Watch LeBron James in This New Samsung Virtual Reality Ad

By Patrick Navarro ( | First Posted: Dec 28, 2015 06:02 AM EST

OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on from the bench against the Golden State Warriors during their NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo : Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

LeBron James is a hands down choice to help out in the endorsement department and Samsung has commissioned the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star player once again as it tries to hype up the Samsung Gear VR.

James stars in a 12-minute virtual reality experience that comes with the Gear VR headset, titled “Striving for Greatness.” On what the VR experience carries, it takes eventual users into James’ training routine together with some Samsung plugs on their products of course.

The whole thing was made possible through the efforts of Samsung, Oculus Studios, Uninterrupted and directed by Felix & Paul studios.

The 12-minute VR content is available for download via the Oculus Store. Alternatively, it can also be downloaded from the Milk VR app.

Seeing how popular LeBron James is in the NBA, folks who have the Gear VR and are NBA fans are bound to enjoy this virtual reality experience which would give them a better look at how “the King” peps himself for his 13th NBA season.

Samsung is obviously hoping that with James’ help, the Gear VR will get some added boost despite already being mentioned as one of the hottest devices one can get this Holiday season.

The video ad can be viewed below, something that shows a lot of lip-syncing to a Public Enemy song. It was release on Christmas day and shown during the game pitting the Cavs against the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

James was, of course, the center of it all – doing some lip syncing. Unfortunately, he needs some work on it (lip syncing) when compared to the other guys who appeared. Then again, there are some things where James may not be perfect at.

Nevertheless, such is a small setback considering that his presence alone is already a big deal particularly for his fans and followers.

Overall, virtual reality seems to be making a serious run of probably making it this time.

VR hasn’t really made an impact in the tech world though Facebook top brass Mark Zuckerberg still believes that this technology will eventually become an everyday reality with the world eventually wanting one of their own according to CNet.

That, of course, remains to be seen in this fast evolving tech-filled world, but Samsung is obviously hoping it does. If so, it puts them once again in a good position of another new niche of devices and gadgets available in the market to date.

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Got $20K? This First Ever Real Hoverboard Could be Yours!

By Staff Writer ( | First Posted: Dec 29, 2015 05:18 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 27: A hoverboard dance crew performs on the Samsung LED Court at NBA Opening Night 2015 at Pier 43 on October 27, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo : Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Samsung)

Have $20,000, will own a real hoverboard.

A recently unveiled hoverboard, called the ArcaBoard, was shown capable of lifting its rider about 6 minutes off the ground. As such, it has since been earmarked as the first “authentic” hoverboard.

“The hoverboard comes from Arca Space Corporation, a company specialized in aerospace vehicles for private space flight,” CNET reported. “The board is powered by a set of batteries running 36 electric ducted fans.”

“The contraption packs 272 horsepower and hovers at about a foot above the ground,” it added, also saying that it is capable of lifting riders weighing up to 176 pounds or 80 kilograms.

Another version that can handle heavier users (up to 243 pounds) can hover for about 3 minutes. Travel speed reportedly tops out at 12.5 miles per hour or 20 kilometers per hour.

The said gadget comes in green, blue, and beige and has a separate charging device, which can recharge the hoverboard in about half an hour. Charging the board normally takes up to 6 hours. The charger costs $4,500, while the hoverboard itself sells at a whopping $19,900.

“If you look closely, you’ll notice that each fan on the hoverboard is covered by a thin protective grill,” Mashable observed. “But it seems like if you covered one of the fan ports with your foot (easy, due to the limited foot space) your hovering experience might be impacted.”

It can be recalled that Lexus teased its board a few months back. It was later understood that the device was dependent on magnetic or conductive surfaces. The ArcaBoard isn’t, as its 36 electric fans can get it off any type of surface.

However, some may point out that the Lexus board may be the winner in the design department, thanks to its sleek shape. The ArcaBoard has been described by PC World as looking like “the monolith from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’.”

To the skeptics wondering whether the newly introduced product is actually legit, perhaps knowing more about its maker helps.

“Arca started as a Romanian NGO and was awarded contracts for work on stratospheric rockets and balloons by the Romanian government and the European Space Agency,” GizMag explained. “Since then, the company participated in the Google Lunar X Prize, released high-end drones and has recently relocated to the US, where it announced the release of the ArcaBoard on Christmas Eve.”

