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Peter Thiel to speak at the Republican National Convention

Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley investor and PayPal co-founder, is set to speak an the upcoming Republican National Convention. According to a list of speakers and guests obtained by The New York Times, Thiel is scheduled to appear on the fourth night of the GOP’s event — the same evening as Donald Trump is expected to accept the party’s formal nomination. The two will be joined on stage that night, Thursday, July 21st, by Republican Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Florida Governor Rick Scott, former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow and others. As always, the list is subject to change before the event.

Thiel’s attendance at the RNC isn’t too surprising, but him taking the stage to address the convention might be. He’s one of the big names in Silicon Valley to pledge support for Trump. Shortly after Thiel was on a list of pledged delegates for Trump in California back in May, it was revealed that he was financing Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker. After co-founding PayPal, he went on fund companies like Airbnb and Facebook. Thiel was recently re-elected to the board of directors for Mark Zuckerberg’s social network.

As The New York Times notes, Thursday is also the day the convention can debate proposals to change the party’s rules. Changes could include allowing delegates to “vote their consciences” to formally select the nominee, rather than following the results of the primaries in their states as is usually required by a state’s party rules. Needless to say, Thiel will be a part of a busy day in Cleveland.

Via: The Verge

Source: The New York Times


Razer Debuts $170 ‘Mechanical Keyboard Case’ for 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Razer today launched a new top-tier mechanical keyboard peripheral for Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which packs in PC-like mechanical switches for typing on the tablet (via The Verge). The $169.99 accessory — which uses Bluetooth to connect to the iPad Pro — also doubles as a protective case for the tablet when closed, and has a kickstand to perch the device open when the keyboard is in use.

The “ultra-low-profile mechanical switches” used in the keyboard case replicate the feel and responsiveness of a full-fledged mechanical keyboard, according to Razer, but with the slimmer profile needed for a mobile tablet accessory. The keys are even individually backlit for typing in the dark, and come with 20 levels of illumination power to cycle through depending on the light needed.

This revolutionary technology with slim chiclet keycaps raises the bar for ultra-mobile keyboards. Featuring optimized actuation and reset points and an actuation force of 70g, the world’s first low-profile mechanical switch delivers the exact same performance and feel as a full-fledged mechanical keyboard.

Optimized for multiple viewing angles, Razer noted that the Mechanical Keyboard Case’s metal kickstand is “detachable and not limited to a fixed angle,” letting users find the perfect position for every typing environment. Concerning battery life, the company claimed that the case gets 10 hours on one charge at the highest-intensity level of keyboard brightness, with the possibility to extend that all the way up to 600 hours by turning the backlight off completely.

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Razer has posted more information about the Mechanical Keyboard Case on its website, and anyone interested can purchase it from the company for $169.99.

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Apple to Open Imaging Research Lab in Grenoble, France

Apple plans to open a research laboratory in Grenoble, France focused on developing improved imaging sensors and techniques for its iOS devices, according to French newspaper Dauphiné Libéré, with details shared by [Google Translate].

Apple has had a team of more than a dozen researchers and engineers working on imaging research and development for more than a year at the Minatec European research center, and recently signed a lease to establish its own research laboratory in Grenoble.

The new facility, located on Rue Ampere, will give Apple the space to hire additional researchers and it will allow the company to provide its research team with specialized equipment for sensor development. Apple plans to have approximately 30 engineers working at the research lab, which will span 800 square meters.

According to the newspaper, Apple’s work on sensors for the iPhone and iPad will be done in collaboration with engineers from Apple partner STMicroelectronics, which has supplied components for Apple devices in the past.

With the iPhone positioned as the most popular point-and-shoot camera in the world, Apple has invested a lot of resources into continual improvements, introducing better image quality with each iteration of the device. This year, we may see some of the biggest image improvements yet, as Apple is expected to introduce a camera with a larger sensor in the iPhone 7 and a dual-lens camera setup in the iPhone 7 Plus.

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How to request new Pokestops and Gyms in Pokemon Go – CNET


Motorola Moto E3 Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET


I recently called Motorola’s new Moto G4 an “unbeatable Android bargain”, and already Motorola is trying to outdo itself with an even cheaper phone — the new Moto E3.

The E3 will sell in the UK for only £99, making it about £70 cheaper than the G4. US and Australian pricing and availability isn’t yet known, but that £99 price converts to roughly $130 and AU$175. We’ll update this article with more pricing information when it’s available.

