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49″ 4K Android powered Mi TV 2 also announced by Xiaomi

We are playing a little bit of catch up today. Earlier we let you guys know about the new Xiaomi MiPad with the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, now we get to see a new Android powered 49″ 4k TV that Xiaomi has also announced. While it isn’t powered by the Tegra K1, it still new Mi TV 2 will have a MStar quad-core 1.45 GHz processor, Mali450-MP4 GPu, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage with an SD card slot. It will offer up a MIUI TV skin interface that doesn’t look to terrible from the images, minus the lack of English of course.

Mi TV2 4K 49-inch Android TVI am totally game to have one of those sitting in my house. It gets even better though. The price tag for this is CN¥3,999, just over $600 USD. Anyone want to take a trip to China to load up with us?

Source: Xiaomi Via AndroidPolice


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Google Play Store now takes PayPal for Payments and Expands Carrier Billing to 7 more Countries

Google Play Store take PayPal

Well now this is some pretty good news for a number of people and reasons. Google has just enabled the ability to pay for apps and games through the Play Store with PayPal. The option is available for people in 12 countries. Including Australia, Canada, Germany, U.S., U.K., Italy and others. The whole list can be seen at Google Play Payment Support.

If that isn’t exciting enough, there is more news to be had. Seven more countries now have carrier billing option which brings the total carrier billing support up to 24 countries, including Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan.

Finally, the Google developer blog also points out that Google Play Gift Cards are available in 13 countries too.

Let us know if you see the new payment option and if you plan to start using your PayPal account or not.

Source: Android-Developers blog Via AndroidGuys



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Podcasts for iOS Updated With Siri Integration, CarPlay Support and Improved Browsing [iOS Blog]

podcastsApple today updated its Podcasts app for iOS to version 2.1, adding several improvements to the app, which currently has just a two star rating in the App Store. The update includes a new “Unplayed” tab displaying episodes that haven’t been listened to, and episodes that are available to stream or download can be accessed from the “Feed” tab.

It’s now possible to save favorite episodes to listen to offline and users can also automatically delete episodes after they’ve been played. Siri integration has been included and Siri is able to play podcast episodes with a “play podcasts” command. Users can also ask Siri to play specific podcasts or stations.

Along with these enhancements, the Podcasts app now supports CarPlay and link sharing via AirDrop. Apple has also released iTunes 11.2 with several desktop podcast improvements.

This update includes several improvements that make playing your favorite podcasts even easier:

Improved Episode Browsing
– Quickly find episodes you haven’t listened to in the new Unplayed tab
– Browse episodes that are available to download or stream in the Feed tab
– Save your favorite episodes to keep them offline
– Episodes can now be automatically deleted after you play them
– Tap on links that appear in podcast and episode descriptions to open them in Safari

Ask Siri
– You can now ask Siri to play podcast episodes by simply saying “play podcasts”
– To play specific podcasts or stations, just ask Siri to play them by name, like “play TEDTalks”
– Please note that Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas.

Additional Improvements
– Podcasts now supports CarPlay
– Start playing a station right from the stations list — just tap the Play button next to the station name
– Share links to your favorite podcasts using AirDrop

This update also resolves playback issues after syncing with iTunes and improves stability while downloading podcasts.

Podcasts can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]


iTunes Connect for iOS Updated With iOS 7 Redesign [iOS Blog]

Following the release of OS X 10.9.3, an update to iTunes, and a revamped Podcasts app, Apple has also debuted a new version of the iTunes Connect app for developers, which includes an iOS 7-style overhaul.

Designed to allow developers to access sales data on their iOS devices, iTunes Connect has been completely redesigned in the first update that it has received since October of 2012.

Along with a new look, the iTunes Connect app now allows developers to access music, movies, and TV shows they have released on the App Store, in addition to apps and e-books.

iTunes Connect has been completely redesigned to make it even easier to manage your products. In addition, you can now use the iTunes Connect app to access the music, movies, and TV shows you have made available on the iTunes Store.

iTunes Connect can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]


Bentley Ad Shot Using iPhone 5s, Assembled on iPad Air [iOS Blog]

Bentley’s newest ad, Intelligent Details, was filmed entirely with Apple’s mobile devices. Photographers used the iPhone 5s to shoot video and then put it together using an iPad Air, according to details provided on the making of the ad at the end of the spot (via The Loop).