Further, the specs apparently check out as they aren’t “too good to be true,” although the board itself doesn’t sound like a very feasible option for commuting at this point.

Tell us what you think!


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Samsung Galaxy S7 Launching in 2 Sizes? [Release Date, Specs, Features & Rumors]

By Patrick Navarro ( | First Posted: Dec 29, 2015 06:26 AM EST

A general view of the atmosphere is seen at the new Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 at Launch Event on August 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo : Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Samsung)

After reporting that the Samsung Galaxy S7 would be debuting at a higher price because of an iris scanner yesterday, new rumors pertaining to the highly awaited release of the next Samsung Galaxy flagship have cropped up.

This time around, the Samsung Galaxy S7 models will reportedly come out in two sizes.

A report from the Economic Times of Korea bares that Samsung will be releasing two variants – a 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch variant with curved sides.

It seems that the varying sizes lead to the the Samsung Galaxy S7 as the one likely donning the 5.2-inch screen and the Galaxy S7 Edge sporting the larger 5.5-inch screen. Of the two, however, it seems that the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will continue to don the usual curved display.

CNet adds that Samsung is ready with about 5 million stocks of the said devices in total. Up to 3.3 million Galaxy S7 devices and 1.7 million devices of the Galaxy S7 Edge are prepped for the rumoured debut.

Speaking of debuts, that is perhaps the best thing to look out for now. There have been varied rumors on when Samsung would officially release their next flagship.

There is word that it could be at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Show while others believe it could debut when Samsung holds its annual “Unpacked” event, which is held weeks before the 2016 Mobile World Congress that will be on Feb. 22, 2016.

With the Galaxy S7 potentially nearing its release, it remains to be seen if there would be more rumors on the horizon.

Aside from the iris scanner which will be a reason behind the jacked up prices for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy flagships, there were already a lot of other rumors out in the open in recent weeks.

These include the presence of a USB Type-C and a pressure-sensitive display which is likened to Apple’s patented 3D Touch present on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

Previously, there were also rumors pertaining to the type of processors Samsung would release.

GSM Arena recalls that there is a chance that there will be four versions of the next flagship. This would be the likely scenario if the Korean company is indeed coming out with devices sporting an Exynos 8890 and/or Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset.

Thus far, those have been the popular rumors tied up with the Samsung Galaxy S7 features and specs, and as the days continue to pass, expect more leaks to come out.

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7 Android Phones Worth Waiting For in 2016

By Staff Writer ( | First Posted: Dec 29, 2015 10:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 25: An Attendee wears a Google Android Mascot hat during the Google I/O Developers Conference at Moscone Center on June 25, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The seventh annual Google I/O Developers conference is expected to draw thousands through June 26. (Photo : Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

Thinking of buying a new smartphone? Perhaps waiting for next year’s releases is your best bet at this point. Well, not just any kind of Android handset, of course, but one of these top 7 smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S7

Apple is known for its quality and superb design, as well as its habit of releasing a new iteration on a yearly basis. Taking note of that, Samsung apparently has caught up and released smartphone models that are very similar in looks and feel to those of its top rival. And it’s expected that next year’s flagship smartphone coming out of the South Korean tech giant’s doors will be its edgiest ever.

“Samsung is expected to announce the next Galaxy S7 in just a few short months, in February,” Tech Times noted. “Supposedly sporting the edgiest design yet in smartphones, the Galaxy S7 is rumored to have edged screens on all sides – left, right, up and down.”

“The Korean conglomerate is also expected to incorporate a touch sensitive 3D Touch-like feature in its next flagship,” it added.

Google Nexus 6 (2016)

The Nexus 6 was just recently released late this year. Nonetheless, it went on to gain a positive reception from pundits and tech fans, leading a good number of them to wonder whether its successor will measure up. Based on rumors, it sounds like it will.

“It will feature a Snapdragon 820 chip, which is more powerful and energy efficient, and builds in support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0,” PC Advisor noted. “It will be the launch vehicle for the new Android OS, Android N, and it will most likely arrive in October.”

The next model will also be made by Huawei.


Previous iterations of LG’s flagship smartphone have enjoyed acclaim, which inspires the question whether the company can push the envelope further and release an even better model in 2016. If the rumors about the G5 getting an iris scanner are true, it probably will be one of the most innovative handsets next year.

