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Dec

Huawei D8 high end smartphone in pipeline for 2016


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A new rumor out of China indicates Huawei still has plans to release the Huawei D8 even though the timing has been pushed back to 2016. An original roadmap for Huawei devices showed the Huawei D8 on schedule for 2015, but that is not going to happen.

The Huawei D8 will be powered by the as-yet-unannounced Kiron 960 processor. The device will have a quad HD 5.5-inch sapphire glass screen and come equipped with 4 GB of RAM. All of this adds up to a device targeted at the high end where Huawei hopes to start competing against Samsung’s devices. Early indications are that the device will be priced in excess of 5,000 yuan ($774 USD).

source: Mobile Dad
via: VR Zone

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26
Dec

A lot of people apparently got Fitbits for Christmas


If Apple’s App Store rankings are any indication, a lot of you got a Fitbit for Christmas yesterday: The company’s fitness-tracking app quickly shot to the top of the free list in iTunes. As Qz points out, Fitbit’s activity tracker was already the most-downloaded health and fitness application for iOS, but as Christmas approached, it leapfrogged 20 spots to the top, suggesting many a couch potato unboxed one of the firm’s wristbands.

That’s not surprising, insofar as Fitbit is the clear market leader, with a whopping 22 percent of the pie, last we checked. And hey, even we would vouch for its products: Some of our own editors use Fitbit’s products and we’ve previously included the Charge HR in our wearable buyer’s guide. That said, the company has also had some competition from an increasing field of rivals, some with less expensive wares. For now, though, consider this evidence that Fitbit is still a first name in wearables — and that lots of gift givers had the same safe idea.

Source: Qz

26
Dec

Don’t know what to spend those gift cards on? Here are our recommended gadget deals


Now that Xmas is over, you may have a stack of gift cards that you don’t quite know what to use for. Gift cards have been selling at a record breaking pace and you will want to make sure they don’t get forgotten about and expired. We are here to guide you into spending your money wisely with some of the best products and coolest deals from Amazon.com.

There are just so many things to buy, so we have curated a comprehensive list of some of today’s compelling gadget offerings. Let’s get to it!

Google Nexus 6P by Huawei, 32GB Graphite – $499

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Device details:

  • 5.7-inch AMOLED Capacitive Multi-Touchscreen
  • Android v6.0 (Marshmallow), Quad-Core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-Core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57 Processor, Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 81, Adreno 430 Graphics
  • 12 Megapixel Camera (4608 x 2592 pixels) w/ Autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash + Front-facing 8 Megapixel Camera
  • Internal Memory: 32GB, 3GB RAM

BLU Pure XL Unlocked Smartphone, 4G LTE GSM, 64GB and 3GB RAM – $349

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Device details:

  • 6.0″ Wide Quad HD (2560 x 1400) Super AMOLED display transforms the smartphone visual experience at 4 times the resolution of HD + Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Mediatek Helio x10 64-bit 2.0 GHz Octa-Core Processor; enhanced viewing experience powered by MiraVision(TM) Picture Quality Engine, Android L v5.1
  • 24MP Main Camera featuring an f/2.3 sensor with sapphire + 6P lens, real-time HDR, and Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and 8MP autofocus wide -Angle Front Camera
  • 64 GB Internal Memory with 3G RAM. Micro SD Slot up to 64GB. Fingerprint Sensor and NFC supported
  • 4G LTE, (2/4/7/17), 4G HSPA+ (850/1700/1900/2100). GSM Quad Band: US Compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Straight Talk, Pure Talk USA, and others

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra 16GB Unlocked Smartphone (GSM/LTE) – $299

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Device details:

  • Two 13MP cameras – capture superior pictures, selfies, and videos, wherever you look.
  • High-quality selfies with selfie flash- light up the whole image, from corner to corner.
  • 6″ full HD display with ultra-thin bezel- enjoy a large screen with mobile BRAVIA engine 2 gives you enhanced sharpness and contrast for immersive viewing.
  • Wireless freedom- SIM Unlocked, no contracts or commitment to any carriers. Compatible with GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile and cellular network providers utilizing GSM network such as: Straight Talk, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile, Brightspot, Net10, h20 Wireless, and Cricket Wireless.

