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.
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Samsung's marketing department came up with a cute new holiday cheer video ad to tease us. This one is pretty clever and takes us on a wild ride as told through the display of dozens of Samsung devices. It culminates with a hearty "May all your holiday dreams come true," and to that we heartily agree!
Sony wasn't the only large entity that was hacked recently. In fact, the other hacking target should be a greater concern for most of us than Sony, yet it has received very little press. ICANN, the governing body behind the database of domain names and IP addresses across the web was also recently hacked.
Supposedly, their employees were tricked by a phishing attack that exposed email login info, which resulted in the theft of Administrative access to all the files in the Centralized Zone Data System and much more. If that doesn't have you quaking in your boots, then it should. Here's a quote with more of the details,
A new report was just filed on the web from Google pointing to some very shady shenanigans perpetrated by the (Motion Picture Association of America) MPAA and Hollywood. Google has pointed out several reports which detail the MPAA's underhanded attempts to put a vice-hold on Google behind the scenes.
Supposedly, the MPAA is still "smarting" from the pain of their loss on the failed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) legislation which would have created a strangle-hold on free speech across the web. Google was one of the primary leaders of a massive movement of people which stopped that legislation in its tracks.
Since then, The MPAA has been lobbying State legislatures behind the scenes to more aggressively block Google, and revive some version of SOPA for the future. Furthermore, they even hired a law firm for the express purpose of attacking Google, and are colluding behind the scenes with the Mississippi State Attorney General, amongst other things. Google calls the MPAA out and expresses their deep legal concern on this matter.
When you boil it all down, Google is basically pointing out the hypocrisy of the MPAA. This organization is meant to help protect free speech, but instead they are actively trying to censor the Internet. We've included the full statement from Google in the thread below (and the source link as well). It's definitely worth a read so you can see just how shady things are going behind the scenes on this topic.
Verizon has moved into the "pouty-face, foot-stomping, breath-holding" phase of a temper tantrum with the FCC. In a filing earlier this week, Big Red informed the FCC that it was planning to charge Netflix extra fees for uninterrupted service regardless of whether the Title II regulation goes into effect.
For those who have missed any of the rigamarole, ever since the courts struck down "Net Neutrality" at the behest of Verizon's lawsuits, Netflix has had to pay extra interconnection fees to ISPs (like Verizon, Time Warner Cable, Comcast and AT&T) in order to ensure uninterrupted service. Since then, the FCC has been mulling over reclassifying ISPs under the Title II ruling of the Telecommunications Act, which would effectively classify them as telecommunications entities and allow the FCC to regulate them like common carrier utilities.
Verizon isn't having any of that argument though. Their latest filing claims that even if the FCC does reclassify ISPs as common carriers, that doesn't give them the authority to enforce a Net Neutrality stance, and Verizon plans to charge those extra fees to Netflix anyway.
The execs at Verizon took it even further than that though. They basically argued that if the FCC tried to enforce Title II and stopped Verizon from charging that extra interconnect fee to companies like Netflix, then they would be forced to pass those fees on to consumers instead, which would mean higher costs to its customers. Here's a snippet...
We have included some images in this thread which are supposedly the aluminum unibody frame of the Samsung Galaxy S6. The intel does come with the usual warning that this is uncorroborated, so these images could be for a completely different Samsung device.
Regardless, it does line up with previous rumors suggesting Sammy has opted to go with the aluminum unibody frame for the Galaxy S flagship this go around. No other details were included with these leaked pics from a Samsung factory. We'll keep you informed if anything changes regarding these pics.
Sony's PR team must have accidentally eaten something with hallucinogenic properties because their latest video ad is very bizarre. It obviously contains images related to Google's newest OS, Android 5 Lollipop, but the other images might take psychiatrist to actually interpret.
We suspect this is a teaser trailer for their latest flagship device, the Xperia Z4, which is likely being announced before CES or MWC in 2015. Of course, that's purely speculation on our part. What's your perspective?
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?