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Aug

1 billion people used Facebook on Monday


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What were you doing Monday? According to Mark Zuckerberg, it probably included using Facebook. He just posted that for the first time, the social network notched one billion individual users in a single day, calling it “just the beginning of connecting the whole world.” With that kind of scale, it’s no wonder the exec is focused on drones, lasers and other technology to connect the rest of the world to the internet ASAP, because he’s got an idea what they will log on to first.

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We just passed an important milestone. For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day.On…

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27
Aug

HTC RE Camera earns award from the Industrial Designers Society of America


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Praise for the HTC RE Camera continues with the device receiving a design award at the 35th International Design Excellence ceremony. The Industrial Designers Society of America selected the RE Camera as an award winner among a field of over 1,700 entries. HTC’s little camera was likely selected because of its simple, compact design that is rather unique. The RE Camera looks like a colorful periscope.

Claude Zellweger, Vice Preside of Design at HTC, explained the RE Camera’s design:

“We approached the design aesthetic with a view to deliver something which was stunning, simple and effective to use. Our solution was a unique cylindrical design which fits comfortably in your hand and instantly activates on pick up, allowing you to point and shoot moments with ease.”

The RE Camera will now be part of a permanent collect of products stored at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan.

HTC RE CAMERA WINS DESIGN AWARD AT THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS

HTC RE Camera recognized for product design excellence and placed in the permanent collection at the Henry Ford Museum 

Seattle, Washington, USA, August 27, 2015 HTC today announced that the HTC RE Camera has won a design award at the 35th annual International Design Excellence awards ceremony. The awards, conducted by the Industrial Designers Society of America, are a premier design competition recognizing excellence in product design around the world.

“HTC is a global leader in technology innovation and design with the HTC RE camera leading the way in challenging the way people think about imaging,” said Claude Zellweger, Vice President of Design at HTC. “We approached the design aesthetic with a view to deliver something which was stunning, simple and effective to use. Our solution was a unique cylindrical design which fits comfortably in your hand and instantly activates on pick up, allowing you to point and shoot moments with ease.”

As an International Design Excellence Award winner, the HTC RE Camera, which beat over 1,700 other entries, will receive placement in the fall edition of Innovation – the annual yearbook of International Design Excellence Award winners – and a place in the permanent collection at the Henry Ford Museum, the ultimate place to explore what Americans past and present have imagined and invented.

About HTC

HTC Corporation aims to bring brilliance to life. As a global innovator in smart mobile devices and technology, HTC has produced award-winning products and industry firsts since its inception in 1997, including the critically acclaimed HTC One and HTC Desire lines of smartphones. The pursuit of brilliance is at the heart of everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing virtual reality and mobile experiences for consumers around the world. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). www.htc.com

About the Henry Ford Museum

Beginning as a simple yet bold idea to document the genius of ordinary people, by recognizing and preserving the objects they used in the course of their everyday lives, the Henry Ford Museum has grown into the ultimate place to explore what Americans past and present have imagined and invented. With a sweeping, single-floor space and soaring 40-foot ceilings, this grand space is dedicated to showcasing the finest collection of its kind ever assembled.

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27
Aug

DirecTV customers get one year of free service when switching to Sprint


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Sprint is making a one-time offer exclusively to DirecTV customers that gives them free service for a full year when switching to Sprint. This strategy is an effort to lure away customers after AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV, and offers customers 12 months of unlimited voice calls, text messages and 2 gigabytes of data.

DirecTV customers need to show a copy of their recent DirecTV bill to verify their status to qualify for the offer. Customers also need to sign up for a leasing program, a monthly installment program for their smartphone, or buy a new smartphone. A household can sign up a maximum of 5 lines, each free for a year. In addition to that, Sprint said it will buy customers out of their existing contracts or pay up to $300 for an existing smartphone.

“DIRECTV customers love their TV service – but they shouldn’t have to settle for AT&T wireless,” said Kevin Crull, chief marketing officer, Sprint.

“Why not build the perfect bundle by combining with Sprint wireless? We’re winning awards across the country because our network has never been stronger, faster or more reliable, and our customers have never been more satisfied.”

