Samsung has concluded their Unwrapped event to open their MWC 2016 activities this week. Of course the headline of the event was the release of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. However, viewers may have noted that a large bulk of of the event was spent on virtual reality, including the announcement of the new Gear 360 for capturing VR content. Samsung closed things out by bringing none other than Facebook’s own Mark Zuckerberg onstage to talk about how the social media giant is working with Samsung and expanding their own support for virtual reality. Read more
With the growth in virtual reality devices and the desire to put viewers in the middle of a scene, we are seeing companies spending some time producing devices designed to make it easier to capture content. Samsung is a part of that movement with the launch of the new Samsung Gear 360. Read more
One of the companion devices that LG announced alongside the G5 today is the Rolling Bot, which really seems more like something you’d see from a toy company, not a major electronics manufacturer like LG. Either way, the device has some pretty nifty features baked in, and it can even take care of your pets while you’re away. Sort of. Read more
As word leaked out over the past few weeks about LG designing their new flagship smartphone, the LG G5, to give users the premium build of an all metal body with the convenience of a swappable battery, we also heard the word “module” tossed around a bit. At their press event this morning, LG revealed the first two modules – the LG CAM Plus and the LG Hi-Fi Plus – and showed a little bit of how these new modules will work. Read more
On Tuesday at MWC 2016, OPPO will be holding a press conference during which they say they will “Wow the world!” We do not know what OPPO may announce, but sources are indicating OPPO is poised to unveil a new wireless charging technology. Read more
Some of you may remember Plastc Card. It is a card that is designed to replace all of your credit cards and received over $5.2 million worldwide in pre-orders. They even had a Black Friday offer back in 2014 to get one for $0 until it ships, however, nothing has really happened since. Read more
Karma has cut speeds and angered users with data caps, and now decided to kill the Neverstop plan altogether. However, they are introducing a new plan called Pulse, it is a non throttled high-bandwidth plan.
I’ve backed projects on Kickstarter multiple times, but never anything major or lavish that I had to really think about. It’s just because I get a little thrill out of contributing assistance to the people behind these projects, brilliant men and women wanting to take their idea from just that, an idea, to a real product offered to consumers around the world. We’ve seen great success come out of Kickstarter, and some of those successes have even been able to spawn successor. There’s a lot of good to Kickstarter, but there’s also a lot of bad to Kickstarter. Deciding to become a backer to large projects with massive campaigns is risky because of the unknown. Backers could end up losing out on their money because, once a a campaign meets its goal, the funds are secured in the creator’s account. Where’s the thrill in that? Backers can build up hope to receive an ambitious, unique product only to be left without any reward along with a weaker bank account.
Always Right Cord is a project which launched on Kickstarter on September 21, 2015. The project debuted with the purpose to create a cable that has reversible USB 2.0 and micro-USB connectors so you could simply connect your devices without worrying about connecting them into ports in any specific way. This may sound familiar because it’s part of the USB Type-C hype, but many people aren’t ready to switch to that technology. Always Right Cord’s creator, a vague profile known as Always Right, set the Kickstarter campaign’s goal at $5,000. Guess what? The goal was met the following day and proceeded to generate almost $32,000 because of 1,123 backers believing in the project.
Backers could have received their Always Right Cord in November, but it’s now February and not a single backer has received one. Delays are acceptable as long as there’s transparency, something the people behind Always Right Cord have failed to provide numerous times.
Motorola is mostly known for making phones, but they do make other products too. They have just announced a bunch of new wearables under their VerveLife brand. The products will also be on display at MWC 2016, and range from wireless headphones all the way to dog trackers.
The launch of the LG G5 is fast-approaching, but no one cares to stop sharing information about the upcoming flagship. Who says we’ve had enough, right? It gives us all more to think about and discuss. One of the earliest G5 rumors pointed to the phone having a modular design which would enable components like the battery to be swapped with ease. Modular designs are not necessarily new — take a look at Project Ara — but they are still a rarity. Having a modular design would finally give LG something to truly differentiate its flagship from Samsung’s offering. But not much has been said about the G5’s modular design in recent weeks, leaving many to believe the company would not being going forward with the it. Today, though, hope was born and the modular design was basically confirmed.
Evan Blass is spilling a big secret that will be revealed on February 21 at LG’s MWC 2016 event.