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NVIDIA calls for NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet recall over fears of a fire hazard

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There haven’t been many high profile device recalls in the last couple of years but it appears there is going to need to be a NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet recall after NVIDIA identified a risk that the battery could overheat and pose of fire hazard.

It’s obviously a bit of a set back, not only for NVIDIA but for the image of the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, which is actually a fantastic device, with a processor (Tegra K1) specifically designed for gaming and impressive battery life. Despite the fact that not every device is likely affected, NVIDIA is doing the right thing by its customers and asking that they check if their device is one of the ones in question – if you do have a device, you can follow the instructions here to see if you have been affected by the recall.

What do you think about the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet recall? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: NVIDIA via Mashable

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OnePlus is doing something right: OnePlus 2 pop-up in Times Square kills it

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While I don’t think we’re ever going to stop being skeptical about OnePlus’ marketing stunts, their latest device, the OnePlus 2, appears to have garnered quite a lot of attention from the masses in the lead up to the device’s launch – it managed to pack out one corner of Times Square when they put up a OnePlus 2 pop-up in Times Square to show off their device to the public. As you can see from the photo, there are literally lines of people waiting to get a glimpse of the phone – the possibility of getting an invite also probably helped.

New York isn’t the only place that OnePlus is hosting a pop-up store – San Francisco, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, New Dehli, Bangalore, and Jakarta will also be seeing tents, presumably filled with OnePlus’ executives and the OnePlus 2. Regardless of what you think of the “2016 Flagship Killer”, it’s hard to argue with results – particularly with 1 million people signed up for invites – and that number of genuinely interested fans is hard to fake.

Source: The Verge via Phandroid

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Android M Developer Preview 3 is delayed, Google says they “need a little more time”

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Google has been like clock work for the first two Developer Previews of Android M, but it appears their next one, Android M Developer Preview 3 is delayed after it was promised to be released at the end of July. The reason given by Google’s Wojtek Kalicinski is that they want Android M Developer Preview 3 to be “near release”, and it appears whatever that entails means they “need a little more time to get it out to you”. Naturally, the promise of a “near release” build of Android M will fuel theories about when Android M itself will be released in full, a fact that Kalicinski is quick to address:

“Please be patient and refrain from posting speculations about the release date in the community. We will announce the Preview 3 availability here and on +Android Developers as soon as it’s ready.”

But speculating is what we love to do!

Based on previous full Android releases, we’re expecting a release sometime in late October or early November, which will hopefully coincide with the release of at least one (if not two) new Nexus devices. Only time will tell whether any of this is right, but the next few months should be an exciting time for Android fans.

What do you think about about the fact the Android M Developer Preview 3 is delayed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Google+ via Phandroid

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Sony Xperia M5 and C5 Ultra leak in high-res photos ahead of official announcement


Sony’s new Xperia M5 and C5 Ultra handsets won’t be officially unveiled until next week, but that’s not stopping us from getting an early look at the unannounced devices. Earlier today Russian tech site leaked both devices in full, giving us a good look at Sony’s upcoming smartphones.

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Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

The Xperia C5 Ultra is arguably the more interesting of the two. It has a big 6.0-inch Full HD display that extends all the way to the left and right sides of the chassis, giving it an almost bezel-free aesthetic. According to the leak, the bezels on the left and right sides measure only .8mm in length, which is very thin.


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The C5 Ultra also sports a 13MP rear and front-facing camera, complete with a front-facing flash. In addition, it’s powered by an octa-core 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6752 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion, as well as a 2930mAh battery. According to recent leaks, the device could launch for somewhere around $350.

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The Xperia M5 on the other hand looks to feature a similar design aesthetic to that of the Z3 or Z3+, which unfortunately blends in with most other Sony devices on the market. It comes with a 5.0-inch Full HD IPS LCD display, an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and microSD expansion.

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This device also comes with a 13MP camera on the front and back and has IP65/IP68 certification. It will likely launch for somewhere around $400, and will be available in Black, Silver and Gold color options.

What are your thoughts? Do any of these devices interest you?


Authorities may soon need a warrant to access a suspect’s cell phone location records

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As it stands today, the authorities have the ability to access a suspect’s mobile phone cell-site records without a court-issued warrant, even without taking into account the Fourth Amendment’s probable cause standard. That might change sometime soon, though, if a United States Supreme Court decision pans out in one defendant’s favor.

