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Nvidia forced to recall 88,000 Shield Tablets due to battery fire hazard

Nvidia forced to recall 88,000 Shield Tablets due to battery fire hazard

Nvidia Corp is instituting a recall tens of thousands of its Android-based Shield Tablets due to concerns that the device's batteries could pose a serious fire hazard. According to a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Nvidia has received reports of at least four cases where the batteries in the Shield Tablet overheated, damaging the device and, in two of the reports, the floor below it. Both the CPSC and Nvidia warn consumers to stop using the tablets immediately until a replacement can be obtained. The recall affects 88,000 devices that were sold in the U.S. and Canada between July 2014 and July... more »
New Apple TV coming in September as Apple delays subscription TV service to 2016

New Apple TV coming in September as Apple delays subscription TV service to 2016

A new report published Friday suggests that Apple plans to unveil its revamped Apple TV in September alongside this year’s new iPhones and iOS 9. Apple initially intended to take the wraps of updated Apple TV hardware at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June but, as The New York Times reported, postponed its plans as the product was “not ready for prime time.” Instead, WWDC focused on iOS 9 and the launch of Apple Music. Following that move, it is perhaps no surprise that Apple now plans to debut the new Apple TV in September, as that is... more »
An updated list of the best Android developer tools for your amazing mobile game

An updated list of the best Android developer tools for your amazing mobile game

Developers seeking to develop games for Android are presented with a constellation of tools, SDKs, and APIs to assist them along the way. Below is not a definitive list, but should work as a starting point for anyone looking for what is currently available. In early 2015, SiliconANGLE published a similar list, and we’re now updating it because of recent news including rumors that the Nintendo NX would be Android-based (a rumor dispelled) and more recently that Android console set-top-box maker Ouya, Inc.’s assets were bought by peripherals company Razer Inc. GAME ENGINES A game engine provides the foundation to build a game... more »
Yahoo's new Livetext app lets you video chat in silence

Yahoo's new Livetext app lets you video chat in silence

Today, Yahoo Inc unveiled a new video chat app called Livetext that is a little unusual: It has no sound. Instead of talking, the app instead lets you communicate via text while still being able to stream a live video feed. "From courier mail, to the telephone, to text messaging - as humans, we have always searched for new, more convenient and more inventive ways to connect with others," Livetext's Google Play page says. "These interactions form the foundation of our identity and sense of the world. "The advent of smartphones led a shift towards convenience and speed. We've gone from communicating... more »
When Numerous meets IFTTT, you rule the world

When Numerous meets IFTTT, you rule the world

Numerous Inc. founder Charlie Wood expects his personal data dashboard to be the most powerful integrator of IFTTT Inc. (If This Then That) channels after today. Evolving beyond just a dashboard for tracking MisFit data, Nest temperatures and days left to the SpaceX launch, Numerous is actionizing its numbers-happy dashboard to trigger a series of automated occurrences. What’s interesting about Numerous’ integration with IFTTT is the way in which it’s utilizing user data as a two-way trigger, making it the “If” and the “That” of IFTTT’s programmable platform for connected devices and services. In doing so, Numerous is creating IFTTT inputs that... more »
Battle of the flagships continues: OnePlus 2 vs. Galaxy S6 edge+

Battle of the flagships continues: OnePlus 2 vs. Galaxy S6 edge+

OnePlus launched its “flagship killer”, the OnePlus 2 on Monday and we’ve already compared it to the iPhone 6 Plus. Since the OnePlus is an Android phone and aimed at the premium market, it will also compete with offerings from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., the other smartphone heavyweight. Samsung has seen unexpected success with its Galaxy S6 edge and are hoping to capitalize on that momentum by launching a larger-screen version, the Galaxy S6 edge+, next month. Below we compare the two new entrants into the “flagship” and “phablet” space. OnePlus 2 vs. Galaxy S6 edge+: Design OnePlus 2:  Sporting an aluminum-magnesium alloy frame and... more »
Apple, Samsung lose tablet market share in Q2 as LG, Huawei capitalize despite shrinking market

Apple, Samsung lose tablet market share in Q2 as LG, Huawei capitalize despite shrinking market

Despite iPad sales falling to a four-year low in the quarter ended June 30 with just 10.9 million units shipped, Apple managed to hold on to the top spot as the worldwide tablet market leader. According the latest data from the International Data Corporation (IDC), Apple claimed a 24.5 percent share of worldwide tablet shipments during the second quarter (Q2) of 2015, down from 27.7 percent a year ago. (via 9to5Mac) Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. claimed the number two spot with 7.7 million units shipped – 1 million fewer than the same period last year – for a 17 percent share... more »
Samsung Q2 mobile profits tumble 37.6% amid weak demand for Galaxy S6

Samsung Q2 mobile profits tumble 37.6% amid weak demand for Galaxy S6

In its second quarter (Q2) earnings announcement Thursday, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said net profit for the quarter declined 8 percent over the same period last year. The decline in net profit is largely due to lower than expected demand for Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone combined with continuing competition in China. The latest profit decline marks the fifth consecutive year-over-year slide as Samsung continues to cede market share and profit margins from mid-range smartphones to manufacturers from China and India. Samsung reported net income for the quarter ended June 30 of 5.75 trillion Korean won ($4.9 billion), down from 6.25 trillion... more »
Unpacked: Specs for Galaxy Note 5, S6 mini and more

Unpacked: Specs for Galaxy Note 5, S6 mini and more

Anticipation runs high for the upcoming Unpacked event, where smartphone makerSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is expected to unveil a range of new devices. Samsung’s web page reveals that the company has an Unpacked event scheduled for August 13, 2015, and you can watch the livestream at 11 a.m. EDT here. The landing page for the Unpacked event is quite dizzying, as it only features the time and date of the event and a bunch of horizontal lines that have a slight hump in the middle. Not really sure what those lines represent, but I’m assuming it has something to do with... more »
Battle of the flagships: OnePlus 2 vs. iPhone 6 Plus

Battle of the flagships: OnePlus 2 vs. iPhone 6 Plus

On Monday, OnePlus, the company behind last year’s OnePlus One, unveiled the new OnePlus 2, touting it as a “flagship killer.” Although the company is of the opinion that “a great product should make its users forget about specs,” many will still want to know how the OnePlus 2 stacks up against other flagships. With a 5.5-inch screen size, the OnePlus 2 is comfortably in phablet territory, therefore we compare it to that other flagship phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus, below. Design OnePlus 2: At the outset, the OnePlus 2’s looks really do impress with an aluminum-magnesium alloy frame and a soft Sandstone Black... more »
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