Sony announces the Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5!

Sony Mobile continues its innovation in imaging with the introduction of two best in class super mid-range smartphones

Sony has announced two new smartphones, the Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5.

The Xperia C5 Ultra is the successor to the Xperia C3 that was optimized for taking self portraits. The C5 Ultra has a 13 megapixel autofocus camera on the front and back, much like the HTC Desire EYE. The front camera also has 22mm focal length to fit more people in and also an LED flash like on the C3.

Other than the camera, the C5 Ultra has a 6-inch, 1920×1080 resolution IPS display with really thin bezels on the side, 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6752 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, LTE, 2930mAh battery with a promised battery life of up to two days, and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The Xperia M5 is what Sony calls the ‘super mid-range’ smartphone, and is quite similar to some of the Xperia Z series devices. It has the same OmniBalance design with metal on the sides and glass on the front and back. The M5 is also dust and waterproof with IP65 & IP68 certification.

The M5 also has a 5-inch 1920×1080 resolution IPS panel, MediaTek Helio X10 processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal memory with microSD card slot, 21.5 megapixel camera on the back, 13 megapixel camera on the front, LTE, 2600mAh battery with two-day battery life, and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Both the C5 Ultra and the M5 will be available in dual SIM variants in selected countries across emerging markets starting mid-August.

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Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation′ Notches Series-High Opening Weekend with $52 Million!

Tom Cruise actioner “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” generated $20 million at the Friday box office, marking the biggest opening day in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise.

The Paramount/Skydance release is on track to pull in about $52 million for the weekend in its 3,956 locations, according to studio estimates. The fifth installment in the series, written and directed by Chris Mcquarrie, finds Cruise facing off against a squad of special agents known as the Syndicate. Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson also star.MISSION IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION

“This is the rare sequel that leaves its franchise feeling not exhausted but surprisingly resurgent at 19 years and counting,” Variety‘s review says of the pic. Cruise has already announced plans for a sixth film.

“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” the previous pic in the series, pulled in $209 million in the U.S. and $485 million internationally. The first four “Mission: Impossible” films have totaled more than $2 billion in worldwide grosses.

The “Vacation” remake pulled in $4.5 million in 3,411 locations on Friday night, bringing its cumulative gross to $10.8 million since bowing on Wednesday. The laffer is expected to make about $13 million in the three-day frame

New Line’s “Vacation,” made on a $31 million budget, bows 32 years after the original trip to Walley World. Helms plays the grown-up Rusty Griswold, who plans a trip to the theme park with his wife, played by Christina Applegate, and their children. Chris Hemsworth also stars.

Also bowing this weekend is drama “The End of the Tour,” which stars Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as the reporter tasked with profiling the author. The A24 release made $44,000 in four locations Friday night.

Holdovers “Ant-Man,” “Minions” and “Pixels” each generated about $3 million in Friday receipts.

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Uber Recycle Now in Beirut!

Beirut_uberRECYCLE_blog_960x540_r2While people are discovering Earth 2.0, Lebanese people are facing a serious trash problem!

In an effort to make Beirut a better place, Uber partnered up with Live Love Beirut & Advanced Car Rental who will be passing around for a full week in vans to collect on-demand recyclable waste via Uber for FREE. All material will be handed over to arcenciel who will handle the recycling process.

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START DIVIDING WASTES IN DIFFERENT COLOURED PLASTIC BAGS!

BLUE: Plastic (i.e Water bottles, detergents, shampoo bottles, beverages…)

BLACK: Paper (i.e Newspapers, magazines, cardboard, boxes…)

PINK (or a 3rd colour): Metal (i.e Tins, cans, metal caps…)


HOW IT WORKS:
  1. Open your Uber app between 3pm to 8pm from July 29th through August 4th
  2. Select the UberRECYCLE optionBeirut_uberRECYCLE_half-screenshot_r1
  3. A van will pass by to collect your bags (Please make sure bags are properly sealed)
  4. All pickups are FREE of charge

Don’t wait, start bagging waste today because we’re coming to your doors as of this Today!

Thank you Uber! At least someone is doing something!

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Motorola announces 5.7-inch Moto X Style, Moto X Play and an updated Moto G!

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At a press event earlier this morning, handset maker Motorola unveiled a pair of new would-be iPhone killers, the larger-screened Moto X Style and the Moto X Play.

Additionally, the firm has refreshed its budget-minded Moto G handset, which now has a waterproof shell.