So it’s extremely cheap, but it doesn’t appear to have made the sacrifices we often see in the budget end of the market. It has a 5-inch, 720p display, a quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel camera on the front.

The E3 runs the recent Android Marshmallow and has a microSD card slot to expand its storage, though Motorola hasn’t said how much it has built in. Best of all though is that it’s water-resistant like the G4. You can’t submerge it in water, but it will happily put up with a spilled drink or two.

I’m yet to see the phone in the flesh, so I’ll reserve my final judgement on this cut-down handset for the full review.


Dacor DYRP36D review – CNET

The Good The $8,999 Dacor DYRP36D’s integrated Android tablet contains useful tools such as guided cooking and explanations of the oven’s dozen baking features.

The Bad The tablet operates on an outdated Android system that has a negative impact on some apps. Its awkward placement on the oven makes it a pain to operate. And the app that lets you control the oven from a smartphone has its own problems, specifically with voice recognition.

The Bottom Line The Dacor DYRP36D’s tablet is an unnecessary addition to an otherwise solid range. Skip this appliance and use your own tablet.

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Good collaborations bring out the best qualities in the parties involved: peanut butter and jelly, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, hip-hop and Alexander Hamilton. When compatible partners merge, it’s hard to imagine one without the other. I wish I could say the same about the $8,999 Dacor DYRP36D, an appliance that combines a high-end oven with an Android tablet for an unsuccessful union of connectivity and cooking.


You can watch YouTube right on this oven.

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The Dacor DYRP36D, part of the appliance manufacturer’s Discovery iQ line, is an ambitious dual-fuel range. Its built-in tablet is fully functional, so you can download and access apps right on the range. The tablet also acts as the control panel for the oven, which includes a host of cooking modes and guided programs to help you perfect recipes. The range itself delivers much of what we’ve come to expect from the Dacor brand: sturdy construction and consistent cooking results. And an accompanying smartphone app makes it easy to preheat the oven and set timers over a wireless network.

But unlike the successful pairings I mentioned earlier, Dacor’s creation isn’t greater than the sum of its parts. The tablet brings the DYRP36D down. It uses a locked-in, outdated version of the Android operating system. The tablet also failed to send notifications to my phone as the user manual promised. Voice recognition on the oven’s phone app couldn’t pick up the most basic commands. And unless you just want to pull up a chair and camp out in front of your oven, using the tablet while you’re standing makes for a sore neck. Those are a lot of pain points for an appliance that costs nearly $9,000.

I appreciate Dacor’s aggressive move into the smart kitchen with its Discovery iQ ovens. But just because a company can put a tablet on an oven doesn’t mean it should. Dacor needs to give the DYRP36D and the rest of the Discovery iQ line a makeover that gives as much attention to the appliance’s tech as it does to its cooking prowess. In the meantime, you’re better off buying a range without the smarts and using your own tablet until Dacor creates a smart oven that adds value to the kitchen.

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Tablet gives you a handle on the oven

Let’s give kudos where it’s due: Dacor started incorporating Android tablets into its Discovery IQ ovens back in 2013, which makes the appliance manufacturer one of the forefathers of smart, large kitchen appliances. The inclusion of a tablet in an oven is an inevitable by-product of the smart-kitchen evolution. We’re seeing more connected small appliances that use apps to guide you through recipes. Manufacturers are including hardware like cameras in their appliances to gather more information about the food you cook, along with adding Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and near-field communication (NFC) to make it easier for your appliance to talk to your smartphone or tablet. It makes sense that companies like Dacor would skip the middle man of your own devices and just include a connected device on an appliance.

The boldness of being a trendsetter is apparent in the Dacor DYRP36D’s design and features. Like other ranges from the high-end manufacturer, this 36-inch-wide model is an all-stainless-steel beast. There are six gas burners on the cooktop that are covered with formidable cast-iron continuous grates. The 5.2-cubic-foot electric oven is average in size, but the slick soft-close door is a smart feature that makes peeking in on your food a gentle affair.


The Dacor DYRP36D is a 36-inch wide range with a gas cooktop and electric oven. The Android tablet is located beneath the cooktop.

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The centerpiece of the Dacor is the 7-inch tablet, which primarily serves as the control panel for the appliance’s oven. The tablet runs on Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich), a discontinued operating system. Dacor says the range’s hardware doesn’t support updating the operating system, a limitation that is evident when you attempt to download apps that are no longer compatible with that version of Android. This includes Pinterest, which would’ve been a great app to use with the oven.

