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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 14:00

Bloom Necklace for Misfit Shine Activity Tracker
While Nike is busy firing its wearable team, Misfit is still ramping up its product lineup. Shine is my favorite activity tracker band for three reasons: it is the most elegant to wear, it features an unbeatable battery life (months vs. days or week) and it is one of the most comfortable to wear. Additionally, it can be worn with various bands or necklaces and that’s the key when it comes to fashion and style: people need to be different and have endless choices.

When I met Misfits CEO Sonny Wu, he told me that the majority of wearable tech products are “designed by Silicon Valley engineers for Silicon Valley engineers” meaning that most current wearable devices are created with a pretty narrow sense of style and usability. Although I am amazed by the innovations in that field, I tend to agree with the statement.

Today, the company launched Bloom, an elegant stainless steel pendant decorated with delicate floral patterns. Bloom easily clips to your Shine, thanks to its magnetic body. The Bloom necklace is available today for $79.99, and you will be able to find it at BestBuy later this spring.

In case you do not own the Shine, the device retails for $99.99 (including sport band) at Apple Stores, Target, Best Buy, and www.misfit.com.
Bloom Necklace for Misfit Shine Activity Tracker

Bloom Necklace for Misfit Shine Activity Tracker , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Breaking, Cellphones, activity tracker, misfit, shine, Wearable Tech,
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 12:03

OnePlus Marketing Stunt Asks The Public To Smash The PastThe OnePlus One handset has been officially announced and we’re sure based on its hardware specifications as well as the fact that the phone will come preinstalled with CyanogenMod that Android users are very interested in it. If there is one complaint that Android users have is that OEMs tend to add to own skin and themes to their phones, which in some cases are truly unnecessary and adds to a bad experience.

The OnePlus One aims to do away with that, thanks to CyanogenMod, and the good news is that if you had your eye on the handset, you might be interested to learn that the folks at OnePlus are pulling some kind of marketing stunt in which if you are willing to film yourself smashing your old phone to pieces, you will be able to pick up the brand new OnePlus One handset for only a dollar.

However we should note that before you rush off to smash your old phone to smithereens that this marketing stunt is only limited to the first 100 buyers, so if you’re the 101 smasher, well then we guess you’d need a new phone anyway, right? Now just in case you missed our coverage, here’s a quick recap on the phone’s specs.

The OnePlus One will run on CyanogenMod 11S which is special release designed for the handset. It will also pack a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset clocked at 2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP Sony Exmor camera with an aperture of f/2.0, dual LED flash, and a 3,100mAh battery. The phone comes in 16GB and 64GB options with the former priced at $299 while the latter goes for $349.

In any case for those interested in taking part in this “smashing” contest, it will kick off on the 25th of April and you can head on over to OnePlus’ website for the details.

OnePlus’ Marketing Stunt Asks The Public To Smash The Past , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Cellphones, Android, oneplus,
Author: "Tyler Lee" Tags: "Cellphones, Android, oneplus"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 12:01

GTA 5 Source Code Hints At Jetpacks [Rumor]Good days Grand Theft Auto V gamers, it seems that you guys could soon be getting a jetpack in the game, assuming that the source code does indeed indicate at that possibility. This was discovered by Chr0m3 x MoDz who is a member of the Se7enSins community, and in the source code he discovered several references made to a jetpack.

Of course there’s no way of knowing if the jetpack is indeed real, but there are signs that point to it. For example one of the secret’s of Grand Theft Auto V involves a certain Mount Chiliad mural. In the mural it appears that there are several etchings that depict certain items, like a jetpack, an egg, and what appears to be a UFO.

The mural also seems to be drawn like some kind of progression tree of sorts, which would suggest that perhaps it could be a map of features to come, but then again this is only speculation so try not to read too much into it for now. Anyway the mural does picture a jetpack and we doubt it is coincidence that the source code references a jetpack at the same time

Now the question is when will this jetpack make an appearance, and more importantly will the mystery of the egg and UFO be unlocked in the future as well? In the meantime who else is excited at the idea of flying around the game with a jetpack strapped to their back?

