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28
Sep

Customers will be able to custom build Droid Turbo 2, report says


We haven’t yet heard much about the sequel to last year’s Droid Turbo.  If you’re on the Big Red network, the Turbo was one of the best Android offerings in 2014, packing top-end specs and a hefty battery.  Now that Q4 2015 is around the corner, you may be wondering what the successor will bring to the table.

Our buddies over at Phandroid were kind to share some alleged details about the upcoming launch of the Droid Turbo 2.  First up is that it is said to have Moto Maker support this time.

Moto Maker is Motorola’s nifty online smartphone customization tool, allowing the customer to specify phone body and accent colors to their heart’s desire.

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Although Moto Maker has been around for a couple years, the original Turbo only got Verizon-specified appearances, with the dark/industrial Droid themes.

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It would be logical that the Turbo 2 still rocks those interesting chassis materials (metallized glass fiber with kevlar reinforcement or ballistic nylon), to differentiate it from other phones.  We’re unsure how Verizon will handle the customization when buying at the store vs online.  Moto Maker is an online-only tool.

As far as specs, this is what has leaked so far:

  • Display:  5.43″ QHD
  • SoC:  Snapdragon 810
  • Memory:  3GB RAM
  • Storage:  32GB/64GB internal (no word on microSD support)
  • Cameras:  21MP rear and 5MP front
  • Battery:  3,760mAh

There are a couple of interesting things to note here.  The Turbo 2’s display is said to be “Shatterproof”.  It is suspected that this means there will be extra measures of reinforcement to insure the glass is well protected.  There isn’t such thing as unbreakable glass.

Also, the battery capacity slightly shrunk from last year.  From 3,900mAh to 3,760mAh.  The use of the Snapdragon 810 is also interesting.  We have yet to see a phone use Qualcomm’s 820 chipset.  It’s looking more and more that we’re going to have to wait until next year.

The Droid Turbo 2 is expected to launch on Oct. 29th, with an official announcement on Oct. 15th.  Let us know what you think about it so far.

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28
Sep

Another ad for Samsung Pay debuts as the mobile payments service launches


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Samsung Pay is finally here. Consumers, as of this morning, now have three major mobile payments services to choose from — Samsung Pay, Android Pay, and Apple Pay. Samsung’s might actually be the best due to it being accepted in the United States more than Google and Apple’s offerings. The company actually used that advantage in a television advertisement that started airing last week. Today, coinciding with the launch of its mobile payments service, Samsung released another ad for Samsung Pay.

Hit the break to watch the video.

This ad shows just how easy it is to use Samsung Pay with your Galaxy device. Through the different uses, people in the background are impressed by the simplicity and lack of cash or cards being exchanged.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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28
Sep

Alcatel OneTouch pushing performance improvements and bug fixes to the Idol 3 (5.5)


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Owners of the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 (5.5) can expect to see a software update reach their devices very soon. Alcatel OneTouch just let us know that its flagship device is receiving a software update that brings with it improvements to responsiveness and fixes for Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, and Camera apps. This is in addition to adding support for the sixth version of the Internet Protocol.

Here is what’s included with the software update:

  • General Performance Improvement: Overall software enhancements aimed at improving device responsiveness and overall user experience
  • IPv6 Support: Device now fully supports the Internet Protocol version to IPv6
  • Snapchat Performance Fix: Addresses crash issue when using Snapchat app that arose when users would swipe while selecting filters
  • Facebook Messenger Performance Fix: Users can now share recorded audio files via Facebook Messenger
  • Camera FV-5 Lite Application Fix: Fix that addresses the rear-facing camera functionality when using the Camera FV-5 Lite application

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28
Sep

Comprehensive Comparison Shows Camera Improvements From Original iPhone to iPhone 6s


With each iteration of the iPhone, Apple improves camera quality, which has led to the iPhone being one of the most popular camera choices in the world. The iPhone 6s introduces the company’s first 12-megapixel camera, an improvement over the 8-megapixel cameras Apple has used since the iPhone 4s and the most advanced iPhone camera yet.

Camera+ co-founder Lisa Bettany has taken a series of comparison shots that demonstrate how the iPhone has improved over the years, with photographs taken with every model of iPhone beginning with the original iPhone and ending with the iPhone 6s.

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Her photographs provide a fascinating look not only at how the iPhone 6s has improved over the iPhone 6, but also at how smartphone camera technology has progressed over the last eight years.

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Bettany compares images taken with each iPhone and the Camera+ app across eight categories, including Macro, Backlit, Backlit Macro, Daylight, Portrait, Sunset, Low-Light, and Low-Light Sunrise. There are, of course, striking differences between the original iPhone and the iPhone 6s, but even between the iPhone 6 and Apple’s newest device, there are noticeable improvements, especially when it comes to detail.

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Along with a jump in megapixels, Apple’s iPhone 6s also includes several other improvements. “Deep Trench Isolation” prevents the color bleeding and artifacts that often come with an increase in megapixels, plus Apple’s also introduced faster autofocusing speeds and a new image signal processor for better noise reduction and improved tone mapping.

In Bettany’s opinion, the camera improvements combined with software updates and the A9 processor on the iPhone 6s make it the best iPhone camera yet. “There is an apparent increase in the speed of auto focus and improvements to colour accuracy, details and sharpness, especially in low light,” she writes.

Bettany’s full selection of image comparisons are well worth checking out and can be found on her website.


28
Sep

Apple Adds New ‘Guided Tours’ Video Section to Apple Music Site


In just a few short days, the first Apple Music trial periods will begin ending for those who signed up for the trial on June 30, Apple Music’s official launch date. As that end date approaches, Apple has updated its Apple Music website to add a series of Guided Tour videos to walk people through using the service.

