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Apr

Verizon’s HTC One Max KitKat with Sense 5.5 update landing Monday


HTC One Max

HTC’s executive director of product management today announced that the Android 4.4.2 update for the One Max on Verizon has received approval from the carrier and is therefore beginning its deployment as of Monday.

Alongside the Android 4.4.2 update, Sense 5.5 will also be bundled for the One Max users which includes a number of enhancements and features including the ability to turn off BlinkFeed, and redesigned Camera and Gallery Apps.

The OTA is expected to commence on Monday, but there may be a delay in the Android 4.4.2 update getting pushed to your device as the activation gets triggered amongst all the devices.

The post Verizon’s HTC One Max KitKat with Sense 5.5 update landing Monday appeared first on AndroidGuys.

5
Apr

Samsung Selfie Madness! Cyanogen Inc. Gets a New Logo! – The ManDroid Show


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Happy Friday my friends. Time to talk a little Android with yours truly. Samsung definitely has a new marketing strategy that seems to work in their favor. Cyanogen Inc. is growing, which is crazy considering where they were a few years ago. Nice to see that once great ROM turn into something greater. Enjoy the show!

News Topics
Samsung Obama and Ortiz selfie
Cyanogen Inc. gets a new logo
CyanogenMod OS screenshots
Amazon announces FireTV

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5
Apr

The Xbox One is getting another controller update, unfortunately


Xbox One controller plugged in

Really, Microsoft? You just asked gamers to go through the hassle of updating their Xbox One gamepads in March, yet there’s word on NeoGAF that the next patch — currently in testing — will once again bundle “new controller firmware.” Yes, the (hopefully optional) code should fix connection and headset quality issues that are even more of a pain, but it’s doubtful that Xbox owners will relish plugging in peripherals a second time to get reliability that should have been present on day one. At least users can take comfort in new system features added to the list of coming updates, including a button to check for future software updates manually and redeeming codes directly from Xbox Live messages. Let’s just hope that gamepad upgrades are less frequent from here on out.

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Source: NeoGAF

5
Apr

Sony releases an unlocked Xperia Z1 with US-friendly LTE


Sony Xperia Z1

Frustrated that you’ve had to sign up to T-Mobile just to pick up an Xperia Z1 variant with completely US-native LTE? That won’t be a problem after this week. Sony has released an unlocked version of the Z1 that can take advantage of 4G speeds on AT&T, T-Mobile and their virtual network partners. The flagship Android phone should also support LTE on bigger Canadian carriers, if you’re inclined to travel. You won’t get anything else special for the $620 you’ll spend on the unlocked model, but it may scratch the itch if you’re unwilling to wait for stateside releases of newer hardware like the Z2 or Z1 Compact.

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Via: CNET

Source: Sony

5
Apr

Google is trying to trademark the word “Glass” but the trademark office doesn’t like It


Google is trying to trademark the word "Glass"The trademarking story of the year so far has been the well documented (and quite possibly ludicrous) story of King.com trademarking the word “Candy”. Google looks like it could be moving in the same direction as Google is trying to trademark the word “Glass” (in relation to its Google Glass product) with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office however the bid isn’t going so well.

The USPTO is holding up Google’s application because of two main objections. The first of which is that the world “Glass” is already included in existing and future tech-related applications and fears consumers will be confused. The second objection was raised because “merely descriptive” words such as “Glass” do not have protection under federal law. These objections were raised with Google late last year and Google replied about two weeks ago. Naturally, they believe both objections are unnecessary; Google thinks consumers will not be confused with trademarks as Google Glass has already had such a large media presence. Regarding the second objection, Google says that a name does not necessarily “inform potential consumers as to the nature, function or use” of a product, nor is the name “Glass” simply descriptive seeing as it is constructed from titanium and plastic.

Patent and trademark news normally does my head in, but this is definitely a very important story in the tech world that could have far-reaching implications. Interestingly, Google already has the trademark for “Google Glass” which means Google is seeking this additional trademark in the hopes of perhaps simplifying their marketing and becoming synonymous simply with the world “Glass”.

What do we think about this trademark case? Do you think companies should be allowed to trademark single words like “Candy” and “Glass”? Let us know what your opinion is in the comments below.

Source: Wall Street Journal via TalkAndroid

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5
Apr

Apple TV 2, Magic Wand Outlined in New Steve Jobs Email


appletv.pngSteve Jobs outlined a potential future for the Apple TV in an email correspondence with top Apple executives in 2010, a year before his death, noting potential plans for the “Apple TV 2″ that included TV subscriptions, apps, browser and a “magic wand” control device. The email was published today as a part of Apple’s lawsuit trial with Samsung (via The Verge).

8. Apple TV 2 – David Moody, Jeff Robbin

– Strategy: stay in the living room game and make a great “must have” accessory for iOS devices

– sales so far, projections for this holiday season

– add content:

– NBC, CBS, Viacom, HBO, …

– TV subscription?

– where do we go from here?

– apps, browser, magic wand?

While the potential Apple TV features aren’t mentioned in concrete terms, they do provide insight into features Apple was internally discussing and considering in 2010. Additionally, the internal email also confirms that Apple has considered using its patented Nintendo Wiimote-like MagicWand to control Apple TV.

Jobs’ email also goes over other subjects for Apple’s 2010 Top 100, a secret meeting in which top Apple employees discuss strategy for the upcoming year, including plans for the “plus” iPhone 4 that was eventually named the iPhone 4s and a low cost iPhone model based on the iPod touch that would replace the iPhone 3GS.

Plans for the future of iOS are also mentioned, with Jobs noting that strategy should be to “catch up to Android where we are behind (notifications, tethering, speech…) and leapfrog them (Siri, …)”.

