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BlackBerry Priv users to get Marshmallow by early May

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BlackBerry confirmed during an earnings call today that Marshmallow is indeed on its way to the Priv, and could hit devices as soon as early May.

This comes not long after a rather large leak showed the BlackBerry Priv running Marshmallow and all that the new software version can do on the smartphone. If you’re interested in getting an early look as to what Marshmallow will look like in the Priv, be sure to click here.

The wait isn’t going to be long now; however, it’s likely that carrier variants of the smartphone will take quite awhile longer to get Marshmallow.

Sit tight folks, we’ve got about a month and a week to go before it starts rolling out.

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Teardown video reveals rear panel of G5 has thick plastic coating; LG responds

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LG_G5_PressUsually, when a manufacturer claims that its new flagship smartphone sports a ‘metal body’, you take it at face value. After all, we’ve seen HTC put out metal bodied handsets for a few years now, and even Samsung has gotten its act together in recent times. However, it was earlier mooted that LG had pushed the definition of a ‘metal body’ to its limits with the G5, given that its rear panel appears to have a substantial coating of plastic.LG_G5_Plastic_Metal_RearAccording to a teardown video by JerryRigEverything, the G5 didn’t quite feel how a metal-bodied handset should, so he decided to take a utility knife to the rear panel to see what it was made of. The result was a little surprising, in that a fair amount of plastic had to be scraped away before the aluminum coating was revealed.

Meanwhile, LG, for its part, has responded to a query from Android Authority by to this section of the G5 press release stating that:

“The insulative antenna is invisibly integrated into the body without disrupting the seamless look of the metal-unibody”

Instead of placing those plastic inserts that almost every metal bodied handset displays, as seen on the Galaxy S7 below, it appears that LG has rather integrated the antenna into the rear panel. LG had to put them somewhere, so why not in a place that would be hidden in normal situations?

The teardown video does reveal a metal chassis underneath the paint, it’s just that there’s quite a bit of plastic as well. While I would have liked JerryRigsEverything to have scraped a lot more of the rear panel to properly check the issue before making an issue of it, I still wouldn’t have expected to have seen such a thick plastic coating.

Galaxy-S7-Edge-ports-croppedIt seems that this could all have been a storm in a teacup, but if you’ve received your G5, what do you make of the handset? Does it have a premium, metal bodied feel to it? And if you haven’t made up your mind on the G5 just yet, perhaps Jason Statham can help you decide in this launch advertisementlaunch ad. You can check out the rest of the teardown video below.

Source: JerryRigsEverything (YouTube)
Via: AndroidAuthority


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Google Photos will search on an emoji

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In 2015, demonstrating the rise of the emoji as a major tool for communications, Domino’s Pizza enabled the ability for users to place an order using a pizza emoji. Perhaps learning from that feature, the team with the Google Photos team has rolled out a similar feature that users can tap into to search through their library of photos.

Users can enter an emoji in the search bar, say for a dog or for Halloween, and the Google Photos app will return what it thinks are photos related to the emoji. The search works the same as if text were entered for the search string and still does not require users to have tagged their photos in any manner.

The big question that seems to be lurking out there is whether this is part of Google’s April Fools’ Day “updates” or if this is an actual thing that will stick around. For now at least, the new visual search works on emojis as demonstrated in the video below.


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Mic Drop gets the last laugh on Google

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When Google releases their April Fools’ Day pranks, users will often find that many of them are actual, working features albeit of dubious value. The Google Gmail team tried to do that with a new feature called Gmail Mic Drop, but the attempt appears to have taken a less than fun turn forcing Google to disable the new “feature.”

When first released as an update to the Gmail web interface, the Gmail Mic Drop replaced the Send and Archive button with a bright orange “Send + Mic Drop” button. Hitting this button when sending an email would automatically insert an animated Minion inspired gif and lock down the conversation so that your reply was the last word. It was supposed to be a fun way for users to demonstrate to recipients that they had just achieved the ultimate “last word” in a conversation.

