ZTE's beastly Axon 7 is now up for pre-order in Europe
Unveiled in May, ZTE's beastly Axon 7 is up for pre-order from third-party sellers on Amazon in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The phone is priced at £359 in the U.K., and €449.99 in other European markets. ZTE collaborated with BMW Group's Designworks on the design of the phone, resulting in an all-metal chassis with a 5.5-inch QHD display and dual front speakers. The handset is powered by a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820, and offers 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage, 20MP camera, 8MP front camera, NFC, LTE, Wi-Fi ac, AKM HiFi audio chipset, Force Touch, and a 3250mAh battery. The version that's up for pre-order comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. Interested in what the phone has to offer? Check out our hands-on. As noted by GSM Arena, the phone is slated to be available online at GrosBill and offline at Media Markt and Phone House in the coming months. See at Amazon UK See at Amazon Spain See at Amazon Germany See at Amazon France See at Amazon Italy ...
2016/06/29 10:13 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
This clear Galaxy S7 edge case will protect your phone for just $18.95 today!
Want to show off the beauty of your brand new Galaxy S7 edge but also keep it protected? If so, Samsung窶冱 ultra slim clear protective cover is just what you need. The case is small and doesn窶冲 add any bulk, nor does it take away from the overall look of the phone. Right now you can pick one up for just $18.95. ...
2016/06/29 10:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
ZTE introduces the beautiful Nubia Z11, starting from $375
Yahoo releases new Yahoo Sports app with modern Material Design interface
Yahoo already had a Sports app on the Play Store, which until yesterday enjoyed the brand's signature purple icon and "Yahoo Sports" name. Now, that app has been clearly retired with a grey icon and a switch back to its old Sportacular name. Instead, there's a brand new Yahoo Sports app on the Play Store with an improved purple icon and an entirely redesigned UI. Say buh-bye to the old black and blue half-Holo half-Material look and hello to a full on white and dark blue interface with differentiated cards, easy to parse information, and a nice focus on visual aids.
2016/06/29 09:51 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Tetris Blitz: 2016 Edition falls onto the Play Store for some beastly combos
EA has announced the company has released Tetris Blitz: 2016 Edition to the Play Store. This latest update brings a bunch of improvements and new features. Should you be a fan of the classic title, you'll really dig EA's take on the formula with Blitz. The developer has packed in a bunch of extras that bring something new to the table and spice up gameplay. Here's what is available in Tetris Blitz: 2016 Edition: Unlock exciting Power-Ups and Finishers as you level up Play every day to be rewarded with new Daily Challenges Make it rain with fresh Golden Minos – the more you clear, the more you earn Be showered with Golden Minos in the Gold Rush bonus round after every level up Grab Tetris Blitz: 2016 from the Play Store for free. ...
2016/06/29 09:26 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon offer free calls to Turkey following Istanbul airport attack
I wish I didn't have to sit here and write these kinds of posts. I wish we weren't living in times where companies are compelled to offer free calls to countries following tragedies like these (instead of celebrations or national holidays or happy events), especially when they're conducted by fellow man and not inevitable fits of nature. But here we are, mourning another terrorist attack that has taken the lives of 36 persons and injured over 140 in Turkey's Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.
2016/06/29 09:10 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Galaxy Note 7 reportedly launching August 2 with 3,600 mAh battery
Google is making it easier to view your data and set ad preferences
Google is working to make it easier for those who rely on its services and platforms to control what adverts are displayed on PCs, smartphones and other connected hardware. The search giant will also provide a tool that will allow for certain ads to be blocked from being displayed on search results. This will save you some time by not having to manually fire off special requests per ad on each device. Notifications are being sent out to those using Google's search engine, its Chrome web browser or Gmail. Fear not if you've yet to receive one as it'll take some weeks for everyone to receive an alert to check out these new tools. From the DailyMail report: "Google also is introducing a "My Activity" feature that will enable users to delete records of their online search requests and videos watched on YouTube in a single location instead of having to visit different websites or apps. Google's business has been built on its longtime practice of monitoring its users' online behavio...
2016/06/29 08:55 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 edge now picking up June security patch
T-Mobile's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are now picking up the June security update. The update comes in at 250MB, and brings new firmware to both phones in addition to the latest security patch. As noted by SamMobile, the firmware on the Galaxy S6 is incremented to G920TUVU4EPF1, with T-Mobile's changelog noting an update to the anti-theft feature as well as bug fixes and improvements as other additions. The Galaxy S6 edge sees its firmware version updated to G925TUVU3EPD1. If you're rocking either handset, now would be a good time to head into the phone's settings to manually initiate the download. ...
2016/06/29 08:13 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
This is the OnePlus smartwatch that never got made
Netflix introduces a new app icon with a ribbony red N
After launching quasi-worldwide and implementing lots of small usability improvements for data usage, Netflix is ready to take another big leap forward. Or NNNNNNot. The service is introducing a small branding change in its app icon and across its various social media presences. Gone is the white icon with the full Netflix logo, and instead there's a new black background and just the letter N on top of it. The N itself now carries the full curvature on its bottom and has a new ribbon effect that doesn't exist in the regular logo.
2016/06/29 08:04 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Samsung is giving new Galaxy smartphone owners a $20 voucher for using Samsung Pay
Samsung is rolling out a promotion where it is offering a $20 voucher — redeemable on Samsung's website — to those those making their first purchase using Samsung Pay. Those that have bought the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, S6 active, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S7 active or the Galaxy Note 5 on or before June 22 are eligible for the promotion. To avail the offer, you'll need to add a qualifying card to Samsung Pay, and make your first purchase between June 22 and August 1. Samsung is also offering a $10 gift card for American Eagle Outfitters, Best Buy, Domino's, GameStop, Nike, P.F. Chang's, and Regal Entertainment Group: Every Friday through July 8th, Samsung Pay will award the first 777 users each hour with a $10 gift card. Be the first to shop on the hour, every hour from 12pm – 7pm ET to participate. You'll find out if you will receive a gift card instantly! ...
2016/06/29 07:39 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
LG has a new app that lets you control your smartphone from your PC
Evernote hikes up prices, limits free users to two devices
Evernote has announced that it will increase the prices for its Plus and Premium tiers, while limiting the sync functionality for Basic users to two devices. Under the new pricing plan, Plus users have to shell out $3.99 per month (up from $2.99) or $34.99 yearly, and Premium users will have to pay $7.99 per month (from $5.99) or $69.99 annually. Plus users get 1GB of uploads, while Premium users can upload 10GB monthly. Meanwhile, Basic users get 60MB uploads. Both paid tiers come with the ability to sync across an unlimited number of devices. From Evernote's blog: Beginning today, the prices for our Plus and Premium tiers will change for new subscriptions, and access from Evernote Basic accounts will be limited to two devices. Current subscribers and Basic users who are using more than two devices will have some time to adjust before the changes take effect. If you are impacted, look for a message from us in the coming days. We don't take any change to our pricing model...
2016/06/29 07:31 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Twitter starts showing a Night Mode toggle on Android
About a month ago, some Twitter users started spotting a night mode in their Twitter app that transformed the entire interface into a dark blue shade. The change was triggered server-side, meaning it showed up inconsistently across different Twitter beta and alpha versions, but it didn't seem like there was a way to revert it back to a light theme on request. Now, more users are reporting this dark theme, except Twitter seems to have introduced a specific toggle in the app's drawer for Night mode.
2016/06/29 07:30 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
What’s on my Android – My setup and must have apps
Oakter brings home automation to India
Oakter gives you the ability to control your appliances from your phone. Home automation hasn't taken off in India quite the same way it has in Western countries, but a local startup called Oakter is about to change that. The Noida-based startup has developed a smart home kit that lets you control your appliances — air conditioners, geysers, or coffee makers — through your phone. The smart home kit consists of a hub, which connects to your local Wi-Fi network, and Smart Plugs (called Leaves), which are available in 6Amp, 16Amp, and 25Amp variations. There's a Smart Thermostat as well, which has a temperature and humidity sensor, and a Touch Leaf that lets you control connected devices wirelessly. To get started, all you need to do is attach a Leaf into your regular wall socket, and plug in your appliances. You can set up and configure Oakter over your local network via the companion app. Once the initial setup is finished, you have the ability to set schedules for indivi...
2016/06/29 06:55 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
12 must-have tech accessories made of genuine wood
Mobile accessories are endless. Everyday there is something new: chargers, speakers, cases, lenses, headphones, etc. and it is nearly impossible to stay on top of everything. There’s a select bunch of us who prefer to make our gadgets stand apart from the crowd, and one way to do that is by accessorizing our gadgets with
2016/06/29 05:52 AndroidGuys
OnePlus details sketches of the circular smartwatch that never was
OnePlus was working on a circular smartwatch along the lines of the Moto 360 last year, but the product never saw the light of day. The company's co-founder Carl Pei took to Twitter to share sketches of the smartwatch, which would've featured a removable component that allows users to easily swap out bands. What could have been but never will be. Sketches circa 2015. #throwback pic.twitter.com/5zKuSdDiv0— Carl Pei (@getpeid) June 29, 2016 Talking to The Wall Street Journal earlier this month, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau revealed that the smartwatch plans were abandoned as the company decided to focus on high-end smartphones: We had completed the design but we still decided to scrap it. We have to be focused. There is no bottom line at all. It is a very cruel market. OnePlus' realignment of its product roadmap paid off with its latest handset, but it would have been interesting to see the direction the company was taking with its smartwatch. ...
