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Engadget Daily: a real-life hoverboard, a TV show for Vine celebrities, and more!

Yes, it’s true: Our own Sean Buckley rode a real-life hoverboard. But that’s not all we have for you on this fine day — read on for the rest of our news highlights from the last 24 hours, including the Avi-on Bluetooth light switch, an app that solves math problems, and more.

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Xbox One’s next update adds custom backgrounds, Twitter for TV and game clips

Microsoft only just unleashed its October update for the Xbox One, and now it’s talking about what to expect next month. The update will hit consoles for those in the preview test group soon, and adds many features Major Nelson and crew say the community has been asking for, including custom backgrounds (with the PS4 getting themes soon, it’s Blu-ray 3D all over again), and extra details for profiles. The custom backgrounds will launch with a selection of pictures and the ability to post based on achievements, and after a media player update later in the month, gamers will be able to import any image they want. A returning feature from the Xbox 360 will put details like your location and custom bio back on the profile page, plus a self-curated selection of game clips and achievements. Oh, and those game clips? You’ll be able to share them with the masses easily, because the update adds the ability to share any of your favorites directly to Twitter. Check after the break for a video demo and more details on what’s coming.

The Twitter integration won’t stop there either, as the OneGuide adds trending lists for what users are watching on live TV, what people are tweeting about, or what Xbox One owners specifically are watching the most. There is even space to see what people are tweeting about a show in the MiniGuide itself. The integrated Internet Explorer browser can switch from full screen to Snap with a button on the address bar now, and a number icon to let users know when “Featured Sites” have updates. The second screen SmartGlass app has more support to see what’s going on in the Store and what your friends are playing, while the Preview dashboard app for testers has some new gamified features.

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Source: Xbox Wire


Google Play Movies & TV Shows updated to version 3.4.23 [APK Download]

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The next app to get the material design treatment is Google Play Movies & TV, bringing the version to 3.4.23.

You’ll notice, like many other apps, that the updated Google Play Movies & TV has a new icon, as well as a new splash screen that appears when content is being sent to a Chromecast.

For some reason, the slide-out hamburger menu hasn’t been updated in-line with the same look we’ve been seeing across the other material design apps, since it seems to cover the top part of the title car, using a larger part of the screen. Perhaps this could be to do with using the app on Android TV and the necessary scaling.

Can’t wait to get Google Play Movies & TV version 3.4.23? Download the APK here.



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[APK Download] Play Movies & TV joins the fun with Material Design update


Alongside Play Games, the Play Movies & TV app is getting a new look. The app has been flattened and there are now large graphics for content. The icon has been altered and the red color found throughout the app is brighter with the update. Rather than waiting for the update with Material Design in the Play Store, you can download the file yourself.

Source: AndroidSPIN [APK Download Link]

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Google’s Nexus Player gets FCC approval, right on cue

Google Nexus Player at the FCC

Well, that didn’t take long. Just a couple of days after Google stopped pre-orders of the Nexus Player while it waited for the FCC’s all-clear, its Android TV puck has received approval. There aren’t any surprises in the regulatory filing, but it should let you both pre-order the WiFi media hub soon and (hopefully) get it around that originally promised November 3rd release date. If you were worried that you’d have to make do with a Chromecast for a little while longer, you can relax.

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Source: FCC


Google freezes Nexus Player orders while it waits for US approval

Google Nexus Player

If you were dead set on ordering the Nexus Player this weekend, you’re about to be disappointed. Google has quietly halted pre-orders of its Android TV media hub because it has “not been approved” by the FCC — the company would be in trouble with US regulators if it took your hard-earned dollars for something it can’t ship. There aren’t any hints as to when the Nexus Player will get the all-clear, but you can be sure that we’ll keep our eyes peeled. Hopefully, the approval arrives before November 3rd so that you can get that Android TV set-top box on time.

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Via: Android Police

Source: Google Play


Nexus 9 and Nexus Player up for pre-order on the Play Store

I am the kind of person that wants to walk into a store, hand over my money and walk out with something in my hand. For that very reason I don’t buy many things online, nor do I pre-order anything. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Two days ago there was a flurry of news about the new Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. While we all eagerly wait to be able to order the Nexus 6, you can now get your orders in for the Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player.

