Controversial gold-plated HTC One M9 engraved with Cecil the Lion is backed by makers Goldgenie.
The news of Cecil the Lion’s killing in Zimbabwe has travelled around the world. It has reached gold-plating company Goldgenie who decided to push out a limited edition version of its gold-plated HTC One M9 with an engraving of Cecil along with the inscription ‘For Cecil and his Kingdom’.
The release of the £1,580 handset has brought a mixed reaction from the technology community, with some outraged that the company appears to be jumping on the Cecil the Lion bandwagon to make a quick buck, while others have praised the decision to donate 10 per cent of each sale to Friends of Hwange, a charity that helps the running of the park in which Cecil was killed.
We spoke to Goldgenie who said ‘The idea for the limited edition Cecil the Lion HTC M9 was a spontaneous reaction to the sickening killing of the endangered beautiful creature in Zimbabwe last month. We are proud of the viral online impact it has had in achieving further conversation surrounding Cecil and links throughout the Internet pointing directly to Friends of Hwange.’
Motorola’s new flagship phone with a two-day battery life is launching everywhere but the United States
The Moto X Play was a surprise announcement at yesterday’s Motorola launch event, which also saw the launch of the Moto X Style and the third generation of the popular Moto G. The Moto X Play is cheaper than the Style, but still offers impressive specs including 48-hours of battery life, a 21MP camera and pre-purchase customisation using Moto Maker. However, while the Moto X Play will be launching across the world in August, it has been confirmed the budget device is not coming to the United States.
“Moto X Play will be available starting in August in various countries across Europe, Latin America and Canada,” Motorola’s press spokesperson told Little Green Robot, adding “sorry, it won’t be available in the US, but we’ll have more choices in the US later this year.”
The Moto X Style and Moto G will both be avaialble in the US as well as the wider world, though the Style will be called the Moto X Pure Edition in America . The Style/Pure Edition will launch in September and the Moto G (2015) is available to buy today. The Moto G (2015) costs £179/$179 SIM-free from Motorola (though you can get it for just £159.99 if you shop around) and is available O2 in the UK from £14.50 a month, while the Moto X Style/ Pure Edition will retail at £359/$399.99 SIM-free. The Moto X Play happily sits in the middle with a price point between both these devices, available next month for £279 SIM-free.
The amazing stories behind the world’s biggest robberies, murders and more.
Nowadays pretty much everything is captured on a smartphone and shared around the world in minutes. However, that hasn’t always been the case and that has led to so many incredible events not being fully reported on. Until now, that is, as Real Crime magazine lifts the lid on the fascinating world of crime.
The brand new magazine, which launches today, covers everything from serial killers to mafia dons and everything in between, with expert interviews, analysis and reconstructions. Without having to suffer through sensationalist hyperbole, you can learn about the OJ Simpson chase, the deadliest serial killers and the Mafia don who ruled Vegas.
You can pick up a copy today from all good newsagents and supermarkets, or you can subscribe online and get three issues for just £1.
Decide what areas of your phone apps can access even without Android M
One of the most exciting upcoming features of Android M is the ability to pick and choose what permissions you allow apps. However, Android users with a rooted device can already do this with the XPrivacy module.
This module allows you to select individual apps and deny them access to various information on your phone, such as your contacts or location. As well as this it will also let you fool your phone. You can manually input a location, new number and a host of other things so an app believes you’re elsewhere or sends the wrong phone number to apps to keep your real details safe from prying eyes.
This tutorial will show you how to install XPrivacy, block apps form mining your data and change your settings to keep your real details a secret.
Samsung’s flagship tablet to have an incredible screen and slimline body
Samsung has announced the Galaxy Tab S2 as its latest high-spec tablet. The Tab S2 will launch worldwide in August and come with either an 8-inch or 9.7-inch screen. Both screens will run an incredible 2048×1536 Super AMOLED screen that will allow 94 per cent of natural colour tones to be seen. Its predecessor, the Tab S, had a glorious screen as well so we are expecting big things in terms of visuals from the Tab S2.
It is thinner than its bigger brother at just 5.6mm and the 9.7-inch option will weigh a mere 389g, making it both thinner and lighter than the iPad Air 2.
The 9.7-incher is powered by a 5,870mAh battery, the 8-incher uses a 4,000mAh battery and both run an octa-core Exynos 7 processor that combines a quad-core A57 1.9GHz processor and a quad-core A53 1.3GHz processor, so it should have some power behind it.