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Galaxy S 5 HDR capabilities showcased in Samsung’s ‘Sunrise to Sunset’ video

Posted by wicked July - 25 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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If you have about 90 seconds to spare, take a look at a video from Samsung shot entirely with the Galaxy S 5 in HDR mode. It was shot in Trieste, Italy and is quite breathtaking. Interestingly enough, at the end of the video it states, ”certain images and videos may be enhanced.” Unfortunately we don’t know to what extent the original footage was altered, but take a look at the video after the break.

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Samsung Gear VR Manager leaks

Posted by wicked July - 25 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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More information has surfaced about The Samsung Gear VR today, specifically related to its mechanism for controlling basic functions of the VR. The Gear VR Manager, an app downloaded to your Samsung mobile device, works hand-in-hand with other Samsung apps made for the VR, like VR Panorama and VR Cinema. Some features of the VR manager include VR Lock, which sets up a security lock whilst wearing the headset, and a Warning Alert that gives the user an alert every hour reminding him that he’s in a virtual world.

In addition to the latest information about software aspects, there are also some revelations about hardware. The headset purportedly sports a back button and touchpad for navigation, since your mobile device will be rendered useless once connected to the Gear VR. The back button also is used as a see-through button, allowing the user to see the real world around him after long-pressing the button. Simply spouting “Hi Galaxy!” will open up the S Voice app, which can launch other applications.

When the VR is launched at IFA 2014, the SDK will be available for developers to work their magic and make this tech shine. Hopefully the Gear VR will be just the thing that brings virtual reality to the mainstream and gain the widespread success we’ve been waiting for during the past few decades.

What do you think about the Gear VR? Will it offer the push VR Tech needs to become mainstream? Leave your ideas in the comment section below.

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source: SamMobile

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Moto 360 to include ambient light sensor, a first for Android Wear

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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For those of you anxiously awaiting the Moto 360 (myself included), a new tidbit of information has come out regarding Motorola’s most recent foray into the world of smartwatches. In a hands-on video posted to TechCrunch’s YouTube page,  a representative for Motorola lets slip that the Moto 360 includes an ambient light sensor, a feature that is sorely missing from the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch (the only two Android Wear devices to be launched so far).

For those wondering, an ambient light sensor measures ambient light to automatically adjust the brightness of your screen and could really boost the battery life of the Moto 360, giving it a clear advantage over the competition. The idea behind Android Wear is quick and easy access to the things that are relevant to you. With that in mind, it would seem crazy to have to fish through settings menus to adjust something as important as the brightness of the display.

You can skip to the 1:50 mark to hear the Motorola rep mention the sensor, but I recommend watching the entire video to see why the Moto 360 may be the first “must-have” smartwatch.

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Source: 9to5 Google

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Motorola launches Back to School Sale with discounts of over $100 on all Moto X variants

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Hot on the heels of an identical discount, Motorola have announced their Back To School sale, offering savings of up to $125 on all three variants of their Moto X flagship. The 16GB model is going for $299 (down from $399), 32GB for $324.99 (down from $449.99) and the 64GB model for a measly $374.99 (down from $499.99). All three options come unlocked and can be customized via Motorola’s Moto Maker.

The sale, which runs until July 31st or while supplies last, is likely an attempt by Motorola to unload some inventory in anticipation of the upcoming Moto X+1. If you’re looking for a great smartphone with constant updates, personalized colors and a stock Android experience rivaled only by Nexus devices, this is the perfect opportunity. Follow the source link to purchase yours today!

Source: @Motorola

 

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Alleged Sony Xperia Z3 images show its side and back

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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It is only a matter of time before Sony unveils its upcoming flagship handset. The Xperia Z3 has leaked in pictures and we have already learned about the specifications. So Sony would be doing the right thing by announcing it sooner rather than later to prevent any further leaks. Today, though, we have some more images that allegedly show the handset’s side and back panel.

All on one side, it looks like the Xperia Z3 will have a lot going on. At the bottom is a dedicated camera button. Moving up, just below the chrome power button, is the volume rocker. And at the top seems to be a microSD card slot. And the image of the back panel shows that Sony is not making any major changes as it looks very similar to the Xperia Z2.

