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Project Sunroof initiative from Google to bring solar panels on everyone’s roof

The Sunroof initiative is a new Google project aimed at changing the world. People are trying to find renewable energy resources all over the world. It appears that solar energy may be the future, but is the cost really worth the investment? Using solar power on a global scale may reduce our environmental impact and it could save money on the long run, but installation costs are high and they present the first obstacle in a world without petrol.

 

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Since more and more people are genuinely concerned about the planet and resources, Google decided to start an initiative that will gather all relevant data in one place.

Enter project Sunroof.

It works with Google Maps where it shows just how much sunlight falls on each roof. This way, users can see how much power their roofs can generate if they had solar panels on and, by extension, how much money they could save. Google even goes through the trouble of pointing users to an installer close by.

 

 

 

 

The Sunroof service will not be available for the entire world at launch however. You get three supported regions in the US for starters: Boston – where the Sunroof team is located – , the San Francisco area and Fresno. The last choice was apparently made because the mother of an engineer is living there and it is not very far from San Francisco.

 

This is just the beginning. The team hopes to extend Project Sunroof to the entire country and maybe even outside the US. There is no timeframe for that to happen as of yet. If the feedback is good, the project advances and the public responds well and wants more, things could change. Keep looking for great alternative energy solutions on Google, people. This could grow into something beautiful!

Source: Project Sunroof

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Xiaomi opens first US Mi store where you can buy everything EXCEPT smartphones

Xiaomi’s first US virtual Mi store is finally live and you can actually get some devices at a decent price, along with tons of accessories. At the moment you can’t exactly buy smartphones but you can indulge in some nice accessories.

 

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You can buy a fitness band, a battery, a power bank or some headphones if you are so inclined. The batteries have capacities ranging from 5.000 to 10.000 mAh and they sell for $9.99 to $13.99 respectively.

The Xiaomi headphones you can buy from the store cost around $79.99 and they are very similar to the $600 Grado Ps500e headset.

 

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You can also purchase a Mi Band fitness tracker for $14.99 and you won’t even have to recharge it for about a month.

 

 

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The store already presents smartphones like Mi 4i, Mi 4, RedMi 2 and the Redmi Note4G, a Mi Pad and the Mi TV. These will be available in the US stores later this year though.

Source: Mi Store

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Huawei Expo SnapOn – the low-end smartphone with LTE you can have if you don’t love Moto G

A new budget Huawei device showed its face on Amazon today and it may vaguely remind you of a more known device on the market, at least in terms of specs or price? It is supposed to be a Moto G competitor with LTE weighing in at $180. The unlocked smartphone market is starting to grow in the US and the whole world, and in the sub-$200 price range that means avid competition. Huawei is known for offering cheap alternatives to renowned flagships, and this is a similar case, making a point that the Chinese OEM has plans to take over the American market as well.

 

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Huawei Expo is a low-end device that looks kinda chic, as do all of Huawei’s slim and candy-bar devices. Here’s the spec list:

  • 5.0″ TFT LCD (720p)
  • Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage (plus microSD slot)
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front
  • 2200mAh battery
  • AT&T and T-mobile LTE bands (2, 4, 5, 12)
  • Android 4.4

 

Huawei Expo

 

 

The device comes packed with Android 4.4, which is probably its biggest drawback, and a possible update is up in the air, as there are little chances this cheap device will ever see the light of Lollipop. It’s still not one of the bad low-end devices out there, mainly because you get LTE which not many cheap smartphones have yet, even the second gen Moto G doesn’t have it.

The pre-order page says Huawei Edge SnapTo began shipping on April 9th in the US, you can pick from white and black versions and you’ll pay $179.99 for one.

Source: Amazon via Androidpolice

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HTC One M9 to be carried by four out of five major US carriers

HTC One M9 will be available on four out of the five major US carriers as soon as it becomes available to the public. US Cellular is the odd one out of the bunch as their representative said that it was not on their release schedule at the moment whereas Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be carried.

 

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AT&T is all in and already presented its variation and put up a sign-up page. They will offer the silver/gold model as well as the black version.  There is no launch date or price available at the moment, but AT&T mentioned selling the HTC Grip fitness tracker as well.

Verizon announced their support for HTC One M9 on Twitter only, mentioning that the device will be available in the early second quarter of 2015.

Sprint showed the M9 in a press release and a promo page with email registration and there will possibly be support for the black variant only, according to the already presented photos. Sprint also mentions selling the phone early this spring with price and availability to be disclosed soon.

 

 

T Mobile has a press release, a video and a sign-up page with no pricing and info regarding the release date.

More details to follow.

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[IFA Berlin] US carriers availability for Samsung’s Note 4 and Note Edge

US carriers always want their customers to know which devices they will be getting, especially when it comes to flagships and popular manufacturers. This is the case with Samsung, who announced its Note 4 and Note Edge today at IFA Berlin. Samsung Note 4   In the US, you will find the devices at T Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, and you can already signup for your device if you are eager to get one. US Cellular will only be offering the Samsung Note 4 for now. Pricing was not announced. 

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