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Mar
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Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth Speaker review



The great people over at Inateck have sent us another awesome product, the BP2001 Bluetooth speaker. While finding a Bluetooth speaker nowadays is by no means a hard task, finding one at an affordable price while still retaining quality is where you begin to have a difficult time. The BP2001 delivers on both fronts and demonstrates that you do not need to spend a small fortune to still get a decent product.

Design

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The BP2001 can be best described as a pill shaped Bluetooth speaker. Starting with the front you get a lovely silver ring in the center that showcases the only button on the BP2001. The button acts as the play, pause and pairing button. On the sides you are greeted with a great silver ring that goes from side to side, minus on top. This really gives the BP2001 a great look, as the silver is a great contrast to the black color scheme of the rest of the speaker. One of the things I really liked about the design of the BP2001 is the cradle that is built on top of the device. This allows you to be able to place your smartphone or tablet right on top and be able to create a fun music area anywhere you go. The cradle is built in such a way that it does not take away from the device but if anything augments the modern look.

On the back you get another neat feature, an adjustable stand. The BP2001 is capable of standing upright on its own but the stand is there for when you place larger devices on the cradle to add that second layer of support. Right beneath the adjustable stand you have the power switch, an audio jack and the charger port. Nice and clean, as to not take away from the design of the BP2001.

Overall, the design of the BP2001 is modern, sleek and to be honest, luxurious. Just by looking at the device you would forget that it costs way less than other comparable

Functionality

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The BP2001 is for all intents and purposes a speaker. A portable Bluetooth speaker. It does not profess to be anything else and it does what is was built to do. To get started, you turn on the device using the power switch on the back which then allows you to start paring your devices. From there its as simple pressing the silver button on front. The silver button also acts as a play and pause button and will switch functions once a device has been paired. Otherwise pressing the button activated the paring feature on the BP2001 to make it available for paring for your Bluetooth capable device.

Once you get is ready to go, playing music is as simple as pressing play on your preferred music app. The sound was nice and clear and I had no issue enjoying my favorite artists while jamming out in the shower. With that said though, do not expect to hear audiophile quality sound as that is not what the BP2001 was intended for. The BP2001 was intended to provide you a nice easy way to listen to your songs on the go while not having to sacrifice too much music quality but there will be some small degradation, compared to using your headphones or earbuds.

Final Thoughts

The BP2001 is a fantastic little speaker with great looks and good sound. While it will not blow away anyone with its music quality, you will be able to enjoy listening to that new Katy Perry album while trying to dance like Left Shark next time you are home alone. You can purchase the BP2001 speaker by heading over to Amazon or by going directly to Inateck’s webpage, where you can also browse their other tech goodies. Also, if you head over today you can save an extra five dollars by using promo code: W5TEVQMD during checkout. Now there really is no reason to purchase one!


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2
Mar
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Google’s new mobile payment platform is called Android Pay


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It’s shaping up to be a big year for mobile payments, what with Apple Pay enjoying rapid adoption and Samsung finally getting in the game too. Google also has a presence, but it’s only very recently decided to ramp up its efforts in this space. Last week, we saw the company team up with AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile to preload its Wallet mobile payment app on new Android phones, and now it’s creating a new framework to power payments across its OS.

Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google SVP Sundar Pinchai confirmed the existence of Android Pay, a platform that will allow developers to build payments into their apps. Don’t think of it as a separate app like Wallet (especially as Wallet will utilize the Android Pay platform), but as an OS-level service that makes it easy for app makers or retailers to let you to buy things using your Android device.

While Apple Pay lets iPhone users purchase goods in physical stores using NFC, it also provides tools to let retailers offer online checkout tools using its platform. Pinchai didn’t go into too much detail as to how Android Pay will work, but did confirm that it will offer similar features to its rival. One is the use of tokenized card numbers, which reduce fraud by generating a one-time credit card number for each transaction. It’s also a standard that Visa, Mastercard and American Express all support.

Filed under: Cellphones, Software, Mobile, Google

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2
Mar
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Vodafone deal makes Dropbox a part of your smartphone backups


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Dropbox just scored a huge deal that will not only put its cloud storage in front of a lot of people, but help you safeguard your smartphone’s data. The company has forged a partnership with Vodafone that both gives the carrier’s Android and iPhone users 25GB of free space for a year and integrates Dropbox into Vodafone’s new Backup+ service. Rather than depend on a specialized backup space, you simply save your valuable files to Dropbox — you can restore content on other devices and share it with friends without having to use two services or limit the kind of data you protect. The Backup+ app will be available as soon as the end of March, although the service itself will take a few months to reach “most” Vodafone areas.

