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Feb

HTC teases the ‘all new HTC One’ in official video


I remember how everyone was excited that HTC will reveal the successor to HTC One at the Mobile World Congress, but instead they decided to unveil the new flagship on March 25th in New York and London. Why? Probably HTC didn’t want the Samsung Galaxy S5 to steal their thunder, however delaying it is making us even more curious, but that’s not it for HTC as they decided to come up with a teaser. They are calling it the “all-new HTC One”, and in the video below, you will see a guy telling you about BoomSound on HTC One, and then he will take out the ‘all new HTC One’ from his pocket. Want to know more? Check out the video below.

Well, what we know that the successor will feature a better sound quality, but that’s not at all. Anyway, still a month to go, so you better stay tuned.

Do you think the latest HTC flagship will be good enough to take on the Samsung Galaxy S5?

VIA: HTCSource

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26
Feb

Create your own Flappy Bird-style game with Code.org


We’ve already told you how to get Flappy Bird on your Android device now that it’s gone, but why not just create your own “flappy” game?

Today Code.org, a non-profit organization that aims to get more students interested in computer science, crossed two milestones, celebrating its one-year anniversary and recently hitting one billion lines of code written by students on the site. In celebration, it built a drag-and-drop tutorial to help people of all ages do just that, create a custom Flappy Birds game. 

Code.org also believes that anyone can learn to code and held the “Hour of Code,” a campaign to introduce 10 million students to one hour of Computer Science, in December during Computer Science Education Week.

If you head over to the site, you will find the tutorial that uses the basics of computer science to allow you to create your own version of the simple Flappy Bird game, whether you want to make a Flappy Spaceship or Flappy Santa, or create your own rules, such as speeding it up, slowing it down or reversing scoring. The tutorial runs in your browser and can run on either a computer, smartphone or tablet.

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One of the neat things about the tutorial is that you can even press the “show code” button to see the code in JavaScript, “the world’s most widely adopted programming language.”

As someone who went to college for journalism, worked as a journalist for nearly four years, is now going back to school to become a programmer, I definitely recommend checking this out, as it may inspire you to want to learn to code.

It’s interesting to note that the tutorial was created thanks to engineers from Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter. It also appears that Rovio and EA had a hand in it too.

Tutorial via Code.org

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26
Feb

‘American Idol’ betting on Google and Facebook to increase fan interaction


Expect tonight’s American Idol to come with a bit of an internet twist. In an effort to mix up the type of interaction fans can have with the show, FOX has announced a new partnership with Google and Facebook. Now, each time an episode airs live, simply searching for “American Idol” will let viewers cast a vote right from Google’s main site or its iOS and Android Search apps. Up to 50 votes per contestant can be submitted, so there shouldn’t be any problems if you have a thing for more than a single Idol.

As for Facebook, FOX plans to include data from the social network during episodes of American Idol, such as real-time voting updates and conversations people may be having about the show. Bill Bradford, SVP Digital at FOX, says that the chance to collaborate with Google and Facebook was a no-brainer, as this is a great opportunity to better engage fans and make them “a bigger part of the show.”

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Via: Variety

Source: Fox

26
Feb

Engadget Mobile Podcast 200 – MWC edition – 2.26.14


The Mobile Podcast turns 200 today and we’re coming to you direct from the MWC showfloor in Barcelona, so please excuse all the background hustle and bustle. Brad Molen and crew are providing some fresh first-hand perspective about Samsung’s new smartwatch line and the dimple-backed Galaxy S5 (complete with finger print scanner). Nokia also has a new lineup, this time Android-based, and Sony’s offerings are delivering enhanced imaging and higher resolutions. We saved you a seat at the table — right next to the silent superstar — so please join us for this special MWC 2014 edition of the Engadget Mobile Podcast.

Hosts: Brad Molen

Guest: James Trew, Chris Velazco, Steve Dent, Joseph Volpe

Producer: Jon Turi

Music: TychoCoastal Brake (Ghostly International)

Hear the podcast:

02:38 – Hands-on with Nokia’s X family of Android smartphones
23:07 – Sony claims the Xperia Z2 Tablet is the world’s thinnest and lightest waterproof slate
34:23 – Samsung Galaxy S5 preview: simpler in some ways, more ‘glam’ in others
02:38 – Meet Samsung’s new smartwatch family: the Gear 2, Neo and Fit

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26
Feb

Laptop deals of the week: 2.26.14


If that aging laptop is giving you problems, you might just want to take a peek at the collection of discounted machines that we’ve compiled after the break. There are Windows, Mac and Chromebook options at a range of prices, so there’s surely something to satisfy those OS preferences. Heck, most of the group consists of current-gen offerings too, so you can upgrade without having to settle.

If there are other laptops you have your eye on that we haven’t included here — join us and add them to your “Want” list. Every time there’s a price cut in the future, you’ll get an email alert!

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus

Price: $1,299
Regular Price: $1,400
Engadget Score: 84
Buy: Amazon

Samsung may have let the Series 9 go quite a long time before a refresh, but its successor — the ATIV Book 9 Plus — packs a list of specs that made it worth the wait. In fact, we like this model so much we included it in our most recent buyer’s guide. According to the 90-day history, the current sticker price is just $50 above the three-month low.

Apple MacBook Air (mid-2013)

Price: $949
Regular Price: $999
Engadget Global Score: 88
Buy: Amazon

Yes, $50 may not seem like too much of a discount, but for a current-gen MacBook Air? Every little bit helps. This 11-inch model packs the Haswell internals that we found to boost battery life dramatically when we reviewed the 13-incher last summer. See for yourself how those two machines differ all the way down the spec sheet with our Compare tool.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro

Price: $950
Regular Price: $1,000
Engadget Score: 81
Buy: Best Buy

Another entry in this winter’s laptop buyer’s guide, the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is currently being offered with a modest $50 price cut. Again, that may not seem like much, but the convertible also hasn’t been on shelves very long, and the current going rate is on par with the 90-day low.

