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26
Dec

Update rolling out for the NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 Tablet


NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 OTA Android 4.3 updateNVIDIA has started pushing out an over-the-air update to all who happen to own a Tegra Note 7 tablet. The update is nothing to sneeze at either. It moves the tablet to Android 4.3 and brings in a slew of updated features.

  • DirectStylus help options
  • Stylus removal and insert notifications
  • Ability to capture the notification bar with full screen capture
  • Always on HDR (AOHDR) capability
  • Video stabilization
  • Ability to transfer app and data files between internal and external memory
  • Security and bug fixes
  • Tuning and optimizations to improve camera performance

A pretty good looking update. While it isn’t Android 4.4, Anyone holding onto one of these $200 tablets from NVIDIA is sure to be pleased by the update.

Look for this update now on your Tegra NOTE 7 tablet from EVGA, ADVENT, Gigabyte, Shenzhen Homecare Technology, ZOTAC and XOLO.

Via NVIDIA

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26
Dec

NYPD’s cruiser of the future knows if you’re on the lam, can detect radiation


New York City’s Police Department is one of the most well-financed in the world, and the prototype for its next-generation patrol car clearly reflects that. A rear-mounted infrared sensor scans, records and checks license plates against a database (yes, in real-time), not too far from a new radiation detector in the rear window. An in-car, dashboard-mounted surveillance camera captures video, which can be livestreamed to headquarters via a modem and power supply sitting in the trunk. If this all sounds spookily like Demolition Man‘s future police (pictured above), that’s because it’s very similar.

Only one such prototype is cruising the streets thus far (in Brooklyn Heights), though the Wall Street Journal‘s report says the data it gathers is being implemented city-wide. It’s unclear how much (all?) of this tech will make its way to the rest of the NYPD’s vehicle force, though a variety of components are already in place on other cars. It’s all part of a 13-page report prepared for exiting New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly centered on the concept of “NYPD2020″ — the NYPD in 10 years’ time. A variety of other projects from that report are also in the works, though many are distinctly less exciting (an online, public database of incident reports, for instance).

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Source: Wall Street Journal

26
Dec

Oppo N1 CyanogenMod edition now available for $599


Just a few days ago, CyanogenMod’s Oppo N1 was officially revealed – CyanogenMod’s first ever phone and also the first phone to officially ship with CyanogenMod 10.2. The phone comes with exact features like the Oppo N1, but this special and limited edition comes with few extra stuff. The smartphone is now officially available at Oppo-Style website for $599, and also it comes with a special CyanogenMod cover, and a sticker pack.

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The phone itself is really amazing, and with CyanogenMod latest version, I guess it’s a great package. Are you planning to pick up the limited edition Android phone? Tell us about it in the comment box below.

Source: Cyanogenmod

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26
Dec

Call of Duty: Strike Team Updates with Sale and More Device Support


Android first person shooter Call of Duty Strike TeamThere certainly is no shortage on great deals floating around the web and inside our beloved Play Store. Another great Holiday discount has just surfaced from Activision. Starting today through February 1st at 2 pm PST, you can pick up Call of Duty:  Strike Team for just $2.99. That would be just over 50% off the full cost that it landed at when it was launched, which was $6.99.


Call of Duty: Strike Team offers up multiple modes, switching between 1st and 3rd person action, customizable gear for your team members and quite a bit more.

With today’s update that brought along the discount are a number of new devices that are now able to pick up the game. The Nexus 5, the Note & Note II, the Nexus 10, the Xperia S and the Z models.

Be prepared for a massive download if you choose to pick this up while it is on sale though. The Play Store stats 1.9GB’s. Normally we tell you to not sit on your hands and go grab it now, but you do have over a month to pick it up. Maybe that Google Play Gift card you asked for hasn’t arrived just yet. When you are ready, just hit the link below to go grab it.

Call of Duty®: Strike Team Play Store Link

26
Dec

Apple may let you describe iPhone photos with your voice


Apple patent filing for tagging photos through voice

Tagging greatly simplifies photo searches, but it can be a cumbersome process — just ask anyone who has typed in keywords for dozens of vacation shots. It may be more intuitive if Apple implements the voice tagging from a newly published patent application, though. The technique would let mobile-device users describe images using natural-language voice commands, with social networks and other info filling in the gaps. Say “this is us at the beach” and the software would tag not only you and the location, but also anyone else who was scheduled to come along on the trip. It could even auto-tag photos once it recognizes people and scenes. There’s no certainty that iOS will get any of the new voice features, but don’t be surprised if you can eventually ask Siri to sort out your iPhone photo gallery.

