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Mobile phone technology has come a long way since the first mobile phone call was made 40 years ago today, changing life forever- but there is a lot more innovation to look forward to, according to one expert.


It was back on April 3 1973 that Motorola employee Martin Cooper made a call in New York on a Motorola DynaTAC - widely regarded globally as the first public cellphone call.


Something of a brick - you would be probably better off mugging someone with it than for it - the first mobile phone was used by Cooper to phone a rival at AT&T's Bell Labs on 3 April 1973.


We can imagine the response that got, but expect that the call was rather short anyway, particularly as the phone had terrible battery life, weighed 2lb and Cooper was probably sick of holding it up to his head. Mobile phones hit the UK in the mid 1980s, but were expensive and still rather large.


Source: USAToday

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AT&T and Samsung have released a software update for the Samsung Galaxy Note. This software package updates the firmware version to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).


Android 4.0 (ICS) enhancements


  • Improved multi-tasking
  • Customizable widgets
  • Improved text input and spell-checking
  • New dictionaries for better error correction and word suggestion
  • Enhanced web browsing and personalization capability
  • Improved email management
  • New technology for better security options
  • Clearer menu formatting


What to expect after the update


  • Home screens: The home screens will be reset to the ICS default view.
  • Application Menu: The application menu sorting, folders and home keys will be reset. Downloaded applications will be preserved.
  • Contact Groups: All Contacts and Contact groups will remain. However, contacts within the contact groups will be
  • removed.
  • Email: Email accounts that were added as a Social Hub or Samsung premium account will be removed.
  • Music: Music playlists and settings (Equalizer, Sound effects, Music menu) will be reset during the update.
  • Bluetooth: Paired bluetooth devices will be removed during the reset.
  • SIM and Memory cards: Information stored on your SIM and Memory cards will not be changed, and may remain installed during this update.


Install Samsung Kies

  • Download and install Samsung Kies to your computer.
  • NOTE: Any previously downloaded versions of Samsung Kies will not work correctly for this upgrade. Please ensure you are downloading the most recent Kies software from the link above.
  • Once installed, read and accept the License agreement, and then click Next. 
  • NOTE: If prompted to update to a newer version, click Update and wait for new files to load. 
  • Once all updates have been processed, the program will close and relaunch itself. 


Update your Samung Galaxy Note


  • Plug your phone into the computer using the included Micro USB cable.
  • Once Kies recognizes your device, you will receive a pop-up requesting to update to a new firmware version. Click Update to continue. 
  • Read through the Caution pop-up, and if you agree, click to check "I have read all the above information." and select your desired information saving option, and then click Start Upgrade. 
  • A notice will display. Read through the information, and then click Next to proceed.
  • The update will begin and may take 10-15 minutes to complete. The phone will be unusable during this time. Do not disconnect your mobile phone from your PC or power the PC off. If interrupted, your device could become inoperable. 
  • Please wait until your phone reboots completely, and then select OK to finish.


Source: AT&T

 



AT&T tday has released the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. It's a smartphone that's been available in Europe and Asia since last year, so AT&T is asking only $0.99 for it on contract. Off contract, the handset can be bought for $284.99.


Introduced by AT&T as a product "for customers seeking a premium smartphone experience in an outstanding value", the Samsung Samsung galaxy s III Mini includes a 4 inch WVGA display, LTE and HSPA connectivity, VGA front-facing camera, 5MP rear camera with LED flash, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support (up to 64GB), along with a 2,000 mAh battery. AT&T's S III Mini runs Android 4.2 out of the box, unlike the international version, that was released running Android 4.1.


Later this year, AT&T might also start selling the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

 

Source: AT&T

 



Everything you do is important to you, now you can do it without disruption.


Google said it couldn't be done. The competition said it couldn't be done. After months of development we've proven them all wrong.
Interrupting phone calls are a thing of the past thanks to Small Call for Android. Don't let incoming calls or texts interrupt what you're doing on your Android smart phone any longer!


