Christmas is one week away and you haven’t finished your shopping yet?! What are you going to do?! First off, calm down and breath. With Amazon Prime and last-minute gift guides, there’s no reason to panic. The hardest part of last minute shopping is deciding what to get for those people in your life that deserve to receive gifts.
We've put together a short list of tech gifts your loved ones are sure to like and appreciate.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah DroidForums.NET members and guests!! We are kicking off the final stretch until Christmas with a fantastic Giveaway sponsored by the fine folks over at KENU! This giveaway features the chance for two (2) randomly drawn winners to win their choice of the Stance or AIRFRAME+. After reviewing these two products I decided to pick them both up because they are that good. With excellent build quality, perfect craftsmanship and just an all-around great pair of accessories, these are a must have for any Android smartphone owner. Here are a few details of the Stance and AIRFRAME+....
Stance: Stance is an amazingly versatile, compact tripod that mounts directly into your phone's charging port. Watching your favorite videos, making video calls, and positioning your phone's camera to capture amazing photos and videos has never been easier.
AIRFRAME+: Airframe+ supports the full range of smartphones and phablets ranging from the iPhone 5/5s (4" screen) to the Lumia 1520 (6" screen). It even accommodates most oversized cases, like the Otterbox Defender for iPhone 6 and mophie® juice pack plus for iPhone 5/5s. Sporting a new sleek design while still weighing under an ounce, Airframe+ offers all of the amazing functionality and portability of the original Airframe car mount.
Please check out the video for a quick look at both of these products "in...
If you have not yet been able to take advantage of Verizon's XLTE service, but are interested in it, then you may want to peruse the list below. Big Red just announced today that they expanded into several new areas around the country. Here's a list of the new markets:
La Grange, GA
Although this service doesn't qualify as Advanced LTE with massive bandwidth improvements, in some cases users experience double the speed they currently have, which is nothing to sneeze at. Sound off if you have and enjoy XLTE in your area.
Although the service only has limited availability right now, Amazon just launched their newest retail initiative. It's called Prime Now and aims to deliver your most of your purchased items to you in as little as one hour. The video above shares that the new Amazon service is only available in Manhattan for now, but teases that it should be coming to other cities soon.
To get the service, Amazon Prime members will need to download the Amazon Prime Now Android app, and order through that. If you want orders to reach you in an hour, it costs an additional $7.99, while a two hour window is free. We will keep you posted when the service hits new cities.
Do you think this new Prime Now service from Amazon will work out or flop?
Exiles is a new sci-fi RPG shooter game that is now available on Android. This game was developed by the same folks who brought us Ravensword: Shadowlands. Exiles is a large-scale open world RPG set in a world with quests, different classes and big, ugly aliens to destroy with your laser rifle or mech suit. Here's a feature summary:
Explorer a huge and open world, full of alien hives, underground temples, and caves
A large colony with various interior locales
Choose from 3 different character classes
Choose a Male or Female Character
A large variety of weapons to use and upgrade
Huge Alien creatures to fight
Mechs and Hoverbikes available to traverse the massive landscape
A dark story of government plots and conspiracy
Full Night/Day System
The game is not cheap at $6.99, but the production values for an Android game push to the level of a PC title. Also, there are no annoying in-game purchases at all, so you are getting full value for that price. Here's the Google Play Store link to grab your copy today: EXILES - Android Apps on Google Play
There's a new rumor in Android-land. This one comes from the Samsung camp. Supposedly Sammy's next flagship, the Galaxy S6 will not only come with a slide-sloping YOUM designed display similar to the Galaxy Edge, it will also include a unibody aluminum chassis.
Further details revealed in the leak suggest that the "curves" of the display will show up on both sides. Additionally, they will supposedly be less pronounced than the curves seen on the Edge. The reason for this is to avoid the dual-edged panel causing a negative effect on the grip ergonomics of the device.
