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More alleged specs for the OnePlus Two leak

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 May 2015 22:20

More alleged specs for the OnePlus Two leak Following last week's leaked benchmarks, we have more alleged specs of the upcoming OnePlus Two.

According to the new report, the new device will feature a Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC with Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB of RAM and dual 13MP/5MP cameras.

So far, the specs do not seem too out of the ordinary, although it is surprising that OnePlus went with an HD display rather than the more common high-end QHD displays.

The second-generation flagship is set to go on sale in a few months with an expected price around $400 USD.

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Report: Apple has sold 2.5 million smartwatches so far

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 May 2015 21:48

Report: Apple has sold 2.5 million smartwatches so far According to Slice Intelligence, Apple has sold 2.5 million smartwatches, to date, but demand has already slowed significantly.

The firm studies consumer spending in the U.S., and it has taken a stab at the fledgling smartwatch industry.

Half of the sales came in the first 24 hours of availability, and since then orders have averaged under 30,000 per day.

Although demand has slowed, 30,000 daily sales means Apple could move 11 million units in its first year of sales, a strong number when the average sales price for the watch is around $400.

Unfortunately, we may not know exact sales of the Watch, even from Apple, as the company will dump the Watch sales in its "other" sales category that includes iPods and accessories like Lightning cables.

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Iron Man edition Galaxy S6 Edge confirmed for next week

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 May 2015 21:42

Iron Man edition Galaxy S6 Edge confirmed for next week Just a few days after Samsung teased the device, the company has confirmed that the Iron Man Edition Galaxy S6 Edge is coming next week.

The second teaser image shows a little bit more of the smartphone, which appears to be red on the back plate with an Iron Man decal.

Outside of the colors and the decal, the device is expected to also include some Marvel apps and potentially videos.

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Report: Android M will add native fingerprint authentication

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 May 2015 20:50

Report: Android M will add native fingerprint authentication According to a new report, Google's upcoming Android M will include native fingerprint authentication.

The new feature will work similar to Apple's Touch ID but will also allow you to login to supported apps without the need to enter a password.

Just like existing fingerprint readers, the authentication will let you unlock your device and make purchases when browsing the Google Play Store.

Google's developer conference, I/O, is next week and the search giant is widely expected to introduce all of Android M's features.

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Video: LEGO Dimensions brings back Christopher Lloyd

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2015 17:37

Video: LEGO Dimensions brings back Christopher Lloyd LEGO has released another trailer for its upcoming "LEGO Dimensions" video game, and this time it features Christopher Lloyd.

The game will integrate the DC comics universe, Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future and plenty more.

In the trailer, Lloyd creates a portal to the LEGO world and remains in LEGO form.

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Oculus sends out invites to special event on June 11th

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2015 15:30

Oculus sends out invites to special event on June 11th Oculus VR has sent out press invites to a special event on June 11th, with more information about next year's consumer headset likely to be unveiled.

The company also announced that pre-orders for the consumer launch would begin later this year, so there is a good chance we will get a better look into the hardware specs of the device.

Earlier this month the company finally confirmed the release of the consumer model, which will follow a couple of developer models.

Oculus also released the minimum specs for your VR headset to ensure everything runs properly including an Intel i5-4590, a GeForce GTX 970 and 8GB RAM.





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Can we expect a PS4 price drop this year?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2015 14:37

Can we expect a PS4 price drop this year? Thanks to some sharp eyes over at WholesomeGamer, we now have the rumor that Sony may be preparing to drop the price of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

On Sony's official retail loyalty site, there is a promotion running that will allow members to win prizes, and snuck in the fine print are the listed ARV (average retail value) of each prize.

The PS Vita is listed with an ARV of just $89 for the promotion and the PS4 is valued at $349. Those prizes are nice discounts from the current retail price of $200 for the Vita and $400 for the PS4.

While the price cuts would not be all too unexpected, and the documents could just be mistakes, but there is a possibility that Sony will cut later this year following the unexpected sales win by the Xbox One in April.





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Huawei launches tiny LiteOS to power Internet of Things devices

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2015 14:07

Huawei launches tiny LiteOS to power Internet of Things devices Major Chinese infrastructure maker Huawei is readying an operating system for Internet of Things devices that is just 10 kilobytes large.

'LiteOS' is the "lightest" software of its kind, says the company, and it will be used to power a large range of smart devices.

The company says it believe that "by 2025, a total of 100 billion connections will be generated globally and two million new sensors will be deployed every hour" but that current networks cannot support such growth.

"Huawei believes that standardizing ICT infrastructure will foster the development of Internet applications, including IoT applications. To address this, Huawei is launching our IoT OS, LiteOS," said Mr. William Xu, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Huawei.

LiteOS will be available to all developers, meaning IoT products could launch in the future built around the tiny OS.

