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Try these CyanogenMod wallpapers to liven up your custom Android experience


We all get sick of our wallpapers after a while and need a change. For the most part, the wallpapers included with CyanogenMod ROMs haven’t changed a ton.

Here are a few CM wallpapers that I found and used over the last year, most were found from people sharing them on Google+.




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Samsung Galaxy F (S5 Prime) leaked showing possible release date

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Details of a device which is suspected to be the premium version of the Galaxy S5, dubbed the Samsung Galaxy F or Galaxy S5 Prime, have been surfacing lately leading to belief that such a device actually exists.

The latest leak comes courtesy of @evleaks again which looks very much like a Galaxy S5 from the front, but shows what appears to be a a metal rear cover, or at least what looks like a metal cover which could easily be metal-looking plastic. However, given the S5 Prime is supposed to be a premium device, it is suspected to be a high-end metal back.

Further information on the leak seems to stem from the date shown on the screenshot which may suggest a release date. Press images tend to show the date in which the device will become available and this one shows 12th September (which is actually a Friday) and is two days after the IFA electronics show.

Whilst any leak must be taken with precaution, and especially any speculation of release date from a static date on an image, the Galaxy S5 Prime may have just been confirmed together with it’s release date.

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You can now tour baseball’s hallowed halls through Google Street View

Mickey Cochrane and Pinky Whitney in a close call at home base

So far, you’ve had to swing by Cooperstown to pay homage at the National Baseball Hall of Fame — not very practical if you’re a West coast fan. Thankfully, you can honor those sports legends from home now that the Hall of Fame and its museum have landed in Google’s Cultural Institute. The addition lets you browse through the museum’s classic jerseys and other memorabilia in Street View. If you’d rather not do the virtual legwork, there are two photo galleries that show how baseball has evolved over the decades. It’s doubtful that a virtual trip will evoke as much nostalgia as the real thing, but it’s certainly easier than booking a flight.

Filed under: Internet, Google


Via: Google+

Source: Google Cultural Institute


This purple, talking box can save you from an accidental prescription overdose

How’s this for a crazy statistic: according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more people die each year from drug overdoses than car accidents — and 70 percent of those deaths are caused by legally prescribed medication. Kaleo, a pharmaceutical firm, hopes it can change that. It’s creating a device called Evzio, a small, easy to use drug delivery system that can safely administer a life-saving dose of naloxone. This device could save the lives of thousands of patients who have been prescribed legal opiates to treat pain. Not sure how to use it? Don’t worry about it: it talks.

Typically, anti-overdose medications need to be administered via injection — but that’s not practical for home use. Many patients are afraid of needles, and the process of properly filling and using a syringe isn’t exactly user friendly. That’s why Kaleo equipped its device with not only clearly written instructions, but a voice: Evzio verbally tells users how to use it properly.

It sounds a little unconventional, but the company says it paid off: trials with the device showed that 90 percent of patients will be able to administer a life-saving dose correctly without having ever seen it before. Best of all, its not something patients will have to wait long for, either: doctors will be able to prescribe this at-home solution as early as this summer.

Filed under: Misc


Source: Wired


BMW and Mini make it easier for GoPro to record your road adventures

Sure, you can use GoPro with any car you want, but BMW and Mini owners will have an easier time controlling the device from inside their cars. Why? Because the action camera’s now tightly integrated with BMW’s infotainment system. When you pair up the two, you’d be able to configure the camera, choose from six pre-set modes and start and stop recordings right on the in-car system’s screen. The partnership comes with a few limitations, though: it only works on 2012 or newer BMW and Mini models loaded with BMW Apps or MINI Connected option, and you need to use a WiFi-connected GoPro — in other words, HERO3+ models. Also, you’ll need to connect an iPhone (4 or later) to the vehicle via a USB cable, because the camera can only communicate with the entertainment suite through GoPro’s iOS app. Come to think of it, that’s quite a lengthy list of requirements, but anything to record your on-road adventures, eh?

