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Nov

Verizon confirms it will sell BlackBerry’s Priv


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Availability of the BlackBerry Priv in the United States will be extended when Verizon starts selling the ultra-secure handset to its customers. Just when will Big Red allow its customers to purchase the Priv? Of course we don’t have a clear answer. The carrier said on Twitter earlier today that the Priv is “coming soon” but did not provide much else beyond a link to sign up for updates.

BlackBerry is continuing to grow the Priv’s distribution, something that should help the company move toward its goal of selling at least five million smartphones per year. In the meantime, BlackBerry will focus on acquisitions and software to improve operations.

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Source: Verizon (Twitter)

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6
Nov

Select retailers are selling Samsung’s jumbo Galaxy View


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Samsung believes that it has identified an untapped market that demands an Android tablet with an 18.4-inch display. Seriously, the company announced the Galaxy View last week, surprising many by putting Android on a device that has a display approaching 20 inches. Remember that this is Samsung and no size or form factor is too abnormal to try. If you’re interested a jumbo tablet, you can now purchase the Galaxy View from select retailers.

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Samsung, Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo are all among the retailers selling the Galaxy View in black or white for $599. The tablet is also eligible for free shipping through most of them.

Need a refresher of what the Galaxy View offers? Here you go:

  • 18.4-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display
  • Exynos 7580 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage
  • 2.1MP front camera
  • 5700mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 451.8 x 275.8 x 11.9mm, 93.44oz

[Samsung] [Amazon] [Best Buy] [B&H Photo]

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6
Nov

Select retailers are selling Samsung’s jumbo Galaxy View


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Samsung believes that it has identified an untapped market that demands an Android tablet with an 18.4-inch display. Seriously, the company announced the Galaxy View last week, surprising many by putting Android on a device that has a display approaching 20 inches. Remember that this is Samsung and no size or form factor is too abnormal to try. If you’re interested a jumbo tablet, you can now purchase the Galaxy View from select retailers.

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Samsung, Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo are all among the retailers selling the Galaxy View in black or white for $599. The tablet is also eligible for free shipping through most of them.

Need a refresher of what the Galaxy View offers? Here you go:

  • 18.4-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display
  • Exynos 7580 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage
  • 2.1MP front camera
  • 5700mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 451.8 x 275.8 x 11.9mm, 93.44oz

[Samsung] [Amazon] [Best Buy] [B&H Photo]

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6
Nov

Google Maps and Search now display holiday hours


 

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With the holiday season approaching, Google has rolled out a special update to two of their most-used apps. In addition to showing normal operating hours, Maps and Search will now display holiday hours as well.

Jonathan Sidi, the Product Manager of Google Maps and Local Search, posted on the official Google Maps blog today that holiday hours have been added to the apps. Now, if a holiday falls within the next seven days, businesses will display the holiday hours without you having to specifically search for them. This looks like it could be quite the nifty time-saver. It will probably also help you avoid those irritating situations when you haul yourself all the way to your favorite noodle restaurant only to be surprised to find that the lights are out and one’s home.  Oh yeah, Chinese New Year.

This update to Google Maps and Search is global, as Sidi points out, so if you’re traveling abroad it can help you tabs on operating hours affected by holidays you might not have considered. “How’s that for traveling like a local?” Sidi quips. If no holiday hours are available in Google’s system for a given business, users will encounter a warning message, giving them a heads up that operating hours might be different due to a looming holiday. 

It’s a slick little addition to an already intuitive pair of apps. Since you don’t have to specifically access this feature (and it is turned on in the background), most users will just find themselves stumbling upon it organically. What do you think of the addition? Share your thoughts in the comments.

6
Nov

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Fireproof 2TB Solo G3 Hard Drive From ioSafe


For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with ioSafe to give away one of their Solo G3 fireproof, waterproof external hard drives. The ioSafe Solo G3 is a rugged, heavy external hard drive that’s made to hold up against disaster and look nice on a desk.

The Solo G3 is not a small hard drive, measuring in at 7.1 x 5 x 11 inches and weighing 15 pounds, but that’s because of all of the equipment inside, which will keep a hard drive intact in the event of a house fire to save precious documents, photos, and more, making it an ideal in-home backup solution.

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It will protect data from loss for up to a half hour in a fire that’s up to 1550 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also waterproof at up to 10 feet for 72 hours, so it’s going to stay safe in wet conditions, too. All of ioSafe’s hard drives ship with a year of data recovery service – if there’s a fire or other damage to the Solo G3, ship the hard drive back to ioSafe and they’ll pay to recover your data.

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This isn’t the first time we’ve partnered with ioSafe. Earlier this year, they invited MacRumors to Seattle where we set one of the ioSafe Solo G3 hard drives on fire and then doused it in water. In the video below, you can see the hard drive inside the enclosure came out fully unscathed and kept our data safe. A non fireproof hard drive we burned alongside the Solo G3 was charred to a crisp.

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The ioSafe Solo G3 comes in several capacities and can be purchased directly from ioSafe, from the Apple Online Store, or from Amazon.com. ioSafe also sells a variety of other fireproof products for homes and businesses.

One lucky MacRumors reader will win a 2TB Solo G3 from ioSafe. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize.

You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveawayhttp://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.jsThe contest will run from today (November 6) at 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time through 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time on November 13. The winner will be chosen randomly on November 13 and will be contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen. The prize will be shipped to the winner for free.

