Cinema camera company RED announced its first smartphone, the Hydrogen One, at the end of last week, and it already looked like an outrageous smartphone. Coming in 2018 (possibly), with a modular, titanium body, 5.7-inch holographic display and $1,195 price tag, as well as what looks like some impressive grips, the new phone already had some rolling their eyes at the ridiculousness of it. Since then, some new patent design have emerged which adds even more crazy to the whole project. See also: RED announces titanium smartphone with holographic screen 4 days ago First off, it looks RED was mulling the idea of a modular system that would turn the phone into something more like a DSLR camera — and we’re not just talking about adding a new lens, here. The design depicts an entire front-to-back conversion with an additional viewfinder, grips, battery and all manner of mechanical buttons and dials. Taking things a step further is a pending patent design for an entire shoulder mounted cinema camera which, once again, would be powered by the RED Hydrogen One smartphone. This isn’t completely new territory for RED, at least as far as modularity is concerned, as it already sells expensive cameras which come without additional (and necessary) accessories, such as the battery or connecting cables. But the notion of building such tech around a smartphone is an interesting one. At this juncture, it’s difficult to imagine the advantage that a DSLR or cinema-quality camera powered by a smartphone would be. At least, not so long as it comes at the same size and costs as a non-smartphone powered product (which looks likely, given the patent images and RED’s typical prices). A camera developed solely for use as a camera, rather than one built of add-ons to a phone, would surely be […]

When you’re in the market for a feature-heavy phone with all of the trimmings, you can usually rely on LG‘s V series to deliver. Just look at the LG V20: QHD display? Check. Latest edition processor? Check. Dual-camera? Check. MicroSD card support? Removable battery? Android’s latest platform? Audio chops? The list goes on. What’s more impressive is that LG’s two prior V series devices, the V10 and V20, not only delivered on the specs front but also on innovation, bringing an additional “ticker” display into the mix for unique functionality. Despite their flaws, there’s much the Vs got right, which is why we’re eagerly anticipating the rumored successor, the LG V30. LG is yet to officially announce the handset but feasible speculation from various sources suggests it’s on its way, and possibly in the next two months. In this article, we’ve rounded up all the current LG V30 specs, price, and release date rumors to give you an idea of what you can expect when it launches. See also: What LG needs to do to make the V30 a success 3 weeks ago LG V30: release date The LG V30 is tipped to be unveiled on August 31, one day before the opening of IFA 2017 in Berlin which runs until September 6. This rumor was first picked up by The Investor (and then backed up again separately) and, at first glance, it seems unlikely — LG’s previous V series phones didn’t launch at IFA or indeed see an official release in Europe. However, if LG was to launch the V30 in Europe as it has been suggested, this would be the best time and place to do it ahead of MWC next February — and the company might be keen to get its new phone out there to take the shine off […]

Samsung launched its Bixby digital assistant software in an unfinished state. That’s not just our opinion — Samsung confirmed that the voice portion of the software wouldn’t be ready in time for its US launch. Naturally, some in the Android community thought Bixby’s dedicated launcher button, located on the side of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge, could be put to better use, so they found a way to remap it. For a while, this meant the Bixby button could be assigned to a much more useful function, like accessing your favorite wallpaper app, for example. Samsung since but the kibosh on that in an OTA update, restricting that app to the Bixby function that many didn’t want. Devs responded again to bring remapping back to the device for some weeks before news landed yesterday that an update for T-Mobile customers in the US had once again restricted it. This means anyone with the latest T-Mobile OTA can’t make use of previous workarounds for the Bixby software, such as utilizing the bxActions app, though non-T-Mobile subscribers with the June security updates reportedly still can. See also: Samsung’s botched Bixby rollout stopped me from buying the Galaxy S8 3 days ago But it’s not all bad news, as the bxActions developer Jawomo, who informed us of this news, said that it’s already investigating the matter and seeking a new solution. Same old story These kinds of stories aren’t uncommon in the world of technology, whether it’s publishers shutting down third-party mod development for games, or software companies restricting the use of certain apps or services on competing platforms. The problem is, this doesn’t address the underlying issue — Bixby isn’t very good. I can see why Samsung would be keen to force us to use Bixby in the hope we’ll fall in love with it and […]

