Samsung releases Galaxy J3 Emerge in the US through Boost Mobile

Samsung’s website listing reveals that the Galaxy J3 Emerge will be available for three U.S. carriers namely – Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

Samsung releases Galaxy J3 Emerge in the US through Boost Mobile

It’s not a major release so there was no hoopla from Samsung regarding the official announcement of a new smartphone. The OEM quietly listed the Galaxy J3 Emerge on their US website and that it will be available through prepaid carrier Boost Mobile. This new device is supposedly a tweaked version of the Galaxy J3 (2017) for the US market, although the latter, which will be available in the international market, is actually still not officially announced.

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The world’s most popular password is depressingly easy to guess

It’s official: People are dreadful at picking passwords.

The world's most popular password is depressingly easy to guess

The world’s most popular password is the depressingly easy-to-guess 123456, according to a massive analysis of 10 million leaked passwords.

Throughout 2016, we saw numerous major data breaches leaking people’s login details online. Some were new — like the hack of adult dating site AdultFriendFinder — while others, like LinkedIn, were years-old, but the data only recently surfaced online.

In both cases, these breaches have provided researchers with an unparalleled look at the security habits of millions of people — and it’s not pretty.

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‘Blackberry Mercury’, Other Blackberry Products, To Be Released At MWC 2017

BlackBerry kicked its own BlackBerry Operating System to the curb last year in favor of the more popular Android OS, and no longer manufactures its own phones, but that doesn’t mean they’re dead.

"Blackberry Mercury" had long been discussed by tech experts after it got leaked late last year. It added excitement to the rejuvenated Blackberry crew wishing to return to the top of the Smartphone industry. Last week at CES 2017, a glimpse of the latest phone from Blackberry was revealed by TCL. But now, more and more information have been announced by TCL Communication Technology Holdings (TCT) and here are some of the things to know about the new Blackberry handset.

Rather, BlackBerry has partnered with TCL to release Android phones under the BlackBerry brand name. The latest device, revealed behind closed doors at CES 2017, doesn’t have a name yet, so we’ll rely on its internet codename — which BlackBerry suggested — as “Mercury.”

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Kodak Digital Super 8 Camera Set To Ship Out Limited Edition Models In May 2017

The Kodak Super 8 camera is back with a digital twist at CES 2017

 

he Kodak Super 8 digital camera has been one of the most awaited tech releases in fall 2016. Many fans were disappointed after Kodak failed to launch the device a year ago. However, the company assured its fans that the camera is going to be launched this year.

During the CES 2017 show, Kodak reassured the public that it is still pushing through with the camera. The company even prepared prototypes to make people see its efforts. Kodak also revealed that the plans to ship limited editions of the camera by May this year.

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[Technology] Acer Predator 21 X

Acer Predator 21 X

Acer unveils Predator 21 X, a gaming laptop with curved display and dual GTX 1080s

 

Acer’s new Predator 21 X is the world’s first fierce curved display gaming laptop that weighs 17 pounds, or around 8 kilograms and measures 568 x 314.5 x 83.25mm (WxDxH). It comes with an amazing range of superlative specs in a not so entirely-portable package.

“With unlocked potential follows unrivaled evolution. A new era of curved has begun and the Predator 21 X leads the way,” notes the company.

The most obvious feature of the Predator 21 X is its monstrous 21-inch IPS curved display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,080 pixels and LED illumination. For gamers looking to spend hours in front of their laptop, the Predator 21 X is the perfect option.

It’s the world’s first laptop with a curved screen…not to mention two (2) GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs and a built-in mechanical keyboard.

It requires two (2) power supplies to run, and needs five (5) system fans and eight (8) heatpipes to stay cool. It holds up to 64GB of memory and five (5) storage drives at a time.

It will fetch a price north of $5,000 (£3,820 or AU£6,661).

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[Andriod] Motorola Moto E

Motorola Moto E
Summary

The Moto E has its shortcomings, but they’re largely offset by the device’s affordable price. While the more powerful Moto G is likely the better bet for most shoppers, those looking to ditch their feature phones without breaking the bank will find plenty to like here.

