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Honor 8 now available for purchase in the U.S.

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 03:39 PM PDT

The Honor 8 has been talked about for a while, but it's finally available for purchase in the U.S.!

The Honor 8 features a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a HiSilicon Kirin 950 octacaore processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of memory with a microSD card, dual 12MP camera sensors with laser autofocus, an 8MP front facing camera, a fingerprint reader, a 3,000mAh battery, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow topped with Emotion UI 4.1.

The phone is amazing for the price and is impressive even compared to flagships. The glass on both sides, chamfered metal frame, and "2.5D glass" on the rear really feel more premium than Honor 8′s $400 price tag suggests.

If you're interested, many retailers are currently selling the Honor 8 in the U.S. The 32GB model is $399.99 while the 64GB model is $449.99. The unique sapphire blue color seems to be exclusive to Best Buy at the moment (and it's really the color to choose), but black and white are available elsewhere. Let us know if you're going to pick one up!

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PLANO, Texas [September 6, 2016]: The exciting new Honor 8 Android™ smartphone is available at retail starting today. Offered at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo Video, and Newegg, as well as HiHonor.com/us/, the Honor 8 delivers terrific features and high-end styling at a great price: $399.99 USD for the 32GB model, and $449.99 for the 64GB version.
Honor, a global smartphone brand, introduced the Honor 8 to the U.S. market in August, when it began accepting preorders. As the brand's first flagship device in the United States, Honor 8 combines high-end technology with a stylish design that makes it stand out from the crowd. Consumers no longer have to choose between high performance, great features, and price. Honor sets a new standard for what people can expect in an unlocked phone.
"With Honor 8, we set out to create a device that perfectly reflects our vision," said Zack Zhang, Vice President of Honor USA. "Honor 8 delivers with a higher aesthetic standard and the features consumers care most about. Since announcing the device in August, we've been pleased by the positive reception Honor 8 has received from industry insiders and media across the country."
Available in Sapphire Blue, Pearl White, and Midnight Black, Honor 8 is tailor made for people who require advanced features and specifications that are designed to handle everything life throws at them. From its advanced dual-lens camera system to the dual-function finger scanner and Smart Key, the Honor 8 stands apart from other similarly priced devices on value and innovation.
Honor 8 Dual Camera
Thoughtfully designed for both amateur and professional photographers, Honor 8's dual-camera design will make it the only camera they'll need. Advanced pro features mimic SLR manual options and complement the innovative dual 12MP camera. With the dual lens setup, users have both color and monochromatic sensors that work together to deliver images with richer hues and more details. They can capture the moment with confidence with Honor 8's built-in hybrid auto focus, which uses laser, depth, and contrast focus as well as a built-in ISP to improve focus and processing speeds.
Honor 8 Unique Design Aesthetic
Honor 8 is for people who don't mind standing out. A carefully crafted 15-layer surface is bathed in rugged glass, resulting in a liquid surface that reflects light in a unique, aurora-inspired design. Sophisticated manufacturing and precision craftsmanship are evident in each angle and curve, making Honor 8 a pleasure to hold.
Honor 8 Quick, Secure Access
Users will enjoy convenience and a sense of security with the Honor 8's dual-function fingerprint scanner that redefines what is possible with a 0.4-second phone unlock. Its 3D fingerprint scanner is also designed as a programmable press key, allowing it to program functions for quick access to favorite functions and apps, as well as for authorizing mobile payments.
Ready for Anything
Featuring a powerful 3000mAH battery and Smart Power 4.0 protocols, Honor 8 offers power to spare – with 1.7 days of stand-by power or 10 hours of offline video bingeing. Paired with a powerful, energy-sipping 16 nanometer Kirin 950 chip, users get faster, more responsive performance, without draining the battery.
For more information visit HiHonor.com/us/.

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Tuesday app and game sales: Lifeline, Threema, Ravensword: Shadowlands, and more

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 03:06 PM PDT

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Pssst. Hey... you looking for some apps and games? It just so happens we've got some of those, and they're priced well. They fell off the back of a truck, I think. You're not a cop, are you? Okay, continue reading below.

