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Tracking glitch grounds over 100 US flights

Flights stuck in Washington, DC

Hopefully, you weren’t flying to or from the US East coast this weekend — if you were, there’s a real chance that a technical glitch ruined your trip. The Federal Aviation Administration reports that airlines cancelled legions of flights (around 134 in Baltimore and Washington DC, according to Flightaware) after an automated tracking system in Virginia went haywire. It’s not yet certain exactly what went wrong, but the incident triggered a ripple effect that delayed several hundred flights. One thing’s for sure: between this and United Airlines’ network chaos, technology is becoming an ever-larger factor in your ability to travel on time.

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Galaxy Note 5 is missing VR software

samsung_gear_vr_screen_01The Galaxy Note 5 was launched alongside the Galaxy S6 Edge+ at an event held in New York City this past Thursday. So far, the handset has received very mixed reviews. Although most are happy with what the Note 5 brings to the table, many are unsatisfied. As recently reported, the Note 5 won’t include many features that where found in its predecessor, the Note 4. Some of these include expandable storage, a removable battery and a missing IR blaster for controlling your TV or AV equipment. A new report on Reddit states the Note 5 also won’t come with VR support for last years headset.

Unfortunately for Samsung VR users, the Galaxy Note 5 won’t fit the VR headset designed for the Note 4. It looks like VR lovers will have to wait until the company releases a new headset designed for the newly released flagships. So far nothing has been leaked or teased on any upcoming VR equipment from Samsung, but don’t count it out. Samsung is scheduled to release its upcoming Gear S2 smartwatch at the IFA 2015 trade show in Berlin early this September and the company may just show us a sneak peak on what its plans our with Virtual Reality. Only time will tell.

Source: Samsung Gear VR (Reddit)

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Gionee GN9007 appears on Geekbench and TENAA, could be the Elife S7 Mini

Android smartphones_Gionee_GN9007_leaked specs_081515_1A new mid-range Gionee model has surfaced on Geekbench and TENAA. Specifications indicate this may be the new Elife S7 Mini.

The mid-range handset has a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. It’s powered by a octa-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6753 SoC processor backed with 2GB of RAM. The handset includes a 13MP rear-facing camera and an 8MP front-facing camera for selfies and video chats. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and includes 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to an additional 128GB. Other features include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a Micro USB, and built in GPS. Android smartphones_Gionee_GN9007_leaked specs_081515_2

The Gionee GN9007 measures 144.9 × 69.8 × 6mm and weighs only 124.6 grams. It will likely come in White and Black color options. So far there is no word on pricing or availability. Signs point towards a possible launch at IFA 2015.

Via: PhoneArena

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Malaysian carrier offering reservations for OnePlus 2 invitations

oneplus_2_launch_never_settleMalaysian carrier Maxis is offering reservations for invitation to purchase the all-new OnePlus 2.

Maxis says the invites are limited quantity and are released on a first come first serve basis. At this time, there is still no word on when the official roll-out will begin, but you can expect it to start promptly. This could very well be your best chance at becoming one of the first people to own the new OnePlus 2 handset or 2016 flagship killer as OnePlus states. Register now before you lose out.

Buyers will need to supply their full name, a verification ID number, phone number and email address. Once provided and agreed to the terms, you’re good to go. Users can register and learn more at the Maxis link down below.

Here are some of the handset’s specification brought you by MDroid:

  • 5.5-inch 1080p IPS NEO display
  • Snapdragon 810 Octa Core processor
  • 3/4GB of RAM
  • 16/64 GB internal storage
  • 13MP OIS rear camera/5MP front-facing camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 3,300 mAh battery
  • USB Type-C port
  • Dual SIM card with 4G LTE connectivity

Source: Maxis
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Blackberry ‘Venice’ leaks in new image

Android smartphones_Blackberry_Venice_leaked image_081515The upcoming Blackberry ‘Venice’ is gaining more and more attention. The high-end device will be the company’s first ever Android powered smartphone.

The new image captured shows a real image taken of the front side of the device unlike previous leaked renders. The image shows an edgy device as previously rumored with a back software button. The company’s logo is along the top bezel next to what looks to be a front-facing camera and led indicator. The smartphone will have front-facing speakers and an on/off button along with volume controls on the right side of the device.

Allegedly, the smartphone will be released on AT&T and T-Mobile in the states. No other details have been mentioned about the remained of the world, but sit tight. Blackberry believes it will find a market in the Android sector and plans to release more Android powered smartphones in the near future.  We’ll keep a look out.

