Oh, the irony. Disgraced former senator Leland Yee has pleaded guilty to charges of taking bribes in exchange for votes, racketeering and promising to smuggle guns into the US from the Philippines. Of course, like so many beautiful twists of fate, Yee was a prominent moral crusader who led a campaign against violent video games. The senator authored AB-1179, legislation that would have outlawed the sale of said titles to California’s teens, which was defeated by the Supreme Court. Way to keep our kids safe, Leels.
As part of the deal Yee has made, he’ll only face punishment for the racketeering charge, with the other offenses dismissed. That doesn’t mean he’s off the hook, however, since he’s still facing up to 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine, not to mention repaying the money he received as bribes. Yee’s sentencing hearing is pencilled in for October 21st, which is when we’ll find out for sure how long he’s going to have to spend behind bars. Sing it with us, Leland, “It’s like rain, on your wedding day…”
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EE may have the UK covered for 4G data, but the company hasn’t been doing the best job listening to its customers in the past, according to industry regulator Ofcom. As a result, EE has been fined £1 million.
Ofcom had been running a routine investigation into EE for the past three years, to find out how the company logs and deals with customer complaints. The regulator found that between July 22nd 2011 and April 8th 2014, EE did not provide adequate information to consumers about their right to take a complaint to an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) scheme. A third party can be used to reach an impartial decision if no resolution is found after eight weeks.
“Ofcom imposes strict rules on how providers must handle complaints and treats any breach of these rules very seriously. The fine imposed against EE takes account of the serious failings that occurred in the company’s complaints handling, and the extended period over which these took place.” – Ofcom
Furthermore, EE did not send letters out to customers who had requested access to its ADR scheme, also known as “deadlock letters”, within the necessary time limit and often failed to send out any at all. Customers were also incorrectly told that letters of this type were not issued and the company failed to send paper bills to customers that referenced the fact that they could use its ADR scheme for free.
“This fine relates to our historic performance regarding complaints handling, collected from 2011 to April 2014. While this is in no way excuses it, it is important to note that we identified issues in our complaints handling … Ofcom’s current figures highlight that complaints into Ofcom about EE have fallen by 50% in the past year alone” – EE
As a result of the investigation, EE has now amended its Customer Complains Code to include information about its obligation to issue a deadlock letter. The company will also inform customers of the fact on their paper bills and will send written notifications to complainants about free access to the ADR.
EE is not the only UK carrier to have been fined Ofcom. Last year, Three was found to have closed customer complaints earlier than it should have and was fined £250,000.
The UK carrier has 20 days to pay its fine. £1 million may only be a slap on the wrist in the grand scheme of things, but hopefully it will encourage EE to keep on top of its customer complaints.
OnePlus Cardboard can now be ordered for free, though you will need to pay for shipping: $5 in the US, £5 in the UK, and €7 in Europe.
There are a bunch of Google Cardboard clones available online for $5-$10, but OnePlus’ still looks like a good option. The company claims it improved over Google’s design, by making its Cardboard more durable, more compact, and more resistant to stains and wear. The headset is said to be compatible with “most” devices up to six inches in size.
There will likely be a limited number of sets available (OnePlus was clear about it losing money on this little venture), so if you’re interested, go over to the Cardboard page on the OnePlus site and get your unit.
Cardboard started almost like an inside joke when Google gave cardboard VR headsets to Google I/O attendants last year. But the concept of VR made accessible caught on, and Google announced it shipped more than 500,000 units and launched a certification program for 3rd party manufacturers. LG jumped in with a more durable version made of plastic, and a variety of cheap alternatives sprung up on Amazon and eBay offering cardboard sets for a few bucks.
Cardboard is essentially an empty shell, relying exclusively on the device for sound and video. In that respect, it’s obviously be going to be limited compared to Oculus Rift and other dedicated devices, or even Samsung’s hybrid Gear VR. But that doesn’t mean it’s not useful as a gateway to VR for users that want to give the concept a try without spending big.
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Chevrolet will introduce a new Active Phone Cooling feature in its future vehicles to assist wireless charging
Automotive manufacturer Chevrolet has today announced a new feature it will be implementing in its upcoming 2016 Impala, Malibu, Volt and Cruze models called Active Phone Cooling. This feature will come as standard with automobiles that are equipped with wireless charging docks in order to ensure that the phones stay cool whilst juicing up.
Chevrolet discovered during testing that using the wireless charging function in moving vehicles, smartphones would overheat and stop charging. To prevent this from happening, the company has developed the new air vent, which is positioned in the charging bin on the dashboard.
Here’s how it works:
An air vent connected directly to the car’s air conditioning and ventilation system is directed to the charging bin where the phone rests for wireless charging, sending cool air to help lower the phone’s temperature. Active Phone Cooling operates only when the HVAC system is turned on by the driver.
It’s great to see wireless charging being intergrated into cars and we hope more manufacturers will follow suit by including more smartphone-centric technology in their vehicles.
What do you think of the imminent release of wireless charging for cars? Be sure to let us know your thoughts down below?
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HERE has just started rolling out an update for its official Maps application via the Google Play Store. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade brings support for reversible lanes, as well as multiple bug fixes and stability improvements.
