Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Deal: $69 for One Year Subscriptions to Wunderlist, LastPass, Pocket, and More

Through the Productivity Pack, offered exclusively from the companies involved, buyers can get premium one-year subscriptions to six different services, in addition to a 12-week digital subscription to The New York Times for only $69.99.

Premium subscription services are being offered for the following services: Wunderlist, LastPass, Pocket, UberConference, Quip, and Do. Each service offers something different for your productivity needs. Let’s go over them, just so everyone is on the same page.

Wunderlist is a go-to list application for grocery shopping or travel plans. LastPass is a very popular password locker app for multiple platforms. Pocket allows users to save articles for later reading. UberConference is a fantastic conference call and e-meeting platform. Quip is made for teams to organize, document articles, and complete tasks together more efficiently. And, lastly, Do helps you run more productive meetings.

If you total the cost of yearly subscriptions for these services, it would regularly cost $487. With this pack, you are getting all of it for the low price of $70.

To take advantage, follow the link below.

Productivity Pack Link

Via: Pocket

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Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode is on Sale for Just $0.49

For a limited time on Google Play, you can pick up Minecraft: Story Mode, published and created by Telltale Games, for only $0.49. Typically priced at $4.99, this is quite a deal for fans of Minecraft and Telltale.

In this game, you play as a team of Minecraft realm dwellers, tasked with saving your world from dark, magical powers. You will travel across the land all of the way to the Nether in your quest to make your home safe again from the Ender Dragon. All five parts of this episodic series are available for multiple platforms, and your $0.49 purchase unlocks the first chapter. Once you are completed with that, you can purchase a season pass or each chapter individually via an IAP. 

The game is playable on basically any device, but most notably, is compatible with Android TV and supported controllers, such as SHIELD TV with the SHIELD Controller.

Good luck on your quest!

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Facebook Live Adds Support for Groups and Events, Viewer Reactions

Facebook announced changes for Facebook Live today, changes that will affect those who broadcast their own happenings, as well as those who are viewing the broadcast. Starting now, users inside of Groups and Events can begin live broadcasts for members to view, but for viewers, they have been given new ways to express themselves while watching.

To do this, Facebook is including Reactions for viewers, which are those six icons that sum up the entire range of human emotion you see on your News Feed. For example, you can Love a live broadcast, say, “Wow” with a emoji, or express sadness with the teardrop emoji.

Thanks to another addition, broadcasters can include live filters for their videos, as well as watch a replay of broadcast comments, in case they happened to miss a particular one during the stream. Facebook claims that they will also add the ability to draw and doodle on top of live broadcasts in the future.

If you are ready to get down on a bit of live broadcast, make sure your FB app is updated from Google Play.

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Via: Facebook

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These Motorola “Moto Dojo” Commercials are Actually Pretty Funny

I honestly don’t even know which phones Motorola is trying to promote with these new “Moto Dojo” commercials – probably the Moto X Pure and Moto G – but they are at least entertaining, something that I don’t think most of us would say about LG’s Statham-filled G5 commercials. And hey, they also don’t star Ashton Kutcher, so there’s that too.

The spots star some random, un-athletic and uncoordinated white dude with a taped on mustache who takes his karate seriously. Each commercial features this guy doing things to a Motorola phone that highlights a specific feature (Moto Display, Actions, Voice, etc.), only in a really awkward dojo setting, with cat pictures on the wood-paneled wall.

Who doesn’t love a good karate spoof? 

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HTC Teases HTC 10 Camera in Latest Video

HTC is back at it today, refueling the hypetrain for the HTC 10. Still scheduled to be unveiled on April 12, the latest teaser covers the company’s desire to deliver a high-end camera experience. As shown in the video, we should expect the UltraPixel camera to deliver optical image stabilization, as well as support for shooting high-res 4K video. 

During the video, a few still shots are shown, but it’s hard to determine if they are actual samples taken with the upcoming phone. They could easily be samples from any camera with perfect lighting conditions. HTC does not state what the shots were taken with, though, they do look exceptionally good.

Of importance, note the numerous usage of the number “10” in this photo, taken from the video. Oh my gosh, HTC 10 name confirmed?

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DEAL: Nexus 5X 16GB is Just $229 Today at eBay ($120 Off)

The Nexus 5X, the smaller new Nexus from Google that lives on the affordable side, is available today at eBay for a ridiculously low price of $229. That’s $120 off, by the way.

