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Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Kids Edition on sale at Amazon: $59.99

While those focused on specs are always in search of the next big thing, those looking for sweet deals are often more interested in the cost-saving nature of a prospective purchase. This approach works wonders when it comes to “casual” users or small children, many of whom are happy with whatever they might be given.

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Amazon has a fantastic new Gold Box deal for such customers: For roughly the next 16 hours, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Kids Edition (7.0″ Cream White with Green Bumper) can be purchased for the unbeatable price of $59.99. This is a savings of $90, or 60%; the tablet normally retails for $149.99.

The Galaxy Tab Lite released back in 2014 as a more “bare bones” tablet, forgoing staples such as a front camera. The Kids Edition comes with a special soft, colorful bumper as well as pre-installed applications perfect for young ones. According to Amazon’s product page, the Tab 3 Lite Kids Edition has the following:

With a bright, easy-to-use interface, kid-friendly app store, and durable case, the Samsung Kids powered by Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0″ is ideal for digital playing and learning. Preloaded with over 20 popular apps for kids, this Galaxy Tab 3 Lite makes it easy and fun for your child to explore and interact with content that aligns with STEM and Common Core curriculum.

The lightweight, easy-to-hold Galaxy Tab 3 Lite features parental controls for access and time limits, and it includes a complementary three-month subscription to the full Samsung Kids service library.


Specific details for the tablet include the following:

  • Watch imagination come to life with Samsung Kids. With engaging educational apps for every age, Samsung Kids inspires a love for learning.
  • Bring your kids the educational content you trust from Dreamworks Animation, Sesame Street, National Geographic and more.
  • Apps that automatically adapt and grow with your kids so they’ll stay engaged at every age.
  • It’s all on the durable Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite featuring parental controls.
  • Converts to standard Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite when the time is right to graduate from Samsung Kids Mode.
  • 7″ touch screen, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM Memory.

Given the age of the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Kids Edition, it is almost a given that OS updates will not be part of the product’s progressive picture. With that said, as a Wi-Fi only device designed to be used by young children, it seems sufficient enough to meet their needs.

Buy the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Kids Edition here from Amazon:

Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Kids Edition


Clear HTC One X9 images leak online


These renders give us a good look at all sides of the smartphone and some of them stack the 9X up next to the A9 for comparison.

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HTC looks to have overhauled its home button layout once again, suggesting that there won’t be a fingerprint scanner included in this model. The rear camera has also shifted over to the top left on the phones back, rather than being centred in the middle, as is the case with the One A9 and M9.

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A previous TENAA listing has given us some idea about the specifications too. The handset is said to ship with a 2.2GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 16GB of internal memory and a 3,000mAh battery. The rear camera is said to sport a 13 megapixel resolution, while the front camera features a 5 megapixel sensor. We’re not quite sure about this price yet.

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The HTC One X9 looks to be nearing release and is expected to be unveiled next year. Of course, things could turn out a little differently to these renders, but what do you think about the One X9?


11 Samsung phones to receive Android 6.0 in Q1 2016

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We’ve known for a while that Samsung is preparing Android 6.0 Marshmallow for a selection of its existing devices, but just how many devices will see it, and when? According to the latest reports, eleven Samsung devices will be set to see the update in the first quarter of 2016.

The report suggests that current and last generation flagship smartphones will both see the update in the first quarter, along with a selection of Galaxy S5 and Note 4 variants. We have already seen snippets of Android 6.0 Marshmallow running on a Samsung Galaxy S6 and a Note 4, and there are a few other current and last gen models included on the list. Here’s the full list stated for a Q1 release:

• Galaxy Note 5
• Galaxy Note Edge
• Galaxy Note 4
• Galaxy Note 4 Duos
• Galaxy S6 Edge+
• Galaxy S6 Edge
• Galaxy S6
• Galaxy S6 Duos
• Galaxy S5
• Galaxy S5 NEO
• Galaxy S5 LTE-A

There are also a couple of releases scheduled for the second quarter of the year, including some Samsung tablets:

• Galaxy ALPHA
• Galaxy Tab A
• Galaxy Tab S2 9.7
• Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

Of course, there’s no way to verify this list or how up to date it is, and these dates could well slip back. Even the note says these are “estimated”.

