We covered the League of Legends basics during our very first episode Training Day. Loc Tran, he of San Jose State University’s rising League team, gave us the lowdown on just what mobile online battle arena (MOBA) games actually are, what it’s like to play them and which ones are right for beginners. This week, we dive into matches against live players. What do you need to know the first time you play League of Legends? What class of character is good for you? We’ll answer those questions and more on today’s Training Day.
With the G4 set to debut officially next week, we’ve seen a number of leaks showing off the brand new leather backing the device will sport. While there will be more traditional options, the leather is geared to give a premium feel. If you do decide to purchase the G4 with a leather backing know that a lot of effort went into making the back.
According to LG, it takes four times the effort to make the leather backing than it does the traditional backing. Instead of it being a four week process the leather back takes 12 weeks to manufacture. Some of the process involved is the vegetable tanning, which is considered one of the most environment-friendly way to do it.
LG also admits that the leather may look a bit weird on the G4, but that’s relative. Is a leather backing on the G4 enough to make it your next phone or does it even matter? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Popular eyewear manufacturer Luxottica which owns brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley and several other major sunglasses brands is now looking to partner with Google for the upcoming version of Glass. The information was given out by the CEO of Luxottica, Massimo Vian during the company’s general meeting in Milan, Italy.
Vian said – “In Google, there are some second thoughts on how to interpret version 3 [of the eyewear]. What you saw was version 1. We’re now working on version 2, which is in preparation.” Google however has been tight lipped about this project so far.
By pairing with a major eyewear maker like Luxottica, Google can hope to appeal to a large segment of audience with the new Glass. So this seems to be a logical move for the company. The arrival of the finished product is still some distance away though, so don’t expect it to hit the shelves anytime soon.
Source: Wall Street Journal
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The specifications of the HTC One M9 come across as underwhelming for some consumers. While the aluminum design is beautiful, the display and camera just miss the mark compared to its competition. The upcoming Butterfly 3 could be worth a look many consumers (in the event it leaves Asia). On CompuBench, specifications for an HTC device that is allegedly the Butterfly 3 surfaced. It shows a 5.1-inch display with 2560×1440 resolution and a Snapdragon 810 processor. The rear camera is 19MP and the front camera is 12MP. Certainly not underwhelming, right?
Come comment on this article: Alleged HTC Butterfly 3 specs claim QHD display and Snapdragon 810 processor
The Sony Xperia Z3 went surprisingly missing from T-Mobile’s online store recently. We figured that the smartphone was gone for good. But it’s clearly not the case as the 2014 Sony flagship has now made a comeback on the carrier’s site.
The Xperia Z3 on T-Mobile is also more affordable now with the price now standing at $499.99, down from $630. So it seems like T-Mobile and Sony are making a conscious effort to ensure that the smartphone does well in the U.S. market. The Xperia Z3 is also available through Verizon Wireless under the Xperia Z3v moniker.
The smartphone comes with a 5.2 inch 1080p display, a 20.7-megapixel camera on the back, a 2.2-megapixel front camera, a quad core 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage (expandable up to 128GB), Android 5.0 Lollipop and a 3,100 mAh battery.
Head over to the link below to get the Xperia Z3 from T-Mobile.
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Google Chairman Eric Schmidt who was speaking at the annual BoxDev event, mentioned that the company’s efforts in improving encryption of its products have worked greatly since the Snowden leaks.
Ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden made several allegations about the federal government illegally surveilling its citizens. This came as a shock to the tech companies, including Google, who have since amped up their encryption to ensure that their data isn’t accessed.
Schmidt believes that government agencies shouldn’t have access to user data without a prior warrant. He also says that encryption of its products will also help in overcoming censorship imposed for its products by countries like China.
Having products encrypted makes it near impossible for federal agencies to access data. However, if the government sees the need to get information about something, they can do so by taking proper legal actions. It’s good to see that a major company like Google is taking a stand against surveillance, which could provide inspiration to other companies as well.
Via: Tech Crunch
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Today is Apple Watch launch day in the United States and eight other first wave launch countries, and many customers around the world are busy setting up their new smartwatch or anxiously waiting for their package to be delivered. Meanwhile, the teardown team at repair website iFixit flew to Melbourne, Australia to get their hands on the Apple Watch and take it apart to see what’s inside.
iFixit started by prying open the display and disconnecting the display and digitizer cables underneath, getting a first look at the Taptic Engine, inside of the Digital Crown and internal 205 mAh battery. Digging further into the Apple Watch, the team got a closer look at various components for haptic feedback, an ambient light sensor and S1 integrated processor. Overall, the Apple Watch received a 5 out of 10 repairability score.
