Sprint to Launch LG G5 on April 1st, Pre-orders Kick Off Today

LG G5

Sprint is set to launch the newly announced LG G5 on April 1st in the US with the pre-orders kicking off online March 24th, and in stores on March 25th.

Customers interested in the handset will cost $24 a month with $0 down for 24 months. Additionally, customers can grab the LG G5 for $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate via American Express reward card, or purchase it outright for $576.

“The new LG G5, combined with our super-fast LTE Plus Network and amazing offers, makes this the ideal time to give Sprint a try,” said Rod Millar, senior vice president-Product and Supply Chain, Sprint. “The LG G5 is an innovative device that features a modular design, allowing the customer to add CAM Plus, for a more comfortable way to take pictures as well as an additional battery. Plus, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile customers who switch to Sprint now can save 50 percent off most standard rate plans.”

LG G5 comes with a 5.3-inch display sporting a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage coupled with a microSD car slot. Other features include a 16MP camera for photos and videos, 8MP front-facing camera, a 2,800 mAh battery and ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow as its operating system.

Xiaomi Launches Android-Powered Mi TV 3S in 65-Inch Curved 4K, 43-Inch Flat FHD Variants

Xiaomi Launches Android-Powered Mi TV 3S in 65-Inch Curved 4K, 43-Inch Flat FHD Variants

At a media conference in Beijing, China on Wednesday, Xiaomi announced the Mi TV 3S, the latest addition to its growing TV lineup. The Mi TV 3S comes in two variants: a 65-inch ‘Curved’ 4K panel offering, and 43-inch flat FHD panel offering. The Mi TV 3S Curve, as the name suggests, offers a 4K curved display. It is priced at CNY 8,999 (roughly Rs. 82,500, or $1,390), and is currently only available for purchase in China. The 43-inch FHD variant, on the other hand, costs CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 18,500 or $278).

The Xiaomi Mi TV 3S Curve sports a 65-inch curved display of 4K resolution manufactured by Samsung. The Chinese technology conglomerate adds that its new TV is thin too, with the waistline measuring just 5.9mm. It is powered by Mstar 6A928 TV processor, 2GB of RAM, and bears 8GB of internal storage. It offers support for Dolby and DTS audio dual decoding. It comes with Mi TV bar which houses independent 6-piece sound system. The Mi TV bar’s retail cost is included in the RMB 8,999 price tag of the Xiaomi Mi TV 3S Curve.

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The 43-inch Mi TV 3S variant has a 10.9mm ultra-thin metal body and frame. The full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) TV is powered by Mstar 6A908 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. It also offers support for Dolby DTS audio dual decoding. Both the models run on Android MIUI, a company spokesperson confirmed with Gadgets 360.

Once a software company, Xiaomi is aggressively expanding into other product categories. Over the past one year, the company has been actively showing interest in the TV and entertainment spaces. The company made headlines last year when it launched the Android-powered Mi TV 2 with a 55-inch 4K display at a price point of $800. Since then, it has launched a number of TV sets, including Mi TV 3 with 70-inch 4K display late last year at a price point of CNY 9,999. Earlier this month, Xiaomi had also launched the Mi Box 3 Enhanced Edition TV box, which is roughly priced at $61, or Rs. 4,100. variants: 65-inch Curve, and 43-inch flat FHD.

Spotify Plans to Launch Music Streaming Service in India, Japan

Spotify Plans to Launch Music Streaming Service in India, Japan: Report

Spotify may have plans to launch its music streaming service in India and Japan. According to a report,Spotify is looking into further expanding its presence in Asia. The company’s decision comes less than a year after its rival Apple launched Apple Music, which is available in a number of Asian countries.

The world’s most popular music streaming service, Spotify, could finally come to India and Japan,reports TechCrunch. The Swedish company in the meantime has confirmed that it will be debuting its service in Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, later this month.

If Spotify launches in India, it will face stiff competition from local players such as Saavn and Gaana, as well as Apple Music. What could give Spotify an edge over Apple Music, especially in a market such as India, is the availability of a free tier. Apple Music requires users to have a subscription in order to access it.

But before Spotify launches in India, it is likely to launch its service in Japan, a place that still has plenty of users utilising CDs for playing songs. Furthermore, the report adds, Spotify has quietly begun hiring people in Japan for the role of head of consumer marketing, and head of communications.

Once an unrivaled name in the music streaming business, Spotify now faces stiff competition from Apple. Spotify earlier this month announced that it has 30 million paid subscribers. Apple Music is growing at a faster rate, having announced 11 million paid subscribers recently.

LG Watch Urbane 2 Up For Pre-order At AT&T, Again

LG Watch Urbane 2

The LG Watch Urbane 2 launched at the end of last year, although LG cancelled the device launch due tohardware issues.

It looks like LG has now fixed the hardware issues on the LG Watch Urbane 2 as the device is now available to pre-order from AT&T again.

