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Lenovo Vibe X2 leaked images reveal metal chassis

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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When a leaked Lenovo roadmap was discovered a little over a week ago, one of the devices listed was the Lenovo Vibe X2, a sequel to the Lenovo Vibe X. The roadmap document seemed to hint at the device being available in a wide variety of colors. Some newly discovered photos of the device add a little more information to what Lenovo is getting ready to bring to market. The images show what appears to be a metal chassis for the device. A view of the side also shows what appears to be layers of metal used for construction of the smartphone, though it is difficult to tell if that is just a faux look.

Sources expect Lenovo to pack the Vibe X2 with a MediaTek octa-core processor, though it is possible a variant running a dual-core Intel processor may also be produced. The screen should be a 5-inch display running at full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. The Vibe X2 is also expected to come with 16 GB of internal storage and will run Android 4.4.2.

Lenovo’s roadmap put the release of the Vibe X2 before October, so we may not have to wait long to get more details. Lenovo may even unveil it during IFA 2014 next week.

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source: Weibo
via: G for Games

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More images of Samsung Galaxy Alpha surface from Russian source

Posted by wicked August - 12 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Yesterday we saw where Samsung had quietly slipped the Samsung Galaxy Alpha in as a sponsor for a yachting regatta in Moscow. Today, more images of the device have surfaced thanks to a Russian source. One of the interesting shots shows the results of an AnTuTu benchmark run on the device that puts it above the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5. While an Exynos 5 octa-core processor that supposedly powers the device helps, much of the performance gain could be due to the lower resolution screen of the Galaxy Alpha. This frees up the processor for other chores outside of producing graphics and makes a strong case for full HD screens being overkill on devices like smartphones that have small displays.

Outside of the screenshot of a benchmark test, the images are consistent with previously leaked photos of the Galaxy Alpha showing apparent inspiration from Apple.

According to sources in the Netherlands, the device is expected to be available for purchase there starting in September for at least €500 ($668 USD). Other reports from the U.K. have pegged the price at €700 ($935 USD). Samsung is anticipated to make an official announcement about the Galaxy Alpha tomorrow. However, pricing and availability information may not be released until later, possibly at IFA 2014 in Berlin.

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source: Hi-Tech News
via: GSMArena

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Could we see the Moto X+1 at Google I/O today?

Posted by wicked June - 25 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Moto X+1 has literally been everywhere since the rumors began just a few months ago. It will certainly be Motorola’s next flagship, and is definitely coming soon.

More rumors today, naturally.

We have a press images for the device, seen above. There are also rumors of a front-facing speaker on the bottom of the device, something that’s worked out quite well for HTC’s One M8.

It’s also possible that we might get a first glimpse of it at Google I/O today (or some point this week), but it seems unlikely. (But who knows? Anything can happen.)

Source: 9to5 Google

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OnePlus One camera samples posted

Posted by wicked April - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Keeping up with the regular stream of teasers, OnePlus has shared a set of images taken with the soon to be announced One. We know the handset will make its debut on April 23rd, but perhaps more important — these officially shared images come as a nice follow up to the recent leak.

A few of the images are sitting in the gallery below, with more over in the OnePlus user forums (link below). These are described as being random pictures from a walk around campus. And interestingly, some of these images measure in at roughly 10MB in size. You can judge the image quality for yourself. To clarify where these came from; they were on the OnePlus forums, but as having been shaded by user Martinrm. He was one of the winners of the photomania contest.

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Looking back a little bit — OnePlus did confirm some of the camera specs. This is a six lens setup so they could “properly correct for low aperture.” Other details include the camera being a 13MP CMOS sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. OnePlus had also mentioned how they were not looking to compete with DSLRs, but were instead trying to provide “a portable product that performs well in real-life conditions (without an ugly protruding camera).”

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There was also some additional talk of the OnePlus One invite system that is going to be used. Well, more accurately — some additional teasing about the invite system. OnePlus has shared the image you see sitting above. And along with talk about being one of the first 100 — they linked to another forum thread.

SOURCE: OnePlus Forums, Google+

Flickr for Android 3.0 update brings new look, improved editing and more

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Yahoo has rolled out the latest update for the Flickr app. This update has the app jumping to v3.0, and users will likely notice the redesign. Details coming from Yahoo bring mention of the app having been “completely” rebuilt and redesigned. And for those who may not have used the app in a while, that bit alone may be reason to give it another look.

You’ll also be able to capture images, edit images and of course, have those images shared on Flickr. Another highlight here is the auto-backup option. Users will be able to turn Auto Sync on in the settings. You will also be given the option when you first launch the app after updating.

Auto Sync also allows you to choose whether you want to backup over any connection or over WiFi only. And for those worried about roaming charges — there is also the option to disable uploads when roaming. Again, this is all available in the Settings menu which can be found using the icon in the upper right corner.

Otherwise, the Flickr app has options for search, friends, your account and notifications across the top. Those run from left to right, and looking further to the right is the camera icon, which as one would assume, will let you capture new images. The camera interface is on the basic side, but does have options to switch between the front- and rear-facing camera, as well as turn the flash on and off.

