The LG V20 not only will be the first phone to run Android 7.0, but news from Seoul tells us it will also be the first smartphone to feature a Quad DAC.

While the actual model isn’t yet revealed, we do know LG is once again partnering with ESS to bring premium audio to the V20. ESS also provided the excellent 32bit DAC in the V10, which received pretty rave reviews for its audio performance.

Higher quality audio is simply the natural evolution of the smartphone, as the industry moves toward a more holistic multimedia consumption experience.
— Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company.

LG says that they know users are now looking for more than a fast processor and a big display when they buy a high-end phone, and they aim to provide it with the V20. We’ll know more — and hopefully get to put our hands on a V20 — on September 6 when LG unveils the whole package in San Francisco. In the meantime, we can read the press releases. This one is below.

LG V20, WORLD’S FIRST SMARTPHONE WITH QUAD DAC FOR BEST IN CLASS AUDIO

LG and ESS Technology Collaborate to Deliver One-of-a-Kind Audio Experience

SEOUL, Aug. 11, 2016 ? LG Electronics (LG) announced that its forthcoming flagship smartphone, LG V20, will be the first smartphone in the industry to feature 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analog converter) capabilities, bringing a superior audio experience to mobile for the very first time.

A Quad DAC delivers a crisp and clear sound that comes closest to a live performance when using compatible wired headphones. The sound is superior to that produced by a traditional DAC as it can reduce up to 50 percent of ambient noise levels. Videos taken with the V20 are accompanied by a soundtrack that can capture the roaring sound of waves crashing on a beach or conversations among two individuals at a noisy party.

LG worked closely with ESS Technology, a leader in high-performance analog and audio devices, to ensure that the Quad DAC, delivered the best audio experience for owners of the LG V20. The Quad DAC is the lynchpin of the many cutting-edge multimedia features included in the LG V20. ESS Technology previously provided its 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC in the V10, LG V20′s predecessor.

“As smartphones mature, we’re seeing more and more customers looking beyond just fast processors and big displays in their devices,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company. “Higher quality audio is simply the natural evolution of the smartphone, as the industry moves toward a more holistic multimedia consumption experience. We’re pleased to continue this long-term partnership with ESS and bring best in class audio to LG V20 users.”

“We are extremely excited that our Quad DAC technology will be featured in the V20, LG’s latest flagship smartphone for consumers who demand the best media experience,” said Robert Blair, president and chief executive officer of ESS Technology. “As a technology more typically available in high-end audio equipment, Quad DAC on the V20 will make users feel as if they are carrying around a professional home-audio system on their smartphone.”




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The launch of the Nexus Sailfish is likely more than a month away still, but we now have an additional source which shows that the HTC-build Nexus phone will have 4GB of RAM and will be powered by a Qualcomm … Read More

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Where can I buy the Galaxy Note 7 in Canada?

The Galaxy Note 7 is a big, beautiful phone, and Samsung Canada knows it. That’s why it is going to be offered at almost every possible carrier, along with the company’s four retail locations spaced out across the country.

When the Note 7 is released on August 19th, it will be offered at:

Buy the Galaxy Note 7 from the Samsung Experience Stores

If you’re looking for the best out-of-box experience with the Galaxy Note 7 — and have over $1049.99 to spare for an unsubsidized handset — buying it from one of the four Samsung Experience stores across the country is the way to go.

Not only does the phone come without any carrier bloatware, but each box comes with an unlock code that will allow the phone to be used on any Canadian carrier, as well as most providers around the world.

It will be available for purchase on August 19 for:

  • $1049.99 outright

It will be available in Black Onyx, Silver Titanium, and Coral Blue.

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Buy the Galaxy Note 7 from Bell

The Galaxy Note 7 is available for pre-order right now, and will be available on August 19 from Bell for:

  • $549.99 on a 2-year contract with a minimum $85/month plan
  • $1049.99 outright

It will be available in Black Onyx, Silver Titanium, and Coral Blue. Bell is offering a free accessory with every purchase: either a Gear Fit 2 fitness band or a Level Box Pro wireless speaker. Redeem at Samsung’s promotions page between August 19 and September 2.

