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Surface Pro 3 firmware update improves performance, stability

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Surface Pro 3 gets another September firmware update this week. v3.9.650.0 is a good one, improving booting while docked, bettering wireless network connectivity, fixing some bugs, and more.




You should already have the update, but in case not, click the "Check for updates" button to be sure. See below for the changelog.

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Apple patents new smart ring design

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

We've all joked about the future of IoT wearable technology, especially with the audacious idea of "smart jewelry". But Apple is pretty serious about pushing the limits of wearables and now for the first time we have a glimpse of what may very well become the Apple iRing.




The patent for Apple's smart ring tech has just been published, revealing rough abstracts and schematics of the small wearable. According to the patent, the "iRing" is an "external electronic device with a finger-ring-mounted touchscreen that includes a computer processor, wireless transceiver, and a rechargable power source".


The ring's form factor is quite curious. One configuration of the device has a pressure-sensitive display (hinting at layered 3D Touch support) with haptic and tactile feedback on the front, with a slider dial, buttons and a built-in microphone underneath the screen. Other variants don't have a screen at all, Some variants come with an onboard camera for photos and video recording.

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Google's Nexus 6P features Samsung's latest AMOLED panel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Google only just unveiled the Nexus 6P a couple of days ago, but we didn't know who made the 5.7-inch QHD panel. Well, Samsung has come out and confirmed it has provided the WQHD panel for the Nexus 6P, on a post on Reddit.




The post reads: "It has a Samsung WQHD AMOLED panel. We have spent a lot of time tuning the white-point and color gamut for these panels - hope you will enjoy the accuracy of the display. Yep, confirmed: Nexus 6P has the latest generation panels from Samsung. One of things we deeply care for is the quality and accuracy of the display through which all of us connect with the stuff we care about. We created a very tight spec (white-point temperature, delta-E variance, color-space accuracy, etc) for the 6P WQHD AMOLED panel, so it was important that we use the most cutting edge panel technology available".

LG's new V10 smartphone has two selfie cameras, and shoots 21:9 video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

LG has just unveiled its latest smartphone, the V10, which is the company's new premium 'V' line of handsets. The V10 is the first of LG's new 'V' line of smartphones, which loses the plastic feel for premium materials, and that's just scratching the surface.



The V10 looks like the G4 from the outside, but you'd be wrong to think that. We have the same 3000mAh removable battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, and 16-megapixel rear-facing camera that are found in the G4, but we have 4GB of RAM versus the 3GB in the G4. The V10 has a flat 5.7-inch QHD display with an 'always-on' screen at the top that looks like it could be useful.


The smaller screen is found just above the actual 5.7-inch display, which is capable of displaying the weather, time, date, and battery levels when the main display is off. When the main display is on, the second screen can be used for quick-launching apps, accessing your favorite contacts, or displaying notifications.

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Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch launches this Friday in U.S

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Samsung today announces that its new Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic smartwatches will launch in the United States starting Friday, October 2 across retailers like Best Buy, Amazon and Macy's. Users will be able to go hands-on with the Gear S2 at Best Buy and Macy's when it releases, and again on October 16.




The Gear S2 smartwatches sport a 1.2" circular AMOLED face with a pixel density of 302ppi and 360x360 resolution. A 1GHz dual-core processor makes the watches tick, accompanied by 512MB of RAM and 4GB onboard memory. Tizen OS powers the wearable's software. Battery life is a big concern for smartwatches, but Samsung affirms the Gear S2's 250mAh battery can last up to 2-3 days with typical usage.


What makes the Gear S2 unique is its rotating bezel, which matches the functionality of an iWatch crown. Users simply turn the bezel facing left and right to navigate menus and the like, while tapping the touchscreen for activation. What's more is the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic aren't locked to Samsung devices, and can be synchronized to any Android phone running Android 4.4 or above. This provides a great deal of flexibility for users who still enjoy their Nexus devices.

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New Lumia 950 listings confirm QHD screen, 20MP camera and more

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Microsoft has inadvertently outed its new flagship Windows Phone duo in a new listing on the UK's Microsoft Store, confirming a few leaked specifications in the process.




