Samsung’s next fitness device, Gear Sport, pops up in FCC filing

I’m not 100 percent sold on Gear devices of any kind. I had a short stint with the Gear S2 which resulted in my giving the watch to my friend. Text messages are cool to read on your watch but that could have been the ugliest thing I have ever seen.

So it’s natural for me to be a little skeptical about an upcoming Samsung Gear wearable. It’s even more natural for me to be skeptical about a sport centric Gear wearable. But needless to say, another Gear device is not exciting to me as I would like it to be.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active officially unveiled!

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To the surprise of exactly no one, the Galaxy S8 Active has been officially unveiled for the public. The Active is now available for pre-order from AT&T. It is listed as an AT&T exclusive for now, however the device tends to only be available for AT&T normally. This is the 4th rendition of the ruggedized device meant for those who may need a little bit of extra protection to go along with flagship specs. The S8 Active, as usual, will come with pretty similar specs to the regular Galaxy S8, with the addition of MIL-SPEC rating to protect it from water, shatter, shocks, and dust.

The S8 Active comes in two color options, Meteor Gray, and Titanium Gold. The device is surrounded by a metal frame with bumpers, and a rugged, textured back to give the phone a solid grip. The S8 Active will also have a shatterproof display, which will handle drops from up to 5 feet.

The S8 Active also has bixby capability, along with a compass, stopwatch, barometer, and flashlight to help you navigate the outdoor lives of those who will likely use the device. The S8 Active will also have a 4000 mAh battery. The S8 Active will also have a 12MP rear camera, and an 8MP front facing camera. The screen size is comparable to the S8, with a 5.8″ 18.5:9 aspect ratio, however the infinity edge will not come along for the S8 Active ride. Considering how the device is meant for active lives, its not all that surprising.

The S8 Active will be on sale through AT&T Next at $28.34 for 30 months, which adds up to roughly $850 dollars.

Its always nice to see Samsung continue the trend for the Active lifestyle folks with their Active series devices. Check out more information about the S8 Active at Gadgets 360

Looking to purchase the Galaxy S8 Active?  Head over to ATT to pre-order the device.



Facebook Groups App ending Sept 1st

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In an effort to focus attention to the main Facebook application. Facebook has decided to sunset the Facebook Groups App September 1st. I don’t think I have ever used the Groups App once in my life, especially when I have just recently become active with Facebook Groups again.

Facebook is using this as a way to improve its Groups functionality in the main application. I decided to look up the Groups app on my devices to see if I could check out the Groups App, and its not available in any app market at the moment.I can only assume that all of the side features of Facebook (mentions, messenger, pages, etc) will all be centralized in the main app soon.

Have you ever used the Facebook Groups App before? Have you ever used any Facebook apps besides Facebook, and Facebook Messenger? Is this all Greek to you? If so, don’t be surprised, the Groups App has all but slipped under the radar until the notification that the app will be no more.

Let me know what you guys think about this? Feel free to chat with me in the comments!

Foldable Lenovo Tablet footage -innovation is still alive.

Lenovo has toyed with the idea of bendable displays, and other innovative devices for the average consumer.  The Lenovo Folio is the latest entry into the world of innovative design.  The Folio starts as a 7.8″ Tablet with a hinge in the middle that enables the device to fold into a 5.5″ phone with an edge display.

The Folio was announced at Lenovo Tech World last week, where the Chinese Giant showcased their latest efforts in mobile technology, and AI, with quite a few focus points that help us see the future through Lenovo’s eyes.

As far as the Folio is concerned, Lenovo showed off the capablities of the device. Mostly how the Folio works as a fully functional tablet as well as a phone with an edge display. Bendable displays are not new, but seeing functional displays that can bend certainly is.

Good start, but from the video it looks like when the tablet folds into a phone only the one screen becomes available.  I do recall there are phones that are available with a dual screen front and back format like the Yotaphone, however that phone had an E-ink display on the back.  So perhaps the device is more functional with the phone not being dual screened.