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According to a separate source, Samsung is currently in the testing phases for some of its Marshmallow releases. A Galaxy S6 handset running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow was recently spotted passing through a GeekBench test as well. This means that Samsung’s handsets might jump straight to the latest emoji filled update, which also re-introduces the handy “do not disturb until” function for silencing notifications while you sleep.

Let’s just hope that Samsung’s updates are all on track.


Today only: HTC Re for $80, accessories for 40% off

Back in October of 2014 HTC decided to branch outside of the Android devices market by introducing an action camera with a unique periscope-like design, dubbed the HTC Re. Despite the Re’s intriguing design and capabilities, the device arguably failed to make the impact that HTC had probably hoped for, though the camera wasn’t without its fans.

Since its original release for $199, the HTC Re has seen a number of price cuts, including a temporary slash down to just $50. Since that time, the price has risen back up to around $99. For those that are interested in the Re but looking for a great deal, you can now get it for $80 from HTC in your choice of silver, orange, blue, or green. This might not be quite the steal that $50 was, but it’s still a solid price and could make the Re a great last minute Christmas gift.

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In addition to slashing down the Re, HTC is also offering up all its accessories for 40% off, for a limited time. All these purchases come complete with free 2-day shipping.

The catch? This is a very limited time offer, ending today (December 15th) at midnight PST. Keep in mind this promotion is only for US customers, however.

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Microscope can scan chemical processes in real-time

Atomic force microscopes are the tool of choice to see the tiniest atomic structures, right down to hydrogen bonds. The drawback with current models is that they’re too slow to create anything but static images, making them useless for processes like chemical reactions. However, MIT researchers have created a prototype model that’s 2,000 times faster than any commercial product, making it feasible for video (below). “People can see, for example, condensation, nucleation, dissolution or deposition of material in real-time — things [they’ve] never seen before,” says MIT professor Kamal Youcef-Toumi.

In a demonstration, the team dissolved a 70-by-70 micron calcite sample with acid, showing the layer-by-layer stripping of crystals over several seconds. By contrast, current commercial atomic force microscopes simply drag a tiny needle over a structure to trace its topography, meaning it takes up to 10 minutes to scan an entire image. Smaller scanners have been tried, but “it’s like if you were landing somewhere in the United States and have no clue where you’re landing, [but] you’re only allowed to look a few blocks around,” says inventor Soltani Bozchalooi.

Bozchalooi’s new model incorporates two scanners: a smaller, rapid scanner and a larger one, which together can trace a relatively wide 3D area in seconds. “Our controller can move the little scanner in a way that it doesn’t excite the big scanner, because we know what sort of motion triggers this scanner, and vice versa,” he says. “In the end, they’re working [together], so from the perspective of the scientist, it looks like a single, high-speed, large-range scanner.” As a result, the instrument can scan at 4,000 lines per second, yielding about an 8-10 fps frame rate.

The device could help researchers visualize chemical reactions and trigger breakthroughs in fields like battery research, medicine and material science. For now, the team is just working on speeding it up a bit, though. “We want to go to real video, which is at least 30 frames per second, Youcef-Toumi says.

Source: MIT


Jaguar returns to racing with its first all-electric car

Jaguar hasn’t been involved with motorsports since it offloaded its Formula 1 team to Red Bull, but it’s about to come back in a big, big way. The automaker has announced that it’s working on an all-electric car (its first) that will compete in Formula E’s third season, which kicks off in fall 2016. Jaguar is saying precious little about what that racer will be capable of, but the entry is possible because the beleaguered Trulli team is backing out of the league, leaving room for a new entrant.

