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Enjoy Music Your Way with Flare

Posted by egzthunder1 January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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There are various things that people look for in a music player. Most of them are spread out across various programs. How about having a single music app with lots of customization options? If this sounds interesting, check out Flare!

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Ployer MOMO8W dual boot tablet runs Windows and Android OS

Posted by Tom January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Ployer’s been pretty quiet with newsworthy products of late but its new MOMO8W tablet is a dual boot device worth looking at.

The tablet runs both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 and is powered by an Intel Z3735F quad-core processor clocked at 1.33GHz.

The tablet has an 8-inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, 2GB of DDR3L RAM and 32GB storage.

It supports Bluetooth 4.0 and HDMI out and is going for the business with Windows, fun with Android angle.

Via igadgetnews

Lollipop is rolling out to the HTC One (M8) in Europe

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Last summer, HTC promised the One (M8) would be updated to Android L within 90 days of the release of the L source code to HTC. That term expires on February 3, and it looks that HTC will hold its promise, at least for users of One (M8) in Europe.

HTC communications executive Jeff Gordon teased the release of Lollipop to European variants of the M8 on Twitter:

Several users on Twitter and Reddit are confirming the arrival of the OTA update in Europe, as well as the Middle East. According to noted HTC ROM developer and leaker LlabTooFeR, the updated software version is 4.16.401.10 and the update weighs in at 780MB.

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HTC rolled out Lollipop to the developer and unlocked versions of the One (M8) earlier this month, but now the rollout is going out to carrier versions. As always, these rollouts go out in waves, and depending on your carrier (and luck), it may take a while before the OTA hits your phone. But it doesn’t hurt checking manually from the About Phone section.

There aren’t many visual changes, but core features like lockscreen notifications, floating notifications, the redesigned notification dropdown, and the new recent activities interface are all present.

Have you received the OTA on your One M8?

Samsung Gear VR now available at Best Buy, sort of

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Good news: The Samsung Gear VR, that wonder toy that brings virtual reality to the masses (well, at least those who own a Samsung Galaxy Note 4), is now out to market and available at Best Buy. Bad news: the Gear VR “Innovator Edition” is just available via the online store, so buying this VR headset is still a very Internet-driven process. But at the very least, it is now within the grasp of the consumers out there and no longer just a pipe dream.

Best Buy has started retailing the USD$200 virtual reality headpiece via its online portal, along with the other cool stuff you can find at very consumer-friendly prices. Prior to this, you could only get the Gear VR either through AT&T or the Samsung website. The device comes with 16GB of memory and is preloaded with fun stuff you can use your Gear VR for, but more games and apps are set to be available via the Oculus VR app hopefully soon.

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Here come two important reminders about the Gear VR — at the top of the list is that it works only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Oculus, makers of the upcoming Rift head-mounted display, partnered with Samsung in creating the ultimate, affordable virtual reality device, and as of now, only the Galaxy Note 4 is able to provide the power needed to make that experience you’re seeing in your head as close to reality as possible. So if you buy a Gear VR, make sure you have the Galaxy Note 4 first.

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The second is, at the moment, what Best Buy and all the other outlets are offering is the Gear VR Innovator Edition, which means that this isn’t yet the final version of the device. Considering the limited amount of content you can currently enjoy with the Gear VR, plunking two Benjamins for this wonder toy might not be up your alley. Otherwise, if you’re feeling quite adventurous exploring the cusp of virtual reality—and if you have a Galaxy Note 4—then go ahead to Best Buy’s online store and make your virtual purchase a reality.

VIA: Engadget

Synthesized synthesizer: Casio releases classic CZ synth for iPad

Posted by Tom January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

There’s a large number of multiple synth emulators on iPad but Casio’s bringing a dedicated app that recreates the Casio CZ synthesizer.

The first CZ, the CZ 101, was launched in 1984 and the series became popular among musicians throughout the ’80s.

Casio’s new app is dedicated to a quality sound output – four separate parts can be played using the Phase Distortion sound source.

36 types of waveforms are on hand and up to four virtual keyboards can be displayed. There’s also a mode that allows duets, with keyboards facing each way for two people to use it at the same time.

It’s also compatible with MIDI devices, as well as Inter-App Audio and Audiobus.

