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Feb

Samsung, Lionsgate bring “Insurgent – Shatter Reality” to Gear VR


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The sequel to last year’s popular film Divergent will be seen in theaters on March 20. The film, called Insurgent, will have a supplementary virtual reality experience arriving on February 27 due to a partnership between Lionsgate and Samsung. The Insurgent – Shatter Reality experience lasts four minutes and features characters played by Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, and Mekhi Phifer. Users get to see what Winslet’s character, Jeanine Matthews, puts members of society through in a 360° environment.

Through the Gear VR headset, fans of the Divergent series can go to locations setup in major cities to experience the Insurgent – Shatter Reality. The experience will tour in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, and San Francisco starting on Tuesday. Also, the Milk VR service will host the experience through March 1. And, to maximize Insurgent – Shatter Reality‘s exposure, select Best Buy stores will host demonstrations on March 7-8.

Lionsgate and Samsung Announce “INSURGENT – SHATTER REALITY” Virtual Reality Experience

Exclusive to Samsung Gear VR and Samsung Milk VR, 360-Degree Immersive Video Creates Unique Experience for Fans of The Divergent Series: Insurgent

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (Samsung), one of the world’s leading technology companies, have teamed up to create the exclusive virtual reality (VR) experience “INSURGENT – SHATTER REALITY,” the two companies announced today.

The four-minute visual work of art is a fully-immersive, 360-degree narrative experience set in the world of the upcoming feature film The Divergent Series: Insurgent and features stars from the film including Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, Miles Teller and Mekhi Phifer. Beginning February 27, fans can experience the VR content for themselves exclusively through Samsung Gear™ VR powered by the Galaxy Note® 4 as “INSURGENT – SHATTER REALITY” goes on tour in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin and San Francisco prior to going live across all platforms and app stores.

The experience will also be available exclusively on Samsung’s Milk VR™ service through March 1. Fans outside the tour markets will have an opportunity to view the experience on Samsung Gear VR over the weekend of March 7-8 at select Best Buy® stores across the US.

“Virtual reality elevates the world of Divergent to a whole new level by creating a uniquely exciting and immersive experience for our fans,” said Lionsgate Chief Marketing Officer Tim Palen.  “The ‘INSURGENT – SHATTER REALITY’ experience reflects our commitment to partner with leading technology companies like Samsung to remain at the cutting edge of VR and other innovations that expand the worlds of our franchises and extend our storytelling in exciting new directions.”

“As we push new boundaries in the world of technology and virtual reality, we are excited to continue our relationship with Lionsgate and bring Divergent fans a one-of-a-kind experience through Gear VR and Milk VR,” said Nick DiCarlo, Vice President and General Manager, Immersive Products & Virtual Reality at Samsung Electronics America. “This partnership will bring fans closer than ever to the action in this blockbuster series.”

By putting on the Gear VR headset, consumers are immersed in the role of “Divergent” members of society who have been captured by Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) and her Erudite faction and are subjected to a series of mental “simulations” in order to determine the full extent of their divergence. As the VR technology simulates Jeanine and her faction cohorts testing them with experimental serums, they experience two distinct, intensely gripping and realistic fearscapes, transporting them from the frightening heights of a crumbling Chicago skyscraper to the intimidating challenge of a massive, fast-approaching locomotive.

Created by virtual reality innovators Kite & Lightning with assistance from the film’s VFX team, the experience was built using stereoscopic 4K video of the actors, with effects and environment built in Unreal Engine 4 and then rendered into an immersive 3D/360-degree experience. It was scored by The Divergent Series: Insurgent composer Joe Trapanese.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second installment of the blockbuster Divergent franchise, will be released in theaters worldwide on March 20.  The first Divergent film grossed nearly $300 million at the global box office, and the Divergent trilogy has sold more than 30 million books around the world.

ABOUT LIONSGATE

Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, channel platforms and international distribution and sales. The Company currently has more than 30 television shows on over 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first three installments of The Hunger Games franchise, the first installment of the Divergent franchise, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions’ A Most Wanted Man, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films’ Addicted and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. http://www.lionsgate.com

ABOUT SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS AMERICA, INC.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA delivers a broad range of digital consumer electronics and IT products. Samsung is the market leader for HDTVs in the U.S. To discover more, please visit http://www.samsung.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home and Digital Health initiatives. We employ 307,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of US $196 billion. To discover more, please visit our official website at http://www.samsung.com and our official blog at global.samsungtomorrow.com.

