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Facebook has purposefully caused its own app to crash to test its users

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 02:11 PM PST

According to The Information, some of the errors you might have experienced with the Facebook app were intentional. Many of us have faced issues with the app in the past (let's face it, it used to be awful), but it seems that Facebook was, at some point, intentionally making the app crash for some users.

This crashing was allegedly to test user's loyalty to the social network, and the results say it all. Those affected came back to Facebook, even using the mobile site over the app just to access the service. People apparently love Facebook that much.

The rationale behind these tests makes some sense. Despite potentially alienating users (though the results show that wasn't happening), the tests show that people would use Facebook even if Google were to remove the app from the Play Store. Facebook depends on Google for distribution of its app, and it makes sense for Facebook to have a backup plan. If it came down to distributing the app outside of the Play Store, it seems Facebook users would be willing.

Of course, this also makes Facebook look positively evil. What's your opinion on the matter? Leave a comment!

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Camera-centric Asus ZenFone Zoom heading to the US for $399

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 02:11 PM PST

The Asus ZenFone Zoom will soon be making its way to US shores. Originally announced at CES 2015, the ZenFone Zoom is sure to get quite a bit of attention thanks to its unique 13 megapixel imaging sensor that's matched up with optical image stabilization, laser focus, 3X optical zoom and a 10-element lens from Hoya.

Priced at $399, the Asus ZenFone Zoom will be powered by quad-core Intel chip with 4GB of RAM, 64/128GB of internal storage, microSd card slot, 3,000 mAh battery and a 5.5-inch full HD display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection.

Asus hasn't picked up much market share in the US with its smartphones, but the ZenFone Zoom could sell quite well is Asus managed to strike a deal with a US service provider. We'll know more details about the Asus' launch plans for the phone on January 20.

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Watch Nvidia’s CES press event tonight at 6PM Pacific

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 01:53 PM PST

CES Press Day isn't until tomorrow, but Nvidia always kicks things off the night before. The Nvidia press event will begin tonight at 6PM Pacific and will likely last a good 90 minutes. Last year, Nvidia's CEO spent 45 minutes talking about how the automotive industry would be able to use its processors to revolutionize the cars of the future, but we're hoping that tonight's event will focus a bit more on Android, Tegra processors and possible show us a new Nvidia Shield device.

We'll be sharing any news that's announced, but you can always sit back and watch the press event live stream below.

Do you think Nvidia will be bring its A game to CES this year?

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11 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (12/22/15 - 1/4/16)

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 12:10 PM PST

nexus2cee_gamethumbWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.


Blown Away: First Try

Blown Away is an interesting little platforming game.

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Galaxy S7 Front Panel Leaks!

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 12:05 PM PST

S7 Front Panel

We've seen quite a few different renders of the upcoming Galaxy S7 and while renders are nice, the real thing is always better.  While we don't quite have a picture of the real deal quite yet, we may have a part of it it would seem.

A photo has surfaced that allegedly shows us the front panel of the Galaxy S7.  Like the renders, this panel has that elongated and super rectangular home button so that definitely makes this probable (even though I think the rectangular button is ugly).  The sensor cut outs also line up with the renders which, again, gives this leak some merit.  You'll also notice some crazy slim bezels along the side which could spell an even smaller overall footprint!

As with all leaks, take this with a grain of salt.  Although it all seems probably, nothing is official till its official!


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Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge tipped to feature larger batteries, microSD support, and more

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 12:04 PM PST

The Samsung Galaxy S7, and the Galaxy S7 edge, have been getting a lot of attention recently, which shouldn't be too surprising considering the unveiling of both devices is (probably) quickly approaching. In fact, an earlier report from today suggested the device lineup could feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood and a 12-megapixel camera on the back.

Now, a new report from VentureBeat has articulated a few more points, echoing some early rumors and adding new fuel to the fire for those keeping tabs on all the expected features in Samsung's upcoming flagship devices.