Amazon Fire Tablet, 7″ Display, 8GB (includes special offers) – $49

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Device details:

  • Beautiful 7″ IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600) and fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. Rear and front-facing cameras.
  • All-new Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free – including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more
  • Enjoy more than 38 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps and games
  • 8 GB of internal storage. Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices. Add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage.
  • Updated user interface – Fire OS 5 designed for quick access to your apps and content plus personalized recommendations that make it easy to discover new favorites
  • Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching videos, and listening to music
  • Stay connected with fast web browsing, email, and calendar support

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, 9.7″ Display, 32GB (Black) – $374

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Device details:

  • Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS, 9.7″ 2048×1536 (QXGA) Super AMOLED
  • Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz, Octacore application processor
  • 32 GB Flash Memory, 3 GB RAM Memory
  • 0.85 pounds

Nvidia Shield Tablet, 8″ Display, 16GB (Tegra K1 Processor) – $199

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Device details:

  • More ways to game with Android games and GeForce NOW cloud gaming service.
  • Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, featuring a 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU and 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU.
  • Full HD 1080p, 8-inch display, and dual-front facing speakers for incredible video and sound.
  • MicroSD slot provides expandable storage up to 128 GB.
  • The optional tablet cover and SHIELD controller make SHIELD tablet K1 the ultimate tablet for gamers.
  • More Ways to Game with Android Games and Geforce Now Cloud Gaming Service
  • Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 Processor, Featuring a 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU and 2.2 Ghz Quad-core CPU

SanDisk Ultra 200GB MicroSD Card (Class 10) – $79

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Device details:

  • Ideal for premium Android-based smartphones and tablets
  • Transfer up to 1200 photos a minute with premium transfer speed of up to 90MB/s
  • Holds up to 20 hours of Full HD video
  • Class 10 for Full HD video recording and playback
  • Water proof, temperature proof, shock proof, X-ray proof and magnet proof
  • Comes with SD adapter for use in MIL cameras

GoPro HERO4 Session Camera – $199

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Device details:

  • Smallest, lightest GoPro yet
  • Durable and waterproof to 33′ (10m), no housing needed
  • Easy one-button control, power up and capture videos or photos with a single press
  • Professional quality up to 1440p30, 1080p60 and 720p100 video
  • 8MP photos with 10 fps Burst

Amazon Echo – $179

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Device details:

  • Plays all your music from Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
  • Allows hands-free convenience with voice-control
  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
  • Answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more with Alexa, a cloud-based voice service
  • Controls lights and switches with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, and other connected devices
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features and skills–over 95 added since launch

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Headphones – $98.30

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Device details

  • Samsung Galaxy model using newly designed, tangle-free oval cable featuring 3-button in-line remote with integrated microphone
  • Custom machined, low resonance stainless steel housing deliver a detailed and accurate sound
  • High-quality dynamic transducers produce high output level with low distortion
  • In ear canal design provides excellent attenuation of ambient noise. Multiple sized ear tips included insuring a personalized fit

Our review of the Momentum In-Ear

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Over-Ear Headphones – $128

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Device details:

  • Critically acclaimed sonic performance praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers
  • Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • Exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response
  • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments
  • 90° swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring, professional-grade earpad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort. Detachable cable

Samsung Gear VR – Virtual Reality Headset – $99

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Device details:

  • Works with Samsung Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge
  • Light weight so you can play and watch more comfortably
  • Easy to use touch pad

Huawei Watch – Starting at $299

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Device details:

