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23
Oct

Twitter adds ads to Moments


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWell that didn’t take long. Twitter announced Friday that it will begin monetizing its new Moments feature, which launched at the start of the month. The company will begin leasing a single Moments channel for 24 hours to advertisers who will be free to curate and post both tweets and video content.

Source: Bloomberg

23
Oct

Look at the weather in a beautiful way with Weather 360 (App Review)


Ever since the release of Google Now, I’ve pretty much done away with weather apps and widgets. Why download another app that uses resources when I can usually look in my notification shade for the weather? Well, Weather 360 would like to make an argument for space on your device. Lets hear it out.

Weather 360 is a fairly basic weather app, except that it looks to provide the information in a beautiful way, and even meets some Material Design guidelines. It also allows you to customize the way the app, notification widget, and homescreen widget looks, either with pre-set themes, or custom themes.

Setup

When you first open the app up, it gives you information on what you should expect. This includes animations, widgets, customization, and more.

Once you’ve gone through the intro, the next step is to set up the design of the app, notification widget, and homescreen widget. This can be done via the settings, accessible through the slider menu on the left. Set your location, change the weather provider, change the icons, and other stuff. There are themes that you can change to as well, but you have to purchase those separately in the app’s store. The prices range from $1.59-$2.99 according to the Play Store. I tried looking myself, but there are plenty of options. If you don’t want ads, and you want to unlock the Full Version, that is $2.99. This includes:

Go unlimited with no boundaries

More than 80 widgets layouts

Unlock more than 100 store items

Detailed weather forecast

More weather providers options

Removes ads

Anyways, unlocking any of the above items gives more access to customization for the app and the widget.

Features

A lot of the app’s abilities lie in the customization. However, the app itself does have a beautiful set up, with “smart animations” that change dependent on the weather. They’re hard to explain without you seeing them, but they really are nice.

The app has three views: current weather, hour-by-hour, and ten-day. There are plenty of details here, from temperature to humidity, wind speed, and more. I always appreciate the “feels like” temperature, and this app offers that.

There isn’t a whole lot more to the app, but that’s not a bad thing. The app is easy to use, performs its functions well, and is easy to manage. This app does all of this beautifully as well. A weather app, in my opinion, shouldn’t be overly complicated when all you’re going to use it for is mostly glancing for information. The app performed well. It never crashed on me, never stuttered despite its animations. It worked well.

I guess if I _had_ to complain about something, I would’ve liked more options of weather information providers. But really, this isn’t that big of a deal. I just was trying to find something. And that was really the only thing that irked me, but I quickly got over it.

One thing worth mentioning is the app offered a free Halloween theme as we got closer, which was a nice touch.

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What we liked

  • Easy to set up
  • Beautiful design
  • Works well

What we didn’t like

  • Nothing, really

4.92 out of 5 stars

This is a weather app that works well, seems accurate, and is beautiful looking. What’s more, is there is no end to the customization you have for just about every aspect of the app. There isn’t a whole lot more you can ask for.

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23
Oct

You can now pre-order the Blackberry PRIV


Starting today, Blackberry’s newest flagship phone is available to pre-order if you’re in the US, Canada or the UK. Pricing for the device for Canadians is $899 CDN, $699 in the US and £559 incl for the UK.

The PRIV is Blackbery’s first Android phone to hit the market and has grabbed quite a bit of attention with the high-end hardware offered and the near-stock Android experience.

“The device offers unique tools and features – like DTEKTM, our exclusive warning system app that lets you know when your privacy could be at risk so you can take action to improve it – as well as an elegant, slim design with a slide-out physical keyboard, 5.4-inch dual-curved screen and a powerful 18MP camera. And of course, access to the Google Play™ store to easily download all the apps you want.

PRIV will be the solution for smartphone users who are learning daily of the lack of privacy they have on their current devices. PRIV will be the answer for former BlackBerry users who miss the physical keyboard but want more apps. And we’re responding to current – and prospective – BlackBerry users who need it all: choice, innovation, security, privacy and productivity.”

While the device is not as affordable as some of the recent flagship announcements this year, Blackberry has made very few compromises with it in terms of hardware and software offered and the inclusion of a slide-out physical keyboard which is something we haven’t seen in quite some time.