Samsung Chromebook

Price: $230
Regular Price: $249
Engadget Global Score: 78
Buy: Amazon

Need a serviceable machine that requires minimal investment? You might consider Samsung’s Chromebook and its $229 price tag. Sure, you’re limited to Chrome OS and Google’s suite of apps, but the laptop packs a respectable keyboard and display with a decent set of ports for connecting all of those peripherals. Use our Compare tool to see how Samsung’s offering stacks up against other top Chromebooks.

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26
Feb

Sony to shutter over two-thirds of its US stores


Sony Electronics is closing 20 of its 31 US-based store locations, the Japanese consumer electronics giant announced this afternoon. The news follows layoffs at Sony affecting approximately 5,000 employees worldwide; it’s unclear if European or Asian Sony stores are affected by today’s news (we’ve asked). The announcement release cites Sony’s need, “to maintain its competitiveness in an evolving consumer electronics market” as the reason for the closures. The company also sold off its PC business last month, making today’s news yet another step in the ongoing restructuring of Sony.

The 11 remaining stores are mostly in or near major markets: New York City, Los Angeles, and Orlando and Houston. Sony’s two-floor flagship store in New York City is slated to remain open, though the building above it (housing a variety of Sony offices) was sold last year for a cool $1.1 billion. At the time (January 2013), Sony said it’d stay in the building as a renter for “up to” three years.

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26
Feb

12 New LTE Markets get Switched on by AT&T


4G LTE AT&T CitiesThose of us that choose to not live in the big cities often find our selves with slower data speeds. In my little rural town I am lucky to pick up 4G in some areas. Not that i venture out much or have any real need for blazing fast data when I am driving. However, it is a good thing for many. AT&T has just recently flipped the proverbial switch on 12 new markets late last night that now all have LTE access, in varying degrees of course. Check out the list.

  • Defiance & Bellefontaine, Ohio
  • Greenwood & Seneca, South Carolina
  • Lumberton, North Carolina
  • Deridder, Louisiana
  • Lebanon, Missouri
  • Gainsville, Texas
  • Anderson, Indiana
  • Midland, Michigan
  • Claremont, New Hampshire
  • Bismark, North Dakota

Anyone in these areas seeing a nice little LTE icon popping up in your notification bar?

Via PRNewsWire

26
Feb

Apple Releases iTunes 11.1.5 With Bug Fixes, Compatibility Improvements [Mac Blog]


ituneslogo.jpgApple today released a minor update to its iTunes software, fixing an issue that could cause iTunes to quit unexpectedly when a device is connected. The update also improves compatibility with iBooks for Mac on OS X Mavericks.

This update fixes a problem that may cause iTunes to quit unexpectedly when a device is connected and improves compatibility with iBooks for Mac on OS X Mavericks.

iTunes 11.1.5 can be downloaded via the Mac App Store or through Apple’s iTunes download site. The update comes in at 81.4MB.

    



26
Feb

25 minimal and modern wallpapers for your Android


Looking to change up your Android home screen? It doesn’t get much easier than swapping out the wallpaper; it’s one of the quickest ways to breath new life into the mobile experience.

We’ve gone through Google+ and other wallpaper resources to put this gallery together for you. What you’ll find below is a mixed bag with no real theme. In a nutshell we simply liked what we saw, saved a copy, and present them to you here.

As widgets and icon packs continue to get better all the time, some of these wallpapers will make for a gorgeous backdrop.

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Please note that we do not claim ownership of any of these images. If you see something here that should not belong or is your own work, please let us know. We don’t want to get anyone in trouble and will be happy to swap the image out for something else.

Click here to see our other wallpaper articles, specifically the previous minimal and modern wallpaper gallery.

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26
Feb

Google Now Launcher Available in the Play Store for Nexus and GPE Devices


Google Now LauncherGoogle has launched the Google Now Launcher app to the Play Store this morning. If memory serves me right, this was formerly known as the Google Experience Launcher. The GNL gives you all the goods that is Google Now integrated as a launcher app. The feature list is pretty nice too.

Key features:

• Google Now on your home screen – it’s easier than ever to get just the right information at just the right time.
• Just say “Ok Google” – when you’re on your home screen, just say “Ok Google” to trigger voice input. Then say your search query. Or tell your phone what to do, like send a text message, get directions, or play a song (available in the US, UK, and Canada).
• Faster search – tap the search box and you can enter your query immediately.
• Easy access to your favorite Google products and services, like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps.
• Larger viewing area – the status and navigation bars are now translucent, so your wallpaper pops from every pixel, and is even visible when you expand your apps drawer (when supported by device).
• Intuitive wallpaper picker – select any image that’s stored on your device, or in the cloud. Position and preview your wallpaper before you set it.

Before you go getting all giddy about it, you will only be able to pick up the app if you have Android 4.4+ running on a Nexus or Google Play Edition device. At least that is what Google is saying in the description. I am sure it will get toggled by a developer some where that lets it install on other devices. Feel free to check into it, just hit the button below to go to the Play Store and see.


Get it on Google Play

Via Zammi Kahan G+

We just heard from one of our loyal readers on G+ who confirmed he was able to install it on his non-Samsung Galaxy S3 device.

Interestingly it let me install it on my S3, I am running a 4.4 ROM on it (Beanstalk) though. Thanks for the link, playing with it now :)

We assumed that might be the case for a ROM that is based off stock. Thanks Dave!

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