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Video inside Lord Brownlee: Top 5 Android M Features

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Article inside FCC Proposes Subsidized Broadband for the Poor

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Although it seems like everyone has easy access to the Internet these days, thatÂ’s not the case for many low-income Americans. A proposal from the Federal Communications Commission could help bridge the digital divide between the rich and poor in the United States.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed expanding Lifeline, a program that helps poor Americans with their phone bills, to also provide subsidized broadband Internet access.

While 95 percent of households with annual incomes of more than $150,000 have broadband at home, less than 48 percent of households earning less than $25,000 yearly have home Internet, the FCC said.

“Over a span of three decades, [Lifeline] has helped tens of millions of Americans afford basic phone service. But as communications technologies and markets evolve, the Lifeline program also has to evolve to remain relevant,” Wheeler said in a blog post.

According to the FCC, more than half of poor Americans have been forced to cancel or suspend their smartphone service because of money issues, which further limits broadband access.

“Because low-income consumers disproportionately use smartphones for Internet access, this puts them at a disadvantage at a time when broadband access is essential for access to education and information, for managing and receiving health care, for daily tasks like accessing government services, checking bank balances, finding bargains on goods and services, and more,” the FCC said.

The commission is expected to vote on the issue June 18.

Bloomberg said the proposal by Wheeler, a Democrat, to expand the Lifeline program to include broadband access has already drawn harsh criticism from Republicans like Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana. In an emailed statement, Vitter said:

Why the FCC wants to expand this program before addressing the regular reports of ongoing fraud is beyond me. I cannot support any expansion of a program that has so few safeguards in place.
Vitter is the chairman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, which has been investigating the effectiveness and efficiency of the Lifeline program.

Lifeline, which is supported by fees tacked on to telephone subscribersÂ’ bills, offers a monthly $9.25 subsidy. The Lifeline program cost $1.6 billion in 2014.

The FCC didn’t say what effect the proposed change may have on those fees — currently set at 17.4 percent of a portion of monthly bills — or on the number of program participants,” Bloomberg said.
http://rt.com/usa/262957-... band-internet/

 
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Image inside LG wants to make mounting your TV just as easy as sticking a magnet onto your refrigerato

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LG wants to make mounting your TV just as easy as sticking a magnet onto your refrigerator.



At an event earlier this week, the South Korean electronics giant showcased an incredibly thin 55-inch television with a flexible screen that you can press onto your wall using magnets.

It's just a concept, though — there's no indication when or if a product like this will actually come to market. The purpose of the announcement was really to announce LG's plans to focus on making OLED screens for products moving forward.

The TV screen itself is less than a millimeter thick, according to CNET. For context, that's about the same thickness as a paper clip. As shown in the image below, a magnetic pad holds the flexible TV screen up to the wall.

The TV itself almost looks like paper.




LG's new display marks yet another concept device that showcases how flexible screens could one day be implemented into everyday products.

Both LG and Samsung have been pioneering flexible display technologies over the past several years, but we have yet to really understand why gadgets with curved screens would even be necessary in the first place. A television such as the one LG showcased earlier this week begins to answer that question a little bit.

Samsung is believed to be capable of developing a fully flexible phone by 2016, a company executive said at an investor event in New York this past November. But it's unclear exactly what the advantages of a bendable phone would be. Both Samsung and LG have released phones with curved screens, but they haven't really caught on with consumers.

Read more: http://www.businessinside... #ixzz3bGjpmPam

 
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Video inside Google I/O 2015 Official Thread: Thursday May 28th, 2015 @ 9:30am PST

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https://events.google.com/io2015/#

Link to the Google Store if anything is announced with buying/pre-ordering:

What are you expecting to be announced and what are you hoping to see out of Android M tomorrow and anything else ex Chromecast, Android Auto, Android Wear?

 
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2 days ago

So google removed youtubes best feature(collections) for no apparent reason

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I have sh*tloads of subscriptions this was the only way to organize it because i also had lots of collections, certain pages upload videos a lot more regularly than others so the subscription bar will be spammed with their videos now

http://techfrag.com/2015/... d-from-may-20/

 
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Video inside Wanna crash an iPhone?

