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Oct

Someone made a parody of ‘P.T.’ in Xbox One’s ‘Project Spark’


The absolutely terrifying playable teaser for the next Silent Hill game might only be available on PlayStation 4, but if you have an Xbox One you might be able to play something close to it. Someone has gone ahead and recreated P.T. in Redmond’s game creating game, Project Spark. The familiar sights are all there: a never-ending hallway filled with horrors, a ghoul waiting just around the corner, Nic Cage screaming in terror. Wait, what? Well, the trailer is intercut with clips of Nic Cage’s performance from the 1999 film about snuff movies, 8mm. Because watching him watch… well we aren’t going to describe what he’s watching, but let’s just say it fits the theme of P.T. pretty spectacularly. Need to see the horror for yourself? Jump past the break and prepare for a descent into madness — don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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26
Oct

The truth comes out: the Nexus 9 wasn’t designed as an iPad killer



Nexus 9 wasn't designed as an iPad killerWith Google announcing its new Android Nexus devices and Android Lollipop on October 15th and Apple announcing its new iPad lineup on October 16th, you could have been forgiven for thinking Google intended to pit the Nexus 9 against the iPads and wanted to one-up their release by announcing the new Nexus tablet a day earlier. As it turns out, the Nexus 9 wasn’t designed as an iPad killer as Alberto Villarreal, the Nexus 9’s head industrial designer, elucidates:

“We wanted to accelerate the premium market for Android tablets… it has a lot of attributes and definitely will bring the quality for other companies to do better.”

Nexus 9 wasn't designed as an iPad killerIn a lot of ways, this makes sense for both the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, and indeed, many of Google’s previous Nexus devices – Nexus devices have always pushed the boundaries of what is possible in Android devices, both on a software and hardware level, so that manufacturers have something to aim for and surpass, something which the Nexus 9, at the very least, does for Android tablets. Obviously, Google has more recently toyed with affordable options like the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (and to a lesser extent the Nexus 10) and it has proven to be effective, if not lucrative, but perhaps Google has seen the need to lead the Android market again, something which is epitomized by the HTC-manufactured Nexus 9. And as for why Google chose HTC to help manufacture and design the Nexus 9?


“We saw the One and really liked how their designs were very simple, focused on usability and removed things that didn’t need to be there… they have nice craft and precision details and materials.” says Villarreal.

And that’s something we can’t argue with. The Nexus 9 is now available to pre-order on the Google Play Store starting at $399 USD.

Source: engadget


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26
Oct

Samsung Galaxy S5 Android Lollipop update should hit sometime in December



Samsung Galaxy S5 Android Lollipop updateAndroid Lollipop is now officially released for all and for all of us who don’t own Nexus devices, now begins the excruciating wait for software updates to the latest version of Android. With various manufacturers making their promises for when their devices are going to be updated, many people have turned their attention to Samsung to see if the Android giant is going to do anything differently than it has in the past. As it turns out, it might, as the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android Lollipop update is allegedly going to be available sometime in December.

This information comes to us via SamMobile, who’s sources have narrowed their previous claim down from “November or December”. SamMobile has also already given us a sneak peek of Android Lollipop on the Galaxy S5 so when the update does finally roll out, it’s unlikely that we’ll see anything that’s too foreign to us. It’s worth noting that while December is the quoted window for this update, depending on your region, the update may not end up reaching you for a few more weeks after it is officially released. At least we know it’s coming though.


What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android Lollipop update schedule? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: SamMobile


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26
Oct

LG says LG G3 Android Lollipop update is coming before the end of 2014



LG G3 Android Lollipop updateClosely following the news that the Samsung Galaxy S5’s Android Lollipop update might be coming sometime in December, a rumour has emerged that says the LG G3 Android Lollipop update will also be arrive before the end of the year. This information was apparently conveyed by the European branch of LG which promised its Dutch and Belgian LG G3 customers that the update would be coming before the end of 2014.

This is a relatively ambitious timeline from LG which didn’t get out the LG G2 Android KitKat update out until February/March earlier this year. Still, it’s always good to hope, and it’s obviously in LG’s best interests to make its best selling flagship so far the best it can be, particularly in a climate that now actually has competitors with Quad HD displays to rival the G3’s.


