A few days ago, Google intro'd a new entry to the ChromeOS family: the 11.6", Exynos 5-powered Samsung Chromebook. At $250, this dual-core ultraportable isn't going to break the bank, and for users who don't normally venture outside of the web browser, it's a pretty ideal solution. And starting today, you can grab this little guy directly from Google Play.
Just to avoid confusion, this does not run Android.
It runs ChromeOS.
If you're not a fan of your phone's stock camera app for its lack of vintage polaroid filters, you probably have come across Camera ZOOM FX at some point or another. It's pretty popular, but since the introduction of Android 4.0, its UI has looked a little dated. Today, that changed - along with over 20 new features, ZOOM FX is sporting a brand-new look. Check it out.
I'm not going to list all the new features here (because let's face it, a filter is not a feature, it's a filter), but here are some of the highlights:
- New UI / performance enhancements (hardware acceleration)
- Portrait mode
- Adjust brightness, exposure, ISO, light metering
- Horizon and stability indicators
- Golden spiral grid
- New UI for photo timer
- Pinch digital zoom
- Gallery mode
- XHDPI support
- Customizable actions
- Facebook sharing
That's a lot of stuff. Read More
This one goes out to those of you who buy your phones off-contract. The international GSM Galaxy Note II is available today from eBay Daily Deals for a comparatively affordable $589. The model comes with 16GB of on-board storage in a marble white shell.
The normal price is $799, however it can be found online in the area of $680, so this is still a nice $100 or so discount off the normal price. Read More
Interested in a mid-range LG device on T-Mobile? Wait, you don't have to answer that. Regardless of how you feel about it, the LG Optimus L9 is coming. While T-Mo originally announced the device earlier this month, the carrier has just come clean with its actual availability: October 31st. Spooky.
For those who may not be familiar with this device, it's nothing to write home about:
- 4.5" qHD display with Gorilla Glass 2
- 1GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB storage
- 2,150mAh battery
- Android 4.0
The L9 will be available online and in-stores and will set you back $80, but that's only after a $50 mail-in-rebate. Read More
Isis launched its mobile payments platform in Salt Lake City, UT and Austin, TX today, in a limited, initial rollout that's probably best viewed as a tech test more than an NFC payments panacea. We've know for quite some time that these would be Isis' launch markets (after numerous delays), and we also had a basic idea of how the system would work: NFC. What wasn't so widely-known is the fact that Isis uses the SIM secure element method to store payment credentials. Read More
Hey Sprinsters - guess what? The Now Network has some more LTE markets for you. It's a short list, but at least they're making progress, right?
- Chicago Area Suburbs: Addison, Bolingbrook, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Kankakee, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Palatine and Plainfield
- Gary, IN
- Hutchinson and McPherson, KS
- New Bedford and Fall River, MA
- Wichita Falls, TX
If you're still waiting on Sprint's LTE to hit your area (which should be quite a few of you), don't sweat it. Read More
We've heard plenty of rumors, and at this point, we have no reason to doubt that there will be an LG Nexus phone appearing at Google's Android event on October 29th. Now, courtesy of LG's head of Mobile Product Planning at an Optimus Vu launch event in New Delhi, we have an idea of when the phone might roll out. If Indian market availability is any indication, that is. Speaking to IBN Live (an Indian news organization of which CNN owns a 26% share), the exec had this to say:
"Google will unveil the LG Nexus on October 29 and the phone will be available in the Indian markets by the end of November."
The former part of the quote we already knew of course, though at least this is some confirmation from the horse's mouth. Read More
If you're in the market for more storage - be it full-size SD cards, microSD cards, and CompactFlash - today's the day to get the most bang for your buck. Amazon's Gold Box Deal is chock-full of good buys:
As you can see, these aren't random generic memory cards, they're SanDisk Ultra Class 10 SDs and Extreme CFs - so they should be pretty speedy.
Unlike the last storage-centric Gold Box Deal, however, there's only one SSD this go around, and it's unfortunately a paltry 32GB model. Read More
European O2 and Vodafone Galaxy S III owners, it's finally your turn to check out Jelly Bean first hand. Following last week's updates on Hutchison Whampoa networks (Three/3/H3G), now O2 and Vodafone joined the party and started pushing out Android 4.1.1 to Galaxy S IIIs in at least the following locations:
- O2: United Kingdom, Ireland
- Vodafone: United Kingdom, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany
The Vodafone launch started today right on schedule, as per this post from a few days ago. Read More
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