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YouTube Gaming v1.1 Promises Background & Offline Playback, Cardboard Support, And Battletoads [APK Teardown]

Posted: 17 Oct 2015 01:50 PM PDT

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Not everybody is into live streaming gameplay, but for those that are, and particularly those that play a lot of games on Android, this week's update for YouTube Gaming was a pretty big deal. It brought much-needed support for recording and live broadcasting your screen directly to YouTube. While the update is significant for the features we now have, it also happens to include some signs for a few more things we can expect in the future.

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YouTube Gaming v1.1 Promises Background & Offline Playback, Cardboard Support, And Battletoads [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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HTC's New 'Restore' App Is Only For Android 6.0 Devices (Which HTC Doesn't Have Yet)

Posted: 17 Oct 2015 11:20 AM PDT

image (6)HTC has promised to reveal and Android 6.0-powered device on October 20th, and that event is just around the corner next Tuesday. But the company hasn't released any upgrades for its current devices just yet (not that anyone really expected them to at this point). Despite that, HTC just released a new app on the Play Store, HTC Restore, which is only compatible with Marshmallow HTC phones. All none of them.

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HTC's New 'Restore' App Is Only For Android 6.0 Devices (Which HTC Doesn't Have Yet) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Trinity Audio Delta earphone review

Posted: 17 Oct 2015 09:08 AM PDT

When you see something like swappable filters in a pair of earphones, you can't help but be intrigued. The Trinity Audio Delta is a pretty high-end product, made of aluminum and featuring swappable filters that can change the tone of your audio to fit your preference. I couldn't help but be excited to give them a shot.

Overview

Drivers: 8mm neodymium
Impedance: 16Ohm
Sensitivity: 110 +/- 3DB
Frequency response: 19 – 21000HZ
Cable length: 1.2 meters
Price: £90.00 ($138.00)
Where to buy: Trinity Audio

The Delta earphones feature aluminum casings, making them strong yet lightweight. Trinity Audio also claims aluminum is better for audio than plastic. The wires come out at an angle, each with a color coded L or R cover.

The two wires meet at an aluminum piece that looks like it's milled, but extends a braided cord to the plug at the end, which is also made out of aluminum. It has a spring at the cable end to prevent tearing.

Build quality

Trinity Audio Delta 3

The way these earphones are built is outstanding. I couldn't give them enough praise. Everything is made out of aluminum and feels absolutely excellent while also being lightweight. The plug has a milled feel to it for added grip and texture, and the spring that protects the cable at the end is a brilliant addition that just adds to the quality.

The braided cable deserves endless praise. It looks and feels incredible and adds to the luxury feel of these earphones. It also pretty much untangles itself. After being scrunched up, just holding them out makes them unravel neatly. It's also very flexible, so it doesn't get in your way or pull at your ears.

The actual casings are well made, and all the filters fit well and have fairly large threads that don't seem like they'll strip. The tips are a tight fit (sometimes even too tight), so they won't be falling out.

Really, I can't say enough about the amazing attention to detail and build quality.

Audio quality

With the Trinity Audio Delta earphones, audio quality is a very mixed bag for a person like me. Let me get this out of the way: I'm very picky in terms of audio. I like balanced sound, where each element of a song is clear and doesn't overpower the rest. That's not always easy to achieve.

These earphones, no matter the filter you use, are not all that balanced. The highs dominate the rest of the sound, even with the bass filter, which I've grown to prefer. It brings the lows and mids closer to the level of the highs. The other filters just sound too bright for my taste.

That being said, the drivers are excellent and produce very clear audio. The highs and mids are crystal clear, with no distortion even at pretty high volumes. The bass isn't strong by any means, but it's pleasant and far from absent.

Overall, with the bass filters installed, these earphones sound pretty fantastic. Everything is crystal clear and the details of complicated music shine. Most people will be thrilled with the quality. I just wish the highs were toned down a little (which you can do yourself with an equalizer).

Comfort

Trinity Audio tried really hard to get these earphones to fit pretty much everyone. The box features seven different pairs of ear tips; four regular, two foam, and one double seal. I was surprised to see such a variety, but that's awesome.

That being said, these earphones didn't fit me so well. The double seal tips were the only ones that kept the earphones in my ears. I have weird ears and I'm not afraid to say it, so take my fitment issues with a grain of salt. I've asked a few other people for their opinions and they said the earphones fit great and are very comfortable.

