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Meet the 10 Insert Coin 2014 semi-finalists

Thanks to your votes, we now have the 10 semi-finalists for this year’s Insert Coin competition. Each of them will get $1,000 in travel stipend and a spot on our Expand NYC showfloor at the Javits Center this November. But, their fight’s nowhere near over: they’re now vying for the $10,000 Judges’ Choice, as well as the $15,000 Reader’s Choice award. So go ahead and get acquainted with the top 10 contenders below, because we’ll ask for your help again in the near future.

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Former Google lawyer nominated to lead US patent office

US Patent And Trademark Deputy Director Michelle Lee Interview

The Obama administration has recently nominated former Google lawyer Michelle Lee to be the next permanent director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, which could mean bad news for patent trolls. Lee, who was appointed as the department’s deputy director in January, was Google’s first ever head of patents and patent strategy and has long been a strong proponent for patent reform. Lee appears to be well-versed to handle the demands of the job, with not just her history at Google but also M.I.T degrees in electrical engineering and computer science and 20 years experience as a patent attorney. The USPTO has not had a permanent director since David Kappos left in 2013.

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Via: Ars Technica

Source: Washington Post


Tumblr’s new desktop app is all Tumblr, all the time

Sometimes you just want to craft your Tumblr posts and browse the latest updates without being distracted by the rest of the internet. For those occasions, the blogging outfit released a desktop app for Mac that does two things and two things only. First, as we’ve already mentioned, it only shows you Tumblr content and nothing else. It’ll also let you post from anywhere on your Mac — so long as that place has the trusty OS X Share button available. If you haven’t yet updated to Yosemite, you’ll need to do so as the new app only works with Apple’s latest version. Of course, you could just visit the website via your browser of choice, unless you’re posting eleventy billion times a day.

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Via: TechCrunch

Source: Mac App Store


First details for Sony Xperia Z4 suggest Quad HD, Snapdragon 810

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The Sony Xperia Z3 is one nice device, bringing all the goodies of the Z2 and giving it a nice hardware and software bump. While the Z3 is just now getting into the market, Sony is bust prepping their next flagship, the Sony Xperia Z4.

According to AndroidOrigin, they have obtained a leak from a reliable source (the same source they received another leak from that turned out to be spot on) about the upcoming Sony Xperia Z4. It will have the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit chipset clocked at 2.8GHz, and the all-new Adreno 430 GPU, 4 GB of RAM. It will get a bump from 16GB as the lowest option to 32 GB. It will also get some new LTE technology, and Bluetooth 4.1. The camera will also be upgraded with a new sensor, but with a similar resolution to 20.7 MP. The design will be very similar to the Z3, but with a display bump up to 5.5″ and a QHD resolution.

Their source also said that Sony will no longer update their flagship Bi-annually, but just every year as we’ve gotten to the point where we’re getting small changes in technology.

Does this device sound good to you?

via AndroidOrigin


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Download and install latest Google Play Store 5.0.32 APK (Material Design)


The Google Play Store was only just recently updated to bring more Material Design aspects to the app, and now we see the version receive a small update bringing the Google Play Store to version 5.0.32.

As you can imagine by the minor bump from version 5.0.31, the update is extremely small and appears to just be minor bug fixes with nothing that will stick out at you.

Nevertheless, if like me you like to be on the cutting edge of developments, you can go ahead and grab the latest Google Play Store 5.0.32 APK from here.

Notice anything else different in the newest version of the Google Play Store? Drop us a comment below.


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Nexus 9 and Nexus Player are now up for pre-order in the Google Play Store


As promised, the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player are both up for pre-order in the Google Play Store.

The Nexus 9 is going for $399 (16 GB) or $479 (32 GB) and you have your choice of black or white for now. The LTE option or the Sand color isn’t available yet. Assuming you order today, you can expect it to leave the warehouse within 2 to 3 weeks. Shipping is also extra, which could be around $9.99 (3-5 days) depending on where you live. Launch day is supposed to be November 3, so you will also find it at participating retailers then.


The Nexus Player is going for $99 and will leave the warehouse in 3-4 weeks according to the web page. Just like the Nexus 9, you will also have to pay for shipping, which could be around $9.99 (3-5 days) depending on your location. The gamepad goes for $39.99, but it shows as sold out at the moment.

Hit the links below to get your order in.

Sources: Nexus 9Nexus Player / Nexus Player Controller

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HTC Nexus 9 goes up for Pre-Order on Amazon

Looking to solidify your purchase of a new HTC Nexus 9? The fancy new tablet is scheduled for a full release on November 3rd, but you can get a pre-order in for one today through Amazon.

HTC Nexus 9 Pre-Order

The Nexus 9 offering gives you a choice between black or white and either 16GB or 32GB. The 32GB model in either color is $399.99 while the 32GB will set your bank account back $479.99. A quick feature recap includes a 8.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536, the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front shooter. The tablet measures in at 8.99 x 6.05 x 0.31-inches and weighs just under a pound. Don’t forget, it also has the dual front facing BoomSound speakers as well. Bounce on over to Amazon to get your HTC Nexus 9 Tablet ordered today.

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What’s Coming in iOS 8.1: Apple Pay, SMS Relay, Instant Hotspot, Camera Roll, and More

During yesterday’s iPad-centric media event, Apple executives announced that the first major update to iOS 8, iOS 8.1, would be released to the public on Monday, October 20.

