Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid now available on Verizon

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If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a Moto Z or Moto Z Force, the Droid versions are now available for purchase on Verizon! Though pre-orders have been available for a while, you can now buy the devices online and in some stores.

Both devices feature a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display (though the Force has Shattershield tech), a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of memory with a microSD slot, and Moto Mods support. The camera is 13MP and 21MP on the Moto Z and Moto Z Force respectively, and the batteries are 2600 mAh and 3500 mAh. The battery alone makes the Force a good option, though you’ll lose the 5.2mm thickness.

Verizon is also selling Moto Mods, with 20% off your second Moto Mod. How many of you will be picking one up? Leave a comment!

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Samsung reportedly releasing Gear S3 at IFA Berlin in September

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The Samsung Gear S2 is a pretty solid smartwatch despite the fact that it runs Tizen instead of Android Wear. However, now might not be the best time to buy one, as the successor is reportedly launching in a little over a month.

The Samsung Gear S3 is said to launch at IFA Berlin, hosted between September 2 and 7. It will be another round watch with the same rotary bezel as the current model, but we don’t know what kind of upgrades we’ll be seeing.

With the Galaxy Note 7 not launching at IFA (only a few more days!), this device might be one of the bigger ones announced. So hold off on the purchase of a Gear S2, soon there will be a new model and discounts on the old one.


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Samsung teases soon to be released Note 7 with new video

Samsung has released an official teaser video for the Galaxy Note 7, and while it doesn’t give us any new information on the device, it’s pretty entertaining.

Granted, we really don’t need much more info on the Note 7. Leaks have exposed pretty much every spec and angle of the device possible, so we know what we’re going to see at the Samsung event. All that’s left is official confirmation. The video does hint at waterproofing though, so it will likely share the IP68 rating with the Galaxy S7.

Watch the video above and get excited. We’re going to see the device unveiled in just five days, so we’ll soon know which rumors are true and which aren’t.


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Samsung teases soon to be released Note 7 with new video

Samsung has released an official teaser video for the Galaxy Note 7, and while it doesn’t give us any new information on the device, it’s pretty entertaining.

Granted, we really don’t need much more info on the Note 7. Leaks have exposed pretty much every spec and angle of the device possible, so we know what we’re going to see at the Samsung event. All that’s left is official confirmation. The video does hint at waterproofing though, so it will likely share the IP68 rating with the Galaxy S7.

Watch the video above and get excited. We’re going to see the device unveiled in just five days, so we’ll soon know which rumors are true and which aren’t.


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Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid now available on Verizon

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If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a Moto Z or Moto Z Force, the Droid versions are now available for purchase on Verizon! Though pre-orders have been available for a while, you can now buy the devices online and in some stores.

Both devices feature a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display (though the Force has Shattershield tech), a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of memory with a microSD slot, and Moto Mods support. The camera is 13MP and 21MP on the Moto Z and Moto Z Force respectively, and the batteries are 2600 mAh and 3500 mAh. The battery alone makes the Force a good option, though you’ll lose the 5.2mm thickness.

Verizon is also selling Moto Mods, with 20% off your second Moto Mod. How many of you will be picking one up? Leave a comment!

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Nextbit Robin now comes in Ember red for a limited time

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The Nextbit Robin is a unique device both in features and design, and now it’s getting an even more pop-and-awe color scheme.

Nextbit has unveiled the brand new Ember variant of the Robin. With this color scheme, there’s a solid deep-black neutral color for the main body, but there are bright red end caps to make it really stand out. Nextbit makes it perfectly clear that there were only a limited number of Ember models produced, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

The device goes on sale today and retails for $299. It’s worth noting that in India, Nextbit will be selling the Ember model through FlipKart, with sales beginning next week.

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One final thing: There’s an August update on the way that will let the Nextbit Robin support videos in smart storage. With the new software, old videos can be archived to save space on the device. There will be a local thumbnail saved to your camera roll, though, so it won’t disappear altogether. Beta testers can begin testing the feature now, and it should roll out to the public in August.

Do you plan on picking up an Ember Robin?

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Xiaomi unveils the dual camera Redmi Pro and Mi Notebook Air laptop

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Xiaomi‘s long-running Redmi lineup expands again with another high-end device, and now the company has a brand new laptop headed to the Chinese market as well.

First up, the new Redmi Pro with a 5.5-inch OLED full HD display with 2.5D curved glass. There are three variants coming down the pipeline. The high-end variant features a deca-core MediaTek Helio X25 processor under the hood. There’s a fingerprint reader on the front, just below the display. The Redmi Pro also features 128GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, 4GB of RAM, and the battery is measured in at 4050mAh. It also boasts a hybrid SIM card slot and a USB Type-C port.

The other two variants will launch with some variations. Specifically, one variant features a MediaTek Helio X20 chipset, along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. The other two variants feature 3GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage, and finally the aforementioned 4GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage option. The base variant is priced at RMB1499, while the other two variants are marked at RMB1699 and RMB1999, respectively.

The other feature all variants share is a dual-camera setup on the back. The primary shooter is a 13MP camera, while the secondary camera is a depth sensor that boasts a 5-megapixel shooter.

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The other new device is the Mi Notebook Air, a brand new laptop from Xiaomi. It boasts a 13.3-inch full HD display with edge-to-edge glass protection. The bezels measure in at only 5.59mm thin. It’s a full metal body, and the keyboard supports backlit keys, with 1.3mm keystrokes. There is one HDMI port, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and a single USB Type-C port.

