Dell’s latest entry into the tablet market, the Venue 10 7000 Series, has just dropped on Dell.com starting at $499 for the 16GB model, up to $679 for the 32GB model with a keyboard dock.
Dell has placed the Venue 10 at a more premium price point, and for good cause. Not only does the device pack in a handful of impressive specs — Intel Atom Z3580, 2560×1600 OLED display, 2GB DDR3 RAM, RealSense 3D cameras and Android 5.0 Lollipop — but it looks interesting enough to set it apart from the rest of the flagship tablet pack.
The LG G Stylo, a device that’s packaged with a stylus to help navigate its large 5.7-inch display, initially debuted on April 21. Now T-Mobile has confirmed the big handset will be making its debut on the magenta carrier soon.
T-Mobile has confirmed that the G Stylo will be launching on the network sometime “this spring.” No exact dates were given, unfortunately, but for anyone that had the Stylo catch their eye, at least there’s a tentative stretch of time to keep an eye on. Not only that, T-Mobile also confirmed that the LG Leon LTE will be making a debut on the carrier around the same time.
As far as specifications go, the G Stylo boasts that aforementioned 5.7-inch display, with a resolution of 1280×720. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor under the hood that’s clocked at 1.2GHz. There’s an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It boasts only 8GB of built-in storage, but there’s a microSD card slot for when that runs out. It has 1.5GB of RAM and it’s running Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.
The LG Leon LTE, on the other hand, hosts a smaller display:
4.5-inch 854×480 display
1.2GHz quad-core processor
5-megapixel rear, VGA front camera
1GB of RAM
8GB of storage
Neither handset should be all that expensive whenever they launch, so for anyone that doesn’t necessarily want a flagship (like the brand new LG G4, for instance), and doesn’t want to fork over a lot of money, these two handsets could be a nice option.
Last year, HTC introduced the Phunk Studio Edition One M8, with very distinct designs imprinted on the back of limited edition handsets. There weren’t many made available, but for those that liked this design decision, there might be another chance to get a customized smartphone, except this time a One M9.
HTC has just shed light on what it calls INK, a new program that will see the debut of customized One M9 units with detailed artwork on the back of the devices. According to HTC, these are “custom-designed, body art-inspired engravings,” and the company even showcased what some of those designs might look like with an image put together by celebrity tattoo artist Cally-Jo Pothecary and supermodel Jourdan Dunn, as seen below.
Unfortunately, any further details regarding the INK program are still unknown right now. Just how many devices that HTC plans to release, or how many different artists and designs will be used is anyone’s guess right now. However, it’s certainly one way to make the One M9 stand out even more than it already does.
Ability to connect multiple Android Wear devices to one mobile device
Changes to the Google Fit history API for better daily totals
More granulated dietary tracking in Google Fit
Changes to location information request frequency, potentially improving battery life
The biggest change is, of course, the ability to add multiple Android Wear devices to the same smartphone or tablet. There are also some new APIs that help manage information between these multiple devices, keeping your Android Wear experience fluid and frustration free.
Google Play services 7.3 is available now in the updated SDK.
After the success of its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung has reclaimed its title as the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer. After Apple took the top spot, it seemed to be a wake up call for Samsung, indicating that it needed to do something different with this year’s flagships. The Korean manufacturer came out swinging with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, both featuring designs and software that are a vast departure from the past.
As of Q1 2015, Samsung held a market share of 24.1 percent, while Apple came in second at 17.7 percent. Lenovo (now combined with Motorola) took third with 5.4 percent and Huawei followed up in fourth with 5 percent of the market share. While Samsung’s market share has bounced back, the company is still working to increase profits after they stalled last year due to an uninspiring flagship and widespread market saturation. Nonetheless, it looks like Samsung has figured out what it needs to do to recapture the market’s attention.
