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Google adds Material Design to Google Drive App


nexus2cee_Screenshot_2014-10-20-22-10-09Most of Google’s apps will be receiving a design update within the next month to match up with Lollipop’s general look and feel called material design. 

The first thing you’ll notice upon opening the new app will be new images to represent the functions of the app. You’ll also notice some of the new material style, much like the other app design updates. One of the biggest updates is the removal of the bar formerly at the bottom of the app and the replacement with a red FAB that controls the document creation process.

All in all, not too much has changed in the way of usability, so there shouldn’t be a learning curve to the new update. After you’ve tried out the new design, leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Source: Android Police

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Update brings mood lighting, better battery life to your Moto 360


When the Moto 360 last got an update, the painfully handsome smartwatch seemed to get a noticeable boost in battery life. Now, with a new bit of software, Motorola’s itching to improve its battery life just a little more… as well as stamp out a few bugs for good measure. Perhaps the most notable addition is the 360’s newfound ability to shut off Ambient Mode (which leaves the screen on, albeit at a lower brightness) automatically once its battery level hits 15 percent. Also on deck this time are some minor UI changes (you can temporarily dismiss a notification without leaving the watch face), the addition of mood lighting when you plop the thing in its dock, and some behind-the-scenes Bluetooth improvements. All of the above will be hitting your wrist sooner or later — Motorola says the update is rolling out in waves, so be patient if your smartwatch doesn’t get a little smarter as quickly as you’d like.

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Source: Official Motorola Blog

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Android Lollipop Nexus 5 Goodness and Material Designed Wallpapers! – ManDroid Daily



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The ManDroid Daily is here, and so is that Android Lollipop. The new developer preview hit the Nexus 5, and I hope you guys are running it. I just flashed it on my N5 yesterday, and expect a video soon. The great thing about these new builds is the fact that developers out there strip it and pull all the goodies out of it. The crowd pleaser is always the wallpapers, and you can get all those wallpapers by hitting the link below. Enjoy them and enjoy the Daily.


Android News
Get Android Lollipop on your Nexus 5 without a computer
Gmail 5.0 brings multiple email accounts
Android Wear update for the Moto 360
Android Lollipop wallpapers


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BBC filmed baby geese gliding down a cliffside in 4K for its latest nature doc


In the early days of HDTV, BBC’s nature docs were the go-to showpieces for your new home theater gear. Some time has passed since then, though, and Planet Earth on Blu-ray doesn’t look quite as good as it used to. With Life Story, however, the outfit’s jumped into the world of UHD 4K filming for the first time. How’s it look? Terrifying. Not for the reason you might expect, though! The teaser clip is of the death-defying journey that Greenland’s barnacle geese chicks take to leave their nests. Because they can’t fly, the adorable goslings have to glide some 400 feet down a sheer cliffside to their parents and the feeding ground below. And by glide, we mean enter a controlled fall for a bit and then miraculously survive after tumbling violently along the rock wall. If the streaming clip over at the source isn’t enough for you, the full episode debuts on BBC One at 9 p.m. this Thursday and we’ve embedded the series’ trailer just below.

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Source: BBC

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Someone put Spotify inside this old cassette recorder


The above contraption may look like the kind of cassette player bygone teens used to use to create mix tapes, but it’s not — it’s a Raspberry Pi-powered Spotify speaker with NFC-based playlists. Its creator, a British builder named Matt Brailsford, said he came up with the idea after being introduced to the iRecorder, a novelty speaker designed to look like a traditional cassette recorder. Brailsford’s project is more than a glorified iPod dock, however: it uses those NFC playlists are embedded inside cassette tapes to dictate which of his Spotify jams is active, and the entire experience (volume, play, next and stop) can be controlled with the ancient recorder’s analog buttons below. The NFC-tapes are even double sided. Sadly, Brailsford’s modern technology couldn’t update all of the cassette player’s features: that record button doesn’t do anything anymore.

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Via: CNET

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Carnegie Mellon University wants to bring the moon home with virtual reality


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Google’s Lunar Xprize is still alive and well, and researchers at Carnegie Mellon University think they have the $30 million answer to beaming video from the moon: a telepresence robot. Naturally. Instead of simply broadcasting footage of the moon’s surface, however, the scientists want to, as they say, “bring the Moon back” according to the BBC. How? By mating the spacefaring robot with Oculus Rift headsets here on Earth; turn your head on the Third Rock From the Sun and the robot on the moon will supposedly turn in tandem via head-tracking. There are a few caveats that had to be overcome, however. Namely, the Rift needs a pair of simultaneous video feeds to properly achieve a convincing virtual reality experience, and, by design it can’t accept two streams.