The Supreme Court has just recently been asked to review a case concerning a certain Florida resident named Quartavious Davis who was sentenced to a life term for committing a number of robberies in 2012. The case build by the involved law enforcement officers was based on a long list of Davis’ mobile phone cell-site records that were obtained without a warrant.

Davis is being represented by The American Civil Liberties Union, who wants the Supreme Court to overturn a decision filed in May from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. According to an ACLU attorney, this ruling against Davis was based on old cases that “don’t hold up well in the digital age”. Attorney Nathan Freed Wessler explains:

In reaching that conclusion, the Eleventh Circuit relied on Supreme Court cases from the 1970s that held that certain limited information that people voluntarily share with third-party businesses can be accessed by law enforcement without a warrant. But the logic behind those precedents, known collectively as the “third-party doctrine,” has not held up well in the digital age.

In short, the petition that will soon make its way to the Supreme Court can be summed up with the following excerpt:

It is virtually impossible to participate fully in modern life without leaving a trail of digital breadcrumbs that create a pervasive record of the most sensitive aspects of our lives. Ensuring that technological advances do not “erode the privacy guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment” requires nuanced applications of analog-age precedents.

If this decision is overturned and ruled in Davis’ favor, law enforcement officers from here on out will be required by law to get a court-issued warrant before obtaining a suspect’s cell-site location data records. However, as Ars Technica reports, it might not actually turn out that way.

Up until now, numerous appellate courts have argued that cell-site location data records aren’t in fact constitutionally protected. Instead, they argue that these files are classified as business records that telecommunication companies need to hand over to government officials who bring probable cause to the scenario. And because no other appellate court has ruled in favor of constitutionally protected cell-site documents, there’s likely a slim chance that the Supreme Court will actually do anything to intervene in this case.

While this isn’t the most hot button issue among government officials at the moment, we’re hoping the Supreme Court will finally settle this debate once and for all. We’ll be sure to update this post as more information is provided.


ES File Explorer an All-Encompassing File Browser and Manager that is Easy to Use

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Keeping track of all your content in your phone can be daunting task. There are many apps out there that will act as a file explorer for you, and even certain phones will come equipped with one right out of the box. ES File Explorer has been around for awhile, but I have found it to be one of the best out there when sorting through my files.

If you think ES Explorer opens up with all your files sorted, let me enlighten. There are so many features to this app I almost don’t know where to begin. I’ll start with the Homepage. Right off the bat, ES Explorer shows how many files you have in images, music, movies, documents, and apps. It also shows how much space is being used on your SD card, and gives you the option to utilize tools and bookmarks. They have adopted that Material Design navigation where touching the top-left menu icon brings in new navigation menu from the left. This is where you can us ES File Explorer as a web browser just incase you don’t want to use a stock browser, or third-party browser.

The browser feature actually surprised me the most, because I really liked how they organized the use of Google within the menu and its browser. You can access, news, weather, and Facebook right from this menu. As you scroll down you can still access everything within your phone as well, and they went the extra mile to check features with your LAN connection. You can even customize your Explorer app with gestures and thumbnails if you feel so inclined.

The Customization doesn’t stop there. If you hit the Local tab, you can customize the look of all your files by changing the view setting. Sort by name or type, size of folders, grid of list style, many options when it comes to customizing this app. Us Androidians love to customize, so if you want a file explorer that is easy to customize, ES File Explorer is for you.

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Go ahead and make your way into the Play Store and download ES File Explorer is you haven’t yet. Check out my video run-through below to see it all in action. Let us know if you ended up getting the app and how much you like it.


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Get 10 country hits for free via Google Play


Country music fans looking for some free tunes need to look no further than Google Play. Right now Google is offering up its “Play: Country Hits” list for absolutely free, a list that is normally valued at $12.

We’re looking at a total of 10 songs, from arts including Tyler Farr, Chris Young, Jake Owen, Josh Dorr, and a few others. There’s no word on how long the list will be offered for free, so we’d get to downloading now if any of these country songs are up your alley.

Get it now on Google Play


Take on your ‘favorite’ celebrities in Shooting Stars, a unique shoot em’ up

Noodlecake Games is known for some pretty quirky titles, including the Happy Jump series and Small Fry, but their latest title certainly takes the cake. Shooting Stars is a new shoot em’ up that puts you on a mission to rid the world of alien invaders. Alien invaders that just happen to be disguised as various celebrities including Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and countless others — though their names have been changed slightly such as calling Bieber by the name Bieleber and Kanye is referenced as Kanye East.