New Nexus devices

On the Nexus 9 front you are looking at a few choices. You can choose between Indigo Black and Lunar White. The third color, Sand, is still listed as “coming soon” unfortunately. Then you can choose a 16GB or 32GB storage model. The 16GB model in either color is  $399.00 and leaves the warehouse in 2 – 3 weeks. Same goes for the 32GB model, except is will run you $479.00. Listed on the order page, but not yet available, is a 32GB Indigo Black LTE variant with a price tag listing of $599.00.

HTC Nexus 9

If the Nexus Player is on your list it is also up for pre-order today. The small puck like Android TV player with remote is said to leave the warehouse in 3-4 weeks and will set you back a $99.

ASUS Nexus Player

Also listed today is the Gamepad for Nexus Player. The dual joystick gamepad is listed for $39.99, but is already showing up as “out of inventory.” Looks like you will have to wait on that order a little bit.

Nexus Player Gamepad

I find it a bit interesting that ASUS went with a set of AA batteries to power the Gamepad vs a built-in battery. The spec outline says the controller is Bluetooth 3.0 but also Bluetooth 4.0 compatible. If you are ready to toss down some cash on some pre-orders, be sure to hit the Play Store device section and get to buying.

Order – HTC Nexus 9

Order – ASUS Nexus Player

Let us know what you are going to order. I am thinking the Nexus Player would do the most good in my house. My aging Google TV box is starting to show its age and many apps are tricky to navigate on now.

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CBS All Access launches for $5.99 a month, offers full seasons and episodes on demand


CBS has announced an All Access subscription that allows on demand access to full seasons and episodes of many of their television shows, plus access to a live stream of CBS if you live in a supported market. This comes just a day after HBO revealed they were working on a subscription package that would let customers purchase programming without a cable subscription.

The service officially launched today and is available on the web and mobile apps for $5.99 per month. That’s a little cheaper than Netflix, but the catalog isn’t enough to completely replace Netflix. It offers full seasons and next day access to current shows, plus a hefty back catalog that totals about 6500 episodes. If you like seeing your favorite shows as soon as possible, it might be worth looking into. And six bucks a month isn’t terrible, either.

CBS Brings Programming Direct To Consumers With New Multi-Platform Digital Subscription Service
For $5.99 Per Month, “CBS All Access” Delivers Full Seasons of Current Primetime Shows, Leading Daytime and Late Night CBS Programming, and Thousands of Episodes from CBS’s Library of ClassicsNew Service Also Offers Live Streaming of Local CBS Television Stations In 14 of the Largest U.S. Markets, with More to Come

NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – CBS Corporation today announced the launch of CBS All Access, a new digital subscription video on demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service for the CBS Television Network.CBS All Access will offer subscribers thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest U.S. markets at launch.

CBS All Access is available beginning today at and on mobile devices through the CBS App for iOS and Android. The service allows fans to watch more CBS programming online and on mobile devices, while introducing yet another monetization window for the Company’s industry-leading content. CBS All Access will be available on other major connected devices in the coming months.

CBS All Access is another key step in the Company’s long-standing strategy of monetizing our local and national content in the ways that viewers want it,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation. “This new subscription service will deliver the most of CBS to our biggest fans while being additive to the overall ecosystem. Across the board, we continue to capitalize on technological advances that help consumers engage with our world-class programming, and we look forward to serving our viewers in this new and exciting way.”

For $5.99 per month, CBS All Access includes the following programming, with more to be added in the coming months:

  • Full current seasons of 15 primetime shows with episodes available the day after they air.
  • Unprecedented ability to live stream local CBS stations in 14 of the largest markets at launch, with more to be added as affiliates join the new service.
  • Full past seasons of eight major current series, including THE GOOD WIFE, BLUE BLOODS and SURVIVOR.
  • More than 5,000 episodes of CBS Classics, including every episode of STAR TREK, CHEERS, MACGYVER,TWIN PEAKS and CSI: MIAMI.
  • Access to exclusive additional content for CBS Television’s biggest special events, such as THE GRAMMY® AWARDS, THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW.
  • Ability to stream the BIG BROTHER 24/7 Live Feeds service for no additional fee when the show returns next summer.
  • Advertising-free environment for all CBS Classics.

CBS All Access offers an even more robust viewing experience on, the #1 network website across platforms (comScore), and the CBS App, which has been downloaded more than 10 million times.