  • 1.4″ full circle AMOLED display with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal and stainless steel body
  • Compatible with most devices with an iOS 8.2 or Android 4.3 or later operating system
  • Get notifications and alerts for calls, texts, and apps with over 4000 Android Wear apps to choose from
  • A variety of pre-installed watch faces and easily swappable bands for your own unique style
  • Accurate fitness tracking with enhanced heart rate monitor and sensors to track running, walking, and more

Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch (Classic) – $299

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Device details:

  • Classic style with a ceramic bezel and 20mm Genuine leather band
  • Intuitive circular interface and rotating bezel for easy navigation
  • Access to important notifications, texts, and updates at a glance
  • Compatible with most Android Devices.
  • Wireless charging dock included

Naim Mu-So Wireless Music System – $1299

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Device details:

  • UPnPTM (Universal Plug ‘n’ Play); AirPlay ; Bluetooth
  • Control volume, light settings, room modes, create playlists and activate multiroom. Almost every as
  • Internet Radio ; USB ; Digital Input (Optical)
  • Spotify Connect

Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation – $249

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Device details:

  • Auto-Schedule. No more programming. With auto-schedule, Nest learns from you and programs itself
  • Auto-Away. Don’t heat or cool an empty home. Auto-away adjusts the temperature after you leave
  • Remote control. With the Nest app, you can change the temperature, check energy history and get an alert if your home is too hot or cold
  • Screen: 24-bit colour LCD, 480 x 480 resolution at 229 pixels per inch (PPI), 5.3 cm diameter
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n @ 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 802.15.4 @ 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • Built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Nest Cam Security Camera – $182

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Device details:

  • 24/7 live video streaming – See your home on your phone in 1080p HD. And control Nest Cam from anywhere
  • Alerts on your phone – Get motion and sound alerts so you know if anything happens
  • Night Vision done right – See the whole room at night – not just a limited spotlight view
  • Talk and listen – Hear the baby. Or talk back to get someone’s attention
  • Quick, easy setup – Plug in Nest Cam and download the Nest app to get started. No hub needed
  • Don’t miss a thing – Subscribe to Nest Aware to get 24/7 continuous recording and powerful cloud algorithms that give you personalized alerts. Every camera comes with a free 30-day trial

Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid – $149

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Device details:

  • Authentic Movement: Guide your BB-8 with a smartphone or tablet
  • Listens & Responds: BB-8 recognizes and reacts to your voice
  • Holographic Messaging: Record and view virtual holographic videos with BB-8
  • Autonomous Behavior: BB-8 has a mind of its own – explore the Star Wars galaxy together
  • Adaptive Personality: Your BB-8’s unique attitude and actions evolve as you interact
  • Authentic Movement: Guide your BB-8 with a smartphone or tablet
  • Listens & Responds: BB-8 recognizes and reacts to your voice

Amazon Prime Membership – $99

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Receive all the benefits of Amazon Prime including FREE Two-Day Shipping for eligible purchases, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video, and the ability to borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for $99 a year.

The benefits include:

  • FREE Two-Day Shipping on eligible items to addresses in the contiguous U.S. and other shipping benefits. For more information, go to  Amazon Prime Shipping Benefits.
  • FREE Same-Day Delivery in eligible zip codes. For more information, go to Order with Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery.
  • Prime Instant Video: unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes for paid or free trial members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information, go to  About Prime Instant Video.
  • Prime Music: unlimited, ad-free access to hundreds of Prime Playlists and more than a million songs for members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information, go to About Prime Music.
  • Prime Photos: Secure unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive. For more information, go to About Prime Photos.
  • Prime Pantry: Access to Prime Pantry, where members can purchase and ship to addresses in the contiguous U.S. low priced grocery, household, and pet care items for a flat delivery fee of $5.99 for each Prime Pantry box. Prime Pantry orders cannot be shipped to addresses in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
  • Amazon Elements: Access to Amazon Elements products, Amazon’s own line of everyday essentials.
  • Prime Early Access: Get 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon.com and new events on MyHabit.com. For more information, go to About Prime Early Access.
  • Kindle Owners’ Lending Library: access to members in the U.S. For more information, go to Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
  • Kindle First: Early access for members in the U.S. to download a new book for free every month from the Kindle First picks. For more information, go to Kindle First.
  • Video Add-On Subscriptions: Members can purchase Video Add-on Subscriptions to premium content providers. Browse available Video Add-on Subscriptions, or manage your existing subscriptions.
  • Deals and Discounts, Compliments of Amazon Family: These include 20% off diapers through Subscribe & Save and 15% off eligible products from your baby registry. For more information go to Get 20% off Diaper Subscriptions or About the Completion Discount.
  • Membership Sharing: Two adults living in the same household can create an Amazon Household to share certain Amazon Prime benefits. For more information, go to About Amazon Households.

