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KFC's new meal box charges your smartphone with its built-in battery

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

If there was a way to make your KFC meal more unique, KFC stores in Delhi and Mumbai have achieved that - with these two stores offering KFC's new "Watt a Box". What is the Watt a Box?

 

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KFC's new Watt a Box is a meal box that features a built-in battery, microUSB and Lightning cables, so that you can charge your smartphone while you enjoy some of the Colonel's infamous chicken. It's a marketing gimmick of course, but inside it rocks a decently sized 6100mAh battery, which isn't too bad at all. As BGR reports: "The power bank claims to have a 6,100mAh battery but the claims fell short during our brief test. We put an iPhone 5s to charge, which gained 17 percent battery after charging for half-an-hour".

 

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BGR continued: "But the downside was that the power bank was drained during this process. We recharged the power bank to 100 percent and tried to charge a Redmi Note 3. But the power bank ran out of juice again with the phone gaining just 7 percent of charge... KFC is not the only one to toy with such marketing campaigns. Pizza Hut came up with a limited edition box in Hong Kong that converted into a projector for smartphones. McDonald's had launched a special edition of its Happy Meal boxes in Sweden that could be converted into cardboard VR headsets. Coca Cola too had a similar cardboard VR headset one could make from its 12-pack cartons".

Kindle 2016 model is thinner, lighter, and comes in white and black

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 8 hours ago

The 2016 version of Amazon's Kindle makes some welcome improvements to the lauded reader, and all for the usual $80 price tag.

 

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The refresh features an 11 percent thinner and 16 percent lighter design than the previous model, an updated interface, rounded corners for added comfort, and black and white colour schemes. The big change: twice the memory, so you're able to do more before encountering slowdowns.

 

Other additions include the ability to send notes and highlights to your email and Bluetooth audio so blind users can enjoy Kindle too (unfortunately Audible audiobooks aren't supported).

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Samsung Galaxy S8 will reportedly use 4K display, perfect for Gear VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 11 hours ago

Samsung is poised to make a big splash with its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, with the company reportedly set to use a 4K display, bumping the resolution up from the current-gen Galaxy S7 with its 1440p display.

 

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If Samsung continues the size and dimensions of the Galaxy S8 close to the Galaxy S7, the S8 will have a display with a huge 806 DPI at 5.5 inches. We should also expect to see dual rear-facing cameras on the Galaxy S8, with those pictures to surely shine on that new 5.5-inch 4K display.

 

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Remember that Samsung works directly with Oculus on the Gear VR headset, which will see the purported 4K display on the Galaxy S8 being a very big deal when it launches. VR is only continuing to grow, and Samsung is in a great position to continue its leadership with mobile VR, especially if the 4K display makes it into the Galaxy S8.

Motorola's new Moto Z DROID smartphone is a new age of smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 12, 2016 12:58 pm

For the last few years, smartphones haven't really changed - Samsung's Galaxy range of smartphones are sometimes improved successors, while others aren't as well received. Even the great Apple is beginning to hit the end of its dominance, with a bump in sales of the iPhone. Well, Motorola is here with something very different with its Moto Z family of smartphones.

 

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LG tried the module world with the G5 smartphone, and it was one of the most interesting phones of recent years thanks to its upgradeable components - with the wider angle lens camera attachment was a massive surprise. Motorola now has its own MotoMods, which are future-proof, snap-on extensions that add, or improve the abilities of your Moto Z smartphone.

 

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The most out-there MotoMod is the Insta-Share Projector, which blasts a huge 70-inch screen to your wall from its projector. The resolution is lackluster, but this is a first-gen product - so we have 854x480, or 480p - and while its not the best, it will continue to get better in the future with more R&D put into the product.

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Adblock won't be pre-installed on ASUS phones after all

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 31, 2016 6:16 am

Computex 2016 - The deal between Adblock Plus and ASUS is apparently off: new ASUS smartphones and tablets won't come pre-installed with Adblock Plus.

 

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According to Mobile Geeks, ASUS has terminated the deal to automatically enable Adblock Plus on its first-party smartphone and tablet web browser.