Source: Crackberry

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Here are the videos you don’t want to miss this week – August 15th, 2015


If you’re an Android fan and just so happen to love giant smartphones, we have some good news for you. This week brought us two new flagships from Samsung – the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ – and so far we’ve been really enjoying our time with both devices. With improved build quality, some handy new software features and some crazy internal specifications, many folks will agree that Samsung’s newest handsets definitely don’t disappoint.

This week hasn’t only been about Samsung, though. We’ve been working on our full review for the OnePlus 2, but in the meantime, Josh has unboxed the device and given a great explanation on the new features that come with the “2016 flagship killer”. We’ve also managed to bring you a full review of the Galaxy A8, some quick first impressions on the new Google Hangouts version 4.0 and much more.

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Here are some of the most important videos you don’t want to miss this week.

Hands-on and first impressions

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – first look!

Samsung just announced its new 2015 phablet, the Galaxy Note 5. It might look very similar to the company’s Galaxy S6, but this new Note is much more than that. It comes with some killer new S Pen features, 4GB of RAM, a big and beautiful display and a ton of other great enhancements. Take a look at the video above to see just what the new Galaxy Note 5 can offer.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ first look!

The heavily-rumored Galaxy S6 Edge+ was also announced alongside the Note 5, and it’s a doozy. On the surface it might look like an oversized Galaxy S6 Edge. While those claims aren’t wrong, does this device have more to offer than just a bigger display? Take a look at our hands-on video for more details.

New flagships vs the competition

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs Galaxy Note 4 – quick look

It may not seem like it, but Samsung changed a lot with the Note line this year. The Galaxy Note 4 was one of our favorite Android devices that launched last year, but how does it compare to the new hotness? Check out the comparison video above to find out.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus – quick look

Continuing the age-old debate of Samsung vs Apple, the video above pits two of the best giant smartphones against one another. Which do you think is the large screen king? Take a look at the comparison above to see for yourself.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs Galaxy S6 Edge – quick look

Is the Galaxy S6 Edge+ really just an oversized S6 Edge, or does it offer more to users than that? We go hands-on with both devices to see just how much they differ from one another.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs LG G4 – quick look

Okay, so you’ve chosen Android as your platform of choice, but which big smartphone do you choose in the end? We go hands-on with the Note 5 and the LG G4 to help you make that decision.

Color comparison

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 color comparison

Available in Black Sapphire, Pearl White, Gold Platinum and Titanium Silver, the Galaxy Note 5 is quite the looker. Which color will you choose?

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ color comparison

The S6 Edge+ is also offered in Black Sapphire, Pearl White, Gold Platinum and Titanium Silver. Take a look at the video above for the full rundown.

OnePlus 2 unboxing and feature focus

OnePlus 2 unboxing and initial setup

Just what can $329 get you these days? Check out Josh’s unboxing and first impressions on the OnePlus 2, aka the “2016 flagship killer”.

OnePlus 2 – new features focus

Sporting a USB Type-C port, Alert Slider and fingerprint sensor, the OnePlus 2 certainly packs a punch when it comes to new features. Check out Josh’s video above for a better look at each one of these features.

Samsung Galaxy A8 review

Samsung’s new Galaxy A8 is nice, but is it worth the flagship price? Lanh answers that question in his full review.

Google Hangouts v4.0 quick look

The new Google Hangouts version 4.0 for Android is finally out, and Joe walks us through some of the biggest changes that have made their way to the messaging app.

Android Apps Weekly

Piracy, PornHub, and Fallout Shelter is finally available – you don’t want to miss Joe’s newest episode of Android Apps Weekly!

Opinions and features

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – what it packs and what it lacks

The Galaxy Note 5 may be one of the best devices headed our way sometime soon, but that doesn’t mean it comes without its caveats. Jayce and Edgar run us through some of the main features the Note 5 brings to the table, and some things it’s noticeably missing.

What does Google’s new Alphabet mean for us?

There was a big shakeup in Google last week, as Larry Page announced a new parent company for Google called Alphabet. What does that mean for the future of Google and Android? Nirave and Jayce give us the scoop.

Now that you’ve gotten a chance to wrap your mind around everything, tell us – which new device are you buying, the Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 Edge+?


Here’s Samsung’s first Note 5 commercial

The first official Samsung Note 5 commercial just went live on their YouTube channel giving you a marketing idea of where Samsung believe the Note 5 fits in the market.

