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VLC’s media player app will launch on Apple TV

The new Apple TV

Plex isn’t the only one bringing a fan-favorite media app to the new Apple TV. Jean-Baptiste Kempf has quietly revealed that VLC, VideoLAN’s signature media player, will reach Apple’s latest set-top box. It’s still early, but this could open up your playback options for music and video — you may have more choices for formats and sources than you get out of the box. While you aren’t going to get total freedom (you certainly won’t be playing DVDs on an Apple TV), this beats having to rely primarily on streaming services.

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Jean-Baptiste Kempf

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‘Rock Band 4’ final setlist boasts REM, Mumford, Skynyrd, more

Rock Band 4 guitar gods, songstresses and drum demons, here are your weapons in the coming music-game war. Rock Band 4‘s complete setlist includes legendary and modern artists and songs, including Cake’s Short Skirt/Long Jacket, Brad Paisley’s Start A Band, Gin Blossoms’ Follow You Down, Fleetwood Mac’s You Make Loving Fun, REM’s The One I love, Mumford & Sons’ The Wolf, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ The Impression That I Get, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s That Smell, Rush’s A Passage to Bangkok and Van Halen’s Panama.

Harmonix and peripheral manufacturer Mad Catz are co-publishing Rock Band 4, and they released the final setlist today alongside a lineup of legacy DLC artists and songs. Remember, your previously purchased content (and peripherals) will work in Rock Band 4. The full game launches on October 6th across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (not PC).

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Tags: Harmonix, hdpostcross, MadCatz, music, rockband4, songs


Whitney Houston is your next ‘holographic’ touring celebrity

WHITNEY HOUSTON  (1963-2012) US pop singer about 1990. Photo Jason Tilley

It’s may be slightly creepy that we’ve fallen into a habit of “resurrecting” dead celebrities with a mix of computer graphics and ancient stage trick known as “Pepper’s Ghost,” but that’s the reality we live in. Now, Hologram USA, the company that brought Tupac’s likeness to Coachella in 2012, is bringing back another celebrated performer: Whitney Houston. “It’s a great opportunity for her fans to see a reinvention of one the most celebrated female artists in history,” says Pat Houston, sister-in-law to Whitney and executive of the star’s estate. “I’m looking forward to the partnership.”

Creating a believable likeness of a departed celebrity for the stage is no easy task, but this isn’t Hologram USA’s first rodeo. In addition to the famous Tupac and Michael Jackson performances, the company has created Pepper’s Ghost holograms of Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly, Liberace, Julian Assange and more. The company’s also working on a series of shorts fearing deceased comedians, due to debut next year at the National Comedy Center in New York. There’s clearly plenty of demand for the company’s near-holographic illusion. Oh, and that Whitney Houston show? It’ll debut in the US in 2016, and is slated for a worldwide tour later that same year.

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Tags: hologram, hologramusa, houston, peppersghost, Whitney Houston, whitneyhouston


VLC and Plex Apps Coming to New Apple TV

vlclogoApple’s latest fourth-generation Apple TV includes a dedicated App Store, which will allow users to access many apps and features that were not previously available on the older Apple TV. Popular media streaming apps Plex and VLC, for example, are both coming to the Apple TV, with tvOS versions already in the works.

The developers behind VLC announced their work on a tvOS app this morning, though few details have been given. “Some code to build VLCKit for the new tvOS was merged,” reads a blog post. “It’s very early though, but we have video playback!”

For those unfamiliar with VLC, it’s a cross-platform media player that’s designed to support multiple audio and video file formats and act as a streaming server. VLC is available on streaming devices that compete with the Apple TV, such as the Amazon Fire TV, but on Apple’s platform, it’s been limited to Macs and iOS devices.

Similarly, popular media organization and streaming app Plex is coming to the Apple TV. A tvOS version of Plex is in development, Plex co-founder Scott Olechowski told ITworld last week. Like VLC, Plex is in the early stages of development, so few details are available

There is no question we will be able to offer Plex on the platform. There are multiple ways to go about it, based on the tvOS SDK we now have access to. We are now evaluating the best path for Plex and will begin work in earnest once we have evaluated the options. The ability to access great and proven iOS frameworks on the device is great for developers like us — we know the stuff is solid and will perform really well. Our goal is to enable people to enjoy Plex on the hardware platforms of their choice, and there is no doubt this will be a top platform for us.

Currently, Plex works with set-top boxes like the Chromecast and the Fire TV, and it is a popular choice with jailbroken Apple TVs, but it is not available to Apple TV users in any official capacity. Plex is designed to organize personal media libraries consisting of video and music files, allowing them to be easily streamed to TVs and other devices, either locally or remotely.

plexamazonfiretvPlex on the Amazon Fire TV
As of today, developers are beginning to place their orders for Apple TV Developer Kits, so we may soon be hearing a lot more about these two apps and other apps that will be coming to the Apple TV.


