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Find Places To Visit & Things To Do Using Vurb App

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Facebook and Twitter are the most popular social networks out there, but in the last couple of years we’ve seen tons of other services launch, and some of the existing ones grew immensely. There are tons of options out there at the moment, various social networks offer different approaches to interacting with your contacts, and there’s always room for new ones which will bring something fresh to the table.

Speaking of which, we’ve recently stumbled upon a rather interesting app which can be considered a social network of sorts. The app in question is called ‘Vurb: Find & Save Things To Do’. Now, the developer says this app brings your favorite people, places, and things together, which is the general idea of this app. The app is here to offer you various information from various people and places, in order to help you to plan out your activities and what not. This app also offers a ‘Vurb Chat’, which is essentially a chat service which will let you message your contacts. You can also order an Uber or Lyft from within Vurb, you don’t need to get out of the app at all, which is neat.

Now, I’ve mentioned that Vurb lists various places for you, well, it also brings along various info about such places. Let’s take restaurants for example, Vurb will show you the restaurants nearby, and will also show you reviews for those restaurants. This is just an example, various info is available, including movies as well. You can read reviews from Foursquare, Yelp, Tastemade, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and other Vurb users within this application. You can make reservations through OpenTable through Vurb, and much more, this app really does offer quite a few options.

As far as the design is concerned, Vurb also has plenty to offer. The design is quite minimalistic, and it combines white Google Now-like cards, with various other elements, but it didn’t feel too cramped, at least not for my taste. This application is free to download and use, if you’re interested, check out the official screenshots of the app in the gallery down below, and above that you’ll notice a direct link to the Google Play Store.

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Nokia Report Strong Networks Profit, Cautions For 2016

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Nokia were bought by Microsoft for the Lumia branding and expertise, and perhaps so that at least one equipment manufacturer continued to sell Windows Phone devices. As part of the deal, Nokia were banned from selling own-branded handsets for eighteen months although we have seen a limited number of prototype or not-to-be-sold devices appearing over the months. Nokia have made it perfectly clear that after this eighteen month hiatus, they would be back in the business of selling smartphones and similar products into the consumer market. Meanwhile, Nokia still have other businesses to rely on: most notably the networking side of things. This division has just reported their profits and the results are better than expected. However, along with these results, Nokia has cautioned that they do not expect this higher profit margin to continue going into 2016. Nokia’s networking business amounts to 90% of its sales, recorded a fourth quarter 2015 profit margin of 14.6%, which compared with 14.0% for the same period in 2014. Investment analysts’ consensus of the margin was notable lower at 13.8%. However, catch-up patent payments from Samsung to Nokia boosted profits for the quarter to €734, up some 46% compared with last year.

Nokia’s figures were boosted by respectable numbers from Alcatel-Lucent, the telecommunications business absorbed into Nokia during 2015, which reported strong sales in 2015 especially from its software division. However, the main reason for Nokia’s strong results is because of higher than expected expenditure and investment by carriers into their mobile networks. One of Nokia’s key markets is China, and the Chinese carriers have been deploying new LTE networking technology at a rapid rate. Nokia’s note of caution is that this will not continue, which stands to reason. If a given carrier has a plan to install 20,000 masts over a two year period, and manages to deploy 15,000 in the first year, this leaves far fewer to be deployed in the second year. If the Chinese carriers have accelerated their roll out of LTE networking, in 2015 it would be likely that this side of the business will decelerate during 2016.

For 2016, Nokia have already stated that the networking market is intensely competitive between Nokia, Ericsson and Huawei as the major players but with these results, simply said that the outlook was weak. We will have to wait for the first quarter 2016 results are issues for a more in-depth look at the business projections for the rest of the year. It will be interesting to see how much energy and effort Nokia will be putting into their smartphone business later in the year and how much of a distraction this could be for their networking divisions.

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Gionee Elife S8 Gets Benchmarked, Launching February 21st

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Gionee is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer most of you have probably heard of by now. This company has introduced quite a few compelling devices in the last year or so, including their Elife E8 flagship phablet, and a number of additional, mostly mid-range offerings. Gionee has released a number of big battery ‘Marathon’ smartphones in the last couple of months, and it seems like the company plans to introduce yet another compelling offering during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of this month.

The company has already confirmed that the Gionee Elife S8 will be introduced on February 21st, and the device has popped up on Geekbench as well quite recently, and by doing that it reveals its specifications. According to Geekbench, this handset will be fueled by MediaTek’s Helio P10 64-bit octa-core SoC, and will ship with 4GB of RAM on the inside. Android 6.0 Marshmallow will come pre-installed on this device with Gionee’s custom UI installed on top of it. The Gionee Elife S8 (GN9011) managed to score 851 points in the single-core, and 3,148 points in the multi-core benchmark on Geekbench.

