These Galaxy S6 kickstand cases are only $4.95 today

Featuring a completely textured shell that’s easy to grip, the Amzer Snap On Case keeps your Galaxy S6 safe against minor impacts while sporting a fold-out kickstand for convenient viewing. Get yours in black or white today and save over 60%

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Possible Samsung Galaxy Note 5 specs leak out

To go along with the recent leak of possible Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ press renders, it seems that we now might have an idea what’s inside one of those devices. The specifications for the Galaxy Note 5 have reportedly appeared, courtesy of notable leaker Evan Blass.

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Deal: Buy a Verizon LG G4 Through August 12, get $100 Visa Prepaid Card

Verizon and LG have teamed up to offer yet another deal on this year’s LG G4. If you buy LG’s newest flagship at “eligible” Verizon shops from today through August 12, you can grab a $100 Visa prepaid card with it. 

I’m not seeing any limitations as far as how you have to buy it. In other words, I believe that you can buy it on contract, through Edge, or pay full retail and still get the $100 back. Verizon and LG are requiring that you buy the leather black, metallic gray, or ceramic white models, but those are the only three they sell anyway.

Once purchased, the rebate site below will help you claim your prepaid card.

Links:  Verizon LG G4 | Rebate Site (Terms)

Cheers M!

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What are you looking for from a ‘smart’ thermostat?

The Internet of Living Rooms is a thing. We point to the very popular, very pricey and potentially cool smart thermostat market to see how it’s beginning.

Environmental control is a natural place for smart and connected devices to be. Ever since the middle of the 20th century, we’ve heard about how the homes of the future will be automated and controllable from one central location. Fast forward to today, and nobody is surprised when they hear about a home that has smart lighting or smart heating and cooling.

We’re going to talk a little bit about that smart heating and cooling today. Specifically, what we want a smart thermostat to do for us.

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Talk Android Weekly Recap: July 24 – August 1, 2015

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We’re just wrapping up another exciting week at Talk Android! OnePlus announced the OnePlus Two, which has been met with much controversy. Motorola revealed a bunch of new devices and accessories: the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto G, and a handful of Bluetooth headsets. Despite a successfully funded IndieGoGo campaign, the YotaPhone 2 will not be coming to the United States, and Google has indefinitely delayed the Android M Developer Preview 3.

Hopefully you didn’t miss out on any of these awesome stories. If you did, be sure to hit the break to catch up on all the latest happenings in Android!

Be sure to stay tuned with Talk Android, as this upcoming week is already gearing up to be full of excitement, as Sony has begun teasing an all-new Xperia device.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

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Comprehensive leak outs the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 in full



Earlier this week, Sony teased that it would be announcing a new Xperia device on August 3rd, with the emphasis on a new camera. We now know that it’s likely going to be two devices that Sony announces after Russian site Hi-Tech.Mail.ru posted its preview of both devices in full – naturally, it’s been taken down now but not before the photos were nabbed.

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Featuring an almost edge-to-edge display, the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is a sight to behold. Like other Ultra devices in Sony’s repertoire, the Xperia C5 Ultra is in the 6-inch display category, but sounds more like a mid-range device thanks to its 1.7GHz octacore MediaTek processor and 2GB RAM. What will likely be a highlight is the fact that there is a 13MP camera on the front and the back of the device, and the device will allegedly fetch a cost somewhere between $343-359 USD.

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The Sony Xperia M5 might carry decent hardware – MediaTek Helio 2GHz chipset, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage with microSD expansion, 5-inch 1080p display, 2,600mAh battery – however, the real star of the show is its rear camera: the Sony IMX230 CMOS sensor. This 21.5MP sensor gives the camera hybrid autofocus, f/2.2, 5x zoom and 4K video recording. Like the Xperia C5 Ultra, the Xperia M5 will also have a 13MP camera on the front of the device. Despite being a smaller device, the Xperia M is understandably a little dearer than the Xperia C5 Ultra, likely coming in about $390-406 USD.

