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Xiaomi confirms 5.5-inch, octa-core Redmi Note phone with teaser


The leaked Redmi phone we saw a couple of days ago is coming sooner than we expected, and it now bears an interesting name: Redmi Note. Does it mean we’ll be getting a stylus with this Chinese phone? No idea, as Xiaomi’s midnight teaser — pictured above — doesn’t reveal much, other than confirming the 5.5-inch screen (the leak indicates a 720p resolution) and the octa-core processor (1.4GHz or 1.7GHz). What’s missing is the price, but it should sit somewhere between the current Redmi’s CN¥699 (about $110) and the MI2a’s CN¥1,499 ($240) — so maybe CN¥999 ($160) at most. Folks in China will be able to pre-order at local time 8pm on March 19th using Tencent’s Qzone app, which got the exclusive for the Redmi Note’s debut sale. For those outside China, your usual gray market channels are standing by.

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Feedback Loop: Earliest internet memories, first tweets and more!


Welcome to Feedback Loop, a weekly roundup of the most interesting discussions happening within the Engadget community. There’s so much technology to talk about and so little time to enjoy it, but you have a lot of great ideas and opinions that need to be shared! Join us every Saturday as we highlight some of the most interesting discussions that happened during the past week.

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This week, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the world wide web, shared our first tweets, discussed the fashion appeal of wearables and started a March Madness tournament bracket. Head on past the break and join the conversation.

Share your first experience with the world wide web

This week, the world wide web turned 25-years-old! It seems like only yesterday that we put up with the high-pitched squeal of a modem and the ridiculously slow speeds of a 9600-baud connection. Do you remember the first time you tasted internet access? Head over to the forums and share your first experience using the Internet.

What was your first tweet?

Engadget Associate Editor Nicole Lee shared a story about her first years on Twitter. Instead of sharing links and breaking news, people simply posted the more mundane details of their lives. It was a much different place. Kris was inspired to start a discussion in the forums about her own first tweets on Twitter. Check out some of our first (and sometimes embarrassing) posts. And then share yours.

Wearables: Geeky toys or fashion statement?

Wearable technology is all the rage right now, but how well does it mesh with our personal style? Engadget reader sirijo asks some interesting questions about the pricing, usefulness and fashion appeal related to wearables. Tell him what you think.

Join Engadget’s NCAA Tournament Bracket

March Madness is almost here! Are you a college hoops fan? Billy Steele put together an Engadget NCAA Tournament bracket pool. If you fancy yourself a baller, head over to the forums after Selection Sunday and make your picks. Good luck!

That’s all this week! Do you want to talk about your favorite gadget or have a burning question about technology? Register for an Engadget account today, visit the Engadget forums and start a new discussion!

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Mar
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Veronica Mars Ultraviolet digital copies frustrate many backers, Warner Bros. offers refunds


After an instantly successful $5.7 million Kickstarter campaign the Veronica Mars movie has finally arrived in theaters and at home, but that doesn’t mean all is well. Digital copies of the movie for backers were distributed using codes for Flixster, Warner Bros.’ Ultraviolet-connected movie site/service. Unfortunately, many users had issues signing up for the often-convoluted Ultraviolet login process, setting up the Flixster software to stream or download the video, accessing a copy outside the US, or actually getting overloaded servers to work.

There are some who flew through the setup without issue, but an update by series creator Rob Thomas directs backers with problems to contact customer support. They’ll help get things working, or provide a refund for purchasing the movie on another service like Amazon or iTunes. On (the also Flixster-operated) Rotten Tomatoes, Veronica Mars is showing a 98 percent audience rating and 76 percent overall, so once fans can sit back and and press play, it appears they’re liking what they see. Not yet familiar? An unaired version of the original pilot is available for free on iTunes, and you can get caught up on the entire series on Amazon’s Prime subscription service.

