OnePlus giving out 5000 invites in a “Blizzard of Invites”

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OnePlus has officially announced their bamboo style cover, and to celebrate, they’re running a “Blizzard of Invites” contest to give away 5,000 invites for people to get their hands on a OnePlus One. In addition to the 5,000 invites, 10 winners are also going to be getting a free bamboo style cover for their new device. For the rest of us, the new style cover will be begin shipping at the end of August.

To enter, you simply need to head over to the OnePlus forum page, follow a registration link with either an email address or your Facebook account, and sign up. Pretty simple. The contest will run for 24 hours, and winners will be announced within three days of the end of the contest. If you’re interested, hit the link below.

source: OnePlus

Kyocera Hydro Life coming to T-Mobile’s network later this year

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Later this year, T-Mobile will be adding the Kyocera Hydro Life to its phone lineup. No exact word on specs, but since it’s in the Kyocera Hydro line, it’s probably going to have some type of waterproofing or water resistance. Typically, Kyocera doesn’t launch many high-end phones on US carriers, but there’s always a chance this one could surprise us.

If you’ve been looking for a durable device on T-Mobile’s network but don’t want to shell out the big bucks for a Galaxy S 5, keep an eye out for the Hydro Life. We’ll keep you updated as we find out more.

source: evleaks

AT&T LG G3 only supports PMA wireless charging, no Qi charging available

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AT&T’s LG G3 does support wireless charging, but if you’ve invested in any Qi charging mats, don’t expect them to work. The AT&T version of the device will only work with PMA (Power Matters Alliance) charging pads, which includes offerings from Duracell and a few other companies. AT&T has pretty publicly tried to support PMA charging instead of Qi, so this move makes sense for the company, even though it’s not great for customers. » Read the rest

Samsung will launch an LTE-capable Galaxy S 5 in India later this year

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In India, Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 has lacked any type of LTE support, primarily because of Samsung using their in-house Exynos processors in the device instead of Qualcomm’s LTE-capable Snapdragon chips. While other manufacturers have launched smartphones that support India’s relatively small LTE market, Samsung has lagged behind the competition. That might change by the end of the year, however. » Read the rest

Google working on fixing laptop battery drain bug in Chrome

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A recently uncovered bug in Chrome showed that Google’s browser was unnecessarily using too much battery on laptop computers due to the way Chrome handled PC processors when it was idling. Chrome sets the processor tick rate at 1 millisecond, even when it’s just sitting in the background not doing anything, which can cause up to an extra 25% battery drain on some hardware. Other browsers, like Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, keep the CPU tick rate at the default 15.625 milliseconds when it isn’t doing intensive tasks. » Read the rest

NVIDIA will announce the Shield Tablet on July 22nd alongside a wireless controller

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We know an NVIDIA Shield tablet is on the way, and it looks like it’ll be announced sooner rather than later. A set of leaked images and information points towards the gaming tablet being announced on July 22nd in time for a late summer/early fall rollout to consumers.

According to the images, the Shield Tablet will indeed be a powerful tablet paired with a wireless controller instead of the all-in-one package we got with the original Shield device. The tablet sports an NVIDIA K1 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 1920 x 1200 8-inch screen, and a 5 megapixel front-facing cam. The 16 GB model with WiFi only will run $299, and the 32 GB, LTE-enabled version will cost $399. Either option should be more than capable of handling even the most demanding games available on Android. » Read the rest

Game of Thrones Ascent now available on Google Play

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If you’re a fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones, you’ll want to check out Game of Thrones Ascent, a new mobile game that ties into the world of the show. The game, which has been previously available on the web and iOS, already has 4.5 million players, so it’s fairly popular already.

The app puts you in an immersive world full of thousands of quests and dozens of adventures, where you can create your own identity to interact with other players and characters from the Game of Thrones universe. The storylines and quests also update as the show goes on, so it creates a nice second-screen experience if you keep up with the shower weekly. » Read the rest

LG’s G3 Beat will go on sale July 18th in South Korea

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LG has finally announced some details about when and where you’ll be able to get your hands on the G3 Beat. The budget device will be released in South Korea on July 18th with a global rollout to many European countries over the next few weeks.Pricing will be announced in individual markets when it becomes available.

As a reminder, the G3 Beat sports a 5-inch, 720p display, a Snapdragon 400 CPU, 8 GB of internal storage and an 8 megapixel rear shooter. It has many of the great design features of the bigger G3, including the Floating Arc design of the device and laser auto-focus for the camera, LG’s Smart Keyboard and QuickMemo+, and the UX from the G3.

As far as budget devices go, this one definitely looks like a solid contender, especially if you like some of the things LG does on their high-end devices.

source: LG Newsroom

LTE-A Galaxy S 5′s 2k screen gets reviewed, shows improvement over current models

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Last year, we saw Samsung release a slightly tuned-up version of the Galaxy S 4, complete with LTE-A support. The same thing happened this year, with the GS5 Broadband LTE-A getting released in South Korea with a Snapdragon 805, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage, all slightly better than what comes with the standard Galaxy S 5. The most important difference, however, is the 2k screen that comes with the LTE-A version of the device. » Read the rest

Samsung already losing market share ahead of iPhone 6 launch

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After a weak Q2 profit, Samsung just keeps getting hit with bad news. In May of this year, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S 5 sold about 5 million phones, which isn’t a terrible number. However, Apple’s iPhone 5S managed to sell 7 million, and it’s a device that’s been on shelves for almost a year. The Galaxy S 4 managed to move about 7 million per month when it launched last year, for reference. Samsung reported that losing market share in the low end was what really hurt their profits, but it looks like they’re struggling to keep up in the high end, too. » Read the rest