Are you interested in the Xperia Z3? Let us know in the comments.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 now available on Verizon

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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We knew Samsung was working on producing a version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 for Verizon and now the tablet is finally available. Verizon lists the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 on their site for $360 on a two-year contract. If you would rather pay for it outright, it will cost you $460 which can be paid up front or via Verizon’s EDGE program for $23 per month.

The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 comes equipped with a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, a 1.2 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. The Verizon version is LTE-enabled and is compatible with their XLTE network.

If you are interested in grabbing the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 from Verizon, just hit the source link to start placing your order.

source: Verizon

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LG ships record 14.5 million smartphones, experiences strong financial growth during Q2

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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It is no secret that LG was no longer content to watch Apple and Samsung battle for supremacy in the smartphone and tablet markets. This prompted the company to increase their efforts at producing devices consumers would be interested in, like the recently released LG G3 or their L Series of devices.  Those efforts seem to be paying off as LG announced they shipped a record 14.5 million smartphones during the second quarter and their mobile division turned a profit for the first time after three consecutive quarters of losses.

LG indicates the smartphone shipments represented a 20 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Smartphones with LTE capability accounted for more than one-third of all smartphones sold this year as LTE markets continue to expand around the globe. Financially, LG smartphone sales increased 16 percent year-to-year, totalling KRW 3.62 trillion ($3.51 billion USD) netting the company KRW 85.9 billion ($83.4 million USD) operating profit.

LG says they expect performance to remain strong during the latter half of the year as they continue to rollout the G3 to more markets and introduce more “mass tier” products like the LG G3 Beat and more L Series smartphones.

source: LG

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HTC denies that smartwatch that appears in recent promotional video is an actual device

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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We know HTC is planning its entrance into the smartwatch market, and we thought we might have seen a glimpse of a prototype in a promotional HTC video.

But now, HTC has come out and denied that the smartwatch which appears in the video is not a real product.

“HTC encourages our design team to explore and tinker with new ideas and even models, as is the case with the watch some viewers noticed in our recent HTC Design video. It in no way indicates an actual product HTC is planning to release. Keep an eye on this space for exciting new products from HTC when they are ready to be announced!”

It isn’t a real product yet at least — we all know that HTC had denied its HTC One M7 Google Play Edition device weeks before its eventual launch. This may be another attempt by HTC to keep the cat in the bag.

It’s just a bit odd that they’d say anything at all if this was an actual device. It would make more sense for HTC to flash the device in the video to show customers what’s on the horizon and tease it a bit, all to say nothing about it when people ask. More of a “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” kind of strategy. But obviously that’s not the case here, and HTC is taking the “deny everything” route.

Of course we’ll eventually see an HTC watch show up sooner or later, we just don’t know if it’ll be the same one that’s in the video or not. Check out the promotional video with the “fake” watch in it below.

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Source: Android Central

 

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HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 hits the Play Store for easier updating

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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If you’ve got a semi-new HTC phone, you might have noticed that HTC has started adding key Sense 6 apps to the Play Store so that it can roll out updates to users much easier than the usual OTA update process.

Today, HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 has appeared in the Play Store. This means that in the future, any software improvements to the clock app will be handled through the Play Store.

As of now, it’s showing only 10-50 downloads for the app in the Play Store, and it’s incompatible with my M8 on Verizon, and we’re hearing that it’s incompatible with some M7′s as well. It seems a bit odd that it wouldn’t work with two of HTC’s biggest flagships, so we’re guessing HTC is blocking availability to these devices until it works out some kinks in the software.

Is the app incompatible with your phone as well? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Conan O’Brien makes fun of the iPhone 6

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Samsung recently released a commercial telling iPhone fans to stop waiting for a bigger iPhone, and apparently Conan O’Brien saw it as well, and is continuing the razzing.

It is widely expected that Apple will offer a bigger 4.7-inch display on the upcoming iPhone 6. In yesterday’s opening monologue, Conan said the new iPhone 6 will be called, “Last year’s Samsung Galaxy.” Actually if you think about it, he should have called it the “2012 Samsung Galaxy” since that phone had a 4.8-inch display, which is much closer to the rumored 4.7-inch display that the iPhone 6 will sport.

If you want to check out the video, head on past the break. It starts at about 1:33 in.


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