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Security push could make New York a smartphone-free zone

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 02:38 PM PST

iPhone models by Dariusz SankowskiHave you heard the one about the phone encryption bill in New York that will fine retailers $2,500 for each cell phone they sell that can't be decrypted? That set-up is its own punchline. This bill is a terrible idea. The proposed law has been around since June and is getting another go now that

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Netflix Will Block Proxies That Let Users Access Movies And TV Shows Not Available In Their Home Countries

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 01:44 PM PST

image (5)Netflix is one of those American services that people in other countries are intensely jealous of if they can't get it. And with such a wide variety of TV shows (and at least a few dozen movies, too) for a few bucks a month, who could blame them? But now that Netlfix has expanded to literally hundreds of new countries and territories, there's no need to look longingly at the US anymore...

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Montar Air Qi Car Mount with fast wireless charging review

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 12:48 PM PST

Wireless charging is about convenience and nothing else. It's about not having to find the charging cable and not having to make sure you're plugging the cable in the right way (though USB Type-C does solve this). It's about your mobile device having its own little happy place on your desk or in your car where it lives and gets charged cable-free.

Wireless charging isn't fast, it's not cheap, and not many phones have the feature built-in. There are ways to make your phone wireless charging capable, but that may ruin the convenience of the experience in the first place. So what I'm trying to say is, wireless charging isn't for everyone. But I love it and I want more of it.

I've reviewed one other Qi wireless charging car mount here on Android and Me, the TYLT VU Wireless Charging Car Mount. When I first reviewed it, I wasn't terribly excited about the in-car wireless charging experience, but that changed when I changed devices. The experience changed so much that I wrote a follow-up review. Today I'm reviewing another in-car wireless charging device, the Montar Air Qi Car Mount by WinnerGear, the same company that introduced the world to reversible micro-USB. Spoiler alert: I like the Montar Air better than the TYLT unit in almost every way.

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The Device

The Montar Air has a pretty standard car mount design with a suction cup base (apparently their suction cup technology is patented) that you can stick wherever you want. It comes with a 3M film that you can tape anywhere in your car, and the base will suction nicely to it the off chance that you don't already have an ideal surface to stick it to. It has a mount that swivels and has grips to squeeze your mobile device — displays up to 6 inches are supported — and hold it tightly in place. The Montar Air also has adjustable feet so you can easily position your phone in the right place to wirelessly charge. The mount uses a micro-USB cable to power the Qi wireless charger.

Here's what I like about the Montar Air compared to the TYLT VU:

  • The size. The Montar Air is a bit less bulky than the TYLT VU and takes up less space in your windshield. That space could be useful.
  • It grips better and easier. It's easier to get a good grip on your device with the Montar Air than it is with the TYLT VU. My device has slipped out of the TYLT VU on occasion, but I have no concerns with that happening when I use the Montar Air.
  • The release mechanism is faster. For some odd reason, the TYLT VU has a slow release mechanism so you need to wait (probably only a second) to pull your device out. The Montar Air release just pops open.
  • The Montar Air uses microUSB to power the Qi charger, but the TYLT VU doesn't. So if your friend's Android phone isn't as cool as yours and doesn't have wirless charging, they're not out of luck; just unplug the Montar Air and charge away. The Montar Air feet even have a gap in them so devices can easily receive wired power. With the TYLT VU, you'd need a seperate microUSB cable to help your friend out.
  • 2 Amp fast charging. The Montar Air is compatible with all Qi-supported devices, but the Montar Air also supports fast wireless charging. So if you're lucky enough to have one of the few currently supported fast wireless charging devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ or Note 5, this could be the bees knees for you.

I like the Montar Air over the TYLT VU car mount in almost every respect. The one feature that I do prefer on the TYLT VU charger is the charging adapter. The Montar Air's adapter looks like a cheap $0.99 eBay special car charger. It also lights up with a fairly bright blue light that I wish was a little more dim. Meanwhile, the TYLT's charger has a clean, crisp design with a built-in USB port so that you can still charge your friend's device as long as you have a cable with you. Everything else about the Montar Air's design is great, but the charger seems a bit out of place and feels like an afterthought. That said, the Montar Air does use microUSB, so you might be able to replace the charging adapter with a different microUSB car charger, but I don't know how that will affect the charging speeds.

