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Project Fi app adds real-time data usage info for Android 7.0 Nougat users

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If you are using Google’s Project Fi wireless service, and if your phone has at least Android 7.0 Nougat installed, you can now get some more accurate info on how much data your device is using. Google revealed today that a server-side update has enabled real-time data uses with the Project Fi app.See also: Google Project Fi review63 According to a post on Reddit by the company’s community manager, subscribers must have at least version K.2.7.20 of the Project Fi app installed to check out the real-time data usage info. It’s available on both the main app screen, or you can check it out via the data usage home screen widget.In addition to overall data usage info, the update also lets users see which apps are using the most data on their device. This might come in handy if you are on a plan with a limited amount of data, so you can close apps that might be using a lot of your bandwidth but which might not be ones that you are currently interacting with at the time. The app will also sen…

Blue Coral Galaxy S7 edge will be available in US and other select markets

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The killer S-Pen features and the futuristic iris scanner weren’t the only things that differentiated the late Galaxy Note 7 from the Galaxy S7 edge: the Galaxy Note 7 came in a brand new color called Blue Coral. After the Note 7 was discontinued, Samsung sought ways to compensate for the absence of its Note flagship, and that’s how the Blue Coral Galaxy S7 edge was born.See also: Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review95 We saw leaked photos of a Verizon-bound unit earlier this month, and just a few days ago, Samsung Taiwan officially announced that the curved smartphone in this mystical hue would be available in the country starting November 1st. Well, today, Samsung Electronics took a moment to say that indeed, the Blue Coral version of the beloved Galaxy S7 edge will be available in select markets around the world including the US:Starting November 1, the Blue Coral Galaxy S7 edge will be available in selected markets around the globe. Specific availability details will be announced by each …

Beyond dual cameras: how Light wants to take on the DSLR

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Smartphone photography enthusiasts may remember when we talked about the Light L16 “multi-aperture computational camera” last year. To celebrate the camera’s commercial launch, the company has spilt a few more details about how the setup works. At $1,699 a pop, now up from its $1,299 pre-order price, the Light L16 certainly doesn’t come cheap, but it does offer a glimpse of what should be possible in future flagship smartphones, once costs come down.In case you missed our last look at the gadget, the L16 boasts 16 different inexpensive plastic-lens image sensors packed into a slims phone sized form factor. Combined with some proprietary algorithms, this allows the camera to offer up 52-megapixel images with a variable focal point between 28 and 150mm, which works out to roughly a 5.4x zoom. For comparison, the dual-camera technology inside the iPhone 7 Plus only offers up a fixed 2x zoom / focal point adjustment, while the Kirin 960 processor heading to the Mate 9 goes a step further …

Learn Unreal Engine by making games

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The AA Picks team is on the prowl for things we think our readers will value. If we make an affiliate partnership to reduce the costs of purchases, then we may see a share of revenue. Last week, we discovered Ben Tristem, a online coding instructor whose approach to teaching involves walking students through making games. We thought that this was an interesting method that bypassed much of the dull rigmarole that usually comes part and parcel with learning how to program.It seems our readers did as well, so we looked around to see what else Tristem had to offer.Although that previous course focused on building games using Unity, Tristem also teaches another course that focuses on Unreal Engine. This could be a good option for potential developers who are looking on building more robust, triple-A titles.It’s an ambitious goal, but Tristem walks through game development at the same gradual pace as hisprevious course. Since you get lifetime access to all the course materials, you can walk…

Xiaomi testing phones on US wireless networks, could launch in 2017

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China-based Xiaomi is making some very early preparations to offer its family of smartphones in the U.S. through wireless carriers. A new report confirms that the company is currently testing smartphones on those networks, and an official U.S. launch could happen as early as 2017.See also: Xiaomi Mi Note 2 hands on90 In a chat with Engadget, Xiaomi’s Global Vice-President Hugo Barra stated that U.S. network testing started with a special version of the company’s Mi 5 smartphone. However, he did not reveal exactly when these carrier tests began. He did say that the recently revealed Mi Note 2 will be another one of its phones that will be tested on U.S. networks.The article points out that the company will have to learn how carriers test phones in the U.S. before they can officially launch in the country. That includes ensuring compatibility with some of the more unique bands that U.S. carriers employ. While the beginning of testing represents a huge step for Xiaomi in their plans to en…

