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Moto 360 may come in gold coloring

Posted by wicked September - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The Moto 360 features a design that is far from traditional. Its circular shape will make it stand out amongst other smartwatches, but coloring is as classic as it can get. So far the device is only offered in silver and black, but new evidence proves Motorola may be considering releasing a golden Moto 360.

Users claim to have received an email from Motorola containing information about the beloved Moto 360. One of the images showed something a bit interesting – a golden Moto 360 render image.

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Motorola quickly edited the image to get rid of any trace of this golden watch. The first edit simply gets rid of the golden watch image, while the second rearranges all the other watch faces to make the image look more uniform and balanced.

Motorola is not commenting much on the matter, but it seems there is obviously something to hide here. It would make sense to see more colors and designs coming. Especially considering big competitor Apple is releasing a varied range of customizable bands and different colors. Not to mention, gold seems to be one popular color for gadgets these days.


Via: Reddit;

HTC Nexus 9 likely coming during Q3 2014 with a Tegra K1 processor

Posted by wicked September - 13 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Rumors of the upcoming HTC Nexus 9 tablet have been spreading like a harsh virus, but today we are getting what could be the most legit details about the mythical tablet. A legal document coming from NVIDIA has confirmed that the HTC Nexus 9 (as they called it) is to be released during the third quarter of 2014. Of course, it’s also mentioned it will carry a powerful NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor.

This legal document is related to a case in which NVIDIA claims Qualcomm and Samsung are infringing on their GPU patents. Such a document would normally go unnoticed, but you can be sure an Android fan or two will notice NVIDIA talking about the HTC Nexus 9.

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The document reads:

“The HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.”

But of course, it didn’t take long for one of the affected companies to notice. The document has now been edited and has no mention of the HTC Nexus 9. Thankfully, tech journalist Chris Chavez captured a screenshot of the PDF file before the evidence disappeared.

Chris is a close friend of mine and has told me that he read the PDF document and took the screenshot below, himself.

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With that said, we can assume this was a quick slip. It happens to be a legal document, so we doubt it would be incorrect information. With that said, Q3 2014 is nearing its end. We may very well hear more about it soon!

Just keep in mind, the evidence is now gone, officially turning this into a rumor. Take it with a grain of salt and don’t hold your breath on this information just yet.


Via: Phandroid, Bright Side of News;
Source: NVIDIA;

HTC is building a rugged Bluetooth camera, could take on GoPro – report

Posted by wicked September - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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HTC is trying to expand into new areas, following a very difficult period in its core smartphone business. The company is now making apps and services for users of competing smartphones, is developing the next Nexus tablet, and is rumored to release an Android Wear smartwatch early next year.

If a report from Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan is accurate, HTC could also be looking at activity cameras in the vein of GoPro as a potential new source of income. Culpan, who is based in Taipei and frequently covers HTC, revealed the info on Twitter:

From Culpan’s description, HTC’s mystery device sounds like a cross between Sony’s QX series of detachable lenses and the popular rugged GoPro action video camera. The large sensor points, however, to a focus on photography, rather than video.

HTC has an event scheduled for October 8 in New York, under the “Double Exposure” tagline, pointing to an announcement related to photography. Previous rumors suggested HTC would introduce a selfie-focused device codenamed Eye at the event, but it’s possible we’ll see this rugged camera as well.

Sony’s QX lenses haven’t really found success in the market, mostly due to their high price tag. The cheaper QX10 version costs about $160, while the high-end QX100 can hit $400 – that puts them beyond the reach of most consumers, while enthusiasts and professionals prefer the complete functionality of an actual camera.

Being rugged, HTC’s camera could clash with GoPro and other action cameras in the market – the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition, which has similar features, retails for $400 in the US.

It will be interesting to see how HTC prices this device. Would you be interested in a rugged camera from HTC?


Via: The Verge;

Samsung’s next Alpha phone will be full metal – report

Posted by wicked September - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off
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The sleek Galaxy Alpha is Samsung’s first metallic smartphone in years

Samsung is finally embracing metal. After the metal-framed Galaxy Alpha and Note 4, Samsung is working on a phone that features a full metal body, according to a report from SamMobile.

The device, codenamed SM-A500, is part of the A series that first leaked ahead of IFA. The three phones in this upcoming series are reportedly going to feature metallic designs and mid-range specifications, and Samsung is planning to launch them by the end of September.