Happy synthing!

Via akihabaranews

Change CyanogenMod 12 Lock Screen Wallpaper

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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By default, Android uses the same wallpaper for home screen and lock screen. With this guide by XDA Forum Member TheXGX you will learn how to change the latter in just few seconds. If your device is rooted and you are using CM12 as your daily driver, take a look at this thread.

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MIPOW M3 wireless headphones keep emergency cable coiled inside

Posted by Tom January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

The MIPOW M3 headphones are a wireless set of cans that keep concealed inside a wire for battery emergencies at the like.

That said, the 15 hours battery life shouldn’t let users down too much.

Battery status can be checked with voice prompts, which can also be used to answer calls.

There is also a control section on the earcup, along with the integrated mic.

It charges via DC power rather than USB.

The MIPOW M3 headphones are currently a kickstarter project, which is now successfully funded. There’s just less than a month to get them for $49 rather than the retail price of $80 that they’ll launch at in April.

The question is, how much weight will a probably never used cable add to the headphones and will they be unbalanced?

Via slashgear

Motorola shows some #Motolove with big discounts for Valentines

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Motorola wants us all to have a happy Valentines. No, the company isn’t wishing you would find the love of your life (you wish!) but just fall in love with a new phone like the new Moto X or the Moto 360 smartwatch. Of course, this sweet deal could also be the perfect Valentines gift to your geeky significant other.

Flowers? Check. Chocolates? Check. Dinner at a fancy restaurant? Check. How about the gift? Choose something from Motorola and get a $140 discount off the price. That’s one great deal and huge discount if you buy items worth $499.99 or $50 off from your total of $249.99 worth of purchase. Send in your orders before February 14 so items will arrive in time for the day of hearts. Without a promo code, you can still get $100 and $35 off your $500 and $250 purchase—smaller discount but still good.

Register on this SITE starting February 2 and Motorola will email you the promo code. Make sure to redeem the promo code before 10:59pm CST on February 14.

The #Motolove offer does not include Nexus 6 and Moto X (2nd Gen.) on Republic Wireless and the Extended Service Plan. Other items available: Moto 360, Moto E, Moto G 4G LTE (1st Gen.), Moto G (2nd Gen.), and Moto X (2nd Gen.).

SOURCE: Motorola

ZTE Blade S6: $250 gets you Lollipop, Snadpragon 615, LTE, and a 13MP camera

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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ZTE just unveiled the latest member of its “mass market premium” Blade family, the Blade S6.

A device that’s targeted at the “young and young at heart,” the ZTE Blade S6 brings together solid mid-range specifications, with Android 5.0 Lollipop and a few unique features, in one package going for $250.

The Blade S6 features a 5-inch HD (1280 x 720) screen in a 7.7-mm plastic body, available in silver and matte pink. ZTE points out that the Blade S6 is the first device to ship with Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor and Lollipop, a pairing that should provide excellent performance. Other specifications include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a Sony IMX214 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front shooter, and a 2,400 mAh battery. The device features “Hi-Fi sound,” expandable storage, and two nano-SIM cards, with LTE support in the B3/B7/B8/B28(B20)  bands.

Network LTE: B3/B7/B8/B28(B20)     (1800/2600/900/700(800))UMTS: (850)900/2100 MHz

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900

Platform Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 octa-core chipset  (MSM8939)
Operating System Android L
Size 144 x 70.7 x 7.7mm
Display 5.0 inch HD with In-Cell Technology
Camera Sony IMX214 13M AF + 5M wide-angle FF
Battery 2400mAh
Interface 3.5mm Earphone Port, Dual Nano SIM, 5pin Micro USB, Micro SD
Memory 16GB eMMC + 2GB  RAM DDR3
Features  HI-FI, Proximity, Ambient Light, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, A-GPS/GPS, FM/BT 4.0, Wifi:  802.11a/b/g/n/ac §  Smart Sense§  Aliveshare

§  MiFavor 3.0 UI

Running the show is the Lollipop-based MiFavor 3 operating system, which includes ZTE’s numerous customizations as well as Smart Sense, which lets you launch apps like the music player or flashlight with gestures like flicking your wrist.