The oven controls run off of Dacor’s iQ Cooking app, which is preinstalled on the tablet. The interactive touchscreen is easy to figure out, no small feat considering that the oven has a dozen cooking modes, a connected temperature probe and guided instructions for basic recipes. The interface explains the oven’s cooking modes with helpful illustrations and brief explanations or instructions so you know exactly what heating elements are in play. You can also save settings that you use often, so you only have to hit two buttons if you often bake cookies on convection bake mode at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, for example.

Unfortunately, some of those cooking-mode explanations on the tablet are in opposition to the range’s use and care manual. For example, the description for the Pure Convection cooking mode recommends lowering the temperature of a recipe when you use that setting, but the manual advises that you first reduce the cook time when you use this cook mode. These discrepancies might not faze folks who disregard any kind of instructions, but it’s enough to irk cooks who just want to get it right.


The Guided Cooking feature asks you to input information about what you’re cooking, and the oven will automatically determine the best cook settings for the dish.

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Dacor’s oven controls also include Guided Cooking, a feature designed to walk you through cooking a dish. You select from a menu of dishes (such as a roasted chicken or rack of lamb), pick your desired internal temperature, enter the weight of your dish, then hit start. From there, the oven sets the temperature and cook time based on the information you entered. Note that the Dacor settings might differ from how you’d prefer to cook a recipe.

For example, I used Guided Cooking to roast a 5.5-pound chicken. During my roast chicken tests, I cook the chicken at 425 degrees Fahrenheit until it reaches an FDA-approved internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. But in Guided Cooking, the oven cooked the chicken at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour and a half. The Guided Cooking chicken ended up being slightly drier than the bird I cooked during my roasting test, but it still made for an enjoyable meal. Guided Cooking is a great addition for newbies who want to eliminate as much guesswork as possible from a recipe. However, more seasoned cooks might not agree with exactly how the oven chooses to prepare your meal.


Apple iPad Mini 2 review – CNET

The Good The iPad Mini 2 has a sharp Retina screen, an ultraportable design, great battery life and it’s the most affordable tablet with access to the iOS App Store. Upgradeable to iOS 10 later this year.

The Bad Android and Amazon tablets — and even Windows laptops — are available for less. Base model includes only 16GB of non-expandable storage. It’s missing the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and split-screen feature found on newer iPads.

The Bottom Line It lacks the features and speed of a cutting-edge iPad, but the Mini 2 is still a solid tablet for basics, especially if you can buy it at a discount.

Apple iPads are synonymous with “tablet” for good reason. Their high-end designs, fast performance, simple operating system and well-stocked App Store make them the go-to choice in the category.

Or, at least, that’s how it was. The growth of tablet sales has slowed considerably in recent years, with the exception of the bargain segment. Small 8-inch Android models like the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 and Samsung Galaxy Tab A can be had for as little as $170, £129 or AU$279, and Amazon has cornered the budget market with its selection of “good enough” Fire tablets that start at prices as low as $50 or £50. (Amazon doesn’t typically sell hardware in Australia, but the US price converts to about AU$70.)

Apple, of course, is all about premium, high-end products. But the company’s answer to bargain shoppers is to keep some of its older products in the line at discounted prices: 2014’s iPad Air 2 and 2013’s iPad Mini 2. The latter model remains the oldest one in the current line — but, with prices starting at $269, £219 and AU$369, also the most affordable.

Despite its age, the iPad Mini 2 still has a lot to offer for buyers who don’t need the latest and greatest model.

Here’s what you need to know.


The Mini 2 is the most affordable iPad model available.

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The Mini 2 is slower and has fewer bells and whistles than the Mini 4.

If you’re going to get an iPad, why not the latest and greatest? The iPad Mini 4 outshines the Mini 2 with a thinner and lighter design, faster processor, better cameras, and a more vivid screen (resolutions are the same, however). And though the iPad Mini 2 supports picture-in-picture, it doesn’t have the newer features that make the iPad Mini 4 a premium tablet — the TouchID fingerprint sensor and split-screen function (currently limited to the 9.7-inch Air 2, the Mini 4, and iPad Pro).

But Mini 4 is a bad deal compared to the iPad Air 2.

All those shiny features come at a price. The iPad Mini 4 starts at $399, £319, AU$569 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, $499, £399, AU$699 for the 64GB version, and $599, £479, AU$829, for 128GB. But the larger iPad Air 2 — which is quite a bit faster — costs exactly the same, making it a far better deal.


It’s a little thicker than the newer iPad Mini 4.