Happy after-Xmas shopping!

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26
Dec

‘Pokken Tournament’ Wii U controller coming to US after all


When the Pokken Tournament Wii U controller from Hori surfaced earlier this month our excitement was quickly subdued when Japan seemed like the only place you’d be able to buy it when in launched in March. Well it’s time to get excited again because it’s going to available to a much wider audience at launch.

The Pokémon-infused fighting game controller popped up on Amazon for $24.99 with a launch date of March 18. First noticed on the online retailer by Destructoid, the controller is designed to mimic the arcade version of Pokken Tournament with the “ZL” and “ZR” buttons placed on its face instead of on the back like traditional Wii U controllers.

Via: Destructoid

Source: Amazon

26
Dec

Inhabitat’s Week in Green: Ford’s self-driving cars, and more!


Energy bills tend to spike in the wintertime, but this incredible UK home costs just $2 a month to run. The secret? Tons of insulation and a massive set of rooftop solar panels. We also spotted a futuristic Russian dome home that’s able to withstand massive loads of snow, and a team of Finnish engineers are building the world’s longest ice bridge at the start of next year.

When it comes to green energy, Costa Rica is king. The nation just announced that it sourced 99 percent of its energy from renewable sources in 2015. Researchers in Iceland developed a new wind turbine that’s tough enough to stand up to the strongest gales, and scientists developed a special glass coating that allows solar panels to capture sunlight from almost any angle. Sony announced that it’s working on smartphone batteries that last 40 percent longer, and Fairphone launched an ethically sourced smartphone that you can repair and upgrade yourself.

Ford believes self-driving cars will reach maturity in four years’ time — and according to a new report, they’re teaming up with Google to make autonomous vehicles happen. Meanwhile Volvo announced that its first production model with semi-autonomous technology will hit streets in 2017. Biking in the rain sucks, but fortunately Vanmoof just unveiled a clever bike poncho that fits over your handlebars to keep your torso, hands and legs dry in a downpour. And, as 2016 draws near, we’ve rounded up our top wearable technology and green design stories of the past year. Which is your favorite?

26
Dec

So, what did you get?


With Christmas well under way around the world, it’s time for our annual show-and-tell. This year we’re doing things a little different, and pulling in your favorite gifts into this article. But before we get to that.. let’s see what Engadget editors have been up to so far.

Our Social media maestro Mallory Johns went very multimedia:

Senior Editors Nathan Ingraham, Dan Cooper and Kris Naudus had some great hauls:

Managing Editors Terrence O’Brien and James Trew approached Christmas at very different angles.

For Terrence, it’s about reliving youth:

For James, it’s about embracing adulthood:

Elsewhere, Engadget UK Managing Editor Matt Brian made his kids’ day with a visit from Santa:

Not sure where he found reindeers in South-East England.

Associate Editor Jon Fingas is going to be looking sharp in 2016:

While Senior Editor Roberto Baldwin… well.. see for yourself:

So what about you? What gift are you most proud of today, given or received? So far readers have sent in some pretty diverse answers:

If you want to get involved, you can either dive into the comments as usual, or you can tweet it out with the hashtag #AnEngadgetChristmas. We’ll continue updating the article, at least until we’re so full that we need a nap.

