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Nest thermostats add compatability with third-party home automation products

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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It was only a matter of time before the now Google-owned Nest Learning Thermostat (and smoke detector) became even more integrated in the “Internet of things.”

Now, the device can be paired and controlled with other home automation products, including Pebble smartwatches (to check and control the temperature in your home), ivee (voice-controlled home manager) and Life360 (an app used to check the location of family and friends and can adjust the temperature when people enter and leave your home).

WallyHome, a device that checks for water leaks, is also on the list of compatible products, as is Rachio, which controls sprinklers in the house for fires. Expect more and more products to become compatible with Nest, as Google is looking for more partners to expand the capabilities of its device.

Source: Engadget

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MetroPCS offering entry-level Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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If you’re a MetroPCS customer and in the market for a new, cheap tablet, there’s a pretty good deal available available for you right now.

The prepaid carrier (through T-Mobile) is offering the Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet for $149 (plus tax) on a pretty inexpensive data plan. For $10/month, you can get unlimited data, which siphons off 1GB  of data to the Pop 7 tablet. If you add the device to an existing plan, you’ll get a $5 monthly discount off your bill. Here are the rates for current subscribers, straight from MetroPCS/T-Mobile’s press release..

  • $10 / month: Unlimited data with first 1GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
  • $20 / month: Unlimited data with first 3GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
  • $30 / month: Unlimited data with first 5GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds

The tablet itself isn’t much in itself — a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch display, 8.9 mm thin, Wi-Fi/4G/Bluetooth and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean — but it still isn’t a bad deal for prepaid customers looking to expand their tech arsenal.

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Source: MetroPCS/T-Mobile

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Samsung Galaxy S 5 to get Android 5.0 Lollipop in December

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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When Android 5.0 Lollipop launches soon, Nexus devices will be the first to receive the latest version of Android. From there on out, it is up to hardware manufacturers to work on updating devices. Owners of flagship devices should expect to see a software update before anyone else. HTC is committed to pushing Android 5.0 to within 90 days of its launch, but Samsung has not given a timetable.

A new report claims that the Galaxy S 5 will get the software update in December. This would be for the global version of the device; therefore, United States owners of the Galaxy S 5 should expect it early in 2015. If you are eager to know what Samsung has in store for TouchWiz with Android 5.0, take a look at this leak.

Source: SamMobile

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Galaxy Note 4 destined to be Samsung’s best-selling smartphone yet

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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The Galaxy Note 4 is without a doubt Samsung’s most powerful smartphone, and, according to a recent report, it may also be its best-selling. South Korean publication, News1, writes that the handset recently passed the 4.5 million global sales figure following its September 26 launch.

As I’m sure you’d agree, that’s a pretty astonishing figure for a phone that initially launched in South Korea and has been expanding availability ever since  – launching in the US, UK, India and China as late as last week.

When you take into consideration the 5 million units its predecessor sold in its first month of release, which, for the record, wasn’t a staged rollout, we don’t think we’d be wrong in assuming that the Note 4 is destined to be Samsung’s best-selling smartphone of not only 2014, but 2013, too.

The report doesn’t appear to provide information about the Note 4’s sister smartphone, the Note Edge, with its rounded display, but we expect the quantity to be significantly less seeing as it’s only available in a handful of markets.

Hit the source link below to view the full report.

Source: News1

 

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 now available in India

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Starting today, residents in India can purchase the unlocked variant of Samsung’s largest smartphone, the Galaxy Mega 2, from the manufacturer’s online store for Rs.20,900 — approximately $340.

In terms of performance, this configuration of the Mega 2 is slightly different to the International version we saw launch in Europe earlier this month. The Indian model packs a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal storage (with microSD support), an 8 MP rear shooter and a 2,800 mAh battery.

Straight out the box, the handset runs the latest build of Android 4.4 KitKat skinned with Samsung’s famous TouchWiz user interface — which incorporates tons of fantastic software tweaks, such as, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Group Play and more.

If you like the sound of the Galaxy Mega 2 and want to pick one up from Samsung India — hit the source link below.

Source: Samsung India

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New OPPO teaser hints at second device

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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OPPO has scheduled some press events for next Wednesday, October 29th, for the launch of the new OPPO N3 smartphone. A new teaser image posted to OPPO’s Weibo account suggests the company may have a second device to announce at the same time. The image is accompanied by text indicating “One More Step.” The use of “more” could be a subtle suggestion that OPPO has more than one device to announce.

That possibility is bolstered by the image that shows a theater-like curtain being pulled away to reveal not one, but two smartphone devices. The two devices appear to have different heights and materials. We have not seen rumors or information leaking out about a second OPPO device in addition to the N3. However, there were several leaks showing different devices from OPPO that were believed to be possible variants of the N3. It may be possible some of those images were actually a second device.

We should find out more next Wednesday when OPPO holds their big event.

source: Weibo
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LG debuts NUCLUN processor in the G3 Screen, a Korean exclusive with a 5.9-inch screen

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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We’ve seen evidence that LG have been preparing their own processor, and today the Korean manufacturer have confirmed the long-running rumor by announcing the octa-core NUCLUN ARM processor. The processor will make its debut in the G3 Screen (formerly the LG Liger),and will feature LTE-6 capability, allowing download speeds of up to 225Mbps. 