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For basic needs, the iPad Mini 2 does a great job.

Whether it’s web surfing, email, Facebook or casual games, the Mini 2 still has more than enough power to get the job done. And the app selection on the iPad still outpaces what you’ll find on Android and Amazon tablets. The Mini 2 also doubles as a great “universal remote” for smart home products and streaming devices — something that can be left on the coffee table or in the kitchen for the whole family to share, which you wouldn’t want to do with your phone.


You can now buy the HTC Vive from GAME in the UK


If you’re yet to invest in one of the more premium VR experiences, the HTC Vive is now available for order from GAME in the UK for £689. The company’s VR experience makes use of a headset and a pair of controllers to interact with what’s being displayed on-screen.

As an added bonus, GAME is offering free UK Express Delivery, a total of three games worth over £75 thrown in for free, as well as 5512 GAME Reward points (worth around £14). That doesn’t sound like such a bad deal, especially if you’re looking to take your gaming to the next level. Hit the store link below for more details.

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Moto E3 and Moto G4 Play coming to the UK this summer


Lenovo plans to unleash both the Moto G4 Play and third-generation Moto E in the UK this summer, offering quality smartphone experiences at affordable price points.

The new Moto E comes with 4G LTE support, a quad-core processor, Android Marshmallow, 8MP main shooter with 5MP selfie capturer, splashproof, has a 5-inch HD display, and a 2800mAh battery. Priced at just £99, this is an affordable handset with some interesting specifications to boot. The E3 will be available this September from Tesco, Amazon, Argos, O2 and other participating retailers.

As for the Moto G4 Play, we’re looking at a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 2800mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 5-inch HD display. The G4 Play will be available for purchase from Carphone Warehouse, Amazon, JLP and other participating retailers for £129 mid-August.

Press Release

14th July, 2016 – London, UK – Value doesn’t mean having less, it simply means having more for less. When it comes to your smartphone, real value is when it possesses some of the same premium features you’d expect to see in a flagship device, but for a fraction of the cost.

This is why we are building on the success of our popular Moto G and Moto E smartphones, expanding our value-driven proposition to bring two new devices to the UK later this summer. The devices offer more choice for the value consumer, proving no matter the price-point, a quality smartphone experience should always be your top priority.

Meet the new Moto E3

The new Moto E is a stylish, affordable 4G smartphone that gives you more than you imagined – all for less than you’d expect. It features a fast, quad-core processor for games and movies, the ever-popular AndroidTM Marshmallow operating system and advanced cameras with autofocus, so you never miss a moment or a perfect selfie. It’s also splashproof, so you can hang out by the pool or sprint to your car in the rain without worrying about any water damage.*

A brilliant 5″ HD display is protected by a built-in smudge-resistant screen protector to enable you to clearly view your videos and photos, without having to worry about those annoying fingerprint smudges. Go a full day without recharging thanks to the long-lasting 2800 mAh battery.** Think only about what you want to do – not whether or not you have enough power left to do it. And if you use up too much memory taking photos or capturing awesome videos on the 8MP rear or front-facing 5MP selfie cameras never fear – you can always add more storage with an optional microSD card.***

The Moto E3 will be available in the UK from early September from Tesco, Amazon, Argos, O2 and other selected resellers from £99 RRP.

Moto G4 Play coming to the UK

The third handset from the Moto G4 family, the Moto G Play, will now be available to purchase in the UK. The handset gives you more of what you love, like the fast, reliable performance of the

Qualcomm® Snapdragon 450 MHz quad-core processor. It’s designed to last a full day, thanks to its 2800 mAh battery. And it boosts performance by running a pure, clutter-free version of Android. The best part? You only have to spend a little for a phone you’ll love a lot.

Available from mid-August from £129 RRP, the Moto G Play can be purchased from Carphone, O2, Vodafone, Amazon, Argos, JLP and other selected resellers.


Don’t miss this amazing deal on the 32GB Nexus 5X

If you are looking for an awesome deal on the Nexus 5X, you won’t want to miss out on this offer for an unlocked 32GB version of the phone. Through its Flash section, Newegg is offering it for just $235, which is lower than we had seen it in the past. This time around you have your choice between black and white for this 5.2-inch phone.


Keep in mind, this will be one of the first phones to receive the Android Nougat update when it is made available later this year. If you want to pick one up, you only have a limited time to do so before the price goes back up. Will you be grabbing one as a new primary phone or a backup? Let us know what you think of this deal in the comments.

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