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30
Nov

[Deal] Buy an extended service plan through Straight Talk today to save up to $55


straight talk logoIf you’re a Straight Talk Wireless user and you know you’re going to stick with the carrier for the next several months (or years), you may want to jump on the Cyber Monday deal they’re currently running. Normally, Straight Talk offers a slight discount if you buy extended plans that last either three, six, or twelve months at a time, which saves you a bit of money over time by costing less per month. Today they’re cutting even more off the price of those extended plans, making for some pretty good deals on several months of service.

Three months of service is $10 off at $120, six months is $25 off at $230, and a year of service is $55 off at $440. Buying those extended discounts already saves you on monthly costs, so these new discounts just add on top of that. $440 over a year puts the monthly cost right at $36, which is ten bucks cheaper than what the plan costs on a month-to-month basis.

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30
Nov

ZTE Nubia Z11 to get simultaneous U.S. and China release


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Although other big Chinese brands like Huawei and Xiaomi are just now achieving some success at making inroads in the U.S. market, despite success in China and other Asian markets, ZTE has avoided that fate and enjoyed a decent U.S. demand for its devices. The combination of strong sales in both a mature market like the U.S. and a relatively new market like China has led ZTE to the sixth position in the rankings of biggest smartphone manufacturers. ZTE hopes to continue to improve on that position by releasing their next flagship, the Nubia Z11, in both the U.S. and China at the same time.

This move was revealed by ZTE’s Nubia president Ni Fei in statements made last Friday. A release date has not been set and according to sources, slightly differing models will be made available to each market. The overall strategy appears to be similar to what some larger competitors, like Samsung, do when they release a new flagship device. ZTE’s move is not yet to the point of a global release in virtually all markets, but it is going to hit a couple of the largest if carried out.

The Nubia Z11 is the successor to the Nubia Z9 released this past summer. Leaked renders and specs for the device indicate the Nubia Z11 will come with a 5.2-inch screen with round edges, a Snapdragon 820 processor and 4 GB of RAM. In the U.S., ZTE’s latest device is the ZTE Axon Pro, which is not considered a flagship device, but competes with leading devices from the likes of Samsung and LG, but at a much better price point.

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30
Nov

Samsung patents several new foldable smartphone designs


samsung scrolling patentSamsung has filed for several new patents for some unorthodox smartphone designs, building off of the folding smartphone concept that everyone’s been speculating over for years now.

The first patent is for a device that rolls up, almost like a scroll. While rolled up, the device is small, portable, and easy to carry around with a small tab and screen. Once unrolled, you’d have a full, mostly traditional screen to work with.

samsung tabbed smartphone patentSamsung also filed for a tabbed smartphone patent, which folds completely in half and would use a “tab” on the back as a quick way to open and close apps, or open and close the device. It’s a pretty crazy, futuristic design that we’re probably still years away from seeing in a consumer device, but it’s fun to see where these big companies are putting their R&D money for the future.

There were also a few other patents filed, including one for a bendable smartphone that actually just looks like a melted smartphone. Sometimes you just have to throw some ideas at a wall and see what sticks, you know?

source: Patently Mobile

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30
Nov

[Deal] T-Mobile discounts flagship Samsung and LG phones for Cyber Monday


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John Legere, who has essentially become Santa Claus for the wireless industry, is spreading more holiday cheer with T-Mobile’s Cyber Monday deals. The carrier is actually hosting what it believes are Cyber Monday Steals. Devices from both Samsung and LG that have high-end specifications are being discounted today only. This comes one week after T-Mobile announced its strategy to lure competitors’ customers towards Team Magenta.

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Expect more deals throughout the month of December as T-Mobile is celebrating the holidays with existing and new customers.

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30
Nov

[TA Deals] Save on all eLearning packages for Cyber Monday


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It’s Cyber Monday and that means deals are popping up everywhere imaginable. The only difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is that you can stay where you are right now and shop to score excellent prices. Talk Android Deals is no different. Today, we’re taking an additional 25% off each and every eLearning package available.

