500px built its service around serious photographers uploading DSLR shots on their PCs, but it knows that mobile users matter, too — and it’s not going to sit idly by while Flickr and Instagram steal the spotlight. The company has launched a brand new iOS app that gives the entire experience a much-needed overhaul. For one thing, there’s a new home feed that makes it far easier to keep up with what your fellow shutterbugs are doing. It’s really a souped-up version of the timelines you see in other photo apps, but that’s not a bad thing if you’re used to photo-driven social networks. There’s also a Discover tab that, like Flickr’s Explore, helps you stumble across interesting pictures you might not have found on your own. An interface rework greatly simplifies basics like uploading photos or finding other users, and there’s a slate of Adobe editing tools to tweak your shots.
The iOS software is available now, and its Android equivalent is “coming soon.” Don’t count on a version for your Lumia or Chromebook, though. 500px dropped support for its Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Chrome OS apps back in April, so you may have little choice but to use the website and give up many of the conveniences of a native app.
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Image of both the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus have been posted online, showing exactly what the devices will look like upon being announced on August 13. These new devices look very similar to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge; therefore Samsung seems to have found a new design language that it actually likes enough to stick with.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 next to the Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus next to the Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Retail packaging, too, was photographed and revealed the following items to be included with the Galaxy Note 5:
- 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display
- 64-bit octa-core processor
- 4GB of RAM
- 16MP / 5MP cameras
- 32GB of internal storage
- Built-in wireless charging
- KNOX protection
- 4G LTE
The event on August 13 will be live-streamed at 11:00AM ET on Samsung’s YouTube page. We’ll let you know all the details about the upcoming handsets as they arrive, so stay tuned.
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Just because you’re aboard the International Space Station doesn’t mean you can avoid eating your vegetables. NASA has revealed that its ISS crew will munch on space-grown veggies (specifically, the red romaine lettuce you see above) for the first time on August 10th, rather than sending the food back to Earth as it has in the past. This isn’t solely to get more fiber into the astronauts’ diet, of course. It’ll give NASA a sense of what it’s like for spacefarers to eat fresh food that has only ever experienced microgravity and artificial lighting.
This is an important step toward both a manned trip to Mars and long distance spaceflight as a whole. Real live plants should be useful as more than nutritional supplements to ready-made meals — they can produce fresher air, and provide a psychological boost to isolated crews hoping for something that reminds them of home. There are even some potential benefits for people back on the ground, since the lessons learned on the ISS might apply to plant factories where abundant sunlight and water aren’t guaranteed. Even if you never get to taste these otherworldly greens, you may still reap their rewards.
[Image credit: NASA]
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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset received a little more fire than it should, so we are all looking forward to moving past over-heating issues and welcoming the new high-end Snapdragon processor. A recent rumor pointed toward a possible Snapdragon 820 announcement to come this week. On August 11th, to be exact; but the latest reports state that is likely not the case.
This rumor emerged from Taiwan, after Qualcomm sent out invites for a mysterious press event to take place in Los Angeles, CA. People got overly excited and started assuming this was all about the Snapdragon 820, but it has been discovered this event is part of SIGGRAPH 2015. This happens to be a conference with a focus on computer graphics.
The latest sources (and common sense) suggest Qualcomm will simply be there to show off new gaming and graphics technology, but not the Snapdragon 820. Bummer, right? The good news is we are still likely getting all the details on the new SoC relatively soon. Rumors say samples have already reached major manufacturers, such as Sony and HTC.
Regardless of when the new processor is actually announced, we can expect something big from Qualcomm this time around. The new chip is said to offer a 40% increase in performance over the Snapdragon 810, as well as a 30% improvement in battery life. That is surely nothing to scoff at! Let’s just hope the thing doesn’t start getting too hot this time around.
For now, just keep it tuned to Android Authority to continue getting all your news on Qualcomm and everything Android-related. Also, just because the Snapdragon 820 is not being announced this week, it doesn’t mean we won’t learn anything about it. Companies have been known to tease, or at least mention details about their products before actually launching them. Maybe the San Diego-based company will give us a little treat!
On Twitter, Evan Blass revealed that a new device from Huawei will be launching on September 2 at IFA 2015.
