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Xiaomi launches Pink Mi Note and budget ranged Redmi 2A for its 5th anniversary

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Xiaomi Mi Note has just received a new pink variant as the company celebrates its fifth anniversary on the 6th of April. This will feature a slightly toned down hardware, thus making it slightly cheaper as well. The only change here is the cutting down of RAM from 3GB to 2GB, which translates to roughly $16 in savings, bringing the overall device cost to $274.

This comes after the company unveiled the Mi Smart Scale yesterday for as little as $15, which could pair with Mi Fit app on Android and iOS.

The company has also announced a new variant of the Redmi 2 known simply as the Redmi 2A which comes with a Leadcore LC1860 quad core chipset with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz. This is used in place of the Snapdragon 410 SoC that was shown off with the Redmi 2 back in January this year. This handset is available for the local equivalent of $97 (599 CNY), which makes it one of the most attractive budget offerings in the market today.

There are no changes in terms of hardware apart from the SoC, so you can expect to find the 4.7 inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, Android 4.4 KitKat, an 8-megapixel camera and a 2,200 mAh battery.

Via: Phone Arena

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Huawei bringing the Honor 6 Plus to the UK on May 1

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Huawei Honor 6 Plus smartphone will be available for purchase in the UK starting May 1, according to the company. Interested customers in the region will be able to pre-order the device from April 6, which is this Monday.

Pricing has been set at £299.99 or $443, so it’s not as expensive as other flagships that are available in the market today. The handset will be available exclusively through local carrier Three, so your options are limited if you’re interested in snatching up this device.

The Honor 6 Plus has a 5.5 inch 1080p display on board and is accompanied by the unique dual 8-megapixel cameras on the back as well as an 8-megapixel front facing camera. The device is running the company’s proprietary HiSilicon Kirin 925 octa core chipset with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and Android 4.4 KitKat with the company’s Emotion UI.

The 3,600 mAh battery on the smartphone will reportedly last you two full days on a single charge, which is a compelling feature to have on a smartphone. Are you interested in getting the Honor 6 Plus?

Source: Three UK
Via: Android Central

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OnePlus launches the DR-1, the world’s smallest remote controlled drone

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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So OnePlus has finally unveiled the DR-1 (or GameChanger if you will) and as Rob predicted here, it is indeed an April Fool’s Day joke. If you are desperate to own something with OnePlus branding there is a limited quantity available for purchase.

OnePlus-DR-1 Drone (3)The OnePlus DR-1 is a tiny quadcopter that has a wingspan of just 70mm (2.75 inches) and it comes with a gamepad type controller. Automatic 4-axis flips can be performed simply by flicking one of the thumbsticks. The DR-1 has a flight time of between 5-8 minutes and can be fully recharged in 20 minutes.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 12.5 grams +-2.5grams
  • Size: 70 x 28mm (30mm blade diameter 4 rotors)
  • 3.7V100mAh Li-Po battery
  • Charge Time: 20 minutes
  • Flight Time: 5-8 minutes
  • In the box: DR-1 Drone, USB cable, 4 x spare rotors, user manual, controller.

The one surprise for me, considering that OnePlus is a smartphone manufacturer, is that you can’t control the DR-1 with your handset. Maybe I’m just expecting too much of a company that struggles to keep its self-imposed deadlines. The latest of which is the recently delayed release if its OxygenOS firmware for the OnePlus one that was due on March 27th. Anyhow, I digress.

The OnePlus DR-1 drone can be purchased for $20 (£15) from here with a shipping time of between 3-15 days. Am I the only one that thinks that this was a lot of (unnecessary) effort for an April Fool’s Day joke?

Click here to see our round-up of the rest of the April Fool’s Day gags.

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Source: OnePlus

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Motorola announces the customizable Moto Selfie Stick, available in either wood or leather

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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You can customize your own Moto X smartphone or Moto 360 smartwatch with Moto Maker, but a new accessory from Motorola is sure to excite you. Introducing the Moto Selfie Stick.

Selfies are more about you than even your phone so why not make it as unique as you are? Starting right now, you can customize your own Moto Selfie Stick with wood or leather.

Motorola can’t guarantee that you will capture fantastic shots of your kisser, but you will have fun holding your new stick!!

Watch Motorola explain the precision and detail behind the greatest selfie stick ever in the video below…

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Happy April Fools’ Day

source: Motorola

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Huawei P8 surfaces in TENAA filing revealing specs

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The forthcoming Huawei P8 smartphone, expected to be announced as the company’s next flagship at an April 15th event, surfaced in a filing with TENAA, the Chinese equivalent to the FCC. Besides the information about specs that are included in the filing, Huawei also supplied several images giving us an official look at the device.

The Huawei P8 specs are consistent with previously leaked information. The smartphone will be powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 930 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage expandable via microSD. The Huawei P8 will come with a 5.2-inch 1080p display and a 13MP camera. The device will come loaded with Android Lollipop out of the box. Sources expect the smartphone to be priced at less than $500.

