Like so many European acts that tried to make it big in the US, Nokia never really managed to crack the market in its original form. But HMD Global, the company that produces smartphones using the Nokia brand, is hoping that will change with the arrival of the Nokia 6. The company has announced that, a little later than expected, the handset will be available in America at the start of July. Unfortunately, there’s no carrier deal or other such tie-up, and instead you’ll have to purchase the device, for cash, on Amazon.
The device is a perfectly reasonable mid-range Android device, packing a 5.5-inch HD display and a body hewn from aluminium, or aluminum, now that it’s being sold in the US. Tucked inside is a Snapdragon 430, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and space for a microSD card, running Android Nougat. Imaging-wise, there’s a 16-megapixel primary camera and 8-megapixel forward-facer, although we don’t expect either to be as good as those from OG Nokia.
As for pricing, you’ll be able to snag the phone in matte black or silver for $229 at some point next month. Those able to delay their gratification a little longer will be able to pick up the phone in blue or copper at some as-yet unspecified time.
Pandora has had a busy year so far and now, there are rumors circling around co-founder and CEO Tim Westergren. According to Recode, Westergren will be stepping down from his current role. There are currently no candidates to replace him, so he’ll likely remain in the CEO slot until someone new is chosen.
In a world that’s become accustomed to on-demand music, operating as an Internet radio service has been a challenge for Pandora. Back in March, it launched Pandora Premium, a competitor for Spotify and Apple Music, that was built on the Rdio assets the company acquired. And last month, reports circulated that Pandora was looking for a buyer. A few weeks later, news broke of Sirius XM’s $480 million dollar investment in the service.
But is this rebrand and reorientation enough? It’s unclear, and that’s why it makes sense that Westergren might be stepping down. He cofounded the company 17 years ago and has been running it since 2016. Someone with a fresh perspective in the CEO role might be valuable at a time when the company is reinventing itself. We reached out to Pandora to see if they could shed some light on the topic, but they have no comment at this stage.
You no longer need an invitation to see whether or not Uptime, the YouTube social viewing app, lives up to the hype. Google incubator Area 120 has made the app accessible to anyone in the US with an iOS device — sorry, there’s still no Android version. The app has gone through a few upgrades since its debut, including a new home screen to help you discover videos, support for music videos and an option for finding friends through Facebook. Either way, the core concept remains the same: you can either watch videos ‘live’ with your friends or watch their reactions to a previous session.
While this represents a formal launch of sorts for Uptime, it’s safe to say that it remains an experiment. Google doesn’t publish Area 120 apps under its own name or otherwise put them on the same level as its official apps. With that said, we wouldn’t be shocked if some of Uptime’s shared viewing features eventually find their way into the official YouTube app.
Source: App Store
Today, the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate announced the release of a virtual training platform for active shooter incidents. The Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment, or EDGE, is a program that creates a virtual active shooter scenario through which first responders can train themselves. EDGE launches today and is free for all first responders.
The platform was built on Epic Games’ Unreal engine, which has also been used to create training programs for NASA astronauts and the US Army. The scenario that’s available now is set in a 26-story hotel in Sacramento, California and every part of the hotel is accessible to the trainee. First responders from different disciplines can train side by side and different setups can be created depending on what training lesson instructors want to focus on.
“In this day and age, it is essential that responders have every tool at their disposal to prepare for and respond to critical incidents,” William N. Bryan, Acting DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology, said in a statement, “When decisions must be made in a matter of seconds, every bit of training helps to save civilian and responder lives. EDGE harnesses the power of cutting-edge gaming and defense technology to make training accessible, engaging, and affordable to all responders — from rural volunteers to those serving our major metropolitan areas.”
A second training scenario is scheduled to be released this fall and it’s a school shooting scene — fitting in the most horrifying of ways. A video on the DHS website is available for more information on EDGE.
Source: Department of Homeland Security
In March, Google announced and launched a new iOS app called “Uptime,” which let users watch YouTube videos in real time with their friends. At the time, the app required invite codes to gain access, but now the developers have quietly expanded Uptime’s availability to everyone on the iOS App Store [Direct Link] (via TechCrunch).
Uptime’s hook is that it not only lets you watch videos simultaneously with other Uptime friends, but if you check out a video after your friend watched it then the app will keep their live reactions attached to it and play them back as you watch the video for the first time. When watching a video at the same time, users’ avatars progress around the screen in a live-tracking feature so you always know where everyone is at any moment in the clip.
