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Oppo N3 reportedly made from “aerospace grade metal”, probably aluminum

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Oppo is no stranger to the slow tease method when it comes to releasing new products, slowly giving us tiny bits of information leading up to the big unveil. We’ve seen it with the Oppo N1, the Find 7 and now we are starting to see it with the upcoming N3 as well.

The first teaser arrived early last week, and shortly after this we also saw the first leaked images of the devices, showing off what appears to be a phone with a metal build of some sort. Now a new teaser from Oppo has hit Weibo with the tag-line “Built for what may come” and the description also mentions the handset will be made of “aerospace grade metal” that is said to strike a “great balance between lightweight and resilience”.


This material could be just about anything, as there’s quite a few materials that can qualify as aerospace grade including nickel steel, stainless steel, titanium and even certain grades of aluminum. If we had to take a guess, aluminum is the most likely candidate because it’s lightweight and will keep the costs from getting too out of hand.

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Alleged leaked image of the Oppo N3.

That’s all the teaser reveals, though previous hints and leaks have revealed that the handset has a dramatically different look from its predecessor, though it still offers a swiveling camera that acts as both the front and rear shooter — this time presented in a cylindrical form. The Oppo N3 is expected to be announced sometime in October, and we’ll be sure to bring you more details as they arrive.

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[App Review] Amazon joins an already crowded field with Prime Music

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The competition between music streaming services is fierce. Everyone from tech giants to smaller, individual services are going at it to get ahold of you for some listening time. In June, Amazon entered the arena with an extension to its Prime subscription that costs $99. The company introduced Prime Music, an unlimited music streaming service that has absolutely no advertisements. Prime Music offers more than one million songs by thousands of artists to be streamed endlessly. It is built into the Amazon Music app that brings together your existing library, a traditional store, and Prime Music.


Getting started with Prime Music is incredibly simple. Have Amazon Music installed? Have an Amazon Prime subscription? You now have Prime Music. Enter your email and password into the app and you’re good to go. Amazon Music breaks down into a few sections — Your Library, New Music, Prime Music. The slideout menu exposes these sections with additional choices as well as the Settings, Downloads, and Help buttons. This opening menu goes away, however, once you start listening to music as it collects recently played albums. From here on, the slideout menu is the go-to for navigation.


There is no way getting around Prime Music’s meager catalog. The amount of songs offered by Prime Music seems like a lot on paper, but not so when comparing it to other services. Google Play Music All Access lets users stream anything that Google Play offers and Spotify features a mighty twenty million songs. It is not like Prime Music is completely dated or anything. Prime Music has a little bit of this and a little bit of that — a mixed bag in which you never really know what you are going to get.

The albums section also shows how much Prime Music’s catalog is lacking. You will never get the freedom of thinking “Oh, I want to listen to [artist name]” and being served with appropriate music. Though, I will say that Prime Music delivers best when looking for older music from the 1970s or 1980s.

Perhaps Amazon tries to make things better with the playlist section. Users can create playlists but Amazon has shared some pre-made ones. They vary from hits of a certain era to artist-specific collections. There is a wide variety and this is a good way to curate music for a listener that does not know what exactly to listen to; however, someone wanting an already-generated playlist can save money and go with something like iHeartRadio or Pandora. Those services do just fine in composing custom channels at no cost.


Playback with the Amazon Music app is extremely clean and simple. Starting a song displays its name, the artist’s name, and traditional playback buttons. The drop down button will include ways to view more music found on an album and its artist. Useful shuffle and repeat buttons are here, too. While here, you can share your activity with Facebook.

Outside of the app, Amazon Music can be controlled from a few different places. The traditional playback buttons will appear on the lockscreen and in the notification tray. To gain even easier access, there is a handy widget that can be placed on the homescreen.

The biggest issue with Prime Music is that it is not at all comparable to its competition. And that could actually be alright with Amazon. Projecting Prime Music as a download-focused service to grow your music collection would be wise. The catalog is far too small to be taken seriously as a music streaming service alone. It has some of today’s popular songs, some of yesterday’s, and some of the songs you probably forgot about. Its design is boring and unintuitive, albeit useful. None of this is enough in the music streaming arena.

What is important with Prime Music is that it is an extension of the Prime subscription. Absolutely no one will subscribe just because Prime Music exists. Everyone subscribes because of the free two-day shipping and respectable video streaming service. Prime Music seems to be Jeff Bezos’ way of creating more value since the price of a Prime subscription recently increased by $20.