Unfortunately for Google, users started taking advantage of this new button, possibly inadvertently, and were sending mic dropped emails as part of work threads, in response to job offers or advertisements, and other situations where a little fun was not appropriate. After being hit up with complaints from users, Google’s Gmail team realized the new feature “caused more headaches than laughs” and have turned it back off. They advise that if you still see it in your interface, you should reload the page.

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Check out the full LG G5 launch ad starring Jason Statham in every role

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Earlier this week LG released a trailer for an advertisement starring Jason Stratham for its latest flagship smartphone, the G5, in which the British actor plays every single role. Today, the Korean electronics company has released the advertisement in its entirety, showing off the G5 and its modular friends ahead of its launch. We have the video embedded below for your enjoyment.

Whether you’ve always wanted to see the Hollywood action star portraying a waiter, a baby, some sort of weird bull rider sporting fire extinguishers, or even dressed as a woman, the advertisement has it all in spades. And while initial thoughts about the G5 handset might not be as positive as LG might have hoped, the ad is fun to watch and shows off the G5 and its modular friends such as the CAM Plus, the B&O HiFi Plus, and removable battery. The Rolling Bot and 360 VR headset also make appearances.

The ad makes great use of Jason Statham’s abilities, with the G5 sharing a good amount of screen time too. Unlike HTC’s adverts with Robert Downey Jr. the viewer isn’t left confused as to what the advert is actually promoting.

The G5 has been available to pre-order for a few days now, both in the U.S. and the UK, have you taken the plunge? Let us know your thoughts about the G5 and the commercial in the comments below.

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Kanvas Live comes to Android with real-time video editing

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kanvasKansas, owned by AOL, has been updated to version 2.0 bringing a ton of new features that focus on video streaming. It’s being touted as Kanvas Live, as the app will now allow you to stream live video with video effects and filters.

This includes editing, filters, gif stickers, painting, animations, and six compose modes.

These features have been live on iOS for a few months, but this marks the first time they’ve available on Android. Kanvas has seen some pretty impressive growth numbers since the Live features were rolled out, thanks to the sheer amount of functionality in the update. You’ve got 24 real-time filters to pick from, including things like fog and rain effects, plus the ability to stream live to Kanvas followers as well as social media sites.

  • Real-time editing of live video stream
  • 24 themes to place on top of the live stream including fog, ghost, rain, love, bubbles, TV, horror, psychedelic and starry night
  • 12 real-time video filters to change the look and feel of the live stream including tilt-shift, pixelate, monochrome, inverted, haze and blur
  • Drawing with endless colors and the ability to erase and undo in real-time
  • Animated gif stickers with the ability to resize and rotate
  • Stream live video to Kanvas community
  • Stream live video to Facebook and Twitter
  • Real time viewing to a new level with the ability to chat in real-time and also comment with stickers in real time
  • 6 compose modes including flipbook, painting, Gif burst, stop motion video, thoughts and custom

If you like the fun effects in Snapchat but want the streaming capabilities of Periscope, give Kanvas a try. It offers the best of both worlds.

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Verizon employs some unusual characters to unbox the new LG G5…. Puppies!

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T-Mobile’s Product Expert Des brought us a pretty awesome LG G5 unboxing earlier this month, but Verizon may have just one-upped them. In order to spruce up the unboxing of the brand new Lg G5, Verizon decided to harness the power of puppies! This may easily be the cutest unboxing video you will ever see.

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Pretty awesome right? While puppies may not be able to talk and explain all the cool features like a human can, who needs to listen to some guy talk when we can just read about the features and watch puppies at the same time? Nothing beats the silliness of watching puppies run around and play with a bunch of brand new G5s.

