Chinese smartphone company LeEco, formerly known as Letv, unveiled three smartphones that have an all-metal design and thin bezels, and more notably, no more headphone jacks. According to a report in Gadgets 360, the company decided to let go of the standard headphone jacks in favor of using USB Type-C ports for audio. It has also put one over Apple, who has been repeatedly rumored to remove the headphone jack on its next iPhone.
The three phones namely the Le 2, the Le 2 Pro and the Le Max 2 have the same look and design, according to the report. The difference is mainly what is under the hood. The high-end device among the three is the Le Max 2, which has a 5.7-inch Quad HD display with a 1,440 x 2,560 pixel resolution. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, paired with either 4 GB of RAM and internal storage options of 32 GB and 64 GB or 6 GB of RAM with 64 GB onboard storage. Battery capacity is at 3,100 mAh. Camera set-up is a 21-megapixel main shooter and an 8-megapixel selfie camera.
The Le 2 has a MediaTek deca-core Helio X20 processor paired with 3 GB of RAM and has 32 GB of onboard storage. It has a 16-megapixel main camera with an LED flash and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The Le 2 Pro has two variants – one powered by a Helia X20 processor and one with a Helio X25 processor; both have 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The Le 2 Pro has a better rear camera at 21-megapixels, while the front shooter is also an 8-megapixel one. Both the Le 2 and the Le 2 Pro have full HD screens and 3,000 mAh batteries. more >>
Microsoft has pulled the plug on its older console, the Xbox 360. The company has announced that it will no longer manufacture the older console, which has been around for over 10 years. According to a report in BBC News, Phil Spencer, Xbox boss wrote in a blog post that the remaining Xbox 360s will be sold until supplies last and that support for existing users will still be provided.
He cited that "the realities of manufacturing a produce over a decade old are starting to creep up on us." The Xbox 360 was introduced in 2005 and last year, Xbox 360 games were made accessible on the current generation Xbox One through the Backwards Compatibility program.
In the blog post, he also thanked Xbox 360 fans for their "continued passion and support" and that he was "incredibly proud of all of the work and dedication that went into development of the Xbox 360 hardware, services and games portfolio over the last decade." more >>
Google's highly popular email service, Inbox by Gmail, has been given three new features intended for users to get more things done, both for desktop and mobile use. According to reports, the email service now gives the user the ability to keep track of events and at the same time monitor emails that have been sent and received in connection to those events. Likewise, there also is an updated newsletter function which includes the ability to preview every newsletter a user receives while highlighting any links found in them.
The giant tech company sums up the new features in an excerpt from their statement:
Starting today, you'll discover three new experiences in Inbox – streamlined events, glanceable newsletters and saved links – that help you better keep track of things that matter to you and feel more in control. more >>
Google has a long history of disputes, mostly about control and regulation issues; but nothing is bigger than what it is about to face right now – an antitrust charge courtesy of The European Union. The charges are reportedly directed towards the company's Android mobile operating system.
In a report from USA Today, the antitrust charges are actually the second in two years, but this time, the allegations focus on Google using its Android OS to be able to influence and force consumers, particularly mobile users to use it and abandon desktop computers. In the process, Google is accused of eliminating competitors by requiring gadget manufacturers to install the Google search engine and their web browser on the devices, and in turn, these manufacturers are to be provided with lucrative incentives if they use Google as the default search engine in their devices.
But similar to previous accusations, Google responded by saying that all the agreements they have with manufacturers are voluntary in nature. But if EU wins this, the giant tech company might have to pay billions of fines. However, the more significant implication is that it may be forced to make some alterations in doing business with other companies. more >>
Nubia, a brand under Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE, announced its international website, Nubia.com, during the January CES 2016 in Las Vegas. This prompted observers to say that the company may be looking at expanding its market beyond Asia and China soon. Last April 19, the company unveiled the Nubia Z11 Mini, a smartphone with decent specs, an impressive camera and an equally impressive price – less than $300. According to a Tech Times report, one can pre-order a Z11 Mini for only $281.99 through the Nubia Mobile website.
The Nubia Z11 Mini is said to be the successor of last year's Z9 Mini. The new device was originally rumored to be announced with other devices included in the Z11 line, such as the standard Z11 and the Z11 Max. ZTE however only unveiled the Z11 Mini recently.
The device features a 5-inch full HD display with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 64-bit octa-core processor and an Adreno 405 GPU, paired with 3 GB of RAM. Internal storage is huge at 64 GB and with microSD support, can be expanded to up to 200 GB. Its main camera is a Sony IMX298 with 16-megapixels, while its selfie camera is an 8-megapixel shooter. It has an all-metal body, and has a 2,800 mAh non-removable battery. more >>
After months of rumors and speculation, "Mafia III" has finally been announced by publisher 2K Games, with a release date for current generation consoles and PC set on October 7. According to a report in Polygon, the open-world crime game is set in New Orleans in the 1960s, at a time when the Italian Mafiosi are trying to take over the crime business from the locals.
The New Orleans in "Mafia III" is one that is in the middle of a war between local African-American mobsters and the Italian mob. Because of casualties on the side of the locals, a local Vietnam veteran and former military man Lincoln Clay is out to take revenge on the Italians, in the name of his fallen comrades. Players will play the role of Lincoln Clay in the game, as he plots his revenge, as well as build his own crime empire.
A teaser trailer titled "One Way Road" gave a glimpse of the game's story and setting – New Orleans at that time was wrought with racism and prejudice and the game naturally reflected. According to a report in GameSpot, game developer Hangar 13 said this was intentional because they wanted to depict what was really going on during that time. They however said that they do not "intend to sensationalize racism." more >>