Looking the video above, it seems like there is a possibility that the tablet can have a powered dual screen concept once the Folio folds into a phone.

The current Folio runs on Snapdragon 800, with Android Nougat 7.0 on deck.  Considering this is a prototype, its fair to say that the specifications wouldn’t be completely different if this thing comes to light in the future. The specifications are not up to par with 2017 standards, but a bendable phone would definitely be enticing for consumers desperately looking for a phone that works, and a innovative phone for 2017.

Samsung had been rumored to be working on a foldable tablet concept called the Galaxy X.  Safe to say that foldable tablets will come to market soon.  Its possible that this could be the next wave of innovation.  Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, did you check out the crazy bendable laptop concept on Mashable?

Innovation may not be dead after all. Check out more info from Mashable

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TH Apps – The Last Day on Earth; Survival

Happy Sunday Folks, lets review a game to end the weekend;  The Last Day on Earth; Survival

 

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What is it?

The Last Day on Earth is a mobile game developed by Andrey Pryakhn for iOS and Android devices (Kefir! looks like the developer for the Android version). It’s a free to play game that pits you, a survivor trying to build shelter and survive in a zombie apocalypse against zombies, mutations, ‘The Big One’, and other survivors in post apocalyptic world.

How much?

I know right?  Last Day on Earth is free to play, however to get some extras to get you a little farther in the game you of course have to spend a couple dollars here and there.  The developers periodically give you deals for various things such as full body S.W.A.T armor,  weapons that you cant build until you’ve leveled up to at least 60, and (why wouldnt they?) extra coins.  Depending on how you feel about freemium models, you can play this game without spending any money,  although it may be a little harder for you to make it through the game.

How does it play?

The game is not completely intuitive, however the game is still in beta therefore the final version of the game could have a completely different move system.  You control your character by the joystick button at the bottom right of the screen.

When you go out to the world map you can go to different areas, including bunkers, forests, limestone ridges, and other survivor camps.  You have to watch your energy level of course and you cant always move as fast as you want to from place to place.

From time to time I tried pinching in and out on the screen to try and zoom out and zoom in on the map, to no avail.  Hopefully the developer brings in a pinch-to-zoom function to get a better view of the screen.  The map on the upper right side of the screen is quite helpful when trying to dodge zombie attacks, kill deer, and find the crates needed to pick up items to build with.

Aside from the not very intuitive controls and the sometimes buggy gameplay (the sound does not cute up with attacks, and I tend to fly from time to time).  The game actually plays pretty well overall.  Getting past the learning curve isn’t terribly difficult, and once you get past you can find yourself playing the game for hours.

Zombies?!

You can only imagine there are multiple types of zombies in this game.  From the easiest zombie, the ‘Roaming Zombie’ to ‘The Big One’ (I saw this and didn’t even attempt to fight this one I just ran away)  the Zombie art is definitely detailed, and pretty intense.  I would say realistic except we are talking about Zombies here so intense works just fine.  There are probably more Zombies in the game, but I only managed to check out the Roaming Zombie, the Fast Biter, the Floater Bloater (sounds like a last of us reference), the Toxic Abomination, and the Big One (I just ran, I wasn’t going to attempt that failure).

So, should I download?

Last Day on Earth; Survival is a zombie survival MMO where you can join friends in conquering zombies and other survivors,  creating army level gear to take control of the post apocalypse world.  You can build ATV’s, choppers, AK-47s, and gun turrets to protect your base, and you can go to enemy survivor bases to steal their gear and weapons.  If this type of game play seems fun to you, go for the download.

If you are interested in the zombie takeover that kicked off with the Walking Dead, why not give it a shot?  If you are bored with the typical Candy Crush/Bejeweled type game play and are looking for something different to pass the time by,  play this.  If neither of these options fall in your wheelhouse, maybe you can skip this one.  Play Geometry Dash, maybe?

Download the game for iOS here,

Download the game for Android devices here,

Check out video on the game here,

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active leaks;

The latest rendition of the ruggedized outdoors version of the Galaxy S series of phones has leaked for the masses. Ever since the Galaxy S4 Active 4 years ago, the Active series of devices have been made available for those who want the latest smartphone specs, yet need a little more
protection for their phones to last the two years of typical usage that happens.