Pros
  • Runs an almost untouched version of Android 4.4.2
  • The vivid screen is a pleasant surprise
  • Rounded design makes for comfy gripping
  • Incredibly affordable
Cons
  • Only 4GB of internal storage
  • Rear camera is mediocre at best
  • No flash or front-facing camera

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The iPhone 7 Plus Is A Hit, And That’s Huge News For Apple

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Friday is launch day for the new iPhone 7, and Apple has some good news.

According to research firm Slice Intelligence, pre-orders for the iPhone in the first 48 hours it was available through Apple’s website showed the larger iPhone 7 Plus model outselling the smaller iPhone 7 for the first time. 55% of iPhone preorders that Slice tracked were for the larger Plus, up from 41% in 2015 and 35% in 2014.

The iPhone’s September launch has been known in the past for drawing lines of enthusiastic fans out the door, but this year’s response has been more muted as online pre-orders wiped out initial quantities of the iPhone 7 Plus and the new jet black color of the smaller iPhone 7.

Blackberry to ditch Classic keyboard smartphone

Blackberry says ‘change is only natural’ as it announces plans to discontinue the Blackberry Classic

Blackberry to ditch Classic keyboard smartphone

Fans of physical smartphone keyboards everywhere will be tapping out their sorrow as Blackberry has announced that it’s planning to discontinue its Classic model, the last Blackberry handset to feature the traditional keyboard and trackpad dominating the face of the phone.

The death of the BlackBerry smartphone as it once was has been a long time coming, but Pini’s blog post sounds the death knell for a formidable form factor dragged down by sluggish software and poor executive foresight from BlackBerry’s leadership. A market for phones with great QWERTY keyboards like the ones BlackBerry used to manufacturer still exists — Samsung makes a “keyboard case” for its flagship Galaxy S7 phones — and it may prove ill-advised for the company to move away from the one unique hardware component it ever made.

BlackBerry will probably continue to make Android phones with physical QWERTY keypads, with actual buttons, like the Passport and PRIV. However, these phones feel like novelties, throwbacks to a bygone era when keyboards ruled.

Sure, BlackBerry could eventually release an Android-powered, candy-bar style phone with a “real” BlackBerry keyboard. But that seems unlikely. The consumer masses flocked to all-touch devices, typing accuracy be damned, and BlackBerry’s just trying to lift itself out of the red, which doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for bold departures from the norm.

Verizon adds data and hikes prices on its smartphone plans

Carryover data and throttling also debut for Verizon customers

Verizon adds data and hikes prices on its smartphone plans

Verizon is today announcing a suite of new data plans for smartphones. The new plans increase the data allotment at each tier, but also come with higher price tags. In addition, Verizon is introducing a feature that lets customers carry their unused data to the next month’s billing cycle and a way for customers to choose throttled connection speeds instead of overages when they go over their limits. Both features are similar to those already offered by other carriers.

Verizon notes that the new plans offer at least 30 percent more data than before, but the prices of each tier have gone up between 10 and 17 percent. The cheapest plan now runs $35 per month (up from $30) and offers 2GB of data. The most expensive option provides 24GB of data for $110 per month. Each plan includes unlimited talk and text, but requires an additional $20 per month access fee for each line of service in addition to any device payments. (Tablets and mobile hotspots carry a $10 per month access fee, while connected devices, such as smartwatches, have a $5 per month access fee.)

The new Carryover Data feature lets customers carry their unused data to the next month’s billing cycle. It’s very similar to AT&T’s Rollover Data and expires at the end of the next cycle, unlike T-Mobile’s plan, which lets you rollover data for up to 12 months.

 

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[Tech] Skype now allows for sharing of files, photos and videos of up to 300MB

Microsoft is allowing all users of its Skype VoIP service to share files, photos and videos of up to 300MB each with friends and groups.

Skype now allows for sharing of files, photos and videos of up to 300MB

In a blog post, Microsoft stated files that are shared on Skype can be accessed later if the person that is receiving the file is offline. They can also download the same file multiple times on different devices. Microsoft added:

Over the last few weeks we’ve tested a number of different file size limits for file sharing. Based on the results of these tests, we are setting a limit of 300MB per file as this accommodates almost all the file sizes shared over Skype, and has been working well for our millions of users since it started rolling out several weeks ago.

Microsoft recommends using its OneDrive cloud file storage service for users who want to share files that are larger than 300MB.