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Samsung Galaxy S6 updated to Android 5.1.1: exploring the differences on video

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The Android 5.1.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy S6 has been out for a while and it finally landed in our grasp so we updated our unit and took it for a quick spin. And we do mean quick as the changelog is particularly short.

We dug around the interface, tried shooting a RAW image and ran some benchmarks. Our findings are pretty slim – the 0.1 update brings only a handful of features. Read more »

Lenovo A7000 Preview

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The Lenovo A7000 is one of company’s budget smartphones, slotted between the A6000 Plus and the new K3 Note. But while we will be taking a look at the latter in a future post, it’s time to take a closer look at the A7000.

Despite its budget positioning, the A7000 does come with a good set of features, including a 5.5-inch HD display, 64-bit octa-core processor on a MediaTek chipset, 2GB RAM, 8 megapixel camera, LTE, dual SIM support and a 2900mAh battery. It’s also the world’s first phone to have Dolby Atmos-certified audio. Read more »

Windows 10 Mobile may arrive with native call recording

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Windows 10 Mobile might feature call recording. The latest Windows 10 Mobile build number 10149 contains hints about the heavily demanded feature.

So far, Microsoft has not been able to bake the functionality inside the Windows Phone platform. Not even Apple has added it in iOS, or Google in Android. Read more »

Google will improve click quality of mobile display ads

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Google announced that it will improve the click quality of mobile display ads. Recent studies have revealed that up to 50% of the current clicks have been accidental.

Going forward, the search giant will automatically block accidental clicks on several occasions. Read more »

New Samsung technology promises to almost double lithium ion battery capacity

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We’ve heard it time and time again and add some. A new revolutionary battery that is going to prolong the life of our tech, unshackle it from the bounds of the wall socket, well, maybe not quite as dramatic, but, you definitely get the idea.

Joking aside, however, we are in dire need of a portable power revolution if we are going to keep up with the ever-increasing needs of our sophisticated tech. Given that the basic principles under which batteries operate, as well as their size limitations have become pretty fixed, the only salvation seems to be in new materials to enhance the controlled electro-chemical reaction we rely on. Researchers at Samsung have done just that and promise to deliver whopping 1.5 to 1.8 times greater charge in future commercial batteries. Read more »

AppleCare+ now has you covered after first sign of battery life problems

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Most Apple users are surely familiar with Apple’s warranty service, dubbed AppleCare. It offers pretty good coverage for you tech, but if you desire some extra care and attention, there is always Cupertino’s paid extended warranty service – AppleCare+. Among other things, the special program enables users to bring in their devices for repair or replacement, if the former is not possible, any time they experience battery life problems.

The US giant has silently made a few upgrades to the said battery clause and devices are now eligible for servicing if they have lost just 20% of their original capacity. This used to be set to 50%, but, under the new conditions you can practically bring your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch into an Apple store with an almost perfect battery and still be eligible for a repair, or, as is often the case, a replacement with a shiny new unit. Read more »

Uber is extending its services to boats in Istanbul

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Uber, the popular ride-sharing company, has really been extending its business lately. Besides launching in more and more countries around the world, it has also been branching out in often odd ways, like the UberEATS food delivery service in Barcelona. The international business has grown so rapidly that it might even be considering buying out a maps business for its own use, so, despite all the controversy and law suits, the service appears to be here to stay, at least for now that is.

Now Uber is launching yet another odd sub-service. It is called UberBOAT and the name mostly gives it away. The idea is centered around the Bosporus strait in Istanbul and utilizing certain local boats as a water-taxi service. Uber is actually already running similar services in other locations, under the very same name. The business partner in question is Navette-Tezman Holding – a local company that owns Beneteau boats, situated on the strait. The water service itself will be seamlessly molded into the Uber mobile app and boat ride suggestions will automatically pop up to users in close proximity to the Bosporus. Read more »

Best Buy Canada now accepting pre-orders for Pebble Time smartwatch

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Earlier this week, Pebble opened pre-orders for the Time smartwatch. While pre-orders stateside are exclusive to Best Buy, outside of the US, potential customers can pre-order the smartwatch from Pebble’s own online store. However, if you live in Canada, you can now also place your pre-order on Best Buy.

The online retailer is selling the black, red, and white colour variants of the wearable device for CAD 250, which translates into around $203. It’s worth mentioning that over in the US, Pebble Time will set you back $200. Read more »

Selfie sticks will be banned from Disney theme parks starting June 30

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Disney World has announced that it’s banning selfie-sticks from its theme parks, a decision that the company says was taken keeping in mind the safety of visitors.

“We strive to provide a great experience for the entire family, and unfortunately selfie-sticks have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast,” a company spokesperson said. The ban will come into effect at Disney World and California’s Disneyland on June 30, and at the company’s parks in Paris and Hong Kong on July 1. Read more »

Update to Microsoft OneDrive for Android adds Chromecast support

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Microsoft released an update to OneDrive for Android. Version 3.2.0 of the cloud storage app brings support for Chromecast.

The new build of Microsoft OneDrive will allow users to stream their multimedia from their mobile device to a TV that’s connected to a Google Chromecast or an Android TV set top box. Read more »

BBM for Android update comes with Material Design, new Private Chat feature

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Today BBM for Android finally starts looking like an Android app. Following a period of less than stellar looks, the app now fully embraces Google’s Material Design principles. A beta version with the new UI went out at the beginning of the month, and now it’s stable enough for everyone to use.

Thus, you can already find it in the Play Store. But the new paint job isn’t the only changed thing about BBM for Android. It also comes with a new feature called Private Chat. Read more »

Facebook’s new ‘Add a Link’ feature lets you easily find and share Web links

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Facebook has launched a new feature that allows you to easily find and share Web links on the social network. Dubbed Add a Link, the feature is currently only available for iPhone users, but will eventually launch on Android and the company’s Messenger app as well.

“Now, whenever you want to share a specific web link in your posts, just tap the new link icon, type in a few keywords to search for a link from our index of posts, and share it,” the company said. So effectively, the feature makes sure that users won’t have to leave the Facebook app when searching for Web links. Read more »

Google Drive app update adds multi-file downloads, new sharing interface

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Google has pushed a new update for its cloud storage syncing Drive app for the Android devices. The key feature is brings is the option to download and send multiple files at a time.

Along with that, the Sharing interface gets a face-lift. You can now share a document to many people at once, while adjusting their editing rights. Added folks appear as a label stack making it much easier to see if anyone has been missed. Read more »

Grab an unlocked LG G4 for $500 from eBay

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Those still looking out to buy the LG G4 should stop for a minute and pay attention to this amazing deal. eBay is offering an unlocked European edition of LG G4 for just $500 in White and Gold color options. Otherwise, the unlocked version of G4 goes for about $600 in the US.

This unlocked LG G4 bearing LG-H815 model number handset is offered in limited quantities so you will have to act quickly it goes out of stock. Though this is an European model, it will pack a power adapter meant for US region. Read more »

Lenovo’s David Hill reimagines a retro style ThinkPad with modern hardware

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Remember the old-school IBM ThinkPad notebooks (or laptops as we used to call them back then)? This was before the brand was acquired by Lenovo, who still makes ThinkPads but they have now evolved with the times.

In his blog post, David Hill, Vice President, Lenovo Corporate Identity & Design, wonders about the possibilities of making a retro-style ThinkPad again, but with modern hardware. It will have all the trappings of the older models, including a blue enter key, 7 row classic keyboard, 16:10 aspect ratio screen, multi-color ThinkPad logo, dedicated volume controls, rubberized paint, exposed screws, lots of status LEDs, and more. Read more »