It is awesome to see carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon getting involved and sprucing up what is usually a pretty boring unboxing video. What do you guys think? Are you a fan of Verizon’s puppies unboxing, or do you like T-Mobile’s Des and his wild high-speed G5 and underwater Galaxy S7 unboxing videos?


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Samsung teases Galaxy S8 launch for tomorrow

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Is your body ready? Hopefully you can still return your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge because you won’t want to miss this Galaxy…


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AT&T will throw in a Samsung Smart TV with Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge orders

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As if the excitement surrounding the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones is not enough to help drive sales, AT&T is offering to throw a new television set in the mix subject to certain requirements. The TV is a Samsung 48-inch LED model that normally retails for $450. To take advantage of this deal, consumers have to buy one of Samsung’s new flagship smartphones using an AT&T Next plan and activate a new AT&T line or new DIRECTV service.

AT&T Next is the carrier’s financing tool for mobile device purchases. Buyers can opt for payment plans of 12, 18 or 24 months before completing their commitment and being eligible for an upgrade. Meanwhile, DIRECTV service starts at $29.99 per month for 12 months, but does require a 24 month commitment.

In addition to adding a new line of wireless service or DIRECTV service, buyers do have to have the other service already in place so that at the end of the day they have both DIRECTV and wireless service through AT&T. However, only one has to be new service to qualify for the deal.

If you decide to take up AT&T on this offer, which will be available starting on April 1st, be sure to finish the process by visiting the special web site setup for qualifying buyers and then wait for delivery of your new TV.

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Get a Free 48” Samsung Smart TV when You Buy a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge on AT&T NextTM

Starting tomorrow, AT&T1 wireless and DIRECTV customers can get a free 48” Samsung Smart TV. To qualify, buy a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge on AT&T Next, activate a new AT&T wireless line or new DIRECTV service, and submit an online offer claim.2 Plus, earn 1,000 Plenti points with your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge purchase when you first activate the offer on plenti.com and activate a new a new line of wireless service.3

No April Fool’s Day joke here. With the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge and a new smart TV, you can view the DIRECTV content you want, on the device you prefer, nearly anytime and anywhere.

“We’re making wireless and entertainment better together every day,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Entertainment Group.  “Our customers get the benefit of the Galaxy S7 on our fantastic 4G LTE network, plus this great Samsung smart TV for our award-winning DirecTV.”

Here’s how it works:

  • Buy a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge on AT&T Next
  • Add either AT&T wireless or DIRECTV service – must have both to qualify, one must be new
  • Submit an offer claim and your receipt at http://ift.tt/1RQ2Mpf
  • Look out for your TV (subject to verification and compliance with Offer Terms)

With DIRECTV package offers starting at $29.99 per month for 12 months (with a 24-month agreement, add’l fees apply)5 and our new AT&T Unlimited Plan6, there’s never been a better time to switch to AT&T. For a limited time, you can get up to $650 in credits to help you switch when you trade-in you current smartphone and buy a new one on AT&T Next.8

For more info, visit http://ift.tt/1RAplcc.

1AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

2Ends 4/30/16.  Register at http://ift.tt/1SBGnJk w/in 60 days. Elig. TV svc must be installed, both accts active & phone still on AT&T Next w/ elig. svc (min. 45 days) when TV ships. Wireless: Subj. to Wireless Customer Agmt. Deposit, fees, charges, usage & other restr’s apply. TV: Term agmt, add’l fees & restr’s apply. Subj. to change. http://ift.tt/1RQ2KOc for details.

