The Samsung Gear VR, along with units from other manufacturers, is hitting the market this holiday season, meaning there will be plenty of people in possession of the devices. If you happen to be one of those people or have a friend who gets a set, you may want to make sure they are aware of these safety warnings.
Two of the issues that can arise with Gear VR have to do with the fact that the devices have fairly powerful lens in them that are capable of focusing light over a short distance. Those old enough to remember may recall what happens with a magnifying glass, ants and sunlight – the same thing can happen with Gear VR. If the headset is left with the lenses up, sunlight can be focused onto whatever is below it, including your smartphone or possible flammable materials, igniting or melting them. So avoid leaving them laying around in this manner outside or anywhere inside where the path of sunlight may cross them.
Because those lenses normally focus light on your eyes, usually from your smartphone, it is important the units only be used with the smartphone installed in them. Using them “naked” means outside light will pass through the lenses and get focused on your eyes. This is especially important to avoid when dealing with sunlight, but any bright light can result in damage to your eyes from the magnification of light passing through.
Finally, Samsung and other manufacturers are recommending that VR devices not be used by children under the age of 13. The concern is that extensive use of the devices could affect visual development in children. Even older children are cautioned not to use the devices for extended periods of time to prevent problems from developing with or related to their eyesight.
If you get Gear VR or some other headset this season, be sure to be careful and mindful of these issues and have fun with this new technology.
source: Road to VR
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It’s that time of the year again. Black Friday has finally arrived, bringing with it a near-endless stream of deals and discounts for you to consider. If you’ve decided to stay at home and avoid the chaos outside — we don’t blame you, it gets pretty crazy out there — we’ve rounded up the best price-drops from across the internet. If you spot anything that we might have missed, drop us a note in the comments below and we’ll add it to our list as soon as possible. These deals are targeted at Brits mind you (US deals can be found here), so we’re avoiding anything that forces you to pay in a currency that isn’t Sterling.
ZeroLemon, the accessory maker that specializes in battery cases for smartphones, has launched new 3,500 mAh units for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5.
At present, the most common solution to juicing up a smartphone is to carry a portable power bank. Carrying a power bank is pretty common these days. However, it’s a cumbersome task at times, adding one extra item to your carry bag. ZeroLemon’s solution are battery cases, and they’ve just released new ones for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5.
The new battery cases have a built-in 3,500 mAh battery, which are capable of fully charging the internal battery of either device. Basically, slapping the ZeroLemon battery case to your Galaxy phablet will probably double your battery life. But the extra battery life comes at a cost – your phone will be heavier, thicker, and a lot less sexy.
Both models come with a black TPU case, which houses the 3,500mAh batteries, where you can slide your phone in with ease without having to worry about any wire connections. The TPU case does add some level of protection to your phone from accidents such as hard drops, but as mentioned previously, it makes your device quite bulky.
ZeroLemon’s new battery cases are now available on Amazon. While the suggested retail price is $69.99, you can find listings as low as $39.99 for these newly launched products. Granted, one can simply buy a power bank for cheaper and carry it around, however, the benefit of having a product such as a battery case is certainly worth considering.
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There are many words to describe the Samsung Galaxy View – huge, very large, gargantuan and monstrous all seem like appropriate words. “Entertainment Reimagined” doesn’t exactly make the list, but that’s what Samsung is trying to push in its latest Samsung Galaxy View ad which portrays the device as the perfect device for the home. Boasting the tagline “it’s not a TV; it’s not a tablet,” Samsung is presumably channelling its inner Superman, but we’re still wondering whether if that’s the right way to go about it – regardless, here’s the ad if you want to have a gander:
We can’t deny that having a 18.4-inch display around the home is a pretty convenient thing, in specific scenarios, but with smart TVs (and assorted mini PCs) becoming more and more prevalent, the benefit of the Galaxy View over a smart TV seems minimal at best. Still, starting at $499 USD, it’s not a hugely expensive device given its huge footprint, and there are definitely environments where the Galaxy View is going to excel.
What do you think about the latest Samsung Galaxy View ad? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Google and Samsung haven’t always seen eye-to-eye about how the Android platform should progress – usually it has been Google looking on like a disappointed parent as Samsung does it’s own thing. Infamous reports of this include Google pressuring Samsung to get rid of Magazine UX it had initially implemented on the Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro tablets, as well as Google getting all worked up about Samsung using Tizen in its wearables instead of Android Wear, and the always good story of Google telling Samsung to stop bloating its devices with apps. This time, reports are alleging that Google wants to help Samsung optimize TouchWiz, it’s user interface experience, presumably because while it is significantly better than previous iterations, it’s still not quite silky smooth.
We can’t confirm the validity of this report, but there are a few things to consider. First and foremost, why would Google only be getting involved now – Samsung is hardly at the height of its powers and the TouchWiz we have now isn’t all that bad, all things considered. Another interesting consideration is why Google would be taking an active role in helping Samsung as opposed to saying “Hey Samsung, be more like stock Android”.
While these are not questions we likely have answers to right now, it’s an interesting scenario to consider if true – what do you think about all of this? Let us know in the comments below.
