Galaxy Note 8.0 Photo Leaked

Galaxy Note 8 Leaked

A photograph of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet has been leaked via Twitter user @ClasificateArg.. The device is set to sport 2GB of RAM, a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU and 16GB of internal storage. The device’s 8-inch screen will feature a resolution of 1200×800. The Note 8.0’s camera will include a resolution of 5 megapixels, which should be decent enough for a modern mid-range tablet. Finally, the device looks to be running Android 4.2 and will offer S-pen compatibility.

As far as design goes, you can tell that the device mimics a standard Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II. The camera placement is the same and the front of the device looks almost identical to t the standard 5.5″ Galaxy Note II. The UI of the device also looks to be the same old smartphone UI found in the Note II and Galaxy S III with little to no tablet optimization.

I personally think the device looks way less than stellar. Because of this, I think the device will have a hard time competing with the iPad mini, which also uses the 8-inch screen size. People who want tablets don’t just want a cheap price-tag and high-performance, but they want something that will look good when brought to work or school. As of now, the Note 8.0’s pricing and launch date has not been unveiled.

Source: AndroidPit

Motorola Releases The Non-Android Motogo! In Mexico

Motogo! Announced For Mexico

Motorola has just announced the Motogo!, a new feature phone exclusive to the Mexican market. The device doesn’t run Android, though Motorola was acquired by Google in mid-2012. The device features a full QWERTY keyboard with navigation controls and doesn’t sport a touchscreen. Motogo! looks to be a decent phone for SMS and social networking. As far as connectivity goes, the Motogo! supports 3G cellular networks and has a Wi-Fi chip.

The Motogo!’s software is where the device truly gets interesting. Even though the phone isn’t running Android, it seems to have a strong Google influence. The phone is integrated with many Google services like Google Talk, Google Search and Gmail amongst others. The device even has a hardware Google Search button which can be used to quickly start a Google Search.

The device is supposed to feature a small price-tag and seems to be a pretty good purchase for those who want a basic phone. With Google integration, an MP3 player and a camera, this could be one of the best feature phones on the market. As of now, we’re not sure if the device will launch outside of Mexico.

Am I the only one that thinks this device looks a lot like Google’s early Android prototype?

Source: Motorola via The Verge

RIM May License Blackberry 10

Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha

Thorsten Heins, the current CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), has told the German newspaper Die Welt that Blackberry 10 may be licensed to third-party manufacturers. Unfortunately, RIM likely won’t license the hardware until after RIM’s own hardware hits the market and has a chance to prove itself. When asked by the publication, Heins said the following:

“Before you licensed the software, you must show that the platform has a large potential. First we have to fulfill our promises. If such proof, a licensing is conceivable.”

In the past, RIM has never licensed its Blackberry operating system to third-party manufactures and has always produced its own hardware. If licensed, Blackberry 10 would be opened to a whole new world of hardware innovation, something which RIM is currently lacking.

Blackberry 10 is expected to launch on January 30th. The operating system has been delayed multiple times over the past year in order to give both RIM and third-party developers time to prepare for the launch of the OS. This iteration of the Blackberry operating system has been rebuilt from the ground up in hopes of regaining lost marketshare for the company.

Source: CNET via Pando Daily
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T-Mobile May Have Nexus 4 Stock On Jan. 23rd, Nexus 7 Available Now

T-Mobile has announced that they will have the Nexus 4 in stock again on January 23rd. Unfortunately, the company doesn’t seem to have given us specifics at to the amount of phones they’ll be receiving from LG. The company has also noted that they will be bringing the device to all T-Mobile stores in the coming weeks. As of now, only some stores are stocking the Nexus 4.

If you’re unaware, the Nexus 4 is the newest device in the Nexus lineup. It features an extremely low $299 unsubsidized price-tag with no SIM lock. The phone offers a relatively unique design and top of the line specs which include a quad-core CPU, 4.7″ screen and 2GB of RAM.

