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Apr

Twitter dumps the ‘Discover’ and ‘Activity’ tabs for new Trends section


Twitter has announced a change to its mobile apps today that will see the “Discover” and “Activity” pages replaced with a single trends page — now nestled in the search menu.

From Twitter:

We know that trends aren’t always self-explanatory, so now you’ll see a description below each trend. Since trends tend to be abbreviations without context, like #NYFW, a description will make it clear that this trend is about New York Fashion Week. The new trends experience may also include how many Tweets have been sent and whether a topic is trending up or down.

In our short time playing with the updated Twitter app, the experience of discovering what is trending on the micro-blogging service is much nicer before. The descriptions offer much more insight into what that crazy hashtag means at a glance, and the inclusion of the number of tweets that have gone out on a specific topic are interesting to look at.

Twitter says that the new trends section is rolling out to its mobile apps for users in the U.S., but it will expand to more countries in the future. The company is also working on bringing a similar experience to the web, but that’s a bit further down the line.

Source: Twitter

8
Apr

UE MEGABOOM Bluetooth speaker review






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Speakers have recently taken on a more cylindrical shape compared to those of times past. Whatever the reason for the change may be, it appears to be working where aesthetics are concerned. The UE MEGABOOM is large for a Bluetooth speaker, and follows that latest trend where shape is concerned. Most of the speaker is covered with speaker grills, which provide 360 degree sound, expect for the front, where there is a straight line that gores from top to bottom where the volume buttons are located and the UE logo.

The power button is located on the top of the device, right below where the Bluetooth paring button is also located. Moving south, you have the aux port and USB charging port, which are both covered with a waterproof flap. Which brings us to one of the greatest features about the UE MEGABOOM.

The UE MEGABOOM has a waterproof rating of IPX7, which makes it almost completely waterproof. Now the party never  has to end, come torrential downpour, you accidentally drop it in the pool, or you drop it while you are fishing out in the middle of nowhere. All of buttons are made in such a way that water cannot enter, the aux and USB ports come with a tight flap that prevents water entering, and the grills themselves are made of a cloth material that keeps everything inside dry. Definitely one of the greatest features about the UE MEGABOOM.


Sound Quality

The UE MEGABOOM can have a hundred features and then some, but if it fails in its primary role as a speaker, then it still comes up last. Thankfully, the UE MEGABOOM does not have that shortfalling, as it sounds as good as it looks. Sounds was powerful and rich, and I never had to strain to be able to hear my favorite artists. The bass was deep and full and it always guaranteed a powerful bass drop for those that enjoy dubstep. One thing that I did notice though, was that the bass could become very prevalent and at times too much. While it was rare and in between, it was still noticeable that I was able to detect it. Also, while it is more than capable of being a great speaker for those that enjoy softer music tones, such as classical music, it was not really created for that. It was made more for those that wanted a loud speaker for which to have jamming parties with. With all that being said, the UE MEGABOOM is a fantastic Bluetooth speaker with great sound.


Special Features

One of the really neat features about the UE MEGABOOM is the ability to sync two of them together for even more spectacular sound. Using the app that can be downloaded from the Play Store, you are able to sync them up and use them as dual speakers. We unfortunately were not able to test it, due to us only having one review unit, but from what others are saying, it works flawlessly and really delivers a unique experience.


Final Thoughts

The UE MEGABOOM speaker is one of the best speakers that we have reviewed in a while, and it is simple to see why. With great sound, awesome features, and  rugged protection, what is not to like about the UE MEGABOOM? If you feel the need to purchase one for yourself, or just want more information about the device, make sure to use the links on the bottom to do so.
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8
Apr

ZAGG announced partnership with Best Buy to give your Samsung Galaxy S6 their awesome protection.






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Keeping your smartphone damage free is something that we all have to struggle with on a daily basis. Whether we try to prevent damage using cases, screen protectors, or by barely using the device (I have met some who follow this lifestyle..), it can be a task. Thankfully there exist great companies that love nothing more than specializing in keeping our expensive gadgets looking as great as they did when we first purchases them. Yesterday, and just in time for those that purchases the new Samsung Galaxy S6, ZAGG announced an exclusive partnership with Best Buy to offer their latest protection for the Galaxy S6 with a featured product that will only be available at Best Buy. Who better to describe their latest products but the company themselves, so here is a snippet from the official press release.


