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Panasonic DMC-CM1 Android camera to hit UK in limited number

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Panasonic has announced that it has a new digital camera that will finally be landing in the UK, at least in limited numbers. The camera is the DMC-CM1 and it is powered by the Android operating system. Initially the CM1 was expected to launch in France and Germany only.

There was strong enough demand in the UK that Panasonic will bring a limited number of cameras to the UK starting on December 1. It’s unclear exactly how limited the camera will be. The CM1 uses a 1-inch sensor, which is the same sensor that is found in the DMC-FZ1000 flagship bridge camera that Panasonic offers.

Thanks to the Android operating system, the camera has a lot of smart connectivity features. Integrated 4G/LTE connectivity means that the camera can share photos to just about any site you can think of on the go without WiFi. Video fans can record 4K video using the camera and it will also shoot raw format images.

CM1 cameras can be purchase online in the UK and at certain retailers starting on December 1. The screen is a 4.7-inch unit with full HD resolution. Android 4.4 KitKat is the operating system and internal storage is 16GB. MicroSDXC cards up to 128GB are supported for storage expansion.

SOURCE: MyDesk

[Deal] HTC RE Camera available for $99 from November 27 to December 1

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Today, purchasing a RE Camera directly from HTC will net bar and suction mounts at no extra cost. The total with the deal is $199. You may want to wait, though, as HTC is running a 50% discount on Thanksgiving Day. Options to purchase the RE Camera online for $99 include HTC, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Best Buy. Alternatively, Verizon, AT&T, and Best Buy stores will carry the device in retail stores.

This deal begins on November 27 (9:00PM PT) and runs through December 1 (9:00PM PT), but inventory is expected to run out before then. Keep a credit or debit card nearby the Thanksgiving table to ensure you don’t miss out.

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HTC RE Camera Will be 50% Off Over the Black Friday Weekend

Posted by Kellex November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

HTC is taking its “Hot Deals” series into Black Friday with a weekend-long price slashing of its new stand-alone camera, the RE. The GoPro-like hand held shooter normally retails for $199, but starting at 9PM Pacific on Thanksgiving (November 27), you will be able to buy one for $99, which is 50% off.

The deal runs from Thanksgiving through December 1 at 9PM Pacific, while supplies last. 

You will be able to take advantage of the deal from a variety of retailers, including HTC’s online store, Verizon, AT&T, Best Buy, and T-Mobile’s websites. Verizon, AT&T and Best Buy will also have the RE, with price slashed, in stores.

We have one in house at the moment and are still putting it through its paces, but at $99, I can’t help but tell you to consider it. The RE is super easy to shoot with, takes decent pictures and video, and works with just about any Android or iOS device. This is one of those accessories – when priced at $99 – you buy just to have around for those times when you want to be able to snap a lot of photos, but don’t want to pull out your phone or DSLR. Seriously, for $99, consider it.

HTC RE Camera Will be 50% Off Over the Black Friday Weekend is a post from: Droid Life

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, Portable spread some holiday cheer

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Of course, you saw it coming. This weekend will see yet another flood of sales and promotions to entice buyers to hand over their cash. And with the growing number of devices in the market today, many of those will undoubtedly be spent on electronics and games. Not to be outdone, NVIDIA will be offering bundles of its SHIELD gaming crew with huge discounts. But take heed, as these rare creatures will only appear for little less than a day.

Mobile gamers might be aware of the rather big splash that NVIDIA made the past two weeks when it announced not just Android 5.0 Lollipop for the SHIELD Tablet but also its GRID on-demand game streaming service. That is exactly what you will be getting when you buy the gaming-oriented tablet on Black Friday. Of course you will be getting more, like a free SHIELD controller and a bundle of NVIDIA’s Green Box games, which include Half-Life 2, Portal, and Half-Life 2: Episode One, all for free. And NVIDIA GRID service free until June 30, 2015.

The offer for the SHIELD Portable is less glamorous but still probably a bit interesting. You won’t get the Green Box games or a SHIELD Controller, because that will be redundant. Instead, you will be offered a carrying case and a glossy black armor to protect your investment. Of course, Portable owners will also get their hands on GRID for free until June 30 next year.

