When a problem comes along, you must fix it. This week Tesla noticed a defective seatbelt in one of its Model S sedans, so the automaker immediately issued a recall for all 90,000 vehicles on the road out of “an abundance of caution.” In other transportation news, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin beat out Elon Musk’s SpaceX in the race to develop a rocket that can return intact from space. Porsche announced plans to offer a hybrid version of one of the most-loved sports cars of all time. We also spotted several outlandish infrastructural hazards: a three-day traffic jam snared drivers in Kenya and a highway suddenly lifted towards the sky and splintered into pieces in California.
Deadly bushfires have swept across South Australia this week, destroying countless properties and natural spaces. One ingenious professor was able to save his rural home, however, by remotely activating sprinklers using a smartphone. Simon Maddocks, the President and Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University, had been notified of the fires by friends and messages sent by the Country Fire Service (CFS). He was sitting comfortably in his Darwin office, far from danger, but knew his wheat farm on the other side of the country was at risk. Maddocks started tracking the flames from over 3,000 kilometers away using CFS maps on his phone before connecting to CCTV cameras at his house.
Source: ABC News
Hey guys, it’s giveaway time!
A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the LG V10! Nya W. (USA), enjoy your new smartphone!
This week we are giving away three BLU Life One X’s!
The Life One X blends technology and design into an incredible package. Crafted out of aircraft aluminum, the middle housing is finished with a premium sand blasted matte finish for excellent texture.
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Last this past summer, a surprise announcement came out of seemingly nowhere: Apple’s former CEO, John Sculley, was not only back in the business, but touting a new line of wallet-friendly smartphones called the Obi Worldphone. Two models were announced, the SF1 and the SF1.5, with the former having more premium specs than the latter. It seems the time is near for release, as website Gadgets 360 has exclusively begun registration, with Obi’s official website directing to said page as well.
As can be seen in the above picture, two models are available for purchase: a 16GB / 2GB RAM configuration for 11,999 rupees, and a 32GB / 3GB of RAM configuration for 13,999 rupees. This converts to roughly $179 and $209 respectively. The phones sport some rather surprisingly solid specs for devices this demure in dollars:
A 5-inch Full HD In-cell IPS display, a 1.5 GHz 64-bit Octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC, ; Adreno 405 GPU, LTE, a 3000 mAh battery, Quick Charge 1.0, Dual SIM support, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera (both with LED flash), microSD card support, Dolby Audio and noise cancellation.
Things get even more interesting when looking at the individual specs themselves: the display is fully laminated and made by JDI, the screen is Gorilla Glass 4, and the rear camera is a Sony Exmor IMX214 Sensor with f/2.0 aperture.
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Suffice to say, the product definitely goes head-to-head with chief rivals like the Motorola Moto G (2015) and the OnePlus X, and design-wise many have said the Obi Worldphone looks inspired by some of Nokia’s Lumia devices.
Currently, registration simply requires submitting your e-mail address on the Gadgets 360 mini site. The official Obi site proclaims that “more [countries] are on the way” thus we can assume that availability is going to be expanding soon. The device is said to be launching in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Pakistan, Turkey and India. There are currently no details about the lower-speced SF 1.5.
What do you think? Is the Worldphone worth picking up, or are there better fish in the sea? At the very least, it will be quite interesting to watch how the proposition fares given the presence of Mr. Sculley.
Amazon’s Echo speaker and 4K Fire TV just got much better at handling around-the-house tasks. The Fire TV now controls smart home devices with a simple voice command — you can ask it to dim the lights right before you start a movie. It’ll search for local businesses and restaurants, too, in case you want to get some sushi when you’re done watching. The Echo already has these features, but you can now ask it when a TV show starts to make sure you catch that big season premiere. Both the Echo and Fire TV upgrades are relatively straightforward, but they’ll mean a lot if you’re tired of bringing out your phone to ask simple questions.
Do you have multiple Instagram accounts? Those of you who do can attest to the annoyance that it can be to switch between accounts. So far the only way to do this has been to sign in and out of separate accounts manually. Now we know this is something Instagram is definitely working on, and some of you are already lucky enough to have access to this feature.
The ability to log into multiple accounts and switch around is currently in beta, so you will either have to download the APK file or sign up for the Instagram Beta Program. The trick here is that it’s not just a matter of having the right app version (which would be 7.12.0). It seems the feature is going through a cloud-based rollout, so you have to get lucky too.