GTA 5 Source Code Hints At Jetpacks [Rumor] , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Gaming, Rumors, GTA (Grand Theft Auto),
Author: "Tyler Lee" Tags: "Gaming, Rumors, GTA (Grand Theft Auto)"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 12:01

Modding games is nothing new and in the past, we have seen how mods have changed games. Some mods are more utility-based while some truly transform the game into something else entirely, like how Skyrim mods have actually improved the graphics of the game, making it look completely unrecognizable.

That being, YouTuber boblester122 has put together a video in which Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto IV game has been given a slight mod by introducing Elsa, the Snow Queen character from the animated film, Frozen. It’s actually a little bizarre to see Elsa run around shooting guns and firing off rockets, all the while the theme song, Let It Go, is playing the background.

Now the good news is that this mod is actually available for download, so if this sounds like a mod you wouldn’t mind checking out, then perhaps you will want to head on over to the GTA 4 mods’ website for the download.

In the meantime if you have a minute to spare, you can check out the video above to see Elsa blowing stuff up, not with ice or snow, but with firepower which is a little ironic if you think about it, not to mention pretty weird too.

Grand Theft Auto IV Gets A “Frozen” Mod , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Gaming, GTA (Grand Theft Auto),
Author: "Tyler Lee" Tags: "Gaming, GTA (Grand Theft Auto)"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 11:14

Mario Kart 8 Demo Rumored For Release Ahead Of Official GameMario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Wii U is currently pegged for a release on the 30th of May. This means that we still have a little over a month to go before we are able to get our hands on the game. Given that Mario Kart 8 is one of the highly anticipated titles from Nintendo, especially for the Wii U, safe to say many are itching to play the game.

However there is some good news and that is Nintendo is apparently planning on releasing a demo of Mario Kart 8 ahead of the game’s official release, meaning that gamers will be able to try out the game and get their fix before they head out and buy it. Unfortunately this is only a rumor at this point so there’s no telling if there is any truth to it.

This is according to a redditor who wrote that during Wondercon, Nintendo had a couple of demo stations set up and according to one of the people in charge, she claims that Nintendo will be releasing a demo for the Wii U soon. The demo shown off at Wondercon basically showed off 3 of the tracks that gamers can expect and it is the same demo that could see a Wii U release ahead of the official launch.

No word on when the demo is expected to arrive, if at all, but given that we’re only a little over a month away from the game’s release, we can only assume that the demo will be released soon. Take it with a grain of salt for now but you can be sure that we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears peeled for more information regarding a possible Mario Kart 8 demo.

Mario Kart 8 Demo Rumored For Release Ahead Of Official Game , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Gaming, Rumors, mario kart 8, Nintendo, Wii U,
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 11:13

Borderlands For PS3 Going Offline Next MonthIn case you haven’t heard, GameSpy will be officially shuttering its doors on the 31st of May. No doubt this closes the door on an era in gaming, but what it also means for some gamers is that their favorite multiplayer games will no longer be function.

So far in terms of games that have been confirmed to be affected by this is Crytek’s Crysis 1 and 2. EA on the other hand is looking to transition older Battlefield titles to another server where they will remain playable, but the bad news for Borderlands gamers on the PS3 is that the game will be going offline in conjunction with GameSpy shutting down.

Borderlands is just one of the many games that will be affected by this, according to a listing on 2K Games’ support page which has listed a bunch of games that will be taken offline. However not everything is doom and gloom as 2K Games is also planning on migrating some of their games that will make them playable even after GameSpy’s shutdown.

These titles includes Borderlands for the PC, Civilization III, Civilization III: Conquests, Civilization III: Play the World, Civilization IV,Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword, Civilization IV: Colonization, and Civilization IV: Warlords. The company has also announced that while Borderlands and Civilization Revolution for the PS3 are currently on the list of games that will be taken offline, they are also “currently investigating the technical feasibility of transitioning those titles.”