Do take note that the offer for the SHIELD Tablet only applies to the 32 GB LTE model. For a value of $488 in total, this particular bundle will only sell for $399. For the SHIELD Portable, the price is $199 instead of $258 for everything that’s included. The deal will only be in effect on November 28 from 12:01 AM PST to 11:59 PM PST. Those considering getting either, or even both, of these might want to make up their minds real quick. If Samsung has its way in court, NVIDIA’s devices might be banned from the US market for some time.

SOURCE: NVIDIA

iPad shipments decline by 12.7% in 2014, but worldwide tablet sales aren’t much better

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Overall, it has been a pretty good year for Android tablets. We’ve seen Google’s new Nexus 9, a ton of new Samsung tablets, and not to mention the countless budget-friendly options we’re so used to seeing. As far as Apple’s iPad is concerned, however, they’re not doing so hot this year. The IDC reports that Apple will have shipped 64.9 million iPads in 2014… which is a 12.7% decline from 2013.

Now before we get to poking fun at the iPad, let’s be realistic. Tablet shipments worldwide are suffering by a lot. We’re not at an overall decline, but from 2013, tablet shipments have slowed down from 52.5% (2012-2013) to 7.2% (2013-2014) in year over year growth. That’s pretty bad, especially considering that tablets are constantly getting new technologies and features with every iteration.

As for Android? Year over year growth has risen by 16% in 2014, and the platform still holds 67.7% of the worldwide tablet marketshare. Almost 160 million Android tablets were shipped just this year. On the flip side, Apple is still holding down 27.5% of tablet marketshare, making it the biggest OEM in the space.

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So, why are tablets doing poorly? The IDC points out that a tablet’s lifespan was originally forecasted to be similar to that of a smartphone. Largely surpassing its goal, some people hold on to their tablets for 3 or maybe even 4 years, with just about no reason to upgrade. Most people use their tablets for media consumption, and tablets bought 3 years ago can still keep up quite nicely. It could also be that tablets just aren’t making a compelling enough argument to upgrade. In a phone, something that most of us use way more than our tablets, a minor upgrade could make your life a heck of a lot easier. But when a new tablet comes out and all that changes is the battery capacity and screen size, that’s not going to be enough for most people.

Many consumers hold on to their tablets for 3 or maybe even 4 years, with just about no reason to upgrade

Many factors could impact tablet sales in 2015. Of the many options, Google‘s work in both Chrome OS and Android and Microsoft’s work in Windows 10, and whatever Apple has coming down the pipeline could change things up. All of these are no-brainers, sure, but what does that mean for tablets as a whole? I think we’ve all agreed by now that users keep tablets longer than they do smartphones. In turn, making a new slab of plastic or aluminum with a slight bump in specs from last year isn’t going to get people excited. It’s not going to get people to drop $400 when they already have a tablet. We need something new in the market to bring up sales again.

The two platforms that could potentially do that are Google’s Chrome OS and Microsoft’s Windows platform. Chrome OS has been working to make a nice in-between product for people who don’t want tablets, and don’t want to spend a fortune on a laptop. Windows is doing some great things in the 2-in-1 space, giving users the option on whether to use a tablet or a laptop at any moment. We also have Google’s Project Tango and Ara to look forward to. But for now, the tablet market seems to have somewhat plateaued.

What do you think is going to be the next big thing in the tablet space? Any guesses? Conversely, do you feel this decline in tablet share is only natural with the rise of bigger-screened smartphones, and not anything to get too worked up about?

Nexus 6 iFixit verdict: easy to teardown, lots of screws

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

After the Nexus 6, which was hard to come by in the market, had some time to percolate in the public, iFixit takes it for its usual teardown tour. While the Nexus 9 was a rather disappointing misadventure, scoring a weak 3 out of 7 on the iFixit scale, there is no immediate reason to expect the same from this Motorola product. Fortunately, the Nexus 6 does not disappoint and provides an almost smooth ride, except for a few minor bumps on the road.

