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Display and sound
Remember the old, overwrought days of Sense? With that gigantic weather/clock widget and HTC’s insistence that basically every bit of Android had to be customized to within an inch of its life? Yeah, so do I. Those were rough times. HTC’s done a great job of dialing back its influence on Android over the past few generations, and we’re now left with a version of Sense that’s both smarter and great at getting out of your way when you want it to. If you’ve spent any time at all with the M8, you’ll feel right at home here — just about all of the software features that made it what it was are back on top of Android 5.0.2, along with a few smart new bits that strive to do more than they actually can.
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has been designed in-house. The Korean giant’s components manufacturing
arm, LG Innotek developed the high-end sensor, which is already in mass
LG’s innovative camera unit has a wide f/1.8 aperture. The latter
allows the camera to receive 80% more light than the already stellar
13MP snapper found in LG G3.
The 16MP main camera of LG G4 has been paired with an 8MP
front-facing unit, whose resolution is the highest offered by LG for a
selfie camera to date. The new front-facing camera features ultra-thin
IR filter, which keeps infrared light from entering the camera lens.
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The Apple Watch will be Apple’s first foray into the smartwatch field,
fending off well-entrenched competitors who’ve had a few years of
experience in the space.
And the competition is stiff. The LG G Watch R is one of the top contenders, sporting an attractive design you might actually want to wear on your wrist. Ditto for the Motorola Moto 360, which is bundled with a clever inductive charging cradle. Both of those devices run on Android Wear, Google’s smartwatch platform, which to date is still a bit awkward to use. The Samsung Gear S runs Tizen OS and also offers 3G connectivity, so you could potentially leave your phone at home.
Preorders for the Apple Watch
start April 10 and it becomes available April 24. To find out how it
stacks up against the rest of the smartwatch space, check out our chart
below. Also check out our complete coverage of today’s Apple news.
Apple Watch vs. the competition
|Apple Watch||Moto 360||Samsung Gear S||LG G Watch R|
|OS||iOS||Android Wear||Tizen||Android Wear|
|Display||Unknown||1.56-inch LCD||2-inch AMOLED||1.2-inch P-OLED|
|Resolution||Retina Display||320×290 pixels, 205ppi||360×480 pixels, 300ppi||320×320 pixels|
|Dimensions||38×33.3×10.5mm / 42×35.9×10.5mm||46mm diameter by 11.5mm||39.8×58.3×12.5mm||46.4×53.6×9.7mm|
|Weight||1.41 oz / 1.7 oz / 1.9 oz (40g/48g/53g)||1.7 oz (48g)||2.36 oz (67g)||2.18 oz (62g)|
|Processor||Apple S1||TI OMAP 3||1GHz dual-core||1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400|
|Memory||Unknown||512MB RAM||512MB RAM||512MB RAM|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0||WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS/Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0||WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS/Glonass, Bluetooth 4.1, 3G||Bluetooth 4.0|
|Water-resistant||30 minutes, 3 feet||30 minutes, 3 feet||30 minutes, 3 feet||30 minutes, 3 feet|
|US starting price||$349 / $549 / $10,000||$250||$299 (on contract)||$299|
|UK starting price||£299 / £479 / £8,000||£190||£380||£225|
|Aus starting price||AU$499 / AU$799 / AU$14,000||AU$250||AU$449||AU$359|
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was found to have throttled its data services and has been asked by the
FTC to pay their customers with a $40 million refund.
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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged that
TracFone, the largest U.S. prepaid mobile provider, slowed or cut off
customers’ mobile data after customers exceeded fixed limits in a period
of 30 days.
The practice was questioned by the commission since the mobile
provider had initially promised to deliver unlimited prepaid service and
charged customers a monthly fee of $45.
According to the commission, customers’ data service was generally
slowed down after a 1GB to 3GB usage. When the usage reached 4GB to 5GB,
customers experienced a suspension of the service.
“The issue here is simple: When you promise consumers unlimited, that means unlimited,” said Jessica Rich, director of FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “This case is about false advertising.”
TracFone was charged with throttling consumers or cutting their
unlimited service, which began in 2009. The commission said that the
company had no technical reason that would support its action on
limiting the data plans or slowing down speeds as a result of network
congestion. Based on internal documents, the throttling had to be done
as a way to cut down costs brought on by unlimited data service.
In the case of AT&T and Verizon, the two largest carriers have
already ceased offering unlimited data plans to new subscribers.
AT&T itself has been sued by the commission on the same issue. The
carrier denied that it misled customers over its unlimited data plans.
The case is yet to arrive at a conclusion.
Other carriers, Sprint and T-Mobile, still offer unlimited data plans.
Verizon, along with other major carriers, said that its service has to be slowed down in order to manage congestion.
“It’s not about throttling,” said Rich.
“We’re not challenging throttling in and of itself. If it’s clearly
disclosed, if a company advertises unlimited, but very clearly discloses
their practices with regard to throttling we would not challenge that
TracFone and all the other carriers are reminded that slowing down
the unlimited plans of their customers could place them in hot water.
Likewise, TracFone customers who have purchased the plans and have noted
that their speeds were slowed down are eligible to get a refund. These
include customers of Net10, Telcel America, Straight Talk and Simple
Mobile unlimited plan.
The settlement terms have required the mobile service provider not
only to pay a refund but also to provide a full and clearer disclosure
on how the company places a limit on its data plans.
“We have worked with the FTC to reach an amicable settlement and we
have no further comment at this time,” said a spokesman for TracFone.
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