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January 19, 2017

LeEco TVs and Smartphones Now Available on Amazon

LeEco is a company many people in the US have never heard of, but the company has been making a huge effort to capture the American market. After its purchase of Vizio last year, and release of its own-branded smart TVs and smartphones last year, the company has made the next move in becoming a household name in the US; it’s started selling its products on Amazon.

LeEco Smart TVs and Smartphones Available on Amazon

It's true! You can now get ecophones and ecotvs @Amazon! https://t.co/SkTkv1H3oJ #LeNext pic.twitter.com/OVY2Cx6Dlm

— LeEco Global (@LeEcoGlobal) January 16, 2017

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January 17, 2017

CES 2017: Omnicharge Builds Battery, AC Power Inverter into Omni Battery Banks

CES is always pretty awesome because it not only gives us the opportunity to see new products from companies we’re intimately familiar with, but it also gives us the opportunity to check out some new products that we need in our lives, yet don’t currently have.

Case in point is the Omnicharge Omni, which is a battery bank with a 120v inverter built right into the unit. This allows the battery bank to be able to power things such as laptops, lightbulbs, monitors, charge flashlights, cameras, and anything with a standard 120v AC North American plug with the same battery bank you already carry around for charging your smartphone. And it’s only [...]

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January 13, 2017

T-Mobile’s Un-Carrier Next Simplifies Pricing for One Plan, Adds Bill Credit for Low Data Users

T-Mobile US COO Mike Sievert announced the industry-first move to include taxes and fees for T-Mobile ONE customers during the Un-carrier Next event at CES on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP Images for T-Mobile)

Last week at CES 2017, T-Mobile announced their newest un-carrier event which seeks to simplify pricing and make their T-Mobile One plan just a little more attractive.

Those who are currently subscribers to any cell phone plan know that one of the most annoying things about a postpaid plan is that there’s the plan price then there’s the plan price plus taxes, regulatory fees, and everything else. [...]

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January 9, 2017

CES 2017: Huawei Mate 9 Hands-On

Officially launched in several international markets in November of last year, the Huawei Mate 9 is finally making its way to the US!

The Huawei Mate 9 is one of Huawei’s latest smartphones featuring a 5.9-inch 1920×1080 resolution display, Octa-Core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor (ARM Cortex A73, ARM Cortex A53), 4GB RAM, Mali-G71 MP8 GPU, and 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage expandable via microSD. Connectivity options include the typical Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE, GPS, Infrared and NFC. Battery capacity is rated at 4,000 mAh and is compatible with Huawei’s SuperCharge technology.

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January 6, 2017

CES 2017: ASUS Shows Off ZenFone AR, ZenFone 3 Zoom

At its press event at CES 2017, ASUS was excited to announce two brand new smartphones, the ZenFone AR and ZenFone Zoom.

ZenFone AR

The first smartphone is the ZenFone AR. AR, or augmented reality, combines scenes in the real world with virtual objects on the screen. The AR magic on the ASUS ZenFone AR is delivered using three rear cameras – a motion tracking camera, a depth-sensing camera, and a 23MP image camera. The information from the three sensors are compiled together to form a comprehensive, interactive 3D image on brilliant 5.7-inch super AMOLED display. To ensure the AR experience is as smooth as possible, ASUS uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC. [...]

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January 5, 2017

CES 2017: HTC Unveils New Vive Tracker, Headstrap, Untethered VR

As expected, HTC did not have a second generation Vive headset to display at their CES 2017 press conference however, they did have quite a bit to talk about for both hardware and software for the HTC Vive. According to HTC, their overall 2017 is to build out the Vive ecosystem with both hardware and software to add additional capability to the headset as well as make VR content easier to access for all audiences.

On the hardware front, HTC announced two new accessories – the Vive Tracker and the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap.

 

Vive Tracker

The Vive Tracker is HTC’s device for allowing developers to [...]

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January 2, 2017

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Specifications Leaked Ahead of CES 2017

When Qualcomm announced the upcoming Snapdragon 835 SoC back in November, few details about the upcoming mobile processor were shared at the time. Aside from its expected launch date in the 1H2017 and the joint announcement with Samsung that it’ll be built on Samsung’s new 10nm FinFET process, we knew very little else about the chip.

However, some recently leaked slides by tech rumors site Videocardz sheds some light on the Snapdragon 835 ahead of its major announcement at CES 2017.

According to the slides, the Snapdragon 835 will be built on the 10nm manufacturing node which will allow the Snapdragon 835 to be [...]

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December 29, 2016

T-Mobile Makes Massive Network Improvements in 2016 – Now Covers 313 Million People, Up to 1Gbps Tested on LTE

As 2016 comes to an end, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray once again shares their end-of-year network update with some very promising results.

The biggest news is that T-Mobile’s LTE network now reaches a total of 313 million people with 250 million people covered under their 700MHz “Extended Range LTE” which allows for better range and building penetration. Total coverage for the T-Mobile network is now just a million short of Verizon’s 314 million covered by their LTE network. Considering T-Mobile had a grand total of zero people covered under their LTE network just 3 years ago and 304 million people covered back in 2015, T-Mobile’s network [...]

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December 28, 2016

TSMC Says 10nm FinFET On Track, Refutes Rumors of Low Yields

The problem with rumors is that sometimes, it’s made up and according to a recent interview with EE Times, TSMC says that their 10nm node is on schedule, refuting a recent report from DigiTimes that TSMC and Samsung is struggling with yields at the 10nm manufacturing node.

According to TSMC’s senior director Elizabeth Sun, TSMC’s 10nm process is “totally on track” and is projecting revenue starting 1Q2017. Among others, Apple is expected to be leveraging TSMC’s 10nm FinFET process for its upcoming A10X SoC. The new SoC is rumored to be used in the upcoming 2017 iPads.

Other major players making a dash towards 10nm [...]

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December 23, 2016

T-Mobile Launches Samsung Galaxy Buy One, Get One Free Promo

Missed out on T-Mobile’s Black Friday deals and you still need a gift for that special someone? Well, T-Mobile has you covered.

Recently posted on their website, T-Mobile is offering a buy one, get one free offer on a number of Samsung Galaxy smartphones. The full list of smartphones include the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, or Galaxy J7.

The way this works is you’ll have to purchase two qualifying Samsung Galaxy smartphones and be a T-Mobile One or Simple Choice Unlimited customer. Once the purchases have been made, simply head on over to the T-Mobile promotions website here, complete [...]

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