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Google to adopt Pointer Events API in Chrome to reduce scrolling lag on Android

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Google revealed on its developer forum that the company intends to switch to Pointer Events API from the current Touch Events across the board on all versions of Chrome. This has the benefit of increasing compatibility with multiple input devices and reduce the scrolling lag on Android.

The Pointer Events specification was first introduced by Microsoft back in 2012 for Internet Explorer and was quickly adopted by W3C as a web standard due to its superiority over the Touch Events specification. Pointer Events allows the use of multiple input tools other than a mouse, such as a stylus or a finger, common on modern devices. Read more »

Jide’s Android-powered Remix tablet to begin shipping in May

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The Jide Remix tablet, which was announced back in January this year and is already available in China, is set to be available globally in the coming months. The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign that allows people in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and most European countries to order the tablet, which is priced at $349 and begins shipping in May.

Specs-wise, the Remix ultra-tablet features an 11.6-inch, 1920×1080 screen, a 1.8 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of expandable storage space. The device sports 5MP front and rear-facing cameras, packs in a 8100 mAh battery, and runs a modified version of Android 4.4.2 called Remix OS. Also, it looks similar to the Surface, with a kickstand at the back and a detachable keyboard. Read more »

QHD wallpaper pack from HTC One M9+ leaks

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The HTC One M9+ may be unveiled in China on April 9, but recent rumors claim it will be available in Europe too. And that’s with the same MediaTek MT6795, rather than having it swapped out with Snapdragon 810 for the western audience.

HTC One M9 Plus Wallpapers

That hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but until the One M9+ is official, you can feast your eyes on its (leaked) QHD wallpapers (courtesy of @LlabTooFeR). Read more »

Buy a Galaxy S6 or S6 edge from T-Mobile, get free Netflix for one year

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If you want to get a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge but haven’t settled on a carrier to sign a contract with, this might help. T-Mobile will give you a one year subscription to Netflix for free if you buy either Galaxy S6 device from it.

Like the carrier says, this is a value of more than $100, so if you are also a fan of Netflix, it basically means you’ll be paying a lot less for the smartphone as you would at other carriers. Read more »

Original Moto G 4G is now $159.99 for one day only

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The original 4G-capable Moto G from last year is now being offered by Motorola with a pretty neat price reduction. Normally retailing for $199.99, the phone can be yours for just $159.99 – but you have to act fast.

The deal is only valid until 10:59 AM CT on March 25, which is tomorrow. So you have under 24 hours to do the deed, if you’re so inclined of course. Read more »

iFixit teardown reveals Galaxy S6 battery replacement is a really tricky job

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The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are well on their way to consumer markets and with a record number of preorders piling up, both retailers and users are quite eager to get their hands on the Latest Samsung tech. There is, however, still some waiting to be done, as in most regions the two handsets will become available around the middle of April.

This, however, does not meant there aren’t already a few Galaxy S6 units out in the open. And while some are content simply marveling at them, others would love to see what is inside them and, more-importantly, how to safely open one. Read more »

Xiaomi launches 40-inch Full HD Mi TV 2 for $320

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Xiaomi has announced a new 40-inch model as part of its Mi TV 2 line-up. As the younger kin of the 49-inch Mi TV 2 with 4K video support, the new 40-inch Mi TV 2 model is more of an affordable full HD version. Xiaomi’s new 40-inch Mi TV 2 will be available on March 31 from Xiaomi website.

The new Mi TV 2 model features a 40-inch SHARP SDP X-GEN display panel with full HD pixel resolution and LED backlight mode with 5000:1 contrast ratio. Read more »

Android devices by Samsung will ship with Microsoft productivity apps and services

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Microsoft and Samsung announced an expansion of their global partnership. Going forward, the Korean giant will pre-install Microsoft applications and services to its Android hardware.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge will ship with Microsoft OneNote, Skype, and 100GB of OneDrive cloud storage. Read more »

The Nexus 9 tablet can be yours for $300 from BestBuy, but you have to be quick!

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The HTC Nexus 9 tablet is now on sale at BestBuy, but it’s a 4-hour deal, starting at 11 a.m. and spanning up until 3 p.m. CT today. In this small timeframe the store has put both the 16GB and 32GB versions of the Google tablet on sale with a $100 price cut.

This puts the 16GB version at $299.99 and the 32GB one at $379.99 respectively. Both come with free shipping, but you better act fast if you want to snatch one. The offer comes with two additional accessories, also offered at promotional prices. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 lets you disable unwanted preinstalled apps

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TouchWiz has been regularly criticized for being much too crowded and packed with features beyond the needs of the average user. Actually, the phrase “resource hog” often popped up and we can’t wholeheartedly disagree.

Samsung aimed at putting critics to rest in that department as well, after having addressed the other main source of complaints, choice of materials. Read more »

Meizu m1 note hands-on

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We were very impressed with the Meizu MX4 and even more impressed with its bigger counterpart the Meizu MX4 Pro but to cover all interested users, the China-based maker has a cheaper phablet in the face of the Meizu m1 note.

It cuts a few of the more premium hardware characteristics but the looks and feel are every bit as good. The screen is a 5.5″ IPS unit of a lower 1080p resolution (compared to the 1536p of the MX4 Pro) but is every bit as bright and colorful. Read more »

Weekly poll: Samsung Galaxy S6 Hot or Not?

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The most hotly-anticipated flagship of recent months, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is already here, and we subjected it to our customary test routine. We don’t doubt you’re already familiar with our findings, but on that slim chance you’ve been gone from our site for the past week, you can check out the detailed review here.

Our discoveries are one thing though, and you’re likely to have your own personal take on the matters at hand. Thus,we’re offering you a chance to share your thoughts on a few key aspects of Samsung’s latest and greatest. Join us after the break, for the complete list of hot topics. Read more »

Google created a special tablet for use in Ebola treatment centers

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Treatment centers for airborne diseases such as Ebola are no joke. Everything is locked down and the doctors and scientists working on the patients have to wear special suits and there is a strict control of objects getting in and leaving the center.

As such, it is difficult to communicate with people outside the center. One such center in Magburaka, Sierra Leone had a problem, where the doctors had to shout off information from a piece of paper and then destroy the paper. This is when Google stepped in and created a one-off devices specifically meant to be used in this environment. Read more »

Amazon to offer “unlocked” Android apps through its store

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Amazon is one of those instantly recognizable online vendors that are constantly trying its hand at new services and consumer markets. Besides goods and books, both digital ant traditional, for which the store is best known, Amazon probably has the most diverse catalog from all the major online stores, including movies, music and also Android apps.

It is undoubtedly hard to achieve popularity as an app store under Google’s own mobile OS, which, has its own proprietary shop and is not too keen on sharing sales profits. Still, Amazon has managed to stick with the niche and in order to do so, often resorts to quite impressive app promotions, like the regular “free daily apps”, which is even currently available with 43 titles, to celebrate the store’s forth birthday. Read more »

Google is pushing on-body detection smart lock for Android

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Google updated the Play Services quietly to add a couple of new security options. Smart Lock got new Trusted Places along with the existing Trusted Faces. To take the Smart Lock further, Google is now rolling out an “on-body detection” feature in the Smart Lock mode.

The idea is to let your phone detect its proximity to you in order to save itself and your data from being stolen. The new on-body protection feature uses the accelerometer to estimate whether you’re holding the device or it is in your pocket. Read more »