Blass went on to state that Huawei will be announcing a new smartphone possibly belonging to a “D-series” of devices; however, shortly after sharing the image above, sources informed him that there is no such series. Also, a planned force touch feature was removed.
What we could be looking at here is a new Ascend Mate device. That would mean this is the successor to the Ascend Mate 7, coming with a large display and debuting in early September at IFA.
Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)
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This one goes out to those of you who are waiting to get your hands on Blackberry’s first Android-powered handset. Despite being an alleged AT&T exclusive, Evan Blass now claims that T-Mobile customers, too, will be able to purchase codename ‘Venice’ this fall.
It will likely include a 5.4-inch Quad HD display and be powered by a six-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor backed with 3GB of RAM. Other rumored features include an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera inside a curved-edge body similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge.
BlackBerry is expected to release the device in November.
This is shaping up to be a high-end Android smartphone, one that could ultimately decide BlackBerry’s trajectory for years to come. Will you be taking a look at what BlackBerry has coming?
Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)
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The thing with virtual reality is, you really need to try it out to “get” it. And since head-mounted displays aren’t considered a necessary gadget like phones yet, something like a touring VR film festival will allow more people to experience the technology. The Kaleidoscope VR Film Fest will showcase around 20 short films from around the world, including one called Butts (see above) by American director Tyler Hurd. You will be able to watch them on Oculus Rift and on Samsung Gear VR headsets if you attend, though you do have to pay an entrance fee priced at $10 for students and $15 for regular folks. If you want to skip waiting in line to watch the shorts, you can shell out $99 for a VIP ticket.
The tour will kick off on August 22nd in Portland, after which it will make its way to Seattle (Aug. 26th), Vancouver (Aug. 29th), San Francisco (Sept. 15th), Los Angeles (Sept. 23rd), Denver (Sept. 26th), Toronto (Oct. 4th), New York City (Oct. 6th) and Austin (Oct. 14th). It’s sponsored by an LA-startup named Vrideo, which will benefit greatly from all the exposure the tech will get from the tour. See, Vrideo calls itself the “Home of Immersive Video” and is most likely trying to become the YouTube for virtual reality clips.
Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival
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You may associate Opera with data-saving web browsers and handy compression tools, but the company is determined to make more of a name for itself in smartphone apps, too. Opera just bought Bemobi, a mobile app discovery service that thrives on a Netflix-like app subscription service — pay a weekly fee on your phone bill and you get to use as many “premium” apps as you like. The deal not only gives Opera a fresh way to offer apps beyond its usual app store, but gives it a huge footprint in Latin America, where Bemobi already has deals with major carriers. Don’t be surprised if you soon have a way to experiment with paid apps and games without paying full price for each and every one.
Opera (PR Newswire)
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Cyanogen posted great news on Instagram. Adnan B., a Cyanogen employee, spoke at Seattle Code Rush, saying the company now has more active users than Windows Mobile and BlackBerry together. This is an amazing accomplishment for the company, and they seem to be very proud of it.
Windows Mobile and BlackBerry have been on a long rapid decline for some time now. Over the past few quarters, Android and iOS have continued separating themselves from everyone else. After parting ways with its biggest partner, OnePlus, earlier this year, Cyanogen appears to be fine without the Chinese manufacturer. Despite the split, OnePlus has also been doing well. The company just rolled out its OnePlus 2 flagship with their own OxygenOS and it seems to be a big hit so far.
Cyanogen is mostly known for its CyanogenMod interface which has become a widely popular skin for Android. Most enjoy it because of the features and opportunities it provides that stock Android does not. It contains lots of customization and promotes ease of use at the same time while keeping fast performance.
Source: Cyanogen (Instagram)
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There is less than a week to go for the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which might seem a little unexpected and early, as the annual Galaxy Note launch is usually a highlight of IFA in Berlin. Its predecessor was met with great acclaim after its launch, with everyone appreciating everything from its design, camera, and some new S-Pen functionality, and the Galaxy Note 4 continues to be a very compelling device. Understandably, we’re hopeful that the Galaxy Note 5 is as good, if not better, and while there have, of course, already been numerous leaks and endless speculation about the latest Galaxy Note smartphone, we’re still looking forward to some key aspects making their way over to the new device. Here’s a roundup of 5 things that we want to see with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5!
