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Subaru suppliers rely on gray market labor

Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing, Read This, Subaru, Japan In an interesting, in-depth article, Reuters alleges that Subaru’s suppliers in Japan are using low-paid foreign laborers to produce parts for the Forester. Continue reading Subaru suppliers rely on gray market labor Subaru suppliers rely on gray market labor originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 30 Jul 2015 [...]

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Some unlocked Moto X users seeing 4.4.2 update this evening

Moto X

Users of SIM unlocked models on both AT&T and T-Mobile are reporting the OTA

It looks like Motorola has another successful soak test under their belt, as folks with unlocked — as in SIM unlocked not bootloader — have been reporting that they are pulling the 4.4.2 update down this evening.

From what we hear, there’s little difference between 4.4 and 4.4.2 that faces the user, but when something is .2 higher you know it has to be .2 better.

As luck would have it, I’m not seeing anything on mine so I’m living through the user reports. I’ll keep checking though, and you should probably do the same.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

    



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HTC One X on AT&T to receive Android 4.2.2 OTA this week

HTC One X

Technical Approval received; OTA to roll out from Jan. 29

The HTC One X is at the top of many people’s minds recently as HTC announced it will not update the device past Android 4.2. Well the day has come now for AT&T’s variant of the phone to make that take its last major platform version jump. The update, which will also bring along the improvements of Sense 5 to the device, has passed Technical Approval with the carrier and is expected to roll out starting Wednesday, January 29th.

This interestingly comes just slightly over a week after its successor, the HTC One X+, started receiving the same exact update on AT&T. Regardless of timing, it’s good to see these devices finally get off of Androi 4.1 — even if that comes with the sour taste of knowing it will be the last update the phone will ever receive.

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Verizon Ellipsis 7 update rolls out, still a device few people should buy

Verizon Ellipsis 7

Improved LTE performance, camera quality and battery life

Remember the Ellipsis 7? That’s the Verizon self-branded tablet the carrier released back in November for $250. Well for those half-dozen people who bought one, there’s a pretty sizeable update waiting for you. Verizon has posted to its support pages that update MV7A_31D26_422 is on the way with a whole load of features for the Ellipsis 7.

You’ll be getting improved LTE connectivity, better mobile hotspot, a camera image quality boost, longer battery life and several other small features. The latest update also lets the Ellipsis 7 be used with Verizon’s prepaid plans, as well as better manage where pictures and apps are stored between the internal memory and SDcard expansion.

Even with the latest update, we’re thinking that the Ellipsis 7 is a pretty tough sell for any Android enthusiast unless you’re simply looking for a functional and cheap device that supports Verizon LTE.

Source: Verizon

    



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Verizon Ellipsis 7 update rolls out, still a device few people should buy

Verizon Ellipsis 7

Improved LTE performance, camera quality and battery life

Remember the Ellipsis 7? That’s the Verizon self-branded tablet the carrier released back in November for $250. Well for those half-dozen people who bought one, there’s a pretty sizeable update waiting for you. Verizon has posted to its support pages that update MV7A_31D26_422 is on the way with a whole load of features for the Ellipsis 7.

You’ll be getting improved LTE connectivity, better mobile hotspot, a camera image quality boost, longer battery life and several other small features. The latest update also lets the Ellipsis 7 be used with Verizon’s prepaid plans, as well as better manage where pictures and apps are stored between the internal memory and SDcard expansion.

Even with the latest update, we’re thinking that the Ellipsis 7 is a pretty tough sell for any Android enthusiast unless you’re simply looking for a functional and cheap device that supports Verizon LTE.

Source: Verizon

    



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AT&T’s Galaxy S4 Active getting Android 4.3 update today

Galaxy S4 Active

772MB of downloading gets you to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and all the goodness that goes with

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is finally getting some love from AT&T today, as the I537UCUBML2 update — that’d be Android 4.3 — is currently rolling out over-the-air.

We don’t currently have a list of the changes (the update itself isn’t “official” just yet) and the update just started pushing so there’s not a lot of customer feedback for now. What we do know is that 4.3 is bigger than 4.2, therefore the laws of smartphone physics say it must be better.

If you have an S4 Active from AT&T, be sure to check for your update. Discuss in the S4 Active forums!

Thanks, Trey!

    



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Android 4.3 rolling out for Dell Venue 7

Dell Venue

OTA brings Dell Venue 7 tablet up to version 4.3

Got a Dell Venue 7 tablet? Start mashing the check update button because there is an OTA ready and waiting to bring the 7-inch Clover Trail tablet up to Android 4.3.

Word is that this update does good things, and the Venue 7 runs it well. We’ve no official change log as of yet, but runs well is the kind of response everyone like to hear.

Thanks, Paul

    



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AT&T’s Optimus G Pro gets a small software update

G pro

It’s still Android 4.1.2, but OTA brings small fixes and enhancements

Software version E98010n is ready for AT&T’s LG Optimus Pro. The 65 or so megabyte file is still Android 4.1.2, but bumps the software version up from E98010k (“n” is more than “k” so it has to be better) and contains these few changes, per AT&T:

  • Closed Captioning: Closed captioning option will appear in full screen mode for video files that are closed captioning supported.
  • Battery and Data icons in AT&T apps folder: You now have quick and easy access from your device home screen in the AT&T folder to manage data usage or optimize battery life.
  • Dual camera: You can take still photos using the front and rear camera at the same time.
  • Video pause and resume: You can pause and resume while recording a video.
  • Smart video: With eye detection, if you stop watching a video, the video will pause.
  • Home button LED: You can set the home button LED for “Favorite” contacts. Go to “Favorite” contact > Edit > Home Button LED.
  • Unused apps: You can set notifications for unused apps at: Settings > Apps > Menu key > Unused apps.

The usual rules apply — you’ll need to be on Wifi, you can only “officially” check once per day, and your battery should be nice and charged.

There’s a thread in the Optimus G Pro forums where folks are discussing the update, jump in!

Thanks, Mike!

    



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