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19
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Amazon Fire TV Stick starts shipping, Fire TV Remote app hits the Play Store



Amazon-Fire-TV-StickBack at the end of October Amazon announced a new dongle for your TV called the Amazon Fire TV Stick. The small HDMI device compares itself to Google’s Chromecast but bolsters some more powerful hardware as well as its own UI with physical remote. At the time of the announcement Amazon placed the Fire TV Stick up for pre-order. If you happened to be a Prime member you were able to grab the $39 unit for $19 during a short 48 hour window. Amazon planned to start shipping the pre-ordered units today.

In an announcement from Amazon, they have indeed confirmed that shipments for the pre-orders have started to go out. However, the demand was quite a bit higher than they anticipated.

Fire TV Stick has been our most successful device launch ever,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices. “We built a ton of these, but customer demand still outpaced our supply. We’re excited by the overwhelming customer response and the team is working hard to build more as quickly as possible.”

Needless to say, many pre-order buyers are going to be waiting quite a while for their Fire TV Sticks to arrive. I myself ordered one on October 28th, the last possible minute for the Prime promotion, and my estimated deliver date is set for January 9th. Currently Amazon has the Fire TV Stick listed to return to stock on January 15th which certainly doesn’t make it a hot device for the Holiday season now.


For those of you that are getting yours a bit sooner, then you will most likely want to go get your hands on the new Android app that was released today, Amazon Fire TV Remote. The Fire TV Remote app is the companion app for your phone and/or tablet. While the Fire TV Stick does come with a physical remote, the app gives you voice search functionality along with the ability to type on your device’s screen keyboard. Those that have experienced trying to type out something with a pointer on a TV screen knows just how painstaking that task can be.

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The app is available now and is, of  course, free. Feel free to pick it up below so you don’t forget, but don’t expect it to be functional at all until your Fire TV Stick arrives and is connected to your Wi-Fi network.


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18
Nov
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Now you can ‘Snapcash’, send money to your friends through Snapchat



Send Money Through Snapchat

With the latest update, you can send money to your friends through Snapchat – thanks to the social networking firm’s partnership with mobile cash service Square. The new feature called “Snapcash” lets people send money by simply typing a dollar amount into the Snapchat chat window of a friend – just like they attach those awkward pictures, which thankfully disappear moments after opening.

After you enter your debit card, it’s securely stored by Square, who will swiftly process your payment and send cash directly to your friend’s bank account. Just swipe into chat, type the dollar sign, an amount (e.g. $11.25), and hit the green button,” a Snapchat blog reads.


So are you worried that your money will also disappear moments after you send it? Don’t worry! In its latest blog, the social networking firm has assured that the transactions will be completely safe and secure.

We set out to make payments faster and more fun, but we also know that security is essential when you’re dealing with money. Square has a ton of experience in this area and our teams have been hard at work to make Snapcash a great experience for everyone. For now, Snapcash is available to Snapchatters in the United States who have a debit card and are 18 or older,” it said.

Via: TheVerge | Source: Snapchat


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18
Nov
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Android 5.0 Lollipop Update For Nvidia Shield Tablet Owners



Well if you just got an Nvidia Shield tablet like I did then good news, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update isn’t far behind. One lucky LTE Shield owner has posted a screenshot of the 2.0 Shield OTA update which shows some very exciting updates coming to all Shield owners. Before I get into it, this was a private OTA that the owner received on Nov 15th but that doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting. According to the screenshot posted by Vincent S, this update brings quite a few goodies for Shield tablet owners. Here are some of the more notable ones; Android 5.0 Lollipop, an updated Nvidia Grid (Nvidia’s on demand gaming service), update for Nvidia Dabbler, support for 4K output and various other tweaks/fixes to keep your Shield tablet running smooth.

Nvidia Shield 5.0 Update


I think after this update my Shield tablet will keep me from even thinking about getting the HTC Nexus 9 anytime soon. In both build quality and just sheer awesomeness I feel the Shield tablet just outperforms the Nexus 9 in more ways then one (queue benchmarks and trolls). But anyway, the official update is slated to arrive today, Nov. 18th, so get your “System Update” finger ready and pray that Nvidia has graced your Shield tablet with Lollipop goodness.