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21
Feb

Seidio DILEX Pro case with metal kickstand for the Nexus 6


Stylish protection for your Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 is a big beautiful phone. Chances are you’ll want to keep it beautiful and free from dings and scratches with the right case, and I think we’ve found the right case with the Seidio DILEX Pro. It’s easy to put on and take off, allows for full use of all the features, and the soft-touch finish (in multiple colors) looks and feels great in your hands.

Have a read and see if the Seidio DILEX Pro is the right case for you, too.

21
Feb

Samsung releases promo video for the upcoming Galaxy S6



On the lead up to the release of the Galaxy S6 at Samsungs Unpacked event, a new promo video has been released teasing the flagship device. Whilst specific images or details do not appear in the video, it does give some teasers as to what we can expect.

Tomorrow, metals will flow, beauty will be powerful, borders will disappear, reflections will be free, colors will live, the future will be the present.

So from the statement above, and the leaks and rumours, it wouldn’t be crazy to assume that the Galaxy S6 will have at least one curved edge, if not a complete curvature to the chassis/screen. “Borders will disappear” implies that we may be looking at either a bezel-less device, or a complete curved device.

We’ll have to wait and see what Samsung have in store for us on the 1st March at MWC, but it seems they are taking a completely unique and new direction with the Galaxy S6.

Check out the video below.


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21
Feb

HTC One (M9) press render leaks, all angles and specs exposed


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In two weeks, all eyes will be on MWC 2015 as companies unveil the products to carry them through the year. Being that we are so close to the start of the trade show, leaks are almost guaranteed to happen. Today, the HTC One (M9) is the victim of a sizable leak that shows quality shots of the device and gives away its specifications.

The overall design of the One (M9) does not seem to have changed much from last year’s One (M8) to the point where is looks like a revised version of its predecessor. The front-facing speakers, camera, and black bar below the display are all in the exact same places. If anything, the black bar has been thinned a tiny bit and it still looks completely unnecessary. The top features the plastic strip for the IR blaster and the bottom has the charging and audio ports. Nothing has changed with those areas.

Hit the break to see what has changed as well as specifications.

The power button has seemingly been relocated to the side of the One (M9) just below the volume rocker. Reaching to the top of a rather tall device is difficult and HTC has realized having the power button by the volume rocker makes sense because a users fingers are naturally nearby there. Above all of this is the microSD card slot that allows for 128GB of storage. Otherwise, 32GB and perhaps 16GB are what users have to work with.

The most noticeable change with this year’s HTC flagship is the camera. The Duo Camera setup has officially been nixed and the company will go with a larger lens. The 20MP rear camera has a BSI sensor and optical image stabilization. The camera will indeed be paired with dual-LED flash, that feature does remain from last year.

In the images above and below, you will notice that the HTC One (M9) has two color options. The top of this post shows what is being referred to as “Gold on Silver.” It resembles the Glacial Silver color from the One (M8) on its rear; however, both the trim and the front are gold. The color option seen below is, like last year, Gunmetal Grey.

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Now let’s talk about specifications. The 5-inch display does keep the same 1920x1080p resolution. If you were hoping for 2560×1440, you will have to either look elsewhere or keep your fingers crossed. Unlike Samsung and a few other companies, HTC uses LCD panels. Expect sharp and accurate images with spotty performance in direct sunlight unless, of course, the display can get really bright. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM to keep everything running smoothly. The Snapdragon 810 is an octa-core processor and here it is clocked at 2.0GHz. As for audio, HTC has partnered with Dolby Labratories for the front-facing speakers. And, when capturing video, HTC has included three microphones.

The software changes that HTC makes with its devices are not particularly overwhelming. HTC Sense is actually one of the more visually pleasing experiences out there. Shipping with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the One (M9) will have HTC Sense 7. The images shown above already show the return of BlinkFeed, but the company will introduce HTC Sense Home and Themes. Users select their design (through themes) and then the experience will adapt based on behavior.

The slogan for the HTC One (M9) will be the following:

“You only have one life. Show off your style. #onenlife”

A release in early to mid-April is expected.

Source: Mobilegeeks.de, Cyberport

 

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21
Feb

Samsung Teases Front Stereo Speakers


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Samsung’s Norwegian site has posted some rumors that have been floating around the web about the much-awaited  Samsung Galaxy S6. The rumors have to do with the build design, from dual front-facing speakers (a la HTC One), metal body (a la HTC One), and a curved screen (a la Galaxy Note Edge).

