The schedule for this year’s Google I/O event has just been released. Below is a quick snapshot of Day 1, but the full schedule, with detail, can be found here.
Nothing big sticks out like “Android Space Shuttle”, but there are tons of sessions that aim towards helping make developers products better. We can see there is only one keynote address this year and it would be nice to hear something about a Nexus 8 or Android 4.5? Time will tell, but if you are unable to secure tickets, you can just as well watch the live stream from home.
Source: Google I/O
Just because you enjoy cycling doesn’t mean you want a challenge every time — it’s not much fun to pedal uphill when you simply need to get to work. You won’t have to face those arbitrary hill climbs in the future, though, since Google Maps has quietly added elevation data to its bike routes. Plot your path using a desktop web browser and you’ll see both a visual representation of elevation changes and the number of feet you have to ascend (or descend, if you’re lucky). There’s no word on a corresponding mobile app update, but don’t be surprised if you can eventually chart an easier course when you’re already on the road.
[Top image credit: Cheryl DalPozzal, Flickr]
Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 will be ‘Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5′ for two weeks as part of marketing Campaign
Samsung is well known for its over-the-top and arguably excessive marketing campaigns, however, this one definitely takes the cake. Starting on May 19th for two weeks, Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 is going to be temporarily rebranded as ‘Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5′, a rebranding which will include all the signs in the terminal, as well as all 172 digital panels around the terminal, and will feature the terminal’s new name and images of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone.
To be completed in collaboration with JCDecaux Airport, the campaign will be witnessed by the thousands of air travellers that pass through part of the ‘busiest airport in the world’ every day, and is the first initiative of its kind. Naturally, Samsung is hoping that the campaign will further boost the impressive performance of the Samsung Galaxy S5 in the U.K. and Europe, though it’s not like that much help in selling truckloads of the devices, but why quit when you’re ahead right?
It’s definitely an interesting move by Samsung to try something on this scale, but we wonder that since Samsung has now set the precedent, will we be seeing more campaigns like this in the future? Let us know what you think of the campaign in the comments.
The LG G Flex turned out to be much more than just an exercise in science; with one of the first commercial uses of flexible display technology in smartphones and a self-healing back cover, the G Flex surprised everyone with how intriguing it was and the bright future for flexible displays that it represented. We were always wondering if LG would follow up on the device, and that answer has today been answered by none other than @evleaks himself who has suggested that the follow-up device, the LG G Flex 2, is coming and will be released in mid-Q1 in 2015.
LG G Flex 2 coming mid-Q1 2015, possibly with a feature even more unique than self-healing plastic. [discussion: http://t.co/dMTT3g393q]
— @evleaks (@evleaks) May 17, 2014
Furthermore, @evleaks suggests that the G Flex 2 will have a feature that is even more special than the self-healing technology of the original G Flex. Should it come in the same screen size as the G Flex, maybe it will come with a mast and you will be able to use its 6-inch screen as a raft. Whatever it is, based on LG’s previous surprising scientific prowess, it’s sure to be mind boggling; Q1 2015 can’t come soon enough.
Did you like the original LG G Flex? And what do you think about it being succeeded by the LG G Flex 2? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Verizon has been widening its LTE data pipes for months, and it now looks like the carrier is ready to take full advantage of that extra headroom. An early TV ad (below) and details from both Droid-Life and @evleaks have revealed plans to offer its improved 4G speeds under the “XLTE” banner. Reportedly, the badging represents a promise of improved performance in areas where Verizon has added AWS wireless spectrum; if you live in an XLTE region, you’ll get double the bandwidth and higher peak speeds. Given that those who live in test areas have already noticed big performance boosts, that may be a realistic claim.
Leaks suggest that Big Red will announce XLTE on May 19th. While the range of initial cities haven’t been revealed, there’s a chance that at least some hardware will need an upgrade to make use of all that extra headroom; some devices released in the past year can already make use of the improved access, such as newer iPhones, but others aren’t guaranteed. Droid-Life understands that Verizon will focus on the new HTC One and Galaxy S5 as its first two XLTE-ready handsets. Whatever hardware you get to use, the improvements certainly aren’t unique to Verizon — T-Mobile is already using extra spectrum to bolster its LTE speeds, for one thing. Still, it’s hard to object to the initiative if it both offers better maximum speeds and tackles congestion on an increasingly crowded network.
