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Oct

Nexus 9 gets more real as device gets FCC approval


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Everything is falling into place for the Nexus 9 ahead of it’s October 16th release, as the Nexus 9 has received the FCC approval.

Whilst the documentation doesn’t reveal too much about the device, it does confirm that the device doesn’t support the usual 16:9 aspect ratio as seen on most Android devices.

HTC, who are expected to be manufacturing the Nexus 9, is expected to be make a press announcement next week regarding the device.


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5
Oct

Download the Moto G (2014) wallpapers


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If you don’t own a Moto G (the 2014 version) but you still want the wallpapers that come bundled with the device, then here they are for you.

To download an image, simply click on the image in question, right click, and save as. Alternatively, if you want to download all of them, they’re bundled in a convenient .zip file for your enjoyment using this link.

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5
Oct

HP is reportedly splitting into two companies


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HP’s home-focused and business divisions have frequently seemed at odds with each other, and apparently the company agrees. The Wall Street Journal claims that the tech giant is about to split into two companies, one focused on PCs and the other dedicated solely to corporate hardware and services. If the report is accurate, the separation could be announced as early as Monday. The exact reasoning behind the move hasn’t been mentioned, but the PC-centric group would be headed by one of its existing executives, Dion Weisler; current CEO Meg Whitman would run the business group and keep an eye on the other company by serving as its chairman of the board. However true the rumor may be, such a move wouldn’t be all that surprising — much of the computing industry has been restructuring and rescaling to cope with a world where the PC’s role is rapidly evolving.

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Source: Wall Street Journal

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5
Oct

Netflix for Android now lets you quickly spot what you’re searching for


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Netflix’s Android app hasn’t made searching very easy so far. While it’ll give you thumbnails, the heavy emphasis on text in results has sometimes meant scrolling through gigantic lists. It should be much more elegant as of today, however; a just-launched update has brought visual search (previously found just about everywhere else on Netflix) to Google’s platform. Look for a title and you’ll get nothing but pictures, making it easier to find an iconic movie or TV show based on its artwork.

Prefer iOS instead? Don’t worry, you’re getting a treat as well. As on Android, visual search on the iPhone can now help you track down actors, creators and directors. You can find everything Netflix has from David Fincher (such as House of Cards), for example. Whichever device you call home, you’ll find your illustration-heavy upgrade at the source links.

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Source: Netflix, Google Play, App Store

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5
Oct

Action cameras: an extreme point of view


Not everyone wants to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to experiencing extreme action — in fact, most people prefer to do it remotely. But with today’s ultra-small wearable cameras and high-def resolutions, the less outdoorsy among us can experience a bit of the rush without any of the broken limbs. The action camera tech we now use is the product of decades of experimentation by fearless filmmakers and adrenaline junkies alike. Join us in the gallery below as we explore the emergence of the action camera from its clunky early days to today’s go-anywhere POV devices.

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5
Oct

Inhabitat’s Week in Green: solar hourglass, urban tornadoes and the world’s tallest garden


Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.

Japan is the birthplace of high-speed rail, and it continues to be a leader train travel — officials just unveiled the nation’s new magnetic-levitation train to the public for the first time! The new train can hit speeds of up to 311 MPH using “L-Zero” technology, and it will be able to zip passengers from Tokyo to Nagoya in just 40 minutes. In other transportation news, Tesla is gearing up to unveil something big this week — Elon Musk recently tweeted a mysterious photo of the upcoming project, although we’ll have to wait until Thursday for the full details. China’s Foxconn may be best known as the manufacturer of Apple products, however the company is getting ready to throw its hat into the EV ring with a $15,000 electric car. And Spanish firm Opbrid is aiming to revolutionize public transportation with a new system that can recharge an entire electric bus in five to eight minutes flat.

Copenhagen is one of Europe’s major design capitals, and the Danish city soon could boast one of the world’s most ingenious renewable energy plants. Argentine designer Santiago Muros Cortés just won the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition with his proposal for a gigantic solar energy-generating hourglass that could produce enough electricity for 1,000 Danish homes. In other green energy news, Burlington, Vermont, is now powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The city of 42,000 gets its electricity from a combination of hydro, wind and a biomass facility. Solar farms are great, but they take up a lot of space. That’s why the folks at Ciel et Terre just installed the UK’s first floating solar farm in Berkshire. The array features 800 photovoltaic panels and has a capacity of 200kW. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced plans to install solar panels on 24 public schools by 2016. The solar schools are part of a larger plan to install 100 megawatts of solar power on 300 public buildings over the next decade. And with ski season just a couple months away, snowboard maker Signal just launched a solar snowboard that charges your electronic devices as you cruise down the mountain.

Sydney is now home to the world’s tallest vertical garden, and it’s a sight to behold. The 550-foot building was designed by architect Jean Nouvel and French botanist Patrick Blanc, and it features 250 species of native Australian flowers and plants. In other green architecture news, North America’s largest green wall is now complete in Vancouver. An amazing time-lapse video shows the installation of the 10,150-square-foot, double-sided green wall. Urban development is responsible for many environmental changes, ranging from water pollution to the urban heat island effect. But is it possible for urban design to cause tornadoes? A new report published in a Turkish newspaper blames Istanbul’s rapid urbanization for a series of “freak mini-tornadoes” that recently hit the city. Beehives have long served as inspiration to designers, and the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo will bring awareness to the plight of vanishing bees with a virtual beehive made of a fine steel lattice and LEDs.

