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27
Jan

Facebook Lite Launches to Target Low-End Phones and Emerging Markets



Facebook has just released a low resource version of their immensely popular app onto the Play Store aptly named Facebook Lite. Staying connected and being able to like your friends statuses 24/7 comes at a price with the app historically being a resource hog. With their recent updates the app has gotten better but for those with low end phones this is going to be a much better alternate.

Facebook Lite comes  in at less than 1 MB  and  is designed for 2G networks and areas with limited connectivity. Facebook Lite is a great step forward in the emerging markets sector where keeping a stable connection can be an issue or if your phone just cant handle high resource apps.

Facebook lite has not been made available worldwide but you can check to see if your country made the cut by using the widget below.

 


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27
Jan
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Is releasing a single Xperia Z flagship a year the right move for Sony?


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For those that don’t know, we recently started a new podcast surrounding the topic of the Friday Debate. During last week’s episode we focused on the design rumors regarding the HTC One M9, while also touching on the Sony Xperia series. Interestingly enough, the response was that most of us have somewhat given up on Sony when it comes to design and probably various other areas — at least as far as the western market is concerned.

Now earlier today we heard a report that, in addition to shrinking its lineup, Sony may end up cutting back on its two-flagship a year model in favor of a more traditional once a year approach. While the report was focused on Sony in Taiwan, it makes sense that Sony would apply a similar move to other markets. Personally I like Sony’s premium (admittedly somewhat Apple-like) styling and their minimalistically skinned Android builds, but I’m not so keen on their twice a year release schedule. And so this got me thinking, what benefits would Sony see from reducing down its twice a year model to just one major flagship a year?

The benefits of going to a once a year model

The most obvious benefit is a reduction of cost. One less model would potentially mean that Sony could cut down on marketing, R&D and everything in between. Considering Sony’s mobile division isn’t exactly swimming in money, such a move could really make sense for the company.

or consumers, the benefit is that new flagships would actually be worth the upgrade.

For consumers, the benefit is that new flagships would actually be worth the upgrade. The Xperia Z2 and Z3 are almost identical from a spec sheet point of view, and while this doesn’t matter to new Sony fans or those upgrading from much older models (like the original Z or the Z1), some folks like to be on the bleeding edge of tech and don’t like to see that their “new phone” isn’t the latest just a few months after buying.

Okay, so how “new” your model is shouldn’t really matter to folks, but some people do care and therefore they might pass on Sony devices altogether because the two-flagship-a-year model turns them off. I genuinely think that Sony’s current release schedule is a turn off for hardcore buyers and considering Sony phones are mostly sold unlocked in the western markets, that could be a very real problem for Sony’s bottom-line.

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Are there any negatives to leaving the two-a-year model behind?

With Sony switching to a once a year release schedule, they’d be more attractive to consumers that like having the bleeding edge and don’t want to have a new model released only months after they invest in a new phone. Sony would also save (theoretically at least) save money on R&D, marketing and other associated costs that come with a two year a model. But what would they lose?

Currently, Sony fans know that whenever they are ready to upgrade from an older model, the phone they buy should have the most advanced specs around.

Probably the biggest advantage of the two-a-year model is that Sony fans know that whenever they are ready to upgrade from an older model, the phone they buy should have the most advanced specs around, since it won’t be any older than six months by the time they make the purchase. Then again, this doesn’t always hold true, considering when the Z3 was released the Note 4 rolled out with a Snapdragon 805 but the Z3 stuck with an 801.

Beyond this, I personally don’t see any advantages to the two year release schedule, especially since the jumps in mobile technology seem to be lessening with each year.

Reducing the number of phones and the number of releases won’t magically fix Sony

Of course, reducing the number of phones and number of releases is a start, but won’t automatically mean that Sony will start to see its sales numbers pick up. Sony also needs to work on improving marketing around the globe, expanding to new markets (more carrier partnership in the US, perhaps?) and finding new ways to compete with bigger players like Samsung and up-and-coming players like Xiaomi and other Chinese companies. Of course, talk is easy and I admit I am just a writer, not someone with deep inside knowledge as to how things go on at Sony or what it would take for Sony to rise to the top.