Source: Gadgetz Arena


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18
Nov
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Take that Microsoft: Nokia announces the Nokia N1, a 7.9-inch Android 5.0 tablet



Nokia N1You had us worried Nokia. We almost thought we’d never see an Android Nokia device (the Nokia X really doesn’t count) and the fact Microsoft is ditching the Nokia name for its Lumia devices going forward didn’t have us feeling particularly confident. Perhaps it’s the scrapping of its brand, or the fact most of its employees were dumped by Microsoft not long after its acquisition, but Nokia has gone out on a limb and announced a new tablet, the Nokia N1, and guess what operating system it’s running – you guessed it, Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Nokia N1While many of Nokia’s final devices under its brand name were plastic and brightly coloured, the N1 is nothing short of sexy and sleek – the exterior of the device is one piece of anodized aluminium that is somehow 6.9mm thick and houses a 7.9-inch display. Inside the device is a 64-bit quadcore Intel Atom 2.4GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 5,300mAh battery. The software running on the N1 looks to be almost stock Android, but will run a thinly themed Z Launcher (remember that? It all makes sense now). I’m actually genuinely psyched to see Nokia release this tablet, but there is a bit of bad news, unless you live in China, Russia or select parts of Europe – the N1 will only be available in those regions starting in February in China, with no plans to launch anywhere else. We can only hope that Nokia eventually changes their mind.


What do you think about the Nokia N1? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: BGR


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18
Nov
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No surprise: Samsung will cut number of models released by 25 to 30 percent



Samsung will cut number of modelsIn case you hadn’t heard, Samsung isn’t doing too great. Sure, it’s still top of the Android ladder, but its poor financial performance this year has it harshly assessing its strategy going forward. Now one of the things that Samsung is often associated with is inundating the market with an assortment of devices at different price points, effectively saturating all parts of the market and vastly increasing its chances of profit. While this didn’t work in 2014, Samsung will cut number of models that it produces, aiming to create more components that can be shared across models, so that the economies of scale work more in their favour.

In this way, Samsung will need to cut down their number of released models by 25 to 30 percent, which is a pretty big number when you think about how many mid and low range devices they release on a yearly basis – the Galaxy Core, Galaxy Ace, and Galaxy Mega just to name a few. And with the news that Samsung intends to make the Samsung Galaxy S6 from scratch, perhaps we shall see Samsung create an innovative flagship device like the one that saw it rise to prominence in the first place.


What do you think about Samsung cutting down on its yearly offerings? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Wall Street Journal via engadget


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17
Nov
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How to make your subscription boxes a success


Every week more and more people are quitting their day jobs in favour of starting their own businesses and a business model that has become particularly popular as of recently is subscription boxes. But with so many people setting up subscription box businesses, how can you make sure yours goes on to become a success? Whilst there can be no guarantees, we have provided a few tips to get your business off to a good start!

What product will you sell?

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Identify a gap in the market

Everyone seems to be latching onto the subscription box business model, as subscription boxes are currently very popular with consumers. In all honesty, any business from any industry can make a subscription box if they put their mind to it, so you need to find a way to make your subscription box stand out from the rest.

Are there any products that are not currently available in subscription boxes? Where are there gaps in the market? Identify these and give your subscription box a unique selling point and you will already be on your way to making it a success.

 Understand your target audience

Once you have identified a gap in the market and created a unique selling point for your subscription box, you need to think about your target audience. Taking the time to properly research and understand your target audience will certainly pay off when it comes to selling your subscriptions.

Ask yourself who your target audience is and how you can reach them. What social media websites do they use? Do they read blogs? What products do they like to buy? Are there any brands they are particularly loyal to? Being able to answer these questions will put you in a good position when it comes to engaging with your target audience and marketing your subscription boxes to them.

Make your subscription boxes a success

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Build strong partnerships

Without products, your subscription box will simply be an empty cardboard box, so you need to consider how you are going to source them. There is two ways you can go here. You can either buy the products in bulk to use in your subscription boxes or you can spend time building strong partnerships with relevant industry brands to get the products for free. The second option may take longer to roll out, however you will benefit from bigger profit margins.

 

If you do decide to partner with other companies to source products for your subscription boxes, you will need to spend time thinking about how to approach them. Remember that your proposal will need to benefit the other brands too.

Choose a reliable web platform

Once you are well on the way to creating your subscription boxes, you will need to choose a reliable web platform to sell them on. There are many different ecommerce platforms out there that you can sign up to and use, however you may actually benefit more from using a dedicated subscription box platform like Subbly.

 

The benefit of choosing a dedicated subscription box platform is that all of the ‘hard bits’ have been done for you. There will be no need to worry about coding your website and trying to set up recurring profiles. Instead you will be able to spend the majority of the setup time customising your website with your subscription box branding – what we like to call the ‘fun bits.’

Promote, promote, promote!

Unfortunately a good product alone is not enough to make your subscription box brand a success. In order to stand a chance of beating your competition, you are going to need to invest a lot in promoting your boxes – and by invest we don’t just mean money, but time and effort too.

 

The more creatively you promote your subscription boxes, the greater chance you stand of making an impact on the market. Don’t just follow what all of the other subscription box retailers are doing. Think of your own ideas and don’t be afraid to ask your key influencers for their input too.

