Android 4.3 Is Official: Bluetooth Stuff, Profiles, And Minor Things, Available Today

android4point3announcedUsers of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, 7, and 10 will be happy to know that Android 4.3 will be arriving via an over-the-air update today. The Play Edition Galaxy S4 and HTC One devices have a “coming soon” tag associated with their updates, but it shouldn’t be long for them, either. As for the mass of other Android devices: expect the update in the next few weeks/months.

Improvements made in Android 4.3 are mostly minor: restriction settings available for users and parents, so that an app behaves differently depending on what the user is allowed to do, Bluetooth Smart technology for energy-conservative use with fitness gadgets, and there’s support for OpenGL ES 3.0, enabling improved details in graphics, as well as lens flare.

Other small changes include a new set of DRM APIs for the new Nexus 7 to take advantage of 1080p streaming from Netflix, as well as Bluetooth AVRCP, dialpad autocomplete, and bug fixes.

Best Buy Says: The New Nexus 7 Available For $230


So much for the press conference for Android 4.3 and the new Nexus 7 in San Francisco. Best Buy decided it was cool to go ahead and published the product page for two versions of the new Nexus 7: a $230 tag for a 16GB model and $270 for 32GB.

The official specs for the new tablet include a 1920 x 1200 (323ppi) display, 2GB of RAM, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 processor with Adreno 320 graphics, weighs 11.2 ounces and has new 5-megapixel rear camera alongside the 1.2MP front-facing. The Best Buy listing also confirms that it will be running Android 4.3.

And if you’re into it, it’s available for pre-order.

Via: Best Buy

AT&T Scores $32.1 Billion In Revenue And $6.8 Million Smartphones

ATT-LogoThe earnings and other stats for AT&T’s second quarter have just arrived, with several additions being made to the company. First off is 551,000 postpaid subscribers and 632,000 total subscribers for the quarter. That included nearly 400,000 wireless-enabled tablets.

AT&T’s wireless revenues totaled $17.3 billion, up 5.7 percent; service revenue accounted for $15.4 billion of the aforementioned amount, while the data service earned $5.4 billion, up nearly 20 percent from a year earlier during the same quarter.

Shares were sold for 67 cents each, which in the end completed the $32 billion in revenue, $3,8 billion of which was net income for the second quarter of 2013.

Verizon Wireless Unveils The DROID Ultra, Mini, And Maxx Smartphones, Out August 20th

droid-2013-seriesThe DROID Ultra is the flagship, new device for Motorola’s Verizon DROID division, followed up by the Maxx and Mini, two devices that will supplement the new Motorola DROID lineup.

First off, the DROID Ultra is the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone at 7.81mm thin, the DROID Mini which is designed for a smaller smartphone audience, and finally the 8.5mm thin Maxx, which continues the legacy of excellent battery life at 48 hours of advertised battery life. That’s quite a feat, right there.

LG Sent Out Some G2 Press Teasers For August 7th Event

download (3)At LG’s upcoming August 7th gathering here in New York City, their new flagships smartphone will be unveiled to the technology press — without much surprise really. Leaked pics of the LG G2 have been floating around for weeks now, and the invitation only confirms that we’ve been looking at the device for quite a while now.

What is interesting is that we don’t know everything about it: release date, price, carriers, and some of the core specifications.

The only certain thing is that it has the volume buttons on the back. Right.

A teaser video is embedded after the break.

How Underground Payment Schemes Enable Cyber Crime


Most people had never heard of Liberty Reserve, a Costa Rican underground payments company, until its founder, Arthur Budovsky, was arrested in Spain and charged with laundering over $6 billion. According to Preet Bharara, the Manhattan U.S. attorney, the Liberty Reserve case is the largest money-laundering prosecution ever brought by the United States. Money that passed through the underground currency exchange was used for crimes like human trafficking, selling drugs, dealing stolen credit card data and bartering stolen intellectual property.

LG’s First Curved OLED TV Comes To The States For $14,999

lg-curved-displayWant the world’s first large screen, curved, OLED, and THX high image quality certified TV? Well, starting today in Best Buy retail locations around the United State — New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, and Houston — where you can get your hands on one from LG, for the convenient price of $14,999. Practically a steal.

But seriously, if you do get one, send us unboxing pictures and video. Our main question besides “How do you package a curved, 55-inch TV”? Surely, that question has never been asked, no? Also, it’s 4.3 millimeters thick; a slim TV  if there ever was one.

On Cue: The New Nexus 7 Has Been Leaked…As A Press Image

nexus7-20130-leakedThere’s nothing particularly entertaining about leaked Nexus 7 press images — they’re press images after all, but they definitely do confirm what we thought the design of the new N7 is like.

Consequently, we won’t be surprised by its appearance at all, but it doesn’t take long to notice that the “Nexus” logo is on its side, instead of landscape — basically Google wants the new Nexus 7 used on its side, which is a direct contrast from the predecessor tablet.

Via: @evleaks