26
Dec

Researchers propose using patterns and icons for passwords


Researchers at Plymouth University have devised a new password input method they believe could improve security. Called GOTPass, it combines patterns, imagery, and one-time passcode to create a system that it’s hoped would be both more secure and easier to remember than traditional passwords.

GOTPass requires a one-time setup, wherein a user would draw a pattern on a 4×4 grid — similar to Android’s unlock scheme. After choosing a pattern, they’ll be presented with grids of thirty random emoji-esque images, and asked to choose one. After picking from four grids, they’ll have their “password.”

When it comes to logging in, the process is fairly simple: enter your username, then draw the pattern lock. The next step shows 16 images, of which two are from the four picked during setup, and 14 are decoys. Select the correct images, and you get a one-time passcode to enter into the relevant box.

It all sounds horribly complicated, but in reality the process wouldn’t take much longer than typing in a simple password. The team say it’s proved easy to remember, and holds up well against hacks. Using a mix of targeted and random methodology, they attempted to hack accounts 690 times. Of those, 23, or 3.33, were successful. It’s a great start, and the researchers are now planning further tests to test its efficacy and usability.

Source: Plymouth University

26
Dec

Oppo A35 passes through TENAA


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As of yesterday, an Oppo manufactured device initially known as the A35 obtained its certification from the chinese regulatory TENAA.

From the TENNA listing we were able to find some of the device’s specifications, which indicate a mid-range device. The Oppo A35 has a 5-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Inside the device is an octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz backed with 2GB of RAM. On the back you’ll find a 13MP camera lens, while the front of the unit carries an 8MP lens.

The Oppo A35 has 16GB of internal storage but is one of the fewer devices that will be able to expand storage via a built-in microSD card slot. This can add up to an additional 128GB of storage space. Android 5.1.1 was running on the device during the testing phase, so you can expect that to be the software version pre-loaded at launch. The device supports 4G LTE and is bundled with Bluetooth 4.0 and a rear-facing flash alongside the camera. Pricing should be kept budget friendly so you won’t have to break the bank for this one. For all the leaked images check out the gallery down below.

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Source: TENAA

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26
Dec

New video shows off the ‘quality and durability’ of the BlackBerry Priv


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BlackBerry clearly built its Priv handset from the ground up and wants to show users the care that went into the making. A new video does just that.

A new video was uploaded just yesterday that uses animation to show how the BlackBerry Priv was assembled. In the video, you’ll notice that bits and parts were put close together in a certain way for an added layer of protection from drops and abrasion. Clearly, BlackBerry wants to show us how much care and effort it put into the Priv hopefully making it as durable as possible. Heck, maybe next year we’ll see a BlackBerry with water resistance!

Things are looking good for the company and are only going to get better from here on out. We highly suggest you watch the video embedded down below, it was quite interesting to see what BlackBerry did here.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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26
Dec

The LG Optimus Zone 3 is coming to Verizon pre-paid


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Based on a recent Twitter post, LG will launch the successor to the Optimus Zone 2 as a Verizon exclusive very shortly.

The LG Optimus Zone 3 is an upcoming handset that’s headed to Verizon pre-paid. The Zone 3 will be a low-end handset aimed at first time smartphone users or someone interested in something simple that won’t break the bank. No specifications were leaked, but one could expect them to be mighty similar to its predecessor.

The leaked render shows off a very familiar design with the Verizon branding on the rear side and LG written at the bottom of the display. The handset looks to be made of plastic, thereby keeping the price down low. If you’re looking for a budget friendly Android smartphone on the country’s largest carrier, you may want to consider the LG Optimus Zone 3, which is due out in the next few weeks. We’ll keep you posted on when it does.

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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