2016/06/29 05:09 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
U.S. carriers enable free calls to Turkey following Istanbul terror attacks
Following the devastating terror attacks at Istanbul's Atatürk airport, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have announced that their customers can call and text friends and family in Turkey for free. T-Mobile CEO John Legere condemned the attack, saying that the carrier will offer free calls and texts to Turkey through July 5: The attack in Istanbul is horrifying & senseless. We're making it free to call/text from the US to Turkey thru Tues. https://t.co/ZXXeFsYzCL— John Legere (@JohnLegere) June 29, 2016 Sprint CEO mentioned that all calls and texts to Turkey from Sprint, Virgin Mobile USA, and Boost Mobile customers will be waived off until July 5: .@Sprint, @virginmobileusa & @boostmobile will waive fees for customer call/texts to & from #Turkey thru July 5 pic.twitter.com/hVq6oVfK52— MarceloClaure (@marceloclaure) June 29, 2016 From AT&T: AT&T will waive or credit charges incurred for consumer or business calls placed by AT&T's custome...
2016/06/29 04:20 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
The Snapdragon 820 is now optimized for Google's Tango platform
With the PHAB 2 Pro, Lenovo announced the first consumer-ready phone with support for Google's augmented reality Tango platform. The PHAB 2 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 652 SoC, which features software-level optimizations to be fully compatible with Tango. Qualcomm has announced at MWC Shanghai that it is expanding Tango support to its flagship Snapdragon 820 SoC, as well as future SoCs in the Snapdragon 800 and 600 tiers. From Qualcomm: As we've noted, the Snapdragon 652 offers many advantages for Tango, including high accuracy, uniform time stamping of multiple sensor data streams, efficient processing without the need for external co-processors, and leading camera and sensor processing technology. Now, Snapdragon 820 offers the same advantages, as well as the added benefits of our premium Snapdragon 800 tier processors, including higher performance and even lower power consumption. The fact is, all Snapdragon 600 and 800 series processors share the same architectural...
2016/06/29 04:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
OnePlus 3 review: King of the budget phones, but no heir to the flagship throne
OnePlus once touted itself as the “Flagship Killer,” offering top-spec’d phones at a budget price. With the first OnePlus device, they showed that they could swing with the big players, but were hampered by the oft-maligned invite system and poor marketing. The OnePlus 2 suffered a similar fate, coupled with some questionable design choices and
2016/06/29 03:18 AndroidGuys
5,000-year-old ‘document’ shows workers were paid in beer
Being paid in beer might be a dream for some people, but it was a reality for many workers in ancient times. And there’s living proof that beer was an accepted pay for labor: A 5,000-year-old document that recorded these transactions. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7: How does 6GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage sound? Discovered in the city of Uruk, Iraq, the clay tablet above is a pay stub that contains records for beer due. "We can see a human head eating from a bowl, meaning ‘ration,’ and a conical vessel, meaning ‘beer.’ Scattered around are scratches recording the amount of beer for a particular worker,” Alison George wrote in New Scientist. As Ars Technica points out, Uruk was quite a place to live in ancient Mesopotamia. The city enjoyed impressive architectural marvels and people were trading goods for money. They even had tablets, like the one above, which they used to jot down thoughts in letters or keep track of beer owed, using a writing system called cuneiform. The document above is an important finding because it proves the concept of employees and employers existed during those times. We have no idea why workers would agree to be paid in beer in the first place rather than money, but employers must have had large amounts of beer to afford to pay their employees in alcohol. And the irony doesn’t escape us: somewhere around Uruk, some clever person might have been paying people to make large quantities beer with – you guessed it – beer. Paying people in alcohol isn’t a new practice and it's not restricted to the Mesopotamian region. Some of the people who build the pyramids received some four to five liters of beer per day for their work, Ars says. With all that alcohol flowing, it’s amazing they did such a good job.
2016/06/29 03:00 BGR
ZTE can continue U.S. trade through end of August with latest extension
Earlier this year ZTE found itself on the wrong side of the friend or foe line with regard to the U.S. government. After allegations surfaced that ZTE was channeling technology to Iran contrary to U.S. export-controls, the Commerce Department proposed what would have been some of the toughest trade sanctions ever levied by the U.S. […] Come comment on this article: ZTE can continue U.S. trade through end of August with latest extension
2016/06/29 02:21 TalkAndroid
[Deal Alert] eBay has an unlocked Galaxy S7 Edge Duos for just $590, the lowest price yet
These days a $600 smartphone isn't exactly a deal, it's where the high-end portion of the market transitions into the super-expensive area that most people won't buy (unless they get sweet-talked by a carrier "payment plan"). So if you've balked at Samsung's stratospheric $800 asking price for the Galaxy S7 Edge, now's your chance to grab an unlocked version of the phone - with dual SIM capability, no less - for a much more reasonable price.
2016/06/29 02:09 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
New Google Cast SDK Version 3 released
Although much of the attention surrounding Google Cast seems to focus on hardware, like announcements of new TVs that natively support Google Cast, an important part of the platform’s ecosystem is the tools made available for developers. At Google I/O 2016, it was announced that a new set of tools was ready to launch for […] Come comment on this article: New Google Cast SDK Version 3 released
2016/06/29 02:03 TalkAndroid
Someone built an entirely new game in ‘Skyrim’
There are few games that receive as much attention from the modding community as The Elder Scrolls series. Creative fans have designed new clothes, tweaked the combat system and even built entirely new landmasses inside of Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim over the past decade or so, but the most impressive mods of all are the ones that require the most work: total conversions. SEE ALSO: The inevitable ‘Minecraft’ movie finally has a release date After years of development, the SureAI team has finally announced a release date for Enderal — a total conversion of Skyrim with its own world, its own story, its own characters and its own mechanics. It was built using the Skyrim modding tools, so the final product is going to have a similar feel to the latest Elder Scrolls game, but the similarities mostly begin and end there. "In Enderal, we have attempted to combine open world gaming with a complex and profound storyline," says the SureAI team, explaining how the game distinguishes itself from Skyrim. "While the game world of Enderal is smaller than Skyrim's and the quests are fewer, we believe that the depth of our story and the complexity of our characters both surpass those in recent Elder Scrolls games." SureAI says it has spent 29,908 hours on the development of this total conversion mod, but this weekend, all that hard work finally paid off as Enderal's release window was revealed: between July 1-3. Unfortunately, that only marks the release of the German version of the game, with an English version coming "some weeks later." You can watch the launch trailer for Enderal below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hrmSD6DZt4
2016/06/29 02:00 BGR
[Video] First look at TouchWiz for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7?
A new video surfaced via Italian site HDBlog.it that appears to show the new TouchWiz user interface that will be launched on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in August. With the launch of that smartphone a little over a month away, this is likely a beta build of the interface, although it should be pretty […] Come comment on this article: [Video] First look at TouchWiz for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7?
2016/06/29 01:39 TalkAndroid
Tesla admits defeat, quietly settles Model X lawsuit over usability problems
We can talk about how innovative Tesla is for days on end. Indeed, there's no disputing the fact that the company, in injecting a bit of Silicon Valley ingenuity into the tried and true auto design process, has completely turned the auto industry on its head. At the same time, Tesla helped kickstarted the EV revolution, even causing traditional automakers like Porsche and BMW to start taking electric cars more seriously. But in Tesla's zeal to move extraordinarily quickly, problems have inevitably begun to creep in. Specifically, quality control issues still seem to be plaguing the Model X. DON'T MISS:ﾂ�Meet your favorite new Google search feature According to a recent report, avowed Tesla fan named Barrett Lyon recently returned his Model X and filed a lawsuit against Tesla arguing that the Model X was "rushed" and released before it was ready for sale. "In Lyon窶冱 lawsuit," Fortuneﾂ�writes, "he claimed the cars doors opened and closed unpredictably, smashing into his wife and other cars, and that the Model X窶冱 Auto-Pilot feature posed a danger in the rain. He also shared a video that shows the car窶冱 self-parking feature failing to operate successfully." Now comes word that Tesla has since quietly settled the lawsuit. "We are committed to providing an outstanding customer experience throughout ownership," a Tesla spokesperson said on the matter. "As a principle, we are always willing to buy back a car in the rare event that a customer isn窶冲 completely happy. Today, the majority of Model X owners are loving their cars." Perhaps, but there's still no denying that we seemingly can't go a month without seeing some new report which calls the quality of the Model X into question. Last month, for example, a Fortune review of the Model X observed a number of quality control issues. One particularly worrisome problem focused on the Model X's seats. Tesla promised me that the Model X窶冱 second-row seats move in such a way as to allow a baby seat to be in place and yet still move to access the third row. I borrowed a friend窶冱 three-month-old baby窶輩es, really窶蚤nd her Uppababy Mesa babyseat and discovered very quickly that the system moved the rear-facing seat far enough forward to hit the back of the driver窶冱 seat. Worse, it started to tip the second-row seats, squeezing the car seat窶冱 frame with the baby in it. Definitely not okay. And one month earlier, we highlighted a Model X owner who experienced a range of frustrating problems, including a front drivers-side door that wouldn't fully shut, thus forcing him to drive to work with one his left handﾂ�manually keeping the door closed. "I could manually close it, but the car couldn窶冲 sense that the door was shut, so the electric control wouldn窶冲 latch,窶� the owner explained. 窶弸esterday, I literally drove to a meeting holding the door closed.窶� It of course goes without saying that these are basic problems that no new car owner ever expects to deal with, especially on a car that can cost well into the six figures. For any Tesla fans looking for a silver lining, Tesla is at least aware that some problems need serious fixing. During a recent earnings conference call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that his desk is at the end of the Model X production line so that he can stay on top of any critical issues that need addressing. 窶廴y desk is at the end of the production line,窶� Musk said. 窶廬 have a sleeping bag in a conference room next to the production line that I use quite frequently.窶� Notably, Musk himself has said that Tesla was far too ambitious when designing all of the bells and whistles that went into the Model X. And for any worried Model 3 reservation holders out there, Musk not too long ago indicated that the company wouldn't make the same mistakeﾂ�with the Model 3.
