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Jun

What do children’s books have to do with the new Amazon smartphone? Ask Jeff Bezos



new Amazon smartphoneYou may have heard that Amazon is set to announce a new Amazon smartphone with June 18th seemingly being the consensus as the day this is going to happen. With the 18th a mere few days away, Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, has started sending out some things to media outlets, however they aren’t quite your conventional invites. Mashable is reporting that they have received a package from Amazon that contains the children’s book Mr. Pine’s Purple House accompanied by a note that says:

“We’re excited that you’ll be joining us next week in Seattle. Enclosed is my favorite childhood book — Mr. Pine’s Purple House. I think you’ll agree that the world is a better place when things are a little bit different. See you soon — Jeff Bezos.”


Looks like next week in Seattle is definitely going to be the site of a big announcement for Amazon. While sending out children’s books is definitely something “a little bit different”, that in itself is not what Jeff Bezos is referring to; the story of Mr. Pine’s Purple House, in a nutshell, is that Mr. Pine lived in a street of houses that were all painted white, making it extremely difficult to differentiate which one was his. [Warning: spoiler is ahead] As you can probably deduce, painting it purple naturally made it stand out from the rest, and perhaps there is an underlying moral of not being afraid to be different. If we extrapolate this story to Amazon and what we already know about the new Amazon smartphone, including its variable 3D display, then it seems almost inevitable that Amazon will be announcing this device come June 18th. Very thought provoking, Mr. Bezos.

What do you think about Jeff Bezos’ ‘invite’ to Amazon’s event next week? Are you interested in getting the new Amazon smartphone? Let us know your opinion.

Source: Mashable


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14
Jun

Photos of 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Model


A couple of new model photos of the rumored iPhone 6 have been posted to Twitter by SonnyDickson. The new images depict the 4.7″ and 5.5″ iPhone 6 side by side — both front and back.

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The images show what we have already seen about the iPhone 6, including the rounded case edges and larger form factors. Apple is expected to release the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 around September of 2014, while the 5.5-inch version may come later.

Photos of iPhone 6 dummy models have been floating around for months, making even more frequent appearances in recent weeks.



14
Jun

Twitter puts tweets inside your tweets on iOS and Android


If you think retweeting’s so 2013, then you may want to update your Twitter app now. As The Next Web notes, the latest version gives you the option to embed tweets in your tweets (credit Xzibit or Inception), so long as you’re using either an iOS or an Android device. Take note, though, that embedding’s a bit more troublesome than straight out retweeting. You’ll have to copy the link to someone’s tweet and then paste it into your Twitter app’s text box (on a phone or a tablet, which means exerting double the effort). Also, you’ll have to click and view each tweet individually to see the embedded boxes like in the image above — they show up as ordinary links on the timeline, and your followers won’t even see them as embeds on the web interface.

Still think it’s worth the download? You can get the latest Twitter app from iTunes and Google Play now, and even if the feature isn’t even listed in the What’s New sections, it should be bundled with the most recent updates for both platforms. Since it hasn’t been officially announced, though, this could just be an experimental rollout and not a permanent addition to the apps.

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Via: The Next Web

Source: iTunes, Google Play

14
Jun

LG launches a trio of LG G Pad tablets to rival Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Line



LG G PadWhile Samsung was happy to announce its Galaxy Tab S devices as the main event on June 12th, LG was content to release a trio of tablets that same day but in a slightly different league. These three tablets are LG’s new LG G Pad series featuring 7-inch, 8-inch and 10.1-inch versions, and if those dimensions look familiar, that’s because they are the same size offerings of the Samsung Galaxy Tab devices. While LG’s G Pad 8.3 was surely a very solid device, it was losing market share in the tablet market without matching offerings at 7 and 10.1-inches, and so we arrive now at June 12th with this announcement.