Furbies can’t make phone calls | Podcast 086

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Jonathan Feist returns from Japan, Joe Hindy and David Imel have questions and our regular Android Authority Podcast tech talk ensues for another episode. Joe is a little upset about fake Amazon reviews, Jonathan drones on for half an hour about Japan, (which was awesome, by the way), David is unhappy with Google’s versioning strategy, but happy for a Messenger update, Kris Carlon said the Apple A10 chip is pretty powerful, we talk it through and Xiaomi has a couple new phones, the Mi Note 2 and the Mi MIX, which Josh was in China to put his hands on.Finally, we take to Twitter and the Android Authority Forums to take your questions and comments, leading us to ponder if Google is positioning itself to purchase HTC. Think about it.The Android Authority Podcast – discussing topics in Android every single week.Rough Timecodes:
Amazon review gripes and Jonathan’s Japan trip during check in
46:00 – Google Messenger update
56:00 – Apple A10 chipset
66:00 – Xiaomi Mi Note 2
84:00 – Your ques…

HiSilicon’s Kirin 960 is ready to take on Samsung and Qualcomm

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The other week, Huawei’s HiSilicon lifted the lid on the details about its new high performance Kirin 960 mobile application processor, and it looks like it’s squarely aimed at taking on Qualcomm and Samsung in the high-end SoC market this time around. So, let’s take a closer look at the finer details that the Kirin 960 is bringing to the table, which goes above and beyond just improved performance.To re-cover the basics, the Kirin 960 is an octa-core big.LITTLE CPU design, based on four high-performance ARM Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.4GHz alongside four low-power Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The chip is also the first SoC to make use of ARM’s latest Mali-G71 GPU and is built on a 16nm manufacturing process, which will feel familiar from this year’s Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890.See also: Huawei introduces next-generation Kirin 960 chipset80 The core experienceKirin 960Kirin 955Kirin 935CPU4x Cortex-A73 @ 2.4GHz
4x Cortex A53 @ 1.8GHz4x Cortex-A72 @ 2.5GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.…

ASUS ZenWatch 3 goes on sale a bit earlier than scheduled for $229

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The ASUS ZenWatch 3, which was officially announced earlier this year, is now available to purchase online in the US for $229. The Android Wear smartwatch was originally scheduled to go on sale in early November. so this represents a bit of an early launch for the watch.See also: ASUS just announced the ZenWatch 38 At the moment, only the version of the watch with the dark brown leather band is on sale at B&H Photo, with shipments to begin sometime in mid-November. It’s also technically on sale at the official ASUS web store, but at the moment it shows that it is temporarily out of stock. We will let you know when it becomes available directly from ASUS once again.The ASUS ZenWatch 3 includes a 316L stainless steel body and a 1.39-inch circular AMOLED display with a resolution of 400×400. Inside, the smartwatch comes with the recently launched Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, which has been optimized specifically for wearable devices. It also has 512MB of RAM, 4GB of intern…

Android Pay adds more U.S. banks, including (maybe) Capital One

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Android Pay, Google’s payment system for its Android devices, now has many more U.S. based banks and credit unions that support it. One of the new banks on the list is also one of the biggest in the U.S, Capital One, but so far there’s no independent confirmation from that bank that it has indeed joined the Android Pay train.See also: Android Pay – What is it, how does it work and who supports it?39 Here’s the new list of banks in the U.S. that now support Android Pay:Alpine BankAnheuser Busch Employees CUBristol County Savings BankCapital OneCinFed Credit UnionCity & County CUCity National BankcPort Credit UnionEaton Family Credit UnionFirst Flight FCUFirst New York FCUFremont BankGeorgia’s Own Credit UnionHomeTrust BankHudson Valley Federal CULCNB National BankLeyden CUMichigan Educational CUNeighbors Credit UnionNorth Dallas Bank & TrustPacific Service Credit UnionPhiladelphia FCURainbow Federal Credit UnionRedwood Capital BankSeaboard Federal Credit UnionSeacoast BankSELCO …