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IFA: Samsung unveils first Ultra HD Blu-ray player

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 03 Sep 2015 22:43

IFA: Samsung unveils first Ultra HD Blu-ray player Samsung has unveiled their first Ultra HD Blu-ray player today at IFA 2015.

The players, and the standard, can provide four times the resolution of regular Blu-ray players, and up to 64 times "higher color expression" and 60fps video support.

All discs will be upscaled to UHD and will be compatible with 4K streaming services and HDR video. As is now becoming standard, dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz) is supported, and there is a USB port up front.

In addition, Samsung has promised to expand the fledgling ecosystem for 4K/Ultra HD content and will partner with Netflix, Amazon, Canal Plus and others to create and distribute more UHD content.

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Motorola unveils new series of Moto 360 smartwatches

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 03 Sep 2015 9:46

Motorola unveils new series of Moto 360 smartwatches Motorola has today announced a new series of smartwatches in Berlin at the IFA trade show. The company aims to offer a more customizable and fashionable accessory to smartwatch lovers.

As the leaks and rumors had it Moto 360 comes in different versions and in different sizes. The new, regular Moto 360 comes in two versions, for men and for women, and in two sizes: 42mm (women and men) and 46mm (men). The display has the same "empty tire" look as the first generation Moto 360. Prices start from $299 and climb up to $429. Preorders start today and the products start shipping in a couple of weeks.

The other version is Moto 360 Sports which is – obviously – a more durable and sportier looking sibling of Moto 360 with largely the same features. It does, however, add GPS for activity tracking and a fixed silicone strap that will endure elements better. There is no price yet for the sport version but it will become available later this year.




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Is Google set to unveil new Nexus phones on September 29th?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 02 Sep 2015 23:45

Is Google set to unveil new Nexus phones on September 29th? According to a new report, Google will unveil two new Nexus devices at a special event on September 29th.

If the many high-profile leaks are to be believed, Google will release a smaller mid-range Nexus device built by LG and also a high-end reference device built by Huawei.

The LG phone is expected to have a 5.2-inch screen, and the Huawei device will take a step back from the 6-inch Nexus 6 and be just 5.7 inches. Both devices will add fingerprint sensors but otherwise will not see large jumps in features.

Another guarantee is that both devices will run on Android Marshmallow. We will know more later this month.

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Netflix, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, others form new group to develop next-generation media formats, codecs

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 02 Sep 2015 23:14

Netflix, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, others form new group to develop next-generation media formats, codecs A super group consisting of Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix have created the Alliance for Open Media, a project that will develop next-generation media formats, codecs and technologies.

The Alliance has committed to a next-generation video format that will be interoperable and open; optimized for the web; scalable to any modern device at any bandwidth; designed with a low computational footprint and optimized for hardware; capable of consistent, highest-quality, real-time video delivery; and flexible for both commercial and non-commercial content, including user-generated content.

"Customer expectations for media delivery continue to grow, and fulfilling their expectations requires the concerted energy of the entire ecosystem," said Gabe Frost, the Alliance for Open Media's Executive Director. "The Alliance for Open Media brings together the leading experts in the entire video stack to work together in pursuit of open, royalty-free and interoperable solutions for the next generation of video delivery."

The next-gen format will be royalty free.

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Samsung shows off new, rounder Gear S2 smartwatch

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 02 Sep 2015 22:45

Samsung shows off new, rounder Gear S2 smartwatch Samsung has unveiled their latest smartwatch this week, the Gear S2.

Differentiating itself from other rival watches is the fact that the device has a round rotating bezel and two side buttons (home and back).

As with Samsung's other watches, the Gear S2 runs on the company's own Tizen OS and not Android Wear. It is actually unclear which devices will be compatible with the device but we should know soon.

The Gear S2 includes NFC, Wi-Fi and also e-SIM, allowing for phone calls and some other tasks even when your phone isn't around. Although specs don't matter on watches, the S2 has 360x360 resolution, a dual-core 1.0GHz processor and 4GB internal storage.

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Nu Image goes after more pirates, this time suing Popcorn Time users

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 02 Sep 2015 14:11

Nu Image goes after more pirates, this time suing Popcorn Time users Indie studio Millenium and its infamous affiliate Nu Image are now going after Popcorn Time users who allegedly viewed 2015's 'Survivor' starring Pierce Brosnan and Milla Jovovich.

The companies claim that 16 users in Oregon, U.S., were responsible for over 10,000 unauthorized downloads of the film.

Each of the 16 have been accused of downloading and distributing multiple copies of the film across the BitTorrent network. The studios also claim that the individuals are "habitual copyright infringers."