3New Phone Offer: Ends 4/30/2016. Earn 1,000 Plenti points after you activate offer onplenti.com and then purchase the Samsung Galaxy 7 or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and activate a new line of qualified postpaid wireless service online or in select AT&T-owned retail stores only, and remain active and in good-standing for 45 days. Must be an existing or new Plenti member and link Plenti account to eligible myAT&T account. Plenti points awarded w/in 3 months.  Eligible Lines of Service: Includes consumer postpaid wireless services only. Smartphones must be activated on a new qualified postpaid line of wireless service (voice & data). Gen. Wireless Svc Terms:  Subject to Wireless Customer Agmt.  Credit approval may be required. Other Monthly Charges/Line: A deposit, activation fee, restocking fee (up to $35), early termination fee (up to $350), other fees, taxes, surcharges, government assessments, and other charges may apply. Pricing, terms and restrictions subject to change and may be modified, discontinued or terminated at any time without notice.  Coverage & svcs not avail everywhere. Other restr’s apply & may result in svc termination.   Visit att.com/wireless to learn more.

Plenti is a rewards program. Participation is subject to the Plenti Terms and Conditions. You must fully enroll to become a member and use points. You can enroll at plenti.com. Points have no monetary value and expire after 2 years. Participating partners and offers are subject to change without notice and are subject to geographic availability, location exclusions and additional terms. All rights reserved.

4 Must submit claim within 60 days of buying phone.

5 New residential DIRECTV customers only (equipment lease req’d). Credit approval req’d. Credit card req’d (except MA & PA).  Pro-rated ETF fee (up to $480) and Equipment Non-Return fees apply.

6 Req’s AT&T wireless & DIRECTV. Usage, speed & other restr’s apply.  http://ift.tt/1RQ2Mpj for details.

7 Switcher Offer: Ltd time (Ends 6/30/16 in PR). Each line reqs elig. port-in, trade-in, purch. & svc. Min. $10 trade-in credit/promo card (for AT&T products/svc only) + prepaid card (w/in 90 days) for device balance/early term. fee amount less trade-in. Credits valid for 5 mths  & not valid for cash.  Fees, charges and restrictions apply. Details at att.com/switch.

FREE TV OFFER.  Offer ends 4/30/16.  Not avail. in U.S.V.I.  Consumer and Individual Responsibility Users only. Eligibility:  Must buy new phone on AT&T Next agmt w/ qual. monthly postpaid wireless svc (voice & data) & have elig. TV svc (U-Verse TV U-Fam or above, or DIRECTV SELECT or above, OPTIMO MÁS or above, or PREFERRED CHOICE™). P.R. customers must agree to sharing of acct info btwn DIRECTV & AT&T.  Wireless or TV svc must be new. Register to redeem TV w/in 60 days of phone purch.  TV svc must be installed, TV & wireless accts must be active & in good standing, & phone must be on AT&T Next agmt when TV is shipped (min. 45 days).  AT&T Next:  Req’s elig. installment agmt & svc. If svc is cancelled, remaining installment agmt balance is due.  Down payment may be req’d. Tax due at sale. FREE TV:  LED J5200 Series Smart TV – 48″ Class TV.  Redemption:  Upload proof of purch. & register at http://ift.tt/1SBGnJk w/in 60 days of phone purch. Get TV w/in 6 weeks after meeting eligibility reqmts.  Limits:  1 free TV per elig. tv acct.  Offer may not be combinable with select other discounts, offers, or credits.  Offer details http://ift.tt/1RAplss.

Gen. Wireless SVC: Subj. to Wireless Customer Agmt (att.com/wca). Svcs not for resale.  Activ./Upgrade Fee: $20. Deposit: May apply per line.  Device Limits/Exclusions:  Purch. limit applies. Return/Restocking:  Restocking fees of up to $35.   Credit approval, other fees, monthly, overage, other charges, usage, & other restr’s per line apply.  Pricing & terms subj. to change & may be modified or terminated at any time w/out notice. Coverage & svc not avail. everywhere.  You get an off-net (roaming) usage allowance for each svc. If you exceed the allowance, your svc(s) may be restricted or terminated. Other restr’s apply & may result in svc termination.