First up, the displays. According to the report, the Galaxy S7 will keep its flat display, with no curves, and still rock a 5.1-inch bullet point on the specifications sheet. The Galaxy S7 edge will have a curved display, as expected, and it's now expected to see a screen size of 5.5 inches. This report suggests that while some rumors have pointed to a Galaxy S7 variant with a 5.7-inch display, that won't be happening after all.

The batteries in the two devices are said to be getting a bump, too. According to VentureBeat's sources, the Galaxy S7′s battery will measure in at 3000mAh, up from the 2550mAh battery in the Galaxy S6. On top of that, the Galaxy S7 edge's battery will bump up to 3600mAh, which means an increase from the 2600mAh battery found in the Galaxy S6 edge.

They won't be removable, though. They'll still feature wireless charging, with the Galaxy S7′s charge time reportedly at 2 hours and the Galaxy S7 edge's charge time at 2.2 hours.

Samsung is said to be using an Exynos 8 8890 chipset under the hood for some, if not most, of its variants. However, in the United States, the report echoes earlier reports that Samsung will use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor to run the show. It also indicates that the devices will boast 4GB of RAM, and that there will only be two storage options: 32GB and 64GB. However, a 128GB option could exist at some point in certain global channels.

Finally, this report also states that Samsung is opting to use a 12-megapixel camera in the Galaxy S7 lineup. That's a drop in megapixel count from the Galaxy S6, which utilized a 16-megapixel shooter. This new camera is said to feature an aperture of f/1.7, which is a change from the Galaxy S6′s f/1.9. It is also said to be better in low-light scenarios as well.

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are said to be retaining the design choices from their predecessors, but also offer some water resistance, too.

Are you getting excited for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge?

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Samsung Galaxy S7 variant may feature 5.7-inch display, Snapdragon 820 and 12MP camera

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 12:04 PM PST

We've seen dozens of rumors already, but a new leak suggests yet another variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7 may be in play. According to a post on Reddit, there's a new variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7 floating around which has a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and a peculiar 12 megapixel camera. While Samsung's flagship phones have featured 13 megapixel or higher imaging sensors for the past three years, the 12 megapixel sensor of this rumored device does align with reports that Samsung is working on a 12 megapixel mobile imaging sensor with a larger footprint than the one currently used in the Samsung Galaxy S6. The lower megapixel count and larger size would allow the sensor to capture more light, leading to clearer images – particularly in low-light conditions.

With all the rumors surrounding the Samsung's Galaxy S7 lineup, keep track of what rumors and credible and which ones aren't has become quite a chore. This new 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 rumor appears to be credible, but we're going to wait a bit longer before we lump it in with the 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 rumors.

Would you be willing to buy a phone with a lower resolution camera if it promised to delivery higher quality images?

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AccuWeather's Android App Updated To Version 4.0 With A Material Design Interface

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 11:40 AM PST

imageAccuWeather is one of the most popular dedicated weather apps in the world - on the Play Store it's racked up somewhere between 50 and 100 million downloads, and that's just for the free version. The latest update actually started sometime around Christmas, and it's been going out in Google-style stages, so it's taken us this long to spot it. Version 4.0 significantly updates the user interface of the app to bring it more in line with Material Design standards...

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Asus ZenFone Zoom has the world’s thinnest optical zoom camera

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 11:25 AM PST

ZenFone Zoom has a trick up its sleeve... or in its back. Photo: AsusAsus' ZenFone lineup just got a new member, and it's one you're going to want to take note of if you're a smartphone photography buff. It's called the ZenFone Zoom, and it's packing the world's thinnest optical zoom camera. Asus actually brought the ZenFone Zoom to CES last year, but we've heard very little about it since

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Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 could look like a mini Galaxy Note 5

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 11:25 AM PST

A leaked Galaxy S7 display panel (right) alongside a Galaxy Note 5 panel. Photo: PhoneArenaSamsung's new Galaxy S7 will sport a familiar design, according to recent reports — but it may not be the Galaxy S6 clone we've all been expecting. According to a leaked display panel, the device may actually look just like a mini Galaxy Note 5 instead. As you can see in the image above, the leaked

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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: AutoMate, KeyMe

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 11:04 AM PST

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven't appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. AutoMate


App info:  AutoMate makes common services available to you from your device while you're driving. With AutoMate, you get the right information at the right time, so you can focus on the road.