SOURCE: Google Play Store

Google’s Gmail makes access to your smartphone’s photos much easier

Posted by wicked April - 15 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Google has announced that they are rolling out support in the Gmail web client for users to access all of the photos from their smartphone when composing new messages. To take advantage of the new features, users do have to have the Auto Backup feature for photos enabled on their Android powered phones. When composing a new email message, users can click on the Insert Photo button to be taken to a new dialog. In the past users were given the option of uploading an image from their computer or pasting the URL for a photo. The new dialog box adds tabs for Photos and Albums stored on a user’s account via the Auto Backup.

In addition to easily inserting an image backed up from their smartphone, users can insert an entire album, useful if one has gone through the effort to organize images into albums. Google also says images can be resized in the compose window using dragging handles.

The update will start rolling out today.

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source: Official Gmail Blog

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Dropbox Carousel: a cloud-based mobile image gallery

Posted by wicked April - 9 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Along with the introduction of Mailbox for Android, the folks at Dropbox also announced Carousel. This is another Android app that will be available beginning today. But instead of email, the Carousel app is for images and videos.

Carousel will handle a few tasks. To begin with, it will automatically backup any new images and videos taken with your device. All uploaded files will then be sorted by event, so you can scroll back and enjoy those memories. And because the app makes use of the cloud as well as the device storage — you shouldn’t be nearly as limited in terms of the amount of time you can look back.

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Along with backing up and browsing Carousel will also allow you to share images. Dropbox mentioned how “those memories are meant to be shared.” But unlike other apps where everything is shared public on social networks, Carousel offers a private conversation option. Users will be able to share a single image, or an entire event in the “same amount of time it’d take to send just one by text.”

Carousel also takes sharing a step further. There was mention about how you can “capture an event from every angle by saving the photos others share with you.” Dropbox is also releasing Carousel for iOS which means you can share with your iPhone carrying friends. As mentioned, Carousel will be available for Android users beginning today.

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SOURCE: Dropbox

Timehop app hands-on: providing a daily trip back in time

Posted by wicked March - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Timehop, as a service, has been around for many years now. But given the app just recently arrived in the Play Store, it may be one that flew under the radar of many Android users. The premise here is simple, Timehop takes you back in time. The app is one that you’ll only need to launch once per day, and it will show you what you were doing one, two, three and four years earlier.

We suspect people will have different reasons for wanting to use Timehop, but we can tell you that it provides a fun and easy way to look back and see what you were doing. It is kind of nice to be able to see images or thoughts from one (or two, three or four) years earlier. This is made even better because it requires little effort on your part — Timehop pretty much does it all for you.

When you first download and install the app you will need to connect other services. The process is pretty quick and painless — just tap the service you want to connect and then login with your credentials. Timehop connects with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare. There is also an option to connect the Photo Gallery on your device.

Because you are connecting outside services, you’ll be able to begin enjoying Timehop from the very beginning. Well, that is assuming you have been using those other services. Once the initial setup has been done, you then launch Timehop once per day to get an updated look back. Timehop even sends you a notification to remind you.

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Anyway, a simple app/service, but one we suggest checking out if you are the type that enjoys looking back in time. As for us, we enjoy the look back as it shows what we were doing with the kids, places we may have visited, and sometimes we even get a laugh. Like today for example, Timehop offered a reminder about Draw Something.

Those interested in Timehop will be able to find it using this Google Play Store link.

Dayframe 2.3 update brings Chromecast functionality for all

Posted by wicked March - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Dayframe originally added Chromecast support with the v2.1 update. That bit sounded good, however the Chromecast support was only available for those who went forward with the $2.99 Dayframe Prime in-app purchase. Well, as of today things have changed and not only is Chromecast support available for all Dayframe users — but that in-app purchase is currently selling at a discounted price.

In regards to the Chromecast Slideshow functionality, the Dayframe team mentioned how “there’s no time limit, ads, or photo count restrictions.” On the flip side, Dayframe users that haven’t made the Prime in-app purchase will see a “small logo on the TV screen and get a pop-up reminder/nudge once in a while.”

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This goes back to Dayframe Prime currently selling at a discount, which “for a few days” the price will be $0.99. And to clarify, upgrading to Dayframe Prime will remove the small logo and occasional nudge. Otherwise, there were some additional items that arrived with the Dayframe v2.3 update.

Users can expect to be able to add multiple Facebook friends at the same time, and have better support for wireless chargers. Remaining items noted in the changelog include how slideshow “got a lighter makeover,” and as part of Prime, it is now easier and faster to create playlists. Dayframe can be found using this Google Play Store link.

New images of Huawei MediaPad X1 pop up just ahead of MWC 2014

Posted by wicked February - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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A couple days ago we reported on some images of Huawei’s MediaPad X1 7-inch tablet as it made its way through the Chinese regulatory process. Huawei appears to be targeting the Nexus 7 tablet with this new device, although it is still not clear which markets will have access to the device. Ahead of MWC 2014, some more images have surfaced of the device giving us a better look.

One of the images shows the screen displaying a dialer pad and the lock screen displays a small phone icon indicating a call was made or received. This supports the suggestion that the device would come with support for phone service. As for wireless data, we still do not know know whether it will support 4G wireless, though rumors suggest that it will.

The images also show some details like button placement and what the design on the edges of the device look like in real life. One of the images also shows a cover for the MediaPad X1 with a window for access to the screen without having to flip it open, a design Samsung uses for some of its covers.

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source: IT Home
via: G for Games

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