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Buy the Galaxy Note 7 from Rogers

Rogers has opened up its Reservation System for the Note 7, which allows you to put down $50 to reserve your spot in line for the phone when it becomes available on August 19.

The Galaxy Note 7 will be available for:

  • $559.99 on a 2-year contract
  • $1059.99 on a month-to-month plan

Each Galaxy Note 7 sold on a Share Everything plan will receive a 64GB microSD card and the choice of a Samsung Level Box Pro wireless speaker or Gear Fit 2 fitness band.

It will be available in Black Onyx, Silver Titanium, and Coral Blue.

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Buy the Galaxy Note 7 from Telus

Telus has not made the Note 7 available for pre-order yet. Check back soon.

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Buy the Galaxy Note 7 from Koodo

Koodo has not made the Note 7 available for pre-order yet. Check back soon.

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Buy the Galaxy Note 7 from Wind Mobile

Wind Mobile will sell the Galaxy Note 7 on August 19 for:

  • $449 with a $25/month WindTab Boost
  • $649 with a $15/month WindTab Boost
  • $849 with a $5/month WindTab Boost
  • $999 on WindTab
  • $1099 outright

It will be available in Black Onyx, Silver Titanium, and Coral Blue. Wind is offering a free accessory with every purchase: either a Gear Fit 2 fitness band or a Level Box Pro wireless speaker. Redeem at Samsung’s promotions page between August 19 and September 2.

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Buy the Galaxy Note 7 from MTS

MTS has not made the Note 7 available for pre-order yet. Check back soon.

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Buy the Galaxy Note 7 from SaskTel

SaskTel is offering pre-orders of the Galaxy Note 7 right now, with a release date of August 19.

The phone is available for:

  • $549.99 on a 2-year contract
  • $1049.99 outright

It will be available in Black Onyx and Silver Titanium. SaskTel is offering a free accessory with every purchase: either a Gear Fit 2 fitness band or a Level Box Pro wireless speaker. Redeem at Samsung’s promotions page between August 19 and September 2.

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Buy the Galaxy Note 7 from Videotron

Videotron is offering pre-orders of the Galaxy Note 7, with a release date of August 19.

The phone is available for:

  • $279.95 with a 9GB plan ($99/mo minimum) on a 2-year plan
  • $379.95 with an 8GB plan ($88/mo minimum) on a 2-year plan
  • $1059.95 outright

It will be available in Black Onyx and Silver Titanium. Videotron is offering a free accessory with every purchase: either a Gear Fit 2 fitness band or a Level Box Pro wireless speaker. Redeem at Samsung’s promotions page between August 19 and September 2.

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While most of us can be forgiven if we show our patriotism on the inside, but during the Olympics it’s time to let the flags and face paint fly… or, you could put an Olympic wallpaper on your phone to remind yourself to check out the results every now and then. Whether you’re rooting for athletes you watch all year long or athletes you’ve never seen before (and never will again), the Olympics has something for everyone…

Let’s just hope it’s not Zika.

Olympic Flame

While there have been many awesome Olympic flames over the years, the one in Vancouver remains my favorite. Even if it did mess up during the opening ceremony. We don’t talk about that, though. Isn’t it pretty? Does it light the fires of patriotism and athletic competition in your heart?

Olympic Flame

Rio Olympics

This stylized poster feels like ti could fit on your home screen long after the closing ceremony, with its subtle rings and beautiful layers. With the moon and the stars, it kinda takes my breath away…

Rio Olympics

Flags Collection from GaryckArntzen

Want to cheer on your country of choice? Well, they may not have every country, but these spattered flag wallpapers are messy enough for real life yet still easy enough to recognize instantly and stir some national pride within you! U! S! A! U! S! A! U! S! A! Oh, and the rest of the other countries. Go for gold!

Flags Collection from GaryckArntzen

The Olympic Pokeball by wazzy88

There’s something about the Olympic motto that makes it feel like it applies to Pokemon Training…also, this beautiful lunar Poké Ball looks like it’s ready to hold the strongest Pokémon a country can find. Which Pokémon would you want to compete in Olympic events? I’m saying Manaphy for the 100 meter freestyle.

