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Sep

Phonejoy GamePad 2 Review


It’s not the first time we’ve heard from Phonejoy and their game controller, having reviewed the first iteration of the Phonejoy GamePad and being incredibly impressed with it. Now, we seen the second-generation of the accessory in the form of PhoneJoy GamePad 2, and we got the opportunity to review it.

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What’s New

– Improved battery capacity from 8 hours of gameplay to 14 hours of gameplay;

– New action buttons for better sensitivity;

– New outstanding analog sticks for better control, depression ability (L3/R3), and contact surface (Concave);

– Analog L2/R2 instead of regular buttons;

– Bluetooth 2.1 -> Bluetooth 3.0;

– Improved interface protocol for full compatibility with all HID input compatible games.

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Sure, that battery increase doesn’t sound like too much of a thing, but i’ve been using the Phonejoy GamePad 2 extensively since receiving it over a week ago and still am yet to charge it, which is exactly what you want from a portable accessory.

The mechanism used to hold the device feels improved and the hinge is extremely strong, which leaves you confident that the device won’t fall out. The hinge then collapses to return to the GamePad 2’s most notable feature and that’s its profile when not being used; it is extremely portable and fits in your back pocket quite comfortably.

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Phonejoy GamePad 2 Pricing

The gamepad is available in a tiered pricing model:

Basic Bundle – US $69.90
Advanced Bundle – US $79.90
Pro Bundle – US $89.90

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The buttons on the Phonejoy GamePad 2 feel better than ever, as do the analogue buttons, which are extremely responsive. It was good last year, but the second-generation has taken things that but further and it looks, feels, and functions great.

The Phonejoy GamePad 2 will be available online on 30th Sep 2015 at www.phonejoy.com

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27
Sep

The iPad Pro’s biggest challenge: finding its place between tablet and laptop


This article originally appeared on Fast Company and is reprinted with permission.

By Jared Newman

When Apple launched the iPad in 2010, the biggest question was whether it could carve out a space between smartphones and laptops.

For a while, the answer was yes, as the iPad became Apple’s fastest-growing product. But since then, smartphones have become larger and more powerful, while laptops have become thinner, lighter, and more battery-efficient. iPad sales have felt the squeeze, declining for two straight years even as Apple’s iPhone and Mac sales flourish.

Rather than give up, Apple is sharpening its focus with the iPad Pro, which is larger and more powerful than its predecessors, with an optional keyboard and drawing stylus. The question now is whether this new space—somewhere between smaller media consumption tablets and full-blown laptops—can help revitalize the iPad as a whole.

Put another way, can the iPad become even more like a laptop without losing its sense of purpose?

Making Trade-offs

During Apple’s September event, CEO Tim Cook offered a refresher on what the iPad is supposed to accomplish. “iPad is the clearest expression of our vision of the future of personal computing, a simple multi-touch piece of glass that instantly transforms into virtually anything you want it to be,” he said.

What Cook didn’t readily acknowledge is that the iPad Pro appears to compromise this vision, with both its hardware and software becoming more laptop-like.

The $169 Smart Keyboard accessory, for instance, could turn out to be essential for anyone doing copious amounts of text entry on the iPad, but it may also feel like a trade-off. As a tablet, the entire device will become heavier and more cumbersome. And as a laptop, there’s no trackpad to give your arms a rest from reaching out to the touch screen. (The iPad’s software keyboard will offer a cursor for selecting text, but there’s no word on how to access this cursor with the physical keyboard attached.)

Even without the keyboard, the size of the iPad Pro brings trade-offs compared to its smaller predecessors. While the display itself may be more immersive, the larger footprint will inhibit certain actions such as thumb typing or cradling the device in one hand. And while the iPad Pro’s upgraded processor and RAM will allow for more powerful apps, it could also create a class of software that doesn’t work with smaller models.

Meanwhile, the iPad’s software is becoming increasingly complex. The new Slide Over and Split View features in iOS 9 let users run two apps side by side, adding an element of window management to the iPad. And with iCloud Drive, users can now expose a file system for all their documents. These features will surely make the iPad much more powerful. But as some observers such as Ben Thompson have pointed out, they also risk making the iPad feel less like a simple piece of glass.

Better Ingredients, Better Apps

Unless Tim Cook has a short memory, he must be conscious of these compromises. It was Cook, after all, who once dismissed laptop-tablet hybrids such as Microsoft’s Surface. “Anything can be forced to converge,” Cook said in a 2012 earnings call, “but the problem is that products are about trade-offs, and you begin to make trade-offs to the point where what you have left doesn’t please anyone.”

It makes you wonder why Cook and company ultimately felt that some trade-offs were necessary.

