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20
Apr
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Weekends with Engadget: Windows Phone 8.1 and Gear 2 reviews, the anonymous internet and more!


Welcome to Weekends with Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines from the past seven days — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. For even more action, subscribe to our Flipboard magazine!

Windows Phone 8.1 review: Microsoft’s mobile OS finally feels whole

Microsoft’s mobile OS just got a whole lot better. Complete with keyboard swipe gestures, a notification center and Cortana, the virtual assistant, version 8.1 brings Windows Phone into adulthood.

My connected home turned me into a spy and an addict

Ten years ago, adjusting the temperature of your home from a smartphone might have seemed like something from a science fiction movie. But in this age of hyper-connectivity, it’s easier to get wrapped up in the quantifiable aspects of life than you might think. Just ask our own Joseph Volpe.

Sony Xperia Z2 review: a big, powerful slab of a phone

The Xperia Z2 is just as waterproof as the original Z1 and it packs a slightly larger display and better battery life — not to mention it’s several grams lighter. But at 5.2-inches, Sony’s curveless flagship might be too big for its your britches.

Shh, it’s a Secret: The allure of the anonymous internet

You can say almost anything you want on the internet, often without consequence. But are there advantages to being truly anonymous? Our own Nicole Lee spent some time with an app called Secret to find out.

Samsung Gear 2 review: much improved, but that doesn’t mean you should buy it

Samsung’s next gen smartwatch, the Gear 2, is indeed an improvement over its predecessor. It sports a slimmer design and a much longer battery life, though it’s $50 more than the original. Add in a skimpy app selection, and it still might not be worth investing in Samsung’s wrist-worn platform.

Here’s Amazon’s phone: six cameras and a 4.7-inch screen

We’ve all heard the rumors, but BGR claims it’s gotten hold of Amazon’s first phone — and it has six cameras. The 4.7-inch handset (shown above) might not appear very sleek or attractive. But don’t worry, that’s just an enclosure.

Apple CarPlay coming to Pioneer’s in-dash systems this summer

Pioneer’s NEX line of five in-dash entertainment systems will get Apple’s CarPlay support through a firmware update set to arrive this summer. Owners with an iPhone 5, 5c or 5s will be able to take advantage of Apple Maps, Siri and more!

Google beats Facebook to acquisition of drone maker

Earlier this week, Google agreed to buy Titan Aerospace, a solar-powered drone manufacturer that had previously been in talks with Facebook. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company plans to use the high-flying aircraft in collaboration with its Project Loon.

MSI GS60 Ghost review: a gaming rig in Ultrabook’s clothing

Thin, light and simple: MSI’s latest gaming laptop is all of those things and more. Dubbed the GS60 Ghost, this slim aluminum machine has a bright 15.3-inch display and ultrabook-esque buttonless trackpad. All in all, the Ghost is a great choice for serious gamers, provided they can endure its less-than-average battery life.

Sony pumps up its PS4 update with game pre-loading and SHAREfactory video editor

In a recent blog post, Sony announced it’s preparing a 1.70 firmware update for the PS4 that will include a brand new video editor (called SHAREfactory) and pre-game loading functionality. Exactly when it will be released, however, is still to be known.

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19
Apr
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Google Trends email alerts will guarantee you never miss another cat meme


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You can always swing by Google Trends if you want to gauge the popularity of a given search, but visiting that website every time can be a hassle. Thankfully, there’s now an easier way: Google has added a subscription option that sends email notifications when there are changes in the interest levels for most searches, including hot searches, specific topics and the top US charts. If you want to see how long an internet meme survives or find out when your favorite team is creating a lot of buzz, you just have to visit Trends’ subscription area to get started.

Google Trends in email

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Source: Inside Search, Google Trends

19
Apr
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[Download] YouTube version 5.6.32 makes quite a few changes in a small Increment


YouTube version 5.6.32It must be Christmas because the Google apps updates just keep coming. Or maybe it’s just Easter. Either way, Google has pushed yet another update for the YouTube app just days after updating it to version 5.6.31. This new iteration, YouTube version 5.6.32, looks like it adds quite a few tweaks despite only being a 0.0.01 increment. The new additions include quite a few changes to interactions with playlists as well as tweaks to comments like replying to and deleting them. The full list of changes from the Play Store page include:

  • YouTube Mix automatic playlists for music videos
  • Reply to comments
  • Improved video quality for Android 4.2 and above
  • Delete your own comment
  • See if a comment was shared privately or publicly
  • Share and like playlists
  • Your liked and personal playlists appear in the left-hand guide drawer

The update is showing on the Google Play Store now, but if the update hasn’t hit your device yet and you want to get your hands on the latest and greatest, we have the APK file available for download below:

YouTube version 5.6.32 APK download

Don’t forget to let us know how you find the latest update in the comments!

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18
Apr
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Prospective Google Glass buyers can “try on” before buying


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Google is making it easier for those wanting to purchase Google Glass but are hesitant in spending the rather large $1500 for a pair. Google has launched a new free Home Try-On Program allowing potential customers to find what color and frame style they want before committing to the purchase.

The package allows customers to receive a package with Glass in four different colors along with the different styles of prescription frames. Google place a $50 hold on your credit card until they receive the home kit back, but otherwise the Home Try-On kit is completely free.

Now before you think that $50 is a small price to pay to not send back four Google Glass devices, they are non-functional. You’ll get Google Glass devices in Charcoal, Tangerine, Shale, and Sky, and have 10 days to return the kit to Google using the prepaid shipping label.

So if you were wondering what Glass feels like before purchasing, then the Home Try-On program is for you.

 

The post Prospective Google Glass buyers can “try on” before buying appeared first on AndroidGuys.

