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Aug

What is the least important feature on a phone? [Poll]


We spend lots of time talking about the best features on smartphones and what makes them so great. But what if we decided to turn the tables? Today, we are not talking about what feature has to be included on the phone you buy, but rather which feature you could live without. So here is the setup for this question.

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ou are walking through the woods when you come upon an old shack. Inquisitive, you decide to check out what is inside and discover an old magician sitting in the corner reading a book, Android for Dummies. He sees you and begs you to help him figure out how to use his new Android smartphone. As a self-proclaimed tech whiz, you get him all set up and prepare to leave. He says he must reward you and promises to create you the perfect smartphone. His describes the phone to you as he works his magic.

BoomSoundThe screen is beautiful and perfectly sized for your hand. The gorgeous 2K resolution makes pictures and text pop. You are not sure what magical screen technology the wizard used, but the colors are perfectly accurate and the blacks are true. Even better, outdoor visibility is amazing!

The performance on this phone is second to none. No matter how much stress you put on it, you will never experience any lag. It flies through multitasking, gaming, web browsing, videoing, and anything else you can throw at it.

The build quality is strong yet light. You know that no matter what you do to this phone, it will never chip, scratch, shatter, or dent. The materials feel comfortable in your hand, and no matter how much you use it, the phone never gets hot.

The speakers make sound come alive and fill the room you are in. The audio quality would bring tears to an audiophile’s eyes. Best of all, the speakers are front-facing but take up no room on the bezel. Magic, you say? Well…yes.

Smartphone cameraThe camera takes pictures that look more real life that the world outside. Every feature and add-on you want is already included, and there is not even a camera hump. Just for fun, the magician throws in a best-in-class selfie camera, too.

The battery life is unbelievable! No matter how much you use it, the phone will always last for days. When you do finally need to charge it, the charging technology is so good you can be back up to full in no time.

Finally, the software is top notch. It is running the latest version of Android, and if you want, you can add any skin on top. Updates become available the day they are announced, and the magician promises your phone will be supported forever.

All of this sounds amazing, and you are eager for the magician to finish his spells and hand over your new phone. Unfortunately, the magician is old and reluctantly tells you he cannot deliver on one of his promised features. In fact, he has to skimp on one of them to deliver the other features he offered.

So now the question is: Which feature would you give up in order to have an otherwise perfect phone? 

To make this more interesting, I am going to tell you what you will have to endure depending on what you choose.

Smartphone batteriesIf you choose the screen as least important, the size will be unbearable for you. Either too large or too small, depending on which you hate more. The resolution matches 5-year-old budget phones, the colors look terrible, and you will never be able to see it outside.

For those of you who do not think performance is important, you will find yourself will a phone that cannot even handle basic tasks. Texting, browsing the web, using social media, and switching apps cause your device to lag and stutter until you are frustrated beyond comprehension.

Choosing build quality will give you the cheapest built phone you could ever imagine. The materials are flimsy and weak, and the phone creaks every time you touch it. It feels like the phone might just shatter if you set it down to quickly. And this is a problem that no mere case is going to fix, regardless of the brand or materials.

If you go with speakers/sound quality as least important, you will never want to listen to anything on this phone again. First, the speaker will be placed in a way that you will almost always muffle it. The audio itself is distorted, crackly, tinny, and just plain terrible. Unfortunately, the problem persists even if you use headphones or a Bluetooth speaker.

Choosing camera as unimportant will net you a camera that 2009 Android phones could beat. The megapixel count is extremely low, the sensor is absolute trash, the colors in every picture look wrong, low light performance does not exist, and you are stuck using a bare-bones camera app.

FroyoIf you do not think battery life is important, you will be sorry once you have to use this phone. With top of the line specs, this phone will never last you through a day. When you are forced to charge during your lunch break, you will find no Quick Charge technology here. A slow trickle barely fills your battery at all, and you will be back to the outlet in no time.

Finally, choosing software as least important will leave you with an extremely powerful phone running an outdated, ugly, terribly skinned version of Android Froyo. With a guarantee that no updates will ever reach your device and absolutely no root community, you will be stuck in the past forever.