Filed under: Cellphones, Transportation, Mobile


Via: Autoblog

Source: GoPro


Recommended Reading: sexist video games and origins of forensic science

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you’ll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Is ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Sexist? Is Link a Girl? And More Fun Questions From This Year’s E3
by Emily Yoshida, Grantland

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The sad truth is, if Samus (the heavily armored hero in Metroid) made her debut today, her big reveal would probably be just as shocking today as it was in 1986. While attitudes towards women — even in the decidedly male-dominated world of gaming — have matured, putting a female protagonist in a video game is still something of a rarity. (And, if you believe representatives of Ubisoft, something of a technical challenge… but that feels disingenuous.) Emily Yoshida shares what it’s like to be a woman at E3, perhaps the most testosterone-drenched tech convention of the year.

Murder in Miniature
by Rachel Nuwer, Slate

Forensic science is a field that is centuries old. But it wasn’t until the 1800s that it began to truly mature as a form of criminal investigation. And, if you ask some, it wasn’t until Frances Glessner Lee came along in the mid 20th century that our modern concept of it really took hold. The daughter of wealthy, but extremely conservative parents, Lee eventually earned the nickname “the mother of forensic investigation” after she used the family fortune to spread the gospel of “legal medicine.” Oh, and she built terrifyingly accurate recreations of crime scenes as training tools.

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Partial Recall
by Micahel Specter, New Yorker

Remember that movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? Well, what if we told you it could become very real one day? Researchers like Daniela Schiller have begun to crack the complex molecular code that make up memories. But Schiller, like many in her field don’t want to simply blast away painful memories. Instead they want to break the chemical bonds between traumatic experiences and the emotional pain that surfaces when recalling them. In essence to rewrite, rather than erase, our memories.

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The Nightmare on Connected Home Street
by Mat Honan, Wired

Ten years down the road there’s a good chance almost everything in your home will be connected to the internet. Your alarm clock, your locks even your coffee machine. Of course, the connected home offers plenty of convenience, but there’s also terrible risk. Mat Honan lets his imagination run wild and explores a worst case scenario where entire neighborhoods get computer viruses that put poltergeists to shame.

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The 25 year journey of Wasteland 2
by Rich Wordsworth, Red Bull Games

Before there was Fallout, there was Wasteland, the original post-apocalyptic RPG. Despite being both a critical darling and a commercial success when it was released in 1988, attempts at a sequel failed to come to fruition. Roughly 25 years later the creator of the landmark title, Brian Fargo turned to Kickstarter to give his magnum opus the proper follow up it deserved.


Filed under: Misc, Gaming, Household, Science



Xbox One July update brings help for Achievements and ‘Likes’ on recordings

Microsoft gave viewers a peek at the continuing evolution of the Xbox One just ahead of its E3 press conference, but everyone should get to try out the new Snap mode for Achievements next month. That’s because the feature is a part of the July update about to start testing, along with a few other tweaks. In case you missed the E3 preview, there’s a video demo of the multitasking-ready new Achievements mode after the break, showing how it lets players track their progress while staying in the game, and even search for help on how to reach their goals.

Another change is helpful to gamers rocking a Kinect-less Xbox One, as double tapping the home button will pull up the Snap menu (since they clearly can’t say “Xbox, Snap (insert app here)” and choose an app to run in the side bar. Double tapping already served to switch back and forth between running apps, but now it has another use. There’s also a tweak to let people choose which language model their Xbox One responds to, even if it doesn’t match the country they live in, and support for game publishers to sell digital bundles and sic compilations in the future. Last but not least, the activity feed and Game DVR are getting some post-MySpace style social features. You can “like” your favorite recorded clips, or notes that pop up in the activity feed while you’re using the SmartGlass remote app. We wonder if those likes will ever cross over into other social networks or apps like YouTube and Twitter, but we’ll have to wait for the full release next month to know how everything works for sure.

