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Oct

Microsoft wants you to stick with Windows 10’s default apps


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If you don’t like how difficult it is to change your default web browser in Windows 10… well, you may be particularly upset in the near future. A leaked Windows 10 preview release now gives you a prompt whenever you’re trying to switch away from a default Microsoft app, such as the Edge browser. You’re asked to give the stock app “a shot,” and the most prominent option is to stick with the Microsoft option — not exactly subtle. It’s not certain that this will reach the public Insider Preview program, but it’s evident that the company is at least toying with the idea.

The move is somewhat understandable (how many people do you know who immediately install Chrome on a new PC?), but it could be a risky move. Even though antitrust regulators aren’t hounding the company like they did in the previous decade, they’re still watching. If officials believe that Microsoft is abusing its continued dominance in PCs to push apps like Edge, they may ask it to back off.

Source: The Verge

18
Oct

OPPO R7s announced: mid-end, good-looking and coming in November


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Those looking to get a mid-end phone that actually manages to look great should take a look at the newly announced OPPO R7s. It has been under a week since we first learnt about the incoming handset, and today OPPO took the stage at Gitex in Dubai to share the good news. Is it the right phone for you, though? Let’s give it a closer examination.

Like other devices in the R7 series, the OPPO R7s features a metal unibody design that is simply stunning. The handset is amazingly sleek and I happen to love it, but there is more to a phone than looks. Though this phone is not targeted towards the performance buffs, we need to know if it can handle things relatively well. Spoiler: we believe it will.

The OPPO R7s packs a handy Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and 4 GB of RAM, so right off the bat you can tell there’s plenty of power to be had here. While the processor is considered mid-end, that amount of memory is comparable only to the best phones out there. It will be a great multi-tasker!

Katrina Li, OPPO Branding Executive Director introduces the R7s

Other specs include a 5.5-inch AMOLED 2.5D screen, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD support, a 13 MP rear camera, an 8 MP front-facing shooter and a 3070 mAh battery; all powered by Android 5.1. That list of components is definitely not too shabby, right?

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OPPO is also quick to advertise its “Flash Charging”, which allows you to get from 0% to 90% in just 50 minutes (or at least that’s the claim). Alternatively, you can charge for 5 minutes and get 2 hours of talk time. The phone maker is also touting its camera technology, which is said to be promising for a mid-end smartphone like this one.

The R7s with lock screenThe R7s features “Flash Shot” technology, a “triple-feature that assures fast launch, fast focus and stable imaging”. In fact, they state their PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) is equal to that of an SLR camera. This thing is said to focus in as little as 0.1 seconds! Selfies are also improved by lighting the scene with a white screen, effectively providing enough light for a decent shot.

Convinced? We would like to see more of the device before we pass any judgement, but it certainly seems like a good option… depending on the price. And of course, that is something the manufacturer is not talking about yet. What we do know is that it will be released this November in Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Those of us in the USA and Europe will have to wait until December.

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18
Oct

Some Moto X Pure Edition users are testing Android 6.0 Marshmallow already


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We have had our fair share of Moto X Pure Edition content here at Android Authority, but we know most people are more worried about their Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. When is it coming?

While we can’t answer that question just yet, the first signs of the new software have already started showing up. In fact, a select group of users is testing it! Some Moto X Pure Edition users started receiving soak test invites last week. Though it wasn’t specified what the update included, it would only be reasonable to think it could be Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Now we know that was exactly what Motorola was referring to.

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Motorola’s own David Schuster wanted to make things clear for us, so he gave us all the juicy details on his Google+ page. It turns out this is not really a full-fledged soak test, though. Instead, it is a test drive to see if the software is ready for the next stage.

“There have been a couple reports of a Marshmallow “soak test” that has started for Moto X 2015 Pure Edition. Just want to make it clear that we have NOT started a formal “soak test”. We have started a small TestDrive for the Marshmallow upgrade on Moto X 2015 Pure Edition. We will be conducting these tests for the next couple of weeks. Pending the feedback during this test cycle will determine the timing of a full soak test.” -David Schuster

Moto X Pure Edition Videos

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For those who may not know, soak testing is when the manufacturer makes software available to some users in order to test its stability and performance. You can think of it as some kind of beta run. Regardless, it means Motorola is at it once again with the awesome update times. The phone maker is known to be among the best at keeping their phones up to date. We are glad to see that habit still lives.

By the way – are any of you guys lucky enough to be part of this select group?