2. Phone


App info: Update the Phone app for your Android Marshmallow device* to improve your calling experience and gain control over calls with features like caller ID and call blocking.


3. Action Launcher 3

Action Launcher 3

App info: Action Launcher 3 replaces your homescreen with a colorful, customizable and speedy app you'll quickly learn to love. Try it out for free!


4. Clipboard Actions

Clipboard Actions

App info: Clipboard Actions creates actions based on your clipboard and shows them in the status bar as notification.


5. KeyMe


App info: KeyMe is a safe, smart and inexpensive solution to frustrating lockouts, and a convenient way to copy and share your keys.


Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.

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Telegram Introduces Inline Bots And Faster GIFs

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 10:40 AM PST


The developers behind the Telegram messaging service are starting off the new year with a few additions to their app — perhaps with the hopes of keeping their 5.7 million new users hooked. Version 3.4.0 brings faster GIFs and inline bots that are accessible within chats.

Here's the full changelog:

  • GIF revolution: up to 20x faster downloading, autoplay, save GIFs to a dedicated tab on the sticker panel.
  • More about GIFs:
  • Inline bots: A new way to add bot content to any chat.
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New year, new skills: Save 10% on all online courses! [Deal]

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 10:25 AM PST

04c6ee7ee272e7f3260ae81bf1e495a5b4fab660_main_hero_imageIf your New Year's resolution is to learn a useful new skill, then we have a deal that's going to be right up your street. For a limited time only, you can save an additional 10% on all of the online courses we're offering through Cult of Android Deals.* Grab the promo code below! We

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Samsung puts the Galaxy A9 on sale in China for nearly $500

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 09:44 AM PST

Samsung has spent some time experimenting with its A series of devices, and this week will bring some big announcements in regards to the line. Today, Samsung is releasing the highest-end model, the Galaxy A9, in China for CNY 3,199, or roughly $490 USD. That price is a bit higher than expected, considering the A series is designed to target mid-range markets.

What does the Samsung Galaxy A9 bring to the table? Well, for that money you can get a 6-inch 1080p AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery, 13-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, fingerprint scanner and a high-quality build that utilizes metal for strength. As an added bonus, it's also about to receive an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, bringing it up to date in the software department.

A major part of the significance here is that Samsung is expected to announce US availability of the new Galaxy A series tomorrow at its CES event. While the Galaxy A series is designed to be mid-range, a price near $500 would likely alienate many mid-range US customers, while not quite snagging the high-end customers.

We'll keep an eye on how the situation develops.

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Altec Lansing announces truly wireless Freedom Earbuds

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 09:44 AM PST

Much like wireless charging, there is usually a big caveat to wireless earbuds that there is in fact a wire connecting the two earbuds. While this is hardly a deal breaker, there are definitely some advantages to being truly wireless and today Altec Lansing has taken the wraps off the Freedom Earbuds that offer that truly wireless experience.

Each earbud offers six-hours of battery life and the included carrying case offers a three-hour additional charge. The earbuds can be used in stereo or independently if mono is all you need at the moment. The case uses a standard USB port, so it can be used to charge other devices if you wish.

The Freedom Earbuds are IPX7-rated waterproof, which means they are ready to join you for a workout, but not for a swim. Conveniently for keeping your phone stored away while using the earbuds they have track navigation and call answer/hang up buttons on board.

Altec Lansing has also included a feature that I would have considered killing for a few times with my Moto Hint and that is the ability to track the earbuds down using the Bluetooth connection and the free companion app. The app is also used to link the earbuds for stereo performance and to switch between multiple paired devices.

