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Feb

Gionee launches its first VoLTE smartphone in India


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Chinese mobile manufacturer Gionee has today launched its first VoLTE-enabled smartphone, the S6, in India. The handset is available to purchase off-contract in three colorways — Gold, Silver and Rose Gold — from online independent retailer Flipkart and a handful of leading retail outlets in the region for ₹19,999 ($294).

Due to the inclusion of VoLTE connectivity on the S6, Gionee claims that the device has the correct specifications to offer up to 40% better speech quality than a standard smartphone operating on 4G. This is due to the mobile network technology and the handset’s high-end internals, which include a 5.5-inch HD display, a 1.3GHz octa-core CPU and 3GB of RAM.

The S6 also sports a Mali-T720MP3 GPU, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera complete with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), a 5-megapixel selfie shooter and a 3,150mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery. It features dual-SIM capabilities, too, which is a huge advantage for those with separate calling and data plans.

The unit ships running the latest build of Gionee’s very own Amigo 3.1 operating system, which is heavily based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The only major changes are user interface enhancements and some backstage code that has been designed to optimise performance and call quality.

For more information on picking up the Gionee S6 in India — hit the source link below.

Source: Flipkart

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8
Feb

Another LG G5 case appears on Amazon


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This isn’t the first time case renders have appeared showing off design traits of the soon to be announced LG G5. Spigen, one of the most popular case brands, posted a new case on the Amazon marketplace to fit LG’s next flagship smartphone.

This case leak gives us a clear image at what to expect the front and rear of the G5 to look like. LG is planning to introduce some major design changes with the G5 and the leaked case pretty much confirms it.

The leaked case shows a design right on par with recent leaks and reports. You can bet that LG will include dual-camera lenses on the back with a rear-facing LED flash between the two. Instead of having the power button on the back, a fingerprint scanner will seemingly take its place. The volume controls are also moving. The buttons will now be on the side, rather than the rear. The opposite side will house the power button. Most interestingly, there’s no cutout on the back for a speaker grill, and it doesn’t appear to be on the front either. This suggests that the speaker will be moved to the bottom of the device.

Nothing will be official until LG holds its unveiling. This is set to take place on February 21, just hours prior to Samsung’s Unpacked event. Both devices will be showcased at MWC 2016, which will begin the following day. The Spigen case will be available in mid-March, thus suggesting an early launch for the G5. We’ll see what happens.

Source: Amazon

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8
Feb

Apple Seeds Third Beta of tvOS 9.2 to Developers


Apple today provided developers with the third beta of an upcoming 9.2 update to tvOS, the operating system that runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV and powers its built-in App Store. Today’s tvOS 9.2 beta 3 comes two weeks after Apple released the second beta of tvOS 9.2 and two weeks after the release of tvOS 9.1.1, a minor update to tvOS 9.1. tvOS 9.2 has been in testing since January 11.

tvOS betas are more difficult to install than beta updates for iOS and OS X. Installing the tvOS beta requires the Apple TV to be connected to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, with the software downloaded and installed via iTunes or Apple Configurator. Those who have already installed the second tvOS 9.2 beta will be able to download the third update over the air.

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tvOS 9.2 is a significant update for the tvOS operating system. It brings support for Bluetooth keyboards, allowing a keyboard to be paired to the Apple TV for text entry. Bluetooth keyboard support is a major feature that was missing from previous versions of tvOS and its addition should make it much easier to do tasks like entering passwords on the fourth-generation Apple TV.

Along with Bluetooth keyboard support, the tvOS 9.2 update introduces support for grouping apps into folders on the Home screen like on iOS devices, plus it includes a new look for the App Switcher interface and it brings support for iCloud Photo Library and Live Photos.

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tvOS 9.2 also introduces MapKit so developers can incorporate maps into their tvOS apps, and it adds Siri support for US Spanish (in the US only) and French Canadian (in Canada only). UK English, Australian English, and US English are also now available as Siri options in the UK, Australian, and US Storefronts when English is set as the tvOS language.

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We’ll update this post with any new features that are discovered in the third beta of tvOS 9.2.

