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Largest cellphone wave world record set at VidCon Prom 2015

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

youtube_live_logoThe YouTube community members at VidCon Prom have set a new world record for the largest cellphone wave ever. The record was set on July 25, 2015.

The total number of participants was 2047.

VidCon is online video conference, held in California. It is the largest conference of its kind in the world, gathering thousands of online creators, viewers, and industry representatives.

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Google Play Movies and Newsstand are expanding to more countries

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Google looks to be expanding its Google Play Services to more countries. Today, Google announced that Play Movies, in addition to the Newsstand app, is coming to new countries around the world.

  • Countries getting Google Play Movies: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore
  • Countries getting Google Play Newsstand: Poland, Philippines, Taiwan, Ukraine

People in more than one hundred companies now have access to Play Movies while Newsstand’s reach covers twenty-two.

Source: Google Play (Google+)

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Gorgeous wood-cut puzzle game ‘A Day in the Woods’ launches in the Google Play Store

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Developer Finji launched a new puzzle game in the Google Play Store called A Day in the Woods. The game features a gorgeous art style and has a series of 60 small puzzle games, allowing you to play one or two while you’re on the go. It’s the perfect game if you only have five or ten minutes to decompress.

The game throws you into the shows of Little Red Riding Hood’s sprightly friend who helps Little Red Riding Hood on her path by moving and sliding puzzles around. While the puzzle aspects are a core part of this game, the wood-cut art style really makes the game.

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A Day in the Woods will run you $4.99, and if you’re interested, be sure to scan the QR code or hit the download link below.

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Here’s where you can buy the Moto G (2015)

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Motorola has made great strides with its Moto G series, somehow packing low-end specs into the device while making it as fast as a Samsung Galaxy S6 or even the Nexus 6. It’s truly impressive, and it’s hard to pass up at its low price point, starting at $189.99 for the 8GB model.

Interestingly, the Moto G was the only device that immediately became available to buy right after Motorola’s three-way event in London, New York City, and São Paulo. If you’re interested in picking one up yourself, we’ve put together a list of retailers where you can buy the new Moto G, at least as far as United States availability goes.

 

Amazon

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The Moto G is available from Amazon in both white and black. However, the popular online retailer is only selling the model with 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. That said, you won’t be able to find the heftier 16GB model here. As an added bonus, if you have Amazon Prime, it should only take two days to get to you, or you can choose 1-day shipping at an extremely discounted rate.

Best Buy

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Similar to Amazon, Best Buy is also selling the Moto G in only 8GB models. Unfortunately, you cannot purchase the device in-store until August 2. That said, you’re kind of stuck with buying the 8GB Moto G through their online website. However, they are offering free shipping with the device, so there’s a plus.

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The downside to purchasing the Moto G through Amazon or Best Buy is that you will not get to customize it. Yes, for the first time with the Moto G, Motorola is allowing its customers to customize the device through the Moto Maker, which opens up all sorts of great additions, such as vibrant color choices and engraving. As an additional plus, Motorola is selling the 16GB model with 2GB of RAM for $40 more at $209.99.

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Hands on with the Motorola Moto Pulse

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This week, Motorola silently launched two new wireless audio products that are available right now. The company’s new wireless on-ear headphones is called Moto Pulse, coming with a built-in microphone that allows for hands-free calling. It uses a Bluetooth connection and that means you can use the Moto Pulse with phones, tablets, and computers. Both Android and iOS devices are supported here. The extent of Motorola’s attention to software doesn’t end there, though. The Motorola Connect app will ensure that you always know the status of the Moto Pulse, specifically its battery life and location.

While compact in size, the Moto Pulse has 40mm speaker drivers to pump out rich sound. Comfort, too, was made possible with the Moto Pulse and that’s seen in the pressure-free headband and cushioned ear cups.

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The Moto Pulse is priced at $59 and comes in black and white color options.

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Samsung posts Q2 2015 financial earnings, confirms a new device is coming

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The second quarter for Samsung ended on June 30th and yesterday the company posted its quarterly financial results.

