A new round of updates is being pushed out by HTC today. The Unlocked and Developer Edition versions of last years HTC One M7, is seeing an update that tosses on the more recent Sense 6 software. Along with Sense 6 you can also expect to find personalized font styles, new camera and gallery interface, BlinkFeed improvements, and the Extreme Power Savings mode.
The update will weigh in at 668MB’s so you will want to make sure you have over 50% battery life, a solid Wi-Fi connection and a little time to kill while it downloads and installs. For everyone else in the U.S. with a carrier branded version, kick back and be jealous for now. They are still listed as being in the ‘Certification’ stage. At least you know it will be coming, eventually. President of HTC America, Jason Mackenzie, seems to be making god on his word when he tweeted out in April that the HTC One would get Sense 6 in May though. Keep it up HTC, you are making users happy.
Apple yesterday released OS X 10.9.3 with support for 4K displays, contact and calendar syncing improvements, and more. Many (but not all) users are, however, experiencing a bug in the update that hides the /Users folder.
The /Users folder is a top-level folder that contains the home folder and personal files for each user on a Mac. It’s not clear why only some OS X users lose access to the /Users folder, but the inability to browse this folder could be problematic for some Mac owners affected by the glitch.
Launch Terminal (/Applications/Utilities), enter “sudo chflags nohidden /Users”, and press the Return key. You’ll be prompted for your user password. Enter it, press Return again, and the Users folder will be visible as it once was.
This solution is not, however, a permanent one, as the issue will reappear if the machine is restarted and the fix will need to be applied again.
Breen goes on to outline a more permanent solution that involves creating an AppleScript for running the Terminal command and saving it as an application to run at login.
Another recommendation comes from The Loop‘s Dave Mark, who suggests creating an alias for the folder that will remain accessible even with the folder itself hidden.
For a more permanent solution, [after manually navigating to the hidden folder] control-click on the /Users folder and select Make Alias from the contextual menu that appears. Though the /Users folder will become hidden again when you close your Finder window, the alias will stick around.
For many users, the bug will not have a significant impact on their Mac usage, as they can still access their own home folders through shortcuts in the Finder sidebar. Consequently, some users who are not inconvenienced by the bug may prefer to simply wait for Apple to address it in a future update.
A model said to be an industrial prototype of the upcoming 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” has surfaced, giving a look at what the larger tablet might look like in-hand. Discovered on Chinese Twitter-like site Weibo by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translation] the machined aluminum is said to be a reference for creating cases and other accessories.
The design of the mockup is very rudimentary and while it is said to be the iPad Pro, it is impossible to determine the exact size of the prototype from the photos. It is also not clear if this “prototype” is based on any type of legitimate specifications as Apple is said to be multiple months away from releasing a larger tablet. Along with a larger size, the model also has an Apple logo and a rear camera cutout. At 12.9-inches, the iPad Pro would be similar in size to a 13-inch MacBook Air and quite a bit larger than the existing 9.7-inch iPad Air.
Rendering of a 12.9-inch iPad next to a 13-inch MacBook Air
News that Apple was testing displays for a larger 12.9-inch iPad first surfaced in July of last year in a report from The Wall Street Journal. While initial rumors suggested Apple could release the device in 2014, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has pointed towards a possible 2015 launch date for the device, while Digitimes indicated in March that development on the tablet had been shelved in favor of other projects.
Rumors have suggested the iPad Pro, if released, will adopt many of the same design elements offered in the current iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, including an ultrathin chassis and narrow side bezels. It is also rumored to include an ultra high-definition display.
It’s been another whirlwind week here at Engadget Towers. Microsoft suddenly dropped Kinect from the Xbox One (along with $100 from the price tag), the United States government voted in rules on net neutrality that are…let’s just call them “disagreeable,” and my podcast co-host Terrence O’Brien dug into the world of smart guns. We’ll be talking all three on this week’s show, as well as a smattering of other, assuredly goofy things. Perhaps you’ve got questions/comments/excellent reaction GIFs to share? Drop them in the chatroll below, or get at us on Twitter!
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What would happen if the plot of The Walking Dead, or any other TV show with “Dead” in the title, came true? It turns out that the Department of Defense already has a plan for that, in a folder marked CONOP 8888 Counter-Zombie Defense. The document explains what to do should regular zombies, space zombies or, wait for it… evil magic zombies begin to attack the United States and beyond. In case you’re wondering, the title page of the file does open with the phrase “This plan was not actually designed as a joke.”
Planning documents like these are, instead, used to train and prepare military analysts and tacticians. Normally, the students would discuss real-world scenarios, like an invasion of the US by the Republic of San Marino. Politically, however, it can land a country in hot water if your allies know that you’re planning defense strategies against them. That’s why the Pentagon opted for a more, erm, fictional scenario, but while it was an intellectual exercise, it’ll remain on file, just in case.
Some of the contingencies and rules that have been decided upon make for some pretty fascinating reading, too. For instance, someone has ruled that Zombies aren’t protected under the Geneva Convention. Oh, and even better, is that if there’s a religious element to the creation of the evil magic zombies, then the US Military will expect the Chaplain Corps to main the front lines.