Nexus devices’ batteries are not replaceable, at least not in the normal way. So there is very little reason for Google’s OEM partners to spend money and design on making the back cover easily removable. And while the Nexus 6 is similar in that regard, it is notably a lot easier to open up. The back cover is indeed held shut by some amount of adhesive, but nothing that a bit of pick-powered coaxing can’t handle. No need to heat things up just to get the adhesive to yield. Removing the cover does reveal a literal impediment: a sort of cage that wards off intruders. No problem though because it is only held down by screws. No sticky substance, but lots and lots of screws. 22 standard T3 TORX screws to be exact.

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Once done, the reason for so many screws is revealed. The whole device is split into two halves. The midframe (that has the cage) holds the battery assembly while the other half houses both the motherboard and the display assemblies. And again, most, but not all, are held together withs screws, and some with cable connectors and pressure contacts, but nothing out of the ordinary that would prevent easy removal. Except for the display assembly, where the digitizer glass and display are fused together.

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All in all, the Nexus 6 makes up for the Nexus 9′s failure, scoring a 7 out of 10 thanks to the loads of screws, a single kind of screw at that, that makes the teardown process easier but also a tad tedious. The battery, though not exactly quick to get to, can be easy to replace. Why not the perfect score then? As usual, the marriage of display and touchscreen makes for a more expensive situation when either one gets broken. Plus, it seems that some components, like the SIM slot, USB port, and speakers, are actually soldered tight onto the motherboard instead of using cable connectors, making the repairs of those parts harder to do.

SOURCE: iFixit

Sony hypes CES 2015 presence with probable Xperia Z4 launch

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Crazy – that’s the word we have for it. We have no arguments whatsoever that the tech industry moves heck fast, but Sony is trying to redefine that statement as we are continuing to receive leaks that Sony will indeed be launching its next flagship phone, the Xperia Z4 this coming January in Las Vegas.

A lot of us are looking forward to CES 2015 – one of the biggest gadget trade shows on the face of this earth – but Sony seems to be giving us more reason to get excited. Phone Arena published a tip from one of its sources that the Japanese manufacturers are already lining up the launch of the Xperia Z4 just mere months after it released the Xperia Z3 (September 2014).

The source also says that the Xperia Z5 will be sporting a 5.4-inch TRILUMINOS display reportedly powered by a Snapdragon 805 processor – not the Snapdragon 810 that we all expected. Rumors also say that the Xperia Z4 will be backstopped by a ginormous amount of RAM – 4GB to be exact. What that will do to the pricing of the device, we still can’t say – but Sony has never back down on RAM before.

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There are leaked pics – which all but confirm the 20.7 MP main camera. We hope it’s the new IMX230 sensor that Sony recently unveiled, as that will bring image plane detection AF technology, 192-point autofocus for blur-free snaps of fast-moving objects, and real-time HDR (wow).

Lastly, the source has news for the Xperia Z4 Ultra, which might be launched side-by-side the Xperia Z4 in Las Vegas (crazy, we tell you). The Ultra will purportedly have a 5.9-inch screen, the same Snapdragon 805 processor and 4GB RAM, but a lower 16MP main camera. The selling point of the Ultra is rumored to be a razor thin 5.7mm chassis.

Are you ready for the Xperia Z4? We ourselves can’t quite believe it yet, but we expect we’ll know for sure soon enough.

SOURCE: Phone Arena

How to download Android APK files from the Google Play Store

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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There might be various reasons that you would want to download an APK directly from the Play Store. One might be that an app (especially Google apps) is showing that it has been updated, but you can’t push it to your device. By downloading the APK directly, you can simply sideload it on your device and get the updated version that much quicker. You also might be a tinkerer in that you want to sideload an APK to your Android TV device (or some other device) to see how it works.

Now you can find various sites that host APK files, but they might not have the latest versions, not to mention they could be altered with malware. Grabbing it directly from the Play Store is the safest way, but how do you go about doing that? It’s actually pretty simple, so hit the break to get started.

1) Assuming you are using the Chrome Browser on your desktop, download and install APK Downloader from the Chrome Web Store.

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2) Once added to Chrome, just open any app page in Google Play and you will now see a Download APK option right next to install.

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3) Click on it, and a popup will appear asking you for additional information. You will need your email address and the device ID of your phone.

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4) For the Device ID, you can download the Device ID app from the Play Store or you can enter *#*#8255#*#* on your device’s Phone App (no need to press send) and look for a bunch of numbers and letters after either JID, Device ID, or aid. Mine was after aid and was at the top. Honestly, just download the Device ID app, it’s the easiest way.

