Leaks and rumors are always a fun way to get conversations rolling. A new leak from infamous leakster, @evleaks, has pump out a bit of information regarding the upcoming and fairly anticipated, Google Watch. We have known for a while that LG would be the manufacturer of the device.
The leaked specs outline a Google (LG) Smartwatch with a 1.65″ IPS LCD display with a resolution of 280 x 280. Internally it houses 512 MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. The processor manufacturer and speed are still to be determined.
More Google (LG) smartwatch specs: 1.65″ IPS LCD @ 280×280, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, processor TBD.
— @evleaks (@evleaks) March 13, 2014
The watch is said to be heavily KitKat and Google Now orientated. I am sure it will be compatible with any android device that is running a minimum of KitKat with the best experience being with a Nexus device.
It sounds like we can expect a square watch display with the 280 x 280 mention. Rumors peg an announcement this month with a release in June at Google I/O. The early announcement would be aimed for excitment, but more so for the release of the SDK. It would give developers a few months lead to create new apps and update current ones to work with the new watch.
Personally I would prefer a round display, but I know that is trickier and also limits the amount of information that can be displayed on the screen.
What do you guys want to see happen with the Google designed smartwatch? Will it need to hit the sweet spot price tag to be considered, or will you shell out top dollar for it?
Via Evleaks Twitter
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We hope you weren’t too attached to the Nook app for Windows, because it’s going away — well, sort of. Barnes & Noble’s Nook Media subsidiary and Microsoft have amended their partnership with terms that let Nook Media stop distributing its Windows e-book software. The company won’t leave bookworms completely stranded, though. Instead, it will steer them toward “Microsoft Consumer Reader;” ZDNet believes this is a previously rumored e-reading app that will support both Nook content as well as generic text. The updated pact also lets Nook Media scrap progress on a Windows Phone app, although that’s not as big a loss when the client hasn’t reached the public. We don’t yet know how the revised deal will affect Windows-bound Nook fans, but let’s hope that Microsoft does a good job of picking up any slack.
Foreign data thieves may be responsible for stealing Target’s customer data late last year, but it now appears that the retailer played a large part in its own misfortune. Sources speaking to Bloomberg Businessweek claim that Target not only shut off an automatic malware removal tool, but sat on breach alerts for 12 days — long enough for attackers to both grab card info and cover their tracks. While the store chain isn’t confirming what happened at this stage, it notes that it’s already revamping its security system and speeding up plans to accept chip-based payment cards, which are slightly more trustworthy. If true, though, the scoop suggests that Target could have easily prevented the theft and spared millions from the financial headaches that followed.
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Source: Bloomberg Businessweek
Get ready: video ads are set to become a permanent fixture in your Facebook feed by late April or early May. The social network has been testing 15-second spots since December and, after a few delays, officially started offering them as an option to select advertisers today. Both mobile and desktop ads will autoplay in your feed, but won’t have audio unless you click on them (so you won’t have to worry about disturbing your cubemate when you’re Facebook stalking your ex). On mobile, those ads will download only when you’re connected to Wi-Fi, so they won’t gobble up all your mobile data, but you’ll still see them when you’re on the move. There’s no way to opt out of seeing the ads. Though, legend tells of a magical browser extension that can “block” all ads online (not that we’d ever endorse such a thing). Our quick solution? Treat them like the million baby pics your college roommate posts and scroll by as fast as possible.
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Republic Wireless on Thursday announced the upcoming availability of the Moto G smartphone from Motorola. Priced at $149, the 8GB version of the handset is free of contract obligations and can be paired with plans that start as low as $5 per month. Those who need more storage can double down at 16GB for $179; same rate plans and options apply. Without divulging an exact date, the carrier promises the Moto G will be available starting in April.
The Moto G is the Republic Wireless of smartphones – proof that a world-class experience can come at a low price. The reviews are nearly unanimous in their praise, and the G is enabling millions of people around the world to experience the mobile internet for the first time.
To help kick things off Republic Wireless is hosting a giveaway which sees a Moto G & 12 months of FREE 3G service awarded weekly.
Rovio, the brains behind Angry Birds, has begun to tease the next Angry Birds game. Rovio has dubbed the new title as Angry Birds Epic, which tells us the game tries to achieve an epic story-line. Differing from other titles in the franchise, this one will be a turn-based RPG game.
Angry Birds Epic will first touch down in Canadian and Australian markets and is expected to expand worldwide a couple weeks after.
The game features an original story “influenced by the show’s 212-episode catalogue as well as current events.” It will be free-to-play, likely supported by in-app purchases or virtual currency.
As can be seen in the screenshots, the game features the same locations and characters that are in the hit television show, with Mort, Peter, Quagmire, and Chris outside The Drunken Clam in one shot and Peter and Joe outside the Quahog police station in another shot.
“We’re working closely with Fox Digital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television production to guarantee an authentic FAMILY GUY experience that makes you laugh your ass off,” said Andrew N. Green, head of business development and business operations at TinyCo.
While there is no official launch date in place for the Family Guy game, it is set to be released in April of 2014. More information can be found on the game’s Facebook page.