The Numbers

How does the Montar Air stack up against the TYLT VU in regards to charging performance? Again, the Montar Air supports fast wireless charging, but I was not able to test it because I do not have a fast charging capable device in hand. However, we can still compare how it performs on my Nexus 6 with the TYLT VU with standard wireless charging in the car.

Montar Air dataAs you can see in the plot to the right, there are two different times of the day when I use my car charger: on my commutes to and from work. It's been dark in the mornings, so I use Google Maps (so the display is always on), and I've been streaming audio books. On the commute home it's bright out (so screen auto-brightness is up and Google Maps is in day mode), I have Google Maps running, and I'm typically on the phone. Going to work, the TYLT managed to charge my phone at a rate of 0.05% per minute, while the Montar Air only managed to help my Nexus 6 discharge less slowly at -0.11% per minute (yes, it's discharging while being charged). On the commute home, the TYLT once again barely won with a discharge rate of -0.15% versus -0.21% per minute on the Montar Air.

So the TYLT VU barely ekes out a win with charging performance versus the Montar Air. As a disclaimer, these values are not averages over several different tests, but single tests. So the results maybe be different on different days and the performance of the TYLT VU and Montar Air may not be statistically different. What this test really demonstrates is how lame the current generation of wireless charging hardware is. If you plan to use your phone while you're in the car, don't count on your phone gaining much charge much. More likely is that your phone will discharge less slowly than it would if you weren't using a charger at all. Your experience may vary depending on your device and how you use it in the car.

Additionally, as previously stated, the Montar Air is fast wireless charging capable. So if you have a compatible device, your experience may be vastly improved over mine.

If you want to see what kind of charging rates wired chargers can get you under the same conditions, check out this review.

The Bottom Line

Wireless charging is about convenience. Therefore, even though my Nexus 6 still loses charge while wirelessly charging during my commutes, I'm not trading the wireless charger out for a wired one. I'll keep a wired charger around for if I need it, but I rarely do. And if you're wondering, I'm planning on sticking with the Montar Air over the TYLT VU. I just like the Montar Air a bit better, and the performance difference really isn't significant.

The Montar Air can be picked up at winnergear.com for the price of $79.99. This is the exact same price that TYLT is offering their VU Wireless Charging Car Mount for. There are cheaper wireless charging car mounts out there, but we haven't had the opportunity to review them. I'm definitely impressed with the design and functionality of the Montar Air, and it does come with a two-year warranty. I would recommend it if you're in the market for a wireless charging car mount.

What are your thoughts on wireless chargers? And more specifically wireless charging in the car? Be sure to let us know if you have any questions about the Montar Air commenting below.

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Sony announces US availability for the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 12:48 PM PST

Sony recently introduced the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, but the company remained mum on the details of a US launch. That changes today, with Sony announcing both US pricing and availability for the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact. Both phones will be launching on February 7, with the Xperia Z5 priced at $599 and the Z5 Compact priced at $499.

The phones are remarkably similar in specs, with the only changes being in the display, battery and RAM. As a refresher, the Xperia Z5 features a 5.2-inch 1080p TriLuminos display, 3GB of RAM, 2900mAh battery and 23-megapixel rear camera with an Exmor RS sensor and an autofocus speed of just 0.03 seconds. The Xperia Z5 Compact features the same camera, a 4.6-inch 720p TriLuminos display, 2GB of RAM and a 2700mAh battery. Both devices also feature IP65/IP68 dust resistance and waterproofing.

So there you have it, the details on how US customers can get their hands on Sony's new devices. Are you planning to purchase the Xperia Z5 or Xperia Z5 Compact?

