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LG builds its own mobile VR headset for the G3

Korea’s two largest companies are Samsung and LG, and while Samsung has been making a big splash in the VR world, LG has remained conspicuously silent. That’s because the company has been working with Google to build a headset for the LG G3 that’ll do a similar job to the Gear VR. The charmingly-named VR for G3 is a plastic headset that’ll let you slide the phone into the hardware, with special holes cut for the smartphone’s rear volume keys.

Rather than building its own virtual reality platform, however, LG has cribbed the design from Google’s paper-craft VR headset, Google Cardboard. The plastic hardware comes with at least one neat trick: a neodymium ring magnet on the side that’ll pair with the G3’s internal gyroscope, enabling you to control your phone without having to touch the display. Of course, by leveraging Google’s VR platform, LG can piggyback off the search engine’s software background rather than starting yet another rival in the nascent space.

Unfortunately there’s no word on how much it’ll cost or where you’ll be able to snag one. For now, the company is saying that it’ll launch in “selected markets” and that a headset will be thrown in for free when you purchase a G3. Naturally, we’ve pinged the company to find out more, and will let you know what we learn.

Filed under: Cellphones, Wearables, LG



Netflix in Cuba costs a third of the average monthly wage

Two months after the United States renewed diplomatic ties with Cuba, Netflix is planting a flag on the island. A subscription requires an internet connection and starts at $8, the same as in the US and even across Latin America, where Netflix counts 5 million members since 2011. However, these requirements may limit Netflix’s reach in Cuba: About five percent of residents have internet access, and the average monthly wage was just $20 in 2013. Additionally, Cuba’s internet infrastructure is growing, but it’s still a luxury for many residents. In January, the country’s state-owned telecom, ETECSA, launched the first public WiFi facility in Santiago de Cuba, charging $4.50 an hour — and that’s for those who already own WiFi-capable devices. Hopefully Netflix isn’t banking on Cuba to boost its subscription numbers too much.

[Image credit: Phil Guest, Flickr]

Filed under: Household, Internet


Source: Netflix


Tado taps energy provider SSE to help push its smart thermostat

Not content with the retail partner Tado drafted in to help flog its smart thermostat last year, the company today announced yet another tie-in, this time with energy provider SSE. Any customer of SSE, or its other business guises Southern Electric, Scottish Hydro and SWALEC, can now buy a second-generation Tado thermostat directly from their energy merchant for £199. Until March 26th (or for the first 300 patrons), installation is free, though it’ll set you back £90 after this promotional period. You can also rent one of the clever thermostats for £5 a month if you’d prefer, with installation costing £40 in this scenario. Tado will no doubt shift a couple more units with its new friend’s help; but with so many competing products and similar alliances around, we reckon Tado having an official Windows Phone app probably does more for the company than any fresh partnership might.

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Source: SSE


ChowNow Updates Nearly 700 Food and Restaurant Apps With Apple Pay Support [iOS Blog]

ChowNowChowNow has updated close to 700 custom-built food and restaurant apps with Apple Pay support, nearly two months after becoming the first online ordering platform to integrate the mobile payments service. The updated apps enable iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users to pay for their food and drinks at hundreds of independent restaurants located throughout the United States.

“By giving independent restaurants access to the latest in technology at an affordable price, we are upholding our mission of helping them compete with larger chains,” says Chris Webb, CEO of ChowNow. “We will update each restaurant’s native app to include Apple Pay at no additional cost, so restaurant owners can focus on operating their businesses.”

ChowNow has been updating dozens of apps for its restaurant clients with Apple Pay support over the past week, as tracked by our sister website AppShopper, although the pace has picked up significantly over the past few days. The update process is presumably rather simple, given that the apps are based on the same backend with specific branding, menus and ordering information for each restaurant.

ChowNow Apple Pay
Apple Pay has been widely adopted since launching in October, with support recently added at Western Union, TD Bank and over 200,000 vending machines and self-serve kiosks. Apple predicted last year that in-app purchases will make up the majority of early Apple Pay transactions. The mobile payments service is currently limited to the United States, although an international expansion could start with Canada in March.


White Hat Hacker Bundle, $49

Learning to hack, ethically, is a necessity in today’s age of ever-growing digital threats. Whether your goal is to build your business or simply stop your secure data from being breached, learning the ropes of hacking can be the perfect leg up in sales or counter-measure against cyber thieves.

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One might expect to shell out thousands of dollars for this kind of tutelage but AndroidGuys readers can get the entire bundle for just $49! What a steal. Just remember: we brought you the deal so please don’t hack us, K?

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Press images of Sony’s upcoming Xperia E4 shown off by a new leak


Numerous reports have suggested that Sony’s presence in the MWC 2015 will be very limited. A new leak is now giving us our very first look of one of the handsets expected to be shown off during the course of the event.

Known as the Xperia E4, the smartphone has been unveiled by a case manufacturer. The handset is expected to be packing a 5 inch qHD display, a quad core MediaTek made chipset, 5GB of user accessible storage, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.9-megapixel front camera.

