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The $20 smartphone is coming later this year

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In some corners of the world, even starter smartphones like the ZTE Open are too costly; basic cellphones such as the Nokia 105 thrive in areas where whole families can only afford one device. However, ARM believes that smartphones will soon be within reach of just about anyone. While it’s possible to make a $25 Firefox OS phone today, ARM now expects to see a $20 Android phone within the “next few months.” It might not actually be possible to go cheaper using current manufacturing techniques, the chip designer says.

This extra-frugal hardware won’t compete against most budget phones, let alone a range-topping device like the Galaxy S5. The $20 smartphone will have to use a single-core Cortex-A5 processor and 2.5G (read: EDGE) wireless data; for reference, the $49 BLU Dash uses a dual-core chip. Performance isn’t the point, though. A rock-bottom price should bring sophisticated mobile computing to an audience that previously had to make do with calls and text messages — social networks and the modern mobile web will no longer be off-limits.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile


Via: Ars Technica

Source: AnandTech


Microsoft OneDrive adds sharing and organization features for Android

If you’re a Microsoft OneDrive user on Android, sharing and organizing files just got a bit easier while on the move. Thanks to an update to version 2.5, the cloud-storage option allows those with Google-powered mobile devices to share via invite, link or sending files to an outside app. You can also download multiple files at once, while moving and sorting individual items and folders as needed. There are some new additions on the desktop side too, including adding items to a previously shared stash, publishing video content to Facebook, custom album covers and more. The new version of the Android app is available now in Google Play and the desktop features are rolling out to users “over the coming days.”

Filed under: Software, Mobile


Source: Microsoft (OneDrive Blog), Google Play


Jack White’s Lazaretto ‘Ultra LP’ is a marvel of vinyl engineering

Setting a Guinness World Record after tracking and releasing a 7-inch vinyl in under four hours last month wasn’t enough. Now, Jack White and Third Man Records have revealed plans for the Lazaretto Ultra LP ahead of its June 10th release. We’ll provide the full list of details after the break, but here’s a quick rundown of the highlights. First, there are two vinyl-only hidden tracks that are tucked underneath the labels on each side. What’s more, one of those tracks plays at 78 RPM and the other at 45 RPM, making this 180-gram vinyl release a three-speed record. If you’re familiar with White’s project The Dead Weather, you know he’s embraced the under label groove before.

Side A also plays from the outside in and both sides have a locked groove that repeats — both of which have been seen on LPs before (The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s, for example). Dual-groove tech plays either an electric or acoustic intro for the song “Just One Drink” based on where the needle is dropped, but both meet up once the song gets going. In the dead wax area on one side, there’s a “first of its kind” hand-etched floating hologram of an angel. And finally, as you might expect, there’s no compression of the audio here. If you’re in need of further explanation, there’s a video walk-through just down below.

Ultra LP features:

  • 180 gram vinyl
  • 2 vinyl-only hidden tracks hidden beneath the center labels
  • 1 hidden track plays at 78 RPM, one plays at 45 RPM, making this a 3-speed record
  • Side A plays from the outside in
  • Dual-groove technology: plays an electric or acoustic intro for “Just One Drink” depending on where needle is dropped. The grooves meet for the body of the song.
  • Matte finish on Side B, giving the appearance of an un-played 78 RPM record
  • Both sides end with locked grooves
  • Vinyl pressed in seldom-used flat-edged format
  • Dead wax area on Side A contains a hand-etched hologram by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science, the first of its kind on a vinyl record
  • Absolutely zero compression used during recording, mixing and mastering
  • Different running order from the CD/digital version
  • LP utilizes some mixes different from those used on CD and digital version

Filed under: Misc


Via: Pitchfork

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NYNE Bass review


Face it, there’s a ton of portable and wireless speaker options out there. And, with prices ranging from $40-$400 it’s easy to find something that fits your budget. But, as you’ve likely heard elsewhere or in other aspects of life, there’s something to be said about splurging just a bit. Conversely, sometimes you don’t have to spend more money to get great sound. Such is the case with the NYNE Bass, a $150 speaker that delivers tremendous value.


The NYNE Bass comes in a big, heavy box and feels like you may not end up with something exactly “portable”. Pulling out of the box, however, you’ll find it’s got a great design with a handle right where you expect it to be – hidden away yet entirely obvious. Also in the box is a 3.5mm auxiliary cord with gold plated tips, the charging cable (with interchangeable global adapters), and the instructions.

