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21
May

Limited-edition Skrillex Live Case series launched by Google, brings more than protection and art to your device






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Google is always doing something crazy. Often times the things they are working on are hidden in the depth of the Googleplex only to be unveiled when they are good and ready to show it off. A recent collaboration that Google has been involved in has just been announced and boy is it an interesting one. The search giant has partnered up with electronic music sensation Skrillex to bring a series of limited edition cases for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Skrillex Live Case from Google

The Skrillex Live Case is much more than an artistic shell that depicts the Grammy-winning producers life long fascination with space though. With Google’s help, the Skrillex Live Case brings something pretty outstanding to your device, a button that gives you VIP access to Skrillex content and an a companion live wallpaper. Again, not just your average live wallpaper that shows some crazy colors or light flows. No, the live wallpaper will update over the course of your day depicting stunning images of Earth from the stratosphere. Where it gets a little bit cooler is that the images are being shot with a special designed satellite balloon that Google and Skrillex designed, names after his dog Nanou, and sent up not to long ago.


Another killer bonus to the project is that once the satellite balloon has completed its mission, a lucky fan will be able to actually win the darn thing and it is signed by Skrillex. As for the VIP access to Skrillex content, the buyers of the Skrillex Live Case will be given access to a free OWSLA album from the Play Store. You will also get updates about Skrillex sent directly to your phone. The button that is built into the case launches Skrillex’s music feed on YouTube. The button is customizable too. Meaning you can set it to open your camera, other apps or web links.

The Skrillex Live Case limited edition cases are all individually numbered and are available on the Google Play Store starting today through the end of June for $40. If Skrillex isn’t your style, don’t get all down in the dumps as Google states there are other collaborations already in the works that they can’t wait to tell us about.

Hit the Google Store to check out the cases and an order placed. I am thinking the Lil Planet one would look killer on my Note 4.

Source: Google

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18
May

Recent price drops for Boost Mobile


Is it time for a new smartphone for you or someone you know? We’re here to help you out in whatever way possible. Be it in the form of covering major announcements, creating buyer’s guides or something else, we aim to please.

Today we’re compiling a list of devices that have been discounted in the last few days. Specifically, we’re looking at Boost Mobile. We have been keeping our eyes open, bouncing around between the official carrier sites, Amazon, and Best Buy.

Here are some of the models that have seen a decent price drop ($10+) in the last couple of days. Perhaps your next phone is among these.

 

 

 

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13
May

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 ranks higher than the Galaxy S6 in Consumer Reports’ ratings


What a difference a year can make.

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is a stark departure from last year’s Galaxy S5, when talking of both build quality and software. The move to include more premium materials this time around has been nothing short of controversial among Samsung fans, seeing as how the company ditched the removable battery and microSD card slot that’s been present on most other Samsung devices. Because of these changes, Consumer Reports has given the Galaxy S6 a lower rating than the Galaxy S5, which currently sits at the top of the publication’s smartphone ratings.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S5 quick look

Consumer Reports has long been known as a significantly unbiased publication, so how could it choose last year’s more cluttered, plastic model over the shiny newness that was just launched a few weeks ago? In terms of being practical, the Galaxy S6 definitely doesn’t offer as many features as the S5 did. The new model has done away with the microSD card slot and removable battery, as well as the IP 67 dust and water resistance rating. What’s more, the Galaxy S6 offers up an overall smaller battery capacity than its predecessor, despite having a more power-hungry Quad HD display. 

From the report:

Also missing: memory-expansion slots. That means Galaxy S6 owners will have to bring their phone to a service center to replace the battery, or buy a more expensive version of the phone if more onboard storage is needed—just as you do with an iPhone.

The majority of the report wasn’t all negative for the GS6, though. Maria Rerecich, head of electronics testing at C.R., noted that the addition of rapid charging technology and support for both wireless charging standards were a welcome change this time around.

Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S5

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Most of the report was focused on hardware-only features, and barely touched on the software of the devices. Samsung toned down the software features in the Galaxy S6, making the overall experience much more pleasant for the end user. But unfortunately, the publication barely touched on that aspect, allowing the overly feature-filled plastic Galaxy S5 to score higher than the more reserved, sleek Galaxy S6. Be sure to take a look at the video below to see the full report.

What are your thoughts on the report? Do you think you’d recommend the Galaxy S5 over the Galaxy S6? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.



24
Apr

Bug found in the Galaxy S5 allows hackers to clone fingerprints, researchers declare


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We should all be well-aware that biometric data is among the most personal and important information we don’t want getting into the wrong hands. That’s why at this week’s RSA Conference, researchers from security firm FireEye will discuss the state of biometric security to the public. Specifically, these researchers found that, after performing a series of tests on the Samsung Galaxy S5 (among other Android devices), hackers have the opportunity to easily access biometric data before it reaches the “secure zone”, and create copies for future attacks.

