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It’s official – Samsung Unpacked 2015 is taking place this August 13th


Circle your calendars for August 13th, folks. It has just been announced that one of the biggest tech events of the year is to take place this specific date. The true Next Big Things are coming as Samsung gets ready to take the stage that date at Unpacked 2015, in New York City.

While Samsung is not exactly saying what this event is about, we all know what we will be seeing next month. This event is likely about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the rumored Samsung Galaxy S6 Plus.

Also important to note is the fact that Samsung is going solo for this Note announcement. Traditionally, the Korean manufacturer waits for IFA, in September, to announce its new Galaxy Note phablets. This time around they are moving to the USA, launching their own event and doing it earlier.

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You can be sure we will be all over this event when the time comes. Unfortunately, we don’t have much else to share with you for now, but you can always take a look at our Samsung Galaxy Note 5 rumor roundup, which will continue to be updated as more rumors and leaks emerge. And trust us, they will!

How many of you are looking to possibly get a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 Edge Plus? Hit the comments and let us know what you would like to see from them!

Awesome Galaxy Note videos!

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Moto X (2015) specs rumor: 3600 mAh battery, 5.5- inch FHD display and more


HellomotoHK is home to many a Motorola leak, and they seem to have a good inside scoop on the upcoming Moto X (2015). Not only did they recently give us a look at a gold/white version of the upcoming Motorola flagship, but today they are giving us a healthy list of specs.

The most exciting bit of the rumor will likely be the battery information. The handset is said to come with a massive 3600 mAh battery, far surpassing even beasts like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and LG G4. In fact, it gets closer to the Motorola Droid Turbo realms.


In addition, the phone should come with a 5.5-inch FHD (1080p) display, a 21 MP rear-facing camera, a 5 MP front-facing shooter, Android 5.1.1, dual-SIM capabilities and support for microSD cards.

There’s a couple things I would like to touch on, here. For starters, if this rumor proves to be truthful, we won’t be seeing a QHD (2560x1440p) resolution, as we expected. This higher definition has become the standard in 2015 flagship handsets. Its dismissal will be disappointing to some, but let me reiterate something I always argue: an exemplary screen doesn’t need an amazingly high resolution. 1080p is still very crisp at these screen sizes, and what really matters most is other factors, such as color reproduction, brightness, contrast, etc. Not to mention, the battery life will likely be further elongated by keeping a 1080p panel.


Another factor that has me scratching my head is the possible addition of dual-SIM capabilities. Not because this is impossible, I see it very likely coming to international versions. This just so happens to be a feature the American market is not very supportive of. If I had to bet my cash on it, I would probably say the USA Moto X (2015) iterations won’t be touting said feature.

Regardless, these are all still rumors and we should treat them as such! Motorola has planned an event for tomorrow in New York and London, though. We are likely to see this phone then, so be ready!

Which specification are you most excited about? I am loving that battery size, and hope at least that part is true!


Samsung teases an August 13th event with a big, curvy Galaxy

Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked August 13th teaser

That rumor of Samsung holding a phone event in August to beat Apple to the punch? At least some of it is true. The Korean tech giant has announced a second Galaxy Unpacked event that will take place in New York City on August 13th. It’s not saying much about what’s in store, but the curvy, imposing profile in the teaser image hints at the upsized Galaxy S6 Edge+ that we’ve seen in leaks — and of course, the Galaxy Note line is nearly due for its yearly refresh. Whatever shows up, you can be sure that we’ll be there to give you a closer look.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Samsung


Source: Samsung Tomorrow


NASA shows off the International Space Station in glorious 4K

NASA's Terry Virts plays with a water bubble on the ISS in a 4K video

NASA’s International Space Station team recently got a big camera upgrade in the form of RED’s Epic Dragon, and it’s more than a little eager to show off what this high-resolution gear can do. The agency has started posting 4K videos (sorry, no 6K yet) that show what life is like in orbit in exceptional detail. You can make out the finer details of clouds on Earth, for instance, or see every last nuance of a zero-gravity water bubble.