These Guided Tour videos will show you how to discover new music, hear recommendations from experts, create playlists, connect with artists, and listen to all the music you love on all your devices. Watch now.

There are seven different Guided Tour videos, which cover a range of topics. Three of the videos are dedicated to the Apple Music subscription service, walking people through using the For You section of Apple Music for personalized recommendations, the New feature that has music curated by Apple Music editors, and Apple Music Playlists, also curated by Apple Music editors.

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There are also videos on using Beats 1 Radio and Apple Music Connect, Apple’s artist-focused social networking feature. The final two videos cover adding songs from the Apple Music Library to a user’s own music library, and creating Playlists.

Apple has not yet uploaded its Guided Tour videos for music to YouTube, but it’s likely the videos will be added to the channel in the near future. For now, the tutorial videos can be watched directly on Apple’s site.


28
Sep

Google to introduce a new family plan for Play Music, $14.99 per month for 6 accounts


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Google Play Music is one of the better music streaming services out there, but it’s always come with one major caveat when comparing to other platforms. Unlike Spotify and Apple Music, which offer monthly family plans for households with multiple users, Play Music has only ever offered one flat monthly subscription fee for users. According to some recent information obtained by Android Police, that’s all going to change starting tomorrow.

At the big Nexus event, which is taking place Tuesday, September 29th, Google will reportedly unveil a new family plan option for subscribers of Google Play Music. The subscription will cost users $14.99 per month and will include unlimited music streaming for up to six different accounts. For comparison, Spotify’s family plan costs $29.99 per month for just five users, while Apple Music’s family plan costs the exact same as Google’s rumored plan.

Not only will this new plan be announced tomorrow, it’s rumored to be made available starting tomorrow as well. We’ll of course bring you more information when the official announcement takes place.

Would you be interested in a $15/month family plan for Play Music?

28
Sep

Dell will use recycled carbon fiber in Alienware and Latitude products


Later this year, Dell will increase the amount of recycled materials that it uses to make its products. Before the end of 2015, the company will begin using excess carbon fiber and other scrap materials in a few Alienware and Latitude devices. The effort with expand across those two lines in 2016 as the Dell says its plan to use the recycled carbon fiber is “an industry first.” The company is teaming up with the supplier SABIC on the initiative, and it says estimates show the duo can keep 820,000 pounds of carbon fiber from hitting landfills. The computer maker began using recycled plastics for enclosures back in 2014, re-using 4.2 million pounds since that time in a number of displays and its OptiPlex desktops.

Source: Dell (Business Wire)

28
Sep

‘Ta.co’ Bell now offers online ordering


Got a hankering for Taco Bell but just can’t bring yourself to wait the 3.5 minutes it takes to slop your order together? Well, you’re in luck. The fast food franchise chain recently debuted a new, faster way to order your Chalupas: no, not your mobile phone, the internet!

The online menu is available at Ta.co (or just Tacobell.com/food if you’re unhip). Simply click on the food and drinks you want, customize each item with everything from black beans and guacamole on your Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme to Lava sauce and a three cheese blend on yourDouble Decker Taco Supreme (or other equally-silly named edible). Once you’ve finalized your order, the system will direct you to the nearest participating Taco Bell for pick up. Unfortunately, no, Taco Bell won’t also deliver it — unless you live in one of a few select cities.

Via: HuffPo

Source: ta.co

28
Sep

BlackBerry’s CEO isn’t sure how to use BlackBerry’s Android phone


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BlackBerry CEO John Chen may be immensely proud of his company’s upcoming Android-powered Priv smartphone, but he still has a few things to learn about using it. In an on-camera demo of the Priv for BNN, it’s apparent that the exec hasn’t used Android much — he talks about how it “runs Google,” and has trouble launching basics like Chrome. Not exactly putting your best foot forward, BlackBerry. It’s hard not to sympathize a bit with Chen, since he’s likely been using BlackBerry 10 devices for a while. With that said, SlashGear raises a valid concern about what this goof-ridden clip means for long-time users. Moving to Android is a big help for newcomers and people who’d left BlackBerry for greener pastures, but it might alienate loyal fans who’ve never tried another company’s platform.

Via: Gizmodo, SlashGear

Source: Business News Network

28
Sep

Samsung Pay makes its debut in the United States


For all those folks out there who haven’t been able to get into the beta for Samsung Pay, the wait is over. Earlier today, Samsung started rolling out its in-house alternative for Apple Pay and Android Pay.

Samsung Pay allows you to attach a supported credit or debit card, and use your device to make payments on the go. One of the awesome features of Samsung Pay is that you can use it even with the mobile terminal that doesn’t have ‘Tap to Pay’ functionality built-in. When using Samsung Pay with one of those older terminals, all you need to do is hold your device near the terminal and voila, you’ve paid for your items without taking out your wallet.

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If you’re wondering which devices are compatible with Samsung Pay right now, here’s the list for you:

Now, the Samsung Pay app is probably already pre-loaded onto your device, but you haven’t been able to access anything within the app. all you need to do is open up the Samsung Pay app, and your device will install the updated app that has all the goodies within.

Once the app is downloaded, you will be greeted with a few welcome screens, which describe exactly what Samsung Pay can do. Once you’ve gotten past that, you’ll be able to enter your credit or debit card, and get to spending.

As a little gift to those who want to try out Samsung Pay, Samsung is giving away some goodies to you. If you activate Samsung Pay on a Galaxy Note5 or Galaxy S6 Edge+, you’ll have the option of receiving either a wireless charger or a flip case. In order to take advantage of this giveaway, you’ll need to activate Samsung Pay on either of those devices before October 11th, which gives everyone about 2 weeks or so.

Let us know if you’ve tried out Samsung Pay already, and what you think about the overall experience.

Source: Samsung

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