Instead of focusing on breaking into the secure zone (where the biometric info is stored) to steal the information, hackers could instead steal the information straight from the fingerprint scanner. To do so, the hacker only needs to acquire user-level access and run a program through root to duplicate the information. The researchers from FireEye say that on the Galaxy S5, the malware only needs system-level access, so hackers wouldn’t need to go as deep.

Yulong Zhang, a representative from FireEye, told Forbes:

If the attacker can break the kernel, although he cannot access the fingerprint data stored in the trusted zone, he can directly read the fingerprint sensor at any time. Every time you touch the fingerprint sensor, the attacker can steal your fingerprint. You can get the data and from the data you can generate the image of your fingerprint. After that you can do whatever you want.

According to the representatives, this vulnerability does not reside in devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above, so they urge you to upgrade your device as soon as you can.

A Samsung representative told Forbes:

Samsung takes consumer privacy and data security very seriously. We are currently investigating FireEye’s claims.

Although the researchers claim they have only tested a limited number of Android devices, they expect the issue is more widespread than just residing on Samsung smartphones.

Odds are, your biometric information will be just fine. But as an added precaution, if you own a device with a fingerprint scanner, you might want to upgrade to Lollipop if it’s available for your device.

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24
Apr

Bug found in the Galaxy S5 allows hackers to clone fingerprints, researchers declare


Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner 2

We should all be well-aware that biometric data is among the most personal and important information we don’t want getting into the wrong hands. That’s why at this week’s RSA Conference, researchers from security firm FireEye will discuss the state of biometric security to the public. Specifically, these researchers found that, after performing a series of tests on the Samsung Galaxy S5 (among other Android devices), hackers have the opportunity to easily access biometric data before it reaches the “secure zone”, and create copies for future attacks.

Instead of focusing on breaking into the secure zone (where the biometric info is stored) to steal the information, hackers could instead steal the information straight from the fingerprint scanner. To do so, the hacker only needs to acquire user-level access and run a program through root to duplicate the information. The researchers from FireEye say that on the Galaxy S5, the malware only needs system-level access, so hackers wouldn’t need to go as deep.

Yulong Zhang, a representative from FireEye, told Forbes:

If the attacker can break the kernel, although he cannot access the fingerprint data stored in the trusted zone, he can directly read the fingerprint sensor at any time. Every time you touch the fingerprint sensor, the attacker can steal your fingerprint. You can get the data and from the data you can generate the image of your fingerprint. After that you can do whatever you want.

According to the representatives, this vulnerability does not reside in devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above, so they urge you to upgrade your device as soon as you can.

A Samsung representative told Forbes:

Samsung takes consumer privacy and data security very seriously. We are currently investigating FireEye’s claims.

Although the researchers claim they have only tested a limited number of Android devices, they expect the issue is more widespread than just residing on Samsung smartphones.

Odds are, your biometric information will be just fine. But as an added precaution, if you own a device with a fingerprint scanner, you might want to upgrade to Lollipop if it’s available for your device.

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23
Apr

Deal: New, unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 for just $350


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While the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are what’s “it” right now, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is still very much a capable handset with a few extra perks that aren’t offered on the S6 series, like microSD and a removable battery. For those that mind the more bloated TouchWiz implementation or the plastic-is-fantastic design, the Galaxy S5 can be had right now for an exceptionally low price of just $349.99 from well-known eBay seller Qualitycellz. The phone is a brand new AT&T model, though it has been unlocked for use outside of the AT&T network.

For a price that’s on par with devices like the Nexus 5 (if you can find one) or the OnePlus One, you get a Snapdragon 801-powered device with 2GB RAM, a 5.1-inch 1080p display, a solid 16MP ISOCELL camera and much more. For even more details on what to expect, be sure to check out our full review.

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As is the case with most of QualityCellz deals, we don’t expect this one to last long, so we’d move quickly if you are at all interested. Shipping is free for US customers, though international shipping to Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Europe is available at an additional cost. So how about it, anyone planning on picking this one up?

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20
Apr

Deal: Refurbished unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 for just $300 from eBay


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If you’re looking for a quality off-contract smartphone that doesn’t break the bank, this deal may be what you’re looking for. Right now, you can pick up a refurbished 16GB unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 in Charcoal Black, Shimmery White or Copper Gold from eBay for just $299.99. This Galaxy S5 is a GSM variant, so you can activate it on either AT&T or T-Mobile’s networks. Normally these devices sell for upwards of $500, so this is quite the steal.