The studios are also clearly looking to settle quickly and quietly without any kind of court involved since they offered to resolve the case for the "statutory minimum in damages, in this case, $750. In a court, each defendant could be liable for up to $150,000 for infringement.

Rads the suit: "It is our belief that the transfer of data, storing of physical data locally on a hard drive and facilitation and redistribution of stolen data to others should be considered a 'physical taking' under Oregon law and we felt compelled to take this opportunity to fight back and ensure that those who choose to engage in this type of behavior face real repercussions, just as a person would if they shoplifted a DVD or other physical consumer product from a retailer."

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Amazon to allow offline viewing of streaming Prime Video content

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Sep 2015 23:43

Amazon to allow offline viewing of streaming Prime Video content In a pretty shocking move, Amazon has announced that all Prime subscribers will now have access to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing.

The feature had previously been available to Amazon Fire tablet owners but that has now been extended to Android and iOS tablets and smartphones (which encompass nearly 90 percent of all devices out there). Not all video is available but a significant portion is.

Amazon says the ability to download is as easy as just "tapping Download."

Prime membership costs $99 per year and gives subscribers free 2-day shipping on millions of items, free streaming through Amazon Prime Video with over 10,000 TV episodes and movies available and also free music streaming.

Check out the full selection here: Amazon Wherever You Go




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Sony PS4 update to add YouTube streaming support and boost storage

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Sep 2015 23:29

Sony PS4 update to add YouTube streaming support and boost storage Sony has given some insight into the upcoming PS4 firmware update version 3.00, codenamed Kenshin.

The update is currently in beta and Sony warned that some features will not make it to the final version.

A preview of the updates (via Sony):

Online storage capacity increase -- PS4 online storage capacity has increased from 1GB to 10GB for all PS Plus members. In 3.00 system software, you'll see that we added a handy usage meter to monitor your available storage capacity, and a new Auto-Upload menu has been added to Application Saved Data Management.

YouTube live -- PS4 owners will be able to live stream gameplay to YouTube. Live streams will be viewable across YouTube, including on the new YouTube Gaming mobile app and website.

Events -- A new hub for events has been added, giving an overview of activities taking place in the games you play most, as well as official broadcasts. For instance, you may see an update for a Double XP weekend, a special enemy appearing at a scheduled time, or seasonal events like in-game towns being decorated for the winter. You'll also receive notifications when the event starts, or if the timing changes.

Favorite Groups -- Favorite Groups has been added to the Friends app, letting you quickly access groups of people you like to play games with frequently. This will make the process of getting a game session up and running even easier.

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Nintendo Wii U and 3DS games now available for download via Amazon

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Sep 2015 23:07

Nintendo Wii U and 3DS games now available for download via Amazon Nintendo has begun selling digital downloads of their Wii U and 3DS games through Amazon, starting with 61 popular titles.

In addition, the company is also selling classic games that were previously available through the Nintendo Virtual Console.

To complete the order, you must go to Nintendo's storefront on Amazon, purchase a download code and then login to your Nintendo Network Account to redeem. The game is then downloaded directly to your connected device.

Nintendo fans will likely enjoy having other options to purchase their games, and rivals Sony and Microsoft have had similar offerings for years.

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Sony is crowdfunding their next smartwatch

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Sep 2015 22:39

Sony is crowdfunding their next smartwatch Sony has unveiled the new "Wena Wrist" on their own crowdfunding platform - First Flight, showing off a premium smartwatch with gorgeous looks.

Wena stands for "wear electronics naturally," and it is much different in appearance than Sony's other smartwatches.

Sony says the device is NFC wallet compatible (with Japan's Felica standard), has activity tracking, and provides notifications through vibration and customizable LED lights.

There will be two models available, "Chronograph" and "Three Hands." Chronograph will have separate dials for hours, minutes, and seconds (just like real chronos) and Three Hands will be a standard watch face. Both are 42mm displays. The watches are rated at one week per charge.

If the watches are funded, they are expected to ship in April 2016 with prices ranging from $275 to $575.

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LG unveils Watch Urbane Luxe smartwatch with 23-karat gold at $1200

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Sep 2015 22:20

LG unveils Watch Urbane Luxe smartwatch with 23-karat gold at $1200 LG has announced a new limited edition premium smartwatch, the LG Watch Urbane Luxe, in partnership with U.S. jewelry retailers REEDS.

The smartwatch is based on the Watch Urbane but has an alligator leather strap and is plated in 23-karat gold. The watch will also sell in a piano-gloss lacquer case.

Says LG: "The LG Watch Urbane Luxe will sport a deployment clasp for a fitted, elegant look that isn't bulky. Invented by Louis Cartier in 1910, the use of a deployment clasp makes this timepiece even more exclusive and unique. The alligator band itself is handcrafted at the highest level of craftsmanship, undergoing 50 separate steps in its creation, handled lovingly by 30 experienced leatherworkers. The 23-karat gold used in the LG Watch Urbane Luxe is stronger and harder than the 24-karat gold used in jewelry and heavier than the 18-karat gold used in traditional luxury watches."

