Samsung pokes fun at Galaxy S6 rumors with official mockups
With MWC just around the corner, rumors and leaks of the most anticipated phones are popping up so fast you cannot keep track. The latest renders come from…Samsung? Yeah, that’s right. Samsung Norway has decided to turn some of the rumors about its upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S6, into official mockups. It is funny to see a manufacturer jumping into the rumor mill with some of its own renders. Of course, these are completely fake and go over the top when addressing these rumors. Samsung provided us with a slideshow of six different mockups that are each modeled after a specific rumor about the S6 with the question “IS THIS THE NEXT?” posted at the top of each picture.
The first mockup is based on the rumor that we would see front-facing speakers on the S6, and the mockup has enormous speaker that fold out like wings from the phone.
Rumor two is that the next Galaxy with be durable, and we see a phone sitting on a soft pillow.
Samsung provided us with a triangular phone with screens on each side for the rumor that the S6’s screen would reach three sides of the device.
The larger display rumor is grouped with a phone that is able to stretch to increase its width.
The mockup of the rumored all-glass S6 looks like something out of science fiction.
The last rumor is that Samsung would release a flexible smartphone, and its mockup is a phone with a steep curve in it.
It is nice to see Samsung teasing us with these mockups and poking fun at all those people who throw out random rumors of upcoming phones. Of course, Samsung lets us know exactly how long we need to wait to figure out exactly what the next Galaxy will look like. At the bottom of the screen is a countdown timer that reads “Unpacking the next Galaxy in:”.
Are you excited for the next Galaxy? Tell us in the comments!
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Qualcomm all but comfirms Snapdragon 810 for HTC One M9
Qualcomm confirmed via its Twitter that a smartphone being revealed at Mobile World Congress is receiving its Snapdragon 810 processor. Most likely, this will be the HTC One M9.
The clues that this is the One M9 is in the attached Vine. The short clip features an image of a phone’s silhouette with the time changing from 8:10 to 10:09. 8:10 is a reference to the processor, of course, whereas the 10:08 time that appears for about a second before 10:09 is what HTC uses for all of its press imagery.
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Microsoft’s Keyboard for Excel app makes it easier to type numbers on tablets
Microsoft released an experimental Android app today called Keyboard for Excel in the Google Play Store. As the name suggests, it’s been developed to make typing easier for the Android version of Excel easier, but it can work with any app.
Netflix is bringing back ‘Inspector Gadget’ and ‘Danger Mouse’
Netflix isn’t slowing down its efforts to win your kids’ attention… if anything, it’s ramping things up. The streaming service just unveiled five child-friendly shows that will arrive over the course of the next year. The first is a big one — Netflix will offer a 26-episode reboot of Inspector Gadget. You’ll get to revisit the adventures of the half-machine cop starting in March in the US, with other countries coming later. You’ll have to be more patient for the rest. The Playmobil-based animated series Super 4 shows up next, in April. The live action series Some Assembly Required is due this summer, while both Bottersnikes & Gumbles (a “community comedy”) and a revival of the spy parody Danger Mouse are arriving in spring 2016. The odds are that the remakes won’t quite live up to what you remember, but they may well keep your little ones entertained on that next big vacation.
Filed under: Home Entertainment, Internet, HD
Alleged Samsung Galaxy S 6 prototype spotted in bubble wrap
Did anyone predict that the Galaxy S 6 would be photographed in bubble right? Probably not. Earlier today, the image above was posted on the XDA Forums. It shows the upcoming Samsung flagship in white while covered by pink bubble wrap.
The shot on the left shows the camera and LED flash. Nothing too surprising there. The center shot shows what looks like the metal that everyone has been waiting years to see Samsung utilize. And on the right is the front of the Galaxy S 6. The main portion to notice on the front is the home button. It seems slightly taller than previous Samsung devices and that could be to house the improved fingerprint scanner.
Hit the break for a description from the source.
The following is what the original poster, reefur, attached this to the image:
“Can’t say where it’s from but it’s from AT&T directly. Obviously a prototype or test model and it says not for sale on the package. Obviously a Samsung phone, I was scared to play with it much but seems a glass back and front with metal on the sides.”
Notice that the source said “prototype” and “test model.” That leads us to believe that this is not actually the Galaxy S 6. The final product could be this but it is much more likely that the Galaxy S 6 only resembles what we see here.
There is nothing to confirm the validity of the image, but the wait will not be long. On Sunday, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S 6 and perhaps additional products to the world at MWC 2015.
Source: reefur (XDA Forums)
Via: All About Samsung
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Google Play Music now allows you to upload 50,000 songs
Have a massive ton of music in your personal collection that you’d love to have access to anywhere and everywhere through the power of streaming? As you likely already know, Google Play Music makes it all very easy, offering up the ability to upload your music for free. What you might not know is that there is a limit, even if it was already set pretty high.
While most of us probably never would have reached the 20,000 song limit previously imposed on users of the free service (or maybe we would have?), Google is now taking things up another notch by setting the new limit at 50,000 songs. Google’s upload service is certainly welcome for those users with plenty of existing songs (ripped from CDs, bought digitally, etc) that we want to access through the cloud, especially in the case of indie music that might not be found normally through streaming services like Google Play Music All Access or Spotify.
So what do you need to do to ensure your limit is raised on your account? Nothing. When you open up the settings section on the Play Music website the Uploaded Songs should now show you can store a total of 50,000 songs.
Were any of our readers already up against the 20,000 wall? What do you think of the new limit?