Expandable storage and removable battery
This is the big one of course, as these otherwise staple Samsung features were given a skip with the latest Galaxy S series flagships in favor of a sleek unibody metal and glass design. Granted, the storage available with the base model was bumped up to 32 GB, but even that isn’t enough for power users, and opting for the higher 64 GB and 128 GB versions required quite the premium. Absence of a removable battery may be easy to forgive, because of the next feature we’re looking forward to, but expandable storage is going to be one of the first things we look for when we get our hands on the official spec sheet, and if rumors hold true, will unfortunately lament over when it’s left out.
Another reason for the popularity of the Galaxy Note line is because of the battery, which has been removable in previous iterations, being big enough to cover the needs of most users. Longevity is a hallmark of the large form factor, and the Galaxy Note line has to continue this, especially if the battery so no longer user replaceable. Disparity in the flagship and even some mid-range Samsung devices tends to highlight where some features makes sense and where they are missing. A great example of this is the Galaxy S6 Active, that, courtesy of its large 3,500 mAh battery, provides for a very reliable battery life, when compared to its other flagship namesakes. Speculation suggests that the Galaxy Note 5 will pack a 3,000 mAh battery, which might be enough, but there is obviously an expectation for more, especially because Samsung has shown that higher battery capacities can be found in their phones.
What the Galaxy Note line did over its last few iterations is succeed where the Galaxy S line did not. This was very evident just last year, when the sleek and incredible Galaxy Note 4 completely redeemed the design language of the Galaxy S5, while providing even more, and better, features. If the recent leaks are any indication, the Galaxy Note 5 will not only follow the design language and build quality introduced with the Galaxy S6, but that will also mean the loss of the features mentioned above. As well as it worked with the Samsung flagships, a glass design for a much larger device in the Galaxy Note 5, and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus for that matter, is not something we’re sure will work. The Galaxy Note 5 might set a precedent for the Note series that simply wasn’t true before, and all we can do is hope that the design of the latest Note smartphone makes us fall in love with it the same way its predecessor did last year.
If the glass encased design is what we’re going to get, perhaps this is the year where we get to see some variations introduced in the Galaxy Note line. As great as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were, the Galaxy S6 Active was able to address a few of the concerns that users had with the original, namely durability and battery life. There was also the addition of the Active key, which received my stamp of approval, but while something like the Active key would a welcome inclusion with the Galaxy Note 5, the S Pen does add enough of its own extra input. The dual glass design of the Note 5 will likely make it one of the most expensive and most delicate devices that requires a death grip. If we’re getting a larger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge, which is essentially a Note 5, with a curve and missing the S Pen, we can certainly hope for Samsung to introduce another variant, like a Galaxy Note 5 Active.
Spartan interface, including S Pen
We gave the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge very high marks for its dialed back interface. Not only did it slim down in features and annoying tutorials, but it was also optimized for Samsung’s powerful in-house Exynos processor, making for an incredibly smooth and snappy software experience, something that Samsung has often had trouble achieving. While we don’t expect the Galaxy Note 5 to be as spartan, considering the S Pen and all the features it entails, we do at least want to see the same level of optimization. When it comes the S Pen as well, it wouldn’t hurt to hope that the new stylus retains the same great potential, without clamoring for too much attention. Plenty of S-Pen features of the Galaxy Note 4 were useful, such as using the stylus as a kind of mouse, but the learning curve was steep enough that not too many people ever pulled it out. If using the S-Pen is easier to learn, and its features are made almost indispensable to the Galaxy Note experience, we’d certainly be using this signature element a lot more this year.
So, there you have it for this round up of the 5 things we really want to see from the Samsung Galaxy Note 5! We’re certain that plenty of aspects like the Quad HD display and the high quality camera will get the updates they deserve, so this serves as a bit of a wish list for this year’s Galaxy Note smartphone. It does feel a little weird to have to hope for expandable storage, and despite all the leaks we’ve already seen, we can’t be blamed for keeping our fingers crossed tight to make this wish list a reality.