The new report suggests the SM-A500 will be a radical departure from Samsung’s typical designs. This device is said to feature a complete metallic body, without a removable back cover. Samsung will be sacrificing the convenience of a removable battery, but at least it will retain the ability to use microSD cards, with the phone set to feature a hybrid port that can accept both a memory card and a nano-SIM card.

Premium design, mid-range specs. How about the price?

The alleged specs of the SM-A500 are decidedly mid-range: there’s a Snapdragon 400 processor, a 5-inch 720p display, 8MP/5MP cameras, 16GB of storage, and a 2,330 mAh. The bells and whistles of the Galaxy S5 have been cut down, so don’t expect a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, or water resistance.

Looking at the specs, I can’t help feeling that Samsung is building a competitor to the new Moto G. However, the metal body will very likely bring the SM-A500’s bill of materials higher, so it will be interesting to see how this device is positioned. It’s safe to say though that Samsung is going for the quality mid-range market, possibly as an answer to the onslaught of value-focused competition from firms like Motorola, Xiaomi, or OnePlus.

The SM-A500 seems to be the middle child in the new series; we know that the SM-A300 will come with a qHD (960×540) display, while the SM-A700 will still be 720p, but probably in a larger size. Again, these devices are reportedly due before the end of this month, which makes sense considering that Samsung probably wants to have them in stores in time for the year-end shopping frenzy.


Source: SamMobile;

Facebook’s autoplay is killing your data plan

Posted by wicked September - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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One of Facebook’s most annoying and new functions is pushing people closer to their allotted monthly data limit. According to Money Saving Expert, a number of people have complained about the heavy spike in data usage.

Mobile users who visit Facebook are now met with the automatic playing of videos. The video ads start playing automatically and uses the person’s Wi-Fi or 3G connection. Facebook started rolling out the feature last September. This has left a number of mobile users angry after it sent them over their data allowance.

“I went over [the data limit] for the first time in May, but saw a post advising how to change the settings and have had no problem since.” - Facebook user Melanie Gillett told MoneySavingExpert.

According to web monitoring firm Sandvine, Facebook traffic increased by 60 percent on one mobile network and by over 200 percent on one fixed wireline network. What drove this increase? Facebook video auto plays.

Facebook has confirmed that autoplay is on by default on mobile and desktops.


Source: GigaOM, Independent.co.uk;

Dish discussing T-Mobile deal with Deutsche Telekom

Posted by wicked September - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Dish Network has been itching to grab a wireless carrier for some time now. Dish was interested in Sprint last year and is now rumored to be looking to acquire T-Mobile. For years now, Dish has expressed interest in running their own LTE network.

Citing people with knowledge, Bloomberg is reporting that Dish Network chairman, Charlie Ergen, has contacted Deutsche Telekom to express interest in acquiring T-Mobile. There has not been any formal offer nor has any bank been hired to advise such a deal.

Deutsche Telekom recently rejected a bid from French telecom Iliad for T-Mobile in the amount of about $15 billion for a 56.6 percent stake in T-Mobile.

Deutsche Telekom, based in Bonn, views Dish as a better acquirer than Sprint because it wouldn’t rankle antitrust regulators by reducing the U.S. wireless market to three competitors from four, the person said. Dish also may have more firepower to bid than Iliad, which has been talking to private-equity firms about teaming up on an offer, the person said. - Bloomberg

Dish Network has also been rumored to be starting a new Internet TV service that aims to target the 18 to 34 year old demographic with a live TV channel package costing just $20 to $30 per month.

According to Bloomberg, Dish already holds an estimated $26 billion in airwaves. That number includes the large chunk of the FCC’s recent H Block auction which Dish paid $1.56 million for to become the fifth largest spectrum holder in the country.


Source: Reuters, Bloomberg;

HTC smartwatch plans said to have been axed

Posted by wicked September - 5 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

True HTC fans were saving all their love and money for the rumored Android Wear device the Taiwanese manufacturer was said to launch. Everything was looking great, with leaked images and even an appearance in an official video in the archives. Then the latest rumor dropped the bad news on us like a cracking slap in the face.

Sources “familiar with the matter” say the renown manufacturer was getting ready to launch a smartwatch, but such plans have been canceled (at least temporarily). The reasons for this possible decision are unknown. These sources have no confirmation either, but it’s believed it could be related to “rising costs and a lack of wow factor”.

Artistic rendering of supposed HTC watch's design.