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Sony Mobile Communications ("Sony Mobile") is excited to announce that Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact will be available unlocked in the United States starting February 7, 2016. Both smartphones can be purchased on Amazon, Best Buy and other participating retailers such as B&H for $599.99 and $499.99, respectively, and will support GSM networks.

Xperia Z5 keeps up with today's fast-paced lives so that users never miss a moment. Featuring the world's fastest autofocus*, the 23 megapixel camera with Exmor RS™ allows users to capture all of the action as it happens—delivering a ground-breaking speed of just 0.03 seconds—from snapping blink-of-an-eye shots of friends to catching once-in-a-lifetime moments in stunning clarity.

You won't miss a second of your gaming action with PS4™ Remote Play, which allows users to seamlessly continue playing PlayStation games on Xperia Z5 via Wi-Fi. Hi-Res Audio means you hear every nuance of your favorite songs, and the waterproof and dust-tight** design keeps up with your active lifestyle through rain or shine. All of this combined with a long-lasting, high-performance battery, is a smartphone that brings together the best of Sony's expertise.

For those who prefer a compact smartphone, Xperia Z5 Compact brings the same great camera technology, PS4™ Remote Play and features in a pocket-friendly compact device.

Purchase of Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact includes an additional unique entertainment offer. Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact owners will receive three great movies to download, including Sony Pictures' "The Walk" and "Hotel Transylvania 2."

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Perspective-Correcting Image Editor SKRWT Comes To Android

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 12:29 PM PST

11There are a lot of image editing apps on Android, and they all have mostly the same feature set. SKRWT offers something different that you might not realize you needed—and maybe you still don't. I'm torn on that, but the lens correction features in SKRWT have a lot of people excited.

You might occasionally notice that photos you take on your phone end up slightly distorted (because of the short focal length).

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Galaxy S7 concept is shiny, smooth, and weird

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 12:19 PM PST

Galaxy S7 concept CurvedWe don't know yet what Samsung's next smartphone will look like, but we're not the biggest fans of this Galaxy S7 concept. It's very … bubbly. This design comes courtesy of Curved/labs, and it envisions a phone with a slightly larger screen than the S6 but with the same size of case. It achieves this

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Candy Crush Jelly Saga 1.6.5 APK

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 12:11 PM PST

From the same Kings folks who created one of our favorite games called Farm Heroes Saga, a new game with the title Candy Crush Jelly Saga is available to download on Google Play Store. As always, we provide you to download Candy Crush Jelly Saga apk file to install it directly on your Android device.

Candy Crush Jelly Saga is a free-to-play puzzle game for mobile. The game contains full of delightful new game modes, features and boss battles featuring the Jelly Queen! In the game, you play as Jenny and show off your Jellylicious moves then take turns switching Candies against the jiggling Jelly Queen. Every sweet move will spread more Jelly and whoever spreads the most will win the level! If you are a Candy Crush fan, this game is for you.

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Candy Crush Jelly Saga Game Features

• Over 100 Jellylicious Levels
• Tasty new Color Bomb Lollipop booster    
• New Jelly Queen Boss Modes        
• Mezmerizing new Candies    
• Dreamy new treetop world and a host of quirky characters led by the Jelly Queen and her stooges.
• Marvelous game modes including: Spread the Jelly & Release the Pufflers  
• Easy and fun to play, yet challenging to fully master    
• Easily sync the game between mobile and tablet devices and unlock the full game features when connected to the internet
• For players that Facebook Connect, there are leaderboards for you and your friends to compare your Jellylicious scores

Download Candy Crush Jelly Saga apk

Candy Crush Jelly Saga is compatible with Android devices running 2.3 or higher. While the game is free to download and play, be aware that it also contains in-game purchases. You can check it out on the Google Play Store now or download the .apk file of the game from the source link given below.