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3 days ago

Samsung #1 In Smartphone Sales In Q1 2015, iPhone Sales Have Reached Peak Says Analyst

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| By Jago - 3 days ago

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The smartphone marketplace is such a dynamic place that it is hard to keep track of who's who: just a few years ago, Nokia was at the top, then Samsung went to rule, and these days, it seems that it's Chinese phone makers that are aiming to occupy the top 10 list.

Last year, Apple send shockwaves through the industry with record-breaking sales of its iPhone lineup, and for the first time, it tied with Samsung for the first place. Naturally, this was not meant to last - and it's natural because Apple sells only upper-tier phones, while Samsung offers everything from low- to mid- to high-end devices. In the first quarter of 2015, Samsung is at the top of the listing again with sales of 82.8 million devices, grabbing a 24.3% market share, while Apple's 61.6 million sales grant it the second place with 17.9% of the market in terms of units sold.

The big news following the first quarter of 2015 is that Sony and Microsoft, two of the most renowned brands, have dropped out of the top 10 phone manufacturers, replaced by Chinese phone brands. Actually, excluding Apple, the top 10 list of phone makers now consists of 9 Asian phone makers, and 7 of them are from China. The newcomer this quarter is Vivo, a phone maker that focuses on premium handsets with an affinity for higher-fidelity audio capabilities.

The stats come from former Nokia executive Tomi Ahonen, who has one of the best track records when it comes to predictions, and here's an interesting speculative tid bit from his latest analysis:

"Obviously we've already seen the market share peak of iPhones and my projection is that the actual market share for full-year 2015 for the iPhone will be down again this year."
Top 10 smartphone makers in Q1 2015: Sony and Microsoft drop out of the picture, Chinese phone makers take over

 
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3 days ago

Image inside HTC WF5w Is Their Thinnest Device Yet, Smaller Speakers And Big Bottom Bezel In Tow

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While HTC isn't known for making the thinnest smartphones on the market, the company has several handsets that are under 8 mm thin. The latest is the One E9+, which, at 156.5 x 76.5 x 7.54 mm, is the Taiwanese company's slimmest smartphone to date. But it looks like this title won't be held for long by the One E9+.

Meet the HTC WF5w, an unannounced handset that showed up today in China, where it's been approved by the country's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center. Weighing 152 grams and measuring 158.7 x 79.7 x 7.49 mm, the WF5w is a hair thinner than the One E9+.

The new smartphone runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, sports a 5.5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, and seems to have dual front-facing speakers. Other features include an octa-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 13 MP cameras on the front and back, 16 GB of storage space, and microSD card support (up to 128 GB).

The presence of TD-LTE connectivity suggests that the HTC WF5w is made for China Mobile. However, the handset might have an international version, too, and we assume that it's going to be included in the Desire series (WF5w is definitely not its commercial name). Take a look at the new HTC smartphone below, and let us know if you like what you're seeing.






The unannounced HTC WF5w seems to be the thinnest HTC smartphone yet

 
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3 days ago

Samsung Developing Denser Batteries And Slimmer Camera Sensors For Smartphones

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| By Jago - 3 days ago

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Samsung has just announced that it is currently working on newer batteries that have higher energy densities and camera sensors that are thinner than the current ones in order to maker smartphones and tablets even thinner. The South Korean electronics giant has announced that these new technologies will be used in smartphones that will be released in 2017, so thereÂ’s still some time for that.

Currently, Samsung is working on batteries that have energy density of 700Wh/l (Watt-hours per litre), but they expect this number to increase to 750Wh/l by the end of 2016, and to 780Wh/l by 2017. This means that batteries with the same capacity will be thinner than their current dimension, or you can expect increased battery capacity if the company sticks to the current dimensions. Not only this, the company is also working on increasing the battery voltage 4.40 volts in the coming months, and 4.5 volts by 2017. Samsung has also mentioned that it is working on improving its fast charging technology. It is expecting to make charging technology that can charge 80 percent of the battery within 30 minutes. All this means that you can expect better battery life in smartphones by 2017.