Borderlands For PS3 Going Offline Next Month , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Gaming, gamespy,
Author: "Tyler Lee" Tags: "Gaming, gamespy"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 11:12

iPod Lineup Could Be Replaced By iWatch, According To AnalystThe iWatch has been rumored about for a while now and a recent trademark filing has only fueled the rumors and speculation. Now based on what we know so far, the device is meant to be some kind of smartwatch with a health-focus. This is thanks to Apple’s hiring of health experts, not to mention rumors of a Healthbook app all seem to point in that direction.

However is it possible that Apple could be pushing for the iWatch to eventually replace the iPod lineup? Given that they’re both very different devices, does that even make sense? Well according to a research note from analyst Christopher Caso from Susquehanna Financial Group, he believes that the iWatch could eventually be what replaces the iPod.

He also expects that Apple will not be making any iPod-related announcements or updates this year, but then again Apple has been somewhat neglecting its iPod lineup for a while now and we haven’t really seen anything new or exciting yet. Given that many of us use our phones to play music, a separate MP3 player really does not seem very necessary these days.

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, has also admitted that sales of the iPod are on the decline, but to replace the iPod with the iWatch seems like a strange move, unless of course Apple plans on using the size of the iWatch to mimic devices like the iPod nano which appears to be a favorite amongst fitness enthusiasts namely due to its small size and relatively affordable price tag, but what do you guys think? Will there ever come the day that Apple forsakes its iPod lineup?

iPod Lineup Could Be Replaced By iWatch, According To Analyst , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Apple, Rumors, ipod, iwatch,
Author: "Tyler Lee" Tags: "Apple, Rumors, ipod, iwatch"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 10:47

BlizzCon 2014 Announced For 7 8 NovemberWhile Blizzard might only be one company, their games have created an extremely loyal and huge following and community to the point where the company sees fit for it to launch their own event on an annual basis – BlizzCon. Now the good news is that BlizzCon 2014 has been announced and it will be taking place on the 7-8th of November 2014 in Anaheim, California.

The first batch of BlizzCon tickets will be sold on the 7th of May while the next batch will go on sale on the 10th of May. The tickets cost $200 plus taxes and fees, and for those who want to do their bid for charity, there will be pre-BlizzCon dinner tickets that will be sold for $750, with all proceeds going towards the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Blizzard has also announced that they will be selling virtual tickets like they did the previous year, making it ideal for those who cannot attend either because they don’t have the money or live in a different state or country. Blizzard has not revealed what sort of goodies gamers can look forward to if they attend either in-person or online, but we expect those details will be shared at a later date.

There’s also no telling what Blizzard will announce this year because typically at BlizzCon, Blizzard tends to announce new games. Given that the Diablo 3 expansion was only recently released, we can scratch that off the list. The World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor has also been announced, leaving us with the next StarCraft 2 expansion, Legacy of the Void, as a distinct possibility.

Blizzard could also announce release dates for games like Heroes of the Storm and while it might be wishful thinking, perhaps Blizzard might even share details about their next-gen MMO codenamed “Titan” or “Overwatch”. So, who’s planning on attending the event?

BlizzCon 2014 Announced For 7-8 November , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Gaming, Blizzard, blizzcon,
Author: "Tyler Lee" Tags: "Gaming, Blizzard, blizzcon"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 10:46

Hideo Kojima Teases Important Announcement For TomorrowCould Metal Gear Solid’s producer, Hideo Kojima, have something to announce tomorrow? Maybe, because in a recent tweet by the famed producer of the somewhat legendary game series, it looks like he has some kind of announcement that he wants to make.

According to Kojima, “On Tomorrow’s Kojima Station there will be an important announcement. At the same time, I will introduce the “Prisoners” video corner that will be released on May 3rd. In addition, the new corner (video) will involve planning, lighting, shooting, editing and sound recording made by ourselves.”