2016/06/29 01:30 BGR
Humble PC & Android Bundle comes bearing Please Don’t Touch Anything, Badland, and more
SanDisk’s giant 256GB microSD card is also the world’s fastest
MicroSD cards are about the size of your fingernail, but they're capable of storing way more stuff than, say, 3.5" floppy disks of yore. Every year it seems like cards get better, and 2016 is no exception. The SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-1 card takes the crown as the new fastest microSD card on the planet. It's got transfer speeds of 100MB/s, and write speeds of 90MB/s. That should be enough to comfortably keep up with 4K hi-speed video recording from action cameras and drones, and way, way overkill for even the fanciest Android smartphone. DON'T MISS: Would you rather a black or blue iPhone 7? This is what they’re going to look like The cards are being unveiled today at Mobile World Congress Shanghai. Alongside the Extreme card, there's also a new Ultra Premium card with slightly lower write speeds. Both cards come in 256GB capacities. The most interesting thing, however, is the price. The Ultra card comes in at $150, and the Extreme card is $200. That might not sound decently priced, but the only other card on the market with the same size is Samsung's Evo Plus card. That sells for $250, and the read/write speeds are on par with the Ultra Premium card. That card was released a month and a half ago in May, so it's not like it's old tech either. In other words, SanDisk's card does the same thing for $100 less, and the Extreme card offers better performance for fifty fewer dollars. Sounds awfully like a slam-dunk to me.
2016/06/29 01:00 BGR
A look at all the technologies and websites banned in China
Looking at China from a tech perspective is always a fascinating endeavor. The country is more populous than any other place on the planet, and yet, the country's citizens are often blocked from partaking in the latest tech advancements, all in the name of state wanting to control the dissemination of information. All the while, the powers that be in China talk a big game about being more open but as a recent CNN look into the country reveals, there's still a big lockdown on which pieces of software and websites individuals in the country are allowed to use. And further illustrating the degree to which the Chinese Government looks to control access to any and all types of content, Lady Gaga media content in any form was recently banned after the singer took a meeting with the Dalai Lama in the United States. DON'T MISS: Report says Apple Watch 2 will include one of the most sought-after missing features So with that as a backdrop, let's dive in and have a quick look at which types of apps, services and websites individuals in China can't partake in and enjoy. Instagram Banned since 2014, you won't be able to spend hours browsing through Instagram photos in China. As CNN notes, the site was blocked "after pro-democracy protests rocked Hong Kong in 2014." Google/YouTube If you want to partake in the wonders of Google search or peruse through YouTube's massive video library, you won't be able to do it in China Twitter Banned for quite some time, one can see why Chinese officials would be wary of Twitter given its usefulness in disseminating information and the important role the site played during the Arab Spring. Facebook Banned since 2009, there's no indication that Facebook will be opened up to the general populace anytime soon. Not surprisingly, Chinese officials are particularly wary of any website or service that is centered on user-generated content. A list of other websites banned in China include Dropbox, Vimeo, SoundCloud, Scribd, Bloomberg, Flickr, BBC, The Economist, and TIME.
2016/06/29 00:00 BGR
Bring order to your keys with the KeySmart Rugged Organizer
In our modern age of self-driving cars, Mars rovers, and even blankets with sleeves stitched into them, it窶冱 mystifying that we窶决e using the same metallic rings to hold our keys. The KeySmart Rugged Organizer has finally arrived, and for only $29.99 you can lay your clunky old keychains to rest. Simple but effective, the KeySmart Rugged Organizer can hold up to 14 keys at a time, and still takes up less space than your usual keychain. Designed for heavy duty use, this organizer will keep your keys safe no matter what you throw at it. You can even clip it to your belt loop, removing any unnecessary clutter from your pockets, as well as attach essentials like your car key fob or USB drive. For a limited time, the Keysmart Rugged Organizer is on sale for 40% off MSRP, making the final price only $29.99.
2016/06/28 23:50 BGR
How Apple could fix the iPhone 7 headphone jack issue it’s creating
The iPhone 7 will lack a 3.5mm audio jack that would be compatible with existing wired headphones, most rumors claim. Consequently, many people are already angry at Apple for looking to kill the port, even if most of them already know this is precisely the kind of move Apple is known for. But if Apple is killing the headphone jack, what will replace it? DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7: How does 6GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage sound? Erik Person imagined several solutions Apple might be considering, including wired and wireless headphones. If Apple is making wired EarPods for the iPhone 7, then we might be looking at Lightning-only headphones, Person writes. That’s in spite of the fact that they’ll only be compatible with the iPhone 7 initially. If the next-gen Macs ship with a female Lightning port, they’d also be compatible with the new headphones. But that would mean most users would have to buy new dongles to use the headphones on all non-Apple devices with 3.5mm headphone ports. Apple could also ship a Lightning female-female adapter in the iPhone box, the same one it uses for the Apple Pencil (image above). If that's the case, you’d be able to use the Lighting headphones with any computer via USB. But the whole thing sounds messy. If Apple is going the wireless route – and there are patents to suggest that wireless EarPods might be in the works – then it needs to fix to some problems: Charging the headphones, and pairing/unpairing them to iPhones and other devices with ease. With a male Lightning plug like the one your iPhone cable uses, you’d be able to both recharge the wireless EarPods and pair them with the iPhone – which should be Apple’s main concern, according to Person. A female-female lightning adapter would be required to use them with anything else, however. With a female Lightning port (like the iPhone’s), the wireless EarPods could be charged directly from the wall or a computer. A male-male cable could be used to pair the headphones to a device, but also to turn them into wired EarPods. The most unlikely solution would be using both a female and male connection for the wireless EarPods, which would let you charge and/or pair them without requiring cables or adapters. Finally, there’s always wireless charging for the wireless headphones, although it’s unclear how this would work and how pairing the headphones with an iPhone or Mac is done. These are all ideas Person is fronting, but nothing is official. One rumor says Apple will continue to ship regular EarPods with the iPhone 7, but also add a 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter that would let you connect them to the new phone. Person isn’t even considering this option, though this might be the kind of compromise Apple would have to make so that iPhone 7 buyers could still use new EarPods with any other device that features a 3.5mm jack.
2016/06/28 23:30 BGR
Rolls Royce is developing futuristic ships that will one day sail across oceans autonomously
With so much talk about a future filled with self-driving cars, it's easy to forget that general advances in autonomous software technologies can also be applied to boats. That being the case, Rolls Royce recently announced that it's been working on technology that might someday make it possible for gargantuan cargo ships to sail themselves across oceans. In a white paper published a few days ago, Rolls Royce explained how their vision of "remote and autonomous shipping" may become a reality as early as 2020. The initiative is part of Rolls Royce's Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications (AAWA) program. DON'T MISS: Video gives us a 15-min walkthrough of the Galaxy Note 7’s leaked next-gen software Speaking on the matter, Rolls Royce VP of innovation Oskar Levander explained: "This is happening. It’s not if, it’s when. The technologies needed to make remote and autonomous ships a reality exist. The AAWA project is testing sensor arrays in a range of operating and climatic conditions in Finland and has created a simulated autonomous ship control system which allows the behavior of the complete communication system to be explored. We will see a remote controlled ship in commercial use by the end of the decade." Indeed, as Rolls Royce envisions it, we're just a few years away from an environment where a lone operator would be able to remotely control an entire fleet of ships from a central command console. And because this is the future we're talking about, Rolls Royce envisions the console being an advanced holographic display as evidenced by the renderings above and below. Some of the anticipated benefits of remote and autonomous shipping include an improved safety profile and the ability for crew members to focus on more pertinent tasks. For instance, the company explains how these ships of the future would be able to use advanced sensors and companion drones that would effectively serve as advanced scouts capable of identifying important travel issues that humans might otherwise not notice. So while Rolls Royce at the moment is working on decreasing the role of humans in the shipping process, the company eventually believes that fully autonomous shipping may be possible within two decades. Before that, the company is confident that remote controlled ships will become operational by 2020. A few more photos from Rolls Royce's press release can be viewed below.
2016/06/28 23:00 BGR
How often do you purchase a new phone?
There comes a time in the life cycle of every phone, where you start to wonder if it's time to upgrade. No matter how awesome your phone is right now, eventually you'll need to trade it in for a newer model. Whether you are always on the lookout for your next phone, or you wait as long as possible, it's inevitable. Which brings us to this week's poll. We want to know how often you purchase a new phone. We've got five options for you to choose from this week: "Once a year", "Once every other year", "When a new phone comes out that gets my attention", "When I break or destroy my phone and need a new one", or "when my phone becomes seriously out of date". How often do you purchase a new phone? Do you like to hang on to your phone for as long as possible? Do you prefer to regularly upgrade your phone? Be sure to head into the comments and let us know how often you purchase a new phone! ...
2016/06/28 23:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Evernote jacking up prices, restricting free accounts to two devices
Latest Google Fit update brings a redesigned interface, new widgets, and more
LG’s VPInput will let you easily connect your LG smartphone to your PC
Inside ‘The Garage’, a collaborative workshop for every Google employee
Working at Google might not be all fun and games, as several former employees explained in a Quora thread earlier this year, but there's no question that the perks offered by the company are virtually unrivaled in the industry. One of the coolest perks for creative Googlers who want to express themselves has to be The Garage — a collaborative workshop through which Business Insider was lucky enough to take a tour earlier this month. DON'T MISS: Meet your favorite new Google search feature As Google tells it, The Garage began life in 2008 inside of a cubicle when a group of Googlers needed a space to work during their "20% time" — time set aside to work on pet projects employees think might benefit the company. By 2012, Google had set aside space for The Garage and began filling it with tools. Today, The Garage is absolutely packed with equipment, from 3D printers to shop vacs to sewing machines to a CNC milling machine. While touring the facility with director of open source and Garage manager Chris DiBona, Business Insider actually stumbled upon a machine that DiBona hadn't seen in The Garage before, which shows you just how often new tools make their way in. Although Google has several machine shops restricted to authorized employees, The Garage is open to everyone. The company regularly hosts events in The Garage, including "design sprints," which task employees with building a product to solve a problem in a very limited amount of time. It's an incredible facility, and one worth seeing with your own eyes over at Business Insider.
