ZTE partners with Knicks, Rockets, and Warriors as official smartphone sponsor

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On Tuesday, the National Basketball League will start its season and one of the teams playing in the evening’s doubleheader has a new sponsor. The Houston Rockets, along with the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors, have each partnered with ZTE. The Chinese telecommunications company is the official smartphone sponsor for those three teams. The sponsorship entails involvement in local communities with each team and its charities.

This is just adds to the plethora of NBA sponsors, past and present, from the wireless industry. For the entire league, companies like Samsung and Sprint are sponsors. On a team-by-team basis, just about everyone has a sponsorship somewhere.


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James Franco Uses Droid Turbo in Confusing YouTube Ad

droid-turbo-redThe Droid Turbo is shaping up to be one of the most exciting devices of 2014, and it’s already causing quite the stir. In a video/advertisement released on YouTube today, actor James Franco is seen riding his bike around on a street and disappearing, only to snap some photos with his Droid Turbo of the people filming him. It seems the ad is showing how fast the Turbo is, but it’s still a little tough to follow. So go ahead and watch it once… or twice:


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New contender for world’s thinnest smartphone surfaces from Vivo

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Industry watchers who pay attention to super-thin smartphones, and notably the record for world’s thinnest smartphone, know that Gionee has managed to hold the title for a while now. The current record holder is the Gionee Elfie S5.5 that measures only 5.5mm thick. A couple months ago rumors surfaced that Gionee was working on a successor, the G9005, that would bring the thickness down to only 4.9mm. Some new images posted to Weibo suggest Gionee may have some competition from Vivo in the near future.
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Samsung Galaxy A7 makes appearance on benchmark site

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We have seen a few leaks surface for the Samsung Galaxy A7, but the latest appearance on the GFXBench benchmark site may provide some of the best information yet regarding the device. Unfortunately, one datapoint throws some confusion into the mix. Previous leaks showed the Galaxy A7 having a 5.5-inch screen. However, the entry in the GFXBench database lists the device as having a 5.2-inch display. We will have to wait to see what the final size it. Despite that bit of uncertainty, the rest of the specs look to be solid.
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ASUS MeMO Pad 10 officially released

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ASUS has officially launched a new 10-inch tablet device carrying a $199 price tag. The ASUS MeMO Pad 10 is on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to hardware. The device has a 10.1-inch display running at 1280 x 800 resolution, yielding 149ppi. Powering that display is a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with a 1.5GHz gpu and 1GB of RAM.
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LG G Pad 10.1 shows up at FCC with LTE connection for Verizon

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In time for the holiday season, Verizon is bolstering its tablet lineup. The G Pad 10.1 recently appeared at the FCC seeking approval. It just is not a WiFi-only variant of the LG tablet, though. This is a version of the G Pad 10.1 that has an LTE connection. Verizon and LG have not said anything about this device at this time.

Even with an LTE connection, the G Pad 10.1 is expected to be affordable. The specifications are not cutting edge; however, they are perfectly suitable for many consumers. The display’s resolution is 1280×800. The processor is a Snapdragon 400 with 1GB of RAM. The camera on the back is 5MP and up front is a 1.3MP camera. Nothing too crazy on this device.

Source: FCC
Via: G 4 Games

Amazon goes after Chromecast and Roku with Fire TV Stick

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With the holidays approaching, Amazon is adding yet another media streaming device to their lineup. This one goes after Google’s Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick. It’s the Fire TV Stick, and it’s going for $39. A little more than the Chromecast, but it also includes a remote control.

The Fire TV stick is basically the same Fire TV product that is offered in the set-top box, but in a smaller package and without the games. The stick goes right into your HDMI port, and you can control it via the included remote control or fling content from Fire tablets or if you’re one of the very few people who own a Fire Phone. So you will be able to enjoy all the same content such as Prime Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, and so much more.


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