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LG to display smart home products at IFA 2015, including retrofit device

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


LG has announced they plan to showcase some of their latest smart home technology at IFA 2015. Headlining the devices will be the LG SmartThinQ Sensor which can be used to retrofit any normal home appliance to become a pseudo-smart appliance. LG also indicated their new devices will be compatible with the AllJoyn open platform for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The SmartThinQ Sensor is a small, circular device that users can attached to any existing home appliance. The device includes a variety of sensors that can detect things like vibration or temperature. Using that information, like when a normal washing machine has stopped vibrating indicating it has ended its cycle, the SmartThinQ Sensor will then communicate this to a user’s smartphone to let them know the cycle is done.

LG says the combination of the SmartThinQ Sensor and the SmartThinQ app will allow users to control a variety of appliances and even systems like their air conditioning remotely.

In a more traditional smart home vein, LG will also unveil their Smart Lightwave Oven and Smart Air Conditioner. These devices will be AllJoyn compatible. Unlike traditional devices that use the SmartThinQ Sensor to provide feedback based on physical conditions, these smart appliances from LG will be more capable in providing users with control and information remotely beyond simple notifications.

LG Electronics Home Appliance and Air Solution Company president and CEO Jo Seong-jin says,

“Adoption of smart home appliances has been slow because of the perception that the technology is not easily accessible. LG is committed to continuing its leadership in the smart home market with innovations such as LG SmartThingQ, which provides real-life benefits and offers new lifestyle conveniences through technology that is easy to use.”

Would you be interested in retrofitting your traditional appliances to add some smart home features?

source: LG

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LG G Pad X 10.1 heads to AT&T this week

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


This Friday, AT&T will be adding another tablet to its deep lineup of devices. The LG G Pad X 10.1 will be available to customers online on September 4 before reaching retail stores a week later.

Key specifications:

  • 10.1 inch Full HD (1920×1080) display
  • Quad-core processor clocked at 2.26GHz
  • 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot
  • 7400mAh battery

Corporate synergy is in effect with the G Pad X 10.1 as the DirecTV app is pre-installed. The app offers quick access to DirecTV’s programming guide and streaming catalog. AT&T’s acquisition of the TV provider closed in July, likely meaning that many devices to come will also have the DirecTV app pre-installed.

While the two-year contract price is $249, AT&T lowers the cost to $17.50 per month for twenty months through its installment plan.

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Source: AT&T

AT&T To Offer Customers LG G Pad X 10.1 With DIRECTV App Included Starting September 4


DALLAS, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The new LG G Pad X™ 10.1 offers high performance and big-screen viewing with the new DIRECTV app already installed. AT&T2 will begin selling the tablet online at on Sept. 4 and in its retail stores nationwide on Sept. 11.  

The LG G Pad X 10.1 is available in Brilliant Bronze for $17.50 per month for 20 months with an AT&T Tablet Installment Plan3. You can add the tablet to a new or existing Mobile Share Value Plan for an additional $10 per month access charge.4 You can also buy the device for $249.99 with a two-year agreement.5

Device Features
The LG G Pad X 10.1’s slim, rounded metallic design delivers a large viewing area that is compact and comfortable. You can be productive and enjoy amazing browsing or entertainment experiences with the tablet’s 10.1-inch full HD widescreen display. The display offers you true colors, sharp text and clear images in a lightweight, portable design.

The Dual Window split screen allows side-by-side viewing of two compatible apps, offering a convenient option for multitasking. By pairing an existing Android smartphone to the new LG G Pad X 10.1, the QPair feature6 lets you answer calls, receive and reply to text messages and stay on top of social networks even when your phone is across the room. Enjoy improjeved e-Reading through Reader Mode, a solution that helps reduce eye strain by dampening the screen intensity often associated with LCD tablets.

Additional key features include:

  • DIRECTV®: The DIRECTV Everywhere app turns your tablet into an entertainment powerhouse. DIRECTV customers can watch live TV, the hottest shows and movies on demand and view your DVR playlist.7 Set your DVR from almost anywhere, discover new shows, and control your TV and more.8
  • Cameras: 8MP auto-focus rear camera. A simple hand gesture with the Gesture Shot feature of the 2MP front camera will activate a three-second timer countdown letting you capture perfect selfies.
  • Operating System: Android 5.1.1
  • Processor: The powerful 2.26 GHz Quad Core processor and 2GB of RAM delivers smooth videos, gaming and content streaming.
  • Storage: A 7400mAh battery gives long-lasting performance. 32GB9 of storage on-board, expandable by up to 128GB with available microSD card (card sold separately).

Supporting Quote
“As one of the first tablets to offer the DIRECTV app already installed, the LG G Pad X 10.1 is a game-changer for entertainment,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Device Marketing and Developer Services, AT&T. “With the G Pad X 10.1 you can walk out of an AT&T store watching your favorite shows on DIRECTV, before the service is even installed in your home. Combining this with a high speed processor, Full HD screen, and the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, the G Pad X 10.1 is a comprehensive mobile entertainment system at an affordable price.”