The NUCLUN inside the G3 Screen will be clocked at 1.5GHz for the four Cortex-A15 cores and 1.2GHz for the other four Cortex-A7 cores. The cores are said to be able to fire individually, allowing for an extremely flexible and efficient processor. It will also have 2GB of RAM under the hood and 32GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD). On the outside is a 5.9-inch 1080p IPS display, a 13-megapixel rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. The Korean exclusive will be powered by a 3,000mAh battery and is set to run Android 4.4 KitKat.

No word yet on whether we will be seeing any NUCLUN-powered devices outside of Korea, but if LG wants to knock Samsung off their throne, launching their own line of processors is a good way to start. Check out the presser below for more info on LG’s new line of processors and hit the comments section to let us know your opinions.

LG INTRODUCES COMPANY’S FIRST MOBILE APPLICATION PROCESSOR
LG’s Octa-Core NUCLUN Processor Delivers LTE-A Cat.6 Support and
Enhanced Capabilities Optimized for High-end Smartphones

SEOUL, Oct. 24, 2014 ― LG Electronics (LG) unveiled its first mobile application processor (AP) featuring eight-core architecture and LTE-A Cat.6 network capability for high performance and low energy consumption. The new AP, named NUCLUN, will make its debut this week in the “G3 Screen”, a smartphone developed specifically for the Korean market.

NUCLUN (pronounced NOO-klun) was designed using ARM big.LITTLE™ technology for efficient multi-tasking capabilities. The AP employs four 1.5GHz cores (ARM Cortex-A15) for high performance and four 1.2GHz cores (ARM Cortex-A7) for less intensive processing. The number of performing cores can be adjusted based on the requirements of the task for maximum processing power or maximum energy savings. NUCLUN is designed to support the next generation of 4G networks, LTE-A Cat.6, for maximum download speeds of up to 225Mbps while retaining backward compatibility with current LTE networks.

“NUCLUN opens up a new chapter in LG’s history of innovation in the mobile industry,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With this in-house solution, we will be able to achieve better vertical integration and further diversity our product strategy against stronger competition. NUCLUN will give us greater flexibility in our mobile strategy going forward.”

As LG’s first smartphone equipped with NUCLUN, the G3 Screen inherits the design language, camera and UX features of the popular LG G3. The G3 Screen boasts an expansive, 5.9-inch Full HD IPS display and high fidelity 1W speaker for the ultimate smartphone experience. As the largest smartphone designed for LTE-A Cat.6 networks, the G3 Screen will deliver download speeds three times faster than regular 4G LTE networks for a truly smooth and satisfying multimedia experience.

Key Specifications:

Chipset: NUCLUN Octa-Core  (1.5GHz Quad-Core  + 1.2GHz Quad-Core)
Display: 5.9-inch Full HD IPS
Memory: 32GB  eMMC  / 2GB RAM / MicroSD slot
Camera: Rear 13MP OIS+ / Front 2.1MP
Battery:  3,000mAh
Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
Size: 157.8 x 81.8 x 9.5mm
Weight: 182g
Network: LTE-A Cat.6
Colors: Black / White

Source: LG Korea

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AT&T to offer Kindle Fire HDX 7″ for just $49.99 with every Fire Phone purchase

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Starting tomorrow, October 24 until November 20, AT&T customers will be able to pick up the latest Kindle Fire HDX 7” tablet for just $49.99 when purchasing an Amazon Fire Phone. However, if you’re perfectly happy with your current smartphone, you could always grab the slate independently for $10 per month with zero down and a two year contract.

According to AT&T representative, Alina Laksberg “Kindle Fire HDX 7” is the ideal tech companion if you’re looking to enjoy some rest and relaxation with a movie, TV show, book, play some of your favorite games or browse the web. In addition, purchase of the Fire Phone includes one year of Prime, which allows you to access tens of thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost with Prime Instant Video or enjoy over a million ad-free songs and playlists with Prime Music.”

With regards to its internals, the HDX is a very capable tablet packing a 7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1200 x 1920 pixels, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU  and a 1.3-megapixel rear-facing camera, along with support for Amazon Kindle FreeTime, Mayday and Second Screen.

If you like the sound of the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ and want to pick one up — hit the source link below.

Source: AT&T

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Amazon takes $170 million hit “primarily related” to the Fire Phone

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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There is no surprise that the Fire Phone has not performed well for Amazon. It locked customers into the company’s services and the specifications did not match the price. Also, availability was exclusive to AT&T. Just how bad has the Fire Phone performed? Like $170 million bad. It was revealed in Amazon’s earnings call that there was a $170 million hit “primarily related” to the Fire Phone. And Amazon still has a bunch of handsets on its hands with the inventory being valued at $83 million.

Hit the break to see what T-Mobile CEO John Legere had to say about the Fire Phone’s flop.

Via: Re/code

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Developer brings Android TV to Ouya gaming console

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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The Ouya gaming console, or microconsole, is a device suitable for casual gamers. Some, though, find it a little limited and boring. One developer has been able to bring Google’s Android TV platform to Ouya, bringing some excitement back to the device. Not everything is operable, but that is expected to change in due time. All of the connection functions, like WiFi and Bluetooth, work. The issues arise with video and audio playback.

You can head over to the source link for directions and file downloads.

Source: XDA Developers
Via: MobileSyrup

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