HTC One M10

The One M8 was fantastic, but its successor was disappointing, so said a number of pundits. It is hoped that HTC learns from its lessons with the M9 and carry those over to the M10. If it does, the upcoming smartphone will be one hit of a gadget.

Motorola Moto X (2016)

“We’d expect improvements in most areas as this tends to be the way so a faster processor, more RAM, microSD support, a larger battery capacity and the latest software would all be reasonable predictions,” Pocket-Lint forecasted. “We’d also expect the camera to be a big consideration as it was in 2015.”

Sony Xperia Z6

It’s no wonder that the most anticipated phones of 2016 tend to be flagships, as tech companies typically give their “all” to these handsets. With that said, it’s expected that Sony may do its part with the Z6, which has been rumored to be released in the later half of 2016.

Microsoft Surface Phone

2015 was a good year for Microsoft, thanks to the Surface Book and its new tablets. As such, there’s no reason why the company should make 2016 an equally fantastic one with a Surface Phone, which had been whispered about for some time now but has not been confirmed.

“Should it truly exist, the Surface Phone is expected to arrive in 2016, with a 5.5in Quad-HD AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 64- and 128GB storage options (with microSD support), a 64-bit Intel processor and 21Mp rear- and 8Mp front cameras,” PC Advisor said. “The Surface Phone could also get a Surface Pen and a USB-C port.”

Which Android phone do you think is truly worth waiting for?


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‘Star Wars' Fans Create Real-Life Lightsabers [Watch]

By Althea Serad ( | First Posted: Dec 30, 2015 06:00 AM EST

Fans gather for the Star Wars Lightsaber Battle ‘The Light Battle Tour’ at Pershing Square on December 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo : Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hype is still fresh in our midst, so it’s only natural for fans to make attempts at creating their own “Star Wars”-inspired props.

Most recent are Allen Pan and Drake Anthony’s DIY lightsabers. Both YouTubers posted videos of their creations on the video streaming website, and both creations are extremely powerful.

A Warning: Don’t Try This At Home Unless You Have Professional Help

Allen Pan, who goes by the handle “Sufficiently Advanced” on YouTube, designed his own real-life, gas-powered IRL lightsaber via ready-made components. His green lightsaber not only lights cigarettes, it can also destroy balloons, which in the video are dressed as Stormtroopers.

According to Tech Times, the components that Pan used to create his real-life lightsaber include a Skywalker lightsaber shell replica, a turkey marinade injector, and combined 3D-printed parts. Meanwhile, for the gas-powered “blade”, Pan used mixed methanol and acetone injected into a canister, after which he added butane as propellant.

For added effect, Pan included that iconic “Star Wars swoosh” sound to the device, according to Mashable.

Pan is then able to use his real-life lightsaber/plasma blade by pushing the ignition button.

Another fan who created his own real-life lightsaber is YouTuber Drake Anthony, who goes by the handle styropyro on the website. The 23-year-old “Star Wars” fan was in fact so inspired by Allen Pan’s flamethrower lightsaber that he decided to create his own, but instead of fire, Anthony used a 7-watt blue laser.

His creation is just as powerful that it’s able to destroy things, such as a tape, cup, wood, etc., by cutting and setting them on fire, according to BGR.

Anthony shared details of how he made his DIY lightsaber on the video description:

“In terms of building a working lightsaber, the two main limiting factors are beam confinement and high-energy density storage. With the amazing Li-Ion batteries that the scientists/engineers have developed, stupidly powerful handheld lasers can be built, just like this one here. The issue then becomes confinement, which doesn’t look possible any time soon with a device like this. Oh well, my attempt is still bright and lights things on fire!!

My device uses a Nichia GaN laser diode, which was overdriven to 7W of output by running it at 4.6A with a couple high-efficiency buck drivers in parallel. An anti-reflective coated glass lens focuses the beam, and the whole device is powered by two unprotected 18650 batteries in series.”

 Even before “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” debuted in theaters, there have been fans who attempted making their own lightsabers. However, they’re not exactly as powerful as the ones mentioned above. Check them out in the videos below.

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iPhone 7 Won't Have Antenna Stripes, to be Waterproof? [Release Date, Specs, Features & Rumors]

By Patrick Navarro ( | First Posted: Dec 30, 2015 06:39 AM EST

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 04: Arnold Schwarzenegger poses in front of his iPhone during a ‘Terminator Genisys’ photo call at the Park Hyatt Sydney on June 4, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo : Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The iPhone 7 is still months away from a possible release but some of the rumors have started to sprout as we speak.