Candy Crush Jelly Saga 1.6.5 APK file download

Install Candy Crush Jelly Saga APK

• Go to Settings >> Security >> Tap on Unknown Source to install Candy Crush Jelly Saga  game on your Android smartphone
• Now go to your phone memory and find downloaded file
• Tap on Candy Crush Jelly Saga.apk then it will ask you to press next button
• Once you click on next button, the game start installation automatically, it would take couple seconds to complete process
• Now open installed Candy Crush Jelly Saga and tap on trust button to start playing.

The Candy Crush Saga series has consistently produced excellent puzzlers, and this is no exception. Especially considering, it's a nice refreshing change from the same old candy crush. You can see they are going to have tons of content. Have you got the moves?

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Galaxy S7 will rip off iPhone’s Live Photos feature

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 11:19 AM PST

Live Photos to appear on new Samsung's? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of AndroidSamsung's upcoming Galaxy S7 will reportedly deliver with a new feature called "Vivid Photo," which will be a clone of the Live Photos function on iPhone 6s, allowing users to shoot images that come alive when they are pressed. We already know that Samsung is planning to rip off Apple's new 3D Touch feature for its latest

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[Engage] Star Trek Timelines Drops Out Of Warp In The Play Store

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 11:14 AM PST

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We covered the development of Disruptor Beam's Star Trek Timelines mobile game last year when they released a video intro hosted by none other than Q (John De Lancie). That game is finally available in the Play Store, and it's free. Well, free-ish. There are a boatload of in-app purchases, which is funny when you consider they don't even have money in the 24th century.

Star Trek Timelines is an adventure-strategy game that brings together technology and characters from all eras of the Star Trek universe.

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Stop losing your keys already! Track anything with the Lapa Bluetooth Tracker [Deal]

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 10:49 AM PST

436f167ea9b643e9b6be4caf9aa8033a5424e473_main_hero_imageThe Lapa Bluetooth Tracker is a tiny device attaches to your keys or wallet – or really anything you want to hang onto – and tracks it for you. Better yet, it will actually warn you before you leave things behind. But if you do, simply open the Lapa app on your smartphone and it will

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Top 10 new Android games this week: PipSpin, Nitro Dash

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 10:48 AM PST

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

The Room Three

DescriptionWelcome to The Room Three, a physical puzzle game within a beautifully tactile world. Lured to a remote island, you must draw upon all your puzzle-solving ability to navigate a series of trials devised by a mysterious figure known only as "The Craftsman".



Description:  PipSpin is an arcade action puzzler that will put your brain, reflexes, and thumbs to the test! The controls and rules are simple…tap left or right to maneuver your line to avoid oncoming obstacles. 


I Have No Mouth

DescriptionI Have no Mouth, And I Must Scream immerses the player in a frightening post-apocalyptic atmosphere 109 years after a supercomputer named AM has wiped out humanity.


Super Bit Adventure

DescriptionSuper Bit Adventure is a retro dungeon crawler that is inspired from various old school role playing games. Features: Old school 2D pixel art magnificence, hundreds of items/equipment combinations, dozens of dungeon levels to explore.


The Incorruptibles

DescriptionThe Incorruptibles is a REAL-TIME STRATEGY game that combines intense combat with a deep, robust crafting system that unlocks powerful heroes. Battle the evil Corrupted, take back the realm & expand your own thriving kingdom!


Nitro Dash

Description: A very addictive retro arcade racer! Drive, jump from car to car, dash and destroy! Compete with your friends to get the ultimate high score. Keep an eye on your fuel meter and pickup gas if you don't want to explode!


RPG Asdivine Menace

DescriptionExperience immersive two-dimensional battles like never before! Engaging the enemy on the battlefield is as intense as ever! What's more, cooperative attacks and new limit break skills have taken decimating hordes of enemies while in the throes of battle to an all new level!


FantasyBeat: RhythmAction RPG

Description Follow the rhythm to defeat monsters and save the world! Fantasy Beat is the new rhythm action RPG you have never seen before. Defeat monsters to earn EXP, grow your characters with better equipments and use unique skills of each character to enjoy RPG features.