Like living on the bleeding edge of Android browser technology? Then we have some great news for you. Today, the Google Chrome Releases team has announced the launch of the Chrome for Android Dev channel, available for download now on Google Play.
With the release of Chrome Dev for Android, Android users now have three options in Chrome builds for their smartphones. Chrome is the most stable with only official, final releases; Chrome Beta will showcase new features before the official Chrome channel, but may not always be without bugs; and finally Chrome Dev will come with all the latest features before anyone else has a chance to try them, but you can expect stability to take a hit from other Chrome channels.
To check out Chrome Dev for Android, hit the download link below.
Lane Moore of It Was Romance does not identify as adorable.
Lane Moore found direction in a fateful, tear-filled bus ride in her then-home of L.A., and it was all thanks to Stevie Nicks.
"This is insane, but she used to talk to me in my head after that happened," says Moore, recalling the impact left over from a show of the witchy superstar’s. "I fully believe this is real. No joke. She told me to move to New York." Five years ago, when her imaginary conversations with Stevie took place, California was no longer cutting it for Moore. She heeded the sagacious advice, packed up, and headed east. "When Stevie Nicks tells you to do something, you do it."
Since arriving in New York, Moore has solidified herself wholly in the writerly and comedic realm, as an editor for Cosmopolitan.com’s sex and romance vertical and leading the widely acclaimed comedy show "Tinder Live." Now she’s starting to get a solid footing in a third frontier: shredding electric uke and waxing sentimental in her garage-pop quartet, It Was Romance. With that, she’d like to make one thing clear, especially regarding her stringed instrument of choice and its typical association. "I’m not playing adorably," she says. "I’m playing with distortion."
Moore’s in the throes of planning a particularly busy May, starting with her band’s debut performance slot at Night of a Thousand Stevies on May 1, an event with an application process so intense she likened it to "applying to a fucking Stevie Nicks college." Immediately after, It Was Romance will put out a self-titled full-length, their very first. The ebullient, narrative-driven single "Philadelphia" plows the album wide open. It chases a shimmering promise. It’s mysterious but undeniably attractive. It evokes feelings of loneliness with a danceable beat, not unlike a somber nighttime walk home on wet roads, with colorful, joyous city lights reflecting like a black mirror.
"Philadelphia," Moore explains, falls in line with her overall mission with music: happy songs for sad people. "It’s a really happy song, but it was written at a really, really sad point in my life where I wanted to be with this person and it just wasn’t coming together," she says. Much of the album meditates on this specific relationship, although that much isn’t obvious during cursory or casual listens. The glittering instrumental aspect and Moore’s velvety vocal delivery make the rest of It Was Romance saunter around like the life of the party, occasionally winking just to make sure you’re hooked.
Of course, though, there are moments of tenderness, primarily with the gently gliding "But Not Forgotten." That track mourns the sudden rug-tugging of crappy luck. "It’s never been a case of I love you/Baby, I love you, too/But you’re busy/And I am busy, too." The way Moore’s voice puffs out that last gasp evokes a snuffed candle. "Every time I sing that song, it’s hard for me not to cry," she says. Something lost, but, well, not forgotten. Wax still splatters from the quick extinguishing.
Moore says making music affords her an opportunity her other art channels won’t or can’t. "With comedy and writing, I’m able to use that part of me that’s all, ‘Ugh, dating sucks. It’s the worst. Who cares?’ " she says. "I can make jokes that are really cynical. But then with music, I’ve always been a hopeless romantic. It’s been said a million times, but most cynics are disappointed romantics. A lot of the songs I write are about being disappointed and modern relationships, because I have expected all of these John Hughes romantic moments. The reality is so lazy and crass and boring and stupid a lot of the time. Nothing is what I keep believing in my heart that it will be."
With It Was Romance, Moore indulges in the theatrics, dressing herself in wild false eyelashes or homemade feathered wings. "I can be whoever I want," she says. "I don’t have to be cool and like I don’t give a shit when I’m playing music. When I’m playing music, I couldn’t care more. I’m pouring every emotion I have into it."