One big change in feature that the iPhone 7 would have was about its waterproofing. Until today, there was no word on how Apple would exactly go about it. Apparently, all that will be left in the caring hands of Catchter Technologies, which will be tasked to supply the chassis components for the next batch of iPhones.

The Taiwan-based chassis manufacturer is expected to be Apple’s largest chassis supplier for 2016, something that was mentioned in a report by the Digi Times.

The report confirms the talk surrounding the possible water-proofing rumors going around though it seems to be not the only one the company will be doing. They will also use a “new compound material” that will help conceal the antenna better, which means the usual plastic stripes found on present iPhones will be gone.

With that said, it does change the possible design of the upcoming iPhone 7, which could probably come out with a different design.

Apple had started employing more water-resistant phones that kicked off with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. This was done through the integration of a gasket and silicone seals, though it remains to be seen if more changes could be forthcoming for the next iPhone device.

Also, the question on the actual body make of the iPhone 7 comes to mind. Will Apple shift to a non-metallic chassis?

Apple has so far leaned on an all-aluminum design since releasing the iPhone 5, so the ones planned by Catcher Technologies does seem interesting to see. The undisclosed material could account for better stability for the upcoming iPhone and hopefully be cheaper to somehow bring down its eventual selling price.

Aside from the improved water-proofing and new compound material in mention, there will hopefully be more word on previous rumors that came out in the open.

Per a previous post, that includes a possible lightning port or USB Type-C used for docking in lieu of the traditional 3.5 mm port, an alleged dual camera with optical zoom, the screen display and the actual processor Apple will use for their next iPhone flagship.

The iPhone 7 is likely to be unveiled by  September 2016 whenApple usually introduces its new line of iPhone models. With a long way to go, more rumors and hopefully confirmed features will come our way.

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Top 5 Tech Fails of 2015 That Will Make You Facepalm

By Althea Serad ( | First Posted: Dec 30, 2015 06:52 AM EST

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller introduces new features on the new MacBook during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo : Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

Year 2015 brought us game-changing technology that redefined the way we communicated, entertained ourselves and did things professionally.

While 2015 brought ground-breaking work, there are “innovations” that brought disappointment to many.

Below are our Top 5 tech fails of the year, which include devices, brands, gadgets and software disasters, that certainly deserve a facepalm moment.

1. Hoverboards

Yes, I suppose they can be called innovations since they are generally new. However, the holiday season’s hottest gift are essentially just two-wheeled contraptions that top our list for several reasons.

First and most popular reason is their moments of spontaneous combustion. One of the most recent reports was of a hoverboard suddenly bursting into flames inside a Texas Mall, causing the evacuation of hundreds of shoppers.

The second reason? Hoverboards might not be an innovation after all. According to Mashable, Segway is suing the makers of hoverboards for patent infringement.

Third and not least, it seems that the only place you can ride them legally is inside the house. Some streets and sidewalks in the U.S. have banned the use of hoverboards.

2. Data breaches and Company Hacks

The year 2015 proved that nothing is private anymore once you put it up on the internet. It’s now clear that in today’s internet, any and all digital systems can be hacked.

Among the major data breaches of the year include health-insurance firm Anthem, infidelity site Ashley Madison, Hilton hotel chains, gadget vendor VTech, the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management, messaging developer Slack, Premera Blue Cross, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Experian/T-Mobile.

According to iDigitalTimes, seven of these data breaches exposed an accumulated number of nearly 200 million records, leaving customers and employees vulnerable.

The data breaches became so many that they have even become staple in today’s news.

After the hacks, companies make the usual public apology. Other than that, victims can do nothing else. Although, individuals and organizations are now more careful about digital security.

3. Pushy Marketing/Adwares

The dawn of 2015 introduced irritating attempts by companies at ads that users don’t really need.

Major case in point is the adware/software “Superfish” made by a company in California that was found in Lenovo’s laptops in the early months of 2015. The case became so bad that the Chinese-based tech company had to beg for forgiveness when the adware became exposed, according to USA Today.

There’s also Verizon Wireless’ “supercookie” tracking, which it mended by greatly scaling it back after buying AOL.

Spotify’s also had its share with an expansionist privacy policy.

