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Seattle’s Space Needle launches virtual reality app

The Space Needle is one of – if not THE most iconic – landmark in the city of Seattle and has been what most people remember about the city (that and the rain, of course) since it was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair. In 2015, it’s still going strong, providing locals and tourists alike with magnificent views of the city, Puget Sound, and to wherever your eyes can reach. Today the management of the Space Needle jump on the virtual reality (VR) bandwagon by launching an app that will provide users with VR headsets to experience the Needle’s amazing views.

Huawei Ascend Mate 8 launch possibly teased, Berlin event in September

People have been waiting for Huawei’s 2015 flagship for a while now, so most online pundits are reading into this teaser poster for an event in Berlin on September 2nd as the possible launch of the Huawei Ascend Mate 8. The teaser poster was publicized by Huawei in one of its social media accounts, and now the intarwebs is rife with rumors of this flagship.

Hearthstone busting out a second expansion called ‘The Grand Tournament’

Once again, Blizzard is keeping interest alive in its premium collectible card battle game Hearthstone by coming out with a 2nd expansion this August. Hearthstone is easily one of the most popular card battle games around, and there are a LOT of those on Android. Blizzard gained Android traction when it finally made the game available to Android devices with smaller screens, such as smartphones. And now, a new expansion set – with new cards and gameplay elements – to reel you in.

Kodi 15.0 is Isengard, officially out on Google Play

I figure we should stop calling it XBMC now, given that the developing team has given so much effort to bringing this wonderful media management app to all of us. This is Kodi 15.0 – affectionately called “Isengard” by those who are close to it – but now officially out to all of the Android world via the Google Play Store.

ASUS releases the ZenFone 2E with AT&T

Just when we thought we’ve had enough variants of the ASUS ZenFone 2 out there, the Taiwan-based outfit comes out with one more. ASUS is partnering up with AT&T to bring you the ASUS ZenFone 2E, a budget phone to go with your prepaid account, but a very capable budget phone at that. It seems like everybody is moving up in the world, and even the budget phones now have HD displays and 4G connectivity.

Sony Xperia Z3+ users go DIY to battle heat and throttling issues

Qualcomm will have to own up to this at some point, but the performance issues that haunt the Snapdragon 810 processor are forcing Sony Xperia Z3 Plus users to extreme measures. It might be that the current Sony flagship shipped with the initial SD810 batch, that is why it suffers from performance throttling issues when the processor heats up. But it shouldn’t come to this – the smartphone’s users turning to DIY solutions like aluminum foil to combat the heating.

Android 5.1 Lollipop rolls out to Sony Xperia Z2, Z3

If you own a Sony Xperia Z2 or Z3 series phone or tablet, we’ve got some good news coming your way. Sony just announced that they are rolling out the Android 5.1 Lollipop update that you guys have been expecting for a while now. Along with the new firmware, of course, are new goodies and features for everybody.
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