These are just a few of the eLearning packages offered:

All prices you see on those items and others are without using the code for our Cyber Monday promotion. At checkout, use promo code CYBERMONDAY25 and you’ll save an extra 25% .

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30
Nov

Adobe launches new Premiere Clip application for Android


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Adobe has just launched its latest mobile editing tool, Premiere Clip. The application is available to download via the Play Store for free and gives users the means to join individual clips and images to create high quality videos, which can easily be shared to YouTube or opened in Premiere Pro CC.

When using Premiere Clip, you will be able to personalize your videos by adding your own music or selecting a soundtrack from a comprehensive database of royalty-free tracks, in addition to applying custom lighting and color filters to enhance the overall appearance and mood of the movie.

Hit the download link below to give Premiere Clip a try on your Android-powered smartphone or tablet.

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30
Nov

BlackBerry Priv – Second opinion


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BlackBerry’s failure to keep up with the changing times resulted in a dramatic shift in fortunes for the once extremely popular smartphone manufacturer. The company has struggled to make an impact over the past few years in a market that it used to dominate, but BlackBerry is hoping to steady the ship with their first Android smartphone, a device that does a great job in combining BlackBerry’s signature features with current market trends.

Josh has already covered the finer details of the BlackBerry Priv in a comprehensive review, but I would like to share my own thoughts on this device in this “second opinion” look at the BlackBerry Priv!

Design

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Starting with the design, the BlackBerry Priv is a portrait-slider phone, which is a form factor that we haven’t seen in a long time, and BlackBerry’s decision to bring it back is definitely interesting. With a thickness of just over 9 mm, it’s not as thick as you would expecte a device with this form factor to be, and combined with the 5.4-inch display size, the Priv is quite manageable in one hand.

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Also helping the handling experience a lot is the back cover, made from a soft plastic weave with a carbon fiber look to it, which is one of the most grip-y materials I’ve come across recently on a smartphone. Holding the device almost makes it feel like having a suction cup stuck to your hands, which also means the BlackBerry Priv can certainly go without a case, since there is likely little risk of it slipping out of your hand.

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The fact that the BlackBerry Priv features a portrait-slider form factor is sure to evoke a sense of nostalgia, and it certainly helps that it works really well. It comes with a spring-loaded mechanism that makes it very easy to slide up and down, and by sliding it about half way, it will spring into place. Pushing the slider is also easy, with it protruding just a little bit above the bottom chin, and there is also a metal rail that gives you a point of contact to slide this portion up or back in place.

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Moving the slider upwards reveals the physical QWERTY keyboard, which is something that BlackBerry has been known for, for a very long time. However, any BlackBerry enthusiasts may not be particularly satisfied with this keyboard, because it is quite cramped, which makes it really hard to type on. I don’t have big hands, and even then, typing on this keyboard wasn’t the easiest experience, and the travel on the keys is also a touch shallow.

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The nice thing about the keyboard is that it also doubles as a track pad, so you can actually use to scroll through a web page or your social media feeds, and also swipe between home screens. The keyboard can also be used to auto-complete words by swiping up, or delete whole words, by swiping to the left. However, I did notice that the scrolling is very inconsistent, with it switching between being inverted or not, quite randomly. While the functionality available with the keyboard is great, I do wish that the overall typing experience was a little better.

Display

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The BlackBerry Priv comes with a 5.4-inch AMOLED display, with a Quad HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 540 ppi. As you would expect from any AMOLED screen, you get the inky deep blacks, vibrant colors, and high contrast ratios, and the high resolution makes it great for reading text, browsing the web, watching videos, and playing games. It may not be the best AMOLED screen around, with OEMs like Samsung doing a better job with leveraging this technology, but overall, the display of the Priv is really good as well, and I’ve had no issues with it at all.