4. Apple Innovations

First is Apple Music, which reportedly ended up suffering when users discovered poor quality of UI and lack of differentiators. Apple Music digitally locks copies it provides of your own songs.

There was also the problem with iOS 9’s transit directions, which reportedly didn’t work on old-generation iPads. There’s also pushy autocorrect on their smartphones and OS X’s still-subpar Photos app.

The Apple News App, which was launched in the iOS 9 update as a replacement to the equally unpopular Newsstand, was supposed to transform the news industry, but it turned out to be another subpar and unused app from the Cupertino-based company.

The Herald Sun also considers the design of the MacBook as least practical mainly because of its having just one port.

5. Android Software

First is the Snapdragon 810 chip being prone to overheating. Yes, it’s Qualcomm’s fastest processor to date, but being too hot, it caused damage to several smartphones such as the HTC One M9 and the LG G Flex 2.

There’s also the problem with Android’s bugs and updates. The “stagefright” bug reportedly made most Android devices vulnerable to attack with multimedia messages. As such, victims had to wait for Google to release security fixes.

Hopefully, in 2016, companies will address these problems once and for all. After all, the goal of technology is to make things more convenient for people.

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‘Uber Travel’ to Make Your Trips Easier?

By Althea Serad ( | First Posted: Dec 31, 2015 04:59 AM EST

An Uber driver poses for a photograph in an Uber t-shirt and holding a smart phone displaying the Uber app after delivering petitions to the Transport for London headquarters on December 22, 2015 in London, England. (Photo : Carl Court/Getty Images)

Is “Uber Travel” coming to town? If it does, it could make the lives of travellers much, much easier.

Apparently, Uber could be looking to become a travel agent. The company secured a new patent on December 24 where customers are able to plan their trips via Uber’s new app.

Images of the new patent show what appears to be a normal flight search like Expedia’s, but “Uber Travel” combines Uber cars along with travel searchables like real-time airplane landings. It’s a clear upgrade from how people usually make travel plans.

According to the patent’s online application from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Uber Travel will use one’s trip information to make recommendations on flights, accommodation and transportation expenses on land, which of course involves an Uber vehicle.

To use the supposed Uber app, a traveler has to indicate the destination, the date and time he/she has to be there for Uber to make its itinerary recommendations. Uber will act as the facilitator for travel plans. Howard Jaffe is the patent’s author.

As illustrated in the patent, Uber plans to tap into airlines to be able to look into planes’ real-time performance as well as customers’ preference of seats. The company also mentions the reservation system’s ability to communicate with at least one traditional hotel system and “shared-economy” system for lodging options.

While all that sounds exciting, what makes Uber Travel that really convenient is that its patented system will reportedly know the exact time of a flight’s landing, customs and baggage, thus allowing it to calculate exactly when customers should call their Uber vehicle.

“The information may include a location at the airport where the user can be picked up in connection with receiving the on-demand transportation service, and a timing indicator to indicate when the user should make a request to receive the on-demand transportation service based on a real-time determination of a number of available service providers in a vicinity of the airport,” according to the patent.

As noted by TIME, this news is interesting since Uber has had problems with airports lately. Currently, several airports still forbid the company from operating on their grounds, even imposing huge fines for lawbreaking Uber drivers.

With Uber’s new move, it would seem the transport company wants to change its relationship with airports. Its recent success in early December is proof of this, with the Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport finally granting their drivers access.

While potential competitors such as Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz and Kayak are big in the industry, Uber Travel shows huge potential in the $35 billion online travel industry. It’s certainly not backing down.

CNBC reported that Uber partnered with Hilton in September. As of this writing, the company has not commented on the authenticity of the patent reports.

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LG G5 to Have Dual Display, Smaller Battery? [Specs, Features, Release Date & Rumors]

By Patrick Navarro ( | First Posted: Dec 31, 2015 07:03 AM EST

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MARCH 03: A logo sits illuminated outside the LG pavilion during the second day of the Mobile World Congress 2015 at the Fira Gran Via complex on March 3, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The annual Mobile World Congress hosts some of the wold’s largest communication companies, with many unveiling their latest phones and wearables gadgets. (Photo : David Ramos/Getty Images)

The LG G5 could be priming itself up for a big and possibly early release, though all that remains to be seen.