That being said, the device has now popped up on GFXBench as well, and pretty much filled in the gaps. GFXBench’s listing confirms the aforementioned spec details, while it also adds some additional ones. The Gionee Elife S8 will ship with a 4.6-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) panel according to GFXBench. Keep in mind that it’s possible the listing is a bit off, and that we’re looking at a 5-inch panel after all, that would make more sense, but we’ll see. The listing also revealed that the phone will ship with a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter, while the device that was tested sported 64GB of internal storage. That is pretty much it, the Gionee Elife S8 will be introduced on February 21st during MWC in Barcelona, that is actually the same day Samsung will launch the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, not to mention LG is planning to introduce the G5 as well. Either way, stay tuned for additional info, we’ll keep you posted.

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Philips’ V800 Smart Flip Phone Gets Certified In China

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Philips is a well-known brand around the world. This Dutch company has been manufacturing various tech devices for a long time now, and even though their smartphones aren’t as popular as some other brands are, there are quite a few Philips-branded smartphones out there. We haven’t heard much from Philips lately, though one of their devices did pop up on TENAA last month, the Philips S711L. That being said, yet another handset has been certified by TENAA it seems, read on.

The Philips V800 has surfaced on TENAA (China’s equivalent to the FCC), and thanks to that listing, we basically know both its specifications and design. Now, interestingly enough, this is a flip phone, and you can see in the images down below. Its specifications aren’t exactly high-end, but they’re not that bad either. The phone sports two displays, a 3.7-inch HD (1280 x 720) panels are present here, and the device will ship with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable internal storage. The quad-core SoC clocked at 1.5GHz will fuel this smartphone, though we still don’t know which chip that is. The 13-megapixel snapper will be available on the back of Philips V800, and a 5-megapixel shooter will be placed up front. This smartphone will offer 4G LTE connectivity, and Android 5.1 Lollipop will also be a part of this package. We still don’t know what battery will be included in this phone, considering TENAA’s listing did not reveal that particular piece of information. We do know, however, that the phone will measure 116.8 x 60 x 19.1mm, while it will weight 206 grams.

The listing says that Philips V800 will be available in Black (with Gold) color option, though other color variants are a possibility, of course. As far as the design is concerned, this handset sure is interesting. Not only is this a flip phone, but it also sports interesting design when it’s closed. The white on yellow Philips branding up top is quite noticeable and contributes to the overall design, and three capacitive buttons are available below the display when this phone is closed, back, home and overview, respectively. This handset is black colored, but it has some significant gold accents on it, take a look at the gallery down below if you’d like to see it for yourself.

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UMi Touch Is A Well-Specced Phone You Can Buy For Only $99.99

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UMi is a China-based smartphone manufacturing company some of you might not be that familiar with. This is not exactly a huge company, but they’ve been releasing smartphones for quite some time now, and are trying to offer a compelling product in the end. We have reviewed some of UMi’s phones, like the UMi Iron and UMi eMax Mini, for example, and those handsets were not great, but were good enough, especially for the price point. The thing is, UMi’s devices seem to be getting better and better, and this company has just released spec and pricing info for their new handset, the UMi Touch, read on.

The UMi Touch actually packs in a really solid set of specs, similar to the one you’ll find in the UMi Iron, for example. The UMi Touch features a 5.5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, along with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card). The 13-megapixel shooter (Sony’s IMX328 sensor) is placed on the back of this phone, and a 5-megapixel snapper can be found up front. The 4,000mAh battery is also a part of this package, and this is also a dual-SIM handset (hybrid dual-SIM). The UMi Touch will be available in Gray color option only, at least for now. It is also worth mentioning that this phone is made out of metal.

Now, you might be looking at these set of specs and wonder how much this phone might cost. Well, the phone actually costs $179.99, but it can be purchased for only $99.99, which seems like a very affordable price point considering what sort of internals this handset sports, not to mention it’s made out of metal. How can this handset be purchased for $99.99? Well, as part of UMi’s Partner Program. You can apply until February 15th at UMi’s official website and authorized stores, you’ll need to provide an e-mail address, and the company will send you a partner code on February 16th. That is more or less it, this handset isn’t exactly expensive at $179.99, but it becomes a bargain of sorts at $99.99. Keep in mind that we still didn’t get a chance to review this smartphone, so can’t really vouch for it., the company’s previous offerings were relatively solid though, as already mentioned.

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