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The image above isn’t Tutankhamun’s tomb, but the most accurate large-scale facsimile ever made. The replica was created by Factum Arte, from Madrid, Spain, in conjunction with the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt. The real tomb has been open to the public for many years, and suffered gradual decline as a result. The replica has recently opened to the public, and will soon take all the tourist foot-fall strain, while the original is retired for conservation purposes. Factum Arte used a low intensity red light laser with a resolution of 100 microns, a 3D white light scanner (250 – 700 microns resolution), along with hundreds of man hours (and patience) to take detailed scans of everything in the chamber. A milling machine then used the data to carve out incredibly detailed 3D surfaces of the walls and sarcophagus. High resolution cameras, color-matching and digital stitching techniques were used to re-create the art and imagery on the walls. The same techniques will also be used to create replicas of the Tombs of Seti I and Nefertari — both of which currently closed to the public.
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Source: Factum Arte
As promised, the release of Glenn Greenwald’s new book, No Place to Hide, has brought plenty more Snowden leaks, and one document is particularly mind-blowing. The photo above shows an NSA team intercepting and bugging a Cisco router before it’s sent to a customer who’s been targeted for surveillance. In the document, an internal newsletter from June 2010, the chief of the NSA’s Access and Target Development department explains the process of intercepting routers, servers and other internet hardware to install beacon implants, then resealing them and sending them on to targets.
A quote from the document follows:
Here’s how it works: shipments of computer network devices (servers, routers, etc,) being delivered to our targets throughout the world are intercepted. Next, they are redirected to a secret location where Tailored Access Operations/Access Operations (AO-S326) employees, with the support of the Remote Operations Center (S321), enable the installation of beacon implants directly into our targets’ electronic devices. These devices are then re-packaged and placed back into transit to the original destination. All of this happens with the support of Intelligence Community partners and the technical wizards in TAO.
Pretty crazy, right? It’s not clear how often the agency has used this technique, but the document has prompted a response from Cisco. According to Mark Chandler, the company’s SVP of General Counsel and Security, Cisco has never cooperated with the government to “weaken products.” Still, we’ve reached out to the company for more info and will update the post with any additional comment.
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Companion apps to our favorite games can be a good thing, or an annoyance. It all depends on what platform you are playing on and what you think a companion app should do or be. EA has just recently released a new companion app for a game that I am sure many of you are very familiar with, Titanfall. Regardless if you have it or not, you have probably heard about it. If you do happen to be a Titanfall gamer, then you might be interested in the new app.
The app is free to install and offers up a variety of things for gamers. Such as some back story to the game that wasn’t present. It also lets you keep up with your total kills, favorite weapons and time spent playing. Much like the Battlefield 4 Battlelog and Commander companion apps, the Titanfall companion also offers up a second-scree map when it is connected with your Xbox one. Wit it you can see a real-time interactive mini map of your current game. You can also see and track your team mates, focus on key areas of the battle field plus a few other special filters to gain access to additional map info that can’t be found anywhere else.
The Titanfall companion app is free for all who wish to download it, but if you don’t have the game on Xbox One, you shouldn’t waste your time as the app is only for Xbox One players. That obviously got the console vs PC comment battles going in the Play Store. Feel free to get all bent out of shape over it, but it won’t do you any good. If you are a Titanfall Xbox One player though, you might want to pick this up and give it a whirl.
Pioneer announced earlier this year that its latest aftermarket NEX infotainment systems will be compatible with CarPlay, allowing customers to install the Apple technology in an existing automobile. The hardware requires only a firmware update that is expected to be available in “a few weeks”, putting the company on or even slightly ahead of its original “early summer” schedule.
Pioneer was in San Francisco this week showcasing the technology, which provides drivers with an integrated experience for placing phone calls, using maps, listening to music and messaging via Siri. As noted by Macworld, demo cars included the high-end $1400 Pioneer AVH-8000NEX system, which contains an in-dash capacitive touchscreen that allows the driver to tap on the infotainment screen to interact with the CarPlay system. CarPlay also supports hands-free operation using Siri to control many of the available functions.
Macworld did note some issues with Siri’s ability to handle background noise in the car, but Pioneer’s Ted Cardenas pointed out that with Siri’s ability to learn and improve over time, those background noises will become less of a distraction as Siri learns to pick out the driver’s voice.
The current version of Apple’s Carplay technology requires a Lightning cable connection between the iPhone and the receiver, limiting its usage to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Rumored wireless support over Wi-Fi connection has not been confirmed by Apple, but even then the feature would require updated hardware for Pioneer, as the current NEX systems do not support Wi-Fi connectivity.
Pioneer is one of the first automobile electronics companies to offer an aftermarket CarPlay system to customers who don’t want to purchase a new car in order to experience the feature. Alpine also announced its own series of aftermarket CarPlay receivers, but they are expected to arrive later this year.
That might be the first thing that comes to mind; it did for us. Everyone’s favorite love/hate game is coming back later this summer. Get ready for the return of Flappy Bird.
Even though the game was removed from the Google Play Store and iTunes many are still playing it. It is almost impossible to love this game. Yet people keep playing, right? Personally, I hate it and I was rather addicted to it (443 i my personal best).
Flappy Bird’s creator, Dong Nguyen, said 2 months ago that the game will return, but not soon. Well it’s coming back in three months – in August. Dong Nguyen said in a recent interview that he’s working on a “less addictive version of the game”, whatever that means, and that the game will get a multiplayer mode. We can’t imagine how will the game be less addicting this way though. Oh well, we’ll just have to wait until August to find out.
What do you think the game will look like sporting a multiplayer mode and what does the developer mean by less addicting? We personally think it will function like the PC clone did, it will throw a bunch of players in the game and they’ll all play it at the same time. If you (for some reason) can’t wait for the game to return, you can always amuse yourself with parody games like Flappy Jeremy – Wrecking Ball or by playing the original game (if you still have it on your phone).