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18
Oct

Verizon’s Samsung Pay update now out for compatible phones


Verizon has started rolling out the software update it promised earlier this October — one that adds Samsung Pay to the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5. A Reddit user has posted a snapshot of an email sent to Samsung reps at Best Buy confirming the upgrade, while Android Central’s Andrew Martonik has already installed it on his Galaxy S6. The mobile payment app arrived in the US for other carriers in September, but Big Red was a bit late to the party. Take note that it only works with MasterCard, Visa or AMEX issued by a major bank, though, such as Citi and Bank of America. Even if you couldn’t care less about Samsung Pay, you may still want to download that update when you get it. It also patches up the Stagefright Android vulnerability, which gives hackers access to your phone just by sending an infected MMS.

Via: Reddit, Droid Life, Android Central

Source: Droid Life, Android Central, Reddit

18
Oct

Dick’s Sporting Goods is now selling the Jabra Sport Pace Wireless earbuds


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If you’re looking for a good pair of wireless sports earbuds, Dick’s Sporting Goods is now selling the Jabra Sport Pace wireless earbuds for $99.99. The earbuds work with any bluetooth capable smartphone, and can pair up with the Jabra Sports Life app to track and evaluate your workouts.

For $99.99,  you get a pair of durable wireless earbuds with excellent sound quality. They are built with US military standards for sweat, rain, shock, sand and dust resistance, and have a quick charge functionality that lets you get an hour of playback time on a 15 minute charge.  The Jabra Sport Pace come with 3 sets of ‘GelHooks’ stabilisers and 3 sets of eargels in different sizes to make sure the earbuds fit comfortably and tightly in your ears while working out. An in-line remote/microphone lets you answer calls, control volume, skip a track and play/pause music. The Jabra Sports Life app works together with these earbuds to give you motivational training tips with voice-guidance, and lets you plan, monitor and evaluate your training.

You can get them online on the Dick’s Sporting Goods website.

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18
Oct

Amazon’s grocery service now requires a $299 yearly membership


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Amazon warned late last year that it would eventually require a $299 yearly membership just to use its AmazonFresh grocery delivery service. And like or not, the internet giant is making good on its word: shoppers in New York City, Philadelphia and Seattle (and possibly other cities) are finding out that they need that pricey Prime Fresh subscription before they can go food shopping. The outlay gives you free delivery on all orders over $50, on top of the benefits of a regular Amazon Prime membership, but it’s now considerably more expensive if you only occasionally want groceries shipped to your door. So far, tests that would open the door to standard Prime members (who’d always pay delivery fees) haven’t led to anything concrete.

The pricing doesn’t stack up well next to rivals like Instacart, which both costs less up front ($99 per year) and waives the delivery fees at a lower threshold ($35). However, it’s doubtful that Amazon will have a change of heart in the near future. The company is one of the old hands in the online grocery delivery business, and it had a long time to do the math — it’s likely convinced that an all-encompassing $299 plan is more sustainable than a groceries-only option.

[Image credit: Andrew Hitchcock, Flickr]

Via: GeekWire

Source: AmazonFresh

18
Oct

Oppo unveils R7s with 4GB of RAM on-board


Oppo_R7s_image_101815Oppo just took its wraps off the R7s, a large high-end smartphone.

The Oppo R7s includes a 5.5-inch full-HD AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 615 SoC, a 13MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera and 32GB of internal storage space. The device will run Android 5.1.1 out of the box. Most noticeably, the rumor of 3GB of RAM turned out to be false. The device actually includes 4GB of RAM making for a better multitasking experience. The company’s ColorOS 2.1 in on-board as well as a 3070mAh battery hoping to last more than a day on a single charge. Other noticeable features include fast charging, image stabilizing and ultra-fast auto-focusing.

The device will arrive in ten countries/regions beginning this November. These include Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, VietnamIndonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the MENA regions. The device will also be available for purchase on the company’s website.

For more details, check out the press release below.

OPPO Premieres the 4GB RAM R7s at Gitex 2015 in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — OPPO premiered the newest member of the R7 series, the R7s, at GITEX 2015 in Dubai today. Apart from its impressive 4GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, the R7s inherits the metal unibody design of the R7 series, and is equipped with an ultra-large 3070 mAh battery and an expansive 5.5-inch AMOLED 2.5D screen. By unveiling the R7s at GITEX, OPPO aims to improve its brand influence as well as market share in the MENA region, with the United Arab Emirates as a hub.

The OPPO R7s boasts flash-speed performance with 4GB RAM, 32GB ROM, an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, and OPPO’s enhanced in-house ColorOS 2.1 system which is based on Android 5.1. The R7s’ dual-sim card slot also supports expandable memory up to an additional 128 GB.

The ultra extra-large battery boasts 3070 mAh of capacity. To test battery life, OPPO uses a mechanical arm to simulate real-world use of the phone. The tests clocked the R7s battery at 13 hours and 15 minutes, long enough to use the phone continuously from morning until night. It is also paired with VOOC Flash Charge technology, which gives 2 hours of talk time with just 5 minutes of charging, and can have the R7s charged up to 90% in only 50 minutes.

