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May

Verizon and Sprint variants of LG G4 pass through the FCC


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Earlier today, a couple of variants of the LG G4, namely Sprint and Verizon, made a pitstop at the United States of America’s official certification authority — the FCC. Information included in the brief filing documentation reveal that the units carry the model numbers LS991 and VS986, and ship with 32GB of internal storage on board.

In addition, both models pack the following connectivity options: 4G carrier bands 2 4, 5, 7 and 13), Bluetooth Class 1 (Version 4.0, LE+EDR), 802.11b/802.11g/802.11n Wi-Fi (dual-band), Portable Hotspot, NFC and GPS.

If you wish to view the full FCC filing, then hit the source link below.

Source: FCC

 

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10
May

Spotify’s now offering customers 3-months access to its Premium service for $0.99


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Music-streaming giant Spotify has just kicked off a promotion in which a three-month subscription to its Premium service for just $0.99 is up for grabs; therefore, giving customers a saving of an astonishing $28.95. This offer is, however, only available for consumers in the United States.

To find out more, tap the source link below.

Source: Spotify

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10
May

Possible image of Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 leaks


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Samsung has been working on some new tablets to be released in June to be the successors to the Galaxy Tab S devices. The new devices are expected to be named the Galaxy Tab S2 and will come in both 8-inch and 9.7-inch sizes with both WiFi-only and WiFi+cellular variants. A new leak from Twitter tipster @OnLeaks claims to reveal an image of the larger, 9.7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab S2.

One of the design cues that stands out in the image is the use of metal frame giving the tablet some flat, squared off edges. Samsung retains a physical home button, which some are wondering if a fingerprint sensor may be included it the button. The front of the device also appears to include a front-facing camera and an ambient light sensor.

Judging by the relative dimensions, it looks like Samsung may be going down the 4:3 display ratio path instead of 16:9. The new tablets are also expected to come equipped with at least Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.

source: @OnLeaks

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10
May

Halfbrick Studios hopes Fruit Ninja:Math Master helps students


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Halfbrick Studios, developer of the immensely popular Fruit Ninja game, takes aim at helping educators encourage kids to learn math with new Fruit Ninja:Math Master title. The new game combines the Fruit Ninja fruit slicing game play with an education focus to help kids ages 5-7 sharpen their math skills.

In the game, the pig Truffles needs the help of the Fruit Ninjas who are searching for the Lost Tablet of Fruitasia. Along the way, game players will be challenged with game modes that test and develop math skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication, sequence identification and shape identification.

Halfbrick also developed the game to meet their own Child-Safe App standards. This means there is no analytic or data gathering functionality, there is no advertising or promotions, no social media connections are needed and the game can even be played without an Internet connection.

Check out the video and images below. If you are interested in grabbing this title for your child who is learning math, hit the Play Store links below to get Fruit Ninja:Math Master for $4.99.

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10
May

ASUS launches 64GB ZenFone 2 in Malaysia


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Today, ASUS launched its flagship smartphone of 2015, the Zenfone 2, in Malaysia. The handset is can be yours for RM1,299 ($362) and comes in a selection of colors, including: black, white, grey and blue.

For those in need of a refresher on its specs, the ZenFone 2 packs a 5.5-inch Full HD display, an Intel Aton Z3580 chipset powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal memory and a 3,000 mAh battery.

Straight out of its box, the handset runs the latest build of Android 5.0.1 Lollipop skinner with ASUS’ very own custom user interface, which makes it significantly easier to navigate around the device and find the apps that matter most to you.

If you’re based in Malaysia, like the sound of the Zenfone 2 and want to pick one up — hit the source link below.

Source: ASUS

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10
May

Court tosses lawsuit that sought gadget ban during takeoff and landing


Next time you absolutely need to be on the phone while your plane’s landing or taking off, make sure to give a silent thanks to the United States Court of Appeals. A Washington DC appeal court has thrown out a lawsuit challenging the FAA’s 2013 decision to allow passengers to use gadgets during all phases of flight. That lawsuit was filed in 2014 by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), which accused the FAA of failing to follow standard procedure before issuing its ruling. The union complained that passengers now barely pay attention to pre-flight safety demos, because they’re glued to their gadgets. It also argued that electronic devices could become projectiles during turbulence.

Unfortunately for the union, the court has determined that the FAA has the authority to change its rules, including those for electronics on planes, when it wants to. As you can see in the court documents obtained by Ars Technica, the court has dismissed the case as such:

…because the [FAA’s rule change] does not determine any rights or obligations, or produce legal consequences, it does not reflect “final action” by the FAA. Therefore, this court has no jurisdiction to consider AFA’s challenge…

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Source: Ars Technica, Court ruling (PDF)

10
May

OPPO R7 and R7 Plus revealed in new TV ad


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In China this weekend, OPPO started the official marketing of two new devices scheduled to be announced on May 20th. The OPPO R7 and the OPPO R7+ took centerstage on Chinese television when a couple ads for the devices started airing. 

