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30
Sep
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Microsoft needs your help to predict the future accurately


Apparently, Microsoft Research is working on a forecasting methodology based on data and not on the fevered dreams of precogs or Nostradamus-wannabes. In the past few months, the project’s researchers have been relying on the data they’ve collected (such as outcomes from past events) to accurately predict several political races and game matches. But now Redmond wants the help of humans to improve its predictive powers, so it has launched a new website called Prediction Lab, where anyone can register and vote on various topics such as who’d win a congressional seat or an NFL match. Unlike ordinary polls, users can vote repeatedly, though they’d have to back up their choices by betting virtual points. This apparently leads to more accurate votes, since people have something at stake, and that could improve the accuracy of Microsoft’s algorithms.

Microsoft researcher David Rothschild (who predicted the 2012 Presidental Elections) put the new website to the test during the recent Scotland independence referendum. The morning when the result was slated to come out, Rothschild went on record to say there’s an 84 percent chance that majority of the votes will be a “No.”

He said:

Not only did we match the accuracy of major polling companies, but we also provided a lot of insight that they weren’t able to get, through the fact that we had people coming back again and again.

Since the project was meant to collect data and improve Microsoft’s technology, though, users will have to give the company some personal info such as their age and address. Also, some of the questions were apparently quite personal: PC World saw ones that asked the length of users’ commute, as well as their stance on abortion. If that doesn’t bother you in the least, or if you just really want to place some bets without losing your life savings in the process, head over to Microsoft’s Prediction Lab website .

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Via: PC World

Source: Microsoft Research, Prediction Labs

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30
Sep
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TiVo’s Android app now supports streaming


It was nearly a year ago that TiVo brought streaming to its iOS apps, enabling you to watch recorded shows anywhere with a WiFi signal. Eleven months later, and the company has finally added the same functionality for TiVo’s Android app. The feature will work on most devices running Android 4.1 or above, but there are a few caveats, like the fact that it won’t work on devices with Intel’s mobile chips, and you’re still at the mercy of whatever copy protection restrictions is placed upon the shows. On the upside, the app will also access content from Hulu Plus, Netflix and Amazon Instant Video – the latter being another service that’s belatedly gotten around to adding Android support for its users.

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Source: TiVo Blog, Google Play

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30
Sep
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Zero Motorcycles’ new e-bikes can last 185 miles on a single charge


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With the bad memories of 2012 product recalls firmly banished to the past, Zero Motorcycles is today unveiling its 2015 lineup of e-motorbikes. Changes from the 2014 models include improved seats, a slight increase in price, and larger batteries that extend the bikes’ range to a maximum of 185 miles with the $2,495 Power Tank accessory (a 14-mile boost from last year). The base Zero FX model now clocks in at $9,845, while the top-of-the-line Zero SR will set you back $17,345. You won’t be able to buy any of the new bikes until December (February in Europe), but you can whet your appetite with a selection of videos below.

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Via: Autoblog

Source: Zero Motorcycles (PDF)

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30
Sep
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OnePlus 2 confirmed to be coming in Q2 or Q3 2015 during Reddit AMA



oneplus 2Given the success of the OnePlus One, we always expected OnePlus would have been working on a successor to that device. Sure enough, Carl Pei of OnePlus today confirmed during their Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) that they are indeed already working on a follow-up, called the OnePlus 2, and expects it to be released sometime in Q2 or Q3 2015. Pei also suggests that the device will be running Android L as he thinks “Android L would be standard” by then. Perhaps the most interesting thing that was said during the AMA was that they are at least considering different sizes for their next device. While they obviously stopped short of saying they wouldn’t go for a phablet again, at least we know they are listening.

The OnePlus One is probably one of the best value phones of 2014, challenging even the aging Nexus 5 for that crown, bettering it with a Snapdragon 801 procesoor as well as other specs that put the device on par with many of the best devices at the time. If there was only downfall of the device, it was the invite system that OnePlus instituted to limit wasted inventory on their end, but created some pretty unsightly supply issues for desperate customers who wanted a piece of their wonderful hardware. We hope they’ve learned their lesson on their maiden device and we can’t wait to see what’s next in store.


What do you think about the OnePlus 2 being on its way? Let us know your thoughts.

Source: Reddit via Phandroid


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30
Sep
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Five day old Android L build LRW87D shows up with crash log and short video



Android L build LRW87DWe already know Android L is coming, and we have a pretty good idea of what it’s going to be called, but we can’t help but feel excited when we see more evidence of its existence pop up. This latest news comes to us courtesy of the Chromium issue tracker once again, which has spotted Android L build LRW87D, this time due to a crash log being posted, even being accompanied by a video of the app in question crashing. Check it out:

It’s not particularly long, or particularly special, but in the 20 seconds or so, you get to see a nice window transition and those now iconic soft keys at the bottom of the screen.