This particular phone is version H791, which is actually the international or euro version, so that means you probably can’t use this phone on Verizon or Sprint. It’s essentially an unlocked GSM phone, with all supported bands for T-Mobile and AT&T. Sorry, CDMA folks.

Still, if you want a Nexus and are on AT&T or T-Mobile, talk about a hell of a deal.

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T-Mobile is First US Carrier to Deploy Enhanced Voice Services

Announced today, T-Mobile is the first US carrier to deploy Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) across its network, bringing a much improved voice experience to all of the network’s users (with supported devices). As an added bonus, for those on T-Mobile who tend to call friends and family who are not on T-Mobile, the patent-pending deployment of EVS benefits customers even if the person on the other end of the line does not have an EVS-capable device. This means that regardless of who you call, as long as you have a EVS compatible smartphone on T-Mobile, your calls should sound better than crystal clear. 

T-Mobile details that EVS brings three key ingredients to customers: EVS improves voice call reliability, provides even higher-fidelity calls than HD Voice, and lastly, EVS delivers these features more of the time and in more places. Essentially, if you make a call on T-Mobile’s network going forward, it should sound superb, and the rare case of when a call is dropped on the LTE network, should happen even less frequently.

Customers looking to use EVS can do so on the new LG G5, as well as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, which received updates for EVS this week. According to T-Mobile, they intend to have seven smartphones working with EVS by year’s end.

But really, who talks on the phone these days?

Via: T-Mobile

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Cricket Wireless Expands Distribution to Over 1,000 Best Buy Locations

Cricket is partnering with Best Buy to bring the prepaid carrier’s devices and plans to more than 1,000 Best Buy retail locations, bringing Cricket’s total amount of retail locations to more than 10,000 in the US. Cricket is a fast-growing prepaid carrier, and according to the company’s press release, partnering with Best Buy is a “perfect fit.” 

If you are unfamiliar with Cricket and have not seen one of its TV commercials with the little green monster thing, know that its plans are as low as $35 a month, with the inclusion of a $5 auto-pay credit. To get unlimited text and calls in the US, Canada, and Mexico, those plans starts at $50 a month.

At this time, customers interested in Cricket can buy the ZTE Fanfare or HTC Desire 625 through Cricket’s monthly plan at any Best Buy location, or bring over one of their own compatible devices. As for which devices are compatible, any phone featuring LTE radios necessary for AT&T’s LTE network will be required, as Cricket is a subsidiary of AT&T. To sum it up, any unlocked GSM phone will work fine on the network.

As stated by Cricket, the company will continue to add devices to its Best Buy lineup over the next couple of months.

Via: Cricket

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Huawei Unveils the Flagship P9 and P9 Plus With Leica Co-Engineered Dual Camera

This morning, at an event in London, Huawei announced two new P-series flagship smartphones, the P9 and P9 Plus. Neither will make its way to the US any time soon (probably never), but since they are the new 2016 flagships from a company aiming to take on Samsung and Apple (and may be able to do it), the phones are worth talking about, especially since they were also co-engineered with Leica, the German camera expert. 

With the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus, you are getting aerospace-class aluminum bodies with metal polishing, 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch 1080p displays, Huawei-made Kirin 955 (64-bit) processors, 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage (depending on model of each), 3000mAh and 3400mAh batteries (with fast charging), fingerprint sensor, 12MP dual cameras (monochrome and RGB), 8MP front cameras, and Android 6.0 underneath Huawei’s EMUI 4.1. In terms of specs, outside of having a QHD display, they have all that you could ask for in a flagship phone.

In the camera department, where Huawei co-engineered each phone’s dual camera with Leica, you get two shooters, one RGB and one monochrome, to deliver better low light imagery, better contrast, and “superior detail.”You can even shoot individually with the monochrome camera to take stunning black and white photos that aren’t enhanced by a filter – they are actually taken in black and white. The processing on the phone is working some magic between the two cameras to create a camera performance that Huawei says destroys both the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s Plus.

The phone begins shipping April 16 all over the globe, just not in the US. We’ll see what we can do to get a hold of one, though.



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Press Release

New Huawei Flagship Device Combines Groundbreaking Innovations and Exceptional Design, Setting a New Standard in Smartphone Photography

London – April 6, 2016 – Today at an exclusive launch event at London’s Battersea Evolution, Huawei Consumer Business Group unveiled the much anticipated Huawei P9 and P9 Plus. Created in collaboration with Leica, the dual-lens P9 sets a new standard in smartphone photography.