Device Eco-rating
The LG G Pad X 10.1 earned three out of five stars on AT&T’s Eco-Rating 2.0 system. The 2.0 system rates the social and environmental factors of AT&T branded handset devices and tablets. AT&T created the Eco-Rating 2.0 system to empower consumers to make better informed decisions when selecting a device. For more information about this device’s rating, AT&T’s Eco-Rating 2.0 System, and how you can join AT&T in making a difference, please visit

Supporting Resources

1Reliability based on nationwide 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.
2AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
3Req’s well-qualified credit & 20-month 0% APR installment agmt. Eligible data plan is required & is extra. Deposit may apply. Tax due at sale. If wireless svc is cancelled, device balance due. Fees, other charges & restr’s apply.
4Mobile Share Value plan min of $20/mo for 300 MB plan charge plus $10/per month tablet access charge. Other devices have add’l access charge ($10 to $40/mo). Fees, other monthly charges, overage, & restr’s apply.  See for plan details.
5Monthly wireless service (voice & data) required. Early termination fee (up to $150) & other fees, charges & restrictions apply.  

6Requires smartphones with Android 4.1 and above. Bluetooth required.
7Subscription required. Limited programming available. Functionality varies by compatible device and location. Only select networks corresponding to your package selection are available for live streaming and may vary by location and device. Additional charges may apply. All functions and programming subject to change at any time. Visit for complete details. Android is a trademark of Google. Functionality varies by compatible device. Only select networks corresponding to your package selection are available for live streaming. Additional charges may apply. Other conditions apply. Visit for a list of compatible devices (sold separately), equipment requirements and complete details. GenieGo and HD DVR required. Remote viewing only available on certain devices from certain providers. Additional data charges may apply. Other restrictions apply. Visit for a list of compatible devices, equipment requirements and more information.
8Not all channels available. Standard programming fees apply. In-home live-streaming feature requires home-based Wi-Fi and connected HD DVR. Out-of home viewing requires high-speed internet connection. Content varies by device, TV plan and viewing location. Data charges may apply.
9Portion of memory occupied by existing content.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed Internet and voice services. We’re the world’s largest provider of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. In the U.S., our wireless network offers the nation’s strongest LTE signal and the most reliable 4G LTE network. We offer the best global wireless coverage*. And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and secure cloud solutions.

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Reliability and signal strength claims based on nationwide carriers’ LTE. Signal strength claim based ONLY on avg. LTE signal strength. LTE not available everywhere.

*Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; voice roaming; and world-capable smartphone and tablets in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.

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Qualcomm announces Smart Protect anti-malware for Snapdragon 820 phones

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

qualcomm smart protect snapdragon 820Qualcomm has announced a new anti-malware service for devices using the upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor that takes a more proactive approach towards malicious apps and downloads. While most anti-malware scanners compare results from a static database, Qualcomm’s approach dynamically checks transformed malware, too.

The service offers up APIs for OEMs to use in their built-in security solutions on devices to help analyze application behavior. By monitoring and learning behavior, Smart Protect can figure out which apps are malicious and might have changed since they were initially checked against any database.

Qualcomm Smart Protect is made possible by the Snapdragon 820’s Zeroth machine learning technology. Another plus to using the processor’s integrated behavior learning tech is that all of the scanning and analysis is done on-device, not in the cloud. For anyone that’s concerned about privacy and security, that’s a major advantage compared to other solutions.

As malicious software and apps continue to grow, expect to see more hardware manufacturers take steps towards security like this.

For Smart Protect in action, you can check out Qualcomm’s blog post and video below.

source: Qualcomm

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LG’s Nexus 5 (2015) specs detailed

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Two Nexus devices are expected to be released by the end of the year. Both LG and Huawei are apparently in charge of the hardware launching alongside Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It would be LG’s third time manufacturing a Nexus device and this one could arrive as soon as September 29. Today, alleged specifications regarding the LG-made Nexus phone, likely known (again) as the Nexus 5, were detailed.

Here are the specifications offered to Android Police:

  • 5.2-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 12.3MP / 5MP cameras
  • 2700mAh battery
  • 16GB or 32GB of internal storage
  • USB Type-C port
  • White, black, or blue color options


The source did not provide Android Police with a release date or pricing; however, these specifications seem to indicate a range of $300-$500. Nexus devices typically launch in November and pricing has always been scattered. The original Nexus 5, for example, launched on Halloween night in 2013 with a $349 staring price while the Nexus 6 debuted in mid-October last year priced at $649 to start. Assuming Google does work with Huawei on another Nexus phone, it looks as if the company’s strategy is to have two separate devices to cover the high-end market with affordable and pricier options.

Source: Android Police

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Samsung will launch the Galaxy J1 Ace in India next month for Rs. 6,400

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According to a report published by Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom, Samsung is gearing up to launch a brand new budget-friendly smartphone in India. The handset has been dubbed the Galaxy J1 Ace and is expected to retail for under Rs. 6,400 ($96) when it hits the shelves next month.

As for the specifications, the Galaxy J1 Ace is believed to be extremely similar to the Galaxy J1 that went in sale in India earlier this year, packing a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of expandable internal storage, a 5MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP selfie shooter and a 1,800mAh battery.