Whilst I’m still pissed that the Note 5 isn’t coming to the UK anytime soon, it’s still nice to check out the new device in all its glory. The 30-second commercial focuses solely on the greatness and flexibility of the redesigned S-Pen, which includes navigating images, creating sketches, and sending text messages all with the stylus.

Check out the video below:

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New York is the latest state to ban powdered alcohol

A clear alcoholic beverage

Powdered alcohol has faced an uphill battle for legitimacy in the US, with 20 states having banned it until now… and a new, 21st ban could represent its biggest defeat to date. New York Governor Cuomo has signed legislation banning the sale of Palcohol and other forms of crystallized or powdered alcoholic beverages in the state. According to him, it’s a “public health disaster waiting to happen” — it’s too easy to create a dangerous mix (or worse, ingest it directly), and underage drinkers can sneak it out largely unnoticed. While there’s no national ban yet, it’s hard to imagine the tide turning in Palcohol’s favor.

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Tags: alcohol, beverage, drink, government, newyork, palcohol, regulation


With Samsung’s new phones, the phablet is so mainstream it’s no longer a category

By Ross Rubin

It was only in 2010 that Samsung introduced the Galaxy S, the first in its incredibly popular series of flagship smartphones. It had a 4-inch display, which was large for its time. A year later, however, the phone was dwarfed by the then-mammoth 5.3-inch screen on the first Galaxy Note. By 2011 standards, the Note was so large, it implied that it was aimed at a customer the size of an NBA center. And it popularized a new term—phablet—that indicated it straddled the line between phone and tablet.

In the following years, both the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note screen sizes grew, which quickly begged a question. Given that there was some upper limit on the practical size of a smartphone, how would Samsung continue to differentiate between the two phone families as each came closer to that upper limit?

Samsung already had a plan. While consumers and most of the media focused on the size of the Galaxy Note series, for Samsung its differentiation was ultimately about the S-Pen, the digital stylus that comes with Note models, whose spacious displays are especially amenable to scribbling. (In 2013, spurred by the success of the Note, the company went even larger with a 6.3-inch screen on the Galaxy Mega series, but it hasn’t developed that line.)

As the size gap between the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note narrowed, flagship phones with 5.2-inch and even 5.5-inch screens became more commonplace. LG’s excellent G4, for instance, boasts a 5.5-inch display. The HTC One M9, a minor evolution of its predecessor, has a 5-inch display. Following the growth plan that Samsung pioneered, Motorola has bumped its Moto X screen size over its three generations. It has grown from 4.7 inches to 5.2 inches to—with its recently announced Moto X Play—5.7 inches, in a body that is both shorter and narrower than that of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Indeed, the clearest sign that mainstream phone customers were ready to have their palms stretched by a big screen was Apple’s entry into the category last fall.

The new Galaxy S6 Edge+ is clearly designed to one-up the screen size of the iPhone 6 Plus without saddling a big phone with an S-Pen. But according to Samsung, the key to big phone screen acceptance is a thin body. While the company touted the steadily rising sales of the Galaxy Note family when it introduced the right-sloping Galaxy Note 4 Edge, it now says that that handset represented an early version of its curved-display technology and that the phone, at 8.3mm compared to the Note5’s 7.6mm, was relatively thick.

With the release of the Galaxy 6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note5, which both boast a 5.7-inch display, the company that established the phablet category with the Note can expect to see it cannibalized by its pen-free sibling. Indeed, unless one has a particular desire for the S-Pen—which has improved both aesthetically and functionally compared to previous versions—it’s hard to make a case for the no-longer-bigger Note5.

The Galaxy S6 Edge+, which builds on the success of its 5.2-inch sibling, is thinner than the Note, with curved sides and software features designed to take advantage of them. That’s its main differentiator from the host of other flagship smartphones with roomy screens. The phablet has simply become the phone it always really was.

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Amazon Echo update brings more features and adds Alexa Skills

amazon_echoThe Amazon Echo keeps getting better and better. Last update they added more sports scores while this update brings more support for Wink hub-connected products. Also, Alexa is getting third-party app support called Skills.

Wink hub-connected smart lights from Leviton and Lightify are now supported. Amazon already added support for Wink hub-connected products back in July, but more products added are always welcome.

The real new and exciting part of this update are some new Alexa skills. More will be added with future updates, but the ones you can use right now are SubHub, Math Puzzles, and Crystal Ball. To access them you have to turn Skills on in the Echo app. Once that is done you can ask it things like “Alexa, ask StubHub what is happening in Toronto this weekend” and it will respond back events that are going on.

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