What do you think about the LG G3 Android Lollipop update schedule? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: TechTastic via Phone Arena


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26
Oct

The Nexus 6 makes a pit stop at the FCC in preparation of its October 29th pre-orders



Nexus 6October 29th is only just a few days away now which means swathes of Android fans (in the US) are going to get the opportunity to pre-order the latest and greatest smartphone from Google’s Nexus division, the Nexus 6. While it’s a pretty polarizing device thanks to its nigh-on 6-inch display, there still seems to be enough interest in the device that sees Google bring a premium Nexus smartphone to the market again after a brief hiatus with the budget Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. With the pre-order date so close, it’s no surprise to see the device make a visit at the FCC to get approved.

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While the above image might look a bit unassuming, the dimensions that are cited in the image, 159.4mm x 83mm, are an exact match for the dimensions of the Nexus 6 as listed on the Google Play Store (159.26mm x 82.98mm to be precise).


nexus 6In addition to this image, we get a table which lists a whole lot of technical mumbo jumbo, but also the radio bands the Nexus 6 will support, which according to this list includes bands to support all carriers including Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T. With the Nexus 6 presumably passed the last formality before going on sale, all we really need is for October 29th to hurry up and get here.

Are you going to be ready to get the Nexus 6 when pre-orders open on October 29th? Let us know in the comments.

Source: FCC (1), (2) via Droid-life


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26
Oct

Pictures of Droid Turbo’s retail packaging appear online


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Verizon’s big DROID unveiling is coming up on Tuesday, but it looks like we won’t have to wait until then to see the Droid Turbo in its packaging. The device, which has a 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 procesor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 3900 mAh and either Android 4.4.4 or 5.0 Lollipop. (Conflicting reports on OS version exist.)

Nothing really special or noteworthy to see here, other than the fact that we’re coming closer and closer to the release of a new DROID device. Hit the break for more pictures below.

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Via: Android Headlines
Source: @MotoFirmware

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26
Oct

Nexus 9, riding a real-life hoverboard and other stories you might’ve missed


That’s right, folks. Our own Sean Buckley took Hendo’s real-life Hoverboard for a spin, and yes, it was pretty awesome. But if that’s not enough for you, we also reviewed Apple’s new tablets and went hands-on with the Nexus 9 — click on through for the rest of our news highlights from the last seven days. Oh, and be sure to subscribe to our Flipboard magazine!

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26
Oct

Roku wants to grow its media hub empire with a public stock filing


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Roku frequently comes across as the little media player company that could: its streaming box business is growing in spite of much larger competition. As healthy as it is, though, this upstart now appears eager to join the big leagues. Tipsters for both the Wall Street Journal and New York Times claim that Roku is planning to file an initial public stock offering (IPO) that could net as much as $150 million, roughly doubling what it raised through private investments. The details of just how and when this would happen are still murky, but the company said earlier this month that it’s near turning a profit. It may wait until it’s in the black and can put its best foot forward. If the IPO does happen, though, you should expect Roku to grow quickly. It’s already striking deals with TV makers and has the support of major broadcasters — the extra cash could both put more big-name services on your existing Roku box and improve the range of devices you can buy at the store.

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Source: Wall Street Journal, New York Times

26
Oct

Retailers blocking Apple Pay and Google Wallet as they build their own service


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A slew of retailers are taking a stand against mobile payment services like Apple Pay and Google Wallet. They are blocking the mobile payment services from Apple and Google (and even SoftCard) because one of their own will be launching next year. Companies including Old Navy, Lowes, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sears, Best Buy, Stop & Shop, Walmart, Wendy’s, and a bunch of gas stations are behind the CurrentC mobile payment service scheduled for 2015.

The benefit of using CurrentC will be the lack of processing fees as the credit card companies are not at all involved. CurrentC is designed to work by taking funds from the user’s checking account. With the credit card companies taken out of the equation, retailers behind CurrentC will offer exclusive promotions as an incentive.

Via: The Verge

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26
Oct

Twitpic’s last-minute deal with Twitter keeps your old photos safe


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Twitpic may not have avoided an untimely demise, but you won’t have to worry about some of your older Twitter photos disappearing into the void. The defunct hosting company has reached a last-minute deal that will have Twitter take over both the Twitpic web domain and its photo archive, keeping all those legacy images intact. It’s not a revival; Twitpic is no longer taking new pictures, and all that you can do now is delete or download your collection. There’s also a chance that those snapshots will go offline, since Twitpic can only promise that your library is safe “for the time being.” Still, the pact will give you at least a temporary place to go when you’re feeling nostalgic about that first selfie.

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