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Nov

OnePlus customer service getting spotty reviews due to poor RMA responses



OnePlus customer serviceOnePlus has had an interesting last few months to say the least. On the one hand, the ‘startup’ Chinese manufacturer surprised the Android community with one of the best value smartphones with flagship specifications that impressed in the OnePlus One. On the other hand, their marketing campaigns have gone through some harsh scrutiny, not without reason, including its attempts to legitimize its horrendous invite system and introducing a pre-order system that is only in effect one day every few weeks. OnePlus customer service is under the microscope this week after its been revealed the company has had less than stellar communication with customers requesting RMA replacements for defective devices.

According to two separate Reddit posts, the authors claim OnePlus has effectively ignored their requests to have their defective devices exchanged for a working unit. In fact, similar stories appear to be on the OnePlus forums with many of them unanswered by OnePlus representatives. That’s not to say that there are plenty of OnePlus Ones out there that are defective – in fact, many people who do have the phone are enjoying it immensely, with good reason. Rather, it’s just a reminder of how young the company is and yet another mark on its spotty resume moving forward.


What do you think about the OnePlus customer service? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Reddit (1), (2) via TalkAndroid


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16
Nov

The Volvo XC90 Experience is using Google Cardboard to great effect



volvo xc90 experienceWhen Google debuted Google Cardboard at Google I/O earlier this year, we got our first look at a very inexpensive way to experience virtual reality just using your smartphone. Now, we’re seeing the first commercial use of the concept with the Volvo XC90 Experience which Volvo is using to advertise its refreshed XC90. In conjunction with its Volvo Reality app, the Volvo XC90 Experience allows potential customers the ability to take a virtual ‘test drive’ in the new XC90, all from the comfort of your home.

volvo xc90 experienceIt’s a pretty neat use of Google Cardboard, if novel, and for the cost of a brochure essentially gives prospective customers a cool way to see a car in a way no car before it has really been seen before. In fact, you don’t even really need the Google Cardboard part of the equation as Volvo says the app works just as well without it. So if you’re wanting to see what the first virtual reality test drive looks like, be sure to hit the Play Store link below (though it looks like it might only be available to North American users only).


What do you think of the Volvo XC90 Experience and Volvo Reality app? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Volvo via Phandroid


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16
Nov

Kids can now program toys that talk to just about anything


DynePod on a wrist

There’s no shortage of smart toys, but they tend only to talk to each other. What if your kid wants the freedom to use them with just about anything? That’s where Dynepic’s upcoming DynePod might help. It may look like a simple 25-pixel block of LEDs, but it’s really the centerpiece of an “internet of toys” that lets it both respond to simple programming and dish out input of its own, whether it’s talking to another DynePod or something else entirely. You can tell it to light up when there’s movement, or buzz if another device is nearby; built-in motion sensors let it serve as a controller. Parents can even use it to set alarms, and at least the initial kits will come with a mounting clip and a bracelet. Yes, you can turn this into Junior’s first smartwatch. The long-term plan is to have an open platform that has toys of all kinds speaking to each other.

If you want in early, you can pledge $79 or more to Dynepic’s crowdfunding campaign to get a DynePod of your own. The first wave should ship in June, if all goes well. That’s quite a bit to pay, but the hope is that young ones will learn to program and start tinkering with gadgets; if the DynePod helps them get comfortable with connected technology, it might pay for itself.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dynepic/dynepod-bringing-you-the-internet-of-toys/widget/video.html

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Via: TechCrunch

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16
Nov

Have an unhealthy smartphone addiction? Maybe the NoPhone is your way to wean yourself off



NoPhoneDo you know somebody with a debilitating smartphone addiction? Are they constantly on their phone fiddling with some app or social media? (If you can’t think of anyone, it’s probably you) Well, it looks like there may be a way for you to help ween them off smartphones with the NoPhone. In no way is the NoPhone a ‘phone’ in any sense of the word – there are absolutely no electronics inside – in fact, the only way that it even remotely resembles one is that it has the size and form factor of a phone so that it can be used as a “satirical security blanket”. In this way, people can still have something in their hand instead of feeling lost without their smartphone. Of course, it’s not meant to fight serious addition, much more a lighthearted way of making light of our society’s addiction to smartphones, but it has still garnered so much attention that the creators are now selling these ‘devices’ commercially.

nophone$12 USD will get you the basic NoPhone and the package will even include an instruction manual (presumably also satirical in nature). If you want to make light of a friend’s selfie addition, NoPhone even has a selfie version of the NoPhone for $18 (pictured above) which simply affixes a mirror to the front face of the ‘device. It’s certainly a novel way of raising awareness of an issue that appears to be the norm now, and I can forsee many a Christmas intervention using this NoPhone as a catalyst.


