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Oct

Droid Turbo 2 leak hints at ‘shatterproof’ screen and Moto Maker


Leaked promos for the Droid Maxx 2 and Droid Turbo 2

Those rumors of Verizon launching the Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2 at its October 27th event? They just got much more concrete. Droid-Life has obtained leaked promos spilling the beans on both of the carrier-specific Motorola smartphones. As suspected, the Droid Turbo 2 should be advertised as having a “shatterproof” screen — we’re a bit skeptical of that claim, but Big Red will apparently back that up by accepting trade-ins of phones with cracked screens. Even if the display doesn’t live up to that billing, though, the new Turbo will reportedly offer Moto Maker customization. Finally, you won’t be stuck picking from a handful of black-and-red models while your Moto X-toting friends show off their more colorful devices.

The ad copy also talks about the Droid Maxx 2, although it largely says what you might already know: this is really just a Moto X Play gussied up for Verizon, complete with a 48-hour battery. It’s not going to be nearly as exciting as the Turbo 2, then, but you’ll at least have one option on the network if you value battery life above all else.

Source: Droid-Life

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17
Oct

T-Mobile said to be carrying the upcoming Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL


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Most hardware manufacturers choose Android over Windows Phone Windows 10 Mobile as Google has built a powerful mobile operating system with plenty of developer support; however, there are a handful of companies that design phones for both Google and Microsoft’s platforms. Even HTC has designed a single phone to sell with either Android or Windows Phone running on it. And now it looks like Alcatel OneTouch will join that approach with an upcoming phone.

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The Fierce XL, according to Evan Blass, will come in two variants. Alcatel OneTouch will sell the Fierce XL with your choice of Windows 10 Mobile (left) or Android (right). Both variants are apparently going to be sold by T-Mobile here in the United States. As you can see in the image above, the Fierce XL will not have on-screen buttons like its maker’s Idol 3. Alcatel OneTouch seems to be going with a low-end or mid-range handset that is exclusive to T-Mobile customers.

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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17
Oct

Leaked promo materials reveal Moto Maker for DROID Turbo 2, 48-hour battery life for DROID MAXX 2


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The launch of the DROID Turbo 2 and DROID MAXX 2, two handsets that will be exclusive to Verizon, is fast approaching. What does that mean? Leaks are happening and they are happening with greater frequency. The DROID Turbo 2’s specifications surfaced earlier in the week and then we learned that the DROID MAXX 2 would have a removable back. Now there are alleged promotional materials from Verizon that show a bit more about both.

Motorola is giving Verizon customization, lengthy battery life, and durable hardware.

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The DROID Turbo 2 will join the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto 360 as Motorola-made devices that can be customized through the company’s Moto Maker design suite. Verizon notes that there are over 1,000 combinations for customers to explore.

And Verizon is throwing in a promotion where buyers of the 64GB model can redesign their DROID Turbo 2 if unhappy the first time around.

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The promotional materials obtained also mentioned the DROID MAXX 2, confirming that the handset will live up to it predecessor’s success by having 48-hour battery life. The original DROID MAXX also touted 48-hour battery life behind a 3500mAh battery. Now that specifications have evolved from the original’s 1280×720 display resolution and dual-core processor, it should be interesting to see how Motorola manages to give Verizon an exclusive that doesn’t resemble a brick.

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Another promotion, applicable to both of the aforementioned phones, will be receiving $300 back when trading in your current smartphone. When purchasing the DROID Turbo 2, Big Red is going to be willing to accept one’s with cracked screens. Not bad considering the DROID Turbo 2 will prevent that from ever happening with its “world’s first shatterproof screen.”

The DROID Turbo 2 and DROID MAXX 2 will be revealed officially at an event co-hosted by Motorola and Verizon in New York City on October 27.

Source: Droid Life

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17
Oct

Droid Turbo 2 teased on accessory manufacturer website


The announcement of the new Motorola Droid devices is just around the corner. However, if you’re too ansy to wait, this news might help hold you over. Case manufacturer Qmadix has jumped the gun and outted a couple listings for the Droid Turbo 2.

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The device is only shown with the case installed, so we don’t have the best look at the chassis. However, we get a nice frontal view.

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In comparison to the Moto X Pure, the bottom speaker grill appears to have been split into two (if that’s what they really are). On the back, Motorola is carrying over that metal accent that runs from the camera down to the logo dimple.