The subject of Apple’s now defunct MobileMe service makes up another large part of the email, with Jobs acknowledging that Google was “way ahead of Apple in cloud services” and that both the search giant and Microsoft had better technology than Apple but had not “figured it out yet”. The email also notes that Apple’s plan was to improve MobileMe to the point where it tied all Apple’s products together and made its ecosystem even more “sticky”, so that it would be more difficult for customers to leave for a competitor.

Finally, the email makes mention of Apple’s desire to further its lead over Google in music and great apps in the App Store as a part of Apple’s “holy war” with Google, with mentions for both The Beatles and iTunes in the Cloud.

    



5
Apr

The time travel movie 12 Monkeys is becoming a TV show in 2015


Bruce WIllis in 12 Monkneys

If you’re so enamored with time travel in TV shows that even Doctor Who isn’t enough, we have good news: you’re about to get a lot more of it. Syfy has ordered production of a series based on Terry Gilliam’s classic movie 12 Monkeys. While the show will go without most of the apocalyptic flick’s cast and crew when it airs in January 2015, its first season (appropriately 12 episodes long) will involve original producer Charles Roven as well as veteran actors from Nikita and X-Men: The Last Stand. The story arc will likely be familiar to anyone who watched the 1995 film — or 1962′s La Jetée, for that matter — but we’re not going to complain about revisiting one of sci-fi’s most enduring concepts.

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Via: Deadline, The Verge

Source: NBCUniversal

5
Apr

Engadget Podcast 391 – 4.4.14


Things are heating up in the podcast studio this week and its either Terrence’s cardigan, Amazon’s new Fire TV or the residual effects of Joseph’s encounter with a real action hero. There’s also a pile of news that came out of Microsoft’s Build conference, which isn’t surprising considering how long it dragged on. Redmond’s own has released Windows Phone 8.1 — complete with notifications (!) and the Cortana voice-search tool — amidst a flurry of other news. Having had a few days with Amazon’s new streaming box already, the crew offers insights about the development of the Fire eco-system and its chops as a gaming device. We’ve got plenty in store, so be sure to head to the streaming links below for this week’s episode of the Engadget Podcast.

Hosts: Terrence O’Brien, Joseph Volpe, Ben Gilbert

Producer: Jon Turi

Hear the podcast:

02:27 – Having a chat with Cortana, Windows Phone’s new personal assistant
05:32 – Windows Phone 8.1 and Cortana officially revealed at Build 2014
06:31 – Microsoft Build 2014
08:57 – Having a chat with Cortana, Windows Phone’s new personal assistant
19:13 – Microsoft pushes universal apps that run on everything Windows
19:27 – Microsoft teases a classic Start Menu for Windows 8.1 with built-in Live Tiles
24:56 – Amazon’s Fire TV promises a premium set-top experience
27:05 – Fire TV ‘isn’t trying’ to be a game console, but is Amazon’s first real investment in gaming
36:14 – An afternoon with the Fire TV
55:55 – Amazon’s first Fire TV games include in-house titles and Minecraft
01:03:20 – Felix Baumgartner is the man who fell to Earth and lived to tell the tale
01:04:50 – Apple confirms WWDC 2014 will begin on June 2nd

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5
Apr

Will.i.am claims he developed a smartwatch that will launch in July (video)


Will.i.am hasn’t exactly had the best track record with hardware projects, but that doesn’t seem to have dampened his enthusiasm for buzzy gadgets at all. That’s why he showed off — what else? — his own smartwatch during a recent appearance on a British chat show called Alan Carr: Chatty Man.

“I started the company myself,” he said before apparently tapping at a wrist-mounted touchscreen. “I funded it, used my own money to develop it.”

The rapper-turned-entrepreneur is no stranger to tech (Intel named him its “Director of Creative Innovation” for reasons we can’t quite fathom) but we’d advise you keep a few grains of salt handy anyway. We get a very brief glimpse at a display that actually seems to work, though the phone dialing sounds and music that he supposedly played seemed a bit too loud to be genuine. That said, he claims that his smartwatch doesn’t need to be connected to a smartphone — it can apparently stream stored music via Bluetooth and make calls all on its lonesome. Not enough for you? He also mentions it can access Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

So is this the real deal, or is Mr. I. Am a dedicated troll? Who knows, but if it’s the latter he’s really committed to the con: eagle-eyed forum goers at Smartwatch Fans snapped some images of that device strapped to his wrist while he was on the The Voice UK earlier this week. We’ve reached out to his camp for more info, and we’ll update this story if they ever get back to us.

Update: A new tweet from the man himself indicates the device could launch in just a few months.

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Source: YouTube

5
Apr

Daily Roundup: 5-year-old hacks Xbox Live account, Amazon Fire TV teardown and more!


You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

Watch a 5-year-old spam the spacebar to access his dad’s Xbox Live account

How difficult is it to break into a password-protected Xbox One profile? Well, 5-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel managed to crack into his dad’s account account by simply pressing the spacebar. A lot.

Apple buys tech that could take Siri offline

TechCrunch is reporting that experts from the speech recognition firm Novauris are working with Apple to improve Siri’s vocal chops. Since most of Novauris’ work deals with locally processed recognition, it’s possible Apple’s voice tech may be in line for offline functionality sooner than later.

Amazon Fire TV teardown reveals an easily accessible media hub

That was quick. The folks at iFixit have already taken the Fire TV through the wringer, and it turns out the set-top box is relatively easy to fix. So, aside from a tricky outer casing, maintaining the internals should be a breeze for the average DIYer.

Samsung promises truly flexible electronics sooner with graphene breakthrough

Graphene’s back — well, according to Samsung, anyway. In the past, producing useable sheets of the allotrope has been a tricky business. But thanks to input from the South Korean manufacturer, the process could be refined for commercial applications.

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