The camera tech isn’t just for drumming up interest in spaceflight — it’s practical, too. The slow-motion recording (up to 300 frames per second) is good for fast-moving events like docking procedures, and the super-sharp imagery should reveal more about the outcome of science experiments. RED’s cams might not be limited to space, either. NASA is currently testing the Epic Dragon’s usefulness for science and vehicle tracking at the Marshall Flight Center, so you might see more of its operations unfold in 4K before too long.

[Image credit: NASA]

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Science, HD


Source: NASA


Samsung Unpacked event booked for August 13th, teases a double curved profile

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It’s official: Samsung has announced that it has a Samsung Unpacked event booked for August 13th, and teased the event with a minimal representation of a dual curved device. This should be pretty much confirmation that Samsung will be announcing the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus which features a dual-curved edge display, but a dual curve also applies to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 whose back is curved in the same way (as seen in the leak earlier today) and is also expected to be announced.

This announcement of this Samsung Unpacked event confirms the rumoured strategy that Samsung is attempting to beat the new iPhones prior to their announcement sometime in September. By announcing a few weeks early, Samsung is intending to have its devices available by the end of August, or early September, and have their devices in the marketplace before the iPhones hit the ground. It’s a risky strategy, but could be one that pays off as Apple is now directly competing with Samsung in the phablet space with its iPhone 6 Plus (and the inevitable release of the iPhone 6S Plus).

Are you excited for the Samsung Unpacked event on August 13th? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Twitter via engadget

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Urban Armor Gear S6 Edge case review

Urban Armor Gear (UAG) is no stranger to providing tough, durable shells that stand against gravity’s malintent towards our beloved devices.  They’ve been kind enough to send me one of their composite cases, made for the Galaxy S6 Edge.  They come in two flavors, a clear one (Maverick) and a semi-clear, smoky color (Ash).  I’ve received the latter.



The composite cases have an industrial appearance.  The back panel is made up of a few different features.  First, there are clear, ribbed strips that are lined from the corners and sides.


They’re flat from the inside, but on the outside they rise up to give the case topological reinforcement.  It also looks pretty darn cool.


The hexagonal pattern is semi-clear and is what gives the case the “Ash” color.  The hexagonal panels are textured, rougher plastic on the inside, but on the outside everything is uniformly glossy plastic.


Another feature, seen from the outside, are five faux, star screw heads.  On the inside, they just look like flat circles, which contain depth for the back of the phone to rest on.


How about the materials?  It isn’t the cheapest-feeling plastic I’ve run across, but it’s still plastic.  The frame is made up of semi-hard (bendable) plastic, with a dark grey color.  It has considerable thickness, which is expected to protect the perimeter of the device.


Except for the ribbed structure, the back panel is very thin.  I’m never a fan of glossy material because of fingerprint smudges, but this case fares well in that respect.  The hexagonal pattern does well to hide the smudges.


There’s no beating around the bush that this isn’t a slim case.  Not that the case adds a ton of girth to your phone, I’m just saying that it does bump up the dimensions noticeably.  But if you’re buying a case to provide ample protection to your phone, it should be expected.

With that said, I don’t think the case is too thick for its protection claims of a 810G-516 Military drop-test standard.  When I hold the device with the case installed, I feel like it can take a beating, which is a huge departure of the fragile-feeling build of the Galaxy S6 Edge.

This also goes in respect of the S6 Edge’s sides, which are thin to allow for the slope.  Not only does the UAG case provide some extra material to grip onto, the sides have a ridged texture.


The power and volume buttons have a satisfying, tactile response.  I don’t find them more difficult to press than without the case.


The sides of the case follow the same design cue of the S6 Edge, where they slant down to a thinner profile to allow usability of the phone’s edges.


Final Thoughts

Not being a typical case user, I must say that I’m impressed with UAG’s offering.  I think it looks fantastic, doesn’t add too much bulk in light of its extensive protection, and feels great in the hand.  This is a great, thought-out solution to aid the fragile-feeling Galaxy S6 Edge build.

UAG Product Page

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Nextbit gears up to launch its own Android phone


Nextbit, the startup that brought a host of continuity features to Android, is now gearing up to launch its own smartphone. While the San Francisco-based company has not revealed much about its debut in the hardware business, it has announced that its Android device will be quite unique.