More on the Galaxy S5!

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Even though this isn’t the newest device on the market, it’s still a solid smartphone. The Galaxy S5 has a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM and a powerful 16MP rear-facing camera. Many Samsung fans have been up in arms as of late, thanks to the company’s exclusion of the removable battery and MicroSD card slot on the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. But rest assured, if these two features are what you’re looking for in a smartphone, you’ll be happy to know that the Galaxy S5 offers both. It has a removable 2800mAh battery and MicroSD expansion up to 128GB. It’s also running Android 5.0 Lollipop, so you’ll get to experience the one of the most recent versions of Android if you decide to pick up this handset.

To sweeten the deal, the device also comes with free shipping to the United States and to multiple other countries. Head to the link below if you’re interested!

Buy now from eBay



17
Apr

Samsung claims it will sell 70 million Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets




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Not long after Samsung‘s duo of flagship devices was announced, analysts predicted Samsung would sell 50 million handsets. Now, after a full week of global sales, Samsung is claiming that at least 70 million Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets is an achievable target. Whether this is just a yearly target, or lifetime sales, isn’t known, but The Korea Times quotes Samsung Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun as simply saying “The S6 should do well. The first week looks impressive.”

It’s all possible thanks to an incredible global interest in both the vanilla Galaxy S6 and curved S6 Edge – if there needs to be just one example of the intense fervour, the extreme popularity of these devices in Samsung’s native Korea should be it. The success of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge is especially crucial for Samsung who lost substantial ground to Apple and its fellow Android competitors due to the poor performance of its Galaxy S5, but it appears their fortunes have turned around.


What do you think about Samsung staking their claim of at least 70 million Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets sold? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: The Korea Times via Phone Arena

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16
Apr

G Flex outranks Galaxy S5, iPhone 5s in battery longevity survey


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Phone manufacturers have to make a clear choice when they design devices. They can add a little more capacity to the battery, or they can shave off an extra millimeter or two from the phone’s thickness. Sadly, millimeters trump milliampere-hours in most cases. Coupled with the rise of power-thirsty high-definition displays, that has made battery life an area of the user experience that has stagnated or even regressed over the years.

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More than that, battery life actually worsens over time, due to the inherent decay of the cathode inside. But how bad is this decay? Consumer Council, a consumer watchdog based in Hong Kong, teamed up with the International Consumer Research and Testing (ICRT) to find out.

The research group tried to replicate the effect that two years of typical charge-discharge cycles would have on the battery life of eight smartphones. To do so, researchers assumed an average of 365 charges (once every two days) and ran standardized benchmarks on the devices until battery life hit 20 percent. After that, the devices were recharged and the cycle repeated.

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The researchers then compared the battery life achieved when the battery was new to the battery life after a simulated two years of use.

ICRT found that there are substantial differences between the best (smallest drop) and the worst (largest drop) performing batteries. LG’s G Flex ranked first, with a drop of just 3% – from 8h:40m to 8h:23m. Nokia‘s Lumia 1020 fared worst, with a massive 20% drop, from 8h:10m to 6h:32m.

Consumer Council revealed the results for two other high-profile devices: the Galaxy S5 went from 9h:31m to 8h:22m (about 12% drop) and the iPhone 5s went from 5h:50m to 5h:03m (13.5% drop). Unfortunately, the results for the other four phones that were tested have not been revealed, though Consumer Council said that only the Lumia 1020 was worse than 15%.

It’s important to note that the actual decay of battery performance in time may be influenced by factors such as operating temperature or the user’s habits (e.g.: short charging sessions vs all-night charging).

With most phone makers now opting for non-user replaceable batteries, the longevity of batteries is increasingly important. The good news is a well-functioning device should not lose more than 15% of its capacity over a two-year period.

If the battery decays faster than that, you may be entitled to a replacement, depending on the warranty policy of your manufacturer. Just today, we reported that Samsung will replace the battery inside the Galaxy S6 for free if the battery loses more than 20% of its capacity within a year. After that, replacing the battery will cost you $45+shipping. Other manufacturers offer six months of warranty for their batteries, though the warranty of the device may be longer.

What’s your experience with battery decay over time?



10
Apr

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 sales are nearly double that of Galaxy S5 sales in the first 10 days


It’s undeniable that Samsung has created one of the best phones of 2015 in the Galaxy S6. While it’s broadly expected to help Samsung claw back some of its lost market share and profits, it’s making a clear difference early in its life too. T-Mobile is reporting that in the first 10 days of availability, the T-Mobile […]

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