So if you have a Prime subscription, Prime Music is just there. And for non-subscribers, you are much better off looking elsewhere. There are free services that deliver much better than Prime Music.

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Galaxy Note 4 preorders sell out in South Korea

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Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_Charcoal-Black_Front-Pen_02Samsung has already announced they were planning on speeding up the launch of the Note 4 in South Korea to try and create some momentum after Apple’s iPhone launch, and right now it’s looking like that was a smart move. Early reports say all three major wireless carriers have completely sold through their preorder stock of the Galaxy Note 4, which means there is some pretty strong demand for the device.

SK Telecom is the largest carrier in South Korea, and they cleared their stock in just 9 hours. KT and LG Uplus managed to sell out in three days. Since the preorder period was just from September 18th to the 25th, it’s apparent that customers jumped on the chance to get in line for their device.

The Note 4 looks like one of Samsung’s most impressive devices yet, complete with a 2k screen, 16 megapixel camera with OIS and a metal frame, finally moving on from the traditional plastic of Samsung flagships. It also helps that Samsung priced the Note 4 about $100 lower than the Note 3, and cheaper products are always easier to sell.

Hopefully Samsung will see a continued demand for the powerhouse phablet through the end of the year.

source: Cnet

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Coolest car charger ever: Flux Capacitor hits ThinkGeek for just $25

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Back to the Future first hit the big screen way back in 1985, and yet it still captivates many of us even to this day (myself certainly included!). For BTTF fans, it seems that this is shaping up to be a pretty big month.

First, there was the news that was partnering up with Universal Studios to offer replicas of the Marty McFly shoes worn in BTTF Part II, with plans to sell them come September 30th. And now mobile fans can get their hands on a mini-flux capacitor that might not be able to take them back and forth through time, but does a pretty fine job of charging up mobile devices.

The Flux Capacitor isn’t officially licensed from the sounds of it, but it looks pretty darn close to the one from the movie, albeit in smaller form. The charger plugs into your cigarette lighter and then provides two USB ports for charging up your gear and is capable of 2.1 amps of power (sorry, no 1.21 gigawatts here). The Flux Capactitor actually started off as an April Fool’s joke for ThinkGeek, but has since been turned into a real product that is available now for just $25.

So what do you think, anyone interested in picking this one up?

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Ray Ozzie’s Talko gives back our voices, coming to Android soon

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Although it has been a while since the Lotus Notes creator stepped away from his post in Microsoft, Ray Ozzie hasn’t completely retired from software scene just yet. Co-founding a startup, Ozzie and company have now released their app Talko which isn’t as much a revolution as it is a going back to the roots of communication.

The premise behind Talko is that we have practically obsoleted phone calls. But while our substitutes, email (which is also getting deprecated) and instant messaging, lets us interact more often, we actually end up communicating and conveying less. How much emotion and meaning can you convey behind just a few sentences, much less a sometimes ambiguous emoji? Talko aims to bring back that heart of communication by getting users to, well, talk.

Talko can perhaps be best described as a voice-centric instant messaging service and app. While many messaging services do allow you to send short audio clips, they’re still mostly text based and revolve around such. With Talko, it is really your mouth that does the talking, literally. Instead of leaving text messages, you leave voice messages, not in voicemail but in conversations. Like instant messaging, though, you can leave your Talko message for others to reply on their own time. Of course, Talko does more than that. For one, you can also take a photo even while you’re talking so that others in the conversation can see what you are seeing right at that very moment. And Talko is also useful for teams and businesses as you can organize and tag calls and messages as you wish for later replay.


Unsurprisingly, Talko is first available on iOS with an Android and web app version promised in the coming months. But while Talko does have the backing of an industry luminary such as Ray Ozzie, its success will not depend on him. The idea of such a predominantly (since you can still tap out text if needed) voice-based system might feel alien or even uncomfortable for some, which, somewhat ironically, serves to proves the point.

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Microsoft Announces Wireless Display Adapter, a Miracast Receiver

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Miracast never really caught on; the standard seems to have lost what little ground it had to simpler solutions, like Chromecast mirroring, but it has its niche in environments with flaky Wi-Fi connections and programs which require low latency. The only problem? Finding an inexpensive, reliable receiver. Luckily for those in the market, Microsoft unveiled an option today.

