Wileyfox launches new Spark range, cheap phones and incremental improvements

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Wileyfox are known – or rather, unknown – for their cheap, but well-specced smartphones. The Swift and Storm launched last year to generally good reviews, praising the affordability, performance, and design of the two phones, while criticising cameras and the occasional build quality issue. Today, the British company is announcing a range of phones, named Spark, Spark +, and Spark X.

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Report says Google will release non-Nexus phone this year

Google to step up smartphone wars with release of own handset

Google is planning a shake-up of the smartphone market by releasing its own handset, a move that would tighten its grip on mobile software and see it compete directly with the iPhone.

The technology giant is in discussions with mobile operators about releasing a Google-branded phone that will extend the company’s move into hardware, sources familiar with the discussions told The Telegraph.

Google already develops the Android operating system that runs on four in five smartphones sold around the world, and endorses a range of phones made by partners such as LG and Huawei under the Google Nexus brand. But unlike Apple, it leaves manufacturing to other companies such as Samsung, with the company concentrating on developing the free software that runs on its phones.

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Former NFL coach, defensive guru Buddy Ryan dies at age 82

Former NFL head coach and influential defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan died Tuesday.

Defensive coach Buddy Ryan celebrates after the Super Bowl XX game against the New England Patriots

Former NFL head coach and influential defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan died Tuesday. He was 82.

Ryan, who was outspoken and coached in the NFL for 26 seasons, was known for building some of football’s top defenses with a relentlessness that focused on creating havoc on the field.

Bernie Sanders: “It Doesn’t Appear I’m Going To Be The Nominee”

Bernie Sanders: “It Doesn’t Appear I’m Going To Be The Nominee”

Bernie Sanders has admitted his campaign has lost to front runner Hillary Clinton in a C-SPAN interview today [June 22]. Senator Sanders stated, “It doesn’t appear that I’m going to be the nominee.” He also added he had a meeting with Hillary Clinton in recent weeks and it was “very good.” The Senator continued with the following statement:

“Well, you know it’s hard to say, it doesn’t appear that I’m gonna be the nominee, so I’m not gonna be determining the scope of the convention,” admitted the Vermont senator, two weeks after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was projected to be the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee.

It’s the closest Sanders has come to conceding the prolonged Democratic primary race to his opponent.

Netflix orders up ‘Punisher’ series, more pain and vengeance

Marvel’s Punisher is rising from guest-star status and taking a lead role in his own Netflix series.

Marvel's Punisher

Actor Jon Bernthal’s tortured vision for Marvel’s Punisher anti-hero captured a lot of audience love in the second season of “Daredevil” on Netflix. Soon he will get top billing in a streaming series of his very own as Netflix announced Friday it is creating “Marvel’s The Punisher” as a standalone show.

Entertainment Weekly first reported the news. Netflix confirmed the move on its Facebook page with this message: “Target acquired. Marvel’s The Punisher returns to Netflix.” The post included a teaser that ends with Punisher saying, “Pain time.” We already know to expect a fair amount of pain infliction in the upcoming series.

“The Punisher” will join a long list of Marvel-related Netflix shows, including “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and the upcoming “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage.” As with Punisher, Luke Cage started out as a guest star on “Jessica Jones,” but his standalone series will debut this fall. Netflix has not announced a release date for “The Punisher.”

Nexus 5X release date, news and features

Nexus 5X release date, news and features

Nexus 5X

Google has announced the Nexus 5X, its smaller, LG-designed Android phone with a one-hand-friendly display and much better camera.

For those non-giants out there who literally can’t handle the Nexus 6P, the Nexus 5X dimensions are 147 x 72.6 x 7.9mm and weighs just 136g. It sports a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD display that you can actually hold and use without resorting to two hands.

  • What is it? Google’s smaller Android flagship phone
  • When is it out? Ships this October
  • What will it cost? $379 for the 16GB model, $429 for the 32GB option

    New design, new camera

    The most exciting part of the Nexus 5X might be the camera. It has the best camera Google has ever put into a Nexus device thanks to its 1.55 micron pixels. Sure, it’s just 12.3MP, which at first seems like a low number compared to its Android rivals. However, the Nexus 5X’s extra microns allow it to capture extra light for superior low-light photos. That’s important for all indoor photos.

    This rear ultrapixels-like camera has a f/2.0 aperture, IR laser-assisted autofocus and shoots 4K video at 30 frames per second. The front-facing camera is 5MP with the normal 1.4 microns and the same f/2.0 aperture.

    While the camera is different, the internal specs don’t stray too far from the LG G4. After all, LG is behind this smartphone design. It has the same Snapdragon 808 processor with a 1.8GHz hexa-core CPU and Adreno 418 GPU. However, there’s 2GB of RAM here instead of the LG G4’s 3GB.

    The Nexus 5X fast charges via USB-C in half the time it takes to rejuice an iPhone. In fact, Google says that 10 minutes of charging the new phone can get you nearly four hours of battery life.

    More iPhone-rivaling specs are part of the new Nexus 5X, including the Android Sensor Hub, which seems to be an activity recognition chip to challenge the Apple’s motion processor.

    Talking about the Nexus 5X imprint sensor, Google says it unlocks in less than 600 milliseconds and has a “incredibly low false reject rate.” It gets better over time with each use, too. The company is betting heavily on Android Pay, where Apple Pay have cornered the digital wallet market.

    Release date and price

    Google says that you can buy the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P through the Google Store starting today via a pre-order in the US, UK, Ireland and Japan, with more countries coming in the coming weeks. It’ll partner with leading retailers and partners in other countries.

    The confirmed Nexus 5X price will be $379, with a 90-day Google Play Music and, in the US at least, a $50 Play credit with all pre-orders. In addition to the normal manufacturer warranty, it’ll tack on an extra year. If something does happen to your phone, you can get a new holdover device as early as the next business day. It’ll be $69 for this Nexus 5X service. Want to save more money? The phone will support Google’s Project Fi service, too.

    In the UK, the Nexus 5X starts at £339 for the 16GB version and the 32GB costs £379.

    Source @ Tech Radar