What’s new in tvOS 9.2 beta 3:

Dictation – There’s now support for onscreen text entry via dictation in countries where Siri is available. When updating to tvOS 9.2 beta 3, users will be prompted to enable or disable dictation. With dictation, Apple TV users can dictate text and spell user names and passwords rather than typing them.

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With dictation enabled, the tvOS search bar alternates between a blank search field and an option to hold the Siri button to dictate text.

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While speaking, a live levels meter is then displayed on the screen.

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App Store Siri Search – Siri is now able to search for App Store apps, improving the app discovery process in the App Store. It’s now possible to ask Siri to search for an app or to search for a category of apps, such as games and bring up a listing.

Related Roundup: Apple TV
Tag: tvOS 9.2
Buyer’s Guide: Apple TV (Buy Now)

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8
Feb

Apple Seeds Third WatchOS 2.2 Beta to Developers


watchos2Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 2.2 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the second watchOS 2.2 beta and two months after releasing watchOS 2.1, the first major update to the watchOS 2 operating system that runs on the Apple Watch. watchOS 2.2 has been in testing since January 11.

The third watchOS 2.2 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on an iPhone running the iOS 9.3 beta by going to General –> Software update. To install the update, the Apple Watch must have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the Apple Watch charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone.

watchOS 2.2, along with iOS 9.3, introduces support for pairing multiple Apple Watches with a single iPhone. Both updates are required, with each watch running watchOS 2.2 and each iPhone running iOS 9.3. watchOS 2.2 also includes a revamped look for the built-in Maps app on the Apple Watch with access to the Nearby feature first introduced with iOS 9 and new buttons for quickly accessing directions to home and work.

There are were no other obvious outward-facing changes introduced in the first two watchOS 2.2 betas aside from the changes to the Maps app, but the update undoubtedly includes under-the-hood performance updates and bug fixes to address issues that have been discovered since the release of watchOS 2.1.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 2
Tag: watchOS 2.2
Buyer’s Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)

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8
Feb

Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 9.3 to Developers


ios93Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second iOS 9.3 beta and two months after the public release of iOS 9.2. iOS 9.3 has been in testing since January 11.

The third iOS 9.3 beta is available as an over-the-air update and through the iOS section of the Apple Developer Center.

As a major .1 update to the iOS 9 operating system, iOS 9.3 introduces several new features. There’s a Night Shift mode to reduce the amount of blue light iOS users are exposed to in the evening by shifting the iPad or iPhone display to a warmer (yellower) color spectrum, and there are several features designed to improve the iPad for Education program, such as multi-user login.

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Multiple apps and features are also seeing updates in iOS 9.3. Apple News includes more personalized recommendations, faster updates, a landscape view on the iPhone, and support for in-line video, while Health includes a new Apple Watch-style “Activity” view and Notes has an option to password protect individual entries.

Apple Music for CarPlay offers “New” and “For You” sections for better music discovery, and a Nearby Feature in CarPlay Maps offers more information about what’s close by. Paired with watchOS 2.2, an iPhone running iOS 9.3 is able to support multiple Apple Watches, and for iPhone 6s users, there are new Quick Actions for Weather, Settings, Compass, Health, App Store, and iTunes Store.

The second iOS 9.3 beta added a Control Center toggle for the Night Shift feature, and new additions in the third iOS 9.3 beta will be listed below.

What’s new in iOS 9.3 beta 3:

Verizon Wi-Fi calling – The third beta of iOS 9.3 adds Wi-Fi calling for Verizon users, allowing them to place calls over a wireless connection when cellular connectivity is poor.

T-Mobile bug fix – Today’s beta includes a carrier update for T-Mobile users, fixing a bug that prevented apps from loading over a cellular connection.

Related Roundup: iOS 9
Tag: iOS 9.3

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8
Feb

Apple Seeds Third OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Beta to Developers


Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.4 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second OS X 10.11.4 beta and three weeks after releasing OS X 10.11.3. OS X 10.11.4 has been in testing since January 11.

The third OS X 10.11.4 beta can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or via the Software Update Mechanism in the Mac App Store.

