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Apr

WhatsApp update lets you mute conversations for one whole Century



whatsapp updateReally don’t like talking to some people? WhatsApp hears you. In the latest WhatsApp update, the app has added several more time periods for you mute conversations with. Previously, your options ranged between 1 hour, to a day, or even a week, but now WhatsApp has added the ability to mute conversations for up to one century. Yes, that’s correct; one century. Of course, there are also additional options to mute for a month or year, but if you’re really not a fan of a particular conversation, one century will probably do it. The new WhatsApp update also adds in a small camera button in the input area which gives you a quick photo add button.


WhatsApp has been pretty quiet since they were acquired by Facebook, but it looks like business as usual so far. The update doesn’t seem to be available yet in all regions, but if you do see the update, be sure to let us know in the comments. Unless of course, you mute us for a century…

Source: WhatsApp via Phone Arena


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27
Apr

Watch this: Sony demos two new augmented reality tricks


Watch this: Sony demos two new augmented reality tricks

No, Sony’s not coming out with a new augmented-reality toy just yet, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t working behind the scenes to make its graphics look a little more… believable. The company just posted two videos out of its PlayStation lab in Japan, both of which hint at what it could be like to play future PlayStation Move games. In the first, we see a man holding two three-dimensional boxes, one of them with water inside (Sony’s signature rubber duckie is there too). As he pours the water back and forth from one box to the other, we see the water splash up onto the floor and sloshing back and forth, sometimes even covering the duck. Not “believable,” you say? Check out the second video, which shows someone casting a flashlight on a dinosaur in a darkened room (just go with it, OK), with the shadows changing as the light moves on and off the subject. We’ve embedded both vids below, though you might still want to check out Sony’s PlayStation blog post — there’s reference to some new trading-card recognition feature, though there’s sadly no video demo to go with it.

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27
Apr

Feedback Loop: phone prices, mobile Chrome extensions, television shows and more!


Welcome to Feedback Loop, a weekly roundup of the most interesting discussions happening within the Engadget community. There’s so much technology to talk about and so little time to enjoy it, but you have a lot of great ideas and opinions that need to be shared! Join us every Saturday as we highlight some of the most interesting discussions that happened during the past week.

Feedback Loop: phone prices, mobile Chrome extensions, television shows and more!

This week, we talk about the ridiculous pricing structure of cellphones, discuss the possibility of extensions in a mobile browser, share thoughts on HBO’s Silicon Valley and fondly recall our memories of the Game Boy. Do you have something to say? Head past the break to join the conversation!

Will we ever see cheaper phones?

Earlier this week, OnePlus unveiled its new smartphone, the One. It’s a flagship-level phone that will be available at a fairly reasonable price point. Frank asks if this will finally break the current pricing model of phones here in the United States. It’s an interesting question: Why are our cellphones so expensive? Especially when compared to tablets, which use nearly identical components. What do you think it will take for us to have access to cheaper cellphones?

Extensions for Chrome on mobile devices?

Chrome has been one of the more popular browsers on traditional desktop computers for some time. One of the best parts of Chrome is its rich catalog of extensions. Thanks to the flexibility and increased convenience that browser extensions have given us, it seems only logical that we should eventually see them on our mobile devices, right? GF wants to know when we’ll see them and why Google and Apple haven’t allowed them yet. What do you think the holdup is? And what browser extension would you absolutely love to see on a mobile device? Head over to the forums and let us know.

Tech Television: Share your thoughts on Silicon Valley

HBO announced that it signed Silicon Valley for an additional season based on strong ratings from the first three episodes. Over in the forums, we’ve been sharing our impressions of the show. Have you had a chance to check it out yet? Tell us what you think!

Nintendo’s Game Boy turns 25

Nintendo’s Game Boy system hit a pretty crazy milestone, turning 25 years old. Dan Cooper wants to know if you have any special memories of your time with the device. Do you remember the first time you ever played a Game Boy? Share your story in the Engadget Forums.

That’s all this week! Do you want to talk about your favorite gadget or have a burning question about technology? Register for an Engadget account today, visit the Engadget forums and start a new discussion!

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27
Apr

Weekends with Engadget: Nokia joins Microsoft, lost Andy Warhol artwork and more!


Welcome to Weekends with Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines from the past seven days — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. For even more action, subscribe to our Flipboard magazine!

Nokia is now officially part of Microsoft

Well, it’s finally official: Nokia is now one with Microsoft. What does that mean for the of the Nokia X and Lumia handsets? Read on to find out exactly what you need to know about the acquisition.

