Skype-for-iPad-Updated-to-3.8-Brings-Retina-Display-for-new-iPadIt is certainly heartbreaking to read of yet another natural disaster strike the earth, and Nepal is the latest country to be the “victim”. In fact, the death toll has been rising – and it does not look as though it is going to stop anytime soon, so it is nice to hear that Skype has taken the step to help victims in the country stay in touch with the rest of the world – if there is a connection, of course. Basically, Skype intends to make available free calls to landlines in addition to mobile phones in Nepal, free of charge.

This goes both ways too, which means one can make calls out of Nepal, without the need to fork out a single cent. It is encouraging to see Skype assist folks with an alternative method of communication right now so that they can reach out to their family and friends who would definitely be anxious to know of their safety in these trying moments. [Press Release]

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letv-1-proNow here is a smartphone that should not be overlooked, as this particular flagship device, known as the LeTV 1 Pro, will sport a slew of hardware specifications that will impress – and it does so without having to burn a hole in the pocket. Forget about the far more established brands from China such as Xiaomi, Meizu, Oppo and Vivo, the LeTV 1 Pro looks set to be a bright star upon its release.

Sporting an octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor from Qualcomm with Adreno 430 graphics, it will also be accompanied by the likes of a near border-less 5.5” QHD display with a pixel density of 534ppi, 4GB RAM, a 13MP OIS camera, a choice of either 32GB or 64GB of internal memory, 4GB RAM, and a USB Type-C connector, running on a 3,000mAh battery with Android 5.0 Lollipop on board. The asking price? A highly affordable $400, now how about that?

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republic-wirelessNow how about this – having a wireless provider actually pay you money if you do not happen to use up your monthly cellular data? It sounds more like a place in an alternate universe, but pinch yourself and snap out of it. WiFi calling leader Republic Wireless are the ones to raise the proverbial bar this time around, where they are having a beta test of new plans which will actually repay consumers for their unused cellular data every single month, now how about that?

Bandwidth and Republic Wireless CEO, David Morken , shared, “One of the coolest things here at Republic is collaborating together with our Customers to solve the biggest industry pain points in Republic Labs. It helps us keep one step ahead. Customers told us they wanted control over how much cellular data they buy – with today’s announcement, we are delivering. Over eighty percent of our customers use less than a gigabyte of cellular data a month. It’s been estimated that current industry plans cause consumers to waste an average of $200 per year in unused cellular data. We think that’s ridiculous. So we’ve devised a way to pay customers back penny for penny for unused cellular data every month.”

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gflex2-attWell, if you happen to be an AT&T subscriber, here is news for you – the long waiting time for it will soon be over, as come this April 24th, you will be able to place an order for the handset online, or via selected brick-and-mortar AT&T stores.

Just to recap, the LG G Flex 2 will be powered by the powerful octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor that boasts of 64-bit capable CPUs that have been specially optimized for Android 5.0 Lollipop, allowing one to enjoy robust multi-media playback and multi-tasking without missing a beat.

Other hardware specifications of the LG G Flex 2 will include 3GB RAM, up to 32GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot for expansion purposes, a fast charging 3,000mAh battery, where all of that will be crammed into a chassis that measures 5.87” x 2.96” x 0.35”. [Press Release

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minoteproIt looks like the long wait for the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is about to be over, so watchers of the upcoming smartphone can now heave a collective sigh of relief, as we have heard that this device will be available to order from May 6 onward. Now that is definitely a burden lifted from anticipating shoulders, don’t you think so?

While the Mi Note has been made available in China via the company’s signature flash sales, the Mi Note Pro has more or less remained a persona non grata – at least until May 6 rolls around, where you can then place your orders for the handset, although I am not too sure just when will the exact shipping date be – it might be immediate or otherwise, who knows?

The Mi Note Pro will sport a 5.7-inch QHD touchscreen display, 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal memory, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 SoC, a 13MP shooter at the back, and a 4MP shooter in front.