The Freedom Earbuds will be available in Q2 of this year for $149.99 and come in 9 different colors.

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Google investigates poor Wi-Fi performance on Pixel C

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 09:25 AM PST

Slow Wi-Fi speeds on Pixel C? You're not the only one. Photo: GoogleGoogle has vowed to investigate poor Wi-Fi performance on its new Pixel C tablet, which is resulting in slow download speeds for some users. Early adopters reports that their Pixel C is only delivering a fraction of the Wi-Fi speeds other devices get on the same network, yet strangely, upload speeds don't appear to be affected by

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Smart gadgets are getting their own Wi-Fi standard in 2018

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 08:25 AM PST

Think twice about joining free Wi-Fi networks. Photo: Ming Xia/FlickrWith CES, a.k.a. the world's biggest Consumer Electronics Show, coming up this week, we're about to hear a whole lot more about the Internet of Things and smart connected gadgets. Which makes this the perfect time for the announcement of a new type of Wi-Fi called Wi-Fi HaLow, which is an extension of the upcoming

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Mad Catz joins “Designed for Samsung” program, optimizing for Samsung hardware

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 08:24 AM PST

Most gamers will be familiar with Mad Catz, whether you get your gaming done on mobile, consoles or PC there are Mad Catz products designed to give you precision control.

Today Mad Catz has announced that they are joining the "Designed for Samsung" (DFS) program, which will require new hardware to pass Samsung's certification process before being blessed with the DFS logo on the packaging.

These products will naturally continue to perform just fine with other manufacturers smartphones and tablets, it is simply an added bonus for Samsung owners that want to be sure they are getting a product that will perform at a high level for them.

There are no specifics regarding pricing or availability on the DFS products, but the two most likely candidates are the L.Y.N.X. 9 and L.Y.N.X. 3 controllers, which retail for $299 and $69 at present. There's no reason to expect that pricing to change as a result of this announcement.

While NVIDIA has done an amazing job producing Android hardware that is optimized for gaming it's good to see other companies working to make Android a first-class gaming platform.

Do any of you already own a controller for your Android smartphone or tablet or have you considered purchasing one?

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Mad Catz® to Join the "Designed for Samsung" Program

Mad Catz to Deliver Range of GameSmart™ Mobile Gaming Products Optimized for Samsung Mobile Devices

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. ("Mad Catz") (NYSE:MKT) (TSX:MCZ), a global provider of innovative interactive entertainment products, announced today that it has joined the Designed for Samsung (DFS) program. As the first company to offer traditional video game controller hardware for the Designed for Samsung program, Mad Catz will be introducing a range of mobile gaming products from its award-winning GameSmart™ portfolio, optimized for Samsung smartphones and tablets.

With a wide variety of innovative controllers and gamepads, Mad Catz will provide Samsung Mobile consumers the opportunity to enhance their gaming and multi-media experiences with features and functionality that take full advantage of their Samsung smartphone or tablet, as well as other Bluetooth® enabled connected devices and PCs. Each certified product will also feature the 'Designed for Samsung Mobile' logo on packaging, communicating seamless compatibility with Samsung smartphones and tablets.

"We're excited to join the Designed for Samsung Program and provide Samsung Mobile customers with a range of high-quality mobile gaming products designed to enhance their mobile experience," said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. "Our GameSmart line of mobile gaming controllers and accessories continue to lead the industry in product innovation and through our participation in the DFS program, gamers can be assured of getting the ideal gaming product for their Samsung smartphone or tablet."