DIRECTV PACKAGE OFFER:  Ends 7/13/16. Price includes SELECT Package. After 12 mos., then-prevailing rate for base pkg applies (currently $51.99/mo for SELECT) unless canceled or changed by customer prior to end of the promotional period. Some offers may not be available through all channels and in select areas. DIRECTV SVC TERMS:  Subject to Equipment Lease & Customer Agreements. Must maintain a min. base TV pkg of $29.99/mo. Add’l Fees & Terms: Advanced Receiver fee ($15/mo.) req’d for HD DVRs. TiVo service fee ($5/mo.) req’d for TiVo HD DVR from DIRECTV. There is a fee of $7/mo. for each receiver and/or Genie Mini/DIRECTV Ready TV/Device on your account.  $19.95 Handling & Delivery fee may apply. Taxes not included.  Programming, pricing, terms and conditions subject to change at any time.  http://ift.tt/1RQ2KOg or call for details.


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Acer’s new Chromebase 24 is made specifically for meetings

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With Chrome OS, Google is targeting students and businesses with machines that perform everyday activities in the simplest ways possible. Chromebooks are for students while Chromeboxes and Chromebases have silently made their way inside offices around the world. Although Chrome OS devices aren’t heavily promoted, they are successful. Let’s not forget that Apple’s Tim Cook is very bitter about Google’s success in the classroom.

Today, Google announced the next step for Chrome OS in business with a new Chromebase model from Acer. It’s part of the new Chromebase for Meetings family that focuses on providing an all-in-one secure video conferencing device for small spaces where meetings take place.

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Here’s what the Acer Chromebase 24 for Meetings has:

  • 24-inch Full HD (1920×1080) touchscreen display
  • Intel processor with Google Hardware Video Accelerator
  • Adjustable HD camera
  • 4 microphones, 2 stereo speakers

Although the display is quite large, Acer implemented a chassis that tilts both up and down so anyone on the other side of the video call can see you at the perfect angle.

Changes were also made to Google for Work users with existing or upcoming devices. Google has raised the number of meeting participants to twenty-five people for Google Apps customers. In addition, administrators can now receive alerts and monitor Chrome OS devices for remote diagnosis and troubleshooting.

The Acer Chromebase 24 for Meetings is available now in the United States for $799, a price that does include the first year’s management and support fee of $250. It can also be purchased in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia. Pricing in those regions will vary.

Source: Google

Acer Launches World’s First Chromebase for meetings Solution

TAIPEI, TAIWAN (March 31, 2016) Acer today announced the world’s first touchscreen Chromebase for meetings (CA24V), an all-in-one, dedicated video conference system. For those who need a dedicated videoconferencing device in small conference rooms or executive offices, this solution includes all of the hardware, software, and services needed in one package, along with 24/7 technical support, and easy administration through Chrome Device Management.

The latest addition further expands Acer’s industry-leading Chrome OS device portfolio, which currently includes Chromebooks, Chromeboxes / Chromebox for meetings solutions, and Chromebases[1]. According to data from Gartner[2], Acer Group is the world’s leading Chromebook brand with over 33 percent market share in 2015.

Designed for videoconferencing, Acer’s Chromebase for meetings features the largest screen of all Chrome OS devices on the market, a 24-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with IPS[3] technology, reproducing consistent and accurate colors at up to 178-degree wide viewing angles. An array of four microphones and two speakers ensure that participants can hear and be heard clearly, while an adjustable HD webcam and a chassis that easily tilts from – 5° to 30° allows them to be framed perfectly on the call.

Meetings with Anyone, Anywhere

The Chromebase for meetings solution, utilizing Google Hangouts, can host videoconferences with up to 25 participants across a variety of devices such as laptops, tablets, or smartphones. With a meeting link, colleagues, customers, or partners can join in the call whether in a conference room, at home, or on the go.

Easy to Deploy and Manage

Enterprise IT administrators can deploy and manage hundreds or thousands of Chrome devices with ease through Chrome Device Management, significantly reducing the workload of technical support and consequently reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) for organizations. The Chromebase for meetings solution also integrates with other videoconferencing systems[4] and existing phone systems.

