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Mar

‘Seinfeld’ will start streaming soon, but probably not on Netflix


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According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Sony Pictures has opened the bidding for streaming rights to Seinfeld. One party apparently not taking part is Netflix, leaving the show about nothing to Amazon, Hulu or Yahoo. While Netflix paid a reported $500k+ per episode for four years of Friends, the length of the agreement for Seinfeld is still in question. The streaming competition has heated up considerably over the last year or so, and if the usual people in a position to know are right, we’ll find out who’s willing to step up to the table on this one in the next few weeks.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD, Amazon

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Source: Wall Street Journal, CNBC (Twitter)

13
Mar

Nyrius Smart Outlet debuts on Kickstarter, automating everything for an easy smart home


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Simplifying the smart home experience while keeping equipment affordable is what Nyrius seems to be aiming for with its new Smart Outlet. The device, which plugs into any existing outlet, converts items in the home into connected devices that are manageable from a phone or tablet. With the Nyrius Smart Outlet app working alongside the hardware, users can perform various functions with connected devices. The Nyrius Smart Outlet app gives users the ability to turn on/off connected devices, schedule operating times, and turn on a proximity sensor.

You can find out more about the Nyrius Smart Outlet by heading to its Kickstarter page. There, you can also back the project for a limited release next month. The full release, for those who do not back the project, is scheduled for May.

We will be reviewing the Nyrius Smart Outlet closer to its full release.

Nyrius® Smart Outlet Converts Existing Electronics into Manageable Smart Home Devices in One Simple Solution

NIAGRA FALLS, ON – March 12, 2015 – Nyrius’ Smart Outlet, available now on Kickstarter, instantly transforms any outlet into a Bluetooth-enabled one, creating a smart home at the palm of your hand. The Smart Outlet allows users to easily control their electronics or small appliances such as coffee makers, lamps, space heaters, stereo systems and more via any iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.

The plug-and-play Smart Outlet is simple to connect. Simply plug the Smart Outlet into any home outlet, connect any electronic or small appliance, and control it wirelessly via the sleek and intuitive Nyrius Smart Outlet App. The user-friendly app allows users to control and manage a number of operations including:

  • Turn Connected Devices On & Off: Users can easily turn electronics or small appliances on or off via the app in order to save energy and reduce costs.
  • Schedule Electronics: Via the app, users can create a custom timer on the app. Just choose a custom name for the plugged-in electronic or small appliance and pick a time frame and days of the week of when you want the outlet to be activated. For example, users can easily program their coffee maker to turn on every morning when they wake up or their lights to turn off on the way out of the door every morning.
  • Proximity Control: Proximity control can detect when your room is no longer occupied and will automatically turn your appliances off.

Nyrius is offering the first 50 backers that pledge $40 CAD ($31.76 US) to become an early adopter and a beta tester of the Smart Outlet. Backers who make this pledge will be able to test the product before anyone else, provide feedback and make a difference in the final development of the product.

Additional information and pledge levels can be found on Nyrius’ Kickstarter page.

The Nyrius Smart Outlet is expected to ship to all backers and be fully available for purchase in May 2015.

For more information on the Smart Outlet and all of Nyrius’ innovative products, “like” Facebook.com/Nyrius and follow @Nyrius.

About Nyrius®:
Nyrius® is a North American-based company that focuses on higher-end lifestyle electronics and gadgets. Established in 2003 and based in Niagara Falls, Ontario, it markets to both USA and Canada. Nyrius® products are sold through various distribution channels, which include mass merchants, electronic retailers, warehouse clubs, home improvement retailers, office supply retailers, direct response television, mail order catalogues, direct, online retailers, and through distributors worldwide. Nyrius® products are stylish, cutting edge, and lifestyle improving. A fundamental part of our mission is to design products of exceptional quality while also reducing our carbon footprint. NYRIUS® products can be found on http://www.Nyrius.com.

