Barely days away until the official unveiling, the Internet is heating up with rumors and leaks about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. According to a Tech Times report, a listing on an import-export tracking site indicated that the new devices will be waterproof, which was a feature present in the Galaxy S5.
The report cited a listing on Zauba which revealed that both devices will have components that are listed as waterproof, such as a waterproof mic, SIM tray and tape. Both devices will reportedly be using the same components. This will make the new flagship phones stand out when comparing them with their predecessors, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, which did not follow the trend set by the Galaxy S5. When the Galaxy S5 was released in 2014, it was the only other phone brand aside from Sony that offered the waterproof feature.
Another report in CNET talked about the Galaxy S7 Edge having a bigger battery than its predecessor, the S6 Edge. The report claims that it will be 38 percent bigger. This is based on an FCC filing which indicated that the S7 Edge will have a 3,600 mAh battery, while having a 5.5-inch screen. This is definitely an improvement on the S6 Edge's 2,600 mAh battery for a 5.1-inch screen. Manufacturers are required to file with the FCC any product that they plan to sell in the United States. more >>
It looks as if copyright advocates have more work cut out for them as torrents sites are still very much up and running, despite several attempts to shut them down. With the appearance of a browser plug-in called Torrents Time, these torrent sites can now allow their users to stream videos without the use of a torrent client. According to a Tech Times report, Kickass Torrents recently allowed Torrents Time to stream their torrents, following Pirate Bay's earlier implementation of the tool on their own site.
The report said that with KAT implementing the tool, it has become "the Netflix of torrents," allowing its users access to their torrent videos through a dedicated section called "Online Streaming with Torrents Time."
When a user activates streaming through Torrents Time and the browser plug-in is not yet installed, there will be a prompt that will let the user install the plug-in. If the plug-in is already installed, a video player will directly open and play the torrent video. Another pop-up will also appear that will ask the user if they want to use a Virtual Private Network for a fee, of course, but this can be skipped, says the report. more >>
Third-person action shooter game "Quantum Break" is getting a PC version as well and it will be released together with the game's Xbox One version on April 5. The game was originally announced only for the Xbox One, but recently, the existence of the PC version was confirmed by Remedy Studios, according to a report in GameSpot.
The game allows players to control Jack Joyce, a character who has the ability to manipulate time where everything else is affected except him. Players can make use of several time-manipulating powers such freezing time to freeze enemies and escape from attacks, a "Time Blast" which can change the direction of bullets, or a "Time Rush" which allows him to speed up in order to take down an enemy.
The game was originally scheduled for a 2014 release but was delayed to 2015 and then again to its final release date, April 5, 2016. more >>
Rumors about a sequel to the sci-fi shooter "Destiny" coming in 2016 have been put to rest by an official announcement from publisher Activision and developer Bungie that "Destiny 2" is not happening until 2017. A report in Kotaku cited a press release by Activision saying that it "expects to bring a large new expansion to 'Destiny' in 2016 and to release a full game sequel in 2017."
Kotaku had earlier reported that developer Bungie had decided to delay the release of the sequel, which they made early this year. Despite this, rumors still circulated that a 2016 release was possible. The main reason for the delay, the report speculated, may be the fact that the developer already has its hands full with creating new content for "Destiny," which its fans and players have been hankering for.
Details of the "large new expansion" are nil including when in 2016 it will be arriving. Before the end of 2015, Bungie did promise another update in Spring 2016 which the report said will bring "a significant Light increase," new gear to collect, as well as new challenges for the player-vs.-environment mode. more >>
Last year, HTC announced that year's flagship device, the HTC One A9, at the 2015 Mobile World Congress. With the 2016 MWC just several days away, it looks like the Taiwanese company is not making an appearance at the technology conference. For most observers, this means that the company will not be launching its next flagship any time soon.
According to a Tech Times report, HTC is not planning to launch a new phone soon. Rumors about the phone's specs have been circulating online but none of it has been confirmed. With the MWC just around the corner, earlier rumors about the phone's unveiling at the event have been debunked.
Recently, a new report has come out from a Spanish language publication 4GNews which claims that HTC will be launching its next flagship on April 11 at a special event in London. An earlier report on IThome also said that HTC decided to skip the MWC because they were not yet done with the flagship device. According to 4GNews, the phone will also drop the One M10 name and will be coming with another name, which the report however failed to mention. more >>
With the official unveiling of Samsung's next line of flagship devices, the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge, just less than two weeks away, the Internet is filled with rumors and reports about when the devices will be released in the market and where. Several reports mention the same release date, which is March 11 or about three weeks after the launch date.
According to one report in Android World, insider sources revealed that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be available for pre-orders on the date of the launch, February 21. It also reported that the end of the pre-order period has been scheduled for March 10, indicating that the units will start shipping or will be released to the market on March 11. Earlier reports point to the same release date, but mentions that the date only applies for the United States. The recent report, however, talks about the release in another market, the Netherlands, which may signify that Samsung is looking at a simultaneous global release of the devices. This is not so far-fetched because the Galaxy Note 5 was also released on a global scale.
GottaBeMobile, on the other hand, reports that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge pre-orders will come with interesting freebies. According to the report, anyone who pre-orders any of the two devices will be getting a free Samsung Gear VR (virtual reality) headset. The headset is valued at $99 and because of the novelty of the technology, it is considered to be a popular product. more >>