Sheep Farm

DescriptionBen needs help from the players to run the farm. Feeding the sheep, shearing the sheep, buy new sheep,sell old sheep, restock the sheep feed, grass & medicines are the some of the activities involved in taking care of the sheep.


Spunge Invaders

DescriptionFrom beyond the stars they've come to suck us dry! Become the hero and protect the planets precious water. The Spunge Invaders are descending in waves, survive each wave and defeat each Spunge Force to earn rewards.


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Dashlane Password Manager version 4 upgrade features seamless design across devices & new languages

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 10:33 AM PST

Dashlane Password Manager version 4 upgrade features seamless design across devices & new languages

Dashlane Password Manager upgraded it password management app to version 4.0. It's a complete redesign which features simple design consistency experience across all devices and platforms including; Mac, PC, iOS and Android. There are five new languages added as well. In addition to English and French; there is now Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, and Japanese languages.... View Article

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Score a sweet discount on Amazon Prime this weekend

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 10:19 AM PST

Sign up to Prime to pay less. Photo: AmazonAmazon made Prime an even greater deal this week by adding 20% off the latest games, but if that couldn't persuade you to finally sign up, perhaps a discounted membership will. This weekend only, a year of Prime will cost you just $73 — down from $99. The discount kicks in at 9 p.m. PT this Friday,

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Using Google Sign-In with your server

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 10:05 AM PST

Posted by Laurence Moroney, Developer Advocate

This is the third part in a blog series on using Google Sign-In on Android, and how you can take advantage of world-class security in your Android apps. In part 1, we spoke about the user experience improvements that are available to you. In part 2, we then took a deeper dive into the client-side changes to the Google Sign-In APIs that make coding a lot simpler.

In this post, we will demonstrate how you can use Google Sign-In with your backend. By doing so, users signing in on their device can be securely authenticated to access their data on your backend servers.

Using Credentials on your server

First, let's take a look at what happens if a user signs in on your app, but they also need to authenticate for access to your back-end server. Consider this scenario: You've built an app that delivers food to users at their location. They sign into your app, and your app gets their identity. You store their address and order preferences in a database on your server.

Unless your server endpoints are protected with some authentication mechanism, attackers could read and write to your user database by simply guessing the email addresses of your users.

Figure 1. A third party could spoof your server with a fake email

This isn't just a bad user experience, it's a risk that customer data can be stolen and misused. You can prevent this by getting a token from Google when the user signs in to the app, and then passing this token to your server. Your server would then validate that this token really was issued by Google, to the desired user, and intended for your app (based on your audience setting, see below). At this point your server can know that it really is your user making the call, and not a nefarious attacker. It can then respond with the required details.

Figure 2. Third Party Fake Tokens will be rejected

Let's take a look at the steps for doing this:

Step 1: Your Android app gets an ID token (*) after signing in with Google. There's a great sample that demonstrates this here. To do this, the requestIdToken method is called when creating the GoogleSignInOptions object.

GoogleSignInOptions gso = new GoogleSignInOptions.Builder(GoogleSignInOptions.DEFAULT_SIGN_IN)

This requires you to get a client ID for your server. Details on how to obtain this are available here (see Step 4).

Once your Android app has the token, it can POST it over HTTPS to your server, which will then try to validate it.

(*) An ID token is JSON Web Token, as defined by RFC7519. These are an open, industry standard method for representing claims securely between two parties.

Step 2: Your Server receives the token from your Android client. It should then validate the token with methods that are provided in the Google API Client libraries, in particular, verifying that it was issued by Google and that the intended audience is your server.

Your server can use the GoogleIdTokenVerifier class to verify the token and then extract the required identity data. The 'sub' field (available from the getSubject() method) provides a stable string identifier that should be used to identify your users even if their email address changes, and key them in your database. Other ID token fields are available, including the name, email address and photo URL. Here's an example of a servlet that was tested on Google App Engine that can verify tokens using a provided library. These libraries allow you to verify the token locally without a network call.