You could be texting, updating Twitter or Facebook, surfing the web, sending out an e-mail or in the middle of a serious game of Angry Birds, when you suddenly get a new call or text message. Small Call allows you to continue what you're doing with minimal interruption; a smart app for your smart phone.


Small Call has been intelligently designed to work with other applications' exception handling criteria to deliver the best possible experience. Some less well designed applications are developed without exception handling in mind, and may have slightly different effect under the reigns of Small Call. As an example think of when a YouTube video is interrupted by an incoming call and the video is completely reset. These interruptions are few and far between, and if you encounter an application that does not interact with Small Call flawlessly please request the application developer enhance their app with proper exception handling routines.


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Fast paced, top arcade action! Match magical diamonds and challenge friends.


60 action packed seconds to match as many colorful diamonds as possible. Enjoy this 5-star arcade experience as you unleash magical boosts and beat your friends' high scores in the Weekly Tournament.


With over 95 million playing on Facebook and mobile, this exciting game has hit Android on the back of a lot of success and love. So let's get started!


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The Google Play Sound Search widget can help you recognize music and songs playing around you. You can:


-Identify songs, directly from your homescreen

-Purchase identified songs straight from Google Play, and add them to your Play Music library

-Keep a song identification history, synced across all of your Android devices, so you can purchase a song later

-Add the widget directly to your lockscreen, so you can recognize songs even faster (for devices running Android 4.2)


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SVOX Classic Text To Speech Engine: 40+ natural sounding voices in 25+ languages

Did you know that your mobile can speak more than 25 languages?

*** Now with a 2 weeks FREE trial for all voices ! ***

Get the most natural sounding voices for messages, navigation directions, translations, and more.


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Open your eyes. Discover places & things you love, with every photo you take.
➜ Edit & Share: Take beautiful photos with 14 real-time filters and share them in your social networks.
➜ Discover what matters: As you use EyeEm, it'll get to know you and create a magical feed filled with stories you care about.
➜ Join a passionate community: Connect with like-minded people worldwide online & offline!


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UNLOCK KEY (License) for BeyondPod Podcast Manager Application

This the UNLOCK KEY (License) for 'BeyondPod Podcast Manager' and 'BeyondPod for Honeycomb' applications.
You must have either the Phone or the Tablet version of BeyondPod installed before purchasing (to get it, search for "BeyondPod" in the Android Market).

IMPORTANT! THE UNLOCK KEY DOES NOT HAVE A HOME SCREEN ICON AND CAN NOT BE "STARTED" - IT ONLY NEEDS TO BE INSTALLED!
The key will be automatically installed by the Android Market application. When the installation completes it should be listed as "BeyondPod Unlock Key" in "Manage Applications" list of the device "Settings".

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The most advanced and intuitive Speedometer and Car Dashboard application that helps you drive safely.

• Speed Edge GPS Speedometer.

High-accuracy* GPS-based speedometer that shows the real speed of your car in mph, km/h or knots. And for each speed unit you can define an individual gauge range.

• Maximum indicated speed is 1900 km/h / 1160 mph / 1000 knots.

• Speedometer overlay.

Small speedometer stays on the top of active application. You can also setup overlay place for individually for particular application.
• Switchboard.

Provides fast switching for speed units, activate HUD and more. Tap the Speedometer scale to activate it.

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The official NDTV app brings you stories & videos from NDTV studios in India


Get the latest news and much more from India's most respected television network. The offical NDTV Android app brings you stories and videos from the NDTV studios in India. It also gets a completely new interactive experience for larger tablet devices.
The app also offers free Live video & audio of all NDTV channels - NDTV 24x7, India, Profit & Good Times


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Push to Talk, text, photos, location, groups, cross platform and no ads :)

Turn your phone into a Walkie Talkie.

Don't waste time on phone calls and voicemails.

Voxer® is a Walkie Talkie app for smartphones. Send instant Audio, Text, Photo and Location messages to one friend or a group of your friends. Your friends can listen to your message while you talk or check it out later.


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INFOLIFE, Make Life Easier!

