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Are conventional phones too normal for you? Did your mouth drop when the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were announced, but you couldn’t get one due to the fact they were not covered in gold. I mean, what would your friends in Dubai say if you should up with a normal Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone? Well, thankfully for you, Karlux, a Vietnamese gold-plating company, has announced that they will cover your Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge in 24K gold for only $400. That is relatively cheap for being able to have the bragging rights of saying that your phone is coated in gold. If you don’t already own the device, then you can purchase the device, gold-plate included, for $1300 if you want the Samsung Galaxy S6 or $1500 for the S6 Edge. Make sure to tell us in the comment section if you plan on snagging yourself one of these golden beauties.
Source: Android Authority
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TrulyMadly is a popular dating app in India. Quite similar to Tinder, the biggest USP of TrulyMadly is profile verification via Trust Score and matchmaking. The app focuses on introducing two right single people and ensures that it does not spam any users profile and only suggests verified and relevant matches for a user, based on his/her preferences.
The app has recently landed on the Windows Phone Store. The first release had some issues, and a quick update has taken care of those while bumping up to version 1.1.
Humble Mobile Bundle is a must have for people looking to get games on the cheap. Its “pay what you want” system lets you pay whatever amount you want and even distribute the spendings between charities, developers and the makers of Humble Mobile Bundle as you please.
Today, the Humble Mobile Bundle 11 gets two new games, namely – oh my giraffe and Skullpogo. These games can be acquired by new users if they pay more than the average of $4.32 (at the time of this writing). Other games like 80 Days, Kingdom Rush Origins and Riddick: The Merc Files are also included in this bundle.
With Humble Mobile Bundle, customers are promised to get more titles in the future, so you won’t be limited to just these games. Hit the link below for more details.
Source: Humble Bundle
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Samsung has just posted a 30 second spot for the Galaxy S6 featuring renowned UK based artist Rita Ora. This ad focuses on the wireless charging potential of the smartphone wherein the artist sets her phone down on the Samsung wireless charging pad.
This is a rather short video unlike what we’ve seen from Samsung in the past, but good enough to showcase the wireless charger’s potential. Samsung posts a disclaimer at the bottom of the video that the average charge time from 0 to 100% on a wireless charger is 180 minutes or 3 hours. So it’s not as convenient as using the fast charging technology which can be accessed from the AC adapter supplied by Samsung.
The company has offered wireless charging pads for free to customers who pre-ordered the device in the U.S., so quite a bunch of users already have their hands on the accessory. Do you like the convenience that the wireless charger brings?
Come comment on this article: Samsung’s new ad showcases the wireless charging potential of the Galaxy S6
Fair artist compensation from internet radio and streaming services is quite the hot topic of late, and now members of Congress are joining the debate. Congressman Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, and Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, R-TN, alongside the musicFIRST Coalition, introduced the Fair Play Fair Pay Act today that would end regulations that don’t require terrestrial radio stations to pay royalties to artists and labels. As it stands, those AM/FM stations available in your car only pay licensing fees to songwriters and publishers. Organizations like ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) handle those agreements, collecting fees every time a copyrighted song is played on the radio or during a public performance. For its part in managing those agreements, ASCAP brought in over $1 billion last year.
“Artists, musicians, producers and radio services alike deserve better,” Nadler explained. “The Fair Play Fair Pay Act fixes this broken and unjust system by making sure all radio services play by the same rules, and all artists are fairly compensated.”
If you think that this will doom smaller local stations (like I did at first), the proposed measure requires stations that earn less than $1 million a year in revenue to pay $500 annually. For nonprofit public, college and other non-commercial broadcasters, the fee would be $100 per year — religious and talk stations being exempt from any payments. Obviously, larger radio companies like iHeartMedia (858 stations in the US) would have to pay more. The bill also aims to nix the “below market rate” that satellite radio broadcasters currently pay, requiring it and traditional radio to shell out the same rates as internet radio services like Pandora and others.
“It’s a question of basic economic fairness, but it is also a matter of fair competition between music services.”
“It’s a question of basic economic fairness, but it is also a matter of fair competition between music services,” said musicFIRST Executive Director Ted Kalo. “Let the best services win — fair and square, on the depth of their playlists and the quality of their products.” Kalo’s organization aims to make sure artists and creators are paid fairly for their work, no matter where it’s played.
Gloria Gaynor performs at the Grammy Awards after-party in February.