Finally, the company has also stated that Google Play has begun selling the 3G model of the Nexus 7 with a T-Mobile SIM card. Previously, the device was only available with AT&T SIM cards, though the tablet itself is unlocked. You can purchase the Nexus 7 with 3G for $299 on Google Play.

Source: TmoNews via Androinica


AT&T To Offer Off-Contract Lenovo IdeaTab A2107

AT&T has just announced that it will be offering the Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 off-contract and unsubsidized. The device will sell for $199.99 off-contract or $99.99 if purchased with a two-year contract. The device will only support AT&T’s 3G network as the device doesn’t support 4G LTE network. Chris Penrose, AT&T’s senior vice president of emerging devices, has said that the device “is a great option for those in the market for a compact, multifunctional tablet at an affordable price,”.

If you’re unaware, the Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 is a very low priced 7″ tablet. The device runs Android 4.0 and supports Google Play. The device is powered by a modest 1GHz CPU with 1GB of RAM and a 2.0 megapixel camera. The device seems like a good option for those who want a tablet to add to their AT&T Mobile Share plan for an extra $10 per month. The device is perfect for light gaming, Netflix streaming and web browsing, though we wouldn’t recommend it to those who need the best tech on the market. At only $199.99, the Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 makes a good competitor to the Nexus 7 with Mobile Data which currently retails for $299.00. However, the Nexus 7 does offer better specs and is factory unlocked.

Source: AT&T via Talk Android


Facebook Testing $100 Fee To Message Strangers

Facebook is reportedly testing a service which allows users to message strangers for a fee of $100 per message. When Facebook originally started testing this feature in December, they set the price at a mere $1 per message. Some Facebook users reportedly saw this fee appear when attempting to message Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, though others have seen it when attempting to message random users. This experimental feature has not yet been rolled out to all Facebook members.

When Mashable reached out to Facebook for comment, a spokesperson told them that “We are testing some extreme price points to see what works to filter spam.” This leads us to believe that Facebook will likely drop the price point of this feature before rolling it out to the general public.

If users would rather not pay a fee but still be able to message users outside of their network, they can choose to have the message land in the recipient’s “Other” folder. This folder seems to be an area for messages from strangers and other messages that Facebook thinks aren’t at the top of your priority list.

Would you pay $100 to message a stranger on Facebook? Let us know why or why not by leaving a comment on this post.

Source: Mashable via The Verge
Image Via: The Verge

Review: OWC Data Doubler Kit For Mac Mini

The Mac mini is a great little machine if you’re just getting into OS X or if you’re a long time user. Because of the Mini’s small form factor, it can be used in a variety of situations, from the office to the home theater. Another nice thing about the Mac mini is how upgradable it is. While it may not look like it from afar, once you’re up-close and personal with the machine, you’ll realize how easy it is to swap drives and throw more RAM into the machine.

So, you’re thinking of upgrading your Mini’s hard drive. Sure, you could purchase a new drive and throw your old one into another computer or an external enclosure, but why not keep it in your Mini for extra storage? Even though this may seem like an impossible feat at first due to the Mini’s very small enclosure, it is actually quite possible.

When Apple designed the 2011 Mac mini, they removed the optical drive, making it identical to the server edition Mac mini. The Mac mini server sports two 500GB drive standard, enabling RAID and other dual-drive solutions. Because of this, the standard version of the 2011 and 2012 Mac mini have an extra empty 2.5″ hard drive bay which needs a few simple parts to be fully active and capable of connecting another drive to your Mac. While you can buy all of these parts individually and follow a seedy tutorial on YouTube, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to purchase all of the tools, parts as well as an installation guide at once? That’s where Other World Computing comes in with the Data Doubler.

