Amazon begins experiment with ad-supported video series

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Amazon debuted season three of “The Fashion Fund” slated for a 10-episode run that introduces some new wrinkles to the retailer’s on-line streaming offerings. To watch the series, viewers do not need to be an Amazon Prime member, but they do need to sit through the advertising that is included in each episode. This is quite different from Amazon’s normal ad-free videos available through Prime and has some wondering what Amazon may be planning. Read more

[Deal] The Chromecast Audio is just £15 for a limited time

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A few months have passed since Google launched the Chromecast Audio, a device that plugs into a speaker via its 3.5mm audio jack and allows you to stream your favourite music via WiFi, with support for 24bit audio. There probably isn’t an easier or cheaper method of bringing new life to old speakers than the Chromecast Audio and it really is a simple device to use, as Doug explains in his review. If you live in the UK and don’t have a Chromecast Audio just yet, you may be interested to find out that the device is currently on offer for just £15. Join us after the break for more details. Read more

Zagg launches range of InvisibleShield Screen Protectors for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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When it comes to smartphones, the display panel is possibly the easiest part to break, so naturally it can also be one of the costliest things to fix. You can bet that replacing the display on either the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge won’t be a cheap venture, which makes the news that accessory maker, Zagg, has announced a range of InvisibleShield screen protectors for Samsung’s latest and greatest handsets quite welcome.  Read more

Mastercard to roll out selfie and fingerprint ID verification system for online payments later this year

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Over at MWC 2016, it isn’t all just about the latest smartphones and smart gadgets, we also have Mastercard announcing that the credit card company will begin accepting selfie images and fingerprints as proof of identity when making online payments. The move comes after the company trialled the technology in The Netherlands and the U.S. in 2015. Read more

Sony’s Xperia XA and X are now available to pre-order in Europe

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Sony announced its new X series of smartphones at MWC 2016 yesterday that consisted of three 5-inch handsets with a varying level of specification. While the Xperia X Performance has Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 820 processor providing the grunt, the Xperia X carries a Snapdragon 650 chip, with the Xperia XA making do with a MediaTek MT6755 octa-core processor. Sony’s new range may only be officially launching in the summer, but the Xperia X and XA handsets are already available to pre-order from Amazon (Germany). Read more

Carriers, retailers to start selling the Samsung Galaxy S7 on March 11

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Finally, Samsung has officially introduced the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to the world. Now millions of people are wondering when and where they can get Samsung’s new flagship. So carriers and retailers have moved quickly to share availability details in hope of converting buzz to sales. Everyone from the biggest carriers to retailers like Best Buy and Walmart plan to offer the phones to customers in-store and online next month.

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will be up for pre-order on February 23 before actually being sold starting March 11.

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Carriers and retailers sign on to offer the LG G5

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Various products were launched by LG earlier today at the company’s MWC 2016 event. Announcements included the LG G5, LG Cam Plus and LG Hi-Fi Plus modules, LG 360 VR and LG 360 Cam, and Rolling Bot. So a lot of shiny new things are coming from LG later this year that you want to get your hands on. Although the company didn’t explicitly state pricing and release dates, carriers and retailers have already started saying when you should be able to buy any of the aforementioned devices.

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Galaxy S7 Edge retail packaging leaks ahead of launch event

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Just because today is the official launch day for Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for yet another leak. While we’ve previously seen renders, images of the actual handsets, and had sources talk about how Samsung has cleaned up TouchWiz for its latest flagships, now we have leaked images of the retail packaging for the S7 Edge that also confirms a couple of specifications. Read more

Three UK announce plans to block ‘excessive and irrelevant’ mobile ads on its network

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Talking about advertisements often results in polarizing opinions. While many of us like using free services such as Google’s services, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, or even technology blogs such as TalkAndroid ,without being subjected to a pay wall, the ads that pay for such services and websites are often intrusive and annoying. The UK carrier, Three, has decided to tackle the issue by implementing a network-based block on “excessive and irrelevant mobile ads”Read more