Monthly Archives: September 2015

Did you know you can finance the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X?

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There’s a change coming to the mobile industry. One of the little known things that happened when Apple announced the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus is that the Cupertino-based company itself is willing to finance either device to you–installment payments, just like you’d find on a carrier.

Another little known fact is that Google is actually doing the same thing with its Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Those interested in purchasing one can choose whether to buy it outright or finance it for 24 months.

An important thing to note is that this is only for Project Fi customers. Fi customers will be able to finance the base model of the Nexus 5X for a meager $15.79 per month or the 128GB Nexus 6P for $27.04 per month. All you have to do is pay sales tax and shipping costs upfront. And as a carrier will let you do, you can pay off the remaining balance of your device at any time if you don’t want to go through the full 24 months.

Those of you interested just have to head on over to the Project Fi website, click on “Your plan” and then “Upgrade device” to get the process started! It’ll be interesting to see if Google will ever extend this option to all of its customers. What’ll be more intriguing is seeing more manufactures like Samsung, LG, and HTC move to offering something like this.

Anyone plan on financing a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P?

source: Project Fi
via: Android Central

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Samsung’s Gear S2 and S2 Classic will hit shelves on October 2

Samsung_GearS2_SmartWatch_Tizen (2)If you live in the United States, have a compatible smartphone, and are interested in buying one of Samsung’s new Gear S2 smartwatches, you’ll be happy to know they’re hitting stores this week.

The Gear S2 and S2 Classic are among some of the most unique smartwatches out there and most say they’re the best Samsung has created. Both the Gear S2 and S2 Classic will be hitting stores in the United States on October 2. It will be available on Samsung.com and Amazon.com. One could also find it at their local Best Buy and/or Macy’s. Carriers selling the new device will include T-Mobile and AT&T with Verizon Wireless to be added later in the year.

The Gear S2 smartwatch will set one back $299 and the S2 Classic will cost an additional $50 at $349. Pricing for the cellular model is yet to be announced. Will you be buying one?

Via: phonescoop

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Vodafone UK launches the entry-level 4G Smart Speed for £50

Vodafone_Smart_SpeedVodafone has just launched the Smart Speed smartphone, a 4G capable handset aimed squarely at the budget-conscious consumer. The 4.5-inch Smart Speed runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and will retail for £50 on Pay As You Go. 

The Smart Speed carries the level of specification you might expect for a handset costing just £50, the details of which are below.

Specifications:

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 4.5-Inch LCD with 854 x 480 resolution (FWVGA)
  • Quad-core MediaTek MTK6735 processor clocked at 1GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD card support (up to 32GB)
  • 5MP Rear camera with flash and HDR+
  • 2MP front camera
  • 4G (LTE-CAT4)/ GSM/ EDGE/3G/HSPA+
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0 / A2DP/ GPS
  • Battery: 1,780mAh
  • 3.5mm Audio jack
  • Dimensions: 132.2 x 65.1 x 9.99mm
  • Weight: 146 grams

For £50 (plus a £10 top-up), the Smart Speed seems like a viable option for those of us either on limited budgets or possibly as a child’s or grandparent’s first smartphone. It isn’t going to take on the likes of the Moto G in terms of speed, but then, it isn’t designed to. What do you make of the Vodafone Smart Speed?

 

Source: Vodafone

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[Rumour] 5-Inch OnePlus X to feature Snapdragon 801, launch in October

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Some news regarding everyone’s favourite startup, OnePlus, is that it is apparently planning on announcing a new model called the OnePlus X. It could be unveiled during October, and appears to have some interesting hardware choices.

OnePlus_X_renderAccording to an unnamed source of GizmoChina’s, the OnePlus X will sport a Snapdragon 801 processor, like the original OnePlus One used. It will also have a 5-inch display, which should please people who aren’t fans of the 5.5-inch handsets that are all the rage at the moment. A fingerprint sensor is believed to be present on the rear of the device while dual cameras are also thought to feature.

Design-wise, the source said that OnePlus has moved on from the OnePlus 2 design, instead attempting to make the OnePlus X more beautiful. It’s unknown whether the render above, courtesy of GizmoChina, is indicative of the final design or not.