Each phone has the same general idea, military grade specs, a rugged body, and a larger battery to last against the elements. The S8 doesn’t stray too far from the pack here, with a 4000 mAh battery, rugged body, and a general “Active” look.

According to leaks presented to Android Police, the S8 Active will come with Android 7.0 Nougat (Samsung is notorious for letting Android OS versions be an after thought). The roughly 5.8” size that came along with the regular Galaxy S8, and other specs that are similar to the regular Galaxy S8.

The ATT Samsung Galaxy S8 will have the model number SM-G892A. The S8 Active will likely March the specs of the regular S8, with 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 835, 64 GB of storage with MicroSDHC expansion, a 12MP rear cam, and an 8GB front facing cam along for the ride.

The Active is a pretty typical, pretty expected device. Anyone looking to get the Active? Or are you just going to rock with a rugged case and call it a day?

The leaker at least tried with the watermarking. Got to give him props to draw on the picture like that.

Keep it locked at The Tech Homie for more information.

Source; Android Police

TH-Deals: Buy 2 Echo’s, Save 100 dollars

The Amazon Echo is currently on a “Buy 2 and Save” sale. If you buy 2 Amazon Echo’s, you save 100 dollars. I find a lot of people love using the Echo to play music in their Home, connect the device to other Smart Home features, and play Jeopardy Trivia, (oh yes it definitely exists).  Is it enough of a sale for you to double up on Echo’s for the home?

While I love my Echo that I have, I’m not entirely sure that I would spend 260 dollars on a pair of Echo Devices.  However, It might not be such a bad idea if you are in need of two for different rooms in your home.

Along with the Echo, the Echo Show is also on a “Buy 2 and Save” sale, where you can save 100 dollars when you buy 2 Echo Show’s.  The Echo Show is Amazon’s latest smart home offering where you can make video calls with virtually everyone, along with all of the other features known from the Alexa service.
If you want to get one for a parents birthday, or a close friend, this may be a better sale idea than the Echo. Who knows.

Ineterested in either of these sales?  Check them out below: Click the Picture to see the deal.

 

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The Next Amazon Echo set to take on HomePod sound quality and features

 

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Smart home speakers have become very popular over the last year, with devices such as the Amazon Echo, and Google Home entering millions of homes across the world.   Apple recently announced the HomePod, Apple’s smart home speaker that focuses on music, and sound quality over smart home features.   With the announcement of the HomePod it was only a matter of time before we started to get information on what companies like Amazon and Google will do next.

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 The Galaxy Note 8 expected to be announced August 23rd; who’s ready?


After the mess that was the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung definitely has a lot to prove with the Galaxy Note 8 in 2017.   With tons of rumors flying fast and free with the Galaxy Note 8, we may possibly have a launch date for the upcoming Note flagship.  If rumors prove to be correct, the Note 8 will likely launch at the end of August, August 23rd to be precise.  

There have been tons of rumors flooding the airwaves for the next flagship from the South Korean company.  The flurry of info is all to be expected with a device as important to the company as the Note 8.  

This latest rumor comes from a report out of South Korea (from The Investor) that states the Note 8 will launch August 23rd, which will likely compete directly with the upcoming iPhone 8.  With this date, the Note 8 may be able to take some of the thunder from the upcoming iPhone 8 launch. That is, with recent issues popping up, and possible supply delays becoming a major problem for the next Apple flagship.

What does this mean for you?  If you missed the Galaxy Note 7, then you might be excited for the the Note 8.  If you can’t live without a stylus?  Then the built in stylus can be a great help for the business minded stylus wielding folks.  Folks who love the customizability of Android in a larger package.  However, if you are looking for a smaller device, then this device might not be good for you. 

If you are interested in the Note 8, let me know!  We will likely hear more about the device soon with the announcement date coming near.  

Comment below with questions or thoughts!