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Via: AppleInsider

Source: USPTO

26
Dec

Win a Bluetune-Bean [12 Days of Giveaways]


We’re in the home stretch of our 12 Days of Giveaways promotion and things are not slowing down. Over the remainder of the year we’ll be giving out some more awesome stuff, including an NVIDIA Shield, Nexus 5, and Moto G!

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Prize #1 Bluetune-Bean

Today’s first prize is a Bluetune-Bean by the fine folks at Divoom. Super portable, this Bluetooth speaker can clip onto a belt, a backpack, or just hang out on the table. In addition to playing your music, this guy can also make and receive hands-free phone calls.

Learn more about Divoom or follow them on Facebook.

 

Prize #2 Bundled Goodies

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The second prize we’re hooking you up with is an Kensington PowerBolt Fast Car Charger and an iHome BT Speaker. The former is convenient way to keep your Android charged up when on the go; the latter is a Bluetooth speaker to listen to music, podcasts, or movies on when connected to your Android or smartphone. As an added bonus, it also connects via NFC!

Learn more about Kensington or follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

Learn more about iHome or follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

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Prize #3 Android Collectible (SERIES 04)

The third prize tossing out to a random winner is an unopened Series 04 Android collectible figure from Dead Zebra and Andrew Bell. As to what’s inside the box remains a mystery, but here are the potential candidates!

Learn more about Andrew Bell or follow him on Twitter!

Daily Prizes

Oh… don’t forget we’re also giving out Google Play credits over the remainder of the month. On some days we’ll randomly pick someone to win $10, others will be $25 and higher!

How to Enter

We’re going to keep this short and simple. To enter today’s contest all you need to do is leave a comment below! We’ll let this run for 24 hours and then randomly select the winner(s).

Win Google Play Credits!

To enter to win one of the Google Play credits all you need to do is share the following on your social media platform of choice: “I want to win Google Play Credits, AndroidGuys! http://goo.gl/dGQhG6 #12DaysAndroid

Yes, you can share over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google+. Yes, you can enter as often as you like.

Finer details

This post will be updated with the name(s) and we’ll reach out via the comments as well. Also, be sure to keep an eye on the 12 Days of Giveaways page where we’ll keep a running tally of prizes and winners.

Note that we’ll give each winner a 24 hour window to respond. Should the winner not reply in time, we’ll re-draw and announce a new name. Be sure to check back!

Here’s the rub: We’re limiting this contest to U.S. residents only. Yes, we know it sucks – we hate doing it. Also, you can only win one prize per household. If you happen to win a Google Play Credit as well, then so be it!

 

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26
Dec

Siri Photo Search System Detailed in New Apple Patent


Siri may be able to search through and tag user photos in the future, according to a new Apple patent application published today by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (via AppleInsider). Entitled “Voice-based Image Tagging and Searching,” the application describes a system allowing digital images to be tagged with various identifiers like the name of a person, a location, or an activity in a photograph, which can then be searched for via voice commands given to a “voice-based digital assistant,” aka Siri.

A user could, for example, take a photograph and then speak a description of what is in the photograph. Saying a phrase like “this is me at the beach” would automatically tag a photo with the appropriate information, which could later be recalled with a simple voice-based search. Apple specifies that beyond spoken information, additional tags could be added such as a user name and location.

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Moreover, because the natural-language processing is capable of inferring additional information, the tags may include additional information that the user did not explicitly say (such as the name of the person to which “me” refers), and which creates a more complete and useful tag.

Once a photograph is tagged using the disclosed tagging techniques, other photographs that are similar may be automatically tagged with the same or similar information, thus obviating the need to tag every similar photograph individually. And when a user wishes to search among his photographs, he may simply speak a request: “show me photos of me at the beach.”

According to Apple, the ever increasing number of digital photographs stored on electronic devices like the iPhone have created a need for “systematic cataloging” to facilitate improved organization and simpler image searches. Current approaches to photo tagging, Apple says, are “non-intuitive, arduous, and time-consuming,” with voice-based photo tagging representing a dramatic increase in both the speed and convenience of photo tagging.