The smartwatch comes with a 1.38 inch P-OLED display that features a resolution of 480 x 480 pixel it also comes with a Snapdragon 400 processor and 768MB of RAM, plus 4GB of built in storage.

There is also a 750 mAh battery, GPS, 3G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth and WiFi, AT&T are offering the LG Watch Urbane 2 for $199.99 and the company has said that the dveice will ship between the 29th and 30th of March, you can find out more details at the link below.

Tissot Smart-Touch Smartwatch Unveiled By Swatch For Around $1100

Tissot Smart-Touch Smartwatch

Tissot has unveiled a new smartwatch they have created called the Tissot Smart-Touch which takes the form of a risk wearable that is both a watch and a smart device combined.

Which can be combined with your smartphone as you would expect but also comes supplied with a special cheering for that delivers local weather conditions directly to the Smart-Touch’s display.

Tissot Smart-Touch Smartwatch

The Tissot Smart-Touch Has also been designed to function as a watch even if the phone integration is disconnected and its internal battery will last up to a year on a single charge and can be recharged using solar power. Tissot Is expected to make the new smartwatch available at a price of around $1,100 to $1,200 and Swatch is planning to sell just 20,000 to 40,000 Smart-Touch wearable in the device’s first year says the company.

Tissot has also this unveiled the Tissot T-Touch Expert SolarWhich can be seen in the video below.

The Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar NBA Special Edition is dedicated to the biggest partnership of Tissot’s history. Following the groundbreaking announcement, Tissot produced a special collection that perfectly illustrates the essence of the association. The Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar NBA Special Edition reflects the innovative technology that Tissot will be bringing to the court with its precision and innovative Timekeeping, thanks to its impressive tactile functions that offer a compass, altimeter and weather forecast amongst others, and its design that reminds us of the sporty and bold attitude the great athletes demonstrate.

Two New Logitech G Cherry Mechanical Gaming Keyboards Unveiled

Logitech G

Logitech G has unveiled two new additions to their range of Cherry mechanical gaming keyboards this week in the form of the Logitech G610 Orion Brown and the Logitech G610 Orion Red which both feature Cherry MX mechanical switches.

The new Logitech G gaming keyboards are expected to be made available later this month throughout the US and Europe with prices expected to be around $120 or €140.

Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of gaming at Logitech explains more :

Keyboard enthusiasts want a variety of options. Our new G610 Orion keyboards deliver a clean, sophisticated design along with a choice of mechanical switches.” Every aspect of the Logitech G610 Orion Brown and the Logitech G610 Orion Red – from the simplest details, such as fingerprint-masking matte texture and a durable braided cable, to the most complex details, including advanced bright white LED key backlighting – is precisely engineered. The result is industry-leading technology and quality of construction in a uniquely crafted design.

Features of the Logitech G gaming keyboards include :

– Customizable LED Backlighting : Use Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) to select and personalize brightness for each key to match your style, system or environment, or set lighting to sleep when you aren’t using the system. Light up keys to keep track of spells and other commands. Additionally, use LGS to synchronize lighting patterns and effects with other Logitech G gaming gear so your devices can display the same lighting pattern. Available patterns include breathing or light wave.

– Easy-Access Media Controls : The Logitech G610 Orion Brown and the Logitech G610 Orion Red feature dedicated media controls that can be used to play, pause and mute music and videos instantly, so you can control your background track without switching out of your game. Use the roller to adjust the volume, or skip to the next song with the touch of a button.

– Full Customization : Get full control of the Logitech G610 Orion Brown and the Logitech G610 Orion Red with LGS. Customize your favorite games with custom button macros on the F1-F12 keys. Control lighting on individual keys and determine which keys are turned off when you turn on Game Mode.

 

‘Selfie Monkey’ Might Yet Get Copyright for Photo It Clicked

'Selfie Monkey' Might Yet Get Copyright for Photo It Clicked

Animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has filed an appeal against a lower court’s decision in January this year that declined to give a macaque monkey the right to his famous selfie taken in Indonesia in 2011.

The appeal brief was filed at the northern district of California and the appeals court will now decide whether or not to uphold the earlier court ruling, Ubergizmo reported on Monday.

In an earlier ruling, a federal judge in San Francisco declined to give a macaque monkey the right to his famous selfie in Indonesia in 2011.

Peta had filed a lawsuit last September asking a US federal court in San Francisco to declare Naruto – a then six-year-old male, free-living crested macaque – the author and owner of the internationally famous monkey selfie photographs that he took himself a few years ago.

The organisation filed the lawsuit against photographer David J Slater and his company, Wildlife Personalities Ltd – both of which claim copyright ownership of the photos that Naruto took.

Naruto is known to field researchers in Sulawesi who have observed and studied him for years as they work in the region.

In 2011 in Indonesia, Slater left an unattended camera on a tripod.

