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May

Video Review: Pronto Turns Your iPhone Into a Smart Universal Remote [iOS Blog]


Pronto is a small hub that’s able to turn your iPhone into a universal remote, allowing it to control a range of electronics and devices within your home using 360 degree infrared. The Pronto connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth and works with an accompanying Peel Smart Remote app, which provides the remote interface and lets you see what’s on television through an included guide.

As you can see in our video review below, the Peel app and the Pronto work together well, and with the included IR extension cable, you can put devices out of sight without losing the infrared connection.


Pronto is compatible with a huge number of televisions, Blu-ray players, DVD players, and set top boxes. It can connect to and control almost any television set, and it works with the Apple TV, Roku players, and more. Compatibility information is available on the company’s website.

The Peel app includes simple controls for all devices and it makes it easy to switch between each one. There are also profiles available for different rooms, so the iPhone and Pronto pairing can essentially replace all of the remotes in the house.

Smart remotes have been around for ages, and many technology companies already offer apps allowing the iPhone to control things like televisions and media players, but the Pronto goes one step further and lets you control all of your devices with one app. It’s quite similar to Logitech’s line of Harmony smart remotes, but without some of the bells and whistles and with a lower price.

The Pronto can be purchased from Best Buy or NewEgg for $49.99.




18
May

President Obama gets his own Twitter account: @POTUS


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The President of the United States of America is one of the most powerful people in the world. Now, whoever holds that office also has a Twitter account to match. The White House announced today that @POTUS is the official handle for the commander in chief. As you’re probably well aware, President Barack Obama already has a Twitter account that’s quite active, however his campaign manages that feed. With this new username, updates will come directly from the president himself as he continues working to make “his Administration the most open and participatory in history.” The new account goes nicely with @FLOTUS and @VP, and all three will get new owners in 2017 as the next election cycle approaches.

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18
May

The top 15 smartphones you can buy right now


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It’s been a while since we took time out to list our favorite smartphones, which means we’ve had to make more than a few updates to our buyer’s guide. Big players like LG, HTC, Samsung and Motorola have unleashed a flurry of updates to their previous lines, and in most cases the devices are better for it. The G Flex2 has restored our confidence in LG’s curvacious form factor, piling on strong internals and improved specs. Samsung stepped up its game for the with the gorgeous Galaxy S6, while HTC built on the success of its One line to bring us the M9. Motorola added LTE to the Moto E for 2015 and partnered with Google to launch the super-sized Nexus 6. There are plenty of options for all budgets and power requirements, so cruise through the gallery or head over to our buyer’s guide for help picking out your next daily driver.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Apple, Samsung, Sony, Microsoft, HTC, Nokia, Google, LG

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18
May

Facebook wants to put games in Messenger after all


Contrary to previous reports, it appears Facebook is still toying with the idea of featuring games in Messenger. According to The Information, the social network plans to strengthen its instant messaging platform by adding games, as it looks to find a fresh, more lucrative source of revenue. Facebook’s already said to be working with developers to roll this out; Ilya Sukhar, an executive leading the project, confirmed the talks to the news outlet, though he didn’t specify when we could see the changes take place. While you wait for that to happen, keep enjoying your GIFs, emojis and all the other tidbits Facebook’s chat ecosystem has to offer at the moment.

Filed under: Gaming, Internet, Software, Mobile, Facebook

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Source: The Information

18
May

Google unveils two new budget-friendly Chromebooks for India


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Google has just introduced two new sub-$250 Chromebooks, which are now available for purchase online in India. Manufactured by Nexian and Xolo, these Chromebooks will offer consumers an inexpensive alternative to other low-cost laptops available in the country.

Both new devices feature essentially the same specifications, with an 11.6-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1366 x 768, a 1.8GHz quad-core Cortex-A17 processor, a Mali-T764 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a 4200mAh battery and a 1MP 720p built-in webcam. Of course, both Chromebooks also have expandable memory and come with 100GB of Google Drive storage space for two years. 

The Nexian Chromebook will normally retail for ₹13,499 ($212), though it’s currently available on Amazon for the sale price of ₹12,999. The Xolo Chromebook is now available through Snapdeal for just ₹12,999, as well.

Google also explained that more budget-friendly Chromebooks will be available in India sometime soon from manufacturers such as Asus, Samsung and a number of other Indian hardware makers.



18
May

Asus ZenFone 2 hits U.S. retailers tomorrow, starting at $199


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Last month we learned that Asus would finally be launching the ZenFone in the United States on May 18th – that day has finally arrived! At a special launch event, Asus revealed that the ZenFone 2 will be available for purchase starting tomorrow, May 19th, through Newegg, Amazon, and several other major retailers.

Two models of the ZenFone 2 will be made available: the base version featuring 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3560 processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB storage for $199; or $299 for the even higher-end model featuring a 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage.