The Huawei P9 is the first smartphone co-engineered with the global iconic brand, Leica Camera AG. The P9’s dual-lens camera takes smartphone photography to the next level, allowing people to capture both vivid colors and striking black and white images. Huawei’s new B3 Talkband wearable wristband also made its global debut.

A groundbreaking moment for event guests included a first look at an exclusive trailer of the new Huawei P9 TV commercial starring Henry Cavill and Scarlett Johansson, Global Product Ambassadors for the Huawei P9 series. Showcasing the connection between two global stars in Shanghai and Hollywood, the trailer symbolizes the partnership between Huawei and Leica and the intersection of color and black and white. Cavill was joined at the P9 launch by iconic photographers Mary McCartney and David Guttenfelder from National Geographic as well as BBC Global News CEO Jim Egan, Condé Nast Chairman and Chief Executive Jonathan Newhouse, Vogue China Publisher Anita Chang and Huawei UK Board Members Sir Andrew Cahn and Dame Helen Alexander.

“Huawei is excited to give P9 users the best smartphone photography experience by leveraging the unrivalled capabilities of Leica, the leader in the world of imaging for more than 100 years,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Consumers around the world use their smartphones to take billions of pictures each year, making photography critical to user experience. P9 users can now capture images with unmatched clarity, richness and authenticity, with a masterfully designed and powerful smartphone that looks and feels incredible.”

Reinventing Smartphone Photography

Integrating the design values and engineering excellence of Huawei and Leica in a smartphone photography system co-engineered by the two companies, the P9 brings together best-in-class hardware and software, from optical lenses, to sensors, to image processing algorithms, empowering users to capture the highest-quality images.

Key to the P9’s superlative imaging capabilities is a dual-camera design that fully unleashes the power of Leica’s optical lenses, renowned for precision and attention to detail, and subject to the industry’s most stringent quality screening requirements. The RGB camera on the P9 specializes in capturing color, while the monochrome camera is outstanding at acquiring picture detail. The two rear cameras of the P9 work in tandem to enable users to create images of superior detail, depth and color. The P9 truly excels in low-light conditions, as the dual-camera design guarantees more light and detail can be captured.

Each picture taken by the P9 carries the unique emotional resonance and timelessness that are the hallmarks of Leica, as users may choose between three film modes: Standard, Vivid Colors and Smooth Colors, depending on their personal preferences. With meticulous calibration of the P9’s camera parameters, each film mode faithfully renders the authentic color and style of Leica. By selecting the monochrome mode, P9 users can use their devices as a true monochrome camera to capture powerful and evocative black and white images of superior quality.

Deploying Huawei’s Hybrid Focus technology, the P9 captures images with superior speed, accuracy and stability. The P9 supports camera focusing based on three methodologies – laser, depth calculation and contrast – and automatically selects the one that yields the best result in any given environment.

The wide-aperture photography feature on the P9 allows users to experiment with innovative visual effects to create unique images and content. The P9 makes it easy to adjust the camera aperture to create bokeh and other depth-of-field effects, while keeping the main object in sharp focus.

“Leica and Huawei share an uncompromising commitment to imaging excellence, and our partnership will put outstanding photography into the hands of more consumers around the world,” said Oliver Kaltner, CEO, Leica Camera AG. “We are deepening our collaboration to give users a more optimal smartphone photography experience.”

Taking Industrial Design to a Higher Level

The P9 is a masterpiece of state-of the-art industrial design, with the same minimalist design DNA as earlier products in Huawei’s acclaimed flagship P-series of premium smartphones. Each P9 device is a perfect construct of superior-grade 2.5D glass and an aerospace-class aluminum, with diamond-cut edges rounded out by carefully balanced curvatures.

The 64GB version of the P9 comes in a stunning and unique Haze Gold finish, setting new industry standards in industrial design, with the use of techniques including brushed hairlines and metal polishing at micron-level precision to create a translucent metal surface. Additionally, the Ceramic White version of the P9 is smoother than the painted bodywork of premium cars, reflecting and refracting light to present different shades of awe-inspiring colors as ambient conditions change.

