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Buy a OnePlus One Without an Invite, Your Samsung TV is Listening [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 10-02-2015

It’s OnePlus One Tuesday, Samsung is listening, Windows 10 due to be finished in June, Imgur Pro is now free, Spot the robot dog, and Uber Seize steals cars.


You Can Now Buy a OnePlus One

After months of only offering people the opportunity to buy the OnePlus One Top Six Best Features Of The OnePlus One -- And One Drawback I've been living with the OnePlus One for a few weeks now, and it's amazing, but it's not perfect. Let's run through some of the best features -- and one downside. Read More through invites, the Chinese company is opening the desirable smartphone up to the wider world. From today (Feb. 10), the OnePlus One will be available for anyone to buy, with or without an invite, every Tuesday.

One day every week, for 24 hours — starting at midnight in Los Angeles, 8am in London and 4pm in Hong Kong — anyone can buy a OnePlus One. The invite system will remain in place for the other six days of the week, but with everybody who buys a OnePlus One receiving invites to send to friends, getting one should be less of a problem.

While this is a welcome change to proceedings, it should be noted that the OnePlus One is a smartphone made for 2014, and the OnePlus Two is set to replace it over the next few months. However, the OnePlus One is still a solid choice of smartphone, and refreshingly affordable compared to the competition 5 Affordable Android Phones That Don't Suck Until 2 years ago, it didn't make much sense to buy budget Android phones because of the sub-par experience they offered. But things have changed. Read More .

Samsung Smart TVs Mimic Big Brother

If you own a Samsung Smart TV, you may want to choose your words carefully in the future. This is the conclusion being drawn from the company’s privacy policy in regards to its smart television sets What Is a Smart TV? 6 of the Best on the Market Today Most televisions you look at now will be smart TVs, but what is a smart TV and which ones are the best on the market right now? Read More , as noted by The Daily Beast.

The warning reads, “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of voice recognition.” How very Orwellian.


That third party is thought to be Nuance, a U.S.-based firm which provides the voice-recognition services to Samsung. The Korean company has played down the risk to privacy this feature represents, telling The Guardian, “any data gathering or their use is carried out with utmost transparency and we provide meaningful options for consumers to freely choose or to opt out of a service.

Still, it may be advisable, at least for the time being, not to discuss anything you wouldn’t want the world to know. It turns out that the walls don’t have ears, but modern televisions are listening into your private conversations.

Windows 10 will be Complete in June

Microsoft is rumored to be aiming to finish Windows 10 Windows 10 In Pictures - A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview The Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available to everyone. Some bugs aside, it does look promising. We'll guide you through the new Windows one screenshot at a time. Read More by June, two months ahead of its traditional August RTM (Release to Manufacturing) schedule. This report comes from Neowin, which claims this earlier release would allow OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) to target Windows 10 hardware at back-to-school shoppers.

The schedule does seem to make sense: Windows 8 The Windows 8 Guide This Windows 8 guide outlines everything new about Windows 8, from the tablet-like start screen to the new "app" concept to the familiar desktop mode. Read More went from a consumer preview in February 2012 to an RTM in August 2012. Windows 10 debuted as a consumer preview in January 2015, so hitting its RTM in June is entirely feasible. As expected, Microsoft has declined to comment on this speculation, but it all sounds promising.


Imgur Gifts Pro Features to All

Imgur is phasing out Imgur Pro subscriptions by giving every user access to the same premium features. Imgur Pro was an optional paid service launched when the image-sharing website celebrated its first birthday. Now, at the ripe old age of six, Imgur Upload, Edit & Share Your Images Online With Imgur, The Simple Image Editor Everybody needs a decent image editor. There are times when you'll need to crop, rotate or make other light edits to your images. One of the online image editors that you can use is imgur.... Read More is dropping Imgur Pro.

Instead, every registered user will have access to all of the Pro features, including the ability the store an unlimited number of images, manage any uploaded image at any time, and view analytics and referral data. This represents a saving of $2.99-per-month. Which can’t be bad.

Boston Dynamics’ Spot the Robot Dog

Boston Dynamics, the Google-owned engineering and robotics company, has revealed its latest quadruped design. Spot is a robot dog that weighs in at 160 pounds, can walk, run, climb stairs, traverse rough terrain, and even take the odd kick to its side without falling over.

This is both scary and amazing at the same time. If robots ever become sentient 5 Advanced Humanoid Robots You Have to See to Believe Here, we count down some of the most impressive humanoid robots ever created. The future of robotics is coming, and it's weirder than ever. Read More then it’s entirely possible that we’ll have herds of these things hunting down humans in the streets. It’s more likely they’ll remain dumb and compliant 8 Skilled Jobs That May Soon Be Replaced By Robots Are machines coming for your job? You might be surprised. Recent advances in AI are putting white collar jobs at risk. Read More , but let’s keep our fingers crossed just in case.


Uber Seize Adds Carjacking Element

And finally, Uber has unveiled its latest effort to get us all ditching traditional taxi cabs What Is Uber and Why Is It Threatening Traditional Taxi Services? Uber has landed, and it's fundamentally changing inner-city transit. And some might say, not entirely for the better. Read More in favor of its car-sharing service Hire A Car In Most Major Cities Worldwide With Uber And MyTaxi You'd expect by now that hiring taxis with an app on your fancy GPS-enabled device to tell the drive your location would be an everyday event, right? Wrong. Read More . Uber Seize takes the driver completely out of the equation, with passengers carjacking the vehicle and driving it to their destination of choice.

This isn’t actually a real Uber initiative, obviously. Instead, it’s a satire from The Onion, which clearly thinks Uber will stop at nothing to get ahead. And we could see this being extremely popular with gamers eager to live out their Grand Theft Auto V fantasies The Games, TV Shows, Movies, & Technology That Influenced GTA V As with every medium, video games are heavily influenced by other things, and there are plenty of examples of this in GTA V. Read More for real.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you still interested in buying a OnePlus One? Are you looking forward to the finished version of Windows 10? How do you feel about the prospect of herds of robot dogs roaming the country?

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