A traveler’s guide to in-flight WiFi

Just as airlines are becoming more friendly towards gadgets, in-flight WiFi is making great strides at 30,000 feet. Read on as Zach Honig, our own resident travel expert, explains the newest connectivity options from several major airlines.

Netflix data didn’t feed House of Cards’ success, ‘the bliss of ignorance’ did

If you were turned off to Netflix’s House of Cards after the serie’s brutal opening scene, you wouldn’t be alone. But regardless of the negative feedback, Beau Willimon, the man responsible for the show’s development, says that his only responsibility is to “tell a great story.”

Defiantly plastic: designing the Galaxy S5

Many of you might be wondering why the Samsung Galaxy S5 is crafted from polycarbonate instead of metal. According to Senior Product Designer Dong Hun Kim, plastic is warmer, friendlier and better symbolizes the company’s design concepts.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review: A top-tier slate with a familiar face

The Xperia Z1 slate was Sony’s debut into the high-end tablet market. Now, the company’s back for round two with the Xperia Z2 Tablet — and it looks a lot like its sibling. The Z2 may be more of a refinement than exciting new product. But hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Google Senior VP and head of Google+ Vic Gundotra is leaving the company

Earlier this week, Vic Gundotra, the man responsible for Google+, announced he’s parting ways with Google. After eight years of service to the Mountain View company, Gundotra fittingly took to G+ and explained that “now is the time for a new journey, a continuation.”

Lost Andy Warhol artworks discovered on Amiga floppies from the ’80s

Apparently, pop artist Andy Warhol crafted a small, previously unseen collection with an Amiga 1000 back in 1985. And thanks to the collaborative efforts of several artists, archivists, curators and the Carnegie Mellon University Computer Club, the works have been recovered from a whopping 41 floppy discs.

Google Glass now available to anyone, may be prepping for public launch

Move over Google Explorers. As of this week, anyone can splurge on their very own Google Glass headset, not just those with an invite. Now you can finally spend the $1,500 of cash that’s burning a hole in your back pocket.

Samsung opens its own Innovation Museum, we take an early tour

Samsung recently opened its new Innovation Museum to the public, offering a stylish look at the history behind some of the greatest technological milestones of our time. Fortunately for you, our own Mat Smith already visited the complex for a tour.

Samsung Gear Fit review: a messy merger of fitness band and smartwatch

Samsung’s Gear Fit is an interesting blend between a smartwatch and fitness tracker. Sure, it’s comfortable, has a beautiful display and a built-in hear rate monitor, but its software leaves much to be desired. As is, the Gear Fit isn’t worth $200.

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27
Apr

17 of history’s greatest concept cars will gather in Atlanta next month


Here’s the beauty about concept cars: you don’t need to be a gearhead to enjoy them. Their allure lies in the promise of velocity, thrills and a future that could be yours before long… which might explain why auto makers have been cooking up wild-eyed designs for decades. 17 such concepts have been rounded up to share the spotlight at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art next month, mixing up vehicles that inspired models to come with a few dead-ends of automotive evolution. One of our favorites: GM’s Firebird I (above), which looked more like an early supersonic jet than it did new cars in its own family tree. Aside from that kooky fuselage, the Firebird’s claim to fame is its gasoline turbine engine. Despite that fact that later versions of the GM’s turbine could run on just about any combustible liquid (hello vegetable oil), the tech never really went anywhere. Modern minivans can trace their lineage back to the mildly derpy looking Stout Scarab (which’ll also be on display), while the 33-inch high roofline of the Lancia Stratos HF stretched the limit of car construction… not to mention human comfort.

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Source: High Museum of Art

27
Apr

Amazon gets rid of in-app comic book purchases in Comixology’s iOS app


Amazon gets rid of in-app comic book purchases in Comixology's iOS app
Ever try to buy a Kindle book through Amazon’s iOS app? Good: then you understand how Jeff Bezos feels about giving Apple a 30 percent cut. Just two weeks after acquiring the comic-book store Comixology, Amazon is putting the kibosh on in-app purchases in its iOS app so that it can avoid paying Apple a commission. (You can still buy comics from the Android app.) As a result, the iPhone and iPad apps are being retired; you’ll instead need to download a new version that forces you to purchase comics through Comixology’s mobile website. Once you complete the transaction there, you can go back into the app and sync your account so that you download any new purchases. All told, then, it’s just like buying Kindle books on iOS, which is to say, it’s a less-than-seamless experience. As a peace offering, Amazon is offering a $5 credit to anyone who’s ever bought anything at Comixology. You better hurry, though: that free money expires within 30 days.