In addition to the leveling rates across platforms, the bill would also require digital services to pay royalties on music recorded before February 15th, 1972. If you’ve been streaming albums like Miles Davis’ 1970 jazz masterpiece Bitches Brew via your go-to streaming service, not a penny of royalties has been paid to the artists or labels. The topic has already been debated in court as members of the ’60s group The Turtles sued SiriusXM over payments, even though the band’s catalog isn’t copyright protected. As you might expect, older musicians, singers and songwriters are quite vocal about supporting the bill — with names like Gloria Gaynor and Cyndi Lauper lending a hand.
[Image credits: Paul Morigi/WireImage for NARAS (Jerrold Nadler); Michael Tullberg/Getty Images (Gloria Gaynor)]
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Pop artist Romero Britto today filed a lawsuit against Apple over its “Start Something New” campaign, for using Craig & Karl artwork that allegedly mimics the design style that Britto is famous for. The lawsuit, levied at both Craig & Karl and Apple, accuses the two artists of violating the Britto trade dress and targets Apple because Britto became aware of the copycat art through Apple’s recent promotion.
Apple uses a Craig & Karl image featuring a patchwork hand on a bright yellow background on one of the iPads in the graphics used to promote the “Start Something New” campaign, and there’s a profile of Craig & Karl on the company’s website describing how the image was made on an iPad Air 2 using iOS apps.
Apple also featured the Craig & Karl image heavily in retail stores, leading people to contact Britto with the false impression that he had created the artwork, where he discovered that the two had been making art similar to his own for years.
As with any Apple campaign, the Start Something New Campaign had massive exposure and breathless press coverage, and many of the media profiles prominently featured the Infringing Apple Image. Plaintiff was inundated with reports of the Start Something New campaign and the Infringing Apple Image. These reports ranged from, for example, incorrect congratulations on Mr. Britto’s new deal with Apple, to consternation from business partners in potentially collaborative or competing product categories, to inquiries from collectors wanting to know if the image they saw in the Apple store or on the Apple website was by Romero Britto.
Britto’s work is fairly well-known and on display in dozens of locations around the world. He’s also worked with multiple different brands on major advertising campaigns, with all of his work featuring bright colors, strong lines, and simple designs.
According to the lawsuit, Britto’s specific Trade Dress is “strong, fanciful, non-functional, and inherently distinctive,” composed of vibrant color combinations, the juxtaposition of different patterns, bold black outlines, and “uplifting, bright and happy visual themes.” A quick visual comparison of Britto’s work next to Craig & Karl’s does indeed reveal similarities between the two.
Britto contacted Apple and asked the company to cease using the Craig & Karl images, but he did not receive a response, leading him to file a lawsuit. Britto is asking for damages and attorneys’ fees, along with an injunction that would require Apple to stop using the artwork and Craig & Karl to stop producing artwork that mimics his style.
With the release of OS X 10.10.3 last Wednesday, Apple has expanded support for high-resolution 4K and even 5K external displays (via 9to5Mac). Most notably, OS X 10.10.3 enables the Retina 5K iMac and 2013 Mac Pro to drive Dell’s UP2715K 27-inch 5K display released late last year. The display requires more bandwidth than is currently supported over a current single DisplayPort/Thunderbolt cable, so it uses a dual-cable solution taking up two ports on the user’s machine.
This bandwidth issue for the current DisplayPort standard has been seen as a major roadblock keeping Apple from releasing a standalone 5K Thunderbolt Display. With the Retina iMac, Apple has been able to build custom internal components to drive the massive display, but for external displays, a dual-cable solution such as that used by Dell has been considered by many to be “un-Apple like.”
As a result, Apple has been widely expected to wait until the release of Intel’s Skylake platform with DisplayPort 1.3 support later this year before releasing an external 5K Thunderbolt Display that will function over a single cable. Whether the inclusion of support for Dell’s dual-cable solution in OS X 10.10.3 is a sign Apple may be willing to adopt that arrangement for its own display and perhaps release it earlier is, however, unclear.
Beyond 5K displays, OS X 10.10.3 has also expanded support for 4K displays to include “most single-stream 4K (3840×2160) displays” at 60 Hz, expanding beyond the previous support of only Multi-Stream Transport displays introduced in late updates to Mavericks. The new 4K display support will function with most of the Mac line, from the 27-inch iMac to the brand-new Retina MacBook. However, only the Mac Pro and iMac will support full 4096×2160 resolution at 60Hz.
