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LG G Pad 2 8.0 Tablet Launched In South Korea

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While Samsung has been causing quite an uproar in the mobile market with the launch of the dual phablets – Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, LG was secretly rolling out the G Pad 2 8.0 Tablet. LG G Pad 2 8.0 as it’s name suggests, is the successor to last year’s mid-range LG G Pad 8.0.

The new G Pad 2 8.0 isn’t so impressing however, as when compared to its direct predecessor, the latest tablet from the stables of LG Mobile doesn’t seem to have any new offering for us. The hardware innards seem to be regressing instead.

The LG G Pad 2 8.0 packs an 8″ IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 800 x 1200 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 32GB of microSD expandable internal storage (other versions may be launched with more or less internal storage space), and a 4200mAh battery.

In the camera department, the LG G Pad 2 8.0 comes with a 5MP primary shooter and the back and a 2MP secondary camera on the front. On the software side, the slab runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is a bit surprising given that the newer Android 5.1 Lollipop has been available for a few good months now.

One particularly interesting detail about LG’s new mid-range tablet is that it comes with a full-sized USB 2.0 port, which is an uncommon feature for a mid-sized tablet, especially an Android-based one. As one of LG’s promotional images show (see them all below), the port can be used to attach an external keyboard or even gaming controllers. At a first glance, the external keyboard might be a more natural fit for the LG G Pad 2.0, seeing that the tablet comes with pre-loaded with MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, the holy triad of Microsoft productivity Office apps for Android tablets. Like most productivity-minded tablets, the LG G Pad 2 8.0 also comes with a stylus, one that measures 3.5mm across the waist and is touted to allow for accurate input.

At the moment, the LG G Pad 2 8.0 is only available in South Korea, but given the manufacturer’s previous launch patterns, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the slab reach more Western markets such as Europe and North America. It also wouldn’t be unthinkable for LG to launch a smaller 7-inch version and a larger 10.1-inch versions of the LG G Pad 2 as well. We’ll keep you updated with more information as soon as it becomes available.

Source | Phonearena

Samsung Galaxy Note5 Sales Start In Taiwan

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The latest released flagship phablet from the stable of Korean tech giant – Samsung, the Galaxy Note5 has started selling in Taiwan. Thus, Taiwan is the first country to get the newly launched device.

The reason for the decision to send the Galaxy Note5 first is according to reports, “the fact that the Note series has been a roaring success in the country”. The device pricing starts at 740USD for the 32GB variant, while the higher up memory 64GB variant costs around 820USD, although the latter won’t be available until the end of the ongoing month. So if you are a memory junkie, you’d have to wait for a few weeks

Samsung Galaxy Note5 would be going on sale in the US late next week on August 21. The device would hit Verizon and the pricing shelled out on contracts include; $32 per month for 24 months using Verizon’s installment plan, adding up to a total of $768 for the 32GB variant, while the 64GB version will increase to $864 upfront, or $36 per month spread over two years. The Note5 is however, not coming over to Europe anytime soon, so if you are anxious about owing the device, you would have to import it or wait till sometime next-year when Samsung plans to send it in.

Customized Apple iPhone 6s Goes On Pre-order Starting At $7,995

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Ofcourse we know Apple would be releasing the latest additions to it’s iPhone base sometime this year, as is customary for the Cupertino based tech giant. However, the iPhones which are expected to be called iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are yet to surface.

Unreleased, released pre-order… Meh


Though the two expected devices are no where to be found on Apple listings, a company that’s into adding luxury to Apple’s devices has started taking down pre-orders for the customized flagship when released.

The customizations are always outbound as you expect, the innards are still the regular innards, processors and all. The company – Brikk is offering you blinged-up iPhone 6s unit starting at about $7,995, and going all the way up to a mind-blowing $199,995.

The cheapest model is the iPhone 6s Lux, made with two layers of pure 24k yellow gold, 18k pink gold, or 950 platinum.

At the other end of the scale sits the iPhone 6s Plus Diamond Omni, which is coated with the same options as the cheapest option, but adds in diamonds. Lots of diamonds, making for a total of 53 carats.

Brikk says it will start shipping the pre-ordered devices around 4 to 6 weeks after Apple is going to release the standard, non-gold plated iPhone 6s duo. You can pre-order either by paying in full or by shelling out a non-refundable deposit that goes from $2,500 to $25,000 depending on which product you choose.

Samsung Galaxy Note5 Finally Launched with 5.7″ and Exynos 7420 Chip

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Yesterday saw the official launch of Samsung’s most anticipated device Galaxy Note 5. The device launched in an event dubbed Samsung Unpacked, and along side it was the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. Both devices are a revolutionary twist in mobile phablets with some great next-gen specs.

Samsung Galaxy Note5 features a 5.7″ Super AMOLED sleek display. The innards of the device includes Samsung’s in-house developed Exynos 7420 chipset, and packs a hefty 4GB of RAM, the storage on the Note5 is based on the fast UFS 2.0 standard. While it outruns regular eMMC 5.0 storage, data hoarders have been locked out of expanding the memory – the base model has 32GB, you can upgrade to 64GB and that’s it. There’s no room for expanding memory via a microSD slot, and no hefty 128GB option either.