Apple Showcases Final Cut Pro X Usage in Production of Hollywood Film ‘Focus’
Just a few days before the release of the Hollywood romantic comedy film Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, Apple has provided a behind-the-scenes look at how Final Cut Pro X was used to produce the movie. The feature page provides an in-depth profile of how Final Cut Pro X was used for editing, screen-ready effects and post-production.
Focus directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra opted to use Apple’s professional video editing software because they found it provided a fast and straightforward workflow. The software gave the directors fine-tuned control over all aspects of the film and provided the flexibility to easily move between editing on a Mac Pro and working with a MacBook Pro on location.
After researching several workflows, Requa and Ficarra decided to cut their major studio feature entirely in Final Cut Pro X. The results were even better than they’d expected. The movie came in on time and under budget, and it played and looked just as they’d envisioned it. “We got exactly the film we set out to make,” says Requa. “What I love about Final Cut Pro X is that it allowed me to be involved with, and in control of, every aspect of making our film.”
Final Cut Pro X was highly criticized by some professional video editors when it was released in 2011, but the directors of Focus told USA Today that they value how the software is easier to use and resembles the look of iMovie. These comments come amid criticism that Apple is dumbing down certain areas of OS X, including the removal of Aperture in favor of the all-new Photos for Mac app.
“Many editors called the new FCPX ‘iMovie Lite,’ when it was released, and not ready for the big leagues, but Ficarra says he likes that FCPX is easier to use, and that it’s look and feel is akin to iMovie. ‘We have a whole generation of kids learning on iMovie,’ he says. ‘They’ll be familiar with this tool when they get into the real world.’”
The film crew used Mac Pro-equipped on-set mobile post systems from a cutting-edge Los Angeles-based post-production company and used metadata markers to identify the best shots taken each day. Final Cut Pro X enabled this metadata to be searchable and handled full-resolution ProRes 4444 files with ease.
Ficarra believes that the metadata advantage gave them unprecedented control over their story line. “I was able to say, ‘I need Will’s side in this take,’” he says. “And because even his improvisations were specially tagged, we were able to filter and come out with it. The upshot was just infinite searchability. We could change direction so fast and do multiple iterations. Sometimes while we were editing we felt as if we were actually rewriting the movie.”
The full-length feature page on Apple’s website goes into further details about how Final Cut Pro X was used throughout all stages of the film’s production. The in-depth page also outlines other Apple products and third-party hardware used to make the film a reality, including the Mac Pro, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Xsan, Apogee Quartet, Quantel Pablo Rio system and more.
Final Cut Pro X is $299.99 on the Mac App Store [Direct Link].
Alternatives to Google Maps on Android
Google Maps is known for its fantastic mapping data and location database, but there are also great alternatives out there.
Just because Google Maps comes pre-loaded on your phone and tablet doesn’t mean that it’s the only choice for you to use when it comes to mapping. Google has put a lot of time and money into making Maps one of the best navigation apps out there, and has incredibly detailed mapping data and extra features like Street View and satellite imagery. It doesn’t, however, have some often-requested features like true offline map downloads and multi-stop navigation. There are several other apps out there that do have these features, though, and many of them are even free. Let’s see the alternatives for Google Maps on Android.
Google is working on a Chrome reading mode, try it out
Google wants to give your peepers a break. Google Chromium Evangelist Francois Beaufort laid out early versions of Reader Mode for Chrome desktop and mobile in a post today on Google Plus (of course). Reader Mode is designed to make on-screen text easier to absorb, by removing unnecessary pictures, boxes, buttons and ads. Safari has long featured a Reader Mode, and extensions such as Readability offer similar services for Chrome, but now Google is getting into the game itself with these Reader-friendly experiments.
Google’s project is based on Chromium’s open-source DOM Distiller, meaning technical minds can poke around right in the code. Reader Mode for mobile devices has been lurking in the background of Chrome since late last year, and it’s accessible by heading to chrome://flags#enable-reader-mode-toolbar-icon, hitting “Enable” and relaunching Chrome. The Reader Mode icon should pop up in your toolbar for applicable pages after that. On desktop, run Chrome with the –enable-dom-distiller switch to unlock the “Distill page” menu option. Happy reading!
Filed under: Software, HD, Google
Source: Francois Beaufort
Google Play Music now allows up to 50,000 songs to be uploaded
Google Play Music has now increased the total upload capacity to 50,000 songs. This was previously limited to 20,000 songs. The service is still free, so you will not need a subscription to All Access in order to make use of this nifty feature.
This essentially means that you won’t need to store music natively on every device you own and can upload it to the cloud so as to make it easier to play whenever convenient, regardless of what device you are using. We must say, 20,000 songs was a lot to begin with and raising the limit to 50,000 makes it even more extravagant.
If you haven’t subscribed to the free song upload service from Google, now might be a good time to do so. You can find the complete instructions on signing up for this service below (from Google’s support page):
- Sign in to Google Play Music with your Google account – Go to your computer and visit play.google.com/music. Sign up if needed.
- Claim your free storage – If you’d like to try the Google Play music subscription service too, click “Get Started”. Otherwise, click “No Thanks” to continue with the free storage.
- Add your music collection – The setup process will guide you through adding the Chrome app, which provides seamless uploading. You can choose to simply upload your entire iTunes library or select other music folders. You can upload 50,000 songs for free.
- Access your music at any time on multiple devices – You can stream or download music to your Android, iPhone, or iPad for easy offline listening. It’s also all available on the web when you’re on your computer
Source: Google Play Music
Via: Android Headlines
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