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YouTube adds filter for videos shot in 360-degrees

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In March, and after months of rumors toying with the idea, Google finally made 360-degree videos a reality on YouTube. The videos allow users to interact with the videos, allowing them to take advantage of every angle possible. While it’s not too hard to find them while searching YouTube, Google has made it a bit easier to find 360-degree videos specifically.

On the desktop, and after you search what you’re looking for, just find the “Filters” drop down menu. Under the “Features” option you’ll find a filter for 360-degree video. For Android, you can do the same thing but it’s under the “Filters” option next to the search bar.

Currently, 360-degree videos are only supported in Chrome for Desktop and in the YouTube app on Android. But, that said, if you have either and enjoy this type of video, Google’s got your back when it comes to finding them.

source: Google Operating System

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Samsung gets its edge back with opening of new production line


From the initial announcement, Samsung has been receiving a lot of good buzz about the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge smartphone, the companion to their Galaxy S6. The company may have thought the curved edges of the device would be seen more as a novelty for buyers who wanted to be early adopters or who were looking for a little “edge” over their friends’ devices. However, the device has proven to be extremely popular with the general buying public, putting Samsung in the situation of scrambling to meet demand. To do so, the Korean manufacturer has opened a third production line to handle demand for the curved screens on the device.

According to Samsung, the third production line is opening about two months earlier than planned to be able to meet demand for the the Galaxy S6 edge. Capacity will increase to 5 million screens per month versus the current cap of 2 million screens per month.

Along with their latest smartphone and last year’s Galaxy Note Edge which was released alongside the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung is adding curved edges to some of their Super Ultra High-Definition televisions and the Gear S smartwatch. Samsung clearly has a hit on their hand with curved edge screens. The challenge now, besides keeping up with the unexpected success, will be in keeping the momentum going with other devices and product lines as Samsung continues to work to turn things around from their 2014 dip.

source: SamMobile

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What we should expect spec-wise with tomorrow’s G4 unveiling from LG


With LG geared to announce the G3 successor tomorrow, there has been a wide-variety of leaks regarding the G4. Most of the leaks we’ve seen have been regarding the new leather backing the device is going to have. Others involve the camera. Well thanks to a last minute leak, we finally have an idea of the specs and size of the device.

According to the leak, the device will sit at 5.9 x 3 x 0.4 inches, just a wee bit bigger than that of the G3. The device will sport a slight top-to-bottom curve, much like the G Flex, and will come in at 0.14-ounces heavier than the G3 at 5.5-ounces. The screen itself will continue to pack the same size QHD (2,560×1,440) resolution as the current model, but will feature new display technology to improve image quality.

From what we see, it’s been all but confirmed that LG is using the Snapdragon 808 instead of the 810. It will also sport 3GB of RAM (DDR3 this time) and come with 32GB of onboard storage. Unlike the S6, the G4 will sport a microSD slot and will also have a 3,000mAh battery that’s swappable.

The camera gets a spec bump as well. The OiS, laser-focused camera is now 16MP and will feature a f/1.8 aperture lens. The front shooter will have an 8MP camera, up from 2.1MP. The device will have all the current wireless connectivity features and will come with both wireless charging and quick charging when plugged in.

Pricing and availability are yet to be announced, but we’re hopeful we’ll get an idea of what to expect tomorrow when the device is announced.

source: Mashable

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You can now create a note or set an alarm on your smartphone from desktop


Thanks to a nifty little update from Google for its Search application, Android users now have the facility to set an alarm and send notes to their smartphone or tablet directly from a desktop.

To take advantage of this functionality, simply head over to Google’s homepage on your desktop, then type in “send a note” or “set an alarm” followed by the relevant details.

If you’d like to find out more, hit the source link below.

Source: Google

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Google announces special promotion to accept patents for purchase


Google has announced they will be running a special promotion for a couple weeks in May to accept offers from patent holders who are interested in selling their patents. The promotion is described as an “experimental marketplace” for Google to test whether they can process a large influx of offers to buy patents that is easy for patent sellers to use. The end result, according to Google, will be an improved “patent landscape” and a patent system that works better.

Google notes that patent holders may have a variety of reasons for wanting to sell a patent, like raising money or not wanting to deal with a patent after a change in business strategy or direction. One of the problems that Google sees with the current state of the patent market is that patent holders may end up working with a patent troll, especially smaller patent holders who may not be well-versed with market players. When patent trolls get their hands on a patent, bad things can happen like lawsuits and lots of wasted effort and resources in battling patent trolls.

Google will be making a special form available starting on May 8th and lasting through May 22nd. Patent holders can use that form to describe the patent they hold and the price they are seeking for the patent. Google says they expect to be able to review all submissions by June 26th and close any transactions with payments to the patent holders by late August.

Google notes that there is a lot of fine print that goes along with selling a patent and they encourage patent holders to speak with their own attorneys if they are interested in submitting an offer to sell. Google also reserves the right to not complete a transaction for any reason.

source: Google Public Policy Blog

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Sony Xperia P2 leaks: Fantastic phone for a great price


Earlier today, a leaked press render along with a set of alleged specifications appeared online for Sony’s long-awaited, high-spec, budget-friendly smartphone, the Xperia P2.