Power and Performance

The P9 is equipped with the power, connectivity and speed that today’s high-end smartphone user expects from Huawei. With a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the P9 is powered by the new Kirin 955 2.5GHz 64- bit ARM-based processor for leading-class mobile performance. The 3,000mAh high-density battery offers P9 users outstanding mobility and battery life.

Huawei is also unveiling the P9 Plus, featuring a 5.5-inch Press Touch display and a larger 3,400mAh battery. The P9 Plus also offers dual-IC Rapid Charge, giving users six hours of talk time after a 10-minute charge.

Leveraging Huawei’s industry-leading capabilities in telecommunications, the P9 and P9 Plus offer unrivaled new features including a virtual-triple-antenna architecture, designed for users who need robust and seamless connectivity to cellular and Wi-Fi networks to fully harness the power of the mobile Internet no matter where they are in the world.

The P9 and P9 Plus also protect users’ privacy and information security with Huawei’s world-leading biometric fingerprint recognition technology. The enhanced fingerprint sensor allows users to personalize and safeguard their devices by significantly lowering the possibility of fraudulent or accidental device access, while also ensuring users can quickly and securely access their smartphone.


  • P9: 3GB + 32 GB €599; 4GB + 64 GB €649
  • P9 Plus: 4GB + 64 GB €749

Available beginning April 16, first wave launch markets include:

Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom.


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AT&T Wastes No Time Matching Verizon’s New $20 Upgrade Fee

On Monday, Verizon introduced a new “upgrade fee” for those customers who buy new phones on device payment plans or at full retail. We spent a good handful of hours over the past week trashing all over the fee, because it seems like an incredibly slick move for a major wireless carrier who is always on the cutting edge when it comes to bleeding you dry at every angle. Of course, Verizon isn’t the only carrier with an upgrade fee – both AT&T and Sprint have them as well.

Speaking of AT&T, their upgrade fee was set at $15 just last August, but now that Verizon has gone with a $20 price point, they are wasting no time in matching the greed. That’s right, as of today, AT&T now has a $20 upgrade fee in place, because why not. We’re talking two days after Verizon pushed theirs live. How awesome. 

The new fees are as follows, according to AT&T’s recently updated fee page:

  • Activation and upgrade fees for smartphones with AT&T Next – Activation and upgrade fees are $20 per smartphone added or upgraded with AT&T Next.
  • Activation fees for installment agreements and bring your own devices – The fee is $20.
  • Activation and upgrade fees for two year agreement – Fees are $45. Note: Two year agreements are available only on select devices.

Going forward, if you buy a phone on AT&T Next or bring your own device, AT&T will charge you an extra $20.

Via:  AT&T

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iFixIt Tears Down the LG G5, Receives Very High Repairability Score

The good folks at iFixIt released their teardown of the LG G5 this morning, much to the excitement of those who enjoy breaking down and rebuilding little pieces of mobile tech. As you might imagine, thanks to LG’s new modular design, iFixIt had a pretty easy time dismantling the G5, with most of the phone being held together by a few screws, clips, and minimal adhesive. Not only that, but disassembling the device does not equate to shattering the display or other key components, which is a major plus over the Galaxy S7 and Nexus 6P.

For those into conspiracy theories, you can rest assured that the LG G5 is made of a fancy aluminum with a specialized coating. However, the front cover that features the LG logo is plastic, held on by whopping amounts of adhesive, while the back cover is metal. During the entirety of the teardown, iFixIt continued to praise the modular design LG implemented, making the entire process quick and painless.

During dissection, iFixIt also learned that the G5’s name is Alice, thanks to text printed onto the LG-made cable for the display.

With a repairability score of 8 out of 10, the G5 utterly destroys the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in the hardware tinkering department, and also demolishes the 2 out of 10 Nexus 6P. If you fancy yourself a DIY fixer of smartphones, the LG G5 might be the phone for you. As noted by iFixIt, the only downside to the G5 in the repair department is if the LCD or glass breaks. If that happens, you are looking at a complete fused display assembly replacement.

Check out the complete teardown and analysis on iFixIt’s website.

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Via: iFixIt

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Verizon LG G5 Gets First Update to Improve WiFi Calling

Verizon’s LG G5 is getting its first update this week as software version VS98711A. The update appears to be minor, according to Verizon, with only WiFi Calling enhancements being the focus.

To grab the update, which at least one reader has told us is live, head into Settings>About Phone>Software updates>Check for Update>Download Now. 

Via: Verizon
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