Jim Lanzone, President and CEO, CBS Interactive said: “Our focus is to develop the best cross-platform video experience possible. We want our audiences to be able to watch CBS’s industry-leading content live and on demand whenever and wherever they want. CBS All Access delivers on that promise by giving our audience not only moreCBS content, but also more ways to watch in a seamless user experience. We’ve integrated the service into our existing offerings and look forward to bringing it to all major digital platforms – including additional connected devices – in the coming months.”

CBS All Access brings thousands of episodes to digital platforms, making it simple for fans looking for more CBScontent to get it via one easy-to-use, multi-platform service.

Marc DeBevoise, Executive Vice President, Entertainment, Sports and News, CBS Interactive added: “Through CBS All Access, we are enabling our biggest fans to tap into CBS’s content – including the current seasons of many of the biggest shows on television – and bring it to existing and new audiences alike. CBS All Access reflects our efforts to distribute as much of our leading content as possible on new platforms in ways that are strategically sound and provide additional value to our audiences.”

The ability to live stream local CBS stations through CBS All Access was built in close collaboration with CBS’sowned and operated stations. Syncbak, in which CBS has a minority investment, powers the delivery and geo-targeting of the live feeds to in-market subscribers. At launch, live streaming will be available in CBS’s 14 owned and operated markets, including: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston,Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, with more to be added.

Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations said: “With video consumption habits changing all the time, it is very important that we continue to provide the best local news, entertainment and sports via a service like CBS All Access. Television stations have been the fabric of local broadcasting for 75 years, and today’s announcement is part of paving the way for the next 75. We are extremely pleased to be a part of this exciting new service, and look forward to reaching a whole new set of viewers in our major markets across the country.”

Non-subscribers will continue to have access to the most recent current episodes of CBS programming on, select CBS Audience Network partner sites and through the CBS App. Programming will be available the day after the shows air on TV, with an eight-day delay on mobile devices for primetime series only.

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About CBS Corporation
CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media.CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand – “the Eye” – one of the most recognized in business. The Company’s operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, outdoor advertising, and interactive and socially responsible media. CBS’s businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, TVGN (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate), Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor, CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group (CBS Studios International and CBS Television Distribution), CBS Interactive, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Films and CBS EcoMedia. For more information, go to

About CBS Interactive
CBS Interactive, a division of CBS Corporation, is the premier online content network for information and entertainment. With more than 280 million people visiting its properties each month, CBS Interactive is a top Web property globally. Its portfolio of leading brands, which include, CNET,,,,, GameSpot, and, span popular categories like technology, entertainment, sports, news and gaming.

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About Syncbak
Syncbak is a media technology company serving US television broadcasters with products and services that enable distribution of live content on connected devices. The company’s one-of-kind platform leverages the benefits of territorial exclusivity and the Internet to enable location-based distribution of broadcast content. Syncbak was founded in 2009 by Jack Perry. Its investors include CBS, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Consumer Electronics Association and other private investors. For more information, visit

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The BBC makes every Radio Times listing ever printed available online

BBC Radio Times

For over 85 years, the BBC published a weekly television and radio programme listings magazine called The Radio Times. The rise of the internet and smartphone use means it’s nowhere near as popular as it once was, but the Beeb is ensuring it will continue to live on, by digitising 4,469 past editions and making them available to browse online. BBC Genome allows users to plug in a programme date or Radio Times edition from between 1923 and 2009, which reveals a Wiki-like rundown of the BBC’s TV and radio schedules on a particular day. The first ever broadcast of Blue Peter is there, as is the BBC’s coverage of the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. It lists the presenters, contributors and even how much a related BBC video or DVD would have cost back in the day. If you’re interested to see how the BBC’s scheduling has changed over time or what “the official organ of the B.B.C” was like in the 1920s, hit the source link below.


Via: BBC Media Centre

Source: BBC Genome


Nexus player specs

Nexus player

With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google released alongside it the Nexus player.


Display output

HDMI out (1920×1080@60Hz)


1.8GHz Quad-core, Intel Atom

Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine



8GB Internal storage


Bluetooth 4.1

MicroUSB 2.0

Wifi 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)


2AAA batteries


37mm x 140mm x 16mm

Physical specifications

Mass: 235g

120mm x 120mm x 20mm


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