At AAPicks we’re always extolling the virtues of VPNs, but some people really don’t care about security or anonymity. They just want to be able to get round geo-restrictions so they can watch their favorite online services. If this sounds like you, then Getflix might be your ideal alternative to a VPN. The thing about a VPN is, it’s either active or it’s not. If you’re streaming your favorite show on a VPN, you’re browsing on it as well. This might be nice and secretive, but if it’s a busy server then it’s your bandwidth which takes the hit. Why slow your browsing speed using a VPN when you could care less if people know what you’re doing? The rest of your traffic is completely unharnessed. Geflix is a new way. A compromise. They have 50 worldwide nodes through which you can stream Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon Prime, BBC, etc. so you can watch anywhere in the world. However, this is the only part of your bandwidth which is re-routed. The rest of your traffic is completely unharnessed, so you can enjoy whatever connection speed you would usually be rocking. Incidentally, if you have Getflix and then decide you need a VPN for a bit of secure business, that’s an option too. As part of your subscription you can get a free SmartVPN account to encrypt all your traffic with a 256Bit SSL encryption. Getflix usually has a subscription set-up, so to have it for years could end up costing you $100’s. However, for a very limited time you can get a lifetime subscription for just $35. There are very few VPN’s which could even come close to that sort of bargain. Start streaming straight away. Grab this offer before it expires by hitting the button below. check it out […]

The Moto G line has always been known as offering a pretty substantial set of specifications at a budget price, with more recent iterations of the device becoming some of the most beloved mid-ranged phones on the market. It seems the company has even more to share with us this month however, and is reportedly set to release three new phones at an event on the 25th, one being a version of the Moto G line we’ve never seen before.   Read moreMoto G5 Plus review The Moto G5S Plus is reportedly set to launch alongside a more standard sized “non-plus” variant, as well as the new Moto Z2 Force. The G5S Plus is set to be housed in a premium aluminium chassis, much more high quality than that of its standard G5 Plus brother. While much of the internals are set to remain unchanged with a Snapdragon 625, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage, the camera is what is really set to get a bump in performance. The new camera module is said to sport dual 13MP sensors on the back, and an 8MP camera on the face of the device. Lenovo is looking to use the dual camera technology to enable a blurred background effect such as those present in other devices like the OnePlus 5 and iPhone 7, which should be a pretty enticing sell for those deciding between the G5 Plus and G5S Plus. Read: Moto G5S – Everything we know so far We’ll know more regarding these devices later this month, but so far they seem pretty darn enticing for those looking to get a more premium design at a probably decently affordable price.

Traditional, non-touchscreen Chrome OS were very popular in the past, but partly due to the inclusion of Android app support, Google has slowly made its desktop operating system more touch-friendly over the years. That trend looks to continue with an updated look and feel that make Chrome OS more touch-friendly than before. See also: Would you use Google Assistant on your Chromebook? 2 weeks ago Based on the video, which was first spotted by Engadget and uploaded by Chromium evangelist François Beaufort, the redesigned desktop takes cues from Android by having the app launcher window at the bottom of the screen when you click on the Apps button. By comparison, clicking on the Apps button will pop open a window in the current version of Chrome OS. In the redesign, clicking on the Apps button also opens a search bar, which you can drag up to open the full app drawer. Alternatively, five “suggested apps” sit right below the search bar, so there is no need to open the app drawer if the app you want is there. The best part about the redesign is you do not have to wait to play around with it – it is live on Chrome OS’ canary channel. Even so, the software is incredibly buggy, so unless you live on the bleeding edge, it might be best to wait until Google irons out all of the kinks. What is promising about the update, though, is that Google looks to be interested in changing Chrome OS from an operating system designed around a keyboard and mouse to one that takes your fingers into account. It also means that manufacturers could eventually release new types of Chrome OS devices instead of the laptop/touchscreen hybrids that dominate the Chrome OS market today.

