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Crowdfunding project of the week: Vintage Vinyl Bluetooth Speaker

Welcome to our ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’, where we highlight some of the coolest gadgets coming from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. You can’t be browsing through hundreds of campaigns, so we do all the hard work for you. Let’s jump right into this weeks featured project!

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Are you a vinyl fan? We know plenty of audiophiles are all about it. Today’s speaker will represent your love for records while giving any room an awesome vintage touch. In essence, this is simply a Bluetooth speaker; it is its design and materials that make it special. An actual vinyl is shaped to look like a horn loudspeaker, while the rest of the body highly resembles a classic gramophone.

Where things get fun is in customization. You can choose the album, as well as the label. Pledging $ 195 will get you a speaker made with an album representative of your genre of choice. Options include 60s Rock, 70s Rock, The 80s, Disco, Jazz and more. Pledge $ 205 and you get to create your own custom label or design the album artwork. You can even submit your own favorite album to be built into the speaker. If you don’t have it, pledge $ 250 and the team will find it for you.

It is not the cheapest Bluetooth speaker around, but you are buying more than just a speaker. This will be a representation of musical history and your own taste. Are any of you signing up?

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Happy 20th Anniversary, HTC: a brief look at the company’s innovation

The Taiwanese electronics company is celebrating its 20th birthday this week and has released a video, showcasing 20 years of its brilliance.

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HTC just released the all-new U11, bringing the highest DxOMark rated camera and a unique squeezable shortcut feature. In fact, HTC hasn’t always been that “struggling Taiwanese company”; it’s, in fact, always been at the forefront of bringing innovation to the Android world, and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of being in the mobile devices business, HTC has released a video that shows its signature devices over the past two decades:

As the video explains, HTC was one of the first companies to bring a 3G-enabled smartphone to the general market and the first to bring a smartphone with integrated GPS. That was using Windows OS, and of course, in 2008, HTC brought us the world’s first Android phone: the HTC Dream, known as the T-Mobile G1 in the US. The quiet brilliance continued with the HTC One, a beautiful Android device with a game-changing design at the time.

The Taiwanese company decided to kill off the “Quietly Brilliant” slogan in 2013 in an attempt to compete more aggressively in an increasingly saturated Android market. And although its products like the HTC Vive continued to redefine consumer technology, in recent years, the company has struggled to keep up with Samsung, Apple, and Chinese OEMs. However, the video reassures us that HTC isn’t ready to give up: “We are refined, we are resilient, we are curious, we are real. And we keep innovating.”

The video reassures us that HTC isn’t ready to give up: ‘We are refined, we are resilient, we are curious, we are real. And we keep innovating.’

Will the HTC U11 be enough to save the struggling Taiwanese company? Has HTC fallen behind its competition in terms of innovation? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Exclusive: Here’s a new look at the Lenovo Motorola Moto Z2 Force


In the past several weeks, there’s been a number of leaks showing off some of Motorola’s upcoming 2017 lineup of phones. Today, we have another one of our own to show you as we have received an official render of the Moto Z2 Force, which will be the flagship high-end handset from Lenovo’s mobile division. The render comes from a reliable source familiar with Lenovo’s plans.

The design of the Moto Z2 Force in this render shows that it looks much like the previously leaked image of the Moto Z2 Play. The front of the phone is a bit different on the Moto Z2 Force, but the biggest difference is on the back, showing what looks like a dual camera set-up, versus just a single sensor on the back of the Moto Z2 Play. The design fits in with previous render leaks of the Moto Z2 Force that we have posted.

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A recent photo of a internal sales presentation confirmed that the Moto Z2 Force will have a 5.5-inch Full HD display with Motorola’s “ShatterShield” technology, designed to make the screen shatterproof if the phone falls or is dropped. The presentation also said it would support 1 GHz LTE speeds, which is a big hint that the phone will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, which can handle those kinds of cellular network speeds.

We expect Motorola to officially announce the Moto Z2 Force, and its many other upcoming phones, sometime this summer. In the meantime, what do you think of the look of the phone? Let us know in the comments!

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As expected, Samsung Pay is now live in the UK

Update – May 16: The rumors are indeed true. Samsung Pay is now available in the UK, People in that country who own the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge (if those last two phones have Android Nougat installed) can download the Samsung Pay app from the Galaxy Apps Store. At the moment, only three UK banks (MBNA, Nationwide, and Santander) support the payment system.

