technology offers exciting opportunities to both consumers and advertisers, and how it can be used for advertising and promotional purposes around the globe. Through “smart posters,” POS items, magazine ads and more, consumers can access content with a quick tap of their NFC-enabled smartphone.  The promotional and advertising opportunities offered by NFC are almost limitless.
Attendees will learn:
• How NFC is used in Digital Out of Home advertising
• Case studies from Out-of-Home
• Creative use cases for NFC in marketing
In addition, attendees will also receive a free copy of Gauge Mobile’s white paper on the same topic.
“Customers expect constant information, instant interaction and immediate results – all while they are on the go – and NFC can help you meet their expectations. It is changing how we engage the world around us, and businesses need to understand this – fast,” said Robert Sabella, chief executive officer and founder of the NFC Bootcamp. “NFC Bootcamp’s webinar series is a great way to get introduced to different aspects and capabilities of near field communication technology.” Sabella added, “In addition to our webinar series, NFC Bootcamp conducts two-day training programs globally that takes these webinars to the next level, providing more in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in using NFC.”
According to Vassiliev, “The use cases for NFC are boundless, whether advertising, retail, travel and tourism, or events and entertainment. We’re excited to present this webinar with NFC Bootcamp to educate companies on how NFC is already being used in the marketplace and explore how it can be incorporated into any company’s marketing strategy.” He further added, “NFC Bootcamp has been on the forefront of corporate education in this arena, and we’re glad to partner with them on this front.”
Additional on-demand webcasts can be found at  NFC Bootcamp dates are scheduled for cities around the world, including Toronto, London, New York, Tel Aviv, and Los Angeles. For information or to register for a class, visit

Organizations interested in sponsoring or speaking at an NFC Bootcamp or participating in the NFC Showcase  should visit to request information.

Gibbets 2 Straight as an arrow onto Google Play

October 17th 2013, Kaliningrad, Russia – HeroCraft releases licensed game Gibbets 2 for Android devices based on the hit Flash game, so you can proceed to save men from the gallows on the move!

HeroCraft are delighted to announce the launch of the action puzzle game Gibbets 2 for Android devices, the sequel to Gibbets, a popular skill game where the player uses a bow and arrow to save the people being hanged. The Flash franchise Gibbets has been played over 250 million times. In fact, Gibbets was the original rope-shooting game. No wonder it has seen dozens of clones and spawned a whole genre since its release in 2009.

Gibbets 2 is a simplistic yet entertaining and exciting game. It will require skill to save multiple people from the noose. Shoot arrows from your bow at the hanging ropes before the plucky victim runs out of breath! You have a limited number of arrows per level, and you must try to avoid hitting the victim and adding injury to insult! The game features easy to learn touch and drag controls, over 50 levels, and online leaderboards. Gibbets 2 provides just the right mix of challenge and fun to make the game consistently enjoyable and playable over and over.

Click here to view Gibbets 2 on the Google Play. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

AT&T HTC One mini starts selling August 23rd for $99.99 on a 2-year contract

AT&T to start offering HTC One Mini on August 23rd.
American carrier AT&T confirmed reports that it would be offering the HTC One mini, a bite-sized variant of HTC's 2013 flagship. Recent reports from various agencies suggest August 23rd would be the date when the carrier starts displaying the phone in its stores, which would be offered for $99.99 on 2-year contract. The reports were later confirmed by Jeff Bradly, Senior Vice President of AT&T Devices.

In his short statement, it was stated that the HTC One was among the provider's best sellers this year. Therefore, there is a need for the company to follow up the device's good sales performance by giving its customers yet another option, although both smartphones were totally identical if not because of their size and specs differences.

"Our customers loved the HTC One, so we are excited to offer this slimmer, more compact version. We’re proud to continue to offer our customers so many choices with a broad smartphone portfolio all on the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network," said Bradley.

Considered as the flagship's littler brother, the One mini sports the same look and body material, aluminum. It only has a 4.3-inch display sporting 720 x 1280 pixels resolution. It uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 chipset with a dual-core Krait clocked at 1400Mhz. While the One mini comes with just half the size of HTC One's RAM and internal memory, it was given considerably huge battery with 1800mAh capacity (non-removable).

With HTC One mini already revealed, people have their attention locked on the newly-rumored HTC One Max, which is believed to be a bit larger than the flagship phone. Recently, a photo of HTC One, One Mini and One Max emerged but it was not immediately clear as to when the other phone would be launched.

Source: AT&T

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