First seeded to developers at the end of September, iOS 8.1 promises to bring a quite a few significant features to the operating system, offering new services and finally allowing Yosemite users to access the full functionality of Continuity.

While some major Continuity features like Handoff and Phone calls on the Mac are working for users who have both an iOS 8 device and a Mac running OS X Yosemite, other features, like SMS relay and Instant Hotspot will not be available until Monday, when iOS 8.1 is released.

With SMS relay, both Macs (running Yosemite) and iOS devices like iPads are able to receive SMS messages that have been routed through a user’s iPhone. Currently, while iPads and Macs can receive iMessages, SMS messages are limited to iPhones. When SMS relay is functional, an SMS message that has been received will be forwarded to iPads and Macs, and users will be able to answer all of their messages on any device. It’s also possible to start SMS-based conversations directly on a Mac or iPad.

Instant Hotspot is another facet of Continuity that will be enabled with iOS 8.1. This feature lets a Mac remotely activate the Personal Hotspot capabilities of an iPhone when the two devices are near each other. The Mac can automatically detect an iPhone with Hotspot and users can connect to a Hotspot via the Mac’s Wi-Fi menu without needing to remove the iPhone from their pocket.

While these two Continuity features were originally slated to launch alongside iOS 8, Apple added a small footnote to its iOS 8 press release suggesting the features were unfinished and would come with the iOS 8.1 update.

iOS 8.1 will enable Apple Pay, a major new service and Apple’s first foray into mobile payments. When Apple Pay becomes available on October 20, hundreds of retailers will be prepared to start taking payments using the service, and numerous banks will be on board. With Apple Pay, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users can make purchases solely via their iPhone at any store that accepts contactless payments.

Along with Apple Pay and Continuity features, iOS 8.1 will bring several other minor changes as well, as detailed during Thursday’s event. Many users were unhappy with the disappearance of the Camera Roll, which Apple announced will be reinstated in iOS 8.1, and beta iCloud Photo Library access will be provided to all iOS 8.1 users.

iCloud Photo Library is designed to store all of a user’s photos and videos, making them accessible on all of their iOS devices. iCloud Photo Library is tied to a user’s iCloud account, using the storage space of their iCloud plans. With iCloud Photo Library, photos are kept in the cloud with a smaller version available on iOS devices, taking up less storage space. iCloud Photo Library will also tie in to the upcoming Photos app for the Mac, but until that is available, iCloud Photo Library will only be available on iOS devices.

Finally, iOS 8.1 may bring several bug fixes, including a fix for an ongoing Bluetooth issue that has caused some iOS 8 users to have trouble pairing their phones with their Bluetooth devices. Apple has not provided a time for the release of iOS 8.1, stating only that it plans to release the software on Monday.


OS X Yosemite Launch Brings Fully Functional iCloud Drive to Mac and iOS

With yesterday’s launch of OS X Yosemite, Apple’s iCloud Drive file storage system is now functional across the company’s products. Many users were frustrated following the launch of iOS 8 last month by the incompatibility between the new iCloud Drive system used with that operating system and the previous Documents in the Cloud system used on OS X Mavericks. The difference in launch dates between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite temporarily left some users unable to sync their documents between devices if they elected to upgrade to iCloud Drive on their iOS devices.

That issue is now fixed with OS X Yosemite launching to the public, and Craig Federighi gave a very brief walkthrough of the feature at yesterday’s media event, outlining how Mac and iOS apps can automatically generate their own folders for file storage accessible across devices and platforms.

iCloud Drive can also be used in a similar manner to Dropbox, Box, and other cloud storage services in that any type of file can simply be dragged and dropped into the iCloud Drive folder on Mac or and be synced across devices. Access is a bit more limited on iOS where there is no iCloud Drive app allowing access to all files, but the service still allows users of iCloud Drive-enabled apps to view and save files related to that app that are stored and synced with iCloud Drive.

Apple’s iWork updates yesterday extend compatibility beyond the core OS X and iOS apps, and APIs are available to allow third-party developers to offer iCloud Drive support for their apps.

iCloud Drive taps into users’ general iCloud storage allotments, with all users receiving 5 GB of space free of charge. But with iOS device backups and the upcoming iCloud Photo Library potentially requiring significant amounts of space, many users will find themselves looking to upgrade to paid storage tiers, which begin at $0.99 per month for 20 GB of space and go up to $19.99 per month for 1 TB.


WSJ: Android’s VP of engineering is now overseeing Chrome as well

The Wall Street Journal has just reported that Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s current VP of engineering for Android, is now also in charge of the Chrome engineering team. According to the paper’s internal sources, the shift is part of an effort to unify the two divergent operating systems. Seeing as the company is already working on bringing Android apps to Chromebooks, that doesn’t seem too farfetched. Additionally, the WSJ notes that co-founder Sergey Brin has previously mentioned that the two OSes will likely converge over time. As part of this management shift, Linus Upson, the previous VP of engineering for Chrome, has reportedly left that role. The publication adds that Lockheimer will specifically be in charge of operating system matters, and not the Chrome browser, Chromecast or Chromebook hardware.

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Source: WSJ

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