2016/06/28 22:30 BGR
1,600 watt Samsung system sounds as mean as it looks
Samsung makes the best HDTVs and UHD TVs in the world, hands down. They feature killer picture quality that other companies inch closer to matching with each passing year, but no company out there has managed to match Samsung just yet. But Samsung is about much more than just TVs and smartphones — if you're in the market for a new sound system, Amazon's sale on the Samsung MX-JS5000/ZA 4 Channel 1,600 Watt Wired Audio Giga Sound System should definitely be on your radar. Some key details: Delivers 1,600 watts of booming audio and exceptional sound clarity. Bluetooth Giga App to control your system from your Android phone. Beat Lighting Effect adds colorful LED light patterns to the beat of your audio. Power on the Giga System remotely via Bluetooth. Stream audio from any Bluetooth-compatible phone, tablet, or computer. USB, CD, AUX, RCA, and FM radio compatibility. Samsung MX-JS5000/ZA 4 Channel 1,600 Watt Wired Audio Giga Sound System: $297.94 with free shipping (choose price from "other sellers" section) Follow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we find around the web
2016/06/28 22:05 BGR
Google rolls out new ad settings tool to 'personalize' the ads you see
Google makes most of its money from showing ads, both on its own services and on third-party sites running Google's ad network. When you use Google products, you have to be okay with some of the things you do being used to inform the ads you see. Today, Google is making a new tool available to users today that lets you see and control the information Google uses to show you ads, but it comes with an (optional) expansion of Google's advertising personalization.
2016/06/28 22:04 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
BauBax is a damn cool line of smart clothing that wirelessly charges your devices
Slack brings replies to your wrist with Android Wear support
Work chat app Slack has been updated for Android, bring along support for Android Wear and more. With Android Wear support, you'll be able to do much of what you'd expect, including replying to and viewing messages in each notification. Here's the full skinny on what's new in Slack for Android: Updated the way notifications are handled and displayed, to make them better. Support for Android Wear (Reply to notifications and view previous messages to a notification by swiping right) When using the in-app browser we've added more options to make it easier to share - in Slack, and out. Slack 2.12.0 also includes a number of bug fixes and overall improvements that should make using the app quite a bit smoother. If you're interested, you can check out the latest version of Slack on Google Play now. ...
2016/06/28 22:03 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Google launches new My Activity site, reaffirms Google knows basically everything about you
Google knows a lot about you - particular about the "you" on the internet. A new site launched today called My Activity lets you get some insight on just what some of that information is - in a readable sense - by showing you your various web, Google product (including Google Android apps), and search activities in a rather pretty card timeline. The site works on both desktop and mobile. The My Activity site (here) shows all this information, but it also acts a link hub for Google's various data-collecting services you can choose to turn on or off.
2016/06/28 21:42 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Criminals can steal your identity to get free iPhones and there’s little you can do about it
Identity theft is one of the worst things that can happen to someone online, and getting rid of the problems that follow might become a never-ending quest. Considering that millions of consumers have had personal details stolen in the last few years, cyber criminals have a seemingly easy task at hand: gathering enough data about a person to start impersonating him or her for financial gain. Now authorities are now investigating a new type of fraud based on stealing someone’s identity which is currently surging: stealing mobile accounts. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7: How does 6GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage sound? Attackers in these scenarios gain access to a person's mobile account by impersonating that customer. They proceed to order phone upgrades to high-end devices, usually iPhone, and the devices are then sold to third parties. The owner of the account might not be affected financially, even though he or she could take a temporary hit, but the carrier ends up paying for it. However, when this type of attack occurs, a person’s mobile phone might unexpectedly die, causing a series of unwanted side-effects. Imagine not being able to log into any online service because your phone doesn’t work for authentication anymore.And imagine an attacker having temporary access to two-factor authentication passwords for your accounts. In most fraud cases, the perpetrator walks away with a brand new phone that has the number belonging to the person who’s targeted in the attack. Nobody is safe from these attacks. The carriers, NBC News reports, know about the matter and have steps in place to ensure that only an account holder can make changes to a mobile phone account. But if a criminal has personal data belonging to his or her target, then bypassing these security steps is probably very easy. Dena Haritos Tsamitis, who knows a thing or two about cyber security since she teaches it at Carnegie Mellon University, was a target herself. She lost access to her account in March. When calling customer support, they said she went to a store in New York City where she upgraded two of her phones to iPhones, shutting down the old devices. She lives in Pittsburgh and has not been to New York, and she never authorized the transaction. "It was a nightmare. It was hugely inconvenient and caused a lot of stress, but it would have been much worse had I needed to use the phone," she said. "I had to cancel all of my meetings and spend the next day in the phone store." Lorie Cranor, who’s the chief technologist for the FTC, had the same thing happen to her on the day her husband died. This goes to show that nobody is safe. The FTC is aware of this type of fraud and it’s investigating cases. The number of incidents, however, is increasing at a steady pace. In January 2013, some 1,038 cases were recorded. Three years later, the number reached 2,658. If you’re the target of such an attack, it’s likely that criminals have somehow stolen plenty of details about you. That means you should start securing your digital assets with better passwords immediately. The next time they try to impersonate you, they might be going after something else that could be a lot more damaging financially. You should also enable a second layer of security for your mobile account, a password or PIN that would be required to make changes to it. All carriers offer the feature – here’s how to enable it.
2016/06/28 21:40 BGR
If Zootopia and Mortal Kombat had a bastard child, it would be mobile one-on-one fighter Animelee
I recall with fondness the endless speculative arguments I heard around the elementary school lunch table in the 90s: who would win in a fight between Batman and Wolverine? Goku and Superman? Bill Clinton and Emilio Estevez? (There was always that one weird kid.) Imagine the same arguments happening in a university zoology department, and you might just find the inspiration for Animelee, an old-fashioned one-on-one fighter recently published in the Play Store.
2016/06/28 21:31 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Behold, the most ambitious Apple lawsuit ever
As you'd expect from the world's largest seller of consumer electronics, Apple gets sued a lot. Some of those suits go places, others get dismissed out of hand the first time they get to court. And then there's Florida. MacRumors has spotted a gem of a lawsuit filed by Thomas S. Ross, a Floridian who feels that Apple's iPhone infringes on the sketches he made of an "Electronic Reading Device" in 1992. DON'T MISS: Video gives us a 15-min walkthrough of the Galaxy Note 7’s leaked next-gen software Ross's sketches detail something that does, in all seriousness, bear a passing resemblance to some kind of smart device. It's a large rectangle with rounded corners, a keyboard at the bottom, cell antenna, and a 80MB hard drive. Ross filed for a patent in 1992, but apparently never paid the fees, and the application was abandoned by the USPTO in 1995. I'd say it looks more like a late Symbian device or a squashed Blackberry than an iPhone, but that hasn't stopped Ross from seeking damages from Apple. Specifically, he has experienced "great and irreparable injury that cannot fully be compensated or measured in money," and seeks a jury trial, $10 billion in damages, and a 1.5% royalty on all iPhone sales worldwide. Given how long it took Apple to extract money from Samsung for a much more plausible copyright case, I'm not holding my breath for the future of this lawsuit. Still, it's nice to see that the lawyers of the world remain gainfully employed.
2016/06/28 21:15 BGR
OnePlus 3 update coming with reworked RAM management, sRGB color mode
A small tune-up is on its way to your OnePlus 3 soon. Now a couple of weeks removed from the launch of its latest phone, OnePlus is working to push out a maintenance update with a handful of tweaks to the OnePlus 3 — and while it doesn't bring any giant changes, there are a couple things of note. We've been testing the latest OTA in pre-release form for about a week, and while OnePlus won't commit to a date for releasing the new software to all customers we can expect this patch to roll out soon. We'd say nothing was broken ... but OnePlus had to address complaints. The headline change for this upcoming OTA is a handful of tweaks to the way the phone manages its RAM. Though the OnePlus 3 has a full 6GB of RAM on board, a vocal group of early buyers (and prospective buyers) have voiced concern that the phone isn't properly allocating RAM and keeping apps in memory as long as they'd expect. Though we have personally seen no issues with RAM management, OnePlus has bent to som...
2016/06/28 21:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Humble PC & Android Bundle 14 includes Badland, You Must Build A Boat, Please Don't Touch Anything, and more
There's a new Humble Bundle that is relevant to our interests! The Humble PC & Android Bundle 14 is now live, and it includes eight games out of the gate with more being added later. Because this is a PC and Android bundle, you get all the included games on both platforms. This bundle has a slightly more complicated pricing structure than most. You can pay anything to unlock the bottom tier of games, which includes 100000000, Badland, and SPACECOM.
2016/06/28 20:52 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Cerberus anti theft gets fingerprint sensor support, Android N features, and bug fixes in version 3.4
Cerberus is the go-to third party solution for theft deterrent and recovery on Android. With such a security-focused app, it's surprising that it didn't feature support for Android's native fingerprint sensor API before now. That's changed with version 3.4 of the app, now available in the Play Store. Users on Android 6.0 or later (with compatible hardware, of course) can use a fingerprint scan to authenticate the app. Other changes in the update are smaller.