The final intel that came along with this report indicates that the Galaxy S6 will not come in two versions like the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. Instead the S6 will simply include the slightly curved display as its primary design. Additionally, this rumor corroborated earlier reports suggesting that Samsung will do the usual, North American version with a Snapdragon (810 in this instance) and International version with an Exynos (7 Octa in this instance).
The above image is just an artist's fan render, but it could be a close approximation of the final look, if these rumors prove true.
The idea of having cybernetic limbs sounds exciting when you watch TV shows like the Bionic Man or play video games like Deus Ex, but the reality is that there are thousands of people in the real world who have lost their limbs and struggle with some of the basic life functions that we take for granted. The real promise of mind-controlled artificial limbs is the ability of technology to offer people in this situation improved lives.
Our newest off topic news story for today reveals just how far along we have come with this technology. the above video is the "first bilateral shoulder-level amputee" to wear two MPLs at the same time. MPL stands for Modular Prosthetic Limbs, and what distinguishes this from other situations is that these MPLs are only controlled by his mind using wireless technology.
The man in the video with the cyber-limbs is Les Baugh, who lost his arms over 40 years ago. His technology was different than previous attempts. Instead of using implants, Baugh underwent a a procedure called targeted muscle reinnervation. This procedure reassigned the nerves that once controlled his arms and hands. The next step was that the researchers recorded the patterns his brain makes for each muscle movement. They were actually able to help him adapt and test these movements with virtual limbs on a nearby computer. This helped him "train" for the real thing once they fitted the physical limbs.
There's a new phone in India called the Yureka, with the PR description of "The Zeus of Phones." It's the brainchild of a tema-up between CyanogenMod and Yu (the Micromax sub-company). While this new device looks like a remarkable entry in that marketing sector, it's really just a sheep in wolf's clothing.
All Micromax did was slap their Yu logo on their CoolPad F2 device, add CyanogenMod's UI overlay, and call it a day. The hardware is identical down to the physical design and aesthetics. Here's the hardware specs below:
5.5-inch 720p display
1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 64-bit
2GB of RAM
16GB of internal storage, microSD slot up to 32GB
13 megapixel Sony Exmor sensor
CyanogenMod 11 w/ Android 4.4.4 KitKat (5.0 promised down the line)
Despite that, it's actually worthy of your attention because its internal hardware is very good for the price of Rs. 8,999 (or about $142USD). The phone is an Amazon India exclusive at first.
Even though Google just cranked out the 5.0.1 version of Android Lollipop within a week or two of the operating system's first launch, that doesn't mean they are resting on their laurels. According to the latest leaked intel, the next big update for Android is not only planned, it's already in the works and will likely launch sometime in the first quarter of 2015. In fact, reports indicate that the plan is to launch it by the end of February.
Here's the full changelog according to the leaked intel:
Silent mode added after missing on Android 5.0
General improvements in system stability
Improved RAM management
Fixes for sudden app closures
Improved battery management
Excessive consumption of network devices when used Wi-Fi fixed
Issues with wireless connections fixed
Problems with Okay Google function solved
Notifications problems solved
Some sound problems experience by certain devices fixed
Other improvements and changes
Changes in the Material Design color palette (after users complaints, possibly for a higher version though)
As you can see, this is more than just a "maintenance" update with a few bug fixes. Not only does it eliminate several flaws which have cropped up, it also adds a few new features as well. We'll keep you posted if anything more corroborative comes forward.
That's a holiday deal worth getting behind! The 2nd generation Moto X is available for only $49.99 on Verizon right now. What makes this deal even juicier is that you can actually customize this one to your heart's content on Motorola's website. Previously it was $100 on contract, so this is basically half off the contract price.
The only negative is that this deal only applies to the base model 16GB version of the phone. If you want to get the 32GB version it will cost $125 on contract, which is still a good deal if you are ready for a new contract. Here's a link below to check out this offer which ends December 31st.