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May

Rumour: 3rd Gen Moto X to come with 16MP camera and OIS


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It’s early days yet, but we are beginning to see some interesting factoids about the rumoured Moto X 3rd Gen appear. A couple of days ago it was leaked that the next model of the Moto X series will sport a Snapdragon 808 processor (ala the LG G4) as well as a higher resolution display (1440 x 2560), and now we have news that it will carry a 16MP camera module .

Moto X 3rd Gen to get OIS camera

On top of the bump in megapixels, the camera will also come with Clear Pixel technology as well as optical image stabilisation (OIS). Besides being able to record in slow motion, it will also support 4K video capture. While 1080p can be recorded in 120FPS. If that isn’t enough, the Moto X 3rd Gen should manage to record 720p video in an amazing 240FPS. Naturally, this is a leak, so it can’t be taken as gospel that the camera specifications here will be the same when the handset is officially announced by Motorola, which is expected to be in September. Just another 4 months or so to go though and I’m sure there will be many more rumours and leaks before the official unveiling.

 

Source: STJS Gadgets
Via: PhoneArena

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10
May

MetroPCS shuts off its old phone network on June 21st


A MetroPCS billboard

You’d better move quickly if you’re holding on to an older MetroPCS cellphone. The T-Mobile-owned carrier has posted a Frequently Asked Questions warning that its outgoing CDMA network will effectively shut off on June 21st. Any legacy phones are “not guaranteed” to work after that, the contract-free network says. It’s no secret that the end was nigh given that MetroPCS began winding down CDMA last year. However, we won’t blame you if this early transition is catching you off-guard. T-Mobile only said it was turning off MetroPCS’ old network sometime in the second half of the year — it’s clearly eager to conduct some spring cleaning, even if it means asking people to upgrade sooner than expected.

[Image credit: Jim Carroll, Flickr]

Filed under: Cellphones, Wireless, Mobile, T-Mobile

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Via: FierceWireless, Android Central

Source: MetroPCS

10
May

Google adds pre-registration and alerts for Android apps


Starting with Glu’s Terminator Genisys: Revolution mobile game, you can now pre-register for apps from the Play store. Now if a developer wants to drum up some interest before an app release, they can stick a placeholder page in the store where users can sign up and receive an alert on their phone when the app is actually released. This is obviously handy for users, but it can also help devs gauge interest in their apps before they’re released.

Filed under: Software, Mobile, Google

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Via: Android and Me

Source: Terminator Genisys: Revolution (Google Play)

10
May

LG G4 International Giveaway!


Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone or tablet each and every Sunday.

A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the Galaxy S6 Edge giveaway, Ko D., from UK.

This week we are giving away the new LG G4!

LG’s G4 hits the sweet spot for a lot of potential people with its arguably best in class camera quality, Quantum 2k display, removable battery, microSD support and its interchangeable back. It earned our Editor’s Choice award, and is one of the best smartphones of 2015.

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LG G4 International Giveaway!
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10
May

Bright House Networks and Charter deal looking less likely


According to Reuters Bright House Networks may look to kill its impeding merger with Charter Communications. After pressure from regulators put an end to Comcast’s effort to purchase Time Warner Cable, rumors started circulating that Charter wanted to resurrect its bid for the beleaguered company. Comcast backing out of the TWC deal triggered a clause in the Bright House / Charter agreement that would allow the two to renegotiate the terms of their merger. The 30 day window for the renewed contract talks ends in roughly two weeks, and sources have suggested that Bright House may want to put the kibosh on the acquisition. According to the Reuters report, Bright House appears to have decided that its in the company’s best interest to remain independent. Part of that decision is likely fueled by an existing agreement with Time Warner, where the larger provider negotiates programing rates for Bright House and shares its technology with it. A merger with Charter would kill the existing arrangement and weaken its negotiating position.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD

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Source: Reuters

10
May

MIT Study suggests current solar power tech is good enough


The standard line about solar power is that while good in theory, the technology just isn’t there to keep our lights on and our Netflix streaming. But a new study from MIT (PDF) suggests that’s not the case. According to the massive report (an epic 356 pages) current crystalline silicon photovoltaic technology is capable of delivering terawatt-scale power by 2050. That would be many times larger than Topaz facility California that generates 550 megawatts. While there is certainly room for improvement in efficiency, the MIT study says that the biggest hurdle isn’t tech, it’s investment. The authors called out the lack of funding for research and development, but focused more on poor governmental policies. Subsidies generally go to other energy sources, like oil and natural gas, and trade policies set by the federal government have driven up prices by restricting imports of cheaper solar parts in order to boost domestic production.

Filed under: Misc

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Via: Slashdot, Computerworld

Source: MIT (PDF)

10
May

NASA thinks a robotic eel might be the key to exploring Europa


We’ve seen the submarine that NASA wants to explore Saturn’s moon Titan with, but compared to what the aeronautics outfit’s looking at for icy climes like Jupiter’s Europa it’s downright pedestrian. The wormy-looking contraption up above is actually considered a type of amphibious rover and it’s pretty different from the Deep-SCINI we’ve seen previously. Because there aren’t exactly electrical outlets anywhere aside from Earth and relying on solar power might not always be feasible, it has to use alternative means for energy. In this case, NASA says antenna on the soft robot’s back would draw energy from “locally changing magnetic fields.”

There were a grand total of 15 different proposals awarded $100,000 in funding each for phase one of NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC). If the concepts like those above and below prove themselves feasible on a basic level in nine months’ time, the $500,000 second phase could be next.

What’re those? An unmanned pair of gliders that, when stacked, could work together to keep each other in Earth’s atmosphere “for years” and do the same types of things as orbital satellites but for much cheaper, is one.

Next up is something maybe a bit more interesting. Inexpensive “robotic crawlers, hoppers and soccer-ball style buckey-bots” (wha?) that’d traipse around the forever-in-shadow areas on heavenly bodies, mapping and looking for water and nitrogen among other things. These have one of the cooler acronyms too: CRICKET — short for Cryogenic Reservoir Inventory by Cost-Effective Kinetically Enhanced Technology.

It’s worth noting that these projects are all pretty far from reality at the moment, but if they’re viable they could represent a means of furthering our knowledge of the galaxy around us.

[Image credit: NASA/Cornell University/NSF]

Filed under: Robots, Alt

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Source: NASA

10
May

Amazon’s Echo wireless speaker gets voice-controlled Prime Stations


Amazon has added Prime Stations to Echo, its wireless speaker-slash-personal assistant, perhaps in hopes that it would get more people to press the “Request an invitation” button. Prime Stations are the company’s ad-free radio feeds — basically playlists that bundle Prime Music’s offerings based on artists and genres. The feature’s been available for iOS and Android devices for a month or so, but since Echo is a voice-activated assistant, it comes with a bunch of spoken commands. You can, for instance, play a specific station by saying “Alexa (that’s Echo’s voice assistant name), play the Bruno Mars Prime Station.”

To choose what to listen to, say “Alexa, next,” “Alexa, pause/resume” or “Alexa, go back.” If you don’t know what’s playing, simply ask “Alexa, what song is this?” And to personalize the station, say “Alexa, thumbs up/thumbs down” — the assistant will learn what to play next time based on your ratings. In addition, the e-commerce giant is now sharing around 100 IFTTT recipes cooked up by users when the integration arrived earlier this month. As we said, though, Echo remains available via invite-only, and you’ll have to spend some time on a waiting list before you can actually purchase one.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Amazon

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Source: Unofficial Amazon Echo Emails (Tumblr)

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