Here’s a full list of features, straight from the developer:

  • Over 20 “celebrity” bosses
  • Challenge your friends in a global and daily highscore battle
  • Collect up to 50 amazing ultimate attacks and superfoods
  • Stack superfoods for ultimate destruction
  • Two different game modes: Card Hunt and Daily Challenge
  • 16 beautiful collectible cards
  • Thrilling soundtrack with stunning sound effects
  • Weird and funny satire on pop culture
  • Every game will be totally different
  • Ride a freakin’ hoverboard
  • Achievements & Leaderboards
  • Rainbow Unicorn Approved

If you are looking for a super quirky shooter that basically pokes fun of celebrities and our Internet culture, you’ll definitely want to check this one out. Not only are there two different modes of play, there’s also highscore battles, and so much more.


While the majority of the developer’s other games are free to play, Shooting Stars is a premium app priced at $.99 and without a single in-app purchase in sight. Keep in mind that this current pricing is promotional, with the game set to go up to $2.99 after the launch sale ends in two weeks. For more details on what to expect, you’ll want to head on over to Google Play.

Buy now on Google Play!


YotaPhone 2 isn’t coming to the US after all

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In December of 2014 Yotaphone took the veil off the YotaPhone 2, an impressive upgrade to the original that took the concept of dual-screen e-ink/LCD to new heights. During its announcement, the company promised the phone would eventually make its way to the US. While it took its sweet time, Yota Devices finally looked to be making good on the promise when it launched its U.S. Indiegogo campaign in May. Now in an unfavorable turn of events, Yota has canceled the U.S. launch of the YotaPhone 2 after all.

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Today the company sent out messages to its Indiegogo backers revealing that they are canceling release due to “unforeseen delays including both production and delivery of the North American variant of YotaPhone 2 from our manufacturer”. Furthermore, they go on to stress that the phones would end up showing up too late if they continued down this path and that it would interfere with the company’s 2016 plans as well.

For those that already paid to support the device, Yota is offering two options: one, they can be sent an international version that will work in the US on T-Mobile and AT&T, but only at HSPA+ speeds. Second, they can request a refund, though YotaPhone says the timeline for the refund is still being sorted out. That means you shouldn’t expect that refund any time soon, though it is also hard to say how quickly Yota will be sending out international units for those that decided to go down that route.

Considering the company managed to attract 566 funders and accumulate $298,058, making it clear there is at least some interest in this niche, it is more than a little disappointing to see Yota calling it quits. We understand that the phone’s specs are already falling behind the pack and that they are likely more interested in working towards a YotaPhone 3 this late in the game, but these kinds of moves don’t instill much confidence from consumers.

What do you think of Yota’s decision to cancel the YotaPhone 2 launch in the US? For those that backed, will you be requesting a refund or settling for an international model? Let us know what you think in the comments.


Nvidia recalls some Shield tablets, potential fire hazard to blame

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The Nvidia Shield tablet is an excellent device, and a mainstay in our list of best Android tablets for many months now. It looks though that there’s an issue affecting the 8-inch tablet’s battery, because Nvidia just announced a recall program affecting Shield tablets sold over the last year.

Nvidia is asking affected Shield owners to submit a claim to receive a replacement device. Not all units are affected: in order to check if you will need to replace your Shield, you must follow these steps:

  1. Update your Shield tablet to the latest software version (build date must be newer than July 1, 2015) from Settings>About tablet>System updates
  2. Check if your model is affected from Settings>About tablet>Status:
    1. If the entry in the Battery category is B01, you are safe, no return needed
    2. If the entry in the Battery category is Y01, you must go through the recall
  3. Tap on “Y01” to receive your device serial number.
  4. Enter the serial number on the form available here.
  5. Enter the claim number you receive from the Nvidia site in the recall notice.

More details on the recall procedure are available here.

Nvidia will ship you a replacement tablet free of charge, but make sure to save all your local data from the old tablet because once you activate the new one, the old one will be deactivated remotely and become unusable.

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Nvidia did not detail the reasons behind the recall, under than to say that “tablets can overheat and pose a fire hazard.” From the multitude of reports about injury and damage caused by faulty electronics, this is not an issue you want to take lightly, so make sure to go through the recall as soon as possible.

Have you experienced any issues with your Shield tablet?


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