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Sep
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Who is the thinnest of them all? The Gionee Elife S5.1 breaks Gionee’s own record for thinnest smartphone



Gionee Elife S5.1When Gionee announced the 5.5mm thick Gionee Elife S5.5, we didn’t think it was possible for anybody to beat that record. Well, as it turns out, somebody can beat it, and that somebody is Gionee themselves. Today, they announced the Gionee Elife S5.1 which is, yes, you guessed it, just 5.15mm thick. For reference, a standard pencil is 7mm, so you have a decent idea of how ridiculous this feat is, and it’s not like Gionee particularly skimped on hardware either – the Elife S5.1 still manages to house a 2,100 mAh battery which is actually pretty impressive given its thickness.

Gionee Elife S5.1The Elife S5.1 looks a little more refined than its predecessor, however it is perhaps necessarily less of a workhorse on the inside. While the Elife S5.5 managed to cram a quadcore 1.7GHz processor inside, the Elife S5.1 has understandably had to settle for a quadcore Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB RAM. It also has a 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 16GB storage – no microSD though – and runs Android 4.3. Gionee has said the device will start being sold in China this month but other regional availability and pricing has yet to be detailed.


What do you think about a 5.15mm smartphone? Do you think anybody will get thinner than that? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.

Source: CNMO via Phone Arena


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Sep
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ILoveU will let your significant other know your affections with just three vibrations



iloveuHave you ever found yourself in a situation where you want to let your significant other know your feelings for them during the day, but don’t want to send another cliche message? Well, ILoveU is here to give you a subtle but meaningful way of connecting with that special someone and letting them know you care without words. The app works very simply – once paired with your lover’s device, linked by anniversary, whenever the fancy takes you the app will send three short vibrations to the other’s device as a subtle reminder that “ILoveU”.

The idea for the app came about when So Many Kittens developer, Jared, wanted to find a way of letting his wife he cared without saying it aloud or making a big deal of it in public. I think it’s great, whether the two of you are in a crowded place and want to give your partner a reassuring gesture, or are at work and simply want to let them know you’re thinking of them. It’s simple, and those three vibrations can convey a message that only your partner will understand.


You can try ILoveU now for free on the Google Play Store; links are provided below. Let us know what you think of the app.


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Sep
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 IFA 2014 poster gets a blurry spotting ahead of 3rd September event



Samsung Galaxy Note 4 IFA 2014 posterIFA 2014 is almost upon us and the usual suspects are looking like they are able to unleash upon the world a whole slew of new and fantastical devices for us to throw our money at. Among the devices, and potentially one of the most anticipated, is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the latest device in Samsung‘s lineup that it hopes will be a bit more of a success than the Galaxy S5 was. With Samsung’s September 3rd UNPACKED event just around the corner, it’s not surprising to see the alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 4 IFA 2014 poster make an appearance, albeit a blurry one.

I’m not sure how the photo taken, but perhaps the photographer was undercover, hiding in a fish tank. Whatever the case, it does look like this might just be real deal, with the poster claiming the Note 4 has a Quad HD (QHD) display, something we have been suspecting for some time. It also looks like Samsung has done a good job of minimizing the bezels of the device which will help immensely with keeping the device small even with a 5.7-inch display.


Are you excited for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4′s announcement? Let us know your thoughts.

Source: Toranji via Phone Arena


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31
Aug
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The Sony SmartWatch 3 will run Android Wear, ‘SmartBand Talk’ name gets dropped too



Sony SmartWatch 3 will run Android WearThis one’s a doozy. After hearing assertions a few weeks ago that Sony‘s latest wearable would not be running the Android Wear operating system, we’re today hearing that the Sony SmartWatch 3 will run Android Wear. This rumour comes to us via 9to5Google, who also revealed some specs about the device, including a 1.68-inch display and IP58 rating. The rumour also talks about a device named the “SmartBand Talk“, allegedly the successor to the SmartBand SWR10.

We’re finding this news more than a little surprising since it was Sony itself that said it would be wasted resources not to continue developing their own Android smartwatch operating system, particularly as it has already seen two iterations. However, while it is surprising, we can’t say it would be out of the realm of possibility. We’ve seen manufacturers go back on their word before, and an opportunity to invest effort into what looks like the wearable operating system of the future is probably a better use of Sony’s time. Then again, with the watch rumoured to be making an appearance at IFA 2014, perhaps we will find out then what kind of watch it is.


What do you think about this information? Do you think the SmartWatch 3 will really run Android Wear? Let us know your thoughts.