With that said, what would you like to see Sony do differently in 2015? What would it take to convince you to jump onboard and get yourself an Xperia Z4 or really any Sony device?

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27
Jan
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Pandora Radio redesign is crisp, clean, and flat


Nothing’s thoroughly changed about the Pandora service, but the app itself has had a thorough revamp. Now sporting a stark white/gray/blue color scheme that’s much more in line with the new interface style introduced with iOS 7, Pandora Radio 5.7 also sports a few new features that make things a bit easier when it comes to building your own streaming radio station.

Here’s what’s new:

  • With the new Personalization Icon, the Thumb History for your favorite stations is at your fingertips.
  • Accidentally thumbed a song up or down – now you can un-thumb simply by re-tapping the Thumb Icon.
  • We’ve included a new Mini-Player so you can control your music while you browse your track history.
  • Stay in the loop when new music is added to your favorite stations and much more with our redesigned Notification & Activity Feed.

An overhauled look and some enhanced controls — it’s a better Pandora than we had before. But they’re still up against a lot of competition from a bunch of good streaming services.

27
Jan
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Samsung Galaxy S Edge name exposed on Vodafone’s site


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When the Galaxy S 6 launches this spring, the handset will likely be joined by an Edge variant. The Edge variant would be similar to what the Galaxy Note Edge is for the Galaxy Note 4 – identical internal specifications with a modified exterior. The naming for the Edge variant of the Galaxy S 6 has been up in the air; however, Vodafone may have given away its official name.

A page for the Galaxy S 6 went live on Vodafone’s site recently and revealed that the Edge variant would be called Galaxy S Edge. There are no pictures or anything providing a description, though. Instead, in the source code of the page, was the option to pre-order the Galaxy S Edge. Nowhere else on the page was it mentioned. That is likely because this is all fresh and details are sparse.

Source: Vodafone

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27
Jan
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AMOLED Burn-in Fixer for Nexus 6 and other AMOLED display devices



Burn-ins on your AMOLED screen are the worst. They are just absolutely terrible. There is nothing worse than seeing a ghost on your phone for all eternity. The good news is that you don’t have to site idly by while your OCD goes crazy.

One Brendon Sled has taken it upon himself to fix your devices unfortunate screen. AMOLED Burn-in Fixer is an app designed to be effective and easy to use.

The basic idea behind the app is to invert the colors of your status bar and/or navigation bar (depending on which location is showing signs of burn-in) to reverse the eye sore.

There are three easy steps to fixing these burn-ins. Install, Test and Fix. It is that simple.

1) Install

Step one, install the app from the Google Play Store for free. You can either search “AMOLED Burn-in Fixer” or make use of the widget at the bottom of this post.

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2) Test

Step two, test your screen for signs of burn in. You just follow the yellow brick road on this one. Tap the “Test Burn-in” tab, then select “Hide UI”. You will be presented with a solid gray background that will reveal any burn-ins to you. This will most likely be around the status bar and navigation bar areas as previously stated.

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3) Fix

Step three, fix all the things! Once you determine the areas that require doctoring, go back to the “Fix Burn-in” tab and select the locations you require. Then, follow the instructions on screen. Enable inverted colors in your system settings and hide the app settings.

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Everything is simple and painless. You just have to leave the inverted screen up until the signs of any burn-in are reduced to your satisfaction.

Unfortunately, the app only installs on Lollipop devices.


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27
Jan
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Deal Alert: Grab an unlocked 32GB LG G2 from Ebay for only $210


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The LG G2 was one of our favorite smartphones of 2013, and continues to be a great option for those who want a solid Android device for cheap. If you’re looking to buy one without breaking the bank, Ebay is currently selling a 32GB GSM unlocked LG G2 for only $209.99. Considering the price for an unlocked 32GB G2 is normally upwards of $300-$350, this is really a steal. The phone will work on either T-Mobile or AT&T’s network. You can purchase either the Black or White model, and free shipping is included with the purchase of this device.