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One thing you will notice with the display is that it is curved along the edges, but it isn’t as drastic as what is seen with a device like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and doesn’t offer any additional functionality either, with the majority of the curved glass covering the bezel.

Performance and hardware

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Under the hood, the BlackBerry Priv comes with an hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, clocked at 1.8 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 418 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. As far as day to day to performance is concerned, the device does handle general tasks very well, with everything going smoothly, including opening apps, mutli-tasking, and gaming.

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That said, while I haven’t faced any issues with day to day performance, the buggy software package is what proves to be a let down. There have been reports of some users having a very buggy experience with the Priv, while there have been others for whom everything has been flawless, but I unfortunately fall in the former camp. Most of the bugs are minor, but there are a few that can get annoying. For example, when I am typing on the physical keyboard and then want to switch to the software keyboard, the latter doesn’t show up. To get it to work, I actually have to exit the application and open it again to get the software keyboard to pop up. Another issue I’ve had is while making phone calls. After hitting the dial button, the screen turns off, and even pressing the power button doesn’t help.

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However, the biggest problem I’ve had with the Priv is that it overheats when playing games or watching videos. Of course, all devices tend to get warm when performing any strenuous tasks, but the Priv actually got hot enough to the point where I had to put the phone down and let it cool off for a while.

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In my experience, the battery life possible with the large 3,410 mAh unit of the BlackBerry Priv has been just average. It is possible to get through a full day, but required being somewhat miserly with my usage. If I did play games or watch a lot of YouTube videos however, I would typically find myself having to recharge the device half way through the day.


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Camera

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The BlackBerry Priv comes with an 18 MP primary camera with optical image stabilization and optics made by a reputable European company, Schneider-Kreuznach. This is actually a pretty decent camera, and is capable of taking some great shots in good lighting situations, with good colors, sharpness, and a good amount of detail. Image quality deteriorates significantly in low light conditions however, with a a lot of noise to be seen in the shot. The front-facing 2 MP camera isn’t the most impressive either given its low resolution, but it is serviceable enough to take a decent looking selfie.

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The camera application is very easy to use, for the most part, and the availability of an exposure slider along the bottom of the view finder is a useful addition. That said, the actual act of taking a photo is really slow, and sometimes it takes a few seconds before a shot is taken. This is certainly unacceptable for a flagship smartphone in 2015, but hopefully, that is another issue that can be resolved in a future software update.

Software

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On the software side of things, the big story here is the fact that the Priv is the first smartphone from BlackBerry to run Android. What you get is a mostly stock build of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, so you aren’t going to find a whole lot of customization here from BlackBerry. The user interface is mostly familiar, with the only noticeable changes being the grid layout seen in the Recent Apps screen, and the three dots under the icons on the homescreen, that mean that if you swipe up from it, a pop up widget will appear, which is a great way of saving space on the actual homescreens.

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Extra features available include BlackBerry Messenger and DTEK, with the latter being a security application that can do anything from setting a screen lock, to encrypting the entire device. The app will also show all that the applications are doing and what they are accessing, and even comes with event logging. Security is something that BlackBerry has been known for in the past, and it is great that you are still getting that here with the Priv.

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Another fun feature that is built-in is the ability to use third party icon packs from the Google Play Store to customize the look of the default launcher. This is something that you can normally do only with another third party launcher, and having it available here is a nice touch.

Specifications

Display 5.4-inch AMOLED display
Quad HD resolution, 540 ppi
Processor 1.8 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
Adreno 418 GPU
RAM 3 GB
Storage 32 GB
expandable via microSD up to 200 GB
Camera 18 MP rear camera with OIS, dual LED flash
Schneider-Kreuznach optics
2 MP front-facing camera
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
A-GPS
Bluetooth 4.1
NFC
microUSB 2.0
Battery 3,410 mAh
Software Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Dimensions 147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm
192 grams

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Final thoughts

So there you have it for this second look at the BlackBerry Priv! Overall, I think that the BlackBerry Priv is a solid smartphone that does a good job of bringing together the best features of BlackBerry with the Android OS.