Filed under: Gaming, Home Entertainment, HD, Microsoft


Source: Xbox Wire, Xbox (YouTube)


Android 4.4 update for the Huawei Ascend P6 released in Europe

Android 4.4 update for the Huawei Ascend P6Way back in March, the Android 4.4 update for the Huawei Ascend P6 was spotted rolling out in Huawei’s native China. We expected the update to roll out shortly after that to the rest of the regions, however from the comments you have made on that post, it appears that hadn’t happened. Thankfully though, the update has been officially announced for Europe and has been seen rolling out in Western Europe as of just a few days ago. I would say that this is good news and that other regions can expect the update soon, however considering that it’s been 3 months since the update rolled out in China, I’m not going to suggest getting too excited yet.

ndroid 4.4 update for the Huawei Ascend P6The update comes in at a pretty hefty 789MB, so make sure you’re on Wi-Fi when you’re updating. That size is to be expected, particularly seeing as the Ascend P6 is being updated from Android 4.2 to Android 4.4.2 and its heavily skinned Emotion UI is also being updated from version 1.6 to 2.3. The list of new features and optimizations pictured in the screenshot looks suspiciously short considering this is a pretty significant software jump, but you can probably be sure that all the Kit Kat goodness is in there.

Are you happy that the Huawei Ascend P6 is finally getting its Android 4.4 update? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Source: Huawei News, Twitter via Jelly Bean Android

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Nissan’s ZEOD RC prototype racer completes first all-electric lap at Le Mans


The 24 Hours of Le Mans (check after the break for details on how to watch, for free) hasn’t even started yet and already history has been made. During warmups, Nissan wheeled its ZEOD RC prototype race car around the 8.47-mile Circuit de la Sarthe track running only on battery power, a first. ZEOD stands for “Zero Emissions On Demand” and the car squeezes a 1.5-liter three cylinder engine that produces 400hp plus two electric motors and the regenerative breaking of a Leaf RC into the frame similar to the older DeltaWing prototype racer. Did we mention that it has no rear-view mirrors? Ray Harroun would be appalled.

It’s now achieved two of the team’s three goals for Le Mans 2014 — an all-electric lap and hitting 300 km/h (192MPH) running just on the electric motor — and now just needs to record a gas-powered lap at a speed matching the LMP2 cars racing on the course. In the US, the race broadcast will kick off at 8:30AM ET on Fox Sports 1, before switching back and forth on Fox Sports 2 during the 24-hour span. You can stream the entire thing on mobiles via the Fox Sports Go app — if you have cable TV — but if you’re on a PC, the entire thing will be streamed on for free.

Filed under: Transportation


Source: Nissan ZEOD RC (Twitter)


Whatcha Playing? Minecraft PE by Mojang

Plenty of times it has been proven that a game does not need to have fancy graphics; sometimes it just needs a good story, or fun mechanics i.e. how the game plays. One great example of this is Minecraft. With very simple graphics, no story, and a choose-your-own way of playing, this game rose to the number 1 sold app in the Google Play Store. This one game proved that even indie games can be on the same level as major labels like EA or Activision. This video game inspired even the greatest of video game creatures to branch off and make indie games.
What The Game Is About:
Nothing really. No joke you play as a character you can name and one day soon with an update change the way it looks, and just do what you desire in this game. This game has two modes of play styles. One for the creative type and the other for those who like to survive. In creative mode you are given every block in the game to create what you can imagine and with each update, it is like adding extra colors on your pallette. The other mode of play is survival. This is not for the faint hearted. Your are randomly placed with nothing and have to live however you want. Want to build a house, you have to gather the materials needed. Need to fight off monsters you need to create a sword to kill monsters faster. Want to play survival without the monsters? You can, there is an option for peaceful mode so no monsters will spawn.
Who Is This Game For?
Anyone who loves Lego toys. I can not explain it any clearer. I a full grown adult that still to this day plays with Lego toys. It is a good thing I have kids because it gives me an excuse to buy them. However they are expensive and create a big mess. Minecraft PE however is a digital version of this so the only thing that you have to worry about is battery life.
Final Thoughts:
I bought this game when it first released on the Android Market, now called Google Play Store. There is no other game that I have ever played in my life that would come close to the hours spent playing this game. The best part is once I get bored with the game it would get an update that adds more fun features to the game. One of the things I also enjoy about this is the local multiplayer. I can play with my kids and be amazed each time of what they build.
In conclusion, this is a great game that every once and a while gets better. Even though it is a mobile version it inches closer to the original PC version. Right now would be a good time to get into the game with the newest update coming soon, bringing plenty of goodies along with it. Even though it is an expensive game, it is one that is hard to put down once you start.

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