Best app installer to install apps from SD card.
Easy & fastest tool to install apps(.apk) from SD card.

Feature

*Install apps from SD card
*Delete apps from SD card
*Batch install & delete
*Filter apps by name
*Various sort mode
*Send apps to friends by email
*Search apps in Google Market
*Efficient cache mechanism
*Support froyo & Gingerbread

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One Today by Google is a mobile app that brings together people and nonprofits through the simple act of giving $1.The app is currently available through a limited pilot.


One Today will present you with a new project every day from a nonprofit that is changing the world. You can donate to the projects that inspire you with just one click. Amplify your impact by sharing your donations with your friends on social media and matching their contributions to your favorite projects.


Visit google.com/onetoday to learn more.


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AirDroid is a free and fast app that helps you manage your Android from a desk web browser, all over the air.  It's easily one of the best apps on the Google Play Store. The sheer flexibility and polish of the remote access tool has made this app just awesome.


AirDroid philosophy:


※ One less cable.

Move things on and off your Android device without a USB cable. Even when the device is not nearby.

※ One less screen.

Send and receive SMS from your big-screen computer, without being distracted by the small-screen thing.

※ One less worry.

Locate and lock your Android when it's lost. Cannot get it back? Simply wipe all data remotely.


What's in this version:


1. Device-free (lab). Sign in on the web and AirDroid will launch automatically on the device, even when it's not nearby.
2. Same-network-free. No more same WiFi network restriction. Access AirDroid through different network with an AirDroid account.
3. Find Phone. Locate your device on a map. Lock it or wipe all data options.
4. Call notification and initiate new call on your Android device.
5. Remote camera.
6. Improved SMS, Photo and File experience.
7. Many other bug fixes and improvements.


Check out AirDroid app here

 

 





 



Finding a Facebook friend for a benefits-only rendezvous is now more convenient than ever with the hump day release of the Bang With Friends mobile apps for iPhone and Android.


Bang With Friends app help Facebook members discreetly facilitate hook-ups from their smartphones.


  • 1. Sign in with Facebook: So you can see your friends (don't worry - it's discreet)!
  • 2. Pick the friends you want to Bang: We will only show your friends that you're interested if they are too!
  • 3. Message Each Other: Once we know you're both down, we'll send you both an email - when and where is up to you!
  • 4. B-a-n-g: Yup, that's right. Slow, fast, rough, or soft you decide how it goes. Stay safe!


Link: Google Play Store

 

 



Gmail's desktop inbox just went through some pretty significant UI changes, and we've just been waiting for Google to update its mobile apps with many of the same elements. The Android app, which Android Police reports is beginning its rollout today, reflects the new multiple-tabbed interface we've had the opportunity to play with for the last week -- it offers the same five tabs that are found on the desktop version, in addition to a new slide-out navigation interface.


We're still waiting to get official word from Google about the update, but we'll let you know as soon as we have it. In the meantime, if you feel daring enough to try the new APK, head below to the source link to find a selection of available mirrors.


Source: Google Play Store Link





 


Check out some of the great apps currently on sale in the Google Play Store.

 

Deadly Dungeons RPG  ($1.99 Now: $0.99)



Deadly Dungeons is a first person RPG developed exclusively for the Android platform. This Android RPG is influenced by classic dungeon crawler games such as Dungeon Hack, Eye of the Beholder, and Nethack. Your purchase helps support indie development.


DynamicNotifications Unlocker ($1.99 Now: $0.99)


 

If you have already paid for the premium-features through an in-app-purchase from within the free version, you don't need to purchase this app. This app unlocks the same features as the in-app-purchase of the free version.


Purchasing this app unlocks the "premium" features of the free "DynamicNotifications" app. This isn't a standalone app, but a "key" that you need to install in addition to the free version, which can be found here: http://goo.gl/S1Glu5


Please open this app once after you've downloaded it, and keep it installed afterwards. You can hide it from your launcher using the "Hide from launcher" menu option after the unlock is complete.

 


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