So now the time has come to vote! Which awful feature you choose to endure to have all the other features in the top list? Select you answer in the poll below, and they let us know what you chose and why down in the comments!


What is the least important feature on a phone?

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4
Aug

Video Review: The SVALT D’s Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks


The Svalt D is a MacBook dock with a unique feature – a built in cooling fan that’s designed to keep a MacBook’s temperature down when used in clamshell mode with an external monitor. Keeping the MacBook cool helps prevent processor throttling due to the high temperatures a MacBook is subjected to when in clamshell mode.

We went hands-on with the Svalt D to test the claims that it reduces temperature and speeds up performance, and we were impressed with how it worked.


Made up of a two-pound block of aluminum, the Svalt D is an attractive, sturdy stand that matches well with Apple’s line of MacBooks. The Svalt D houses a small stand that moves air through a MacBook, and thanks to an adjustable rubber foot, it’s compatible with all of Apple’s notebooks.

To test the Svalt D, we exported two different videos from a MacBook, with and without the dock. Without using the dock, exporting a video took 15 minutes and caused the temperature of the MacBook to rise to 121 degrees Fahrenheit. With the stand, our video exported in 14 minutes and the stand kept the MacBook at 105 degrees Fahrenheit, a 16 degree difference.

Our one complaint about the Svalt D concerned the two modes of the fan. There’s a normal mode and a silent mode, but switching between them requires using a special standalone cable, which is a bit of a hassle and an extra expense. Luckily, both modes are relatively quiet and don’t make as much noise as a MacBook fan, but the silent mode is definitely a better choice for users who want the quietest possible performance.

In our opinion, the Svalt D is a solid dock that lives up to its claims, keeping your MacBook cool when it’s used with an external monitor. The Svalt D is available in Silver and Black and can be purchased from the Svalt D website for $149.95. The Silence Adapter is available for $8.95.

Note: MacRumors received no compensation for this review.


4
Aug

iPad mini 4 Roundup Updated


We’ve updated our iPad mini roundup with all the details on Apple’s next-generation 7.9-inch tablet. The iPad mini 4 is expected to be thinner and lighter with an iPad Air-style redesign, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a gapless laminated display with anti-reflective coating. It will likely include an A9 processor and could also offer 2GB of RAM like the iPad Air 2.


4
Aug

‘Cozmo Run’ is a new free arcade game that’s really addicting


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Cozmo Run is an arcade game where users will try and survive along a narrow path. The object of the game is to tap the screen to turn and avoid falling off a path that goes in all kinds of directions.

As the player gets further into Cozmo Run, obstacles get in the way and the screen takes different orientations to trick the your mind mind. Players can collect stars on their journey down the path and one thousand of them will stop advertisements. But if you’re feeling lazy, an in-app purchase of only $2.99 will remove all ads right away.

The addicting app is free and offers a great challenge to beat your previous high scores. Players can sync up their records and data to Google Play Games in order to play on multiple devices and never miss a thing. Leaderboards and achievements are included, too.

Cozmo Run is a neat application that has tons of cool obstacles and brings a great user experience with its high quality visuals and cool sound effects. The app only takes up about 57MB of storage.

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4
Aug

Deal: TigerVPN Lite lifetime subscription only $29


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The internet can be a scary place. It’s full of  privacy threats, making it imperative to keep a close eye on your security software; especially if you are one to often use public networks. A VPN (virtual private network) makes it possible to surf the web with confidence, scrambling data and deeming it useless for potential attackers. In addition, a VPN can help you connect to region-specific services such as Hulu and Netflix (given that you choose a VPN for the right location – in this case, the USA).

Want in on a good VPN deal? The AA Deals Store is currently offering a lifetime subscription to TigerVPN Lite for only $29. By the way, its true value is estimated at $790, making this a 96% discount over the service’s original price.

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TigerVPN Lite does work with iOS, Android, Mac OSX, Windows and even select WiFi routers. The only ones left out of the equation are Windows Phone users, but that shouldn’t be much of an issue, as very few of you use Microsoft’s mobile OS. Users will also get access to 256-bit SSL encryption while browsing, 10 Gbps servers, 15 nodes (out of 61 available) and more.