2016/06/28 20:50 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Meet Sajad Gharibi, an Instagram star being called a real-life Incredible Hulk
Sajad Haribi is a 24 year old powerlifter based out of Iran that gives new meaning to the word 'big.' In fact, Haribi is so big that he's being likened to a real life version of the Incredible Hulk, or as he likes to call himself, the Persian Hulk. And truth be told, Hairibi looks like he might even be able to man handle The Mountain from Game of Thrones. DON'T MISS: Report says Apple Watch 2 will include one of the most sought-after missing features Over the past few months, Haribi has started to pick up a bit of fame as his Instagram account has exploded with followers. Just a few weeks ago, for instance, Haribi had about 59,000 Instagram followers. Today? A cool 108,000. As one would expect, Haribi's Instagram account has no shortage of photos depicting Haribi showing off his gargantuan frame and posing with adoring fans. Not content to simply be a powerlifter with worldwide Instagram fame, Haribi is reportedly hoping to break into pro wrestling with the WWE. A few of his more notable photos can be seen below. https://www.instagram.com/p/BEWoGb4Dpjp/ Apparently Haribi sometimes likes to kick back and play a little bit of PS4. He's just like you and I! https://www.instagram.com/p/BAiGR1dDpr9/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BEg-PiDjpsB/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BETzM8WDps_/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BAvPTABjpgO/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BE7L9rBDpps/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BFub4lWDpiy/
2016/06/28 20:49 BGR
Doppler Labs introduces some new augmented reality earbuds
Wileyfox introduces the Spark family, powered by Cyanogen OS
Wileyfox likely isn’t a name you’ve heard, but the British start-up is beginning to make a name for itself. The company uses CyanogenOS to power its new family of smartphones, the Spark family. This series includes the Spark, Spark+ and the Spark X, all of which are affordably priced and reasonably specced. Let’s take a [...]
2016/06/28 20:07 Android and Me
Evernote just made its free option worthless
Evernote used to be the best cheap, simple service for syncing notes and lists between multiple devices. Used to be, because starting today, the free version of Evernote only lets you sync notes between two devices. Starting today, the free plan only allows you two sync between two devices. If you're an existing power user with a long list of laptops and desktops, Evernote will give you "some time" to jump ship to OneNote. DON'T MISS: Would you rather a black or blue iPhone 7? This is what they’re going to look like If that wasn't bad enough, the paid tiers -- you know, the ones that are now actually useful -- are more expensive, up to $4 and $8 per month. The $4 comes with 1GB of space for uploads, while the Premium plan is 10GB and comes with a couple more features for Enterprise users. $4 a month really isn't that much for admittedly excellent software, but I'm not sure how many users are going to pay. There's dozens of free Evernote competitors on the internet, and a lot of people have access to the Microsoft Office suite and therefore OneNote, which is an excellent competitor. As you'd expect, Evernote CEO Chris O'Neill framed the changes as necessary for improving the service long-term: We don’t take any change to our pricing model lightly, and we never take you for granted. Our goal is to continue improving Evernote for the long-term, investing in our core products to make them more powerful and intuitive while also delivering often-requested new features. But that requires a significant investment of energy, time, and money. We’re asking those people who get the most value from Evernote to help us make that investment and, in return, to reap the benefits that result. It's easy to understand the change. Server space and programmers aren't free, and Evernote has been around for long enough that it really needs to start turning a profit. But I'm not sure that the service is valuable enough to demand a monthly subscription (no matter how low).
2016/06/28 20:15 BGR
Moto E3 Power passes WiFi certification, Android 6.0 included
How to hide your porn browsing habits on Android
Nothing on the internet is really private, but you can keep your Android from saving a trail of where you've been. We all use our phones differently. While some of us are Twittering and buying socks on Amazon when we're online, other folks are looking at other stuff. And they might not want anyone else who could be using their phone to see the things they have looked at. We don't judge (nobody should, really) but we can help. We'll start by saying that any type of "private browsing" really isn't private. The way the internet works means someone, somewhere can always see the first connection from your computer (along with your IP address, which is a unique identifier). That means that even if the website you've landed on or the website you came from (along with any ads or other stuff they might have that can target a user or tracks them) can't see who you are, your ISP can. So can someone who is standing behind you, or sitting beside you on the bus. (Don't surf porn sites on the b...
2016/06/28 20:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Amazon sale knocks $400 off the 4K Samsung TV of your dreams
Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to drool. Samsung's flat-panel televisions have been the best in the business for as long as we can remember. Somehow, some way, the company's 2016 models are even better than ever. They features sleek designs and tons of power, and of course that signature Samsung panel quality is the star of the show. Samsung's top-rated 4K TVs can get quite pricey when you get up to the larger panel sizes, but there's a deal on Amazon right now that will save you some cash. Check out the Samsung UN60KS8000 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV, which is on sale right now for $402 off MSRP. Here's what you need to know: UHD Picture Quality with Quantum Dot Color Flat Panel 360 Design with Ultra-Slim Bezel New 2016 Smart TV with HDR 1000 UHD Dimming and Ultra Black Rated Ultra HD Premium Samsung UN60KS8000 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV: $1,897.99 with free Prime shipping Follow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we find around the web
2016/06/28 19:55 BGR
Report: Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk wants to drag US public transit and traffic management into the 21st century
American cities do a lot of things well, but public transit isn't one of them. Get outside the major metropolitan areas on the East Coast, and you're pretty much hosed without a car - try to treat cities in the Midwest or Texas or California like New York, and you'll soon walk right through your shoes. Even if you do have your own vehicle, parking and traffic can become your personal nightmare.
2016/06/28 19:54 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
AOSP changelog posted for Android N Developer Preview 4
We've been keeping close tabs on the new features and adjustments made with each new developer preview of Android N, but there are obviously a boatload of other changes under the hood, many of them aren't obvious to the naked eye. That's where it can help to look deeper into the source code. It took a couple of weeks for the changes to be published to AOSP, but now that they are available, we've got a changelog ready for examination.
2016/06/28 19:41 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
You can now ask Alexa to add new features to your Amazon Echo
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2016/06/28 19:30 TalkAndroid
Report says Apple Watch 2 will include one of the most sought-after missing features
The current Apple Watch may not have hit the market with the resounding bang that many of us expected, but it's still far too soon to call Apple's wearable a flop. After all, it's worth noting that the Apple Watch during its first year of availability actually sold better than both the iPhone and the iPod. DON'T MISS: Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design That aside, there's a whole lot to get excited about with respect to future versions of the Apple Watch. For starters, watchOS 3 looks incredible and finally delivers a range of fixes to a number of problems that seemingly made the first incarnation of the Apple Watch seem like a beta product. Not only is performance on watchOS 3 blazing fast, but the entire UI has been completely overhauled, leaving us with a much more intuitive and user-friendly interface. This is critical because even ardent fans of the original Apple Watch couldn't ignore the somewhat clunky and convoluted implementation of watchOS 1 and 2. So that's all well and good from a software perspective, but an impending hardware update -- rumored to take place in September -- is seemingly poised to take the Apple Watch from a niche product into the mainstream in an emphatic way. Will the Apple Watch 2 sport faster hardware? No doubt. Will the Apple Watch 2 have improved battery life? It's a safe bet. And to top it all off, now comes word via 9to5Mac that the second-gen version of Apple's wearable will feature GPS functionality. Citing a source purporting to be familiar with Apple's plans, the Apple Watch 2 will include a GPS chip. If true, such a feature would instantly make the Apple Watch a legit fitness tracker. The Apple Watch does a few things well from a fitness perspective, but its lack of GPS makes it a less than ideal device even for casual runners. The Apple Watch 2 is said to include GPS for accurate workout logging without the need to carry an iPhone, and the Workout app reportedly will gain the ability to track swimming – suggesting a higher level of waterproofing in the next Apple Watch. Notably, John Gruber during a recent episode of The Talk Show podcast relayed a blurb he heard from Apple during WWDC, namely that fitness tracking is far and away the function people primarily use the Apple Watch for. That being the case, it would make perfect sense for Apple to hone in on fitness-oriented features for the second iteration of the device. One other rumor we've seen make its way through the rumor mill suggests that the Apple Watch 2 may include a front-facing FaceTime camera.
2016/06/28 19:30 BGR
Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus now available to pre-order in the U.S.
Back in May, Motorola made the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus official, and now folks in the United States who want to get their hands on one of the new Moto phones can pre-order one of their own. That’s right, both the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are [...]
2016/06/28 18:56 Android and Me
Download This: “5217” reminds you to take breaks throughout the day
It may sound counterintuitive, but an important part of productivity is taking breaks. Frequent breaks can keep your mind fresh and reduce fatigue. The “Pomodoro Technique,” which gives you a 5-minute break every 25 minutes. However, there is a competing technique that gives you a 17-minute break every 52 minutes. 5217 is a beautiful app ...
2016/06/28 19:21 Phandroid
Incredible liquid can pour itself out of a container
Okay, so the container in the following video isn窶冲 sitting in a perfectly straight position, but the liquid in it still shouldn窶冲 be able to pour itself. However, that窶冱 not your regular liquid inside that jar... DON窶儺 MISS: Would you rather a black or blue iPhone 7? This is what they窶决e going to look like Steve Mould mixed some polyethylene oxide with water and the result is a liquid that will pour itself out of, or into, anything. The polymer is made from long chains of molecules which explains why it's seemingly defying physics. In addition to being able to pour itself out of a container, it窶冤l climb relatively easy inside a syringe that窶冱 held downwards. Other than being the star in amazing YouTube video that will surely go viral, polyethylene oxide (PEO) is also known as polyethylene glycol (PEG) or polyoxyethylene (POE). These similar compounds have various uses in industrial manufacturing and medicine. The polymer in the video, however, can窶冲 be included in some beverage that you could drink in front of an audience. It would probably pour itself right into your stomach making for a great trick, but don窶冲 even think about doing it. you should stillﾂ�check the short clip below to see it in action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOSVX8zOPkc
2016/06/28 19:05 BGR
Best Buy and B&H Photo are both offering $50 gift cards with the 2016 Moto G and G Plus
The early reactions to Motorola's new generation of hardware have been tepid at best. Even so, if you're one of the people looking forward to the recently-announced US launch for the 2016 version of the Moto G and the new G Plus, Motorola is hoping to sweeten the pot on the already budget-priced phones. Both Best Buy and B&H Photos are offering free $50 gift cards to their respective stores for early buyers.