Microsoft’s Wireless Display Adapter, which looks sort of like a blockier Chromecast, is a USB-powered Miracast receiver which connects to any television, monitor, or projector via HDMI. It’s a no-frills device, meaning any smartphone, tablet, or computer which supports Miracast can pair with the receiver, and then mirror content on the connect display.

The best part? It’s only $60. That may be a bit more than Chromecast, but it’s a relative steal for a device with applications in enterprise.

The Wireless Display Adapter goes on sale in October. It should be compatible with most smartphones and tablets running Android 4.2.1 or newer.

Via: Microsoft

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Xiaomi steps up its game with a Bluetooth game controller

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There should no longer be any doubt that Xiaomi wants in on the fledgling Chinese game biz. The company has now outed its own Bluetooth game controller for, what else, gaming. While the controller seems like a natural evolution of its Mi TV box, it does raise some questions about the future of one popular Android gaming console turned platform.

The Xiaomi controller looks like a hybrid of a PlayStation and an Xbox controller. The body design looks closer to that of Sony’s console but the button layout is unmistakably Microsoft’s. Technical details are rather few at this point, like the exact version of Bluetooth being used. From the photos, it is likely that the controller can be used to directly connect with a Mi TV or connect to a Xiaomi mobile device, like a Mi 4, which is then hooked up to a bigger screen, or a Mi Pad. The controller is noted to have its own G-sensor, probably for games that require tilting controls, and vibration feedback. It also runs on two AA batteries.

The Xiaomi Bluetooth game controller goes on sale September 25 and the first 300 buyers will be able to take it away for only 1 RMB, roughly $0.16. Actual retail price has not yet been disclosed, much less availability outside of China.


This controller makes plain Xiaomi’s plans to become a gaming brand in China, which has just opened its culture to gaming consoles, with a few legal caveats. This new product might make one wonder how OUYA fits in all of these. The gaming startup recently revealed that it struck up a partnership with the Chinese OEM to bring its Android-based gaming platform to China. This was later followed by rumors that OUYA is in financial straits and is actually looking for buyers, which includes Xiaomi. Aside from two buttons (menu and back), Xiaomi’s controller closely matches that of OUYA’s, which could hint at future compatibility with the Android gaming platform, no matter which way OUYA goes.

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Charge your phone from your tablet with Samsung’s new Power Sharing cable

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Power banks are getting cheaper and larger, but what if you could use your Samsung tablet or smartphone as an external battery?

That’s the promise of Samsung’s new Power Sharing cable, which does exactly what the name suggests: it allows you to use some of the energy of one device to charge up another.

There’s a catch – only select Samsung devices can be sources. These are, for now: Galaxy S5, Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Avant, and Galaxy Note 4. However, any device with a microUSB port can be charged up. Of course, some of the used energy will be lost due to the inherently imperfect efficiency of the process.

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The cable features two microUSB plugs, with arrows on the plugs showing the direction the charge “flows.” While the Samsung devices listed above can give a charge simply by plugging in the cable, Samsung published an app that lets you decide how much energy you want to transfer to the other device. The app is now available from the Play Store or from Samsung Apps.

The Power Sharing cable is available on Samsung’s store for $19.99, which isn’t that much to pay for the functionality it offers. Sure, you can get a good size power bank for that money, but the cable could be more useful, depending on the way you use your devices.

HTC Scribble Application Now Available on Google Play

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For OEMs like HTC, chief among the benefits of hosting apps on Google Play are faster updates. Traversing the lengthy and unpredictable path toward OTA approval is obviously undesirable if the enhancements are minor, which is probably why HTC continues to decouple applications from its firmware. The latest to receive the treatment is HTC Scribble, a digital scrapbook app.

Scribble is fairly self-explanatory. It’s a virtual sketchpad, basically – you can add photos, text, lists, and illustrations to pages, plus calendar events and reminders. For artistic types or those who prefer to write in their own handwriting, Scribble supports stylus input.

As you would expect, the app is incompatible with non-HTC devices. If Scribble came preloaded on your smartphone, though, expect to see an update notification soon.

