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Acer releases budget Windows Phone for the masses

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Mar 2015 13:22

Acer releases budget Windows Phone for the masses Acer has used MWC to announce their first Windows Phone, the budget Liquid M220.

Available in Europe for just 79 euros, the device should be able to rival Microsoft's budget Lumia devices, if at least on price.

The phone has a 4-inch display, 512MB RAM, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4GB internal storage (microSD expandable), 3G radios and dual 2MP/5MP cameras.

Outside of low price and low-end specs, Acer has looked to differentiate themselves with an interesting design. The back has a hashed look which also makes it the device easier to hold, and the sides have a metallic dotted look that breaks up the monotony.

At launch, the device will run Windows 8.1, but will be upgradeable to Windows 10 later this year when the operating system launches.

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HTC reveals Grip, their fitness tracker built with Under Armour

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Mar 2015 13:01

HTC reveals Grip, their fitness tracker built with Under Armour HTC has taken the wrapping off their first wearable device today, a fitness tracker called 'Grip' built as part of the company's partnership with Under Armour.

The GPS-enabled device will use Under Armour's 'UA Record' interface to track workouts, runs, pace and steps. There are five total sensors, excluding a heart-rate monitor. With the GPS enabled, battery life is just 5 hours, but without it should last a few days.

From the images we've seen so far, the Grip has a curved display similar to Nike's FuelBand 2 and a black exterior with a colorful (neon green in one case) interior.

"Simply put, Grip will train you as if you have a team of professional experts coaching you the entire time," said HTC CEO Peter Chou. "And it is very fun."

Compatible with both iOS and Android, the device will sell for $199 starting in April.

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Microsoft accidentally reveals two new Lumia phones coming tomorrow

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Mar 2015 11:41

Microsoft accidentally reveals two new Lumia phones coming tomorrow Microsoft has accidentally revealed that two new Lumia devices are coming at Mobile World Congress.

The software giant let the headline slip before pulling the release, stating: "Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL: keeping you prepared for anything."

It will be interesting to see how large the XL is, as there have not been any true "phablets" for Windows Phone fans.

Microsoft is expected to give us more details tomorrow about the devices and the launch of Windows 10.

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IKEA to start offering wireless charging lamps, tables

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Mar 2015 11:29

IKEA to start offering wireless charging lamps, tables IKEA, the world's largest furniture retailer, has announced a new line of furniture that integrates wireless charging.

Consumers can purchase floor, table and work lamps that each have wireless charging spots, and two night tables that have similar charging areas. If you don't want a new piece of furniture, you can get a standalone wireless charging pad.

The new furniture supports Qi, so your device may support it right out of the box but if it doesn't, IKEA is also selling wireless charging covers for the latest devices.

Starting in mid-April, the line of furniture starts at $30 in the UK and U.S.

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WhatsApp web client now available for Firefox, Opera browsers

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Mar 2015 11:04

WhatsApp web client now available for Firefox, Opera browsers WhatsApp has announced this weekend that its Web client is now available for Firefox and Opera users, a month after it launched for Google Chrome.

The Web client is an extension of the popular messaging app, showing the threads you are having yet keeping all the messages stored on your mobile device. You have to scan a QR code with your phone/tablet to sync up, and then you can reply from your computer and get desktop notifications.

WhatsApp also confirmed again that it is close to rolling out voice calls, catching up to rivals in the space.

The service recently claimed 700 million users.

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Anti-piracy group BREIN takes down Popcorn Time fan pages that didn't even host software

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Mar 2015 10:31

Anti-piracy group BREIN takes down Popcorn Time fan pages that didn't even host software Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has taken down six sites that were set up as 'fan pages' to the Popcorn Time software, despite the fact that they did not host the apps themselves.

Each of the sites now shows a notice from BREIN that using Popcorn Time is illegal and that the sites all reached financial settlements before being shut down.

BREIN named four of the six of the sites -- PopcornTime.nl, Popcorn-Time.eu, Popcorn-Time.info and PopcornTimeFilms.nl, all of which are now non-operational.

Reads the message (translated):

This site has been removed by the BREIN foundation for propagating Popcorn Time Software.