Inside, the Mi Notebook Air features a GeForce 940MX GPU, which Xiaomi says supports Boost 2.0 gaming effects, DirectX 12, and PhysX for good measure. The Intel Core i5 processor can be clocked up to 2.7GHz, and it features 8GB of RAM. There’s a 256GB SSD inside, and there’s an expandable SSD slot, too. The Mi Notebook Air is running Windows 10 out of the box. It’s priced at RMB4999.

On top of all that, Xiaomi also announced a 12-inch variant of the same laptop, which Xiaomi says can last over 11 hours on a single charge. It boasts an Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and runs Windows 10. It’s priced at RMB3499.

Both laptops go on sale in China on August 2.

What do you think of Xiaomi’s new devices?


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Google Play Family Library lets family members share apps and content across devices

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Google wants to make it easier than ever to share content, from apps and games to movies and books, with your family members. To do that, the company has announced and launched the Google Play Family Library.

With Family Library, sharing a variety of content, from movies, TV shows, books, comic books, and even games, is all a possibility. There are no additional sign-up fees to get it going. Just signing up gets a family on the right path, which includes setting up a shared credit or debit card with which purchases can be made from one device to another, and that content shared between them. Family members will be able to select their own personal payment methods, too, even if a family card is saved. And purchases made by the younger members of a family can be approved before finalized.

Users within a family will be able to add content to the Family Library and keep content private, too. That means a family can keep R-rated movies away from kids easily enough. The content can be shared between six different family members with Android devices, and movies, TV shows, and books can be shared on iOS devices and the web.

The Google Play Family Library is rolling out now, and it will be available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. You can sign up right here.

Google also took some time to promote its Google Play Music family plan, which allows for six members to share the subscription for only $14.99 per month. That feature launched late last year, but Google is now expanding it to Ireland, Italy, Mexico, and New Zealand.


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Chinese company LeEco buys Vizio for $2 billion

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LeEco is a Chinese company with no presence in the US. To fix that, the company announced that it has purchased American TV manufacturer Vizio for $2 billion.

The Vizio brand will stay alive here in the US, but the software on the televisions will be replaced with LeEco’s TV operating system. At a certain point in the future, we will start seeing big changes in the products Vizio is putting out. If you’re a fan of Vizio, it’ll be time to reevaluate its products.

Vizio’s executive staff will stay in their Irvine, California headquarters, while Vizio’s data business Inscape will be spun off as its own entity, 51% owned by Vizio’s CEO and founder William Wong.

The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016, giving LeEco a foothold in the US market. The company may even release its own products under the Vizio brand in the US in the future. While Vizio primarily made TVs and sound bars (with some Android integration thrown in), LeEco has plenty of experience with Android so we may even see Android devices from them.

What do you think of this acquisition? Are you saddened by the loss of another US company, or are you excited to see what LeEco has in store for our market? Let us know in the comments!


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BlackBerry DTEK50 now official as the ‘world’s most secure smartphone’

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That didn’t take long. On the same day leaked images of the BlackBerry DTEK50 leaked, BlackBerry has gone ahead and made the device officially official.

BlackBerry has announced the DTEK50 as the “world’s most secure smartphone.” As we can see, the DTEK50 does indeed share design similarities to the Alcatel-branded Idol 4, but there are certainly some BlackBerry-focused aspects to the upcoming device, especially when it comes to security. Here are just a few things BlackBerry is bringing to the table with the DTEK50 in that regard:

  • Rapid Security Patching: BlackBerry has a record of being the quickest to deliver security patches, setting the bar in incident response and patch management to protect your device from malicious threats.
  • DTEK™ by BlackBerry App: Enables users to automatically monitor their OS and apps to know when their privacy could be at risk and to take action to improve it. The DTEK app also tracks applications and notifies you when someone is: taking pictures or videos without your knowledge, turning your microphone on, sending a text message, or accessing your contacts or location.
  • Hardware Root of Trust: BlackBerry’s manufacturing process uses a proprietary technique that adds security from the start, allowing for the tracking, verification and provisioning of DTEK50.
  • Secure Boot Process: Starting with the root of trust, each stage of DTEK50’s secure boot chain must first verify that the next component is fully intact before proceeding, ensuring your device has not been tampered with since the last restart.
  • Android OS hardening: BlackBerry provides additional security patches, improved random number, address space generation and certificate pinning to make it more difficult for attackers to target a device by scrambling application/system memory.
  • FIPS 140-2 Compliant Full Disk Encryption: Protects your private information, like pictures or bank information, from being stolen if you were to lose your phone.

As far as the rest of the specifications go, the leak earlier today turned out to be accurate. There is a 5.2-inch 1080p display with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor under the hood. There’s a 13MP camera on the back and an 8MP front-facing shooter on the other side. The battery is measured in at 2610mAh, there’s 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage with a microSD card slot for expandable memory. The DTEK50 is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

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There’s also a “Convenience Key” on the right side of the device that, when pressed, will automatically launch the BlackBerry Hub.

Pre-orders for the DTEK50 begin today from BlackBerry’s official online store. It retails for $299.99, and the unlocked variant works for T-Mobile and AT&T in the United States. It will also be available in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands in the weeks ahead.

What do you think of the DTEK50? Should they have called it the Neon?


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