The P2 is believed to sport a 5.2-inch Full HD Triluminous display, a 1.6GHz Snapdragon 810 CPU, 3GB of RAM, a 12.1-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 4,240 mAh battery.

As can be seen in the images below, the P2 doesn’t feature the usual bezel’s either side of the display. Instead, the screen glass is beveled round the edges at a thickness of 0.8mm, which allows for a more compact design.


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Sony working on special India-only entry level smartphone strategy


Sony is working a special strategy for the smartphone market in India says managing director Kenichiro Hibi. The need for a special strategy is driven by Sony’s larger move as a company to get out of the entry level smartphone market on a global basis. However, India is the fastest growing smartphone market in the world, even faster growing than China, and entry level smartphones rule the roost. This means Sony has to continue to produce them for that market if they want to compete in India.

Hibi says Sony will look to replicate the success they have had with televisions in India. For the LED television market, Sony started producing “small screen” televisions in the 22-inch to 24-inch range. This produced instant positive results for the company which now claims 30% of the market share.

In the smartphone market, Sony claimed 10% of the market last year, which is actually not bad considering there are about 100 manufacturers in play. Hibi says, “we have to launch such models in India to survive in this tough market…” referring to smartphone models in the Rs 8,000 – 10,000 range (about $126 – $158 USD). Analysts think Sony could eventually lay claim to 15% of the market if they succeed with their strategy.

Hibi not only plans to stay in the Indian market with entry level phones, he hopes to produce the phones in India as part of a Made in India strategy. Hibi indicates he will be presenting a strategy for the Indian market to Sony’s global president and chief executive Kazuo Hirai this week.

source: Economic Times

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Mediocre’s Does Not Commute veers into the Play Store

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Kicking back and killing some time while gaming on your smartphone or tablet can be a most enjoyable experience, especially when the game you are playing is Does Not Commute. It’s a game that involves driving a variety of vehicles around a small town set in the 1970’s, and as the name implies, the gameplay involves commuting. 

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Basically, you start off driving a dentist called Charles Schneider to work, and the streets are deserted, making it an easy commute. A few levels down the line and its mayhem as you attempt to steer a school bus to its destination without harming its passengers who scream every time they are in danger, which is pretty often with my driving skills. The controls are pretty basic, tap the left of the screen and the vehicle turns left, tap the right-hand side of the side to turn right. Each vehicle has its own characteristics, the lorry is slow and cumbersome with a wide turning circle, whereas the sports car is downright nippy and skiddy, you get the picture. As you progress you get a few more options such as being able to select turbo (ill-advised for the sports car) or traction control. You have to complete the level within a certain time limit, although you can collect extra seconds if you take some short-cuts.

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While the game itself is free to download and play, if you want to save as you go along you will want to buy the one-time In-App-Purchase to enable the Premium version, otherwise you will have to start from scratch when you run out of time to get your vehicle to its destination. The premium IAP costs $1.99 (£1.60). Ordinarily I’m not a fan of IAP’s, and while the upgrade to premium isn’t a must-have feature, being able to save my progress was a welcome boon.

All-in-all, it’s a great little game that will help you waste some time in a most unexpectedly enjoyable fashion. Does Not Commute is compatible with Android devices running version 2.3 Gingerbread and above and can downloaded simply by clicking on the Play Store link below or by scanning the QR code with your device.


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Google aims to make selling your patents easier with the Patent Purchase Promotion

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In an effort to bolster its already gigantic patent portfolio, Google today announced the Patent Purchase Promotion. The company describes this as an “experimental marketplace” for patents that aims to remove as much friction from the patent market as possible. How so? Well, the patent market is already a very frustrating thing, especially for smaller patent owners who sometimes end up working with patent trolls. People can lose money very quickly in these scenarios, and Google would like to save you from the hassle.

Google explains:

From May 8, 2015 through May 22, 2015, we’ll open a streamlined portal for patent holders to tell Google about patents they’re willing to sell at a price they set. As soon as the portal closes, we’ll review all the submissions, and let the submitters know whether we’re interested in buying their patents by June 26, 2015.

Google expects everyone it transacts to receive full payment by the end of August.

To learn more about the Patent Purchase Promotion, head on over to the official Patent Website to read the fine print. This should go without saying, but Google also recommends you get in touch with your attorney before submitting your application.


Yes, the Apple Watch Blends [iOS Blog]

Blendtec and Tom Dickson have returned with the latest edition of their “Will It Blend” experiment, this time putting the Apple Watch in a blender to see how well it survives. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t. Just like with every iPhone put through the blender treatment, the Apple Watch is quickly smashed and destroyed into tiny bits and pieces of metal.

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Last week, the Apple Watch Sport was put through a lengthier torture test that involved attempting to scratch it with a cheese grater, pouring ketchup and maple syrup on it, boiling it in hot water, stepping on it, smashing it with a seven-pound cast iron skillet and more. The wrist-worn device also underwent a waterproof test on the same day.

Don’t try this at home.


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