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LG and Google partnering up in order to bring us Project Tango


Google’s Project Tango is certainly an impressive concept, and that is set to be made a reality with LG announcing a partnership with Google to bring Project Tango hardware to life.

Project Tango is unique because the idea allows 3D mapping of your environment through a variety of sensors and cameras. Now imagine this on a tablet, and better yet seeing it on shelves as soon as next year.

Google and LG have worked on hardware in the past, and the partnership definitely yields some impressive results at low costs. A Project Tango tablet and an affordable price would definitely be revolutionary, especially when you can 3D scan yourself and see you running around in a FPS on a tablet.

The dream is almost a reality.

SOURCE: The Verge

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The Android L keyboard is now available on the Google Play Store, can be installed without root Access

As many of you will know, the Android L preview is available to play with for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, and there are lots of new apps and changes that are coming to the surface. One of the most prominent changes is the new Google keyboard, as influenced by the Material Design direction […]


MIT’s Local Warming system warms you while you wander

Thought experiment time, folks: what would do you if you wanted to warm up a few people in a big, chilly room? Prevailing logic says to crank up the heat, but let’s be honest here: sometimes the prevailing logic sucks. The folks from MIT’s Senseable City Lab project have cooked up a more efficient (if slightly kookier) way to go called Local Warming. Their approach? To create a prototype LED spotlight that shoots a beam of heat at you as you walk around the room.

In case you were curious, yes, it’s all much safer than it sounds.

The star of the show is a unwieldy infrared LED bulb mounted on a ceiling that’s flanked by mirrors meant to help focus all that heat in one direction. It’s connected to a series of motion sensors that can detect people milling around, and once they’ve been spotted, the bulb swings around to shoot heat right at them. Think of it like one of those pesky video game drone guns, except way less murder-y. Lead researcher Carlo Ratti recently told Wired that future prototypes boil the whole shebang down into a more compact (and hopefully cheaper) form with the aid of smaller LED bulbs.

Now as neat as a human-tracking heat beam is, it makes no sense to stick one of these things in rooms where lots of people tend to mill around. But install a few of these things in a drafty room — say, a big open lobby — and you could be looking at some substantial savings on heating costs, not to mention one hell of a conversation piece. Alas, the Local Warming lamp is still firmly in the prototype phase, so it’ll be a while before you use one to trick out your cavernous sitting room.


Via: Wired

Source: Local Warming


Android L Keyboard now available in the Play Store

Android L Keyboard

Earlier today, Kristijan showed those of you who don’t have a rooted device how to get the new Android L Keyboard. However, the issue is that this wouldn’t work on every device. In fact, there’s a lot of devices it wouldn’t work on such as my old, original Nexus 7 and my current daily driver, the Moto X.

But have no fear, there’s a guaranteed way for it to work now. That’s comes via Shen Ye on Twitter who now has a working APK and has uploaded it to the Google Play Store for everyone to grab…FOR FREE!

There are a couple of steps you need to follow once it’s installed to get it to display, but this is just a matter of going into the settings and activating the “Material” theme. You can find the steps below once you’ve installed the new Android L Keyboard from the widget below as well.

  • Go To Settings
  • Click on Keyboard (sometimes called Language & Input)
  • Turn on the Android L Keyboard
  • Scroll down to advanced settings
  • Change Color Scheme to “Material”
  • To use, go into somewhere you can type, drag down your notification bar and switch the keyboard there.

It’s literally as simple as that boys and girls. And the good thing is, this should work on any device running Android 4.2 and above. That’s going to cover a lot of devices actually now days. That’s a good thing and I know a lot more people will be happy installing it from the Play Store.

Also note that Shen Ye has stated that he’s working to get a version where the “Material” theme is set by default, to avoid the few simple steps above.

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Can’t pay a bill or activate your phone on Verizon? It’s not you, it’s them

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Verizon Wireless acknowledged today that its billing system is having issues for customers across much of the US. According to subscribers tweeting on the #VerizonOutage hashtag, issues have extended over the last two days, preventing them from doing simple things like activating a new phone or paying their bill. In tweets and a message on its news page, Verizon said the issue is affecting customers in the Northeast, Midwest and Southern regions, but has yet to offer an ETA for a fix. It doesn’t appear to be affecting things like phone calls or connecting to the internet, but if your bill is due right about now, this could be a problem. We’ve contacted Verizon for more information and will update you when we hear anything (update: check after the break for an official statement).