Some speculate that it could be a new trailer for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V title, The Phantom Pain. Given that the last time we saw the trailer was back in 2013, we suppose it is likely that Kojima plans on updating fans of the series on its progress and maybe even give us a possible release timeframe.

In any case if you’re a fan of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, perhaps you’ll want to check back with us tomorrow to see what sort of announcement Kojima has to make. In the meantime what do you guys think he might announce? A new The Phantom Pain trailer? A new game? DLCs? Let us know what you think!

Hideo Kojima Teases “Important” Announcement For Tomorrow , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Gaming, metal gear solid,
Author: "Tyler Lee" Tags: "Gaming, metal gear solid"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 10:44

Samsung Galaxy K Gets Pictured In Leaked PhotoSamsung has a habit of releasing a flagship phone followed up by various iterations of said device. For example we saw the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch with multiple variants like the Galaxy S4 Active, a water-resistant device. There was also a Galaxy S4 Zoom which featured a more powerful camera.

Now word on the street has it that Samsung could be doing the same for the Galaxy S5 handset as well and now thanks to a couple of leaked photos from Baidu, it is possible that we are now looking at additional photos of the device.

The Galaxy K, as it is allegedly known as, was pictured when it made a pit stop at the FCC, and if anything these photos seem to corroborate the design which shows off a pretty slim looking device. The photo above shows the phone in a casing which makes it seem thicker, but presumably once the case is off, it will look pretty slim, which we guess is a nice touch.

The exact specifications of the Galaxy K remain unknown for now, but based on the rumors, it is said to feature a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p HD display, a hexa-core Samsung Exynos 5 5260 chipset with 2GB of RAM, a 20MP rear-facing camera with 10x optical zoom, Xenon flash, a front-facing 2MP camera, and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

It wasn’t too long ago that Samsung sent out invites to an event that will be held in Singapore on the 29th of April at 11am, so it is likely that is when we will see the device in all of its official glory. This means that for those of us living stateside, it means that you should check back with us around 8pm PDT on the 28th of April for the details.

Samsung Galaxy K Gets Pictured In Leaked Photo , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Cellphones, Rumors, Samsung,
Author: "Tyler Lee" Tags: "Cellphones, Rumors, Samsung"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 10:08

Xbox One For Japan Launches On 4th SeptemberWhile some parts of the world are already enjoying their Xbox One console, there are some markets that are still missing out on the fun, like Japan, for example. Well the good news for Japanese gamers is that a report from Famitsu has revealed when the console will see a release in the country.

According to report, the Xbox One will be seeing a release on the 4th of September in Japan. The console will also be launched with several titles that will be making its way to Japan as well, such as Forza 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Sunset Overdrive, Halo, Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Thief, and Murdered: Soul Suspect.

There have also been a bunch of developers who have pledged their support to the Xbox One in Japan, such as Sega, Nippon Ichi, Ubisoft, Warner, Yukes, Zoo, Capcom, EA, Atlus, Arc System, Level-5, Marvelous, From Software, Bandai Namco, Tecmo Koei, Square Enix, Cave, and Take-Two.

So we know that Microsoft has been prepping the console for a release and according to Phil Spencer, it seems that there will be an exclusive Xbox One game that will be made by an “awesome” Japanese studio which will presumably be one of the companies listed above. In any case hopefully with the launch in Japan, Microsoft will start to experience higher sales because as it stands, the Xbox One is not selling as much as the Sony PlayStation 4.

Xbox One For Japan Launches On 4th September , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Gaming, Microsoft, Xbox One,
Author: "Tyler Lee" Tags: "Gaming, Microsoft, Xbox One"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 10:07

Ubisoft Employee Teases New Prince Of Persia GameIt has been a while since we last saw a brand new Prince of Persia game, although if recent rumors are anything to go by, a new title is reportedly in the works that will be powered by the UbiArt engine.

For those unfamiliar with the UbiArt engine, it’s basically the same engine that is used to power games like Rayman: Legends which allows the character models to have every part of their body animated, thus adding to the overall experience and possibly adding a new dimension of gameplay as well, although hopefully it won’t look as whimsical.