With OS X Yosemite v10.10.3, most single-stream 4K (3840×2160) displays are supported at 60Hz operation on the following Mac computers:
– MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
– MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)
– Mac Pro (Late 2013)
– iMac (27-inch, Late 2013 and later)
– Mac mini (Late 2014)
– MacBook Air (Early 2015)
– MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)
As for the new 12-inch MacBook, the laptop will be able to support displays and rates of 3840×2160 at a 30 Hz refresh rate and 4096×2160 at a 24 Hz refresh rate. MacBook users wanting to use such a display will, of course, need to use Apple’s USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter to do so.
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With the Galaxy S6 already being rooted, the possibilities for flashing custom ROMs just got possible with TWRP releasing a custom recovery for the device.
The TeamWin Recovery Project replaces the stock recovery program and allows you to flash custom software that replace the stock firmware your Galaxy S6 comes with, providing additional features and customisations.
The process is simple: just root your Galaxy S6 and instal the TWRP Manager app from the Google Play Store using the link below and the app will take care of the rest for you.
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It appears that the popular SwiftKey keyboard for iOS will soon be gaining a Theme Store, MacRumors has learned. SwiftKey already has three themes available in app for free, but the new Theme Store seems to add 11 additional themes that can be purchased at prices between $0.99 and $1.99.
Lower priced $0.99 themes change the color of the keyboard, and some of the available options include “Coal,” “Iceberg,” and “Juice,” three minimal themes that turn the keyboard black, white, or orange.
There’s also a dynamic “Shooting Stars” theme that uses Parallax to cause the stars in the background to shift when the iPhone is moved, giving it a distinctive 3D feel. “Shooting Stars” is priced at $1.99, and in addition to the parallax effect, users will also see an occasional shooting star soar across the keyboard.
These new themes will undoubtedly be a welcome addition to SwiftKey users who have wanted to change the look of their keyboards to better suit their personal styles or visual preferences, and it’s likely SwiftKey will continually add new themes to the Theme Store following its release.
The new SwiftKey Theme Store appears to be rolling out to SwiftKey‘s beta testing group, but it will likely be coming to all users as an app update in the near future. Beta testers can access the new themes through the SwiftKey container app in the “Themes” section.
Ahead of last Friday’s launch of the new Retina MacBook, we saw several early benchmarks for the entry-level notebook running a 1.1 GHz Intel Core M processor, putting CPU performance for the new machine roughly on par with the 2011 MacBook Air according to Geekbench.
With the machines now available for purchase, we’re starting to see Geekbench results for the mid-range 1.2 GHz processor, revealing a significant performance boost over the low-end chip for multi-core benchmarks, but less so for single-core testing.
It will take a little while for Geekbench results to firm up as the machines work through their early housekeeping tasks, but the best results we’re seeing so far for the 1.2 GHz model are approaching 2600 on 64-bit single-core tests and over 5300 on multi-core tests. That performance compares to roughly 2400/4450 for the 1.1 GHz model, meaning that the mid-range model seems to be showing performance improvements at least in line with the 9 percent increase in CPU frequency. Multi-core performance in particular seems to be seeing a nice bump with the faster chip.
These scores for the 1.2 GHz Retina MacBook are roughly in the same range as the low-end models of the previous-generation Early 2014 MacBook Air, despite the much lower power consumption that has enabled Apple to build an ultra-thin fanless design.
In addition to the 1.1 GHz and 1.2 GHz chip options, Apple is also offering a 1.3 GHz processor as a build-to-order option. We have, however, yet to see any Geekbench results for these chips, and shipping estimates for machines with these chips were at 3-4 weeks when Apple began taking orders on Friday, suggesting it may yet be some time before we see data on their performance.
Apple is taking advantage of Intel’s latest “Core M” Broadwell chips for the new Retina MacBook. The chips offer extremely low power usage, but Apple is slightly overclocking these chips for higher performance. The low-end MacBook uses a 5Y31 chip that runs by default at 900 MHz but which supports overclocking to 1.1 GHz at the cost of bumping power consumption from 4.5 watts to 6 watts, and Apple has elected to use the faster speeds to improve performance.
The mid-range MacBook uses the 5Y51 chip, which defaults to 1.1 GHz but which Apple has bumped by 100 MHz to run at 1.2 GHz. The high-end custom MacBook takes advantage of the 5Y71 chip that is designed to run at 1.2 GHz, and Apple has similarly bumped this one by 100 MHz to run at 1.3 GHz.
The Retina MacBook is in very short supply following its launch last Friday, with all stock and custom configurations currently listed as shipping in 4-6 weeks from Apple’s online store. The company’s retail stores also have yet to begin stocking the new machines, although some (mainly in the United States) do have models on display for customers to test out.