Artistic rendering of supposed HTC watch’s design.

It is true the competition is getting fierce out there, especially after IFA. Motorola, Samsung, Sony and LG have all jumped into the Android Wear bandwagon. Each brings something unique to the table and it’s hard to decide which smartwatch to stick with. At the same time, we believe HTC could have brought a great contender to the smartwatch wars.

The design may be square and simple, but leaked images showed a strong and well-built product.

Their device was said to come with a Mirasol display, offering amazing battery life and unparalleled outdoor readability. The design may be square and simple, but leaked images showed a strong and well-built product. It was looking like quite the winner.

Of course, this is a rumor and we must take it for what it is. HTC may still surprise us with an awesome smartwatch. We would be saddened if that never happened, though. How many of you are hoping for an HTC Android Wear device?


Via: Pocket-lint;

Huawei is releasing an Android Wear smartwatch in 2015

Posted by wicked September - 5 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Earlier this year we learned about the TalkBand, Huawei’s first attempt at a wearable device. Now according to Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu, the company is preparing for a second wearable that will be launched in 2015 with Android Wear. Keep in mind that the watch is still a ways off and we don’t know much about it, such as if it will be circular or square, though according to Yu, the smartwatch will be “more beautiful” than Samsung’s Gear S.

Considering that LG, Motorola, ASUS and Sony already have smartwatches running Google’s platform, Huawei faces significant competition in the upcoming wearable market. In fact, as we covered earlier today, Motorola introduced the Moto 360 to good initial reviews. Of course, Huawei has a long history of making fairly decent devices with relatively aggressive price points, and so if they can deliver a watch with decents looks and a lower price tag then the competition, they could have a winner on their hands.

What do you think, would you be interested in a Huawei watch if the price were right?

 


Source: Engadget;

New Moto G leaks in video

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Leaks and rumors of Motorola’s upcoming Moto G successor have been all over the internet for months. The new Moto G is said to finally be announced tonight, at a Chicago event. That is happening late at night, but a Brazilian retailer has leaked a neat video to carry us through the day.

Previously rumored as the Moto G2, Motorola’s new affordable smartphone was the star of a video released by Brazilian retailer Lojas Colombo. The revealing clip was quickly put down, but we all know nothing is really ever gone after it hits the internet.

The video below shows the new Moto G in its full glory, albeit without sound. The phone is described with specs we have all seen leaked.

Specs are said to include a 5-inch HD display, long battery life, a quad-core Snapdragon processor, Gorilla Glass, front-facing dual speakers, a TV Tuner (probably not in the USA) and dual-SIM capabilities. There’s also the mention of multiple colored back plates, just like the original Moto G had.

Definitely not a bad mid-range smartphone. We can already tell it will be a great upgrade over the last iteration. We also hope the price point stays similar!

A few leaked images have also emerged, which you can check out right below.

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Via: Android and Me, Akshat Mittal;

Are mysterious cell towers intercepting your calls?

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Popular Science wrote an article recently about the discovery of cell towers that ‘seem’ to be intercepting cell phone traffic. I say ‘seem’ because we are still not absolutely sure what who is running the towers.

A company called ESD America offers a product called GSMK Cryptophone 500 (a Galaxy S III running modified hardware of Android) which has discovered 17 different phony cell tower interceptors during the month of July alone.

In fact, those who pass by these towers are having significant data taken from them and those who connect to the tower are being ease-dropped on and/or having spyware pushed to their device.

Though the standard Apple and Android phones showed nothing wrong, the baseband firewall on the Cryptophone set off alerts showing that the phone’s encryption had been turned off, and that the cell tower had no name – a telltale sign of a rogue base station. Standard towers, run by say, Verizon or T-Mobile, will have a name, whereas interceptors often do not. Some devices can not only capture calls and texts, but even actively control the phone and send spoof texts. - Popular Science

Worse, we haven’t the slightest clue who are running these towers nor do iPhone/Android owners know that their phones are being intercepted at the time.

“What we find suspicious is that a lot of these interceptors are right on top of U.S. military bases. So we begin to wonder – are some of them U.S. government interceptors? Or are some of them Chinese interceptors?” says Goldsmith. “Whose interceptor is it? Who are they, that’s listening to calls around military bases? Is it just the U.S. military, or are they foreign governments doing it? The point is: we don’t really know whose they are.” - Popular Science

 


Source: PopSci;