It’s early October and Halloween is coming up fast — do you know what you’re going to be? If you’re at a loss, fear not — we’ve got lots of great DIY costume ideas! You can play out the iPhone/Android debate by masquerading as your phone of choice, or you can bring your favorite game to life by dressing as a Minecraft character, Tetris blocks or a Rubik’s Cube. Robot costumes are also a tried-and-true favorite, or you can get more elaborate with a DIY R2D2 getup. Best of all, most of these costumes can be assembled with cardboard boxes and materials you have lying around the house!

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5
Oct

Super BoxMan App Review


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Super BoxMan is a game from BigMoth Studios that puts you as a small box that has to dodge walls that come down at you from above by moving left and right across the screen to make it through the space in the walls. A good concept with an addictive quality, unfortunately there are a few issues that make the game more frustrating than playable.

To be honest, I’m not a huge mobile gamer. Generally when it comes to games I download they’re the pick up and play games, or puzzle games. Games that I can put down at a moment’s notice, but also play for hours if I let myself. This game fits in this category though, making it a good time killer while waiting in line at Starbucks. However, I think that because I don’t regularly play mobile games, this game is harder than it might be for hardcore mobile gamers. That being said, I enjoy playing on my Xbox and computer, so by no means am I alien to hand-eye coordination.

So when I opened this game, and tapped my way through the somewhat confusing menu (Just keep tapping, and you’ll be in the game soon enough) and started to play, I was immediately thrown by a few things. First of all, the controls are really sensitive. All you do is simply tap and hold the left or right side of the screen to get your BoxMan to move to the respective side. But he goes flying across that screen! Also, the colors of the entire game change at a constant rate, from red to green to blue to purple and so on. This would not be so bad, and even be a great distraction to achieving your goal, if it weren’t for the fact that the screen also constantly zooms in and out. This makes for a headache of a game to play, and should probably include a warning for those prone to seizures.

After getting used to those things though, the game does become quite addictive, with the desire to get just a little farther strong enough to tap “Retry” several times. That is, until you need to put the game down to take some Advil.

To recap: great playability in terms of the game’s addictive quality and concept, OK controls that take some time to adjust to due to their sensitivity, and bad graphics not in terms of looks per se (as I believe they purposefully go for a pixelated look) but rather in terms of the constant zooming in and out and color changing combination.

I recommend downloading it to see if you like it and can get past these issues. Just have a bottle of Advil nearby.

 


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5
Oct

Marriott settles complaint that it forced convention goers to use hotel WiFi


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Ever suspected that a hotel was forcing you to use its paid WiFi by making your mobile hotspot unusable? Apparently, your hunch has some grounding in reality. Marriott has paid a $600,000 fine to settle a complaint that it blocked third-party hotspots at a Nashville hotel to make convention attendees and exhibitors pay for the venue’s commercial WiFi access — not exactly cheap at $250 to $1,000 a pop. As the FCC explains, the hotel was effectively asking users to either pay twice for internet access or else risk going offline whenever they approached the convention center.

For its part, Marriott insists to Recode that this WiFi jamming was legal, and that it was simply sheltering guests from “rogue wireless hotspots” that could slow down service and open its network to attack. However, the FCC doesn’t buy that claim — it contends that personal cellular routers “did not pose a threat” to the hotel or its guests. No matter what the motives, the settlement suggests that you won’t have to worry about going incommunicado the next time you’re on a business trip.

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5
Oct

Newly discovered particle is both matter and antimatter at the same time


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You probably think of matter and antimatter as mortal enemies, since their equivalent particles (such as protons and antiprotons) normally destroy each other on contact. However, there are now hints that the two might get along just fine in the right circumstances. Researchers claim to have successfully imaged a Majorana particle, which exists as both matter and antimatter at the same time. The team created it by placing a string of iron atoms on top of a lead superconductor, forming pairs of electrons and antielectrons — except for one lone electron at the end of the chain, which exhibited properties of both.

The finding isn’t changing physics overnight. More testing is needed to prove that the Majorana particle is really different, and not just another take on either matter or antimatter. Also, it can’t exist outside of a superconductor; the finding isn’t proof that Majoranas normally occur in nature. If the experiment holds up, though, it could introduce a third kind of particle and challenge the scientific status quo. Many physicists believe that neutrinos are really Majorana particles, and proving that this is possible would go a long way toward supporting their theory.

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Via: Scientific American

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5
Oct

HTC’s next Desire phone reportedly captures 13-megapixel selfies


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If you’ve wanted to shoot 13-megapixel selfies with your phone, you’ve usually had to get either a knock-off or a one-of-a-kind device like Oppo’s N1. You might not have to look very hard if a handful of leaks are correct, however. Both HTCFamily.ru and @upleaks have posted pictures of what’s reportedly the HTC Desire Eye, a relatively conventional upper mid-range Android phone that would pack 13-megapixel cameras on both the front and back. They’d even have flashes to help with those dimly-lit dance club snapshots.

The Desire Eye could be quite the powerhouse beyond its photographic abilities, too. Another rumor from @upleaks has it carrying a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a speedy quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. There’s no direct clues as to when this new Desire would show up, although HTC already has a “double exposure” event lined up for October 8th. It won’t be shocking if the company has more up its sleeve that day than an action camera.

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Source: HTCFamily.ru (Twitter), @upleaks (Twitter 1), (2)

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