What do you think of the NoPhone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: NoPhone via Phone Arena


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16
Nov

Facebook will filter out excessively promotional Page posts in 2015


Simferopol, Russia - July 13, 2014: Facebook the largest social network in the world. It was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook is thankfully taking more steps to show fewer spammy posts on your News Feed — and we’re not talking about traditional web ads. We’re talking about overly promotional status updates posted by Page accounts, like the ones you can see after the break. The social network promised to bury “like-bait” posts (of the “1 Like = 1 Prayer” type) underneath more relevant content earlier this year, and now it’s doing the same thing to Page statuses that fall under any of these criteria:

  • Posts that solely push people to buy a product or install an app
  • Posts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real context
  • Posts that reuse the exact same content from ads

Facebook’s devs have decided push through with this change, after a survey asking users how the News Feed can be improved revealed that people (as you’d expect) want to see more of their friends’ status updates. Non-spammy businesses and individual Pages don’t have anything to worry about, though — they will not be affected when the refreshed News Feed algorithm takes effect in January 2015.

[Image credit: Shutterstock]

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Source: Facebook

16
Nov

HTC Google Play Edition phones getting Android Lollipop ‘next week’



HTC Google Play Edition phones getting Android LollipopNow that the Nexus devices have started receiving their update to Android Lollipop, the focus has no shifted to their stock Android brethren, the Google Play Edition (GPE) devices. Although these devices have to be updated by their respective manufacturers, the GPE devices still get their updates quite soon after the Nexus devices. And sure enough, we already have a pretty good idea of when the HTC GPE devices are getting Android Lollipop, after the HTC VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, pretty explicitly confirmed in a series of tweets that HTC is aiming to update its two GPE, the HTC One M8 and M7, by next week.

That’s a pretty quick turnaround for HTC, who is no doubt also rushing to get Android Lollipop onto the One M8 running Sense 6.0. And despite the fact we haven’t heard word about the other GPE devices, we think it’s a pretty safe bet to expect the other devices to update in about the same timeframe. All the same, we’ll just have to see what happens next week, though we have a feeling some HTC GPE device owners will be pretty happy by the end of it.

What do you think about the HTC Google Play Edition phones getting Android Lollipop? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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


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16
Nov

Chainfire releases CF-Auto-Roots for all Nexus devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop


Lollipop Root

The all-new Android operating system, 5.0 Lollipop, was officially released on November 3rd and it has already been rooted. While rooting has been available for Nexus devices running Lollipop ever since the developer preview, it hasn’t been easy… until now.

XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire, has already updated his famous CF-Auto-Root downloads to include an Android 5.0 root for the entire Nexus line. That means the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), Nexus 9, and Nexus 10 devices running 5.0 can easily be rooted.

For those of you who don’t know what CF-Auto-Root is, it is essentially the go-to method for beginners who are not well-versed in rooting. You can check out the officially CF-Auto-Root page here.

Source: XDA Developers | Via: Talk Android 


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16
Nov

Amazon offering ‘lightning’ deal selling the Nexus 9 for $50 off!


Nexus 9

The Nexus 9, Google’s high-end tablet of 2014 is now available on Amazon to purchase for just $349.99 ($50 off the normal price of $399.99). The offer is only available to customers in the United States and on the 16 GB indigo black. 

The link to the sale page can be viewed here.

Via: GSM Arena


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16
Nov

OnePlus not solving issues with defective devices, ignoring RMA requests


OnePlus_One_Official_01If you decide to order a OnePlus One, you should hope that you get a flawless device the first time around. According to some comments on Reddit and the OnePlus forums, customers that received defective devices have been ignored when they tried to file RMAs to get the devices replaced.

One user’s device was having audio issues, and when he tried to contact OnePlus to have the problem fixed they sent a file to flash on the device that wiped the phone. Unfortunately, it didn’t fix the audio bug, either. When asked about exchanging the device or getting a refund, it was complete radio silence from OnePlus.

Unfortunately, that’s not the only instance, and there are some unanswered comments on the OnePlus forums with similar issues. To be clear, OnePlus isn’t intentionally sending out tons of defective units, but they’re completely dropping the ball in the support department.

The OnePlus One has had an extremely bumpy life, and this is just going to be another red mark when we look back at how OnePlus handled such a unique device.

source: Reddit (1)

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16
Nov

Skype now available in a web browser without downloading any apps


skype_bannerSkype has announced that they’re finally detangling the video chat service from its traditional Windows or OS X desktop program and offering it in beta through a web browser.

Skype for Web will let you quickly sign into the service on Skype’s web page and immediately begin making video calls without having to download any apps or programs. According to the Skype page, you can get the service started on any modern web browser, but it specifically mentions Chrome for Windows. That’s good news for Chrome users, but the wording of the support page makes it sound like Chromebooks are going to be excluded. 

Skype isn’t currently officially available for Chromebooks, but it looks like this might be the first step towards bringing the service to Google’s laptop lineup. Of course, with Skype being owned by Microsoft, that might not happen in the immediate future. Fortunately, Google Hangouts makes an excellent cross-platform alternative.

source: Skype

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