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MediaTek Labs launched to support development of wearables and other devices

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MediaTek announced today the launch of a new global initiative they are calling MediaTek Labs to provide resources for the development of wearables and “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices. The new project tries to provide support for a variety of groups that may be involved in efforts to create new devices across a wide range of skill levels. According to Marc Naddell, vice president for the new MediaTek Labs, “with the launch of MediaTek Labs we’re opening up a new world of possibilities for everyone — from hobbyists and students through to professional developers and designers — to unleash their creativity and innovation. We believe that the innovation enabled by MediaTek Labs will drive the next wave of consumer gadgets and apps that will connect billions of things and people around the world.”

The heart of the new initiative is MediaTek’s LinkIt development platform. The platform provides an operating system for wearables and IoT that run on a MediaTek Aster chip and also supports MediaTek’s WiFi and GPS chipsets. MediaTek also created a LinkIt Hardware Development Kit to be used for prototyping devices and the LinkIt ONE from Seeed Studio, a third-party development board compatible with the new hardware reference design.

MediaTek is also making a preview release available of the MediaTek SDK for Android so developers can start working on adding support to their code.


You can read the full press release announcing the new MediaTek Labs below:

TAIWAN, Hsinchu — Sept 22, 2014 — MediaTek today launched MediaTek Labs (, a global initiative that allows developers of any background or skill level to create wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The new program provides developers, makers and service providers with software development kits (SDKs), hardware development kits (HDKs), and technical documentation, as well as technical and business support.

“With the launch of MediaTek Labs we’re opening up a new world of possibilities for everyone — from hobbyists and students through to professional developers and designers — to unleash their creativity and innovation,” says Marc Naddell, vice president of MediaTek Labs. “We believe that the innovation enabled by MediaTek Labs will drive the next wave of consumer gadgets and apps that will connect billions of things and people around the world.”

The Labs developer program also features the LinkIt™ Development Platform, which is based on the MediaTek Aster (MT2502) chipset. The LinkIt development Platform is the one of the best connected platforms, offering excellent integration for the package size and doing away with the need for additional connectivity hardware. LinkIt makes creating prototype wearable and IoT devices easy and cost effective by leveraging MediaTek’s proven reference design development model. The LinkIt platform consists of the following components:

System-on-Chip (SoC) — MediaTek Aster (MT2502), the world’s smallest commercial SoC for Wearables, and companion Wi-Fi (MT5931) and GPS (MT3332) chipsets offering powerful, battery efficient technology.
LinkIt OS — an advanced yet compact operating system that enables control software and takes full advantage of the features of the Aster SoC, companion chipsets, and a wide range of sensors and peripheral hardware.
Hardware Development Kit (HDK) — Launching first with LinkIt ONE, a co-design project with Seeed Studio, the HDK will make it easy to add sensors, peripherals, and Arduino Shields to LinkIt ONE and create fully featured device prototypes.
Software Development Kit (SDK) — Makers can easily migrate existing Arduino code to LinkIt ONE using the APIs provided. In addition, they get a range of APIs to make use of the LinkIt communication features: GSM, GPRS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.
To ensure developers can make the most of the LinkIt offering, the MediaTek Labs website includes a range of additional services, including:
Comprehensive business and technology overviews
A Solutions Catalog where developers can share information on their devices, applications, and services and become accessible for matchmaking to MediaTek’s customers and partners
Support services, including comprehensive FAQ, discussion forums that are monitored by MediaTek technical experts, and — for developers with solutions under development in the Solutions Catalog — free technical support.

“While makers still use their traditional industrial components for new connected IoT devices, with the LinkIt ONE hardware kit as part of MediaTek LinkIt Developer Platform, we’re excited to help Makers bring prototypes to market faster and more easily,” says Eric Pan, founder and chief executive officer of Seeed Studio.

Makers, designers and developers can sign up to MediaTek Labs today and download the full range of tools and documentation at
About MediaTek Inc.
MediaTek is a pioneering fabless semiconductor company, and a market leader in cutting-edge systems on a chip for wireless communications and connectivity, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. MediaTek created the world’s first octa-core smartphone platform with LTE and our CorePilot™ technology releasing the full power of multi-core mobile processors. Through MediaTek Labs™, the company is creating a worldwide ecosystem in support of device creation, application development and services based around MediaTek offerings. With an emphasis on enabling technology for the masses and not the chosen, everyone can be an Everyday Genius. MediaTek [TSE:2454] is headquartered in Taiwan and has offices worldwide. Please visit for more information.

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