Like other R7 series devices, the R7s camera uses Flash Shot technology, a triple-threat feature that assures fast launch, fast focus and stable imaging.  Flash Shot’s Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) is equal to that of an SLR camera, delivering an auto focus time of as little as 0.1 seconds. Meanwhile, the camera opens 30% faster than before, and a smart anti-shake optimization algorithm for both the rear-facing 13-megapixel and front-facing 8-megapixel cameras enables users to capture clear, beautiful pictures even in fast-paced situations.

Starting in November, the R7s will be sold in ten different countries and regions, including Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam,Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as MENA regions. Consumers in Europe and the USA can purchase the R7s on the OPPOstyle website soon after that in December.

 

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18
Oct

Talk Android Apps of the Week: October 18, 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. Although, this week’s column includes a couple of apps used over a longer period. Today’s focus is on a fantastic to-do list manager, an extremely reliable calculator, an awesome travel tool and a world-class antivirus service.

Any.Do

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As a student, when I first started my journey as a writer, I frequently found myself with an abundance of deadlines to meet. Not surprisingly, I struggled to find the time to complete all the assignments, projects and household chores I needed to. Fast forward a couple of months and I discovered a wonderful to-do list manager called Any.Do.

The app enables you to create easy-to-read lists containing all the tasks you need to finish on any given day.  You even have the facility to invite friends, family and colleagues to entries — so that you can collaborate with them in order to get things done.

If I had to pinpoint my favourite feature in Any.Do it would be cross-platform synchronisation because it allows me to input an entry on my phone or tablet when I’m out and about, then continue editing it when I get home on my computer. The web app even has an intuitive drag and drop interface, which makes organising tasks a treat.

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

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MyScript Calculator

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It’s a well-known fact that the stock Android calculator is pretty basic, a simple app for anyone who needs to carry out uncomplicated sums, but who do we look to when to we need to work out a mathematical expression, such as compound interest?

MyScript Calculator is a great app for performing handwritten complex mathematical operations. All you have to do is write the expression on your smartphone’s display using your finger, then let the app use its algorithms to convert the symbols/numbers to digital text and deliver the result in real time.  

To see it MyScript Calculator in action, check out the demonstration video below.

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Hotel Tonight

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Thinking of going away this holiday season? If so, you may want to invest some time in downloading and installing an app called Hotel Tonight. Whenever I’m planning on booking a break, this award-winning app is my first port of call. It offers incredible prices and last-minute discounts on empty rooms at some of the world’s finest hotels.

If you find a room that tickles your fancy, reserving it couldn’t be easier. The entire process of entering your details and creating a booking takes approximately 10-seconds, and if you experience any problems along the way, you can reach out to a live support agent who will help get you back on track.

I’ve used Hotel Tonight to arrange accommodation on a couple of occasions, and can honestly say I haven’t been disappointed. Everything from checking-in to checking-out has gone smoothly. The hotel was exactly as advertised in the app.

To see Hotel Tonight from all-angles, check out the gallery below.

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CM Security Antivirus

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Our fourth and final app up this week is CM Security Antivirus AppLock. This service has been in the media a lot recently and for good reason. It’s by far the best mobile antivirus product I’ve ever used and has a long list of incredible functions that sets it apart from the competition.

I’m especially fond of the Intruder Selfie feature, which automatically captures a photo of someone who enters the wrong passcode twice on a handset. There’s even an integrated AppLock, which implements a passcode for sensitive apps on your smartphone or tablet.

Be sure to take a look through the gallery below to get a feel for CM Security Antivirus’ compatibility.

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18
Oct

Audials Radio – a radio app done right


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Internet radio is a huge deal. We have a swath of amazing content to choose from including Pandora, iHeartRadio, and even Google Play Music and Spotify have radio options. There’s another name, though, that doesn’t get thrown around a lot called Audials Radio and we’re going to take a quick look to see what this app can do and check out why it’s a great option for radio fans.


Audials Radio review

What is Audials Radio?

Audials Radio is actually a pretty simple radio app. Its catalog contains over 90,000 radio stations from dozens of countries around the world. Included is talk radio, music radio from a ton of genres, and all of your old favorites from the FM and AM days.

When you listen to radio stations, it’ll set up a pre-buffer and then it essentially just streams whatever is playing on the radio directly to your device. You can use this on just your device speakers or connect it to other speakers using the headphone jack or Bluetooth to get a really authentic radio experience.


Audials Radio review

How does it work?