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27
Apr

Fugoo Tough Jacket Bluetooth Speaker What More Do You Need



Fugoo Tough Jacket Cover

My brother has been a long time BMX fan and well it has been the driving force behind his huge spending for bike parts. To me it’s excessive but I can understand it, I am the same way with technology and mobile phones, people would say I am nuts, a tech hoarder. I would be inclined to agree. So when my brother told me he was tired of having to buy headphones to listen to music while riding I told him well why don’t you just get a Bluetooth speaker, he of course shouted “That’s a great idea, got any?” It just so happens that I did have one, the Fugoo Tough Jacket Bluetooth speaker.. This was a perfect fit and well this is what my review is centered around. So let me tell you why the Fugoo Tough Jacket Bluetooth speaker is a speaker for all sorts of life situations in my review. Let’s get started.

Fugoo In The Box Content

What’s In The Box:

  • Fugoo Bluetooth Tough Jacket Speaker
  • Wall Charger
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Auxiliary Cable
  • Allen Wrench
  • Pouch
  • Screws

 

Build Quality:

The Tough Jacket Bluetooth speaker is a FREAKING AMAZING, and I’m just talking about the build quality. As soon as you take the speaker out of the box you can tell that Fugoo put in a lot of time in designing the Tough jacket for the Fugoo Speaker Core. The Jacket is meant to take quite a beating and is perfect for almost all situations I can think of. Just to give you an idea of what I mean when I say tough here is a video of a car running over the Fugoo Bluetooth Speaker with the Tough jacket on

*The Fugoo speaker was ran over to demonstrate the construction strength of the Fugoo Tough Jacket for demonstrative purposes. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!

Pretty Tough Right?

Performance:

As far as performance what can I say, this speaker can do it all and then some. Let me tell you why. Not only is this speaker mudproof, snowproof, and shockproof it’s also waterproof. I know you’re thinking “yeah so are a lot of other things” well if you search around not a lot of Bluetooth speakers have waterproof as a quality and if they do it’s usually just water resistant which is a big difference. Water resistance means it can take splashes of water while waterproof means it can be fully submerged and the Fugoo Bluetooth speaker is water proof. It can be under water for 30 mins in 3 feet of water and come out perfectly fine, any deeper and you risk losing the Bluetooth connection but it’ll reconnect automatically once you bring it back up.

Battery Life:

This is one feature that I am normally not impressed with. I usually get Bluetooth speakers that can go maybe 9 hours on average, some go a bit longer but nothing too surprising. The Fugoo Bluetooth speaker is different, this baby can go a whopping 40 hours on a charge. That’s right, 40 HOURS!!! That is incredible to me, I can’t listen to music for that long in one go but if I needed too the Fugoo would be the only choice. I ran the Fugoo speaker once I had fully charged it and it ran a little more than 40 hours for me (about 42-45). This was the first time a Bluetooth speaker lasted longer than my music library, which is pretty damn impressive as not one other portable Bluetooth speaker has been able to do that.

Fugoo Core

Fugoo Core:

This is, well, the core of the Fugoo Bluetooth speaker. The Fugoo core is the entire speaker system in a small package and it is because of this core that you have the ability to switch between different jackets (explained below). The core itself contains the speakers (4 of them), tweeters, and the battery along with a few other electrical components. It is waterproof without any case but I suggest you get a jacket for it anyway, think of it as a phone looks great without a case but it’s easier to break.

Fugoo Sound

Sound:

As far as how it sounds I can say it is pretty great for such a small speaker. To test the bass I used a song by RDGLDGRN called “Million Fans”. The bass isn’t too overpowering and comes in pretty nice, again considering the size it was more than enough for me but for some of you audiophiles you may want to go with a bigger size. Songs with strong vocal caused a bit of a problem though. I used two songs with very powerful vocals. The first one was by Gnarls Barkley called “Crazy” and when the volume was pushed to the max the speaker started to get heavily distorted especially with the high notes. The same issue occurred with a song by Evanescence called “My Immortal”. I had to lower the volume for fear of damaging the speaker. For the most part music played pretty well the only thing I would say is don’t push the volume to high for those high pitch vocal songs.