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source: GSMArena

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Samsung Galaxy BLADE edge is the newest cutting-edge device

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Samsung has announced a new Chef Collection series item that brings the cutting-edge technology of their popular smartphone devices to the cutting-edge technology of kitchen devices. The Samsung Galaxy BLADE edge is the first smart knife that also has smartphone capabilities. The Galaxy BLADE edge comes with all of the features of the Galaxy S6, but in a chef’s knife form factor. Samsung capitalizes on the strength of the new Gorilla Glass 4 that we have seen survive some serious impact to bring this new device to market which will see thousands of impacts on the cutting board.

Samsung notes that the Galaxy BLADE edge utilizes a new patented ceramic coating that is tougher than stainless steel, yet lighter than plastic. Samsung’s designers focused on ensuring the curves and dimensions of the device resulted in an ergonomic tool. The ceramic coating is practical as well, creating a unique surface tension that keeps foods from sticking to the BLADE edge while cutting.

Samsung also packed in some new functional features in the Galaxy BLADE edge to help it perform in the kitchen. New sensors and algorithms analyze a user’s grip, dexterity and strength to create an efficient weight for maintaining the proper cutting rhythm. Samsung claims this will result in 50% faster cutting when compared to traditional, conventional knives.

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 Samsung’s KNOX security platform has also been modified for use in the Galaxy BLADE edge to include  a finger-detection system to help users avoid accidental cuts. Should a user attempt to use the smart knife for nefarious purposes, such as a weapon, a special human blood sensor will trigger an automatic emergency call to the appropriate authorities.

The Galaxy BLADE edge comes with a full waterproof coating so it can be used in a variety of liquid substances as well as being sent through the wash. The smart knife is also unique in that it is fireproof for use in flambé situations. Samsung has included a stylus with a built-in S-Thermometer so it can function as a wireless meat thermometer.

Those who pay attention to advanced technology will also find that Samsung has developed their own custom NAND flash memory to be used in the Galaxy BLADE edge. Instead of UFS memory, Samsung developed U4CF or Ultra 4D Curved Flash. This memory, in addition to helping maintain the curved shape of the device, employs a series of 10nm-wide wormholes that can send data to distant cloud repositories instantaneously.

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The Galaxy BLADE edge will be part of Samsung’s larger collection of connected kitchen devices and will make use of their new Samsung Kitchen app. Additional accessories will also be available soon, such as a mammoth tusk detachable handle or one made from olivewood. Special cases and a wireless wooden charging block are also planned.

Samsung does note that all descriptions about the Galaxy BLADE edge are subject to change without notice or obligation and the product, at least for now, is not actually real.

source: Samsung

 

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OnePlus is supposed to announce a new device this April and it’s supposed to be a game changer. Last week during a Reddit AMA, OnePlus’ Carl Pei came out and said they will announce the DR-1 Drone. Now assuming that it is indeed a drone, why would he tell the world that it is?

Of course, a lot of blogs picked up on the story. We didn’t because, until it’s officially announced, why bother? Now today, OnePlus tweeted, “Feeling adventurous? The DR-1 is flying to our store next month. #OneGameChanger.

Maybe OnePlus will really unveil a Drone for April, but let’s not forget that tomorrow is April Fool’s Day, which probably makes it the perfect day to unveil this thing.

 

 

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Designer exposes unreleased version of TouchWiz

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Much has been said about Samsung’s software over the years. People have complained about TouchWiz yet plenty of consumers continue to buy the company’s devices. TouchWiz has certainly matured and evolved, looking the best it ever has. However, it could have looked even better. Designer Gerald Mark Soto, who claims to have worked with Samsung, posted two videos exposing an unreleased version of TouchWiz. Everything about the software is sharp with flowing animations.

The software seen in the videos is the same captured in photographs that leaked prior to the launch of the Galaxy S5. So perhaps the overhauled version of TouchWiz that leaked last year was being considered for the Galaxy S6 (and did not make the cut).

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Source: Gerald Mark Soto
Via: SamMobile

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T-Mobile launched pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge last Friday, but you couldn’t order the Gold Platinum version, only Black Sapphire or White Pearl.

As of this morning, you can now pre-order the Gold Platinum version in either 32, 64, or 128 GB. Unfortunately your order won’t ship right away since they won’t receive stock until closer to April 10. Don’t forget, you still get 1 year of Netflix for free with any Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge pre-order from T-Mobile.

Just click the source link below to get your order in.

source: T-Mobile

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Amazon taking pre-orders for HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Another retailer, this one online, has started to accept pre-orders for three of the year’s hottest devices. Right now, you can pre-order the HTC One M9 (review here), Samsung Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge through Amazon. The online retailer has various storage and color options when it comes to the carrier variants of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. For the One M9, Amazon has limited the selection to Gold on Silver and Gunmetal Grey all with 32GB of internal storage. The only carrier without its variants listed by Amazon is T-Mobile.

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