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iBOLT car dock – a complete NFC driving experience [Review]


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I had the opportunity of reviewing the iBOLT car windshield/dash dock kit and it couldn’t have come at a better time, since the unusually hot weather we’re having in the UK had resulted in my previous dock losing it’s ability to actually support the weight of my device.

First impressions of the iBOLT are very positive, with the dock itself feeling extremely well made in hand. The kit comes with either an arm to stick to the windshield or a pad for attaching it to the dash. I opted for the windshield and had it attached within minutes. The iBolt is extremely easy to assemble out of the box and is secured to the windscreen using a very secure suction cup.

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There are three toothed supports which are adjustable on the iBOLT; two on the bottom and one on the top. The arm on the top slides up and down with a springback in order to insert your phone into the holder. This is then secured using a little switch on the rear of the holder to provide the downforce needed on the device to keep it secure. It’s this switch which can be often hard to access, especially with the holder attached to the windscreen as you can’t see it and can’t look behind it without banging your head.

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When it comes to the way it holds the device, the iBOLT is second to none, keeping my phone absolutely still when driving; often docks can hold your phone but it’ll vibrate up and down as you drive along.

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The iBOLT also takes advantage of NFC enabled devices by including a dongle that can be swiped against the device to launch a dedicated driving app. The iBOLT Dock’n Drive app turns your Android device into a driving assistant, providing a variety of utilities including a speedometer and compass. In addition, the app uses something called ‘ItCanWait’ functionality to suppress your incoming SMS alerts to avoid distraction.

Not only is the iBOLT a fantastic dock to securely hold your device, but it also comes with a great companion app that finishes off the package, offering the perfect tools for your device that can improve your driving experience.

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23
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William Shatner reviews Facebook’s new VIP-only Mentions app


Whether you’re a fan of Captain Kirk or Picard (we’re Team Picard here), you have to admit it’s apt that William Shatner is reviewing the celebrity-exclusive Facebook app — he definitely loves some VIP prestige. The Priceline huckster gives a surprisingly in-depth feature-by-feature comparison between The Social Network’s Mentions app and Pages, which everyone has access to, but not before throwing some shade toward the starship Enterprise‘s yellow-shirted helmsman and all-around social-media-guy George Takei. Apparently, when you first sign into Mentions you can’t proceed any further until you follow one of Facebook’s suggested celebrity accounts.

“The first person on the list I was given was George Takei (rolling my eyes.) I ended up choosing Robert Downey Jr. to follow and then I hid his posts (sorry Robert!).”

That, he thinks, is a flaw because celebrities shouldn’t have to follow other accounts unless they actually want to. Overall, Shatner is left unimpressed, but says he’ll still keep using Mentions anyway, in tandem with Pages and the main Facebook app. Surprisingly, his review isn’t half bad. Mr. Shatner, if you’re reading this and would like to do this sort of thing on a regular basis, you can apply right here.

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Filed under: Internet, Mobile, Facebook

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Source: Shatner Speaks

23
Jul
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Oculus Rift tuns ‘X-Men’ into a VR head trip


If you’ve every wanted to try X-Men-style telepathic brainwave amplification, Cerebro isn’t real (yet) — but the Oculus Rift is a damn good surrogate. 20th Century Fox will let you step into Charles Xavier’s mind and don the futuristic headgear (the Rift, that is) at Comic-Con in San Diego, starting tonight. Each participant will be immersed in a three minute, panoramic VR presentation on a quest to find nudest of all mutants, Mystique, with the best reactions recorded on a GoPro for Facebook posterity. On top of the VR experience, Fox is offering a limited-edition, thousand-run of X-Men: The Cerebro Collection in a replica Cerebro helmet on pre-order for $80, or $90 with X-Men: Days of Future Past. The latter will also be up for pre-order at $23 alone and both will arrive October 14th, with the Digital HD version set to come on September 23rd.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Wearables, HD

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23
Jul
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The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land will be a mobile exclusive game based on the TV Show



The Walking Dead: No Man's LandGames set in the world of The Walking Dead have been few and far between, and more often than not settle in the category of award winning, a la The Walking Dead by Telltale Games, or downright awful *cough* The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct *cough*. The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land, is a new title based on that post-apocalyptic world which just been announced by AMC and developer, Next Games, who will work closely with the TV Show itself to create its world. Check out their announcement teaser below:

It’s a very cinematic trailer, and its doubtful that the end product will look like that, but we know the game is a mobile-exclusive title and that its release will be timed alongside the start of The Walking Dead Season 5. Next Games and AMC say that there will be choices to be made, not unlike those made in the TV show, and that “choosing the right survival strategy and making the most human choices possible is at the heart of the first-of-its-kind game”.