Beyond recording information based on spoken text strings, Apple also suggests that its system could automatically tag photographs based on previously captured user images and data, recognizing faces, buildings, and landscapes. Based on the stored photographic data, users could then conduct voice searches via Siri, quickly locating all relevant images.

Apple first began improving its photo organizational systems with iOS 7, revamping the Photos app with information on when and where photos were taken. Images within the app can be organized into “Moments” using this information, which already provides a solid basis for the addition of photo searches to Siri in the future.

The patent application, which was originally filed on March 13, 2013 and published today, lists former Apple employee Jan Erik Solem and Thijs Willem Stalenhoef as inventors. As with all of Apple’s patents and patent applications, it is unclear when and if the technology will make it into a final product.

    



26
Dec

Mr. Postman launches smart mailbox Kickstarter campaign


All right, all right, Mr. Postman really missed the 2013 holiday season, launching its Kickstarter campaign on Christmas Day. But hey, hopefully this means that that Insert Coin: New Challengers semi-finalist will have all of the bugs worked out well in advance of next year’s package mailing scrum. And hey, now that you’re flush with cash from grandma, perhaps you’d consider supporting the solar-powered, WiFi enabled mailbox you unlock with your smartphone. The Mr. Postman app works along with the smart mailbox, letting you know when new packages have arrived and when outgoing mail has been picked up. Get in now and a pledge of $180 will get you the mailbox, set to be delivered this summer — to your curb, we assume, seeing as how your mailbox hasn’t actually arrived yet.

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Source: Kickstarter

26
Dec

Evad3rs Again Speak Out on ‘Evasi0n’ iOS 7 Jailbreak Controversy, Claim No Money Exchanged


Ahead of Christmas, the evad3rs released the evasi0n jailbreak for iOS 7, allowing Apple users with newer devices like the iPhone 5s, 5c, and Retina iPad mini to jailbreak their devices for the first time to access tweaks and apps outside of the App Store.

Shortly after the jailbreak was released to the public, controversy surfaced with Cydia administrator Jay Freeman noting that evasi0n did not include an official version of Cydia, an iOS application that allows users to install software on jailbroken devices. Freeman also revealed that the jailbreak inexplicably included a third party app store called “Taig” for Chinese users.

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The Taig app store was quickly found to include pirated apps, prompting the evad3rs to explain their position via an open letter claiming no knowledge of the piracy and pledging to further investigate the issue.

Now the evad3rs have published a second open letter to the jailbreak community, announcing the removal of the Taig app store from the evasi0n jailbreak.

However, after investigation and after notification from the community, we found examples, including pirated tweaks, Apple App Store apps, and even pod2g’s PodDJ app. We dropped the ball on this. While we at first did not believe Taig purposefully violated our agreement, the depth of the transgression against the software developers and the jailbreak community cannot be overlooked and we could not move forward after that even if it were fixed.

We terminated our relationship with them. We are very disappointed that they have decided to put up a cracked version of the jailbreak on their site that installs Taig. We did not give them any permission or source code.

Following the controversy, there were rumors that the evad3rs had accepted money from Taig for the deal, which the evad3rs now deny. “We have received no money from any group, including Taig,” reads the letter. “Our donations are being given to Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure to help protect jailbreaking as your legal right.”

The evad3rs team also clarifies that no user data was obtained by Taig, and that exposure was limited to users who had their computer’s language set to Chinese.

The evasi0n jailbreak, which no longer includes Taig, can be downloaded directly from the evasi0n website. Evasi0n does not include an official version of Cydia, and according to the evad3rs, they are “working hard to fix the problems with the jailbreak.”

    



26
Dec

Samsung’s latest developer kit lets you control appliances from your TV


Samsung 2013 Smart TV

Ever wish you could turn on the air conditioning without leaving the couch? Samsung’s new Smart TV SDK 5.0 will give you the luxury of being that lazy. The programming kit gives the TV control over home appliances, including network-savvy lighting and refrigerators. Developers should also have an easier time building apps thanks to a new web framework that both supports HTML5 and uses Native Client to run software across a wide range of TVs. Apps can run on mobile devices, too. Samsung has already posted a beta SDK, but aspiring big-screen app builders will have to wait until January 6th to get the finished tool.

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Source: Samsung D Forum, Samsung Tomorrow

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