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Regardless of which model you choose, you’ll get the same 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 3000 mAh battery with quick charging, a microSD slot, a 13MP rear cam, 5MP front cam, and Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI on top. You’ll also have a choice between red, black, silver, or gray colors.

Considering both handsets feature near flagship level performance at sub $300 pricing, the Asus ZenFone 2 joins the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 in being one of the best budget phones that you’ll find in the North American market. Be sure to check out our full review for more details on the ZenFone 2.



18
May

HTC One M9 not getting a ‘mini’ version


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The HTC One (M7) and One (M8) both had ‘mini’ versions with watered-down specifications released at lower prices. Their displays measured 4.3 inches and 4.5 inches, respectively. The One Mini was released in July 2013 and the One Mini 2 arrived in May 2014. If the company were to do the same with the One M9, we would expect the One Mini 3 relatively soon. However, Jack Tong of HTC North Asia seemingly confirmed that the line of ‘mini’ versions is done.

Here is what Tong had to say regarding devices with displays measuring less than 5 inches:

“Overall the industry is moving towards new phones over 5 inches in size and our product roadmap is close to that of the industry.”

This year, in addition to the One M9, HTC has released the One M9+ and One E9+, two devices that have displays above the 5-inch mark.

Source: Focus Taiwan

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18
May

Samsung rumored to release the Galaxy Note 5 earlier than normal to beat the iPhone 6s


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Samsung continues to enjoy tremendous success with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, but things will change dramatically when Apple announces the iPhone 6s in the fall. Samsung usually announces their newest edition of the Note line in early September when IFA takes place, but they might change it up this year in order to get bigger head start.

According to the latest report, they will announce the new Galaxy Note 5 by the end of July, which is just a little over a month earlier than normal. If everything goes according to plan, they will have a completed prototype by the middle of June. Supposedly they have confirmed the final specifications to global carriers with the instruction to take pre-orders before the end of July.

The carriers might know about those specs, but we can only guess. Based on the latest rumors, the Note 5 could have a 5.89-inch display, which is .20 inches bigger than the Note 4. There is also the belief that Samsung will offer a 4K (3840 x 2160) display, but I am not buying that one. You can also expect an Exynos processor similar to what is on the Galaxy S6. The Note series generally sports a much bigger battery, which is expected to be 4,100 mAh. Pack all of this in a rumored 7.9 mm body, and you have a winner. Of course, if you like to be edgy, Samsung will more than likely offer an Edge version of the phone too.

There is no question the Note 5 will will be cutting edge, but I am interested to see if they can improve upon the Galaxy S6’s camera? The other big question surrounds storage and the battery. Will Samsung drop the microSD card and battery swapping support? I guess we don’t have to wait for too long if this report is true. Let’s hope it is.

source: whowired
via: Phone Arena

 

 

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18
May

Xiaomi selects Leadcore to produce custom processor


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Xiaomi continues to take control of what goes into its devices by partnering with Leadcore to develop a custom processor.

Marshal Cheng, Leadcore’s vice president, confirmed that the two Chinese companies are bringing together their products, technologies, and patents in order to produce a dedicated processor. These are moves that hardware manufacturers are looking to as differentiation becomes increasingly difficult. Samsung, LG, and Huawei are all companies that already produce their own processors. Some are even looking to create their own operating systems.

Producing an in-house processor also benefits companies in the long run. Costs are lowered because companies no longer have to pay fees to use processors developed by Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Intel.

Cheng also denied Xiaomi invested in the company, instead saying that Leadcore is still owned by the government.

Source: EE Times
Via: G for Games

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18
May

HomeUX seeks more beta testers for launcher


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Launchers are always popular for Android fans who want to extend the customization of their interfaces. With Android 5.0 Lollipop expanding to more devices this year, some developers are seeing a new opportunity to create new launchers that are in keeping with the design principles of Google’s Material Design guidelines and that take advantage of new APIs in Lollipop. One of those developers is the group behind HomeUX that hopes to produce a launcher that is “simplistic, yet highly functional.” They are currently soliciting additional beta testers for the latest version of HomeUX that is in development.

HomeUX promises to give users a new take on folder integration and organization, an “ultra clean interface,” new color themes that change, intuitive controls via swipe gestures, and a variety of advanced functionality like tap-and-hold shortcuts and quick access buttons.

In order to participate as a beta tester, users must have a device running Android Lollipop. They will need to join the HomeUX Beta Testers Google+ community for more information. The development team is trying to exert some control over the beta testing process, thus the reason for approval being needed before users can join the beta testing program.

The developer, Dravite Ltd., has setup a placeholder in the Google Play Store if you want to check it out and go ahead and purchase the app knowing the final Pro version is still forthcoming.

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