Nextbit Robin quick look: a fresh take on smartphone design and cloud integration

Crowdfunding is fast becoming a way for companies with bright ideas to gain the funding needed to make their product dream a reality, and Nextbit is no different, with the company achieving its funding goal in less than half a day after launch. Fast forward almost two weeks and the phone is fast approaching the $1 million stretch goal.

At CTIA 2015 in Las Vegas, we managed to get a first look at an EVT model (the earliest physical handset produced by the company) to find out just how cool it actually is.

Led by a team including Tom Moss (previously one of the leaders of the Android Team) and Scott Croyle (former SVP at HTC and leader of the HTC One design team), the company certainly has an impressive pedigree but can the Robin stand out in an ever-crowded marketplace?

A key part of the Robin experience is its design, with Nextbit opting to make the handset standout in a unique and refreshing way. The front 5.2-inch IPS display offers Full HD resolution and is flanked by dual stereo speakers, complete with dual amps. Seemingly akin to the dual speaker setup in HTC BoomSound, the speakers are circular (as opposed to the rectangular design traditionally used in smartphones) and certainly stand out.


The Robin is available in two colours and will appeal to both those who want to stand out and those would rather be more traditional. For the maverick amongst us, the mint option combines white with Nextbit’s mint colour, and will stand out in a crowd of more conservative designs. Given that more people will prefer to take a safe route, there’s also a midnight variant that is a darker blue bordering black.

To the side of the top speaker we’ve got the 5MP front snapper and sensor array, and, as you can see, the circles design is a key part of the experience and also continues through to the volume keys on the left. Moving to the right and we’ve got a fingerprint scanner built into a flat home button (like the one found on the new Sony Xperia Z5 smartphones) along with a SIM card tray.


Moving to the back and there’s a Samsung-supplied 13MP camera with phase detection auto focus and a dual LED true-tone flash that looks rather unique thanks to its circular design. Beneath it we’ve got the Nextbit logo and four LEDs, which act as notification lights and let you know when the Robin is communicating with Nextbit’s cloud servers.

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The cloud is an integral part of the Robin and the software is where Nextbit hopes to really differentiate from other smartphones. Although we weren’t able to test all the cloud features with the Robin itself (as it’s an early model), Nextbit did have the software running on the LG Nexus 5 and we got to see exactly what their cloud-first philosophy was all about.

A major problem with current smartphones is that despite ever increasing file system, app and data sizes, many companies only offer 16GB versions of their handsets (with an average of 11GB available to the user). The Nextbit Robin comes with a more respectable 32GB storage on-board, but extends this with 100GB of Nextbit Cloud Storage for the lifetime of the device.


It’s not just cloud storage to extend your device though, as the Nextbit Robin comes with the ability to free up space and “supercharge” the experience through the cloud. A key part of this experience is the ability to move infrequently used apps (usually if unused in the past couple of months) to the cloud to keep them handy but free up space on your phone.

Once an app is offloaded, the Robin displays a grayed out icon and restoring an app is as easy as tapping the icon after which the handset will download the app and restore any app data and login credentials. A key concern with a cloud-first approach is the reliance on the internet connection, but Nextbit did confirm that the Robin will only perform these actions when you’re plugged in and connected to Wi-Fi, although you can let it use mobile data if you like.


The Robin runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and Nextbit are already working on bringing Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the handset. There are two versions of the homescreen, with one offering a simplified interface akin to the iPhone, while the other offers the classic Android launcher, complete with app drawer. Even if you choose another launcher, the offloaded app feature will still work, and the company said that it may consider working with developers to create other ROMs for the Robin in the future.

Other notable specs of the Robin include a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage which expands by a further 100GB using Nextbit cloud storage and the usual array of connectivity including NFC and LTE Cat 4. The handset also comes with quick charging, and Nextbit plan to publish the charging times in the near future, once they’ve finished testing.

Given the pre-production nature of the Robin, we’re certainly impressed with both the hardware and software, and it’s likely to be much more refined when the handset launches early next year. With a retail price of $399 or $349 for Kickstarter backers, Robin is certainly an interesting device that aims to combine premium specs with a cloud-first philosophy. For the most part, the Robin certainly seems to deliver.

So there you have it, a quick look at the crowd-funded Nextbit Robin. What did you think of the Nextbit Robin? Were you one of the Kickstarter backers? Let us know your views in the comments below.