That being said it was only a rumor, at least until a recent tweet by a Ubisoft employee that teased a new Prince of Persia title. The Twitter account of the employee has since been deleted, but not before NeoGAF user, sjay1994, captured the screenshot in the pictured above which seems to show the progression of the Prince of Persia character, hinting that the next title could feature very different graphics.

We expect that the tweet was not meant to go out this early, if at all, which has led to the account being closed, but we guess this only serves to “confirm” the rumors that a new Prince of Persia title is being worked on. There is no word on when the game will be released, but hopefully we will learn more soon, perhaps at E3 2014 which will be taking place in the next couple of months.

Ubisoft Employee Teases New Prince Of Persia Game , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Gaming, prince of persia,
Author: "Tyler Lee" Tags: "Gaming, prince of persia"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 10:05

PS Vita Gamers Can Download Their PSP And PSone LibrariesThe PS Vita is a pretty handy handheld console if you like to take your gaming with you on the go but if you were looking for additional games to play, perhaps relive some games from the glory days of the Sony PSP (the Vita’s predecessor) and the PSone (the original PlayStation console), you might be interested to learn that PS Vita owners can now download their entire PSP and PSone library, a feature which was pretty limited in the past.

This was discovered by PS Vita owners recently, especially after weekend which saw Flash Sales of PSone titles like Spyro and Crash, and after that they realized that they could then go ahead and download their entire libraries. Sony has yet to make an official announcement which is a little odd, so we’re not sure if this was by design or by mistake, and if there are any limitations that gamers need to be aware of.

In any case announcement or not, this is good news for PS Vita owners. This means that they will now be able to gain access to more games than ever, even though some of the titles are pretty old, we reckon that some of them are still pretty fun. After all games are more than just their graphics; it’s the gameplay that really matters.

If you own a PS Vita and you did not realize that this feature has gone live, perhaps it’s time you take the console out of its case and check out what games you can get on your console. In the meantime if any of our readers have managed to do this on their PS Vita, do let us know in the comments below on how it is treating you!

PS Vita Gamers Can Download Their PSP And PSone Libraries , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Gaming, ps vita, Sony,
Author: "Tyler Lee" Tags: "Gaming, ps vita, Sony"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 09:41

 

Viber New Redesigned iOS App and Coming to BlackBerry 10
Viber, one of the leading messaging apps has launched its brand new iPhone application redesigned for iOS7. Additionally, the 
company released a new mobile app for BlackBerry 10, bringing the latest feature of the iOS version to Blackberry users.

Some cool features have been added to the new version, such as the ability to send multiple photos simultaneously and to create a block list of unwanted numbers and contacts. It is now possible to send longer videos.
At the time of its acquisition, by Japanese e-commerce Rakuten in February 2014, Viber had an active user-base of 100 Million users and 300 Million registered users.

Viber New Redesigned iOS App and Coming to BlackBerry 10 , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Cellphones, mobile app, viber,
Author: "Eliane Fiolet" Tags: "Cellphones, mobile app, viber"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 09:37

LG Optimus L90 & L70 Launches On T Mobile And MetroPCSFor those who are in the market for a new smartphone but don’t exactly want to put down the money for high-end handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the HTC One M8, how about checking out some low-mid ranged devices from LG? T-Mobile and MetroPCS have recently announced the launch of the LG Optimus L90 and the Optimus L70.

Both devices were announced ahead of MWC 2014 which took place in February earlier this year and like we said, these aren’t exactly the most high-end handsets we’ve seen to date, especially from LG. However they do come pretty cheap with the LG Optimus L90 priced at $0 downpayment and $9.50 a month over a period of two years, while the LG Optimus L70 will be priced at $49 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

The LG Optimus L90 will be available from T-Mobile on the 30th of April and will feature a 4.7-inch 960×540 display. It will be powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, accompanied by 1GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage, a 5MP rear-facing camera, LTE connectivity, and a 2,540mAh battery.