Original Story (May 1): After expanding to a number of other countries earlier in 2017, the Samsung Pay digital payment service could launch in the major UK market very soon. A new report claims that May 16 could be the day for the payment service to go live in the land of Queen Elizabeth, Doctor Who and fish and chips.

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April 27, 2016

The report comes from SamMobile, who received an email from a reader who took screenshots of two separate conversations with Samsung support representatives. Both said that Samsung Pay will launch on May 16. It’s important to point out that support reps for companies are not always reliable when it comes to information about future product or service launches. Also, while May 16 could be the current target date for the launch, plans can, and often do, change at the last minute.

Samsung Pay first launched in August of 2015 in South Korea, and became available in the US one month later in September 2015. The service, which only works on Samsung smartphones and smartwatches, has since expanded to 17 markets. That includes India, which had its launch in March, and a few days ago it expanded yet again to include Sweden and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), along with a beta launch in Hong Kong and Switzerland. It is scheduled to expand to other countries in the future, including Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey and Italy.

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LG G6 International Giveaway!

Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone each and every Sunday!

A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the Google Pixel International Giveaway: Barcsa R. (Hungary).

This week we are giving away a brand new LG G6!

The LG G6 features a 5.7-inch 1440×2880 IPS display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 GB of RAM and either 32 or 64 GB of on-board storage. It has two 13MP rear facing cameras, offering you a wide-angle and a regular view, and comes with the Google Assistant built in, the new AI assistant that also powers Google Home.

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Deal: Save $180 on Logitech Harmony Elite Universal Remote bundled with Amazon Echo


While you can save $ 30 off the Amazon Echo connected speaker for a couple more days on its own, you can actually save a lot more money if you get the Echo bundled with the Logitech Harmony Elite Universal Remote. Best Buy is currently selling both devices together for $ 349.99, a $ 179.99 discount from its normal $ 529.98 price.

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Normally, the Amazon Echo is priced at $ 179.99, so you are basically getting the speaker for free with this bundle. The Logitech Harmony Elite Universal Remote, like the Echo, works with the Amazon Alexa digital assistant. That means you can give it voice commands to, for example, turn your TV on or off. If you don’t feel like speaking, it also has a touchscreen which can be used to remotely control up to 15 different devices in your home.

The Harmony Elite Universal Remote also allows for one-touch control for all of your connected devices. You can set up the touchscreen to create personalized commands. For example, you can create a command called “Good Night” that, when pressed on the touchscreen, can shut down a number of connected products at once. You can instantly lock all your connected doors, bring down the window shades and turn down the heat on your thermostat with just one button press.

If you have a bunch of connected products at home, this new bundle might just be perfect for you to control all of them at once. There’s no word on how long this Best Buy deal will last.

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What would it take for you to buy a new tablet?

Most tablets are kind of hard to tell apart, aren’t they? Samsung’s current tablet lineup is filled with near-identical products, and when a new one pops up, it’s not always clear what has been improved or changed. Though there are a few exceptions (examples of which should be visible throughout this article), very little separates tablets from 2012 and tablets from present day in terms of functionality.

This sense of tablet stagnation may be at the heart of recent reports that tablet shipments for Q1, 2017 are down 8-10% year-on-year. While that isn’t a fascinating statistic in isolation, tablet sales have been in decline since a peak around 2014, and the market has now seen ten quarterly drops in a row compared to the same quarters a year previous.

Fewer and fewer people are buying or upgrading these gadgets — so what would it take for you to buy a new tablet? Before you leave your answers, let me highlight some things to consider.

The cycle of life

Firstly, recent tablet shipment numbers don’t necessarily mean that people have stopped using or being interested in tablets — only that they have stopped buying them. It’s possible tablet owners are satisfied with their current product (I’d even say, likely), with even three or four-year-old tablets still being considered “good enough.” Where tablet manufacturers seem to have failed is with upgrades.

One of the greatest achievements of smartphone manufacturers is the way in which they have leveraged planned obsolescence. The LG G4 is almost the same as the LG G6 — the core experience hasn’t changed much in the past two years. Yet there’s no doubt that some, perhaps many, LG G4 owners believe their phone must be ditched for a newer model, purely thanks to the G6’s presence.