  • Form factor – High Quality Rubberized Finish Cabinet
  • Connectivity – Wireless Bluetooth Enabled and 3.5mm Aux-in
  • Wireless Range – 33 feet or 10 meters
  • Sound – 2.1 System With Two Active Drivers + an active Subwoofer With 35 Watts RMS
  • Power – 4400 mA Rechargeable Battery with 10 hrs. of Playtime
  • Functionality – Hands-free calling, One Touch Personal Phone Assistance Activation
  • Conveniences – Hidden Carrying Handle For Easy Transportation, NFC Touch And Connect Technology, Power Bank for Charging Your Phone, Integrated Microphone For Hands-Free Calling
  • Accessories – Universal AC Adapter With 4 Interchangeable World Wide Plugs, 3.5mm Aux-in Cable, USB Charging Cable, Quick User Guide, Warranty Card
  • Size – 13.5″ x 7″ x 6.25″ (W x D x H)
  • Weight – 6.65lb

Boiling things down, the NYNE Bass is a Bluetooth 4.0 speaker that delivers up to ten hours of music playback. The entire unit is decked in a soft white (grey accents) color that classes up pretty much any room. The futuristic design is all curves and angles and gives off the impression that it might cost twice as much. Suffice it to say, it’s a looker. Also available in black with silver accents.

If there’s any gripe about the design at all, it’s that the white (naturally) picks up dirt. While this doesn’t matter much in the home or office, we found we had to wipe it down when it went with us out to do yard work. There’s something in that coating that likes to grab dirt. On the plus side, it cleans up really easy.

Across the top of the speaker are your standard buttons – power, volume, play/pause, next, and back. Right in the middle, however, is the button for taking and receiving calls. This was a welcome sight as all speakers have this option, even at the $100 price range. Nevertheless, we put that button to good use in the office and on the back deck.

nyne_bass-nfcAround back, the NYNE Bass features the power port, a USB charging port, on/off switch, battery indicator, and auxiliary input. If you’re not using a Bluetooth device or want to keep things close, go with the 3.5mm input. We loved that we could charge our phone up while powering the speaker and think you will, too. Look to the side of the speaker and you’ll find NFC connectivity, something else that comes in handy. Don’t want to disconnect or mess with Bluetooth settings? Simply tap your phone to the speaker and let the pairing commence. Speaking of which, the NYNE Bass hops right into pairing mode when you power up.

Given its namesake, we might expect deep, rich sounds out of the Bass. We got that, to be sure, but there’s much more going on. Time and again we experienced a rich, clear sound that hit the highs just as nicely. Podcasts, classical music, acoustic stuff, you name it. Everything we played sounded great. Our first uses of the speaker were in the back yard as we did the spring cleaning and weed pulling. We were able to work in all areas of the yard without turning volume up or adjust the speaker. You would not think it by looking at the Bass but the sound seems to emanate from the sides as well as the front.

We tried to push the sound as much as possible, playing electronic music, rock, and hip hop loudly. Did it eventually distort or sound muddied? Sure, but the volume level was far higher than we’d listen to anyhow. We could get this louder than we felt comfortable before noticing whistles or cluttered sound. Chances are you won’t play this thing that loud too often, if at all. Keeping things in perspective and playing at an adequate level, we were able to pull in 7-10 hours of playback per charge.

While the NYNE Bass is not rugged or as small as a Braven speaker, we’d certainly recommend more often for general users. If you’re not looking for something to take to the beach or expect to maybe get wet, this is one you’ll want to consider. We’ve taken this out on the deck a number of times to entertain guests, listen to radio, or take in some podcasts. Each time we’ve done so, we’ve had someone ask the name of it and how much it cost. Many are surprised when they learn it falls well under $200. It’s big, solidly built, and worth every penny.

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Google Maps gets offline mode, lane assist, and more

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Google has just deployed a huge update to its Map application which brings offline mode, lane assistance, and Uber integration.

Updated for both Android and iOS, the new Maps app brings the following new functionality:

Don’t miss your next turn or exit. The Google Maps app now shows you which lane to stay in or move to so you’ll never find yourself driving for miles down the wrong road. You’ll also have easy access to alternate routes while you’re navigating, so you can choose the best drive for you.

Don’t worry if you’re not online. Before setting off on your next vacation, hike, or roadtrip, search for an area and tap on its place info sheet, then when available, you can select “Save map to use offline”.

Don’t be late for last call. With new filters, you can browse through restaurants, bars and hotels by opening hours, rating, price, and more.

Don’t limit your options. Frequent Uber rider? If you have the Uber app installed, you can now compare your ride with transit and walking directions right from Google Maps in some cities.

Don’t miss that train. With more than a million public transit stops on Google Maps, you’ll get reliable information to help you get where you’re going.

Don’t forget the park you wanted to visit. See places you’ve saved on Google Maps across all your devices when you’re signed in.

Don’t wait to explore your next vacation spot. Search for your ideal destination—anywhere from the Gateway Arch to the Taj Mahal—then tap on the place card to dive into Street View where available.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime could be offered in limited quanities


According to Korean sources, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime could be offered in a limited supply given the high cost manufacturing the product.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime could be launched with a QHD display which would warrant the ‘Prime’ tagline for the updated device, and also stand as a significant differentiator from the recently launched Galaxy S5.