Back in Los Angeles, several thousands of miles away from the teardown, KTLA reporter Rich DeMuro was on site at Maxfield in West Hollywood to interview various people waiting in line to purchase the Apple Watch. It was confirmed earlier this week that the Apple Watch would go on sale in limited quantities at Maxfield and other select fashion boutiques such as Colette in Paris and Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London.
DeMuro also provided a basic overview of the Apple Watch’s core features, including watch faces, heart rate monitoring, health and fitness tracking, phone calling and stock apps. In line with many early reviews, he said that the Apple Watch is not a device that everyone needs, but that the wrist-worn device has high-quality apps and provides a better overall experience than many Android Wear alternatives.
Apple Watch launched today in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom following a two-week pre-order window that started April 10 at 12:01 AM Pacific. The watch will be sold exclusively online until at least June, with no walk-in purchases being taken at Apple retail stores in any of the first wave launch countries.
For our next giveaway here at MacRumors, we’ve again partnered with Pad & Quill, the maker of premium MacBook, iPhone, and iPad cases and other accessories. Pad & Quill is graciously offering a package of two prizes for this giveaway – the winner will be able to choose one leather Valet Luxury Sleeve (for the 11-inch Macbook Air, 12-inch MacBook, or 13-inch MacBook Pro, or the 15-inch MacBook Pro) plus any one of the company’s Apple Watch Accessories.
The Valet Luxury Sleeves are made of full-grain leather and have hand-pounded copper rivet closures, and also feature extra pockets to carry an iPad and other accessories. The version for the 15-inch MacBook Pro retails for $149.99 while the version for the smaller MacBook models retails for $119.99.
Pad & Quill has a number of accessories for the Apple Watch, including the Timber Catchall that was announced earlier this week, and the Luxury Pocket Stand that was revealed last month. All of Pad & Quill’s Apple Watch accessories can be seen on this page and they range in value from $49.99 to $119.99.
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Finding an inexpensive and convenient way to start building apps for Android can sometimes be difficult, but that’s why we have the wonderful AA Deals Store. Learn all of the Java essentials on your own time with the Java Developer Course Bundle – currently 86% off.
This bundle combines five entry-level courses, totaling over 71 hours of easy to understand content. You’ll learn the basic Java essentials needed to build Android apps, create interactive websites, and even get an introduction to the fundamentals of data structures. Here’s the full list of courses you’ll get with the bundle:
- Beginner Java Essentials for Android Course – The Java Skills Required for Developing Android Apps ($89 value)
- Dynamic Website Building with Java Course – Understand Servlets & JSPs to Build Interactive Websites ($49 value)
- Java Spring Framework Course – Navigate the Popular Java Framework + Spring MVC & Hibernate ($39 value)
- Java Data Structures & Algorithms Course – Introduction to the Fundamentals of Data Structures & Algorithms ($65 value)
- All-Level Java Swing Course – Create Desktop & Internet GUI Programs ($49 value)
The Android Authority Deals Store is currently offering this bundle for just $39! Valued at almost $300 in all, this is quite the steal. If you’re interested, head to the link below for more information.
It wasn’t too long ago that we saw T-Mobile remove Sony’s Xperia Z3 from its lineup, no longer offering the device through its online store. Even a T-Mobile representative confirmed the removal through Twitter, stating that the Z3 will no longer be offered by the carrier. It looks like the representative gave us some false information, because in a recent development, T-Mobile has, for some reason, re-added the Z3 to its online store with a pretty nice discount.
When the phone was available through T-Mo previously, it would run you a hefty $630 without a contract. Now if you’d like to get your hands on the device, it will only run you $499.92 off-contract, or $20.83 per month over a 24-month span. This price drop likely has a lot to do with Sony’s recent announcement of the Xperia Z4 – an iterative take on last year’s flagship.
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We’re not sure how long the phone will be available on the Un-carrier, so you may want to take advantage of this deal before it’s too late. Head over to the source link below if you’re interested.