The iPad Pro’s more laptop-like qualities could be Apple’s way of appealing to app makers, says Kevin La Rue, vice president for photography software maker Macphun. As an example, he points to Adobe, whose Creative Cloud apps will make use of the Apple Pencil stylus, and Microsoft, which is fully embracing Split View multitasking in its Office software.

“I think they had to get there from a hardware standpoint, and I think it could actually cause a resurgence in serious app developers wanting to do stuff for the platform,” La Rue says.

Macphun, for its part, is planning to port more of its Mac apps to the iPad Pro in 2016, taking advantage of the Apple Pencil, faster processor, and 4 GB of RAM. (The company is debating whether these apps should have Pro-only features or be entirely exclusive to iPad Pro users). And if anything, La Rue is hoping for even more PC-like conceits, such as connectivity to a second display or an external hard drive.

Sketching on the iPad Pro with the Pencil stylus

Defining The Productive Tablet

At some point, however, the thing that La Rue is describing starts to sound like a Mac. But he’s emphatic in saying that the two platforms should not converge. The appeal of the iPad is that it’s still fundamentally a tablet, but that users can mix or match accessories as the situation demands.

“You can go in with a base iPad, and that may be perfectly fine for 60 of the buyers, and then you add on these accessories,” La Rue says. “If you bought it, and had all that stuff in-box, then you’re getting awful close to the [MacBook] Air.”

But again, we come back to the central question: Why even bother tacking on these accessories at all? Why use an iPad Pro if your Windows PC or Mac is already an effective productivity tool?

Understanding how best to use the iPad Pro is going to take time.

In talking to app makers, there’s a sense that the answer is still illusive. La Rue, for instance, says Macphun is still figuring out how many people will finish a photo-editing job on their tablets, versus using it as a starting point.

But Peter Arvai, cofounder and CEO of presentation software Prezi, believes that’s okay. He sees the iPad as an entirely new computing format, one that’s more adaptable and flexible than anything that came before. Understanding how best to use it is going to take time, and that only speaks to its disruptive potential.

“To assume that just because we launch an iPad that we immediately figure out how to use it the right way, I don’t think it’s the right assumption,” he says.

In the meantime, the iPad Pro is merely providing some more familiar tools from the laptop age. Even if they cloud Apple’s vision for the future of computing, it’s a better alternative than no future at all.

[Photo: courtesy of Apple]

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27
Sep

Video Shows Benefits of 2GB RAM in iPhone 6s


When Apple announced the iPhone 6s, they didn’t mention that the new iPhones carry 2GB of RAM, an increase from 1GB on the iPhone 6. The 2GB RAM was later confirmed in Xcode and benchmarks. This increased RAM allows the iPhone to keep more Apps and data active in memory.

iDownloadBlog recorded this video showing the difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s after loading several websites in Safari:


The iPhone 6s is able to keep more websites active in memory without requiring a reload when returning to the tab. The additional RAM should also allow more apps to remain active in memory without relaunching.

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus just launched on Friday.


27
Sep

Roku’s next-gen player surfaces at the FCC


Roku's new player at the FCC

The evidence that Roku is near launching a 4K-capable player just got decidedly stronger. A fresh FCC filing (spotted by Zatz Not Funny) has revealed an upcoming Roku “4400X” that looks like it should be the company’s next streaming hub. The entry doesn’t confirm the presence of 4K video playback, alas, but it does point to a big wireless upgrade: the future set-top box will support faster 802.11ac WiFi (helpful for 4K) and Bluetooth peripherals that might include headphones or remotes. Roku is reportedly shipping its new device as soon as early October, so you’ll likely get the full story in a matter of days.

Via: Zatz Not Funny

Source: FCC

27
Sep

Volkswagen knew about shady emissions practices years ago


VW Chief Winterkorn Steps Down After Diesel Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen’s recently departed CEO may have been caught off-guard by his company’s attempt to hide true diesel car emissions from regulators, but there are now signs that some VW higher-ups knew the truth. German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagzeitung claims that technicians had warned about dodgy emissions practices in 2011, while Bild maintains that key supplier Bosch told “top circles” at VW about its emissions concerns back in 2007. It’s not clear just who knew about the issues and where the buck stops — VW is declining to comment, which isn’t surprising when it’s still in the midst of an investigation into what happened.

If the allegations are accurate, though, they’re pretty damning. They don’t necessarily prove that VW set out to cheat emissions tests, but they at least suggest that the automaker either turned a blind eye to the practice or didn’t have enough oversight to curb rogue behavior. Whatever the full story may be, it now seems likely that the scandal will cost VW more than just a big wad of cash.

[Image credit: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

Via: Reuters

Source: Bild (translated), FAZ (translated)

27
Sep

Samsung Galaxy Mega On receives certification from TENAA


samsung_logo_with_peopleLately, we have been hearing about Samsung’s new o-series of smartphones that are gearing up for a launch. This week, Samsung’s Galaxy Mega On took the next step and received its certification from TENAA.