Apps

uPod Podcast Player: $2.49 from $3.79

Alarm Clock Xtreme: $0.10 from $1.99 (non-US sale)

Threema: $1.49 from $2.99

Snark Busters: High Society: $1.99 from $2.99

Password Manager SafeInCloud: $2.99 from $4.99

Fraction Calculator MathlabPRO: $1.49 from $1.99

FBReader Premium: $2.45 from $4.49

Lapse It: $0.10 from $2.99 (non-US sale)

Games

League of Stickman: $0.10 from $0.99

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee: $0.10 from $0.99 (non-US sale)

Lifeline: Whiteout: $1.99 from $2.99

Lifeline: Silent Night: $0.99 from $1.99

Lifeline 2: $0.99 from $1.99

Lifeline: $0.99 from $1.99

Linia: $0.99 from $1.99

Border Siege: $1.49 from $1.99

Ghosts of Memories: $0.99 from $2.99

Sacra Terra: Kiss of Death: $1.99 from $2.99

Eternal Journey: $1.99 from $2.99

Dark Strokes 2: $1.99 from $2.99

Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story: $1.99 from $2.99

Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind: $1.99 from $2.99

Twisted Lands: Insomniac: $1.99 from $2.99

Ravensword: Shadowlands: $1.99 from $6.99

FATAL FURY SPECIAL: $0.99 from $3.99

Braveland Pirate: $0.99 from $2.99

Braveland Wizard: $0.99 from $2.99

Braveland: $0.99 from $2.99

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Tuesday app and game sales: Lifeline, Threema, Ravensword: Shadowlands, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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LG V20 shown in two new shots

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 02:38 PM PDT

The LG V20 isn't much of a mystery by now since leaks have shown much of what it has to offer. It looks like an improved LG V10, and considering the popularity of the last gen device, that's not a bad thing.

The first photo is a render that shows the new device next to its predecessor as well as the LG G5. The secondary ticker display on the V20 definitely looks a bit smaller than the V10, but the V20 looks sleeker overall.

LG V20

The second photo is a closeup of the V20′s ticker display while the device is running, showing much of the same functionality we saw from the V10. But if that's not enough for you, don't forget that the V20 will feature full Google In Apps integration.

The LG V20 will be officially announced tonight, so keep an eye out for the official details!


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Google rebuilds mediaserver for Nougat that opened door for Stagefright exploits

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 02:38 PM PDT

We knew that Android 7.0 Nougat had improved security, but now Google has detailed what it's done with the operating system update. A big part was addressing the issues with mediaserver.

Stagefright was a huge exploit that affected almost every Android device on the market, no matter the manufacturer, and even affecting old versions of Android. Google quickly patched some of the attack vectors, but phone makers were a little slower than that.

The Stagefright bug related to how mediaserver handles incoming media. In particular, it loaded MMS media into memory before it was even opened, and bugs in the system allowed malicious software to enter the device.

Fortunately, the entire mediaserver has been rebuilt in the Nougat update. It now has multiple segmented steps and checks for integer overflow before loading media. It should be a lot harder to exploit now, which will make it less of a target for attackers.

If you own a recent Nexus device, you are likely rocking Nougat right now. Most of us aren't so lucky. However, we have some beefed up security to look forward to when our respective device manufacturers do finally release the update.


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House of Marley Rebel BT Bluetooth headphone review

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 02:38 PM PDT

We see a lot of Bluetooth earphones lately, with the popularity of wireless earphones for sports and other such activities booming. But on-ear Bluetooth headphones are under-represented, so it's nice to see a good product fill the void.

Overview


Bluetooth version: 4.0
Battery life: 8 hours
Price: $69.99
Where to buy: House of Marley

The headphones are very basic, with a single color housing, a rubber piece inside the headband, and soft cups. Each cup has a flat wire coming out of it, looping outside before disappearing into the headband in a fancy looking way.