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From the top and bottom image, we can see a standard microUSB port. The headphone jack isn’t centered on the top like on the Moto X.

This is all we have for now on the new Turbo 2. Based on previous leaks, we’re expecting a 5.43″ QHD display, Snapdragon 810 SoC, 21MP main camera, and 3,760mAh battery. Also, unlike the previous Turbo, this one is said to be customizable through Moto Maker.

Stay tuned for the Motorola/Verizon announcement on Oct. 27th! We’ll pass along any other trickles from leaks.

Source: Qmadix

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17
Oct

Apple Stores show off iPhone 6s 3D Touch with fancy tables


Apple is doing a new trick at its flagship San Francisco and New York Stores to show off the benefits of 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. A video from Grate App (below) shows the phones rigged up to a table that’s actually a very large display. When you press on the iPhone’s swimming fish screen-saver, it creates ripples in the screen around the phone, which vary in size depending on how hard you press. (The table itself doesn’t appear to be force-sensitive, but rather just takes 3D Touch input from the phones.) It’s a clever way to tout a feature that’s a bit hard to grok, but there’s no word on whether you’ll see it in any other stores.

Via: 9to5 Mac

Source: Grate App

17
Oct

Scoot launches electric car rentals and plans second city expansion


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Scoot is moving beyond its namesake. Today the company announced the availability of the Scoot Quad, a four-wheeled electric car from Nissan called the Mobility Concept (worst name ever) based on the Renault Twizy. The company’s fleet of scooters will be joined by 10 Quads as the company evolves into a light-electric vehicle sharing company that will soon be expanding into an unnamed second city. Mike Waltman, vice president of fleet said, “We are narrowing it down now and we expect to be the second city next year.” But the Quad is here now and I got a chance to drive it through the streets of San Francisco ahead of today’s launch.Slideshow-330491

Right off the bat, like the rest of the Scoot line, renting it easy. The company has been able to seamlessly add the little car into its app. Find a vehicle in a garage, reserve it and then when you arrive, turn it on with the app. After you complete the rather elaborate startup sequence you can start cruising around town.

The bubble of a car is more like a go cart or really awesome golf cart then a economy car. There’s a windshield and roof, but no windows in the doors which incidentally open up like a Lamborghini. It seems ostentatious until you realize the doors run the length of the car and if you want to bring a passenger along, you need the extra room.

Oh and about that passenger, they sit in the back seat. The seating situation is like a log ride or Disney’s Space Mountain ride. The passenger sits behind the driver with their legs on either side of them.

Scoot was looking for a way to let its users give rides to passengers. It’s current line of scooters don’t allow for a second person on the bike. This solution not only lets you bring along a friend, but also opens up opportunities for different types of rentals. Like showing off your city to family members when they visit or a very odd date.

On the road, the narrow wheelbase and short length make for a fun, nimble car. Then you hit 25 miles per hour and the acceleration stops (I was able to get it to 26 miles per hour once). Scoot has limited the top speed. If you’re used to driving a car, it takes a few miles to get used too. The speed limit of most streets in San Francisco is 25, so it’s technically ok. But drivers will need to avoid some of the main thoroughfares in the city so they don’t piss off other drivers. Fortunately, the acceleration isn’t damped by the speed cap. It’s on par with an economy car. Not quick, but adequate.

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Slow top speed aside, I had fun driving the Quad and talking to the people that approached me when I pulled over to take photos. And people will approach you. They’re not going to see this vehicle anywhere else. You can’t buy the Mobility Concept in the United States. While Nissan has modified the vehicle for US roads, the company isn’t jumping into the market just yet. That’s where Scoot comes in. The two companies have partnered for what they are calling a “research project.” Scoot gets to expand its fleet offerings and Nissan gets data about the car in a busy urban environment.

Scoot members can start renting the Quad today if they’re fortunate enough to receive an invitation. The 10 vehicles will most likely be in high demand initially, so Scoot is slowly rolling out access to its members starting with its most active. At launch the car must be picked up and returned to select garages while the company adds the appropriate chargers to other parking spots. The price is four times that of a regular scooter rental. So instead of $2 for a 30 minutes ride, it’ll be $8. It’s pricier than the bus, but probably cheaper than Uber or a taxi.

Plus, a bit more fun.

