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Dec

DirecTV will begin live 4K broadcasts early next year


4K is the way of the future, but until now, the selection of ultra-high-def content has been limited. Enter DirecTV. In an announcement made at New York’s TranSPORT conference, the company noted that it will start broadcasting live 4K content in early 2016. The firm stated that it already has the technology in place and wants to start streaming UHD shows before its competitors. However, DirecTV wants to make sure that it has an impressive arsenal of broadcasts ready before launch, as “content is king,” (that’s a direct quote). Services like Roku and TiVo have both released 4K-capable set-top boxes but don’t have a lot of UHD content to offer, which makes the technology somewhat moot.

Via: Ars Technica

Source: Advanced Television

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Dec

Huawei may be in running for next Nexus 7 tablet


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It has been a while now since Google released a small tablet device, the last of which was the 2013 Nexus 7. Both the first generation and second generation Nexus 7 were produced by Asus for Google. Riding on the recent release of the Nexus 6P, the latest rumors hint at Huawei being a strong contender to produce a new Nexus 7 tablet for 2016.

According to a post on Weibo, the Nexus 7 (2016) project is already underway with a projected release date for later in 2016, likely October. No manufacturer has been officially named yet. If true though, Huawei would join companies like Asus, Samsung and HTC that have produced tablet devices for Google. Except for the Nexus 9 produced by HTC, Google’s tablet devices tend to be seen as more budget-oriented in terms of pricing, so it will be interesting to see what Huawei could squeeze into a device with a relatively low price point if the trend continues.

Although the tablet market seems to be cooling down, Google did announce back in December that they were bringing the Pixel C to market. The Pixel C is a high-end device that appears to be a competitor for the Microsoft Surface or Apple iPad Pro by blurring the lines between a laptop and a tablet device.

source: PhoneRadar
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Dec

The head of Tesla’s Autopilot feature now works for Google


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There seems to be a trend with companies that are vying for the top spot in the race to build the first completely autonomous car – poaching other companies’ employees. Numerous reports claim that Tesla and Apple have been trading employees as of late, and many other companies do the same. Now, according to a new discovery made by 9to5Google, Google is getting in on the fun. Robert Rose, the man in charge of Tesla’s wonderful Autopilot feature, now works for Google.

According to Rose’s LinkedIn page, he left Tesla in October 2015 (right after the launch of Autopilot), and began working on Google’s Robotics team as of November. Prior to Rose working at Tesla for just six months, he worked as a software engineer and Director of Flight Software at SpaceX for more than five years.

It’s not entirely clear whether or not Rose is working on Google’s Self-Driving Car Project. His LinkedIn profile says he’s a software engineer at Google Robotics, though 9to5Google points out that Google has used similar language when referring to job listings for its autonomous car project. It’s possible Rose also could be working for another Google-owned project such as Boston Dynamics.

This news comes just months after Google hired John Krafcik, former CEO of Hyundai. Google has been working hard to ramp up its self-driving car initiative over the past few years. It’s been testing cars in both Texas and Virginia and plans to expand the testing process into 2016.

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Dec

10 Android phones you should consider for Verizon (December 2015)


It’s the holiday shopping season and discounts and promos are in full swing. If you’re like a lot of consumers, now is the time to consider a smartphone upgrade. Buying a new device can be a fun endeavor, especially if you’ve got previous experience. For some, however, the thought of selecting a new handset may trigger some trepidation.

Which is the newest phone? What is the best phone? Which is the one that’s going to give me exactly what I need? We’re here to help you dig through the clutter.

We’ve put together a list of the top 10 Android smartphones you should consider for Verizon this December. Here, in no particular order, are ten Android handsets that you should consider for Verizon if you’re currently shopping around.

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Droid Turbo 2

As the first phone to feature a shatterproof display, much can be said about the new Droid Turbo 2. Not only does this one give you peace of mind in knowing that it can fall out of your pocket or desk without shattering, the phone also features some pretty impressive hardware.

Powered by Android 5.1 Lollipop, the Turbo 2 features a 5.4-inch display at 2560×1440 resolution and a 21-megapixel camera. Quick charging ensures that the phone never runs low on juice; moreover, the 3760mAh battery gets you two days of use. In other words it’s built to be used and somewhat abused.

In a first for the Droid series, buyers can head to the Moto Maker tool to design their own unique version of the phone. There are more than 1,000 combinations of colors and materials to choose from.