“We want to set this off as something different,” Croyle said. “We don’t have to be for everybody,” Scott Croyle, Nextbit’s Chief Product Officer, was quoted as saying.

In fact, we expect nothing less than a revolutionary design from Nextbit as Croyle happens to be former HTC design chief. Speaking of formers, Nextbit’s co-founders Tom Moss and Mike Chan used to work for Google.

The phone that Nextbit is planning to sell in the coming weeks will make a good use of its cloud-based continuity app known as Baton. The service lets you pass the application data from one Android device to another without any hassle. For instance, if you are playing a game on a phone whose battery is about to die, you can pick up the game from the same level on your other Android device, provided both of them have Baton and the game installed.

There is only one glitch- Baton cannot be downloaded from the Play Store; it must come preloaded with the device. Perhaps that’s the reason why the company is launching its own phone.

“We’re really shifting the focus to a controlled experience,” CEO Tom Moss said. “We don’t want to do piecemeal services anymore.”

The 20-employee company has raised $18 million from Accel Partners and Google Ventures, but it won’t be a cakewalk to survive in an overly-saturated market that sees rise and fall of mobile brands on a daily basis.

Source: Recode


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Apple Seeds Fifth OS X El Capitan Beta to Developers

Apple today released the fifth beta of OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, less than one week after releasing the fourth El Capitan beta and nearly two months after unveiling the operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Today’s update is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center.

It is not clear if this update will add any outward-facing changes to El Capitan, as the past few betas have focused on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes to optimize the operating system ahead of its public release. We’ll add new features and bug fixes in beta 5 to this post should any tweaks be discovered.

As an update complementary to OS X Yosemite, OS X El Capitan builds on the myriad features introduced last year. Behind-the-scenes improvements in El Capitan make a number of apps and processes on the Mac faster, and the introduction of Metal makes system-level graphics rendering 40 percent more efficient.

El Capitan introduces a new system-wide font, a revamped Mission Control feature, a split-view feature for using two full-screen apps at once, deeper functionality for Spotlight, and improvements to Safari that include Pinned Sites and a universal mute button.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.


Brand new leaked photos of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 show a close-to-finished product

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Leaked photos of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 are getting a fair amount of air time the last few days and the latest set gives us our best yet look at the device, and also looks pretty close to the actual finished product – while other photos have shown prototype devices, this leaked device has the Note 5 logo emblazoned on the back already. Check out all the leaked images below:

leaked photos of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5
leaked photos of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5
leaked photos of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5
leaked photos of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5
leaked photos of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Unsurprisingly (or surprisingly), the Note 5 looks exactly as the previous leaks suggested, with a design that kind of looks like the S6 Edge but back-to-front – curved edges on the back. No doubt this will give a better feel in the hand. It’s also notable that the port at the bottom of the device is a microUSB one and not USB Type-C as some were hoping. Probably the last notable feature is the S-Pen, which again looks to be flush with the rest of the device, contrary to what yesterday’s leak of a prototype device suggested – this again raises the possibility of an auto-eject mechanism of some sort.

If the rumours are right, we should be seeing the Note 5, and the Galaxy S6 Edge+, on August 12th or 13th at a Samsung event. What do you think about the finished look of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: via Droid-life

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Rhapsody for Android gets prettier, more powerful music controls

Rhapsody for Android

Don’t worry, Rhapsody isn’t sitting idly by as it faces both fresh competition and renewed rivals. The streaming music service has rolled out a redesigned Android app (as well as a Napster counterpart) that brings some needed boosts to both the looks and features. The highlight is the new mini player, which lets you change and favorite tracks without losing your place, but you’ll also get a simpler, flashier full-size player that looks right at home next to what you find in other modern apps. You’ll also get more personalized album launches to make sure that you catch releases when they show up. No, this won’t make you ditch Spotify, but you’ll probably feel better about sticking with Rhapsody if you’re happy with what it offers. And if you’re an iOS listener, don’t fret — you should get a matching update soon.

Filed under: Cellphones, Internet, Mobile


Source: Rhapsody, Google Play


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