Source: Scoot

17
Oct

Marshall’s Stockwell speaker is a guitar geek’s dream despite its flaws


When I first saw a Marshall-branded speaker announced some time ago, I immediately dismissed it as a gimmick. As a recovering musician, I figured the company’s line of headphones and other portable audio gear was just some middle-of-the-road tech decked out in the stylings of the brand’s iconic amplifiers. I began to doubt my stance recently, though, as Marshall trotted out its London smartphone aimed at folks who are serious about playing music on their daily driver. The device turned out to be a respectable piece of kit, and pushed me to finally spend some time with one of the company’s speakers. With that in mind, I gave the $229 Stockwell Bluetooth option a go. While it may not be the best-sounding choice, it certainly checks all the design boxes for this former guitar player. Slideshow-329316

If you’ve ever seen a Marshall amp at a concert, in a music store or happen to be the proud owner of one, you’ll immediately recognize the aesthetics here. The script logo sits front and center with nearly all of the accents and any metal parts covered in gold. Since it began releasing speakers for listening to music, Marshall has been consistent in making them look like miniature amps. The same is true here with the Stockwell, although this gadget is much thinner than its predecessors. Previously released Marshall amps, like the Kilburn, Stanmore and Woburn, keep a similar construction and overall proportions of an amplifier. The Stockwell isn’t nearly as deep, though, which goes a long way in terms of portability. It’ll take up about as much space in your bag as a book, albeit with some heft, making it relatively easy to stow away.

Up front, there’s that signature Marshall typography, centered on a solid speaker grille that’s designed to mimic the cloth fronts of a bigger amp. It’s framed with a gold band, while the rest of the speaker’s shell is a plain matte black. All of the controls rest along the top edge, where a 3.5mm aux input, source selector, audio dials and buttons for speakerphone and pairing modes are beside the on/off switch. As far as the audio tweaks go, there are pop-up knobs for volume, bass and treble. All of those controls are gold metal, which means the panel not only has a premium feel, but also takes me back to time spent with a Marshall JCM900 head and speaker cabinet. Lastly, the power jack is on the right side so as not to interfere with the optional flip cover (more on that in a moment) and there’s a USB port on the back to recharge your mobile device.

Every once in a while, I have a bit of trouble pairing a Bluetooth speaker or set of headphones with my second-gen Moto X. That wasn’t the case here. After I turned on the wireless feature on my phone and put the Stockwell in pairing mode, the two connected in a matter of seconds. I mentioned before that the speaker has a source selector, and it’s used to swap back and forth between playing music wirelessly and plugging in an aux cable for a direct link. I’m not sure it’s necessary, but it’s nonetheless a nice touch that pays homage to a full-size amplifier’s settings panel. Marshall says the Stockwell can last up to 25 hours before needing to recharge, and while my listening sessions didn’t run quite that long, I did notice I wasn’t reaching for a power cord very often.

How does it sound? Well, let’s just say I was a lot more impressed by the Stockwell’s design than its audio quality. While it’s significantly better than the likes of the Jawbone Big Jambox, it lacks the well-rounded sound that speakers like the Beats Pill XL (now discontinued) and UE Megaboom offer. To me, the audio is slightly muffled and only gets worse if you crank up that bass dial. The clarity that other wireless speakers, like Sony’s SRS-X77, offer just isn’t there on the Stockwell.

I enjoyed the best audio when I left both the bass and treble knobs at five (out of 10, natch). In fact, the most comfortable volume level is about five to seven as well. Crank the Stockwell up to 10 if you dare, but the speaker gets ear-piercingly loud. At higher volumes, audio starts to distort as well, so you’ll notice some unwanted crunch in the guitars on The Dead Weather’s new album. The sound didn’t improve when I employed the 3.5mm aux jack, either. When testing the speaker with songs from different genres, I found that the Stockwell handled bluegrass and indie rock the best. If you’re looking to use this to bump a lot of hip-hop, EDM, metal or anything else with a driving bassline, you’re not going to get the thump you’re hoping for.

To keep the speaker protected in a bag, there’s an optional flip cover. It’ll set you back an extra $40 if purchased separately, but I actually found it to be pretty useful. The cover also employs some design cues that should resonate with guitar hobbyists, including its red felt underside. For me, that soft material recalls the inside of a guitar case, while the outside is the same black, scaly material that amps and speaker cabinets are typically covered with. The add-on can also be used as a stand of sorts, folding down underneath so the speaker can sit angled upward to better project its sound. Picture those iPad flip covers and you’ll get an idea for what’s going on here.