Motorola Droid Turbo 2 at Verizon

Customized Droid Turbo 2 at Verizon

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LG V10

The newest phone of the bunch, this LG features two displays. Indeed, there is the 5.7-inch quad HD screen which looks gorgeous on its own. However, up at the top you will find a small secondary display which offers quick access to favourite contacts, apps, media player buttons , or an at-a-glance view of your schedule.

But, as if that were not enough, you will also find 64 gigabytes of internal storage with a microSD card that allows for another 200GB of space. The removable 3,000mAh battery is more than enough to get you a day or two of life. The rear offers up a 16-megapixel camera while the front houses a pair of 5-megapixel shooters. One works for close-ups while the other has a wide angle lens for group shots.

LG V10 at Verizon

Motorola Droid Maxx 2

Another relative newbie, this Motorola packs a 5.5-inch 1080p HD display, 21-megapixel rear camera, and 16GB internal storage. Toss in the 3630mAh battery with Turbo Charging and you’ve got a device that should never run low on power. Other specifications include Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, microSD expansion card slot for more storage, and a water-repellent coating.

Motorola Droid Maxx 2 at Verizon

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The fifth generation of Samsung’s plus-sized smartphone experience boasts a gorgeous metal and glass design. The S Pen digital stylus is smarter than ever and works without even powering on the display. Up from previous models, storage options are now 32GB and 64GB. The battery, which comes in at a commendable 3000mAh capacity, allows for fast charging, wireless charging, and even fast wireless charging.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 at Verizon

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 at Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S6

Announced in the spring, it’s hard to beat the annual Samsung flagship smartphone. The 5.1-inch Quad HD screen is a stunner and feels oh-so-right in our hands and the premium design includes glass and metal. It’s the first Galaxy S model we’ve wanted to coddle and protect in a long time. It doesn’t hurt that it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop (with an expected 6.0 update), comes with at least 32GB storage, and has 3GB RAM to boost performance.

Samsung Galaxy S6 at Verizon

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

An almost identical sibling to the aforementioned Galaxy Note 5, this one trades out the stylus for the dual curved display. If you don’t need to jot down notes or mark up documents, consider grabbing the more sexy counterpart.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ at Verizon

LG G4

LG continues to impress with a steady stream of flagship models that demand attention. We long ago fell in love with the rear button layout and this year’s version has one of the best camera experiences we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. The specs are top-notch and the screen is a real looker.

LG G4 at Verizon

LG G4 at Amazon

Google Nexus 6

Running an untouched version of Android Lollipop, the Nexus 6 is among the first to receive an update to the 6.0 Marshmallow build. The 6-inch screen might be a little bigger than you’re familiar with but the reviews and feedback have been solid. Internal storage is tapped at 32GB with no microSD expansion card slot but it should be enough for those who live in the cloud.

Google Nexus 6 at Verizon

Google Nexus 6 at Amazon

HTC One M9

The lone HTC model here is also one of the oldest flagship models to make this list. Don’t let that concern you, though, it’s still a kick-ass phone with a great build.  The 5-inch screen looks great and fits well in the hand while the 20-megapixel camera snaps excellent photos. The microSD card keeps media lovers content with room for up to 200GB of external storage.

HTC One M9 at Verizon

HTC One M9 at Amazon

Motorola Moto X (2nd Generation)

As an ancestor to the Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2, the Moto X (2nd Generation) doesn’t have a ton of Verizon customization. In other words, it’s closer to a stock Android experience than most other phones with only a few added touches. We love what Motorola adds to the user interface: twist to open camera, chop to activate flashlight, and voice actions. Pick yours up in Black, White Bamboo, or Football Leather.

Motorola Moto X (2nd Generation) at Verizon

Motorola Moto X (2nd Generation) at Amazon

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Dec

10 Android phones you should consider for AT&T (December 2015)


It’s the most wonderful time of the year – to buy a smartphone. With Black Friday behind us and the holiday shopping season off and running, it’s the time of year where many consider a new handset. If you’re a seasoned smartphone owner, picking out an upgrade is a simple process. But, for some folks, the idea of purchasing a new handset generates a touch of anxiety.

Which is the newest phone? What is the best phone? Which is the one that’s going to give me exactly what I need? We’re here to help you dig through the clutter.

We’ve put together a list of the top 10 Android smartphones you should consider for AT&T this December. Here, in no particular order, are ten Android handsets that you should consider for AT&T if you’re currently contemplating a new device.