While most of these rumors are most likely false, it is still worth thinking about and maybe getting excited over. As an HTC One user, one of the most beneficial design features on the device is the front-facing speaker. The ability to watch a video or play a game and actually hear it loud and clear is a fantastic part of the user experience. The metal body is most likely a design premium that may shrink the profit margin for Samsung this year, and may sacrifice some security against drops for looks. Lastly, the curved screen is most likely not going to happen due to it being a niche feature at this point in the tech world, but an optional Edge model would be a very neat addition to Samsung’s already enormous product line.

What do you think about the rumors? Are you anxiously awaiting March 1st? Leave a comment below and let us know about your plans in regards to the Galaxy S6.

Source: Samsung

Via: Sammobile

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21
Feb

How to clear search and location history in Google Maps on the web


It takes some time, but you can completely control the location history Google collects from your devices.

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We’ve already covered how to remove individual locations and history items from Google Maps on Android, but when you need to access and manage all of your location history, you need to hop onto the computer. As the old saying goes, “knowledge is power” — and we’re going to give you all of the tools necessary to know what information Google knows about your location, and how to clean it up or stop further reporting.

21
Feb

Mobile Phones Direct now has the red BlackBerry Passport available on contract


If you’re in the U.K. and have been wanting to get your hands on the red BlackBerry Passport, your current options are SIM free from Clove or Amazon. However, not everyone can afford to fork out on a SIM free device. Now you don’t have to. Mobile Phones Direct now has the red BlackBerry Passport available on contract.

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21
Feb

Samsung teases that the ‘Next Galaxy’ is borderless and metal


Samsung Galaxy S6 teaser... ooh, ominous

Samsung’s teasers for the Galaxy S6 (or whatever it might be named) are getting decidedly less cryptic. The company’s latest hype video for the new smartphone promises that “borders will disappear” and “metals will flow” — if there was any doubt that the next Galaxy is ditching the S5’s utilitarian plastic design, it’s gone. There are further hints of a curved (and reflection-free) display, too. There’s a good chance that the phone won’t quite live up to this teaser’s breathless prose, but one thing’s increasingly certain: Samsung doesn’t want its upcoming flagship device to suffer the ignominious fate of its predecessor.

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Source: Samsung Tomorrow

21
Feb

How would you change Apple’s Health app?


Apple’s Health app for iPhone debuted with iOS 8. Health provides a central place for all your medical, fitness, nutrition, sleep, and related information.

Categories include Diagnostics, Fitness, Lab Results, Me, Medication, Nutrition, Sleep, and Vital Signs. Data is presented in both graphs — which can be added to the dashboard view — and in separate sub-catagories. Once the information is collected, you can either keep it just for yourself, or you can choose to send it to other apps, or even share it with your medical professional via Apple’s HealthKit framework. There’s even a medical ID feature to help responders to find out vital information in case of emergency.

Privacy is a huge emphasis for Health, and you can control not only the data you collect, and not only which apps can access that data, but which apps can read it and which apps can write it. And if you don’t give permission, an app — and any insurance or health organization behind it — doesn’t even know it’s there.

That’s what Health is, but what do you want Health to be?

  • Health for iPad
  • Option for Touch ID/Passcode to secure Health App.
  • Better visual presentation for graphs and data, including color codes like green for good, yellow for borderline, red for no good.
  • Additional categories for medical test results
  • Period tracking
  • Pregnancy tracking
  • Multiple medical IDs for family
  • Ability to change units/measures per-item (for muddled geographies).
  • Miraculous breakthrough to make complex privacy management easier.

With the Apple Watch on the horizon, Health will only become more important. So, if Apple asked you what you wanted in Health for iOS 9, what would you tell them?

21
Feb

Twitch is holding a game-broadcasting convention this September


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Want to meet up with your favorite game broadcasters? Of course you do, and with Twitch’s inaugural convention, aptly dubbed “TwitchCon,” later this year you totally can. There aren’t a ton of details yet, but it takes place in San Francisco from Friday September 25th to Saturday the 26th. The live-streaming giant promises ways to elevate your broadcasting game and chances to meet your followers (or maybe even your idols) too, which makes us think it’s going to be more along the lines of VidCon or PlayList Live than something like the Penny Arcade Expo. The very notion of a Twitch convention likely wouldn’t be possible without that massive influx of cash from Amazon last year, and this is a sign of how far online video’s grown (especially game-focused stuff) lately. What’s more, this is indicative of just how popular Twitch has become as a platform in a relatively short period of time. Planning on attending? Hit the comments and let us know.

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