According to the Chinese Anzhou site, the OPPO R7 is the successor to the OPPO R5 and will come with a 5-inch 1080p HD screen, 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. The device is expected to only be 4.7mm thick, making it one of the thinner smartphones that will be available on the market. At present, it appears the OPPO R7 will come with a retail price of 2,999 yuan ($483 USD).

The R7 Plus is a larger version of the device with a 5.5-inch screen and a built-in fingerprint sensor on its back. For the OPPO R7 Plus, OPPO is not only giving it a large screen, it will get the company’s 2.5D technology that curves the edges of the screen creating the illusion that no bezels are present.


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10
May

Rhino Slider Evo is a modular camera motion tool


We don’t cover a ton of pro-level camera gear here at Engadget (though it’s far from unheard of). But, a cool gadget is a cool gadget whatever it’s for — and this new motorized slider system from Rhino is one of them. For the uninitiated, sliders are what allow videographers and photographers to get those smooth, gliding shots. As for Rhino, they came to my attention through their GoPro accessories — in particular the 360 swivel mount which is about the most fun way to wear your action camera. While camera gear can get pretty expensive (and complex) very quickly, my experience with Rhino’s GoPro kit has been that is sits right in the “prosumer” sweet spot, so when I heard the company was making a motorized slider, I was particularly keen to try it out. The Rhino Slider Evo is currently launching on Kickstarter (it’s fully funded already), but I managed to get some time with a pre-production unit to test it out.

This isn’t Rhino’s first Kickstarter, and the working unit I tested shows that all the design and development heavy lifting has been done already. The system itself is modular depending on your needs (more on this later), and the price is $1000 for the basic slider plus the motion control system. This isn’t pocket money, but if you’ve looked at similar options from the likes of Kessler, you’ll know this is where things start for something solid.

The model I tried is the 24-inch carbon-rail version. I already have one of Rhino’s regular/non-motorized sliders, and am a big fan. You might prefer metal rails (this is an option too), but for me, the added ruggedness of the carbon fiber is actually a bonus. I strap my current slider to the outside of my backpack when I head out without a worry. Perhaps not something you want to do with the Evo though, as the motion system throws in a few more delicate parts (like a rubber belt), but all that to say, the carbon fiber rails are great for outdoor use.

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My biggest frustration with all manual sliders though, is that I kinda suck at keeping a steady hand. It’s something you have to practise, so that you get a perfectly smooth motion, but I struggle. Also, more advanced moves like starting fast then slowing down, or vice versa, are difficult (for me, at least). Oh, and if you want to do those time lapses that include a bit of gliding motion? That’s pretty much impossible with a manual slider too. The Evo is hardly the first one with motion control (a motor to move the camera), but it definitely solves all the above problems, along with some other neat tricks.

The basic slider is good to go out of the box. It has a brake, and adjustable feet for uneven surfaces. Just put your camera on top and you’re sliding. The motion control part isn’t much more complex. There’s a motor that clips on one end, and a controller unit that plugs into that (the controller’s also magnetic, so it can stick to the motor). And that’s it for setting up. The magic is in the controller itself. There’s a decent size display, a large, clickable dial and a simple UI that lets you select different modes for video or time lapses. The basic controls include distance, duration and any “ramp” in or out speed for a custom slide. I had a motorized slide going in about three minutes after opening the box. The first thing I noticed? It’s surprisingly quiet.

Perhaps the features that interest me most, are the ones I likely actually need the least. Example: you can accessorize the Evo with a “parallax” mount that will rotate the camera on an axis as it slides, or skip the motor completely, and use an optional “inertia” wheel for judder-free slides that require no power at all. This is a great compromise for me, as I love the power-free convenience of a manual slide, but the smoothness that the wheel provides. Battery life isn’t too much of a concern though, in an afternoon of testing, (and plenty of slides) there was still well over 50-percent remaining. If, like me, you don’t really need the extras, the basic kit has everything you’ll need, plus easily updatable firmware means new features could come at a later date. You can also make the slider longer just by slotting in more poles. There’s a lot of flexibility here.

I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a motorized slider pretty much since I first tried a manual one. I just love the smooth results that a motor provides, and I’m a sucker for moving time lapses. If your camera is compatible, Rhino’s controller can trigger your shutter, too, which is especially handy for night time lapses, as it only takes a picture when it’s not moving (so avoids blurring).

