Monthly Archives: September 2015
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?
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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?
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Vodafone 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.
- 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?
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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.
According 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.
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?
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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.
Install SMPlayer and mpv in Ubuntu or Linux Mint
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
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/mpv-tests
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mpv
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