20
May
app challenge

Well hi-diddly ho there, aspiring app developer! Has the life of a recent CompSci grad got you down? Does the world of independent mobile app programming leave something to be desired in the area of, say, ostentatious sports cars and penthouse apartments? Samsung would like to help you out with their Smart App Challenge 2013. A cool $800,000 has been reserved for the makers of ten winning apps, with 200,000 American greenbacks going to the top entrant.

19
May
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Now that the big spring phone releases are out of the way, you can make an informed decision on any pending purchases. The HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 both have their strong points, and you can get a solid deal on both of them, provided you're flexible on carriers. Amazon has both currently listed for $129.99 with a 2-year contract.

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The HTC One in question is the 32GB AT&T variant, and it's usually $199.99 (last on sale for $150).

17
May
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Last Updated: June 14th, 2013

When it comes to device protection, Otterbox has long been a trusted name in the case scene. It offers cases with varying levels of protection – everything from the rough-and-rugged Defender Series to the lighter-weight Commuter and Reflex cases – so there's something for just about everyone.

But with the most recent releases for devices like the Galaxy S4, the company is also offering something a bit different: colors. Why be stuck with boring black just to make sure your device has the best protection it can get?

16
May
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The Galaxy S4 is a beast of a phone, and very likely to be the best-selling Android device in the world this year. It's also pretty bloated when it comes to software: on a brand new, unsullied phone, more than 6GB of internal storage is taken up by Samsung's TouchWiz version of Android. Most markets don't yet have access to a 32GB or 64GB model, and the base 16GB version has less than 10GB of user-accessible storage available.

15
May
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We heard some last-minute rumors that Samsung's shiny new flagship, not even released in every market, is getting a special Google Edition. Well it's true, boys and girls: the Galaxy S4 Google Edition is real, and it's going to feature the same stock Android experience as Nexus devices. The GS4 Google Edition will be sold through the Google Play Store with the same AT&T and T-Mobile bands as the Nexus 4, plus LTE support.

14
May
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Among dedicated Android fans, there is a consensus that stock Android is the best experience. That being said, not everyone is smitten with the Nexus hardware. A new option for conflicted users is rumored to be dropping tomorrow at Google I/O. A version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 – dubbed the Google Edition – could be released with the latest version of stock Android on board.

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If this is indeed true, it wouldn't be the first time Google has created a new variant of a Samsung product.

14
May
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Move fast boys and gals – the unlocked international variant of the GS4 (I9500, Exynos chip) is available for $640 on eBay Daily Deals again today. These deals usually sell out pretty quickly, so if you want to get your hands on The Next Big Thing without a contract (or paying full retail price) you better jump on this now.

13
May
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Verizon certainly likes to take its sweet time getting new phones out there, but this time it's at least making an attempt to speed things along. Big Red has announced that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available a week earlier than previously stated. May 23rd is now the big day.

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The Galaxy S4 has already launched on the other big US carriers, and AT&T has even announced the availability of a 32GB version of the device.

13
May
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Last Updated: June 17th, 2013

We've teamed up with Handy Apps several times in the past to give away some fantastic devices. Nexus 7s, Galaxy Note IIs, Xperia Zs, and many more have all found new homes thanks to our partnership with Handy Apps. But it's never just about giving stuff away – these guys make some fantastic and useful application. In fact, they may even be handy.

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below.

13
May
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A 14-page XDA thread, thorough analysis by an audio engineer, and a 100+ comment Reddit thread have revealed that some of Samsung's Galaxy S4 handsets are experiencing serious sonic problems with certain headphones.

Headphone audio on smartphones is something we rarely think too much about, because, well, most people don't really care. As long a smartphone produces sound that is listenable and loud enough, your average Joe isn't particular concerned about the quality.

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