A few weeks back, the Galaxy Mega On passed through a benchmark test on GeekBench. We’re looking at a large handset with very low-end specifications, likely to be aimed at a more affordable crowd.

The newly leaked TENAA certification gives us a sneak peek at what to expect time come launch. The The SM-G6000 (Galaxy Mega On) will have a 5.5-inch 720p display, a quad-core 1.2 GHz CPU back with 1GB of RAM, a 13MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, 8GB of internal storage space expandable up to an additional 128GB via a built-in micro-SD card slot and weigh in at 172g. Support for 4G LTE connectivity is on-onboard and so is Android 5.1.1. No images have been spotted revealing anything when it comes to design for the upcoming smartphone, but we are bound to get something in the coming weeks. We’ll keep you posted.

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27
Sep

Talk Android Apps of the Week: September 27, 2015


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It’s Sunday, the time of the week when Talk Android brings you a report on some of the very best applications we’ve been using for the past seven days. Today we’re focusing our attention on an awesome third-party launcher, a renowned live-streaming application, a competitive pool game and last, but not least, a must-have travel tool.

Hola Launcher

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Up first this week we have Hola Launcher, which made its way onto the Play Store back in August, 2014. I’ve been using this launcher on my LG G4 for a while now, and it’s safe to say, I don’t see myself switching back to Google’s stock alternative any time soon.

The application weights in at a mere 2.9MB, so it won’t take a huge toll on your device’s memory usage, meaning that your handset should stay clean, fast and responsive.

Don’t let its file size fool you, though. Hola is filled to the brim with the latest and greatest functionality any launcher has to offer, all of which are guaranteed to change the way you use your device. A few of my favorite features can be seen below:

  • Smart Folders: Automatically scans through the applications installed on your smartphone and puts them in specific folders based on their category. For example, on my G4 I have Finance, Games, Tools and Social Media folders.
  • Hola shine: An intuitive menu consisting of your most frequently used applications and settings, which can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom right-hand corner of your display.
  • Unrestricted Personalisation: The ability to download and install gorgeous themes, wallpapers, icon packs, fonts and sounds from Hola’s dedicated store.

To really get to grips with Hola Launcher, it’s best to see it in action, so be sure to check out the gallery below.

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Play Store Download Link

Twitch

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If you’re a huge gaming fan like me, you’re probably aware of the online live-streaming platform, Twitch, and since Forza Motorsport 6 launched last week, I’ve been unable to pull myself alway from the hoards of different streams showcasing the title’s insane gameplay — so I thought it only fitting to include Twitch in this week’s Apps of the Week column.

The application itself is essentially a secure portal to Twitch’s website, which gives you a direct link to broadcasts from all of your favorite streamers on your smartphone. If you happen to own a Chromecast, you can even Cast the stream to a big screen, which is great for when there’s a big tournament on, and you want to have a couple of mates over to watch it with you.

Contrary to popular belief, Twitch for Android is actually immensely stable and reliable. I’m happy to report that over the course of the past week, the app did not crash once and streams remained silky smooth in Full HD regardless of the data connection being used at the time (Wi-Fi or 4G).

To see Twitch in full swing, take a look at the demonstration video below.

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Play Store Download Link

8 Ball Pool

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Up third, we have 8 Ball Pool, which is arguably the most entertaining game currently available for Android. The title comes from Miniclip and has been available for the past two years, during this time it has been progressively updated to be one of the best multiplayer game that I have ever played.

Whether you’re competing 1-on-1 or engaging in an eight-player tournament, you’re in for hours of fun. As you progress through the game, potting ball after ball, you’ll unlock exclusive cues, sweet add-ons and access to more prestigious tables on which you can battle for a higher stake.

To see it in 8 Ball Pool, check out the teaser video below:

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Play Store Download Link

CityMapper

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The final app I’m looking at this week is called CityMapper, which is a must-have tool for anyone who relies on public transport to get around. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve headed into Central London only to find myself lost, unfortunately I don’t possess a very good sense of direction as you’ve probably guessed, but CityMapper has always managed to get me to my intended destination in good time.

The service grabs real-time data from a variety of different modes of transport, including trains, buses, and cabs, in order to provide you with the cheapest, fastest route to your port of call. There’s a comprehensive A-to-B journey planner, which gives you step-by-step directions on board too.

I can honestly say that CityMapper has completely changed the way I get around town. Before, I always had to rely on Google Maps and the Transport for London website to supply directions as well as train times, but this application takes an all-in-one approach and gives you access to this data. It really is fantastic.

Be sure to take a look through the gallery below to get a feel for all of CityMapper’s features.