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If you’re on any of the four major U.S. carriers and want to buy a Galaxy Note 5 in gold, you can now do so. The gold colored Galaxy Note 5 adds to the white and black color options already available. With it, you’re getting the same 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Quad-HD display, octa-core Exynos 7420 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 16MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, and 3000mAh battery. The device’s price will vary on your choice of carrier and storage capacity, however all color variants cost the same.
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Based on a recent leak, Samsung’s Galaxy A9 will release on December the 1st. The listing contains photos of the previously launched Galaxy A8 as a placeholder until the official unveiling. Specs include a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Powering the handset is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 chipset bundled with four Cortex-A72 cores at 1.8 GHz and one Cortex-A53 quad-core measured at 1.4 GHz. 3GB of RAM will be included along with a 16MP rear-facing lens and a 5MP front-facing lens. The handset will contain 32GB of internal storage with expandability up to an additional 128GB via a built-in microSD card slot.
The Galaxy A9 will run Android 5.1.1 out of box and should receive Marshmallow on par with the remainder of Samsung’s A-series. Other various sensors include built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0. Color options will include black, gold and white. The Galaxy A9’s metal design indicates there will be no removable battery on this one. We’ll find out all the remaining details in about a week’s time.
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When Samsung and Oculus debuted their Gear VR headset almost a year ago, the companies made it clear the device wasn’t yet ready for the masses. Billed as “Innovator Edition” models, the original Gear VRs were intended mainly for early adopters. They only fitted a limited number of phones — the original was designed just for the Note 4; the second for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge — and were also quite pricey at $200 per headset. Just last week, however, the two companies released the first-ever consumer-ready version of the Gear VR. It’s smaller, lighter, cheaper (only $99) and is compatible with more phones (the Note 5, S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+). But, more importantly, its content library has exploded, with more VR apps and games than ever before. Virtual reality has finally gone mainstream, and there’s no better way to get started than with the new Gear VR.Slideshow-342906
At the company’s event on August 13, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. Along with those two phones came Live Broadcast, a feature that would also be brought to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. As time progressed, people forgot about the feature because it’s not very common to stumble upon. The feature allows users to stream live video from their device to YouTube. This means you’ll have to have a YouTube account (through Google) set up and ready to go. The feature seeks to fight off rival apps such as Periscope, Meerkat, and a number of others.
First, you’ll want to make sure you have the feature installed. You can do this by going into your device’s native camera application and clicking on the “more” option in the bottom left corner. This will bring up small thumbnails of all the camera features you have installed. If you don’t see the option for Live Broadcast, you can hit the download thumbnail and it will redirect you to the Galaxy App Store where it can be easily downloaded.
When entering the Live Broadcast mode for the first time, you’ll be prompted with a disclaimer. Once agreed to, you’ll have to link the YouTube account in which you want to stream video from. The following two permissions will be presented
- View your basic profile info
- Manage your YouTube account
Users must accept both permissions in order to use the Live Broadcast feature. After that, live-broadcasting is just a tap away. Here are some things you should know:
- Live-broadcasting works both publicly (anyone can watch) and privately (via invitation only)
- Video size is limited to Full HD and may not exceed 60fps
- Live video must be shot in landscape orientation
- Users can only stream from one account at a time
- Depending on quality and network speed, it could take a chunk of time to upload the video once the session has concluded
When you’re ready to record, tap the Live button to get started. From there, it will give you a few seconds to get ready before it goes live. The duration of time is also displayed at all times, so there’s no need to do anything while in the middle of a session. To adjust the video quality, switch between accounts, enable auto save, or switch on power saving, tap the settings icon in the bottom left of the display. Above that will be an Invite button. This is where you can share the link to your stream with the contacts you so choose. A separate icon for switching between the front and rear-facing cameras is also included just above the sharing thumbnail.
For future sessions, all you’ll have to do is go into the camera application and select the Live Broadcast option to get started. It’s that simple.
If you got lost in the setup process or have any questions feel free to drop a comment down below and I myself or a member of our team will try our best to assist you. Included below is a video to help you get started:
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As another week passes, it’s time again for more digital dreams to pass through China’s TENAA. This time we are greeted with another look at the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016), said device having leaked a short while ago.
The device, which goes by the model number SM-7100, looks oddly reminiscent of last year’s Galaxy Alpha, though some have also said it looks similar to this year’s Galaxy S6. It is still unclear as to just what the rear material is made out of: some have reported aluminum (metal) though it often looks reflective and thus glass-like in most photos.
Here as well, looking at the way the back surface reflects light along the perimeter would further lend support to the belief it’s another “glass sandwich.”
The Galaxy A7 (2016) as detailed by the TENAA contains a 5.5-inch Full HD SAMOLED display, an Octa-Core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera, and supports microSD. It is to run Android 5.1.1 out of the box and, while no information was listed, is believed to have a battery around 2600mAh or larger.
The device supports Cat. 4 LTE, and includes NFC as well. It measures 151.5 × 73.95 × 6.95 mm and weights 155 grams.
Please note that while Samsung itself has yet to formally unveil this device, it is expected to be launched imminently, at least in Asia or China specifically. As is often the case, the specs may be altered for global markets; for example an Exynos SoC may ultimately be substituted in Korea, or other territories.
What do you think? Does the Galaxy A7 (2016) look like your next device? Let us know in the comments below!