LG G Flex 2

228076-overview-lg-g-flex2-designIntroduced early in the year, this phone was among the first to boast a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. It’s powerful enough to contend with most Androids and features a 13-megapixel rear camera with laser focus and optical image stabilization. What it also offers, is a self-healing protective coating, which means your keys and general wear won’t ruin the finish. Also, the phone is curved in multiple ways and allows for one of the most comfortable experiences around.

LG G Flex 2 at AT&T

LG G Flex 2 at Amazon

LG V10

The newest phone of the bunch, this LG features two displays. Indeed, there is the 5.7-inch quad HD screen which looks gorgeous on its own. However, up at the top you will find a small secondary display which offers quick access to favourite contacts, apps, media player buttons , or an at-a-glance view of your schedule.

But, as if that were not enough, you will also find 64 gigabytes of internal storage with a microSD card that allows for another 200GB of space. The removable 3,000mAh battery is more than enough to get you a day or two of life. The rear offers up a 16-megapixel camera while the front houses a pair of 5-megapixel shooters. One works for close-ups while the other has a wide angle lens for group shots.

LG V10 at AT&T

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The fifth generation of Samsung’s plus-sized smartphone experience boasts a gorgeous metal and glass design. The S Pen digital stylus is smarter than ever and works without even powering on the display. Up from previous models, storage options are now 32GB and 64GB. The battery, which comes in at a commendable 3000mAh capacity, allows for fast charging, wireless charging, and even fast wireless charging.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 at AT&T

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 at Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

An almost identical sibling to the aforementioned Galaxy Note 5, this one trades out the stylus for the dual curved display. If you don’t need to jot down notes or mark up documents, consider grabbing the more sexy counterpart.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ at AT&T

BlackBerry Priv

250811-bb-priv-img-3The newest of the bunch, this is also the first BlackBerry handset to run Android out of the box. Not only is this one big and powerful, but it’s also extra secure, too. Standout features include an 19-megapixel rear camera and 3410mAh battery. Oh, and did we mention the Priv also has a physical keyboard? Indeed, tucked under the gorgeous 5.4-inch curved display is a 4-row QWERTY keyboard. Blast through emails and messages without breaking a sweat. It’s 2015 and once again it’s cool to own a BlackBerry.

BlackBerry Priv at AT&T

Samsung Galaxy S6

Announced in the spring, it’s hard to beat the annual Samsung flagship smartphone. The 5.1-inch Quad HD screen is a stunner and feels oh-so-right in our hands and the premium design includes glass and metal. It’s the first Galaxy S model we’ve wanted to coddle and protect in a long time. It doesn’t hurt that it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop (with an expected 6.0 update), comes with at least 32GB storage, and has 3GB RAM to boost performance.

Samsung Galaxy S6 at AT&T

Samsung Galaxy S6 at Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active

Take the 2015 flagship smartphone and add in water and dust resistance with shock resistance and you end up with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. Still present are the 5.1-inch display, 16-megapixel camera,  and octa-core processor; however, the device greatly benefits with the addition of a 3500mAh battery. In short, this is a tremendous phone that’s built to last all day and can take just about anything you will throw its way.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active at AT&T

LG G4

LG continues to impress with a steady stream of flagship models that demand attention. We long ago fell in love with the rear button layout and this year’s version has one of the best camera experiences we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. The specs are top-notch and the screen is a real looker.

LG G4 at AT&T

HTC One A9

one_a9As the only HTC model on this list, we’re big fans of the new design cues and direction. It’s not necessarily a powerful smartphone, but it’s more than enough for first time buyers with plenty left over. It’s the first non-Nexus handset to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow and enjoys features such as Doze, Android Pay, and Android on Tap. For the first time in a few years we are excited about HTC again and can’t recommend this phone enough for its target demographic. The 5-inch screen feels terrific in hand and the fingerprint scanner is highly responsive. Check out our review of the HTC One A9.

HTC One A9 at AT&T

HTC One A9 (unlocked) at Amazon

Motorola Moto X (2nd Generation)

The Moto X (2nd Generation) doesn’t have a ton of AT&T customization which means it’s closer to a stock Android experience than most other phones.  What is added by Motorola, however, is worth it and only adds to the phone’s value. It’s a little over a year old now, sure, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your attention. If you’re looking for a great Android handset that won’t break the bank, you’ll be wise to consider this one.

Motorola Moto X (2nd Generation) at AT&T

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Dec

Swannone adds new partners to fully protect and control your smart home


Swann, a global leader in security monitoring, consumer electronics and security-centric solutions for the smart homes and businesses, has just announced new partners for deeper integration with its SwannOne home security system.