Multi-window mode is something that is incredibly useful for those who love to multitask, as it allows you to consume different kinds of content at the same time. With our phones getting larger and larger every year, the feature is becoming a lot more viable than it was back in the days of 4-inch screens. I remember first being able to do it on my LG G3, way before Google absorbed the feature and implemented it into Android 7.0 Nougat. While it may not be for everyone, many seem to love it, and it seems that OnePlus has changed how you do it just a bit in an attempt to make it easier to access.   Read moreOnePlus 5 speed test shows the difference 8 GB of RAM makes Using multi-window on the OnePlus 5 is actually quite simple. First, you’ve got to have the apps you want to split-screen in memory. This means you will have had to have used them but not closed them out, rather simply hit the home button and let them hang out in the background. Now, use the recents button to pull up all the apps you’ve got running back there. From here, long press on the first app you want to have on the top half of the screen. Not all apps will work with multi-window, but OnePlus will let you know if the app is compatible or not as soon as you long press on it. If it does, drag it up to the top, where you can drop it and the device will automatically scale it to be half the screen. Now, select the second app you want to use, and it will scale it to the bottom half. And that’s it! Fortunately OnePlus has made it incredibly easy to access […]

Unveiled in April last year, the Amazon Alexa-powered CoWatch has now been rebranded as the iMCO Watch, and is now available in India via Yerha.com. The iMCO Watch brings Alexa’s voice-based assistant functionality like asking for weather, controlling your smart home, looking up information on the Wen, or ordering stuff online. The iMCO Watch sports a 400 x 400 pixel AMOLED display and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of inbuilt storage. It boasts of accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer as well as a heart sensor. The smartwatch is made entirely of stainless steel apart from the ceramic ring, and is dust and water resistant. You can activate Alexa by pressing down the crown button or by tapping the Alexa icon on the display. There’s no voice-activation like Echo devices though. iMCO Watch runs on Cronologics OS, company’s own Android-based operating system. While it is compatible with both Android and iOS, all computing on Cronologics happens either on the watch or on the cloud, so the watch is not necessarily reliant on the smartphone to work. Available in two color variants – Mineral Silver and Carbon Black – the iMCO Watch is available for ₹14,990 ($232) from Yerha, the homegrown e-commerce startup in India.

From adding offline support to launching a live TV option, Hulu is not messing around when it comes to video streaming. That trend continues with the addition of HBO and Cinemax to Hulu’s growing list of partners. The best part about the announcement is it does not matter which Hulu subscription plan you have – Cinemax and HBO are $9.99 and $14.99 per month add-ons, respectively. Regardless of the add-on, Hulu subscribers will have access to its live and on-demand libraries. As a nice bonus, those who pay for the HBO add-on can use their Hulu credentials to log into the HBO Now app. See also: YouTube’s mobile app will soon adapt any videos to fill the screen 2 weeks ago A bit of fine print regarding the announcement is you can only watch HBO and Cinemax on devices where Hulu’s updated user experience is available. That list includes Android, iOS, Apple TV, and Xbox One, though it will hopefully expand a bit over time. Another hitch is not every one of HBO’s and Cinemax’s channels are available out the gate. Over the next few weeks, the likes of HBO 2, HBO Family, HBO Latino, HBO Comedy, HBO Signature HD, HBO Zone, MoreMAX HD, ActionMAX HD, ThrillerMAX HD, MovieMAX HD, 5StarMax HD, and OuterMAX HD will be added. For now, you can access content from the main HBO and Cinemax services. Even though Hulu has plenty to be happy about with this announcement, the real winner might be HBO, which you can now subscribe to through several different outlets apart from a cable package. That number is expected to increase over time, which helps place HBO in an enviable and lucrative position. Get it from Google Play

Most serious photographers have DSLR cameras. They’re the current gold standard in photography. You can get buy various cameras and lenses. It can be expensive, but worth it. However, you can expand the experience even further using apps. There aren’t a bunch of really good options, but what’s there isn’t too bad. Here are the best DSLR apps for Android! Here are some other camera apps you might find useful!   5 best Canon apps for Android 2 days ago   15 best camera apps for Android September 1, 2016 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Price: Free / Optional subscription DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY One of the best tools for a photographer is a good photo editor app. Adobe Lightroom is among the best. The mobile version has a lot of the same features as the desktop version. That includes support for RAW photos, the ability to easily revert back to the original if needed, and more. You can also send the files to your desktop version if needed. Most of the features in the app are free. However, you can get more features if you’re an existing Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber. It’s pretty good for serious photography. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Camera Connect and Control Price: Free / Up to $5.99 DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Camera Connect and Control is one of several DSLR apps that let you control your camera. It supports a variety of cameras from Nikon, Canon, Sony, and GoPro. You can connect over WiFi or USB (depending on your camera). The app also lets you load your images to your phone. It also supports tethered shooting. There are some additional features for those who buy the pro versions. The lite pro version removes ads and gives you access to EXIF data. The full pro version gives you […]

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