Simple and Secure

The Chromebase for meetings, which runs Chrome OS, will receive automatic updates every six weeks to ensure it is always secure and up to date. All data, whether stored on the Chromebase or in the cloud are encrypted and protected by its TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 1.2 chip, which securely generates and stores cryptographic keys. Each time Chrome OS boots up, Verified Boot checks the integrity and validity of system files to ensure they have not been tampered with.

Pricing and Availability

The Chromebase for meetings is available at $799 in the US, which includes the first year’s $250 management and support fee. It is also available in Canada, UK, Ireland, and Australia. Customers in the US can sign up to apply for a free trial[5] of the Chromebase for meetings solution.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or authorized reseller.

About Google’s Chrome Devices for Meetings

Chrome devices for meetings allow enterprises to keep things simple. There’s very little infrastructure needed, and no cables are necessary since they work with wireless connections. Setup is fast and the integration with Google Apps and Calendar makes joining meetings as easy as clicking a button. Screen sharing makes collaboration easy. Please visit http://ift.tt/1DKwkZmdevices/for-meetings/ for more information.

About Acer

Established in 1976, Acer is a hardware + software + services company dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of innovative products that enhance people’s lives. Acer’s product offerings include PCs, displays, projectors, servers, tablets, smartphones and wearables. It is also developing cloud solutions to bring together the Internet of Things. Acer is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016 and is one of the world’s top 5 PC companies. It employs 7,000 people worldwide and has a presence in over 160 countries. Please visit www.acer.com for more information.


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Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Alta both hit 1 million units shipped mark in first month

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Fitbit announced a pair of new activity trackers at CES 2016 earlier this year and in the first month since they started shipping, the Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Alta have seen 1 million units each head out of the warehouse. This has resulted in each of the devices being rated as a Top Seller on Amazon.

The Fitbit Blaze is the company’s entry into the smartwatch market while retaining the tools of their traditional activity tracking devices. Those features include the ability to track steps, calories burned, and Fitbit’s PurePulse continuous heart rate tracking. Along with the ability to connect to smartphones and run a variety of apps, the Fitbit Blaze also comes with GPS on-board and an estimated five day battery life.

At the other end of the spectrum is the Fitbit Alta which is a minimalist device akin to early activity tracker models. The low profile device has a basic screen good for reviewing only basic information. However, the form factor also means Fitbit was not able to pack in features like a heart rate sensor or GPS.

According to Fitbit, the Fitbit Blaze is not only a top seller on Amazon, it managed to achieve a ranking of #1 bestselling device in both Amazon’s smart watch and heart monitor categories.

You can check out Fitbit’s full press release below regarding this goal their devices have reached in such a short amount of time.

Fitbit Ships More Than 1 Million Fitbit Blaze and 1 Million Fitbit Alta Devices in First Month of Availability

Fitbit’s Newest Devices Debut as Top Sellers on Amazon

March 31, 2016 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following 18 awards at CES, Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) announced it has shipped more than one million Fitbit Blaze™ devices in its first month of availability, exceeding internal Fitbit sales forecasts. During this time, Fitbit Blaze has captured the ranking of #1 bestselling device in both the smart watch and heart monitor categories on Amazon.

Fitbit also announced that more than one million Fitbit Alta™ devices have shipped since U.S. retail availability began on March 9. Fitbit Alta is also currently one of the top selling devices in the fitness tracker and pedometer categories on Amazon.

Highlights of the consumer response to Fitbit Blaze:

  • More than one million units of Fitbit Blaze have shipped in the first month of retail availability.
  • Fitbit Blaze has earned more than 1,200 customer reviews on Amazon in the last month, with 83% giving Fitbit Blaze a 4- or 5-star rating.

