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What 5G Will Mean for You by MARK SCOTT

February 21, 2016 Leave a comment


By MARK SCOTT

Companies say that fifth-generation wireless technology will usher in ultrafast mobile broadband, almost universal connectivity and fast response times.

Published: February 21, 2016 at 06:00PM

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Samsung Announces a New Virtual Reality Camera by BRIAN X. CHEN

February 21, 2016 Leave a comment


By BRIAN X. CHEN

The Gear 360, which records virtual reality videos, will go on sale later this year. The company also announced two new Galaxy smartphones.

Published: February 21, 2016 at 06:00PM

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Caution Rebuffed, Unicorns and Other Start-Ups Fixate on Rainbows by KATIE BENNER

February 21, 2016 Leave a comment


By KATIE BENNER

As stocks gyrate and venture capital pulls back, many Silicon Valley start-ups of every size remain upbeat, at least about their own prospects.

Published: February 21, 2016 at 06:00PM

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5G Is a New Frontier for Mobile Carriers and Tech Companies by MARK SCOTT

February 21, 2016 Leave a comment


By MARK SCOTT

Fed by users’ appetite for watching videos, the world’s largest carriers are rushing to offer ultrafast wireless technology first. Some of their efforts will be on display this week at the Mobile World Congress.

Published: February 21, 2016 at 06:00PM

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These are the carrier deals for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in the UK

February 21, 2016 Leave a comment

In case you missed, the US pricing and availability for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge is already out. However, if you are in the UK, you’ll be glad to know that the flagships are already up for pre-order there. As for the pricing, here are the carrier deals for the devices in your country:

EE

Samsung Galaxy S7EE is offering the 32GB Galaxy S7 at a monthly cost of £49.99 (for 24 months) and an upfront cost of £9.99.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edgeThe edge variant (32GB model) can be yours for £9.99 upfront followed by £54.99 per month.

Both handsets are available in Black Onyx and Gold Platinum color options.

O2

Samsung Galaxy S7O2 is offering the 32GB Galaxy S7 variant for £54 monthly and an upfront cost of £9.99.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edgeThe edge version (32GB model), on the other hand, costs less – £9.99 upfront followed by £51 a month for 2 years.

Color options for both flagships include Black Onyx and Gold Platinum.

Vodafone

Samsung Galaxy S7If you want to purchase the Galaxy S7 from Vodafone, you’ll have to shell out £9 upfront followed by £50 a month for the next 24 months.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edgeThe edge variant can be yours for as low as £9 upfront followed by 24 monthly instalments of £56 each.

Black Onyx and Gold Platinum color variants are available for both devices.

Three

Samsung Galaxy S7Three UK is offering the Galaxy S7 (32GB model) for as low as £41 a month on a regular 2-year contract with an upfront payment of £29.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edgeThe edge variant can be purchased for as low as £49 upfront followed by 24 monthly instalments of £47 a month.

As with all other carriers mentioned here, Three also has both handsets in Black Onyx and Gold Platinum color options.

Those pre-ordering the devices (from any of the carriers) before March 6 will receive their unit(s) on March 8, which is three days before their general release.

Source (EE) | O2 | Vodafone | Three…

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Bitcoin Agreement Promises To Break Impasse, Leads To Jump In Value

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After a year of rancorous debate, two dozen members of the Bitcoin community forged an agreement in Hong Kong. The currency rose to highs not seen since mid-January.

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Alcatel makes its new POP 4 line official

February 21, 2016 Leave a comment

A jab at Alcatel might sometimes be acceptable for lack of excitement in the lineup, or perhaps not catering to a higher-end audience, but one thing nobody can complain about is a lack of choice.

In keeping with tradition, Alcatel took full advantage of the MWC venue for yet another year and made sure to update its POP family as well. This includes a total of three handsets with low to mid-range specs sheets.

First up, we have the POP 4. It comes with a 5-inch 720p, IPS display, housed inside a body, measuring 140.7 x 71.4 x 7.99 mm. Plastic, as expected, is the material of choice across the entire lineup, which is not necessarily a bad thing, especially when you intend on keeping costs low. Under the hood, we find a rather underpowered quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 SoC, along with 1GB of RAM and just 8GB of onboard storage, thankfully expandable with up to 32GB more.

Other features include Cat.4 LTE and a 2500 mAh battery. The camera setup consists of an 8MP primary shooter and a 5MP front-facing one, with 84.4 degrees wide-angle lens.

Moving up in the food chain, we have the slightly upgraded 151 x 77 x 7.99 mm POP 4+. Its display is bumped up to 5.5 inches while keeping the resolution. Another change is the 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The processor, camera, battery and everything else remains the same.

Last, we have the top offer in the face of the POP 4S. It measures very close to its sibling at 152 x 76.8 x 7.99 mm and understandably so, as it does have the same 5.5-inch display, only with FullHD resolution. RAM is set at 2GB, while storage stays the same at 16GB. The processor is also quite a bit more powerful – the MediaTek MT6755M. The camera setup is also improved with a 13MP shooter on the back and the same 5MP on the front, and the battery is rated at 2960 mAh.

A key aspect of the new POP 4 family is style and customizability. The new curved back design gives the handsets an extra touch of elegance and color plus pattern options are abundant, to say the least: Hairline-Brushed, Leather, Wood and Baby Skin, to quote a few of the available covers.

Also, since Alcatel has a history of selling devices in bulk to carriers around the world, it won’t surprise us to see even the specs sheet tweaked once retail units eventually start to hit…

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