Shot in New York, a quick behind the scenes look at the black and white film on the $300,000 Bentley Mulsanne reveals that it was filmed with an iPhone 5s, using specialized lenses, mounts, and cases to produce high-quality video on par with far more expensive camera equipment.

The short video was then assembled using an iPad Air and the iMovie app with an attached custom keyboard case. Much of the editing was done on the go in the back of a Bentley, showing the mobile capabilities of Apple’s devices.

Bentley’s ad is the newest spot to be filmed using Apple tools, but it’s far from the first. Back in 2013, Burberry announced a partnership with Apple that saw it shooting an entire Spring/Summer 2014 runway show using nothing but the iPhone 5s ahead of the phone’s launch.

Searching for Sugar Man, a documentary that won an Academy Award back in February of 2013, was also partially shot using an iPhone.


Boca Raton’s most expensive home has Star Trek and Call of Duty-themed rooms

As much as we love Star Trek, we’ve never thought about modeling our home after the USS Enterprise. But then, we’ve never had $35 million in our back pocket, so what do we know? A mansion in Boca Raton has gone on sale for that eye-watering figure, boasting a bar and cinema based on the NCC 1701-D bridge, complete with security desk and pastel brown seats. The property is being sold by businessman Marc Bell, who decked the property out with a Star Wars-themed lounge and a Call of Duty-inspired games room. When you’re done geeking out, of course, you can relax in the well-appointed gym, full-sized basketball court, or just relax with the home’s 1,500-bottle strong wine cellar. Don’t worry, we’ll bring the corkscrew.

[Image credit: Andy Frame]

Filed under: Misc


Via: Forbes

Source: Douglas Elliman Real Estate


Amazon Studios’ first-ever kids series will premiere this summer

Over a year ago, Amazon Studios expanded its original content lineup and made a big push for kids programming with five pilot episodes. The company even sought help from children’s entertainment experts like Angela Santomero, the creator of Blue’s Clues, and the Jim Henson Company. Now, three of the studio’s five original titles, Tumble Leaf, Annedroids and Creative Galaxy, are premiering exclusively on Prime Instant Video (meaning, you’ll a Prime membership to watch them). The first six episodes of each show will debut before summer’s end, following their respective launches on May 23rd, July 25th and June 27th. In total, that’s only 18 episodes for the entire vacation season. But if your preschooler takes fancy, don’t worry — Amazon says there’s more to come.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Internet


Source: Amazon


How a water bottle gave birth to a whole new world of self-healing products

Despite Push From Environmentalists, Bottled Water Consumption Remains Ubiquitous

IBM’s had a breakthrough in accelerated materials science and it’s owed, in part, to a Dasani water bottle. It sounds simplistic, but the discovery of a new polymer that’s not only super strong, but can also be made to be flexible and self-healing really was the happy accident of one researcher’s focus on “green” chemistry and recyclable materials (i.e., plastic water bottles).

Dr. Jeanneatte Garcia, a principal researcher for the project, was in the lab experimenting with the creation of high-performance materials when she stumbled upon this new polymer. “I made an error weighing out one of my starting materials and found that… [the new material] plugged up,” she said. That resulting substance was so tightly bonded, Garcia had to smash the flask with a hammer just to get it out. She also tried hitting the substance with the hammer to see if it would break. It didn’t.

The brilliance of IBM Research’s new polymer discovery, the results of which have been published in the journal Science today, is its potential to upend production in countless industries, like transportation to microelectronics. And much of that impact is something the team and future partners are just now starting to figure out. But before we wade into the its future applications, let’s answer the question that’s likely on your mind: What is a polymer, other than a word that makes your eyes immediately glaze over?

Polymers are long, repeating chains of molecules and they’re a part of pretty much everything around you: your sneakers, the motherboard of your computer, cars, adhesives, sports equipment, trash bags, milk containers, etc. But despite the use of polymers in nearly all aspects of our modern world, not much research has been done in the past two decades to develop new materials, or polymer-forming reactions.