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15
Mar

RAVPower wireless charging pad review


Having used the stock Nexus 5 wireless charger exclusively until receiving this unit, I must say, I much prefer this form factor. There’s no magnet keeping the phone attached, instead the logo in the center of the pad is made from grippy rubber that holds the phone securely enough in place. I’ve always found the magnet in the Nexus brand wireless charger to be a bit overkill for use on a desk.

This charger seems to work better than the other while the device has a case on, due to the rubber grip rather than the magnet.

Charging my Nexus 5 from 2% – 100% took exactly 3 hours. In my experience that’s about what I’ve come to expect from wireless charging.

All things considered, I would have to say for only $35.99 marked down from $99.99 this is a definitely a suitable, if not preferable to the Nexus brand charger.

If you have any of the compatible devices listed on their site:

Direct Charge Models:
– Nexus 7 2nd Gen / Nexus 5 / Nexus 4 / LG Optimus Vu2
– Nokia Lumia 920
– HTC 8X (UK version does not support QI wireless charging)/ HTC Droid DNA
Models that Require a Wireless Charging Case / Cover Adapter:
– Samsung Galaxy S4, S3 / Galaxy Note 2
– Nokia Lumia 820 / 925 / 925t / 1020
– iPhone 5S 5C 5 4 4S 3G

Check out the RAVPower site and order one yourself!

The post RAVPower wireless charging pad review appeared first on AndroidGuys.

15
Mar

Android goes back to the 80’s with Steven Jackson’s Sorcery!


Fans of choose-your-own-adventure games can now fight evil monsters and explore strange lands in “Sorcery! Part 1″ that just released for Android.

inkle, a developer of interactive narrative apps, and author Steve Jackson teamed up to create re-imagined version of the 1980s “Sorcery!” gamebooks, which released on iOS last year.

These gamebooks were initially released as part of the Fighting Fantasy series and the re-imagined versions consist of four parts just as the original set did. However, you can sleep easier at night knowing that each game is a self-contained experience without having to wait for the next release.

In Part 1 – The Shamutanti Hills, the journey starts out heading across the Shamutanti Hills to recover the stolen Crown of Kings. The original 176-page adventure has been adapted to bring this 1980s classic to the digital age while providing a deeper experience that lets the player make thousands of choices that can change their journey.

Sorcery! Part 1 is available now in the Google Play store and the Amazon Appstore in the US and UK.

The post Android goes back to the 80’s with Steven Jackson’s Sorcery! appeared first on AndroidGuys.

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Today is Hardware Freedom Day, go learn how to build stuff


Looking for something to do on a lazy Saturday? You could always learn a little more about Open Hardware initiatives. Today, March 15th, is Hardware Freedom Day — an annual celebration of open-source gadgetry and unrestricted hardware collaboration. The Digital Freedom Foundation created the event in 2012 to promote the idea of Open Hardware and give local hackerspaces a chance to interact with their communities. Local events are being hosted on almost every continent, exposing everyday folks to fabrication tools, Arduinos, Rasberry Pi hacks, 3D printers and more. Check out the official website at the source link below for details and event locations.

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15
Mar

RAVPower 5-in-1 file hub review


Hardware

At first glance the device appears to be nothing more than an external battery pack. There are 4 LED indicators on the face labeled with symbols: Battery, R/W, Wi-Fi (indicates the hotspot is active) and finally the Internet light which denotes when the device is connected to another network which is providing access to the internet (so you still get your emails while you’re connected to the hub)

Aside from feeling a little cheap because the outside is made out of plastic, it’s a pretty nice feeling little device.

The device has an internal 3,000 mAh battery to power the device which can double as an emergency charger for your phone.

Software

The web interface for the file server is great, like a simple version of what you might expect from logging into any Wi-Fi router. All of the options you would expect, even options to upgrade and backup the firmware on the device. You can explore the connected storage devices from the web interface as well.

