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2 weeks ago

Samsung forecasts record Q4 profits in spite of Note 7 debacle

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Note 7 discontinuation hasn't hurt Samsung's bottom line last quarter.

Although Samsung said that the Note 7 termination would put a dent in its profits for two quarters, it doesn't look like that will be the case. The South Korean manufacturer has released its earnings guidance for Q4 2016, in which it estimated that operating profit was likely $7.8 billion (9.2 trillion won), up 50% from the same period in 2015. However, overall revenue for the quarter decreased by 0.6% from Q4 2015 to $45 billion (53 trillion won).

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2 weeks ago

These are the phones that support Daydream VR

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Is your phone Daydream-ready? Probably not.

Google's big push into smartphone-based virtual reality has only begun to take form. Where Cardboard is an amazing way to make it so anyone and everyone can enjoy short VR experiences, Daydream is aiming much higher. You'll be able to kick back and enjoy an episode of Game of Thrones, stand up and draw some amazing pieces of art with a big bubble around you as the canvas, and of course play an enormous number of immersive games. Daydream is going to be a big deal to anyone who can enjoy it, and in order to be on that list your phone must have Google's "Daydream ready" stamp of approval.

Which phones have earned Google's blessing? Glad you asked! Here's a very short list of what's available now, which we will be updating as frequently as possible.

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2 weeks ago

How to enable the app drawer on the Huawei Mate 9

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Huawei Mate 9 app drawer

By default, all your apps are shown on your home screen on the Huawei Mate 9. But it's easy to enable a more traditional Android app drawer.

Gone are the days when using a phone with Huawei's EMUI software meant having to choose between and iOS-like home screen setup — where all your apps are shown on the home screen — and using a custom launcher. The latest EMUI 5 software, included on the Huawei Mate 9, makes it easy to keep your home screen relatively uncluttered, leaving less-used apps in the app drawer.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus' first offline store in India lets customers experience its latest products

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OnePlus wants you to experience its brand.

OnePlus has opened its first Experience Store in Bangalore, India, giving prospective customers the ability to experience its latest products, including smartphones, accessories, and lifestyle merchandise. While it won't sell phones at the store — that's still exclusive to Amazon India — customers will have a first-hand opportunity to try out the products before making a purchase online.

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2 weeks ago

There's now a white variant of Xiaomi's bezel-less Mi Mix

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The stunning Mi Mix, now in white.

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At CES, Xiaomi announced a white version of the bezel-less Mi Mix. Unveiled back in October, the Mi Mix sports a 6.4-inch Full HD display, but the lack of bezels and a 91.3% screen-to-body ratio means that the phone isn't any larger than a traditional 5.5-inch handset.

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2 weeks ago

CES 2017 Day Three: How many pixels do you really need?

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CES 2017

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Three screens are better than one

Razer's concept laptop is just… insane.

There are the laptops that everybody else is showing off at CES 2017, and there's Razer's Project Valerie. The bottom half is a standard Razer Blade Pro — a powerhouse gaming laptop, no doubt — but the lid contains not one, not two, but three 17.3-inch 4K displays. Combined they span around four feet, tucking back behind the center screen when not in use. It's a crazy cool and just plain craze concept. And we want one so hard.

ASUS's updated Chromebook Flip is a Chrome OS powerhouse

No tolerance for slouches.

There's no doubt about it: Chromebooks are coming into their own. From the Samsung-Google partnership that resulted in the Chromebook Plus and Pro to ASUS's new Chromebook Flip C302, they've never been better or more capable. The new ASUS Chromebook is a powerful little beast, sporting an Intel Core processor, up to 8GB of RAM, and two USB ports. Chrome OS is finally coming into its own.

Dell's 8K monitor is the new king of the display hill

Just when you were getting comfortable with the idea of 4K.

Let's be honest: most of us don't have 4K displays yet. But that doesn't stop the march of technological progress, nor will Dell let such trivialities slow them down. So they unveiled a 32-inch 8K monitor that they're planning to have available to buy as soon as March. Words can't really describe the beauty of this beast.

The connected everything

Is it a thing? Can it be connected to the internet? Stop asking silly questions.

Some things have long been "connected" and are getting more so, like security cameras and thermostats and door locks. Other things are new to the connected space, like Lego robots and women's health fertility trackers. Others… are hairbrushes with built-in artificial intelligence.

Dell Canvas is a big honkin' touch screen to go with any PC

Think of it as a Surface Studio without the built-in PC.

If there was one let-down with the Microsoft Surface Studio, it was the lack of true oomph from the computing hardware behind that gorgeous touch screen. So Dell decided to make a screen that does the same things, but without the included computer bits. So this is the Dell Canvas, a 27-inch QHD panel that lets you tap with your fingers, draw with the included pen, and spin away with a Dell "totem" — their take on the Surface Dial. It's not cheap, but it's still cheaper than a Surface Studio, and you can hook it up to the high-powered PC of your choice.

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2 weeks ago

Nexus 6 gets its long-awaited Android 7.1.1 update

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It took long enough, but the Nexus 6 is getting Android 7.1.1!