According to the listings, the Lumia 950 XL will sport a 5.7-inch 2560x1440 WQHD display, a beefy 20MP camera fitted with Zeiss optics, 32GB of onboard memory with support of up to 2TB of expandable microSD memory, and will run Windows 10. The Lumia 950 is almost exactly the same as the 950XL, except the second-tier model sports a smaller 5.2-inch QHD screen and doesn't have the triple-LED flash found in the 950 XL's camera.


Leaked specs suggest that both phones will have USB Type-C for rapid charging, display, and data transfers as well as Qi wireless charging support.

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Google's new Pixel C tablet sports Tegra X1 and Android 6.0

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 29, 2015 7:30 pm

At today's Nexus event, Google unveiled the new LG-made Nexus 5X, Huawei's Nexus 6P, a new Chromecast duo and a new entrant in the premium Pixel lineup. The Pixel C is Google's new tablet running that's directly aimed at taking on Microsoft's Surface and Apple's iPad Pro.




The Pixel C has a 10.2-inch 308ppi screen and runs Google's new enhanced Android 6.0 Marshmallow rather than Chrome OS. Under the hood the Pixel C is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra X1 quad-core processor, a Maxwell GPU, and 3GB LPDDR4 RAM. The tablet supports the multi-function USB Type C standard for rapid charging, data transfers and display.




An attachable $149 keyboard base transforms the tablet into a functioning laptop for on-the-go work or play. The tablet secures to the keyboard base via magnets and can be turned in angles between 100 and 135 degrees, and is connected via Bluetooth. The tablet also bleeds over its battery life to the keyboard through inductive charging so you'll never need separately charge the base.

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Google launches new $35 Chromecast with boosted Wi-Fi and Fast Play

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 29, 2015 6:30 pm

To compliment its new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphone duo, Google unveiled a new and improved Chromecast that tops the previous streaming stick while maintaining the $35 price tag.




Notable enhancements packed into the new disc-shaped Chromecast 2.0 include dramatically upgraded Wi-Fi functionality, with support for 802.11ac 5Ghz connections. What's more is that the new Chromecast has three built-in antennas that automatically find and attune to the best connection, pretty much ending the days of clumsy, slow Netflix streams. It's still locked at 1080p and won't support 4K video streaming.


To accompany the new streaming disc, Google has rolled out a completely overhauled Chromecast App that's fully optimized with a number of different intuitive features. Fast Play is a kind of digital soothsayer that can predict what you want to watch and actually caches and pre-loads an app, meaning it can pre-buffer a Hulu stream before you hit play. Google also touts that "thousands of apps" can now be casted with the device including Sling TV and Netflix.

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Google announces its new LG-made Nexus 5X, with Android 6.0 on board

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 29, 2015 5:30 pm

After more rumors than we're used to for a Nexus smartphone, Google has come out today announcing the new Nexus 5X, its new 5.2-inch smartphone made by LG and rocking the latest version of Android.




The new Nexus 5X features the aforementioned 5.2-inch 1080p display (423PPI), 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 quad-core processor at 1.8GHz, a 12.3-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. Inside, we have a 2700mAh battery, LTE-A Cat 6 support, Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/b/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and it comes in either 16GB or 32GB varieties.




This is the first handset with Android 6.0 Marshmallow on board, and was announced with its bigger sibling in the Nexus 6P. The new Nexus 6P was made by Huawei and features a larger 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440) display, a larger battery, and more.

Google's Nexus 6P is $499, has USB Type-C, QHD and Project Fi support

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 29, 2015 4:54 pm

Today Google has formally unveiled the Nexus 6P, confirming speculations and leaks with the new Android 6.0 handset. The Nexus 6P has a number of new improvements with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but one of the most alluring announcements was the 6P can run on Google's celebrated Project Fi network.




Nexus 6P has a 5.7-inch QHD display with the screen itself taking up 74% of the actual front of the phone, making it scale much like a 5.5-inch smartphone. It sports a 64-bit processor with a full-body aluminum frame, and a built-in fingerprint sensor that instantly wakes up the phone with a single press. With Google Imprint, the software suite that runs the fingerprint sensor, users can easily pay and purchase items with the press of a button.


The Nexus 6P sports USB Type C support for rapid battery charging, and Google boasts that phone can be fully charged in half the time of an iPhone 6 Plus. To combat Apple's always-on Siri, the Nexus 6P will have always-on OK Google support for hands-free searching and interaction. Supposedly the 6P will have less bloatware, and the new doze mode puts phone in a deep sleep state to reserve power and cut out background tasks.

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