LeEco cuts ribbon on new U.S. headquarters facility in Silicon Valley

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In recent years the smartphone market has seen several Chinese manufacturers rise to prominence along with a corresponding increase in name recognition. No doubt, company names like Huawei and Xiaomi are now fairly well-known. One that many people may not be so familiar with is LeEco, but you may want to pay attention to the company. Formerly known as LeTV, the rebranded company is moving quickly into a variety of tech related markets, including smartphones, and is now opening a U.S.-based headquarters facility. Read more

Home button scratches reveal chink in the armor of Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge devices

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After years of complaints from buyers that Samsung needed to step things up in their competition with Apple by incorporating a more premium construction, the company finally made the change to metal and glass construction for their smartphones. The use of these materials seems to invoke a better sense of using a high end device on the part of users. Another benefit one would expect is a reduction in the propensity for devices to suffer from “wear and tear” since metal and glass are less prone to damage than what plastic or other materials may suffer. However, new reports indicate Samsung may have missed a beat with their latest devices as the home buttons, which double as fingerprint scanners, appear to be prone to scratching. Read more

YouTube plans changes to Content ID to keep money flowing during disputes

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Earlier this year, YouTube started to take significant flak in the form of a protest called “Where’s The Fair Use?” The movement started in response to what critics say is a broken copyright challenge system implemented by YouTube called Content ID that fails to recognize legitimate uses of copyright material. YouTube finally acknowledged that they indeed had a problem on their hands and promised to work on addressing the issues. A new step has been taken in that process with YouTube’s announcement that they are going to modify their systems so that revenues will continue to accrue while videos are in the dispute process. Read more

NFL Sunday Ticket will allow online streaming for all customers in 2016

nfl_football_tuneinGreat news for NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers! AT&T has announced that they’re dropping the extra requirements for online streaming of games with all Sunday Ticket purchases for the 2016 season.

Previously you’d have to pay extra and upgrade to Sunday Ticket MAX for the ability to stream games to connected devices, but now that’s available to all customers. Read more

The New York Times and Google Cardboard partner for another batch of device shipments

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Last fall The New York Times and Google partnered to distribute Google Cardboard virtual reality viewers to subscribers so they could view a new virtual reality film called The Displaced. With a new title – Seeking Pluto’s Frigid Heart – ready to rollout on The New York Times web site and with the success of the previous partnership, the company decided to take another go at distributing Cardboard devices. 300,000 devices will be distributed to the NYT’s “most loyal digital subscribers.” Read more

Osterloh surfaces in new leadership role with Google

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In the continuing moves by Lenovo to shed the Motorola name from their branding portfolio, we saw the company part ways with president Rick Osterloh last month. Fans of the former president of Motorola will be pleased by news that Google brought Osterloh back into the fold to head up a new division managing hardware lines. Read more