SwannOne is now compatible with:

From monitoring your home though security cameras, sensors, and audio monitoring to controlling door locks, garage doors, temperature, and appliances, SwannOne has your home completely protected through one single app on your smartphone. Various energy management devices can also be incorporated to monitor household power consumption, provide remote access and home lighting automation. Make your home a smart home, and stay connected to it from an app no matter where you are.

SwannOne is available at Fred Meijer, Fry’s Electronics and SwannOne.com. The kits retail from $299-$699. For more information on SwannOne, visit www.swannone.com.

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Dec

Motorola announces availability of Moto 360 Sport smartwatch


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Back in September, Motorola announced they would be releasing a special version of their Moto 360 smartwatch geared toward people focused on fitness. Since then, things have been quiet and no updates were released concerning availability. Motorola changed that today by releasing information on when the device will be available in select markets along with pricing information.

Motorola says the Moto 360 Sport will be available in the U.K. and France starting on December 18th and will be released to the U.S. market on January 7th. In the U.S., the Moto 360 Sport will initially be sold online through Motorola.com and other retailers followed by bricks-and-mortar retail availability on January 10th in Best Buy stores. The device will eventually hit markets in Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico and Spain during 2016. Pricing has been set at $299 for the Moto 360 Sport.

The Moto 360 Sport will come with built-in GPS so people exercising can leave their phones behind and is constructed with a special silicone band that won’t absorb sweat and is resistant to fading and staining. Motorola is also equipping the smartwatch with a special display called AnyLight. This is described as a hybrid display that functions like an LCD screen when inside or in low light situations, but switches to a reflective mode in sunlight to make it easier to read, especially during quick glances in the middle of a workout.

Motorola says the display will be 1.37 inches in diameter, which puts it at a 35mm size as compared to the regular Moto 360 that comes in 42mm or 46mm sizes. The smartwatch will be powered by a 300mAh battery supporting a Snapdragon 400 processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage. It will support both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. The device will have an altimeter, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and gyroscope built in to go with the optical heart rate monitor.

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source: Motorola

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Dec

ASUS is gearing up to launch the ZenWatch 2 in the UK


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ASUS took to Twitter earlier today to reveal that the ZenWatch 2, which was announced at Computex back in June, is finally en route to the UK. Unfortunately, the Taiwanese company didn’t provide any information with regards to an official release date, but it has published an information page for potential customers to register and receive additional details as and when they’re announced.

The ZenWatch 2 can be seen from every angle in the short product showcase video below:

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Source: Twitter

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Dec

Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 may support 8GB of RAM


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Although we are still waiting for the first Snapdragon 820 equipped smartphone to hit the market, that has not stopped the crystal ball gazers from trying to look into the future and take a swing at projecting what Qualcomm’s next generation device may have in store. Chines analyst Pan Juitang thinks the next generation chip from Qualcomm, which one assumes would be the Snapdragon 830, will come with the ability to support up to 8GB of RAM. If you are wondering why, Juitang thinks the additional RAM will be necessary to support projected multi-tasking and computing needs.

The question of whether smartphones are going to close the gap with personal computers to such an extent seems to be key to this latest guess about the future. From a commercial standpoint though, it may make sense for Qualcomm to go down a path like this. Recently, there has been a slate of news coming out of Asia about efforts by companies to move chip production in-house and move away from suppliers like Qualcomm. To combat those moves, Qualcomm could launch a “spec” war, not unheard of in the smartphone industry, pushing for higher level capabilities whether actually needed or not.

In addition to support for larger amounts of RAM, expect to see more of a focus on heat and energy management, especially as it impacts battery life between charges. Achieving gains in those areas may take moves to incorporate new manufacturing techniques, like a rumored move to a 10nm production process for the Snapdragon 830.

source: GSMArena

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Dec

WhatsApp update blocks links to Telegram URLs


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WhatsApp has made a rather inexplicable change to the backend of its instant messaging servers by blocking any direct links to its rivals Telegram’s URLs. The reasoning behind this alteration is unclear, but WhatsApp doesn’t seem to be censoring the text as a whole — so you can freely type the word “Telegram” in a chat and it will appear.

We’ve reached out to WhatsApp for clarification on this matter, so we’ll be sure to update you via this post if we hear back with an official statement. In the meantime, be sure to let us know your thoughts on why the Facebook-owned company has removed any links attached to the Telegram URL in the comments section below.

Via: The Verge

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