LookAway Player is an application designed for iOS users to give the same type of functionality as Samsung’s Smart Pause for the Galaxy S IV. The application is powered by Cube26′s vision capabilities, meaning you have the ability to pause a video when watching it with your eyes by simply looking away from the screen.
Besides being able to pause a video with eyes movement, LookAway Player also allows you to mute and unmute your video by making a Shh gesture.
LookAway Player works with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad Mini. If you want to check out LookAway Player and download the app for free you can follow this link.
Today Facebook announced Facebook Home, a new way for Android users to turn their device into a social oriented phone. Home isn’t a phone or OS (Operating System), it’s an app that puts Facebook front and center on your device.
Facebook designed Home to make it easier to connect with your friends. Instead of having to switch between a number of different applications, Home is both your lock screen and home screen, which makes it easier to access Facebook content.
Home’s major features are Cover feed and Chat head. With Cover feed your able to see what’s going on with friends and family directly from the lock screen, it acts like a window into what’s going on.
With Chat head, you can chat with friends even when your in the middle of checking an email or browsing the web because when your friends send you a messages, a chat head appears with your friend’s face and your able to see exactly who’s trying to get ahold of you. SMS messages also appear in the Chat head integration.
Facebook Home will be available for download starting April 12th in the Google Play store for select Android devices. These include:
- HTC One X
- HTC One X+
- Samsung Galaxy S III
- Samsung Galaxy Note II
- HTC One
- Samsung Galaxy S IV
An Android tablet version is in the works and a few months away. iPhone integration can’t happen at this point because of how strict Apple is with system access and we don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Apple is looking to start production on the next iPhone in the second quarter, with a potential summer launch. This is according to The Wall Street Journal the next iPhone will be similar in size and shape of the current iPhone which has been a common trait of S branded devices.
It’s also been reported that Apple is working with manufacturing partners in Asia to deliver a less expensive iPhone. The cheaper version is said to have a 4 inch display and come in a variety of colors that have a different shell from the current iPhone. The less expensive iPhone could launch sometime this year, potentially when the iPhone 5S arrives.
The feature bumps in the 5S will most likely follow what we have seen in the past. This should include a better camera, a small increase in processing power and maybe additional RAM. We should also be hearing about iOS 7 very soon.
Verizon has announced that the company will be offering the LG Lucid 2 starting April 14th. The Lucid 2 is being offered for free with a two-year contract.
The Lucid 2 was designed to attract first time smartphone users and comes equipped with a 4.3 inch qHD IPS display, 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Krait processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 5 megapixel rear camera, a 2,460 mAh battery and powered by Google’s Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
No release date has been revealed.
AT&T and Sprint have both announced they will be offering the HTC One on April 19th. The HTC flagship handset will be available with 32 GB of internal storage on both carriers for $199.99 with a new two-year qualifying agreement.
AT&T will also be offering a 64 GB version of the HTC One for $299.99.
The HTC One has a 4.7 inch LCD display, 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), 2 GB of RAM, 4 megapixel (UltraPixel) rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera and a 2,300 mAh battery.
The HTC One will be available for pre-orders through AT&T on Thursday, April 4th and on Sprint, Friday, April 5th.
You can follow the links below to sign-up to be notified when the pre-order pages launch.
T-Mobile is waiting for April 12th to arrive, as that is the day MetroPCS shareholders will vote for whether to approve the merger.
Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) is an organization that advises major shareholders how they should vote when it comes to corporate elections and they have advised that MetroPCS owners should vote against the T-Mobile merger.
“In light of the negative market response to this transaction (shares are down 14.4 percent since announcement), the lower equity split than justified by the contribution of PCS to the combined entity, and the potential for PCS to continue to thrive as a standalone company, shareholders should vote against this transaction,” ISS wrote in its note to investors.
We already know John Paulson was against this merger from the beginning as he already felt that T-Mobile was getting the better end of the deal. Paulson put out a statement “If Deutsche Telekom wants to get MetroPCS shareholder support, we suggest Deutsche Telekom significantly reduce the debt they are taking back and/or dramatically increase MetroPCS’s pro forma share of the combined company.”
This may not be what T-Mobile wants to hear at the moment, but nothing is set in stone. Again, the merger is left in the hands of shareholders and we will find out come April 12th.
AT&T will open for pre-orders starting April 16th. The Samsung Galaxy S IV will cost you $249.99 with a qualifying two-year agreement. No date was giving when the handset will actually arrive, but in the mean time you can follow this link to sign-up for more information.
Verizon and Sprint have been silent about a launch date or pre-order information. T-Mobile has mentioned that the smartphone would be available by May 1st, but no additional information has been released.
Today BlackBerry released their Q4 2013 earning for the fiscal quarter and announced that Mike Lazaridis (former co-CEO of RIM, now BlackBerry) has decided to retire as Vice Chair and a Director of the Company. Lazaridis will be stepping down from the BlackBerry Board effective May 1, 2013 to work on his new venture with Quantum Valley Investments.
“I admire Mike for his many achievements and for his vision in helping bring BlackBerry 10 to fruition,” said CEO Thorsten Heins. “On a personal level, I am grateful to Mike for his help, guidance and advice during my first 15 months as CEO of BlackBerry. I wish him all the best.”
Lazaridis words on leaving BlackBerry:
“With the launch of BlackBerry 10, I believe I have fulfilled my commitment to the Board,” Lazaridis said. “Thorsten and his team did an excellent job in completing BlackBerry 10. We have a great deal of which to be proud. I believe I am leaving the company in good hands. I remain a huge fan of BlackBerry and, of course, wish the company and its people well.”
BlackBerry for the fourth quarter brought in $2.7 billion in revenue, with $94 million being profit. This is up from $14 million in the last quarter. In the last quarter BlackBerry also lost 3 million users bringing their global users to 76 million.
The BlackBerry Z10 has just launched in the U.S. and we wont being hearing about those results for three more months. The earnings call for the current quarter will give us a good picture of how the Z10 roll-out went.
This morning T-Mobile held their Un-Carrier Event, but before things took off the carrier started flipping on their 4G / LTE network in 7 major cities before the official announcement.
T-Mobile talked it’s “Simple Choice plan” which eliminates annual service contracts for consumers and allows them to move to one simple rate plan that offers unlimited text, talk and web.
With the new Simple Choice plans customers start with one line at $50 a month and receive unlimited talk, text and web with 500MB of data. A second line will cost you an additional $30 a month and each line after will cost you $10. If you feel 500MB isn’t enough (it isn’t), you can pay an additional $10 per line for 2GB of data. Unlimited 4G / LTE data is available for $20 more a month per line. Read more
Samsung last week introduced the Samsung Galaxy S IV in Times Square, New York and now there is already talk about the company unveiling their next tablet the Galaxy Tab 3 in Berlin during IFA in September.
It’s also been said that the Galaxy Note III will showcase next to the Galaxy Tab 3 during IFA as well. No specifications on either device were given with this tip from an insider who shared it with SamMobile.
LG wasn’t the only company that decided to crash Samsung’s Event in Times Square, New York. HTC sent some reps along with the HTC One to grab some of the attention away from The Galaxy S 4. The reps showed off the sound quality and “ultrapixel camera” on the handset.
A lot of the viewers were impressed with what they saw, a lady shared “Better than Samsung”, a gentleman talked about how the handset looked saying “It’s slick, smooth, I’m gonna tell you something, it’s sexy!” and another guy even said, “I might have to switch from my iPhone.”
You can view the video below.