In speaking about the operating system, the company says "LiteOS is the world's most lightweight IoT OS. It is small in size at 10KB and supports zero configuration, auto-discovery, and auto-networking. It can be widely applied to different areas including smart homes, wearable, connected vehicles and other industries. The LiteOS helps to simplify the development of smart hardware to enhance IoT connectivity."

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Video: 'Need For Speed' is making a comeback later this year

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2015 13:45

Video: 'Need For Speed' is making a comeback later this year EA has published a teaser trailer for this year's reboot of the popular Need For Speed racing series.

The game will be called 'Need for Speed' taking the series back to its basics after years of sequels and spin-offs.

"Need for Speed returns in Fall 2015 to PS4, Xbox One and PC in an action driving experience that unites the culture of speed. The new NFS game will feature deep customization, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative that pulls you through the game,"
reads the bio for the trailer.

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LG unveils prototype of OLED panel that is less than 1mm thick

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2015 13:08

LG unveils prototype of OLED panel that is less than 1mm thick LG Display has unveiled a "wallpaper" OLED panel this week, so thin that it can stick to a wall with just a magnetic mat.

The 55-inch panel is just 0.97mm thick and weighs only 4 pounds, making it easily the lightest and thinnest display out there. LG's current 55-inch OLED panels are "fat" in comparison at 4.3mm thick.

Yeo Sang-deog, the head of LG Display's OLED division, says the company will continue to develop OLED as a primary drivers of revenue and growth. "We should be able to supply a satisfactory volume to our clients from July or August, which means we're hoping to buckle down production as well as promotion from the third quarter," he said.

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Asus' Vivowatch is now shipping in Europe

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2015 12:49

Asus' Vivowatch is now shipping in Europe Asus' Vivowatch smartwatch has begun shipping in Europe, a month after launching in the U.S.

The fitness watch has a 10-day battery life, a built-in heart rate sensor and features a 'Happiness Index' that bases how happy you are based on the amount of exercise and the quality of your sleep. In addition, there is a motion detector and a UV light sensor and the watch is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

Vivowatches don't run on Android Wear like most smartwatches, however, instead running a proprietary OS on a monochrome 128x128 pixel screen leading to the extended battery life.

This week, Asus has begun shipping the fitness watch in Europe, priced at 149 euros, significantly cheaper than higher end rivals like the Apple Watch or LG Watch Urbane.

Check out the watch here.





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Did Apple out a new iPhone 5c with Touch ID?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2015 12:20

Did Apple out a new iPhone 5c with Touch ID? Upon launch of the company's new iPhone Lightning Dock, it appears that Apple may have outed a new, updated iPhone 5c with Touch ID.

There have been rumors that Apple has been looking to update the 5c to closer match the iPhone 6 design, but there has been little official confirmation.

The image of the 5c posted with the dock shows an iPhone with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a thinner design that did indeed resemble the iPhone 6.

As of writing, Apple has removed the image.

Check out the dock here: iPhone Lightning Dock





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Gene Munster throws in the towel on an Apple television set after six years

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2015 11:50

Gene Munster throws in the towel on an Apple television set after six years After six years of predicting an Apple television is coming, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has finally thrown in the towel.

The analyst had confidently predicted an Apple TV set (not the set-top) every year since 2009, but it is clear one is not coming.

A recent Wall Street Journal report claims Apple considered launching its own TV plenty of times, but dropped the plans for good in 2014.

Munster sent a new note to clients titled "Facing The Reality of No Apple Television."

"Given how adamant we have been about the reality of an Apple television, it's hard to accept the reality of no Apple television," said Munster. "Our latest thinking prior to this story was that Apple would launch a television in 2016. Based on this report, we no longer expect a television to launch indefinitely."





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Sony offering big discounts on over five hundred TV episodes and games

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2015 11:06

Sony offering big discounts on over five hundred TV episodes and games Sony has announced an "Extended Play Sale" offering hundreds of TV episodes and games at discounts up to 60 percent.

Some of the titles are deluxe editions (game + season pass) and others are just season passes.

On the TV side, there are full catalog seasons available and seasons passes for current seasons that allow you to binge the episodes while they are still on TV including popular shows like Gotham, Arrow and The Flash.

The sale is good through Monday, May 25th. If you are a PlayStation Plus member, the discounts are extended to up to 80 percent off.

Check out the huge list of sales items here: Sony





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China to spend over $180 billion to boost Internet speeds in coming years

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 May 2015 21:39

China to spend over $180 billion to boost Internet speeds in coming years The Chinese State Council has said today that the government will invest $182 billion to boost Internet speeds in the world's most populous nation by 2017.

This year alone, the government will invest 430 billion yuan ($69.3 billion) on network construction.

Overall, the goal is to jumpstart development of fiber optic broadband and mobile 4G networks in a country that currently ranks 82nd in the world in average Internet speeds.

Chinese premier Li Keqiang says the Interner and technology are "vital catalysts" for the country's shift to a services-oriented economy.

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