By limiting production costs by restricting supplies could mean Samsung could market the GS5 Prime as a premium limited supply device, thus increasing the desirability of it.

Could this spin save all the Galaxy S5 customers from feeling hard done by for Samsung releasing an update to the device so shortly after release?

SOURCE: KoreaHerald

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You can get LG’s first Chrome all-in-one later this month for $350

Five months is almost enough time for us to question whether a product announced at CES will become vaporware, so any news about the LG Chromebase is welcome. This morning, we learned that LG’s first Chrome OS-based all-in-one will be officially available at online retailers on May 26th for $350. The Chromebase comes with a 21.6-inch 1080p IPS LCD, an Intel processor that’s based on Haswell and 100GB storage space on Google Drive for two years. This was just one product out of several announced in tandem by Google and Intel today, all of which are reasonably priced and are aimed at competing against the PC industry.

Filed under: Desktops, Software, Google, LG, Intel



Chrome OS will bring offline Play Movies later this year

One of the biggest concerns with Chrome OS is the fact that much of the platform relies on an internet connection to actually do what they’re supposed to do. Fortunately, Google’s aware of this and is working on it, one feature at a time. Today, the software giant announced that the Play Movies Chrome app will support offline movies and TV shows in the next several weeks. This feature has already been available on Android devices, so it’s nice to see it expand into the Chrome OS sphere, along with continued manufacturer hardware support for the platform.

Filed under: Desktops, Laptops, Software, Google



This swatch book from 1692 puts modern Pantone guides to shame

We’re pretty tricky nowadays with our billions of colors, but Dutch masters weren’t exactly chopped liver. As spotted by This Is Colossal, one patient individual even created a volume with individually painted watercolor swatches showing nearly every conceivable hue. Housed at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France, the sheer level of detail in its 800 pages is on par with modern Pantone guides. We can imagine how useful that would’ve been to fledgeling Rembrandts, though we doubt very many actually saw it. Since printing color was a big challenge back then, only a single copy exists, and it likely cost more than a painter’s wage to crack it. For a closer look, check the full version at the E-Corpus digital library.

Filed under: Misc, Science


Via: This is Colossal

Source: E-Corpus Library


Google aims for the mainstream with 20 new, more powerful Chromebooks

If you haven’t picked up a Chromebook just yet, you might want to wait a little longer. Intel has just announced that it plans to roll out as many as 20 new Chromebooks by the latter half of this year. This new set will be thinner, lighter, more powerful and generally more diverse in terms of design. It’s clear that Google is making a play for the mainstream.

Most of these will be based on Intel’s more powerful and efficient Bay Trail-M system on a chip.

“Bay Trail is optimized for power, performance and cost,” Intel’s VP and general manager, Navin Shenoy, said. “The first Chromebooks are also now available with over 11 hours of battery life, which is up from about 10 hours on Haswell.”

They’re also the first ever Chrome devices to be fanless, he said, and will be 15% lighter. Also expect a lot more different Chromebook designs and form factors. There’ll be some models with touchscreens, and some, like the Yoga, will have a folding display. In addition to just Chromebooks, Intel also introduced a tiny HP Chromebox that you’ll be able to hook up to any display and announced the availability of LG’s all-in-one Chromebase. Last but not least, Shenoy also announced that all of the Chrome devices released today will be made with the world’s first “conflict-free” microprocessors, that were not mined by slave regimes in the Republic of Congo.

At least a couple of them will be based on the company’s Core i3 processor, including an Acer version that’ll be available for $349 this summer and an updated version of Dell’s 11-inch model that should ship later in 2014. In addition, Intel is partnering with at least four major manufacturers — Acer, ASUS, Lenovo and Toshiba — to produce Bay Trail-powered devices. Lenovo has announced two of these last night: the N20 and N20p. Not to be left out, ASUS also rolled out a couple of new offerings. They include an 11.6-inch C200 and a 13.3-inch C300, both of which will begin shipping this summer.

Caesar Sengupta, VP of product management at Google, took to the stage to say that sales numbers for the Chrome devices have been great. “Chromebox is the number one selling desktop,” he said, “And the top six rated laptops on Amazon are all Chromebooks. They’re both the highest rated and the most affordable.” He also pointed out that eight of the top computer manufacturers offer Chromebooks, and that Chrome devices are available in over 20 countries and nearly 10,000 schools, with more coming in the future. Shenoy also showed off an education Chromebook reference design that he hopes will inform the next generation of Chromebooks for schools. In addition, Sengupta told us that not only are Google Now and voice commands coming to Chromebooks, but also Play movies will be available to view offline as well. “The momentum is solid and gathering pace,” he said.

Filed under: Google


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