Samsung also revealed that it is developing RWB camera sensors for mobile devices. RWB stands for ‘Red White Blue’, which will supposedly provide “better color fidelity” for photos. Additionally, Samsung’s upcoming smartphone camera sensors will come with a smaller pixel size – from 1.12 microns to 1 micron – for its upcoming camera sensors. This will result in a 23 percent thickness decrease – from 6.5 mm to 5 mm for a 16-megapixel sensor and from 5.2 mm to 4.5 mm for a 13-megapixel sensor – resulting in thinner camera sensors with a similar megapixel rating. However, it is believed that bigger pixel size results in better image quality, but it is also possible that the company will use something like pixel binning that Nokia and Sony currently use in their high-end smartphone cameras for better per pixel quality.

With keeping these advancements in mind, you can definitely expect smartphones to last longer on a single charge, and captured better images and videos than current smartphones.
Samsung developing denser batteries and slimmer camera sensors for smartphones - SamMobile

 
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3 days ago

Video inside LG G4 Drunk Tech Review

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3 days ago

Sound Familiar? Google To Focus On Battery Life In Android M

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As we all know, Google I/O is right around the corner. So far this year, we haven't seen too many early clues as to what Google will cover in its keynote (though Ars Technica's I/O tracker is a great place to get some ideas) outside of its new Photos app, but we do expect that Google will be telling us about Android M (internally called macadamia nut cookie or MNC).

The specifics of what Android M will bring to the table are still a mystery, but we've heard a few things that could make this an exciting update. Specifically, Google is apparently taking a renewed focus on battery and RAM usage, and plans to release a dev preview of M, just like it did for Lollipop.

Confidence level

Our confidence level for this set of rumors is a 7 out of 10. While we're mostly confident that Google will release a dev preview, claims about a focus on battery and RAM are hard to substantiate without more evidence. Our information comes from sources that have been reliable in the past however, so only a few points are knocked off.

The rumor

This rumor comes in two parts - first, the release timeframes for Android M. According to our information, Google plans to release a developer preview for Android M, just like it did with Lollipop last year.

The final release for M is apparently slated for August. As always, it's worth noting that these release timeframes can change. August is a few months away, so depending on what happens between now and then, the release could get delayed.

Second, M's focus on battery and RAM. According to our information, battery is set to be a big focus in Macadamia Nut Cookie, with Google emphasizing performance and smarter use of features that might drain your battery.

Google is apparently urging its own teams to focus on battery performance by cutting location checkins when possible, trimming down RAM usage, and reducing activity off-charger and when the device's screen is off. Presumably this renewed focus on performance will extend to Google's own Play Services package, which frequently manages to wiggle its way to the top of battery usage stats.

According to our info, Google will discuss these changes at I/O.

Final thoughts

It's hard to say how these efforts will materialize in Android M. Google, with additions to L like JobScheduler and Project Volta, has already taken aim at improving battery and performance on Android, but familiar battery life complaints still linger on for many users, even on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, Google's flagship Lollipop devices. So while there's little reason to doubt that Google is still working on improving battery performance, one could be forgiven for remaining skeptical of the outcome.

Android M's release timeframe on the other hand isn't unexpected. A Fall release time frame (presumably in line with the new Nexus device(s)) makes sense, and a developer preview will be a welcomed sight for developers and enthusiasts alike.

Whatever happens, we only have a few more days until we can expect official word!

[Rumor] Google Taking Renewed Focus On Battery And RAM In Android M, Dev Preview Expected Again This Year

 
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3 days ago

2 Nexus Phones Coming In 2015, No New Nexus Tablet?

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The Nexus 6 was a break from the past for the Nexus program with its high price tag and massive size, but it was probably an emergency replacement after the collapse of Android Silver. We've been wondering if Google would recommit to the Nexus program, and it's sounding like yes—in a big way. We've gotten some details on two alleged Nexus phones for 2015, but there are currently no plans for a tablet.

Confidence Level

We're rating the confidence level of the phone aspect of this rumor at a 7 out of 10. The source is reliable, and we believe the information to accurately represent the state of things in the very recent past. The specs on the phones are still tentative in the information we've received, though. They're probably further along now and things might have changed. The tablet rumor we're putting at an 8 out of 10. It's almost certain.

The Rumor

This would be the first time Google has released two Nexus phones in one year, but this is apparently the plan. We don't have the full specs, but we've got some tentative ones.

The LG Angler (remember, sea creature code names) will have a 5.2-inch screen and a battery in the neighborhood of 2700mAh. The capacity is not completely decided, but neither is the ARM chip. LG is currently planning on a Snapdragon 808 in this device. That's the same hexa-core chip used in the LG G4. Angler would basically be the 2015 Nexus 5 everyone has been begging for.