House of Marley Rebel BT 5

On the left is a microUSB port

On the right are the buttons, as well as a 3.5mm jack. There are two volume buttons (which switch tracks when held), a play/pause button, and a power button.

House of Marley Rebel BT 7

The headphones come with a 3.5mm cable for when you run out of juice. This converts them to wired headphones, complete with a microphone and a one button remote.

Build quality

The material is "blended bio-plastic" and doesn't feel all that premium. It feels like basic, lightweight plastic. However, the overall build quality is very good. There are no creaks or squeaks, the headphones are flexible, and everything is very well put together.

The buttons feel good and click tactically so you can easily feel when they're pressed, and they're positioned perfectly (especially the volume buttons, which fall under your thumb when you grip the right cup).

The adjustment mechanism is solid and doesn't change size when the headphones are moved around.

Audio quality

The audio quality came as a surprise, though it's far from perfect. The headphones get loud with minimal distortion, though there is distortion when they get really loud.

The tone isn't very natural. They feel like they're tuned for more powerful sound rather than a flat, natural sound. Enthusiasts might not like this as much, but it's perfectly fine (or even preferred) for most people. Even audio enthusiasts should be able to enjoy the sound, though it could be better. I definitely enjoy them.

The bass is surprisingly strong. Even outdoors you can hear it thump quite hard, which is quite pleasant. Overall they're impressive, even if they're not so natural sounding.

Comfort

These headphones are surprisingly light and thus very comfortable. The ear cups are soft and plush and are angled to sit on your ears. The headband is very flexible and applies enough pressure for them not to fall off. They also block out quite a bit of sound.

House of Marley Rebel BT 6

My only complaint is the headband lining. It's rubber, so it's not particularly soft. It's a little grippy, which can pull at your hair when you move around too much. It's not uncomfortable, but could be better.

Battery life

The battery life is rated at 8 hours, and it definitely lasts. I don't blast my music really loud, so these headphones lasted me about the rated time, maybe a bit more, playing music at low to regular volume.

Features

House of Marley Rebel BT9 / 10

House of Marley Rebel BT 2

Though they're on the pricey side compared to the flood of cheap Bluetooth products these days, they're easily worth the price. They're comfortable, lightweight, and pack a surprising punch when it comes to sound.

For $70 you shouldn't be expecting audiophile quality audio, though the tone could definitely be better. However, they sound very good.

If you're not into earphones that seal all the sound out and keep pressure in your ears, the Rebel BT headphones are a great option. Plus, they're made from recycled materials, which is a nice bonus.


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World of Warcraft: Legion's official companion app is up on the Play Store

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 12:51 PM PDT

wowBlizzard has been blowing GPAs, sinking careers, and ruining marriages with World of Warcraft for over a decade now. It's an enviable achievement. Though the biggest MMO game in the world has declined in recent years, the latest expansion hopes to add enough new and interesting content to bring old players back and maybe even snag a few new ones. One of the biggest new features is support for an official companion app, so addicts no longer need to rely on a PC to get their WoW fix.

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World of Warcraft: Legion's official companion app is up on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Funimate, Opera VPN

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 11:36 AM PDT

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 . Ultrasurf VPN

Ultrasurf VPN

App info: Fast and Free VPN, No trials, No registrations, No logins, No bandwidth limitations, No Ads. Unblocks popular apps and websites: YouTube, Facebook, Google, Twitter …

 

2. Weather Now (Beta)

Weather Now

App info: Weather Now is the Simplest Weather app you could find. It is a straight to the point weather app that shows you only the information relevant to you: The Weather !

 

3. Funimate

Funimate

App info: With Funimate, you can instantly transform an everyday moment into a creative video with awesome visual effects. With its patent-pending technology, you can create cool videos with never before seen real-time effects.

 

4. Night Mode Enabler

Night Mode Enabler

App info:  Want access to the Night Mode Quick Tile on Nougat? Seems like it's hidden. But with this amazing app, you can get a sweet VIP pass to that awesome blue-light killer.