It’s really an all-in-one package for your VPN needs. If you know you will take advantage of such services, I say this will be the best $29 you have spent in a long time. Head over to the AA Deals Store and sign up for it as soon as you can, because the deal ends in only 3 days.

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4
Aug

Super-fast projector may be key to holodeck-like rooms


The DynaFlash projector (it can't actually display 3D images like that)

Projection mapping theoretically adds a Holodeck-like level of immersion to simulations, but current projectors are simply too slow to keep up with fast-moving people. That won’t be an issue if University of Tokyo researchers have their way. They’ve developed DynaFlash, a 1,000 frames per second projector that can keep up with just about any moving object. It can’t beam images into thin air, like you see above (that’s just for show), but it can seemingly do everything else — even if you shake or spin an object very quickly, you’ll still get the image where you wanted it to be. The trick involves adding a special controller to a DLP (digital light processing) projector that, combined with fast image output, delivers both high frame rates and low latency.

The current projector is crude: it outputs at a mere 1,024 x 768 resolution in a 256-color scale, which pales in comparison to the visual quality you’ll get from just about any conventional projector. The scientists expect to ship a real product as soon as summer 2016, though, and the possibilities extend beyond just extra-involving games. You could use it for highly detailed 3D measurements — a parking lot could keep track of the exact positions of cars as they move around, for instance, letting you know which spaces are about to be filled. DynaFlash will need a higher resolution and a richer palette to be effective for much more, but that may only be a matter of time.

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Source:
Nikkei Technology

Tags: dlp, dynaflash, hdpostcross, ishikawawatanabelaboratory, projectionmapping, projector, science, UniversityOfTokyo, video

4
Aug

Sony’s RX100 IV is still the point-and-shoot to beat


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Does the world need another point-and-shoot camera? Sony seems to think so. Despite an influx of smartphones that have put sophisticated imaging features in people’s pockets, the company is still keen on improving its flagship compact shooter, the RX100. The latest model, introduced last month, looks to match the accomplishments of those that came before it: being the best point-and-shoot on the market. This time around, though, Sony’s RX100 IV comes with a higher price tag: It’s now $950, up from $800 on the last-gen model. But you get what you pay for, meaning a mix of top-of-the-line specs with a slim body that can fit in even the skinniest of jeans.Slideshow-308840

The RX100 IV packs a 20.1-megapixel, 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor alongside a BIONZ X image processor and Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm (f/1.8-2.8) wide-angle lens. You’ll also find a 3-inch, high-resolution tilting LCD and an itty-bitty OLED electronic viewfinder that pops up and slides out whenever you need it. Keep in mind that’s all wrapped in a package weighing a mere 10.5 ounces, or roughly 300 grams. That said, the most notable highlights are these: Sony’s new camera now shoots 4K (3,840 x 2,160) at 30, 25 and 24 fps (albeit with a five-minute limit), while frames-per-second rates of up to 1,000 will let you record super-slow-motion videos. Rounding things up are a max ISO range of 25,600, shutter speeds as quick as 1/32,000th of a second and a 16 fps continuous shooting mode.

Yes, the specs look fantastic, but how does this fare in everyday use? As you would expect, the RX100 IV performs like a champ. The pictures and videos it captures are sharp and vivid, without ever seeming over-processed or compressed. Naturally, the best things about the device are its small form factor and ergonomics; there’s not another similar-sized camera that can match the RX100 IV’s image quality or that includes features like a tiny EVF. For a point-and-shoot, it handles low-light situations well too, though that’s not to say it doesn’t struggle now and then. If you push it to its limits during night shoots, you’ll start noticing some of the usual grain, pixelation and blurriness, but that’s the exception rather than the rule. For the most part, I was impressed with how the RX100 IV was able to match cameras with bigger sensors — even Micro Four Thirds models from Panasonic and Olympus.

Since it is a point-and-shoot after all, I also wanted to test the RX100 IV in full-auto mode, and I can’t complain about the results. I wanted to take it out of my back pocket and, with one hand, turn it on, aim at the subject, focus and then hit the shutter. It’s not the most scientific of tests, but nine out of 10 shots came out looking good enough that I would feel comfortable sharing them and, you know, not deleting them instantly. The same goes for videos, which is one of the reasons this camera’s become so popular among YouTubers. It’s the perfect capture device for “vlogging” (ugh), especially now that it does both 4K and slow-motion videos. And that right there is who this pocket-sized shooter is geared toward: people who need something portable that’s still capable of producing high-quality content.