We know you guys love giveaway’s as much as we love offering them to you. Today we have something ridiculously awesome for you to enter to win. No, it isn’t a phone, a tablet or case. No, today we have ONE pair of Epson’s new Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses. Way cooler than a Moto X if you ask me.
We got a chance to check out the first Moverio BT-100 at CES 2012. They were a bit big, a bit clunky, but they were pretty darn cool at the time even with Android 2.2. How could you not want to put a set on when you could watch the equivalent of a 320-foot screen from 20 meters away in 2D or 3D? Since the BT-100′s Epson has been hard at work to make the next version of the Moviero better than the last. This year they have the Moverio BT-200′s and boy have they made some significant changes to the design and the operation. Seriously, just look at the image above of the BT-200 vs the image below of the BT100.
In simplest terms the BT-200 is a set of wearable smart glasses that does a whole lot more than let you see a notification from a friend on Google+. The glasses have 2 transparent screens placed in the glass. They run at a resolution of 960 x 540 in 16:9 with a 23 degree field of view. It has a built-in front facing camera, built-in motion sensor, Dolby Digital Plus sound, optional dark shade or prescription lens insert. They are also 60% lighter (88 grams vs 220 grams) than there predecessor. That just rounds out the primary features of the smart glasses themselves.
The glasses are are controlled via control unit that attaches to them. It offers approximately 6 hours of battery life, runs Android 4.0 and acts a track pad for navigation. The controller unit also has a Micro SD card slot for expandable storage and connects to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The controller also can wirelessly connect to a TV for mirroring what the glasses are producing. That allows others to in a room to see what you are seeing. it also works in reverse. You can actually mirror your Android device through your glasses.
They do a whole heck of a lot, like allow you to watch movies, play augmented reality games, overlay 3D objects in front of your field of view and more. We didn’t have a chance to swing by the Epson booth at CES 2014, but a number of others did, talk a watch of a booth walk through with Talk Android and see some of the developer partners, the UI, and applications.
The Moverio BT-200 aren’t aimed at being a Google glass competitor, they aren’t really something you will walk around the streets or drive a vehicle with. They are definitely aimed at business/enterprise use and while you are int he comfort of your home, on the plane or in a hotel.
I don’t know about you guys, but I wouldn’t mind having a set.
How to Win a Pair
Now that you know a little bit about the Moverio BT-200, you probably want to know how to enter to win a pair. We like to keep things simple, but we also want to make these beneficial for our partners who are kindly sponsoring the giveaway. Our partner for the Moverio BT-200 is prelaunch.com. The site is a newer site that has some pretty big things going on. Think kickstarter, but for companies who already have products that want to get pre-orders handled and offer special promotions or pricing. You can find upcoming devices and products from names you know, like Epson, BEM Wireless and Cogito. You also get access to exclusive offers, limited edition products and brand-sponsored contest. Lower prices via Prelaunch CrowdDiscount program and a few more great little perks for free.
2. Leave us a comment down below telling us why you need a pair of these in your life.
3. SHARE! Sharing is caring. It isn’t mandatory, but it would certainly be helpful. Use hashtag #BT200Prelaunch in your sharing to this giveaway and we will keep tabs on it during the contest period.
Time line and other details
The contest will run from today, March 13th through Friday March 21st at 5 p.m. PST. We will coordinate with Prelaunch to randomly select a winner out of the participants. The winner will be notified by AndroidSPIN on Monday March 24th to acquire shipping details. Prelaunch.com will be handling the shipping of the winner’s prize. Contest only open to the U.S. and Canada.
You can always skip the contest and just place a preorder now.
Google just took a good thing and made it even better. Taking the prices for their online Google Drive storage and slashing them considerably. By default you already get 15Gb of free store from Google. That is a combined total across Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos. If that wasn’t enough space, you had to pony up some cash for more storage. Now those prices just dropped to some extremely affordable options.
before today 100 GB of additional storage would cost you $4.99 a month. That was a pretty acceptable price tag and one many opted for right off the bat who take a lot of photos on their devices. Now you can get the same 100 GB upgrade for just $1.99 a month. That isn’t the big one though. The big drop comes for the much larger 1TB (terrabyte) of storage. It previously set you back $49.99 a month and is now only $9.99 a month. That is a whole lot of storage for $10 a month.
If you already had one of the plans set up and scheduled for auto pay, don’t worry, Google will flop your price tag over automatically. For those of you that couldn’t justify the purchase pricing before today can head to your Google Storage Settings here, and sign up today.
You can still go larger than 1TB, as they have 10TB’s for $99.99, 20TB’s for $199.99 and 30TB’s for $299.99. Basically $10 per TB.
At first glance this beauty might look like the Galaxy Gear, but it’s actually the PW305. Apparently the guys at Podoor didn’t get the memo from CNN that people weren’t counterfeiting smartwatches, and made this stylish number. The company tells us that the watch is based on Linux and “performs stably and practically,” two features we’re definitely looking for in a wearable. Check out a demo video of the PW305 in all its KIRF glory after the break.