[Deal] Get the international Samsung Galaxy S6 for $429


The Galaxy S6, almost six months after its release, remains one of the best phones available today. Samsung changed many things with this handset, the most noticeable being the transition over to metal and glass materials. So it wasn’t surprising to see that the Galaxy S6 commanded a pretty high price. But right now through eBay you can get the Galaxy S6 for just $429.

The model sold here — available in Black Sapphire, Platinum Gold, and White Pearl — is the international variant and, yes, it is unlocked. This means that you can take it to any GSM carrier such as T-Mobile and AT&T; however, you will not be able to use this model on Verizon or Sprint’s networks. Those two carriers require that you buy the Galaxy S6 directly through them.

Better get moving to the link below if you’re interested because this deal may not last much longer!


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Cricket Wireless CDMA to shutdown on September 15th


Although the company reports having a “few” customers who have not made the transition, Cricket Wireless will be shutting down the last remaining bits of the CDMA network it had been operating on. Cricket is transitioning all customers to AT&T’s GSM-based network.

A Cricket spokesperson said, “”The transition from CDMA to 4G LTE has gone extremely well. We’ve exceeded our goals and come in ahead of schedule, all while creating a superior experience for our customers.”

Cricket says customers have been extremely pleased with the changeover to the AT&T GSM network. The carrier, including parent AT&T, has been pleased as well as the transition is bringing in some new, different customers who are “premium” minded consumers often choosing smartphones. Cricket and AT&T also said about two-thirds of new Cricket customers opt for their highest value plans.

Cricket first started notifying customers of the end-of-life for the CDMA network in March 2014. They have been offering special deals and device trade-in credits to help retain customers being forced to transition to GSM-capable devices.

source: Fierce Wireless

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AT&T brushes off Verizon’s 5G announcement as a hype


Don’t get too excited about the prospect of 5G technology coming at your disposal anytime soon, AT&T Mobility chief Glenn Lurie cautioned technology enthusiasts, adding that the fifth generation wireless technology was still years away from taking its final shape.

Verizon created a flurry of excitement last week when it announced that it would begin testing 5G next year, and suggested that the technology may begin rolling out in early 2017. Lurie, however, finds the idea premature.

“We’re not at a point to be making promises or commitments to customers as to what 5G is. We as an industry have been really good at over promising and under delivering when it comes to new technology,” he was quoted as saying at the CTIA wireless conference last week.

While AT&T may have brushed off its competitor’s 5G announcement as a “hype,” a Verizon representative told CNET that the company had full support from industry players and equipment vendors to help it move to the newer technology.

“Innovation happens when you’re willing to look at things a little differently than others, and you’re willing to put in the hard work to make your vision a reality,” a Verizon representative said.

If you use the current LTE technology, you must have noticed its faster speed in comparison to most home broadband connections. The 4G technology allows you to download a 700mb movie in approximately six minutes, but the 5G is expected to be 50 times faster – making it capable of downloading a similar size movie in just 15 seconds.

Source: CNET
Via: Engadget

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Discover’s official support for Android Pay is coming this week


Android Pay has been around for less than one week but people across the country are already putting Google’s mobile payments service to work. Among the financial services companies with known-but-not-yet-official support is Discover. The company’s accounts and cards work with Android Pay for some users, but most are reporting hit-or-miss functionality. Fortunately, things will be officially official later this week.

On Wednesday, September 16, Discover and Discover Card customers will be able to seamlessly link their accounts to Android Pay. From their, they can pay for goods and services with their phones at more than one million locations in the United States.

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Via: USA Today

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Best OnePlus 2 cases

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The OnePlus 2 may be a bit more durable than other flagships on the market, but that doesn’t mean it’s indestructible. It’s comprised of Gorilla Glass 4 on the front, plastic on the back plate and features an aluminum frame, which likely won’t break too easily if you happen to drop it one or two times. But if you’d like some added protection for your new device, we’ve got you covered. Thankfully, a number of accessory makers have already launched some pretty nice cases for the 2, so today we’re rounding up some of the best you can buy.

Note: We’ll be sure to update this post as more cases become available.

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TUDIA Slim Fit MERGE Case for OnePlus 2


TUDIA’s Slim Fit Case for the OnePlus 2 aims to provide ample protection while adding minimal bulk. Featuring a strong polycarbonate outer layer with a flexible TPU inner layer, this case is light, slim and will protect the device from bumps, scratches and even some short drops. It also has raised edges to protect the screen from scratching, which is a very nice touch.

This case is available in Metallic Slate, Mint, Matte Black and Red color options from Amazon for just $12.90.

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TUDIA LUCION Case for OnePlus 2


Another great offering from TUDIA is the LUCION Case. It’s made up of a high-grade polycarbonate back plate and a TPU side bumper for optimal protection. This case is a tad more slim than TUDIA’s first case on the list, but should still provide protection from minor bumps and scratches, and even a few short drops.