Fugoo Google Now


Google Now:

One great feature about Fugoo is how well Google Now has been integrated. Most bluetooth accessories don’t utilize Google Now but still include the ability to make and take calls with their high end mics. Fugoo realized that Google Now is actually a useful feature and have made sure that the Fugoo Bluetooth Speaker works with this great service, in fact it is one of their main selling points!! Google Now works beautifully with the Fugoo Bluetooth speaker and is one of the the first portable bluetooth speakers to give me a true hands free experience while driving.

 

Voice Prompts:

Clear cut set up instructions are crucial to me, mainly because when I leave something like a Bluetooth speaker with someone who isn’t quite tech savvy it just causes my phone to ring off the hook for every question. Perfect example was when I let my mom borrow the Fugoo Bluetooth speaker, I had not used it yet but she was in dire need of one apparently so I told her she could use it. I went to run my errand and came to find my mom using it, I was shocked. She always needs me to set it up any piece of technology for her before she can use it but the Fugoo Bluetooth speaker was, as she said, “facil” (spanish for easy).

When you first turn on your Fugoo Bluetooth speaker you are prompted by a voice that tells you it is powering on. Afterwards it proceeds to tell you that it is scanning for bluetooth devices so all you have to do is turn on your bluetooth and you will see the Fugoo speaker pop up and connect as soon as you tap on it. That is it, simple as that. So if any Bluetooth speaker companies are reading this I have one request, follow Fugoo’s voice prompt features, they got it right.

Fugoo Jackets

Jackets:

The Fugoo Bluetooth speaker comes with different jackets that allow it to be changed whenever you desire. Think of the jackets as different shells you can swap them out to whatever best suits your needs. For example, if you’re going hiking I suggest you put on the Tough Jacket for ultimate protection. The Tough Jacket is made of fiber-reinforced resin and solid aluminum which, if you saw the video above, really helps keep the Fugoo core safe from any serious harm. There are two other jackets that can be used with the Fugoo core (the sport and the style) also offer protection and considerably less bulk (links below).

Only thing I didn’t like about the Tough Jacket is how you have to remove it. The Tough Jacket requires the use of an Allen wrench (in box). It isn’t hard to take off at all when you have the tool but if you don’t well you’re stuck with the Tough Jacket until you get one. As you can see in the video above I actually had to get one of my own tools to continue the removal process because the tool provided started losing it’s grip on the screws. I wish they could have used some sort of clamping system or maybe a flat head screw that can be screwed on/off with a coin to make the removal of the Fugoo Core easier.

 

Mounts:

If having a nearly indestructible speaker with amazing battery life and Google Now compatibility wasn’t enough you can mount the Fugoo speaker to almost anything. I got the bike mount for my brother and while it does provide a solid hold the bike didn’t mount on the bar. The bike handlebars were too thin and because of that the speaker could not stay upright on the handlebars. Slight issue but as long as it stayed on the bike I was happy. My brother took it out for a test drive and the speakers stayed on through bunny hops and tail whips. There are quite a few other mounts available on the Fugoo site that can be used with this speaker my second favorite would have to be the strap which goes between the two aluminum bars on the Tough Jacket and allows you to tie it to just about anything, including tree trunks.

Fugoo 360sound

Speakers(360):

Yeah this is a feature I wanted to talk about. The Fugoo Bluetooth speaker has a 360 degree system that allows it to play music from all four sides. This comes in handy just because you know longer have to be right in front of the speaker to get great sound, just set the speaker down and hit play. This is possible because of the 6 speakers on all sides of the Fugoo Core. In this core Fugoo gives you 2 tweeters, two woofers, and two passive radiators along with 4 active drivers.

What We Liked About It:

  • Durability
  • Sound
  • Battery Life
  • Ease Of Use
  • Portability
  • Setup
  • Flat Charging Cable (Yeah, flat charging cables are awesome)

What We Didn’t Like About It:

  • Sound (Songs with high vocals didn’t play well with the Fugoo)
  • Tough Jacket Removal A Bit Too Much

Conclusion:

The Fugoo Tough Bluetooth speaker is a great portable system that can take almost anything life can throw at it and still sound great. Despite a few minor things here and there I’d say that if you’re looking for a great quality speaker that can get run over by a car and still entertain you for 40+ hours straight the Fugoo Tough jacket Bluetooth speaker is definitely the one for you. So hit up the links down below and check out the different styles that Fugoo offers for your portable music life. This has been an Androidspin review, thanks for reading.


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