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Jul

Talk Android Weekly Recap: July 19 – July 25, 2015


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We’re coming up on some exciting releases, as the OnePlus Two, Moto X (3rd Gen), and Moto G refresh is all supposed to be unveiled this coming week. However, we’ve seen some hefty leaks ahead of next week’s press conferences, and from what we’ve seen, these devices are going to be insane.

OnePlus claims the OnePlus Two is “ahead of its time”, sporting features that most devices won’t have until Android M launches. Motorola’s new Moto G was accidentally leaked in a promo video, and the Moto X (3rd Gen), well, we have yet to see much of that ahead of time.

Hit the break to check out these exciting stories!

Have a great weekend!

Come comment on this article: Talk Android Weekly Recap: July 19 – July 25, 2015

25
Jul

Rooted Samsung phones won’t be able to use Samsung Pay


samsung-pay-galaxy-s6-edgeSamsung first introduced Samsung Pay at the same time they showed the world their S6 and S6 Edge. What sets it apart from the competition is it can use both NFC (near field communication) and MST (magnetic secure transmission). This means stores don’t have to buy more equipment in order to accept it.

So far Samsung Pay isn’t out in North America, but Samsung has started a testing trial in their home country, South Korea. Although not confirmed by Samsung the testing trial has shown rooted devices getting denied access to use the service.

Users are getting an “Access denied” screen that reads “Samsung Pay has been locked due to unauthorized modification.” when trying to use the service on a rooted device.

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Source: Sammobile

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25
Jul

AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV is complete


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If you have visited the AT&T web site in the last day, you may have noticed some prominent advertising for DirecTV. That is a result of AT&T concluding their acquisition of DirecTV once the government decided it would not stand in the way. As a result, AT&T is now the largest pay TV provider not just in the U.S., but around the globe. Just in the U.S. AT&T will have 26 million customers thanks to the acquisition.

AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said in a statement,

“Combining DIRECTV with AT&T is all about giving customers more choices for great video entertainment integrated with mobile and high-speed Internet service. We’ll now be able to meet consumers’ future entertainment preferences, whether they want traditional TV service with premier programming, their favorite content on a mobile device, or video streamed over the Internet to any screen.”

AT&T indicates the new diversification the addition of DirecTV brings to their business will help them continue deployment of their GigaPower fiber Internet access service to 14 million customer locations. AT&T plans to continue to work on joint ventures like Otter Media to develop over-the-top video services.

According to AT&T, existing customers will not notice any changes initially to their services or customer care. Integration between the two companies will take several months. AT&T does anticipate offering new integrated service bundles eventually.

source: AT&T

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25
Jul

ICYMI: Power-ballad singing tech, foldable bridge and more


ICYMI: Power-Ballad Singing Tech, Foldable Bridge and More

Today on In Case You Missed It: A computer-like display, singing power ballads from the ’90s, simply must be seen; Japanese engineers unveiled an emergency bridge that can unfold in five minutes; and the game Half-Life gets hacked to work on an Android Wear watch.

We also run through the biggest headlines of the week but think this Stephen Hawking goes searching for ET story is the most shared over brunch worth (after you’ve already touched on Chrysler).

And from the whatever you do, don’t miss this files: A new kitten app “Cat Shake” gives you an endless stream of cats. Guess I just found what I’m doing for the weekend.

If you come across any interesting videos, we’d love to see them. Just tweet us with the #ICYMI hashtag @engadget or @mskerryd.

Filed under: Misc, Gaming, Meta, Robots, Transportation, Science, Internet, LG

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25
Jul

Recommended Reading: The Jeep hack that led to a massive recall


Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you’ll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway — With Me in It
by Andy Greenberg
Wired

This piece from Wired actually sparked a recall that affects 1.4 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles. During the test, hackers were able to use an exploit to “kill” the engine, disable the brakes and track location. Pretty scary stuff.

For the Love of God, Bring Back the EA Sports ‘NCAA Football’ Games
Andrew Sharp, Grantland

“Nobody should have to endure another summer without this game dropping into July to save us from the real world.” That’ll preach.

Meet The Chuck II, The First New Converse All Star Design In 100 Years
John Brownlee, Fast Company

While the first new pair of Chuck Taylor All Stars in 100 years may not look that much different, new features like Lunarlon footbed tech from Nike offer enhanced comfort.

Sex Abuse Survivor Finds Comfort In Video Games
Patrick Klepek, Kotaku

Final Fantasy VII comforted an abuse victim when it “helped him realize characters, like people, could be deeply flawed and still live fulfilling lives that weren’t completely defined by past trauma.”

Game Design Deep Dive: The Save System of ‘Alien: Isolation’
Gary Napper, Gamasutra

Napper, a veteran game designer, weighs in on Alien: Isolation’s method for saving, which requires a player to locate terminals before logging progress.

[Image credit: Jeep/Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

Filed under: Misc, Gaming

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25
Jul

Recommended Reading: The Jeep hack that led to a massive recall


Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you’ll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway — With Me in It
by Andy Greenberg
Wired

This piece from Wired actually sparked a recall that affects 1.4 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles. During the test, hackers were able to use an exploit to “kill” the engine, disable the brakes and track location. Pretty scary stuff.

For the Love of God, Bring Back the EA Sports ‘NCAA Football’ Games
Andrew Sharp, Grantland

“Nobody should have to endure another summer without this game dropping into July to save us from the real world.” That’ll preach.