As promised, Google has issued the long-awaited Android 7.1.1 update for the aging (but still virile) Nexus 6.

Bundled in build N6F26Q, the software gives 'Shamu' all of the features bestowed upon other Nexus devices on 7.1.1, such as app shortcuts, updated emojis, image keyboard and rounded icons, along with important bug fixes, but absent are the Pixel's Night Light and Google Assistant.

If you're in a hurry, you can always grab the OTA file at Google's official factory images page, or just wait until the update machine spits it out in a week or so. The update also includes the latest January 5, 2017 security bulletin.

Google Nexus 6

Newer model: Nexus 6P

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2 weeks ago

How to get ADB and Fastboot utilities without installing the Android SDK

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You can now grab the current version of the Android platform tools directly from Google.

Using adb and Fastboot to do things like flash an update or factory image to your Nexus or Pixel isn't that hard. But it still involves using a command line, and potentially making a bit of a mess. Google just made it a little easier.

Previously, you had two choices — install the Android SDK to your computer, or grab a copy of the necessary tools from somewhere else. The Android SDK is big and cumbersome for anyone not using it to develop Android apps, so this led most people to do the latter and get a copy from somewhere besides Google. These could be out of date, incomplete or, worst case, have dodgy stuff added to it. Not a good situation at all.

Here's the fix: Google software engineer Elliot Hughes let us know that Google is now hosting current versions of the Android platform tools for Windows, macOS and Linux as standalone downloads. Grab the correct file, unzip it somewhere on your computer and everything is ready to run. It's just as simple as it was before, but better since we're getting the files directly from the source. Download links are below.

Download the Android SDK tools for Windows

Download the Android SDK tools for MacOS

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2 weeks ago

T-Mobile starts issuing $10 credits for unlimited customers using less than 2GB per month

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T-Mobile ONE plan gets rid of hidden fees and taxes: What you see is what you pay.

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T-Mobile is always trying to mix things up. At its latest "Uncarrier" event at CES this week, the company borrowed from Bill Maher's bag of tricks by announcing a slew of "New Rules" for T-Mobile customers on the T-Mobile ONE plan.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced that their new plan would include all monthly fees and taxes into the advertised price, so when you sign up for a plan at $70 for a single line (which is the base plan for T-Mobile ONE), your bill will read $70 every month. T-Mobile says that under the current industry practise, "customers end up handing over an extra $17.2 BILLION extra every year in monthly fees and added taxes". This new plan looks to help mitigate that by including all taxes and fees up-front in the advertised price, and they're hoping, as always, to lead the charge for the other carriers to follow suit.

Behind the PR speak: T-Mobile is really pushing for all customers to switch over to a T-Mobile ONE plan.

Other features included in the updated T-Mobile ONE plan include an option to receive up to a $10 credit when you use less than 2GB of data on a line. You still get unlimited data with the T-Mobile ONE plan, but T-Mobile seems to have determined that 2GB is what the average customer needs, so if you come in under that magic number on one or more of your lines, they'll kick back some cash in the form of a credit. T-Mobile has also guaranteed that they will never change the price of their plans once a contract has been signed, with customers holding the power to modify their pricing plan while under contract.

What's kind of hidden behind the PR speak here is that T-Mobile is really pushing for all customers to switch over to a T-Mobile ONE plan. They still offer single line and family plans with set amounts of 4G LTE data included, but it's pretty clear that they're pushing real hard to transition everyone over to their unlimited plan. They're also offering a "tax rebate" in the form of $150 for every line you switch over to T-Mobile ONE, up to four lines. If you're sick of dealing with hidden monthly fees and keeping track of your data usage, T-Mobile might just be speaking your language here.

T-Mobile also announced their preliminary results from the fourth quarter of 2016, which include 4.1 million net postpaid phone customers, the best results in the industry.

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2 weeks ago

Sony's Koov is a fun way to get your kid into programming

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Kids' toys are getting the high-tech treatment at CES this year with the Sony Koov set.

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Curious to see if your kid has knack for programming? You need something like Sony's Koov, a vibrantly colored LEGO-like toy that enables kids to build things and then program them to come to life.

There are seven colors of translucent blocks. Once you've concocted your creation, you can "code" the assembled figure with the aid of a desktop application (programming through an iOS and Android app is in the works). The app uses "if-then-else" logic, which is relatively simple for anyone new to programming to learn.

Koov is part of the Sony Global Education, a major initiative on the company's part to promote STEM education in the mainstream. The blocks are developed by a Japanese company called Artec Co., while Sony provides the software, tech, and marketing.

Unfortunately, Koov is only available in Japan and China for now.

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2 weeks ago

Huawei joins the list of Daydream-ready manufacturers with the Mate 9 Pro

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Huawei is keeping their promises, and adding even more!

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Shortly after Google announced Daydream View and the Google Pixel that powers it, several manufacturers announced support for Daydream would be on the way eventually. Among those early to announce, Huawei made it clear Daydream would be a big part of their future plans.