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13
Mar

Nyrius Smart Outlet debuts on Kickstarter, automating everything for an easy smart home


nyrius_smart_outlet_press

Simplifying the smart home experience while keeping equipment affordable is what Nyrius seems to be aiming for with its new Smart Outlet. The device, which plugs into any existing outlet, converts items in the home into connected devices that are manageable from a phone or tablet. With the Nyrius Smart Outlet app working alongside the hardware, users can perform various functions with connected devices. The Nyrius Smart Outlet app gives users the ability to turn on/off connected devices, schedule operating times, and turn on a proximity sensor.

You can find out more about the Nyrius Smart Outlet by heading to its Kickstarter page. There, you can also back the project for a limited release next month. The full release, for those who do not back the project, is scheduled for May.

We will be reviewing the Nyrius Smart Outlet closer to its full release.

Nyrius® Smart Outlet Converts Existing Electronics into Manageable Smart Home Devices in One Simple Solution

NIAGRA FALLS, ON – March 12, 2015 – Nyrius’ Smart Outlet, available now on Kickstarter, instantly transforms any outlet into a Bluetooth-enabled one, creating a smart home at the palm of your hand. The Smart Outlet allows users to easily control their electronics or small appliances such as coffee makers, lamps, space heaters, stereo systems and more via any iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.

The plug-and-play Smart Outlet is simple to connect. Simply plug the Smart Outlet into any home outlet, connect any electronic or small appliance, and control it wirelessly via the sleek and intuitive Nyrius Smart Outlet App. The user-friendly app allows users to control and manage a number of operations including:

  • Turn Connected Devices On & Off: Users can easily turn electronics or small appliances on or off via the app in order to save energy and reduce costs.
  • Schedule Electronics: Via the app, users can create a custom timer on the app. Just choose a custom name for the plugged-in electronic or small appliance and pick a time frame and days of the week of when you want the outlet to be activated. For example, users can easily program their coffee maker to turn on every morning when they wake up or their lights to turn off on the way out of the door every morning.
  • Proximity Control: Proximity control can detect when your room is no longer occupied and will automatically turn your appliances off.

Nyrius is offering the first 50 backers that pledge $40 CAD ($31.76 US) to become an early adopter and a beta tester of the Smart Outlet. Backers who make this pledge will be able to test the product before anyone else, provide feedback and make a difference in the final development of the product.

Additional information and pledge levels can be found on Nyrius’ Kickstarter page.

The Nyrius Smart Outlet is expected to ship to all backers and be fully available for purchase in May 2015.

For more information on the Smart Outlet and all of Nyrius’ innovative products, “like” Facebook.com/Nyrius and follow @Nyrius.

About Nyrius®:
Nyrius® is a North American-based company that focuses on higher-end lifestyle electronics and gadgets. Established in 2003 and based in Niagara Falls, Ontario, it markets to both USA and Canada. Nyrius® products are sold through various distribution channels, which include mass merchants, electronic retailers, warehouse clubs, home improvement retailers, office supply retailers, direct response television, mail order catalogues, direct, online retailers, and through distributors worldwide. Nyrius® products are stylish, cutting edge, and lifestyle improving. A fundamental part of our mission is to design products of exceptional quality while also reducing our carbon footprint. NYRIUS® products can be found on http://www.Nyrius.com.

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13
Mar

Alleged Windows 10 installation interface shown in leaked screenshot [Update: Now with video]


Microsoft is still tinkering with the user interface aspects of Windows 10 and that apparently extends to the operating system’s installation screen. Today, a screenshot made its way to the Internet that allegedly shows a pretty major revamp of that screen.

13
Mar

360 degree videos now supported on YouTube


The YouTube Creators blog page has announced that YouTube now supports 360 video on Android. This means that creators can shoot and upload videos that are done in a 360 degree field of view and users who watch the video can tilt, twist and turn their devices to see all the action. Think of it […]

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13
Mar

Android 5.1 update brings full quad-core optimisation for Nexus 6



Renowned Kernel developer Francisco Franco has shared on his Google+ page that after the Android 5.1 update the Nexus 6 is now running on all four cores engaged constantly.