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Of course, every business wants to foster this idea of “new is good, old is bad,” but few are as successful as smartphone companies, be it through the way new features are marketed, software security concerns highlighted, the way smartphone battery life dwindles, or how some devices just seem to fall apart, in the hand, on the day they reach their upgrade window (don’t tell me it hasn’t happened to you).

This bi-annual upgrade habit hasn’t been achieved to the same extent with tablets, where years-old devices are still perfectly capable products. Further, advances in operating systems tend to target smartphones first and foremost, leaving less incentive for the tablet owner to upgrade. Yes, there are some features which stand to benefit tablets more than phones, such as the recent split-screen mode, but generally speaking, phones are the priority.

Thus the upgrade from Android 5.0 to 6.0, or 6.0 to 7.0, doesn’t have the same appeal on tablets. It’s not a big enough deal, especially when tablets owners can enjoy the latest Android OS on a new smartphone anyway. Tablets simply aren’t used frequently enough to feel the daily pain of an older OS version, while it’s a very different story with the smartphone in your pocket.

Though tablets are upgraded in a similar fashion to phones with regard to better displays, more RAM, and more impressive cameras each year, the benefits here are also less apparent. Smartphones are our go-to communication tool; they stay with us the entire day. We can instantly apply the advances in the camera tech of a new phone with some photos for friends; we’ll feel immediately how much faster it is than its aging predecessor. That feeling of gratification isn’t as powerful with new tablets, partly because of what we use them for and partly because we don’t use them as often.

In other words, the latest OS and some beefed up specs don’t mean much on the device you only take out to occasionally watch a video or play a free game on a long road trip.

On necessity

Another reason tablet sales may be dropping is that the niche they fill is losing relevancy. Tablets aren’t as portable, and therefore as useful, as smartphones are, and they aren’t as powerful, or indeed versatile, as laptops. You wouldn’t replace your phone with a tablet, just as you wouldn’t replace your laptop or PC with one. (That is, if you need it for business purposes and specific software — more on this below).

That’s not to say they aren’t interesting products. They are ostensibly lighter, smaller and have longer battery life than some laptops. They also provide touch input that’s preferable for certain activities and run apps from the Play Store or iTunes. They evidently have benefits —  and are still selling by the millions — it’s just that they’re not essential benefits.

And with smartphone screens getting bigger and laptops getting smaller, they’re being somewhat crushed.

Wrap up

Based on the above, I see six scenarios in which someone decides to buy a new tablet:

  1. Current tablet breaks
  2. Tablet software distinguishes itself from other platforms (and is good)
  3. Great tablets become so inexpensive that they just buy one anyway
  4. Tablets become “better” alternative to laptops
  5. Tablets become “better” alternative to phones
  6. A radical hardware shift

Point four is where I see a clear opportunity — and I’d bet some people would already argue this has happened. Hybrid tablets can offer touch and keyboard interfaces natively in a more portable form factor than a laptop. And since some of them run Chrome OS or Windows, they’re different enough from an Android phone to feel necessary. Google is also introducing Android app support to Chrome OS sometime soon which will strengthen that platform further.

Of course, that would only replace laptops with tablets. As to what would make me upgrade to a new tablet, as a “current-gen” smartphone and laptop owner, I’m not sure.

Tablets can continue to become less costly, with better specs, for years to come — but will that reverse the current trend of consumers holding onto their previous devices? I don’t think so. In my eyes, it can only come from a radical hardware shift (like foldable tech) or a radical software shift. Because, as long as there are Android phones, just another Android or Chrome-based tablet won’t cut it.

That’s my view of the situation. Tell me what it would take for you to buy a new tablet in the comments below.

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Is your Android phone rooted? [Poll of the Week]

Last week’s poll summary: Out of over 14,300 total votes, 45% of our readers said they need at least 64 GB of on-board storage in their smartphones. 29.4% said they’d be okay with just 32 GB, and 15.7% said they need a massive 128 GB of local storage in their phones. Only 5.5% of our readers said they can get by with 16 GB, and 2.6% said they’d be okay with only 8 GB of storage space.

Rooting may not be as popular in the Android world as it once was, but there are still a number of great reasons to go down this path. With a rooted Android phone, you can get rid of carrier bloatware, create backups, overclock or underclock your device, and much more. There are also device-specific reasons for rooting your Android device, such as remapping your Galaxy S8’s Bixby button to open Google Assistant without the need for a separate app.