Filed under: Cellphones, Storage, Internet, Mobile

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Source: Dropbox Blog, Vodafone

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Mar
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Jolla takes on Android with a promise not to sell your data


When Jolla launched its tablet on Indiegogo, it was an instant success. Today that tablet is being shown to the media for the first time at MWC. But, that’s not all that the plucky mobile start-up has to reveal. With the new tablet comes the second version of Jolla’s Sailfish OS. Version 2.0 not only brings some features you’d expect (like easy scaling between phones and tablets — to accommodate its new hardware) but also some new, bigger picture additions like support for Intel’s Atom x3 chipset, a new push to into licensing with OEM hardware, and a couple of direct swipes at Android, and how it gathers your data.

At MWC, Marc Dillon, the company’s Head of Software, made it clear that Android is too dominant, and requires that all its partners invest heavily in the software’s ecosystem. Jolla, on the other hand, wants to work more closely with hardware manufacturers to accommodate their requirements (and not ask that it bends to theirs). Perhaps Dillon’s more damning attack on Android was on the topic of security, claiming that Google’s OS was “designed to collect data from its users” with the explicit motive of selling it. “We are not going to sell user data” was Dillon’s emphatic response. If there had been a table in front of him, he would have slammed his fist on it.

In a related theme, Sailfish 2.0’s other big push is security. Jolla is working with SSH Communications Security to develop of version of the operating system robust enough for use by government agencies, or the user who wants added layers of privacy. Conceptually, this would be similar to Knox from Samsung. This would make Sailfish the first European-based mobile software suitable for use (it hopes) by official agencies.

What about regular folk like you and me? Well there are software tweaks in v2.0 that should make our lives easier, too. The latest Sailfish comes with new user interface gestures and notifications that should be easier to get along with than what we saw last time we tried it. Jolla’s so keen to simplify its OS experience that it’s done away with the power button (double tap to wake, basically), and there are no on screen buttons at all, with gestures filling those roles. In reality, this means a thumb-swipe will take you home, and swipe up from the bottom for apps — a similar way to how BlackBerry’s PlayBook handled such things. Will security, more hardware support and a promise of not selling your data be enough? We’ll have to wait for a chance to get to know the OS better, but with our first time with the tablet being today, and the product shipping in Q2 this year, it shouldn’t be too long to find out.

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Mar
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BlackBerry wants to bring some of its best features to every device


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BlackBerry has only been willing to give out tiny pieces of its smartphone experience so far, like BBM and its enterprise servers, but it’s going to be much more liberal in the near future. It’s launching BlackBerry Experience Suite, a collection of apps and services that bring some of its biggest features to Android, iOS and Windows gear in hopes of making them mainstays of the working world. Some of them are more behind-the-scenes features that keep your corporate info both secure and separate from your personal affairs. However, others are very conspicuously borrowed from BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The company is promising the BlackBerry Hub (which unifies BB10’s messaging), universal search and even its own input method — yes, you may get a BlackBerry keyboard on your phone without resorting to a Typo case. The suite won’t be available until later in the year, but it may be just the ticket if you (or your office) wants to try BlackBerry features while keeping the hardware and apps you already use.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Blackberry

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2
Mar
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BlackBerry wants to bring some of its best features to every device


The hub on a BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry has only been willing to give out tiny pieces of its smartphone experience so far, like BBM and its enterprise servers, but it’s going to be much more liberal in the near future. It’s launching BlackBerry Experience Suite, a collection of apps and services that bring some of its biggest features to Android, iOS and Windows gear in hopes of making them mainstays of the working world. Some of them are more behind-the-scenes features that keep your corporate info both secure and separate from your personal affairs. However, others are very conspicuously borrowed from BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The company is promising the BlackBerry Hub (which unifies BB10’s messaging), universal search and even its own input method — yes, you may get a BlackBerry keyboard on your phone without resorting to a Typo case. The suite won’t be available until later in the year, but it may be just the ticket if you (or your office) wants to try BlackBerry features while keeping the hardware and apps you already use.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Blackberry

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Source: BlackBerry (1), (2)

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Mar
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Google releases new Android video for the young at heart


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With all kinds of new Android powered devices being announced at MWC 2015, like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge and the HTC One M9, Google has released a new video in their line of be together.not the same. commercials. The new video is titled Android: Young Together and shows how ordinary people of all ages use their devices to stay young at heart.

You can check out the video after the break. Be sure to stick with us at TalkAndroid for more coverage from MWC 2015 to see all the new Android powered devices ready to hit the market.

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2
Mar

Speck releases lineup of cases for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge



With the big news about Samsungs new flagship phones you will need a case to protect all that glass. Speck is one of leaders in case making and is often praised for there functional attractive cases while providing the best protection. Today they have released a large portfolio of cases for the soon to be relesed galaxy S6 and S6 edge. These cases will be avalible at launch with seven of their most popular designs.

