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Aug

Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ press renders leak – announcement imminent?


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ith attention turning to the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+, which we already know is a thing, there have been no shortage of leaks for the devices. However, this could be the biggest one to date.

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Press renders have been leaked by none other than @evleaks that show the highest quality images of the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ to date. They don’t really show anything out of the ordinary when it comes to unexpected changes to the physical design, but could mean that Samsung are readying these devices for an official announcement.

With Samsung’s Unpacked event scheduled for August 13th, we’ll almost certainly see these new devices unveiled and you’ll probably be seeing these images used in the release.

Source: @evleaks

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Aug

Get the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 + Watch bundle for only $299.99


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Those looking to get an affordable handset should really pay attention to today’s deal, as it may also get you a smartwatch for a very low added price. Alcatel is offering its back-to-school bundle for only $299.99, which includes both the OneTouch Idol 3 and the OneTouch Watch.

This proves to be a great deal when you consider these products’ original pricing. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 costs $279.99 (currently marked down to $249.99) and the OneTouch Watch is usually $149.99. This means the back-to-school bundle would save you about $100-$130. Not a bad deal, right?

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By the way, you wouldn’t be stuck with a bad smartphone at all. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 happens to be one of the best budget phones of the year. We had a great time reviewing it, and it managed to walk away with an 8.8/10 score.

This handset can perform relatively well. That Snapdragon 615 processor and 2 GB of RAM make it run fast enough to keep the casual users content. It also has a large 5.5-inch display that looks great, and its dual front-facing speakers can beat even some of the high-end devices in the market.

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As for the Alcatel OneTouch Watch – just keep in mind this is not an Android Wear product, so you won’t have access to all those apps Google’s wearable platform touts. Now, this doesn’t take much away from its value. I tested it at CES 2015 and can tell you it has enough features to keep many of us happy.

Want in on this deal? All you have to do is go get the bundle either from Amazon or Alcatel’s official page. The offer ends on August 9th, so you will want to sign up before then. By the way, the offer does include Amazon Prime shipping, so you can have this bundle in your hands very, very soon!

Are any of you guys signing up for this one?

Buy the Alcatel OneTouch idol 3 + Watch bundle from Amazon
Buy the Alcatel OneTouch idol 3 + Watch bundle from Alcatel

1
Aug

Facebook’s Lollapalooza feed shows the festival you’re missing


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If you can’t make a pilgrimage to Lollapalooza but want to get a sense of what it’s like to be there beyond the concert streams, Facebook might have what you’re looking for. It’s testing an expansion of Place Tips that lets anyone in the US see a feed of Lollapalooza’s goings-on, whether they’re photos, videos, set times or updates. Ideally, this will give you a feel for the event (and possibly a twinge of regret) without having to brave the crowds and summer heat. Facebook isn’t saying when you’ll see the feature again, but it’s promising to “explore” uses in the future. Don’t be surprised if it quickly becomes commonplace. The social network is eager to capture the as-it-happens excitement that you normally find on the likes of Snapchat or Twitter — this could keep your eyes glued to Facebook after you’re done catching up with family and friends.

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Tags: concerts, facebook, internet, lollapalooza, music, placetips, socialnetwork, socialnetworking

1
Aug

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 could be coming as soon as August 16


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A Xiaomi employee posted on his Weibo account the following: “Do not wait so long to see the side, right? 816 See Beijing.”

This could be confirmation of Xiaomi’s upcoming conference. The company is expected to launch its update to the the Redmi Note 2. According to the employee’s statement, the announcement will be held on August 16 in Beijing, China. Xiaomi has several new products in the works, and is looking to stay on top of the Chinese market in the second half of 2015.

According to a recent TENNA listing, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 will come with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, and 16GB of internal storage which will be joined by a microSD card slot. The battery inside will be sized at 3020mAh. And the software running on the Redmi Note 2 will be Android 5.0 Lollipop covered by Xiaomi’s MIUI. Other leaks point to an all-metal body and a fingerprint scanner. The upcoming handset measures 152.05 × 76.2 × 8.05mm, and weighs 158.62g.

Via: MobiPicker

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Aug

More details surface on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 5, no expandable storage included


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Shortly after sharing pictures of the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Evan Blass posted another leak containing detailed specifications for one of the upcoming devices.

Blass states that the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 will sport a 5.66-inch QHD display, 4GB of RAM, and Exynos 7420 SoC (4×2.1GHz+4×1.5GHz). The phone will come with the same 16MP rear-facing camera and 5MP front-facing camera as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. It will come with Android 5.1.1 pre-loaded and start at 32GB of internal storage. Most noticeably, although previously rumored, the upcoming flagship will reportedly not include expandable storage.

Samsung has already sent out press invites to attend its announcement where it will launch its new flagship(s) alongside the Gear A smartwatch. It will all go down on August 13 in New York City.

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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Aug

New Aerial Video Shows Ongoing Apple Campus 2 Construction


Construction workers in Cupertino are making slow but steady progress on Apple’s spaceship-shaped second campus, according to a new aerial video shot by drone pilot Duncan Sinfield and shared with MacRumors. Shot just this morning, Sinfield’s video offers an updated look at the current state of construction.

The foundation of the ring-shaped building has been completed for several months now, with multi-level structural components now going up. Work on the parking structures is progressing, and the auditorium, where Apple will host events, is also taking shape. Much of the auditorium and the available parking will be below ground. Next to the parking structure and the auditorium, work on the Tantau development has begun, where research facilities will be located.


When completed, Apple’s campus will feature a massive 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building, an underground parking lot, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, a 120,000 square foot auditorium for hosting events, and as we learned earlier this week, a visitor’s center complete with an observation deck, cafe, and Apple Store.