 

5. Opera VPN

Opera VPN

App info: Opera VPN blocks ad trackers and lets you change your virtual location. Unblock more content and access your favorite websites and apps from anywhere – completely free.

 

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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Xiaomi Mi Box could cost less than $100 and arrive in the U.S. soon

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 10:35 AM PDT

Back in May of this year, Xiaomi's Hugo Barra officially took the wraps off the Mi Box and confirmed that the 4K Android TV set-top box would launch in the United States "soon." Now a report from TechCrunch states that Xiaomi could be gearing up to launch the Mi Box soon, and that it could cost less than $100.

The report states information gleaned from a Xiaomi source, who said that Xiaomi will launch the Mi Box in the U.S. and other regions in "early Q4 2016." That would cover October to December, so the new 4K set-top box could arrive as soon as next month.

As a refresher, the Mi Box offers 8GB of built-in storage, 2GB of RAM, and there's a quad-core processor tucked inside as well. It supports output of 4K at 60 frames per second, there are USB 2.0 and HDMI ports on the back, and the Bluetooth remote control will offer support for voice commands.

Do you plan on picking up the Mi Box when it becomes available?


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[Update: Stable release] Microsoft OneNote beta adds often-requested ability to open password-protected sections

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 10:16 AM PDT

  • The update with all of the changes mentioned above is now live on the stable version of the app, no need to go through the hoops to get to the beta

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In our Android circles, Microsoft isn't exactly the popularity king, but you'll often find users praising its OneNote service as a serious workhorse for saving and organizing all kinds of notes. The Android app is quite loved too, aside from one major asterisk if you ask our own Artem or any of the 1400+ users who upvoted this request: password-protected sections were kept out of reach.

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[Update: Stable release] Microsoft OneNote beta adds often-requested ability to open password-protected sections was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Huawei and Google reportedly working on 7-inch tablet

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 08:41 AM PDT

Up to this point, 7-inch tablets appeared to have dropped off the Google radar considering it's been three years since the company launched the Nexus 7. There's been the Nexus 9 and Nexus 10, and even the Pixel C, but anyone who has been waiting for a new 7-inch tablet has been left to do so for quite some time. If a new rumor from Evan Blass (@evleaks) is true, though, then the wait could be finally coming to an end.

According to the prominent leaker, Google is working with Huawei to build a brand new 7-inch tablet. Blass says that the device will boast 4GB of RAM, but any additional details regarding the upcoming device remain a mystery.

Google is expected to hold an event on October 4 at which which it's expected to unveil the rumored Pixel smartphones, so if Google is indeed working on a new 7-inch tablet, it could be unveiled on that date. The 7-inch tablet is expected to launch before the end of the year.

Would you buy a new 7-inch tablet from Google and Huawei?


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Motorola Moto G4 Play launches in the U.S. unlocked on September 15

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 08:41 AM PDT

Motorola's Moto G4 Play was made official at the same time as the more expensive Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, but it didn't quite make it to market as quickly as those two other devices in the United States. That's finally changing, as the Moto G4 Play has been given a launch date: September 15.

Pre-orders for the G4 Play are already live at Motorola's official website, as well as over at Amazon, where the digital storefront has two different options for potential buyers. The first is an unlocked Moto G4 Play, which will work for all of the major wireless carriers in the U.S.

Amazon is also offering the Moto G4 Play with its proprietary lock screen ads and offers, which, as is par for the course with these devices, is reserved specifically for Amazon Prime customers.

Amazon, and Motorola, are offering the Moto G4 Play for $149.99 in its unlocked state. Amazon is discounting the price of the Moto G4 Play for Prime subscribers, though, thanks to the inclusion of lock screen offers and ads. That particular variant is still unlocked, but it will cost $99.99.

As far as specifications go, the Moto G4 Play boasts a quad-core processor, a 2800mAh battery, and a "clutter-free version of Android," which the company says will help boost performance. There is 16GB of built-in storage (with support for 128GB microSD cards), 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera on the back and a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 5-inch 720p HD display. It's running Android 6.0.1 out of the box.

Are you planning on picking up the Moto G4 Play?


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