Highlights of the consumer response to Fitbit Alta include:

  • More than one million units of Fitbit Alta have shipped in the first three weeks of retail availability.
  • Fitbit Alta is one of the top selling devices in the fitness tracker and pedometer categories on Amazon.com. Nearly 78% of customer reviews on Amazon give Alta a 4- or 5-star rating.

“At Fitbit, we continue to focus on developing innovative and motivating fitness-first products that our customers love and that help them achieve their health and fitness goals,” said Woody Scal, Chief Business Officer of Fitbit. “The positive response we’ve received to Blaze and Alta demonstrates our continued ability to innovate and drive strong demand for Fitbit® products, which is what has made and kept us the leader in the global wearables category.”


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‘Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel’ now available for SHIELD Android TV

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NVIDIA, in partnership with 2K Australia and 2K Games, has released Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in their line of Borderlands games which includes the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2. Borderlands: TPS is slotted in the timeline between the two previous titles, a position that makes it an interquel according to NVIDIA.

Fans who have played Borderlands 2 will realize that for Borderlands: TPS they are playing as none other than the main antagonist from the former title, Handsome Jack. In the game, as Handsome Jack the player is working for Hyperion and is leading a group of up to four playable characters. The goal is to regain control of Hyperion’s Helios space station that has been captured by a group called the Lost Legion. Besides the new title focusing on the Handsome Jack character from Borderlands 2, players will find the other characters they can control were either a non-player character or a boss from the other games in the series, making for a nice little switch for players.

Borderlands: TPS is a first person shooter title that gets some new gameplay mechanics, low-gravity environments, new weapons and items, and some new unique attacks compared to the previous titles. One thing that remains relatively the same is the game engine that produces great graphics on the NVIDIA SHIELD. The title also includes multi-player modes so you can play with friends and fans in a co-op mode.

Borderlands: TPS is available for the SHIELD Android TV platform for $14.99. If you have a SHIELD Android TV, head over to the Android games store to get a copy or hit the Play Store link below.

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Samsung updates Samsung+ app, adds remote support

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Samsung has released a substantial update to its Samsung+ app, which now features live device feedback and Samsung Assist for remote support.

Version 3.0 of Samsung+ is the best-equipped yet to deal with customer queries, thanks to live support via video chat with the option to text.

Samsung is keen to showcase its new Samsung Assist feature, which allows a group representative to take control of a customer’s smartphone remotely if they’re having some troubles. Only when a customer grants permission can a technician connect to the device, although the feature is currently only available for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

According to Samsung, more of its products will support Samsung Assist in the future through carrier updates ‘over the coming weeks’.

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Other additions to Samsung+ 3.0 include On Demand Answers, which provides answers to FAQs, and Device Diagnostics, which can keep tabs on a device’s battery health.

Looking ahead, Samsung has claimed in a press statement that content will be added to the Samsung+ Community on a rolling basis, with the group ‘excited to see this evolve as a valuable future resource for customers’.

Samsung+ is free to download over on the Play Store, so if you’re looking for some free official advice on keeping your Samsung smartphone healthy, take a look for yourself.

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‘LEGO Jurassic World’ stomps onto the Play Store

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The latest thrilling LEGO adventure gives Jurassic Park fans the chance to play through all four colossal films alongside a cast of lovable characters.

This latest LEGO title, LEGO Jurassic World, is available for Android smartphones and tablets and invites players to explore the epic storylines of Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III and Jurassic World.

What sets this entry into the LEGO family apart are the sections where it’s possible to actually play as a dinosaur, whether you’re exploring the wilderness as a friendly Triceratops or roaring loudly as the mighty T. rex. LEGO Jurassic World promises to feature some stunning setpieces that fans of the Hollywood blockbuster will truly love.

Players are able to customize their collection of dinosaurs and can experiment with dino DNA to form new, completely original beasts. It’s possible to explore the sprawling worlds of Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna with your new creations, too.

Those that have played LEGO titles before will instantly recognize LEGO Jurassic World’s trademark Lego humor.