The entire campus will be covered with hundreds of trees and orchards, and inside the ring, there will be a central garden with outdoor dining areas for employees. According to the most recent update from the City of Cupertino, Apple is still on track to complete construction at the end of 2016.


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Aug

Here are the videos you don’t want to miss this week – August 1st, 2015


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It’s been a crazy week here at Android Authority. Not only did Motorola and OnePlus decide to announce their next flagship devices a mere hours apart from one another, but we’ve also managed to bring you four full reviews this week. Our video team has been working very hard, so we figured this is a good time to round up some of our best video coverage from the past seven days.

Below you’ll find our full reviews of the NUU Mobile Z8, Meizu MX5, Vivo X5Pro and ZTE Axon, as well as a ton of hands-on coverage for the Moto X Style, Moto G (2015) and OnePlus 2. Joe’s most recent Android Apps Weekly video is also attached at the bottom of this post, in case you missed it earlier today.

There’s a lot to cover here, so let’s jump right in:

Hands-on and first impressions

Motorola Moto X Style (aka Pure Edition)

Motorola has just unveiled its newest flagship device for 2015 – the Moto X Style. Combining a big Quad HD display, Snapdragon 808 CPU and a few aesthetic changes, this new smartphone may be a force to be reckoned with.

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Motorola also took the wraps off the newest device in its budget lineup – the Moto G (2015). Featuring a ton of improvements over last year’s model (while keeping the same price point), the new Moto G seems to be one heck of a smartphone so far. We went hands-on with the new device, and you don’t want to miss it!

OnePlus 2

Just a few hours before Motorola announced its new devices, OnePlus took the wraps off its new “2016 flagship killer”, the OnePlus 2. Although it may be missing a few key features, the OnePlus 2 comes with some of the best specs on the market. Take a look at our full hands-on video above.

OnePlus 2 vs the competition

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How does the OnePlus 2 fare against the company’s 2014 flagship? We try to answer that question with our quick hands-on video of the OnePlus 2 vs OnePlus One.

OnePlus 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is one of the best devices on the market, so we thought it was fitting to compare it to the newly-announced OnePlus 2.

OnePlus 2 vs LG G4

The LG G4 is also one of the best Android smartphones available at this time, but how does it compare to the newest from OnePlus? Check out the video above for more details.

Reviews

NUU Mobile Z8

Many of you may not be familiar with NUU Mobile, but perhaps you should. Although NUU Mobile’s Z8 handset may not sport the best speaker or battery on the market, it does offer up a killer design, performance and overall user experience. Check out Bailey’s full review for more information.

Meizu MX5

Meizu has been an up-and-coming smartphone manufacturer for some time, but can the company compete against the competition with its new MX5 smartphone? One of our newest team members, Krystal Lora, aims to answer that question in her full review of the Meizu MX5.

Vivo X5Pro

Vivo is another one of those companies that you may not recognize right away, but its latest X5Pro handset is definitely worth checking out. Phil puts the Vivo X5Pro through our full review treatment, which you can find attached above.

ZTE Axon

The ZTE Axon features some of the best specifications on the market, but can it compare to more popular handsets like the Galaxy S6 or LG G4? Lanh aims to answer that question, and more, in his full review of the ZTE Axon.

Android Apps Weekly

Fallout Shelter, Google removing Google+ requirement for YouTube and more – you don’t want to miss Joe’s newest episode of Android Apps Weekly!

What device were you most excited about this week? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!

1
Aug

A look back at Windows through the ages


WINDOWS 95 CARNIVALIt’s hard to believe that Windows is 30 years old this year. Originally a graphic shell that sat on MS-DOS, Windows has blossomed over the years to be the visually rich experience it is today. That’s not to say it hasn’t encountered a few pitfalls along the way — Windows ME, anyone? — but despite weathering rivals from the likes of Apple, Microsoft’s pride and joy is still the most widely used personal computer operating system on the planet. In the gallery here, we take a look back at Windows through the ages. Be sure to keep an eye out for a few cameos from Jennifer Aniston, Jerry Seinfeld and, of course, Steve Ballmer.Slideshow-307574

[Image credit: Associated Press]

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Tags: microsoft, windows10, windows10launch

1
Aug

Claimed ‘iPhone 6s’ Display Assembly Revealed in New Photos


Chinese phone repair company GeekBar has shared a series of three photos today (via Nowhereelse.fr) showing what is claimed to be a display assembly for the upcoming “iPhone 6s”.

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While the photos do not confirm that the device will be equipped with Force Touch sensing as has been rumored, they do appear slightly different from the corresponding parts for the iPhone 6.

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Meanwhile, M.I.C Gadget shares a few photos of what it says is a prototype version of the iPhone 6s. The device is not shown turned on and the photos themselves do not reveal any differences compared to the iPhone 6, but the source claims the device measures 7.1 mm thick, slightly thicker than the 6.9 mm iPhone 6 and matching the 7.1 mm iPhone 6 Plus.

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Rumors have suggested the iPhone 6s could be slightly thicker than the iPhone 6 in order to accommodate the new Force Touch technology in the display, but the slight difference would not be easily perceptible to users and could even allow many accessories to be compatible with both generations.


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Aug

A look at the evolution of modern video game controllers


If anything’s kept pace with how video games have changed over the years, it’s how we interact with them. Our biggest touchpoint with virtual worlds is the gamepad and — akin to how games themselves have evolved from simple 2D affairs into 100-hour-long labyrinths in three dimensions — controllers have changed to accommodate that. What you’ll find in the gallery below is a comprehensive look at gamepads from the past 30-plus years of gaming, including high points and missteps alike.

[Image: Adafruit Industries/Flickr]

Filed under: Gaming, Home Entertainment, HD, Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo

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