The new product line consists of:

  •         ZAGG InvisibleShield HD Glass protects with durable, high-grade tempered glass that provides a smooth, precision-touch sensitivity and a crystal clear image. It also includes Blue Light Eye Guard that helps block blue UV light, which can be harmful to eyes, and when viewed in the hours before bed, can interfere with sleep. The Blue Light Eye Guard maintains HD clarity and preserves a crisp, natural look.
  •         ZAGG InvisibleShield HDX Defense combines the scratch protection of the InvisibleShield and adds advanced, 3X shatter protection for a device screen. The film features antimicrobial additives that hHi Juan,elp reduce the buildup of microbial growth on the surface of the screen protector.
  •         ZAGG InvisibleShield HD Clear is an ultra-clear and ultra-durable protective film that combines military grade scratch protection with advanced clarity that preserves every pixel. Featuring advanced clarity, the InvisibleShield HD Clear provides 100% light transmission with self-healing Nano-Memory Technology™.

 


So if you had been on the fence about what to use to protect your latest Samsung Galaxy S6, the choices just became clearer.

 


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8
Apr

AT&T rolling out Lollipop to Galaxy S5 today






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Twitter account ATTCares has confirmed that Android 5.0.1 will be rolling out to Galaxy S5 owners starting today. Nationwide rollout will occur over the next few days, so don’t be too surprised if your S5 doesn’t receive the update today.

AT&T has been pretty busy over the past few days with Lollipop updates for phones such as the HTC One M7, One M8 as well as the Galaxy S4. There is no current timetable for Android 5.1 for these phones, and for the One M7, the update might not come at all. HTC confirmed that the One M7 will not receive any more updates, however there is talk that they might update it one last time to Android 5.1, considering all the fixes that the latest Android brings.


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8
Apr

LG letting 4,000 people test drive the LG G4 ahead of release






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LG seems to be really excited about the LG G4, considering all the teases that has been released by LG. Continuing this trend, LG is going to give their new flagship to 4,000 people to get feedback.

As Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, says:

“Customers are our best fans and we think this would be an exciting and unique way to get our most important mobile product of the year close to the public. We’re putting the success of LG G4 in the hands of consumers before the launch because we believe they are the best judge of a great user experience, beyond just benchmarks and speed tests.”

Customers will have the LG G4 for up to 30 days where they will have to carry out various tasks for prizes in order to test the new UX, camera, and other features.

LG is beginning this in Korea today, and will continue it in 14 other countries (listed below) in the following days. If this is something that interests you, keep a lookout on LG’s local website and social media outlets. Customers will be selected based on responses to questions asked by LG on Facebook, Twitter, and Weibo.

Countries the program is taking place in: Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, United States, China, India, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan and Hong Kong.

Source: LG Newsroom


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8
Apr

Google is bringing back month view to its Calendar app for Android


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As it turns out, Google has been listening to your feedback and has decided to reintroduce month view to its Calendar app. Since Google updated the Calendar app alongside the jump to Android 5.0 Lollipop, many users have been begging the company to bring back the month overview so they can see more events at one time.

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In an update that should start rolling out over the next few days, here are the additional changes Google Calendar will receive:

  • See even more events at a glance with Month view on phones.
  • See the color of events when jumping to a date.
  • Easily switch views now that they are listed in the navigation drawer.

Google rolled out a number of changes to Calendar back in February which added a 7-day week view, but it seems as though users still weren’t satisfied. Many folks who were partial to the month view have been forced to use a different calendar app, so we’re sure this will be a welcome addition to the once-loved application.

Be on the lookout for the update in the Play Store over the next few days. If you have yet to download the app, now may be a good time to do so. Head to the Play Store link below for the download.

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8
Apr

This jump rope has brains and a built-in HUD


Do you remember the last time you jumped rope? If you’re a fitness junkie, gym regular or kid on the playground, you may still be swinging this classic exercise gear around. For most people, though, this simple, yet effective exercise routine has fallen by the wayside. Some of the team at Tangram’s New Jersey office, however, have been jumping rope on the regular and decided to use their UX and design skills to add some technological flourishes to the old-school form factor. They took their “Smart Rope” concept to Kickstarter recently, exceeding their fundraising goal by a wide margin. The product has now moved into active development and is slated to begin shipping pre-orders by September. I had a chance to test Tangram’s first prototype to get a feel for how this focused fitness device would play out in the real world.

Since the Smart Rope that I tried was only an alpha prototype, I didn’t get to do much more than experience its jump-counting ability. I also had to settle for a rope that was a few sizes too big for my frame, although the final product will have options for all heights. On this version, you simply pop the cap off one of the handles and charge it using a standard micro-USB port. There’s a power switch next to it, but we’re told that when the product hits the market, the end cap itself should be a fully capable button. We also didn’t get to pair it with the Smart Gym application through its Bluetooth 4.0 transmitter; both of those are still works in progress.