All participating Mad Catz DFS program products will be available to purchase through the Mad Catz Online Store (store.madcatz.com) as well as from other leading retailers. For more information, please visit: http://madcatz.com/

About Mad Catz

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. ("Mad Catz") (NYSE:MKT) (TSX:MCZ) is a global provider of innovative interactive entertainment products marketed under its Mad Catz® (gaming), Tritton® (audio), and Saitek® (simulation) brands. Mad Catz products cater to passionate gamers across multiple platforms including in-home gaming consoles, handheld gaming consoles, Windows PC and Mac® computers, smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices. Mad Catz distributes its products through its online store as well as distribution via many leading retailers around the globe. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Mad Catz maintains offices in Europe and Asia. For additional information about Mad Catz and its products, please visit the Company's website at www.madcatz.com

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Lenovo unveils its high-end ThinkPad 13 Chromebook

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 08:24 AM PST

Lenovo has unveiled its 2016 CES laptop lineup, revealing its new ThinkPad 13 Chromebook. While there are a lot of cheap Chromebooks on the market, Lenovo is hoping that the ThinkPad 13 Chromebook will impress its long-time customers who appreciate traditional ThinkPad build and internal hardware that's comparable to Windows 10 laptops. On the outside, the Chromebook features a soft-touch plastic shell with a reinforced frame, Lenovo's signature ThinkPad keyboard, multi-touch trackpad, 1080p 13-inch display, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port (which doubles as the laptop's charging port), HDMI out connector and a 42Wh battery which Lenovo claims will power the ThinkPad 13 Chromebook for a full 10 hours. Those who choose to buy the ThinkPad 13 Chromebook will be able to choose between Core i3 and i5 processors, with RAM options up to 8GB with 32GB of internal storage.

The Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook will go on sale in June. The Core i3 model will sell for $399, but you'll easily be able to spend more than $500 if you slap on all the available upgrades.

With more high-end Chromebooks being announced, we suspect Chromebook's market share will grow even faster in 2016.

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Huawei looks to announce the P9 at CES; 6GB of RAM included?

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 08:24 AM PST

CES is upon us and while most of the rumors have been broken for a while now, there's an interesting new one indicating that Huawei may have a powerful device up its sleeve for its CES event tomorrow. That device is the Huawei P9, a stunning showcase of specs that could be one of Huawei's most powerful devices to date.

Some of the rumored specs include a 5.2-inch 1080p display, an octa-core Kirin 950 processor and, most shocking of all, 6GB of RAM. Packing the P9 with 6GB of RAM would ensure that it has more RAM than any other device on the market. The move is physically possible, but it seems unnecessary. That being said, there are sure to be some spec hounds who would purchase the P9 based on the RAM.

The rumor of the P9 has also gained some credibility from Taylor Wimberly, the eCommerce Customer Acquisition Manager at Huawei. Wimberly shared a new promo image (pictured at top) on Google+. The image shows us a glimpse of the Huawei P9 and uses the words power and efficiency to describe it.

In addition to the P9, Huawei may be introducing a new tablet (or phablet) at the show. The Huawei Honor X3 is rumored to be a 6.2-inch tablet that will be Huawei's fist device with a 2K display. It will also include an octa-core Kirin 950 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 20-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The tablet will run on Android 6.0 Lollipop.

No additional confirmation has been given to the existence of the Honor X3, so we may or may not see that tomorrow.

All in all, you'll want to keep an eye on Huawei's CES event tomorrow.

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Oppo will introduce the F series: entry-level phones with powerful cameras

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 08:24 AM PST

Oppo has developed quite a reputation for its extremely well-spec'd devices, as well as its interesting advancements in the world of smartphones. The company has experimented with revolving cameras and creating some of the thinnest devices on the market. While its portfolio is already diverse, the company has announced that it will soon be introducing a new line, the F series, which will focus on the entry-level market.

The key selling point of the entry-level phones in the F series will be the camera. Oppo has done great work with cameras in the past and will be bringing that expertise to the F series devices, giving customers an affordable option that maintains the integrity of the camera.

The Oppo F series will be a core product line for Oppo in 2016, so expect to see a lot of news coming out in regards to the F series. Oppo has said that the first device will be the Oppo F1, which is slated for launch in late January. The company hasn't disclosed any specifics about the device yet, but you can expect a low price, entry-level specs and a powerful camera.

You can read the full press release below.