What do you think about these two new Sony devices? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Hi-Tech.Mail.ru via XperiaBlog

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Press renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus leak out



By now, there’s very little secret about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Samsung’s latest flagship devices which will be announced on August 13th, however when a press render is leaked out, we’re not going to say ‘no’, especially when it comes from Mr. @evleaks. Yes, Evan Blass, or @evleaks as he is best known as, has leaked out an image which shows the two Samsung phablets looking very pretty standing next to each other – check it out for yourself:

Just in case you missed these elsewhere. pic.twitter.com/zOmKkJqQpU

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 1, 2015


What’s neat about this particular image is that the S-Pen is in full view, and we can see that the leak we have previously was of a genuine S-Pen – what we’re still trying to figure out is how the damn thing works, especially since recent images have shown the S-Pen flush with the bottom of the device with no way to pry it out. Of course, all will be revealed on August 13th, where Samsung is expected to announced these two devices, as well as a new round-faced smartwatch, the Samsung Gear A.

What do you think about what is likely the final design of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Twitter via TalkAndroid

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Press Renders Of The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 And S6 Edge Plus Leak Online

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“It isn’t a real smartphone leak until we see press renders of the device by Evan Blass,” that’s how the saying goes, doesn’t it? Well, Evan has tweeted an image of what seems to be the Galaxy Note 5 posing with its pen, right next to the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

Just in case you missed these elsewhere. pic.twitter.com/zOmKkJqQpU

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 1, 2015

The image confirms what we have already seen, more than once, of both devices.

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In pictures: The Moto X Style (aka Pure Edition)

It doesn’t matter what you call it — Moto X Style, Moto X Pure Edition … whatever — this is the new hotness for 2015 from Motorola.

You’ve read our preview. You’ve watched the video.

On this fine Saturday morning, let’s just enjoy this upcoming phone — we’ve got to wait until September before it’s released — in pictures.

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Sony Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 leaked in full glory

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Ahead on their official announcement, two new mid-range Sony Xperia devices have been leaked in their full glory. One of them happens to be the bezel-less 6-incher Xperia C5 Ultra, while the other – the Xperia M5 – looks like a stripped down version of Sony’s current flagship, the Xperia Z3+.

According to a report published in Hi-Tech.Mail.ru, the Xperia C5 will feature a massive 6-inch FHD (1080p) display with 0.8mm thin side frame, as we had revealed earlier. Although phablet comes with a huge screen, handling it should not be very difficult thanks to its clever built and design. Speaking of which, the handset features a glossy plastic body with metal sides. It will be available in white, black and mint colors.

In the imaging department, the Xperia C5 Ultra will feature 13-megapixel front and back camera sensors, aided by LED flash on both sides.

As far as the hardware is concerned, the Xperia C5 will be powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB expandable inbuilt storage and a 2,930 mAh battery. Connectivity options include dual-SIM card slots and NFC. It is likely to be priced around $343 to $359 in the United States.

Now let’s move on to the smaller handset of the pack – the Xperia M5. It appears to have taken design inspirations from the Xperia Z3+. Featuring a 5-inch FHD IPS display, the device is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor clocked at  2 GHz in addition to 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal memory. It will house a 2,600 mAh battery, which should keep the device going for two days. The camera specifications of the handset look quite promising as it feature a 21.5-megapixel Exmor RS sensor capable of hybrid autofocus, f/2.2 and fast autofocusing (0.2 seconds) and 5x zoom without any loss in the image quality. The front-facing camera will have a 13-megapixel sensor for quality selfies and video-calling.

According to the Russian website, the device also has IP65/IP68 dust and water certification. Likely to be priced around $390 – $406, the Xperia M5 will come in black, silver and gold colors. Both devices will be launched this week as Sony had indicated in a teaser earlier.

Via: Xperia Blog

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Sony to shut down its online store August 28

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Sony announced today via an email to customers and a notice on its website that it will be shutting down its online store come August 28 at 1pm PST. If you were looking to buy a device straight from Sony, you’ll need to act fast.

It’s not clear as to why Sony is shutting down the online store, however, it could be entirely possible that its US store just isn’t receiving enough customers. Sony did say that it will “soon unveil a new online product showcase and more ways to shop.” We’re not entirely sure what it entails, but Sony could drop some hints during its scheduled announcement next week.

It’s also not clear as to whether this just affects the US store or other regions as well.

Either way, if you’ve got store credit or gift cards lying around, now is the best time to go on a shopping spree!

via: Android Central

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus press renders leaked

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Nowadays it so common for leaks and rumours to divulge full specifications of devices that keeping them under wraps until their official launch will be a real feat to achieve for any company. Anticipation has been building up around Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus for sometime, and now, what appears to be their press renders, have been leaked by @evleaks.

Evan Blass had retired from the leaking business a while back, but he seems to be making a comeback by posting images of soon-to-be-announced Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus via his Twitter handle @evleaks,.