GoogleIdTokenVerifier verifier = new GoogleIdTokenVerifier.Builder(transport, jsonFactory)
// Here is where the audience is set -- checking that it really is your server
// based on your Server's Client ID
// Here is where we verify that Google issued the token
GoogleIdToken idToken = verifier.verify(idTokenString);
if (idToken != null) {
Payload payload = idToken.getPayload();
String userId = payload.getSubject();
// You can also access the following properties of the payload in order
// for other attributes of the user. Note that these fields are only
// available if the user has granted the 'profile' and 'email' OAuth
// scopes when requested. Even when requested, some fields may be null.
// String email = payload.getEmail();
// boolean emailVerified = Boolean.valueOf(payload.getEmailVerified());
// String name = (String) payload.get("name");
// String pictureUrl = (String) payload.get("picture");
// String locale = (String) payload.get("locale");
// String familyName = (String) payload.get("family_name");
// String givenName = (String) payload.get("given_name");

Note that if you have an existing app using GoogleAuthUtil to get a token to pass to your backend, you should switch to the latest ID token validation libraries and mechanisms described above. We'll describe recommendations for server-side best practices in a future post.

This post demonstrates how to use authentication technologies to ensure your user is who they claim they are. In the next post, we'll cover using the Google Sign-In API for authorization, so that users can, for example, access Google services such as Google Drive from within your app and backend service.

You can learn more about authentication technologies from Google at the Google Identity Platform developers site.

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Sony bringing Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact to the U.S.

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 09:49 AM PST

Xperia Z5 is coming to the U.S. Photo: SonySony is bringing its new Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact to the U.S., five months after it made its debut in the U.K. and Taiwan. You'll be able to get your hands on them next month, with prices starting at $499.99. The Xperia Z5 is Sony's newest flagship, and although it's not quite as

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Dashlane 4.0 Introduces A Cross-Platform Redesign And Five New Languages

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 09:44 AM PST


With LogMeIn having recently bought Lastpass, more than a few people are looking for a replacement. Dashlane is another password manager to consider, and today the company is rolling out version 4.0. The big focus with this release is a design that's consistent across platforms. Whether you sign in from Android, iOS, PC, or Mac, you should encounter a similar user experience.

The synchronized look includes animations, menus with enhanced sorting options, and improved search capabilities.

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Samsung will make Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 processor

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 09:19 AM PST

Qualcomm calls on Samsung for Snapdragon 820 Photo: QualcommScarred by the Snapdragon 810's overheating issues? You're not the only one — but it's not something we'll have to worry about with the Snapdragon 820, thanks to Samsung. The South Korean company has today confirmed that it will manufacture Qualcomm's latest flagship using its cutting-edge 14-nanometer manufacturing process — the same process used to

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Xiaomi introduces the Redmi Note 3 Snapdragon

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 09:18 AM PST

Xiaomi is quickly becoming one of the world's leading smartphone companies, and it has an interesting technique that sees it release different variants of the same core device. Xiaomi is doing that again today with the Redmi Note 3 Snapdragon, a new version of the device that utilizes a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor instead of a MediaTek processor.

WHat's included in the specs list of this new variant? Xiaomi has outfitted the Redmi Note 3 with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapragon 650 processor, 2GB/3GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB of storage, 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a 4050mAh battery. The Redmi Note 3 also uses that Snapdragon 650 processor to support VoLTE and 4G + networks in China, giving it a leg up over the MediaTek version.

Xiaomi is launching the Redmi Note 3 Snapdragon exclusively in China for ¥999, or about $150 USD. It's not entirely clear when the device will officially launch, but we wouldn't expect too long of a wait.

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Amazon Prime will be $73 for a limited time beginning January 15

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 09:18 AM PST

Amazon Prime has quickly become a commodity for folks who use Amazon's services often, offering access to movies and shows, cloud storage, music, and, of course, fast and free delivery when buying things from the online retail giant.

The yearly $99 subscription price might be too high for some, though, and so Amazon is known to knock off the price of its service for a limited time to swing a few more subscriptions their way. To that end, Amazon has announced that beginning Friday, January 15, at 9:00 PM PST/12:00 AM EST, one year of Amazon Prime will be available for $73.