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But as the Android operating system progresses over time, many would argue there’s much less reason to root. Google and other OEMs have been doing a good job at bringing what used to be root-only features to Android. For instance, many people used to root their devices to get more customization options out of the phone’s software, but now manufacturers are including built-in theming engines in with their Android skins. Plus, rooting your Android device opens up a number of compatibility issues, especially when it comes to mobile payment and banking apps.

So, is your Android phone rooted? Why or why not? Be sure to cast your vote in the poll attached below, and let us know your thoughts on rooting in the comment section. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

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OnePlus 5: everything we know so far

In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming OnePlus 5.

The OnePlus 3T was one of the best budget smartphones of 2016. The device offers high-end specs and is a lot more affordable when compared with rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10, LG G5, and others. The Chinese manufacturer will again use the same strategy this year for its upcoming flagship, likely to be called the OnePlus 5. We once again expect to see a high-end smartphone that will go head to head with the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 but will retail for a lot less.

We have rounded up all the latest rumors regarding the OnePlus 5 in this post, so you can get a better idea of what the device will offer specs-wise, what it will look like, when will it be announced, and how much will it retail for. You’ll find all this information and more down below.

However, do keep in mind that these are just rumors for now, so take them with a grain of salt. OnePlus hasn’t confirmed (almost) any of them and probably won’t share many specific details about its flagship before the official reveal.

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OnePlus 5: name

Back in June 2016, the OnePlus 3 was announced, followed by the slightly upgraded 3T in November. Therefore, it would make sense that the next flagship would be called the OnePlus 4. It looks like that won’t happen, as the company is expected to skip the number four and call the smartphone the OnePlus 5.

The reason for this is twofold. For starters, the number four is considered to be unlucky in China due to its association with death. But OnePlus also told The Verge that a lot of its staffers are fans of former NBA basketballer Robert Horry, whose jersey number was five. Regardless of the reasoning, OnePlus will just jump straight to number five for its fifth phone release, despite the fact it might confuse a lot of consumers who live in the West.

Note: OnePlus isn’t the only Chinese company that avoids the number four. Vivo, for example, also isn’t its biggest fan and normally skips it when naming devices too.

OnePlus 5: release date

The release date of the OnePlus 5 is kind of hard to pinpoint because the company hasn’t stuck to a traditional annual release schedule. The OnePlus 1 launched in April 2016, the OnePlus 2 in July 2015, and the OnePlus 3 in June, which was then followed by the 3T in November.

Although there’s no word on exactly when the device will be revealed, we do know that it is coming sometime this summer, as OnePlus has recently confirmed this to The Verge. Our best guess is that the flagship will be announced at the end of June or in July.

The good news is that you won’t have to wait for long to get your hands on the smartphone after its official reveal. The OnePlus 3, for example, went on sale in the US and Europe on the day of its announcement. Things were a little bit different for the 3T but not by much, as those in the US were able to order it exactly one week after its reveal, while European consumers had to wait for a few more days.

OnePlus 5: specs

The OnePlus 5 will be a flagship device, meaning that it will offer high-end specs and go head to head with the best smartphones on the market. Just like its predecessor, it is expected to feature a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with either Full HD or QHD resolution, which some reports claim might be curved on the sides. It will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset that is also found in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Xiaomi Mi 6.

According to a post published on the Chinese social network Weibo by Kumamoto Technology, the device will offer 6 GB or RAM and 128 GB of storage. However, we just might see another version with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of space, which could be launched at a later date.

The post also mentions a fingerprint scanner located on the front and a larger 3,600 mAh battery. For comparison reasons, the battery found in the OnePlus 3T has a capacity of 3,400 mAh. It will obviously support the company’s Dash Charge technology, which will likely be even better this year. The flagship is expected to get fully charged a lot faster (by 25 percent) when compared to its predecessor.

Keeping up with the latest trends, the OnePlus 5 is also expected to feature a dual-camera setup on the back, just like the Huawei P10, LG G6, and a few other devices. Kumamoto Technology claims that the two cameras will be positioned horizontally, and not vertically as previously rumored.

An important question regarding the OnePlus 5 remains unanswered at this point, which is whether or not it will have a headphone jack. Our best guess is that OnePlus won’t decide to ditch it, as it is still very important for the majority of users. Carl Pei, who is one of the co-founders of the company, actually conducted a poll on Twitter on this topic a while back. As you can see below, most of the participants (88 percent) think that the headphone jack is still a valuable part of a smartphone.