Although the smartphone has previously leaked running on Android 4.4.4 KitKat, we won’t be surprised to find Android 5.0 running on the smartphone when it is unveiled next month.

What do you think of the Xperia E4?

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Via: Xperia Blog

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Tizen may have an unlikely ally – the Russian government


If you ask shoppers in India, the first Tizen phone is pretty unexciting. If you ask Samsung, it’s an earnest success. Regardless whom you choose to believe, Tizen has its work cut out – Android is on the verge of taking 90 percent of the market, developers have little reason to sink resources in nascent platforms, and users won’t care about an operating system that lacks apps. Just ask Microsoft.

But Samsung may have found an unlikely ally in its bid to make Tizen a real alternative to Android – the Russian government. In a series of tweets, Russian minister of communication Nikolai Nikiforov decried the “monopoly” that Google has over Android, which is not a true open source OS in his opinion. Nikiforov linked to articles discussing Google’s control over its mobile operating system and mentioned Tizen, Sailfish, and Ubuntu as real open source projects that could compete with Android.

Nikiforov sees the need to break the monopoly of American companies over mobile operating systems. What’s more, Russia is supposedly ready to support the development of Android competitors, including through grants paid to developers wishing to develop for Tizen or Sailfish.

It’s tempting to dismiss these statements as politicians doing what they do best – making empty promises. That’s especially true now that Western sanctions over the Ukrainian crisis are taking their toll on the Russian economy, and the local tech sector hasn’t been spared. Apple and Google have stopped doing business with developers based in Crimea, while Google has recently closed its engineering offices in Moscow.

On the other hand, Russia is a big and important market, where Google’s presence is weaker than in other regions. That’s one of the reasons Samsung originally tried to launch its first Tizen smartphone in Russia – the Samsung Z was officially announced last year here, but its commercial release was repeatedly delayed in order to give developers more time to create apps for Tizen.

It remains to be seen whether Russia’s words will be backed by Russian money, but Samsung is probably very pleased about this development. The Korean giant poured tons of resources into getting Tizen off the ground, and now that it’s finally a real platform, it needs all the help it can get, even when it comes from such improbable sources as the Russian government.


Teen charged with murder after posting gruesome Snapchat selfie

Headquarters Of Photo And Video Sharing Application Snapchat

In what’s probably the most extreme look at selfie culture yet, a Pittsburgh teen has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting a classmate and then taking a selfie with the corpse. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 16-year-old Maxwell Marion Morton sent the incriminating photo to a friend via Snapchat, who ended up taking a screenshot before it was automatically deleted. Morton also reportedly sent several texts that incriminated him further. He’s now being charged as an adult after confessing to the police following a search of his home. “I’ve never seen it before,” district attorney John Peck told the Review, “but it was a key piece of evidence that led investigators to the defendant.” This isn’t the first time we’ve seen tech involved with major crimes — texts often end up working against criminals — but this case is particularly disturbing since it centers on a selfie, which is something we associate more with innocent fun than a brutal murder.

[Photo credit: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

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Via: CNet

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review


Microsoft Outlook Preview delivers unified calendar, email, contacts, and more


Prior to the mobile-first mindset that a lot of us have today, Microsoft Outlook was the preferred way for many us to manage our email. And calendar. And contacts. Well, you get the point. Heck, it’s still the main way a lot of users get their corporate/Exchange work done. As some of you  may know, Microsoft recently launched an Android app that delivers its unified approach to your handheld device.

They say:

Outlook is a free email app that helps you get more done from anywhere with one unified view of your email, calendar, contacts, and attachments. Outlook automatically surfaces your most important messages – across all your email accounts. Swipe to quickly delete, archive, or schedule messages you want to handle later. Easily view your calendar, share available times, and schedule meetings. And attach files from your email, OneDrive, or Dropbox with just a few taps.

Outlook works with Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, (including Hotmail, MSN), Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and iCloud.

We say:

When it comes to Exchange support, it’s really hard to argue against Microsoft’s own approach. Thanks to the integration of other cloud services, and Android’s built-in sharing features, we’re able to efficiently manage our emails and appointments. If you’re in the hunt for a different approach to handling your Gmail account we say give this one a whirl.

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OnePlus announces open sales for every Tuesday

The OnePlus has been up for sale for just over half a year now, but it is still a hard phone to get. The main way to purchase a OnePlus One has always been through its highly criticized invite system, but with more and more invites going out monthly, it has become easier. Today, OnePlus announced that the OnePlus One will be available to purchase every Tuesday from now on.

Starting tomorrow, OnePlus will open up sales for the One for 24 hours starting at 12:00 am Pacific time (8:00 am London time) and will continue on every Tuesday thereafter. Both the 16 GB Silk White and 64 GB Sandstone Black models will be available for purchase, with no invite.

Although the device will be available every Tuesday starting at midnight Pacific time, the invite system will still be one of the main ways to get the device. That means if you have an invite, you can use it whenever you want. Users will still be able to receive and share invites.

Source: OnePlus

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