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Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone and Mi Band debut

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 35 mins ago

Xiaomi is a Chinese smartphone marker that also has device like tablets and wearables to its credit. The company has unveiled two of its latest products including the Android Mi 4 smartphone and a wearable wristband. The smartphone has a 5-inch screen promising 17% higher resolution than the iPhone.

 

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The wristband is an accessory for the phone that acts as an identifier to unlock the smartphone without a password. The smartphone has a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with four cores. Internal storage is 16GB or 64GB depending on the version and the phone has 3GB of RAM.

 

The 5-inch screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and power for the device comes from a 3080 mAh internal battery. Android is the OS with the Xiaomi MIUI skin on top. The smartphone will hit China first priced at the equivalent of $322 in the US.

Netflix to sell gift cards in some stores in the US and 40 other count

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 hour, 29 mins ago

Gift cards are the go to gifts for many people around the world for birthdays and holidays. Gift cards might be impersonal, but many people like to get and give them. Word has surfaced that Netflix is gearing up to sell gift cards in stores in 40 different countries around the world where it operates.

 

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The gift cards will be available in select stores in the US, Germany, Mexico, Canada, and other places. The gift cards will allow users to pay for Netflix service without having to use a credit card for sign up. A note from Netflix about its gift card plans included an image of a $30 gift card; the service starts at $7.99 monthly.

 

"In mature markets, gift cards will extend our brand presence and make it easier to access Netflix," the company said in its letter. "In newer markets, gift cards help build the brand and provide an easier alternative for consumers to join Netflix in markets with developing online payments."

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Yahoo reportedly drops over $200 million to buy analytics firm Flurry

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 hours, 31 mins ago

Sources are reporting that Yahoo has made a significant purchase spending over $200 million to purchase mobile analytics company Flurry. Flurry is more than a mobile analytics firm and has its hand in mobile advertising. Sources claim that the price paid for Flurry could be in the $200 to $300 million range.

 

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Rumors had been swirling that Flurry was on the market with one source indicating it was looking for $700 to $800 million. If the sources in the Yahoo purchase are correct, the purchase price came nowhere near that price.

 

So far, no official confirmation from Yahoo or Flurry has been made on the deal. Flurry was founded in 2005 and is one of the largest firms in mobile app analytics.

GameStop gift card exchange program launches, powered by Cardpool

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 32 mins ago

We've all been there at birthdays or during the holiday season, someone gives you a gift card to a place you don't like and you silently think that gift card will sit in your sock drawer forever. GameStop has announced a new gift card exchange program that is powered by Cardpool that will let you trade those unwanted gift cards for credit for stuff you do want- games and accessories.

 

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The new gift card exchange program allows users to exchange physical plastic gift cards and e-cards to get a digital GameStop gift card that can be spent online or in GameStop retail stores. The trade process is very easy with three steps to swapping unwanted cards for GameStop cards.

 

The page for the trade in program lets you check gift card balance, fill out your information to get a trade quote, and then get the GameStop card via email. It's unclear if this is a dollar for dollar exchange program; presumably, Cardpool is going to take a cut of the money in the trade.

NVIDIA's new Shield Tablet confirmed, Tegra K1-powered for $299

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 hours, 10 mins ago

For something that we've been teasing for a little while now, NVIDIA has just taken the official wrap off of its Shield Tablet. We now have confirmed specs, with the new device being an 8-inch tablet featuring the slightly higher than Full HD resolution of 1920x1200.

 

 

The new Shield Tablet is powered by the company's more than impressive Tegra K1 processor, is compatible with the new Shield wireless controller, something that will let you get your game-streaming fun on. This will allow you to run your games remotely from your PC at home. With its mini-HDMI connection, you can throw up 1080p content to the Full HD TV near you.

 

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Because it's an Android-based device, you get the best of both world's - the Android games, as well as PC games. This is something most other devices don't even begin to offer, especially at $299. NVIDIA is doubling down with the Shield Tablet, by turning the Shield brand into a product family. The new NVIDIA Shield Tablet is also the first global launch that the company has taken on. The new Shield Tablet starts off with the Wi-Fi-only 16GB version priced at $299. The 32GB model with LTE capabilities is priced at $100 more, at $399.

