Many workers are about to leave on holiday trips, and Google is more than willing to help them avoid the office with an updated Gmail app for Android. The new release includes a vacation responder that will let fellow employees know that you’re off the clock. If you’re running Android 4.4 KitKat, you can also print email to avoid checking your phone during family gatherings. And if you simply must deal with that company report right away, you’ll be glad to know that Gmail now supports file attachments of all types. The new app is gradually rolling out as of this writing, so don’t be disappointed if you have to wait a little while for an upgrade.
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In a blog post announcing the shipment of beta versions of the Steam Machine and Controller, Valve revealed that its SteamOS will be available December 13th. This availability coincides with the aforementioned prototype hardware heading out to a select 300 testers. As a quick refresher, this is the software that will allow streaming both games and media from machines in the living room and computers around your flat — the so-called “Steambox” operating system. Unless you’re an experienced Linux hacker, though, Valve recommends that you hold off until later next year to give it a shot. It appears that an in-home streaming beta is on the way shortly, too.
Source: Steam Community
Way back in September, Google unveiled the first round of desktop-based Chrome Apps, promising Mac and Linux functionality down the road. The company’s delivered on the former today, with apps that sync when you’re signed into Chrome, while offering native software functionality, like popping up in Spotlight search and living in your dock, if you’re so inclined. To celebrate, Google’s also offering up a Chrome App Launcher for OS X that’ll show up in your dock when you download a new app. Need more convincing? The company’s got a few suggestions in the source link below.
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Source: Chrome Blog
The Nexus 7 has been out in a black hue since this summer, so it was only a matter of time before Google launched it in white. And this many not come as any sort of shock, but the white version of the ASUS-made Nexus 7 doesn’t pack any unexpected surprises — unless, of course, you were hoping the device would be white on the front and the back (although white is barely visible along the edges when you’re looking at the front). We had the opportunity to play with the KitKat-packing slate today, and your overall user experience will be exactly the same regardless of your color preference. The outside is essentially alike as well, although there are two exceptions: this one has the FCC info printed on the back, which by the way has a glossier feel than the soft-touch plastic on the black Nexus 7. In fact, we were immediately reminded of the feel of the white Nexus 5. If the new hue is for you, they’re already shipping from the Play Store in the US for $270: your only option is a 32GB WiFi-only model. Check out the gallery below for plenty more images.
Google expects to further expand the number of Google Play categories for games in 2014, according to a new post on the Android Developers Blog. Expected to take effect in February, we should be on the lookout for Simulation, Role Playing, Educational, and perhaps others. Developers can now use the Google Play Developer Console to pick from one of these a new categories for their games; the game will not change until the new categories go live in February 2014.
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The official Gmail client picks up new features, however some are specific to Android 4.4 or later
The official Gmail app for Android is getting an update today which adds new moderate and handy features. Chief among the details is the ability to set vacation auto-responses, something previously only offered in the full web experience.
In addition to attaching photos or videos to emails, users can now toss in any file type, including .ZIP and .PDF. Those of you running Android 4.4 KitKat or later can also print hard copies of your emails directly from with the Gmail app.
Last, but not least, users may notice “enhanced performance of the app on low memory devices”, which come courtesy of Google’s Project Svelte.
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Back in August, Google officially unveiled the Android Device Manager, a service Android fans were looking forward to from a long time. The service could help users to locate their lost Android device for example inside your house under the sofa. It can help them to see the last known location of their stolen device, also allowing them to wipe the data, keeping your data secure. Now Android Device Manager is available in the Play Store as an Android application.
It is available for free, of course. And if you are not using the service, we highly recommend you to do so. You have to turn on the Google location service, also go to Google Settings > Android Device Manager, and select Remotely locate this device and Allow remote lock and factory reset.
You can download the application below, and don’t forget to share your thoughts with us in the comment box below.
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Best buy has a one day only deal for the second generation Nexus 7 today, and you can pick yourself up one, or for a family member, for the low price of $195. That is a $35 price cut, which you can actually put towards a Chromecast if you haven’t gotten yourself one of those yet. With Christmas around the corner, could be a nice gift to get your future tech enthusiast, or just get it for yourself and call it a day. Head over to Best Buy by clicking the link below. Let us know if you did.
Gmail is seeing a nice little update today, and some of you have probably already received your update through the Play Store. Some key features have been added to version 4.7, such as KitKat printing support, vacation responder, and…wait for it…zip downloading!
KitKat printing support allows you to utilize the cloud access, just incase you need to print out those important emails quickly from your device. The vacation responder is nice for those that get a slew of emails, so you will be able to set the time and dates for it to respond with an I’m out of the office email.
Finally we have zip downloading support that many have been waiting for since forever. No more messages stating you can’t open or save the attachment due to its format. Happy day indeed, and if you haven’t gotten the update through the Play Store yet, then click the download link below and grab the apk. Let us know how you like it.
Bethesda and Zenimax today announced that it plans to release The Elder Scrolls Online MMO on Friday, April 4, 2014 on both the Mac and the PC, with a console release coming later in June.
The Elder Scrolls Online, initially announced in mid–2012, is part of the Elder Scrolls franchise, which has included open world role-playing games like Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim.
Like other games in the series, The Elder Scrolls Online is set on the continent of Tamriel and will feature a storyline that is indirectly connected with the storylines from previous games, set 1,000 years before the events of Skyrim. Along with a release date, a new trailer for the game is also available.
According to Game Director Matt Firor, major systems development has been completed and the development team is focused on polishing content, improving combat, and fixing bugs.
Game development is coming along very well. We completed major systems development, and are focusing on making this the Elder Scrolls game you expect: polishing the hundreds and hundreds of hours of content, making combat even more fun and responsive, fixing quest issues, and much, much more. In fact, we plan on spending the next few months before launch reacting to the latest feedback from internal and external testers and gameplay data we have collected.
The Elder Scrolls Online has been in beta testing for the last year, and the company plans to expand beta testing opportunities ahead of the game’s April release.