The sale ends on Sunday, January 17, at 11:59 PM local time, so you only have a limited time to jump on board if you've been considering signing up for Prime.

Amazon's discounting Prime for a reason: Two Golden Globe wins for its show, Mozart In the Jungle. And for anyone that doesn't want to sign up for Prime but still wants to check out the show, Amazon will stream the first two seasons for free this weekend only.

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In Celebration of Golden Globe Wins, Amazon is Making All Episodes from Seasons One and Two of Mozart in the Jungle Free to Watch – No Membership Required

Starting Friday January 15, at 9:00 p.m. PT and concluding at 11:59 p.m.local time, Sunday January 17, everyone can watch Mozart in the Jungle for free via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at http://ift.tt/1Ptsw3L

Amazon will also offer Amazon Prime for just $73 starting this Friday at 9:00 p.m. PT in celebration of its wins at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 14, 2016– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced that in celebration of its two Golden Globe wins, it will make seasons one and two of the Amazon Original Series, Mozart in the Jungle available for free for everyone this weekend. Anyone can watch the first and second season of Mozart in the Jungle at no cost starting Friday January 15, at 9:00 p.m. PT and concluding at 11:59 p.m. local time, Sunday January 17, using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV and mobile devices, or online athttp://ift.tt/1Ptsw3LFor a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices visit http://ift.tt/1ORnstM. Also starting Friday January 15, at 9:00 p.m. PT and concluding at 11:59 p.m. local time, Sunday January 17, and in celebration of Mozart in the Jungle's multiple wins at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, Amazon Prime will be available for just $73. New members can sign-up for this limited-time Prime offer athttp://ift.tt/1Otd3AC.

Mozart in the Jungle took home the 2016 Golden Globe award for Best Musical or Comedy Series, while its lead star, Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal, earned the coveted title of Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series. This year's winmarks four total Golden Globe awards for Amazon, following last year's double win for Transparent in the same categories, and also makes Amazonthe first network in a decade to win Best Musical or Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series in back-to-back years for different shows.

"What an incredible honor to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Presstwo years in a row," said Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios. "We are incredibly proud of Gael, Jason, Roman, Paul and everyone involved in the making of Mozart in the Jungle – it's gratifying and exciting to see the success of this series."

Based on the critically acclaimed memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs & Classical Music by Blair Tindall, the multi-award winning Amazon Original Series, Mozart in the Jungle draws back the curtain at the New York Symphony, where artistic dedication and creativity collide with mind games, politicking and survival instincts. The series is executive produced by Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited) and Paul Weitz (About a Boy) and stars Gael Garcia Bernal (Rosewater), Saffron Burrows (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Hannah Dunne (Frances Ha), Lola Kirke (Gone Girl), Malcolm McDowell (The Mentalist), Peter Vack (I Just Want My Pants Back) and Bernadette Peters (Smash).

In addition to SD and HD, the series is also available in 4K Ultra HD on Amazon Fire TV and compatible Samsung, LG and Sony smart TVs and inHigh Dynamic Range (HDR) on compatible Samsung and LG smart TVs. Prime members can also download the series for offline viewing on iOS, Android, and Fire devices at no additional cost.

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Samsung will be making Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 08:48 AM PST

Qualcomm is a big name in mobile processing, but Samsung is another company that's done great work in the field. While Samsung has its own Exynos line of processors, it has also formed partnerships with many companies, including Qualcomm. One result of that partnership is that Samsung will be manufacturing Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 820 processor.

The reasoning behind the deal is simple. Samsung recently introduced a new 14nm LPP (low-power-plus) process for creating its processors, which allows for a speed increase of 15% while still improving power efficiency by 15%. As such, Qualcomm is having Samsung create the Snapdragon 820 processor in order to take advantage of those benefits.