The result? No more stutter or lagging on the Nexus 6 thanks to what Franco describes below:

1 – thread moves from cpu0 to cpu2
2 – driver is notified
3 – reads the current cpu0 frequency
4 – if cpu2 current frequency is less than cpu0’s read frequency it boosts cpu2 to that freq, or, if the origin freq is lower than the threshold (which is 1.7GHz by default AFAIK) it boosts to that threshold value.
5 – the boosted frequency on cpu2 stays there for at least 20ms

Have you noticed an improvement in the speed of your Nexus 6 after Android 5.1? Drop us a comment below.

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13
Mar

Buyer’s Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, 2014 MacBook Air, Apple Accessories and More [Mac Blog]


Apple announced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro and new MacBook Air models on Monday, which means prices for older models are dropping rapidly. Best Buy has discounted much of its iPad Air 2 stock, dropping prices by $50 to $100, so it’s an excellent time to pick up a new iPad if you’ve been waiting for a deal.

We’ve also got discounts on a range of Apple accessories like a monitor stand and a mobile MacBook charger, plus we’ve rounded up some of the best app sales of the week.

iPad Air 2

Best Buy is offering discounts on its entire stock of iPad Air 2 models, dropping the prices by $50 to $100. With the price drop, the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 is available for $449. Price drops are more pronounced on the higher-end 128GB models, with the 128GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 available for $599, down from $699, and the 128GB cellular iPad Air 2 available for $729, down from $829.

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iPad Air

Best Buy and B&H Photo are continuing to offer discounts on their remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity original iPad Air models, dropping prices as much as $180.

iPad Air Wi-Fi Space Gray 64GB$449
iPad Air Wi-Fi Silver 64GB$449
iPad Air Wi-Fi Space Gray 128GB$529
iPad Air Wi-Fi Silver 128GB$529

iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) – $549.99
iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) – $549.99
iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) – $599.99
iPad Air Cellular Silver 64GB (Verizon) – $566.99
iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) – $599
iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) – $529
iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) – $599

iPad mini

Best Buy has a sale on its original iPad mini stock, discounting the 16GB tablet by $30, which drops the price to $219.99. It’s available in Silver and Space Gray.

iPad mini 2

Best Buy and Amazon have remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad mini 2 models, which are a good deal if you’re looking for an iPad mini. Compared to the iPad mini 3, the iPad mini 2 only lacks Touch ID.

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iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) – $479.99
iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) – $479.99
iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) – $447.70
iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) – $488.24
iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) – $566.99
iPad mini Cellular Silver 64GB (Verizon) – $396.99
iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) – $476.99

Apple TV

In case you missed it, Apple dropped the price on the Apple TV from $99 to $69 dollars on Monday. It’s available from Apple.com and from Best Buy at that price point.

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iMac

– 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) – $1,189, $110 off
– 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (MacMall) – $1,379, $110 off
– 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo)- $1,689, $110 off
– 27-inch 3.4GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) – $1,794, $205 off
– 27-inch 3.5Ghz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (B&H Photo) (MacMall) – $2,299, $200 off

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MacBook Air

– 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB – (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall)$789, $109 off
– 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (Amazon) (B&H Photo) – $939, $159 off
– 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (Best Buy)- $799.99, $200 off
– 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (B&H Photo) – $1029, $179 off

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Retina MacBook Pro

– 2014 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) – $1,799, $200 off
– 2014 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (B&H Photo) –$2,249, $250 off
– 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/128GB (B&H Photo) (MacMall) – $1,059, $240 off
– 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) – $1,259.99, $239 off
– 2014 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB (B&H Photo) (MacMall) – $1,548, $250 off

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Apps

There are quite a few apps that are on sale at discounted prices or available for free for a limited time. We’ll highlight a few here, but make sure to check out our sister site AppShopper for a complete list.