Many earphones simply don't fit me at all and fall out constantly, so these are already better than 99% of in-ear buds. And others have loved them, so I give them props in comfort.

Extras

Trinity Audio Delta 2

These earphones have some nice features going for them. The case is triangular and really nice. Included is a right angle adapter made from the same aluminum as the plug, and it feels amazing (and is just a nice touch in general). The filters are all aluminum and color coded (dark gray is for bass, purple is balanced, and silver is treble) and come in a beautiful matching aluminum tube with a screw on cap. The case features a little pocket to hold these accessories.

While I got the pair with no microphone and remote, Trinity Audio does offer a version with those features.

Trinity Audio Delta9 / 10

Trinity Audio Delta 1

They may not be the best sounding, perfectly balanced earphones, but they're amazing in every other way. The build quality is absolutely superb, the feature set is great, the swappable filters are a neat feature, and the price is pretty fair.

These earphones also sound great. The highs are prominent and very clear, the bass is decent and not overbearing, and the mids are audible and enjoyable. The balance could use work, but overall they sound fairly premium.

If you've been looking for some premium earphones that look great and will last a long time, I think these are an amazing choice.


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Nexus 6P To Cost $199 On Contract With Rogers

Posted: 16 Oct 2015 09:38 PM PDT

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For those of you who want to purchase Google's latest flagship smartphone through Rogers, this post is for you.

Rogers has just put up their product page for the Nexus 6P showing the phone, specs and finally the on-contract price. It will cost $199.99 on a 2-year contract or the usual $699.99 price outright. If you're buying it outright anyway, I think you should get it directly from Google instead as this would allow you to take advantage of their RMA service.

The phone's launch date has been delayed to November 2nd on both Bell and Rogers following supply shortages causing Google to take it down from their own store for Canadians as well.

[Rogers]

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Blackberry Releases Its First Priv Promo

Posted: 16 Oct 2015 06:23 PM PDT

The Blackberry Priv is just around the corner and we now have our first official promotional video from the Canadian company.  In the short clip Blackberry shows off their little addition to our favourite OS.

As you can see, Blackberry has tucked away a shortcut to their key feature, Blackberry Hub, into the on screen home button.  A quick swipe up from the home button gets you to the Hub which collates all of your messages and notifications.  Seems like a good solution as I'm not too sure that they're able to implement their "peek" feature into Android.

Another neat little trick that the video showcases is the swipe up input on the keyboard.  In addition to being a physical keyboard, the Priv keyboard also acts as a touch pad which, in addition to the swipe up feature, allows you to scroll without touching the screen.

Still not firm release date but I'm sure we'll be hearing something very soon.

[YouTube]

Blackberry Releases Its First Priv Promo is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Bell Adds The Silver Titanium Galaxy Note 5 To Their Line Up

Posted: 16 Oct 2015 06:23 PM PDT

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Silver

 

When the Galaxy Note 5 launched here in Canada, it as only available in one colour and one size, 32GB Black Sapphire.  While we still don't have any additional storage options, one carrier has at least added another colour option.

The Silver Titanium Galaxy Note 5 is now available at Bell for $359.99 on a 2-year term or $849.99 outright.  Besides the colour, everything else is the same as the Black Sapphire.  That means you get a beautiful 5.7″ QHD SuperAMOLED display powered by an Exynos 7420 and 4GB of RAM.  A fantastic 16MP handles your pictures while a 5MP shooter handles your selfies.  The 32GB of non expandable storage is a bit of a bummer but at the very least it's more than a certain fruit company offers on their base model.

Hopefully Samsung brings a couple more colours and SIZES to our lovely country soon as well!

[Bell]

Bell Adds The Silver Titanium Galaxy Note 5 To Their Line Up is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Play Store v5.10: Support For Books Listed By Series, More Visible App Sizes, And More [APK Teardown]

Posted: 16 Oct 2015 03:41 PM PDT

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Yesterday brought a brand new update to the Play Store, bringing the version up to 5.10.29. There are some new UI elements, even if most of us aren't allowed to see them yet, and we can now copy text from the what's new and description sections. Naturally, Google included a few hidden tricks and treats just waiting to be discovered. We can expect to see books organized by series, apps described with size, and some friendlier welcome and exploration messages.

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Play Store v5.10: Support For Books Listed By Series, More Visible App Sizes, And More [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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