The Snapdragon 820 processor is expected to arrive in devices within the first half of 2016. It will be used both in mobile devices as well as IoT (Internet of Things) connected devices.

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Razer celebrating 6th consecutive CES award with international 50% off sale

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 08:48 AM PST

Now before you get too crazy with your plotting, the deal is restricted to peripherals and accessories and is limited to one item per customer. If you are looking to score a new PC from Razer, they will have some at 30% off, but all of these deals are "while supplies last," so you are going to need to be there right when things kick off.

This deal is restricted to those with a Razer ID that are members of Razer Insider, so if you haven't already ticked those boxes, you'll need to sign up for both before they will issue you your unique discount code. Hit the source link at the end of the post for instructions on how to do so at Razer's site.

While Razer isn't a mobile-focused company by any stretch of the imagination, they do have a number of products that Android fans can appreciate, particularly at 50% off. I'll let you go ahead and do your own shopping over there, but for Android fans, a couple items to look at are the Razer Serval Bluetooth game controller and the Razer Leviathan Mini Bluetooth Speaker.

I'll warn you that you can find many of Razer's products for around 50% off on a typical day on the web, so do a quick search if something catches your eye to make sure it's really a great deal. Also, you should focus on items that are over $98, as you need to clear $49 on the final order to qualify for free shipping.

The deal kicks off at different times depending on where you are. In the U.S. and Canada it begins at 8 PM Central time on Thursday the 14th, the Asia Pacific region starts at 10 a.m. SGT on Friday the 15th, and Europe at 10 a.m. CET on Friday the 15th.

Congratulations to Razer on yet another win at CES this year and happy deal hunting. Let us know if you manage to score anything awesome.

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DotEmu Releases Classic Adventure Game 'I Have no Mouth, And I Must Scream' On Android

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 08:45 AM PST


DotEmu is in the habit of porting older but well-liked games to Android. With titles like R-Type, Double Dragon, and Another World under its belt, now we get something a bit more serious. I Have no Mouth, And I Must Scream was released on PC in 1995, based on the 1967 short story of the same name by Harlan Ellison. You can probably gather from the name that this is not a feel-good sort of game.

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DotEmu Releases Classic Adventure Game 'I Have no Mouth, And I Must Scream' On Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Samsung Brings Wi-Fi Transfer App To The Play Store, An Offline Way To Share Files Between Devices

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 08:45 AM PST


When I was making my way through grade school, getting files from one machine to another meant reaching for a floppy disk or a flash drive. By the time I got to college, we were exchanging data online. Today, there are any number of cloud services and apps dedicated to this one task. But most of them have a flaw: they require an Internet connection. Otherwise, it's back to pulling out that flash drive.

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Samsung Brings Wi-Fi Transfer App To The Play Store, An Offline Way To Share Files Between Devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Now Launcher gets auto-rotate, ugly icon resizing

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 08:20 AM PST

The Google Now Launcher. Screenshots: GoogleGoogle has rolled out a Now Launcher update for Android that adds auto-rotate and a nifty icon resizing feature that makes your app drawer and home screens look a whole lot neater. With auto-rotate, you can now use your home screen in landscape mode if you prefer. This is a feature already offered by many

The post Google Now Launcher gets auto-rotate, ugly icon resizing appeared first on Cult of Android.

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The Moto 360 Sport Has Landed On Telus

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 08:04 AM PST

Moto 360 Sport


Despite their slow adoption, wearables are here to stay, especially smart watches.  Basically every major company has released their own smart watch and one of the pioneers in the wearable craze, Motorola (now Lenovo), has just released another watch here in Canada.

Telus has announced that they will be selling the Moto 360 Sport, Motorola's fitness-centric version of their second generation Moto 360.  In addition to the more durable and sweat/water resistant silicone band, the Moto 360 Sport also adds GPS to the spec sheet to help better keep track of activity.  Motorla's AnyLight tech also gets thrown into the mix to help with indoor/outdoor visibility.

In terms of pricing, the Moto 360 Sport can be had for $379 at Telus and only comes in Black.


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