Dr. James Hedrick, an IBM researcher who worked on the project, pointed to the costs involved, saying that polymer research is not only a mature field — it’s been around since the 1950s — it’s also a very expensive one for companies to explore. IBM funnels about $6 billion annually into its research arm, so the team was fortunate to benefit from the company’s financial support and computational prowess. The latter of which was crucial in helping the team reverse engineer the polymer created during that lab accident.

A Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image of the new ultra-strong polymer reinforced with carbon nanotubes. Credit: IBM

So far, IBM’s Research team has been able to create two distinct properties from this new polymer: super strong and self-healing. And it’s not hard to conceive of the Immediate applications for the super strong polymer, either. As Hedrick mused, it could replace aluminum and lead to the creation of lightweight, reinforced and recyclable car parts that “help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels,” or even help manufacturers reduce fabrication costs by reusing defective chips.

So far, IBM’s Research team has been able to create two distinct properties from this new polymer: super strong and self-healing.

The Wolverine-like liquid polymer, on the other hand, lends itself well to far more outside-the-box applications. This organo-gel, which Garcia describes as a “flexible rubber band type of material,” is made up of 90-percent liquid and will reform after being cut into pieces without external stimuli, so long as they’re placed in close proximity. I joked that this would be great for self-healing paint, since any nicks and scrapes would essentially be erased from sight, and expected the team to balk at my amateur idea. But instead Garcia and Hedrick seemed to ponder the suggestion seriously. In fact, the two explained that they’d already been discussing its use in fingernail polish, so my concept wasn’t too far off the mark. Of course, there are other, less obvious applications for it, like skincare, for example, or as a slow release mechanism for perfumes.

Though I pressed the team for specifics as to what products we might see stem from this project in the near future, neither would divulge much, hinting only at developments in the mobile space. Since the principle discovery, however, Hedrick and Garcia have stumbled upon four new properties for the polymer and told me to expect more announcements within the next year. “This is just the beginning,” Garcia said.

[Image credit: Getty]

Filed under: Science



HD Widgets 4 gets new Kairo theme

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If you have never had the pleasure of using HD Widgets, you’re missing out my friend.  Today, the developers of HD Widgets are pushing out their latest theme called, Kairo. The theme combines the best of KitKat, iOS, and Colourform to create some amazing new looks.

The best thing about the Kairo is that it is FREE and it contains over 40 widgets ranging from 1×1 up to 8×2.

  • new 1×2 & 1×4 column (tall) widgets
  • 4×1 & 4×2 Smart Weather Stats widgets
  • current weather, 3-day forecast, and 5-day forecast
  • location-based widgets
  • custom weather icons
  • color elements as groups (text, icons, active icon color, clock time, clock meridian, and background)
  • multiple clock fonts
  • background color and opacity
  • 65+ utility switches / settings
  • 50+ indicators

There is also a Kairo XP, which will cost extra, but it is an extended pack with over 60 widgets and has all the features of Kairo, as well as:

  • Split “fancy” clock w/ Smart Weather Stat or custom indicator
  • Lots of indicator-based widgets
  • More color presets
  • Color individual clock parts (hours, dots, mins)

Kairo and Kairo Xp will be available Thursday May 15th in the Play Store. Check out the screenshots below and tell us what you think!



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Google Play Store now accepting PayPal


Google is now accepting PayPal for Play Store purchases starting today! In order to pay with PayPal, purchase something and pick your new payment option.  The new payment option is available in 12 countries, including the U.S., Canada, and Germany. I was curious if Google and PayPal would ever play ball and it finally looks like they have.

Google has also expanded their coverage of Carrier Billing to 24 countries, which means almost half of all Google Play users have this option when making purchases. Along with making Google Play gift cards available to a total of 13 countries, including Japan and Germany.

I would say that the billing department has been very busy pushing out all of these new options around the world.  Now if you don’t see the new payment options yet, don’t worry, it will come! In the mean time, watch this neat gif all about the process! PayPal Google Play Source: Android Developers Blogspot

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