Much like the Galaxy Tab tablets, the LG G Pad series compromises between price and performance, all housing quadcore 1.2GHz processors, 1GB RAM and 1280×800 IPS displays. Add to that availability in Black, White, Red, Luminous Orange and Luminous Blue, and you have an extremely vibrant range of devices. A nice addition that LG has made to these tablets is the introduction of QPair 2.0 which allows Android smartphones to sync with Android tablets over Bluetooth, enabling the tablet to receive calls and messages. While they won’t set the world on fire with their performance, it’s clear that there is a big market in this range of tablets and we’ll see if the LG G Pad series can work wonders for LG.


What do you think of LG’s new LG G Pad tablets? Are you interested in any of these devices? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: LG Blog UK


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14
Jun

Android 5.0 Outed?! Moto 360 Looking a Bit Pricey! – The ManDroid Show



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It is Friday Android folks. Time to talk some Android with you. Android 5.0 might have been outed by Google. Most likely it wasn’t an accident, because we know that Google loves to toy with us. The Moto 360 might have a price tag in Europe, but if you convert to US dollars, it is a little pricey. I guess we will see what Motorola does. Enjoy the show!


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14
Jun

Samsung officially launches its Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets; Super AMOLED displays for All



Samsung Galaxy Tab SWe’ve been hearing lots about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets even before they were officially announced, but they now that they have been, we can laud at them for what they really are. Samsung announced a pair of Tab S devices at its Tab into Color event on June 12th, available in 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch variants. If you’re wondering why Samsung is launching yet more tablets, CEO and President of their IT & Mobile Division, JK Shin, elaborates: “The tablet is becoming a popular personal viewing device for enjoying content, which makes the quality of the display a critical feature.” And sure enough, both of the Tab S tablets are equipped with striking 2560×1600 resolution Super AMOLED displays.

samsung galaxy tab sThese tablets don’t just have a pretty face however; both tablets are available with either a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (depending on your region), come with 3GB RAM, and either 16 or 32GB storage versions. The 8.4-inch version comes with a very respectable 4,900mAh battery and the 10.5-inch variant gets a massive 7,900mAh battery. All of this you might think makes the Tab S devices quite thick; quite the contrary, in fact as both the tablets measure just 6.6mm thick, only a hair thicker than the also slim Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. Both versions are available in either Titanium Bronze or Dazzling White and will become available in certain markets next month.


And if you were hoping to catch the whole Tab into Color event because you missed it on the day, you can catch the whole event recorded below:

What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S? Are you interested in either one of these tablets? Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow


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14
Jun

Engadget Daily: surviving Aliens on the Oculus Rift, a guide to drones and more!


Today, we fight off aliens on the Oculus Rift, meet SoftBank’s new robot, Pepper-kun, investigate the reality of commercialized drones in the US and go hands-on with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S. Read on for Engadget’s news highlights from the last 24 hours.

Up close and personal with Samsung’s vibrant Galaxy Tab S

Meet Samsung’s newest family of slates: the 8.4- and 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S. Both models are snappy and and easy to hold, but what really sets this duo apart are their vibrant Super AMOLED displays. What’s more, they can communicate with your Galaxy S5 over Wi-FI Direct.

What you need to know about commercial drones

Drones have the potential to fundamentally change certain businesses and industries, so why aren’t the skies filled with commercialized UAVs? Well, mostly because they’re illegal. Read on as our own Steve Dent discusses the ABCs of drone flight in the US.

How I got stabbed in the chest at E3 2014 (an Oculus Rift tale)

Demos are a thing of the past: Oculus Rift’s second development kit was running full-on games at E3 2014, and Ben Gilbert was there to take part in the action. He also got (virtually) stabbed in the chest by an alien.

Are you ready for your first home robot? Meet Pepper

This is Pepper-kun, and he could be your very first robot butle… er, friend. As long as you’ve got $1,900 to spare, of course. Built by SoftBank, this android-on-wheels is the company’s “first step” toward affordable humanoid robots.