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Play Store Download Link

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27
Sep

7 best Google Cardboard VR apps and games


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Google Cardboard and VR in general are starting to become big news. It’s becoming the latest platform for totally immersive apps and games that show you all kinds of stuff and let you do all kinds of things. Could it be the next big thing in media entertainment? Possibly, but for now it’s rather young. Let’s look at the best VR apps and games available for Google Cardboard (and other VR headsets) right now.


caaaaardboard google cardboard best vr appsCaaaaardboard!

[Price: $1.99]
Caaaaardboard! is a VR game that works perfectly with Google Cardobard. This is a custom made version of the game AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! made specifically for VR headsets. Silly names aside, this is a fun, immersive experience that has you diving off of buildings while performing stunts. The game utilizes tilt controls so it’s totally hands free and one of the more intense gaming experiences you can get on VR. It’s a bit tedious sometimes according to user reviews, but otherwise, this is a great place to start.
Get it on Google Play
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cardboard google cardboard best vr appsCardboard

[Price: Free]
Cardboard is the Google app that they recommend you install when you first get your cardboard. It features guided tours of places like the planet Earth, the city of Versailles, and more. It also doubles as a video player, photo viewer, and more. It doesn’t have any particular point but the stuff it has not only shows you the power of VR, but it’s also kind of fun to experience. It’s also totally free so there’s no harm in grabbing it.
Get it on Google Play
google cardboard best vr apps


insidious vr google cardboard best vr appsInsidious VR

[Price: Free]
Insidious VR is, admittedly a promotion for the Insidious movies but the VR experience it provides is actually fairly intense and does well to show off the power of VR. You get a voice guided tour of the afterlife in horrific way. It’s a tad short but it is an entirely free application. It’s good for a temporary download and it’s definitely good for showing off to friends who are interested in seeing VR.
Get it on Google Play
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titans of space google cardboard best vr appsTitans of Space

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Titans of Space is a guided tour application that shows you around our solar system along with a few stars. Along with a visual experience, the app also contains fun facts and information about the various celestial bodies so it doubles as an educational experience. This is great for parents wanting to teach their kids or anyone wanting to learn a little bit about the solar system.
Get it on Google Play
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vrse google cardboard best vr appsVrse

[Price: Free]
Vrse is a very interesting story-telling application. It shows you sweeping landscapes and graphics while you listen to stories. It’s considered one of the best examples of VR to date and it’s totally free to use. Do keep in mind that the app is having difficulties with several devices and you cannot move it to the SD card. Other than that, it’s definitely worth giving it a shot.
Get it on Google Play
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waa vr google cardboard best vr appsWAA! VR

[Price: $1.15]
WAA! VR is a VR game where you play as a little astronaut as you go on adventures. The game mechanics use focus as controls so you just look at something in order to select it. It features a full 360-degree view and the idea is that you must defend the astronaut from incoming asteroids. It’s fairly inexpensive, easy to play, and fun to do. It’s also good for kids.
Get it on Google Play


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[Price: Free]
YouTube is a no-brainer. The video streaming service has begun adding VR-enabled videos in their data base for use with VR headsets or even with your regular device. Google has been very open about using YouTube as a hub for VR video content, including things like guided tour videos and just general VR stuff. If you have Google Coardboard, then you should also have YouTube because a lot of awesome stuff is coming.
Get it on Google Play
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Wrap up

This list will expand as VR becomes a bigger deal. That said, if you stumble upon this list and there’s an app you think belongs here, let us know about it in the comments! Don’t forget to check out our Apps Weekly newsletter for the latest Android apps and games news using the button below!

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27
Sep

The After Math: That’s Show Business


This week on the After Math, we look back at the week’s entertainment news. That includes Amazon’s big night at the Emmy awards, Oculus’ new product announcements and North America’s first 1TB PS4. We also contemplate whether the new Angry Birds movie is more painful than a sharp stick in the eye. Numbers are fun!

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27
Sep

Pre-orders begin in Singapore for Sony’s Xperia Z5 series


Androidsmartphones_Sony_xperia_z5_preorder_singapore_infographic_092715Sony Singapore will be among one of the first to get any of Sony’s new Xperia Z5 handsets. Users can now pre-order any of Sony’s new handsets, the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and the Xperia Z5 Preimuim through the company’s website.

Pre-orders for the handsets will go through October 11. Those who pre-order from now until October 11 will receive a bonus micro-USB charging dock that holds a value of $41 USD when buying standalone. Buyers will also get a chance at buying Sony’s high-resolution audio headset for only $35, down from $70.

Some things that make Sony’s new Z5 series a hit are being promoted through infographics on Sony’s site. The company puts high emphasis on its improved 23MP camera with fast auto-focusing, the handset’s new built-in fingerprint scanner and of course the long battery life that comes with most of Sony’s smartphones. Depending on the model, color options include black, gold, white and green. Let’s see if they ever make it to the states.

Source: Sony Singapore

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