Rumors about the next LG device pitch seeing the handset coming in an all-metallic build, as mentioned in a previous post. The changes were reportedly based on the success the LG V10 had when it launched earlier this year.

Now all that aside, here are other rumored specs tied up to the LG G5:

– Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset

– 3 GB of RAM

– 32 GB of Internal Storage

– Adreno 530 GPU

– Eye-scanning technology

– 16 MP main camera with a large ½ sensor

But perhaps the most controversial of all rumors is that of its release date. The LG G5 is believed to arrive earlier than the Samsung Galaxy S7. Also, it may not necessarily follow that an advanced release would catapult it to the top of the smartphone standings.

Going back, we did mention about that premium feel that the LG G5 will likely come with thanks to the LG V10. Now seeing and feeling is one thing, but that may not be all that the next LG flagship will carry.

While it was mentioned in an earlier post that the LG G5 could be coming with a 5.6 inch display, a new rumor from Phandroid begs to differ.

Rather than an 5.6-inch display, rumors have it that the smartphone will sport a smaller 5.3-inch Quad HD display, but will have a secondary “ticker” display (160 x 640) that is again similar to what the LG V10 has. With that said, the secondary display stands to be the biggest change for the LG G5 if it does become official.

Aside from that, there is word as well that the handset could have a better and smaller removable 2,800 mAh battery. Now being a smaller one, folks will be curious to see how a smaller battery can fare particularly with multitasking users do with their phones nowadays.

Finally there is also a mysterious “Magic Slot” present that hints at possible hardware expansion, VentureBeat noted. It is believed that the slot will allow users to attach other hardware modules like 360-degree VR cameras, amplifiers or maybe even a physical keyboard.

Now that seems to be a whole lot of new rumors tied up to the LG G5. Regardless, most are keeping an eye for it by the first quarter of 2016.

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Politwoops Back on Twitter?! Get to See Politicians' Deleted Tweets Again!

By Angelo Kit Guinhawa ( | First Posted: Jan 02, 2016 08:57 AM EST

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 07: In this photo illustration, the Twitter logo and hashtag ‘#Ring!’ is displayed on a mobile device as the company announced its initial public offering and debut on the New York Stock Exchange on November 7, 2013 in London, England. Twitter went public on the NYSE opening at USD 26 per share, valuing the company’s worth at an estimated USD 18 billion. (Photo : Bethany Clarke/ Getty Images)

Politwoops, the social media watchdog which catalogs deleted tweets of Politicians, is back on Twitter.

In a post at Twitter blogs, Twitter announced that it has come to an agreement with the Open State Foundation and the Sunlight Foundation, which operated the U.S. version of Politwoops to bring back the said social media watchdog.

“This agreement is great news for those who believe that the world needs more transparency. Our next step is now to continue and expand our work to enable the public to hold public officials accountable for their public statements,” Arjan El Fassed, director of Open State Foundation, said in the blog post.

According to Business Insider, Politwoops was seen to empower organizations to bring more transparency to public dialogue. One notable instance where Politwoops played a major role was when politicians deleted their tweets praising the release of a U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan in order to distance their selves on the issue after questions about the past of the soldier emerge.

Politwoops, nonetheless, was banned globally from Twitter last August 2015 after the social media network terminated its API access, citing that what it provides is contrary to the Developer Agreement which requires services not to track or point out deleted tweets.

Twitter emphasized that deleting a tweet is the right of the user and is an expression of his or her voice.

This, however, sparked an outrage by Human rights groups who argued that public officials and politicians should accept the fact that every word that comes from them can be tracked and they should be accountable for that being public figures.

“Politwoops is an important tool for holding our public officials, including candidates and elected or appointed public officials, accountable for the statements they make, and we’re glad that we’ve been able to reach an agreement with Twitter to bring it back online both in the US and internationally,” Jenn Topper, communications director for The Sunlight Foundation, said in the blog post.

The Sunlight Foundation cited that they will be working to get Politwoops running again while the Open State Foundation highlighted that they are working to reestablish Politwoops in more than 30 countries where it was launched. Both organizations are also looking to expand the service to other countries.

Politwoops started in 2010 at Netherlands and has since expanded to various countries and parliaments including United Kingdom, Germany, France, Egypt, Argentina, Turkey and Greece, among many others.

What do you think of Twitter’s reversal on its ban on Politwoops? How do you think it will help bring more transparency to public dialogue? Let us know in the comment section below.

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