Rumored specs for the handset include a display of 5 inches or larger plus a Snapdragon 800 or Snapdragon 805 processor running the show. The flagship device is also said to employ a twin-sensor rear Ultrapixel camera. These sensors should bring better focus, depth of field and overall image quality.
US sales of video game hardware increased 28 percent year over year in December thanks to the launch of next-generation game consoles, but consumers were less interested in buying video game software, according to new data released Thursday.
US consumer spending on new video game hardware rose 28 percent in December to $1.37 billion from $1.07 billion a year earlier, according to industry researcher NPD Group. Much of that growth was credited to new game consoles from Microsoft and Sony, both of which reported record sales figures following their launches in November.
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You will be able to upgrade your phone early at Sprint after all.
Sprint on Thursday unveiled Easy Pay, a program that allows customers to purchase a new phone at any time and paying for it through a down payment and 24 monthly installments.
Easy Pay replaces Sprint's One Up upgrade program, which was retired last week in favor of the company's new "Framily" friends and family phone plan, which provides greater discounts as you add more members. With One Up gone, there was no program in place to quickly upgrade to a new device.
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We've all become deal-seekers at heart.
When we get the better end of a deal, we feel such vast pride in winning that we almost pity the loser. But not quite.
So please imagine the deal that 21-year-old Brit Gillian Finnerty would like to make with the universe -- and specifically, with the Mars One project.
This enterprising (and private) endeavor looks to send real human beings to Mars. Your faith in science's control over space might be such that you will feel everyone is bound to return.
Alternatively, you might feel that anyone who takes this deal … Read more
Few gadgets are remembered as fondly as Sega's Dreamcast, and yet this quirky games machine flopped so hard that it forced Sega to quit the console market entirely. In the latest episode of Adventures in Tech, we take a fond look back at the Dreamcast, its ahead-of-its-time innovations, and the reasons why it died.Back in the game
You'll learn how Sega's final console blew our minds with its built-in Internet powers, and a controller that introduced us to the principles of second-screen gaming, years before Nintendo's Wii U.
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Well, that was quick.
One Up was an early upgrade and monthly installment plan that allowed customers to pay for their devices over 24 monthly payments, as well as upgrade their device early by trading it in after a year. The program was a response to the early upgrade programs introduced first by T-Mobile, then copied by AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
One Up, which was introduced … Read more
The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been available for almost two months and have already sold more than 7 million units. From playing hit games like Killzone and Dead Rising 3 to streaming live game feeds on Twitch or watching movies on Netflix, both consoles promise to deliver hours of entertainment.
DVD and Blu-ray playerBoth the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 can play DVDs, with … Read more
Yes, Microsoft does plan to fix some of the bugs and quirks in the Xbox One in an upcoming update.
Chatting with the folks at Engadget, Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten said that he's thrilled with the 3 million in sales and the reaction from consumers. But he acknowledged that more work lies ahead to fix what's broken in the new console. The initial priority, though, will be on the Xbox One's "Live experience," meaning the different social features.
"The feedback we've gotten is pretty valid; some of the social stuff is … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- The Flir One is the first consumer-level personal thermal imaging device that takes high resolution photos and video. Compatible with the iPhone 5 and 5S, it features both a visible and thermal camera on the rear and offers various color palettes for viewing the image.
DIY homeowners can easily use the device for home improvement purposes, like finding studs or increasing energy efficiency, however, the Flir One isn't all work and no play. Birdwatchers, hunters, and campers can all benefit from the ability to visualize heat in their respective activities. In addition, the device works as … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Thermal imaging doesn't usually come cheap. Devices that pick up heat signals can cost thousands of dollars, or you have to be an alien born with the capability, like Predator was. Now there's another option. At CES 14, Flir Systems announced the Flir One, a thermal-imaging gadget for iPhone 5 and 5S, which comes with a sub-$350 price that won't kill your pocketbook.
The Flir One slips onto your iPhone's back and sports both a visible and thermal camera. It has its own battery pack, which can power the device for up to four hours. It also can be redirected to act as a battery backup for your phone.… Read more