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23
Oct

Final hours to save 33% off the Solove Titan Ultra Power Bank at Amazon.com (discount code)


Last week we wrote about the  Solove Titan 20000mAh Ultra Slim Power Bank which is now 33% off using the discount code SOLOVE15 at checkout. This deal expires tonight at 11:59PST, and qualifies for free Prime Shipping on Amazon.com. 20000mAh is enough power to recharge you Samsung Galaxy Note 5 or Moto X pure(3000mAh) six times with some energy to spare. The discount code is limited to the inventory on hand so make sure to take advantage of the deal before it’s too late.20151018_110907

With the busiest travel days upon us in November and December, don’t run out of power or fight for wall outlets at the airport. If your flight gets delayed or if you have to travel long distances the the Solove Titan can get you through almost any trip across the globe and does it in style. It is encased in a metal unibody which not only makes it look great, but it also makes it super strong for protecting against bumping in your bags. It’s especially useful if you have kids who are always draining your portable devices.

I expect to have this power bank with me when I travel for my next business trip so I don’t even have to worry about bringing a wall plug to recharge my smartphone.

The deal is available for the silver and gray models and can be found by following this link to Amazon.com. Use discount code SOLOVE15 at checkout.

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23
Oct

Instagram launches Boomerang app with mini-videos


Instagram is all the rage these days. My 15 and 12 year old nieces can’t get enough of it and think Facebook is for “old people”.

Instagram has introduced Boomerang, which is a new video app that lets you turn pictures into quick loops, which is not quite a gif.  Their followers are becoming more and more creative with their uploads to Instagram. Boomerang is an app which takes a burst of photos, and stitches them together to make a mini-video that plays forward and backward like an actual boomerang. Boomerang can be shot in both portrait and landscape mode and is just as easy to share to Instagram like any other photo.

Now I just need to log into Instagram and see how long it takes for my nieces to pick up on this new feature if they haven’t already.

 

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23
Oct

Kickass deals on smartphones, accessories, and more (October 23)


In the hunt for some new accessories for your smartphone? We’ve got some incredible promotions, deals, and coupon codes to share with you. Moreover, we’ve also got some great bargains for Android smartphones from a variety of outlets. Let’s hop right in!

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23
Oct

Fairphone 2 to be world’s first modular smartphone


fairphone_2You may remember the Fairphone 2, which we showed you back in June. Today the company behind the device is announcing that it is ready for pre-order. The Fairphone 2 will officially be the world’s first modular smartphone to be sold on the market. Based on what we can see from their official website, the company is using materials that come from “ethical” sources, and the workers who produce the phones are paid a fair wage. Beyond the ethics of building a device, the Fairphone 2 will hold the crown as the first modular smartphone, despite the progress we’ve seen from Google’s Project Ara over the last few years.

The Fairphone 2, which is now up for pre-order, will have a Snapdragon 801 processor, a 5-inch full HD display made with Gorilla Glass 3, dual-SIM support, 2GB of RAM, 32Gb of internal storage, and a microSD card slot. There will be an 8MP camera on the rear of the device, and the whole package will run Android 5.1.1 on a 2,420 mAh battery. The photos on the website indicate a front-facing camera as well, although no specs are available for that just yet.

As far as the modular aspect is concerned, Fairphone made this new device easy to disassemble, which means users will be able to swap out parts as needed. You can see what that looks like in the promotional video above. This feature gives the phone a usage life of around five years, according to Fairphone. While it isn’t the configuration that Project Ara has been teasing, this is still a very big step in creating phones that last longer for users.

Unfortunately for American users, the Fairphone 2 will be initially launched in select European countries, with plans to expand next year. At launch it will cost €525, or around $583. Pre-orders can be placed here, and Fairphone has registered over 20,000 reserved devices already.

Source Android Authority

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23
Oct

Nexus 5X gets torn down, scores well on repairability


CaptureThe Nexus 5X, one of Google’s latest pure-Android devices, got the teardown treatment from the folks at iFixIt, and it scored surprisingly well overall. The device can be disassembled with a Phillips screwdriver, and almost all the internal parts are user-replaceable with the exception of the USB-C port and the display, which are fused to the motherboard. You can replace the camera, battery, and even the fingerprint sensor that is used in Android 6.0 to unlock the device.