In order to get the offer, qualified DirecTV customers need to upload their recent DirecTV bill at www.sprint.com/directvoffer. After that, they can go to Sprint.com or call Sprint Telesales to obtain the offer. Another option is to visit your local Sprint store and log on to your DirecTV account online to show verification and then sign up.  Note that there is a one-time $36 activation fee and monthly taxes and surcharges that Sprint’s offer does not cover.

Source: Sprint Newsroom

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27
Aug

Instagram receives update allowing for landscape formats


Android Apps_Instagram update_Screenshot_082715Instagram v7.5 is now available on iOS and Android. Users will now be able to upload their photos and videos in portrait and landscape orientations. A sample image has been posted above.

Instagram will no longer auto crop your shared pictures and videos to make them fit inside the square format. From now on, the size/orientation of an image or video will remain the exact same as when originally taken. Pictures won’t be cramped anymore, your friends won’t get cut out of selfies and you can even share full size panoramas and wide-screen videos.

A new format icon will appear when uploading a picture or video allowing users to adjust the orientation as needed. In addition, when your friends see your recent activity they will see the media the same as you do, meaning it takes effect on both ends. But that’s not all! Instagram will include a new feature letting users adjust the intensity of filters right within the app. Best of all, not only does this work for your photos, but also your videos. These enhancements will be a welcome improvement and will make your story even more dramatic and appealing to the eye.

Source: Instagram

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27
Aug

Waiting for that OnePlus 2 invite? An “aggressive invite rollout” is coming


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Prepare for what should be a flood of invites to purchase the OnePlus 2. Carl Pei, OnePlus’ co-founder and unofficial spokesperson, provided information regarding when the world can expect an “aggressive invite rollout” to begin.

On Twitter, Pei said the following:

“Apologies for the wait. We were set back by almost a month, but finally our aggressive rollout starts weekend. Pretty stoked.”

Recognize that this means that invites will be sent out during the first weekend on September and not the final week of August.

OnePlus requires an invite to actually purchase its flagship device because the company does not have the same production scale as Samsung, LG, HTC, or really anyone else. OnePlus is forced to slow down sales of the OnePlus 2 in order to manufacturer units before taking on additional orders.

Source: Carl Pei (Twitter)

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27
Aug

Deal: Moto X (2014) on sale via Ebay for just $180, new condition


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The Moto X Pure Edition is expected to hit store shelves in September, rocking high-end specs and an extremely aggressive price tag. There’s a lot to love about the new Moto X, but let’s not dismiss the 2014 model just yet. For those that are looking for an affordable handset, right now Ebay seller buyspry is offering up the Moto X (2014) 16GB for just $180 in new condition.

Considering that’s the same price for a brand new Moto G, that’s a hell of a deal. The only catch is that this is the Verizon model, and will therefore feature Verizon branding and bloatware. The good news is that the phone is GSM unlocked and will play nicely with AT&T and T-Mobile, with the former getting HSPA+ speeds and the later should get LTE.

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As a brief recap, the Moto X (2014) features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 13MP main cam, 2MP front cam, a 2300 mAh battery, and is fully upgradeable to Android Lollipop. For more details on the Moto X (2014), be sure to check out our full review.

The seller is offering either the plain black or the white/bamboo model. Shipping is free for those in the US, but shipping internationally will incur additional charges.

Buy now on Ebay!

27
Aug

OnePlus co-founder says “aggressive” OnePlus 2 invite rollout will begin next weekend


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After racking up over 4.3 million interested buyers and selling roughly 30,000 units in China in just over one minute, there’s no doubt that the OnePlus 2 is a popular smartphone. Unfortunately for the millions of folks interested in the new device, OnePlus has been running into some issues as of late. A few weeks ago the company told us that the OnePlus 2 is being delayed 2-3 weeks for North American buyers, which of course let down many fans hoping to try out the new flagship. But if you’re one of those people that’s still waiting in line for an invitation, you may not have to wait much longer.

According to OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, although the company was set back by almost one full month, OnePlus is planning to unleash its “aggressive” invite rollout sometime next weekend. We’re not exactly sure how quickly the company will be able to handle over 4 million customer reservations, but this is still a step in the right direction.

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To clarify, the company is launching its invitation rollout next weekend, not this weekend. We’re not sure of the exact date, but odds are invites will start rolling out Friday, September 4th or Saturday, September 5th. Of course, we’ll be sure to let you know once we hear invites are making their way to users.

