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January 18, 2013

Technology News Briefs — Jan. 18, 2013

MediaFire Launches App for Android

MediaFire has unveiled its new app for Android and it has a whopping 50GB of free storage for new users.

The new version, just like the iOS version, offers mobile access to your cloud drive for instant access to all your files.

“MediaFire lets you access all your documents, photos, and videos from anywhere,” the company says in its product description. “Securely store, organize, and share all your data on the web and through your Android device.”

The app allows you to view documents, spreadsheets, presentations and photos, listen to audio, watch videos and share files with others. It also lets you upload snapshots and videos directly to your account, create and manage folders of files and share files on the go via e-mail, SMS, through other Android apps, and with copy and paste links.

“Keep your pictures, reading material, work docs, spreadsheets, presentations, and even your homework in your pocket, ready for you to view or share anytime,” the website reads. “All your files will always be safe in your MediaFire account and accessible through the website.”

The app can be downloaded from the Google app store.

AT&T Hopes to Expand Into Europe: Report

AT&T is looking to acquire a European carrier, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.

The move is a bid by the telecommunications company to shake off expansion limitations in the U.S. by becoming a player in a new wireless market where it can upgrade technology and offer more profitable pricing plans, source told The WSJ. A deal could occur by the end of 2013, the sources said.

The company’s bid to expand overseas carries some risk — many of the markets AT&T is considering are already quite competitive with several established carriers.

It is not known how expansion into Europe would affect AT&T’s widespread network upgrade strategies: the firm is shelling out $14 billion to upgrade its wireless and wireline networks to foster growth in the U.S.

LG Sells 300 of its New $22,000 TVs in Korea

$22,000 for a TV? Not a problem, apparently, for some early adopters in Korea.

LG’s 84-inch, 4K screen — which displays content with four times the clarity as HD — may cost as much as an economy car, but that didn’t stop more than 300 people from opening their wallets, according to Korean news site ChosunBiz.

So far, the television has brought in $6.6 million for LG.

The puzzling part of the TV’s early success, aside from the astronomical price of course, is the lack of 4K content available for viewing thus far.

It seems more sensible to put off buying a 4K set until the price comes down and there is actually more compatible content to watch on it.