Source: 9to5Google via XperiaBlog


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30
Aug
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Two HTC smartwatches apparently slatted for release in September



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A concept image of a HTC smartwatch

With ASUS, Sony, LG and Samsung all showing their wearable technology hands early, we’ve been wondering if HTC‘s rumoured smartwatches will be making an appearance before IFA 2014 in a week’s time. We know HTC has been working on one for some time now – Drew Bamford’s words – and we’ve seen things in various HTC videos that look vaguely like a smartwatch that hasn’t been released yet. Right on cue, @upleaks has today leaked some information that suggests there will actually be two HTC smartwatches released, and they are both coming in September.

The first of these two wearables, the HTC WWY is allegedly more of a Samsung Gear Fit competitor, and the screen resolution definitely suggests a more elongated display, like the Gear Fit. The HTC CWZ sounds more like a more traditional smartwatch, which is likely running Android Wear, but no details about its hardware were given. While both devices are said to arrive in September, the CWZ is also allegedly going to be available in North America, EMEA, Japan, Brazil, Korea and Taiwan; this suggests the WWY’s release might be restricted to certain regions. Whatever the case, if these rumours are true (and presumably these aren’t the devices’ real names), we’ll hopefully see more official material at IFA 2014, or sometime in September.

What do you think about the two HTC smartwatches? Let us know your thoughts.

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


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30
Aug
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BRAVEN announces the BRAVEN 705, a more colourful version of the 710



braven 705You’ve probably heard us gush about BRAVEN products before – most recently, I reviewed the BRAVEN 710 and it knocked my socks off with its amazing sound quality. BRAVEN is following up this pint-sized entry with another smaller form factor Bluetooth speaker, the BRAVEN 705. You will see that it closely resembles the 710, but the 705 is available in eight colours including bright cyan, magenta, yellow, purple, teal, bold black, grey and white. This is as compared to the two colours available to the 710.

braven 705It’s not immediately clear how different the 705 is to the 710, but I’d guess from the $99.95 USD asking price of the 705 that its construction is not of aircraft-grade aluminium. Having said that, the 705 is still going to be IPX5 water resistant which is sufficient for sustaining splashes and generally everyday use. Check out www.braven.com now if you’re interested on finding out where you can get one of these fab new Bluetooth speakers and let us know what you think of them in the comments below.

 

Press Release

BRAVEN Brings a New Spectrum of Color to the Audio World with BRAVEN 705 Speakers

Acclaimed portable Bluetooth speakers feature bold sound in vibrant colors for only $99.99

Salt Lake City – August 26, 2014  BRAVEN paints the audio world in vibrant colors with the 705 portable Bluetooth speaker. The ideal mobile speaker for tune lovers wishing to add a pop of color to their everyday music companion, BRAVEN’s 705 features an outstanding combination of HD sound, striking design, and colorful personality.


Available in eight lively colors, BRAVEN 705 offers more than just stunning looks. The 705 delivers amazing sound for over 12 hours, has the modern style and vivid colors to fit every occasion, and doubles as a portable battery to charge your smartphone and other USB devices.  A true multi-purpose speaker, the 705 is clutch-sized, can fill the room with loud and clear sound, and showcases a unibody design with clean lines and sleek curves.

“The BRAVEN 705 is a reflection of your style whether you’re hanging out in your bedroom, lounging by the pool, or walking to class,” states Andy Fathollahi, Chief Executive. “The colorful addition to the acclaimed BRAVEN 7 series delivers incredible sound in bright and bold exteriors that match any taste, personality, and décor.

BRAVEN 705 speakers are weatherproof and water resistant, with an IPX5 rating capable of surviving accidental splashes, drops, and bumps.  It also sports an array of features, including an integrated noise-canceling microphone to make and take calls wirelessly and BRAVEN’s TrueWireless™ Technology that allows pairing of any two 7-series BRAVEN speakers for left and right channel stereo sound.

The BRAVEN 705 is now available in bright cyan, magenta, yellow, purple, and teal as well as bold black, grey, and white color options for only $99.99.  For more information about BRAVEN 705 or the entire BRAVEN line, visit www.braven.com.  Visit our YouTube page to see the BRAVEN speakers in action.

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About BRAVEN

BRAVEN combines unparalleled style with cutting-edge technology to produce premium Bluetooth speakers for the outdoor adventurer and modern audiophile.  Founded in 2011, BRAVEN’s focus on audio quality, ease of use and superior features has quickly transformed the brand into a major player in the portable speaker industry.  For more information about BRAVEN, please visit www.braven.com or connect with on Facebook at facebook.com/bravenproducts and Instagram @bravenproducts.