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Most of the issues that this device faces can be fixed with software updates, and ultimately, the Priv is a great first attempt by BlackBerry, and will certainly have fans excited about what the company may have in store in the future.

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30
Nov

Cricket Wireless Cyber Monday deals: Samsung Galaxy S6, S5 and S4 for 50% off


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Missed out on all the amazing Black Friday deals this past weekend? No need to worry – tons of manufacturers, retail outlets and carriers are still providing some great deals that extend past the weekend. One of which is Cricket Wireless, the AT&T MVNO. If you’re a current Cricket customer or just happen to be exploring your options, the carrier has quite the deal that may be worth your while. From now until Thursday, December 3rd, new and current customers can get a Samsung Galaxy smartphone for 50% off with a new activation. That’s right, you can pick up your own Samsung Galaxy S6 for $249.99, Galaxy S5 for $199.99 or Galaxy S4 for $99.99 with a new activation.


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Not bad, right? This deal gets even better. This offer can be combined with Cricket’s Black Friday promotion, where customers will get a $100 Cricket Shopping Card when they switch to the carrier by Sunday, December 6th. There are a few more details you’ll want to look over before taking advantage of the Black Friday deal, so be sure to head to the source link below to get more information.

It should be noted that Cricket’s Cyber Monday promotion is only available online.

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30
Nov

Deal: Take an extra 25% off these helpful eLearning training courses this Cyber Monday


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We’re sure you’ve bee scouring the internet this weekend for all the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. From smartphones to tablets to laptops, there’s no shortage of discounts available all across the web. But if you’re looking for a good deal on online training courses that will help you further your career or hobby, those might be a bit tougher to find. If you’d like to save big on training courses this weekend, we’ve got just the thing for you. Right now, you can take an additional 25% off these two eLearning methods when you use the coupon code CYBERMONDAY25 at checkout. Let’s take a look to see what’s available.

If you’re a coder, designer or IT admin, this one is for you. With a lifetime subscription to eduCBA, you’ll be able to study at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. From coding to design, this one-time purchase will get you lifetime access to all future courses eduCBA has to offer. There are over 500 courses available at the moment, ranging from IT, software, development, testing, networking, programming, 3D, design CAD and much more. You can even learn to develop web apps using HTML, CSS, PHP and Javascript, and learn to master languages like C, C++, C#, Java, Ruby, Python and more.

A lifetime subscription to eduCBA is already available through the AA Deals Store for $49, but when you use the coupon code CYBERMONDAY25 at checkout, you’ll be able to take an additional 25% off.

Next up we have a lifetime subscription to some helpful Adobe training videos, which will help you gain proficiency in Adobe software from an Adobe-authorized training partner. You’ll get access to courses on Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Flash, Dreamweaver, ColdFusion, Edge Products, Muse, HTML5, CSS3, and much, much more. All of these Adobe courses have been updated for Creative Cloud 2015, and include both beginner and advanced classes. The best part? You can learn at your own pace!

Lifetime access to these 6,000+ Adobe training videos normally only costs $79 in the Android Authority Deals Store, but right now you can take an additional 25% off when you use the coupon code CYBERMONDAY25 at checkout. Interested? Head to the link below to sign up.


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30
Nov

Apple Seeds Fifth OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan Beta to Developers


Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan update to developers, two weeks after seeding the fourth beta and more than a month after releasing OS X 10.11.1, the first OS X El Capitan update, to the public.

The fifth beta, build 15C48a, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center.

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OS X 10.11.2 appears to be an under-the-hood update as the four previous betas have not included any apparent outward-facing changes. OS X 10.11.2 is likely to include bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements to address problems that have popped up since the release of OS X 10.11.1.

Apple’s release notes for OS X 10.11.2 have asked developers to focus on Networking, Graphics, Mail, Wi-Fi, Calendar, USB, Notes, Photos, and Spotlight.

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