When it comes to software, the OnePlus 5 will run the latest and greatest Android Nougat with the OxygenOS skin on top. It doesn’t change the look and feel of Android too much but does add a bunch of customization options as well as “Shelf”, which offers quick access to recent contacts, and frequently used apps, among other things.

OnePlus 5: design

Unfortunately, we don’t have a ton of info to share with you when it comes to the design of the OnePlus 5. We have only come across one alleged image of the device so far, which was posted online by India Today. It only shows the back of the smartphone, revealing the dual-camera setup, a metal body, and a slightly curved back.

However, we have our doubts about the authenticity of the photo. Some things just don’t add up, which you can learn more about by clicking here.

Just like its predecessors, the OnePlus 5 is expected to have a very simple design that doesn’t stand out from the crowd too much. Some rumors claim that it will feature a metal body and look quite similar to the OnePlus 3T, while others say that the company will opt for a glass design this year.

Those of you hoping that the device will have a bezel-less design like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6 will probably be disappointed. As already mentioned in the specs section above, the flagship will have a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, which does require a certain amount of space below the screen. The manufacturing costs of that kind of display may well be out of OnePlus’ profit margins too.

There’s a good chance that the OnePlus won’t be much different when compared to its predecessor based on the fact that the design of the 3T was quite well received among consumers. However, we do expect to see at least some changes along with a new color option or two. Nothing has been confirmed yet, so we’ll have to wait for the official reveal to see whether or not this is true.

OnePlus 5: price

One of the main reasons OnePlus devices are so popular among consumers is because they offer great bang for your buck. However, it is worth pointing out that the company has been increasing prices with each new model. The OnePlus 1 started at $ 299, its successor retailed for $ 329, while the OnePlus 3 was available for $ 399. The current flagship, the 3T, is the most expensive OnePlus device to date with a starting price of $ 439.

So it’s quite possible that the OnePlus 5 will be more expensive than its predecessor, although it’s hard to say how much exactly. Our best guess is that it won’t retail for more than $ 500 and even that would depend on things like whether or not it features a dual camera. There’s still a chance that it will carry the same price tag as the 3T, which is something I’m sure consumers would welcome with open arms, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.

These are all the rumors regarding the OnePlus 5 we have come across so far. We’ll update this page as soon as we hear more.

Meanwhile, do let us know what you think about the upcoming smartphone. Would you consider buying it even if it will be more expensive than its predecessor? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

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A rumored Motorola tablet could have a feature long awaited by many Android users

Android tablets have not been the best when it comes to actually getting work done. Even with the multiple window support for apps in Android 7.0 Nougat, its hard to switch between them for work. It’s much easier if you have a Windows laptop or tablet. Now, there’s word that an upcoming tablet from Motorola might have a feature that could make working with multiple apps easier.

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The report comes from Android Police, who received a slide that shows off this feature from an unnamed but trusted source. The slide shows that this tablet will have a productivity mode, which will allow for Android apps to be pinned on the navigation bar. The slide indicates that users should be able to switch between those apps by tapping on their icons in the nav bar. In theory, this should allow people to switch from a word processing app to a note taking app quickly without having to go to the normal Android home screen.

Keep in mind that this description is just based on what’s shown in the slide. It’s possible there’s more to this “productivity mode” than is shown in this single leaked image. The article also doesn’t reveal anything else about this future Motorola tablet. We don’t know its hardware specs, its size or weight. We also don’t have a release date or price tag. All of this could affect how well this “productivity mode” will work in the real world.

By the way, this product, if it comes to market, will be the first such tablet from Motorola since the release of the Droid Xyboard in 2011, although Motorola’s parent company Lenovo has been selling a number of current Android and Windows tablets.

This new Motorola device could finally bring a work-capable Android tablet to market that may be able to rival the iPad Pro or Microsoft’s Surface products.

Assuming that this new mode will work the way we think it will (and admittedly that’s a big assumption) this new Motorola device could finally bring a work-capable Android tablet to market that may be able to rival the iPad Pro or Microsoft’s Surface products. Most Android tablets are designed to watch content, but a “productivity mode” could offer businesses, schools and other customers a way to actually get stuff done on a tablet. This is something that not even Google has been able to do with its own Nexus 9 and Pixel C tablets, so it will be very interesting to see if Motorola can offer its own solution.

In the meantime, what do you think about this leaked slide? Will this future Motorola tablet really offer a better multitasking experience? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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