If you think you have what it takes to pit yourself against hordes of angry, man-eating dinosaurs, check out the new LEGO Jurassic World game over on the Play Store for $5.

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[TA Deals] Win a Lenovo laptop & Turtle Beach headset bundle!

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lenovo turtlebeach giveawayIf you’re into PC gaming and a new setup, or just want a new computer with a decent set of headphones, we’ve got a great giveaway for you that will give you the chance of winning over $1,200 worth of equipment. That should get just about anyone’s attention.

The bundle includes a 15-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Touch and a Turtle Beach Ear Force headset, both of which will offer a great mobile gaming experience. If you want to toss your name into the giveaway, simply follow the link below to sign up.

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Google announces VR View, an open-source system for embedding 360-degree photos and videos

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Google is taking the next step forward with VR content. Up until this point, it has been no easy task putting 360-degree content on the web or in an app. Google’s new open source system, VR View, may be the best solution yet.

Google’s VR View platform will allow developers to embed VR content like 360-degree videos into websites and Apps, both on Android and iOS. Google wants to make VR content more apparent, and is hoping this system makes sharing content with others quick and hassle free. VR View supports Google Cardboard and a slew of other VR headsets natively. Google believes that VR will take off only when it becomes fully adopted. That explains why Google is pushing VR to become a new standard among society.

The code for embedding VR content inside apps is now available in the Cardboard SDK. You can find it in both the Android and iOS versions. For more details, be sure to hit the link below.

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Nest isn’t bringing in enough revenue to keep Alphabet happy

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Nest_Thermostat_Heating_01_TALast year, Nest pulled in $340 million in revenue, which isn’t bad for a niche market company after being scooped up by Google.

However, Google originally paid over 3 billion dollars for Nest, so it’s only natural that they’d want to see a better return on investment than that, especially considering that both companies are now owned by a more focused Alphabet.

After the original Google/Nest acquisition, the companies figured out how to best continue running Nest. This involved retaining high level employees, as well as setting up an annual budget for Nest to work with. Several sources say that budget was around $500 million per year, and it doesn’t take a math whiz to figure out that if you’re spending more than you’re bringing in, you’re going to have some financial problems as a company.

Fortunately for Nest, Google understood that the connected home device market wasn’t mature enough to support billions in revenue, so their sales target was only $300 million annually. Nest did technically hit that goal, but it only happened after buying up Dropcam for half a billion dollars.

Google and Nest’s original deal was only set up for three years, which means the end of this year means the end of that contract. Alphabet very well might extend and keep throwing money at it to see what happens, but it might also sell the company off and try to do something different.

Personally, I’d hope they’d simply fold Nest and Nest products under Google’s wing and try to sell connected devices under the more familiar brand. Whatever happens, we’re definitely going to hear more about this over the next few months.

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Video exposes Marshmallow on the BlackBerry Priv

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Since its release in November 2015, the operating system on the BlackBerry Priv has been out of date. BlackBerry’s phone to keep it surviving shipped with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop despite Marshmallow already being available for more than a month at that time, which was and still is quite strange considering the company promised (and has delivered) timely software updates. It’s just that none of the updates have bumped the Priv up to Marshmallow.

But we seem to finally be nearing Marshmallow’s arrival on the handset as someone obtained a Priv running the latest version of Android.

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What you’ll see in the video below is Marshmallow running on BlackBerry’s Priv, which means there’s all sorts of new goodies that owners of this handset can expect soon. Marshmallow comes with Doze and App Standby for conserving battery and data as well as granular app permissions.

Although nothing has been confirmed by BlackBerry, the likely release date for Marshmallow on the Priv is sometime in April. The company better get moving because Google is already working on Android N to get it distributed earlier than previous new versions of Android. It wouldn’t be a very good look for BlackBerry to have its flagship two major versions behind. So I suggest that BlackBerry work on getting Marshmallow sent to the Priv before launching another phone.

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