The team says that it overcame this and a few other hurdles (hopefully lag is one of them) with a nonstop hackathon. The team’s goals are lofty, but we can’t help but admire them nonetheless. Ultimately CMU wants hundreds of its robots on the moon and a Rift headset in every room — allowing practically anyone to see what Apollo 11’s crew saw 45 years ago.

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Source: BBC

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Drop it like it’s hot with Illumibowl’s disco toilet light


Does your lack of cat-like night vision mean you make messes when hitting the bathroom at 2 a.m.? Thanks to Kickstarter, that could become a thing of the past. The Illumibowl is an LED light that sticks onto the outside of your toilet and casts a beam of colored light into the commode. No, not a yellow one. The gizmo’s motion sensor activates the light when you walk into your powder room and turns off after about a minute of inactivity. Why would you even need one of these? Because temporary blindness to empty your bladder isn’t ideal.

The project is seems pretty far along, too. Should Illumibowl hit its funding target (it’s currently sitting at $12,437 of its $20,000 target with 36 days remaining), devices will ship out this coming January; fairly fast turnaround compared to some crowdfunding campaigns. Perhaps best of all, getting on board only costs $15 — a small price to pay for hopefully never falling in to the toilet again. For video proof of how it all works, check out the the pledge page and the video embedded below.

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Source: Kickstarter

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 21, 2014


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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Guides

How to setup Trusted Devices on Android Lollipop to automatically unlock your phone or tablet

Accessories

Pre-orders for Nexus 9 cover and keyboard folio hit Amazon

Apps

PPLNOTIFY sends Android notifications straight to your web browser on another device

Gmail 5.0 will make the stock Email app obsolete by including Exchange support

Google Play Music gets Material Design, benefits from Songza

Shots of Google Calendar material design overhaul surface

Nokia’s HERE Maps now available on all Android devices

Carriers

T-Mobile’s HTC One (M8) now receiving Eye Experience update

Verizon pushing Eye Experience update to its HTC One (M8) on Wednesday

Chromecast

Chromecast users Cast 650 million times and its successor is on the way

Google

Google adds USB Security Key support to make their 2-Step Verification more robust

Google publishes guide for switching from iOS to Android

Phones

T-Mobile’s HTC One (M8) now receiving Eye Experience update

Verizon pushing Eye Experience update to its HTC One (M8) on Wednesday

Samsung launches Galaxy S5 Plus in the Netherlands with Snapdragon 805

Samsung teases Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4

ZTE planning to announce new flagship on October 23rd

ROMs

TWRP custom recovery gets support for unlocked 2014 Moto X

Security

Google adds USB Security Key support to make their 2-Step Verification more robust

Smartwatches

LG G Watch gets update that brings new music features

Motorola seeding 4.4W.2 update to Moto 360 with loads of improvements

Tablets

Pre-orders for Nexus 9 cover and keyboard folio hit Amazon

You can now pre-order the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact for a hefty $499.99

Updates

LG G Watch gets update that brings new music features

Motorola seeding 4.4W.2 update to Moto 360 with loads of improvements

T-Mobile’s HTC One (M8) now receiving Eye Experience update

Verizon pushing Eye Experience update to its HTC One (M8) on Wednesday

Samsung teases Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4

Miscellaneous

Samsung donating phones to help U.N. combat Ebola

Come comment on this article: TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 21, 2014

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Oct
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Chromecast users Cast 650 million times and its successor is on the way


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The Chromecast is an incredibly valuable piece of equipment for anyone. The device was launched in 2013 by Google and no one knew what to expect. Well, the Cast feature for the $35 darling has been used 650 million times. This is up from 400 million back in August. That shows just what you can expect from Chromecast. It is so powerful due to the tens of thousands of applications available. In fact, there are more than 6,000 developers working on upwards of 10,000 apps.

Hit the break for a Google executives comments about what is next for Chromecast.

As we already know, a new version of Chromecast is incoming. When? No one knows. Google’s Mario Queiroz did not give Gigaom much information about the successor, but did maintain that the specifications will be boosted. Queiroz said “The hardware capabilities will give us a better opportunity to take full advantage of a large screen paired with a small screen.”

What do you think the next Chromecast will be able to do?

Source: Gigaom

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Verizon pushing Eye Experience update to its HTC One (M8) on Wednesday


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Either the hardware manufacturers are getting things right or the carriers are easing up on the testing phase. Tomorrow, owners of the HTC One (M8) on Verizon will be getting a software update. The update includes the new Eye Experience that was announced alongside the Desire Eye and RE Camera. HTC expects the over-the-air (OTA) update to arrive around noon on Wednesday.

Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of Product Management, tweeted the news on Tuesday:

HTC One (M8) Verizon owners! We have technical approval on Eye SW! OTA target for tomorrow at noon! #HTCAdvantage

Source: @moversi (Twitter)

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