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Samsung Fails in Attempts to Block Exploding Note 7 Bomb Hack in GTA 5

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 04:07 PM PDT


After killing off its problematic Note7 phablet and apologizing to customers publicly, Samsung is now trying to cling to the shred of dignity it has left.

The Korean tech giant isn't particularly fond of the whole online parody movement involved in ridiculing its overheating Note7. And according to a report from Kotaku, Samsung has been attempting to block an YouTube video that shows the Note7 being used as a fiery weapon in a modified version of Grand Theft Auto.

More specifically the video displays a modification of GTA V turning the infamous phablet into an explosive bomb weapon. Oops!

The video obviously rubbed Samsung the wrong way, so the Korean tech giant filed a copyright infringement claim on the YouTube video. Interestingly the clip got taken down for a while, despite the claims being totally bogus.

But the video creator, known as sdaddy345 filed a counter-claim against Samsung explaining that the video is an essential part of his emergent YouTube channel.

Unexpectedly YouTube considered the reason to be good enough to allow the video to go back up. You can see for yourself the video is currently available to watch. Bigger explosions have been included for your viewing pleasure.

Samsung might not give up so easily, but given that all is out in the open now, we don't the tech giant having big chances of success. Just let it be, Samsung, let it be!


The post Samsung Fails in Attempts to Block Exploding Note 7 Bomb Hack in GTA 5 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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You can now gift books and comics through the Play Books app

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 04:01 PM PDT


Do you have a serious reader in your life? Maybe you know somebody that doesn't read, but you'd like to not-so-subtly encourage them to start? In the old days, you would take your carriage to the nearby village and pick out a book from a huge shelf, usually with advice from the store owner. Sounds like a lot of work, right? Forget that noise, now you can get the same thing done from right inside the Play Books app.

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You can now gift books and comics through the Play Books app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Lenovo’s Upcoming Moto M Smiles For The Camera [PICS]

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 01:27 PM PDT


Lenovo purchased Motorola from Google a few years back and since then the Chinese tech giant has done a lot to revamp the Moto brand in order to bring it to glory.

In the Western markets Motorola has unveiled a few new interesting phones like the Moto Z Play, but in China, the Moto brand is not so well-known. However, Lenovo has plans to change that. According to a few leaked pictures coming to us via TechDroider, the company apparently has plans to launch the new Moto M soon.

The purported Moto M showed in the photos is model number XT1662 and features a 5.5-inch display with 1080p resolution. It seems the device will take advantage of a MediaTek CPU which is quite interesting given that Moto devices have been known to rely on Snapdragon processors, historically.



However, given that the Moto M is expected to launch in China, the presence of the MediaTek processor isn't so odd. The phone might be sold with a 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage combo.

In the photo department, the device is said to enjoy the services of a 16MP main camera and an 8MP frontal shooter.



Judging by the images, it would appear that the fingerprint sensor on the Moto M will be located on the back of the device and not on the iconic dimple – another first for Moto devices. It's expected the handset will ship out with a bunch of pre-installed Microsoft apps and Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

All seems to indicate towards an interesting mid-range Moto device and the price should be quite affordable also. No word if this model will ever make its way to Canadian markets or not, but we'll wait and see.


The post Lenovo's Upcoming Moto M Smiles For The Camera [PICS] appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Night mode enabler apps no longer work in Android 7.1

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 11:14 AM PDT


Offering developer previews is very beneficial to a platform, but it also comes with its own perils. For example, people get upset when a feature that was part of the preview is dropped before the final release. Google has been derided in many a comment section for the removal of night mode in the final Nougat release, and now the hacky night mode enabler apps don't even work anymore. Is Google doing this because it hates you personally?

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Night mode enabler apps no longer work in Android 7.1 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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LG V20 pre-orders begin today at U.S. Cellular

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 10:03 AM PDT

We've already seen a few US carriers begin taking pre-orders for the LG V20, and it's now time for U.S. Cellular to get in on the fun.

US Cellular has officially begun taking pre-orders for the LG V20. Subscribers that want to make sure they get the V20 on launch day, October 28, can pre-order their device either in-store or online.

As for pricing, customers can choose from a few different monthly payment options. That includes 20 monthly payments of $32.40 each, 24 monthly payments of $27.00, or 30 monthly payments of $21.60 each. Prepaid customers can get the LG V20 for $699.99.

US Cellular is also offering a free pair of B&O Play H3 headphones with the purchase of a V20 (a $149 value) for a limited time. And if a customer trades in a smartphone and buys the V20, they can get an additional $100 gift card.

Do you plan on pre-ordering the LG V20?

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ZTE reveals Eye-Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone as winner of crowdsourced Project CSX contest

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 08:43 PM PDT

After launching its Project CSX effort earlier this year to find a great new smartphone idea, ZTE today revealed the program's grand prize winner.

ZTE says that the Eye-Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone is the winning Project CSX design. It won 31 percent of the overall vote, beating out other ideas like Intelligent Smartphone Covers (21 percent), Stock Android Flagship Phone (19 percent), VR-Interactive Diving Mask (16 percent), and Powerglove (8 percent).

Now that the Eye-Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone has won Project CSX, ZTE has committed to bringing the device to market in 2017. The person that came up with the winning idea will travel to CES with ZTE next January.

As its name suggests, the Eye-Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone includes eye-tracking cameras and sensors that can be used to perform actions without the user touching the screen. The phone also includes a self-adhesive back cover that'll let you stick the device to other surfaces, like to a wall for reading a recipe or watching a movie.

Other features included with the Eye-Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone concept include a 5.5-inch LCD screen, bottom-firing stereo speakers, a USB Type-C port, and a 16-emgapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and dual LED flash.

We haven't seen much in the way of eye-tracking features in smartphones, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of functionality ZTE can build into this device. As for the rest of the phone, its design doesn't look too shabby, but we'll have to wait until it actually comes to market next year before we know exactly what the final product will look like.

Sources: ZTE (1), (2)

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Kodak Ektra boasts a 21-megapixel camera, dedicated shutter button, and other camera features

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 07:13 PM PDT

Almost two years after Kodak last launched an Android phone, the camera-centric company is back with another smartphone.

The Kodak Ektra was officially announced today as an Android 6.0 smartphone with a heavy focus on camera performance. Kodak has equipped the Ektra with a 21-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, and a dual LED flash. There's also a dual press shutter button to give the Ektra a feel that's more like a real camera.

The front of the Ektra is home to a 13-megapixel camera with a f/2.2 aperture and phase detection autofocus.


The Ektra's software has a lot of camera goodies, too, like an SLR-style Scene Selection Dial that'll let you pick different modes like HDR, Landscape, Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night-time, Panorama, and Bokeh. Kodak has also included a manual mode that'll let you tweak settings like exposure, ISO, focus, white balance and shutter speed. If you'd prefer to let the phone do the work to figure out the best settings for your scene, you can use the Smart Auto mode.

Other features for the Kodak Ektra include a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot for adding more storage, and a 3,000mAh battery that supports fast charging over USB Type-C. The Ektra's also got a 5-inch 1920×1080 display.

The Kodak Ektra — which is built by the Bullitt Group, just like Kodak's last phone — will launch in Europe later this year for £449 ($550 USD). Kodak has said that if there's a strong enough demand for the Ektra, the device could launch in the US sometime in 2017.

Kodak is known for photography, so it's no surprise that its newest Android phone has a heavy camera focus. There are a lot of smartphones already on the market with solid cameras, though, including the Galaxy S7 and the new Google Pixel, so the Kodak Ektra is going to face some fierce photography foes when it launches later this year.

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