Like storage options, you won’t be super happy with the battery of the Note5 as Samsung did a downgrade of the Note 4’s hefty 5500mAh, you now get a capacity of just 3,000mAh, and worse still, the battery of the Galaxy Note5 is not remove-able. It seems Sammy is counting on the modified Fast Charging of the device (both the wired and wireless) to compensate for the battery hiccups.

On the photographic side, the camera retains the Galaxy S6 shooters, i.e. a 16MP sensor behind a wide f/1.9 aperture, plus optical image stabilization and auto real-time HDR. It can record 2160p video or livestream 1080p to YouTube. For selfies you get a 5MP sensor and an f/1.9 aperture.

Samsung has updated the audio department with Ultra High Quality Audio, which promises “richer” sound. This feature will work over Bluetooth with new compatible Level On headphones.

The Galaxy Note5 checks wireless all boxes, but a highlight is Samsung Pay, which works over NFC or MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission). Pay will launch in the US in September so it will be ready when Note5s arrive in users’ hands.
he Samsung Galaxy Note5 will be available for pre-order today, coming in Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.

If you are eyeing the new Samsung Galaxy Note5, then you don’t need to wait long. The device will be available in the US on August 21, with pre-orders starting today. You can go for a hands-on as soon as tomorrow in 7,000 locations across the US. Pricing will be announced by the carriers. For European buyers, there’s no Galaxy Note5 for you this year.

Google Is Officially A Sub-Company Under Alphabet

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Google is taking a step back to re-structure, and it’s great one! Now officially owned by Alphabet INC, and thus Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet. Alphabet’s two classes of shares will continue to trade on Nasdaq as GOOGL and GOOG.

You can read the full transcript of Larry Page and Sergey Brin new company portfolio – Alphabet below.

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As Sergey and I wrote in the original founders letter 11 years ago, “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.” As part of that, we also said that you could expect us to make “smaller bets in areas that might seem very speculative or even strange when compared to our current businesses.” From the start, we’ve always strived to do more, and to do important and meaningful things with the resources we have.

We did a lot of things that seemed crazy at the time. Many of those crazy things now have over a billion users, like Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome, and Android. And we haven’t stopped there. We are still trying to do things other people think are crazy but we are super excited about.

We’ve long believed that over time companies tend to get comfortable doing the same thing, just making incremental changes. But in the technology industry, where revolutionary ideas drive the next big growth areas, you need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant.

Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable. So we are creating a new company, called Alphabet ( I am really excited to be running Alphabet as CEO with help from my capable partner, Sergey, as President.

What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead. What do we mean by far afield? Good examples are our health efforts: Life Sciences (that works on the glucose-sensing contact lens), and Calico (focused on longevity). Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more management scale, as we can run things independently that aren’t very related. Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence. In general, our model is to have a strong CEO who runs each business, with Sergey and me in service to them as needed. We will rigorously handle capital allocation and work to make sure each business is executing well. We’ll also make sure we have a great CEO for each business, and we’ll determine their compensation. In addition, with this new structure we plan to implement segment reporting for our Q4 results, where Google financials will be provided separately than those for the rest of Alphabet businesses as a whole.

This new structure will allow us to keep tremendous focus on the extraordinary opportunities we have inside of Google. A key part of this is Sundar Pichai. Sundar has been saying the things I would have said (and sometimes better!) for quite some time now, and I’ve been tremendously enjoying our work together. He has really stepped up since October of last year, when he took on product and engineering responsibility for our Internet businesses. Sergey and I have been super excited about his progress and dedication to the company. And it is clear to us and our board that it is time for Sundar to be CEO of Google. I feel very fortunate to have someone as talented as he is to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to continue to scale our aspirations. I have been spending quite a bit of time with Sundar, helping him and the company in any way I can, and I will of course continue to do that. Google itself is also making all sorts of new products, and I know Sundar will always be focused on innovation — continuing to stretch boundaries. I know he deeply cares that we can continue to make big strides on our core mission to organize the world’s information. Recent launches like Google Photos and Google Now using machine learning are amazing progress. Google also has some services that are run with their own identity, like YouTube. Susan is doing a great job as CEO, running a strong brand and driving incredible growth.

Sergey and I are seriously in the business of starting new things. Alphabet will also include our X lab, which incubates new efforts like Wing, our drone delivery effort. We are also stoked about growing our investment arms, Ventures and Capital, as part of this new structure.

Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet. Our two classes of shares will continue to trade on Nasdaq as GOOGL and GOOG.

For Sergey and me this is a very exciting new chapter in the life of Google — the birth of Alphabet. We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity’s most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search! We also like that it means alpha-bet (Alpha is investment return above benchmark), which we strive for! I should add that we are not intending for this to be a big consumer brand with related products–the whole point is that Alphabet companies should have independence and develop their own brands.