As for the LG Optimus L70, the handset is available from MetroPCS right now. It is also slightly less powerful than the Optimus L90. It will come with a smaller 4.5-inch display with a WVGA resolution, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of onboard storage, a 5MP rear-facing camera, and a 2,100mAh battery. Both devices will also come with Android 4.4.2 KitKat preinstalled.

Not the most powerful phones, like we said, but it will get the job done, especially if you’re on a budget.

LG Optimus L90 & L70 Launches On T-Mobile And MetroPCS , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Cellphones, LG, metropcs, optimus l70, optimus l90, T-Mobile,
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 09:34

Samsungs Bundled Android Apps Arent Getting Much Love [Study]If we were to turn the clock back a few years ago, smartphone hardware was still on the rise. We started seeing dual-core devices, quad-core devices, HD displays became Full HD displays, and now we’re look at octa-core and QHD devices. So how do OEMs compete if everything these days seems to be identical?

Sure, hardware design is one way to stand out, as we saw in the HTC One M8 which is a beautiful handset. Another way is to include exclusive software on devices that would make it a compelling enough reason for people to purchase said products. Unfortunately it seems that despite Samsung’s best intentions at creating apps for its users, they aren’t exactly used much.

This is according to a recent study (via The Wall Street Journal) which tracked over 250 million users in the US who used either the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy S4. As you can see in the graph above, the most popular app used on the phone was Facebook followed by Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and so on. However when it comes to exclusive Samsung apps, it seems that Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 users don’t spend too much time on them.

This is a good indication to Samsung that they should probably improve on their apps to make it essential for its users. Either that or dump it entirely and focus on the overall experience. At the same time we expect there are users out there who don’t use said apps mainly because they have removed them, or flashed a custom ROM like CyanogenMod in order to get rid of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.

In any case this is pretty telling and hopefully Samsung will do something about it. In the meantime are you guys in agreement with the study? Do you find that you aren’t really using the bundled Samsung apps as much as Samsung would like you to?

Samsung’s Bundled Android Apps Aren’t Getting Much Love [Study] , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Cellphones, Apps, Samsung,
Author: "Tyler Lee" Tags: "Cellphones, Apps, Samsung"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 09:34

Motorola Mobility Shipped 6.5 Million Devices In Q1 2014Perhaps back in the good old days, Motorola was leading companies like Samsung, LG, HTC, and Apple in terms of handsets sold. After all the company was one of the earlier entrants in the mobile phone market. However when smartphones started to dominate, it was mainly companies like Samsung and Apple that started to make the headlines.

So how is Motorola faring these days? Well according to Motorola Mobility’s Rick Osterloh, it seems that the company has managed to ship 6.5 million handsets around the world in Q1 2014. Is this a big figure? Well sure to the layman, but if you were to compare Motorola’s figures to other companies, it’s not looking so hot.

For example to put it into perspective, Samsung managed to sell 10 million Galaxy Note 3 handsets in 2 months alone, and 10 million Galaxy S4 units in one month, so if we were to average it out, yes Motorola is a little bit lacking. Granted Motorola does not have the marketing budget or the willingness to spend on advertising as much as Samsung does, not to mention Motorola’s more recent handsets weren’t exactly high-end devices either, which is what customers are looking for.

However in all fairness, Motorola has been making headway with devices like the Moto G, a low-end Android handset which has proven to be quite a success, thanks to its affordability and decent hardware, making it a value for money purchase. Either way we can’t wait to see what Lenovo will be able to do for Motorola once they have been officially acquired.

Motorola Mobility Shipped 6.5 Million Devices In Q1 2014 , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Uncategorized,
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 08:31


It has been quite some time, but at long last, the long awaited OnePlus One smartphone has launched, where its manufacturer has decided to go straight for the jugular by calling it the “2014 Flagship Killer”. Yup, that’s right, it does not seem as though anything else is going to be able to stand up to the OnePlus One, or is it just an overglorified title that it does not deserve?