Uptime launched with quite a few social networking features like friend lists, watch histories, and video sharing in feeds, and the app has further expanded in subsequent weeks with easier friend finding via Facebook, a revamped Home screen that surfaces popular videos, and support for music videos. Although finding an invite code was never particularly hard, the wide access to Uptime should now let more users interested in the app test it out with their friends.
Skype is getting in on live-watching as well, confirming earlier in June that it plans to launch a feature sometime in the future that will let Skype callers synchronize and watch streaming videos together, and those videos will begin with support directly from YouTube.
Uptime was created through Google’s internal incubator program, Area 120, which encourages employees to take 20 percent of their week to focus on independent side projects, leading to small but interesting apps like Uptime.
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Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming watchOS 3.2.3 update to developers for testing purposes, nearly two weeks after seeding the third watchOS 3.2.3 beta and more than a month after releasing watchOS 3.2.2.
Registered developers can download the fourth watchOS 3.2.3 update through the Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –> Software Update. For the beta to be installed, the Apple Watch needs to have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone.
Apple restricts watchOS betas to developers because there’s no way to downgrade software on an Apple Watch. Non-developers will need to wait for the public release to get the update.
We didn’t find any notable features or bug fixes in the first three betas of watchOS 3.2.3, suggesting the update focuses primarily on under-the-hood improvements.
watchOS 3.2.3 is likely to be one of the last updates to the watchOS 3 operating system, as Apple has shifted its focus to the next-generation version of watchOS, watchOS 4, which was introduced at the June Worldwide Developers Conference.
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Apple today seeded a revised version of the second iOS 11 beta to developers for testing. The new version has a build number of 15A304j, compared to 15A304i for the original second beta, which was released last Wednesday.
The software update appears to be available for select iPhone and iPad models. It’s unclear what revisions have been made at this point.
Registered developers can download the iOS 11 beta from Apple’s Developer Center, or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed. A public beta will be released later this month.
iOS 11 is Apple’s biggest software release ever for the iPad, with a new Dock that introduces much improved multitasking, a Files app for better managing files, improved Apple Pencil support, a revamped App Switcher, and system-wide drag and drop.
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The update also includes many features for both the iPhone and the iPad, including a redesigned and customizable Control Center, a new Lock screen that’s merged with the Notification Center. Peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments are being introduced in the Messages app, which is also gaining a new App Drawer, and there’s a new Do Not Disturb feature that is designed to help drivers stay focused on the road. Siri, Photos, the Camera app, and more are also gaining significant improvements.
ARKit for developers will result in a wide range of new augmented reality apps, while a Core ML SDK will allow apps to become a whole lot smarter.
For full details on all of the new features included in iOS 11, make sure to check out our extensive iOS 11 roundup.
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Apple today seeded a revised version of the second tvOS 11 beta to developers for testing. The new version has a build number of 15J5310h, compared to 15J5310e for the original version of second beta, which was released last Wednesday.
It’s unclear what changes have been made in the revised version, but this article will be updated if any differences are discovered.
Registered developers can download tvOS 11 by connecting the Apple TV to a computer with a USB-C cable and installing the beta software using iTunes.
tvOS 11 received little attention at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but according to the release notes, it introduces a few new features to the operating system.
tvOS 11 brings automatic switching between light and dark mode based on local time, Home screen syncing options that keep multiple Apple TVs in a household in sync, new background modes and notification support, Focus API improvements, custom sound support, network-based pairing and development support, and improvements to Mobile Device Management.
Later this year, Apple will partner with Amazon to bring an Amazon Prime Video app to the Apple TV for the first time, and in tvOS 11, AirPods are able to pair automatically with an Apple TV.
The new tvOS 11 update is only available for registered developers at the current point in time, but Apple plans to release a public tvOS 11 beta in the future.
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Everyone likes apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for free for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up while you have the chance. Here are the latest and greatest apps on sale in the iOS App Store.
These apps normally cost money and this sale lasts for a limited time only. If you go to the App Store and it says the app costs money, that means the deal has expired and you will be charged.
Uplift brings you the latest positive news, inspirational quotes, and articles on self-improvement and motivation. Featuring four different categories, the Uplift app lets you read what you need, when you need it.
These Kanji flashcards for iOS feature a convenient dictionary integration and human-quality speech synthesis to enable you to learn a new language faster.
Your contacts are the most important data in your phone, but they can easily get messy if they’re not consistently updated. Cleaner Pro easily helps you detect and merge duplicate contacts.
PhotoTangler Collage Maker is a powerful image app that instantly turns your favorite photos into beautiful collages. It allows you to blend them together in unique and creative ways.