Popcorn Time encourages illegal use and uses an illegal online supply of films and television series.

WARNING: Popcorn Time software uses peer-to-peer (P2P) technology allowing users to both up and download. Streaming, uploading and downloading of illegal content is prohibited by law and will therefore result in liability for the damages caused.

NOTE: Uploading is illegal and causes greater damage than a single download.

SUPPORT CREATIVITY: Go to Thecontentmap.nl and see where you can legally download and stream.


The move backs sense for a group like BREIN, although the sites did not host the software itself and none were all too popular.

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Huawei has a new luxury Android Wear smartwatch coming, and it looks great

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 22:25

Huawei has a new luxury Android Wear smartwatch coming, and it looks great Ahead of an official unveiling tomorrow, Chinese tech OEM Huawei has shown off their new Huawei Watch, an incredibly sleek and appealing Android Wear powered device.

The trailer video does not reveal any specs, but that should be settled tomorrow at Mobile World Congress.

From the video we can see the watch has a 42mm circular face with sapphire display and a stainless steel unibody case.

There are three finishes; silver, black and gold and a host of bands. There are quite a few watch faces designed for launch, and some look quite beautiful.

Finally, the watch has a heart-rate monitor and pedometer for fitness tracking.

Check out some photos and the video here:

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Dark and gritty 'Power Rangers' fan film returns to YouTube, Vimeo following deal with Saban

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 21:21

Dark and gritty 'Power Rangers' fan film returns to YouTube, Vimeo following deal with Saban Earlier this week, producer Adi Shankar and director Joseph Kahn released a dark and gritty fan film for the classic kids TV series 'Power Rangers,' dubbing the short Power/Rangers.

The film quickly reached nearly 12 million views on YouTube alone before rightsholder Haim Saban took the videos offline across the Web.

Back online now thanks to a deal with Saban, the videos have lengthy disclaimers that the movie is 100% fan film and with no affiliation to the real deal.

On Vimeo, Kahn wrote: "Deboot of the Power Rangers. My take on the FAN FILM. Not a pilot, not a series, not for profit, strictly for exhibition. This is a bootleg experiment not affiliated or endorsed by Saban Entertainment or Lionsgate nor is it selling any product. I claim no rights to any of the characters (don't send me any money, not kickstarted, this film is free). This is the NSFW version. An alternate safe version is on youtube."

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U.S. DOJ indicts man on hacking charges, identity theft for stealing pre-release films back in 2010

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 20:57

U.S. DOJ indicts man on hacking charges, identity theft for stealing pre-release films back in 2010 The U.S. DOJ has indicted 28-year-old Dutchman Joey Vogelaar, accusing the man of stealing digital copies of "How Do You Know," "Rango" and "Megamind" back in 2010 before they were released in theaters.

Vogelaar, who went by the nicknames 'TyPeR' and 'neXus,' accessed the computers of the production company behind the films by using an employee's login credentials although it is unclear how he gained access to said credentials.

The alleged thief has been charged with computer hacking and identity theft, but not with copyright infringement which is curious given that Hollywood is involved. The charges, if he is extradited to the U.S., have a max sentence of seven years total.

Source:
Ernesto




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PayPal shuts down Mega's account, kills its payment processing

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 20:19

PayPal shuts down Mega's account, kills its payment processing Succumbing to political pressures, PayPal has shut down the account of Kim Dotcom's Mega file sharing service.

Reportedly, the pressure came from U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, who was a proponent of SOPA and went directly to Visa and MasterCard who then pressured PayPal.

The move is a huge blow to Mega's business, as PayPal was handling payment processing for the site and its users.

"It is very disappointing to say the least. PayPal has been under huge pressure," Mega CEO Graham Gaylard said in an interview. "MEGA provided extensive statistics and other evidence showing that MEGA's business is legitimate and legally compliant. After discussions that appeared to satisfy PayPal's queries, MEGA authorised PayPal to share that material with Visa and MasterCard. Eventually PayPal made a non-negotiable decision to immediately terminate services to MEGA."

