Alcatel MWC 2016 Announcements: Everything you need to know

Alcatel made a few announcements at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.

The first announcement was that the company has dropped the “OneTouch” from their name, they will now be known as “Alcatel”. They also introduced a new logo to go with it.

ALCATEL Logo (PRNewsFoto/ALCATEL)
The new ALCATEL Logo (PRNewsFoto/ALCATEL)

Alcatel said the idea was to keep the brand name from sounding like a product name.

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Happy 30th Anniversary, Pixar

February 3rd 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of Pixar. In that time, they have released 16 full-length animated films,  been nominated for 55 Academy Awards (two of which were for Best Picture) and they have won 15 Oscars including special one that was given to Pixar co-founder, John Lasseter for Toy Story, which pioneered this new era of film.

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Oscars aren’t the only awards that Pixar has earned, they have also earned 7 Golden Globes, 11 Grammys and countless other awards. Pixar’s movies so far have made over $9.5 billion worldwide which works out to be about $593 million per film.

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Oculus Rift, Now available for Pre-order

The infamous Oculus Rift is now available for pre-order directly from Oculus’ site for the not-so low price of $599 USD.

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Here’s what you get in the box

Even though the high price tag wasn’t revealed earlier, Oculus founder, Palmer Luckey did say a few weeks ago that the Oculus Rift would come at a premium but he did also say that VR will eventually become something that is affordable for everyone.

Here’s to hoping he’s right.

Don’t forget to make sure you have a capable PC before you pre-order the Rift.

Here are the recommended specs:

  • graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
  • processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • memory: 8GB+ RAM
  • output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • input: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
  • operating system: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

The Oculus Rift will start shipping to 20 countries on March 28th 2016 and the Rift will be available in limited locations at select retailers in April.

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CES 2016 Day One: Everything you need to know

Today (January 6th), was the first official day of CES 2016 but there were announcements made before today. You can read more about them: CES Unveiled 2016, CES 2016 Day Zero (Press Day).

SanDisk

SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick (200GB version)
SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick (200GB version)

SanDisk has announced two new models of some their existing products at CES 2016. The first is a bigger storage capacity of their SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick. It now comes in a 200GB option.

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CES Unveiled 2016: Everything you need to know

Even though CES 2016 doesn’t actually begin until the 6th of January, there have still been quite a few pre-CES announcements even before the CES 2016 Press Day which is on January 5th 2016.

Today is known as CES Unveiled 2016.

Lenovo

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Lenovo has introduced a few new devices at CES 2016. The first one is the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Lenovo says that is it the lightest 14-inch Ultrabook to date. It offers 11 hours of battery life, a 6th-gen Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB in SSD storage is running Windows 10. It will cost $1,299 USD and will launch this February.

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Sachin’s Favourite Things of 2015

This is a list of some of my favourite things of 2015. It ranges from smartphone and video game consoles to tv shows and movies.

And if you haven’t already checked out my Favourite Apps of 2015.

Update (1.20.2016): Disney has pushed back the release date of Star Wars: Episode VIII by seven months from May 26th 2017 to December 15th 2017, this post has been reflected to show that

Nexus 6P

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Graphite (aka black)

The Huawei Nexus 6P quickly became my favourite Android device of the year. It had a great camera, a improved version of Android that brought great battery life, and to round it off it was wrapped up in a solid metal body.

Related: Nexus 6P Review: The Best of Android 

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Favourite Apps of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, it’s that time of year for the annual “best of …” or “favourite thing of 2015.”

This post will be focusing on the apps that I used the most this year, so much that I consider them my favourite apps of 2015. Some of these apps might not have come out in 2015 but some have been significantly since last year’s post: Favourite Apps of 2014.

Some of these apps are just available on only one platform (just Android or just iOS) but some of them are multiplatform in which they are on both Android and iOS and have a web app as well.

The links to download these apps will be in the form of “Get on Google Play” or “Get it on the App Store” pictures after each app description.

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