2016/06/28 19:03 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
On the prospect of a 'Chromebook Pro' ...
Or, how Google Consumer Surveys probably aren't a product roadmap ... A story has been making the rounds this week on the idea of a "Chromebook Pro." As we all know, anything that's "Pro" has got to be better than what we already have. Because it's Pro. And so the idea of a Chromebook Pro is intriguing. Google's second-generation Chromebook Pixel already is as Pro as it currently gets for a Chromebook. Intel Core i7 processor. 16GB of RAM. A couple of USB-C ports. Touchscreen. Glass trackpad. Backlit keyboard. That's pretty damned Pro. And it comes with Pro price tag, at $1,299. But the prospect of something better? Something even more Pro? That's enough to get any nerd nodding their head. A Google Chromebook Pro probably isn't a thing just yet. Here's the thing, however. The idea of the Chromebook Pro comes from a survey that reportedly appeared in the Google Opinion Rewards app, and was passed on via Reddit. The question in question read thusly: How would you think a Chrome...
2016/06/28 19:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Today is the best day to buy a Nest and save $50
If you're looking to save some money heating and cooling for your home while also making it a bit smarter, Amazon's latest deal on the Nest Learning Thermostat is worth a look. The online retailer currently has the smart thermostat marked down to just $200 from its usual $250 price point. The Nest thermostat gradually learns from your schedule, automatically adjusting your home's heating and cooling to save you some change on your bills. When you're away, for example, Nest will ensure you aren't heating or cooling an empty home. You can also manually adjust the temperature and get alerts on the go with the Nest app. Throw in voice control via Amazon Echo integration, and you've got a pretty compelling product. See at Amazon ...
2016/06/28 18:48 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Turing Phone will supposedly finally ship on July 12th... in the form of an "evaluation" model
Turing, a company that I'm not even 100% certain really exists in any kind of larger sense, has been the subject of a number of posts on Android Police. That coverage began to crescendo last year, before sharply falling off with the announcement that the phone wouldn't meet its year-end 2015 ship date, but would be delayed until the end of Q1 2016. The end of Q1 2016 came and went.
2016/06/28 18:46 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
It might be time for T-Mobile to pull the plug on T-Mobile Tuesdays
Marshmallow arriving on Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo devices
Amazon Page Flip lets you skim an ebook without losing your place
There are some things you can do with a dead tree book that you can't do with the Kindle app. For example, get a paper cut or flip quickly between two pages. Actually, Amazon has figured out how to make the app do one of those things. Don't fret, your fingers are safe; it's the second one. Amazon's new Page Flip feature lets you jump to a different page while reading, then go back to your previous location.
2016/06/28 18:44 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
This $190 Chromebook is perfect for running Android apps
Chromebooks are big business these days! No, really: they're outselling Macbooks, and with the recent addition of the Google Play Store, you can now run millions of Android apps on Chrome OS. But as you can probably imagine, clicking your way through Snapchat with a keyboard and mouse is a little laborious. To solve all of your problems, HP is launching a $190 11-inch Chromebook with a touchscreen. But can a sub-$200 machine actually do anything useful? DON'T MISS: Video gives us a 15-min walkthrough of the Galaxy Note 7’s leaked next-gen software HP's Chromebooks have been around for a while as one of the better low-price Chromebook options. The new Chromebook 11 G5 looks like it's keeping that trend up: 2.5 pounds, a claimed 11-hour battery life, and a Gorilla Glass HD touchscreen. My main area of doubt is the processor, an Intel Celeron N3060 with two cores and a clock speed of 1.6GHz. I remember similar specs on the Dell laptop I bought a decade ago, which struggled with things like tabbed browsing and video playback. HP claims that the Chromebook 11 will fly through spreadsheets and basic computing tasks, but I wonder what definition of 'fly' they're using. In either case, the real use for the G5 is clear: Android apps, probably in a classroom environment. From that perspective, a dual-core processor (with good onboard graphics) should work just fine. At worst, the G5 sounds like a pretty great laptop for schools and lower-income students. At best, it could be the Netflix-in-bed machine that I've been wanting all my life.
2016/06/28 18:40 BGR
Best e-book reader apps for Android
Which e-book reader apps are best for Android? Whether you want to bring your entire collection to the beach with you, or you want to re-read Game of Thrones in digital form on the morning train to work, there's a great reading app for Android available for you. Here are our favorites. Google Play Books Moon+ Reader Nook Amazon Kindle FBReader: Favorite Book Reader Universal Book (UB) Reader Cool Reader Aldiko Reader Google Play Books Chances are, this app came pre-installed on your Android device, so why not check it out? It's really not too shabby, and you get to stay within Google's ecosystem. Google Play Books gives you access to a vast book store. Some of the books are free. You'll also find some textbooks, although we'd like to see the textbook selection improve in the future. You can read books offline, use a dictionary to look up unfamiliar words, and have your notes and place in the book saved across multiple devices through your Google account. Download: Google Pla...
2016/06/28 18:22 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
ZTE takes the wraps off the bezel-less ZTE Nubia Z11 flagship
Pre-order sales for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are now open in the US
Wileyfox introduces three new mid-range devices starting at £89
How to view Android notifications, reply to SMS from your computer
Want to view your smartphone notifications on your computer, send a text from your computer or seamlessly transfer files between your Android device and your computer? We'll show you how to do all that and more with the help of Pushbullet.
2016/06/28 15:11 Phandroid
Android Marshmallow comes to the T-Mobile Galaxy Note Edge
Watch the fastest Tesla in the world take on Pikes Peak
Every year, the fastest and craziest cars in the world assemble at Pikes Peak, a three-mile hill climb in the Rocky Mountains. Among the cars on show this year was something unusual -- a Tesla Model S, technically a "production" car, but completely stripped out and turned into a lean, mean, racing machine. The car was driven by Blake Fuller, CEO of GO Puck, and set a record for the fastest production electric vehicle (although "production" was pretty loosely defined). DON'T MISS: Would you rather a black or blue iPhone 7? This is what they’re going to look like A "production" car is supposed to be one that's only modified enough to make it safe for racing, by changing seats, removing airbags, installing a rollcage and the like. Fuller's Tesla did all of that, but the questions seem to be over the battery pack. According to Jalopnik, the battery pack has been modified to put out more power, at the cost of range and long-term battery life. Does that count as modifying the car so it's no longer production? Well, parts-wise, no, but you'd struggle to take this particular Model S on a road trip any more. https://youtu.be/wmWSnvWsV2s In any case, the modifications were enough to do an 11:48 run, comfortably the fastest (sorta) production electric vehicle. It wasn't the fastest electric vehicle overall, though: Pikes Peak always sees an assortment of prototype and one-off cars trying their luck, and Rhys Millen’s eO electric vehicle clocked in at 8:57.118. Just in case you're wondering what it looks like to charge up a desolate mountain road full-throttle in a modified electric vehicle, there's video. It's scary. Really scary.
2016/06/28 18:15 BGR
[Evernope] Price increase coming to Evernote plans, free plan now limited to 2 devices only
Evernote has announced several changes to its plan structure today that will most likely upset many long-time users. The cost of Plus and Premium plans will be going up, and the free Basic plan is getting much less useful with active device limits. When there are so many other options for note taking apps, this is going to be a hard sell. Evernote has three tiers; Basic, Plus, and Premium. The most expensive Premium plan is going from $49.99 per year to $69.99 per year (monthly $5.99 to $7.99).
2016/06/28 18:05 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Google releases new, more reliable Cast SDK version 3.0
Confirmed: Game of Thrones has 15 episodes left, at the most
The sixth season of Game of Thrones just wrapped up, with the 60th overall episode of the series having been a glorious season finale — likely one of the best episodes in the entire series. Fans are eagerly waiting to see what’s going to happen next, but season 7 won't debut until next year. And HBO showrunners confirmed what we already feared: There are just 15 episodes left in the series at most, meaning season 7 and season 8 will have less than 10 episodes each. DON'T MISS: Would you rather a black or blue iPhone 7? This is what they’re going to look like In an interview with Deadline, David Benioff and D.B Weiss talked about season 6’s finale and how it sets up for the upcoming season. But they also confirmed what we dreaded, that there are only 15 episodes left in the series, at most. “It’s two more seasons we’re talking about,” Benioff said when asked about how long Game of Thrones will continue. “From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that’s what we’ll end up with. Call it 73 for now.” Benioff doesn’t mention the number of episodes in the upcoming two seasons. But since an episode lasts almost an hour, with the season finale being slightly longer, we can easily conclude that 73 to 75 hours means we’re looking at a lot less than 20 episodes for the upcoming two seasons. Benioff also said that Game of Thrones is unlike any other TV show in this regard. It’s not trying to score more episodes than it needs. “We’re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end,” Benioff explained. “As Dan [Weiss] said, we’ve known the end for quite some time, and we’re hurtling towards it. Those last images from the show that aired last night showed that. Daenerys is finally coming back to Westeros; Jon Snow is king of the North and Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne. And we know the Night King is up there, waiting for all of them. The pieces are on the board now. Some of the pieces have been removed from the board, and we are heading toward the end game.” He continued, “The thing that has excited us from the beginning, back to the way we pitched it to HBO is, it’s not supposed to be an ongoing show, where every season it’s trying to figure out new story lines. We wanted it to be one giant story, without padding it out to add an extra 10 hours, or because people are still watching it. We wanted to something where, if people watched it end to end, it would make sense as one continuous story. We’re definitely heading into the end game now.” The full interview with the creators of Game of Thrones is available at this link.