It Was Romance play Night of a Thousand Stevies May 1 at Irving Plaza, and the Knitting Factory May 22 at 8 p.m. with Marlowe Grey.
T-Mobile added 1.8 million customers in the first three months of 2015, a figure that includes 1.1 million postpaid subs, 73,000 prepaid customers, and 620,000 wholesale customers. At the end of Q1 2015, T-Mobile had 56.8 million customers in all.
Moving on to T-Mobile’s network, the big magenta operator says that its 4G LTE network covered 275 million people at the end of Q1 2015. That number is expected to grow to 300 million by year-end. Wideband LTE, which offers increased network bandwidth and capacity for faster data speeds, is in 157 markets and will grow to 300 by the end of 2015.
T-Mobile also gave us an update on its effort to refarm MetroPCS’s network for use with its own service. At the end of Q1, there were three major markets with CDMA service that needs to be refarmed, and there are approximately 500,000 customers on that CDMA coverage.
Finally, T-Mobile reported that Q1 2015 brought with it total revenues of $7.8 billion and a net loss of $63 million.
If you’d like to dive even deeper into T-Mobile’s Q1 2015 numbers, you can do so by hitting up the link below.
Windows Mobile (yes, that is the official new, old name) hasn’t had an easy life. While Android and iOS continue to thrive and dominate the smartphone industry, getting all the latest apps and games usually within days of each other, Windows Mobile is struggling to make up ground, picking up whatever scraps it can. Microsoft has announced a new solution on how it plans to tackle this problem, by letting developers essentially port Android and iOS apps to Windows 10.
According to Microsoft, the process is relatively simple. Much like with Amazon, developers will be given the tools needed from Microsoft, along with a set of APIs to make up for the Google APIs they won’t have access to, in order to get apps ported over to Windows in no time. Microsoft hopes that once apps are ported over from other platforms, developers will then work in more Microsoft specific technology, taking advantage of things like the Live Tiles, Xbox Live and more.
This isn’t the first time a platform has tried to invigorate its ecosystem by porting in Android apps, but if Microsoft is successful in getting developers to further customize and adapt software to Windows and Microsoft’s unique services, they may just be on to something big here.
For some bands, making the bigger-label jump might not look the way you’d expect. Take the case of the Philadelphia-based Hop Along: Last month, singer and guitarist Frances Quinlan released the second single from Painted Shut, the group’s Saddle Creek debut. "Powerful Man" is a too-real tale of schoolyard abuse between a boy and his father — and a scene Quinlan took in with her own eyes at the age of eighteen. Nearly a decade later, she hasn’t shaken the image. "Down came the fists/Hard upon your head," she sings, unpacking the details. Lyric by lyric, her own friend convinces her to leave the scene. A teacher refuses to act on the word of two teens. From the teacher’s p.o.v., Quinlan sings, "How should I know? The man you just described could be anyone."
That’s one of the hardest things Quinlan’s had to write — so much so that she called the aforementioned friend to talk before the song was released. "It took me ten years to talk about that," she says. "But I think those are the most important words I’ve ever written."
Frances’s penning of "Powerful Man" was a bittersweet accomplishment, in that it’s her strongest set of lyrics to date. And signing to Saddle Creek? Frances shares her memory of her first demo, which she sent to the Omaha-based label — the imprint responsible for plucking Bright Eyes, Cursive, and other indie greats from the Midwestern ether — while she was still in high school. "It was called Synthetic Fly Paper," she laughs. "It was really bad. I thought it would be like, ‘[They’ll call] any day now!’ They sent me a postcard back, which was really nice."
