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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Samsung said to scale back its own Android apps on Google's request | Mobile - CNET News

"A report from Recode says the relationship between the two companies has gone through "a huge change" over the past few weeks."

Friday, January 31, 2014

Amazon considers raising Prime subscription fee by up to $40 | Internet & Media - CNET News

Amazon may increase its US Amazon Prime membership fee by up to $40, the company's chief financial officer announced Thursday during an earnings call.
CFO Tom Szkutak said growing transportation costs may cause the online retail giant to add between $20 to $40 to the subscription fee. Prime -- which offers free, two-day shipping on certain items and access to Amazon's Prime Instant Video library and Kindle lending library -- currently costs $79 a year. He said the subscription service, has become very popular in the last nine years. Prime eligible items have grown from 1 million to 19 million units, according to Szkutak.

Amazon considers raising Prime subscription fee by up to $40 | Internet & Media - CNET News

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Band of Blockers Republicans uninterested in bipartisanship decry President Obama's lack of bipartisanship, and one Congressman gives a NY1 reporter the traditional Staten Island

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Political Comedy - Fake News | Comedy Central

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - The 2014 State of the Union - Republicans Respond Joe Biden does his thing, and Republican politicians react to President Obama's State of the Union talking points. (01:54)

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Political Comedy - Fake News | Comedy Central

Why Google dumped Motorola: Unit's Q4 loss widens to $384M

" If there's any question about why Google sold Motorola Mobility, just look at its fourth-quarter results.

Motorola's results again weighed on Google's profitability, with the unit's operating loss actually widening to $384 million from $152 million a year ago.

Google demolishes financial expectations to close 2013

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

HTC One will miss deadline for Android 4.4 KitKat in U.S., Canada | Android Central

" A quick heads up for those of you (and us) who are rocking the HTC One in the United States and Canada. HTC's Jason MacKenzie today announced that the phone won't quite get its Android 4.4 update by the 90-day deadline the company had placed on itself.

"We won't miss by much," MacKenzie wrote, saying that it should just another week or so before the updates are "complete."

HTC has been pretty transparent in this round of updates, with a new updates site to keep track of where your device is in regards to status, and giving an update on AT&T models this week. But a missed deadline — self-imposed or not — is a missed deadline. So, we'll continue to wait. Meanwhile, the HTC One has already begun getting its Android 4.4 update in Europe, the Middle East and Africa."

MacKenzie's letter is in its entirety after the break. 

Google Nexus 10 2 Release Date Not Coming as Company Lost Interest in Nexus Line - International Business Times

"Google Nexus 10 2 release date may no longer happen as reports said that the company has lost its interest in making the Nexus line.

This rumour stemmed from Edgar Murtazin'stweet saying that Google is potentially changing course on their Nexus platform, and discontinuing it in favor of the Google Play Edition devices.  Murtazin's source of this particular information is still unknown but Murtazin's track record has a hit and miss reputation."

Lenovo will juggle two-brand strategy with Motorola | Internet & Media - CNET News

"analysis Lenovo's CEO vows to protect and build up the Motorola brand. But how does a two-brand strategy fare against Apple and Samsung?"

Georgia Department of Transportation Covers Up Transportation Fiasco Do To

As you can see the westbound lanes of I285 between Georgia 400 and I 75 are not listed as trouble spots though we have been sitting here at least five hours. The Georgia Department of Transportation is covering up the extent of their screwup Failing To Prepare For A Three Inch Snowstorm an. 

Packaged Chrome apps come to Android and iOS with dev preview toolset

Monday, January 27, 2014

Why Google Hangouts is the best group messaging app available today | Android Central

Google To Drop Nexus Devices In Favor Of Play Editions In 2015 [Rumor] | Cult of Android

"Google is preparing to drop its Nexus devices in favor of Google Play Edition smartphones and tablets in 2015, according to Russian tipster Eldar Murtazin. It’s thought third-party manufacturers don’t like competing with Nexus price tags, which could also be hurting sales of Google’s Motorola handsets.

Nexus devices have become increasingly popular in recent years for a number of reasons; not only do they have decent, high-end specifications, but they also run stock Android free from third-party tweaks, and they’re very reasonably priced.

The Nexus 5, for instance, starts at just $349, and for that you get a 5-inch 1080p display, a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 16GB of internal storage, and an 8-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. The Samsung Galaxy S4, on the other hand, has pretty much the same display, the same 16GB of internal storage, and a slightly lesser processor — yet it costs $300 more at $649.

Of course, most people looking for a stock Android experience are going to choose the Nexus 5 over the Galaxy S4 and save themselves a small fortune.

KnowYourMobile suggests Google may be looking to discontinue its Nexus lineup to keep Samsung — and other manufacturers of Google Play Edition devices — happy, and onboard with the Google Play Edition program. The move could also encourage budget-conscious consumers to pick up one of Motorola’s more affordable devices instead."