Source: Caitlin Guendelsberger (Vimeo)
While different icon packs can have wildly different art styles and designs, most of them tend to have the app logos intuitively centred in the middle. So what if you set the logo slightly off centre? Well, the result is the OffCorner icon pack, a neat little icon pack that does just that with over 600 icons. The icons are available in both circle and square versions and all feature the slightly off-centre logos which make for a very interesting effect. We were lucky enough to take a closer look at the icons, courtesy of OffCornerDev, in our icon review video; check it out:
As I mention in the video, 600 icons may be on the lower side of icons available in icon packs, but OffCornerDev is extremely active on Google+ (follow him here) and is working hard on future updates. The OffCorner icon pack is still currently on sale at the moment for $0.99 USD, so if you like what you see here, be sure to pick it up from the Google Play Store (links can be found below).
What do you think about the OffCorner icon pack? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Icons: OffCorner Icon Pack
After Apple released OS X 10.9.3 yesterday, some users started experiencing a bug that hid their /Users folder. It appears that Apple has released a small iTunes update, numbered 11.2.1, to combat the bug. MacRumors forum member IzzyJG99 notes:
An update just popped up for me. iTunes 11.2.1 in the App Store. When it was done installing it had a little pop up about iPhoto Library. Now the User folder is showing up again.
Users can update to iTunes 11.2.1 via the updates tab in the Mac App Store or through OS X’s “Software Update” drop-down menu.
Google Hangouts Plugin Makes Its Way to Microsoft Outlook, Makes Joining and Scheduling Hangouts Easier
Say what you will about Microsoft and Outlook, but the reality of it is that a great number of companies use Microsoft Office, Office and Outlook to conduct business everyday. That doesn’t mean that they don’t take advantage of Google services too. Today Google Enterprise has made an announcement for a new plugin for Microsoft Outlook that will allow you to join or schedule a hangout directly through Outlook Mail and Calendar. Google provides a good example of this:
For example, if you’re deploying Chromebox for meetings, now you don’t have to stop using Microsoft Outlook® to schedule Hangout video calls. Simply download the plugin and you’ll be ready to join the conversation.
This is pretty great news for employees who use Google Hangouts for meetings but have to toggle back and forth for scheduling and such. You will need to download and install the Hangouts Plugin for Outlook to your Windows PC to get it all rolling. Once installed you will see a nifty little icon that will allow you to make it all possible.
You might end up needing permission from IT to get this all rolling, so be sure to check before you go installing things to your work PC. Head over to the Google Support page to dive in a little more so you can take it to work on Monday and be an expert.
T-Mobile has begun pushing out an OTA today for their HTC One M8. The update offers up a version number of 1.57.531.7and weighs in at 229.27MBs. The update information provided at the time of the OTA was pretty lackluster as it only offered up “System enhancement.”
A little digging I located the the software update on T-Mobile’s Support page. As expected, this brings int the Extreme Power Savings function. It also states that it improves battery life, audio quality and Wi-Fi performance. With the file size being 1/3 or so of what a full Android OS version update is, it would seem that they included and fixed a ton of stuff.
T-Mobile offers up the typical prerquisites like 50% battery, Wi-Fi connection and that the device software not be rooted. All the details, nothing else really, can be found at the T-Mobile HTC One M8 support page.
Don’t go getting all anti-windows and Nokia on me here just because of the image. Regardless the device in the image, the Nokia DT-901 Fatboy is pretty cool looking little Qi wireless charger. If your device can charge with Qi the you are good to go with this. The drop and go pillow is up on Daily Steals right now for $29 and comes in black or red.
Personally I like the looks of it, assuming it works of course. It gives your phone a comfy place to charge. Anyone out there have any experience with the DT-901? Would be good to hear if it is any good. If you like to through caution to the wind, head over to Daily Steals and just order one and find out.