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p8maxIt looks like the Huawei P8max is finally here, and so what can we expect from this relatively huge smartphone? For starters, it does come with an impressively large 6.8” display, which makes it tether on the brink of tablet territory, although the resolution could have been bumped up to Quad HD instead of remaining at Full HD, but then again I suppose this is due to the fact that the P8max is meant to be more affordable.

The entire handset measures 6.8mm thin with a 2.2GHz Kirin 935 chipset with a 64-bit octa-core processor keeping it running, while custom software offers split-screen multitasking. Apart from that, selfie lovers can take advantage of the 5MP front-facing camera, while the back lies a 13MP camera with OIS. The 4,360mAh battery should offer up to 2 days’ worth of normal usage, and it will arrive in 16GB and 64GB capacities, with the former retailing for €550 while the latter will cost €650.

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sprint_logoIt was just yesterday that we learned how Sprint has decided to entice travelers with something that is worth checking out – especially if you happen to be one who lives out from a suitcase. I am referring to Sprint offering them free texting as well as international 2G roaming, now how about that? Well, it seems that Sprint has a whole lot more up their sleeves, where iPhone customers on the network can also initiate high-quality calls over Wi-Fi with their very own phone number.

This is made possible through a software update that will be delivered, and such a capability will then enable Sprint to dramatically expand not only coverage, but also connectivity options for customers via a simple and easy Wi-Fi Calling experience for the following handsets from Apple – the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s.

David Owens, senior vice president of product development for Sprint, shared, “Wi-Fi Calling is like a major expansion of our network, allowing Sprint customers to get coverage anywhere they have Wi-Fi connectivity. Traditional wireless technology has some limitations in places like basements and high-rise office buildings. Wi-Fi expands our customer’s connectivity in a big way. The addition of Wi-Fi Calling for iPhone customers is just one more example of how Sprint is getting better every day.” [Press Release]

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lg-g3-lollipopSo, you happen to be a Verizon Wireless subscriber, and own an LG G3 flagship device. If that is the case, then chances are you would have noticed that your device is more or less the last to pick up the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, at least among the other carriers that also offer the handset. Being the biggest doesn’t mean that one is the fastest, but then again, there is always the other adage of “better late than never”, right?

We are pleased to inform Verizon LG G3 owners that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is now available for download, although it might take some time for the rollout to be completed across the entire spectrum of their customers, as with any other update rollout, regardless of the mobile carrier.

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Huawei-P8-liteBoth Huawei P8 and P8 Lite smartphones are all set to be released or at least, announced later this coming April 15th, and hence in order to make sure that you remain all squeamish in your seat, holding on to the edges of it as well, a new leak has happened, where you will be able to catch a glimpse of what is to come. Patience would be a better companion here, since it is less than a week before the official reveal, so why not just sit back and relax?

Both the Huawei P8 and Huawei P8 Lite will come with a 13MP shooter at the back alongside a 5MP front-facing shooter, running on Android 5.0 Lollipop with the Emotion UI on top of it. The Huawei P8 will be the larger of the two, where its 5.2” 1080p display would eclipse the P8 Lite’s 5” 720p display. Apart from that, the former comes with 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory and a 2,520 mAh battery, while the latter has 2GB RAM.

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apple-watch-delayIt looks like you might have to postpone your excitement at the impending arrival of the Apple Watch on your wrists due to the dreaded words, “supply constraints”. Apparently, shipping times for the Apple Watch has been delayed, getting pushed back all the way to June instead of the April 24 date that many have looked forward to.

Of course, this particular delay in shipping does not apply to everyone who has placed an order for the Apple Watch, but rather, only select models from all 38 different Apple Watch models that went up for pre-order through Apple’s online stores in nine countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S.

It is interesting to note that there are also the most expensive Edition range of Apple Watches being listed as shipping some time in June on the Apple US and Apple UK webstores. It would definitely help if Apple could provide a figure of how many models they are producing, but they’ve kept mum on the matter so far.

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