Finally, the OnePlus X is believed to be launched around the $249 price point, squarely aimed at the budget-conscious mid-range market. While there may be some eyebrows raised at OnePlus choosing to go with the venerable Snapdragon 801 processor, it has to be said that it’s a proven chipset, as well as being a cooler, cheaper alternative to the much maligned Snapdragon 810.

One question that has to be asked is –  what is the point of launching a third handset when OnePlus can scarcely get the recently launched 2016 flagship-killer OnePlus 2 into customers hands?

Is it going to be a case of third-time-lucky for OnePlus? Will it get the launch of the OnePlus X right? Or will it follow the all-too-familiar path of a handset being launched, and then issuing apologies for delays a few weeks afterwards?

Only time will tell. In the meantime though, what do you think of the decision to use the Snapdragon 801 in the OnePlus X?

 

Source: GizmoChina

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SMPlayer 15.9 (Stable) Released With mpv Support, More

SMPlayer, a Qt front-end for mplayer, has reached version 15.9.0 recently, this being the first stable version to support mpv. There are various other new features as well, like support for 3D stereo filter, MPRIS v2 support, a new default theme and more.

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Note that if you’ve been using the official SMPlayer PPA, you’ve got SMPlayer with mpv support for quite some time – that’s because the SMPlayer developers have been updating this PPA for a while with SVN builds which had this feature.
mpv is a media player based on mplayer2 (and MPlayer), which comes with extra features and improvements, like native support for VAAPI and VDA along with improved VDPAU video output, precise seeking, gapeless audio support, better MKV support (including ordered chapters, 3D metadata) and more. You can see a list of changes / differences between mpv and mplayer2, HERE.

Changes in SMPlayer 15.9:

  • mpv can now be used instead of mplayer;
  • mpv only features:
    • you can now use two subtitles in the same time;
    • it’s now possible to play videos from streaming websites like DailyMotion, Vimeo, Vevo and many others (previously, only YouTube was supported). mpv uses youtube-dl so you’ll be able to play videos from any website supported by it;
    • added an option to step back one frame;
    • a new option was added which allows setting a template for screenshots;
  • support for the 3D stereo filter;
  • better support for YouTube (VEVO videos);
  • you can now use a proxy with SMPlayer;
  • added a new action (assigned by default to key “I”) which shows the current playback time, total time and percentage, for 2 seconds on the OSD;
  • added the possibility to use the mouse buttons for “next chapter” and “previous chapter”;
  • a new option was added which allows deleting a file in the playlist from the filesystem;
  • MPRIS v2 support;
  • a new theme, called H2O is now the default theme.

To be able to use SMPlayer with mpv, you’ll need mpv 0.6.2 or newer! Also, some mpv-only features may require an even newer mpv version (for instance, to be able to play videos from websites such as DailyMotion, Vimeo, etc., you’ll need mpv 0.7.0 or newer).
The new default theme is only used for new installs and if you don’t like it, you can go back to the previous style from the SMPlayer Preferences > Interface (select “Default” for the “Icon set” – in my test, this also affected the UI colors for some reason).

Install SMPlayer and mpv in Ubuntu or Linux Mint

To add the official SMPlayer PPA and install the latest SMPlayer 15.9 in Ubuntu or Linux Mint, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install smplayer

For Ubuntu 15.04 and 15.10, mpv is available in the official repositories so to install it, simply use the following command:
sudo apt-get install mpv

For Ubuntu 14.04 / Linux Mint 17.x, the mpv version available in the repositories is very old and not compatible with SMPlayer. However, you can install a newer version by using Doug McMahon’s PPA. To add the PPA and install mpv, use the following command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/mpv-tests
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mpv

To configure SMPlayer to use mpv, open its Preferences and under “General”, on the “General” tab, set “mpv” (without the quotes” as the “MPlayer/MPV executable” and click Apply:

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And an extra tip: to be able to play videos from all the streaming websites supported by youtube-dl (again: this requires mpv 0.7.0 or newer), in the SMPlayer Preferences click “Network” on the left and check the “Enable MPV’s support for streaming websites” checkbox:

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This feature requires youtube-dl so make sure you’ve installed it (I recommend installing it via the main WebUpd8 PPA to get the latest version).

For other Linux distributions and Windows, see the SMPlayer downloads page.

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