Audials Radio is very easy to use. You can simply open the app and get started if you want to although you do have the option to create an account as well. The app works perfectly fine with or without an account but it should be noted that creating an account allows you to use the sync feature between the mobile and desktop versions of Audials Radio.

Once you’re in the application, all you have to do is browse all the various stations and pick the one you want to listen to. You can also search for stations using keywords or station call letters. If you want, you can even add stations if the app doesn’t have your favorite one.

After that, you’ll wait a few moments for the pre-buffer and then it’ll start streaming the audio. It really is as simple as that and it takes only a few moments to get in and listen to the radio.

The peripheral features are where things really get interesting. There is a feature called Zap that takes a look at what you’re listening to and then suggests radio stations that plays similar types of audio. Just hit the Zap button and you’ll be connected to another radio station that plays the same kind of stuff you were just listening to and that makes discovering new stations really very simple.

It also comes with an alarm clock and a sleep timer. Both are very simple to set up. Just set a time and the alarm will go off with whatever radio station you want. Do note that you’ll have to actually be on the station listening to it before you can set it as an alarm. The sleep timer is even more simple, just set a time limit and the app will keep running until the limit runs out.

Also embedded in this app is a light and dark theme switcher, an equalizer so you can change the sound based on the station quickly, and the app is one of the few in this space that comes with both AirPlay and Chromecast support.

The last feature I want to mention is the record feature. Using this, you can actually record songs you hear on the radio for playback later. This reminds me of when I was a kid and I used to use the cassette tape recorder on my stereo to make mix tapes from the songs I liked on the radio. It’s stored on your device and you can rename it and move it as you please. These files are also recognized by other music players. Audials Radio can also read your music in case you want to listen to your own stuff for a little while.


Audials Radio review

The Good

Here’s what we liked about Audials Radio:

  • The interface seems a bit cluttered at first but once you make your way around, it’s actually very easy to use. You can move around quickly and find stuff pretty easily.
  • Every radio station has a wealth of stuff that you can do. You can record any radio station, view similar radio stations, use the Zap feature, and there is even a news tab that shows the station’s Twitter and Facebook feed if it has them.
  • It has a good list of peripheral features. The alarm clock and sleep timers both work well and are easy to use. We appreciated the equalizer even if if it’s only 5-band. As usual, Chromecast and AirPlay support are always good features to have.
  • Audials Radio actually works pretty well. Of course, I was testing using a rock solid, super fast Internet connection so that’s to be expected. There weren’t any hissing sounds or drop outs although if you do experience those, the app has settings that lets you change how it works to avoid that from happening.
  • I actually really like that you can access your own stored music and videos. The players aren’t as powerful as a dedicated music app or video app, but it’s nice if you have a song you want to listen to really quick.
  • The Zap feature is kind of fun to use. Your radio station hits a commercial, you can quickly Zap over to another one that plays the same kind of stuff that isn’t playing a commercial. That’s a win.
  • Some smaller stuff is fun as well. Being able to add your own stations is useful if they don’t have your favorite. Recording songs on the radio worked well although it is hard to get the start and finish just right sometimes. We also liked the themes and the opportunity to stream in different bitrates on stations that have that option.

Audials Radio review

The bad

And here’s what we didn’t like so much:

  • A couple of things about the app can be finicky sometimes. Logging in via Facebook took a couple of tries and adding a radio station took me a couple of tries as well. It’s only a few extra seconds and it does inevitably work, but be prepared to try again a couple of times.
  • The equalizer is there and it does work, but it is only a 5-band which somewhat limits the changes you can make.
  • The design is really nice and we liked the tile set-up of the front page but we would’ve liked to have seen a little more info on the front page. It looks great in landscape mode but portrait mode is a little empty and there’s a lot of stuff the developers could put there.

Audials Radio review

Wrap up

Overall, Audials Radio is a very solid and capable radio app. It organizes its content extremely well considering how many radio stations it supports and it makes it simple to add more. The peripheral features like Chromecast and AirPlay support, alarm clock, sleep timer, equalizer, and the Zap feature make the app feel full featured and rounded out without making it feel bloated or heavy.

The issues are few and far between and include mostly minor nitpicks with regards to the design and minor issues with the features. Audials Radio is a truly solid radio experience and one of the better ways to enjoy FM and AM radio in the digital age. If you want to give it a shot, it’s totally free to use with no in-app purchases and you can get to it by clicking the button below.
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18
Oct

The After Math: Splitting things down the middle


So much happened this week! There was the bisecting Ultimate Hacking Keyboard, Amazon’s Destinations site which lasted just half a year, a bunch of products that cost exactly $50 (aka half a Benjamin) and, of course, the best trolling of the year. Because math isn’t half as fun if you don’t do it by the numbers.

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