Both devices are expected to be launched globally on August 13th. If we go by the earlier leaks, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a larger variant of the Galaxy S6 Edge. According to its listing on Indian import-export website Zauba, the phablet will feature a 5.7-inch display and 16-megapixel rear snapper as seen in the S6 Edge.As far as the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 are concerned, rumor has it that it will be powered by an Exynos 7422 chipset and will come with the S Pen housed in a tube-like home at the bottom right of the phablet. The S Pen will come with an auto eject feature that will come handy if you frequently use S Pen specific functions.

Source: @evleaks (Twitter)

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[Deal] Alcatel OneTouch’s smartwatch gets bundled with the Idol 3 for $299

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Through August 9, Alcatel OneTouch is running a promotion where its flagship phone and smartwatch are bundled at a very appealing price.

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Both the Idol 3 and the Watch can be purchased for $299 during the Alcatel OneTouch’s back-to-school promotion. The offer, which is running on the company’s site and Amazon, saves buyers around $150, the same price as the smartwatch alone. That’s quite a steal considering just how good the Idol 3 is. Even better is that ordering the bundle through Alcatel OneTouch directly or Amazon allows Prime members to receive free two-day shipping.

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OnePlus 2’s ‘System’ seems to take up quite a bit of RAM

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With the OnePlus 2 just being announced, you can expect it will have its rounds of testing. The OnePlus 2 will have two models available: 16GB and 64GB on internal storage with 3GB and 4GB of RAM, respectively. In theory, either model will have more than enough RAM for the average user. Except that may not be the case with the OnePlus 2.

The amount of RAM, according to one owner of the OnePlus 2, actually available to the user is going to be less than usual because it appears the ‘System’ in the OnePlus 2 takes up a whopping 1.1-1.3GB’s of RAM. In comparison, my HTC One M9’s ‘System’ takes up about 800mb’s of RAM. Of course, for all we know, he could be using beta software for the OnePlus 2, and the actual software that will be on the device once released could be different. Either way, definitely something to keep an eye on.

What do you guys think? Could this be a small problem, or is this much-a-do ’bout nothing?

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Source: Subham bapna (Twitter)

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Hidden Temple lets you explore the deepest of the jungle in virtual reality

There may be a few virtual games available but we’re certain that more and more developers will soon enter the VR gaming arena. For now, let’s focus our attention on those devs and gaming studios that have already worked hard to release mobile games that will allow a unique gaming experience to those who have their VR devices. If you have a Google Cardboard or a Samsung Galaxy Gear VR, you are free to download and enjoy this new game called HIDDEN TEMPLE – VR ADVENTURE.

In Hidden Temple, you are a great treasure hunter that’s on a mission to explore the deepest jungle. You are on your own to start an adventure, find riches, and discover new mysteries. You need to survive the jungle so don’t forget your survival kit as you go on this new virtual reality adventure. It’s as if you’re in a real jungle so you need to do everything in your power to stay alive.

The 360° view makes it more challenging yet exciting. Feel free to explore the temple, walk through the corridors, enter secret chambers, and solve various riddles right on your VR-headset. You don’t have to get out of your room to discover new places. (Actually, we recommend you stay inside lest you want people to think you’re weird.)

Virtual reality has never been this accessible and exciting as before. This may still be in its early stages but the possibilities are endless. We’re guessing more similar VR games will be released but for now, try whatever games are available on the Google Play Store and of course, if you are willing to pay for them.

Hidden Temple – VR Adventure app can be worth your dollar because it’s one immersive VR adventure. Controls and gameplay are easy and intuitive while 3D environments are very detailed. Even the 360° view will impress you, as well as, the 3D sounds. You can still play this adventure game without a headset but it’s more fun to play in virtual reality.

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Download Hidden Temple – VR Adventure from the Google Play Store

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Bevel camera attachment brings Genuine 3D photography to your hands

You know, 3D imaging may be fun but it has not really took off as a standard. We’ve seen 3D movies, 3D TVs, 3D printers, 3D projectors already but we have yet to see if 3D phones will actually have a future. There are no full 3D smartphones yet, only with 3D features, but who says that you can’t enjoy 3D photography right now on your phone? A Kickstarter project was recently launched that hopes to bring basic 3D photography to smartphones and tablets as a simple camera attachment.