 

"Of course, we must also have consideration for our brand image and we cannot be in connection with the company, who has apparently been sued by various media," an unnamed ASUS rep told Mobile Geeks at Computex 2016. Furthermore, Google Chrome has replaced ASUS homegrown web browser on the company's latest ZenFone trio

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ASUS's new ZenFone 3 flagship rocks 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 820, USB C

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 30, 2016 7:25 am

Computex 2016 - ASUS has announced it's new ZenFone 3 Deluxe flagship model at the Zenvolution press event in Taipei, along with two other offerings.

 

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ASUS's new ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a pretty beefy flagship smartphone, sporting up to 6GB of onboard RAM system memory alongside Qualcomm's new powerful Snapdragon 820 processor. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe starts at $499, and features a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen wrapped in an all-metal unibody design. Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 over USB Type-C ensures the ZenFone 3's 3,000mAh battery charges super quickly, and the smartphone has 64GB onboard storage that's expandable to up to 256GB.

 

The other mothers include the $249 ZenFone 3, which packs a 5.5-inch 1080p Super IPS+LCD display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a Snapdragon 625 processor; and the $479 ZenFone 3 Ultra, a bigger handset with a 6.8-inch 1080p screen, 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 652 processor, and a massive 4,600mAh battery that supports quick-charging over USB Type-C. The ZenFone 3 Ultra also sports "4K TV grade image processing", and two of ASUS's new five-magnet stereo speakers for cinematic 3D surround sound over DTS Headphone: X and virtual 7.1 surround. If that wasn't enough, the ZenFone 3 Ultra's 4,6000mAh battery supports PowerBank mode that can share power and "jumpstart other devices".

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Google will reportedly shame vendors into Android updates

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 26, 2016 9:29 pm

Say what you like about Apple, but it's easy to ensure you have the latest operating system on your iPhone at any given time. With Android, not so much: vendors that aren't Google are notorious for for keeping you on old versions of the operating system, causing security issues and preventing users from accessing new features. Such is the downside of an open ecosystem, which forces vendors into extensive, time-consuming update testing across many different phones.

 

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Google has been doing its best to get around these issues as well as persuading some vendors to behave better, and now people familiar with the matter claim its currently busy creating rankings for vendors in order to shame them into better serving users. Said rankings depict how current the companies are or aren't, thereby encouraging potential customers to buy a phone with a more proactive company.

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Rocket League adds cross-play between Xbox One, PC

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 24, 2016 5:26 pm

Popular part-racing part-sports game Rocket League gets even better today as developer Psyonix launches cross-platform play. When the clock strikes 6pm ET / 10pm UTC, Xbox One players and PC players can duke it out with each other, making the game that much more competitive and making it that much easier to find a quality match.

 

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"We're really excited to bring Xbox One and PC players closer together," said Jeremy Dunham, Vice President, Psyonix. "Cross-network play has been something that Xbox One gamers have been asking us for since the day we launched, and thanks to Microsoft's new cross-network policies, we're proud to give it to them."

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NVIDIA Shield update includes YouTube 4K 60FPS, Netflix HDR support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 19, 2016 5:05 am

NVIDIA's Shield TV device is set to receive its new v3.2 software soon, which will make it the first Android TV-based device to support High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. Android 7.0 will be capable of HDR, but NVIDIA wants to be first.

 

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HDR will open the doors to VUDU and Netflix with HDR content, with HDR using different video feeds at different light levels combined to make the image vibrant with colors at all lighting levels. The catch? You'll need an HDR-capable TV, and there's not many of those, yet. Additionally, the v3.2 update to Shield will include support for 4K 60FPS playback on YouTube.

 

Not only that, but the new Shield update will allow NVIDIA's GameStream service to access HDR content as well, but with no date provided by NVIDIA, we don't know when to expect the exciting new update for Shield. Boo.

Amazon Alexa's competitor from Google is reportedly 'Google Home'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 18, 2016 6:22 am

Google I/O is right around the corner, with Android Police reporting that Google's answer to the Amazon Alex is something called Google Home.

 

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We don't know much about Google Home, but with their great natural language processing capabilities, we should expect something truly revolutionary. Amazon has already stomped down into the market with force, but Google has a far larger reach, especially if Google Home is a great device.

 

Google will reportedly announce Google Home at Google I/O, but won't launch the product until the fall.

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