The Olympic Poké Ball by wazzy88

2020 Olympics

The closing ceremony will be here before we know it, but never fear! There’ll be another one in four years, and guess what?! NEXT ONE’S IN JAPAN! Pardon me for a moment as I squee at the idea of being able to both see an Olympics, take in the culture of Japan, and then pop over to Tokyo Disney and die of happiness at all of the magic in there. Well, it may be four years away, but it’s never too early to start planning the trip of a lifetime, right?

2020 Olympics




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Why do I only have Sightings in Pokémon Go?

Pokémon tracking has been restored in the latest updated to Pokémon Go! Well, sort of. What used to ready Nearby for some now reads Sightings for all. Instead of footprints telling you roughly how far away some of these critters are, you get a single icon that tells you Pokémon are somewhere within 70 feet of your current location, and you’re going to have to walk around to find out specifically where your prey is hiding.

Actually, it turns out there’s a whole lot more to this Nearby menu but most of us don’t have access to the new features yet.

What you’re seeing there is the new and improved way to track Pokémon, and what little information you grab from that video is pretty cool. There’s a compass system to show you more generally where to find different Pokémon over a larger area, which means no more wandering around endlessly for something that might run away. This looks like a huge upgrade over the original paw print system, but not everyone has this feature yet.

Why? Did Niantic let an unfinished build leak or something?

Not exactly. What you’re actually seeing is one of many players who have access to a beta feature that isn’t fully available yet. Niantic is testing this feature by releasing it to a small number of people and collecting data on how it gets used. The feature is available exclusively to those select users for now, and it will likely change based on the information collected by this group before it is rolled out to the rest of the world.

How do I get in on this beta?

There’s nothing you can do to be a part of the beta if you aren’t already in it. These aren’t users who have opted-in to something, and these users aren’t contained within a specific place in the world. From what anyone can tell, it was random and could probably be removed at a moment’s notice. It’s not a matter of software version, you can’t sideload a special version of the app. If you don’t have this feature, you have to wait like everyone else.

Look at the bright side, it’ll work really well when it’s activated for you!




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How do I find wild Pokémon in Pokémon Go?

People familiar with the classic Pokémon game franchise may remember that wild Pokémon were easily found in the tall grass located throughout the land; however, in Pokémon Go, wandering through tall grass will probably get you more bug bites than Pokémon.

Pokémon Go uses your phone’s GPS to track your location, and all you have to do to track down your favorite little creatures is walk! They are out and about all around you in the real world just waiting to be captured. Of course, there are a few different ways of finding wild Pokémon in Pokémon Go, and since we’re not Team Rocket, we will share them with you.

Start walking

Sounds simple, right? That’s because it is! You could completely forget some of the advanced ways of finding wild Pokémon and just enjoy walking around. When you get close to a Pokémon, your phone will vibrate to alert you, and you will see it on the map. Then all you have to do is tap on the Pokémon, and toss your Poké Ball!

Track Pokémon using the Sightings feature

When in Map View, you’ll notice a small gray box to the right of your virtual avatar, which displays a few Pokémon icons. Some of these icons will be colored in, revealing a complete drawing of a Pokémon. These are Pokémon you have encountered in the game before. Other icons will appear greyed out. These are Pokémon you have not yet encounteres.

Tap that box, and you’ll see a menu pop up with up to nine Pokémon in your local area. This is called the Sightings menu, and it shows you what you’ll find if you walk around in your current area a bit. Pick a direction and walk for a bit, checking back on that Sightings menu from time to time. When you get close, the Pokémon will appear on your map.

If you catch a Pokémon in your Sightings map, it’ll be removed. As you move through the game, this map will adjust to let you know what you’ll find in your immediate area. Nothing in the Sightings Map is ever more than 70 feet away from your current position, so if you’re in a large field or near a block a buildings you just wander around until those creatures pop up!

How do you catch ‘em all?

Got any great tips for finding rare Pokémon? Sound off in the comments below!




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