That was tempting for Naruto, a curious male crested black macaque, who took the camera and began taking photographs – some of the forest floor, some of other macaques and several of himself one of which resulted in the now-famous “monkey selfie”.

In an earlier statement, Peta said: “The US Copyright Act grants copyright ownership of a ‘selfie’ to the ‘author’ of the photograph, and there’s nothing in the law limiting such ownership on the basis of species.”

“Naruto has been accustomed to cameras throughout his life, saw himself in the reflection of the lens, made the connection between pressing the shutter and the change in his reflection, and posed for the pictures he took,” Peta said in a statement.

Netflix Is Making It Tougher to Pirate Its TV Shows and Movies

Netflix Is Making It Tougher to Pirate Its TV Shows and Movies

After taking a strong stand against users who utilise proxy services, Netflix is now making it tougher for people to pirate its TV shows and movies. The streaming company has begun sending DMCA notices toGoogle and file-sharing services to take down links of copyrighted content from their respective websites.

Netflix has reported tens of thousands of pirate links to Google, requesting the search giant to take down the links from search results, reports TorrentFreak. In the quest to assume control of its content and how they are distributed, Netflix is also taking the help of anti-piracy firm Vobile. Together, the two companies have sent 71,861 links to Google, as well as several torrent and streaming websites. It appears Netflix sent the first take down request in December.

The offending content, according to the report, contains links to Netflix-owned popular series such asHouse of Cards, Narcos, Sense8 and movies such as The Ridiculous 6 and A Very Murray Christmas. And the websites are honouring Netflix’s requests accordingly. A quick search for “House of Cards” on a popular torrent search engine reads, “39 results removed in compliance with EUCD / DMCA”

The move is in contrast with Netflix’s earlier stand on piracy. The company’s CEO Reed Hastings had said earlier that his company isn’t really bothered about piracy. On the contrary, this helped the company lure more users. “Certainly there’s some torrenting that goes on, and that’s true around the world, but some of that just creates the demand,” he said.

There’s also some bad news for users who were hoping Netflix to curtail its efforts to block proxy services. In a recent meetup with the press, Hastings reiterated the network licensing regulations the company has to oblige. He noted that that if Netflix has secured the right for a movie to air it in the United States, for instance, it has to separately secure licenses for airing the content in Germany. “That’s why we have to enforce those VPN rules, just like Amazon Prime Instant Video and others do as well. Think of it as the maturation of Internet TV.”

Alleged Google Glass 2.0 Goes on Sale; Reveals Design Changes

Alleged Google Glass 2.0 Goes on Sale; Reveals Design Changes

Google hasn’t unveiled the next generation of Google Glass yet, but a “reliable” seller on eBay is already allegedly selling the headset. The listing on the shopping portal also unveils the design changes the forthcoming model of the virtual reality glasses will sport.

Over the weekend, 9to5Google spotted what appears to be Google Glass 2.0 on eBay auction. The images that accompany the headset offer similarities with the leaked images of the next-generation of Google Glass that was spotted in a December FCC filing.

As for the design changes, the new Glass seems to have a folding hinge, and an outward-facing LED light. Folding hinge feature is in line with a report from last year which claimed that Google was working on the second-generation of its virtual reality headset. Other changes in what appears to be Google Glass 2.0 include “GLASS” label stamped on the inside of the plastic hinge.

The similarities in the Google Glass with the December FCC filing do add some credibility to this device being the actual Google Glass 2.0. Though, there’s no confirmation from Google (or Alphabet) on whether this is a genuine product. There’s a lot of interest for the device, with the current bidding set at $8,200 (at the time of publication).

According to an earlier report, Google is working on three next-generation head-mounted devices. One of them, interestingly, doesn’t have a screen at all, as per the report. It’s an audio-focused model meant for the sports crowd. Google is expected to unveil the Google Glass 2.0 at its upcoming developer conference I/O 2016.

Apple Watch Price Slashed, New Bands Unveiled

At its ‘Let Us Loop You In’ event in Cupertino, San Francisco, Apple announced that it is making it cheaper to purchase the Apple Watch.

The company’s first wearable now starts at $299 (roughly Rs. 20,500), down from $349 (roughly Rs. 23,200) Apple also unveiled new bands for the Apple Watch.

As expected, Apple isn’t launching a new Apple Watch, that is expected to come later this year. The company, however, has new bands for your Apple Watch.

There are a number of new Apple Watch Sport Bands and Leather Bands that come with new colours. Also new are Woven Nylon bands that feature a four-layer construction. They are priced at $49. Apple also introduced a Space-Black Milanese loop, which is priced at $199 – or $50 more than the Silver Milanese loop.

At the event, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that changing bands is a popular trend amongst Apple Watch users, and that about a third of them regularly changed their bands. He also claimed that the Apple Watch is the best selling smartwatch in the world.

To recall, the Apple Watch launched on April 24 in very select regions across the world. The company slowly widened availability, and brought the Apple Watch to India in November last year.