 

Image credits: Olive Oil Lady&Wicker Paradise 

16
Nov
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OnePlus customer service getting spotty reviews due to poor RMA responses



OnePlus customer serviceOnePlus has had an interesting last few months to say the least. On the one hand, the ‘startup’ Chinese manufacturer surprised the Android community with one of the best value smartphones with flagship specifications that impressed in the OnePlus One. On the other hand, their marketing campaigns have gone through some harsh scrutiny, not without reason, including its attempts to legitimize its horrendous invite system and introducing a pre-order system that is only in effect one day every few weeks. OnePlus customer service is under the microscope this week after its been revealed the company has had less than stellar communication with customers requesting RMA replacements for defective devices.

According to two separate Reddit posts, the authors claim OnePlus has effectively ignored their requests to have their defective devices exchanged for a working unit. In fact, similar stories appear to be on the OnePlus forums with many of them unanswered by OnePlus representatives. That’s not to say that there are plenty of OnePlus Ones out there that are defective – in fact, many people who do have the phone are enjoying it immensely, with good reason. Rather, it’s just a reminder of how young the company is and yet another mark on its spotty resume moving forward.


What do you think about the OnePlus customer service? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Reddit (1), (2) via TalkAndroid


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16
Nov
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The Volvo XC90 Experience is using Google Cardboard to great effect



volvo xc90 experienceWhen Google debuted Google Cardboard at Google I/O earlier this year, we got our first look at a very inexpensive way to experience virtual reality just using your smartphone. Now, we’re seeing the first commercial use of the concept with the Volvo XC90 Experience which Volvo is using to advertise its refreshed XC90. In conjunction with its Volvo Reality app, the Volvo XC90 Experience allows potential customers the ability to take a virtual ‘test drive’ in the new XC90, all from the comfort of your home.

volvo xc90 experienceIt’s a pretty neat use of Google Cardboard, if novel, and for the cost of a brochure essentially gives prospective customers a cool way to see a car in a way no car before it has really been seen before. In fact, you don’t even really need the Google Cardboard part of the equation as Volvo says the app works just as well without it. So if you’re wanting to see what the first virtual reality test drive looks like, be sure to hit the Play Store link below (though it looks like it might only be available to North American users only).


What do you think of the Volvo XC90 Experience and Volvo Reality app? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Volvo via Phandroid


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16
Nov
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Have an unhealthy smartphone addiction? Maybe the NoPhone is your way to wean yourself off



NoPhoneDo you know somebody with a debilitating smartphone addiction? Are they constantly on their phone fiddling with some app or social media? (If you can’t think of anyone, it’s probably you) Well, it looks like there may be a way for you to help ween them off smartphones with the NoPhone. In no way is the NoPhone a ‘phone’ in any sense of the word – there are absolutely no electronics inside – in fact, the only way that it even remotely resembles one is that it has the size and form factor of a phone so that it can be used as a “satirical security blanket”. In this way, people can still have something in their hand instead of feeling lost without their smartphone. Of course, it’s not meant to fight serious addition, much more a lighthearted way of making light of our society’s addiction to smartphones, but it has still garnered so much attention that the creators are now selling these ‘devices’ commercially.

nophone$12 USD will get you the basic NoPhone and the package will even include an instruction manual (presumably also satirical in nature). If you want to make light of a friend’s selfie addition, NoPhone even has a selfie version of the NoPhone for $18 (pictured above) which simply affixes a mirror to the front face of the ‘device. It’s certainly a novel way of raising awareness of an issue that appears to be the norm now, and I can forsee many a Christmas intervention using this NoPhone as a catalyst.


What do you think of the NoPhone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: NoPhone via Phone Arena


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Nov
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HTC Google Play Edition phones getting Android Lollipop ‘next week’



HTC Google Play Edition phones getting Android LollipopNow that the Nexus devices have started receiving their update to Android Lollipop, the focus has no shifted to their stock Android brethren, the Google Play Edition (GPE) devices. Although these devices have to be updated by their respective manufacturers, the GPE devices still get their updates quite soon after the Nexus devices. And sure enough, we already have a pretty good idea of when the HTC GPE devices are getting Android Lollipop, after the HTC VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, pretty explicitly confirmed in a series of tweets that HTC is aiming to update its two GPE, the HTC One M8 and M7, by next week.

That’s a pretty quick turnaround for HTC, who is no doubt also rushing to get Android Lollipop onto the One M8 running Sense 6.0. And despite the fact we haven’t heard word about the other GPE devices, we think it’s a pretty safe bet to expect the other devices to update in about the same timeframe. All the same, we’ll just have to see what happens next week, though we have a feeling some HTC GPE device owners will be pretty happy by the end of it.

What do you think about the HTC Google Play Edition phones getting Android Lollipop? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Twitter (1), (2) via Phone Arena


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