The 5.5-inch Moto X Style looks to one-up the latest iPhones with better hardware and will expectedly take on Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ refreshes, which are expected to launch this fall.

The 5.5-inch Play, on the other hand, was designed to match most of the iPhone 6 Plus’s innards. Both the Style and the Play blow iPhones out of the water with more advanced imaging features.

Moto X Style

The Moto X Style was designed to compete with Apple’s latest large-screened handsets.

Featuring a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge quad-HD 1440p display at 2,560-by-1,440 pixels, the phone has front-facing stereo speakers and is powered by Qualcomm’s 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor with Adreno 418 graphics and three gigabytes of RAM.

The Style supports Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11an Wi-Fi and 4G LTE Category 6 for up to twice as fast 300Mbps cellular data transfer, a feature forthcoming iPhones should include as well.

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The Style has a powerful back-facing camera with a whopping 21 megapixel resolution and 1080p video capture at 60 frames per second. The front-facing camera is five megapixels with a wide angle lens. Both front and back cameras have flash.

The phone can be customized with a variety of backplate colors and metal accents, including all-new Saffiano leather, real wood with unique grains and new silicon options. And if you buy it straight from Motorola, you’ll get pure Android Lollipop 5.1.1 experience without carrier junkware and bloatware.

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A 3,000 mAh battery provides up to 30 hours of “mixed use,” according to Motorola, with a fast-charging feature called TurboCharge capable of providing ten hours of power in just fifteen minutes of charging.

The device will be offered in 16/32/64GB tiers, but the storage can be upgraded to 128 gigabytes by way of micro SD memory cards. Pricing and release dates are yet to be revealed though Motorola hinted that the standard edition of the Style will cost “$200 to $300 less” than competing Apple and Samsung phones.

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The Style will be available in markets across Europe, Latin America and North America starting in September. Beginning in September, shoppers in the United States will be able to pick up a Pure Edition starting at $399 and unlocked for all carriers.

The company has pledged to announce availability for Asia Pacific, including more on China and India, later this year.

Moto X Play

Featuring a 3,630 mAh 30-hour battery which should let it run up to two days on a single charge, plus a water-resistant body, the new Moto X Play “is ready for anything.” The front of the device is dominated by a 5.5-inch 1080p screen which maxes out at 1,920-by-1,080 pixels, just like Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

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The Play is driven by a 1.6GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor with Adreno 450 graphics and has two gigabytes of RAM. Connectivity capabilities include built-in NFC for contactless payments, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11an Wi-Fi and 4G LTE.

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Just like the Style, the Play too can be customized to fit your style using Motorola’s Moto Maker tool. In addition, more than a dozen interchangeable backs with seven different accent colors are available across all markets.

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Like the Style, the Play has a a five-megapixel shooter out the front and a back-facing 21-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second. It comes in 16/32GB tiers, expandable via micro SD, and will be available starting in August in “various countries” across Europe, Latin America and Canada.

The Play, however, won’t be available in the United States. “We’ll have more choices for you all later this year,” according to Motorola.

Updated Moto G

Motorola has only slightly revised its budget-focused Moto G this year.

For starters, the handset now offers waterproof design (IPX7-rated, like the Apple Watch) and runs a 1.4GHz quad-core with Adreno 306 graphics and 1GB RAM. The 4G LTE device supports Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11an Wi-Fi and lacks NFC.

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Interestingly, the RAM can be upgraded to two gigabytes. The eight gigabytes of built-in storage can be expanded with removable storage that supports up to 32 GB micro SD card. This device, too, can be personalized with Moto Maker body customization.

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The new Moto G has a 2,470 mAh battery and the same five-inch 720p screen as its predecessor. In terms of imaging, there’s a five-megapixel front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel quick capture camera on the back with 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second, essentially the same module Motorola used on the Nexus 6.

The new Moto G is available today in more than 60 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, marking Motorola’s biggest Moto G launch yet. It starts at $179.99.

Plus, a pair of new headphones

In addition to the new phones, Motorola today released a pair of iOS-compatible wireless headphones with Bluetooth 4.1 support: the $59.99 Moto pulse on-ear headphones and the $69.99 waterproof and sweat proof Moto surround in-ear earbuds aimed at sports fans.

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Both products come with a companion iOS app for easy pairing with up to two devices simultaneously, receiving notifications when the battery gets low and finding your lost audio accessory by locating the last location it was connected on a world map.

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