18
Apr
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Google could be working on an even cheaper Nexus


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If the Nexus 5 wasn’t budget enough already. a new report has surfaced that suggests Google has partnered with MediaTek for a very low-priced Nexus smartphone.

With Nokia lining up their budget Android handsets aimed at developing markets, it’s expected that the MediaTek processor will power the Nexus device that could sell for only $100 in order to further spread the Nexus brand.

Whilst details are scarce at the moment, it certainly makes sense for Google to offer a budget Nexus device running pure Android to not only advertise Nexus, but also promote Android as Google intended.

SOURCE: mtksj

The post Google could be working on an even cheaper Nexus appeared first on AndroidGuys.

18
Apr
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Google kicks off Chromecast offers program with £5 of free Play credit


With Google’s Chromecast streaming dongle now fully settled in the UK, the great provider (of search results) has kicked off a promotional program rewarding new and old customers alike. You’ll find the offer highlighted in the Play store, where (browser) window shoppers are being tempted with “£4.99 credit towards a movie rental.” The truth is, however, that you can spend your free fiver on anything available on Play, like music, books or Android apps. Furthermore, anyone with a Chromecast purchased in the UK is eligible, regardless of when you bought it. The only catch really is you must redeem the credit online by mid-July and spend it before the same time next year. It would appear this is just the first freebie in an ongoing offers program, so don’t be surprised to see others in the future that sweeten the deal for newcomers, as well as thank old hands for their patronage.

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Via: Android Central

Source: Google (1), (2), (3), (4), Play store

18
Apr
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[RUMOUR] Is a budget, Mediatek-powered Nexus device coming some time in 2014?


Mediatek-powered Nexus deviceFor some people, the only news worth holding out for in 2014 will be the expected announcement and release of yet another Nexus device, generally referred to as the Nexus 6. This so-called Nexus 6, if real, will likely marry high performance hardware with great value as the previous two iterations have done. If a report coming out of China is to be believed, however, we might be getting a second, slightly different Nexus device prior to the Nexus 6′s release. According to MTKSJ who specializes in Mediatek-related news, Google is looking at making a budget, Mediatek-powered Nexus device sometime in 2014.

For a bit of background, Mediatek is one of the biggest mobile processor players in the world, however, their influence is mainly concentrated in the Asia region. The primary reason why they are so successful in this region is the low cost of their processors, a game that Qualcomm, the major player in Western markets, is unwilling to play. Logically then, if a budget, Nexus device were to be made, a Mediatek processor could be a possibility, which could imply that a manufacturer in the Asia region would likely work with Google on making the device. However, as with all rumours surrounding Nexus devices, this rumour should be taken with a grain of salt as many stories relating to Google’s plans have generally been pure conjecture.

What do you think about the suggestion that there could be a budget, Mediatek-powered Nexus device? Would you buy such a device? Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments.

Source: MTKSJ via Phones Review

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18
Apr
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Watch Google test its 3D-sensing phones on robots in zero gravity


Project Tango on a NASA SPHERE in zero gravity

Wonder what Google’s Project Tango-equipped SPHERES robots will look like when they’re in action aboard the International Space Station? The company is more than happy to show you. It has posted video of a recent test that took the machines on a zero gravity simulation flight to see how the 3D environment sensors and other systems will work in practice. As you’ll see in the clip, it wasn’t quite as easy as testing on the ground — Google’s ATAP team had to work during brief bursts of weightlessness that could challenge both the employees and the devices.

You won’t hear much about the results in the footage, but it’s evident that the upgraded SPHERES can both fly and map locations without much trouble. Google is quick to note that this is just the beginning of its efforts; the robots going into orbit this summer are proofs of concept that could eventually lead to sophisticated, autonomous helpers aboard the ISS and other vehicles. For now, it’s just good to know that Google’s current depth-sensing technology holds up in real world (or rather, real space) conditions.

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18
Apr
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You might be able to unlock your next Chromebook with your smartphone


Can’t remember your password? Someday, you might not have to. A new feature in Google’s Chrome OS dev channel promises to instantly unlock a user’s Chromebook whenever their phone is nearby. Unfortunately, the feature doesn’t actually work. The verification tool, named Easy Unlock, offers only a brief description and an unfinished setup, which ends with in futile search to pair a device. The feature simply isn’t ready, which is probably why it’s disabled by default — but it’s certainly a novel idea.

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Via: 9to5Google, TechCrunch

Source: Android Police

18
Apr
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Daily Roundup: Street View vs. captchas, living in a connected home and more!


You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

My connected home turned me into a spy and an addict

Ten years ago, adjusting the temperature of your home from a smartphone might have seemed like something from a science fiction movie. But in this age of hyper-connectivity, it’s easier to get wrapped up in the quantifiable aspects of life than you might think. Just ask our own Joseph Volpe.

MSI GS60 Ghost review: a gaming rig in Ultrabook’s clothing

Thin, light and simple: MSI’s latest gaming laptop is all of those things and more. Dubbed the GS60 Ghost, this slim aluminum machine has a bright 15.3-inch display and ultrabook-esque buttonless trackpad. All in all, the Ghost is a great choice for serious gamers, provided they can endure its less-than-average battery life.

Sony pumps up its PS4 update with game pre-loading and SHAREfactory video editor

In a recent blog post, Sony announced it’s preparing a 1.70 firmware update for the PS4 that will include a brand new video editor (called SHAREfactory) and pre-game loading functionality. Exactly when it will be released, however, is still to be known.

Google’s latest Street View algorithm beats its bot-sniffing security system

Apparently, Google’s algorithm used by Street View vehicles is so good it can beat reCAPTCHA images 99 percent of the time. If that makes you feel unsafe, don’t worry. The Mountain View company says there are additional safeguards beyond simply typing in the right answer.

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