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Are you still interested in purchasing a OnePlus 2? If not, did the invite system have anything to do with your decision? We’d like to know what you think!

27
Aug

Boostcase Review: Bloc Power Bank for Apple Watch Has Unique Built-In Battery, but Isn’t Portable Enough


Just months after the Apple Watch was released, there are dozens if not hundreds of different stand options available on the market. The Bloc Power Bank from Boostcase stands out due to its unique long, flat shape and the fact that it has a built-in battery pack that can charge the Apple Watch while on the go.

Made from solid aluminum, the Bloc Power Bank comes in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Rose Gold, Wood, and Stainless Steel, to match all of the different Apple Watch options that are available. I went hands-on with the silver aluminum model to see how it measures up to other available stands on the market and whether the built-in battery is a useful function.

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Design and Setup

As with all Apple Watch stands, the Bloc is designed to work with the charging cable that ships with the Apple Watch, and thus it does not include a built-in charging cable. Size wise, the Bloc is just under 10 inches long, just over half an inch thick, and two inches wide. It weighs 408 grams, or 0.90 pounds with both the battery pack attached and the Apple Watch charger in place.

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If you’re thinking that sounds both unwieldy and heavy, that’s a correct assumption. At 10 inches long and nearly a pound in weight, the Bloc isn’t exactly what I’d call portable, because it’s not going to fit comfortably in a backpack or a purse. Since it’s flat and rectangular, the Bloc can only be used with open-loop bands like the Sport Band, the Modern Buckle, and the Classic Buckle.
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27
Aug

Cyanogen hates OnePlus, delays update once again


It has been a long time coming for OnePlus One owners, but starting today, Android 5.1.1 will be available via OTAs. It was officially announced today that the Cyanogen OS 12.1 update will bring many needed patches and fixes from Android along with many new features. The new additions can be seen below.

  • Smarter Screen: LiveDisplay intelligently adjusts your screen based on environmental conditions.
  • Calendar Together with Email: Enjoy the latest Boxer powered experience where you can seamlessly share your availability and schedule appointments.
  • Cyanogen Browser: The new Cyanogen browser delivers search results and loads web sites faster and more securely than leading browsers.
  • Redesigned Launcher: App Drawer and Folders have been redesigned for one-handed use.
  • Fresh AudioFX: The user interface has been updated for consistency across all devices.
  • More Playback support: We’ve substantially increased our support of codecs for video and audio playback.

This is very welcoming to hear for OnePlus One owners, as a time frame for the update was very vague. Not only that, but the Android 5.1.1 update for OxygenOS on the One hasn’t even been announced yet. All we know as of now, is that it will come some time after the release of the OnePlus 2. In case you somehow missed it, or were living under a rock, the OnePlus 2 has already been released. So, in theory it should just be on the horizon.

Cyanogen has also announced that the update will be hitting the Andromax Q, Yureka, Yureka Plus, and Yuphoria as soon as they get certified. If you would like to read more about the lastest update, be sure to visit the official Cyanogen page.

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27
Aug

Google launches improvements to weather forecasts to help keep you safe


As the United States enters into hurricane season, Google has given us improvements in weather forecasts and public alerts in Google Search to track storms during this year’s hurricane season. Just 10 years ago Hurricane Katrina came and went leaving New Orleans in a state of National Emergency.

When you now search the web for information about specific storms or tornadoes, according to Google, you may see:

  • A map showing your location in relation to the oncoming storm
  • Visualizations of its forecasted track, wind severity and arrival time, courtesy of NOAA
  • Concise instructions for preparing and staying safe, customized for the estimated intensity of the storm and its arrival time relative to your location, from FEMA and ready.gov

Google searches are becoming more relevant and tailored to each individual and their location. When you search a specific weather pattern, Google will tailor the results to the event and your context.

For example, if you search for a specific storm when it’s still several days away, you may see a map of the developing weather event and a recommendation to start preparing an emergency kit. If the storm is only hours away from your location, you might receive a reminder to start charging your phone in case power goes out. And if you search when the storm is nearby, you’ll get the most urgent information, like how to avoid injury from fast-moving water or flying debris.

Kudos to Google for helping us in areas where they don’t need to. Something of this nature is usually left to the government, but Google is helping to step-in so another Katrina like event doesn’t affect the health and lives of so many people.

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