Today the company is making good on that promise by announcing Daydream support for the Mate 9 Pro and Porsche DesignMate 9 will be available very soon! Unfortunately, that leaves out the regular 5.9-inch Mate 9, which, ironically, was announced to be coming to the U.S. this week.

Huawei Mate 9 specs

Huawei joins a short list of powerful phones all now able to take you into higher quality VR with the help of a Daydream View headset and Daydream controller. It was Google's hope that manufacturers would quickly move to support Daydream in order to create an ecosystem that closely mirrored their efforts with Cardboard VR. If Google can offer a single VR platform that works with many different Android phones, instead of just one manufacturer with a locked down ecosystem, Daydream has the potential to be the most significant VR platform available in a very short time.

We'll have more details for Daydream on the Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 soon!

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi's modular Mi TV 4 is exactly the kind of innovation we need in the U.S.

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It's just too bad this amazing television is limited to China.

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It's funny how life works. Last week, I rushed out in a hurry to purchase a new television in time for our friends to come over and watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve.

The backlight to our Samsung TV had burned out, but it took swapping the various logic boards and tweaking of wires before we realized what was happening. And now, I'm writing about Xiaomi's modular television, the Mi TV 4. Not only is it equipped with its own AI-based suggestion engine and Dolby Atmos surround sound, but you can choose to swap out the base or the screen depending on the situation.

What's more, Xiaomi says that about 80 percent of the Mi TV 4 is actual screen, while the other 20 percent is components. That's the way it is with traditional flat screen TVs, for the most part, but the way that its insides are laid out and integrated into the chassis doesn't make it an easy fix for novices.

The Mi TV 4 is also an impressive 4.9mm thin. It looks like it's supposed to stand up on a TV stand, however, rather than be mounted to the wall for the sheer fact that all of its components live on the bottom. But we won't know anytime soon because the Mi TV 4 is only slated for release in China.

TVs and other gadgets aren't a new product category for Xiaomi. The company has invested in 77 different incubating companies in an effort to establish itself as more than just another Chinese smartphone brand.

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2 weeks ago

The Gap's AR app makes your Tango phone a personal fashion coach

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The Gap's augmented reality experience on the ASUS ZenFone AR shows that AR doesn't always mean sci-fi.

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When we think about augmented reality, we tend to get off the rails and picture something like holograms and Death Star missile turrets. But the truth is that AR has some really practical uses, too. This short clip of an app from the Gap on the ASUS ZenFone AR shows that AR has very practical real-world applications.

Super cool augmented reality demo from @gap, @asus, and @google. Uses an app from Gap and AR via Tango.

A video posted by Android Central (@androidcentral) on Jan 4, 2017 at 12:07pm PST

Using Google's Tango technology built into the ZenFone AR, the Gap has built an app that can measure your body and display clothing on a 3D mannequin so you can tell how it will look while you're wearing it. There are no dinosaurs or laser beams or Alien vs. Predator (or Pokémon, for that matter) battles of any kind. Just a copy of your body type wearing the clothes you're thinking about buying.

Need more like this? Check out our CES 2017 portal!

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2 weeks ago

Best Wireless Charging Pads For Galaxy S7

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Don't fumble around with charging cables anymore — get a wireless charging pad instead!

So you just got the Galaxy S7 and now you want to charge it without having to plug it in each time? Samsung has once again opted to include multiple wireless charging standards on their latest phone, so you will have a variety of options available to purchase. Qi and Powermat have some differences, and not everyone will have the same needs in their chargers.

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2 weeks ago

The new 360fly camera is a little ball of 4K fun

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The new 360fly camera shoots 360-degree video in 4K that's VR-ready and easy to share.

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360-degree videos are really cool, and so is watching them in VR. The new 360fly camera does both and makes it easy to import and share them everywhere. And it looks pretty neat, too.

What is this peculiar little sphere? 🤔 Why, it's the @360fly camera! 📷 This little guy looks tiny, but BOY is it powerful: you get seamless 360 video, you can use it with your #smartwatch, and it's even #virtualreality ready! #CES2017 #360Fly

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Taking 360 videos doesn't have to be hard, even when you're shooting them in 4K. The way it used to be done involved multiple cameras at multiple angles all feeding into expensive software on a really high-end computer plus a lot of editing time. With the new 360fly, now all you do is set it in place, start recording and use your phone or computer to look at and share the finished video — which is preassembled with all the metadata needed to watch through a VR headset.

We really like the way 360fly is going about it here. We've seen 360 4K cameras from other companies, but the small size of the 360fly and fun shape — it's a magic golf ball with one eye — draw us to it. We felt the same way with the Samsung Gear 360. A camera that takes spherical video should look like a sphere, right?

The easier a thing is to use, the more you'll be using it.

A camera built for the consumer also needs to be easy to use. Complicated extra features are always cool and welcomed by many, but you need to be able to set it in place, hit a button and then walk away while it does its thing. The 360fly nails it, and we spent enough time using the previous model to know that making 360 video easy means you'll use it more.

While we're not sure what Samsung's plans are for a Gear 360 update yet, but for now, the 360fly takes the cake. It's easy to use, can fit almost anywhere and shoots VR ready video in 4K without any file editing.

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