AT&T apologizes to customers for recent data breach

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AT&T is currently apologizing to customers for a security breach caused by one of its employees who illegally accessed personal information for a small number the carrier’s subscribers. Some of the compromised information includes social security and driver’s license numbers of the affected customers. AT&T says the incident took place this past August and further discussed the matter in a letter to the Vermont attorney general.

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A look at Google’s plans for an Android split-screen multitasking mode

AndroidPolice has posted renders that it says are based on a split-screen multitasking mode that Google has been experimenting with for Android. It’s a feature Samsung has implemented into its own version of Android and used as a selling point in marketing over the competition. It’s also something that Apple is experimenting with for iPad. Read more

Google brings its ‘News & Weather’ app to iOS

Google today brought its ‘Google News & Weather‘ app that presents local news and weather as well as headlines from a variety of categories and sources in one app to iPhone and iPad users. Categories for headlines can be added or removed from within the app for customizing the news you want to follow.

The app joins a huge list of existing Google apps including Gmail, which was just updated for the new iPhone 6 display sizes yesterday, and Google News & Weather is already optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Review: Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha is like having TouchWiz in a can (Video)

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When Samsung announced the Galaxy Alpha, I was a bit shocked at first. It was very clear that Samsung was making an attempt to step up its design game a bit. Well, here we are beyond its release and today we’re going to find out what the Galaxy Alpha is all about. It may not be a life changing device, but for Samsung it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

Let me start out by saying that the Galaxy Alpha is bit hard to understand initially. It seems that Samsung didn’t want to put the pedal to the metal, so instead we’re left with what may be considered the best of both worlds, having metal and plastic as main parts of the Alpha’s design. All that aside, one this is very clear: If you know the Samsung Galaxy S5, you already know the Galaxy Alpha, but I don’t think this device was ever meant to shake the industry…

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Chrome OS updated with USB file transfer support for Android phones and tablets

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Google updated the Stable channel of Chrome OS today and while the new build ships with its set of token bug fixes, this revised software also introduces support for a highly requested feature. Chromebook owners can now transfer files from Android smartphones and tablets via a USB cable. After several requests, this overdue feature is now available for all Chrome OS devices, excluding Chromeboxes.

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Motorola’s Nexus 6 may have just passed through the FCC

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We already know that Motorola is working on Google’s next Nexus smartphone under the codename Shamu and now it looks like the device just hit the FCC. Outlined as a 6-inch phone with support for AT&T and T-Mobile’s LTE bands, this whale of a handset is a little bit closer to breaching. Our sources have told us that the next Nexus phone will feature a 2,560 x 1,440, a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 3,200mAh battery and Android L.

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Samsung’s Galaxy A5 reportedly launching next month for $400-$500

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Following earlier reports detailing Samsung’s plans for a new “Galaxy A” series of three smartphones, the often reliable SamMobile today offered more details on two of the devices. According to the report, the Galaxy A5 (a 5-inch device that just leaked in renders the other day) will arrive as soon as November with an announcement taking place later this month. The device will reportedly cost $400-$500. Read more

ZTE’s massive 6-inch Grand XMAX smartphone coming to Cricket on October 10th for $200

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ZTE’s ZMAX recently made a big splash at T-Mobile and the Chinese manufacturer is looking to go even bigger with the release of its Grand XMAX on Cricket Wireless. Towering over most of its prepaid competition, ZTE’s new massive smartphone features a 6-inch HD display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1-megapixel front-facing selfie shooter, a 3,200mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Google’s head of social reiterates Google+ is not going away, ‘very happy’ with progress

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Re/code has posted an interview with Google’s ‘new’ head of social at the company, David Besbris, after taking over from Vic Gundotra. The interview ranges in scope, but most notably it opens with a direct question about the future of Google+ with many rumors circulating that Google intends to kill off the ‘failure’.

Unsurprisingly, Besbris denies the claims and says that Google made a long-term bet. It has no intentions to drop Google+ from its offerings.

Is Google+ going away anytime soon?

We’re actually very happy with the progress of Google+, [CEO Larry Page] said this at the time that Vic transitioned that he’s going to continue working on building this stuff, that he’s very happy with it. The company is behind it. I have no idea where these rumors come from to be honest with you.

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Non-traditional news sources now emphasized in Google search pages, including Reddit

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Search Engine Land has received confirmation from Google that it is widening its sources for the news callout boxes in Google search results. Previously, this section of Google search pages only included select online publications and newspapers.

With this new change, though, Google says that almost any form of online article content can now be presented in this fashion. This includes Reddit posts. Google has officially commented on the change; the statement is included below.

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Samsung warns Q3 profits will again miss analyst expectations, blames imploding smartphone margins

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Samsung on Monday night issued a statement warning that its third-quarter earnings would be considerably weaker than it initially expected. The South Korean company stated that it expects a third quarter operating profit of 4.1 trillion won, or $3.8 billion, and sales of 47 trillion won. Both of these numbers are below Reuters’ forecasts of 5.6 trillion won in operating profit and 50.9 trillion in sales (via CNBC).

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