The unique thing about the Smart Rope that sets it apart from other products is the set of 23 LEDs embedded into its resilient plastic tubing. The prototype I tried had a clear section in the middle where the company’s patent-pending flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) lives. When it’s completed, the LEDs shouldn’t be visible until they’re lit. The rope hangs at a 45-degree angle off the grip for ease of motion, while the interior houses a set of ball bearings to keep it all fluid. Magnetic sensors track the rotation and position of the rope as it spins so it can trigger the LEDs and provide your jump count displayed in front of your eyes. It takes a bit of practice to get the numbers into the right position — especially with a rope that’s too big — but once you get the hang of it, it works well. In fact, you can easily zone out watching the count; seeing the numbers increase rapidly makes it easy to set goals in blocks of 100.

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For all you “vainiacs” out there, watching yourself and the count in the mirror is a bit difficult. Don’t fret, though, once you snag a pricey gold Apple Watch Edition, you’ll want something equally blinged-out to complete your “fitness” ensemble. Tangram has you covered and plans to offer a version with 18K gold-plated handles for just $1,000. The rest of us will get to choose from black, chrome or gold (colored) handles and you can add a rainbow assortment of grips.

On the software side, the Smart Gym app plans to keep track of your jump statistics over time and when you factor in your height and weight, it will give you a running total of calories burned. Additionally, you’ll be able to set goals and customize your workouts. Along with the number of rotations, the LEDs should be able to provide the calorie count — there’s even a plan to add emojis. If sharing is your thing, the app should also lets you challenge other Smart Rope users to a “jump off” or brag about your rope-jumping prowess on Facebook.

Tangram continues to add progress updates on the Smart Rope’s development as it goes from prototype to the finished product. The company is also working on integrating it with existing ecosystems like Apple Health, Google Fit and Pebble. That will certainly round out its usefulness and help validate its $70 price tag. While it may have a relatively singular purpose, there’s something to be said for sticking with the basics and not overburdening the device with too many bells and whistles. In any case, if a high-tech version isn’t your cup of tea, a good length of rope also does a pretty decent job.

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8
Apr

Snapdragon 410 coming to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1


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Sources are indicating Samsung is planning to update the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 to a slightly newer version officially dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 VE 10.1. The VE part stands for “Value Edition” and the only change from the current model is to start using a Snapdragon 410 processor instead of the current Snapdragon 400 processor.

Although the change in processor is slight, it does have some significant implications. That is because the Snapdragon 410 is a 64-bit processor while the 400 is only 32-bit. This means this newer version of the Samsung tablet will be able to benefit from the 64-bit code included in Android Lollipop.

The updated version of the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 will join the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 with the new Snapdragon 410 processor. The smallest tablet in the line, the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, has not yet been updated, but there is a good chance that could occur soon.

Since Samsung is upgrading the Galaxy Tab 4 line with these new 64-bit chips, sources believe Android Lollipop is headed their way. This may also point to Samsung not releasing a Galaxy Tab 5 line of devices any time soon.

source: @rquandt
via: GSM Arena

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8
Apr

Samsung Galaxy S6 versus iPhone 6: Camera shootout!


Few things are more important in a smartphone today than the camera — and both Samsung and Apple know how to do imaging well.

Advancements in smartphone photography prowess have turned everyone into a photographer, and while taking a great photo isn’t just about the device you use it certainly doesn’t hurt to have the best technology available. Both the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 represent the top end of what’s available in terms of smartphone camera technology, giving you plenty of potential to work with when capturing the moments that matter to you. Naturally we wanted to put these smartphones to a test, then, to see which can do better in a variety of photography situations.

Will the Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6 come out on top? We tested both to see which phone does the best in common photography situations.

8
Apr

Cricket Wireless offering new finance and leasing options






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The trio of new payment plans include 90 Days same as cash option

Cricket Wireless on Wednesday announced three new payment plans for customers looking to spread out payments for its devices. Available for any handset priced $199 and above, the carrier’s new options make it easier to consider the AT&T prepaid brand.

The three new plans break down as follows:

  • Tier I: Finance your device with an initial loan payment of $19.99 and 0% interest for 24 months. This option requires approval through a standard credit bureau check, and accessories and tax may be included in the loan.
  • Tier II: Finance your device with an initial loan payment of $19.99 and six-month deferred interest offer and 29.99% APR for an 18 month term. Customers pay no interest if the purchase amount is paid off within 6 months. If the loan is not paid off within 6 months, all accrued interest from the date of purchase is billed to the account. Monthly payments for this option are determined by the amount of the loan. This option also requires approval through a standard credit bureau check. Accessories and tax may be included in the loan.
  • Tier III: This rent-to-own leasing option is equivalent to 90 Days same as cash. That means, a customer can purchase a premium device with $49.99 initial rental payment, pay the remaining balance in installments over a 90-day period, and not incur any interest at all – just like you paid for your device upfront. This option requires no credit check, but a third party may be used to verify financial information.

Cricket is also offering a free month of service to customers who port their number from T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Boost, and Sprint. To qualify for the limited time deal, the new subscriber must complete two months of service on a $50 or $60 rate plan.

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