The Bevel is the first attachment in the world that can capture real 3D photographs. You can attach the accessory to any mobile device as it turns your phone camera into a 3D camera to capture real 3D images. The add-on/attachment idea is clever because it’s easier to use and anyone can just get a Bevel to finally start his 3D mobile photography adventures. There’s so much we can do now with a phone camera and we didn’t expect 3D photography is one of them, at least, this soon and in a much simpler way.

The team behind the Bevel accessory is Matter And Form Inc. The group recently took to Kickstarter their dreams of bringing a product that is special, useful, and really capable of 3D photography. The startup actually refers to it as ‘Genuine 3D photography’ and Bezel seems to be the only device that can make it possible. That is, if the company can bring this project into production.

The Bezel project is currently listed on Kickstarter with a $200,000 fund goal. It’s only been a few days since it was listed on  the website and with 26 more days to go before the August 27 deadline, more than $124,000 have been pledged by more than 1,700 backers. We’re not doubting the team will ever reach the goal. Actually, I am more concerned if the funds that will be raised will even go higher than expected. The Bezel is one project that I know most mobile photography enthusiasts, not only within the Android market, will support.

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Spacecom will test your wits in this complex, starfleet command strategy game

First and foremost, don’t be deceived by the seemingly simple gameplay of Spacecom because it’s really not. This strategy game will challenge the ultimate strategist out of you in this starfleet command game. It requires you to make smart choices, movements, and even resort to deception to defeat the enemies and achieve victory. You need to focus, devise, and plan real-time tactics and try to learn from the military legends.

You can play on single mode or in multiplayer to test how good you really are. You can play up to five other players or simply try on strategies you can play for future battles. What you really need to have to finish Spacecom are smart tactics and a sound mind. Just make sure you’re not distracted by the cool background sounds. You’ll be impressed and might get carried away because game developer 11 bit studios made sure background music is awesome.

Strategy. Tactics. Speed. Can you be creative in planning? Game mechanics can be complex to some but this can be a great way to show that you are one smart geek. The single player campaign will certainly test your skills as you need to finish different tactical puzzles. In multiplayer mode, you can fight against five players per map.

Game design is minimalist (no pixel art graphics–yes!) while sound has been created to specifically trigger strategic thinking according to the game developer. Game is $3.99 but no more in-app purchases are required. Several languages are supported aside from English: German, French, Russian, and Polish.

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Facebook adds extra layers of protection with Security Checkup

With all the malware, viruses, and hackers going around, people are getting extra paranoid about the security of their digital devices, cloud hosting services, and even their social media accounts. Facebook is probably one of the most important accounts that you have that you don’t want anyone to hack (well, unless you’re actually not on Facebook) and so any news of extra protection for it is always welcome. The social media giant has actually added a new tool called Security Checkup that will make it easier for you to access these controls.

Once the rollout has reached your account, you’ll find a reminder at the top of your newsfeed, prompting you to undergo these security checks, not because someone has already hacked your account, but to avoid anyone from doing so. There are three steps that you’ll need to complete/follow in order to maximize this security tool. First, it will give you a list of devices where you are logged in, or you used to log in. You can log out of those that you don’t use anymore or those that you forgot you logged in to the first place.

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Next, you have the option to turning on a feature that will let you know when someone tries to log into your account from a device that you haven’t used before. It will send you an alert that someone is doing so on an unfamiliar location or browser, and you can take action easily (or not, if it was actually you that did log in there, but just for the first time. Lastly, Facebook will give you a few tips on how to strengthen your password to avoid being hacked. Some of the things they tell you are already common sense, but you’ll be surprised that people still tend to forget. For example, don’t use your FB password anywhere else or avoid words that people may be able to guess about you.

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Security Check is now available on desktop, and soon on mobile as well. You can also access all the other security tools and features from Facebook by going to Facebook.com/settings then go to the Security tab.

SOURCE: Facebook

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OnePlus is doing something right: OnePlus 2 pop-up in Times Square kills it



While I don’t think we’re ever going to stop being skeptical about OnePlus’ marketing stunts, their latest device, the OnePlus 2, appears to have garnered quite a lot of attention from the masses in the lead up to the device’s launch – it managed to pack out one corner of Times Square when they put up a OnePlus 2 pop-up in Times Square to show off their device to the public. As you can see from the photo, there are literally lines of people waiting to get a glimpse of the phone – the possibility of getting an invite also probably helped.