Android L build LRW87DThe build in question is said to have been running on a Hammerhead device, know to us as the Nexus 5, and the build number (LRW87D) suggests that the build is from the 25th of September, though it should be noted that dates of these builds can be notoriously inaccurate, though we’re sure to be looking at a pretty recent build here. We’re expecting Android L to make an appearance when Google announces its new Nexus devices, the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6, though when exactly that will happen is anybody’s guess.

What do you think about this latest Android L build? Are you excited for Android L? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: myce.com


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30
Sep
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Project Ara to run a modified version of Android L


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Phonebloks began as a college project. It was an idea more than it ever was a business. It was an idea Phonebloks hoped would spread across the internet and someone would grab it and run with it. In the last year or so, the idea has spread, and now multiple companies are using this idea to drive their business. One of those companies is Google.

Project Ara took shape with the acquisition of Motorola. Motorola and Google took the idea of Phonebloks, a modular phone with swappable parts, from idea to concept. And even though Google is in the process of selling Motorola to Lenovo, they are keeping Project Ara in house.

We’ve already seen a glimpse of the future when Google showed off a concept phone at Google I/O earlier this year. It was rough around the edges, and was little more than a boot sequence, but it gave us a glimpse of the future. In that device, we saw a way to own one phone that we could upgrade and change with new modules. This reduces waste, and increases the functionality of our phones.

The latest news from Project Ara is that,

Project Ara will use a modified version of Android L, developed in collaboration with Linaro. Thanks to this version, the modules, except the CPU and the display, will be hot swappable. This means you can change them without turning the phone off. The modules will be available on a new online store, like Play store.

Yes, Google will monetize the crap out of Project Ara and make a ton of money by doing so. But, we are all used to that kind of thing. The main point here is the vision of this modular device becoming a reality; something we can buy, and use, in our daily life.

Check out the video below that shows how far Phonebloks has come in the last year. Don’t you just love videos of people’s dreams coming true?


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30
Sep
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Lenovo N20P Chromebook Review


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Tablets and laptops are getting closer with many notebooks now having touchscreens. Lenovo’s new 11.6-inch N20P Chromebook is no exception. The Chromebook offers the best that Google has to offer in a sleek body and allows you to use just touch if that’s what you desire. If you want to find out if the new touchscreen Chromebook from Lenovo is a contender, then read on. First let me say that I won’t be focusing on Chrome OS too much in this review since if you’ve used Chrome OS before or even the Chrome browser on your desktop or mobile device, you’ll know how it works. Moving on to the hardware…

Hardware

The Chromebook sports an 11.6-inch LED backlit display that comes in at 1366×768 resolution, which isn’t bad, but not the best. I noticed that the display looked fairly nice in use, but it did pick up some reflections if there was too much sunlight. One nice thing about the device is the 10-point touchscreen display that you don’t see on too many Chromebooks except for the Pixel and Acer’s C720P. Although Chrome OS isn’t as optimized for a touchscreen as say Android is on a tablet or smartphone, it still works very well and is both intuitive and easy to use. We’ll get to the hinge on the device later in the review, but if you have it rotated to the point where you can’t use the keyboard, there is an on-screen keyboard that’s just as easy to use as the Android keyboard. It almost makes me really want a Chrome OS tablet, but who knows if we’ll ever see one. Moving on to the other specs, one of the downfalls is the processor and it sports a 2.16GHz Intel Celeron N2830 with 2GB of DDR3L/1333 RAM. As you would expect, this dual-core processor isn’t the speediest, but provides more than enough to allow you to do some simple web browsing and running your Chrome OS apps. The Chromebook starts in under 10 seconds and has very fast browser tab/app switching, which could just be because of the OS. I noticed that after a while, the laptop starts to slow down and my solution was to restart, which again was only about 20 seconds total of my time. I still found the Chromebook to be too slow to be a full computer replacement and coming from a Core i7 Macbook Pro, the decreased speed is highly noticeable. The N20P sports a 34.8-watt-hour battery, which brings an impressive 8 hours of battery life. While it gets about 8 hours, depending on your settings you will get at least 6 or more hours and if you only use it slightly as a second computer while on the go, expect it to last a long time in standby mode. I found that in standby mode, it could last a few weeks on a single charge, especially since I would only use it for an hour or two at a time while on the go.  One of the most unique features of the N20P besides the touchscreen is the ability to rotate the screen 300 degrees. If you’re familiar with Lenovo’s Yoga laptops, this is no different. Rotating the display to 300 degrees or even a little less, it gives you almost a tablet with a stand. Having never used such a device before, it was a bit awkward at first, but then you get used to it. It makes the browsing experience all the better. It also has 16 GB eMMC storage, a USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, HDMI-out and a 2-in-1 (SD / MMC) card reader. Lastly, as far as the hardware, the Chromebook is fairly thin and starting at 3.08 pounds, it’s easy to carry around with you.