First things first, the hardware specifications that separate the men from the boys, so to speak. Taking after the OnePlus motto of ‘Never Settle’, the OnePlus One will feature industry leading design, superior build quality and top of the line specs at a price point that is sure to be disruptive at the very least.

Specially designed to be pleasing to the eyes, it is also timeless to behold and comfortable in the hand. You will find the OnePlus One arrive with subtle curves, sleek lines and a slightly raised, jet-black display. It measures a mere 8.9mm thin, and boasts of a tapered edge of just 4.6mm that makes it ergonomically easy to tote around.

The OnePlus One will be powered by CyanogenMod 11S, which is a special release that has been tuned to take advantage of everything that the OnePlus One comes with. Customizing this handset is virtually limitless, where you can mix and match thousands of themes, or to return to stock if you like.

Capture all that goes on around you with 4K video, before you relive those moments from the cloud in Gallery, now how about that? There is also SMS encryption between your One and CyanogenMod, while a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor runs proceedings from within at 2.5GHz. It will be accompanied by custom Krait CPU architecture, integrated 4G LTE connectivity, Qualcomm Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB RAM, in addition to a 5.5” Full HD display with a 178-degree vision display. Looks like the rumors were true after all. A 3,100 mAh battery ought to keep it going for the entire day, while the back boasts of a Sony Exmor IMX214 13 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash.

The OnePlus One will first be made available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States in 16GB Silk White for $299 and 64GB Sandstone Black for $349.

OnePlus One Launched , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Cellphones,
Author: "Edwin Kee" Tags: "Cellphones"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 04:24

NYPD Twitter Effort Ends Up As A DisasterNot everyone is able to make good use of a social media platform like Twitter – there is an art to it, after all, as the New York Police Department (NYPD) found out to their chagrin. How so, you ask? The NYPD did ask folks who have a Twitter account to post images of themselves with police officers, and examples like the one above were the result of this “‘experiment”, which can be rather hilarious if you want to look at it from a different angle.

The NYPD went about this particular “experiment” by creating a hashtag known as #myNYPD, which was rather charming when you think about it. The NYPD’s Twitter Patrol began with this particular message: “Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on our Facebook.”

There were a fair share of photos that showed off police officers doing their duty, but in the course of that, treating their fellow man as something less. Sure, we do not know the circumstances that lead to some of the more seemingly “cruel” situations depicted, but it is not exactly the “roses and everything nice” situation that the NYPD would have hoped to create in the first place.

NYPD Twitter Effort Ends Up As A Disaster , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Cellphones, Twitter,
Author: "Edwin Kee" Tags: "Cellphones, Twitter"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 03:55

Hitachi Eyes World’s Fastest Lift In ChinaHitachi has plans to work on what they deem to be the ‘world’s fastest’ lift in China, where it is touted to be able to hit floor 95 right from the bottom in a mere 43 seconds. Now that’s super fast, and I would like to think that the amount of time you would spend waiting for the lift to stop at your floor in a high density building would be a whole lot more than your travel time, vertically speaking of course.

According to Hitachi, they will go about installing a lift that can hit speeds of 72km/h (45mph) into a skyscraper that is located in Guangzhou, southern China. This particular skyscraper is widely tipped to be ready by the time 2016 rolls around, but do bear in mind that this is but an estimate. It would be interesting to see whether this skyscraper will end up as a tourist spot of sorts eventually, for those who want the experience of riding in the world’s fastest lift. No idea on whether there will be other lifts in the world that will be faster between now and the skyscraper’s completion though.

At the moment, the Taipei 101 building in Taiwan happens to be the record holder for the fastest lift, hitting a top speed of 60.6km/h. Hitachi is confident that their new lift will be able to offer a “comfortable ride” even at such high speeds, and you will not experience ear blockages due to the change in pressure since Hitachi intends to artificially alter air pressure within the car itself as it goes up, up and away.

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