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by wicked at Dec 18, 2014
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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. :p

We've put together a short list of tech gifts your loved ones are sure to like and appreciate.
by cereal killer at Dec 18, 2014
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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...
by dgstorm at Dec 19, 2014
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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...
by dgstorm at Dec 19, 2014
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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.

All three images can be seen in the thread below.

Source: NoWhereElse Translated
by dgstorm at Dec 19, 2014
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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?
by dgstorm at Dec 18, 2014
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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:
  • Chambersburg, PA
  • Charleston, WV
  • Chillicothe, OH
  • Dothan-Enterprise, AL
  • Eureka, CA
  • Hagerstown, MD
  • Hattiesburg, MS
  • La Grange, GA
  • Oskaloosa/Ottumwa, IA
  • Watertown, NY
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.

Source: XLTE Expanding Excelling Exalted The Verizon Wireless Network
by dgstorm at Dec 18, 2014
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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?
by dgstorm at Dec 18, 2014
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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
  • No IAP!
  • Real-time Shadows
  • 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
by dgstorm at Dec 18, 2014
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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.

Source: PhoneArena
by dgstorm at Dec 18, 2014
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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.

One of the researchers...
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