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It’s hard not to be quietly excited about this game from what’s been shown so far, but but we’ll keep tabs on this one till it comes out.

What do you think about AMC and Next Games teaming up to make The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Press Release

Next Games and AMC Debut Trailer for The Walking Dead Mobile Game, The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land

Trailer to Also Be Shown at Comic Con International: San Diego 2014

Mobile Game Launch to Coincide With The Walking Dead Season 5

New York, NY and Helsinki, Finland  – July 22, 2014 – Next Games and AMC released today the first trailer for the new The Walking Dead mobile game, based on the incredibly popular AMC series. The never-before-seen trailer will also be shown at AMC’s The Walking Dead booth #4237 at Comic Con International in San Diego from July 24 – 27.

The game, titled The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land, will allow players to experience the world of the iconic show through gameplay exclusively developed for smartphones and tablet devices. Developed by Next Games in close collaboration with AMC, the game will feature themes familiar to the TV series, where characters fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic, walker-infested world. A recurring theme of choosing the right survival strategy and making the most human choices possible is at the heart of the first-of-its-kind game.


The game launch will coincide with the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead Season 5 early next year.

The trailer can be seen at: http://youtu.be/_aiRboM4fok

“Our approach is to stay true to the main themes of the TV show: survival strategy, finding safety for your people, balancing between right and wrong and, of course, action when it comes to fighting against the hordes of walkers. We respect the creators of The Walking Dead immensely and want this game to portray the world they have created as closely as possible,” said Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO, Next Games.

Founded by design veterans from Rovio, Supercell and Disney, Next Games has assembled a team with a profound love for games and a burning desire to develop lasting global entertainment. In addition to the game based on The Walking Dead TV show, the studio is working on another title based on its own IP.

The Walking Dead returns for its fifth season this October. The series is the first cable drama in television history to beat all the fall broadcast shows in adults 18-49. The Walking Dead is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse and follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad L. Coleman and Sonequa Martin-Green. The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert and Tom Luse.

Comic Con International in San Diego will take place July 24 – 27.

Trailer link: http://youtu.be/_aiRboM4fok

Website: www.thewalkingdeadnomansland.com
About Next Games

Next Games, founded in 2013 by design veterans from Rovio, Supercell and Disney, focuses on crafting visually impressive, engaging games. Next Games has assembled a team with a profound love for games and a burning desire to develop lasting global entertainment. The company is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, at the heart of mobile games development and funded by an elite list of private investors. www.nextgames.com.

About AMC

Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with The Walking Dead.  AMC’s original drama series include Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels, Turn, Halt and Catch Fire and the forthcoming Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul. AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like Comic Book Men, Small Town Security, Talking Dead, Game of Arms and Freakshow. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.


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23
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Twitch for Android gets updated with a brand new interface


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The popular live streaming service Twitch has just updated its Android app, and with it brings a beautiful new interface as well as some other notable changes to the functionality of the app itself.

The Android app allows users on phones and tablets to watch live streams of people playing games, and if you’ve never tried out Twitch before I’d definitely recommend it – it’s strangely addictive.

The new features for Twitch version 3.0 are as follows:

  • A beautiful new interface.
  • Follow your favorite channels.
  • Brand new broadcaster profiles.
  • Chat on a channel, even when the broadcaster is offline.
  • Expanded search that is by channels, people and games.

And here’s a video demoing the new version.

The post Twitch for Android gets updated with a brand new interface appeared first on AndroidGuys.

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YouTube star sued for copyright to the tune of $150,000 per song


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Most YouTubers just get a takedown notice if someone reports them using copyrighted tunes with their videos. But when that user is a huge star on the video portal like make-up guru Michelle Phan, who has almost 7 million subscribers and was even featured on YouTube’s TV ad campaign, then things get a bit more intense. Electronic dance record label Ultra Music (home to Deadmau5 and other popular artists of the genre) just slapped Phan with a copyright infringement lawsuit, which accuses her of using 50 tracks released under the company without permission. Ultra wants Phan to pay $150,000 for each instance, claiming she profited from its artists’ music, most likely because 1.) she’s a YouTube partner, and 2.) the fame she gained on the website eventually led to lucrative deals with cosmetics companies Lancôme and L’Oreal.