This isn’t the sum total of the company’s EV efforts, either. Although it’s not mentioning any plans, Jaguar is swearing that electric cars will “absolutely play a role” in its lineup. The Formula E racer is really a precursor that will help Jag refine its technology under “extreme conditions” before it hits regular roads. If you end up driving an F-Type EV a few years from now, you’ll know something about its roots.

Via: The Verge

Source: Jaguar, FIA Formula E


Skype’s latest iOS update makes sharing content easier

Skype released an update for iOS on Tuesday that makes sharing content during calls easier. Version 6.8 allows users to send links, web pages or camera roll photos to whoever they’re calling with a single click of the share button. Simply select the content you want to send, swipe right until you see the More button and then select Skype from the Activities section to initiate a call.

Via: Phone Scoop

Source: Skype


AT&T’s NumberSync service heads to the Samsung Gear S2

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AT&T recently started rolling out a free service called NumberSync to a variety of devices. In the simplest form, it lets your one primary number ring across tablets, phones and smartwatches that are connected to your account. It works with any HD Voice enabled device that is in a HD Voice location. Which includes all of Samsung’s latest devices, the HTC One A9 and a handful of others including iOS devices. Today AT&T announced its first non Apple wearable to make the cut for NumberSync with the $99.99, on contract, Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch.

Existing customers can get NumberSync on Gear S2 through a software update. New customers can enjoy NumberSync upon initial setup.

NumberSync lets you send and receive texts, as well as make and receive calls, from your smartwatch using the same mobile number that your family, friends and colleagues already recognize.

NumberSync operates on the AT&T wireless network and is not dependent on a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone. You can even use it when your smartphone is off or disconnected from the network.

With NumberSync on your Gear S2, you will be able to not stress over leaving your phone at home and still get all your texts, calls and voicemails. It is pretty cool, and it is free.

Source: AT&T

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Your phone is a lightsaber in Google’s desktop browser game

Since real lightsabers don’t exist (yet), Google and the studios behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens are offering the next-best thing: A program that turns your smartphone into a lightsaber, which then takes out bad guys on your computer screen. Lightsaber Escape is live now — open it in your desktop browser and then punch in the unique URL on your phone (or vice versa), and you’re good to go. Your phone becomes a lightsaber handle and, as you move it around, the actual glowing sword moves on the desktop.

Lightsaber Escape is a Chrome Experiment that Google made in conjunction with Lucasfilm and Star Wars visual-effects studio Industrial Light & Magic. It uses WebGL for the 3D graphics, plus WebRTC and WebSocket for the real-time communication between your phone and desktop. It may be a Chrome Experiment, but this one works in other browsers, too.

If Chrome and Safari can get along, maybe there’s hope for the First Order and the Resistance, after all.


Samsung pay gains support for an additional 19 Visa and MasterCard issuers

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The battle to be the reigning supreme in mobile payments is well underway this year with the likes of Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay. I even caught a story where WalMart is working on a mobile payment system. It is a little insane and can be a bit overwhelming at times. Samsung has the best promotions running right now for setting up Samsung Pay with an additional $50 Best Buy gift card just for registering your device with a card, even if it is limited to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 still. Gotta love new tech and the need for the finger print sensor. Anywho, the big drawback for many on Samsung Pay has been the lack of support from various banks and card issuers. While it isn’t alleviated just yet, Samsung has announced a big jump in its support with 19 new banking services being added to the mix today.

“More Samsung users will be able to use Samsung Pay to shop this holiday season, thanks to new support from MasterCard and Visa issuers, including our valued partners at PNC Bank and KeyBank,” said Injong Rhee, EVP of Samsung Electronics, Global Head of Samsung Pay. “With the widest acceptance of any mobile payment service, Samsung Pay continues to expand its reach and provide its customers unparalleled choice, flexibility and access.”

The included new card issuing institutions includes a number of Credit Unions like Utah Community Credit Union, Navy Federal Credit Union, Central Florida Educators Federal Credit Union and Bayport Credit Union. Feel free to check the whole list of supported banks and card issuers at to see if your bank has been added to the mix yet. An even more detailed list can be located through the source link below.

Source: BusinessWire


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