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LeEco’s Plan to Take Over America

Most U.S. consumers haven’t heard of LeEco, but the Chinese technology company is setting out to become a household name with smartphones and flat-screen TVs that undercut the prices of Apple, Google, Samsung and other industry stalwarts.

LeEco heralded its entrance into the U.S. market during a Wednesday showcase featuring a sleek smartphone called the LePro 3 that will sell for $400 and an internet-connected TV with a 7-foot screen priced at $5,000.

LeEco positions the LePro 3 as an alternative to Apple’s latest iPhone and Google’s Pixel phone, whose prices both start at $650.

Rob Chandhok, LeEco North America chief research and development officer, holds a LePro 3 phone while speaking at the launch
Rob Chandhok, LeEco North America chief research and development officer, holds a LePro 3 phone while speaking at the launch

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Comparing the Google Pixel and iPhone 7

Spec-by-spec comparison of Google's Pixel phone and the iPhone 7
Spec-by-spec comparison of Google’s Pixel phone and the iPhone 7

Since Pixel is the first true “phone by Google,” many consumers are hoping for the kind of unified software and hardware presentation that can be missing from Android environments, but has long been an Apple mainstay. But what about specs? Here’s a nuts-and-bolts comparison of the Pixel and iPhone 7. read more

Treat Your Battery Better

Apple claims its new iPhone 7 has extra battery life to help combat some of the complaints from users of previous models, but how long with this additional capacity last.

Now chemists have released a series of tips to help ensure you can get the best out of your smartphone’s battery.

They suggest never letting your device’s power to drain completely.

In lithium ion batteries like those used in most modern smartphones, this can actually reduce their capacity.

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Running out of battery can be a frustrating experience for phone users as it almost always happens at a crucial moment. The tips by the chemists can help ensure your battery stays in good health so you can get the best from it (stock picture)

Running out of battery can be a frustrating experience for phone users as it almost always happens at a crucial moment. The tips by the chemists can help ensure your battery stays in good health so you can get the best from it (stock picture)

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21st Century Multi-Tool

The Survivolt kit uses a 5,000 mAh battery/handle and a series of modules
The Survivolt kit uses a 5,000 mAh battery/handle and a series of modules (Credit: C.C. Weiss / New Atlas)

Multi-tools come in all forms, from modular shovels to flare-shooting pens. One form that we’re seeing more and more of is the electronic multi-tool, typically a flashlight, radio or other outdoor-friendly gadget, like the Fogo smart flashlight, that also charges external devices and performs other critical outdoor and survival functions. An all-new member of this category, the modular Seattle Sports Survivolts uses a 5,000 mAh battery to charge your phone, throw light down-trail, signal for help and even start fires. read more

New Super-Fast UFS Cards

Samsung is the first brand to market with UFS cards
Samsung is the first brand to market with UFS cards.

As we demand more of our mobile devices, action cameras and drones, the need for faster spacious storage grows with it. Samsung is the first to offer a taste of the next-gen memory cards. Its new Universal Flash Storage cards are the same size as microSDs, but can match the blazingly-fast data transfer speeds of solid state drives. read more

Pokémon-Go is Un-Islamic Harmful Mania

by: the Common Constitutionalist

This year, February 27, Pokémon (pocket monster) turned 20. It was created by Japanese game designer Satoshi Tajiri for Nintendo as a video game for the old Gameboy handheld video game platform. My sons still own theirs. It was introduced to the United States in 1998. Nintendo was quick to capitalize on its popularity. The video game soon spawned a celebrated trading card game, books, movies and a television series. The tag line of Pokémon is: “Gotta Catch Em All.”

Since then, at least a few of the Pokémon characters have gained international recognition. One of the most recognized characters, called Pikachu, was made into a five story tall Thanksgiving Day parade balloon.

But like most everything else, particularly in the what-have-done-for-me-lately world of video games, all things must come to an end – except Pokémon.

Unless you have been living under a rock – and even then it would be hard to miss the hundreds and thousands of people in any given geographic area that appear to just be walking around aimlessly. The one thing they all have in common is the smartphone, which they stare into as they stroll about. read more

PCs Going the Way of the Dinosaur

It has been predicted for years, but phones and tablets are finally starting to replace PCs and laptops rather than just supplement them.

An Ofcom study has found 16 per cent of adults now exclusively use smartphones or tablets to go online, a 10 per cent increase on last year.

The study also found half of adults (51 per cent) who use search engines do not realize the top items on many results pages are adverts or sponsored links.  read more

Huawei’s P9 and P9 Plus, with Dual Leica Cameras

Huawei's new flagship, the P9, has been unveiled in London

Huawei’s new flagship, the P9, has been unveiled in London (Credit: David Nield/Gizmag).

Outside of China, Huawei isn’t one of the first names that springs to mind when it comes to smartphones, but the company wants to change that — and the new P9 and P9 Plus, co-engineered with photography expert Leica, are leading the charge. The two flagship phones were shown off at a media event in London today and we were there to take a look. read more