Join these NYC fans at our Times Square pop-up experience, and see the #OnePlus2 in person #NeverSettle pic.twitter.com/sBojfmhGHp

— OnePlus (@oneplus) July 31, 2015


New York isn’t the only place that OnePlus is hosting a pop-up store – San Francisco, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, New Dehli, Bangalore, and Jakarta will also be seeing tents, presumably filled with OnePlus’ executives and the OnePlus 2. Regardless of what you think of the “2016 Flagship Killer”, it’s hard to argue with results – particularly with 1 million people signed up for invites – and that number of genuinely interested fans is hard to fake.

Source: The Verge via Phandroid

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NVIDIA calls for NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet recall over fears of a fire hazard



There haven’t been many high profile device recalls in the last couple of years but it appears there is going to need to be a NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet recall after NVIDIA identified a risk that the battery could overheat and pose of fire hazard.

It’s obviously a bit of a set back, not only for NVIDIA but for the image of the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, which is actually a fantastic device, with a processor (Tegra K1) specifically designed for gaming and impressive battery life. Despite the fact that not every device is likely affected, NVIDIA is doing the right thing by its customers and asking that they check if their device is one of the ones in question – if you do have a device, you can follow the instructions here to see if you have been affected by the recall.


What do you think about the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet recall? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: NVIDIA via Mashable

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Android M Developer Preview 3 is delayed, Google says they “need a little more time”



Google has been like clock work for the first two Developer Previews of Android M, but it appears their next one, Android M Developer Preview 3 is delayed after it was promised to be released at the end of July. The reason given by Google’s Wojtek Kalicinski is that they want Android M Developer Preview 3 to be “near release”, and it appears whatever that entails means they “need a little more time to get it out to you”. Naturally, the promise of a “near release” build of Android M will fuel theories about when Android M itself will be released in full, a fact that Kalicinski is quick to address:

“Please be patient and refrain from posting speculations about the release date in the community. We will announce the Preview 3 availability here and on +Android Developers as soon as it’s ready.”

But speculating is what we love to do!


Based on previous full Android releases, we’re expecting a release sometime in late October or early November, which will hopefully coincide with the release of at least one (if not two) new Nexus devices. Only time will tell whether any of this is right, but the next few months should be an exciting time for Android fans.

What do you think about about the fact the Android M Developer Preview 3 is delayed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Google+ via Phandroid

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You can delete Samsung’s phone bloatware in China

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Samsung isn’t waiting around for the verdict of a Chinese lawsuit over bloatware to take action. The company will offer patches in August that let local Android phone owners delete unwanted pre-installed apps on both the Galaxy Note 3, the example cited in the suit, as well as more recent phones like the Galaxy S6. It’s not clear just which apps you can purge, but it’s safe to presume that many of the non-essential apps are now eligible.

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Possible Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ press renders leak ahead of announcement

We’ve had not shortage of leaked pictures of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ to ogle at over the past several weeks. However, a new shot has surfaced of what looks to be an official press render of each device side-by-side.

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Sony is shutting down its online store on August 28

If you regularly buy direct from Sony on its online store, you may want to look into another outlet to get its products. Sony announced today that it will be shutting down its online shop on August 28.

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Alcatel OneTouch’s back to school bundle packs an Idol 3 and OneTouch Watch for $300

Alcatel OneTouch is getting in on the back to school action with a deal that contains one of our favorite budget-friendly smartphones, the Idol 3, along with the company’s OneTouch Watch for $300.

As a bit of a refresher, the Idol 3 packs a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, and runs on a 1.7GHz processor. You’ll also score a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP camera up front. The OneTouch Watch that comes in this bundle unfortunately doesn’t pack Android Wear, but it does handle notifications and controlling music, and includes a number of apps for tracking health stats. It’s also water and dust proof to boot.

The Alcatel Idol 3 normally retails for $279 (currently marked down to $250), while the OneTouch Watch goes for $149 on its own, so this isn’t a bad deal if it piques your interest. If you’re still on the fence, be sure to check out our five reasons to buy the Alcatel Idol 3.

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The Windows 10 Phone Companion and Android: Do you need it?

This is the Windows 10 Phone Companion app. It’s what you’ll see when you plug your phone into a Windows 10 box. And it’s half-useful, half-plea to get you to install some of Microsoft’s apps on your phone. (And these days, there’s a decent chance that those apps will be on there in the first place.)