At $229 (or $259 if you opt for the speaker/cover combo), the Stockwell is priced in the same range as our favorite Bluetooth speakers. The UE Megaboom costs $300, so you’d expect a more expensive offering to offer better audio quality. And the Beats Pill XL was discontinued, unfortunately. At that higher price, you could (and should) opt for the Sony SRS-X77 I recently tested, in large part because it offers both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Marshall also has a $300 option, the Kilburn, that’s larger than the Stockwell. It’s still portable, though, promising 20 hours of playback and bearing the same design details that all of the company’s audio products so tempting.

If you’re really into Marshall’s guitar gear, the Stockwell could be hard to resist. It’s also the most affordable option for getting your hands on a portable speaker with this iconic design. The company nailed all of those details, bringing design touches that any six-string hobbyist will appreciate. However, chances are if you’re familiar with the brand, you also enjoy high-quality sound, which you’ll have to find elsewhere. While the Stockwell flaunts a design that’ll impress some, the audience Marshall is looking to woo will be disappointed by the less-than-stellar audio quality.

17
Oct

Get link or mesh metal bands for your Pebble Time Round


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Right now, you can purchase extra or replacement bands for your Pebble Time Round directly from its maker. Pebble is selling premium metal bands in link and mesh varieties for its first smartwatch that has a round display. The link metal bands are 20mm and come in silver (seen above) and black, costing $49 each. The slimmer mesh bands, sold for $29 each, are 14mm and come in silver, black, and rose gold.

The estimated shipping time on both bands is 6-8 weeks.

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17
Oct

FXGuru is here to spook your Halloween! [App Review]


With Halloween just around the corner, you may be interested in an app or two that can bring some fun into the day. Today, we’re taking a look at FXGuru, a fantastic video effect app that does the job just right and can be used for all occasions to greatly liven up the experience.

Setup

FXGuru is a relatively simple app and requires minimal setup. In fact, the only setup required is in creating a new video with effects. From this, you can select the accuracy of the effect, a filter from the vast list of choices, and how the sound effects get incorporated.

You can also adjust the quality of the video, file size, and frame rate. All except the frame rate require an in-app purchase of any effect. So if you buy any other additional effect, they become unlocked.

Features

FXGuru is jam-packed with effects. Ninety-seven of them, to be precise. You can access about 30 effects for free, so don’t get too excited unless you’re planning to spend a bit. Nevertheless, the effects available without in-app purchasing should be enough for anyone and most situations.

So how exactly does it work? You select the effect from the list, point your camera at the scenery, and align the ground with the mesh on the screen. After recording, while keeping still for about 15 seconds (the time depends on the effect), the app processes it and spits out the video a few seconds later.

This is also not a half-baked app. I was initially skeptical at how decent and accurate the effects would turn out. However, I can confidently say that they are rather good for a mobile app. More so, you will not find effects capability like this elsewhere on the Play Store. The subject in the effect also looks realistic and like it’s actually touching the surface.

Along with the decent user interface, everything is a breeze to use. The sounds and music are kind of addicting. I would warn against using the app with volume on Halloween night!

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What we liked:

  • Super sound effects and music
  • Easy to use
  • Professional-looking effects

And not so much…

  • Majority of effects are unlocked by paying
  • Takes long to download effects if you haven’t already

4.17 of out 5 stars

FXGuru certainly has something unique to offer. With expert effects, it should be on anyone’s list of apps, regardless of age. It guarantees a shot of fun, especially at Halloween!

You can find the download link and more details on the FXGuru app here

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17
Oct

The humble beginnings and ambitious future of 3D printing


Consumer-focused 3D printing has been all the rage in the past several years, and while Yeezy may be apprehensive, it’s putting the power of manufacturing into the hands of the people. The concept of three-dimensional reproduction isn’t as new as you may think; various methods were being employed as early as the 1800s. From the 1950s until the early aughts, it’s primarily been used in experimental or industrial applications due to the high costs involved. But when the RepRap project went open-source and MakerBot targeted the consumer market with more affordable machines, things began to change. This week we take a quick look at some milestones in 3D printing’s development and see how it’s progressing in the modern age.

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