The Evo’s biggest selling points for me are how easy it is to use, and that it’s pretty rugged. The option to be able to upgrade it with other accessories (and to some degree, it’s also backward compatible with previous models) is also an indicator that you might get more life out of it than you expect. A thousand bucks is certainly a chunk of cash for the initial investment, but if you’re teetering on the edge of doing professional work, or already earning a living from you camera, these numbers shouldn’t be daunting. Rhino Slider Evo is planned to ship by August.

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10
May

Inhabitat’s Week in Green: Concept kitchens and Google’s crabots


Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.

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Hardly a week passes when Tesla doesn’t make the news, and this past week the company had two big announcements that are getting people all riled up. First, Tesla is planning to debut a $35,000 electric car in March 2016 that will begin production in 2017. CEO Elon Musk also just announced that barely a week after the Powerwall home battery was unveiled, they’re already sold out through 2016, and the company will have to expand its factory capabilities to meet the insane demand for batteries.

In other green transportation developments, the Solar Impulse airplane is about to embark on a five-day flight across the Pacific Ocean, beginning in China and ending in Hawaii. We also took a sneak peek at New York City’s train station of the future as Santiago Calatrava’s epic Oculus World Trade Center Transportation Hub opened for the first time.

NASA’s Earth Science program is the gold standard for studying our planet, providing valuable data on the climate collected from orbiting satellites. But House Republicans are pushing a bill that would slash funding to the program by up to $500 million. If we’re going to slow climate change, renewable energy is going to play a key role. Last week, Bill Clinton toured a Solar Sister site in Tanzania, which is providing microfinancing to women to help them sell solar-powered lanterns and cookstoves. And the next generation of wind turbines may not have blades at all. The Vortex looks like a gigantic straw, and it oscillates in the wind to generate energy without harming birds and bats.

Refrigerators are such a fixture in kitchens across the world, it’s hard to imagine life without them — but that’s exactly what IKEA is doing. In its Concept Kitchen 2025, IKEA suggested that a decade from now, the fridge could be replaced by a “modern pantry” that uses smart tech to keep fruits and veggies cool. And more than 200 leading scientists have confirmed what many already suspected: Nonstick pans are bad for us. The chemicals used in nonstick pans have been connected to liver toxicity and immune and endocrine disorders. We kicked off New York Design Week by reporting live from BKLYN Designs, where designers showcased the future of low-energy lighting. Urban Chandy gave energy-sucking incandescents a run for their money by launching a line of Edison bulb-inspired LED fixtures, and Dyad wowed us with its ultra-modern LED light tubes.

Google is planning to expand its Silicon Valley headquarters, and new documents reveal that the tech giant plans to use crab-shaped robots, or “crabots,” to construct the new buildings. Regardless of how Google plans to build the project, it sounds like the company will have to scale back its ambitions. Mountain View’s city council has granted the company just a fraction of the land it originally requested. In other architecture news, the 2015 Milan World Expo just kicked off, and it’s a showcase of architectural innovations with an emphasis the future of sustainable agriculture. The American Food 2.0 pavilion features a 7,200-square-foot vertical farm, which is packed with 42 varieties of veggies, grains and herbs. The Republic of Belarus built a building that’s shaped like a grassy hillside with a large wooden wheel situated above it to symbolize the importance of biodiversity. The Austrian pavilion is a multi-sensory experience featuring a small urban forest that produces enough oxygen for 1,800 people in just an hour. The Vanke Pavilion, which was designed by Daniel Libeskind, is clad in red tiles that suck pollution from the air.

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10
May

CHIP is a $9 Raspberry Pi killer


The Raspberry Pi was definitely a game changer when it hit shelves at only $35. But CHIP is hoping to make the Pi look positively pricey by comparison. The Kickstarter campaign has already blown way past its $50,000 goal. In fact, at the time of this writing its approaching $500,000. Like the Pi, CHIP is a fully functional computer. The tiny board is home to a 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, all of which power a full-fledged (if light-weight) Linux desktop. Even more impressive is that there’s both WiFi and Bluetooth on board. It’s mostly aimed at tinkerers and DIYers, hence the I/O pins waiting for your attention, but you could certainly use it as an inexpensive general purpose computer… so long as you’re not particularly demanding.

Now, to be fair, if you want a VGA adaptor or HDMI adaptor you’ll have to shell out a little more ($19 and $24 respectively), but you could hook it up to most TVs with the built-in composite video port. The $50 PocketCHIP, however, is truly impressive. It’s the same versatile board, but it comes with a case that’s home to a battery, a keyboard and 4.3-inch touchscreen. Yes, your smartphone is definitely more powerful, but for $50, this is incredibly impressive for something no bigger than an OG GameBoy.

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Source: CHIP (Kickstarter)

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