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[Bonus Round] Barmark, Trulon: The Shadow Engine, Shooting Stars, Shibuya Grandmaster, Beastopia, Drop Hunt, And 4×4 Jam

nexusae0_bonusicon_thumbWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn’t get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can’t wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don’t want to wade through a whole day’s worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we’ve got a visually unique adventure game, a brand new RPG, a game that lets you shoot Justin “Belieber,” an interesting take on falling tiles, a beast-themed tactical RPG, a cutesy sliding block puzzler, and an off-road racing game.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus exposed in leaked press renders, not concepts

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We’ve seen quite a few device renders floating around the internet of the soon-to-be-announced Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. And while these certainly look real, they’ve proven to be little more than fan renders made by talented designer Ivo Marić. That’s not to say he’s far off, device schematics of the phone have been available to case makers for quite some time.

But for those looking for something a little more authentic, @evleaks has come out of retirement once again to reveal some officially unofficial press renders of the phones before they’re officially unveiled in September. We’re sure this is just the first of many, so let us know what you think.

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People are actually lining up to play with the OnePlus 2 at popup tents around the world

OnePlus experience Time Square New York City

After officially unveiling their latest flagship — the OnePlus 2 — only a few days ago, we watched as the the phone’s pre-invite waiting list hit 1 million+ signups. We have to admit, it was a little surprising. While less trusting individuals might assume those numbers were artificially inflated to keep up appearances of high demand and further push the hype train, it looks like there are a good number of people legitimately interested in the phone. At least interested in looking at it.

OnePlus is hosting a handful of “popup experiences” in major cities around the world — New York City, San Francisco, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, New Delhi, Bangalore, Jakarta — giving fans an early look at the device and giving away a few invites in the process. They somehow managed to erect a tent in the middle of Time Square where they’re sure to get the most traffic, with OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei on hand to talk to press and attendees. It’s not often we see OnePlus’ grass roots marketing in the real world, with most of their press releases and adverts happening online like their social media accounts.

While criticism over OnePlus’ use of the “2016 flagship killer” tagline could seen as overly ambitious to say the least, it does appears that there could be some some real-world buzz over this phone. At least initially. But in a world where we’re used to only seeing people line up for the latest iPhone, that could be saying something.

Join these NYC fans at our Times Square pop-up experience, and see the #OnePlus2 in person #NeverSettlepic.twitter.com/sBojfmhGHp

— OnePlus (@oneplus) July 31, 2015

[Twitter | Image credit: The Verge]

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Sony Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 leak ahead of official announcement with interesting hardware

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With Sony’s mobile division up against the ropes, you’d think they’d dial back launching new devices every few weeks. With a new announcement planned for next week, we really weren’t quite sure what they’d announce but they seem to be teasing some kind of new camera tech. And that’s good. It’s arguably the most important hardware spec in this year’s smartphone arms race, something any smartphone needs to excel at in order to be crowned king.

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra front back

 

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

Now, we didn’t think they’d be announcing a new flagship, not with the Sony Xperia Z4 launching only a few weeks back. But if Russian site Hi-Tech.Mail.ru‘s new leak is what Sony has up their sleeves, it appears they could be taking a stab at the affordable device market with a pair of new Xperias that seemingly target camera quality over performance.

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Sony Xperia M5

The newly leaked 6-inch Sony Xperia C5 Ultra and 5-inch Sony Xperia M5 both feature relatively modest specs on paper, but have their standout features (like Sony’s new IMX230 image sensor on the M5 which is also found on the Moto X Style/Pure Edition). As for looks, the M5 is the usual Xperia fare while the C5 Ultra has the most striking design thanks to razor thin side bezels and its huge overall size. Let’s take a look at the rest of the specs:

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

  • 6-inch 1080p edge-to-edge display (0.8mm thin)
  • MediaTek MT6752 chipset (1.7GHz octa-core)
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • Micro SD card slot
  • 13MP rear / 13MP rear camera with front facing flash
  • 2,930mAh battery
  • Around $343 – $359

Sony Xperia M5

  • 5-inch 1080p display
  • MediaTek Helio X10 chipset (2GHz octa-core)
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 3GB RAM
  • Micro SD card slot
  • 21.5MP camera hybrid auto focus, 5x lossless zoom / 13MP front facing camera
  • 2,600mAh battery
  • IP65/IP68 dust/water resistance
  • Around $390 – $406

Really, it’s not all that bad, especially for those looking for an affordable mid-range device that doesn’t compromise on camera quality (something that typically doesn’t go hand-in-hand). No word on availability quite yet, but we expect we’ll learn more on August 3rd when Sony makes everything official.

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Sony-Xperia-M5-black front
Sony-Xperia-M5-white back

[via XperiaBlog]

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