The South Korean company aimed to get back on top of things after experiencing a slowdown last time around. In hope of resurgence, Samsung released the high-end Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

Samsung reported a $5.93 billion operating profit with overall revenue standing at $41.7 billion. These numbers are a slight improvement over last quarter, but is not the return Samsung was hoping for. Samsung mentioned most improvements came after strong sales in the semiconductor business, such as processors and memory products. In addition, its TV business also played a large role.

More interestingly, in the smartphone category, Samsung posted revenues of $22.4 billion and net profits of $2.37 billion. Even though the new flagship handsets didn’t sell as great as the company expected, they still increased over last years Galaxy S5. Again, these are only slight improvements over last quarter. Blame was put on low-end and mid-range handsets which allegedly didn’t sell nearly as well, thus keeping the profits at a minimum.

In other news, the company made a statement following the posting of the financial results: Samsung will be “flexibly adjusting the prices” of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge and also release “a new model with a larger screen.” The new device with a large display is almost guaranteed to be the Galaxy Note 5.

More details about Samsung’s Q2 2015 financial results can be found at the source link below.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 will be the company’s first to use Android for Work

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

blackphoneSilent Circle has announced that their upcoming Blackphone 2 will be the first company’s first to use Google’s Android for Work platform that was announced earlier this year. Android for Work was built around giving businesses enhanced security without compromising features of the phone, which fits right in with Silent Circle’s phone philosophy.

Thanks to Android for Work, when the Blackphone 2 launches this fall it will ship with Google Play and Play Services, which was previously lacking from the company’s own security-focused Silent OS. On top of that, you’ll see all of the extra security layers that Android for Work brings to the table.

The Blackphone isn’t a device that most average consumers would ever want, but there’s definitely a need for highly secure mobile devices, and Silent Circle is filling that role extremely well.

source: Silent Circle

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Sony posts $780 million operating profit for Q2, but mobile sales continue to decline

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Sony_Xperia_Z3v_Front_Lower_Sony_Logo_TASony’s second quarter numbers are in, and while overall things are looking up for the company, their mobile division is still floundering.

The company posted an operating profit of $780 million for the second quarter of 2015, with an overall revenue of $14.5 billion. Sony’s image sensor division had a fantastic year, bringing in $249 million, while its music portion made $260 million. The gaming division of Sony focused around its PlayStation consoles grew to $160 million. Mobile phones and tablets didn’t look so hot, though, with an operating loss of $188 million.

Sony has shifted their focus away from mobile phones, but they’re still committed to the high-end market with the likes of the Xperia Z4 that was released this year. But with how competitive the mobile market is, it just doesn’t make sense for the company to continue releasing half-baked phones that stand no chance of succeeding against giants like Apple and Samsung, not to mention how much market share is being eaten away by cheaper smartphones.

source: Sony

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Google shows off Android M’s Auto Backup for Apps function in video

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One of the great things about flashing a custom Rom on your Android device is being able to backup and restore your apps via the custom recovery or by using an app such as Titanium Backup, it’s especially helpful if you’ve had to factory reset your device or if you’ve swapped over to a new device. Now it seems like un-rooted users will also be able to automatically backup and restore their apps thanks to a feature called ‘Auto Backup for Apps’ that is present in the latest Android M Preview.

Google’s Matthew Jav Williams takes us on a video run through of the Auto Backup for Apps feature, telling us that the apps user data will be automatically backed up and stored in Google Drive with a 25mb limit. The app backups will not count as part of your Google Drive quota. If you’ve installed apps on your device either from a third-party app store or by side-loading, don’t worry, they will also be backed up because the Auto Backup for Apps function isn’t directly tied to the Google Play Store.

Backups will occur when:

  • It is night-time
  • The device is charging
  • The device is connected to WiFi

Developers can include this feature into their apps by re-building their apps with version 23 of the SDK, they can also choose to opt out of including the auto backup function as well as choosing not to back up sensitive data or device specific tokens. Matthew gives some coding examples in the video below which show how easy it is for developers to include the Auto Backup for Apps function.

 

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Source: Google Developers Blog
Via: Phandroid

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The OnePlus 2 gets the teardown treatment

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The folks over at Mobile.It have managed to get their hands on a brand new OnePlus 2, and have dismantled it to show us just how easy it is to repair. The handset can be taken apart in 20 relatively simple steps and all of the components seem to come apart nicely.

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Source: Mobile.It

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