There will only be 500 of the watch made, engraved with their own serial numbers. Launching in late October, the Watch Urbane Luxe will sell for $1199.99.

"Wearable devices shouldn't be thought of as an extension of one's smartphone but an extension of oneself," added Chris Yie, vice president and head of marketing communications for LG Mobile Communications Company. "This blending of craftsmanship and technology is a natural evolution of the smartwatch, which is becoming more of a lifestyle accessory than a piece of hardware. We think this is a good direction for wearables and we want to encourage this transformation."

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Here are the leaked specs for the new LG 'Nexus 5'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Sep 2015 21:43

Here are the leaked specs for the new LG 'Nexus 5' According to a new report, one of Google's upcoming Nexus phones will be built by LG, and we now have a spec sheet to go with it.

The device is rumored to have a 5.2-inch display at 1080p resolution, be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 and 3GB RAM, and will most likely be the "sub-flagship" Nexus phone built this year. Other rumors have pointed to Chinese OEM Huawei as the maker of the true Nexus flagship.

Qualcomm's 808 has two powerful A57 processing cores and four lower powered A53 cores and includes an Adreno 418 GPU, which is almost identical to the well-known Adreno 420 seen in last year's flagship devices.

Furthermore, the device is rumored to have a USB Type-C port, a 2700mAh battery and dual cameras 12.3MP/5MP.

Despite not including the crazy high-end specs we've come to expect from Nexus reference devices, the new LG Nexus will likely be priced to win.

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Google has updated their logo

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Sep 2015 14:30

Google has updated their logo Less than a month after the company shook up their corporate structure, Google has announced a new logo, the first real change to the look in over a decade.

Says Google: "So why are we doing this now? Once upon a time, Google was one destination that you reached from one device: a desktop PC. These days, people interact with Google products across many different platforms, apps and devices--sometimes all in a single day. You expect Google to help you whenever and wherever you need it, whether it's on your mobile phone, TV, watch, the dashboard in your car, and yes, even a desktop!

Today we're introducing a new logo and identity family that reflects this reality and shows you when the Google magic is working for you, even on the tiniest screens. As you'll see, we've taken the Google logo and branding, which were originally built for a single desktop browser page, and updated them for a world of seamless computing across an endless number of devices and different kinds of inputs (such as tap, type and talk).

It doesn't simply tell you that you're using Google, but also shows you how Google is working for you. For example, new elements like a colorful Google mic help you identify and interact with Google whether you're talking, tapping or typing. Meanwhile, we're bidding adieu to the little blue "g" icon and replacing it with a four-color "G" that matches the logo."

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Huawei unveils $800 Android Wear-based watch that also works with iOS

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Aug 2015 23:37

Huawei unveils $800 Android Wear-based watch that also works with iOS Huawei has unofficially revealed an $800 gold-plated Android Wear watch that will work with iOS, as well.

The company tweeted that the the device will be officially unveiled on September 2nd at IFA 2015, but Amazon already had listings for the smartwatch.

According to the listing, there will be four models of the watch, starting at $349.99 but going as high as $799.99. The basic model is stainless steel with a leather strap and the high-end model is gold-plated with a metal band. In the middle is a stainless steel black model for $449.99 and the gold plated model with a leather strap at $699.99.

Most interestingly, the listing says the watches are compatible with iOS 8.2 or later devices, potentially confirming Google's rumored move to let Android Wear work on iOS devices.

The listing has been pulled (obviously), but we will know more on September 2nd.

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Hulu takes Epix movie deal from Netflix

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Aug 2015 22:28

Hulu takes Epix movie deal from Netflix Hulu has announced today that it has inked a deal with Epix, just hours after Epix's distribution deal expired with rival streaming service Netflix.

Epix offers popular (and new) films from Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount so Netflix users will soon see titles like "Transformers" and "The Hunger Games" leaving the service.

Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed the switch will take effect on September 30. "If you want to see them on Netflix US, now is the time," he noted.

Hulu, on the other hand, is making an expensive bet that the films will get people to sign up for their service, which is also $7.99 per month. Hulu currently has about 10 million paying subscribers compared to Netflix at 65 million but Hulu does offer content that Netflix does not - new episodes of current TV shows.

"This is a landmark deal for Hulu and it marks a huge expansion for our offering of premium programming," Hulu's head of content Craig Erwich said in a statement. Hulu also boasted the films that will eventually be available thanks to the deal including "Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," "Interstellar," "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation," and "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water."

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