Samsung modifies Gear VR hardware to make it run cooler

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When the Gear VR arrives in the United States next month, owners will not have to worry about it producing excessive heat. Developers and consumers both reported that the headset was getting very hot when used for more than twenty minutes. The company modified the hardware so that the Gear VR runs at a lower temperature. Andrew Dickerson, Samsung’s director of software development in Dallas, clarified by saying “We turned the cores back to a more reasonable level.” People reporting the overheating issues had been using older units. However, the hardware modification does sacrifice performance for developers. Samsung claims it has picked up improvements in other areas to counter the change.

Via: Re/code

Sony Xperia Z4, Z4 Compact, Z4 Ultra, and Z4 Tablet information surfaces

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Sony is the first company to announce it is holding an event at CES 2015. There, it is expected that new devices will be introduced to the Xperia line. To be exact, new phones and a tablet are going to be unveiled. Sony could be opting with CES 2015 for announcements as it allows the company to get ahead of everyone else doing so at Mobile World Congress in February. You will not have to wait until January, though, to find out what Sony has up its sleeve. Why? Because someone decided to spill the beans on the Xperia Z4, Z4 Compact, Z4 Ultra, and Z4 Tablet.

Hit the break to find out what is to come from Sony next year.


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HTC One M8 and M7 Google Play edition set to get Lollipop update next week

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Mo Versi, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, has today tweeted that the Taiwanese company is preparing to roll out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all Google Play edition models of the One M8 and M7 located in the United States as soon as next week.

All the changes you’d expect from Lollipop are bundled into this update, including the recently-announced Material Design guidelines, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and support for multiple user accounts. HTC has also revamped a handful of its own, stock applications.

Hit the break for the full changelog.


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Samsung details the selling points of the Galaxy Note Edge’s side screen

galaxy note edge flip case'Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge is a weird device. The curved screen on the side of the device definitely puts a unique spin on a smartphone, but some people might be put off by how unorthodox the screen is. Samsung knows that, so they’ve released a brief article going over some of the finer details of the Edge’s screen to try and sway buyers that might be on the fence about it.
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How to manage which folders are automatically backed up to Google’s Photos app cloud storage

google photo backupOne of the best features of Google+ is the streamlined photo backup service that’s baked right into the social media app. Once it’s turned on, it keeps all of the photos on your device backed up to cloud storage on your Google account so you can easily access the photos and never have to worry about losing them in case something happens to your phone or tablet.

The backup service is great, but sometimes you may not want Google backing up every photo on your device, especially the stuff in your downloads or screenshot folder. Fortunately, there’s a way to control exactly which folders do and don’t get backed up, even if it’s not completely obvious to find. 
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Helium Backup gets a Chrome app

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Helium Backup is probably the best way to back up your app data on your Android phone or tablet, especially if you’re not rooted, which is the majority of you. We featured it in our best ways to back up apps guide, but back then it was called Carbon.

The only issue with the app itself is that you need to initiate it through your desktop with a Windows application, then the mobile app will do the rest. That’s not the developer Koushik Dutta’s fault. It’s just how Android works in that it needs adb in order to save these backups, and the desktop app just streamlines it for you. Things are still the same, but if you’re a Chrome user, you can grab the Chrome app instead of using Windows. What makes this interesting is that you can now use a Chromebook since the Chrome OS now supports the connection of Android devices via the USB port. Of course you can still use the Chrome app on your Windows or Mac computer.


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Get a free Google Cardboard thanks to Volvo

cardboardAt Google I/O, Google showed off Google Cardboard or a cheap/poor person’s VR set and while everyone who went to Google I/O was able to get their hands on one, the rest of us were left out in the cold. That was until you could buy your own third-party virtual reality set if you didn’t want to do it yourself. Well for those who didn’t want to use either of those routes, you now have a chance of getting your own free Google Cardboard.


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LG G Watch R coming to T-Mobile Nov. 19

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Those who have been wanting to get their hands on the LG G Watch R will be happy to know that T-Mobile is planning to carry the new Android Wear device at select T-Mobile stores. Starting on Wednesday, Nov. 19, the G Watch R will go for $299.99. The watch sports a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 under a 1.3-inch P-OLED display with 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM. That said, T-Mobile users are only a few days away from being able to purchase the G Watch R. We have the presser for you after the break.


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