OWC’s Data Doubler for the 2011-2012 Mac mini is an awesome little kit. For a penny under $40, the product includes all screw drivers, parts and tutorials you need to install a second drive in your Mac mini. Most importantly, the Data Doubler includes a custom made  SATA cable which attaches to your Mini’s motherboard. This adds a second SATA connection to be used with the mounted drive. The only thing not included is the actual drive which you’ll be installing, but you can purchase one from OWC if needed.

Now that you’ve purchased a Data Doubler kit and a secondary drive for your Mini, how difficult is the installation process? Upon first glance, it may be pretty intimidating as you have to take your Mini completely apart for installing the secondary drive. However, as long as you follow Other World Computing’s professional video guide, you shouldn’t have an issue with the installation. I installed the Data Doubler kit in my Mac mini in about 45 minutes by following OWC’s guide.

All in all, I highly recommend OWC’s Data Doubler kit for the Mac mini to the type of person who doesn’t mind taking their Mac apart. You can purchase the Data Doubler for 2011-2012 Mac mini via Other World Computing’s website for $39.99.

T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T To Support Blackberry 10


Reuters (via CrackberryThe Verge) has just reported that AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon will all give Blackberry 10 devices a chance on their networks. Reuters has spoken with all three carriers on the topic and can confirm that all three will carry Blackberry 10 phones. Executives at all three companies have made the following statements on Blackberry 10:

“It’s logical to expect our current (BlackBerry) customers will have the best BlackBerry devices to choose from in the future,” – AT&T handset executive Jeff Bradley


“We’re extremely optimistic that it’s going to be a successful product and our business customers are extremely interested in it,” – T-Mobile CEO John Legere


“We’re hopeful it’s going to be a good device”, “We’ll carry it” – Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam

This would leave Sprint as the only major American cellular network to not publically support Blackberry 10 devices, though this may change closer to Blackberry 10’s official launch date.

It’s nice to see that carriers are still giving RIM (Research In Motion) a chance even though Blackberry marketshare has been rapidly declining over the past few years. If you’re unaware, Blackberry 10 is a totally reworked Blackberry operating system. RIM will be completely redoing its smartphone hardware line with Blackberry 10 in hopes of putting up a stronger fight against Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.

Google Play Offers “Free For Print Subscribers” Option

Google has just added a new feature to Google Play which allows users who subscribe to print magazines to get a free digital copy. As of now, this functionality is limited to only a fraction of the magazines on the Play store, though we should see more publishers implement the service in the near future.

If you subscribe to a compatible magazine and would like a free digital copy, you don’t have to do too much. First, find the magazine in which you subscribe to on the Google Play store and hit the “subscribe” button. If a ” Free for print subscribers” button appears, you can digitally subscribe to the publication free of charge. Upon clicking this button, you’ll be asked to log into your magazine subscription online. After you do so, you’ll be able to start reading your print magazine digitally for free.

Keep in mind that if you do get a free digital subscription to a magazine, you’ll only be able to view it on your Android phone or tablet. Google has not yet allowed free magazines to be viewed online.

Source: Google via Talk Android

Spongebob Diner Dash Pulled From The App Store Due To Privacy Claims

Spongebob Diner Dash, a popular kids game for iOS, was recently pulled from the App Store due to a privacy claim from the Center for Digital Democracy. The group filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Viacom, the company who owns airs Spongebob via Nickelodeon, and PlayFirst, the company who developed the app. The Center for Digital Democracy claimed that the application asked children for their email address and other information without first getting their parent’s approval. This violates the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA. Nickelodeon pulled Spongebob Diner Dash from the App Store in order to investigate the complaints.

If you’re unaware, Spongebob Diner Dash is a skinned version of the extremely popular Diner Dash. Diner Dash was originally a Flash game which has since been ported to iOS and other platforms. The game’s objective is to take and deliver food orders at a restaurant, a theme which can easily amuse younger crowds when skinned with a popular cartoon character. Because of this, it will be hard for Viacom to use the “it’s marketed towards older audiences” excuse which is often used amongst game developers in this situation.

Source: The New York Times