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30
Aug
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Team Meat reveals Super Meat Boy Forever at PAX Prime 2014



super meat boy foreverIt all makes sense now. After teasing something called ‘A Voyeur for September‘ which would be shown at PAX Prime 2014, Team Meat has instead announced Super Meat Boy Forever, a refreshed version of its similarly named Super Meat Boy. Some very astute people actually worked out quite early on that ‘A Voyeur for September‘ is actually an anagram for Super Meat Boy Forever, unlike us who were genuinely thrown off by Team Meat’s claim of developing a “live-action stealth game”.

Super Meat Boy Forever looks like it’s going to be coming to PC and tablets, but a release date has yet to be specified. We’re guessing it’s going to be much of the same frenetic, frustrating (in a good way) gameplay that made the original game such a fantastic game, which is great for tablets, and it is said to be an “auto-runner”, in the vein of endless side-scrolling runners, but not endless. Hopefully more details are divulged about Super Meat Boy Forever as PAX Prime 2014 wears on so keep your eyes peeled.


Are you excited by the prospect of Super Meat Boy Forever on tablets? Let us know your thoughts.

Source: Joystiq via Pocketgamer


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30
Aug
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OnePlus settles for a pre-order system to purchase the OnePlus One, dumping invite system



oneplusThe OnePlus One could have been the device of the year, and it still might be considered that from a technological and value-for-money standpoint, however its lack of availability has relegated it to a more disappointing place. This problem with availability is entirely the invite system’s fault, the system OnePlus chose to distribute its devices – whether this was due to supply constraints or a marketing ploy, it’s suffice to say it’s a system that has created far more disappointment than goodwill. Thankfully though, it looks like OnePlus is giving up on the invite system and instead opting (one might say ‘settling’) for a much more traditional pre-order system.

OnePlus claimed the pre-order system was supposed to come online in September, but background events have rendered it unable to until October. While the OnePlus One is still going to be a formidable device by October, there are going to be a number of powerhouse devices going to be announced at IFA 2014 in just a week, which can only add complication the the OnePlus One’s positioning in the market. We hope OnePlus has learned from this ordeal as they’ve basically made every possible mistake for a new company to make with failed marketing and disastrous public relations.


What do you think about the change to a pre-order system? Are you going to get a OnePlus One when the systems switch over? Let us know your thoughts.

Source: Reddit via Phone Arena


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29
Aug
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$100 credits being handed out by AT&T with new line activations



AT&T has started a new promotion today for would be and current customers who wish to start  new line of service with the carrier. No doubt this is primarily aimed at the ‘back to school’ crowd and parent, but that doesn’t make it any less attractive of an offer. Now through September 30th if you add a new line or activate a new account you will receive a $100 bill credit.

AT&T Next 100 credit


As with any promotion, there is a catch. The promotion is only valid if you are rocking the AT&T Next program, which is the 20 or 24 month device payment plan account. You also have to keep the account in good standings for 45 days and your credit will be received within 3 billing cycles. If you have a history of paying late or being suspended for non-payment (like myself), then the credit option probably won’t matter.

Source: AT&T Via: 9to5Google


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29
Aug
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HERE Maps for Android will be exclusively available to Samsung Galaxy smartphones for free



HERE Maps for AndroidGoogle and Samsung have the weirdest relationship. The on-again, off-again nature of their partnership seems perilous at the best of times and this latest move from Samsung probably doesn’t bode well. Samsung has announced that Nokia‘s HERE Maps, previously announced to be available on Samsung’s Gear wearables, will also become available exclusively to Samsung Galaxy smartphones in the form of HERE Maps for Android for free. This is at direct odds with what Google wants, who have previously told Samsung to back off with proprietary apps which try to emulate the function of Google’s own apps. And adding an app from Android’s competitor, Windows Phone poster-child Nokia, which obviously competes with Google Maps, is surely Samsung just asking for trouble.

Regardless of what happens between the tech giants, HERE Maps for Android is definitely being released, and its timed release is scheduled for when the Samsung Gear S is released in October. HERE Maps features some pretty nifty features including offline navigation and Nokia say all of HERE’s features can be utilized without an Internet connection. This is thanks to the downloading of maps onto your phone, of which there are currently more than 200 to choose from.


What do you think about Samsung’s decision to make a Nokia product exclusive for Samsung Galaxy smartphones? Let us know your thoughts.

Source: HERE Maps via Phone Arena


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