[Thanks, Aaron]


We are still experiencing issues with our billing system that is affecting customer accounts mostly in the Northeast, Midwest and some southern states. This is an internal billing system issue that doesn’t affect the network’s ability to connect calls, deliver text messages or use data services. This is taking longer to resolve than any of us would like. The good news is that we have identified the issue and are working hard to ensure we have the right fix to resolve it. As we know more, we’ll continue to post updates to our @VZWNews Twitter account and post updates on the Verizon Wireless News Center. Affected customers will be notified by email once the issue has been resolved.

Filed under: Cellphones, Wireless, Mobile, Verizon


Source: Verizon Wireless News (Twitter), #VerizonOutage


MakerBot’s iPad app lets you sculpt 3D-printed objects from your couch

MakerBot Replicator and an iPad running PrintShop

As a rule, serious 3D printers need equally serious design skills if you’re building objects from scratch. That’s no longer true for MakerBot’s Replicators, though; the company has just trotted out PrintShop, an iPad app that takes the hard work out of making simple objects. You can build your own bracelets, rings and signs without knowing a lick about modelling software. If you’d like to craft something a little more sophisticated, you can browse a collection of ready-made items from the Thingiverse. We’d still suggest a rookie-friendly device like Printeer if you’re primarily interested in basic designs, but this could be an easy way to let your kids in on the action — or just to make something without leaving your sofa.

Filed under: Peripherals, Tablets


Source: App Store, MakerBot


Get the new Android “L” keyboard on your Android 4.0+ device (root NOT required)


Earlier today Thomas already explained how you can get the new Material Design keyboard from Android “L” to your device. You could do that for any device but you couldn’t do it without root privileges, we’re going to try to change that if you’re amongst those who have a non-rooted Android 4.0+ device and want to try this keyboard out.

Let me first tell you that it won’t work on any device. I can tell you right from the start that it definitely won’t work on (a non-rooted) Nexus devices because in order to get it to work you have to get rid of Android Keyboard and you can’t do that on Nexus devices because you can’t uninstall it, it’s a default app over there. I personally wasn’t able to test it out because I’m all in on Nexus devices.

The app was tested on a non-rooted Moto G by and it worked just fine. You can thank for all this to XDA developers user “asdfzz” who modded the .apk and posted it to XDA forums. How can you try it out? Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings/Security on your phone and make sure “Unknown sources” is checked
  2. Follow this link and get the .apk file
  3. If you have Android Keyboard installed, uninstall it.
  4. Go to Android L keyboard settings
  5. Open “Advanced settings”
  6. Select color scheme “Material”

Let us know if it works, which device you’re using and if you like it (in case it works of course). Consider this an optional step number 7.

Source: XDA

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Engadget Daily: the evolution of Second Life, taxi-hailing apps and more!

Today, we take an in-depth look at taxi-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft, explore the world of Android Wear, ponder the evolution of Second Life and investigate Aaron Swartz’s path from internet activist to martyr. Read on for Engadget’s news highlights from the last 24 hours.


What you need to know about Uber, Lyft and other app-based car services

Most of us are probably familiar with Lyft and its furry pink mustaches, but there’s much more to app-based car services than meets the eye. Read on as Steve Dent investigates the legal frustrations surrounding taxi-hailing apps and what they mean for you.

Second Life’s second act will be a social network for virtual reality

Linden Labs, the studio behind Second Life, is preparing a sequel, and it’s going to be a social network for virtual reality. Read on as Sean Buckley sits down with CEO Ebbe Altberg to discuss the game’s evolution and collaboration with Oculus VR.

Android Wear brings Google to life

Besides the smartwatch form-factor itself, what makes an Android Wear-powered device so important to Google’s ecosystem? According to David Singleton, director of engineering, Wear is key to unlocking Android’s full potential.

