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Oct

Yota Devices aims high after buyout, with $50 million promised for product development


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Those subscribing to the less-is-more philosophy might not have much use for the YotaPhone 2, an intriguing Russian device with an typical LED screen on one side and an e-ink screen not unlike Amazon Kindle’s on the other. Those of the more-is-more persuasion might be glad to learn that, after being bought out by the Chinese company REX Global, Yota is looking to pursue more mainstream markets.

Yes, the YotaPhone and YotaPhone 2 were plagued with production difficulties that seriously limited the products’ market reach. Furthermore, long delays between product announcement and their actual release (almost a year each) left Yota’s devices feeling dated and behind the curve. YotaPhone 2 almost saw a launch in the United States thanks to an Indiegogo campaign, but the company backed out even though the campaign was successful.

It’s been a hard few years for Yota, but the company hopes that their new relationship with REX Global Entertainment Holdings will bring new funding and market opportunities to their unique smart phones. As of this week, the Hong Kong-based company now owns 65 percent of Yota Devices, a stake they purchased for the cool price of $100 million. REX is promising to inject $50 million into the development of the YotaPhone 3, and they believe their familiarity with the diverse Chinese smartphone market will create new opportunities for a device with such novelties as a screen on the back side.

More generally, Yota claims they will be looking to achieve more mass market appeal with the help of REX Global’s continued funding, which may mean Yota devices will start making more noticeable appearances the world over.

Yota will be working with ZTE to create their next generation of YotaPhone, and they’re expecting to launch it sometime in early 2016. Let’s hope the delay between the device’s announcement and launch is much shorter than it was for YotaPhone and Yotaphone 2.

If it makes it over to your regional market, will YotaPhone 3 be on your wish list next year?

24
Oct

Leaked screenshots preview Apple Music for Android


Apple’s Music service is slated to make its way to Android devices real soon if the company stays true to its word. If you want to see what it will look like right now, though, German website Mobile Geeks has posted what it says are screenshots of the upcoming app. As you can see from the images, it comes with Beats 1 Radio, a recommendations page and the Apple Music Connect social network for musicians. It can also save music offline, and it even allows you to set the cache size, in case you don’t want tracks from the service to eat up too much space on your device. As 9to5mac noted, it incorporates Android design features such as slide-out sidebars, though it retains some elements from the original iOS app, as well. If the app’s launch doesn’t get delayed, you won’t have to wait long to see it for yourselves — for now, check out the screenshots above and below the fold.

Via: 9to5mac

Source: Mobile Geeks

24
Oct

DROID Turbo 2 leak shows overkill Verizon branding on the front of the device


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The upcoming DROID Turbo 2 has been subject to a variety of leaks, giving us all sorts of details–shatterproof display, massive battery, and so on–before the unveiling in a couple of days. This next leak shows just how outrageous the branding is going to be on this device, as we have become accustom to on DROID products.

Pictured above is a gallery of devices. The first three units are the allegedly the DROID Turbo 2, and the following two are the DROID MAXX.

For some reason, on the DROID Turbo 2, Verizon has decided to slap its signature check mark logo at the base device between two split speakers. This is, of course, not the first time Verizon has gone with this in-your-face branding. It was subject to the Galaxy S4 Mini years ago as well:

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There was quite a bit of outrage surrounding this branding on the Galaxy S4 Mini way back when, and we haven’t really seen it since, until now.

Keep in mind that leaks like these aren’t always accurate, so it’s wise to take it with a grain of salt. However, the leakster, Evan Blass, is a credible source and has been right in the past, making us think this could very possibly be the final device. It’s also very similar to the image Verizon leaked just yesterday.

What do you think of Big Red’s giant check mark on the DROID Turbo 2? Is it overkill?

source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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24
Oct

ICYMI: Cancer loves supplements, cheap robot claws and more


ICYMI: Cancer Loves Supplements, Cheap Robot Claws and More

Today on In Case You Missed It: An affordable robotic arm is up on Kickstarter for $350 and promises machine vision, artificial intelligence and all kinds of other great stuff that we can hardly believe is available for that price. A shocking bit of research was just published on the effect some antioxidant supplements had on lab mice with cancer. Turns out it made tumors grow faster than the control group. Meanwhile those happy-go-lucky bike commuters have another new piece of bike tech for signaling to drivers. The Revolights Eclipse Plus syncs with Bluetooth and is being fulfilled through Kickstarter now.

24
Oct

Amazon Echo links with Yelp to find info on local restaurants


It’s such an obvious feature it’s hard to believe it wasn’t already there, but the latest update for Amazon’s Echo lets it pull up Yelp recommendations for restaurants and other local businesses. Just ask about info on where to get Chinese food or pizza delivery, and it will send the Yelp-powered results to the Echo app on your phone or tablet. For it to work you’ll need to have your local address set up in the Echo app, but that’s it. Amazon says more local search results are coming soon, but for now you should also know it can help you easily stock up on Halloween candy. Just ask the speaker to “order Halloween candy” or “order Halloween chocolate” and it will — provided you have voice purchasing enabled (read: disable voice purchasing before your kids find out about this feature).