On the phone side, there’s an app in the Play Store: RAV FileHub, which is basically just a file explorer but can also control most of the same options the web interface can. It took 5 minutes to pull a 1 GB file down from the connected USB drive to my phone and about 10 minutes to push the same file back. The device will not connect to N wireless, but it seems to work just fine on 2.4 GHz.

All-in-all

This is one of those great little devices that you may not think you’re going to need, but when you need it, it’s a life-saver. This was the perfect way to back up the photos and filed I’d accumulated on the device I’ve been reviewing for transfer back to my daily driver. And it makes a much quicker job our of it than the alternative, which would be uploading to a cloud storage service like Drive or Dropbox.

With only $44.99 on the tag, (down from $79.99) this device is a worthy buy for the times it comes in handy, it’s worth its weight in gold.

The post RAVPower 5-in-1 file hub review appeared first on AndroidGuys.

15
Mar
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LG Lucid 3 leaks with updated curved design


We’ll admit, we’re getting mixed messages here. According to @evleaks’ latest reveal there is very likely a new LG Lucid (number 3 to be specific) invoming for Verizon. Nothing unusual there, as it’s been about a year since the last one. But if the images are accurate (and history predicts they will be) LG has taken some design cues from its G-series — rounded corners, and a curved back etc — along with a very Samsung-esque physical home key (the last edition had capacitive buttons). There’s little else to glean from the image other that the obvious, but expect a mid-range specification (with model number VS876) to hit the Verizon web store in the coming weeks.

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Mar
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Xiaomi launches MIUI for tablets, new Nexus 7 gets first dibs


While Xiaomi has yet to launch its very own tablet (the Eden Tab doesn’t count), you can now get a first taste of its tablet-friendly MIUI Android ROM, which is available as an open beta for the 2013 edition Nexus 7. According to the company, this isn’t merely a scaled up version of MIUI V5, as it has a “brand new architecture” with content — including native apps, system menus and new screen animations — optimized for both screen orientations. Interestingly, CEO Lei Jun added that tablet vendors can get in touch if they want to ship their devices with MIUI preloaded, which would be a first for non-Xiaomi hardware. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean Lei’s not making his own tablets in the near future; but as of now, there are no reliable rumors of such plan.

If you have a new Nexus 7 lying around and don’t mind giving MIUI a go, then head over to MIUI’s website to grab the 278MB download.

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Via: Lei Jun (Sina Weibo) (1), (2)

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Mar
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Samsung Galaxy Beam successor spotted with metal exterior in China


At Mobile World Congress in 2012, Samsung announced a pico projector smartphone known as the Galaxy Beam. Although it was a cool concept, the phone’s downfall was its middling specs, aging OS and large chassis. Two years later, it appears that Samsung’s working on a successor to the Beam called the SM-G3858, according to China’s government database. The Tenaa entry even comes with a few pictures, most of which offer an indication of a projector: there’s clearly a bump on the upper back which opens up to a wide lens on the top, and we also saw an extra button that models after the original Beam — in fact, the icon above the button looks eerily like the one seen here. Curiously, Samsung has shed the sporty misshapen look in favor of a sleek metal build, which certainly seems a better fit for professionals.

The database also gives us a glimpse at its specs, some of which are an improvement over the original Beam; the China Mobile-branded phone reportedly packs a 4.66-inch WVGA (800×480) display, Android 4.2.2, a quad-core 1.2GHz chipset with 1GB of RAM, microSD slot with up to 32GB external storage, as well as TD-SCDMA and GSM connectivity (no LTE on this model, although there’s a chance this is simply a 3G-only variant of a global model). It’s also 11.6mm thick, which is much thicker than most Samsung smartphones but still is nearly a full millimeter thinner than the original. It’s still too early to determine whether this is going to be exclusive to China Mobile or available to a global market, but at least we know the phone exists for now; Samsung, we’re hopeful, will provide us with the rest of the story at some point down the road.

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Via: WeAnd, Engadget Chinese

Source: Tenaa

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