This app will let you automatically organize your photos on calendar or map so you can view photos you took on a specific day or in a specific place.
Why waste time scrolling through exercises you can’t perform? Unlike other apps, Gymster only returns exercises you can perform based on your gym’s equipment.
One of the best parts of building your own computer is choosing a case. As the outermost part of the device, it’s the most visible, and therefore the most distinctive element of your build. It’s a good thing, then, that there’s an incredible variety of cases to choose from. We’ve selected a few of the best PC cases, with a few self-imposed limitations.
For our picks of the best enclosures below, we’re going to focus on the mid-tower form factor, which uses a standard ATX motherboard. It’s the most common choice for gaming or workstation builds, so if you’re trying to max out your Overwatch settings, it’s the right build. If you’d like something more compact, like a Micro-ITX or a media center build, most of the manufacturers offer a wide variety of enclosures — you can probably find something similar in appearance, if not in actual features.
Corsair Graphite Series 230T ($79)
We received the red, windowed version of this case with a Maingear review unit long ago, and have since used the case for a variety of test rigs and in-office gaming systems. And for good reason. Not only is the system spacious and easy to build in, but it has a fair amount of metal panels, considering the price point. That helps it carry a more premium look and feel that we notice while working in it; there’s a reason we used it in our PC building guide.
It’s available in a variety of colors, and with or without a side window, which should help those who are indecisive, or picky about their aesthetic choices. Despite Corsair listing it as “beginner friendly” on the product page, there’s plenty of room for extra drives, big GPUs, long power supplies, and fancy lighting and cooling setups. For under $100, it’s hard to ask for much else from a computer case.
NZXT S340 ($65)
NZXT has been around since 2004, but in recent years has begun to find its voice, making a name for itself among PC gaming enthusiasts with attractive cases and interesting accessories like the Puck cable management system. The S340 is a great example of case with modern sensibilities, excellent cooling and cable management opportunities, and a wide variety of colors sure to please the streaming crowd.
Beyond that, it has room for a 280MM all-in-one cooler, three internal 3.5-inch bays, two internal 2.5-inch bays, plus the full suite of expansion slots and a basement for the power supply, a perk usually reserved for high-end cases. All told, the S340 may not be the best case for fancy liquid-cooling or high-end builds, but it’s an excellent option for mid-range systems without sacrificing aesthetic appeal.
Fractal Design R5 ($120)
With a sleek appearance and an impressive variety of built-in features, not to mention a low price, the R5 from Fractal Design is a great choice for just about any system builder. It’s not as flashy as some of its contemporaries (the only full-metal piece is the aluminum front access door), but its wide configuration options make it a popular choice.
The case supports up to seven 140mm fans (two included) and an impressive amount of radiator options for water cooling, plus dampening covers for the fan slots you don’t use. It has slide-out trays for both internal hard drives, side-mounted SSD slots, dust filters for the front and bottom fans, and a quick-release system for the side panel. The R5 ranges in price from $85 to $150 based on the color (black, white, or titanium) and the optional case window.
Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 ($100)
If you’re ready to upgrade to a bigger, more capable enclosure, CoolerMaster’s MasterCase series is an excellent choice. Its modular system allows most of the body panels to be removed for easy access to all components, and dust filters are included for the front, top, and bottom fans – even the 5.25″ bays include filters.
The storage bays are separated into multiple removable racks, allowing for more interior space for cable routing if you don’t need extra drives, and SSDs can be mounted either opposite or below the motherboard. True to the company name, the case includes radiator mounting options on the front and rear, and a fully-separated bottom-mounted chamber for the power supply. The case even supports three 140mm front fans and a 280mm radiator at the same time, for extreme cooling.
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ThermalTake Core P5 ($126)
Not satisfied with the boxy, standard selection of desktop cases? Something like the ThermalTake Core P5 might be just the ticket. Its open-air design requires frequent cleaning, but in exchange your system isn’t just a computer, it’s a showpiece. The panoramic case gives everyone full view of every system component, so make sure to keep your wire runs clean and tight. It has full support for open loop liquid cooling as well, and even has VESA mounts on the back to mount the whole system to a wall.
It’s a bit limited when it comes to drive space, with just three hidden slots and one exposed slot for either 2.5 or 3.5-inch drives, but there’s plenty of room for fans and radiators in exchange. Plus, the GPU bracket allows for vertical installation, to show off that powerful new GTX 1080. It’s certainly not the right case for everyone, or people with pets, but it makes a beautiful addition to a flashy gaming PC setup.