Source: Amazon

24
Oct

This is what Apple Music for Android will look like


Back in June, we received a heads up from Apple that their music streaming service would be hitting Android devices sometime this fall, a few months later than its arrival to iOS, OSX, and PC. Although the app rolled out to the other operating systems in due course, we didn’t hear much else about the Android version’s development since then.

Now, however, it looks like the German tech website MobileGeeks has gotten a sneak peek at Apple Music for Android, and they’ve showcased the first screenshots of the app. 

Visually, the interface of this beta version looks very similar to what we’ve seen on the iOS, barring the Android-typical sandwich menu that swipes in from the left.

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The app promises to be a competitor for Android giants Google Play Music and Spotify. The question remains: will Apple be able to lure users away from these streaming services? Apple Music is available to individual users for $9.99 per month or $14.99 for a family plan accommodating up to six users. It’s expected to hit the Google Play Store sometime around November.

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It’s an interesting move by Apple, who has historically been slow to offer their services on non-Apple hardware. Similar to Blackberry adopting the Android operating system, this adds to a growing sense that software will continue to gain prominence, while the physical devices that we use it on will become less and less relevant to what services are available to us.

What do you think? Will Apple Music receive a warm welcome in the Google Play Store? Would you be willing to cast aside Google Play Music All Access to get your iTunes Library back? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

24
Oct

Short story vending machine promises old-school distractions


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In the French city of Grenoble, there are unusual vending machines that don’t dispense soda or snacks — they print out short stories that look like paper receipts instead. These machines were built by a publishing company called Short Édition, which placed eight of them in public locations (such as the city hall and libraries) as part of a pilot project. Each dispenser has 1-minute, 3-minute and 5-minute buttons, so readers can choose how long their stories are, all of which were written by members of the Short Édition community. Company co-founder Christophe Sibieude told Agence-France Presse that his team came up with the idea while in front of a chocolate candy machine: “We said to ourselves that we could do the same thing with good quality popular literature to occupy these little unproductive moments.” Best thing about these story dispensers is that they’re free, giving residents something to do if ever they get tired of poking on their phones or want to read the old school way.

Via: PSFK

Source: Short Edition, Konbini

24
Oct

Official Frontier Airlines app touches down on the Play Store


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Low-cost commercial air transport service Frontier has just released an official Android application on the Play Store called Frontier Airlines. This app allows users to not only book and manage flights on the go, but also display a mobile-friendly version of their boarding pass, which empowers them to skip directly to the security checkpoint at the airport. There’s even a dedicated section within the application to view up-to-date flight information, so you can see if you’re plane is still on schedule.

Take a look through the gallery below to see it in action:

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If you’re a regular Frontier Airlines user or are planning a vacation and would like to take a look through some of their great flight prices, hit the link below to download and install the application on your Android-powered smartphone or tablet.

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24
Oct

OnePlus now gives you 3 days to use your OnePlus 2 invite instead of just 24 hours



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One of the most annoying things about getting an invite to buy a OnePlus One or OnePlus 2 is knowing that you only have 24 hours to use it – it’s not that some people can’t make their minds up in that time; it’s just nice to have some leeway. Thankfully, OnePlus is finally rectifying this, giving you 3 days to use your OnePlus 2 invite instead of the usual 24 hours. And this isn’t one of OnePlus’ short term promotions – this appears to be a permanent change. Naturally, we’d prefer even more time than this – a week or two would be awesome – but at least they’ve changed. Now if only they’d get rid of the invite system completely…

It will be interesting to see whether this change follows on to OnePlus’ next device, the OnePlus X, which is supposedly going to be announced on October 29th. And even though the device is rumoured to be low cost at $249 USD, expect the invite system to be present again as well.


What do you think about getting 3 days to use your OnePlus 2 invite? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Facebook via Android Authority

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24
Oct

One of Xbox Live’s creators has left Microsoft


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The man who helped transform Xbox Live from a network of desktop PCs running under its developers’ desks to a service connecting some 39 million game-playing folk has left Microsoft. Eric Neustadter has worked at the company for 18-and-a-half years, 14-and-a-half of those dedicated to Xbox where he’s most recently served as the platform’s director of architecture. He recently returned from a sabbatical, and the co-host of the Major Nelson podcast hasn’t yet made any indication of what’s he’s going to do next. If you’d like some more info on who the man who holds the first-created gamertag (“e”) is, you should definitely read this two-part history on building Xbox Live which chronicles the birth of the service and its relaunch with the Xbox 360’s 2005 release. They’re worth your time — I promise.

[Image credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]

Source: Eric Neustadter (Twitter)

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