The J1 Ace will come running the latest build of Android 4.4 KitKat skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, but is expected to receive the Lollipop update shortly after its release. It will also have compatibility for 4G LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, in addition to Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

If you’re based in India, like the sound of the Galaxy J1 Ace and would like to find out more about picking one up — hit the source link below.

Source: Mahesh Telecom

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Moto_360 2nd_Gen_LEak (1)

The leaks have arrived with increasing frequency, even Motorola tweeted (temporarily) about the 2015 version of the Moto 360, but now it seems like we finding out the details we really want to know. The seemingly back-in-the-game, Evan Blass (@evleaks), leaked an image of the Moto 360 (2015) a little while ago, and not to be outdone, @upleaks has leaked pictures and news about its smaller version. This smaller version is apparently called the Moto 360 Sport and is said to arrive in November.


The deviceseen in the image above is apparently the Moto 360 Sport, showing off information such as heart rate, timer, and distance achieved. Along with the rubber/plastic strap, it isn’t difficult to imagine that the Moto 360 Sport, as the name suggests, will target consumers with an active lifestyle.

If one looks at the bottom of the dial carefully, it would appear that both the Moto 360 (2015) and the Sport model carry on with the flat-tire design first seen on the original Moto 360. It’s a feature that you either don’t mind or hate with extreme prejudice.

One detail to ponder about is how to change the strap on the Moto 360 Sport, because the device in the image doesn’t have the usual 22mm pin as can be seen on the standard Moto 360 (2015). Could the Moto 360 Sport employ a similar solution to Sony’s SmartWatch 3 where the entire housing has to be changed when swapping straps because it’s a one-piece item?

The Moto 360 (2015) is said to be ‘coming in September’ while the Sport model could arrive in November. I’m sure we will see more leaks and details about the Moto 360 (2015) and Sport smartwatches in the coming days as we get closer to when IFA 2015 opens its doors in Berlin later this week.


Source: @upleaks 1, 2 (Twitter)

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Gionee GN9007 will actually be called the Gionee S5.1 Pro

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off
Android smartphones_Gionee_GN9007_leaked specs_081515_1Only two weeks ago the Gionee GN9007 passed through the TENAA. A new report states the upcoming smartphone will be known as the Gionee S5.1 Pro.
The Gionee S5.1 Pro will feature a totally new design very unlike that of the Gionee S5.1. The smartphone will include mid-range specifications and will likely be announced in the coming months if not weeks. It will feature an ultra thin body of only 6.45mm and support 4G LTE connectivity with dual SIM capabilities. Pricing should land in the $300 -$400 range.
Source: Mobipicker



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Sony Xperia Z5 surfaces in video

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Sony_Logo_395Spoiler alert! A video has surfaced on the web and revealed the upcoming Sony Xperia Z5 in its full glory. Sony plans to hold its press event this Wednesday at IFA 2015. We are expecting to see multiple variants of the Z5 announced including premium and compact versions.

The Sony Xperia Z5 premium will be the successor to the Xperia Z4 or Z3+ depending on where you live. The flagship will include a 5.5-inch display with a rumored 4k resolution. We’re also expecting to see a bump in the camera department up to 23MP for the rear-facing, as well as a better selfie cam. It will likely offer the same water and dust proofing capabilities and will have some serious power under the hood. We’re talking about the Snapdragon 810 SoC, the Adreno 430 GPU and either 3 or 4GB of RAM. Hopefully Sony will take care of the heating issues with the Snapdragon 810. We’ll let you know all the details as they arrive on Wednesday, but for now, check out the embed video below for a close up look at the upcoming flagship.

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Source: GR1
Via: PhoneArena

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It looks like HTC’s deca-core Aero smartphone will be known as the HTC One A9

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

According to a recent tweet from Evan Blass, HTC’s upcoming flagship smartphone will be known as the HTC One A9. According to recent reports, the A in A9 stands for Aero. The new flagship will likely hit the market in late 2015 or early 2016 and will likely be the first ever smartphone to be powered by a deca-core processor.

The HTC One M9 rumors are beginning to heat up. We’re expecting the flagship to include a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display, a first of its kind deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor backed with 4GB of RAM and an improved rear-facing camera with support for RAW photography.

We’re expecting the HTC One A9 to launch on AT&T and be priced between $500 – $600 off contract. We should find out more in the coming months.

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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Here is a press render of the new Motorola Moto 360

Posted by wicked August - 30 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off


On Twitter, Evan Blass shared share an alleged image of the upcoming Moto 360 (2015). The models in the image (seen above) are stainless steel with varying bands. The black stainless steel model on the left features a band of the same material while the model on the right has a brown leather band. Moto Maker will presumably be utilized once again to allow consumers to personalize their smartwatches.

Notice that the display size is different, too. This indicates that there will indeed be two unique models. Notice anything about the display? Well, it’s hard to tell if the ‘flat tire’ from last year’s Moto 360 is returning.

Motorola will not be alone if they decide to announce a new smartwatch this week. Plenty of companies are reportedly joining Huawei in showcasing new Android Wear devices at IFA 2015.

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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