We are excited about…

Getting more ambitious things done.
Taking the long-term view.
Empowering great entrepreneurs and companies to flourish.
Investing at the scale of the opportunities and resources we see.
Improving the transparency and oversight of what we’re doing.
Making Google even better through greater focus.
And hopefully…as a result of all this, improving the lives of as many people as we can.

What could be better? No wonder we are excited to get to work with everyone in the Alphabet family. Don’t worry, we’re still getting used to the name too!

Tecno Camon C8 Specifications, Features & Price

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Tecno has released their latest device dubbed Camon C8. The device which is not yet on sale in the country is dubbed the best shooter phone from the Chinese OEM. Packed with 13MP rear shooters and dual LED flash, the photographic prowess of the Tecno Camon C8 is obvious in pure HD shots taken with the device’s rare camera.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Gets Hands-On Pictures Revealed

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The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5 phablet is just a week away from it’s official launch on 13th August, and so far, the leaks are getting to high heavens!.

The full specs sheet of the phablet has since been shown off in a benchmark, now we are feeding our eyes on the sleekness and beauty of the Note 5 in new photo leaks.

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There’s really not much Samsung can add to what we already know about the Note 5. Anyways, let’s go into details of the specs.

The Note 5 is said to come with a spring-loaded slot for the S Pen, a regular USB port (no Type-C here, unfortunately), there’s 4GB of RAM, and 32 / 64 / 128GB of storage – no SD card slot though.

The battery will apparently be a 3,000 mAh non-removable cell, which is smaller than those in the Note 5’s predecessors – but something we’ve seen before with the Galaxy S6 sporting a smaller cell than the S5.

And speaking of the Galaxy S6, the Note 5 looks like a blown-up version of that, with the added curves to the rear glass – which may make it easier to handle.

In software, the TouchWiz version installed on the Note 5 will let you customize the Air Command menu, as you can see in the first set of images (where Instagram is part of the options). Air Command appears when you take the S Pen out of its hiding place inside the phone.

Other previously revealed specs are a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED touchscreen, the Exynos 7420 SoC at the helm, a 16 MP main camera, and a 5 MP selfie unit. The Galaxy Note 5 will run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

30,000 OnePlus 2 Units Sold-out In 64 Seconds

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The never settling OnePlus released the next-gen flagship killer OnePlus 2, and released just a fraction to a massive anxious flagship killing faithfuls. The outcome, the 30,000 units put up for sale gets sold out in less than 2 minutes.
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OnePlus 2 was released in China with a CNY 2,000 ($320/€295) price-tag.

Folks who didn’t get to pick the OnePlus 2 would have to wait till 11th August. The sales were done through OnePlus’ online store in China. It’s not clear how many units will be in the second batch, but they probably won’t last much more than a minute either. By the way, it seems that in China you don’t need an invite, those are only for international customers.

Selfie Craze! Man Takes Selfie With Rattle Snake, Gets Life-Threatening Venom

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So it’s the period of sporadic evolution of tech, and Selfies are among the top things in vogue now. We’ve seen the advent of selfie sticks to aid that perfect selfies, we’ve seen folks posing with selfie hands, guns and all sorts to make that perfect selfie, however, what we haven’t seen until just recently is someone posing with a wild, poisonous snake.
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San Diego’s Todd Fassler wasn’t so keen on taking that perfect selfie with a cat or a dog, so he settled for his ‘pet’ – a rattlesnake he found in the bushes over a year ago, and apparently decided to keep it as a pet.

The said pet wasn’t feeling the selfie union and opted to give Mr Fassler a dose of it’s super poisonous venom. Thankfully, Mr Fassler was rushed to an area hospital where doctors had to use all of the anti-venom stored at two hospitals in order for Fassler to recover.

Fassler recently released the snake into the wild. And while he might not have been able to take a selfie that would have helped him remember his pet forever, at least he does have something that will always bring back the memory of his snake. That is the $153,161.25 hospital bill he incurred for a five-day stay.

Google Celebrates Special Olympics World Cup Games With A Doodle

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Today marks the start of the 47th Special Olympics World cup games, and Google is specially thrilled and honors the event with a Doodle.
The special Olympics world cup games is scheduled to hold between 25th of July and run through till 2nd of August 2015 at Los Angeles in the U.S of A.

The event will witness 7,000 world-class athletes from 177 countries compete in 25 events in a celebration of athleticism, teamwork and inclusion. It is also a reminder of the universality of sport, an opportunity for athletes with disability to compete in one of humankind’s greatest traditions, Google writes.

“Doodle team lead Ryan Germick illustrated and animated today’s doodle inspired by the circle of inclusion, which represents the acceptance of all people with intellectual disabilities. It celebrates the athletes in these games, as well as those who support them — the friends and mentors who helped carry the Olympic torch from its origin in Athens, Greece to its temporary home in Los Angeles, California,” Google further explains.

This will also mark the biggest sports event to take place in Los Angeles since 1984.

Around 5,00,000 spectators are expected to come to cheer the athletes at the sporting event that will be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Nigeria is among the countries participating in the event and participants have since departed for California.