Shockingly, Mega's top-of-the-line encryption seems to have been the tipping point. "MEGA has demonstrated that it is as compliant with its legal obligations as USA cloud storage services operated by Google, Microsoft, Apple, Dropbox, Box, Spideroak etc, but PayPal has advised that MEGA's 'unique encryption model' presents an insurmountable difficulty," Mega added.

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Chinese companies take down 60,000 accounts with vulgar, sexual or inappropriate usernames and avatars

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 19:45

Chinese companies take down 60,000 accounts with vulgar, sexual or inappropriate usernames and avatars Some of China's largest companies have already begun taking down accounts that do not conform to the new standards set forth by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC).

Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu and Weibo have taken down 60,000 accounts that had inappropriate, vulgar or sexual usernames and avatars. Some were misleading and others were considered 'harmful.'

Weibo reportedly kicked 5500 accounts for promoting terrorism and Tencent deleted accounts that promoted gambling and firearms.

Most likely, some of the accounts were deleted because they did not have the user's real name attacked, a new rule from the Chinese government for all accounts.

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Dropbox teams up with Vodafone to give cloud storage access to 400 million wireless customers

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 18:52

Dropbox teams up with Vodafone to give cloud storage access to 400 million wireless customers Dropbox has announced a partnership with the world's largest carrier, Vodafone, in an attempt to jumpstart international growth.

The company hopes that the deal could give Dropbox tens of millions of new international users, an area where it would like to continue to see large growth.

Beginning next month, some of Vodafone's customers will automatically see Dropbox as the default service to back up and sync their content on their Android devices. If you don't have an account, you will need to sign up for a new one, flush with 25GB of free storage space.

Dropbox currently has 300 million users and international customers account for 70 percent of that figure.

Over time, Vodafone will pre-install Dropbox on all new Android handsets sold and will also promote the service for Apple iPhone buyers.

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Star Wars saga gets the Lego treatment with special mini-series

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 18:19

Star Wars saga gets the Lego treatment with special mini-series Disney XD has picked up the 'Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales' mini-series, five 22-minute episodes that will retell the first 6 movies in the series with Lego protagonists.

The series will air later this year, concluding before the hotly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens blockbuster opens worldwide on December 18th.

According to the writers, the original and prequel movies will be retold through the eyes of popular droids C-3PO and R2-D2. The droids have been kidnapped after the events of Return of the Jedi, leading them to tell their story of what happened, from the very beginning.

There was little other details, but Star Wars and Lego fans should be very excited.

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Verizon could be finally getting the Nexus 6

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 15:05

Verizon could be finally getting the Nexus 6 Three months after T-Mobile users got their hands on the Google reference device, Verizon subscribers may finally be on the verging of getting the Nexus 6 themselves.

Thanks to leaked in-store marketing materials and a promo video leaked accidentally by Verizon, it appears the Nexus 6 could be headed to the U.S.' largest carrier on March 11th.

At launch, the phone will have VoLTE and Lollipop 5.1 but no other noticeable differences.

Check out our review here: Review: The Massive Nexus 6 is the Perfect Device for Android Lollipop

Source:
Phandroid




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Swatch unveils first smartwatch/fitness tracker, marketed for volleyball players

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 14:20

Swatch unveils first smartwatch/fitness tracker, marketed for volleyball players Popular Swiss watch maker Swatch has introduced its first smartwatch today: The Swatch Touch Zero One.

The company had announced last month that their first smartwatch was coming, but what we are seeing is different than what most expected. The watch is being marketed to beach volleyball players, and many of the features of the watch itself for created with volleyball in mind.

For your money, you get a curved touchscreen, built-in backlight, tap and swipe gesture controls and Beach Volleyball functions like a step counter, a "power hit" counter and "power clap" counter. The watch will be able to differentiate between attack hits, low hits, high hits and 'high fives.' The Power Hit counter will rate the hit on a scale of 1 to 100, with professionals likely to see 80s or higher.

The watch syncs with your Android and iOS phone, acting as a fitness tracker not unlike other watches and bands like the Fitbit.

Unlike other current smartwatches, the battery will last for "months," says the company. If accurate, that would be a huge selling point. Keep in mind that it is unclear whether the watch uses Bluetooth or NFC, and whether it can sync texts, phone calls and other notifications.

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