The reversible lanes function is live for eleven U.S. and one European city and for those of you unaware of its role within the app, the feature is used to reduce traffic congestion during busy times by way of providing alternative routes to the user in the event of heavy traffic.
To install the update on your smartphone, simply open up the Play Store, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of the screen, select ‘My Apps’ and click on ‘HERE Maps’. You’re now going to want to hit the update button.
If you’d prefer to start the upgrade process instantly without having to use the Play Store, you can scan the QR code below to initiate the installation procedure.
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Earlier today, Archos quietly launched its latest smartphone, the 50d Helium 4G, in the United States. The budget-friendly handset is available to pre-order starting today for $129, but will officially hit the shelves later this month running the latest build of Android 5.1 straight out of the box.
In terms of design, the Archos 50d Helium looks almost identical to the OnePlus One, packing the same camera, speaker grill and flash positioning. What is different, though, is the swappable rear-panels, which are available in either Storm Blue or Stone Grey colorways.
Despite the fact the 50d Helium isn’t intended to be a mid-range device, it does pack some pretty impressive internals, including a 5-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 410 System-on-Chip (SoC), 1GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter and dual-SIM support.
The full press release can be seen below:
ARCHOS unveils the ARCHOS 50d Helium, the newest member of its acclaimed Helium line of smartphones, featuring a superb slim design and superior power for pure performance.
“The 50d Helium represents our commitment to bringing 4G connectivity to everybody,” says Loic Poirer, CEO of ARCHOS. “The 50d Helium is a stylish smartphone with outstanding performance and an unbelievable price.”
The ARCHOS 50d Helium showcases an elegant and svelte design highlighted by clean lines and smooth edges. A stylish accessory and companion, it comes with two soft, stone finished interchangeable backs in Storm Blue and Stone Grey to perfectly match your taste.
The ARCHOS 50d Helium features a 5-inch HD IPS screen that accurately reproduces colors and contrasts for the most vivid images. Equipped with 13MP rear and 5MP front cameras, the ARCHOS 50d Helium is the perfect smartphone to immortalize any moment and capture epic selfies and clear visuals while video-chatting.
ARCHOS 50d Helium is powered by a Quad-Core SnapDragon 410 processor and 1GB of RAM. Blending power and energy efficiency, the 50d Helium also comes with 4G connectivity for blazing fast downloads, making it perfect for everyday use, including browsing the web, watching videos, and gaming.
To ensure a smooth and intuitive interface, ARCHOS equipped its newest smartphone with Android 5.1 Lollipop, the latest Android OS version featuring a variety of technologies to increase battery life. ARCHOS’ 5d Helium also has the convenience of being Dual SIM native, meaning that it supports multiple phone lines at the same time without the need to change SIM cards.
The ARCHOS 50d Helium will be available in July for $129.
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I bet you’ve never wondered if a 10-ton steamroller can flatten the LG G Flex 2? Well, someone has and if you’d like to see the very heavy slow-moving vehicle in action, you’re in luck as YouTube user Digiato took to his official channel to share the ultimate drop test for the handset. First, it’s dropped from a variety of different heights, then it’s run over by the steamroller. The results are actually pretty astonishing.
Check it out after the break.
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We’ve known for a while now that Samsung is testing the upcoming successor to the Galaxy J1, but at last we have some evidence that shows that the Galaxy J2 is in its final testing phase. The smartphone has popped up in the official GeekBench results database with the model number SM-J200F.
According to the log, the J2 will pack a 4.7-inch qHD display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor and 1GB of RAM. Recent rumors also suggest that the device will feature an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter and 8GB of expandable internal storage.
Check out the full list of GeekBench results in the image below:
Judging by the intensity of recent leaks, rumors and speculation we expect the device to launch pretty soon. If it follows the same path as the J1, it will debut in India, then China shortly after, followed by a worldwide release.
Source: Primate Labs
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The folks over at Mobile.It have managed to get their hands on the brand new Huawei Honor 7, and have dismantled it to show us just how difficult it is to repair and rebuild. The handset can be taken apart in 21 relatively easy steps, but due to an abundance of small parts and screws, it would be intensely tedious to rebuild at home.
Hit the break to see a few key images from the teardown.
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The extremely popular endless runner game, Subway Surfers, has received a long-awaited World Tour update which transports Jake and his track-hopping friends to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The upgrade also brings new boards, outfits and prizes to the award-winning title.
The full changelog for version 1.41.0 of the game can be seen below:
- Travel to Brazil on the Subway Surfers World Tour
- Party with Jake and the crew in the colorful subway of Rio de Janeiro
- Use up to three Score Boosters in one run and take off for even higher scores
- Surf on the new Birdie board and get a flashy Shake Outfit for Carmen
- Search for cute toucans on the tracks to earn prizes in the Weekly Hunts.
To install the update, simply open up the Play Store on your device, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of the screen, select ‘My Apps’ and click on ‘Subway Surfers’. Next, hit the update button, and the application will instantly start to download and install the upgrade from the Google Play servers. Alternatively, you can scan the QR code below to initiate the procedure.
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