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14
Jun

Could Cortana be on Android devices one day? Microsoft says “Maybe”



Cortana be on AndroidIn the realm of virtual personal assistants, Apple has Siri, Android has Google Now, and Microsoft has Cortana. The last of these is the newest, currently only part of the Windows 8.1 developer’s preview, however that hasn’t stopped it garnering quite a lot of attention in the press. As a big Xbox and Halo video game series fan, I find myself wishing Cortana, who features as a major character in the games, would be ported to Android. Which poses the tantalizing question: Could Cortana be on Android devices one day?

I definitely seems like a long shot given that neither Apple nor Google seem content to bother supporting other mobile platforms with their respective assistants, however Marcus Ash, a Windows Phone Group Program Manager has said some interesting things about their aspirations with Cortana:

We want to scale Cortana internationally and across devices. The Android/iOS question is interesting. We’re asking, would Cortana be as effective if she didn’t have access to the details on your phone? We’re still trying to get Cortana adopted on Windows Phone and figure out what it wants to become there. But we’re actively talking about this.


If that’s not a “maybe”, then I don’t know what is. Perhaps damningly for Cortana, the Microsoft assistant is hardwired into using Bing as its search database, which would always struggle competitively against Google Now and its Google repository. Having said that, I’d still love to see them try, and at least we know the possibility is there.

Would you want Cortana on your Android device? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: Search Engine Land via TalkAndroid


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14
Jun

[VIDEO] OnePlus One; meet water. Water; meet the OnePlus One.



oneplus oneThe OnePlus One has been a particularly noteworthy phone in the first half of 2014, combining performance and value in a manner that is typically reserved for Google Nexus devices. At just $299 for the 16GB version and $349 for the 64GB version, it’s a hard deal to pass up on given the device has some of the most impressive specs on the market at the moment, perhaps bar only a Quad HD display. For that kind of money, you might expect OnePlus to perhaps skimp on some part of its maiden Android smartphone, perhaps waterproofing. But as GadgetGuruHD finds out in his YouTube video, that might not necessarily be true:

As you can see, despite being dipped into slightly suspect kerb water, the OnePlus One comes out unscathed. This definitely suggests the OnePlus One probably has some kind of nano-coating on its innards to prevent water affecting it which is always a huge plus. We’d have to wait for a more comprehensive test to see exactly how waterproof (or water resistant) the device is, but if you were worried at all that the OnePlus One might not stand up to a little splashing, let your qualms be relieved.


What do you think about the OnePlus One being waterproof? Are you going to get one? Let us know your opinion in the comments.

Source: YouTube via Phone Arena


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14
Jun

Canadian Supreme Court rules internet anonymity is key to privacy


Congratulations, citizens of Canada, it’s your God-given right to travail the internet as UrTheWurst420 hurling sexually graphic insults at children singing pop songs on YouTube. And, unless the police get a warrant, they won’t be able to tie that account to your actual identity. In a landmark ruling the Supreme Court of Canada found that online anonymity is a vital component of personal privacy. The ruling came down following the case of Matthew Spencer, who was tried and convicted for possessing child pornography in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Law enforcement asked Shaw Communications for information on a particular user, including the name and address on the account, which would now require a search warrant to obtain. The evidence in this particular case was allowed to stand as the court said police believed they were acting lawfully, but future requests for information would have to go through the courts first.

The decision written by Justice Thomas Cromwell “falls short of recognizing any ‘right’ to anonymity,” but recognizes the clear “privacy interest in anonymity depending on the circumstances.” And therein lies the crux of the matter. It’s reasonable to expect your privacy be maintained online, and your anonymity in many cases is central to that perceived privacy. Only with probable cause should that veil of privacy be lifted according to the court.

Law enforcement and conservatives in the government are upset with the ruling. By enshrining online anonymity as a core component of privacy tracking criminals or terrorists becomes slightly more difficult, thanks to additional bureaucracy. However, privacy advocates have applauded the decision. A guarantee of anonymity encourages free speech, dissenting political views and whistle blowers.

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Source: Globe and Mail

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