A new label, a fan base that grew to sing along with the group’s sets following the drop of sophomore release Get Disowned, a slick new LP boasting the touch of a widely respected producer (John Agnello, who’s worked with Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile, and more) — these are conditions that could accelerate the rise of any band. But Frances and Hop Along drummer Mark Quinlan (Frances’s brother) are telling me all this from an empty house that just doubled as the band’s crash pad. Not to say the place was abandoned — it’s beautifully restored — but, touring at this level, the band’s had to call on the help of fans to put them up.
"When you play to a thousand people and put a note up that says, ‘We have nowhere to stay,’ you get some super-interesting people coming up to you with strange circumstances," Mark laughs. In this case, one fan owned a house that wasn’t quite ready to go on the market. "We had three beds that were about to be given away to Habitat for Humanity. It was pretty cool."
And maybe that’s a scary thought for timid travelers, but this style of getting by has spread the emotive gospel of Hop Along across the U.S., from evenings at thousand-seater venues to this morning in an empty house in Tulsa — or, when they’re really lucky, to a gorgeous farm in Knoxville. "They had fifty acres, a trail, and a donkey," Mark says. So many stories within Painted Shut come from that same industrious place, one of simply making it work, whether that’s scheduling nationwide tours with Against Me! in 2013, sitting down for lunches with record labels, or working day jobs in the time between. Frances penned Painted Shut while waitressing, working retail, and painting houses. Mark split his time between Philadelphia and Brooklyn, where he relocated with his wife. As a result, there’s something more true-to-life in this most recent offering.
Frances’s work life might have trickled into Painted Shut — most obviously in the lead single, "Waitress" — but it’s easier to think of the LP as a collection of short stories, not a confessional journal.
"It’s working with characters who can’t be touched or contacted," Frances says of the title. The work does contain plenty of those characters — nine, by Frances’s count — but, like most good tales, that’s just a starting point. The songs on Painted Shut are wide open to listener interpretation. "I don’t want to force people to see [Painted Shut‘s songs] how I thought," Frances says. "I appreciate it more and more when people come away with different stories. So far, many people have described ‘Waitress’ as a different story, but those descriptions haven’t been my experience. I don’t think it’s meant to be a piece of journalism, really. It’s just a document."
That knack for storytelling — that’s been with Frances for decades. Starting at seventeen, Frances worked in creative-writing programs through college, but she found a necessary outlet in short-form storytelling. "I slowly began to realize that writing a novel would be even harder than most of my other aspirations," she laughs. "I really respect someone who can just sit in a house alone for two years and write."
But if Painted Shut is any indication, it was a collaborative three years for Hop Along since their last studio effort. These songs weren’t any less fussed over than Get Disowned‘s — in fact, the time spent writing these tracks was on par with that LP’s meticulous process. The difference was the studio time, which was a lean month working with Agnello, compared to Get Disowned‘s months-long tinker sessions. While that smaller window had the potential to be jarring for the band, it wasn’t, partially thanks to Agnello’s laid-back process.
"At the end of the day, he would say, ‘It’s your record, you need to do what’s right for you,’ " Frances recalls. "And the fact that he was with us the whole way, that it was our vision — it was like he was another band member, not just a producer."
Painted Shut is less a vast departure from what Hop Along have created previously than a confident leap forward, in terms of musicianship, storytelling, and studio mastery. Here we have thicker sounds (see the sitar-laden "Waitress" intro), guitarist Joe Reinhart’s layers of reverb and tremolo on "Texas Funeral," the expansive piano of "Horseshoe Crabs," and more.
"The record is everything we had at that point, as far as making sure the songs were as good as they could be," Mark says. "It’s an honest record, and we poured our hearts and souls into it." And on the verge of Painted Shut‘s release, those aren’t stars in the members of Hop Along’s eyes — though they’ve produced a knockout record. They’re not gunning to quit their day jobs. In fact, Frances says, "I’d just like to see what the album does over time.
"I’d love to see it grow."
Painted Shut is out May 4 on Saddle Creek Records. Hop Along are set to play Rough Trade NYC on May 5.