If you need a refresher, the LG G2 has a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP rear-facing camera. The G2 is LG’s first device with a rear-mounted volume rocker and power/standby button, and has since been featured on most other LG handsets. If you’re unfamiliar with the buttons on the back, give it a try. Most users become accustomed to button layout within days of using the handset. Want more information on this device? Check out our LG G2 review.

This deal likely won’t last long, so head to the link below to grab your own LG G2.

Buy the 32GB unlocked LG G2 from Ebay for $209.99

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27
Jan
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[Deal] Get 101 4×6 photo prints from Snapfish delivered for $0.07 with the mobile app, plus get 100 prints each month for 12 months


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Printing photos might not be as popular as it used to be, but just the other day my wife was saying it would be nice to put together a photo album or two of our son. If you’re thinking of doing the same, you might want to check out this deal from Snapfish. Right now you can grab 101 (or possibly 156) 4×6 photo prints delivered to your house for only $0.07 (USA only). Not only that, you can grab 100 more 4×6 prints each and every month for 12 months.

The only caveats are that you have to use the mobile app (for Android or iOS) and you must open a new account. How this deal works is that upon installing the app and opening a new account, you will automatically be credited with your first month of 100 prints. You will then add one more photo for $0.07 so that you can enable the Free Shipping code. All you have to do is click the Edit button near the order total an apply coupon code 25X2DAY.

Some have found they were able to grab 156 photos instead of 101 since new users get 55 additional photos after their first upload.

Now you might be thinking that uploading 150+ photos from your phone would be a royal pain, so use your laptop or desktop PC. I would however, make sure to install the app and open your new account (using the app) before logging into your account and uploading images from a computer.

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source: Slickdeals

 

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27
Jan
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[Deal] Get 101 4×6 photo prints from Snapfish delivered for $0.07 with the mobile app, plus get 100 prints each month for 12 months


Snapfish_App_Large_Icon

Printing photos might not be as popular as it used to be, but just the other day my wife was saying it would be nice to put together a photo album or two of our son. If you’re thinking of doing the same, you might want to check out this deal from Snapfish. Right now you can grab 101 (or possibly 156) 4×6 photo prints delivered to your house for only $0.07 (USA only). Not only that, you can grab 100 more 4×6 prints each and every month for 12 months.

The only caveats are that you have to use the mobile app (for Android or iOS) and you must open a new account. How this deal works is that upon installing the app and opening a new account, you will automatically be credited with your first month of 100 prints. You will then add one more photo for $0.07 so that you can enable the Free Shipping code. All you have to do is click the Edit button near the order total an apply coupon code 25X2DAY.

Some have found they were able to grab 156 photos instead of 101 since new users get 55 additional photos after their first upload.

Now you might be thinking that uploading 150+ photos from your phone would be a royal pain, so use your laptop or desktop PC. I would however, make sure to install the app and open your new account (using the app) before logging into your account and uploading images from a computer.

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Play Store Download Link

source: Slickdeals

 

Come comment on this article: [Deal] Get 101 4×6 photo prints from Snapfish delivered for $0.07 with the mobile app, plus get 100 prints each month for 12 months

27
Jan
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Old square Dropcams will stop working soon, but they’ll replace it with a new one for free


We’ve got some good news and some bad news for you Dropcam owners out there. If you own one of the older Original or Echo models, the bad news is you won’t be able to use it for much longer. The good news is that the company is going to make it up by sending you a new one for free.

27
Jan

SCORE! is T-Mobile’s latest program aimed at saving you money on your next device


T-Mobile just recently announced another new program aimed at helping consumers SCORE! better deals on phones. Since the big moves, consumer bought their devices out right and paid for them in installments on their monthly statements. It cut the, for the most part, the larger out-of-pocket charges needed to get your hands on a new […]

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