Meet The Chuck II, The First New Converse All Star Design In 100 Years
John Brownlee, Fast Company

While the first new pair of Chuck Taylor All Stars in 100 years may not look that much different, new features like Lunarlon footbed tech from Nike offer enhanced comfort.

Sex Abuse Survivor Finds Comfort In Video Games
Patrick Klepek, Kotaku

Final Fantasy VII comforted an abuse victim when it “helped him realize characters, like people, could be deeply flawed and still live fulfilling lives that weren’t completely defined by past trauma.”

Game Design Deep Dive: The Save System of ‘Alien: Isolation’
Gary Napper, Gamasutra

Napper, a veteran game designer, weighs in on Alien: Isolation’s method for saving, which requires a player to locate terminals before logging progress.

[Image credit: Jeep/Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

Filed under: Misc, Gaming

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25
Jul

Watch the trailer for ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’


Quite a few filmmakers have already unleashed their take on the life of Steve Jobs, with Aaron Sorkin’s Michael Fassbender-starrer slated to be released in October. But if you’d rather watch that Jobs documentary that premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in particular — the same one Apple SVP Eddy Cue found “mean-spirited” — then, well, here’s a taste of it. Oscar winner Alex Gibney’s The Man in the Machine doesn’t only depict the CEO as a visionary, but also as a ruthless leader. “His stuff was beloved, but it wasn’t that he was beloved,” a voiceover said in the trailer below the fold, which also shows parts of Gibney’s interview with some of Jobs’ old co-workers. The documentary will precede Sorkin’s movie by a month and will be shown in select theaters on September 4th.

[Image credit: Magnolia Pictures]

Filed under: Misc, Apple

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Via: Mashable

25
Jul

Um, what: OnePlus’ latest tweet about the OnePlus 2 suggests “this could all crash and burn”




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You know, I just don’t know what to make of OnePlus’ marketing strategy anymore. The lead up to the release of the OnePlus One smartphone was marred by infamous marketing stunts like asking people to destroy their phones to get a OnePlus One and getting women to post up pictures of themselves to get as many likes as possible for the same result. Neither were great moves, moves that appeared to have disappeared from OnePlus’ repertoire before the launch of the OnePlus 2. However, while the high profile antics are no longer prevalent, we have the below tweet posted today:


Now, I’m not particularly good at marketing, but saying that “this could all crash and burn” is either getting a little pessimistic about the launch of what is supposed to be their 2016 Flagship Killer, or it’s fishing for compliments – I’m not exactly sure which is better in this situation, but neither looks particularly good. At best, it’s an attempt to show that the company is human, but claiming that you may have the best device for the next two years and then second guessing yourself really sends out a mixed message. Let’s hope the messages over the next two days are less confusing.

What do you think about OnePlus’ latest tweet about the OnePlus 2? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Twitter

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25
Jul

Sony Xperia Z5 release could coincide with new Bond movie, Spectre






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Unless you watched the last few Bond movies with your eyes closed, you will likely know that Sony has its tendrils deep in the movie – not only financially, but with not-quite-subtle product placement. The latest rumour surrounding Sony and the latest Bond movie, Spectre, is that there is a Sony device that is referred to as “made for Bond”, which is emblazoned on some promo images accompanied by the name “Xperia” and the number “5”. Seeing as Sony’s latest flagship was the Sony Xperia Z4, we can only assume this means the Sony Xperia Z5 release is somehow tied to the release of Spectre.

Sony Xperia Z5 releaseOf course, be sure to take this news with a grain of salt – since the letter next to the “5” is blurred out, we don’t really know if it’s the Xperia Z5 that this promo is referring to, though it would seem a waste to have a lower tier device “made for Bond”. Spectre opens in theatres on November 6th, so presumably we’ll be seeing some movement from Sony in the weeks leading up to that – no doubt we’ll be seeing a few leaks too.


What do you think about the Sony Xperia Z5 being “made for Bond”? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Digi-wo via Phone Arena

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25
Jul

OnePlus stands by their statement that the OnePlus 2 is a 2016 Flagship Killer






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A few weeks ago, Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus tweeted out that the OnePlus 2 is a 2016 Flagship Killer. We were a little incredulous to say the least – the OnePlus 2 isn’t even assured to be a 2015 flagship killer, let alone for 2016. Well, OnePlus has clarified itself again, saying that what they are going to announce on July 27th “is so much more than specs”. To quote OnePlus’ blog post directly:

“It’s about seeing more than what’s right in front of you, chasing more than just benchmarks, and doing more than just competing. We’ve combined hardware, software, and design into a total, forward-thinking package with features that matter to our users.”


That all sounds great, but we’ll have to see whether the OnePlus 2 has what it takes. The blog post confirms all the details that they have leaked out about the OnePlus 2 – a 64-bit processor (Snapdragon 810 v2.1), 4GB RAM, USB Type-C, a fingerprint sensor, as well as Oxygen OS. We can sort of see the approach that OnePlus is taking, offering the intangibles that make a smartphone the one to keep, however we’re concerned that the industry isn’t configured in a way that will support it – the market is geared towards numbers, numbers that need to increase year after year. If the OnePlus 2 is going to compete not only in 2015, but in 2016 as well, they’re going to have to announce something big. Really big.

What do you think about OnePlus’ confirmation that the OnePlus 2 is a 2016 Flagship Killer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: OnePlus via TalkAndroid

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