Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet to the 5 billion people in the world who otherwise can’t access it, has already benefited 800 million people in nine countries, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
“We’ve now made free basic Internet services available to more than 800 million people in nine countries, including just in this quarter, launching in India, Colombia, Ghana, Guatemala, and the Philippines,” Zuckerberg revealed during the company’s Q1 earnings call, adding that over 7 million people, who weren’t connected to the Internet before, now get online using Internet.org. “And this year, we expect to connect even more people,” he said. Read more »
The Xiaomi Mi 4i was just unveiled in India and while on stage gave a quick glimpse at its performance. The phone drops the Snapdragon 801 chipset of the Mi 4 and goes for Snapdragon 615. Hugo Barra said it’s the second generation 615 chipset where the processor works at higher frequencies – there are eight Cortex-A53 cores in total, four of which work at 1.7GHz (up from 1.5GHz) and the other four at 1.1GHz (up from 1GHz). There’s also 2GB of RAM and Adreno 405 GPU.
The slide above revealed some benchmark scores so we can try and compare the Xiaomi Mi 4i’s performance before we even get a hands-on. Read more »
Warner Bros. Interactive has kept its promise to bring the Mortal Kombat X for mobile devices. Now the visceral fighting game is made available for the Android 4.0 or higher devices with freemium model.
The NetherRealm Studios developed Mortal Kombat X was already available for the iOS platform so now both major platforms are covered. For mobile devices, the game includes the usual brutal fights along with card-collecting to unlock special features. Read more »
A dead smartphone battery is one of those odd modern-day things that has steadily been turning into a dreaded reality, especially in recent years. Smartphones are great, but of little use when left with no juice. Manufacturers know this better than anybody and recent strides into various fast charging technologies proves that the issue is already been addressed.
Unlike most major players who have opted for standard Qualcomm Fast Charge, Oppo has gone down a different root with a proprietary technology. The technology is called “VOOC” and it is a major selling point for new Oppo devices. Read more »
LG will start selling the Watch Urbane this week in South Korea and will make it available in 13 different countries through the Google Store. Those 13 markets include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, UK and the United States.
Google announced that LG Watch Urbane will be the first Android Wear smartwatch to ship with the latest version of the OS. Read more »
LG released a brand new promo video for the upcoming G4 flagship smartphone. Unlike the clip from a couple of days ago that focused on the handset’s 16MP camera, the new video is all about the brand new UX 4.0 user interface by LG.
The Korean giant’s latest promo effort focuses on four key features of the user interface. They include Quick Shot, Gesture Interval Shot, Ringtone ID, and Quick Memo+. Read more »
It looks like Samsung has a Jawbone-rivaling fitness band coming our way. The Korean giant received a patent for such device from the Patent and Trademark Office in the United States.
Samsung’s patented device does not pack a display like the Gear Fit. Read more »
Today Samsung made yet another TV ad for its latest flagship smartphones official. This ad is around 30 seconds long, and thus it has time to focus on just one feature: the display.
As you may know, both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge have 5.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreens, with the insane QHD (2,560×1,440) resolution. These displays, according to certain professional opinions, are the best ever seen in a smartphone. Read more »
Microsoft appears to be more active in keeping its official apps updated on the Android platform than iOS. The company’s cloud computing service driving OneDrive app for Android has just got a nifty update.
The new update enables Video Streaming in the OneDrive app and one does not have to leave the app to open another one to watch the videos. Read more »
Facebook Home may not have been a success at all, but the social network isn’t ready to give up on the idea of replacing built-in functionality on Android with its own apps. Case in point – today Facebook has launched a new app called Hello. This is basically an alternative dialer app for Android, and it’s already up for grabs in the Google Play Store (though it seems to be geo-restricted, so you may not be able to download it depending on where you are).
Hello combines a dialer with an interface for viewing contacts, along with easy call blocking and seamless search for people and places. The search part feels especially well tailored for queries relating to businesses. You just need to type a few letters of the name, and if that business has a Facebook page you’ll then be able to call it with one tap (if it has a phone number listed on Facebook itself, of course). Read more »
The LG Watch Urbane was announced at Barcelona a couple months ago, but the latest promo video brings us straight back to the picturesque city.
The tagline reminds us that “Time flies and never returns” to reinforce the time-lapse footage in the video. Read more »
Researchers at Skycure have revealed a zero-day security flaw, which when exploited, can allow attackers to repeatedly crash Apple devices running iOS 8. Dubbed No iOS Zone, the vulnerability just requires the device to be within range of a WiFi hotspot, whether connected or not.
The exploit works by manipulating SSL certificates sent to the iOS devices over Wi-Fi, causing apps or possibly the OS itself to crash, making the device unstable and triggering constant reboots. This would effectively render the device useless, something which could wreak havoc at sensitive locations like financial hubs. Read more »
A rather interesting slide has surfaced today on Weibo, which seems to reveal ARM’s future roadmap for processor core designs. From the looks of things, the company’s lineup is in for a major overhaul, which is sure to affect the whole mobile industry, as ARM’s Cortex designs are widely employed by most mobile chip makers.
The graph suggests that there will be five new core designs, all bearing catchy Greek mythological names. But, besides an optimization for smaller production processes, like 16nm FitFET and 10nm, the new cores also fill the gap between the current Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 with a whole new tier of chips. Read more »
Twitter-owned video social network Vine has updated its iOS app, allowing you to share videos on multiple social networks in one go. “This means you can quickly and easily revine, send posts to your friends via Vine messages (VMs), and share to Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr,” the company said.
So now if you want to share a Vine video with your friends who are scattered across multiple social networks, all you have to do is to go to the new share screen (see image above), mark the services that you want to include, and click the Revine and share button. The feature will soon be available on Android, too. Read more »
Valve and HTC developed the first VR headset for the upcoming Steam VR platform. The new platform will need games and devs can now sign up for a free HTC Vive Developer Edition headset.
Batches of headsets will be distributed every couple of weeks, but supplies will be limited. Read more »