5) You now need to enter your Gmail address that you use for your Play Store account. You will also have to enter your password. I know this might seem scary to some of you, but the information isn’t stored. Even though you won’t always be downloading paid apps, it’s the only way to ensure that no one is able to download something they didn’t pay for. Another reason is that Google tracks downloads for each app by Gmail address.

From the developer….

“The extension only stores email, device id and Google Play cookie in browser’s local storage, on your computer. To be able to get Google Play cookie, it needs your email and password to login at https://www.google.com/accounts/ClientLogin . After it’s done, password is not stored, email is stored to display on Options page, Device ID and Cookie are stored for later requests. I do not send those information to another sites.”

6) After you have entered all your information, click on Login, and close the window. You are now good to go, and you won’t have to enter your information again. Now when you click on Download APK, it will immediately be downloaded to your desktop. This will work for every app in Google Play, but if it’s a paid app, you won’t be able to unless you have previously purchased it using the Gmail account you logged in with.

I should also note that you can simply use APKMirror for high profile apps. You won’t have to login or use your credentials. However APKMirror doesn’t include all the apps that are available in the Play Store. I find the method I outlined above more useful since all I need to do is find the app in the Play Store, and Boom….I can click Download APK, and I am done.

I hope this guide helped you. If I missed anything, please let me know.

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OnePlus ‘Two’ details, launch date leaked, sort of

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

There were a lot of surprising moves in the smartphone industry in 2014, with Motorola as exhibit A – launching not one, not two, but three flagship level phones. There was also that thing where Apple reneged on Steve Jobs’ promise to never ever build a big phone. And then the OnePlus One happened – a flagship level phone that cost only USD$350 without contract subsidy. Today we’re hearing some whispers about what to expect from the next phone OnePlus will be putting out.

The OnePlus One was a virtual miracle in manufacturing and pricing. It had flagship level specs – specs that you wouldn’t dream of getting below USD$500 – but OnePlus was able to pull it off, uncomfortable and annoying purchasing process notwithstanding. Business Insider has published what it calls a “leak” on what the next generation phone from OnePlus might have, but it doesn’t feel like a “leak” at all – it feels like an executive from the company talking in very general terms.

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First, the article says that there will be more customizability. The OnePlus One supposedly had a number of customizable back covers, but good luck trying to buy the smartphone first. The “invite only” process made the back covers a moot point. Hopefully, they fix that. Second, the article says that the phone will still be cheaper than most flagship level phones off contract. The price being bandied around is “less than USD$500”. While this still sounds relatively good, it doesn’t bode well for the consumers thinking the next phone will still be USD$350.

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Lastly, the article says that there will be “surprises in store” when it comes to hardware. This last statement is the one that convinced me that the source might really be a OnePlus exec. This, ladies and gents, is not a “leak” – this is a marketing/hyping ploy. Nice try, OnePlus. Do better next time. The China-based company even released teaser that’s trying to be cute – pegging the launch date at the date Darwin’s “Origin of the Species” was published. I wonder if many people got that at all.

SOURCE: Business Insider

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard star in Samsung’s new “Home for the Holidays” commercial

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

As we all start gearing up for the holidays, Samsung is getting into the spirit too. In their new holiday ad, Kristin Bell and Dax Shepard are getting ready for Christmas with all of their Samsung devices in tow.

We start out by seeing the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung’s newest phablet with a curved display. The Gear S is present too, the Tizen-running standalone smartwatch. They do a pretty good job of showing off voice calling on the Gear S, and video calling on the Galaxy Tab S throughout the entire video. The Galaxy S5 makes it into the video as they show off the IR blaster to turn on a huge curved television.

With all Samsung products aside, this is a really great commercial. It’s funny and shows off the products really well, which is exactly what they were going for. It’s one of the better commercials we’ve ever seen come from the company, and it doesn’t hurt that they are masters at getting celebrities on-board.

Interested in checking out any of the products shown off in this video? We’ve reviewed all of them! Well, all of the Android-running ones at least. Here are our Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Note Edge reviews! How are you liking the newest commercial to come from Samsung?

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