It will be easy to find out if you can use multiple Instagram accounts with the Android app. All you have to do to check is go into the settings and scroll all the way down. The option would read “Add Account”, and it would be located right under the button used to clear the search history.
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From the “Add Account” section you can go ahead and choose whether you want to sign in or create a whole new account. After you have logged into more than one account, a selector will show up where the nickname usually goes. Tap on it and you will be presented with the option to switch. A green notification will reassure you that the switch has gone through, if you opt to enter the other account.
I, for one, am glad to see that Instagram is working on this. Plenty of people need to use multiple accounts, whether it’s for work/media reasons or you just want to have a secret life. Is the multiple account option showing up for any of you? Please hit the comments and let us know!
How much of a Nintendo fan are you? Enough that you could spend as much as you would on a car, just to show the world where your allegiances lie? You’ll want to talk to luxury watchmaker Romain Jerome, then. It just unveiled a limited edition Super Mario Bros. mechanical timepiece that marks the 30th anniversary of the plumber’s adventures in style. And we do mean style: its 46mm case is made out of black titanium, and the three-layer dial is loaded with enamel-coated pixel figurines to remind you of Mario’s early days. It’s quite posh-looking, then, although the eye-watering $18,950 price will likely rule this out unless you’re a high roller with some fond gaming memories. On the plus side, that ultra-rare Nintendo World Championship cartridge suddenly seems like a bargain.
The OnePlus One was a very special phone. Not only was it super affordable and had very powerful specs, but it also came with very unique software. Cyanogen was at the very heart of the OnePlus experience, something that attracted many fans of the developers who created the most popular third-party ROM – CyanogenMod.
Things didn’t go very well after the Chinese startup decided to make its own ROM and these companies chose to leave other for good. Regardless, some tinkerers found a way to port the CyanogenMod to the OnePlus 2, but until today we had not actually seen official support from the Cyanogen team. CyanogenMod support for the OnePlus 2 is now in the works, as people have found the device listed in the Git repository.
This means that OnePlus 2 users will now be able to enjoy the popular ROM with much more help from the community and developers. The software will also benefit from any upcoming updates and changes. And at the very least the experience will be very similar to what we saw in the OnePlus One’s Cyanogen-made software. To many of you, this will surely beat sticking with OnePlus’ OxygenOS.
By the way, you won’t have to stick with older software. Two versions of CyanogenMod are listed in the repository: 12.2 and 13. This means you can choose between Android 5.1.1 Lollipop or Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Pretty sweet, right? Are any of you installing CyanogenMod on your OnePlus 2 devices? Hit the comments and let us know! By the way, this procedure requires you to root your phone and tinker with it in some less-than-official ways. Doing this may hurt your device and/or void your warranty, so do your research and proceed at your own risk!
If you’re the sort to buy multiple pairs of sneakers just to make sure your footwear is always fashionable, you might soon have a way to save a lot of money. David Coelho is crowdfunding ShiftWear, or sneakers that have color e-paper displays in their sides. You only need a mobile app to change your look at a moment’s notice (there are promises of a shoe design store), and you can even use animations if you’re feeling ostentatious. The shoes are machine-washable, and the e-paper consumes virtually no power if you’re using static imagery — there’s even talk of walk-to-charge tech that would save you from ever having to plug in or swap batteries.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is definitely among the best smartphones you can currently buy. The only issue is that it’s also one of the most expensive handsets out there, which means most of us have to break the piggy bank if we want the privilege of owning one of these super-sized smartphones.
There’s plenty of Black Friday and Cyber Week deals out there, but those who like an unlocked handset will probably prefer the new discount eBay seller 232tech is currently holding on the Galaxy Note 5. Samsung’s popular phablet can now be yours for only $549.99!
We understand that’s still a good chunk of cash, but it’s also significantly cheaper than getting it from other retailers. Carriers will still sell it to you for about $700, and it’s still $640 from Amazon. With that in mind, we say $550 is definitely a good deal!
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review
- Best Galaxy Note 5 cases & accessories
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- 5 problems with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and how to fix them
For those who may be out of the loop, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes with a large 5.7-inch QHD screen, an Exynos 7420 CPU, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 16 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front shooter and a 3000 mAh battery. Not a bad phone at all, if you ask me.
Just make sure you act fast if you want to get your hands on this over-sized smartphone. Remember these eBay deals don’t last forever. Plus, the seller has sold over 829 units and more than 61% of his stock.