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The ZTE Blade S6 will be available at a later date for $249.99. The device will ship globally from AliExpress, while in some markets, customers will be able to get it from Amazon and eBay.

The Blade S6’s specs and price tag put it somewhere between the Moto G (2014) and the OnePlus One, and it remains to be seen if ZTE manages to convince customers to opt for its own product. ZTE’s core market remains China, where Lenovo just re-introduced the Moto G, and Xiaomi is growing steadily by offering high-end products at mid-range specs. It’s good to see however that ZTE is going for global online sales, even if for now it’s just AliExpress.

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ZTE unveils Blade S6 4G LTE smartphone with innovative Smart Sense and a host of other premium features for the masses

28 January 2015, Hong Kong – ZTE, a global leading mobile device maker, released its Blade S6 4G LTE smartphone today. Aimed at the young and young at heart, the Blade S6 – per its name – boasts six key features designed to provide customers from across the board with world-class user experience. The new features including ZTE’s Smart Sense gesture motion control, world’s first Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 octa-core chipset running on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, a SLR like ultra-high-definition camera, Hi-Fi Sound, ZTE’s MiFavor 3.0 user interface and ZTE’s AliveShare application for network-less communication.

 

“In line with our product portfolio plan, we very much sought to push the envelope with the Blade S6, and to do so in a way that would appeal to youths, as well as those with active social lives,” said Mr. Adam ZENG Xuezhong, Executive Vice President of ZTE Corporation and CEO of ZTE Mobile Devices.

 

“The Blade S6 is part of our 3+1 approach, which is led by a trio of product lines that includes the voice control Star series, security-focused Grand series and mass-market premium Blade series. The sub-brand Nubia series completes the approach, which together allows ZTE to address an expansive variety of customer needs.”

 

To date, the Blade series has accounted for over 20 million units of ZTE’s global device sales, thereby validating the company’s strategy of adding high-end features to devices targeted at multiple customer segments.

 

Among those key features are the device’s Smart Sense, which includes an intuitive and practical sets of gesture and motion controls, such as with a flick of the wrist that allows users to shine the Blade S6’s flashlight, activate its built-in mirror application, take rapid succession of photographs, play music, and much more.

 

Powering the Blade S6 is the new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 chipset – Qualcomm’s first octa-core system-on-chip solution – and an Adreno 405 image processor capable of Full-HD H.265 decoding. This makes the Blade S6 the world’s first Android-L device to be powered by the Snapdragon™ 615, and uniquely capable of providing one of the most seamless user experiences currently on the market.

 

ZTE’s MiFavor 3.0 user interface meanwhile offers numerous customisation and personalization options at the finger-tips of the consumer. The Blade S6 also packs equally a punch in the audio department thanks to its Hi-Fi sound capability. The device’s five-inch screen is built using In-Cell technology, which allows better and more vibrant image quality.

 

Packaged in a slender two-millimetre-thin casing, the Blade S6 comes in a silver or pink matte finish.

 

“With its small package and powerful capabilities, the Blade S6 is the dream device for the socially active consumers and a clear demonstration of ZTE’s ability to offer a premium smartphone at an affordable price.” ZENG added.

 

 Price and availability

The retail price for the ZTE Blade S6 is $249.99 US. ZTE Blade S6 will be available online globally on AliExpress, and with Amazon and eBay in selected markets.

It will be available through the distributor, Qool International Ltd, and exclusively at the Hong Kong mobile operator csl. and other major retail channels including Suning, Dream Team, Sun Shine Telecom, Cyber Telecom, 188 Digital.com, Pak Lik and I Mobile in Hong Kong.

 

Amazon Echo vs Google Now – Digital Assistant Showdown!

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Two weeks ago, we talked about the must have item from Amazon, the Echo. In the comments there was a lot of discussion about which digital assistant implementation was actually better: Amazon Echo or, the Android standard, Google Now. Is it dependent on whether you want it to me mobile or not? Is it physical hardware versus software?

In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK compares Amazon Echo to Google Now in a Digital Assistant Showdown. In this cage match two will enter, how many will exit? Could it be two? Can there be two kings of the digital assistant world each providing their own value depending on the situation? Is there a clear winner? Check out this video to find out!


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