2016/06/28 17:52 BGR
VPInput lets you quickly bounce between your PC and LG phone
LG has announced a new app for its G4, G5, and V10 smartphones that wirelessly connects them to your PC. Called VPInput, the app allows you to control your phone using your PC's mouse and keyboard. You can also easily transfer things between PC and phone, according to LG: With VPInput on the phone and the accompanying program installed on the PC, text copied from a Word document on the PC can be pasted directly into your smartphone and a screen shot from your smartphone can easily be displayed on your PC monitor. What's more, the function keys on the PC keyboard can be setup as shortcuts to launch your favorite smartphone features or apps. LG VPInput is now available on the Google Play Store for those with compatible phones. ...
2016/06/28 17:36 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
The Moto G4 family is coming to the US on July 12, starting at $199.99
Motorola announced the new fourth-gen Moto G family of devices back in May, but the phones have thus far only come out in Brazil and India. US consumers will get their chance to pick up the new Moto G in just a few weeks. Motorola will begin selling the devices on July 12th with prices starting at $199.99. Motorola's announcement of the impending release came with a big infographic about unlocked phones in the US.
2016/06/28 17:29 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Facebook launches Save and Share extensions for Chrome
Sharing and saving content around the web via Facebook just got a little easier if you're using Chrome. That's because the social network just announced the launch of two new Chrome extensions, appropriately called "Share to Facebook" and "Save to Facebook," that do just that. As you'd expect, using either extension is a simple affair. The Save to Facebook extension allows you to save articles to read later on Facebook with one click, much like Pocket. The Share extension, on the other hand, will allow you to create a post and share your current page to Facebook from anywhere. If you'd like to try either extension, you can grab Save to Facebook or Share to Facebook on the Chrome Web Store now. ...
2016/06/28 17:27 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Why everyone’s biggest complaint about the iPhone 7 is all wrong
Over the past couple of weeks, the tech world has borne witness to a contentious and fieryﾂ�debate surrounding Apple窶冱 alleged plans to remove the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack from the upcoming iPhone 7. Understandably, not everyone is on board with Apple窶冱 rumored decision to kick a ubiquitous standard that has been around for decades to the curb. And while some in the tech community are taking a 窶�wait and see窶� approach, others have come out with guns ablazin窶�. Last week, for example, Nilay Patel of The Verge penned a widely circulated piece wherein he calls Apple窶冱 abandonment of the headphone jack 窶忖ser hostile and stupid." But here窶冱 the thing: Apple isn窶冲 stupid. Apple may be many things 窶� arrogant, paranoid about product leaks, and selfish are just a few adjectives that come to mind 窶� but stupid isn窶冲 a word that really fits. As a result, I believe that there窶冱 a strong chance the 3.5mm headphone jack that we窶况e all come to know and love isn窶冲 going to completely disappear once the iPhone 7 hits store shelves. Will one or more iPhone 7 models ship without a headphone jack? It窶冱 entirely possible. But the idea that Apple, in one fell swoop, will completely abandon the 3.5mm headphone jack with a single iPhone release just doesn窶冲 add up. Here窶冱 why. DON'T MISS:ﾂ�Would you rather a black or blue iPhone 7? This is what they窶决e going to look like One of the core things Apple cares about is the narrative that surrounds its products. The unveiling and subsequent release of each successive iPhone model is incredibly well-structured and thoughtfully constructed. The product unveilings themselves are highly rehearsed and extremely polished. Meanwhile, the accompanying marketing campaigns behind each new iPhone model are expertly designed to highlight the features that Apple deems to be the most important. By this yardstick alone, if Apple were to release a slate of new iPhone 7 models with no headphone jack, it would completely lose control of the narrative it prizes so dearly. It窶冱 not even July and the debate surrounding Apple窶冱 alleged ambivalence towards the headphone jack has already engendered an insanely passionate debate. And while that debate, for now, has mostly circulated within nerdy tech circles, it will inevitably spill over, if not explode into the mainstream if the headphone jack is, in fact, tossed by the wayside. With rumors that the iPhone 7 will be largely devoid of particularly marketable or exciting new features, do you really think Apple wants the top talking point surrounding its next-gen iPhone to be the company窶冱 controversial decision to remove the headphone jack? Apple may be arrogant at times, but do you really think that the company is willing to risk a headphone-gate type controversy from overshadowing the iPhone 7窶冱 release? It would be one thing if Apple with the iPhone 7 could encourage users to focus on a crazy new display technology or an incredible new feature like TouchID -- but with no wild new features on the radar, omitting the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 would come to define the device itself. Furthermore, there窶冱 no telling how the public will react to such a design shift. Do people really think Apple is stupid enough to release a selection of new iPhone models without even an option for a headphone jack? If Apple truly believes that a world devoid of the 3.5mm headphone jack is where the future lies, it窶冱 going to strongly encourage users to agree while still providing users who disagree with an iPhone purchasing option. Apple may be arrogant, but it's not blind. Compounding matters is that the iPhone 7 is already shaping up to be an extremely important and strategic product release. Recall that Apple in 2016 experienced its first year over year sales drop in iPhone history. Consequently, now isn窶冲 the best time for Apple to unleash what may very well be its riskiest iPhone design yet. Apple needs the iPhone 7 to be a success, and abandoning the headphone jack altogether is entirely too risky, especially given that the device will reportedly lack any crazy new features that might otherwise overshadow the device窶冱 glaring lack of a port that has been around for decades. All that said, Iﾂ�believe there's more than a strong chance that at least one new iPhone 7 model will feature the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack.ﾂ�Notably, some leaked iPhone 7 photos which surfaced last week support this claim. For those inclined to support Apple窶冱 alleged plan to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack, a commonly raised argument is thatﾂ�Apple has a long history of abandoning legacy technologies, with the original Bondi Blue iMac shipping without a floppy disk being a prime example. On the surface, such comparisons may seem astute, but a deeper examination reveals that such analogies are misplaced for reasons that we窶冤l address inﾂ�more detail in a subsequent post. In the meantime, consider this: Apple has no problem kicking legacy technologies to the curb when better alternatives exist. But from a usability, reliability, durability and efficiency point of view, what's the superior alternative to the headphone jack? Bluetooth headphones as a replacement is laughable, to say the least. And as for, lightning headphones? Well, they already exist. In other words, where's the value proposition? Apple may very well want to phase out the headphone jack for upcomingﾂ�design considerations -- say the rumored edge to edge display on the iPhone 7s or iPhone 8 -- but such a move will likely be staggered. Much how Apple didn't completely abandon the optical drive across its entire product line when it released the MacBook Air, I believe that the headphone jack will live on with the iPhone 7, though perhaps in a more limited form. Perhaps the regular 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will sport a headphone jack while the larger iPhone 7 Pro will do away with it completely. For a design shift this big, Apple is smart enough to recognize that a staggered rollout is the way to go. Besides, a world where the headphones that ship with every iPhone aren't compatible with any shipping Mac product seems decidedly unlike Apple. My prediction? If Apple really wants to get rid of the headphone jack, it's going to ease us into the idea slowly with the iPhone 7 before completely removing it with the iPhone 7s or iPhone 8.
2016/06/28 17:27 BGR
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Terrifying video shows a passenger plane on fire
No no no no no no no. No. Flying on commercial airplanes is already nerve-racking enough as it is, but you're never going to want to set foot on an airplane again after seeing this video. The footage shows Singapore Airlines flight SQ368, which took off for Milan, Italy shortly after 2:00AM local time early Monday morning before turning around and landing back in Singapore. It's a good thing the pilot did turn around, and you're about to find out why. DON'T MISS: Meet your favorite new Google search feature After taking off from Changi Airport in Singapore en route to Milan, pilots got an engine oil warning that prompted them to turn the flight around and head back to Singapore. The plane made it all the way back to Changi and landed safely before an engine burst into flames. Here's footage of the fire, which was published by The Associated Press and posted by Gizmodo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0anPv8aFmgM A person who was not aboard Singapore Airlines flight SQ368 but who was at Changi Airport at the time of the incident captured and posted more footage, noting that oil leaked into the engine, causing the fire pictured. https://twitter.com/AlifAdele/status/747240102116491265 Reuters reported that crews at the airport were able to contain the fire within just a few minutes, and no passengers were injured. The Singapore Airlines flight had 222 passengers and 19 crew on board. "Passengers disembarked through stairs and were transported to the terminal building by bus. Passengers will be transferred to another aircraft which is expected to depart for Milan later today," the airline said in a statement.
2016/06/28 17:04 BGR
When you buy a Chromebook, get as much storage as you can
Size matters when it comes to the storage space on your next Chromebook. Go as big as you can! Chromebooks are inexpensive laptops, and some people even go as far as calling them network appliances. They fit the bill for the most part — they are designed to use remote servers for file storage (think Google Drive) and are a great interface to a computer network (the internet). But they also can run local programs, and with Android apps and the Play store coming to Chromebooks, they'll be running even more of those local apps. The Chromebook Flip's 16GB of storage is going to become an issue. We've been saying for a while that your next Chromebook should have a touch screen, and we can add another must-have to that list — the model with the biggest "hard drive". Yes, the word hard drive is in quotes. That's because most Chromebooks use internal flash memory and not a spinning disk, but we want to make sure everyone knows what we're talking about here — you want as much ...