The TUDIA LUCION Case is available in Blue, Gray and Black color options for just $9.90 from Amazon.

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Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case for OnePlus 2


A favorite amongst Android enthusiasts, Cruzerlite’s Bugdroid Circuit Case for the OnePlus 2 is made of a durable TPU material and is easy to apply and remove. This one may not be the most protective case on the list, but it will give your device some protection against bumps and scratches. Oh, and it features the iconic bugdroid on its back plate, so you can’t beat that.

The Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case for the OnePlus 2 is available in eight vibrant colors from Amazon for only $9.90.

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Ringke FUSION Case for OnePlus 2


Ringke’s FUSION Case for the OnePlus 2 is a great option if you’re looking to protect your device while also letting the smartphone’s design language shine through. It features a scratch-resistant coating that will keep the case looking clean and new, and also comes with dust caps to protect your phone’s USB Type-C and audio ports. The case also comes with a free screen protector.

You can pick up Ringke’s FUSION Case for the OnePlus 2 in Crystal View and Smoke Black color options for only $10.99 from Amazon.

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Diztronic Slim Fit Case for OnePlus 2


Looking for a simple, inexpensive and slim case for your OnePlus 2? Diztronic has you covered. The Diztronic Slim Fit Case for OnePlus 2 is thin and lightweight, and features a matte finish to reduce fingerprints. It also boasts a “lay on the table” design, which will help protect the device’s screen from scratches.

The Diztronic Slim Fit Case for OnePlus 2 is available in six different color options from Amazon for only $9.89.

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COVRWARE Shield Series Case for OnePlus 2


Just because you want the most protection for your device, doesn’t mean you need to spend an arm and a leg. COVRWARE’s Shield Series Case for OnePlus 2 features a dual layer design with a TPU inner and strong polycarbonate outer. It protects all four corners of the device, and the raised edges will protect the screen from scratches.

Available in Silver, Black and Turquoise color options, the COVRWARE Shield Series Case for OnePlus 2 can be yours for just $7.99 from Amazon.

Note: This case will be in stock on Tuesday, September 22nd. 

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OtterBox Case for OnePlus 2


OtterBox is the biggest name in protective smartphone cases, so it’s no surprise to see this one make our list. Specially made for the OnePlus 2, this OtterBox Case offers up two layers of protection to keep your device safe from small bumps and drops. OtterBox has also improved its silicon material over the years, promising users a pocket-friendly design. It’s also much cheaper than other OtterBox cases, which is a bonus.

The OtterBox Case for OnePlus 2 is available in Glacier, Black, Night Shadow and Snow Fire color options from OnePlus for only $24.95.

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TUDIA OMNIX Case for OnePlus 2


If you’re looking for something that’s less expensive than the OtterBox case but still provides a great amount of protection, TUDIA has you covered. The OMNIX Case for OnePlus 2 features a triple layer design, consisting of a polycarbonate outer layer, a rubberized TPU gel inner layer, and a build-in screen protector. The case is pretty light considering its size, and also features a kickstand on the back. It might be a tad bulky for some, but the added benefit of keeping your device as safe as possible will definitely make up for its size.

You can grab your own TUDIA OMNIX Case for OnePlus 2 in Metallic Slate, Red, White and Matte Black color options from Amazon for just $17.90.

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Orzly Wallet Case for OnePlus 2


Wallet cases aren’t for everyone, but they can provide a ton of extra functionality for folks who don’t want to carry around a wallet or a purse. The Orzly Wallet Case for OnePlus 2 does just that, thanks to its two built-in pockets that are the perfect size for credit, debit or identification cards. It features a faux leather material on the outside layer and a hard plastic material on the inside. This case can also double as a kickstand, which is a nice touch.

You can purchase your own Orzly Wallet Case for OnePlus 2 from Amazon for just $8.99 in Black, Blue, Grey and Red color options.

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OnePlus 2 Flip Cover

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Last but not least, we have the official OnePlus 2 Flip Cover from OnePlus. This case doubles as a StyleSwap cover, so it attaches to the back of your phone for a secure fit. It can also wake the device when opened and put the device back to sleep when closed, which helps save some battery. This case only comes with one card slot, though, so you probably won’t be able to use this as a replacement for your full wallet. With that said, normally official accessories are a bit more durable than third party options, so perhaps this Flip Cover might be a decent option.

You can purchase the OnePlus 2 Flip Cover from OnePlus in Blue, Yellow, Black, Gray and White color options for $19.99.

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How did you like our list? Did we miss anything? Be sure to let us know if you have any suggestions down in the comment section below.

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