Software

As with all Chromebooks, the N20P is running the latest and greatest version of Chrome OS and updates automatically. It’s the same OS as on all other Chrome OS devices and you should be familiar how to use it if you ever used a Chrome browser. As I mentioned above, one noticeable difference is that it has a touchscreen and therefore an onscreen keyboard, which works extremely well. One of the latest additions to Chrome OS, not specific to the N20P is that it the OS can now run Android app, although only four at the time of writing this. I got to try Evernote and Vine and both work just as you would expect on an Android device.

Price

One of the other downfalls I see with this Chromebook is that it’s a bit steeper than its competition, starting at $329, when most sell for under $200 and Acer’s touchscreen Chromebook can be had for $279. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether the touchscreen and 300 degree rotating display is enough to justify the price.

Overall

At its latest attempt at a Chrome OS device, Lenovo did an admiral job with the about 3 pound N20P. The viewing angles and display are more than adequate, it offers a great touchscreen experience and enough speed to run all of your Chrome apps, but at $329, it’s a bit expensive. At $50 over the Acer touchscreen Chromebook, I would have expected a bit more speed. You can however get a little bit more speed if you buy the $349 model, which I didn’t have the opportunity to test. The premium model comes with a Intel Celeron N2930 processor clocked at 1.83GHz. If you have the money to spare and really want a Yoga-like Chromebook with a touchscreen display, look no further.

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Sep
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The $1000 Google Play Store Giveaway: Last chance at free gift cards, ends today [Deal of the Day]


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Today’s the last day for folks to enter the $1000 Google Play Store Giveaway. We’ve told you about it, before, but we’re down to the final 18 hours of submissions. There’s quite a bit of money up for grabs. Grand prize winner takes home $150 of Google Play store credit. Runner-ups get $100 of credit and 15 other winners lay claim to $50 worth of Play Store spending money. Spreading the word with #GPSGWIN enhances your chance of winning. Winners will be selected, today, so enter now!

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30
Sep
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Samsung Supplying Apple with Panels for iPad Air 2 and 12.9-Inch ‘iPad Pro’ Later This Year


Samsung will supply Apple with displays for the second-generation iPad Air and the 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ starting later this year, reports Korean-news outlet inews24 (via Digitimes). The Korean company will begin manufacturing the displays in the coming months, as the panels are said to feature IPS technology similar to Apple’s current line of iPads.

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If the report is legitimate, it is likely that Apple will have a steady supply of panels for its first batch of iPad Air 2 units, which may launch in time for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Some reports have also claimed that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro could be released in early 2015, which may lead to Samsung becoming the top supplier of displays for the new tablet if other suppliers are unable to meet Apple’s demands.

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Apple has been attempting to reduce its reliance on Samsung as a component supplier due to tensions between the two companies as they have become top competitors in the mobile device market. However, Samsung’s technological advantages and production capacity as a display supplier have proven valuable to Apple over the years, as the Korean company even became Apple’s top iPad display supplier in Q1 2014.

The iPad Air 2 is rumored to feature a slightly thinner body, a faster A8 processor, 2GB of RAM, support for Apple Pay, and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Meanwhile, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is said to include a more powerful A8X processor to power its larger, high-resolution display.




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Sep
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Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus [iOS Blog]


Foxconn has begun another large-scale hiring effort for its factories in Shenzhen and Zhengzhou in order to help out with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus production, reports Digitimes.

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Because working on assembly lines is no longer as attractive as before for workers in China, Foxconn is having issues recruiting sufficient numbers of workers. The company has been hosting hiring events recently to maintain its manpower, the sources added.

The report notes that Apple’s goal to launch its new handsets in 115 countries by the end of 2014 also pushed Foxconn to start another round of large-scale hiring. The company was previously said to be bringing on 100,000 new employees in June ahead of the iPhone 6 launch.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale in the first wave of countries on September 19 and saw expanded availability to more countries last Friday, September 26. Overall demand for the new devices has been greater than supply to this point, as Apple’s Online Store still shows a 7-10 day shipping estimate for new iPhone 6 orders and a 3-4 week delay for new iPhone 6 Plus orders in the U.S.




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