Surprise, surprise: A lot of people are interested in buying Samsung’s Galaxy S5. SamMobile notices that T-Mobile senior product manager Desmond Smith has tweeted out that his company has now received 300,000 pre-registrations for the Galaxy S5, which is particularly impressive since it was just over a week ago that T-Mobile announced it had already received 100,000 pre-registrations. Pre-registrations aren’t the same as pre-orders, of course, since they aren’t commitments to buy a device and are only sign ups to be alerted it when it becomes available. Nonetheless, getting 300,000 pre-registers in just a week and a half is definitely indicative of high interest in the Galaxy S5, although it will have a tough act to follow since the Galaxy S4 last year became the fastest-selling Android phone of all-time with 10 million shipments in just one month.
What will Google’s robots have in common with Google+? Apparently they’ll be everywhere and you won’t be able to escape them. Bloomberg reports that Google chairman Eric Schmidt said this week that his company is experimenting with using robots to automate a lot of the more mundane tasks we do every day. In this way, says Schmidt, “robots will become omnipresent in our lives in a good way” because they’ll “replace a lot of the repetitive behavior in our lives.”
“Android SmartWatch” would be a very apropos name for Google’s own smartwatch, but that’s not going to happen, as such a product already exists. Sadly for Android fans, the Android SmartWatch doesn’t have anything to do with recent Nexus smart wristwatch rumors. Instead, it’s produced by Android Watches USA, and while it can be paired with Android devices, it doesn’t even run Google’s operating system, CNET reports. Instead it runs Android USA’s own software.
One of the best new RPG franchises of the last generation suffered from a disappointing sophomore slump, but BioWare wants to make reparations with Dragon Age: Inquisition, and if the latest trailer is any indication, they’ve built the best looking Dragon Age yet. Inquisition will draw more heavily from open-world RPGs like Skyrim and Kingdoms of Amalur than the previous entries, although many of the staple elements of the series will remain intact, including the third-person combat and the ability to form relationships with other characters. For now, revel in the beauty of the Frostbite 3 engine that will power the world of Dragon Age, and try not to think about how far away that fall 2014 release date really is. Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.
A future iPhone feature may offer handset owners added security features for real life-threatening events including emergency situations and accidents, AppleInsider reports, as detailed in a new patent application published on Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Who doesn’t love making money while doing little to no actual work? The answer is, “No one.” However, some ways of making quick money are demonstrably more pleasant than others, as demonstrated by Airpnp, a new mobile app that lets you rent out your bathroom for complete strangers to use when they have to go in your neighborhood. The app acts as a sort of Craigslist for bathrooms that lets you advertise that your bathroom can be used and also sets your price at anywhere from $0 for less-than-appealing bathrooms to $10 for bathrooms that deliver the luxury treatment.
In one of the quickest transitions yet, over 50% of iOS device users have already committed to iOS 7.0.6 after reports began spreading that previous updates could be vulnerable to a security breach. According to Onswipe’s recent report based on mobile traffic from iOS devices, the adoption rate hit 50.06% on March 3rd, less than two weeks after the update originally became available. Although the threat of private information being hacked likely lit a fire under some iPhone and iPad owners, Apple has made updating easy to understand and nearly instantaneous over the past several years, meaning that most users with devices that can update will update. On the other side of the aisle, Google is still trying to figure out how corral its endless cavalcade of Android devices under a single OS banner. The chart from Onswipe can be seen below.
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The mobile network space is an ever-changing landscape, and AT&T is trying to keep up with the crowd by officially launching LTE-Advanced in at least one U.S. market. According to an interview with GigaOM, AT&T said it has officially launched a new LTE-Advanced network in Chicago by making use of a technology called “carrier aggregation.” That sounds fancy, but it isn’t an entirely new concept in mobile networks — the basic idea is that if a carrier doesn’t have a large swath of spectrum that is continuous, carrier aggregation lets it pull together separate pieces of spectrum to form a single, faster connection.
Making a move towards keeping its service family-friendly for all, Vine is revising its rules and terms of service to completely ban the posting of “explicit sexual content.” After reiterating that the Vine community and overall creativity of content has grown, it points out that a very small percentage of videos being posted are not a good fit for the community as a whole.
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