The Huawei Bullhead will apparently be a somewhat more hefty device with a 5.7-inch screen. For better or worse, the information we have says Huawei plans to use a Snapdragon 810 in this Nexus. Again, that might change before release, or maybe it'll be fine with the additional time to tweak performance. The battery capacity in Bullhead is said to be 3500mAh. This is more or less a 2015 Nexus 6, but with a slightly more manageable form factor. Both phones should be out in the usual Nexus time frame around October.

It also sounds like the Nexus 9 will be Google's flagship tablet for another cycle. The information we have on this is from just a few weeks ago in April, and says no Nexus tablet is in the works. That makes it unlikely we'll see one this time around.

[Rumor] No Nexus Tablet In 2015, But Two Phones—A 5.2-Inch LG (Code Name Angler) And A 5.7-Inch Huawei (Code Name Bullhead)

 
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Video inside Galaxy S6 Edge - Drunk Tech Review

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They going in on the useless edge

 
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Image inside DxOMark Ranks The HTC One M9's Camera 22nd Out Of 23 Other Flagships

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5 days ago

Article inside Samsung mobile chief deny weak sales of Galaxy S6

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| By Tiko377 - 5 days ago

As speculations have been mounting that Samsung ElectronicsÂ’ flagship smartphone Galaxy S6 is posting disappointing sales against early expectations, SamsungÂ’s mobile chief J.K. Shin came forward and denied the speculation on Wednesday.

When SamsungÂ’s ambitious smartphones Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were first rolled out in March by the South Korean tech giant, they were well received by media at home and abroad.

Samsung's President of Mobile, J.K. Shin had said with confidence, “Galaxy S6 will become a new shock to the mobile market. Its sales will exceed those of Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4,” at the launch event in Seoul.

However, unlike the early expectations, the sales of Galaxy S6 has been lagging behind its rival AppleÂ’s iPhone 6 in the domestic market. According to the local telecom industry, the company sold 300,000 units of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge within two weeks since the roll-out on April 10. This is a lower figure compared to AppleÂ’s iPhone, which sold 200,000 units within three days since the roll-out last December.

Sales of Galaxy S6 in the global market appears not impressive either. Samsung Electronics has so far shortened the period of reaching sales of 10 million units with new phones launched. It took seven months and five months for Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 each to reach 10 million unit sales. Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 shortened the period to 28 days and 25 days respectively.

However, unlike Samsung’s argument that “Galaxy S6 is outselling Galaxy S5,” the sales of Galaxy S6 did not reach 10 million within 25 days, according to market watchers.

As the speculation about the weak sales is mounting, Samsung’s mobile chief J.K. Shin came forward, denying the rumors, saying, “(The news reports) are incorrect.”

Analysts say there are two reasons why Samsung Electronics needs to boost the sales of Galaxy S6. The tech giant needs turnaround from the sluggish sales the firm posted last year. While Samsung Group hasnÂ’t yet secured its next generation products, the weak sales of its flagship products might shake the entire group.

Further, the sales boost is necessary for Samsung Electronics’ vice president Lee Jay-yong to have soft landing for the smooth power succession from his sick father. Lee reportedly was much involved in the development and design of Galaxy S6 and the phone is dubbed “Lee Jay-yong phone,” here in Korea.

By Yeon Choul-woong

http://www.koreaittimes.c... ales-galaxy-s6

 
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Video inside MKBHD LG G4 Review

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Video inside Flossy Carter LG G4 Unboxing and Impressions

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"It's ya boy Floss...back again with another video"


 
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Video inside Lily Camera of the Future

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Lily Flies Itself.

No controller required. Focus on your activity while
Lily flies itself to capture your adventures.

https://www.lily.camera/

 
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6 days ago

Video inside Is this the best value Android phone? Alcatel Idol 3

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http://www.androidcentral... -idol-3-review

I'm deciding between this and the Asus zenfone 2.

Tough choice. Both are nice.

Also soon coming out on June is the Sony Xperia C4 and Xperia M4 Aqua.

No need to pay $650 and be stuck in a contract.

 
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Video inside Rewind - Blu Studio Energy - First Look

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