Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sprint, T-Mobile Rumored To Be Discussing Merger Details... Again

SoftBank which controls 80% of Sprint is expressing optimism about the prospect for mergers in the U.S. wireless carrier industry under President Trump.

The Obama administration was "quite tough on business," SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said Wednesday. But now the "door is open" for potential deals he added.

Masayoshi Son failed in an attempt to merge Sprint with T-Mobile back in 2014 after the plan ran into regulatory hurdles. SoftBank paid $20.1 billion October 14th 2012 taking 70% control, on August 6th 2013 Softbank purchased another 2% raising their stakes to 80% ownership of Sprint and has struggled to turn the U.S. carrier around since.

Now, Masayoshi Son is ready to try again saying that while he is open to other options, T-Mobile remains his "first priority" for a merger with Sprint. T-Mobile CEO John Legere said earlier this year that the company was open to "various forms of consolidation."

Source: CNN Money

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Amazon Prime Video Rumored For Apple TV Fourth Generation

Apple and Amazon are rumored to be close to an agreement which would bring Amazon’s Prime Video app to the Apple TV fourth generation according to a new report from. 

According to people familiar with the two companies, Amazon employees are expecting that the tvOS App could arrive in the third quarter of the year allowing Amazon Prime Video subscribers to stream TV shows and movies to Apple’s fourth generation set top box. 

Currently, Amazon does provide an iOS app allowing users to stream to the Apple TV using AirPlay but it lacks the elegance and simplicity of a native tvOS app. 

According to Apple, the decision not to release a tvOS app prior to this was entirely up to Amazon.

Amazon Echo With Touchscreen Revealed, In Leaked Images

The leak images come from AFTVnews and Evleaks, who has a particularly good record of leaking upcoming products. Codenamed Knight, it is expected later this month and will be the company’s flagship Alexa device.

The device has a slant that angles upwards so that the assumed 7 inch touchscreen will be visible when looking down from above. From the leaked image the interface shows the time in the top left corner with calendar events beneath. The backdrop is of clouds assuming users will be able to customize wallpapers.

Below the display there is a pretty large speaker grill. Similar to the recently announced Echo Look, there also appears to be a camera above the display in the center.

Source: EvleaksAFTVnews

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Android Public Beta Program For Android O, Coming Soon!

Google’s beta program has allowed Nexus and Pixel users to test upcoming features and Android Beta Preview builds before anyone else. 

According to the Google developer's page Developer Preview build 2 is set for the middle of May which is listed as a beta, not alpha likely indicating the first Android O public beta preview.

If you want to be the know about the upcoming release of the Android O beta program be sure to visit our website for updates, check out Google's official Android Beta Google+ Community Page, or visit Google's Beta Program website directly by hitting the source links below. 

Source: Google+ Android Beta Program, Android Beta Program

Monday, May 1, 2017

Google's Android O Developer Preview, Available For Download

Android O Developer Preview images were recently made available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL. You can download the Android O Developer Preview at the source link below.
While the official Android O Developer Preview release date is still unknown at this point, but as we've seen in the years prior we should get official confirmation and a glimpse into the first developer version of Android O at the Google I/O Developer conference scheduled May 17th through May 19th.

Source: Google, Android O Developer Preview

Samsung's Bixby Voice Assistant Arrives On Galaxy S8 And S8+ In Korea Today

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Samsung Electronics has rolled out the voice command feature on its Bixby virtual assistant for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ in South Korea.

Samsung began the voice command service at 1pm KST on Monday, after sending a notice in the morning to users of the smartphones.

Bixby, the company's artificial intelligence (AI) assistant rolled out on April 21 when official sales of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ series began in South Korea.

Bixby supported vision, reminder, and home features but the voice command feature was absent. Samsung previously said it wanted to fully prepare before rolling out Bixby Voice Assistant.

Voice command is yet to reach other markets outside of South Korea where the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ is available. US customers are rumored to get Samsung's Bixby Voice Assistant in May.

Source: Bixby

Sunday, April 30, 2017

TCL's BlackBerry KEYone Goes On Sale May 31

TCL has announced that the BlackBerry KEYone, a smartphone TCL developed with BlackBerry Mobile will be available unlocked starting May 31. 

The handset includes a 4.5-inch touch display and full QWERTY keyboard, Snapdragon 625 processor, 12 megapixel camera, and Android 7.1 Nougat with BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Messenger. 

TCL plans to sell unlocked GSM and CDMA variants of the phone directly to consumers online for $549. TCL noted a carrier version will be available later this summer.

Source: BlackBerry

Samsung's Galaxy S8 And S8 Plus' Separate App Sound, How It Works

Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ will also have a Bluetooth Dual audio feature dubbed "Separate app sounds". This allows the phone to stream audio to two Bluetooth headsets or speakers simultaneously while still allowing the user to independently control each device. Bluetooth 5.0 is twice as fast as the current standard (Bluetooth 4.2), and it offers four times the range. 

That means it can connect to compatible tech like smartwatches or smart home devices that are up to 240 meters (800 feet) away. Bluetooth 5.0 is expected to further advance the internet of things (IoT) experience, and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ is the first phone to offer this feature.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 And S8+ Home Button Moves, To Prevent Screen Burn-In

It seems Samsung has taken the same route with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, though not with the entire display. The new on-screen home button shifts around a little bit to prevent burn-in. 
The new on screen home button shifts around a little bit to prevent burn-in. Though the home button is always at the bottom when in portrait you would see it in fullscreen or landscape apps if it burned into the screen, so this is a great move on Samsung’s part.

Source: Galaxyclub

Yik Yak Shuts Down, Sells Off Engineers To Square

Yik Yak messaging app geared towards college students, announced today that it would be shutting down. The app first launched back in 2014 as a way to discretely communicate with others nearby, and it took off quickly for its gossip centric role. 

Along the way, the team scooped up $73.5 million in venture capital funding. With today’s closure and an accompanying SEC filing issued last week we’ve learned that mobile payments company Square acquired Yik Yak for its engineering talent and some minor intellectual property valued at $1 million.

At one point, investors valued Yik Yak at $400 million.