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OS X 10.11.4 offers a couple of new features, such as the ability to support password protected notes in the Notes app, but like the recent OS X 10.11.3 update, it appears to focus primarily on under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements with few noticeable outward-facing changes. Almost all of Apple’s OS X updates to date have been smaller updates that improve performance rather than introduce new features.

We’ll update this post with any features or significant changes that are discovered in the third beta of OS X 10.11.4.

Related Roundup: OS X El Capitan
Tag: OS X 10.11.4

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8
Feb

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8
Feb

Verizon may scoop up Yahoo to join AOL in content portfolio


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Last week Verizon chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam appeared on CNBC and revealed the wireless carrier is interested in acquiring at least some assets from Yahoo. The revelation comes as Yahoo edges closer to the brink of failure. Last week Yahoo’s earnings report included language indicating the company was considering alternatives that many believe include selling assets or some type of merger deal. Verizon’s interest in Yahoo could be coming at a good time for Yahoo.

Verizon has a strategy in place that involves three legs – providing connectivity, owning platforms to drive network traffic, and owning content to support the Verizon ecosystem. Last year Verizon entered into an agreement to purchase AOL as part of that larger strategy. McAdam indicated that he thinks Yahoo could be combined with the AOL assets:

“We have to understand the trends. But then at the right price, I think marrying up some of their assets with AOL and the leadership would be good.”

Based on that comment, Verizon may not be quite ready to pull the trigger on acquiring Yahoo, or some parts of it, but Yahoo is clearly in their sights.

source: CNBC

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8
Feb

New VR headset from Google to expand audience


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Declaring virtual reality to be “too important and too powerful a medium to be accessible to only a few” in an interview last month, Google’s Clay Bavor is ready to see the search giant broaden their front in the virtual reality market with the introduction of a new headset. Google already has a virtual reality headset, the Google Cardboard platform, which can literally be constructed out of cardboard. However, the company is now working on a new device with plans to embed VR support into the Android operating system.

Google Cardboard has proven to be quite popular with over 5 million units shipped for users who want to give VR a try without dropping a huge amount of money. To make it work though, Google has to rely on sensors built into smartphones and separate apps to help with chores like head tracking. The new device, besides being constructed of plastic, will come with its own built-in sensors. Google is also planning to embed the software that helps make VR work in the Android operating system itself, which should help make their solution compatible with a larger number of devices.

Part of Google’s work in this arena is to combat Samsung and Facebook, both of whom are producing their own VR headsets. However, those devices have limitations like the Gear VR only working with certain Samsung devices.

Google hopes to control costs and make the pool of potential devices and users much larger by producing a more open platform. Sources think Google may employee a strategy similar to their Nexus line of smartphones where Google produces a model that embodies the standard while making it possible for other manufacturers to produce their own devices.

There are some people who think Google may be ready to reveal their work in the VR area as soon as Google I/O this year followed by the release of an actual device later in the fall.

source: Financial Times

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8
Feb

Talon for Twitter updated with improved support for tablets


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Talon has just begun rolling out a rather beefy update for its third-party Twitter client via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade introduces several new features aimed at improving a tablet user’s experience, along with a multitude of bug fixes and speed optimizations.

The full changelog can be seen below:

  • Tablets in landscape mode now display 2 timelines at a time instead of one
  • Quick actions on tweets without expanding tweets or leaving the timeline
  • Much improved tablet layouts
  • Quicker account switching
  • Few more activity transitions on Lollipop+
  • Style updates for the navigation drawer
  • Favorite user notifications no longer require “Home Timeline Notifications” to be turned on

As a Talon user who has installed the update on a Transformer Prime, I’m happy to report that it doesn’t disappoint. Having the facility to display two timelines at once in landscape is fantastic as it’s now easier than ever to track tweets and mentions without having to navigate to separate parts of the application.

Talon has also added a new “2016 Supporter” option, which enables loyal users to contribute more than the $3.99 up-front cost of the application. They will have the facility to make a one-time contribution of $3, $6 or $10, which will go towards the running cost and the development of future updates.

To install the update on your smartphone or tablet, open up the Play Store, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of your display, select ‘My Apps’, click on ’Talon for Twitter’, then tap the ‘Update’ button.

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