2016/06/28 17:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Lenovo’s Moto G4 family arrives in the U.S. on July 12
Next month, you’ll be able to buy Lenovo’s Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus in the United States. The mid-range phones will be available online and in stores in just two weeks. Republic Wireless is the only carrier, as of right now, planning to sell the phones directly to its customers. Don’t belong to that […] Come comment on this article: Lenovo’s Moto G4 family arrives in the U.S. on July 12
2016/06/28 16:40 TalkAndroid
New box from Linksys works with any router and kills your WiFi dead zones
You pay $60, $80 or even $100 a month for internet and it's gloriously fast. The problem, of course, is that the quality of the internet speeds you actually experience depends on your router and where you are in your home. And if you're outside in the back yard, you can probably forget about getting anything over 1 or 2Mbps. Check out the Linksys Max-Stream AC1900+ MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Range Extender, which works with any router and extends lightning-fast wireless AC signal to the furthest corners of your property. Here's what you need to know: Eliminates Wi-Fi dead zones and boost Next-Gen AC Wi-Fi in and around your home Works with all Wi-Fi Routers and Multi-User MIMO Routers Simple setup with Push Button Connect and Spot Finder Technology for optimal placement and performance Advanced dual-band Wi-Fi Speeds up to AC1900+ (N300+AC1733) Expand Wi-Fi coverage up to 10,000 square feet Cross-Band and Beamforming Technologies work to optimize Wi-Fi connections Gain enhanced wired speeds for a Smart TV, gaming console, Blu-ray Disc player or other Wi-Fi device using the Gigabit Ethernet port Can also work in Access Point mode for an expanded Wi-Fi network Linksys Max-Stream AC1900+ MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Range Extender: $129.99 with free Prime shipping Follow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we find around the web
2016/06/28 16:32 BGR
[Deal Alert] Unlocked Galaxy S7 dual-SIM on sale for $499.99 via eBay
The Galaxy S7 was an expensive phone when it came out a few months ago, and it still is if you go through standard retail channels. However, you can pick up a GS7 for the downright reasonable price of $499.99 on eBay today if you act fast. This is the dual-SIM (Duos) variant of the phone, and it's unlocked for use on any compatible GSM/LTE network. As an international model, the Galaxy S7 Duos has an octa-core Exynos SoC instead of a Snapdragon 820.
2016/06/28 16:29 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Moto G4 and G4 Plus now up for pre-order in the US, starting at $199
These are the best Android Wear smartwatches
When the software experience is nearly identical from one smartwatch to the next — such is the case with Android Wear — we turn to more subjective features in deciding which stands out above the rest. And has been the case for some time, you really can't go wrong with any of the Android Wear offerings from any of the manufacturers. They all basically do the same thing, and they all basically do those things equally well. But all things must be ranked. They must be weighed, measured and presented for your approval. And here, now, are our picks for the best Android Wear smartwatches. Update June 2016: It's been a couple months since we last updated this post — and not much has changed since then. A major update to the Android Wear platform is coming later this year, (we've already taken a look at it), and things are kind of in a standstill until then. The best: Huawei Watch Huawei's first try at Android Wear did a lot of things right. First, off, it's round, which at...
2016/06/28 16:04 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
A look at Steve Jobs’ biggest failures as Apple CEO
It's hard to believe that it's 2016 and the phrase This would have never happened if Steve was still alive is still being used. Most recently, Mashable referenced Apple's overhaul of the Apple Watch UI as a solution to a problem that would have never have happened if Steve Jobs was still at the helm of Apple. Is this true? Perhaps. Obviously there's no way to know for sure, but the underlying and frustrating problem with the This would have never happened under Steve Jobs narrative is that it effectively presupposes that the Apple co-founder was a flawless visionary who never oversaw the release of shoddy software or underwhelming hardware. DON'T MISS: Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design No company is perfect, to be sure, but one of Apple's strengths has long been its willingness to concede when it's made a mistake and throw all of its weight behind fixing said mistake. Which is to say, Apple's willingness to overhaul the Apple Watch UI, I believe, is a positive insofar as it indicates that the company is happy to admit defeat in order to improve the overall utility of its products. But returning to Steve Jobs for a moment, he wasn't immune to making decisions that later required correction. So while he was an innovative genius he was still, at the end of the day, a human being who made no shortage of missteps along the way. Now given that critics and pundits often find it all to easy to mercilessly and, often times, needlessly attack Tim Cook as a lesser version of Steve Jobs, we thought it was a good time to open up the history books and highlight some of the more curious Steve Jobs decisions and product releases that occurred under his command. Jobs was against the App Store The App Store completely changed the way we interact with our mobile devices and created an economy unto itself in the process. The App Store today is a huge money-making machine, not to mention a key selling point for the iPhone. But interestingly enough, Steve Jobs initially opposed releasing an iPhone SDK and rolling out an App Store. When discussing the original iPhone, Jobs tried to convince the world that Web 2.0 and Ajax apps were all that developers and end-users needed. The full Safari engine is inside of iPhone. And so, you can write amazing Web 2.0 and Ajax apps that look exactly and behave exactly like apps on the iPhone. And these apps can integrate perfectly with iPhone services. They can make a call, they can send an email, they can look up a location on Google Maps. And guess what? There’s no SDK that you need. You’ve got everything you need if you know how to write apps using the most modern web standards to write amazing apps for the iPhone today. So developers, we think we’ve got a very sweet story for you. In fact, Jobs' reluctance to move ahead with an SDK and a bona fide App Store was so strong that a number of Apple employees and board members were actively trying to persuade Jobs to change his mind. According to Walter Isaacson's Jobs biography, Apple board member Art Levinson called Jobs "a half dozen times to lobby for the potential of the apps." Phil Schiller also tried to persuade Jobs to open up the iPhone to third-party developers. "Jobs at first quashed the discussion," Isaacson note, "partly because he felt his team did not have the bandwidth to figure out all the complexities that would be involved in policing third-party app developers.” Thankfully, Jobs eventually saw the competitive advantage that the App Store would provide and changed his mind. When the App Store opened up for business in July of 2008, it became an immediate hit. iPod Hi-Fi Apple in February 2006 announced a speaker system dubbed the iPod Hi-Fi, a forgettable product to say the least. From the outset, it was clear that Apple was simply trying to capitalize on the success of the iPod which was still thriving at the time. The iPod Hi-Fi was a simple concept -- play music directly from your iPod -- that worked decently well. The sound quality respectable but was not in line with the premium price tag ($349) Apple attached to it. Not surprisingly, audiophiles couldn't help but rip the product to shreds. Less than two years after its release, Apple unceremoniously and quietly discontinued the iPod Hi-Fi after sales never managed to take off. Oddly enough, brand new and never opened packages of the iPod-HiFi currently sell for over $1,000 on Amazon, though we can't imagine that someone would actually buy it. MobileMe Apple has never been the best when it comes to cloud-based services. Suffice it to say, if you're frustrated with iCloud today, thank your lucky stars that you never had to withstand the horror that was MobileMe. From the get-go, MobileMe was fraught with problems. What Apple hoped would be a seamless way for users to check email, locate their devices, share photos and more was anything but. Indeed, Steve Jobs reportedly went into a tirade following a less than stellar review of the service from Walt Mossberg, reportedly telling Apple engineers that they ”tarnished Apple’s reputation” and that they “should hate each other for having let each other down.” In fact, the fallout from the initial rollout of MobileMe was so severe that the initial team behind it was reportedly disbanded. What's more, MobileMe's failure prompted Jobs to hand control of Apple's cloud and Internet-related services to a then up and coming employee named Eddy Cue. Hockey Puck Mouse Arguably one of Apple's strangest design decisions, the company's ballyhooed Bondi Blue iMac shipped with a circular mouse design that was quickly dubbed the hockey puck mouse. Despite Jobs' assertions to the contrary, the iMac's translucent mouse was not ergonomically friendly. It was frustrating to control, clunky, and far from a beacon of efficiency. Almost comically, Jobs at one point touted the peripheral as "the best mouse you'll ever use." At best, most iMac users tolerated the mouse. Mercifully, Apple in 2000 replaced it with the optical Apple Pro Mouse. G4 Cube Apple's famed G4 Cube wasn't an inherent failure. The machine itself was favorably reviewed and featured a slick design that completely reimagined the way a computer should look and feel. Nonetheless, a daunting $1,599 price tag coupled with the fact that a monitor had to be purchased separately kept most G4 Cubes on the shelf. Trusting Eric Schmidt It seems like ancient history now, but it's funny to look back at the original iPhone introduction and see former Google CEO Eric Schmidt up on stage praising Apple. At the time, Steve Jobs boasted that the iPhone was a good five years ahead of the competition. Of course, we now know that the iPhone introduction prompted Google's Android team to completely re-think its approach to creating a mobile OS. Yet even as the years passed on by and the tea leaves increasingly started to point to Google becoming Apple's top competitor, Eric Schmidt remained a member on Apple's board of directors. By August of 2009, Jobs and co. finally wised up and realized that the inherent conflict of interest of having Schmidt on the board was not worth keeping up. On August 3, 2009, Apple issued a press release announcing Schmidt's resignation. “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest," Steve Jobs said at the time. "Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s Board.”
2016/06/28 16:07 BGR
Avatar movie franchise is coming to your phone as a mobile strategy game
Kabam has announced plans to release a massively multiplayer mobile strategy game that will be based on the Avatar sci-fi movie franchise from writer-director James Cameron. Kabam, which has most recently launched Marvel Contest of Champions and Star Wars Uprising, stated in its press release that it will be working closely with 20th Century Fox and Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment on the Avatar game. The new product will combine the characters and environments from the Avatar films with an innovative game design and the highest production values to bring the world of Pandora to life. No release date for the Avatar mobile game was announced. The original Avatar movie was released in theaters in 2009 and went on to become the biggest international box office hit of all time (without adjusting for inflation), bring in over $2.7 billion. Cameron has plans to release four sequels to Avatar, with the first due out in December 2018. ...
2016/06/28 16:01 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
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TODAY ONLY: B&H Photo Video offering massive savings on Sony Xperia Z3, C5 Ultra
B&H Photo Video, as they are often wont to do, has slashed the prices of a couple of Android smartphones as part of a Deal Zone promotion. Today sees the retailer dropping the costs of two Sony handsets by some $170-$200. Indeed, now is an as good of a time as any to purchase either
2016/06/28 15:56 AndroidGuys