Overall, the iFixIt team gave the Nexus 5X a 7 out of 10 on their “repairability scale” (with 10 being the easiest to repair. This is good news for Nexus 5X owners, and it likely makes that $379 price tag even sweeter. If you want to see the full teardown, check out the video above and the more extensive written teardown with photos!

Source Engadget

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23
Oct

BlackBerry Priv pre-order opens in US, UK and Canada; ships Nov 6


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The hardware keyboard is almost back again and I can’t wait; as expected, BlackBerry has launched pre-orders for the new BlackBerry Priv smartphone in the US, Canada and the UK ahead of its launch next month.

Featuring a dual-curved display like the Galaxy S6 Edge and a hardware keyboard, the Priv is one of the most innovative smartphones of the year but this innovation doesn’t come cheap. The Priv – which is priced slightly lower than expected – will cost $699 in the USA, $899 in Canada and £559 in the UK, which puts it on par with other flagship devices.

The Priv – which was leaked heavily as the BlackBerry Venice – features a 5.43-inch QHD (2560×144) AMOLED display that offers 540 pixels per inch density and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Unlike previous BlackBerry smartphones, this one runs on Android Lollipop and features a hardware keyboard with touch gestures, similar to the one found in BlackBerry Passport.

This package is powered by a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor – like the one found in the LG G4 – with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and a hot-swappable microSD card slot that expands the storage by up to 2TB. On the back is an 18MP 6-element f/2.2 camera with Optical Image Stabilisation, Phase Detection Auto Focus (with fast focus lock), dual-colour LED flash and 4K video recording. The front camera is a 2MP fixed-focus f/2.8 camera with large 1.75µm pixel size for low light images and Selfie Panorama mode. Powering the Priv is a 3410 mAh non-removable battery with fast charging, which BlackBerry says should provide 22 hours of life on a full charge.


blackberry-priv-hands-on-5Related: Here’s another BlackBerry Priv hands-on, full hardware specs too43

An interesting note is that, while the Priv comes with support for a range of GSM antennae, the unlocked version sold by BlackBerry doesn’t support the CDMA networks used by Verizon, Sprint or US Cellular. As with past BlackBerry devices, we may yet see a version of the Priv that comes equipped with CDMA radios but we’ll have to wait and see whether this is announced.

If you’re interested in ordering the BlackBerry Priv, head to the links below. BlackBerry says that device pre-orders will start shipping on November 6 so there’ll only be a couple of weeks to wait if you do take the plunge! What do you think of the BlackBerry Priv? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below guys!

Pre-order the BlackBerry Priv in the US for $699
Pre-order the BlackBerry Priv in Canada for $899
Pre-order the BlackBerry Priv in the UK for £559

23
Oct

OnePlus 2 invites no longer expire in just 24 hours


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Like the OPO before it, OnePlus has done a lot of questionable things with the OnePlus 2, such as being slow to get the phone into the hands of consumers and putting up odd contests including one where they ask people to trade their Note 5 for a OnePlus 2. Thankfully, it’s not all bad – OnePlus’ latest move actually makes a lot of sense.

Up until now, if you signed up for an invite and got lucky enough to receive one, you had to act quickly as they expired in just 24 hours. This was problematic because not everyone checks their email that regularly, and sometimes you need a bit more time to put funds together. Thankfully, OnePlus took to Facebook today to reveal that is now extending its invite expiration period to 3 days. Personally I think a week would be even better, but beggars can’t be choosers.

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With the competition higher than ever, it’s arguable if the OnePlus 2 is even worth going through the invite hoops at this stage, but for fans of the company and those who simply want to spend as little on a flagship as possible, there’s still a lot to like here.

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As a refresher, the OnePlus 2 comes with an octa-core 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, with either 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM, depending on whether you get for the 16 GB or 64 GB version. Other specs include a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 13MP rear cam, a 5MP front cam, and a 3300 mAh battery. There’s also USB Type C, though we are starting to see a few other handsets (including the new Nexus family) incorporate that tech as well.

What do you think, still excited to get your hands on a OnePlus 2? Is 3 days a good length, or do you wish invites allowed even more time? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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