Walmart dropping iPhone 5c to $29, 5s to $99

Want to save $50 dollars on an iPhone 5c or 5s? Well, starting today, Walmart’s offering the 16GB version of each with a two-year contract for $29 and $99, respectively.

Filed under: Misc



Swim with the fishes using Project Tango and a head-mounted display

For a few minutes, I saw the Moscone Center — and everyone inside it — under water. Sharks and small fish even swam past me as if I wasn’t there. And then, all of a sudden, I stood up straight and discovered that I’d poked my head above the waves. This experience, which is a virtual fish tank developed by Dive, was made possible by Google’s Project Tango tablet and an Oculus Rift-like contraption. It utilizes Tango’s cameras, motion detectors and sensors to give you a sense that you are floating around with the fishes — no snorkel or SCUBA gear required, of course.

This virtual tank may never turn into a consumer product, and if it does, it won’t be until next year when the first Tango devices become publicly available. Tango, which is a project put together by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects division, is getting ready to push more of its 3D-mapping equipment out to developers to help come up with clever new scenarios and use cases. Dive was one of the lucky few companies who got its hands on Tango early on, and its goal was to showcase Tango’s potential on head-mounted displays for Augmented Reality (and even virtual reality). The company already had working hardware — its existing OpenDive head-mounted display for the Nexus 7 was a perfect fit for the Tango tablet — so all it had to do was make supporting software.

The hardware consists of a clip on the outside which lets you swap out devices, and two eyeglass-like lenses on the inside. The screen is on the other side of the lenses, just a few inches away from your face. Since each person’s eyes are different, the lenses can be adjusted vertically and horizontally to ensure that you can focus on the screen properly. As you might expect with virtual reality, the app is split up into two screens, one for each eye.

It’s about as basic an experience as you get right now. The app is essentially a viewfinder for Tango’s camera, but it gives you the appearance that you’re either under water (when crouching) or above the water (when standing). You can look around at your clear blue environment and hunt around for fish and sharks, though you can’t interact with them. If you’re underwater and looking up, you can see the water’s surface; when you stand up and poke your head out of the tank, however, the transition is incredibly choppy. But again, this is in early stages and isn’t designed specifically for consumers yet.

Dive’s app may be a simple one, but it’s a solid indicator of what kinds of things are possible with Tango, especially when it’s attached to a head-mounted display. It makes for a lot of cool potential in the fields of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. As a couple examples, you could play games that allow you to interact with your surroundings (I’d love a laser tag game that could be played around your office), or even walk around a city and see important facts about buildings, history or other points of interest. You might look a little silly wearing it in public, but that’s a risk you take with any face-mounted device.

Filed under: Tablets, Wearables, Mobile



Mt. Gox revival threatens customer’s remaining Bitcoins, says CEO

First, one of the world’s largest Bitcoin exchanges went dark, then it filed for bankruptcy, suffered further hacking attacks and even faced a lawsuit. Now Mark Karpelès, Mt. Gox’s CEO, tells the Wall Street Journal that he’s liquidating what’s left of the company assets to make ends meet. “As the company head, my mission was to protect customers and employees,” he said in the interview, his first public appearance since Mt. Gox collapsed. “I’m deeply sorry. I’m frustrated with myself.” A court-appointed trustee now holds all of the exchange’s remaining funds and assets, and is preparing to auction off domain names owned by the companies to help repay creditors and keep Tibanne — Karpelès’ other business — alive. This includes selling and Karpelès didn’t say if itself would be up for sale, but he is worried about its future.

Multiple parties are interested in taking over Mt. Gox and rehabilitating the service, Karpelès says, but he’s worried these organizations might cannibalize customer’s surviving funds to revive it. “Remaining customer money should not be touched,” he told the Wall Street Journal, referring to the 200,000 Bitcoins (about $117 million) that were found in an old wallet earlier this year. Karpelès himself is keeping his distance from Bitcoin for now, but he says he wants to return to the community one day so he can tell others to learn from his mistakes. “My experience would be valuable to them, especially if they are thinking of starting up a Bitcoin business. I can tell them what they should do and shouldn’t.” Check out the full piece at the source link below.

Filed under: Internet


Via: CoinDesk

Source: Wall Street Journal

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