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Shenzhen, Jan. 4, 2016 – Cementing its status as a premier brand for outstanding smartphone photography, OPPO announced plans to introduce a new product series that will make photography its central focus. The F series is rooted in a growing global demand for premium-quality mobile photography experiences, and in research that has indicated a strong consumer recognition that "OPPO shoots great photos". The F series will be a core product series for OPPO in 2016.

According to Mr. Sky Li, OPPO Vice President and Managing Director of International Mobile Business, the F series will inherit the excellent camera performance and exquisite design tradition that have earned accolades for OPPO's flagship series. The series will bring devices with impressive specs, eye-catching style and amazing prices that will have consumers doing double takes on the excellent specs and build quality.

"We are very excited to introduce the F series, which will allow an even wider range of users from all around the world to experience OPPO's outstanding photography technology," said Li.

Meanwhile, OPPO will keep innovating its unique flagship devices to satisfy the continued demand for devices on the vanguard of technology.

The first product of the new F series is called the F1. It is set to launch in a wide range of OPPO's global markets this January.

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Leaked Galaxy S7 specs promise Snapdragon 820 CPU, 12.2MP camera

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 07:45 AM PST

The Galaxy S7 could launch as early as next month. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidA leaked specifications list for the upcoming Galaxy S7 suggests this year's upgrade will be all about adding power and improving upon last year's incredible camera. It also indicates that Samsung will be joining forces with Qualcomm again after avoiding its fiery Snapdragon 810. Recent rumors have claimed Samsung will launch the Galaxy S7 early this

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Acer beefs up its Chrome OS offerings with the Chromebase 24 all-in-one and CB3-131Chromebook

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 07:44 AM PST

CES is off to a good start for Acer. In addition to announcing the Acer H7 (the world's first USB Type-C monitor) and a handful of Windows 10 laptops, Acer has also unveiled two new Chrome OS devices.

Acer Chromebase 24

Powered by Intel's Core processors, the Acer Chromebase 24 is the most powerful all-in-one Chrome OS device ever announced. The Chromebase 24 features a 23.8-inch IPS display and 8GB of RAM. The 1080p panel also comes with a touchscreen option for those who enjoy getting greasy fingerprints all over their desktop display.

The Chromebase 24 will be positioned as an education and videoconferencing device thanks to its four internal microphones and adjustable HD webcam. Acer isn't revealing full specifications and pricing yet since those details will vary based on where the Chromebase 24 is purchased.

Acer CB3-131 Chromebook

The Acer CB3-131 Chromebook is a pretty standard Intel Celeron-powered Chromebook featuring an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768-pixel display, 802.11n Wi-Fi, 2/4GB of memory 16/32GB of storage, 3 USB ports, SD card reader and HDMI out, while promising nine hours of battery life.

The specs and design of the Acer CB3-131 Chromebook will not be turning heads, but Acer is hoping that the laptop's semi-rugged aluminum and plastic build will make it appealing for parents or schools. Acer claims that the CB3-131 can withstand 133 pounds of pressure with its lid closed and survive a basic two-foot drop. The Acer CB3-131Chromebook will be making its way to a handful of global markets starting in February for $179.99

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Chief exec admits Samsung is in trouble this year

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 06:45 AM PST

Is Samsung back? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidIn a not-exactly-happy New Year message sent to employees, Samsung chief executive Kwon Oh-hyun has warned that growth will continue to slow over the course of 2016 — with the reason being weak global economies and increased competition from the likes of Apple. The biggest parts of Samsung's business likely to suffer include memory chips

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LastPass 4.0 Is The First Major Release Since Joining LogMeIn, Adds Emergency Access And A New Sharing Center

Posted: 04 Jan 2016 05:55 AM PST



LastPass has received its first major point release since LogMeIn opened its wallet, and it comes over two years since the last one. In November of 2013, LastPass jumped to version 3.0 with a redesign that made it Holo-friendly. Having gone Material back in April for 3.4, the 4.0 update introduces more than a design refresh (though a bit of that is here too).

There are two headlining new features of LastPass 4.0.

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