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Sony Walkman ZX1 selling well in Japan despite $700 price

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 hours, 32 mins ago

Audiophiles are willing to spend extra money to get products that better reproduce the music they love to hear. We see this all the time with some folks willing to fork out hundreds and hundreds of dollars for things like headphones and music players. Most of us think of the iPod when shopping for a music player, but audiophiles have another device they are buying in Japan.

 

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Sony launched the thick Walkman ZX1 in Japan a while back. The ZX1 is a niche product and sells for a lot more than your typical iPod. Despite having a price of $700 in Japan, it is said to be selling very well. The secret to success for the ZX1 is its support for a high-end, high-resolution audio format.

 

That audio format is 24-bit 192kHz FLAC audio files. Sony will have some competition in the market for supporting this format with the Kickstarter backed PonoPlayer due to land in October supporting the same format. As of now, the Sony ZX1 is available in Japan and a few other locations in Asia, no word on rolling the device out to the US or other countries has been offered.

Verizon Smart Rewards program requires ad tracking opt in

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 5 hours, 36 mins ago

Verizon has launched a new rewards program to help encourage users to do things like pay bills and sign up for new Verizon services. The idea is that each time you pay your bill on time or up your data plan, you will be given a specific number of reward points that can later be redeemed for gift cards.

 

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On the surface, this sounds like a pretty good deal, but reports indicate that in the fine print Verizon Smart Rewards also requires users to opt into Verizon Selects. If users don't realize that opt in is required, they may not realize that by default location data and web surfing data is tracked by Verizon.

 

Verizon uses that data to target the ads people see on their smartphones. The good news is that you can leave Verizon Selects and still use Smart Rewards after signing up, but you will lose the extra rewards points you get for enrolling in Verizon Selects.

Verizon pushes FiOS internet upload speeds to match download speed

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 6 hours, 39 mins ago

If you happen to live in an area where Verizon has its fast FiOS internet connectivity, Verizon has some good news about an upgrade you may like to hear. Verizon has announced that it is boosting the upload speeds of its FiOS service for almost all of the connections on the FiOS network to match the download speed.

 

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That means users will get a synchronous connection that makes it much faster to upload content to the internet. This will be particularly nice for users who upload lots of large video files to sharing sites like YouTube.

 

The lowest cost FiOS plan will offer 25Mbps upload and download speeds, which is a boost from 15Mbps down and 5Mbps up. Current subscribers will see their speeds increase over the coming months. With the 25Mbps upload speed, customers would be able to upload a 3GB HD video in 16 minutes.

China has more smartphone users than the US has citizens

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 7 hours, 16 mins ago

China is the most populous country in the world with a huge number of people residing inside the country. Some new stats from the semi-official China Internet Network Information Center have been released that looks at how many people in the country use a smartphone.

 

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According to the stats, China has more people using smartphones than the population of the US. In all, China has 632 million internet users as of the end of June. That means that China has a bit more than twice as many people using smartphones than the US has population.

 

The growth rate in 2014 for smartphone users in China has reached 14 million users. To put that number in perspective 14 million is about the same amount of people who live in New York City, LA, and Chicago combined. In China 83% of internet, using citizens access the internet via their phone, which is about 527 million people.

Facebook now lets you 'Save' content to view later

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 8 hours, 37 mins ago

In this fast-paced world, we simply can't keep up with everything that is going on, and that's without considering Facebook. But for people who breath the social network in everyday (guilty!), then the social network has something in store for you with its new Save function.

 

 

The new Save feature will allow you to use a bookmark-like system that lets you save content such as movies, places, TV, music or links so that you can view them at a later date. This is perfect in the example scenario of sitting on the bus or train, or even a doctors office, going through content, you can 'save' it, and view it later when you're not about to jump off the bus, or go into your appointment.

 

Facebook has said that the saved items will only be seen by you, unless you choose to share them with friends. The saved items can be viewed at anytime, anywhere, by simply tapping the "More" tab on your mobile, or clicking the left side of Facebook when you're using it in a web browser. If you haven't viewed your saved items after a short period of time, Facebook will remind you that you have saved these items by displaying them in your News Feed. This new function should roll out to everyone on iOS, Android and the web over the coming days.

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