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6
Nov

Review: The Logi Circle Will Keep You Connected to Your Home Even When Away


The Logi Circle, a home monitoring camera, is one of the first products Logitech is selling under its new Logi brand, which it’s using for devices that are part of the Internet of Things. The Logi Circle is a palm-sized connected camera designed to let its users monitor their home and interact with pets, children, and other people when away.

I’ve been using the Logi Circle in my home for the past few weeks to get a feel for how it works and how it compares to some of the other camera options on the market, and the major takeaway is that the Logi Circle is not a home security device. It’s not meant to notify you of intruders, but it is a way to connect to the home and those inside of it at all times.

Hardware

The Logi Circle camera has an attractive, simple design that looks like a modernized version of a classic webcam. Made of black or white plastic, it’s about the size of a tennis ball, with a circular base that fits magnetically into an included charging stand. A lot of companies don’t pay attention to minor product details like cords, but that’s not true of Logitech.

Attached to the charging stand is a flat white USB cord that’s able to plug into the included power brick or any other USB-based charger. I don’t know about most people, but I hate ugly, bulky black cords that stand out, so it was nice to see an unobtrusive, clean white cord included with the Logi Circle. The cord is also quite long at 10 feet, so it will reach to plug in behind furniture.

The front of the Logi Circle contains the camera, which has a 135 degree wide field of view. It’s wide enough to capture most of a room, depending on the size of the room. Around the camera there’s a ring-shaped speaker and a microphone for two-way communication. An activity light on the front indicates when the camera is turned on, and the light blinks when someone is viewing the feed.

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6
Nov

HTC One A9 is now available in the US


HTC has had a difficult year, with the HTC One M9 proving to be less than a runaway hit. As the year closes out, HTC is hoping to win over fans with a handset that is arguably the Android world’s best alternative to the iPhone, offering similar looks yet offering a few extras that the iPhone doesn’t (microSD, quick charging, etc). We’re of course talking about the HTC One A9, a phone that has found itself surrounded it a bit of controversy with many feeling that the phone seems a bit too inspired by the iPhone.

It’s hard to say how well the HTC One A9 will do among casual consumers, but we’ll find out soon enough, as the HTC One A9 is now available in stores in the United States via HTC, AT&T, Sprint, or unlocked from Amazon.

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The HTC One A9 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 617 with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, with microSD for further expansion. Other specs include a 5-inch 1080p display, a fingerprint scanner, hi-res audio, a 13MP main cam, Ultrapixel front cam, and a 2150mAh battery with quick charging. The phone also runs Android 6.0 right out of the box, making it one of the first devices on the market to ship with Marshmallow.


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While the specs aren’t bad for a mid-range device, pricing isn’t the cheapest. While it originally arrived for $399, after the pre-order phase it has bumped up to around $500 – depending where you get it from.

For AT&T customers, you can get it for $99 with a two year contract, or $17.34 a month on the Next 30 plan. For Sprint, it’ll cost you $20 a month with a two-year lease. Amazon is offering the 16GB model for $488.90, or $529 for the 32GB model. Lastly, HTC offers the phone “for pre-order” at $399, so you better jump quickly if you still want that price, as it is expected to go up tomorrow.

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6
Nov

Hands-On With the New Plex App for the Apple TV


Earlier this week, Plex released its highly anticipated app for the tvOS App Store, making Plex officially available on the Apple TV for the first time. Given Plex’s popularity, we decided to check out the new app and do a quick video overview for those who might be interested in getting a new Apple TV to use with Plex.

Plex is a media server and personal library that’s able to organize the media stored on your computer, like videos, TV shows, music, and stream that content to iOS devices, the Apple TV, and other set-top boxes.

When you install Plex and let it organize your content, it’ll add artwork to movies, TV shows, and music, along with information like cast members, plot summaries, and Rotten Tomatoes ratings. On the Apple TV, this turns into a nicely organized media library that largely resembles iTunes or Netflix.

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Plex has been available for a long time on set-top devices like the Chromecast and the Fire TV, but it has not previously been available on older versions of the Apple TV in an official capacity. Those who have jailbroken an Apple TV in the past have been able to unofficially install the Plex software.

The Plex app for the Apple TV can be downloaded from the tvOS App Store. The app is free to download, and unlike the iOS version does not require a $4.99 in-app purchase or Plex Pass subscription to unlock functionality. Apple TV and iOS App Store apps are universal, so if you’ve already downloaded the app for iOS, it can be found in the Purchases section of the tvOS App Store. [Direct Link]
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6
Nov

Hackers have infiltrated the US arrest records database


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Earlier this year, a hacking group broke into the personal email account of CIA director John Brenner and published a host of sensitive attachments that it got its hands on (yes, Brenner should not have been using his AOL email address for CIA business). Now, Wired reports the group has hit a much more sensitive and presumably secure target: a law enforcement portal that contains arrest records as well as tools for sharing info around terrorist events and active shooters. There’s even a real-time chat system built in for the FBI to communicate with other law enforcement groups around the US.

Source: @phphax (Twitter), Wired

6
Nov

Ben Heck’s SPi-Face spy camera


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Ben begins to create spy gear to stop the evil Pieface from spraying radioactive pie filling all over the world on this week’s episode of The Ben Heck Show. Ben first builds spy glasses with an integrated LCD screen. Next, Felix takes a Tech Timeout to talk about the Virtual Network Computing (VNC) system from Raspberry Pi used in the spy glasses. Then, Ben and Felix build a hidden camera lunchbox. Watch the episode to see if Ben’s spy skills are a match for Pieface and then visit the element14 community to view all episodes of The Ben Heck Show and interact with fellow viewers and engineers!

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