Phan’s adamant that she didn’t do anything wrong, though, and her spokesperson told the BBC that Ultra gave her permission to use the company’s tracks as background music for her make-up tutorials. While we’ve yet to find out which side is telling the truth, one of the label’s own artists, American DJ Kaskade, defended her and lambasted existing copyright laws on Twitter at the same time:

Filed under: Misc, Google

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Via: Ars Technica

Source: BBC

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Microsoft’s first post-Nokia phone is the budget Lumia 530


With Nokia’s range of Android-powered smartphones all but dead, Microsoft is pushing its newly-acquired Lumia line harder than ever. Today, it’s introduced the lowest-priced Windows Phone to date, the Lumia 530, delivering middle-of-the-road specs for €85 ($114). For that, you’ll get a 4-inch FWVGA (854 x 480) display, quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory (with support for 128GB microSD storage). There’s also a 5-megapixel camera on the rear (no selfie camera here folks), which is controlled by Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone 8.1 software. That, of course, offers access to Cortana (if you’re in the US), the new WordFlow swipe keyboard and a multitude of other custom Microsoft- and Nokia-crafted apps. Like its older siblings, the Lumia 530 will also come in both single and dual SIM (3G) variants and offer interchangeable back covers, which will be available in the traditional orange, green, white and dark grey colors. Microsoft’s latest Lumia will go on a global tour in the near future, starting with an initial rollout in “select markets” from next month.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Nokia

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Via: Conversations Blog

Source: Nokia

23
Jul
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Relive your NES glory days with a gamepad that feels like the real thing


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We’ve ripped apart knock-off gadgets more than a few times, but there are moments where a company’s urge to mimic others will pay dividends. Take 8Bitdo’s recently released NES30, for example: the Bluetooth gamepad recreates as much of the NES controller’s design as possible while still keeping its feet planted in the modern era. The four extra buttons aren’t exactly true to the 1985 original, but the overall look and button presses are reportedly faithful to what you remember. Even if it’s not quite true to life, you might not mind given the very broad device support. The NES30 can talk to Android, iOS, OS X and Windows, and it can even double as a (fairly awkward-looking) Wii remote in a pinch.

Indulging your nostalgic side will cost you $40, and you’ll face the inherent risks that come from importing a gadget from overseas. However, it might be worth the effort — GBATemp.net forum member Ryukouki says that the NES30 is much-improved over its ancestor, the Famicom-inspired FC30. Nintendo may never make the mobile games you’d need to complete the experience, but this may be the closest you get to reliving those many, many hours spent playing Mario Bros. games in the family den.

Filed under: Cellphones, Gaming, Peripherals, Mobile, Nintendo

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Via: GBATemp.net (1), (2)

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Technology and recession are cutting into blue collar jobs


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The National Bureau of Economic Research just published a paper that confirms what you might have been thinking for a long time now: recession and technology have been putting people out of work. Since we’ve yet to design a self-aware robot or AI that can do anything, machines have mostly been taking over routine jobs that entail repetitive tasks, like factory work and sales. Sure, humans are perfectly capable of doing those, but the recession has been forcing companies to downsize and delegate those tasks to computers and machineries instead. Those most affected by this shift are the young and less educated — high school graduates, for one, are the first in line for unemployment. Men are also more in danger of being replaced by machines than women, who tend to climb up from blue-collar jobs to higher-paying ones over time.

Surprisingly, changing demographics and outsourcing to other countries apparently aren’t huge factors in the loss of jobs in the US, according to the study. It’s really the combination of technology and recession that’s to blame. And, as we’re bound to develop more advanced computers and robots, the roster of “routine jobs” that can be handled by machines can only grow. As study author and University of British Columbia professor Henry E. Siu says:

Over the very long run, technological progress is good for everybody, but over shorter time horizons, it’s not that everybody’s a winner.

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Via: The New York Times

Source: The National Bureau of Economic Research

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Google Now and Siri Battle for Voice Assistant Mortality



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Voice recognition has been around in Android since almost the beginning, but it wasn’t until Jelly Bean came around where Google introduced us to Google Now that it was taken to the next level. Sure, iOS has Siri, a voice assistant that would actually have full-on conversations with you, but us Androidians didn’t want to talk to our devices. We just wanted them to find the information we were asking it to find. The battle between which voice assistant still wages on, and will wage on for the rest of eternity, or at least until the robot apocalypse happens. Apple fanboys will swear by Siri. Androidians will laugh at those fanboys. Each voice assistant has their own unique qualities, but Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster wanted to put both programs to the test, in and epic battle of voice assistant mortality.

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Munster carried out this test out in the public in environments with background noise, and anything you would expect when you are out and about. Noise levels never exceeded 80 decibels, so it wasn’t like he was out at a rock concert. As you can see: Google Now rocks. Siri did however win when it comes to command, which makes sense given the program is will have conversations with you.

The debate on which voice assistant will still go in favor of whatever the consumer has in their pocket, but it is nice to see Google Now come out on top in this test. Let us know what you think about the results of Munster’s test.

Source: Cult of Android


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