Photo collage app Loose Leaf is available for free, down from $4.99. Photo editing app SKEW is available for free, down from $0.99. Kids app Toca Mini is available for free, down from $2.99. Horizon Calendar is also available for free, as is EPOCH 2.

8Bit Dove was named Apple’s app of the week this week, and it will be available to download for free for the next six days.

Apple Accessories

For a limited time (until March 14) Target is offering 10 percent off all Apple products and accessories through its Cartwheel app, including the iPad, iPhone, and all cases and other accoutrements.

Groupon is selling the Griffin Wallet case for the iPhone 6 for $24.99, down from $39.99. The site also has the OtterBox Defender Case for the iPhone 6 for $38.99, down from $49.95, and the Griffin PowerJolt USB car charger for $24.99, down from $34.99.

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StackSocial is selling the Quirky “Space Bar” Monitor Stand with 6 USB ports for $69, down from $99. It’s available in black and white. StackSocial also has the BatteryBox MacBook Air & Mobile Device Charger for $139, down from $220.

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LivingSocial is selling the Belkin Swivel USB Charger for $9.99, down from $12.99, and the site is also offering 20 5×4 Instagram prints for $3.99, regular price $15.80.

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Earskinz is having a buy one get one free promotion on its website, with the promo code COLORS. LivingSocial is selling Apple EarPods for $13.99, down from $29.

SkinIt, a site that makes custom skins for a wide range of devices from the iPhone to the MacBook, is offering a special deal buy one get one 50 percent off deal for MacRumors readers. With the code MACRUMORS, you can get 50% off a second skin after purchasing one skin.

MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors.



13
Mar

Angry Birds Stella POP! is Rovio’s first bubble shooter, now live in the Play Store


Rovio, the developers behind the extremely popular Angry Birds franchise, has released its first bubble shooter game to the Google Play Store. The game is called Angry Birds Stella POP! and it combines all of your favorite female members of the Angry Birds team, including Stella, Poppy, Willow, Dahlia, Luca and even Gale. The evil Piggies are at it again, and this time they kidnapped a number of helpless critters. And of course, it’s your job to set them free. This is a classic bubble shooter game, so the goal is to fling colored bubbles towards the top of the screen to make matches and pop bubbles.

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Here’s what the newest from Rovio has to offer:

POP BUBBLES!

  • Match and pop bubbles to save critters, stop piggies and score big
  • Special Pops – a six-match streak unlocks a superpowered bubble
  • Unlock boosts for added bubble popping power

EXCITING PUZZLES!

  • Action-packed gameplay – get out your slingshot and start popping
  • Loads of addictive puzzles like Drop the Pigs, Beat the Clock and many more
  • Master your bubble flinging and use strategy to crack tricky levels

STELLAR STUFF!

  • Explore the Golden Island map with beautiful graphics and enchanting music
  • Challenge friends and see their progress by connecting to Facebook
  • Sync your progress across mobile and tablet

Angry Birds Stella POP! is now available to download from the Google Play Store for free. However, there are a few in-app purchases, but you can easily enjoy the game without paying anything extra. If you’re interested, head to the Play Store link below.

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13
Mar

OnePlus teases its battery pack for March 17


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Back in December, OnePlus celebrated its first birthday by saying a battery pack would be released in early 2015. Although it has yet to be released, the battery pack is seemingly arriving soon as the company posted a teaser for it. Everything about the image above shows that the battery pack is coming. The use of the word “charge” and the shot at the LED indicators make it clear. The capacity of the charger will be 10,000mAh and retail for $14.99.

Source: OnePlus (Google+)

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13
Mar

LG G Flex 2 makes its way to Sprint today with exclusive Volcano Red offering


As promised, Sprint is now offering customers the LG G Flex 2. LG made the device official at CES 2015 back in January. The G Flex 2 isn’t LG’s flagship, but it certainly houses specs that might fool you into thinking so, in a good way too. The G Flex 2 packs in a 2.0 […]

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