Sony’s RX100 has been the point-and-shoot to beat since it was first introduced in 2012. The fourth-generation model builds upon that success and tops everything its predecessors have offered. Sure, it’s more expensive than ever, but $950 is a fair price to pay to feel safe leaving your heavy full-frame camera behind on a trip or two.Slideshow-308841

To view full-resolution sample images shot with the Sony RX100 IV, click here.

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4
Aug

‘Destiny’ ditches Dinklage


Before Destiny officially launched on consoles, it launched a meme: That wizard came from the moon! The phrase, which was printed on Bungie-sanctioned t-shirts (and sold like hotcakes), spawned from Peter Dinklage’s awkward, non-committal voice acting as the game’s helpful, floating Ghost character. Soon, we’ll be able to tell if the dialogue was to blame, or if Dinklage simply phoned this one in: Bungie is replacing all of Dinklage’s voice work in the main game with that of Nolan North, the voice actor behind Uncharted‘s Nathan Drake and Assassin’s Creed‘s Desmond Miles (among many other credits). North spilled the beans to Game Informer this month.

“They let me bring what I wanted to the role,” he said. “You have to give it your own spin. For that reason, I specifically said I didn’t want to hear anything that someone else had done, so that I didn’t have some preconceived notion of what it has to be. Instead, I just gave it my stamp, and let them direct me accordingly.” Sounds like a good plan of action.

North’s version of the Ghost makes its debut in The Taken King, a big Destiny expansion launching on September 15th. The Taken King ran into a bit of its own drama earlier this year, when Bungie announced a convoluted pricing structure for the DLC and extra content associated with it.

But let’s take this one hiccup at a time. Bungie eventually removed the moon-wizard line from the final game, and so far there’s no word on whether it will be reinstated with North’s new take. Fingers crossed.

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Source:
Game Informer

Tags: Bungie, Destiny, ghost, hdpostcross, NolanNorth, PeterDinklage, VoiceActing

4
Aug

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 leaked ahead of New York City event again


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Online Android publication Droid-Life has been able to get its hands-on exclusive photos of the Galaxy Note 5 ahead of Samsung’s press conference in New York City next week. Leaks like these are commonplace ahead of a big event, but they tend to leave little surprise among tech enthusiasts during the official unveiling.

Droid-Life notes that the device likes like a much bigger Galaxy S6, touting Samsung’s recent metal and glass unibody design. As per the norm, there is an S-Pen slot on the bottom right, it has a micro-USB port, a single bottom speaker, the traditional headphone jack, and an extremely thin bezel.

As for the picture above, it shows off what is allegedly Samsung’s new Air Command menu.

It’s rumored that the device is sporting 4GB of RAM, 32/64/128GB storage options, no microSD card slot, and a 3,000mAh non-removable battery. These specs lineup with rumors we’ve heard before, and the lack of a microSD card slot was expected, considering the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were lacking the feature.

Head on over to the source link below to see the rest of the photos.

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4
Aug

T-Mobile overtakes Sprint as 3rd largest U.S. carrier


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It’s official – T-Mobile has passed by Sprint to move up a rung on the ladder to the top of the U.S. wireless carrier rankings. With 58.9 million subscribers, T-Mobile has officially become the third largest carrier in the U.S. This was determined after Sprint released their latest earnings report showing they had 57 million subscribers.

Despite losing their spot, Sprint did manage to put up some decent numbers during the quarter compared to past performance. Sprint managed to add 675,000 new customers this past quarter versus a loss of 620,000 a year ago. Sprint also noted that they had only 1.56 percent churn, so they are managing to hang on to customers much better now.

After undergoing some executive changes, Sprint has slowly been implementing efforts to turn around past performance. This has included some new plans like their recent All-In plans and the accompanying marketing effort that includes David Beckham. Sprint has likely moved past some of the network growing pains they experienced in recent years to be able to offer more consistent coverage as well.

Do you think Sprint will be able to catch back up to T-Mobile?

source: The Verge

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