The launch lineup includes the popular CandyShell, CandyShell + Faceplate, CandyShell Grip, CandyShell Inked, CandyShell Card, MightyShell, and MightyShell + Faceplate all in various colors and designs. Speck has been a leader in case design for years offering some of the most fuctional yet protective cases for the most popular phones on the market. These cases will be availible day one when both the S6 and S6 edge releases. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are expected to be the hottest phones for Samsung and android this year. More information about these cases and reveiws will be avalible as soon as AndroidGuys has them.

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Mar
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Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with Microsoft apps out of the box


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Those rumors that Samsung would reduce the glut of in-house software on the Galaxy S6, and include some of Microsoft’s apps? They’re at least partly true. Both the S6 and S6 edge will ship with a “Microsoft Apps” folder that currently includes OneDrive, OneNote and Skype. There’s no hint of Office (at least not yet), but you will get 115GB of free OneDrive cloud storage for two years. You certainly won’t be hurting for photo backup space, then. It’s hard to say if the bundle is the direct result of Microsoft and Samsung calling a truce in their Android royalty dispute. Either way, the move is going to give Microsoft’s services a lot more exposure. While they’ve been available on Android for some time, their absence in phone bundles has typically made it easier to lean on equivalents from the likes of Google and Dropbox.

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Via: The Verge

Source: Samsung Mobile Press

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Mar
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Lenovo rolls out new sub-$200 tablets, two with Dolby Atmos


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Lenovo might still be a little sore from the Superfish scandal that recently rocked its PC division, but thankfully the company’s mobile arm has remained unharmed. And that’s a good thing, because it’s kicking off Mobile World Congress with the announcement of not one, not two, but three new tablets, in both Android and Windows flavors. The Lenovo Tab 2 A10 and the Lenovo Tab 2 A8 are from the budget-friendly Android A series, while the affordable Lenovo MIIX 300 is for those who prefer the operating system from Redmond. The overarching theme of all three of these is simple: Value.

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But just because they’re affordable doesn’t mean these tablets are shy on features. The highest end of the lot is the Lenovo Tab 2 A10, which is also the one that’s most focused on entertainment. Not only does it has a nice 10.1-inch full HD IPS display for watching movies, but it’s also equipped with Dolby Atmos technology and a multi-speaker soundbar to really give you that theatre experience. In a brief demo of the tablet, I thought the surround sound was remarkably good considering its compact size — it’s not too hefty at 509 grams and it’s about 8.9mm thin. The speaker soundbar sounded far richer than most tablet speakers, though using headphones would still result in better audio quality. It ships with Android 4.4 KitKat (it’ll be upgradeable to Lollipop later this year), runs on a quad-core MediaTek processor, has dual-band WiFi and a 8-megapixel camera. Markets outside the US will get a LTE version of the tablet as well. As for the battery life, Lenovo is promising up to ten hours of charge thanks to the 7,200 mAh battery.

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Next on the list is the Tab 2 A8, which is very similar to the A10 except it’s, well, smaller. It has an 8-inch HD IPS display instead of 10 and is of course lighter at 360 grams. The Tab 2 A8 also comes with Dolby Atmos, but it would be better to experience it through headphones since the A8 lacks the A10’s powerful speakers. Other features of the A8 include a MediaTek quad-core processor, a microSD card slot that accepts up to 32GB cards, a 5-megapixel rear camera and dual-band WiFi. Interestingly, the international variant of the Tab 2 A8 comes with a dual SIM card slot for those who like to hop between carriers and it supports both voice and LTE. Yes, that means you could potentially use the 8-inch A8 as a phone. Holding it in my hand, I don’t think I could imagine hoisting this next to the side of my face, but I imagine you’d only make calls with this thing with a headset. It has quite a bit of bezel surrounding the display which I’m not a huge fan of, but the sharp and colorful high-def screen makes up for it. Another great feature of the A8 is that it ships with a pure version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which could be why performance was relatively zippy when I played around with it.

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Last but not least is the MIIX 300, which almost seems like the last kid picked for teamsports in this particular grouping — it’s not just quite as cool as the other two. Then again, the MIIX 300 is intended to be the most budget-friendly Windows tablet (a lower end version of the MIIX 2) from Lenovo yet and its humdrum design reflects that. Still, it has a decent 300-nit 8-inch HD IPS display, an Intel Atom quad core processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, 64 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot and, of course, WiFi. You also get a free one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 as part of the package. It ships with Windows 8.1, and a Lenovo spokesperson tells us that it should be upgradeable to Windows 10 when that rolls around later in the year.

The Tab 2 A10 will be available in Pearl White and Midnight Blue and will ship for $199 starting in April. As for the Tab 2 A8, that comes in Pearl White, Ebony, Midnight Blue and Neon Pink and will be available in June for a starting price of $129. International models with the dual SIM card slots will cost roughly $179. Finally, the MIIX 300 lives up to its affordability promise with a low low price of $149, which makes it the cheapest Windows tablet in Lenovo’s lineup. The MIIX 300 will be available in July.

Filed under: Tablets, Lenovo

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